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.

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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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‘Citizens of Buena Vista Street’ Casting Call Issued for Disney California Adventure

When the Disney California Adventure expansion at the Disneyland Resort opens on June 15, 2012, it will include entertainment that will ring a bell with many a Disney fan. Earlier today, the Resort issued a casting notice for an act that appeared vaguely familiar, calling for both male and female improv actors for a ‘brand new show.’ Specifically, those hoping to win roles must have ‘strong improv skills, great with audience interaction and ability to create stories with guests. Strong vocals with ability to deliver tight harmonies with music and a cappella is a plus.’

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Tokyo Disney Anime Anniversary Ad Chronicles Lifetime of Disney Memories

Yumeno MaihamaOn April 15, 2013, the Tokyo Disney Resort, owned and operated by the Oriental Land Company (OLC), will celebrate its 30th anniversary. To help commemorate creating a generation of memories in Japan, the Resort has produced a television ad in the anime style. The ad follows the life of a woman as she visits Tokyo Disneyland for the first time as a child, falls in love at the park as a young adult, gets married in the park, brings her child to the park for the first time and is eventually seen as (presumably) a grandmother.

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‘Art of Animation’ Sections to Open Sooner Than Anticipated; Photo of Lobby Released

Disney's 'Art of Animation' Resort LobbyThe wings dedicated to the popular films featured at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will now be opening than sooner than expected after the resort hotel’s grand opening May 31

“We are excited that the Cars, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid wings at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will all open earlier than we originally planned, bringing more permanent resort jobs to Central Florida sooner,” said Kevin Myers, vice president of resort operations for Walt Disney World Resort. “Demand for family suites exists in the marketplace today and the new opening dates reflect how optimistic we are about tourism in Central Florida.”

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Photo: Kathy Ireland Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with Minnie at Walt Disney World

Kathy Ireland with Minnie MouseSupermodel-turned-entrepreneur Kathy Ireland poses March 15, 2012 with a St. Patrick’s Day-themed Minnie Mouse in the United Kingdom pavilion at Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Ireland is CEO and chief designer for “kathy ireland Worldwide,” a global design and marketing firm she founded in 1993.

Photo by Gene Duncan, courtesy Walt Disney World

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‘Red Car News Boys’ at Disney California Adventure Details via Casting Notice

The Disneyland Resort has issued casting calls for an entertainment show titled ‘The Red Car News Boys’ that will be presented in the Buena Vista Street area at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort starting June 15, when the area officially opens. They will join other previously announced acts such as the Five and Dime.

The act is described as a ‘high-energy group of 1920s/30s-era paperboys [who] will take to the streets of Disney California Adventure Park as they sing and dance to authentic period tunes.’

Roles currently being cast for include:

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‘Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure’ to Replace ‘Kim Possible’ at Epcot

Agent P's World Showcase AdventureThe official Disney Parks blog confirmed earlier today that it will introduce the popular Disney Channel series ‘Phineas and Ferb’ to Epcot later this year when it replaces the also-popular ‘Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure’ with ‘Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure,’ starring Perry the Platypus’ alter-ego, Agent P.

The change was reported earlier this year by @TouringPlans on their Twitter, with an expected timeline of June (the Disney Parks blog mentions only summer as the transition time), but was recently confirmed by Walt Disney Parks Chairman Tom Staggs in an interview with Travel Weekly (via Jim Hill Media).

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PHOTO: Jordin ‘Sparkles’ with Minnie Mouse at Walt Disney World

Singer Jordin Sparks poses with Minnie Mouse March 11, 2012 during the fifth annual Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Sparks, who is starring in the upcoming movie Sparkle opening this summer, served as a speaker during the commencement ceremony. Disney’s Dreamers Academy is a career-inspiration program for 100 high school students across the U.S.

Photo by Phelan Ebenhack, courtesy Walt Disney World

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