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Roundup, Friday

The Orlando Sentinel has an article on the changes to Epcot’s central SpaceShip Earth attraction that reveals some of the changes made to the attraction. There is also a 2 minute video with some behind the scenes footage. Maddeningly, the footage doesn’t include any of the new stuff. Just rehabilitation one existing scenes. It’s still a nice peek at Imagineering’s work on the attraction. Btw, it sounds like the attraction had a soft opening last night for a few hours. Just in time for the MouseFest Disney geeks to enjoy it and report back to their readers.

Hiddenmickeyhaunted is dedicated to the spotting of those most elusive of creatures, The Hidden Mickey. They concentrate on the Disneyland Resort, which makes it tougher, since Imagineers didn’t start using Hidden Mickeys on a regular basis until Epcot was built in 1982. This photo is of the Hidden Mickey at the Haunted Mansion ballroom scene. Ironically, it’s not an "Imagineering approved" official hidden Mickey, but rather one that Cast Members of the attraction added on their own.

The Pixar/Disney film "Ratatouille" is up for another award. This time a Grammy for best Soundtrack. Composer Michael Giacchino really hit a home run with "The Incredibles" and "Ratatouille" was an excellent follow up.

Vanessa Hudgens former Lawyer will be allowed to pursue the Disney starlet for legal fees he says she owes him.  Hudgens signed the contract as a minor and California law allows her to rescind the agreement until she is 18 or a reasonable time thereafter. That appears to be the sticking point.

Disney’s stage musical version of Mary Poppins will float its way into Chicago for an extended visit. It was just announced that the Broadway version has recouped its investment. That means everything from here on out is a spoon full of sugar for Disney’s Musicals division.  Other productions of Mary Poppins have also been licensed for Stockholm, Sweden (October
2008), Copenhagen, Denmark (January 2009), and Budapest, Hungary
(September 2009). China and South Africa are also on the horizon.

Last Monday’s ESPN Monday Night Football game between the Patriots and Ravens set the record for the most watched cable television show ever. The previous record holder was "High School Musical 2". Go figure.