Registration is now open to participate as a spectator for the taping of the Magic Kingdom portion 2010 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. Tickets are free and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration is the same as last year and one registration form allows you to sign up for both (or either) Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4. Typically, staged events are taped on Friday while the parade portion itself is taped on Saturday.
We have a late entry of the American Heritage Gallery at Epcot’s American Adventure in the World Showcase. The exhibit is currently closed beginning today and will re-open on November 17.
Moving into the future, but not too distantly, we have scheduled quiet pool closures at both the Polynesian Resort (closing January 10, opening February 19) and Coronado Springs Resort (Cabanas pool closing January 3, opening January 29). In both cases, the respective main feature pool will remain open as will any other quiet pools at the resort.
After a four-month rehabilitation at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, an adult male osprey was recently released at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort near the site where he was rescued earlier this summer. An eager group of Walt Disney World Cast Members and resort guests looked on as the bird took to the air for the first time since June.
The osprey was emaciated and listless when he was found on June 17. After receiving emergency care from Disney animal care experts, the raptor was transported to the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland, Fla. for further treatment. After several months of intensive care, the bird was moved to the Center’s Magic of Flight barn to stretch his wings and complete the rehabilitation process.
It’s shaping up to be one of those days. Although not confirmed as of yet through our official sources, WDWMagic.com and Walt Disney World Cast Member Paul Chadkin are reporting additional refurbishments added to the operations schedule for Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in January.
The Liberty Belle / Liberty Square Riverboat located in the Liberty Square area of Magic Kingdom is scheduled to close on January 29, 2011 and re-open on February 5.
At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, both the Studio Backlot Tour and the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure playground are set to close on January 3 and re-open on January 30.
The official Walt Disney World Resort website began reporting yesterday that the ‘Playhouse Disney – Live On Stage!’ show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be closing for refurbishment on January 30 and scheduled to re-open on March 6. Although there is speculation that the refurbishment may be to change the limited references to those of ‘Disney Junior’ (which is likely), it’s also almost the exact same time period the attraction closed last time to debut as its current incarnation in 2008 which means that there could be some show changes in the works as well. If that were to be happening, it’s most likely to remove the canceled ‘My Friends Tigger and Pooh’ and inject some more current and relevant content such as ‘Special Agent Oso’ (who would actually fit in quite perfectly with the current show) or even ‘Timmy Time’ if licensing allows. On a side note, the last change ‘replaced’ human Jamie with Casey and as of yet, no public casting notices have been published to that effect (still plenty of ambiguous names to go!).
John J. Nicoletti has been appointed vice president of communications for the Disneyland Resort effective Nov. 1, 2010.
In this new role, Nicoletti will lead the Resort’s communication functions, including media relations, external and internal communications, guest and executive communications. He will serve as a top spokesperson for the Resort, and will be responsible for growing relationships with news media and other external stakeholders. Nicoletti will report to Lisa Haines, vice president of public affairs.
The California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) will present an award to the Disneyland Resort at the sixth annual CASQA Stormwater Conference awards luncheon on Tuesday, November 2, 2010, at the Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage.
Disneyland Resort will receive the award for Outstanding Stormwater BMP Implementation Program for its holistic approach in developing and implementing a master water quality management plan in partnership with the City of Anaheim. This master plan supports the environmental legacy of Walt Disney and the long term vision for sustainable programs throughout the resort. The Resort began implementing best practices based on its master plan this past year through state-of-the-art development at the resort. With new equipment and development in place, stormwater can be treated, captured and detained on the property, and stormwater discharge will be reduced.
On Saturday, December 18, 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 Bone-Appetit entry into the Ink and Paint Cel series. Goofy’s on safari and might have bitten off more than he can chew when he runs into Scar and the Hyenas from Disney’s The Lion King. Bone-Appetit is also the first entry in the Ink & Paint Cel Series to feature the Tree of Life from Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Country music artist Brad Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley (“Father of the Bride,” “According to Jim”), pose Oct. 25, 2010 with a Halloween-clad Minnie Mouse in front of the Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The singer and his wife also were celebrating Brad’s October 28th birthday at Walt Disney World this week. On Nov. 10, 2010, Paisley will co-host “The 44th Annual CMA Awards” telecast on ABC-TV. He will share hosting duties with Carrie Underwood.
Photo by Gene Duncan, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort.
Although I tend to stray from the topic of not preserving the magic as much as possible, a recent article by the Orange County Register has gotten the wheels in my head turning and I believe it’s time one seriously begins to ponder just where The Walt Disney Company is planning on taking its technology and just how far it’ll go to turn heads — articulated heads even.
The OC Register article takes a look at the new stage show at Disney California Adventure, Disney Dance Crew, in which Mickey Mouse performs on stage lip-syncing to track and blinking his eyes. While this is new technology for the Disneyland Resort, it’s not all that new for the company. What is new however is just how the articulated head is being used.