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
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