WDW Resort Refurbishment Updates – All Star Sports, Fort Wilderness, Old Key West and Contemporary Resort

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The following additions were added to ReSearch:

  • All Star Sports – Game Point Arcade – May 4 through May 6
  • Old Key West – Miller Road Quiet Pool – May 4 through May 15
  • Old Key West – Turtle Shack Quiet Pool – May 18 through May 29

The following changes were made:

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Walt Disney World Resort Releases 2008 Community Report

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., March 11, 2009 – As part of The Walt Disney Company’s first consolidated corporate responsibility report, Walt Disney World Resort released the 2008 Community Report that highlights the many ways the company remains actively involved in Central Florida.

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Vinylmation Urban Series 1 to be Released March 20

Oopsy From the Vinylmation Urban Series 1 by Artist Thomas Scott

Oopsy From the Vinylmation Urban Series 1 by Artist Thomas Scott

The next round of the Vinylmation collection will hit the shelves at Walt Disney World and Disneyland on Friday, March 20.

The 3″ collection includes Checkered by Dan Howard, El Super Raton by Natalie Bert Kennedy, Furrr by Susanna Gay, Grafitti by Chad Miller, Monster by Tyler Dumas, Oopsy by Thomas Scott (Pictured), Pinball by Mark Seppala, Poc Mickey by Eric Caszatt, Squiddy and Swiss Cheese by Randy Noble and Who’s There? by Susan Foy. The 9″ collection includes Dragon by Monty Maldovan (LE 400), Mortimer by Randy Noble (LE 400), Mummy by Dave Keefer (LE 200) and Robot Mickey by Doug Strayer (LE 500).

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Disney Vacation Club Scheduled to Open Kidani Village, Second Phase of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – In spring 2009, Disney Vacation Club is planning to open the first phase of Kidani Village at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas to meet ongoing strong demand for its unique vacation-ownership program.

“We continue to see strong demand from families who want to build a lifetime of unforgettable memories by vacationing in ways they never dreamed possible,” said Jim Lewis, president of Disney Vacation Club. “Disney Vacation Club is entering a new era with Kidani Village, as it’s the first of four new properties opening in 2009.”
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Britney Spears Brings the Circus to (Toon)Town

In honor of our dear friend Britney, a couple of photos released by Disney of Britney’s day in the parks with sons Jayden and Preston (and her assistant). Photos (c) Diana Zalucky/Disney.

Britney Spears with Sons Preston and Jayden

Britney Spears with Sons Preston and Jayden

Britney Spears Behind the Wheel with Jayden and her Assistant

Britney Spears Behind the Wheel with Jayden and her Assistant

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Disney’s Short Stories: What Will You Celebrate? (Video)

I caught this on television earlier this evening and couldn’t find anything on it. It was three separate segments that aired during commercial breaks, I edited them together.

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American Idol Stars Offer Performance Tips (Video)

New video from Disney features lots of American Idolers wishing you the best at the American Idol Experience.

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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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