Monday, October 5, 2009

News From Around The World

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Disney is finally on board for the proposed high speed rail system that would connect Tampa to Orlando. The train, which is cool enough news for a Clearwater guy like myself, is big news for people who want for not only Florida commuters and day trippers but for vacationers who want to see more than one of Florida's tourist spots without having to rent a car. The proposed system, that is only in the early planning stages and hasn't even been allocated funds yet, would connect Disney World, the Orlando Convention Center (Universal area,) Orlando International Airport, and downtown Tampa. You could see why Disney would oppose this but I guess they finally decided that the pros outweigh the cons.

John Frost at The Disney Blog is reporting that the Winnie the Pooh lawsuit is FINALLY over. Thank goodness Disney and all parties involved can finally move on.

WDW Magic is reporting on a number of changes around Innoventions Plaza. The overhead cables are gone from around the plaza. I always kind of liked those for some reason, though I know they had the practical purpose of keeping the birds away. This is prime season for those birds to come inland to WDW and annoy guests so maybe Disney has come up with a new method of keeping the birds away. The Fountain of Nations has a new stainless steel guardrail.

The New York Times is reporting that the World of Disney store in Manhattan is closing it's doors. According to the article, the company has not ruled out opening a smaller Disney Store in Times Square.

WDW Magic is reporting that Thumper and Miss Bunny from Bambi will be appearing at Animal Kingdom in the near future.

Finally, WDW Magic is reporting that some new land-specific merchandise has popped up in Adventureland. I've got to be honest, I'm loving that Jungle Cruise t-shirt.

One last closing note. If you haven't seen it yet, Disney Parks has launched its own official blog. Check it out.

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