VISION House at Epcot’s Innoventions to Open April 22, 2012

Imagine a home that takes care of you, giving you the time, energy and money to take care of life. That home is no longer a pipe dream. It’s a reality that has come to life, featuring everything from smartphone-controlled security and climate control to smog-eating roof tiles. Opening on Earth Day, April 22, visitors can see and experience this home firsthand at the VISION House® in Innoventions at Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort.

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Disney (Almost) Confirms Starbucks Coming to Disney Parks

DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUR OUR EXCLUSIVE ‘CARS LAND’ VIRTUAL REALITY DEMO BY WALT DISNEY IMAGINEERING!

Search for Starbucks along with Disney on Google and immediately, multiple results come up via the Walt Disney World Moms Panel with guests asking where is it? Even before the Moms Panel was created, the elusive Starbucks-Disney connection has been on the tips of guests’ tongues for years. Although Disneyland Paris has a Starbucks Cafe in its Disney Village, the Disneyland Resort is dotted with them just outside the property borders and even Universal Studios Orlando has gotten a taste of it inside the theme park, the North American Disney Parks have not been very Starbucks friendly. But all that is surely about to change.

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EXCLUSIVE: Cars Land Virtual Reality Video Demo by Walt Disney Imagineering

We have been provided with the following video which features Mark Mine, Director of Technology Concept Design at Walt Disney Imagineering. In the video, Mine talks about the use of WDI’s Digital Immersive Showroom (DISH) technology, which allows Imagineers to use a form of pre-visualization (previz) to explore the new land at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort.

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Disney Channel Stars to Participate in Disney Friends for Change Youth Summit at Disney World Resort

Disney Channel stars Debby Ryan (“Jessie”), Bella Thorne and Zendaya (“Shake It Up”), Ross Lynch and Laura Marano (“Austin & Ally”) will join more than 100 youth leaders from around the world for the Disney Kids and Nature Celebration April 13 – 14 at the Walt Disney World Resort. The two-day celebration recognizes youth efforts to help protect the planet and organizations that work to connect kids to nature.

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Disneyland Paris Launches ‘Generations’ Website for Anniversary Year

In honor of its 20th anniversary, Disneyland Paris has launched Disneyland Paris Generations, an interactive, collaborative platform designed specially for guests, fans, Cast Members, partners and the media.

The website, which celebrates the theme of ‘we all have a Disneyland Paris story,’ allows guests to virtually page through the resort’s history book, offering twenty years of stories, photos and videos from the archives of Disneyland Paris. It will also keep online guests updated on current events during this anniversary year. A section of the site is dedicated to behind the scenes activities as well as the talents of more than 14,500 Cast Members who have shaped Disneyland Paris into what it is today.

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Cars Land Seeks Silent Comedian, Dance Crew Host at Disney California Adventure

In preparation for the launch of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort, casting notices have been issued for two separate roles to interact with guests in the new Radiator Springs-themed land.

The first role is for a male physical comedian with physical comedy and improvisational skills. The act is described as ‘non-verbal,’ and as a ‘Charlie Chaplin meets Cirque clown.’ Although every physical type is encouraged to audition, the casting notice notes specifically that deaf actors are also encouraged to audition for the part.

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‘Star Wars Weekends’ Celebrity Guests, Details Announced for May 18 – June 10, 2012

Star Wars Weekends 2012Via the official Disney Parks blog, Walt Disney World has released further details for its upcoming Star Wars Weekends celebration at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for weekends between May 18 and June 19, 2012. In addition to the previous announcement regarding James Arnold Taylor acting as the Star Wars Weekends’ celebrity host and Ashley Eckstein as the host of the ‘Behind the Force’ special presentations, the following celebrities and autograph FASTPASS information has been released:

Weekend I (May 18 – 20)

  • Ray Park – (Darth Maul, Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)

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Walt Disney World Debuts All-Inclusive PhotoPass+; Dining and Attraction Photos Included

Disney's PhotoPass+In an effort to provide better service to guests at the Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Photo Imaging (DPI) has announced that it will begin offering a new service known as PhotoPass+ beginning April 4, 2012.

For one, all-inclusive price ($199.95), the PhotoPass+ (which includes a lanyard) offers families the standard PhotoCD (currently $169.95 at the regular price) plus photo print packages at select dining locations and digital downloads on participating attractions, whereas each would have to be purchased individually for an additional fee otherwise. As an added bonus, the PhotoPass+ also includes a stock photo CD consisting of hundreds of images from around the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Dooney & Bourke Retro (Disneyland Exclusive) and Buttons Collections to Debut in May

Dooney & Bourke 'Retro' Collection Exclusively at Disneyland ResortDooney & Bourke Creative Director Ian Ray will be on hand at Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort to unveil the company’s newest collections on Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 2 pm – 5 pm PT.

The Retro collection will be exclusive to the Disneyland Resort and will be available in a variety of popular silhouettes including a wristlet, mini barrel, tassel tote, satchel, letter carrier as well as an iPad case. Prices range from $78 – $268.

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Disney Parks ‘NextGen’ Patent Application Invites Big Brother for the Ride (Literally)

When Disney’s Art of Animation Resort opens this summer, its guests will be one of the first to experience the driving force behind Walt Disney World’s NextGen project — the room key. Instead of the traditional card key readers that most hotels use, guests at Art of Animation will access their room via RFID. Although some vacation destinations (notably Great Wolf Lodge) have already embraced the magic of RFID for years and have even taken it far beyond the hotel room, this gesture is particularly noteworthy because it signals the start of what we’ve already known to be coming and it’s just the tiniest tip of the largest iceberg this universe has ever seen.

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