Walt Disney World Cast Member Choir Encore! Raises Record $36K for Local Make-A-Wish

Encore! Cast Member Choir and Orchestra. Photo courtesy Walt Disney World ResortTaking to the stage for charitable good, the Encore! Cast Choir and Orchestra hit an all-time high recently by raising $36,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida. The volunteer ensemble of nearly 500 Disney Cast Members put in more than 47,000 hours to produce Dream Our Dreams, A Musical Tribute to the Legacy of Disney. Proceeds from the August 6-8 shows hosted at Epcot World ShowPlace were given to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida this week.

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WDW Refurb Update: Pool Slide Closures at Stormalong Bay, Boardwalk Inn in Early 2011

The pool and kid slide at Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club will be closed for refurbishment from January 3, 2011 through February 2, 2011 while the pool side at the Boardwalk Inn and Villas will be closed for refurbishment from February 7, 2011 through March 16, 2011.

During this time, guests may continue to make full use of the remainder of the pool and quiet pools and may opt to use the pool at the alternating resort if the use of a slide is desired. Traditionally speaking, a shuttle is offered between the resorts when the pools undergo refurbishments.

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2010 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Map and Schedule

Courtesy of Walt Disney World cast member @PaulChadkin, here is a first look at the 2010 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween (MNSSH) map and schedule for the seasonal parties that begin tonight at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

Below you’ll find both the front and back of the maps. Click on each image to expand to its larger version. If the re-size arrow appears, you may click it to view the map in its original size as provided by Paul.

2010 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Guidemap Inside/Front2010 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Guidemap Outside/Back

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Al Weiss, Disney Parks Worldwide Ops Prez, to Serve on U.S. Corporation for Travel Promotion Board

Al Weiss, President of Worldwide Operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Courtesy Disney.Recognizing Disney’s leadership within the travel and tourism industry, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke appointed Al Weiss, president of Worldwide Operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, to serve on the Corporation for Travel Promotion (CTP) Board of Directors. Weiss, based in Orlando, Fla., joins 10 other travel and tourism industry leaders on the board of the CTP, a new non-profit corporation that will promote travel to the United States abroad and improve the entry process for international visitors to the U.S.

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Report: Disneyland Paris Resort to Add Third Theme Park, Housing Development

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Euro Disney SCA has secured permission from the French government to expand its operations. The plans for an expansion of approximately 13% in area to 5,508 acres and are expected to include a third theme park (in addition to Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios) as well as a housing complex and a ‘vacation village’ currently referred to as Les Villages Nature de Val d’Europe.

The Walt Disney Company has an approximately 40% stake in Euro Disney SCA, the parent company of the Disneyland Paris Resort.

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New Cirque du Soleil ‘La Nouba’ Act Skips Every Performance

La Nouba's Skip rope actA rhythmic and artful Skipping Ropes act joins the cast of La Nouba, an original Cirque du Soleil production performed at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The pair of Japanese rope skippers balance speed, grace and agility in a series of solo, duo and group rope formations.

Photo courtesy Walt Disney World Resort.

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Disney Parks Announces Search for New Panelists To Take A Spot on 2011 Walt Disney World Moms Panel

Your passion for making magical Disney vacation memories reaches “to infinity and beyond.” Providing Disney trip suggestions comes with ease. Friends and family know you as the Disney “go-to” for any and all related information. If this sounds like you, then Disney Parks encourages you to apply for a seat on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel. Announced today, the search for approximately 10 Walt Disney World Moms gurus begins online www.disneyworldmoms.com/2011.

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WDW Refurb Update: Astro Orbiter Closure at Magic Kingdom in December

The official Walt Disney World website has listed Astro Orbiter at the Magic Kingdom as closing on December 5 and re-opening on December 10.

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‘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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