PHOTO: ‘Bachelor’ Juan Pablo Galavis Kickin’ It with Mickey at Epcot

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Juan Pablo Galavis (Matt Stroshane/Disney)Juan Pablo Galavis, star of the upcoming edition of ABC’s ‘The Bachelor,’ poses yesterday, December 29, 2013 with a soccer-clad Mickey Mouse at the Epcot theme park located in the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Galavis, a former professional soccer player, will star on the 18th season of the reality series when it debuts on January 5, 2014.

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Disney’s ‘Flamingo Crossings’ Names New Mystery Occupant

With the big to-do that is the Downtown Disney-to-Disney Springs makeover, it’s probably easy to forget DTD’s sparser little sibling, Flamingo Crossings. Announced in 2007, with a small website erected in 2009 to hopefully garner interest from businesses, the promised ‘fun-filled, value-oriented, themed tourist district being developed directly outside the western gateway to Walt Disney World Resort’ has done little since to fulfill those promises. The last big news came in October of 2011, when Disney laid down some of the legal groundwork for tenancy as well as announced its agreement with Walgreens.

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WestJet Debuts ‘Magic Plane’ Featuring Sorcerer Mickey

WestJet 'Magic Plane'WestJet, WestJet Vacations and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts (Canada) today pulled back the curtain on their most exciting adventure yet — a custom-painted Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 series aircraft featuring Mickey Mouse in his most famous role, Sorcerer Mickey.

WestJet, WestJet Vacations and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts (Canada) first forged a relationship in 2004 based on a shared vision of creating memorable experiences for their guests. Known in the social media world as the #MagicPlane, the aircraft will perform its inaugural flight on December 3, 2013, from Calgary to Orlando, Florida, home of Walt Disney World Resort. Following the flight, the Magic Plane will fly throughout WestJet’s domestic, trans-border and international network.

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Disney ‘Show Your Ears’ Sweepstakes to Award Disney Parks Vacation

Kermit the Frog's Disney SideAs park of the Disney Parks ‘Disney Side’ campaign, The Walt Disney Company is awarding a five-day/4-night vacation for four to one lucky entrant including theme park tickets, roundtrip airfare, hotel stay, $500 Disney gift card and a Disney PhotoPass CD with a sweepstakes it has dubbed ‘Show Your Ears.’ Five first place winners will receive a $100 Disney gift card.

To enter the sweepstakes, which runs from November 21 through December 20, 2013, entrants are encouraged to upload a photo displaying them wearing a set of mouse ears that reflects their Disney Side (an alternate method of entering is also available). Entries can be uploaded daily.

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Nikon Named Official Camera of Disney Parks North America

Nikon Inc. and Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts today announced a multi-year strategic alliance naming Nikon the official camera of Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. and Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Ca. Bringing together a global leader in imaging and the world’s leading family vacation destinations, this relationship continues the longstanding commitment to help guests capture every moment of their vacation.

“The alliance between Nikon and Disney allows us to connect with millions of passionate Disney guests who want to tell their stories through the capture of amazing imagery,” said Nobuyoshi Gokyu, president, Nikon Inc. “Through this agreement, Nikon will play an integral role in helping Disney guests to preserve and share every unforgettable moment.”

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Muppets to Take Center Stage at 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Kermit the Frog will find it is easy being green when his artfully-crafted character topiary debuts during the 21st Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV March 5 to May 18, 2014 at Walt Disney World Resort. With flamboyance to spare, a floral Miss Piggy will join Kermit and his blooming banjo in the World Showcase topiary display.

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For ‘Talking Mickey,’ Speech is Just the Tip of Technological Iceberg (Magic Spoilers)

'Simulated Conversation by Pre-Recorded Audio Navigator'The official Disney Parks blog today announced that commencing today — and barring any technical issues — Mickey Mouse will not only be meeting and greeting with guests at the Magic Kingdom, but conversing them as well, marking a new major milestone in a very lengthy history of attempting to bring characters to life in all new ways ahead of full NextGen technology implementation.

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‘Disney Side’ Vine Contest to Award $1,000 Daily, Disney Parks Vacation Plus $10K

'Find Your Disney Side' Disney Parks CampaignYesterday, Disney Parks revealed its newest campaign, ‘Disney Side,’ confirming a Stitch Kingdom report filed back in July of this year.

Beginning at noon today, Disney Parks will unveil its next ‘Disney Side’ campaign move — a six second ‘Disney Side’ video contest to take place via Vine. During the contest period, which kicks off today and runs through the end of the month, Disney will be awarding one winning video $1,000 each day starting October 6 (for a total prize pool of $25,000). In addition, one grand prize winner will receive their choice of either a Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort vacation package plus an additional $10,000. Videos will be judged on creativity (50%), originality (25%) and expression of the Disney Parks ‘Disney Side’ campaign (25%).

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Photo: Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi Visits Walt Disney World

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi at Walt Disney World (Photo by Matt Stroshane / Disney)Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi (right) poses September 27, 2013 with fiancĂ© Jionni LaValle (center) and one-year-old son Lorenzo (left) inside the Italy pavilion in the Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Polizzi is currently a celebrity contestant on ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars.’

Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy Walt Disney World

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