Photo: Uma Thurman at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

Uma Thurman, Donald Duck (Preston Mack/Disney)Donald, Uma. Uma, Donald.

Actress/model Uma Thurman poses here with Donald Duck this past weekend in a 1900s-inspired fire engine while visiting the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Thurman, star of films including Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill, will be seen in the upcoming film Bel Ami, which also stars Twilight actor Robert Pattinson.

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Report: Obama to Visit Walt Disney World Thursday (Updated)

Recently the White House confirmed that President Barack Obama would be visiting Orlando this upcoming Thursday, January 19, 2012, to speak on the economy. All was quiet on the rumor fronts until today when a flurry of entertainment and operational changes found their way to the internet this evening, leading many to assume it meant the President would be visiting Mickey Mouse when in town.

Among the changes are evening extra magic hours being offered at Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but not at the Magic Kingdom. In addition, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will feature a special fireworks display at 7 pm titled ‘Rock the Night!’ All of this, it is suggested, is to drive guest traffic away from ‘the event.’

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WDW Refurbs: Dumbo Re-Opening Delayed Until End of March (Updated)

Some unfortunate news comes way of the official Walt Disney World Resort website today as it notes that the re-opening of Dumbo has been postponed from its original re-opening date of February 18 until March 12 March 31, 2012. The news is unexpected as construction has wasted no time in dismantling the attraction from its current location behind Cinderella Castle to its new location at the Storybook Circus area of the New Fantasyland Expansion, in the area formerly occupied by Mickey’s Toontown Fair.

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Disney World Moms Panel Expands Areas, Goes Bi-Lingual; New Panelists Announced

Walt Disney World Moms Panel 2012Disney Parks announced today the Walt Disney World Moms Panel has unveiled a new feature – the panelists can receive and answer guests’ questions in Spanish. In addition to the first-ever bilingual offerings, two new specialty areas will be added to the site – Disneyland Resort and runDisney. These features are available to guests at www.DisneyWorldMoms.com.

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Epcot Details 2012 Flower and Garden Festival Events, HGTV Presentations

The Walt Disney World official website has updated its pages for the 2012 International Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot to reflect special opportunities and presentations by HGTV stars for guests to experience. The festival is presented by HGTV and will take place between March 7, 2012 and May 20, 2012.

Themed weekends for the event include:

  • Art in the Garden Weekend: See nature through the eyes of “plein air” artists and behold one-of-a-kind works of art. At World Showcase from March 23 through 25, 2012.

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Innoventions’ ‘VISION House’ to Open in April; Will Feature Nexia Home Intelligence

Ingersoll Rand, a company that specializes in home efficiency and security with brands such as Club Car, Schlage, Thermo King and Trane, has announced it has an entered a partnership with Green Builder Media to bring its automation technology to the VISION House at Epcot’s Innoventions. The new exhibit, scheduled to open in April according to the announcement, will replace the House of Innoventions exhibit.

Making the announcement at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Ingersoll Rand says the new exhibit will feature products form Trane and Schlage offering heating/air conditioning and security features to the demo home.

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‘One More Disney Day’ Limited Edition Mouse Ears Available to Walt Disney World Passholders

Disney Parks 'One More Disney Day'Disney Parks has one more trick up its sleeve for Walt Disney World passholders planning on attending the ‘One More Disney Day’ leap day event in which both the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Parks will remain open for 24 hours.

The first 1,000 passholders who plan on visiting the Magic Kingdom can sign up online for the offer.  In order to qualify and receive the ears, the passholder must then check-in for the event no later than 5:30 am on February 29 (check-in begins at 5 am, the park opens at 6 am). Limit of one pair of ears per guest.

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Photo: Double-Amputee Veteran Matias Ferreira Finishes Walt Disney World Half Marathon

David Cordani and LCpl Matias Ferreira (right) (Photo: Business Wire)Pictured here are Cigna CEO David Cordani and Lance Corporal Matias Ferreira as they show the medals they won earlier today by completing the half marathon together at the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, which is sponsored by Cigna.

Ferreira, 22, originally from Atlanta and now living in Rockville, Maryland, is a U.S. Marine who lost both legs while serving in Afghanistan in 2011. Cordani served as a running guide to Ferreira, who is a member of the Achilles International Freedom Team. Achilles is an organization that helps people with disabilities, including wounded U.S. Armed Forces veterans, compete in mainstream athletic events. Cigna sponsored several members of the Achilles team at today’s half marathon.

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Epcot’s Test Track to Get Interactive Experience; Will Close in April 2012 for Refurb

Test TrackDisney and General Motors have renewed their long-term business relationship with a new multi-year corporate alliance. As part of the new agreement, GM will be actively involved with Walt Disney Imagineering in the development of a re-imagined, design-centric Test Track experience. The refurbished Test Track will be presented by one of GM’s most famous brands, Chevrolet. As Chevrolet marks its 100th anniversary, the new alliance agreement enables General Motors to tell its story in new and exciting ways to millions of Guests from around the world and continue as the official vehicle sponsor of Walt Disney World Resort.

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First Look: New Fantasyland’s Dumbo Marks Disney Parks Milestone (Video)

Dumbo in New Fantasyland Expansion at Magic Kingdom © MouseStepsIt appears that Walt Disney Imagineering has begun the test and adjust phase for the brand new Dumbo attraction being installed in the Storybook Circus area of the New Fantasyland Expansion at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Photos and video captured by MouseSteps demonstrate some of the vehicles in action yesterday.

What makes this particular installation of the classic attraction is that this will be the first time in any Disney theme park that Dumbo will fly in a clockwise direction (i.e., if you were to look at the attraction from an aerial vantage point), or more simply put, Dumbo faces left. In every other installation, Dumbo flies in the opposite (counter-clockwise) direction. The attraction topper is also more ornate than previous incarnations, replacing Timothy Mouse with a bevy of storks mid-job.

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