‘Captain EO’ Camera to Receive International 3D Society ‘Lumiere’ Award

Disney dual-camera 3-D Rig as displayed at the 2009 Disney D23 Expo © Stitch Kingdom. All Rights Reserved.He was there to change the world and in 1980, Disney Imagineer Steve Hines did just that.

From Magic Journeys to Captain EO to MuppetVision 3D to Honey, I Shrunk the Audience to Captain EO, one film camera provided all the magic and it was Hines’ 3-D Camera Rig that made the magic happen. Now, according to Variety, Disney and Steve Hines will be recognized for their efforts by the International 3D Society on October 19 at Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Earlier this year, both Disney/Pixar’s UP and its accompanying short Partly Cloudy were recognized when the award was given out for the first time.

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Video: Time-Lapse Installation of Halloween Decor at Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World has re-released this time-lapse photography video of the Halloween/fall decor being installed along Main Street USA and Mickey’s Toontown Fair at Magic Kingdom. According to the video description, more than 40 cast members are involved in the process which takes places over a period of five nights to install all of the holiday decorations.

The Disneyland Resort also released this video today highlighting some of its Halloween festivities including the Nightmare Before Christmas Haunted Mansion overlay, Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, World of Color, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and character meet & greets.

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Photo: Queen Latifah Visits Toy Story Playland at Disneyland Paris Resort

Queen Latifah at Disneyland ParisDisneyland Paris has just released this photo of rapper and actress Queen Latifah (nee Dana Owens) as she explored the parks’ newest addition, Toy Story Playland. Latifah visited the resort in late August, just a few days after Toy Story Playland opened.

Photo courtesy of Disneyland Paris.

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Paul Ngeny, 31, of Auburn, Calif., Sets Record by Winning Fifth Annual Disneyland Half Marathon

Paul Ngeny, 31, of Auburn, Calif., led a record field of more than 14,000 registered runners Sunday at the fifth annual Disneyland Half Marathon, crossing the finish line first with a time of 1:07:24, beating the fastest Disneyland Half Marathon time by 41 seconds.

“The course was very nice and comfortable,” Ngeny said. “I liked running through the parks and all the music. I could keep on going for a hundred miles.”

Finishing just behind Ngeny was Eric Marenburg, 27, of San Diego, Calif., with a time of 1:12:10. Kevin Broady, 48, of Brea, Calif., finished third with a time of 1:12:43.

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Photo: Stephen Graham and Paul Bazely of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 4′ Research Roles at Disneyland

Stephen Graham and Paul Bazely at Disneyland © DisneyVia the official Disney Parks blog, here’s a photo of Stephen Graham (Scram) and Paul Bazely (Salaman) from Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides as they visit the original Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in New Orleans Square at Disneyland.

After wrapping their filming in Hawaii, the cast and crew are currently shooting elements of the film at the backlot of Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA.

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Marathon Training Guru Jeff Galloway Named Official Training Consultant For Newly Branded runDisney Race Series

Jeff Galloway, one of America’s foremost marathon trainers, has been named the official training consultant to Disney’s series of endurance events, which has been rebranded runDisney.

Galloway, a 1972 Olympian and founder of the popular Galloway Marathon Training Program, will offer his running and training expertise to beginners as well as experienced runners, helping runners of all ages lead more active lifestyles. Galloway’s unique training methods and tips will be available to runners through online runDisney videos and programs, as well as through special Galloway appearances at all runDisney events.

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Guidemaps Available for 2010 ‘Night of Joy’ Event at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World has made guidemaps available for its annual Night of Joy event which takes place at Magic Kingdom this year on Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11.

The guidemaps feature listings of available attractions, dining and shopping experiences as well as the schedule for each night and the various stage locations as well as other goings-on those evenings.

Click the following links for their respective guidemaps in PDF format: Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11

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Disneyland Previews ‘ElecTRONica’ Nighttime Entertainment at Disney California Adventure

Disneyland's 'ElecTRONica' concept art © DisneyThe Disney Parks official blog has posted concept art and a brief description of the goings-on at the ‘ElecTRONica’ nighttime entertainment spectacle at Disney California adventure as first revealed here on Stitch Kingdom.

Set to take place Friday – Sunday nights beginning October 8, the spectacular transforms the Hollywood Backlot area to TRON city (with a touch of the parallel real world). The event will also take place nightly during Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks.

According to the article:

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Big Changes Afoot at Disney’s Kilimanjaro Safaris; Potential Refurb in January

This post has officially been dumbed down due to massive complaints about the direction of it previously, so here it is short and sweet.

Strong rumors indicate  that early next year, in either January or February, KJS will be closing for an extensive refurbishment and when it re-opens, it may very well contain no remnants of the storyline it once held.

Currently, guests are set to embark on a two week safari through the savanna aboard SIMBA-1, only to have their trip cut short when other touring vehicles come across signs of poachers.

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D23 Members Now Receive 15% Discount off Meals at House of Blues Orlando

Between now and December 31, 2010, D23 members and up to 5 guests will receive a 15% discount off meals (excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities) when they dine at the House of Blues at Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney district when they present their D23 membership card to the server.

House of Blues was founded in 1992 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has grown to more than a dozen eateries across the United States. Along with their sumptuous cuisine, House of Blues has played host to some of the biggest names in the recording industry in their Music Hall venues, and their infamous Gospel Brunch has become an institution with inspiring music and a bountiful buffet.

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