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December 18, 1987
Judson Green, 35, has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer of the Euro Disneyland Corp., which will build a Disney theme park and destination resort near Paris. Euro Disneyland is a subsidiary of Walt Disney Co., Burbank. Green also assumes responsibility for real estate development. He previously was vice president-finance and planning for the resort division of Walt Disney World.
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BUSINESS
May 11, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Walt Disney World has reached a tentative agreement with its largest employee union. One of the six groups fronted by the Service Trades Council, however, will recommend that its members oppose the deal. The Teamsters says the pay raises are too low and healthcare costs are too high. The proposed contract carries pay raises of at least 4% for the majority of workers.
NEWS
July 28, 1994 | Associated Press
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.
TRAVEL
April 30, 2000 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
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.
BUSINESS
December 30, 1997 | DARYL STRICKLAND, Daryl Strickland covers tourism and small and minority business issues for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-5670 and at daryl.strickland@latimes.com
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
October 18, 1998 | From Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2001 | Richard Verrier
In an ongoing effort to cut costs, Walt Disney World is offering salaried employees at the Florida resort the option of working a four-day week. A Walt Disney Co. spokeswoman said the offer was made to 7,400 salaried employees during the last two weeks. The offers are being made as an alternative to layoffs, which might not occur even if the company does not get the desired number of applicants. Employees who take the offer will be able to keep insurance and retirement benefits.
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