Photo: Lady Gaga Turns Fairy Tale Monster at Magic Kingdom (Hi-Res)

Lady Gaga (right) poses April 16, 2011 with the Evil Queen (left) (Todd Anderson/Disney)Grammy Award-winning singer Lady Gaga (right) poses April 16, 2011 with the Evil Queen (left) from Disney’s animated film Snow White at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Gaga was in town as part of her ‘Monster Ball Tour,’ a self-described ‘pop-electro opera,’ in support of her sophomore album, The Fame Monster.

Photo by Todd Anderson, courtesy of the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Ink & Paint Cel Release for ‘Ka-chow’ Featuring ‘Cars’ in ‘Lights, Motors, Action!’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios June 18

'Ka-chow!' Ink & Paint CelOn Saturday, June 18, join Disney Design Group Artist Costa Alavezos and Disney Ink and Paint Artists: James Bonserio, Erin Magill, Theodora M. DeLaney, David Rippberger, Lynn Rippberger and Sharon K. Vincent as they celebrate the premiere of the Ka-chow! entry into the Ink and Paint Cel series. In the cel, Lightning McQueen, Tow Mater and pals make their on-stage debut in the popular stunt show attraction, ‘Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show.’ Ka-chow! is also the first entry in the Ink & Paint Cel Series to feature the characters of Disney/Pixar’s Cars.

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Walt Disney World Teases New ‘Senior Class Trips’ Program

Walt Disney World's 'Senior Class Trips' ProgramOn the Disney Grad Nite official Facebook page, Disney offered up an informal poll to see which of two ‘Disney Senior Class Trips’ logos (pictured) were favored by the page’s fans.

The new program will offer specially priced theme park tickets and exclusive experiences year-round for high school seniors who visit the Walt Disney World Resort on a class trip. More information on the new offering is promised after May 7.

In March, Walt Disney World announced it would be ending the Disney Grad Nite program after 2011.

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Disney Parks Study Shows Impact of Company on Florida’s Economy

A new study released today shows the magic Disney makes for guests at its parks and resorts and on its cruise ships translates into a strong economic impact not only in Central Florida but across the state.

The $18.2 billion in annual economic activity generated locally by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts accounts for a staggering 2.5 percent of the gross domestic product for the entire state.

Of the 7.2 million Floridians in the workforce in 2009, more than one out of every 50 had a job that can be directly or indirectly tied to the operations of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Locally, 6 percent of all jobs in Central Florida can be attributed to Disney’s operations.

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Photo: Dinos Meet Xtina-tion; Christina Aguilera at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Christina Aguilera and son Max at Disney's Animal Kingdom (Matt Stroshane, photographer) Grammy Award-winning singer Christina Aguilera poses with her son Max April 11, 2011 in Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. In the early 1990s, Aguilera starred on “The New Mickey Mouse Club,” a musical variety series taped at Walt Disney World.

On April 26, 2011, Aguilera will debut as one of four musician coaches on the new NBC vocal competition series “The Voice.”

Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

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EXCLUSIVE: Disney/Pixar Weekend at Walt Disney World’s Epcot to Offer Extremely Rare Treats (May 13-15)

Lightning McQueen 'Cars 2' topiary © Disney EnterprisesDisney/Pixar has already taken a prominent role in the 2011 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival at Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park, but despite the debut of the spectacular Toy Story 3 topiaries, featuring the strawberry-scented Lotso, and the Cars 2 topiaries as well as the Cars 2 ‘Race Around the World Showcase’ activity that leads guests through various checkpoints at countries related to the film for a prize, Walt Disney World is cooking up something extra special for the final weekend of the event, dedicated to Pixar Animation Studios, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and you will not want to miss any of it!

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WDW Refurb Update: ‘Tiki Room’ Granted Re-Opening Date; ‘Liberty Belle,’ ‘Primeval Whirl’ Closure Extended

Zazu Tiki Room Disney Trading PinAugust 16, 2011 is a day that will live in infamy for that is the day the Walt Disney World currently has slated for the re-opening of the ‘Enchanted Tiki Room,’ following a fire that caused some significant damage to some of the animatronics. Closed since January, sources have confirmed to us that the rumored return to the original Tropical Serenade will indeed happen and Iago and Zazu will be forced to find another line of work. Perhaps as a tongue-in-cheek nod to the change, Disney Pin Trading released the retro pin displayed here last month, in honor of Walt Disney World’s 40th anniversary.

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Video: ‘Cars 2′ Segment in ‘Moteurs.. Action!’ at Disneyland Paris; Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

As part of the new Magical Moments Festival at Disneyland Paris, a new segment featuring Mater, Lightning McQueen and a villain vehicle has been added to the Moteurs… Action! car stunt show at Walt Disney Studios Park at the Disneyland Paris Resort. Footage of the new segment has made its way onto YouTube:

In addition, the Cars 2 segment will also be added to the show’s U.S. counterpart, Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort, this June (replacing the Herbie segment).

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Video: Haunted Mansion Hitchhiking Ghosts Interactive Effect is Now Live

InsidetheMagic.net has posted video of the new interactive hitchhiking ghosts at Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion at the Walt Disney World Resort.

As was confirmed earlier this week, Haunted Mansion is now using a technology we first reported more than a year ago in which cameras trained on the guests and recognition software work to dynamically generate images that appear to interact with the guests. From swapping hats (or beards) to experimenting with guests’ heads to just going for a ride, the video provides many of the sample animations which also highlights the virtual limitlessness of the technology in that it’s fully capable of determining how many guests are in the omnimover doom buggy vehicle as well as their physical locations inside the vehicle.

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Speculation: Will ‘Star Tours II’ be Disney’s PhotoPass Enabled?

'Star Tours II: The Adventure Continues' Destinations BoardYesterday, Disney Parks announced that new destinations in the newly revamped ‘Star Tours: The Adventure Continues’ attraction include Naboo, Kashyyyk, Hoth and the Death Star, in addition to previously announced Tatooine and Coruscant, but it’s what wasn’t publicly announced that caught our attention.

Recently, Disney Parks and Resorts registered several domain names, all of which variations on STARTOURSPHOTOS.COM (STARTOURSPHOTOS.NET, STARTOURSPHOTOS.ORG, STARTOURPHOTO.COM, STARTOURPHOTOS.COM) and even the Spanish equivalent, STARTOURSFOTOS.COM (FOTOSSTARTOURS.COM, FOTOSTARTOURS.COM, STARTOURSFOTO.COM).

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