Video: Aaron Rodgers is ‘Going to Disney World’ in Anticipated ‘What’s Next?’ Commercial

After making memories with his heroic play in Super Bowl XLV, what is Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers going to do next? In the frenzied moments just after the Packers claimed the National Football League championship Sunday night in Dallas, he stood in front of a TV camera and shouted five words that have become an almost iconic reaction to milestone achievements: “I’m going to Disney World!”

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Photo: Jon Stewart Celebrates Daughter’s Birthday at Magic Kingdom

Jon Stewart and family at Magic Kingdom (David Roark/Disney)Emmy Award-winning TV host and Grammy Award-winning comedian Jon Stewart of Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show’ takes a ride February 4, 2011 on the Tomorrowland Indy Speedway at the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida with his children Nate (left, age 6) and Maggie (center, age 5).  The visit took place on Maggie’s 5th birthday, and Stewart and his family celebrated with friends at the Walt Disney World theme park.

Photo by David Roark, courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort.

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Ink & Paint Cel Release for ‘Look What I Got!’ Featuring Snow White and Dwarfs at Disney’s Hollywood Studios March 12

'Look What I Got!' Ink and Paint CelOn Saturday, March 12, join Disney Design Group Artist Costa Alavezos and Disney Ink and Paint Artists: James Bonserio, Erin Magill, Theodora M. DeLaney, David Rippberger, Lynn Rippberger and Sharon K. Vincent as they celebrate the premiere of the Look What I Got! entry into the Ink and Paint Cel series. In the cel, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs enjoy some confectionery creations from Sweet Spells located on Sunset Boulevard in the Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. Look What I Got! is also the first entry in the Ink & Paint Cel Series to feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

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Photo: Chilean Miners Honored at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Chilean Miners honored at Walt Disney World (Kent Phillips/Disney)Wearing mouse-eared hard hats, the rescued Chilean coal miners pose Jan. 31, 2011 for a photo on Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. All of the miners, their rescuers and their families are enjoying a Disney-provided holiday saluting them for their story of hope and perseverence.

Photo by Kent Phillips, courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort.

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Splash Mountain Receives Lap Bar Restraints at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom (Photo)

Lap bar restraints added to Splash Mountain at Magic KingdomIt’s a perennial rumor each time Splash Mountain goes down for refurbishment, be it at the Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort, but this time it’s confirmed: lap bar restraints have been added to Magic Kingdom’s Splash Mountain.

Screamscape confirms the report with a photo of the vehicles with the restraints in place as they have just begun been cycling through the attraction for testing purposes. The white boxes you see sitting in the logs are simply dummy weights designed to simulate the weight of guests to ensure the logs travel through the attraction properly.

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Downtown Disney Hotels Announce Third Annual ‘A+ for Teachers’ Contest; Nominations Now Being Accepted

Based on the positive response to their 2009 and 2010 initiatives to recognize and reward deserving teachers, the Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels have partnered once again with AirTran Airways and Walt Disney World® to hold the 2011 A+ For Teachers at Downtown Disney contest.

The third annual contest, which kicked off on January 17, 2011 and runs until April 15, 2011, asks students in grades 1 through 12 to nominate their favorite teacher by writing a brief essay and submitting it via www.downtowndisneyhotels.com. The essay should explain how the teacher has made a difference in the student’s life and will be judged on its relevance to theme, creativity, originality, and the merit of the teacher’s accomplishments as outlined in the essay.

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First Look: ‘Magic, Memories and You’ Guests’ Photo Show at Walt Disney World

'Magic, Memories and You' on Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World. (Todd Anderson/Disney)At a special ‘what’s next’ presentation held for media earlier this evening, the Walt Disney World detailed the ‘Magic, Memories and You’ show which is a fanciful slideshow of photos of guests who have used the Disney PhotoPass service that day. An intelligent computer software program selects 500 photos taken throughout the day by PhotoPass photographers and fits them into the 10 minute program that’s projected onto the facades of 'Magic, Memories and You' on Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World. (Todd Anderson/Disney)Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and “it’s a small world” at Disneyland. At the Magic Kingdom, a combination of sixteen projectors positioned in four different locations help create the show. Although concept photos were shown to the press earlier tonight, here is your first look of real photos from earlier tests.

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The Walt Disney Company to Celebrate 45 Years of “it’s a small world” in 2011

For the 1964 Worlds Fair in New York, Walt Disney was commissioned by the Pepsi-Cola Company to produce an attraction to benefit the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). With less than a year to create it — and with the vision of former Disney Imagineer Mary Blair and catchy tune by the Sherman Brothers —  Disney introduced “It’s A Small World” to the public. In 1966, the attraction re-opened at Disneyland, albeit in a modified form, and ‘the happiest cruise ever to have sailed’ has been a perennial favorite for millions at Disney Parks around the world since.

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New Magic Kingdom Fantasyland Expansion Plans Announced; Snow White Closure Confirmed; Hi-Res Concept Art

The largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history is underway, a project that will nearly double the size of Fantasyland and deliver a new home for Ariel, new ways to interact with favorite Disney princesses, an exciting new family coaster, a double dose of Dumbo and more.

Scheduled to open in phases beginning in late 2012, the new Fantasyland will immerse guests in Disney stories as never before. Among the highlights planned:

Fantasyland Overview

Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, a major, all-new attraction during which guests will travel with Ariel and her friends through their exciting adventures above and below the waves – all against a musical backdrop of songs from the classic film.

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‘Jasmine’s Flying Carpets’ to Open at DisneySea on July 18, 2011

Concept art of Jasmine's Flying Carpets. © DisneyThe Tokyo Disneyland Resort has announced that Jasmine’s Flying Carpets will officially open at Tokyo DisneySea on July 18, 2011. The attraction is fashioned a la Dumbo and has sixteen vehicles in the form of a magic carpet, each capable of holding four guests. Guests are able to control the height and tilt of their carpets. For friends and family not riding the carpet, an elevated viewing platform will be offered.

The attraction is sponsored by NTT Communications Corporation and will be located in the Arabian Coast area of the Tokyo DisneySea park.

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