Monday, December 7, 2009

News From Around The World

The holidays are in full swing at Walt Disney World, with Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, Epcot's occasionally profanity laden Candlelight Processional, and the Osbourne Family Spectacle of Lights at Hollywood Studios. I'll be making my way to Walt Disney World December 17-18 for the party and the processional. I'll have live coverage on the site as well as on our Twitter page, with some long overdue reviews of new attractions including the updated Space Mountain and Spaceship Earth, as well as the new Toy Story Mania and American Idol Experience.

Meanwhile, taping for the Christmas Day Parade, set to air on ABC, continued this week. A number of area blogs have coverage including All Ears Net, A Mom and a Mouse, The Disney Blog, and Orlando Attractions Magazine.

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Annual Pass discounts have been extended for Mickey's very Merry Christmas Party for every date except for the final party on December 18. The discount is $10 off. I don't know if you can get the discount if you've already bought your tickets, but I'm looking into it now and will report my findings.

College bowl games were announced yesterday. Those with interest to the Orlando area are the Champs Sports Bowl, Miami FL vs. Wisconsin, and the Capital One Bowl (formerly the Citrus Bowl,) Penn State vs. LSU. We have an article on the Capital One Bowl from the Scranton Times-Tribune, for no other reason than it's my local paper and they mentioned Disney in the headline.

Philadelphia Examiner is reporting that guest spending at Walt Disney World dropped this year, down 4%. It's the lowest since 2005 and first drop since 2003. This shouldn't come as much surprise. When you give people free dining plans to come, they're obviously going to spend less once they get on property. Plus nobody has any money this year so everyone is scaling down their travel. They should be happy that spending only dropped 4%. Disneyland has a 7% jump in attendence and 9% drop in spending. Yikes.

Remember that contest they were holding in Great Brittan a while back to find a "twin town" for Walt Disney World? Well Swindon is the winner. According to the article Swindon is known for railways and Honda motors and has a roundabout in the middle of town. You can read more from The BBC.

That's it for this week. Hope your Christmas shopping is going well. Remember, I like cars.


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