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Disney Died Wednesday After Bout With Cancer
A newspaper says Roy E. Disney, the nephew of Walt Disney who became a powerful behind-the-scenes influence on the family business, has died. He was 79. Clifford A. Miller, a spokesman for Roy Disney’s company Shamrock Holdings, told the Los Angeles Times that Disney died Wednesday after a bout with cancer.
His father, Roy O. Disney, and uncle, Walt, founded The Walt Disney Co. in the 1920s. Walt was the company’s creative genius but Roy Disney’s father played a vital role as head of its financial side. The younger Disney, born in 1930, worked for the company as a writer and producer. But his most important influence was as a Disney shareholder who led two investor revolts.
In 1984 he led a successful campaign to oust Walt Disney’s son-in-law from the company. Nearly 20 years later, he launched another successful shareholder revolt against Michael Eisner.
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Refurbishment/closure information is subject to change without notice and should be confirmed just prior to visiting. Updated information is available at http://www.disneyworld.com
- Magic Carpets of Aladdin (Magic Kingdom) closed through 12/19/09 for refurbishment.
- Typhoon Lagoon closed through 1/9/10.
- Lake Buena Vista Golf Course closed 12/25/09 only.
- Palm Golf Course closed 12/25/09 only.
- Osprey Ridge Golf Course closed 12/25/09 only.
- Crystal Palace (Magic Kingdom) closed 1/3/10 – 2/13/10 for refurbishment. Liberty Tree Tavern will host character dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner 1/3/10 – 2/14/10.
- Splash Mountain (Magic Kingdom) closed 1/3/10 – 2/27/10 for refurbishment.
- Big Dipper Pool & Little Dipper Pool (Hilton Head Island Resort) closed 1/4/10 -1/14/10 for refurbishment. The Beach House Pool will remain open and shuttle service is available.
- Uzima Pool (Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House) closed 1/4/10 – 1/29/10 for refurbishment. Guest may use Samawati Springs Pool at Kidani Village.
- Blizzard Beach closed 1/10/10 – 3/20/10 for refurbishment.
- Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular (Hollywood Studios) closed 1/11/10 – 1/15/10 for refurbishment.
- Luna Park Pool (Boardwalk Inn & Villas) closed 1/18/10 – 2/5/10 for refurbishment. Shuttle transportation to Stormalong Bay Pool (Yacht & Beach Club) will be available.
- Old Key West Resort Feature Pool closed 2/1/10 – 2/28/10 for refurbishment. Shuttle transportation to the feature pool Saratogo Springs Resort & Spa will be available.
Refurbishment information is subject to change without notice and should be confirmed just prior to visiting. Updated information is available at http://www.disneyland.com
- Main Street Opera House (Disneyland) closed through 12/16/09 to re-install Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. A portion of the lobby is open and Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years can be viewed on a small screen.
- Orange Stinger (DCA) closed through 4/28/10 for refurbishment. It will re-open as Silly Symphonies Swings.
- Corn Dog Castle (DCA) closed through 3/24/11 due to construction in the area. Corn dogs are currently available at the Countiful Valley Farmer’s Market.
- Grizzly River Run Challenge (DCA) closed 1/4/10 – 1/8/10 for refurbishment.
- Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm (Disneyland) closed 1/4/10 – 1/12/10 to remove the holiday overlay.
- Haunted Mansion (Disneyland) closed 1/4/10 – 1/14/10 to remove the holiday overlay.
- The Golden Horseshoe Stage (Disneyland) closed 1/4/10 – 1/14/10 for refurbishment.
- Starcade (Disneyland) closed 1/4/10 – 2/1/10 for refurbishment.
- Main Street Cinema (Disneyland) closed 1/4/10 – 2/4/10 for refurbishment.
- Corn Dog Wagon (Disneyland) closed 1/4/10 – 5/4/10 for refurbishment.
- Tomorrowland Terrace (Disneyland) closed 1/4/10 – 5/4/10 for refurbishment.
- Rivers of America (Disneyland) closed 1/4/10 – 5/4/10 for a major refurbishment. All attractions requiring the use of the river will also be closed.
- Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes (Disneyland) closed 1/4/10 – 5/6/10 for refurbishment.
- Tom Sawyer Island (Disneyland) closed 1/4/10 – 5/6/10 for refurbishment.
- Sailing Ship Columbia (Disneyland) closed 1/4/10 – 5/6/10 for refurbishment.
- Mark Twain Riverboat (Disneyland) closed 1/4/10 – 5/14/10 for refurbishment.
- Redwood Creek Challenge Trail (DCA) closed 1/11/10 – 2/19/10 for refurbishment.
- “it’s a small world” (Disneyland) closed 1/18/10 – 1/28/10 for removal of the holiday overlay.
- It’s Tough to be a Bug (DCA) closed 1/20/10 – 1/21/10 for refurbishment.
- Francis’ Lady Bug Boogie (DCA) closed 1/25/10 – 2/4/10 for refurbishment.
More trouble with Walt Disney World’s monorail system left riders stranded Tuesday night.Disney officials said a computer glitch aboard the monorail’s express track left a train stuck between the Transportation and Ticket Center and the Contemporary Resort.
The train full of passengers had to be towed to the next stop. Officials said it took about 30 minutes to repair the problem.The latest problem came just three days after a power outage stranded hundreds of passengers.
Check out this newscast from WESH in Orlando here or click the picture above.
The 911 calls were released from early Sunday when a power failure trapped 300 Disney monorail passengers for three hours.
It began around 1 a.m. Sunday when a computer hard drive failure stalled the monorail system, which left passengers stranded without lights or air conditioning until the problem was fixed about three hours later.
Listen to the 911 Calls Now (mp3)