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Say goodbye to Lego, Disneyland gets its 1000th ghost and Disney World rethemes a couple attractions.
Written by Kenny Hitt
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Lego CEO Steps Down, Company to Sell Legoland Parks
LA Times - October 23, 2004
Danish comapny Lego, Inc. announced this week that it plans to sell its 4 Legoland parks, and that the company's Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen is stepping down. Kristiansen is the grandson of the company's founder, and the company said that the Kristiansen family would be receiving the first chances for offers to buy the parks. Profit margins are said to be the reason for the closures, as only the original park in the company's hometown of Billund, Denmark has actually made a return on investment. According to MousePlanet's David Koenig, the age factor may also be an issue, since the parks are almost exclusively kid-centric. Employees at the parks could not be reached for comment, because they were trying to locate some more of those little two-pegged pieces so they could finish their life-size model of the Millennium Falcon.
Baton Rouge, LA doctor and health care attorney Cary Sharp is ponying up $37,000 in an eBay charity action to have his name and a silly epitaph added to Disneyland's Haunted Mansion. Mr. Sharp and his guests will be special guests for an "interrment" ceremony once his stone is crafted. He is the first person to receive this honor that wasn't an employee of the company. Ironically, Mr. Sharp says he's not a huge Disney fan, and has only been to Disneyland once.
Bidding was started at $750 by HELLRAISER creator Clive Barker, whose ABARAT series of horror/fantasy stories for junior readers have been under development at Walt Disney Studios. The final price will be split between Anaheim's Boys & Girls Club and a local charity of Sharp's choosing. It is unknown at this point whether any of his relatives think he spent a small fortune on a frozen pizza.
WDW Magic is reporting that Stitch's Great Escape has resumed guest testing. As is the usual, testing will take place at certain times only and will not be guaranteed to be fully operational until the "official" opening date. Cast member previews are tentatively scheduled for the first 4 days of November. In the meantime, WDWM has some great spy photos from the inside (and backstage) of the attraction! Many Bothans died to bring us this information.
Apparently, the Mouse is planning a major retheming of the inside of Epcot's Land Pavilion. The new motif? A TRAVEL AGENCY. Now, for the next few minutes, I want you to close your eyes and think about the attractions in this part of the park...a boat ride and a flight simulator. Where exactly does the LAND come into play?
Yeah, I know, better late than never, but here's some quick info about the damage taken by Six Flags Over Georgia thanks to last month's Hurricane Ivan. As you can see in the ScreamScape photos, water completely surrounded DEJA VU and THE GREAT AMERICAN SCREAM MACHINE. Shortly after these photos were taken, rednecks appeared en masse in order to take a gander what they thought was merely a massive park retheming.
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