Disney’s Aulani Resort to Open August 29, 2011; Reservations Start August 2

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai’i, will begin accepting reservations for hotel rooms and vacation packages August 2, 2010, through the Walt Disney Travel Company.

Aulani is scheduled to welcome its first guests on August 29, 2011.

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Details for Walt Disney World’s ‘Last Tour to Endor’ Star Tours Event Revealed

StarWars.com checks in with popular Walt Disney Imagineer and Last Tour to Endor show director Jason Surrell as he talks about the preparation going into some of the exclusive events guests will get to experience first hand as part of the special hard-ticket event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on August 14 commemorating the transition of Star Tours into Star Tours II.

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The Disneyland Resort Begins Selling Fresh Groceries to Cast Members at Cost

Disneyland Resort Cast Members shop for groceries at the Cast Member store. Photo courtesy Disneyland ResortAs a commitment to the health and lifestyle of its Cast Members and their families, the Disneyland Resort has announced that it has begun selling groceries to its cast members at cost as of last week. More than 80 high-quality and healthy items including fresh produce, milk, lunch meat, bread, rice and pasta are available at the Cast Member store for Cast Members to purchase at the same price the Resort pays for the food.

Photo courtesy of the Disneyland Resort

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Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival Returns for Sixth Year, April 29 – June 12

Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival will celebrate its sixth anniversary in 2011 with six weeks of culinary experiences for guests of all ages, April 29-June 12 at Disney California Adventure park and select locations across the Disneyland Resort.

Chefs, winemakers and guest speakers will focus on cultures, tastes and traditions with hundreds of tantalizing demonstrations, along with outstanding wine and spirits seminars. Guests will also feast on delicious food, wine and beer available throughout Disney California Adventure park.

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2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Guide and Map Now Available

Walt Disney World has just made its festival guide and map available for the 15th annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival which takes place October 1 – November 14, 2010. The guide covers returning and new international marketplaces such as Belgium, South Korea and Charcuterie & Cheese plus events unique to the festival including brand new entries such as the Marketplace Discovery Passport sponsored by Disney Vacation Club, ‘First Bites Opening Reception,’ ‘”3D” Disney’s Dessert Discovery,’ ‘Taste, Shake and Indulge Like the French’ and more! Newer eateries such as Kouzzina and Paradiso 37 as well as some older favorites such as Bongo’s Cuban Cafe and Fulton’s Crab House are also joining in on the fun this year.

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CONFIRMED: ‘Let the Memories Begin’ at Disney Theme Parks to Be 2011 Promotional Campaign

What comes after the successful ‘Year of a Million Dreams,’ ‘What Will You Celebrate?’ and ‘Give a Day, Get a Disney Day’ campaigns for Disney Parks and Resorts?

A recent application with the US Patent and Trademark Office for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts offers up a service mark with the name Let the Memories Begin. There is no additional information beyond the service mark itself but it certainly does lend itself to a marketing slogan (but not quite up to the promotion level). In other words, it’s probably more Where the Magic Lives than What Will You Celebrate? but only time will tell for sure.

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Photo: MLB All-Star Motorcade Visits Disneyland’s Main Street, USA

Following the public portion of the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show in Anaheim, more than 60 of the world’s top baseball players made their way down Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park before heading to Angel Stadium for the 81st MLB All-Star Game, which airs on FOX at 8pm ET.

The West Anaheim Little League All Stars lead off the celebration inside Disneyland just before the MLB All Star Red Carpet Show. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)Hall of Famer and former Angels player Rod Carew served as the Grand Marshal for the Disneyland portion of the parade which was led by the West Anaheim Little League All Stars.

Photos courtesy of the Disneyland Resort

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2010 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Merchandise Preview

2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival art by Tim RogersonMerchandise featuring the artwork of Disney Fine Artist Tim Rogerson for the 15th annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is now available for preview.

Tim will be offering signings at the festival gift shop near the Canada Pavilion on October 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 and November 6, 7,  13, 14 between 11 am and 9 pm.

The event runs from October 1, 2010 through November 14, 2010.

To preview the special festival merchandise available, see the official merchandise page here.

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Photo: NBA Star Dwayne Wade Brings the Heat to Walt Disney World

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade poses with Mickey Mouse at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex (Todd Anderson, photographer)Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade poses July 11, 2010 with a basketball-clad Mickey Mouse at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  In honor of Wade’s visit to the 220-acre sports facility, Walt Disney World presented him with a custom-made and hand-painted trio of basketballs in the shape of Mickey Mouse’s head.  The Disney World visit ended a week which saw Wade re-sign with the Miami Heat, where he will be joined next season by newly signed stars LeBron James and Chris Bosh.  (Todd Anderson, photographer)

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Dooney & Bourke to Launch Exclusive Disneyland ’55 Collection at Disneyland Resort July 17

On the 55th Anniversary of the Disneyland Resort, Ian Ray of Dooney & Bourke will be on hand to celebrate the release of an exclusive Disneyland-inspired handbag collection.

The bags’ design features iconic Disney and Disneyland elements such as Mickey Mouse through the years, Mickey Mouse Club member IDs, Ears and more. Although the event will take place at Downtown Disney’s Vault 28 from 2 pm – 4 pm PT, the bags will be available for purchase at the store at opening. A special gift with purchases over $150 will be offered and distributed at the time of the event.

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