Bay Lake Tower to Open August 4 – Reservations Feb 8

Disney Vacation Club has set an Aug. 4 opening date for the Bay Lake Tower, the time-share addition Disney is building next to its Contemporary Resort.

The date is earlier than the “Fall 2009” target Disney had been using until now.

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May 2009 Park Hours for Walt Disney World Fully Posted

The international calendar has finally posted the hours for Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. At this time, entertainment schedules for specific days have not yet been added for these parks.

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Videos and Photo of Santonio Holmes Parade at Walt Disney World

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And here’s some raw footage courtesy of Pittsburgh’s WTAE-TV showing Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes’ parade down Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom.

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Watch The Disney World Super Bowl Television Ad Here!

Here’s the highly anticipated 2009 edition of the What’s Next post-Superbowl commercial featuring Pittsburgh Steelers Santonio Holmes and Ben Roethlisberger from Superbowl XLIII

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Santonio Holmes and Ben Roethlisberger: Going to Disney World… Today! With Audio!

UPDATE: Want to watch the television ad? Check it out here!

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – So how are Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger celebrating their heroic play in Super Bowl XLIII? In the frenzied moments just after their team claimed the National Football League championship Sunday night in Tampa in dramatic fashion, they stood in front of a TV camera and shouted five words that have become an almost iconic reaction to milestone achievements: “I’m going to Disney World!”

And now for the audio version of the infamous What Next ad…

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Universal Studios Gives Away Free 7 Day Tickets – Video Posted

Universal Studios Orlando is giving away a free 7 day, 2 park ticket to the first 100,000 entrants at its Universal Heroes website after the airing of each of its ads during the Super Bowl.

In addition, USO is running a sweepstakes which gives away 1 free trip per day in February, 28 in all. See the website for full details.

The ad:

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Universal’s Super Bowl Superhuman Ad

Universal Studios Orlando has promised to unveil an “unprecedented offer” during its Superbowl commercial. Below is a preview of the ad which will be aired only once in its entirety and promises that those who take advantage of the offer will have the chance to feel “superhuman.”

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Universal Orlando will also be represented at the NY Times Travel Show February 6-8 where they’re expected to talk about the offer plus a sneak peek at the new Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket coaster. Look for an update here next week.

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New Music for Disneyland’s Small World

The addition of Disney characters and the rainforest scene isn’t all that guests will encounter when they re-acquaint themselves with the Disney theme park classic “it’s a small world.” The LA Times Travel Blog discusses how one of the world’s most famous theme songs is getting a makeover as well – including the fusion of music from several classic Disney films.

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Walt Disney World Park Hours For May 2009 Published

Preliminary park hours are now being posted on the international versions of the Walt Disney World calendar. Unfortunately issues with the international calendar are preventing TimeKeeper from updating itself, although I hope to rectify this soon. Until then, enjoy these direct links to the calendar (no entertainment information has been posted as of yet):

Epcot

Animal Kingdom

Typhoon Lagoon

Blizzard Beach

The other parks have not yet been posted.

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American Idol Experience Media Event – February 12

As I announced a week ago in this post, David Cook is set to perform at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on February 12 in honor of the American Idol Experience which marks its official opening on February 14. Cook is expected to perform twice throughout the day: the first performance as part of an appearance on Good Morning America and the second as part of a Media Event which begins at 4:30 PM. The Media Event is a private event and will not be open to guests in the park unfortunately. There is still some speculation as to whether guests will be invited to the GMA performance, so all hope is not yet lost.

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