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INTERCOT > News > January 2004

News Archive - January 2004

January 31, 2004

Port Orleans French Quarter Returns To Operation!
Disney has announced that the extensive rehab that has kept Port Orleans French Quarter closed since May 4, 2003 is complete.  The resort is scheduled to reopen on March 21st and guests may begin making reservations immediately.
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January 27, 2004

Get a Peak Season Stay at
Value Season Prices!

Visit The Walt Disney World Resort this Spring and pay Value Season prices! For trips starting 2/12 through 4/17/04 pay as little as $79.00 for Value Resorts. These rates are subject to availability and must be booked by 2/9/04. Annual Passholder can save even more with stays starting before 4/17/04.
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January 12, 2004

Disney Turning Back On Their Own Legacy?
In a move that is coming as no surprise to many industry insiders, and considered to be one of the last steps in abandoning traditional animation altogether, Disney is expected to officially close its Florida Feature Animation studio in Orlando today. Some animators at the Orlando studio are expected to be offered jobs in Burbank but most animators will be left jobless by the move.

Since 1928, Walt Disney Studios have been the industry leader in creating fanciful, beautiful animated films. From Steamboat Willie to Snow White and on through the ages, Disney animators have shown us fantasy, magic, joy and tears brought to life from nothing but a pencil and a piece of paper. Long the labor of love of Walt Disney himself, Disney animation has suffered through debilitating strikes, the loss of Walt and the much-touted “death of animation” through the 1980s. Built upon the “Dare, Dream, Do” ethic of Walt Disney, the animation unit has always fought their way back to the top.

The question remains now, is Disney returning to its roots and focusing on telling a good story or will they completely abandon traditional animation and follow the trend of 3D but still wallow in films containing half-concepts rather than full-bodied stories? Either way, without the talent and foresight of some of the best animators in the business, one has to wonder how Disney will move forward. Many fans wonder if feature animation, with a leader with Walt’s vision, could have flourished and moved traditional animation into the future. We may never know.

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January 9, 2004

Giant Postcard at Mission: SPACE in Epcot
As NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit beams back image after astonishing image from Gusev crater this week, earthlings experiencing Mission: SPACE at Walt Disney World Resort are enjoying their own "Mars Madness."  To celebrate Spirit's success, elated Epcot guests, Disney cast members and Mickey Mouse and Goofy will sign a giant congratulatory postcard on Friday outside the attraction, to be mailed to NASA. The postcard will be available for guest signatures all morning.
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January 5, 2004

Disney's Play 4 Days Are Back!
The wildly popular special ticket offer treats Florida residents to unlimited park-hopping at all four Walt Disney World theme parks on any four days -- all for only $109 per person, plus tax.
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