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¨  How much does the fireworks display at Disney World cost?
¨  How long did it take to bulid each Disney World park?
¨  Is the Walt Disney World Main Street USA project still in the works?
¨  Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas
¨  Is there a Disneyland being constructed in Australia?
¨  How many films did Walter Disney make in his lifetime?
¨  How many Disney amusement parks are there in the world?
¨  Who is the oldest character in Disneyland?
¨  Will there be a Disneyland in Germany in the near future?
¨  Please tell us about Disneyland.  All we know about it in Syria is from hints in movies.
¨  I need info on Disneyland history.

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QUESTION:
I am doing a project for school and I was wondering how much money it costs for each fireworks show at Walt Disney World.

ANSWER from Michelle Mock on 8 February 2007:
Generally this type of information is not shared with the public.  It's possible that a student could write or call the Walt Disney Company or Walt Disney World and ask.  You might be able to get a ball park figure if you explain how you wish to incorporate the information into your report.  You can also do some searching on the web and you might be able to get enough input to "guestimate".  However, don't believe everything you read.  I frequently find posts on bulletin boards from people who really don't have a clue but act like experts.  Here is an article that might be useful for report:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5431104/

Also, it might be useful for you to look at other sites and possibly get quotes on fireworks from them (the people who put on shows for Fourth of July, etc.) and then do math to figure out what it might cost to do a fireworks display at a Disney theme park.  How many minutes does the display last?  How many burst per minute? What type of elements are used?  Also, in addition to the fireworks themselves, there is the cost for all the people who are working behind the scenes.  You have the actual pyrotechnic people plus security, fire personnel, and all the cast members who are performing the service to find safe places for people to watch while keeping walkways moving and clear.

The Disney fireworks displays are my favorite fireworks of all time.  I could watch the display at Disneyland every night and not get tired of seeing it.  I don't think anyone does it better!  But I am biased... I work there! ;-)  I hope this helps.  Good luck with your report!  Read up on fireworks.  It's really a very interesting subject!!

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QUESTION:
I am writing a big project on Walt Disney World for my school and I was wondering if you could tell me how long it took to build each park.  I was also wondering how much it cost for each park.

ANSWER from Michelle Mock on 24 January 2007:
In Disney A to Z by Dave Smith, the Walt Disney Co. archivist, I find the following:

Walt and Roy Disney announced plans to build what later was named Walt Disney World on November 15, 1965.  On December 15, 1966, Walt Disney passed away.  Roy continued with the plans to build the Florida Project and dedicated The Magic Kingdom park in October 1971.  Roy passed away in December of that same year.

The total cost for the new park was $400 million and included two luxury hotels, golf courses, campground, lakes and lagoons offering fishing and water sports.  EPCOT Center opened in 1982 and the Disney-MGM Studio in 1989.  None of the parks are finished.

Walt once said that when you finish a movie and put it in the can, it's done, over, complete.  But the parks would never be finished as long as there was imagination.  With Florida, they had the blessing of size.  The land owned by the Walt Disney Company is about twice the size of Manhattan Island in New York!  There is plenty of room to expand existing parks and create new ones.

You can find more information for your report here:
http://disney.go.com/vault/read/dave_smith.html

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QUESTION:
Is the Walt Disney World Main St. USA project still in the works?  I've recently noticed that the Olszewski section is no longer accessible under the Walt Disney World menu when you visit the Disney gallery web site?

ANSWER from Ray Olszewski on 17 January 2007:
Hello and thank you for your email.  I also noted that the disneygallery.com had removed references to Walt Disney World's list of Olszewski 1/220th scale buildings and sculptures.  I do know what the specific reason for this as our pieces are should be still available through DisneyGallery.com and plans to create Walt Disney World's Main Street USA are still in the works.  Our General Manager at Olszewski Studios will be checking on this and as a result will be posting additional about past releases and future releases soon.

Please make sure you are on our contact us at http://www.olszewskistudios.com so we can provide you with periodic updates.  Feel free to contact me anytime.

Ray Olszewski
http://www.olszewskistudios.com
Webmaster

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QUESTION:
In 'Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas' what do Huey, Dewey and Louie do to end up on Santa's Naughty list?

ANSWER from Imagiverse on 24 December 2006:
A summary of the cartoon can be found on Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mickey's_Twice_Upon_a_Christmas

Read through that and you should find the answer!

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QUESTION:
Is there a Disneyland being constructed in Australia?

ANSWER from Imagiverse on 12 November 2006:
That's a great question!  I have not heard of any plans to build a Disney park in Australia but you never know!  The original Disneyland Park opened in California in 1955.  Today there are parks in California, Florida, Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong.  I hope you get to visit a Disney park some day!

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QUESTION:
How many films did Walter Disney make in his lifetime?

ANSWER from Luis Flores on 11 October 2006:
Walter Elias Disney was involved in the creation of literally hundreds of "films" throughout his lifetime.  They range from "shorts" to full-length features.  His role in the films range from producer, director, and even star.

Here's a breakdown of what I was able to find:

680 films given credit as a producer.
114 films given credit as a director.
124 films given credit as an actor.

Most likely the number you might have been looking for was:
19 full-length animated features (Ranging from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" to "The Jungle Book.")

I found most of my information at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000370/ and http://waltdisney.com

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QUESTION:
How many Walt Disney amusement parks are there in the world?

ANSWER from Imagiverse on 22 May 2006:
There are 5 Disney parks.  They are located in Anaheim, California; Orlando, Florida; Tokyo, Japan; Hong Kong, China; and Paris, France.

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QUESTION:
Who is the oldest character in Disneyland and how old?

ANSWER from Michelle Mock on 21 April 2006:
This is kind of a trick question!  "It all started with a mouse"... Mickey Mouse.

Mickey Mouse was born from Walt Disney's imagination on a train, when Walt was returning to California from New York.  Walt had gone there to renegotiate a contract for another character named Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.  Unfortunately, he learned that the distributor had acquired the rights to the character and Walt no longer had his first popular character.  So, as he rode home, he started sketching and a little mouse named Mickey was born.  Mickey's birth year is 1928.  His girlfriend, of nearly 80 years, Minnie Mouse, is the same age: 78 this year.

Now, the reason I say it is a trick question... there are other characters who are actually older... for example, Winnie the Pooh turned 80 this year.

However, Walt Disney said that he wanted us to always remember "it all started with a mouse"... Mickey Mouse.

P.S. A very special thing happened this year, as Disneyland celebrates its 50th birthday...  The Walt Disney Company reacquired the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.  He's come back home!!

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QUESTION:
Will there be a Disneyland in Germany in the near future?

ANSWER from Michelle Mock on 21 April 2006:
That's a great question!  I have not heard of any plans to build another Disney park in Europe but you never know!  The original Disneyland Park opened in California in 1955.  Today there are parks in California, Florida, Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong.  I hope you get to visit a Disney park some day!

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QUESTION:
We wonder if you can tell us about Disneyland because all we know about it in Syria are some hints in American movies.

ANSWER from Michelle Mock on 21 April 2006:
A man named Walt Disney had two young daughters and on weekends, when he would take them places, they had the fun while he sat and watched them and waited.  He wanted to have fun too.  He dreamed of a place where the whole family, parents and children, could have fun together.  He thought of putting in a model train big enough to ride on.  He could have a carousel and other rides.  It could also be a place where people could meet, in person, the star of many Disney cartoons: Mickey Mouse.  So, he kept thinking and planning and finally convinced his brother Roy, who was also his business partner, that a place like Disneyland park could be a success.  So they built it.  It has rides and shows, parades and fireworks.  People from all over the world come to Disneyland to have fun... the whole family.  Walt Disney passed away in 1966 (only 11 years after Disneyland opened).  Today the original park continues to thrive and a new park, named California Adventure, was built in the old parking lot.  In Orlando, Florida, Disney World opened in 1972.  Disney parks are also found in Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong.  They say that the sun never sets on the Disney parks!  Walt's dream continues to grow!  When Disneyland first opened on July 17th, 1955, Walt Disney dedicated the park by saying: "To all who come to this happy place: welcome.  Disneyland is your land.  Here, age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future.  Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America... with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world."

Disneyland is a wonderful, magical place where the whole family can have fun.  I hope you get to visit one of the Disney parks some day!

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QUESTION:
I need info on Disneyland history.

ANSWER from Michelle Mock on 11 February 2006:
Disneyland was a dream of Walt Disney from the time his two daughters were quite young.  He used to take them places on Saturday... he called it "Daddy's day with the two daughters".  He would watch them having fun while he waited around "sitting on a bench eating peanuts".  He thought there should be some sort of "amusement enterprise" where the whole family could have fun together.  So, he dreamed about a theme park... a place where people could come and see Mickey Mouse, ride on a merry-go-round, take a trip on a train...  He wanted to have the park near the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank but his little idea kept growing until it wouldn't fit there!  That is why it was eventually built in Anaheim, California instead.

Once Walt convinced his brother Roy, and Roy convinced the investors that this would be a good project, they purchased the land and started building.  Disneyland cost $17 million dollars and was completed in a little over a year.  It opened on July 17th 1955.

We are currently celebrating Disneyland's 50th birthday.

If you have some more specific questions, please send them, one at a time.  We would be happy to answer for you.  If you wonder how we know so much about Disneyland... several members of our Imagiverse Team work there!

We LOVE our jobs!

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