Walt Disney World Announces Casting for Phineas and Ferb’s Cletus Filmore

The Walt Disney World Resort has issued a casting call for the role of Cletus Filmore, the director who will play against Phineas and Ferb in their ‘meet and play‘ experience which is set to begin in May at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The role description is as follows:

Cletus Filmore: Male, 20s-30s, improv actor.  He is a “famous” movie director who wants to make the biggest film epic to come out of the Tri-State area.  He has all the great qualities a director should have…high energy, confidence, charm, passion, and is very funny.  He also has a great knowledge of movie terms to help get the shots he wants.  His ability to keep the shoot fun and energetic helps get the audience to give him the performances he needs to complete is masterpiece.

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Disney Parks Technology Recognized by American Foundation for the Blind

Disney's Outdoor Audio Description Technology for Guests with Disabilities © DisneyOn Friday, March 11, the American Foundation for the Blind will recognize and award Walt Disney Parks and Resorts for its innovative Assistive Technology Device which debuted in summer 2010 at its annual ceremony in Seattle. Along with Disney, CBS Television, Lexmark International and Accessible Twitter will also be recognized by the non-profit group.

“Too often, swift advances in technology bring the rewards of convenience and entertainment to an eager world while inadvertently leaving those who are visually impaired behind,” says AFB president and CEO, Carl R. Augusto. “Each of this year’s Access Award winners displayed a real commitment to making sure their products and services are equally accessible to everyone. And with the growing number of people with vision loss, focusing on accessibility is not only the right thing to do, it’s also a savvy business decision.”

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Disney/Pixar to be Honored May 13 – 15 at Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival

Walt Disney World has confirmed dates for the highly anticipated Disney/Pixar Weekend celebration during the 2011 International Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot. In honor of Cars 2, Pixar Animation Studios takes center stage during the annual flora-focused festival.

Pixar pals take the stage front and center in the form of much larger-than-life, reaching heights of seven and eight feet tall. At the park’s main entrance, guests will find a sandbox display complete with sandcastle and playground toys featured in Toy Story 3. Also on display will be a brand new topiary of film villain Lotso who will (needless to say) smell like strawberries.

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HGTV Details Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival Presentation Schedule

The Festival Center at the 18th annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival presented by HGTV will be alive with expert-led seminars, demonstrations, discussions and Q&A sessions daily throughout the 75-day event that begins March 2 at Walt Disney World Resort.

Located next to Mission: Space in Future World at Epcot, the Festival Center showcases HGTV and HGTV.com celebrities on weekends and other experts — including “Master Gardeners” from University of Florida, Walt Disney World Horticulturists and a mix of national and regional TV/radio personalities, authors and educators — seven days a week. Here’s what’s happening:

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Photo: Vanessa Hudgens Gets ‘Beastly’ at Disney’s Hollwood Studios

Vanessa Hudgens with the Beast (Todd Anderson/Disney)Actress/singer Vanessa Hudgens poses Feb. 13, 2011 with the “Beast” from Disney’s animated film “Beauty and the Beast” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Hudgens’ co-stars in the upcoming motion picture “Beastly,” which will be released in theaters March 4, 2011.

Photo by Todd Anderson, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

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Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Belle to Receive Another Refurb — Are 999 Happy Haunts to Blame?

Fresh off a recent small refurbishment, the Liberty Bell Riverboat in Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square is scheduled to undergo yet another (and longer) refurbishment beginning May 5.

Although there could be very good reasons for the temporary closure pertaining to the attraction itself, it’s no secret that the Haunted Mansion queue has been walled off to curious eyes waiting to enter the retirement home for ghosts with room for a thousand. For those who see the construction walls as merely an obstacle, the Liberty Belle has become a vehicle of choice for peering in from the other side to check in on how things are moving along.

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Walt Disney World Marathon Runners Donate Over 7 Tons of Clothing to Area Youth

Walt Disney World Ambassadors Norman Vossschulte and Jennifer Mason show off clothes donated by Marathon RunnersAs winter weather sets a chill across Central Florida, thousands of local youth are keeping warm thanks to donations from participants in the 2011 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna.

This week, nearly 25,000 warm clothing items from Disney will be distributed to those in need through Orange County Public Schools, Osceola County Public Schools, Covenant House and other Central Florida non–profit organizations.

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Phineas and Ferb ‘Meet & Play’ Coming to Walt Disney World in May

Phineas and Ferb at Disney Store Times Square Grand Opening

Walt Disney World has confirmed plans to introduce meet & greet characters Phineas and Ferb, from the popular Disney XD animated series, to Disney’s Hollywood Studios beginning on to be determined date in May.

Answering the age-old question as to what they’re going to do today, Phineas and Ferb will appropriately be producing a movie all about their crazy adventures. With the help of guests and movie director Cletus Filmore, they will re-create some of their favorite memories — if they’re not busy ‘taking five’ to meet and greet with guests that is.

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GM Invites Drivers to Meet Chevy Volt and Test Drive Over 70 Vehicles This Weekend at Epcot

This weekend, Friday through Sunday, General Motors is allowing licensed drivers over the age of 18 to test drive over 70 vehicles from manufacturers such as Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Acura, Dodge, Ford, Honda, Lexus, Nissan, Toyota and Hyundai. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet and preview the anticipated Chevy Volt electric car.

The event, which is dubbed ‘Main Street in Motion,’ will also feature refreshments and family-friendly entertainment and will take place at the Epcot overflow parking area between 8 am and 5 pm each day. Participation is free and walk-ups are welcome, but interested attendees are encouraged to sign up in advance at mainstreetinmotion.com

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HGTV to Sponsor Epcot Flower & Garden Festival; Announces Celebrity Line-up

HGTV kicks up the “curb appeal” of the 18th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 2 through May 15 with a first-time sponsorship featuring weekend appearances by its acclaimed designers and landscaping experts. The star-studded lineup includes Genevieve Gorder, Lisa LaPorta, Kim Myles, Brian Patrick Flynn, Taniya Nayak, Ahmed Hassan, Patti Moreno, Michele Beschen, John Gidding, Frank Fontana, and Vern Yip.

The country’s leading home and lifestyle television brand brings an addictive blend of design, decorating and landscaping inspiration to the enduring, 75-day gardening extravaganza at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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