Walt Disney World Introduces 2011 Disney Moms Panel

2011 Walt Disney World Moms Panel (Diana Zalucky/Disney)What do you get when you combine a hibachi chef, a pastor, one “mum,” two Canadians, two non-profit workers, four teachers, three stay-at-home moms and one special aunt with a passion for Disney and a touch of pixie dust? The 2011 Walt Disney World Moms Panel! Announced today, 15 new panelists hailing from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom were named official members of the 2011 Walt Disney World Moms Panel. As the popularity of the Moms Panel site grows, 30 alumni panelists will continue offering their park-savvy smarts to guests planning Disney vacations.

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Vinylmation Animation Series 1 9″ Figures Available Online; Full 9″ Set Revealed

Vinylmation Animation Series 1 9" FiguresDisney Design Group’s Vinylmation Animation Series 1 went on sale today at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. Two of the 9″ figures previously revealed by the official blog also went on sale on DisneyStore.com – the 9″/3″ combo set of Elliott the Dragon and Pete from Pete’s Dragon and Beast from Beauty and the Beast, both designed by by Monty Maldovan. The combo set is a limited edition of 1200 pieces while Beast is limited to 1000 pieces.

Vinylmation Animation Series 1 9" FiguresAlso revealed via the packaging for the figures are the remaining five figures in the 9″ collection for the series. In addition to Hyacinth Hippo from Fantasia (LE 1200, also previewed on the blog) are: Genie from Aladdin (LE 1200), Bolt (LE 1000), Merlin from The Sword in the Stone (LE 1000) and Willie the Operatic Whale from Make Mine Music’s ‘The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met’ (LE 1000).

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Walt Disney World Marathon to Host Companion Race for U.S. Military in Iraq

More than 300 U.S. military personnel in Iraq will take part in a Disney half-marathon in Baghdad during the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by CIGNA, which will feature more than 53,000 runners at Walt Disney World in suburban Orlando this weekend. Last year, the WDW Marathon and Half Marathon became the largest M/h combo all-time with 34,055 finishers.

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Disney Stars Bridgit Mendler and Adam Hicks to Host SchoolJam USA Finals at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney, January 15

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) today announced that up-and-coming Disney stars Bridgit Mendler and Adam Hicks will participate in the second annual SchoolJam USA, where the nation’s top 10 teen bands will perform for the title of the nation’s best teen band on Saturday, January 15. SchoolJam USA is a national program that rewards aspiring teen music makers, between the ages of 13 and 19, and their respective school music programs with music funding and prizes, as well as the opportunity to perform live before the public and a panel of music industry professionals. This year’s event will take place at the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif., during the weekend of the popular NAMM Show, the largest musical instruments and products trade show in the world.

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Photo: Howie Mandel Gets Goofy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Howie Mandel with Goofy at Disney's Hollywood Studios (Gene Duncan/Disney)Comedian Howie Mandel, host of NBC’s game show “Deal or No Deal” and a judge on the NBC series “America’s Got Talent,” “fist-bumps” Goofy Jan. 1, 2011 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  Disney’s Hollywood Studios is one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Photo by Gene Duncan, courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort.

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Families Wanted Immediately for National Disney Parks Commercial

You don’t need to be an underachiever or a United States Governor to know that there is simply no better way to kick off a new year by blowing off work and a decent public education by heading off to the Walt Disney World Resort for a week and now is your opportunity, should you qualify.

In order to qualify for this exciting opportunity, you must:

  • Be a family of four (two parents, two children — no more, no less, for legal reasons)
  • Be in the New York City area on January 4 for in-person callbacks

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Speculation: Disney Vacation Club Planning to Make Mineral King Ski Resort Finally Happen?

Note/Warning: This article makes a lot of assumptions based on very little evidence and has little basis in reality. Should you choose to continue on, you will be obligated to take it with a grain of salt.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Online (WDPRO), the business unit responsible for maintaining the websites for Walt Disney World, Disney Vacation Club and Disney Cruise Line, has recently registered DVCUTAH.COM, inspired with little doubt to fuel speculation that something is afoot. Granted the vague domain name and the fact that domain names are reasonably inexpensive to register — not to mention it’s just the one so far — so let this is your first indication that there’s nothing to be excited about quite yet.

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Photo: Joe Jonas and Ashley Greene Bask in ‘Twilight’ of Space Mountain

Ashley Greene and Joe Jonas by Space Mountain in Magic Kingdom (Kent Phillips/Disney)Jonas Brother Joe Jonas and his girlfriend Ashley Greene (Alice Cullen in the Twilight films) stopped by the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World yesterday where they posed for this photo in front of Space Mountain in Tomorrowland.

Joe’s older brother, Kevin, very recently celebrated his first wedding anniversary with wife Danielle at the Magic Kingdom where the couple was granted the rare opportunity to spend a night at the suite in Cinderella Castle.

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

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Photo: Blair Underwood and Family Begin Memories-Filled ‘Event’ at Hall of Presidents

Blair Underwood at Hall of Presidents in Magic Kingdom (Kent Phillips/Disney)Actor Blair Underwood, who portrays U.S. President Elias Martinez on the NBC series “The Event,” poses Dec. 29, 2010 in front of “The Hall of Presidents” attraction at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., as his wife Desiree (foreground) takes a photo of him and their children (L-R): daughter Brielle, son Blake and their oldest son, Paris.

Photo by Kent Phillips, courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort

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Photo: Actor Daniel Dae Kim Hangs Loose with Lilo at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Daniel Dae Kim and Lilo at Disney's Hollywood Studios (Kent Phillips/Disney)Actor Daniel Dae Kim, star of the ABC series “Lost” and currently starring on the new CBS series “Hawaii Five-0,” poses Dec. 28, 2010 with Lilo from Disney’s “Lilo and Stitch” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  Kim, who was born in South Korea and grew up in New York and Pennsylvania, currently lives in Hawaii.

Photo by Kent Phillips, courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort

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