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At Walt Disney World, Mickey Breaks His Silence

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And our last word in business today is: talking mouse.

Walt Disney World in Orlando announced this week that after four decades of silence - pretty awkward silence - Mickey Mouse is now talking to visitors.

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Disney posted a video of Mickey greeting visitors with stock phrases like the one you just heard, as well as: Can I sign that for you?

GREENE: Of Mickey does speak in movies and on TV, and even during park's stage shows, but hasn't spoken individually to guests at Orlando's Magic Kingdom since it opened in 1971.

INSKEEP: The move comes as Disney's U.S. theme park set attendance records in the latest fiscal quarter, mostly due to a 7 percent jump in international travelers with tourists from Brazil leading the charge

GREENE: Seems Mickey's next trick might be to learn some phrases in Portuguese.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

INSKEEP: And I'm Steve Inskeep. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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