Disneyland ‘Lunar New Year’ Celebration Details Announced

With good wishes for 2012, the Disneyland Resort invites guests to celebrate the Lunar New Year season at Disneyland park from Jan. 20-29. The Happy Lunar New Year Celebration! at Disneyland is a joyous tribute to coincide with the traditional Lunar New Year, and it recognizes time-honored traditions of the season with exciting, live performances, fun activities and special food offerings.

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Disney Parks InsidEARS (re)Releases Videos, Launches Facebook Page

Disney Parks InsidEARSAs a follow-up to our announcement yesterday regarding the unofficial launch of the Disney Parks InsidEARS website, we are pleased to note that there is additional activity on the InsidEARS front.

The first item worth noting is that the official InsidEARS Facebook page is now live. The page encourages visitors to Like it as a way of knowing when the program will be accepting new InsidEAR applicants.

In other news, Disney Parks has released two four new videos via its YouTube page featuring the InsidEARS moniker. Hosted by Walt Disney World social media community manager (and former ‘The Bachelor’ contestant) Marissa May, the videos take a look at activities beyond the parks at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Disney Parks ‘InsidEARS’ Website Now Live as Beta Site

Disney Parks InsidEARSFor several months — over a year in fact — we have been talking about a new Disney Parks and Resorts program titled the ‘Disney Parks InsidEARS.’ Although the anticipation has been high, a recent announcement on the official Disney Parks blog did hint at a name change for the Walt Disney World Moms Panel, a possibility we did speculate on in the first article.

Today, we are pleased to announce that we have discovered that the official ‘Disney Parks InsidEARS’ website has gone live. Currently there appears to be no movement on the Facebook and Twitter accounts (assuming they are even legitimate), although the InsidEARS website does mention them as specific locations one could find an InsidEAR.

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Photo: Uma Thurman at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

Uma Thurman, Donald Duck (Preston Mack/Disney)Donald, Uma. Uma, Donald.

Actress/model Uma Thurman poses here with Donald Duck this past weekend in a 1900s-inspired fire engine while visiting the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Thurman, star of films including Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill, will be seen in the upcoming film Bel Ami, which also stars Twilight actor Robert Pattinson.

Photo by Preston Mack, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

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Report: Obama to Visit Walt Disney World Thursday (Updated)

Recently the White House confirmed that President Barack Obama would be visiting Orlando this upcoming Thursday, January 19, 2012, to speak on the economy. All was quiet on the rumor fronts until today when a flurry of entertainment and operational changes found their way to the internet this evening, leading many to assume it meant the President would be visiting Mickey Mouse when in town.

Among the changes are evening extra magic hours being offered at Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but not at the Magic Kingdom. In addition, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will feature a special fireworks display at 7 pm titled ‘Rock the Night!’ All of this, it is suggested, is to drive guest traffic away from ‘the event.’

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WDW Refurbs: Dumbo Re-Opening Delayed Until End of March (Updated)

Some unfortunate news comes way of the official Walt Disney World Resort website today as it notes that the re-opening of Dumbo has been postponed from its original re-opening date of February 18 until March 12 March 31, 2012. The news is unexpected as construction has wasted no time in dismantling the attraction from its current location behind Cinderella Castle to its new location at the Storybook Circus area of the New Fantasyland Expansion, in the area formerly occupied by Mickey’s Toontown Fair.

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Disney World Moms Panel Expands Areas, Goes Bi-Lingual; New Panelists Announced

Walt Disney World Moms Panel 2012Disney Parks announced today the Walt Disney World Moms Panel has unveiled a new feature – the panelists can receive and answer guests’ questions in Spanish. In addition to the first-ever bilingual offerings, two new specialty areas will be added to the site – Disneyland Resort and runDisney. These features are available to guests at www.DisneyWorldMoms.com.

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CONFIRMED: ‘Mad T Party’ Arrives at Disneyland Resort, May 2012

Mad T Party Band Concept ArtThe Disney Parks blog today confirmed that the ‘Mad T Party,’ a street entertainment venue based on Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland will be replacing ElecTRONica this summer. Although we were not the first to discuss the entertainment offering, we did correctly identify its title to a t back in September of last year.

Taking place in the evenings in the Hollywood Backlot area of Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort, guests will pass through a ‘surreal rabbit hole’ entrance and find the same types of offerings one would find at ElecTRONica, only themed to the new Alice in Wonderland overlay. In addition to a DJ and live band, Disney California Adventure also promises a ‘variety of performance artists.’

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Epcot Details 2012 Flower and Garden Festival Events, HGTV Presentations

The Walt Disney World official website has updated its pages for the 2012 International Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot to reflect special opportunities and presentations by HGTV stars for guests to experience. The festival is presented by HGTV and will take place between March 7, 2012 and May 20, 2012.

Themed weekends for the event include:

  • Art in the Garden Weekend: See nature through the eyes of “plein air” artists and behold one-of-a-kind works of art. At World Showcase from March 23 through 25, 2012.

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Disney Parks Announces New Line of Sexist Clothing

Disney Parks Character Tees: Sexist?As a fan of The Walt Disney Company and often promoter of such, it’s admittedly hard to bite my tongue when I read what I consider to be extreme, worst-case scenarios about how the company is viewed when it comes to treating the fairer sex. Surely there is some exaggeration in how Disney presents role models to young girls with the Disney Princesses and various cute, fluffy animals dressed in pink bows. In fact, I’d like to think that most of the company, in particular the consumer products side (which tends to see the brunt of it all) is rather conscientious of their impact on impressionable youth. Still, you won’t please all the people all the time. Someone will always find offense in anything.

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