Actor Blair Underwood, who portrays U.S. President Elias Martinez on the NBC series “The Event,” poses Dec. 29, 2010 in front of “The Hall of Presidents” attraction at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., as his wife Desiree (foreground) takes a photo of him and their children (L-R): daughter Brielle, son Blake and their oldest son, Paris.
Actor Daniel Dae Kim, star of the ABC series “Lost” and currently starring on the new CBS series “Hawaii Five-0,” poses Dec. 28, 2010 with Lilo from Disney’s “Lilo and Stitch” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Kim, who was born in South Korea and grew up in New York and Pennsylvania, currently lives in Hawaii.
Photo by Kent Phillips, courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort
Orlando local media is reporting on a Massachusetts guest who died yesterday evening at the Orlando Regional Medical Center after being struck by a bus at Disney’s Port Orleans.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Robert Krueger, 69, was walking through a parking lot and into the path of the bus which was carrying guests at the time. No other injuries have been reported.
According to a Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson, the case will be investigated but charges against the bus driver are unlikely as the victim was not in a crosswalk and the bus had the right of way at the time.
A New Year will mean new memories for the Chilean miners whose saga transfixed the world, as they are treated to a hero’s welcome and family vacations of a lifetime at Walt Disney World Resort next month.
During their complimentary six-night Disney vacation, Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2011, the miners, their rescuers and immediate families will meet Disney characters, visit all four Walt Disney World theme parks and serve as honorary Grand Marshals of the Main Street, U.S.A. parade in Magic Kingdom.
Guests spending New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World Resort can choose from fireworks extravaganzas, evening dance parties, delicious dining experiences and more as nighttime activities. Here’s a look at what’s in store at the Vacation Kingdom on New Year’s Eve (show times and entertainment are subject to change without notice):
MAGIC KINGDOM (8 AM – 2 AM)
- “Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It!” Street Party at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 5:15 p.m.
- “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” at 12 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
- “Main Street Electrical Parade” at 7 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.
Photo by Preston Mack, courtesy of the Walt Disney World Resort.
To celebrate their first wedding anniversary, Kevin Jonas of the pop trio “Jonas Brothers” and his wife Danielle pose Dec. 19, 2010 in front of Cinderella Castle with Cinderella and Prince Charming at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The couple wed Dec. 19, 2009 at Oheka Castle in Long Island, New York, and will celebrate their first anniversary by staying Sunday night in the Cinderella Castle Suite, the only hotel room inside the Walt Disney World theme park castle.
Photo by Preston Mack, courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort
According to cast member Paul Chadkin, the refurbishments scheduled in January for the Backlot Tour and the Honey I Shrunk The Kids playground at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been postponed, possibly until September.
In addition, the official Walt Disney World site is now reporting that Primeval Whirl in Disney’s Animal Kingdom has been extended with a new re-opening date of April 17, 2011.
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The official Disney Parks blog recently offered up details on New Year’s Eve events taking place around Walt Disney World this year, but it turns out there is one (incredibly) late entry this year that didn’t make the list: DisneyQuest. Seemingly a last minute entry, the resort recently registered domain names for websites that still don’t go anywhere including DisneyQuestNewYearsEve.com and DisneyQuestNYE.com.
A teddy bear is special gift. In an instant, it can become a child’s best friend. Partnering with the Salvation Army of Central Florida, Disney VolunEARS dressed more than 2,000 bears during this year’s Dress-A-Bear program.
Walt Disney World cast members have been participating in the Dress-A-Bear program for the past 14 years. Janice Jones, Walt Disney World Costumer and Workroom Manager, has coordinated Creative Costuming’s Dress-A-Bear efforts since the program’s beginning.
“It’s a creative outlet for cast members and it provides something special for children,” said Jones.