Morning Roundup – August 24

  • takes a look back at Epcot’s The World of Motion. I’m more than a little sad I never saw this or Horizons. I’m hoping that someday we’ll get a Yesterland version of each, perhaps via virtual reality.
  • Were you at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World on May 27, 2007? If so, did you witness the infamous Teacup Tussle? If yes, then the Orange County Sheriffs would like to question you. There. That’s my good deed for the day.
  • Construction has reportedly started on the first Disney Vacation Club units to be built at Disneyland. A new wing will be added to The Grand Californian about where the "Great Lawn" used to sit. We had some of our wedding photos taken there.
  • Don’t look now, but The Children’s Place isn’t holding up their end of the deal for managing The Disney Stores. They’re currently in breach of contract and it’s possible that Disney could rescind the license to operate the US stores. Would Disney want to do that? I think they should. Having complete control of the whole brand image in the US is crucial. The key is controlling product licenses to other stores (like Target and Wal-mart) that end up under cutting the profits at The Disney Stores. Ironically, Paul Pressler, who played such a big part in The Disney Stores earlier success, is out of his job leading The Gap, which is now showing a decent profit.
  • Disney is folding its "Disney Adventures" magazine. Meaning that there is no longer any Disney print magazine devoted to the ‘Disney’ brand. That’s sad.
  • The Lost Blog reports on new casting for season four of ABC’s hit show.   
  • Don’t forget to check out my shared link items from my RSS Feed. Stuff I think you’ll find interesting as Disney fans.