WDW Refurb Update: Country Bear Jamboree in Hibernation for Fall

The official Walt Disney World Resort website has been updated to advise that Country Bear Jamboree located at the Magic Kingdom will be closed for refurbishment beginning September 1, 2012 and lasting through October 17. It should be noted that when the notice was first posted, it began on October 1, so there is a small chance that the start date may actually precede September.

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Tokyo Disney Details Toyville Trolley Park Offerings for ‘Toy Story Mania!’ Opening

As previously reported, Toy Story Mania! will be opening at the Tokyo DisneySea Park at the Tokyo Disney Resort on July 9. The attraction, already immensely popular at other Disney theme parks, will be the focal point of the all new Toyville Trolley Park, an old-fashioned amusement park in New York. Guests will enter the attraction via the mouth of a 26-foot tall sculpture of Woody’s face.

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‘Tailor Made’ Ink and Paint Cel Release on June 23 at Walt Disney World

'Tailor Made' Ink and Paint CelOn Saturday, June 23, join Disney Ink and Paint Artists: Erin Magill, Theodora M. DeLaney, David Rippberger, Lynn Rippberger and Sharon K. Vincent as they celebrate the premiere of the Tailor Made entry into the Ink and Paint Cel series. In the cel, Donald Duck directs the cast of Mickey and Minnie at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as they recreate a scene from the 1938 animated short, Walt Disney’s Brave Little Tailor.

'Tailor Made' Ink and Paint Cel PinThe cel is hand-painted with edition size of 1,000 pieces. As an extra bonus, the first 750 framed pieces sold will be accompanied by a matching limited edition pin created for the release.

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UPDATED: Disneyland Casting for Special Show on June 13 (Newsies?)

Newsies! the MusicalWhile it survived a near-hostile takeover from ‘Toy Story,’ Disney Creative Entertainment has now set its sights on the magnificent staged production of ‘Aladdin’ at Disney California Adventure’s Hyperion Theater (albeit more magnificent when the flying carpet scene isn’t deemed a safety hazard). And that, dear readers, brings us to speculate what will follow in Aladdin, Genie and Jasmine’s footsteps.

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Disneyland Passholders Offered ‘Cars Land,’ ‘Buena Vista Street’ Preview, Early Entry; Tix Now Available

Radiator Springs Racers Concept ArtAlthough we just shared the news that Disney D23 members will have the opportunity to preview the ‘Cars Land’ and ‘Buena Vista Street’ districts at Disney California Adventure before they open to the public on June 15, we have learned that Disneyland Annual Passholders will also be invited to join in on the fun as part of Disneyland’s ‘The happiest place on Earth just got happier’ campaign.

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Disney D23 to Offer ‘Cars Land,’ ‘Buena Vista Street’ Previews

Radiator Springs Racers Concept ArtEven before Annual Passholders who were selected get to experience the all new Cars Land and Buena Vista Street districts at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort on June 11, Disney D23 members are invited to experience ‘The Happiest place on Earth’ ‘becoming happier.’

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Disney Dishes Details on New Carthay Circle, Cars Land Dining and Entertainment

FRIED BANAN SPLIT MONTE CRISTO SUNDAE – The Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure park is one of the premier dining destinations at the Disneyland Resort, serving casual lunch or signature dinners. Executive Chef Andrew Sutton has created a market-inspired menu of modern cuisine that pays tribute to the bold and diverse flavors of Southern California.

Yesterday, the Disneyland Resort offered up new details on its offerings in the new Buena Vista Street and Cars Land areas which will make their public debut on June 15.

ON BUENA VISTA STREET
‘If Main Street, U.S.A., is the romanticized version of Walt Disney’s hometown, Buena Vista Street is the next chapter of Walt’s life when he came to California,’ said Ray Spencer of Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI). ‘It’s an extension of where we started at Disneyland park… and now our guests can step across the plaza and get the rest of the story.’

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Photo: White Rhino Calf Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

White Rino with Calf at Disney's Animal KingdomMother’s Day may be a little more memorable this year for a Disney “mom” that recently gave birth to a white rhino calf at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

After a 16-month gestation period, Kendi delivered her fourth calf Friday, May 4. The healthy male, which has not yet been named, is the ninth white rhino born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom; his mother, 13-year-old, Kendi, was the first.

“The birth of a white rhino calf is certainly something to celebrate since the population of this species is endangered in the wild,” said Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., vice president of Animals, Science and Environment for Disney Parks. “It’s encouraging that with protection and careful management, the global population of white rhinos continues to grow.”

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Climbers Wanted: Classic Matterhorn Show to Return to Disneyland

Mickey Mouse climbs the Matterhorn for Disneyland's 50th AnniversaryUnless they’re rising to the Grizzly Peak challenge, it appears that when the Matterhorn at Disneyland returns from its lengthy refurb/overhaul on June 14, the alpine climbers won’t be far behind. The on-again, off-again crowd favorite in which cast members scale the mountain throughout the day, along with occasional fab five favorites, are reportedly returning according to a casting call recently placed by the Disneyland Resort.

The notice is calling for males and females, with a minimum of three years experience in ‘mountaineering, rock climbing, and rappelling. Able to comfortably lead climb traditional 5.8/5.9 routes. Good understanding of hanging belays and strong rope management skills. Good upper body strength and ability to work at substantial heights. SPRAT Certification a plus. Especially seeking Climbers with daytime availability Monday through Friday.’

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Cars Land Attractions Get Web Pages, New Details

Cars Land at Disney California AdventureThe official Disneyland web site is being updated with new information and photos on the new areas opening on June 15, 2012 at Disney California Adventure, including Cars Land. Sampled here are just a few of the photos featured on the website, plus the official descriptions for the new attractions and dining options coming to the area. Each section is linked to its respective page on the official site.

RADIATOR SPRING RACERS (Height requirement 40″; Child Swap, FASTPASS and Single Rider enabled)
Start your engines! The ride of your life is about to begin! Rocket through the desert landscape of Ornament Valley in a thrilling auto racing competition that includes some of your favorite locations and characters from the Disney/Pixar movie Cars.

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