Video: Drew Brees Ticker-Tape Parade at the Magic Kingdom

Here’s some footage courtesy of Walt Disney World from today’s ticker-tape parade for the 2010 Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints

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Mary J. Blige to be Keynote Speaker at 2010 Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey

Singer/producer/actress Mary J. Blige, the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul,” will be the Keynote Speaker as part of the third annual Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey. The event will be held Feb. 11-14 at Walt Disney World Resort.

In partnership with nationally syndicated radio personality Steve Harvey, Walt Disney World Resort will host 100 high school students from across the nation at this year’s academy – giving them unprecedented access to the magic behind Walt Disney World Resort and creating unique, interactive seminars with a wide range of enriching and inspiration topics from “the unseen jobs of entertainment” to “the business of sports” to “the power of networking.”

Blige, whose latest album “Stronger withEach Tear” hit No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts, will speak at the academy’s Commencement Ceremony, a graduation of sorts for the students. Past Keynote Speakers include Judge Greg Mathis and BET Founder Bob Johnson.

Other celebrities scheduled to share their blueprints for success at this year’s academy include R&B star Cupid; actor Roshon Fagen (“Camp Rock”); CNN correspondent Christopher Lawrence; actor Daniel Curtis Lee (“Disney’s Zeke & Luther”); songstress Kimberley Locke; actors Chris (“Zoey 101″) and Kyle (“Cory in the House”) Massey; actress Tamara Mowry (“Sister, Sister”); producer Will Packer (“Stomp The Yard”); singer Ruben Studdard; gospel group Trin-i-tee 5:7; and celebrity trainer Harvey Walden. As in 2009, Sherri Shepherd, actress and co-host of “The View,” will return to host the celebrity conversations. Contemporary gospel star Yolanda Adams will speak at the event’s opening ceremony.

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Photo Gallery: Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees in Ticker-Tape Parade at Magic Kingdom

Super Bowl XLIV MVP Drew Brees joins Mickey Mouse Feb. 8, 2010 in a celebratory parade in the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Brees, the quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, is the latest celebrity to star in the “I’m Going to Disney World!” and “I’m Going to Disneyland” commercials which aired only hours after the NFL championship game ended. Brees led his team to a 31-17 victory over the AFC champion Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV in Miami. (Kent Phillips, photographer)

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New Muppets Ink and Paint Cel Release on March 20: The Wocka Wocka Room

Ink and Paint Cel: The Wock Wocka Room featuring the MuppetsOn March 20, join Disney Design Group artist Costa Alavezos and Ink and Paint artists James Bonserio, Erin Magill, Theodora M. DeLaney, David Rippberger, Lynn Rippberger, Sharon K.Vincent as they introduce The Wocka Wocka Room featuring the Muppets at Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s Studios Animation Gallery from 10 am – 1 pm and 2pm – 5 pm.

The Wocka Wocka Room is a limited edition, hand-painted cel with an edition size of only 1500 pieces. An exclusively designed pin has been created to commemorate the release of the new cel, the pin is available with the first 750 orders placed for a framed cel only.

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Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Offer Louisiana Residents Free Night’s Stay

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, which is located in the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort, is awarding the fans of the football champions with the “I’m off to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort!” deal.

As congratulations for their team’s victory, residents of Louisiana will receive a free night at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort when booking two nights at standard price. Fans must book their vacation by Feb. 28, 2010, but will have a full year to take advantage of the offer and celebrate their team’s victory at the place known for championship celebrations.

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Saints’ Drew Brees ‘Going to Disney World’ To Celebrate Victory, MVP Performance in Super Bowl XLIV

So how is New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees celebrating his heroic play in Super Bowl XLIV? In the frenzied moments just after his team claimed the National Football League championship Sunday night in South Florida, he stood in front of a TV camera and shouted five words that have become an almost iconic reaction to milestone achievements: “I’m going to Disney World!”

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Schedule for Epcot’s 2010 Sounds Like Summer Concert Series Available

Although Walt Disney World has confirmed that the annual Sounds Like Summer concert series will be taking place in 2010, it has yet to announce any formal dates or line-up. The concert series, which takes place at the America Gardens Theatre in Epcot, features tribute bands for some of music’s most legendary recording artists.

Although we are currently without a full schedule, the following performers and dates have been confirmed via their respective published touring schedules:

  • June 12 – June 19: Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees)
  • June 20 – June 26: Hotel California (Eagles)
  • June 27 – July 3: TBD

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New Disney-Star Wars Collectible Puzzles to Debut in Parks this Month

Disney Star Wars PuzzleLater this month, Disney Parks Merchandise will debut a collection of four 200-piece jigsaw puzzles based on classic Star Wars posters. Each puzzle, measuring 9×13, features Disney-Star Wars merchandise previously sold in the parks and retails for $10.95

For more information and to see the other designs, visit the official Star Wars site.

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Huge Fireworks Displays Indoors? It’s Possible According to Disney Patent Applications

I won’t pretend to understand them, but two related patent applications have just been published for Disney Enterprises in which Disney presents a way of producing colorful fireworks using an alternative chemical make-up.

The problem with current fireworks, the applications say, is that the perchlorates commonly found in pyrotechnics such as fireworks produce a large amount of smoke which makes use of large fireworks inside some closed arenas such as stadiums implausible. In addition, even when used outdoors, the perchlorates can find their way into a small percentage of drinking water, posing health risks.

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Brand New Samantha Brown at Walt Disney World Episode to Air February 10

Commemorating ten years of Samantha Brown on the network, the Travel Channel will air four special episodes beginning February 8 which includes the Samantha Brown Fan-a-thon on February 10 at 8 PM ET/PT. In the episode, Samantha celebrates ten years of travel at the Walt Disney World resort with some of her fans who help to reminisce about some of their favorite Walt Disney World show moments.

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