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Steve Jobs avoids criminal charges in backdated options probe

Mercury News reports that Steve Jobs has been found to be in the clear when it comes to criminal charges related to the backdated options he received as CEO. Backdating isn’t always illegal, but steps must be followed, including disclosure rules. In Apple’s case, the company has admitted the grant to Jobs, approved in December… Read More »Steve Jobs avoids criminal charges in backdated options probe

Disney requiring finger scanning for admission

One of the most frequent email questions I get is in regards to the finger scanning system that is now required for admission into the Walt Disney World properties. Tripp asked: Do you have any additional info on the story on – – about Disney requiring the finger printing/scanning of ALL guests? I’ve… Read More »Disney requiring finger scanning for admission

Iger, Staggs next Eisner & Wells?

Disney has just announced huge stock options for the incoming CEO, CFO team of Bob Iger and Thomas Staggs. What remains to be seen is will this duo find in each other the creative pairing that made Eisner and Wells, Walt and Roy, so successful in their CEO/CFO partnerships. Here’s a great post from "how… Read More »Iger, Staggs next Eisner & Wells?

Disneyworld Lowers Prices, Complicates Matters.

While some headlines out there are screaming about Disney World’s $5 price increase for a one day ticket, the real story is the unique customization that is available now. With the new a la carte pricing structure they call "Magic Your Way" Disney World has made the extended stay much more affordable. has an easy to follow chart with the new pricing options. Everything goes into effect on Jan. 2, 2005.

The new system isn’t really much more complicated than the old system. It will require more advanced planning on the vacationer’s part. So talking with a travel expert, visiting an online Disney fan site, or becomes more important. It is possible that someone won’t understand the system fully and be suprised by the extra charges for park hopping, non-expiration date, etc. I’m sure Disney is counting on a little of this to pad their profit margin.

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Disney Store Swap Announced

An announcement was made today making official the transfer of the Disney Store name, product, and stores to The Children’s Place. The licensing agreement is for an initial term of 15 years with three 10 year renewal options. The domain goes with the agreement and a payment will be made to Disney based on… Read More »Disney Store Swap Announced