Disney’s ‘Art of Animation Resort’ to Immerse Guests in Animated Film Classics (Concept Art, Room Photos)

IMG_4810 During the Walt Disney Imagineering presentation at the Disney D23 Destination D: Walt Disney World event, Imagineer Gary Hoffman provided new insight into the resort’s newest hotel, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, expected to open in stages, beginning May, 2012.

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Walt Disney World Launches ‘Senior Class Trip’ Programs Site

Walt Disney World's Senior Class Trip ProgramConsidered the replacement for the Disney Grad Nites program at Walt Disney World (they will continue at Disneyland for now), Walt Disney World has established DisneySeniorClassTrips.com which redirects to the program’s page on the Youth Programs site.

The site, which promises that tickets will be offered soon, offers the opportunity for schools to purchase admission media in bulk at a reduced cost for high school seniors to spend time at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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‘Cars 2′ Disney/Pixar Weekend at Epcot Event Map Now Available

'Cars 2' merchandise exclusive to Disney ParksWalt Disney World has released the official special event park map for the Disney/Pixar Weekend taking place this Friday through Sunday, May 13-15, as part of the final weekend of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.

The map, which you can download here as a PDF, offers meet and greet times and locations as well as other special opportunities taking place during the weekend.

In addition, the event map announces that Cars 2 merchandise, exclusive to the theme parks, will be available for purchase at MouseGear, Test Tracks and Pin Central.

Pixar Weekend at Epcot event map

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Disney to Join Forces with SEAL Team Six?; Duffy’s Girlfriend Coming to Parks

It’s an unfortunate pairing, but it appears that the Walt Disney Company has made significant gestures in both honoring the United States Navy’s SEAL Team Six, the counter-terrorism unit responsible for the recent assassination of Osama bin Laden as well bringing Duffy the Disney Bear’s gal pal Shelliemay to the parks, or at least on merchandise.

Several trademarks for SEAL TEAM 6 have been recently applied for, covering areas such as: ‘Education; providing of training; entertainment; sporting and cultural activities;’ ‘Toys, games and playthings; gymnastic and sporting articles (except clothing); hand-held units for playing electronic games other than those adapted for use with an external display screen or monitor; Christmas stockings; Christmas tree ornaments and decorations; snow globes;’ and ‘Clothing, footwear, headgear.’

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Star Tours’ Limited Edition ‘Launch Collection 2011′ FIRST LOOK

Star Tours Rebel Spy adult tee

Admittedly some of these tees have been flaunted by Disney Parks already, but many are being seen here for the first time anywhere (as far as we know). They are the collection identified on their sleeve as the ‘Star Tours Launch Collection 2011′ in honor of the introduction of ‘Star Tours: The Adventures Continue’ coming to Walt Disney World’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 20, 2011 and Disneyland on June 6, 2011.

The tees, which should be available at both resorts, are likely to also be offered online at DisneyStore.com.

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AMC Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort to Debut Dine-In Option May 16

AMC Theatres® (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, announced today that guests will be able to watch the latest movies while enjoying their favorite food and beverages at AMC Downtown Disney 24 located in Downtown Disney® at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Fla. AMC Dine-In Theatres, the only theatre of its kind in the Orlando area, debuts at this location May 16 and combines restaurant cuisine and cocktails with AMC’s noted immersive movie theatre experience and hit movies.

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Details Announced for ‘Car Masters Weekend’ at Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney

Walt Disney World has released additional details for what they are calling ‘Car Masters Weekend’ at Downtown Disney West Side at the Walt Disney World Resort from May 13-15, 2011 as part of the Disney/Pixar Weekend. The event, which we first announced in early April coincides with the Walt Disney World stop of the State Farm ‘Agents on a Mission’ Tour.

Activities at Downtown Disney are scheduled to run all three days from 10:30 am through 6:00 pm and will include the following:

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DVC Offers Online Preview of Aulani Resort with Samantha Brown; Free Lithograph Incentive for Viewers

Disney Vacation Club will soon be offering an online video-on-demand titled ‘Disney Traveler presents Behind the Magic in Hawaii with Samantha Brown,’ previewing the new Aulani Resort which will first welcome its members this summer.

According to the site, viewers will be invited to ‘join TV travel guru Samantha Brown on location to get a sneak peek of the unexpected wonders Disney is creating for the entire family at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai’i. Plus, learn about exclusive Disney Vacation Club® offers only available through this webcast.’

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EXCLUSIVE: Inside the New ‘Star Tours’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Major Spoilers)

In honor of Star Wars Day (May the 4th), our spies with the Rebel Alliance have checked in with us regarding some strange goings-on over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. Apparently there is some new company calling itself ‘Star Tours’ which promises to take travelers on a trip around the universe. Reports are still preliminary at this stage, but apparently the Empire is pleased with the changes that will soon affect us all, perhaps in some ways we shall never even know about.

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Walt Disney Travel Company Announces ‘Memories’ Package Including Free PhotoBook, Dining Plan

Disney has announced a Memories Vacation Package that includes accommodations at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels, Magic Your Way Base Tickets and one 20-page Disney’s PhotoPass Photo Book. *

Now through Aug. 27, 2011, clients who buy the new Memories Vacation Package for 5 nights and 6 days at select Disney Moderate, Disney Deluxe or Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida for stays most nights between Aug. 28, 2011, and Sept. 24, 2011, will receive a complimentary Disney Dining Plan. That plan includes one table-service meal, one quick-service meal, and one select snack at any one of more than 100 select restaurants.

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