Disney Vacation Club Scheduled to Open Kidani Village, Second Phase of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – In spring 2009, Disney Vacation Club is planning to open the first phase of Kidani Village at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas to meet ongoing strong demand for its unique vacation-ownership program.

“We continue to see strong demand from families who want to build a lifetime of unforgettable memories by vacationing in ways they never dreamed possible,” said Jim Lewis, president of Disney Vacation Club. “Disney Vacation Club is entering a new era with Kidani Village, as it’s the first of four new properties opening in 2009.”
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The Walt Disney Company Announces Significant Long-Term Environmental Goals

BURBANK, Calif., March 9, 2009 — The Walt Disney Company today announced a landmark set of strategic environmental goals and challenging 3 to 5 year targets to reduce emissions, waste, electricity and fuel use, and its impact on water and ecosystems.

The goals are part of Disney’s 2008 Corporate Responsibility Report, which details the company’s approach to critical corporate responsibility issues ranging from charitable giving to nutrition and from online safety for kids to workplace diversity.

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Britney Spears Brings the Circus to (Toon)Town

In honor of our dear friend Britney, a couple of photos released by Disney of Britney’s day in the parks with sons Jayden and Preston (and her assistant). Photos (c) Diana Zalucky/Disney.

Britney Spears with Sons Preston and Jayden

Britney Spears with Sons Preston and Jayden

Britney Spears Behind the Wheel with Jayden and her Assistant

Britney Spears Behind the Wheel with Jayden and her Assistant

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Disney’s Short Stories: What Will You Celebrate? (Video)

I caught this on television earlier this evening and couldn’t find anything on it. It was three separate segments that aired during commercial breaks, I edited them together.

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American Idol Stars Offer Performance Tips (Video)

New video from Disney features lots of American Idolers wishing you the best at the American Idol Experience.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Welcomes Birth of Colobus Monkey

Disney's Animal Kingdom Resident Kabibi and Her Infant

Disney's Animal Kingdom Resident Kabibi and Her Infant (c) Disney

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., March 5, 2009 — Walt Disney World Resort recently welcomed a black and white colobus monkey – the first of its species born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The infant arrived February 17 after a six-month gestation and may be seen along the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail with a group of five other colobus monkeys. (more…)

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Disney Reminds Guests to ‘Spring Forward’ with Frog-Focused Activities

Disney's Animal Kingdom Guests Participate in the Spring Forward Activities (c) Disney

Disney's Animal Kingdom Guests Participate in the Spring Forward Activities (c) Disney

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., March 4, 2009 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom guests will get a “leap” on this weekend’s time change with a series of frog-focused activities reminding them to set their clocks ahead.

To celebrate the beginning of daylight saving time, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will kick off a series of events, Thursday March 5, just before the semi-annual clock change. Activities include a frog-leap that challenges children to see if they can jump as far as frogs and a special frog-calling game where guests match the frog to the corresponding “ribbit.”  Frog “wannabes” may also don “frog-wear” with goggles to model transparent amphibian eyelids, mesh vests to represent permeable skin and special suction-cupped gloves to demonstrate frogs unique feet.  (more…)

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Is Epcot’s Test Track Running on Empty?

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that with a sponsorship contract set to expire this year with GM, the auto maker (who reportedly pays Disney around $5million annually for the privilege) is in no financial position to go another lap with the attraction. Talks are in the works but the economic gloom is suggesting that Disney should start talking to Lexus on how to make Test Track drive itself. Full article here.

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Sanaa Shows Off Some of Its Works of Art – Photos of New Menu Items (UPDATED)

Disney has just released these photographs of nine delights that will be served at Sanaa, the table service restaurant at Animal Kingdom Lodge’s DVC resort, Kidani Village.

Mustard seed-crusted scallops with a coconut cream sauce. (c) Disney

Mustard seed-crusted scallops with a coconut cream sauce. (c) Disney

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Going Home: Manatee Returns to Natural Habitat After WDW Rehab (UPDATE: Video)

Bock, a client of the Manatee Rehabilitation Project, was released back into the wild yesterday (c) Gene Duncan/Disney

Bock, a client of the Manatee Rehabilitation Project, was released back into the wild yesterday (c) Gene Duncan/Disney

As part of the Manatee Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP), Disney’s Animal Programs team helps to take final measurements and readings Feb. 24, 2009 as they prepare to release a manatee into his natural habitat at Blue Springs State Park in Orange City, Fla. The manatee, named “Bock,” was released Tuesday into the warm waters of the St. John’s River. The manatee, rescued as an orphan from the St. John’s River in 2001, arrived at Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. in 2003 weighing about 500 pounds. At Epcot, marine mammal experts weaned him from a bottle and began feeding him a diet of romaine lettuce, fruits and other vegetables. “Bock” now weighs more than 1,000 pounds and is approximately eight years old. Prior to his release, he was fitted with a satellite tracking belt to follow his movements and allow for behavioral observation. His progress will be monitored by the MRP in which Disney’s Animal Programs has been involved since 2001 when the partnership was established. The MRP is a cooperative group of nonprofit, private, state and federal entities that monitors the health and survival of rehabilitated and released manatees.

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