Disney to Join Forces with SEAL Team Six?; Duffy’s Girlfriend Coming to Parks

It’s an unfortunate pairing, but it appears that the Walt Disney Company has made significant gestures in both honoring the United States Navy’s SEAL Team Six, the counter-terrorism unit responsible for the recent assassination of Osama bin Laden as well bringing Duffy the Disney Bear’s gal pal Shelliemay to the parks, or at least on merchandise.

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Star Tours’ Limited Edition ‘Launch Collection 2011′ FIRST LOOK

Star Tours Rebel Spy adult tee

Admittedly some of these tees have been flaunted by Disney Parks already, but many are being seen here for the first time anywhere (as far as we know). They are the collection identified on their sleeve as the ‘Star Tours Launch Collection 2011′ in honor of the introduction of ‘Star Tours: The Adventures Continue’ coming to Walt Disney World’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 20, 2011 and Disneyland on June 6, 2011.

The tees, which should be available at both resorts, are likely to also be offered online at DisneyStore.com.

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Cast of ‘Lemonade Mouth’ to Offer CD Signing at Disneyland Resort May 2

Lemonade Mouth CDOn May 2, the cast of the hit Disney Channel Original Movie, Lemonade Mouth, will appear at Studio Disney 365 located in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort.

Bridgit Mendler, Adam Hicks, Hayley Kiyoko, Blake Michael, Nick Roux and Chris Brochu will first participate in a Q&A session with Radio Disney deejay Ernie D before offering a Lemonade Mouth CD signing for 200 fans.

To get a CD signed, guests much purchase a Lemonade Mouth CD at Studio Disney 365 beginning Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 10AM, while supplies last (limit one per person). At the time of purchase, guests will receive a sales receipt as well as a voucher for the May 2 event.

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Create Your Own Disney Parks Memories Mosaic Online Instantly

Disney Parks Memory Mosaic Facebook AppAs we were the first to announce the current ‘Let the Memories Begin’ campaign at Disney Parks, we felt it only fitting that we bring you news of the latest way you can participate from your very own home — the Disney Parks Memory Mosaic at disneyparksmemorymosaic.com.

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First Look: ‘Star Tours: The Adventures Continue’ Annual Passholder Merchandise

Earlier today, Disney Parks announced just some of the new merchandise coming to the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts this summer in anticipation of the grand opening of ‘Star Tours: The Adventures Continue’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (May 20) and Disneyland (June 3). Although some Annual Passholder exclusive merchandise was mentioned and hinted at (and shown in one case), here is additional information on the passholder exclusives:

Walt Disney World Annual Passholder Exclusive Star Tours 2.0 PinLimited to an edition size of 2000, this Walt Disney World Annual passholder exclusive Star Tours 2 pin features a hinged door that, when closed, shows the Star Tours logo, and the Starspeeder 1000 when opened. It will retail for 15.95

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Disney Gallery to Feature Art of Mary Blair as Part of ‘Small World’ Celebration; Exhibit Opens May 13

'it's a small world' concept art by Mary BlairThe Disney Gallery, located at the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California, has announced that beginning May 13, it will the art of famed Walt Disney Imagineer, Mary Blair. Blair is best known for her designs that inspired the ‘it’s a small world’ attraction which is celebrating its 45th year inside the Disneyland park in 2011.

The art represents a collection that has been never before been displayed in public, instead remaining inside the Walt Disney Studios Archive, until now. In addition to the art that inspired the globally loved attraction, the exhibit will feature Blair’s work on Disney animated films such as Cinderella, Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland as well as Disney Parks contributions such as the tile murals for Tomorrowland, ‘ Adventure Through Innerspace,’ Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World Resort and the never-realized Western River Ride.

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‘Star Tours’ Flight #1401 Details Revealed – Could it be a Trap?

The power of the Force and the magic of Disney have combined to create “Star Tours – The Adventures Continue,” a new 3-D attraction set to open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park on May 20, 2011. The attraction also will open at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif., on June 3, 2011.
Based on the Star Wars films, Star Tours will take Walt Disney World Resort guests to multiple Star Wars destinations where they will interact with characters from throughout the Saga. And it will all be in 3-D.

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EXCLUSIVE: runDisney ‘Tinker Bell Half Marathon’ Official Announcement; Registration Open

runDisney's 'Tinker Bell Half Marathon'Just moments before the official announcement, a source has provided us with the official press release announcing and confirming our initial report that Disneyland Resort will be offering the inaugural ‘Tinker Bell Half Marathon’ event in January 2012:

Building on the near-instant success of its Princess Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort, runDisney is staging a second women-specific race – the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend – in early 2012 at Disneyland Resort, giving women and girls nationwide another opportunity to celebrate health, fitness and active lifestyles. After weeks of anticipation fueled by a series of clues from Disney, the Tinker Bell event was officially revealed Tuesday at a news conference at Disneyland Resort attended by celebrities and Anaheim city officials.

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SPECULATION: ‘Tinker Bell Half Marathon’ Second Leg of runDisney ‘Coast to Coast to Coast’ Trifecta?

UPDATE: WE NOW HAVE THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE CONFIRMING OUR ORIGINAL REPORT! – CLICK HERE

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Johnny Depp, Patti Smith Appear in Latest Disney Parks Campaign by Annie Leibovitz

Johnny Depp in Disney Dream Portrait by Annie Leibovitz

The official Disney Parks blog has debuted the newest entry in the ‘Disney Dream’ celebrity portrait series by Annie Leibovitz, Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean series. The advertisement, which will run as a special spread in the May 2011 issues of Oprah, Real Simple, InStyle and People, features the first time a Disney character is portrayed by the actual actor.

Inside the spread, titled ‘Where magic sets sail and adventures become legendary,’ Captain Jack Sparrow is joined by another pirate, portrayed by performer, writer and artist, Patti Smith.

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