July 28, 1994 |
Lightning struck a tram unloading passengers at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom on Wednesday, slightly injuring four people. No one was hit directly by the lightning bolt that struck in the "Happy" parking lot near the ticket and transportation center. Seven people were stunned by the strike but three did not require treatment. Four people were treated at a hospital and released.
April 30, 2000 |
Walt Disney World has disbanded its marching band, a Magic Kingdom fixture for nearly 30 years. The band's 18 musicians, dressed in signature red coats, white pants and plumed hats, were abruptly fired last week. They will be replaced by smaller musical groups throughout the park. A spokeswoman said Disney wanted "something fresh," adding that "it seemed to be time to make a change." Disney's original band still performs at Disneyland.
July 11, 2013 |
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.
December 30, 1997 |
Mickey Mouse Jr. has outdistanced the original Mickey. Disneyland, the Anaheim theme park, has slipped from its perch as the continent's most popular theme park, surpassed by The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida. An estimated 17 million people visited the Magic Kingdom, up 23%, versus 14.2 million at Disneyland, down 5%, or about 700,000 people, according to Amusement Business, a Nashville-based trade journal. Disneyland's attendance declined for a couple of reasons.
March 14, 2012 |
Walt Disney Co. is looking to bring some Marvel muscle to Disney theme parks. Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger told shareholders attending the annual meeting Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo., that the company has done preliminary design work that will one day lead to Marvel superheroes appearing in the theme parks along with Disney's other familiar characters. "We haven't announced anything yet," Iger said. "But we're working on some concepts. " When Disney acquired Marvel Entertainment Inc. for $4.3 billion in 2009, the Burbank entertainment company talked about incorporating the comic book giant's library of 5,000 characters throughout its various businesses.
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March 13, 1998
Marvin A. Davis, 87, Emmy-winning art director and theme park planner for Disney. After several years as an art director for 20th Century Fox, Davis joined Walt Disney Imagineering in 1953. He became the master planner for Disneyland, which opened in 1955, and was particularly responsible for the design of the park's Main Street, Sleeping Beauty Castle and Haunted Mansion. Davis also served as project designer for the concept of Walt Disney World, which opened in 1973 in Florida.
October 18, 1998 |
Walt Disney World has quietly started requiring background checks on all new hires, following the rape of a tourist and the publication of a book critical of the theme park's security practices. The resort already ran checks on new employees who handled money, worked directly with children, were involved with security or disclosed they were convicted of a crime, spokesman Bill Warren said. It decided in August to expand the checks to all new hires, just like Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.
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December 1, 2005 |
Card Walker, a mailroom employee who rose to become the first chief executive at the Walt Disney Co. who wasn't a member of the Disney family, leading the company from 1971 to 1983, has died. He was 89. Walker, who oversaw the development of Walt Disney World, died of congestive heart failure Monday at his home in La Canada Flintridge, the company announced. During his tenure, Walker brokered the deal for the company's first international theme park: Tokyo Disneyland, which opened in 1983.
November 13, 2004 |
Union officials representing 40% of Walt Disney World's 52,000-person workforce asked a federal mediator to help them reach a contract with the company after a third proposal was rejected by members, who also authorized a strike, if necessary. The mediator planned to meet Monday in Orlando with Disney executives and leaders of the unions. The unions' members Thursday rejected the contract proposal by a vote of 3,686 to 2,827.