Brad Garrett Visits Bloat and Nemo at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Brad Garrett with Bloat and Nemo from Finding Nemo: The Musical (c) Gene Duncan/Disney

Brad Garrett with Bloat and Nemo from Finding Nemo: The Musical (c) Gene Duncan/Disney

Comedian Brad Garrett (“Everybody Loves Raymond,” “‘Til Death”) does his best blowfish impression April 1, 2009 alongside two characters from the “Finding Nemo – The Musical” show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The show is based on the animated Disney-Pixar film “Finding Nemo.” Among the show’s featured characters are “Bloat,” a blowfish (left), who was voiced by Garrett in the feature film, and Nemo (right), a clownfish and star of the film and musical show. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of four theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Characters in Flight Tethered Hot Air Balloon Flight at Downtown Disney

Characters in Flight BalloonUP, UP AND AWAY — Guests will get a bird’s-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort as they soar to new heights in a whimsical attraction that recently opened at Downtown Disney. Characters in Flight, operated by Aerophile, is a giant tethered balloon that ascends some 300 feet into the sky every 10 minutes (depending on weather). Riders can catch the flight daily for $16 ($10 for ages 3-9). Image (c) Disney.

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World’s Best Disney Jungle Cruise Skippers ‘Spiel’ Their Way to Tokyo Disney Resort

Walt Disney World Jungle Cruise Skippers Alex Williams and Beth Schafer (c) Disney

Walt Disney World Jungle Cruise Skippers Alex Williams and Beth Schafer (c) Disney

Earning distinction as two of the world’s best Jungle Cruise skippers, Walt Disney World Resort Cast Members Beth Schafer and Alex Williams were recently chosen to represent the resort at Tokyo Disney Resort’s 25th Anniversary Celebration.

Emerging from their helm in the darkest wilds of the Magic Kingdom, Schafer and Williams earned their overseas excursion thanks to their knack for spinning humorous spiels and stories. They competed against 35 skippers to win their spots, auditioning in front of a panel of judges from Walt Disney World and Walt Disney Imagineering who scored them on performance and punch lines. In Anaheim, Jungle Cruise skippers Kevin Lively and Mickey Wright were chosen as representatives of the Disneyland Resort.

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Walt Disney World Guests Can Celebrate With ‘Free Dining Plan’ Vacation Package Offer

Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels will have extra reason to celebrate with a great vacation offer that features the popular Disney Dining Plan for free.

Guests buying a five-night/six-day room and theme park ticket package for stays most nights from Aug. 16 to Oct. 3, 2009, can enjoy the Disney Dining Plan for free. The plan includes one quick-service meal, one snack and one table-service meal at up to 100 restaurants for each night of the package stay.

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The Seas Granted Accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

The Seas with Nemo & FriendsSilver Spring, Maryland, March 30, 2009 - The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) today announced that The Seas was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission.

“The Seas has been awarded AZA accreditation because of its high standards in every aspect of its operations,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy. “Orlando should be proud to have one of the top facilities in North America as a valuable community asset and economic engine.”

To be accredited, The Seas underwent a thorough investigation to ensure it has and will continue to meet ever-rising standards, which include animal care, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety. AZA requires zoos and aquariums to successfully complete this rigorous accreditation process in order to be members of the Association, and are required to resubmit to this process every five years.

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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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