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November 5, 2004 | From Associated Press
After months of negotiations, Walt Disney World and leaders of its largest union group agreed to a tentative contract that could avert a strike at the theme park resort. Most leaders of the Service Trades Council, a six-union coalition that represents 40% of the company's 53,000-person workforce, will recommend that its members approve the three-year contract Nov. 11.
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NEWS
April 24, 2014 | By Brady MacDonald
Don't get your hopes up, Marvel fans. The new Iron Man ride coming to Hong Kong Disneyland in 2016 won't be easily replicated at other Disney theme parks around the world. PHOTOS: Iron Man Experience at Hong Kong Disneyland The $100-million Iron Man Experience will be similar to Star Tours, a simulator ride based on another of Disney's tent-pole properties: Star Wars. Recent updates to the Star Tours attractions at Disneyland in California and Tokyo Disneyland in Japan mean Tony Stark won't be replacing Darth Vader anytime soon.
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BUSINESS
January 11, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. set a holiday-season attendance record at its Walt Disney World resort in Florida, Chief Financial Officer Thomas Staggs said. A marketing campaign to promote the 50th anniversary of Disneyland in Anaheim boosted attendance throughout Disney's parks, Staggs said. Walt Disney World's strong performance came despite disruptions and closures caused by hurricanes.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
The families of children with disabilities have sued Walt Disney theme parks in Orlando, Fla., and Anaheim over a new policy for allowing guests with disabilities quick access to rides and attractions. The suit, filed last week in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, alleges that the new policy that was put in place in October will discourage guests with disabilities from visiting the park. Before October last year, visitors with disabilities and their family members were given a card that allowed them to go directly onto rides, skipping the long lines.
BUSINESS
April 23, 1991 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A delegation of Anaheim city administrators is expected to travel to Orlando, Fla., within two weeks for talks with Walt Disney Co. executives to determine how the Central Florida city has absorbed extensive business expansion in the area now dominated by the entertainment company. City Manager James Ruth said Monday that the meetings, which are also expected to involve government officials from Orlando and Orange County, Fla.
TRAVEL
September 29, 1996 | TIMES STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
DisneyWorld will be 25 years old Tuesday, and the Lake Buena Vista, Fla., theme park and resort is celebrating. On Tuesday, it will open Disney's BoardWalk, a waterfront "village" that aims to create the flavor of the Mid-Atlantic coast circa 1930. It includes 910 rooms at BoardWalk Inn and BoardWalk Villas, a dance hall, pub and dining. On Wednesday, the world's largest Disney store opens, with 12 shopping areas. There's also a new roller coaster at Mickey's Toontown Fair.
TRAVEL
January 30, 1994 | MIKE CLARY
The U.S. Army's "Shades of Green" may sound like a training film on camouflage application, but it's not. Rather, it is a 288-room hotel just outside Walt Disney World near Orlando, which opens Tuesday as an economical vacation spot for members of the armed forces. Once called the Disney Inn, the hotel was acquired from Disney via a 99-year lease as part of what Army spokesperson Maj. Linda Ritchie says is military downsizing.
TRAVEL
May 3, 1992 | EILEEN OGINTZ, Ogintz is a former national reporter for the Chicago Tribune.
We just got back from Walt Disney World. The kids had a great time. Now I need a vacation. Lesson No. 1: A visit to Disney World with children is not (I cannot stress this enough) a relaxing experience. Don't count on lazy afternoons around the hotel pool. There's too much the kids want to do . . . or it might rain, as it did when we were there. Lesson No. 2: Disney World with children is expensive. Expect to spend all you brought and then some. Don't forget your credit cards.
BUSINESS
September 16, 1993 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stepping up the pressure on rival Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Florida on Wednesday announced a multibillion-dollar expansion in Orlando that includes its second amusement park there, five hotels, a golf course and a CityWalk-style retail complex. Universal Studios Florida--jointly owned by MCA Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2007 | Dave McKibben, Andrew Blankstein and Christopher Goffard, Times Staff Writers
Since California Adventure made its debut six years ago, billed as Disneyland's hipper, edgier younger sibling, the entertainment colossus founded by Walt Disney has wandered far from the Orange County city where he launched his first park in 1955.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Starting in 2015 the Boy Scouts of America's policy banning adult leaders who are gay will cost the organization donations from the Walt Disney Co. Though Disney doesn't provide money to the Boy Scouts' national or local councils, the Burbank-based company with major theme parks in Anaheim and Orlando, Fla., provides small grants to local troops and packs, said Deron Smith, a Boy Scouts spokesman. “We believe every child deserves the opportunity to be a part of the Scouting experience and we are disappointed in this decision because it will impact our ability to serve kids,” Smith said in a statement.
BUSINESS
September 23, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Starting next month, Disney theme parks will change the policy that lets visitors with disabilities skip the long lines for attractions. Instead of giving visitors with disabilities and their family members a card that allows them to go directly onto rides, the guests will be given a scheduled time period to return to get faster access to the attraction. In essence, guests with disabilities and their families will get to use a new version of the Fastpass tickets offered for certain rides to all guests.
NEWS
July 11, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
If you're going to Walt Disney World in Florida this summer or fall, why not stay near the town Disney built? The Radisson Resort Orlando-Celebration in Kissimmee is half a mile from the amusement park and across the street from the Celebration community built by Disney in the 1990s. Rooms for a family of four are as low as $89 a night, and that comes with shuttle service to Walt Disney World. The deal: This hotel rate doesn't come with tickets (other hotel packages do) but provides a low-cost room for families traveling to Walt Disney World.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs used the high-profile stage of the All Things Digital technology conference to show off the entertainment giant's entry into the world of wearable computing -- the Disney MagicBand. The wristband, debuting in the coming months at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., will take the place of theme park tickets, hotel room keys and even credit cards for theme park visitors. The wearer can use the Disney MagicBand to enter the park through the turnstiles, nab a Fastpass for Thunder Mountain, buy a set of Mouse ears at a concession stand or enter their hotel room at night.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Despite an online petition that garnered over 200,000 signatures protesting the re-imagining of Pixar's "Brave" heroine Merida, Disney has no intention of abandoning its sexier version of the Scottish archer. The modified Merida was created specifically to welcome the character into the company's princess collection. And according to a Disney representative on Wednesday, the image of Merida that sparked this maelstrom is part of a limited run of products including backpacks and pajamas.
NEWS
April 26, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deals and Travel Blogger
Grab your mouse ears and get ready to spend an all-nighter at Disneyland and Disney World at the start of Memorial Day weekend, with Pixar characters from the upcoming movie "Monsters University" roving around and other special events.  The Magic Kingdom Park in Orlando, Fla., as well as Disneyland and California Adventure Park in Anaheim will open at 6 a.m. May 24 and remain open for 24 hours, according to a Walt Disney World announcement....
NEWS
November 11, 1993 | JANE HULSE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If your youngsters would like to rub shoulders with Hollywood types, they have a chance to meet 9-year-old Taran Noah Smith, who appears on the hit television series "Home Improvement." Taran will be at The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. Of course, he's not there just to schmooze but to autograph a new book about Walt Disney World at--where else?--the mall's Disney Store. The top-rated sitcom is produced--no coincidence here--by Disney Studios.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 1990 | CATHY CURTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Michael Graves figured he had two audiences for the hotels he designed for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.: people attending professional conventions and children who came to see Disney's fantasy world. As he told a capacity audience at UC Irvine's Beckman Center on Wednesday night, he realized the hotels "couldn't be too jokey for the proctologists and couldn't be too serious for the 8-year-olds."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2013 | By Ben Fritz
Walt Disney Co. has shut down the Texas game studio behind "Epic Mickey," the Burbank media giant's  unsuccessful attempt to reinvent Mickey Mouse for the interactive age. Disney confirmed Tuesday that it has shuttered Austin-based Junction Point. A spokeswoman declined to confirm how many staffers have lost their jobs, but on a recruiting trip to a college in 2011, the studio reportedly claimed to have about 140 employees. Many in the game industry were shocked in 2007 when Disney acquired Junction Point, which is headed by revered designer Warren Spector.
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