Photo: Double-Amputee Veteran Matias Ferreira Finishes Walt Disney World Half Marathon

David Cordani and LCpl Matias Ferreira (right) (Photo: Business Wire)Pictured here are Cigna CEO David Cordani and Lance Corporal Matias Ferreira as they show the medals they won earlier today by completing the half marathon together at the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, which is sponsored by Cigna.

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Epcot’s Test Track to Get Interactive Experience; Will Close in April 2012 for Refurb

Test TrackDisney and General Motors have renewed their long-term business relationship with a new multi-year corporate alliance. As part of the new agreement, GM will be actively involved with Walt Disney Imagineering in the development of a re-imagined, design-centric Test Track experience. The refurbished Test Track will be presented by one of GM’s most famous brands, Chevrolet. As Chevrolet marks its 100th anniversary, the new alliance agreement enables General Motors to tell its story in new and exciting ways to millions of Guests from around the world and continue as the official vehicle sponsor of Walt Disney World Resort.

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Dadgum! Cars Land’s Radiator Springs Racers Ride-thru Video Leaked

Cars Land concept artOne of the largest and most expensive theme park attractions ever built, Radiator Springs Racers will be the anchor in the Cars Land expansion at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort, set to open summer of 2012. Based on the technology of Epcot’s Test Track technology, the attraction will place guests in the role of a Cars citizen as they take a leisurely stroll through the area, encountering many of the characters from the Disney/Pixar film, before getting involved in a virtual high-speed race against another vehicle filled with guests.

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First Look: New Fantasyland’s Dumbo Marks Disney Parks Milestone (Video)

Dumbo in New Fantasyland Expansion at Magic Kingdom © MouseStepsIt appears that Walt Disney Imagineering has begun the test and adjust phase for the brand new Dumbo attraction being installed in the Storybook Circus area of the New Fantasyland Expansion at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Photos and video captured by MouseSteps demonstrate some of the vehicles in action yesterday.

What makes this particular installation of the classic attraction is that this will be the first time in any Disney theme park that Dumbo will fly in a clockwise direction (i.e., if you were to look at the attraction from an aerial vantage point), or more simply put, Dumbo faces left. In every other installation, Dumbo flies in the opposite (counter-clockwise) direction. The attraction topper is also more ornate than previous incarnations, replacing Timothy Mouse with a bevy of storks mid-job.

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CONFIRMED: 24 Hour Parties at Disneyland, Magic Kingdom on Leap Day, February 29

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CONFIRMED!: DISNEY HAS CONFIRMED BOTH DISNEYLAND AND MAGIC KINGDOM WILL OPEN AT 6 AM ON FEBRUARY 29 AND REMAIN OPEN FOR 24 HOURS. PLUS THEY WILL BE GIVING AWAY A FREE VACATION EVERY DAY BETWEEN JANUARY 1, 2012 AND FEBRUARY 29, 2012. ALSO, BOOK A 3+ NIGHT PACKAGE AT WALT DISNEY WORLD OR DISNEYLAND BETWEEN FEBRUARY 26, 2012 AND MARCH 10 AND GET ONE FREE NIGHT (must book by January 31). SEE ONEMOREDISNEYDAY.COM FOR DETAILS.

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Photos: Disneyland Honors 55-Year Park Veteran Martinez with First-of-its-Kind Award

Oscar Martinez with Mickey Mouse. Courtesy Disneyland ResortYesterday, Oscar Martinez celebrated 55 years as a cast member at the Disneyland Resort. Martinez started his career at the park in 1956 as a bus boy and today serves as a cook at the Carnation Cafe on Main Street, USA. Throughout his service at the resort, Martinez has trained thousands of cast members and has become a favorite of many guests who visit him year after year.

Disney Parks' 55th Anniversary Service AwardMartinez is the first Walt Disney Parks & Resorts cast member to achieve this 55-year milestone and, as such, he became the first to receive the newly created 55-year Snow White-themed service award which was bestowed upon him in a ceremony held earlier at the resort.

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VIDEO: Marriage Proposal on Jungle Cruise at Disneyland

One never knows what one may see or encounter on the World Famous Jungle Cruise, such are the risks and rewards of working with live animals. Thus it is crucial one relies on a trusted skipper employed by the Jungle Navigation Company. Whether it’s the giant butterflies that can grow anywhere from 12 inches to a whopping 1 foot, crocodiles looking for a hand-out or (in some cases) piranhas, there are few things that will surprise a Jungle Cruise skipper.

Take for example this particular trip down the Amazon, in which Skipper Stephanie recalls an evening at Trader Sam’s pad:

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Disney Cruise Line Announces Excursions for New York City, Walt Disney World

Captain Mickey in New York CityFor those guests planning on making the trek to New York City to board the Disney Magic as she begins to set sail on May 25, 2012, Disney Cruise Line has made available details for a few special excursions in the city, available only on debarkation day.

The Midtown Manhattan & Top of the Rock excursion will take you into the heart of midtown aboard an air-conditioned motor coach. You’ll visit the ‘Top of the Rock’ observation deck located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza which offers unparalleled views of the Big Apple. The breathtaking landscape stretches for miles in every direction and includes panoramic views of: Central Park, the Empire State Building, The Hudson River, Brooklyn Bridge and much more.

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Photo: Beast’s Castle in New Fantasyland Expansion at Magic Kingdom

Beast's Castle © Matthew Cooper. All Rights Reserved.Admittedly I don’t make it a habit to check out every over-the-fence type shot of the work being done on the New Fantasyland Expansion at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, but when I came across this photo as it was posted on Tumblr, I knew it was something worth sharing.

The photo of Beast’s Castle was taken earlier this month by Matthew Cooper and shared on his Flickr account which shares additional images from Walt Disney World and other locations worth taking a look at.

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‘One More Disney Day’ Tied to Leap Day Festivities, New Year’s Eve Surprise Announcement

Disney Parks and Resorts almost had us. Back in August, we revealed that we had learned Disney Parks and Resorts was working on something dubbed ‘One More Disney Day.’ Due to the timing (close to when new campaigns were usually announced) and the Disney D23 Expo looming ahead, we naturally made the assumption that it must be the campaign for the 2012 year.

Well months came and went and we ended up sporting egg on our face as we found out Disney Parks went ahead and created a page dedicated to ‘One More Disney Day.’ The problem? It ended up seeming more like a blase sales pitch then anything else. Hey, stay another day. Why not? Why not indeed.

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