Disney one-day passes now cost more than $200

Within Disney's fantastically complicated five-tier ticket pricing scheme, the cost of a one-day pass has increased from $199 to $209 per day. Here are other highlights from the SFGate article about Disney's new prices:

The MaxPass, which enables a park visitor to digitally book reservations for rides and attractions instead of waiting in line, increased to $20 from $15.

Parking stayed flat at $25 a day.

The price of the least expensive annual pass, the Select Pass, which blocks out holidays and peak-demand days, rose 5% to $419 from $399. The most expensive annual pass, the Premier Pass, which gives guests access to Disney parks in Anaheim and Orlando, Fla., without blocking any dates, jumped 13% to $2,199 from $1,949.

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Disney CEO will donate to the public school hit with a licensing fee for "illegally" screening The Lion King

On Tuesday I linked to a CNN story reporting that Emerson Elementary School in Berkeley, California held a screening of  The Lion King,  and received a $250 charge for "illegally screening the movie." Today The New York Times reports that Disney chief Bob Iger apologized to the school and said he will donate money to its PTA:

The New York Times notes that it "was not immediately clear whether the company was still requiring the licensing fee after Mr. Iger’s tweet." My guess is that Iger's donation will exceed $250, but that the licensing fee will stand. If Disney dropped the fee, it would set a precedent that would give anyone a good excuse to screen Disney movies at fundraising events without having to buy a license.

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Public school plays "The Lion King" to raise funds, Disney hits it with a bill for one-third of proceeds

Most public schools are cash-strapped. PTAs work hard to close the funding gap by holding events to raise money to pay for school supplies, field trips, and groundskeeping. But when Emerson Elementary School in Berkeley, California held a screening of Disney's popular knock-off of Kimba the White Lion, which is called The Lion King, they were surprised to discover a bill for $250 for "illegally screening the movie," reports CNN:

"One of the dads bought the movie at Best Buy," PTA president David Rose told CNN. "He owned it. We literally had no idea we were breaking any rules."

While the school doesn't know how exactly the company discovered the movie was played, Rose said the school's PTA will "somewhat begrudgingly" cover the cost of the screening.

An email sent to the school by Movie Licensing USA informed Emerson faculty that the company had "received an alert" that "The Lion King" was screened during an event on November 15. Movie Licensing USA manages licensing for Disney and other major studios.

And since the school does not have a license with the company, it's been asked to pay $250 for the screening -- and $250 per showing of the movie at any future events at the school.

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