Jessy and her 11-year-old brother, Austin, got the opportunity of a lifetime – to be grand marshals in the “Celebrate a Dream Come True” parade at Magic Kingdom. Grand marshals are randomly selected daily for the parade, but for the Hill family of Canton, NC, the magic of the day held extra special meaning.
The Boy-tique known as the Pirates League is set to open June 29 in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland. The Orlando Sentinel has reported the following details:
Participants will receive pirate names before receiving a variety of accessories, including beards, eye patches, scarves, scars, earrings and gold teeth. These will be applied by a “veteran pirate” with sea-sailing tales.
After taking a sacred oath and an official portrait, guests will be part of Jack Sparrow’s gang.
NEW YORK – April 2009 – (PR) Licensed landscape contractor Ahmed Hassan normally surprises unsuspecting homeowners at the local home improvement store with a complete transformation of their own yard on DIY Network’s hit show Yard Crashers. But in DIY Network’s one-hour special, Yard Crashers: Disney Epcot on Monday, April 27 at 9 p.m. ET, he’ll take viewers on an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at one of the largest and most famous yards in America – the Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival at Walt Disney World Resort.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., April 21, 2009 — (PR) Since the company’s early days, Disney has been committed to Environmentality, which encompasses the attitude and commitment to do what is right for the environment and right for responsible business.
Building on this legacy, Walt Disney World Resort has intensified efforts to embed environmental stewardship into the decisions and actions of Cast Members and guests through a series of science-based programs and policies. The efforts include effectively managing resources through energy management, water conservation and waste minimization. Some of the work is highlighted in a set of Fun Facts:
DisneyShawn is reporting that construction under way for a new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique-type experience will soon be available for boys.
The Pirates League will be located in Adventureland (in the House of Treasure location) and initiates will be given pirate identities, take on their new pirate persona and gain access to a secret treasure rom.
More details to follow.
Thanks to a tweet from disneyshawn, we understand that Captain Rockhopper will appear across from the Backlot Tour beginning April 30. Even bigger, Shawn reports that Rockhopper will be accompanied by another penguin he calls Blue (as pictured in our original report here).
Current meet & greet times are scheduled for 9:30a, 10:30a, 11:30a, 12:30p, 2:30p, 3:30p and 4:30p.
In honor of the grand opening of Aerophile’s Characters in Flight at Downtown Disney today, we are pleased to take you ‘backstage’ for a glimpse of the setup and inflation of the balloon through time-lapse photography. Please enjoy. Thanks to Disney for the footage.
On Thursday, April 30 at 2:00pm – 3:00pm, author of Ella Enchanted and Disney Fairies stories, Gail Carson Levine, will be appearing at the Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden near Test Track in Epcot to sign copies of her book Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand. No personal items may be signed, all items to be signed will be available for purchase at the signing (limit of 2 items per guest).
If you’re a penguin, you already know who Rockhopper is and you probably already know this juicy little tidbit, but Club Penguin and many CP fan sites are reporting that Rockhopper will be making appearances at Walt Disney World beginning April 30 through May 13. No further details are currently available, but rest assured, as soon as we know more, we’ll update you all.
Updated: Here’s the official announcement in CP’s blog.
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According to reports, the drivers of two vehicles collided head-on early Sunday morning around 2 am when a man was driving in the wrong lane along Epcot Center Drive. As a result, both cars caught fire with their drivers trapped inside. Both were pronounced dead on the scene.