Universal’s Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit Debut Delayed Until Summer

The St. Petersburg Times is reporting that the opening of Universal Studios Orlando’s newest thrill attraction, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit has been postponed until summer. Reasons for the delay as well as an expected date have not been offered by the theme park at this time. Article here.

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Walt Disney World Resort Celebrates Earth Day Every Day

Cast Members Party for the Planet © Disney

Cast Members Party for the Planet © Disney

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., April 21, 2009 — (PR) Since the company’s early days, Disney has been committed to Environmentality, which encompasses the attitude and commitment to do what is right for the environment and right for responsible business.

Building on this legacy, Walt Disney World Resort has intensified efforts to embed environmental stewardship into the decisions and actions of Cast Members and guests through a series of science-based programs and policies. The efforts include effectively managing resources through energy management, water conservation and waste minimization. Some of the work is highlighted in a set of Fun Facts:

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New Pirates League Experience Coming to Magic Kingdom in June

Concept art for the new Pirate League experience in Magic Kingdom's Adventureland © Disney

Concept art for the new Pirate League experience in Magic Kingdom's Adventureland © Disney

DisneyShawn is reporting that construction under way for a new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique-type experience will soon be available for boys.

The Pirates League will be located in Adventureland (in the House of Treasure location) and initiates will be given pirate identities, take on their new pirate persona and gain access to a secret treasure rom.

More details to follow.

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Additional Details on Captain Rockhopper’s Appearance at WDW (and He’s not Alone)

Thanks to a tweet from disneyshawn, we understand that Captain Rockhopper will appear across from the Backlot Tour beginning April 30. Even bigger, Shawn reports that Rockhopper will be accompanied by another penguin he calls Blue (as pictured in our original report here).

Current meet & greet times are scheduled for 9:30a, 10:30a, 11:30a, 12:30p, 2:30p, 3:30p and 4:30p.

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Characters in Flight at Downtown Disney Balloon Inflation (Video)

In honor of the grand opening of Aerophile’s Characters in Flight at Downtown Disney today, we are pleased to take you ‘backstage’ for a glimpse of the setup and inflation of the balloon through time-lapse photography. Please enjoy. Thanks to Disney for the footage.

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Loews USO Resorts Offer ‘Grrreen Dog’ Hotel Package For Visiting Dogs (and Their Owners)

NEW YORK — (Press Release) — As part of its commitment to the environment, Loews Hotels encourages even its furriest guests to do their part in promoting responsible, sustainable consumption (literally). The new Loews “Grrreen Dog” package features a specially created “Dog Gone Green” room service meal, a veterinarian approved healthy feast which mixes locally grown ingredients from neighborhood farms with a lot of love. The “Grrreen Dog” package will launch on Earth Day (April 22, 2009) and features several additional earth-friendly components.

Available April 22 – September 5, 2009, “Grrreen Dog” package rates vary by hotel, starting at $119 per night. Package includes:

— A one-night stay at one of Loews Hotels 17 properties for guests and their pet
— “Dog Gone Green” room service meal with local ingredients (see recipe below)
— A Loews Hotels 100 % organic cotton bandana made by Go Doggie Go Green™
— A Zogoflex™ Huck, an environmentally-friendly toy by West Paw Design ®

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Disney Fairies Author Gail Carson Levine to Hold Signing at WDW April 30

Gail Carson LevineOn Thursday, April 30 at 2:00pm – 3:00pm, author of Ella Enchanted and Disney Fairies stories, Gail Carson Levine, will be appearing at the Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden near Test Track in Epcot to sign copies of her book Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand. No personal items may be signed, all items to be signed will be available for purchase at the signing (limit of 2 items per guest).

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Club Penguin’s Rockhopper to Visit Walt Disney World in May

rockhopper-disney-world-298x300If you’re a penguin, you already know who Rockhopper is and you probably already know this juicy little tidbit, but Club Penguin and many CP fan sites are reporting that Rockhopper will be making appearances at Walt Disney World beginning April 30 through May 13. No further details are currently available, but rest assured, as soon as we know more, we’ll update you all.

Updated: Here’s the official announcement in CP’s blog.

Thanks to cancilla/TGM for the tip

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Head-on Collision Near Epcot Leaves Two Dead

According to reports, the drivers of two vehicles collided head-on early Sunday morning around 2 am when a man was driving in the wrong lane along Epcot Center Drive. As a result, both cars caught fire with their drivers trapped inside. Both were pronounced dead on the scene.

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A Video Tour of Downtown Disney’s Tren-D

Mark Perrotta, director of Product Development and Design for Walt Disney World, gives a tour of Downtown Disney’s newest shopping experience — Tren-D. Tren-D is a stylish boutique with designer flair for those fashion-conscious shoppers seeking trendy apparel and fun accessories. Designers such as Kidada Jones, Tarina Tarantino and Judith Jack showcase their artistry – blending it with Disney-inspired creations.

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