Disney World Offers Free Dining to Disney Visa Cardholders

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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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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.

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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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Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival Salutes Disneynature’s ‘Earth’ in Sand

Artists Create a Sculpture Entirely Out of Sand to Celebrate the Release of Disneynature's Earth (c) Diana Zalucky/Disney

Artists Create a Sculpture Entirely Out of Sand to Celebrate the Release of Disneynature's Earth (c) Diana Zalucky/Disney

Guests of the 2009 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival at Walt Disney World Resort can see amazing creations made entirely of sand to celebrate the new theatrical release Earth, presented by Disneynature, which premieres nationwide April 22, 2009. The 16th annual festival takes place March 18-May 31, 2009. Amid a colorful tableau of flowers, plants and topiaries, Walt Disney World guests of all ages can explore myriad exhibits and activities geared toward gardening and outdoor fun.

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OIA Extends Disney’s Magical Express Beyond 2016 Under Sweetheart Deal for Disney

The Orlando Sentinel reports all the nitty gritty in this article that covers a re-negotiated deal that heavily favors Disney who once had to prove to OIA that its free transportation program had merit.

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