Disney’s Animal Kingdom Welcomes Birth of Colobus Monkey

Disney's Animal Kingdom Resident Kabibi and Her Infant

Disney's Animal Kingdom Resident Kabibi and Her Infant (c) Disney

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., March 5, 2009 — Walt Disney World Resort recently welcomed a black and white colobus monkey – the first of its species born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The infant arrived February 17 after a six-month gestation and may be seen along the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail with a group of five other colobus monkeys. (more…)

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Disney Reminds Guests to ‘Spring Forward’ with Frog-Focused Activities

Disney's Animal Kingdom Guests Participate in the Spring Forward Activities (c) Disney

Disney's Animal Kingdom Guests Participate in the Spring Forward Activities (c) Disney

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., March 4, 2009 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom guests will get a “leap” on this weekend’s time change with a series of frog-focused activities reminding them to set their clocks ahead.

To celebrate the beginning of daylight saving time, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will kick off a series of events, Thursday March 5, just before the semi-annual clock change. Activities include a frog-leap that challenges children to see if they can jump as far as frogs and a special frog-calling game where guests match the frog to the corresponding “ribbit.”  Frog “wannabes” may also don “frog-wear” with goggles to model transparent amphibian eyelids, mesh vests to represent permeable skin and special suction-cupped gloves to demonstrate frogs unique feet.  (more…)

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Is Epcot’s Test Track Running on Empty?

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that with a sponsorship contract set to expire this year with GM, the auto maker (who reportedly pays Disney around $5million annually for the privilege) is in no financial position to go another lap with the attraction. Talks are in the works but the economic gloom is suggesting that Disney should start talking to Lexus on how to make Test Track drive itself. Full article here.

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Sanaa Shows Off Some of Its Works of Art – Photos of New Menu Items (UPDATED)

Disney has just released these photographs of nine delights that will be served at Sanaa, the table service restaurant at Animal Kingdom Lodge’s DVC resort, Kidani Village.

Mustard seed-crusted scallops with a coconut cream sauce. (c) Disney

Mustard seed-crusted scallops with a coconut cream sauce. (c) Disney

See the rest after the jump (more…)

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Going Home: Manatee Returns to Natural Habitat After WDW Rehab (UPDATE: Video)

Bock, a client of the Manatee Rehabilitation Project, was released back into the wild yesterday (c) Gene Duncan/Disney

Bock, a client of the Manatee Rehabilitation Project, was released back into the wild yesterday (c) Gene Duncan/Disney

As part of the Manatee Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP), Disney’s Animal Programs team helps to take final measurements and readings Feb. 24, 2009 as they prepare to release a manatee into his natural habitat at Blue Springs State Park in Orange City, Fla. The manatee, named “Bock,” was released Tuesday into the warm waters of the St. John’s River. The manatee, rescued as an orphan from the St. John’s River in 2001, arrived at Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. in 2003 weighing about 500 pounds. At Epcot, marine mammal experts weaned him from a bottle and began feeding him a diet of romaine lettuce, fruits and other vegetables. “Bock” now weighs more than 1,000 pounds and is approximately eight years old. Prior to his release, he was fitted with a satellite tracking belt to follow his movements and allow for behavioral observation. His progress will be monitored by the MRP in which Disney’s Animal Programs has been involved since 2001 when the partnership was established. The MRP is a cooperative group of nonprofit, private, state and federal entities that monitors the health and survival of rehabilitated and released manatees.

Video after the jump (more…)

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‘David After Dentist’ YouTube Celebrity David DeVore Meets Doctors Mickey and Minnie Mouse

David After Dentist Star David DeVore with Doctors Mickey and Minnie

'David After Dentist' Star David DeVore with Doctors Mickey and Minnie (c) Matt Stroshane / Disney

ALL SMILES: YouTube “star” David DeVore, age 8, who became an internet sensation when his father posted a two-minute clip of him showing the after-effects of anesthesia from a dentist’s visit, is all smiles March 1, 2009 at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista Fla. During today’s Walt Disney World visit, DeVore met with Mickey and Minnie Mouse (pictured) who were clad in their best dentist and doctor apparel. DeVore’s original YouTube video, entitled “David After Dentist,” has been viewed more than 13 million times and spawned countless spoofs on the video sharing site. During his visit, DeVore even wore the same Florida Gators t-shirt that he is seen wearing in the YouTube video.

See the original YouTube video after the jump. (more…)

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Final Star Wars Big Figs Announced

Big Fig: Donald Frozen in Carbonite

Big Fig: Donald Frozen in Carbonite

StarWars.com has published photos of and information on the final four Star Wars Big Figs due for release the second week of June. They will retail for $195 each and be limited to 600 pieces each, with 500 going to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and 100 going to Disneyland.

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AKL Welcomes Baby Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture

Disneys Animal Kingdoms Newest Resident, a Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture (c) Disney

Animal Kingdom Lodge''s Newest Resident, a Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture (c) Disney

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge recently welcomed a new “resident” – a Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture hatchling that is a member of a threatened species. While weighing less than six ounces and about eight inches long when hatched, a vulture could grow to reach sizes close to three feet in height, with a wingspan of nearly eight feet, and can weigh 15-20 pounds. The baby and its parents reside on one of the unique resort’s savannas at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Disney U.S. Parks to Consolidate Some Operations

LOS ANGELES, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co said on Wednesday it will streamline some behind-the-scenes operations, including menu planning and ride design, at its two U.S. theme parks to try to offset the effects of the global economic downturn. (more…)

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Deacon Puts $14 Million Price on TOT Lawsuit

The Leicester Mercury reports that Leanne and June Deacons’ lawyer, Robert Melton, told them that his clients deserve at least 14 million dollars as a result of permanent injuries Deacon sustained allegedly as a result of riding Tower of Terror in 2005.

The article quotes Leanne’s mother as saying ,’The amount we get has got to be enough to support Leanne for the rest of her life. That is important’ and also denying that Leanne had ridden the attraction multiple times throughout the trip despite reports at the time that even quoted her to the contrary.

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