Monday, February 1, 2010

News From Around The World

In the least shocking news you'll ever hear, Austin Wuennenberg's family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Disney. Austin, you might remember, was the monorail pilot killed in the tragic accident over the 4th of July holiday. Mickey Extreme has the story.

In more bad monorail news, The Disney Blog is reporting that monorail Coral is offline for a few days after a brake fire last night. I know they're iconic but is anyone else starting to get the feeling that Disney is going to scrap the monorail system sometime in the future?

Jaunted has a story on some new stuff announced for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Included is something called Ollivander's Wand Shop. Apparently this is exciting. As I've noted before, I don't understand or particularly care about any of this.

President Obama, in his State of the Union address no less, announced the high speed train that will connect Walt Disney World and the Orlando Convention Center to Tampa's Ybor City. It's great news for those of us who live in central Florida and the Bay Area. It's also pretty exciting for people who want to travel between the theme parks as the route puts stops literally minutes from all 4 Disney parks, SeaWorld, Universal Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa, and the proposed new Legoland. Theme Park Insider speculates.

Speaking of Busch Gardens, the CEO of Busch Gardens Williamsburg apparently just visited Epcot and decided "I've got to get me one of those!" According to Theme Park Insider, the park announced the opening of two new shows: a high definition aerial tour of Europe and a nighttime fireworks called (I swear I'm not making this up) "IllumiNights."

Disney is shutting down Miramax. For the 6 or 7 of you who still care, the New York Times has coverage.

Hundreds of Walt Disney World cast members were among those who participated in the Hope for Haiti benefit last weekend. Just in case you haven't considered donating to the cause, we at WDWorld Traveler would like to encourage you to give something, anything, to the people of Haiti who very desperately need it. I know things are tight right now, trust me they are for me and are for everyone, but many many people lost EVERYTHING. See this desk your computer is on while you read this? It would be a good home for most of them. Take the money you had earmarked for a Dole Whip and a turkey leg next time at the Magic Kingdom and give it to Haiti. My real life employers have compiled a list of reputable organizations that are accepting donations. Please consider one of them. Alright...I'm done preaching now.


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