Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Expert Finds Species on Border of Extinction

Cotton-top tamarins at Rafiki's Planet Watch in Disney's Animal Kingdom © DisneyA tiny Colombian primate known for its distinctive punk-rock hairstyle is in imminent danger of extinction, according to new research done by an animal expert at Walt Disney World Resort. The findings paint the clearest picture yet of a dwindling population at risk.

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Disneyland Resort’s ‘World of Color’ Kicks off California Tour July 7 in San Francisco

Viewers around the world will join a one-of-a-kind, online phenomenon in July to experience the extraordinary magic of “World of Color,” the new after-dark spectacular presented nightly in Disney California Adventure park in Anaheim. The interactive tour will feature live shows in four California cities, and the online audience will travel “virtually” to each location to watch the shows and interact with the webcast.

In each city, specially produced animation will be projected onto a familiar city landmark, using a sensational mixture of special effects, high-tech projections and one of the storytelling themes presented in “World of Color.”

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Vinylmation: Release Dates Set for Urban #4 and ‘Have a Laugh’ at Walt Disney World

lego_pirates_video_game_15

We have previously advised that both the Urban #4 and Have a Laugh Vinylmation series will be released at the Disneyland Resort on July 2.

We can now confirm that both series will become available at D-Street at the Walt Disney World Resort’s Downtown Disney West Side exactly one week later on July 9.

Both series have already been on sale at the new Disney Store in Montebello, CA, the first Disney Store to sell Vinylmation figures. Although the store has also been selling the Toy Story series, no release dates for the Parks have been made available to us at this time.

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Disney Vacation Club’s Aulani Resort Accepting Sales Beginning Today

Epic Mickey Graphic Novel Disney Vacation Club began selling real estate interests for the company’s first family-friendly destination resort in Hawai`i today. Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas, Ko Olina, Hawai`i, is scheduled to open its first phase in fall 2011 and will mark the eleventh resort for Disney Vacation Club.

“We are thrilled to give families joining Disney Vacation Club a new resort option in one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world,” said Disney Vacation Club President Jim Lewis. “Once Aulani opens, families will be able to immerse themselves in the culture of Hawai`i while knowing that they will get the quality vacation experience only Disney can deliver.”

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Walt Disney World Cast Member Choir Encore! Prepares for Make-A-Wish Benefit

Encore! Cast Members rehearse for performance © DisneyRehearsals are underway for the Encore! Cast Choir and Orchestra’s summer production, Dream Our Dreams, A Musical Tribute to the Legacy of Disney. Known for staging spectacular charity concerts, the volunteer ensemble has chosen Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central & Northern Florida as their 2010 beneficiary.

Encore! offers Cast Members an outlet for their creativity and a chance to showcase their talents while performing great music for worthy causes. The troupe, founded in 2002, has grown to include roughly 330 singers, 100 instrumentalists, 50 dancers and a production team of 40. Encore! producer Bruce Light says at least half of the group has jobs outside of entertainment and aren’t performers by trade. For all involved, it’s a labor of love.

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Magic Kingdom’s Space Mountain Becomes Second Attraction to Offer PhotoPass

In addition to Test Track at Epcot, the Magic Kingdom’s Space Mountain is now offering new and unique options for Disney’s PhotoPass.

Beginning today, Space Mountain is offering a new range of PhotoPass options for the onride photo taken during the ride. The three available options are:

  • Purchase the photo as a print. A variety of print sizes and packages are available. These prints will be made directly by the systems inside the Space Mountain Merchandise Shop.
  • Purchase the photo as a digital download from the DisneyPhotoPass.com website

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Get (Andy) On Your Feet: Gloria Estefan Visits the Magic Kingdom

Grammy Award-winning singer Gloria Estefan poses June 26, 2010 with "Toy Story 3" characters Jessie (left) and Woody (right) at the Magic Kingdom (Gene Duncan, photographer)Toys will be toys.

Grammy Award-winning singer Gloria Estefan poses June 26, 2010 with “Toy Story 3″ characters Jessie (left) and Woody (right) at the Magic Kingdom park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  Estefan was on vacation at the Walt Disney World theme park with family and friends.

Photo by Gene Duncan, courtesy of Disney.

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Cast Member Steve Luttrell, Disney’s Vero Beach Recognized for VoluntEAR Efforts in 2009

Steve Luttrell VoluntEAR of the YearWalt Disney World Resort is celebrating the accomplishments of Disney VoluntEARS, which gave a record 251,000 hours toward improving the lives of Central Floridians in 2009, by recognizing top standouts with awards and charitable donations.

This week, high honors were given to Steve Luttrell as VoluntEAR of the Year and Disney’s Vero Beach Resort VoluntEARS Team as the VoluntEAR Team of the Year. Both received $2,500 cash donations to the charity of their choice.

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Vinylmation: Disneyland Release Dates for ‘Have a Laugh’ and ‘Urban #4′

We have confirmation that the Have A Laugh Series and Urban Series #4 will be released at Disneyland’s D Street located in Downtown Disney on July 2.

No dates for Walt Disney World or DisneyStore.com have been released as of yet, nor has there been a date mentioned for the Toy Story series which made its Disney Store debut at the Montebello ‘Imagination Park’ store earlier this week.

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Best Friends Luxury Resort at Walt Disney World to Open August 27; Reservations Now Accepted

Best Friends Pet CarePet lovers visiting Walt Disney World Resort can now plan to board the family pet in fun, luxurious new accommodations. Reservations are being accepted for pet boarding stays beginning August 27, 2010 for the new Best Friends Pet Care Resort.
The one-of-a-kind resort comprises more than 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, including 17,000 square feet of air-conditioned indoor space, 10,000 square feet of covered outdoor runs and play areas, and an expansive private dog park exclusively for the use of pet resort clients and their dogs.

Enjoyed this post? Share it!