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

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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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‘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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