Harlem Globetrotters to Open ESPN Wide World of Sports; Event Televised February 26 on ESPN2

Three of the biggest names in sports and entertainment will come together this week when the Harlem Globetrotters join forces with ESPN and Disney Sports as part of the official re-launch of ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.

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First Look: New Costumes for Walt Disney World Bus Drivers

New Walt Disney World Bus Driver Costumes…or should we say Vehicular Transportation Hosts?

In any case, the familiar purple-biased costumes will soon be going the way of the dodo as these more elegant, pilot-esque costumes take their place (hats/visors are optional).

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We Are Go for Product Launch: ‘Captain EO’ Merchandise to Hit Disneyland Shelves

Captain EO logo to be featured on products available at DisneylandYou probably saw this coming a lightyear away, but with the return of Captain EO to Disneyland, there simply must be a way to bring the experience home with you. Enter a full line of limited release EO merchandise featuring the Captain EO logo.

Among the items to be found at the Main Street Emporium, Star Trader and Tomorrowlanding, you’ll find a button ($3.95), poster ($7.95), men’s tee ($26.95), ladies’ tee ($24.95), crew fleece ($42.95), military cap ($24.95) and beanie hat ($24.95).

There will also be an embroidered nylon jacket expected to be released in mid-March.

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Dooney & Bourke to Launch New Products at Walt Disney World February 26

Faces collection from Dooney & BourkeIan Ray, of Dooney & Bourke, will be at Tren-D in the Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World on Friday, February 26, 2010, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for a special event debuting new Disney Dooney & Bourke products.  Ian will be handing out a complimentary Dooney & Bourke gift to guests who purchase $150 or more of the Dooney & Bourke co-branded products.

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Walt Disney World Hotels Partner with Clean the World to Recycle Partially Used Amenities

Walt Disney World Resort hotels are working with Clean the World to recycle all the partially used amenities from their nearly 28,000 Central Florida hotel rooms. Clean the World sanitizes the soap and shampoo that would be discarded and distributes these amenities to people in need around the world.

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Bus Transportation Route Changes for Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports

Effective February 21, there will no longer be a bus available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to take guests to the ESPN Wide World of Sports facility. Instead, guests can catch a bus to/from Disney’s All-Star Resorts, Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Buses are expected to operate between 7 am and 11 pm daily, but will change times and frequency as dictated by sporting events occuring that day.

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Disney Parks Goes Mad as a HattEAR! Offers Limited Edition ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Mouse Ears

Celebrating the release of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland on March 5, Disney Parks has created this limited edition set of Alice in Wonderland inspired mouse ears.

With so many pieces and parts, from the satin hatbox interior, the dangling key, brim accents from signature film icons to its linticular Cheshire Cat cover, this highly collectible piece is sure to make you curious or curiouser.

The Alice in Wonderland mouse ears is a limited edition of 500 pieces and retails for $49.95 plus applicable sales tax. The limited edition mouse ears can be found at Uptown Jewelers in Magic Kingdom® Park, World of Disney® Store, and select merchandise locations where mouse ears are sold.

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Set Phasers to Fun: ‘Captain EO’ Returns to Disneyland on February 23

Disneyland officially announced today that Captain EO starring the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, will make it’s Disneyland re-debut on February 23.

The resort does note that some of the special effects from the original installation of the film will not be part of the return limited engagement, but that it will use a new print of the film and the sound has been greatly enhanced.

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WDW Refurb Update: Pool Closures at Wilderness Lodge, Coronado Springs Resort

The Silver Creek Springs Pool Slide at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge has already closed due to an unscheduled refurbishment and is now expected to be closed until April 1. The pool itself will remain open to guests during this time but those who wish to take advantage of a pool slide may use the pool at the Contemporary Resort.

The Ranchos Quiet Pool at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is scheduled to close on March 1 and re-open on March 13. The remaining quiet pools as well as the feature pool are expected to remain open during this time.

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Guide for Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Now Available

Walt Disney World has released the Official Storybook Program which is your detailed guide to the Princess Expo and the half marathon itself. Every runner participating in the event should download and review the guide for helpful  hints and information.

The final race instructions have also been made available.

Both can be downloaded from the Princess Half Marathon website.

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