Disney Parks Seeking New Management for Walt Disney World Spas

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It appears that after decades of providing spa services to guests of the Walt Disney World Resort, the ‘Vacation Kingdom’ may be preparing to part ways with Niki Bryan Spas and go with a partner it may find more agreeable — itself. Thanks to a tipster, we’ve learned that Walt Disney World has begun listing senior-level positions on its job site for titles such as ‘Spa Director,’ ‘Senior Spa Manager,’ and ‘Spa Guest Service Manager,’ suggesting the company is looking to manage the resort spas from the inside, as they are currently doing with Laniwai at Disney’s Aulani in Hawaii.

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Swampy the Gator from ‘Where’s My Water’ Headed to Disney Parks

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After topping the iTunes app charts for months, what is Swampy the Gator from the Disney Mobile franchise, ‘Where’s My Water?’ going to do next? He’s going to Walt Disney World, of course! Maybe sneaking in a bath or two first though.

Disney Parks has quietly launched SWAMPYATDISNEY.COM, a mobile mini-site that shares the above image along with the following teaser:

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Disney Star Wars Celebration VI Panels, Exclusives Announced

Star Wars Celebration VI Disney exclusives Vinylmation and Die CastThe official StarWarsCelebration.com website for Celebration VI, being held August 23 – 26, 2012 at the Orange County convention center in Orlando, FL has been updated with participation information from Disney Parks and Resorts.

In addition to anticipated items such as new Droid Factory pieces and the second series of Star Wars Vinylmation, Disney Theme Park merchandise (booth 331) has announced at least two show exclusives (pictured above).  The Princess Leia Hologram Vinylmation figure is a show-exclusive variant, limited to an edition size of 2,500 pieces and retails for $18.95. Also available will be a limited edition die-cast set celebrating the 25th anniversary of Star Tours. The set features both the Starspeeder 3000 and the Starspeeder 1000 and will be priced at 19.95.

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New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom to Open December 6; Previews Begin November 19

Magic Kingdom guests blink back in amazement at the scene: not one, but two colorful Dumbos spinning through the sky above Storybook Circus.

To the delight of fans of the beloved Dumbo, the Flying Elephant attraction, a second Dumbo flies alongside. The playful pachyderm is joined in Storybook Circus by the Barnstormer Coaster re-themed to the Great Goofini, the Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station water play area and the Fantasyland Train Station — all part of the multiyear, largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history.

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CONFIRMED: Disney Parks to Sell Creepy Figurines with Your Child’s Face on Them

Rapunzel 'I Am A Princess' FigureWe last mentioned the program (which we believe to be called ‘I Am A Princess’) which allows a child’s face to be digitally transferred to the form of a Disney Princess a couple of weeks ago when we discussed a patent Disney is seeking to ‘clone’ the human face. Today, this program was confirmed by the official Disney Parks blog which offers up new details, though falls short of naming it.

While the blog erroneously identifies the ‘Carbon Freeze Me’ experience as being the introduction of the D-Tech.Me program during the most recent Star Wars Weekends event, the truth is the Disney Princess program has been piloted before. However, this is the first time it was officially announced and will accept reservations.

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WDW Refurb Update: Pirates of the Caribbean Closed for One Day in October

Apparently the long term effects of One More Disney Day have caught up to the Magic Kingdom classic attraction as the official Walt Disney World Resort website has begun listing Pirates of the Caribbean in Adventureland as experiencing a one day closure on October 9, 2012.

With the timing of the closure, it’s possible that it may be related to the park’s NextGen technology. Not necessarily directly in terms of installing FASTPASS+ or other interactive capabilities, but more in lines with demonstrating and training.

If we learn of an extension of dates, we will update as necessary.

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Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella Castle Under Seige in Quora ‘How To’ Scenario

Just how well does the moat that surrounds Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom protect the castle and (New) Fantasyland from ne’er do wells? Just how to defeat the most magical place on Earth’s defenses and make scores of Disney cast members and characters alike succumb to your almighty being is at the heart of this question recently proposed on Quora.com in the Military Strategy category.

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Photo: Phillip Phillips Poses with American Idols Mickey and Minnie Mouse

'AMERICAN IDOL' PHILLIP PHILLIPS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD (Matt Stroshane, photographer)The reigning ‘American Idol’ champion Phillip Phillips poses August 2, 2012 with Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse at ‘The American Idol Experience’ attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Phillips, who is currently touring the U.S. as part of the ‘American Idols Live!’ concert series, surprised park guests by making an appearance on-stage during one of ‘The American Idol Experience’ shows.

Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

 

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Disney Dream Portraits by Annie Leibovitz Series Continues with Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan Tributes

Jack Black, Will Ferrell and Jason Segel © Annie Leibovitz

Via its official blog, Disney Parks and Resorts today unveiled the first few of a new series of portraits by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz portraying celebrities in iconic classic Disney roles.

The new images feature Russell Brand poised as Captain Hook facing his nemesis, the crocodile known as Tick-Tock with the caption ‘Where every moment leaves you hungry for more’ and Jack Black, Will Ferrell and Jason Segel as the Haunted Mansion ghosts, Phinease, Ezara and Gus with the caption ‘Where you can go on the ride of your afterlife.

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Photo: Carrie Underwood Meets Real ‘All American Girl’ — Er, Mouse

Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher with Minnie Mouse (Gene Duncan/Disney)In a photo taken July 24, 2012, five-time Grammy Award-winning singer Carrie Underwood and her husband, NHL Nashville Predators star Mike Fisher, pose with Minnie Mouse at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Underwood and Fisher took a vacation with friends to Walt Disney World Resort before she continues preparation for her upcoming concert tour of North America, ‘The Blown Away Tour,’ in support of her latest number one album, ‘Blown Away.’

Photo by Gene Duncan, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

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