FBI: Despite reports, no threats against Disney

NEW YORK -- Disney said it received word from the FBI that the bureau has "no specific or credible threat against the theme parks," despite widespread news reports last weekend that Disney parks were potential targets.

Vicki Johnson, manager of travel industry sales and marketing for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said, "We are in constant communication with local, state and federal authorities" and added that "Disney continues to assess its security needs in response to the nation's heightened level of alert."

Following the Sept. 11 attacks, Disney added bag inspections, vehicle restrictions, more safety personnel and covert measures to its security.

Some agents, like Disney specialist Miriam Blau, owner of Here & There Travel in Farmingdale, N.Y., said her bookings for Disney are about 5% their normal level.

"I have not seen any new business coming in for Disney. The people who have been traveling to the parks and on cruises were booked a long time ago," she said.

Cate Fagan, owner of specialized Disney agency Zipadeedoo Travel in Medford, Mass., described her Disney booking levels at 20% to 25% of normal levels.

"I'm getting a sense that my clients are more concerned about getting there than necessarily being there," said Fagan.

In an effort to jumpstart bookings for its 100 Years of Magic celebration at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Fla., the resort set a $59 room rate and other packages.

To book the room-only rate, agents can call (800) 647-7900. For details on other packages, call (800) 327-2996 and request ZWQA for travel Nov. 23 to Dec. 25 and ZWLK for 2002.

David Cogswell and Michele SanFilippo contributed to this report.

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