Today, in a ceremony on the lagoon fronting the site of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai’i, local crew members from Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company, Inc., joined with Disney cast members (employees) to celebrate the completion of major structural work on the Disney resort and the beginning of Disney’s “time to add the magic.”
Pop singer “Ke$ha” poses April 21, 2011 with The White Rabbit from Disney’s animated film “Alice in Wonderland,” at the Magic Kingdom park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Ke$ha’s debut single, entitled “Tik Tok,” was a number one hit around the world. The Magic Kingdom is one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World.
Photo by Gene Duncan, courtesy Walt Disney World
Via the official Disney Parks blog, Walt Disney World has confirmed Stitch Kingdom’s original report on the gala celebration in honor of Pixar’s 25th Anniversary and the release of Cars 2 during the final weekend of Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival.
The official announcement does make note of a few differences, however, namely that many character greetings will take place inside the World Showplace and around the World Showcase, but not in the Future World area.
Whether you’re a pod racer, a pilot for the Rebel Alliance, royalty or just a vanilla Jedi Knight, one thing is for certain: if you plan on departing from the Star Tours terminal at Disney’s Hollywood Studios beginning May 20, 2011, you are going to need proper documentation and that means your very own Official Galactic Passport.
By visiting StarToursPassport.com, you can apply for — and instantly download — your very own custom Official Galactic Passport (* some assembly required). Connecting to your FaceBook account, simply select your role in the Star Wars universe, select a FB photo (or upload your own), fill out the form with your vitals and you’re ready to travel to Hoth, Naboo, Tatooine, Coruscant, Kashyyyk and even the Death Star.
The power of the Force and the magic of Disney have combined to create “Star Tours – The Adventures Continue,” a new 3-D attraction set to open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park on May 20, 2011. The attraction also will open at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif., on June 3, 2011.
Based on the Star Wars films, Star Tours will take Walt Disney World Resort guests to multiple Star Wars destinations where they will interact with characters from throughout the Saga. And it will all be in 3-D.
The official Disney Parks blog has debuted the newest entry in the ‘Disney Dream’ celebrity portrait series by Annie Leibovitz, Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean series. The advertisement, which will run as a special spread in the May 2011 issues of Oprah, Real Simple, InStyle and People, features the first time a Disney character is portrayed by the actual actor.
Inside the spread, titled ‘Where magic sets sail and adventures become legendary,’ Captain Jack Sparrow is joined by another pirate, portrayed by performer, writer and artist, Patti Smith.
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.
On 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.
On 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.
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.