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What happens to all those coins you toss in fountains at Disney?

With “it’s a small world” down for an extended refurbishment, Disneyland Paris has an opportunity to collect all the coins that were ritually thrown in the water ways and fountains by guests. Last Monday Cast Members and Disney VoluntEARS were fitted with boots, shovels, brooms… Read More »What happens to all those coins you toss in fountains at Disney?

Disney CEO’s Huge 2014 Pay Package

Disney CEO Bob Iger had an impressive compensation package for 2014. His total take rose 35% over 2013 to $46.6 million. Now that pales in comparison to some of Michael Eisner’s massive compensation packages (back in 1997 Eisner received over $575 million when you include… Read More »Disney CEO’s Huge 2014 Pay Package

Disney VoluntEARS work leads to real dollars for local charities

Each year Disney’s community of volunteer cast members head back to the communities where they live and play and help charities and nonprofits that are near and dear to their hearts. These “VoluntEARS” spend countless hours on community initiatives such as mentoring students, organizing donations… Read More »Disney VoluntEARS work leads to real dollars for local charities

Disney Cast Members Are BlanketEARs

I love a good story that brings warmth and happiness, I mean literally warmth. The BlanketEARs are a group of Disney World cast members dedicating to are sprinkling a little extra pixie dust throughout the community by knitting and crocheting items for donation to various… Read More »Disney Cast Members Are BlanketEARs

Tokyo Disneyland closed to assess damage, Monorail testing underway

A few quick updates from Tokyo Disneyland.

Although entertainment cast members had been called in to rehearse on Monday, the rehearsals were canceled due to rolling blackouts scheduled for mid-day at the resort. Cast Members are dealing with their own blackouts and struggles for food and water, but a group of Disney entertainment cast members who found themselves freed up from the canceled rehearsal, picked up rakes and shovels and went out into the community to help clear away some of the debris and silt from the homes of elderly.

Here’s a pic of the crew from Disney performer @JarrodLentz‘s twitter stream. Lentz said of the adventure, “The human spirit will not be broke” and “Helping people was the best medicine so far.” I continue to be astounded by how professional and caring Tokyo Disneyland cast has been in the face of tragedy.

Although myself and others had speculated that liquefaction damage near the Monorail stations would result in a long delay in the trains returning to service. That has not been the case. Here’s a short video showing damage near one of the monorails and in the second half you can see them testing the monorail. So that’s good news for Tokyo Disneyland and OLC.

The parks themselves continue on a schedule to open after the 21st. Meanwhile they’re assessing damage and making small repairs. Below the jump is a press release put out by the Oriental Land Company after the quake:

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