PHOTO: Ke$ha Keeps Important Date at Magic Kingdom

Ke$ha with White Rabbit at Magic Kingdom (Gene Duncan/Disney)Pop singer “Ke$ha” poses April 21, 2011 with The White Rabbit from Disney’s animated film “Alice in Wonderland,” at the Magic Kingdom park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Ke$ha’s debut single, entitled “Tik Tok,” was a number one hit around the world. The Magic Kingdom is one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World.

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CONFIRMED: Disney/Pixar Weekend Event at Epcot, May 13-15

Disney/Pixar Weekend at EpcotVia the official Disney Parks blog, Walt Disney World has confirmed Stitch Kingdom’s original report on the gala celebration in honor of Pixar’s 25th Anniversary and the release of Cars 2 during the final weekend of Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival.

The official announcement does make note of a few differences, however, namely that many character greetings will take place inside the World Showplace and around the World Showcase, but not in the Future World area.

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‘Star Tours’ Custom Official Galactic Passport for Disney’s Hollywood Studios Now Available; In-Park Bonus Offered

Star Tours Official Galactic PassportWhether you’re a pod racer, a pilot for the Rebel Alliance, royalty or just a vanilla Jedi Knight, one thing is for certain: if you plan on departing from the Star Tours terminal at Disney’s Hollywood Studios beginning May 20, 2011, you are going to need proper documentation and that means your very own Official Galactic Passport.

By visiting StarToursPassport.com, you can apply for — and instantly download — your very own custom Official Galactic Passport (* some assembly required). Connecting to your FaceBook account, simply select your role in the Star Wars universe, select a FB photo (or upload your own), fill out the form with your vitals and you’re ready to travel to Hoth, Naboo, Tatooine, Coruscant, Kashyyyk and even the Death Star.

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Disney Gallery to Feature Art of Mary Blair as Part of ‘Small World’ Celebration; Exhibit Opens May 13

'it's a small world' concept art by Mary BlairThe Disney Gallery, located at the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California, has announced that beginning May 13, it will the art of famed Walt Disney Imagineer, Mary Blair. Blair is best known for her designs that inspired the ‘it’s a small world’ attraction which is celebrating its 45th year inside the Disneyland park in 2011.

The art represents a collection that has been never before been displayed in public, instead remaining inside the Walt Disney Studios Archive, until now. In addition to the art that inspired the globally loved attraction, the exhibit will feature Blair’s work on Disney animated films such as Cinderella, Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland as well as Disney Parks contributions such as the tile murals for Tomorrowland, ‘ Adventure Through Innerspace,’ Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World Resort and the never-realized Western River Ride.

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‘Star Tours’ Flight #1401 Details Revealed – Could it be a Trap?

The power of the Force and the magic of Disney have combined to create “Star Tours – The Adventures Continue,” a new 3-D attraction set to open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park on May 20, 2011. The attraction also will open at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif., on June 3, 2011.
Based on the Star Wars films, Star Tours will take Walt Disney World Resort guests to multiple Star Wars destinations where they will interact with characters from throughout the Saga. And it will all be in 3-D.

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EXCLUSIVE: runDisney ‘Tinker Bell Half Marathon’ Official Announcement; Registration Open

runDisney's 'Tinker Bell Half Marathon'Just moments before the official announcement, a source has provided us with the official press release announcing and confirming our initial report that Disneyland Resort will be offering the inaugural ‘Tinker Bell Half Marathon’ event in January 2012:

Building on the near-instant success of its Princess Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort, runDisney is staging a second women-specific race – the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend – in early 2012 at Disneyland Resort, giving women and girls nationwide another opportunity to celebrate health, fitness and active lifestyles. After weeks of anticipation fueled by a series of clues from Disney, the Tinker Bell event was officially revealed Tuesday at a news conference at Disneyland Resort attended by celebrities and Anaheim city officials.

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Johnny Depp, Patti Smith Appear in Latest Disney Parks Campaign by Annie Leibovitz

The official Disney Parks blog has debuted the newest entry in the ‘Disney Dream’ celebrity portrait series by Annie Leibovitz, Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean series. The advertisement, which will run as a special spread in the May 2011 issues of Oprah, Real Simple, InStyle and People, features the first time a Disney character is portrayed by the actual actor.

Inside the spread, titled ‘Where magic sets sail and adventures become legendary,’ Captain Jack Sparrow is joined by another pirate, portrayed by performer, writer and artist, Patti Smith.

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Photo: Lady Gaga Turns Fairy Tale Monster at Magic Kingdom (Hi-Res)

Lady Gaga (right) poses April 16, 2011 with the Evil Queen (left) (Todd Anderson/Disney)Grammy Award-winning singer Lady Gaga (right) poses April 16, 2011 with the Evil Queen (left) from Disney’s animated film Snow White at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Gaga was in town as part of her ‘Monster Ball Tour,’ a self-described ‘pop-electro opera,’ in support of her sophomore album, The Fame Monster.

Photo by Todd Anderson, courtesy of the Walt Disney World Resort.

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‘Goofy’s Sky School’ to Open at Disneyland Resort June 3

Goofy's Sky SchoolThe Disneyland Resort has announced that ‘Goofy’s Sky School’ (nee ‘Mulholland Madness’) at Disney California Adventure will join ‘Star Tours: The Adventures Continue’ and ‘The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure’ by marking its grand opening on June 3, 2011.

Joining the fun along Paradise Pier beginning June 3, this coaster attraction is inspired by the classic Goofy ‘How-to’ shorts of the 1940s and 1950s as well as the cartoon short Goofy’s Glider. The theme is a flying academy with your pal Goofy as the wacky instructor. Guests will enjoy all the dips, twists and thrills as Goofy tries to teach a group of novice pilots how to soar through the sky.

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