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:

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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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‘Goofy’s Sky School’ to Open at Disneyland Resort June 3

Goofy's Sky SchoolThe Disneyland Resort has announced that ‘Goofy’s Sky School’ (nee ‘Mulholland Madness’) at Disney California Adventure will join ‘Star Tours: The Adventures Continue’ and ‘The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure’ by marking its grand opening on June 3, 2011.

Joining the fun along Paradise Pier beginning June 3, this coaster attraction is inspired by the classic Goofy ‘How-to’ shorts of the 1940s and 1950s as well as the cartoon short Goofy’s Glider. The theme is a flying academy with your pal Goofy as the wacky instructor. Guests will enjoy all the dips, twists and thrills as Goofy tries to teach a group of novice pilots how to soar through the sky.

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EXCLUSIVE: Disney to Announce ‘Tinker Bell Half Marathon’ at Disneyland; Event Debuts January 2012

UPDATE: WE NOW HAVE THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE CONFIRMING OUR REPORT!

runDisney's 'Tinker Bell Half Marathon'Truthfully, we don’t really have any of the details of the new athletic event currently being teased by runDisney on its Facebook page but we can confirm that on Tuesday, April 19 at approximately 10 am ET (7 am PT), Disney will announce the inaugural ‘Tinker Bell Half Marathon’ at the Disneyland Resort.

The runDisney ‘Tinker Bell Half Marathon’ will provide ‘women and girls an opportunity to celebrate health, fitness, active lifestyles’ and will take place at the Disneyland Resort from January 27-29.

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Apricot Lane to Open in Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort in June

Disneyland Resort today announced that fashion boutique Apricot Lane will join Downtown Disney in early June 2011.

“We always look to add unique locations that provide our guests a shopping experience unlike anywhere else – Apricot Lane certainly fits that mold,” said Tony Bruno, vice president of Disneyland Resort hotels and Downtown Disney. “Our guests are going to love the fashion collection Apricot Lane has to offer.”

Apricot Lane, an International Council of Shopping Centers “Hot Concept” award winner, carries an impressive collection of branded fashion apparel, jewelry, handbags, and accessories to create the most current looks at an affordable price. Brands carried include trend-setting lines such as Miss Me, Free People, Vintage Havana, Chaser and Good Works Make a Difference.

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Speculation: Will ‘Star Tours II’ be Disney’s PhotoPass Enabled?

'Star Tours II: The Adventure Continues' Destinations BoardYesterday, Disney Parks announced that new destinations in the newly revamped ‘Star Tours: The Adventure Continues’ attraction include Naboo, Kashyyyk, Hoth and the Death Star, in addition to previously announced Tatooine and Coruscant, but it’s what wasn’t publicly announced that caught our attention.

Recently, Disney Parks and Resorts registered several domain names, all of which variations on STARTOURSPHOTOS.COM (STARTOURSPHOTOS.NET, STARTOURSPHOTOS.ORG, STARTOURPHOTO.COM, STARTOURPHOTOS.COM) and even the Spanish equivalent, STARTOURSFOTOS.COM (FOTOSSTARTOURS.COM, FOTOSTARTOURS.COM, STARTOURSFOTO.COM).

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The Walt Disney Company, Disney Parks Issue 2010 Corporate Citizenship Reports

The Walt Disney Company today released its second Corporate Citizenship report detailing Disney’s progress on environmental and social impacts. The report also includes the Company’s first set of comprehensive citizenship commitments and goals, aligned around three core principles:

  • Act and create in an ethical manner and consider the consequences of our decisions
  • Champion the happiness and well-being of kids, parents and families in our endeavors
  • Inspire kids, parents, employees, and communities to make a lasting, positive change in the world

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Boba Fett Hunts Down StarSpeeder 1000 in New ‘Star Tours II’ Concept Art

Concept art for 'Star Tours 2: The Adventure Continues'In an email to annual passholders, Walt Disney World continued to spread news of the May 20th launch of ‘Star Tours — The Adventure Continues’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Associated with the news item was this image which features the StarSpeeder 1000 tour shuttle on the run from Boba Fett who’s actively firing at the ship. In the background looms what will become the impenetrable Death Star.

The news nibble also alludes to a special annual passholder event to-be-announced tied to the re-opening of the attraction as well as links to the attraction’s official page which promises that a confrontation with the popular bounty hunter is just one of the promising opportunities in the attraction.

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Vinylmation to Release Limited Edition Mouse Ears, March 18

Limited Edition Viking and Gumball Machine Mouse Ears by VinylmationInspired by two of the figures from the upcoming Urban Series 6 Vinylmation, Disney Design Group will be releasing two unique, limited edition mouse ears at D-Street at the Downtown Disney Districts at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts on March 18, 2011.

Based on a figure designed by artist Doug Strayer, the viking mouse ears will be limited to an edition size of 1,000 pieces.

The gumball machine ears are based on a figure designed by Caley Hicks and will be limited to an edition size of 800 pieces.

Both ears were designed by artist Maria Clapsis and will retail for $49.95.

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