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Kepple – Latest Disney News Roundup

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Disney animator Kevin Nelson has started a blog and filled it mostly with concept art for Tangled. Beautiful stuff there.

Disney Cruise Line has officially taken delivery the Disney Dream from the Meyer Werft shipyard. Disney Dream is the largest ship ever built by Meyer Werft. Some crew has already reported to the Dream for training and more arrive next week.

Walt Disney World and the Service Trade Council have agreed to extend the contract past the holidays. The STCU is also undergoing some internal disagreement with some member groups wanting a second vote on the last offer from Disney, the same one that was voted down by union members before.

Disneyland will shortly be removing the letters that spell out California in front of the resort’s second gate. The mosaic and metal sun sculpture are either completely gone or will be soon.

The associated press has an interesting article on whether Disney World has lost its dominance of the theme park industry.

The creator of Epic Mickey has responded to internet critics.

The United Kingdom city of Swindon is preparing to give up its ‘twinning’ with Walt Disney World. So far it’s been mostly uneventful for the town, but has helped with some name recognition, which is always good for local tourism.