Morning Roundup – August 16th

  • The Anaheim Resort District zoning issue continues dive deeper into conflict. It now looks like the Suncal supported ballot measure to put all Resort District zoning changes up to a city wide vote will get the three required city council votes to make onto the next voting ballot. That’s the same ballot that will have the people supported referendum that would protect the Resort District from non-tourism businesses. I really hope the citizens of Anaheim are smarter than the city council and SunCal is giving them credit for.
  • Florida Governor Crist visited Walt Disney World today to cheer Disney’s efforts in the Florida Green Lodging program. Later he went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp.
  • Also, local news is reporting that some Cast Members at Disney’s Animal Kingdom were robbed. More details (and a link!) as I get them.
  • Universal Studios Orlando just got approval to go ahead and build around 300 units of low income housing on their property for employees. Also approved were sites for two new mega hotels and one plot for future development.
  • ESPN has an ombudsman. Who knew? Anyway Le Anne Schrieber is charged with following up on viewer questions and generally keeping an eye on things over there. This week’s post tackles two topics that had me perplexed. First off, what the heck were Mike & Mike doing anchoring Primetime SportsCenter. Secondly, what was up with that "Who’s Now" promotion? Apparently lots of other people were wondering the same thing. Schrieber explores the issue.
  • Over on LaughingPlace.com, Bob Gurr goes to Paris Disneyland, files a trip report, and forces you to sit through his vacation slides. Okay, he doesn’t force you, but if you know anything about the work of the former imagineer, you should feel compelled to check them out.
  • Four years after its opening, what is the legacy of Mission:Space at Epcot? Mouse Extra explores the uneasy time of the controversial attraction.