At Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, the Disney Institute recently launched an updated version of its 3.5-day teambuilding program, “The Disney Approach to People Management.” Participants go behind the scenes of the theme parks and resorts to learn how Disney recruits, selects, trains, rewards, and recognizes its more than 62,000 “cast members.” The program helps companies that want to create a positive, service-driven corporate culture. The Disney Institute offers many other professional development workshops and seminars. Go to for descriptions.

  • Two as-yet-unnamed cruise ships will be added to the Disney Cruise Line fleet in 2011 and 2012. Each will have 1,250 staterooms and will be two decks taller than the existing Disney Magic and Disney Wonder ships.

  • Walt Disney World is closing all of its nightclubs at Pleasure Island to create a new family-friendly environment. A few venues, such as Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant and Sosa Family Cigars, remain open.

  • At Disney's Wide World of Sports, a 100-lane bowling stadium is slated to open in 2010.

  • The Disney-MGM Studios has changed its name to Disney's Hollywood Studios.