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Pauly D on Magic Kingdom's Big Thunder Railroad (Photo by Diana Zalucky/Disney)Paul Delvecchio (left), aka “DJ Pauly D” from the hit MTV series “Jersey Shore,” takes a ride aboard the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster Oct. 22, 2010 in the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Delvecchio, riding with Celebration (Fla.) High School senior Bryan Lopez (front right) and a host of central Florida high school seniors behind him, was at the theme park to announce his involvement as one of the featured performers for “Disney Grad Nite 2011,” a private, after-hours party at the Magic Kingdom in April and May 2011 for high school seniors from across the country. Delvecchio will serve as the party’s featured DJ, and headline the graduation party alongside UK-born R&B singer Taio Cruz and pop duo “3OH!3.” (Diana Zalucky, photographer)

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First Look: Rapunzel and Flynn Rider Meet & Greet Characters at Walt Disney World

Although their permanent ‘play and greet’ environment isn’t yet completed at Magic Kingdom’s Fairytale Garden, as we previously reported, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Disney’s Tangled began making appearances today at Epcot.

Although we initially reported that they would be appearing at the International Gateway, we learned the hard way that the location may vary and in fact found the couple outside of the World Showplace, situated between the Canada and UK Pavilions. This is one of three locations used in Epcot to test out new characters and their friends, the others being the International Gateway and the area to the left of the American Adventure.

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WDW Character Update: ‘Tangled’ Meet and Greet Postponed

The so-called ‘Play and Greet’ featuring Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Disney’s Tangled at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is now being reported to be postponed from its original start date of October 15 until October 25.

This was confirmed by cast member extraordinaire and consistently accurate source Paul Chadkin via twitter.

Update 10/12/10 – Rapunzel and Flynn Rider will begin meeting and greeting guests (without ‘play’ elements) on October 15 as originally scheduled, but at the International Gateway in Epcot

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WDW Refurb Update: Splash Mountain Closure for January 2011 Announced

With what should come as little to no surprise, the official Walt Disney World website has now posted a closure for Splash Mountain in January for the Magic Kingdom’s attraction annual refurbishment. Currently the site has the attraction as closing on January 3 and re-opening on February 1, 2011, but last-day-of-the-month dates are always suspect and suggest that the closure may continue on into the next month, although this is not the publicly available information at this time. Should we learn of the closure extending into February, we will update the article and note the changes via our official Twitter and Facebook pages.

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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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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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Photo/Video: Vidia Joins Pixie Hollow Meet and Greet at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

In honor of the upcoming Pixie Hollow film Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, Vidia has joined her friends at Pixie Hollow in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World to greet guests who shrink down to size as they make the journey from the Mainland to Pixie Hollow.

For more information on the upcoming film including the trailer, film clips, stills, toys and more, follow this bookmark.

Photo by Gene Duncan, photo and video courtesy of Walt Disney World.

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Photos: New York Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire Gets a Taste of the Big Candied Apple at the Magic Kingdom

Amar’e Stoudemire, who recently joined the NBA’s New York Knicks as a power forward, visited the Walt Disney World Resort with friends and family. The clan visited the Magic Kingdom yesterday where Stoudemire was at an obvious strong disadvantage when he took up a game of one-on-one with Mickey Mouse.

Stoudemire also spent some time at the Main Street Confection where, with the assistance of cast member Naima Fernandes, he created his own Knicks-colored blue and orange sprinkled candied apples shaped like Mickey.

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Full Schedule for 2010 ‘Night of Joy’ at Walt Disney World Released

A star-powered, 16-act Christian music lineup will herald the return of Night of Joy to Magic Kingdom Sept. 10-11, with 2010 “Artist of the Year” Casting Crowns plus three other “Artist of the Year” recipients topping a bill featuring seven additional acts that have won Dove Awards or Grammy Awards. Other “Artist of the Year” winners performing during the 28th edition of the Walt Disney World event are Chris Tomlin (2006 and 2007), mercyme (2004) and Third Day (2001).

Also part of the two-night event (when specific acts play one evening each): David Crowder*Band, Family Force 5, Red, BarlowGirl, Group 1 Crew, Day of Fire, Smokie Norful, Lecrae, Tenth Avenue North, Sidewalk Prophets, Thousand Foot Krutch and Britt Nicole.

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