MVPs Santonio Holmes and Chipper Jones Meet the Mouse at WWoS

Santonio Holmes and Chipper Jones at Disney's Wide World of Sports (c) Diana Zalucky / Disney

Santonio Holmes and Chipper Jones at Disney's Wide World of Sports (c) Diana Zalucky / Disney

A PERFECT 10: Mickey Mouse warms up with Super Bowl XLIII MVP Santonio Holmes (left) and 1999 National League MVP Chipper Jones (right) as they exchange their #10 jerseys and autographs March 27, 2009 at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Jones, who plays third base for the Atlanta Braves, is currently playing at the complex’s Champion Stadium during the Braves’ Spring Training season. Holmes, wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is training with several of his teammates on the complex’s football fields in preparation for the upcoming 2009 NFL season.

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Disney U.S. Parks Cutting Jobs, Seeking Efficiencies

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Walt Disney Co has cut an undisclosed number of workers at its domestic parks this month in a previously announced plan to consolidate behind-the-scenes operations for Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California, a spokesman said.

Local media in Florida, tipped off by laid-off workers, have reported cuts as deep as 450 jobs at the two locations.

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Disney World Offers Free Dining to Disney Visa Cardholders

For 3 night minimum packages (includes park tickets) beginning August 16 through October 3, 2009. Upgrades to the Deluxe Dining Plan available for $32 per adult and $10 per child (under 10). Stays must be booked by June 21, 2009. The offer is expected to be extended to the public by the end of March. Use code RYI for basic Dining Plan or EEV for Deluxe Dining Plan options.

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UPDATE: Ellen’s Energy Adventure Refurb Extended Yet Again!

The attraction refurb that’s more than 65,000,000 milliseconds in the making. Ellen’s Energy Adventure refurb is extended once again, set to now re-open on April 5.

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Dave Prowse (Darth Vader) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) Confirm SWW Appearances

According to their official websites, David Prowse’s schedule confirms he’s set to appear at Star Wars Weekends June 5-7 and Peter Mayhew has listed his appearance but not offered dates, although he is booked elsewhere June 5-7.

Source: LizB/passporter

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A Royal Gathering: Tina Fey and John Stamos visit Magic Kingdom

Tina Fey and John Stamos Meet at Disney World in Florida (c) Ken Phillips / Disney
Tina Fey and John Stamos Meet at Disney World in Florida (c) Ken Phillips / Disney

Disney princesses Belle, Cinderella and Snow White share a royal moment March 23, 2009 with “30 Rock” star and executive producer Tina Fey and “ER” star John Stamos inside Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The two stars, traveling separately with their families, happened to be visiting the Walt Disney World theme park on the same day.

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DTD Hotels offer Discounts to Locals and Military

The Best Western, Holiday Inn, Doubletree Guest Suites, Regal Sun Resort, Hilton, Royal Plaza and the Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa, all located on Waly Disney World property, are now offering a Florida resident discount of 15% off the best available rate. Additionally, both active duty and retired military personnel are being offered a 20% discount on rooms through 2009.

Blackout dates and additional restrictions may apply. See www.downtowndisneyhotels.com for additional details.

Via Orlando Sentinel and Tampa Bay Online

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Refurb Update: Ellen’s Energy Adventure Refurbishment Extended

The refurbishment has been extended through March 25. Re-opening date is March 26.

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Tren-D Now Open at Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney Marketplace

Tren-DA stylish boutique with designer flair and eclectic offerings becomes a premier shopping spot at Downtown Disney Marketplace with the March opening of Tren-D.  The urban-inspired Walt Disney World specialty store is a one-of-a-kind, hip destination for fashion-conscious shoppers seeking trendy apparel and novel accessories.

“This unique environment, filled with textured fabrics, new silhouettes, and whimsical art and design allows us the opportunity to push the creative envelope as it relates to fashion and our characters,” said Mark Perrotta, director of Product Development and Design.  “Our guests continue to respond to trend merchandise and novel products that they can’t purchase at home.  Tren-D speaks to what is happening today with a blend of vintage and hip with stylized Disney influences.”
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