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INTERCOT > News > March 2001

News Archive - March 2001

Walt Disney World To Cut Some 1200 to 1400 Jobs
The Walt Disney Company announced just days ago that it would cut 4,000 jobs company wide. Word now comes that approximately one-third of those cuts will come at the Walt Disney World Resort according to spokeswoman Christine Castro. Another 200 to 250 jobs will be trimmed at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Disney is concerned that as consumers become concerned about the economy, theme park attendance will be effected. -March 29
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INTERCOT partners with AvantGO to provide Pocket News Channel
INTERCOT is now an AvantGO channel for handheld devices, making it the FIRST Disney Information site to operate a handheld news channel! INTERCOT's Walt Disney World Pocket News Channel includes information, park hours, events & tips about the world's favorite vacation destination for your Palm, Pocket PC or Windows CE Device. The Channel is updated on a regular basis and as breaking news warrants! -March 27
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Legends of the Lion King Closing?
The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that the great circle of life may bring an end to "Legends of the Lion King" at the Magic Kingdom. Supposedly, Walt Disney World is considering killing off the Fantasyland show, opened in 1994 and is sponsored by Kodak.  What will fill it's place?  Your guess is as good as ours!  Feel free to speculate in our News & Rumours Forum. -March 26
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info on the attraction

Millionaire Gets FASTPASS

Disney's FASTPASS will expand to a milestone 20th attraction at Walt Disney World Resort with the opening of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire -- Play It!" this April at Disney-MGM Studios. The computerized system developed to free guests from standing in lengthy wait lines will be installed at three more attractions -- Living With The Land and Maelstrom at Epcot and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom -- by the start of the summer vacation season. -March 21
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"Who Wants To Be A Millionaire -- Play It!" Attraction Set To Debut April 7
Walt Disney World Resort has gone to great lengths to recreate the energy and excitement of the hit TV show including the construction of a replica of the famous high-tech set, complete with its dramatic lighting and hot seat. Disney-MGM Studios guests, however, will play for points, not dollars, winning unique prizes along the way. Prizes range from collectible pins and hats to a grand-prize trip to New York City to view a taping of the ABC-TV game show. -March 13
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Feel the Force During Star Wars Weekends At Disney-MGM Studios During May
For four consecutive weekends beginning May 4 the Disney-MGM Studios joins forces with Lucasfilm Ltd. to present the second annual Star Wars Weekends, a celebration that transports guests of all ages to a galaxy far, far away.
Inspired by the four Star Wars films, Star Wars Weekends bring guests face-to-face with their favorite characters, from the cuddly Ewoks to the evil Darth Maul.
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Registration for 2002 Walt Disney World Marathon and Half Marathon Now Open
One of the most popular marathons anywhere in the world has a “running” start on its 2002 event, as registration for the 9th Annual Walt Disney World Marathon and Half Marathon kicked off March 1, 2001. Both races, which follow a course through Walt Disney World theme parks and resort areas, are scheduled for Jan. 6, 2002. -March 12
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Monorail Expansion Nixed
Word around town is that Disney has nixed the often rumored monorail expansion project that would have connected all it's theme parks and has instead decided to move ahead with plans for expanding it's already huge bus system.  The underlying reason?  Estimates put the monorail expansion price tag around $1 Billion.  At a time when many visitors are frustrated with the "lack of magic" the already strained bus system provides... this is a major blow.  To try to combat this, Disney is also moving forward with plans for Busses On Demand. -March 12
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The Eighth Annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, April 20-June 3
Stars of the show are more than 30 million blooms as Disney horticulturists create masterpieces before guests’ eyes. The six-week outdoor extravaganza showcases one-of-a-kind topiary displays, award-winning designs, workshops, kid-friendly activities, themed weekends, concerts and more.
-March 2
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