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Famed Disney songwriter, Robert B. Sherman, dies at 86

Robert B. Sherman, half of the acclaimed and prolific Sherman Brothers songwriting team, passed away in London, England, on March 5 at The London Clinic, from an age-related illness. He was 86 years old. In collaboration with his brother, Richard M. Sherman (who survives him), Robert wrote some of the most memorable and beloved songs in the history of modern family entertainment. Personally selected by Walt Disney to write songs for his films, television shows,

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Avatar coming to Animal Kingdom

Avatar is coming to the Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World said Tuesday. The theme park is teaming with filmmaker James Cameron to “create themed lands that will give theme park guests the opportunity to explore the mysterious universe of (Avatar) first hand,” the company said in a news release. The first such themed land is planned for the Animal Kingdom. The 2009 film “is a uniquely powerful franchise that has global appeal with audiences of

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WDW: Original Tiki Room returning in August

The new management is now the old management. Walt Disney World said the original Enchanted Tiki Room show, which was replaced in 1998, will be returning later this month. The show, which first appeared in Disneyland in 1963, was an original attraction when Walt Disney World opened on Oct. 1, 1971. The updated attraction — known as The Enchanted Tiki Room — Under New Management — featured a number of characters from recent Disney movies,

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Report: WDW’s Hyperion Wharf project on hold

Walt Disney World’s “Hyperion Wharf” project, floated as a replacement for Pleasure Island, has been put on indefinite hold, the Orlando Sentinel reported. “As with any project of this size and scope, our plans have continued to grow and evolve over time as part of our creative process, and it has simply taken longer than we anticipated,” the newspaper quoted Walt Disney World spokeswoman Zoraya Suarez as saying. “We are committed to creating absolutely the

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Disneyland Resort Presents a Window on Main Street, U.S.A. to Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

ANAHEIM, Calif., March 11 /PRNewswire/ — They’ve written some of the most memorable songs in Disney theme park – and motion picture – history, and on March 11, 2010, the Academy Award-winning composers of the music from “It’s a Small World” and The Enchanted Tiki Room, as well as “Mary Poppins,” will receive the highest honor that the Disneyland Resort bestows. The Sherman brothers, Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, will receive a tribute

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IBM Works with Walt Disney Imagineering to Create a New Smarter Planet Exhibit

Edited from PRNewswire-FirstCall IBM has unveiled a new experiential exhibit at Innoventions at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort, which invites guests to discover the possibilities of building a smarter planet. The exhibit is powered by a new Smarter Data Center, providing a real-life demonstration of optimized computing that reduces energy costs by up to 25 percent. SmarterPlanet presented by IBM offers visitors to the park a “behind-the-scenes” glimpse of how technology is helping

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Walt Disney World Moms Panel Boasts 43 Panelists in 2010, Featuring 21 New Members

Twenty-one new panelists from the United States and Canada, hailing from different backgrounds, are named official members of the 2010 Walt Disney World Moms Panel. Additionally, due to the popularity of the site and an ever-growing number of questions, Disney welcomes back 22 panelists from 2008 and 2009 – totaling 43 members for 2010 to serve as online Disney-savvy vacation gurus, providing helpful tips to guests planning a Walt Disney World vacation. The Walt Disney