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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Apr. 9, 2009 – With picture-perfect skies outside his window most days, Walt Disney World Emergency Operations Coordinator Eric Alberts dedicates his time to preparing for inclement weather. “Safety for everybody that works or stays here is our top priority,” Alberts says as he checks the latest forecasts.

By expertly planning for severe weather in advance, Walt Disney World Resort made history in 2006 as the first theme park and resort area to be recognized by the National Weather Service as a StormReady® Community. Committed to maintaining its leadership in emergency management, Walt Disney World Resort just renewed its StormReady status through 2012 and remains the only recognized commercial site in Florida. Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Ca. has also earned recognition as StormReady.

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Paradiso 37 to Open Early May at Downtown Disney’s Pleasure Island

Paradiso 37, a high-energy restaurant and bar featuring cuisine from North, South and Central America, welcomes guests to its table in May at Pleasure Island at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort.

The lakeside eatery will offer a delectable variety of menu offerings representing the 37 countries of the Americas, plus an international wine bar, 37 varieties of tequila and 10 signature frozen margaritas.

The new concept was developed by Orlando-based E-Brands Restaurant Group, a multi-concept restaurant group which currently owns and operates Timpano Chophouse, Samba Room, Taqueria Canonita, Aquaknox, David Burke, Salsa Orlando and Canonita Express in a number of locations across the United States.

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United Vacations to Give Away $7K+ Dream Trip to Walt Disney World

MILWAUKEE, April 8 — For the first time ever, the team at United Vacations has custom-designed a vacation giveaway in celebration of the Disney fan base from around the world. Their phenomenal grand prize valued over $7,000 opens the door to a whole other world inside the Walt Disney World(R) Resort where one lucky family will have the opportunity to experience aspects of the destination that the average vacationer rarely, if ever, has access to in one visit.

From the 70-year old who sports a Mickey Mouse watch to the first grader whose bedroom is decorated in pixie dust and Dalmatian spots, Disney fans are truly one of a kind – and they are the focus of this very special vacation giveaway.
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New Limited Edition Sculpture of Simba to be Released April 17

Simba: Little King, Big Roar by Bruce Lau

Simba: Little King, Big Roar by Bruce Lau

Mischievous Simba is well aware that as the son of Mufasa, he’s next in line to rule over all the other critters as king. In a wild-and-wooly celebration of his fantastic future, Simba even imagines what he’ll look like with a grown-up mane by popping his head through a wreath of fire-red blossoms. Plussed with a pewter tail, the lovable cub gains the lion’s share of praise as our Spring Premiere Event’s “mane” attraction. So roar on by and let this cute cub make you feel like royalty.

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Grand Floridian to Host EASY-BAKE 2009 ‘Baker of the Year’ Contest

EASY-BAKE 2009 "Baker of the Year" finalist Catherine Ralston, 12, from New Albany, Ohio pictured with her "sous chef," mother Teresa, presents her creation "Queen of Hearts Strawberry Tart." (Photo: Business Wire)

EASY-BAKE 2009 "Baker of the Year" finalist Catherine Ralston, 12, from New Albany, Ohio pictured with her "sous chef," mother Teresa, presents her creation "Queen of Hearts Strawberry Tart." (Photo: Business Wire)

After searching America’s kitchens since last summer, Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS) today announced the names of the seven talented child bakers selected to participate in the EASY-BAKE 2009 “Baker of the Year” contest finals. Representing different states across the country, the seven finalists will be flown to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, where they will compete for the title of EASY-BAKE 2009 “Baker of the Year” on May 7, 2009.

“We were impressed by the caliber of recipes that we received for the EASY-BAKE 2009 ‘Baker of the Year’ Contest that it was difficult to choose just seven finalists!” said Kim Losey, Senior Brand Manager Global Marketing and Development, for Hasbro’s EASY-BAKE Brand. “The kids participating in the finals really stood out – not only were their recipes outstanding but we were equally impressed by the amount of time, thought, and creativity put forth by each of them.”

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All About Remy and Disney’s Living Character Initiative

The newest chef at Walt Disney World Resort may be small in stature, but he’s a big hit with guests enjoying haute cuisine at Les Chefs de France in Epcot. With his flair for French fare, diners of all ages are eating up his whimsical tableside visits.

His name is Remy, and he’s the rat-turned-chef made famous in the Academy Award-winning Disney•Pixar film “Ratatouille.” A new Audio-Animatronicscharacter created by Walt Disney Imagineering, Remy stars in a new guest experience at Les Chefs de France entitled “Bon Appétit from Chef Remy.” Les Chefs de France is one of the restaurants featured at the France pavilion in Epcot.

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Fatal Accident at WDW Leaves 1 Dead, 2 Injured (Updated)

News4Jax.com is reporting on an vehicular accident that took place on Walt Disney World property on Sunday afternoon. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a driver ended up swerving off the road into the path of an oncoming tour bus, killing the driver and sending three passengers on the bus for treatment for minor injuries.. The accident occurred between the Wilderness Lodge and the Contemporary Resort. Read the original article here.

UPDATE: Additional reports have confirmed the driver to be 47 year old Teresa Scarborough of Clermont, Florida and the number of persons treated for injuries is two. One report notes the bus was ‘parked’ while another indicates Scarborough lost control of the car and crossed into the lane of the oncoming traffic, according to the FHP.

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Swolphin Offers Mother’s Day Weekend Package for May 8 – May 10

Starting at $499, the May 8 – May 10 package offers a 2 night/3 day stay at either the Walt Disney World Resort Swan or Dolphin hotels, a 50 minute Swedish massage for Mom at the Dolphin’s Mandara Spa, a free Sunday morning character breakfast for Mom (when accompanied by paying child/ren) , a box of chocolates from award winning pastry chef Laurent Branlard and a late checkout of 4 pm (pending availability). Use code MOTHER when booking over the phone at 888-828-8850.

Additional mandatory fees, taxes and restrictions do apply. For full details on this offer, click here.

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Walt Disney World Website Publishes Restaurant Menus in PDF Format

The official Walt Disney World website has begun posting PDF versions of its menus for Table Service Locations. At this time, restaurants that offer this feature include Liberty Tree Tavern, Tony’s Town Square, Shutter’s, The Wave, Spoodles, ESPN Club, Cap’n Jack’s, Le Celier, Rose and Crown, Akershus, Coral Reef, Grand Floridian Cafe, Mama Melrose, 50s Prime Time Cafe, Sci-Fi Dine-In, Olivia’s, Kona Cafe, Boatwright’s, Turf Club and Whispering Canyon Cafe.

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Who Ate My Cheese? Remy to Appear at Les Chefs Through September 5

Remy at Les Chefs de France (c) Gene Duncan/Disney

Remy at Les Chefs de France (c) Gene Duncan/Disney

THE BIG CHEESE: Famed French Chef Paul Bocuse introduces his grandson — also named Paul Bocuse — to a new Audio-Animatronics figure named “Remy” April 3, 2009 at Les Chefs de France restaurant at Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Remy, made famous in Disney’s Academy Award-winning animated film “Ratatouille,” is featured at the restaurant in a new guest experience called “Bon Appetit from Chef Remy.” The Audio-Animatronics figure — the smallest ever created by Walt Disney Imagineering — interacts with diners inside the restaurant. Through Sept. 5, Remy will make appearances in the dining room during specific times.

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