So This Is Love: Kevin Jonas and Wife Celebrate First Anniversary in Cinderella Castle Suite

Kevin and Danielle Jonas at Magic Kingdom (Preston Mack/Disney)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.

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WDW Refurb Update: Backlot Tour Postponed, Primeval Whirl Extended

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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DisneyQuest Adds Hard-Ticketed Event to Walt Disney World’s New Years Eve Line-up

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.

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Walt Disney World VoluntEARS Donate Over 2,000 Teddy Bears via ‘Dress-A-Bear’ Program

Walt Disney World Ambassadors Vanessa Rosas and Clay Shoemaker with Dress-A-Bear donationsA 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.

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Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Walt Disney World to Offer Chef’s Table Experience

Fresh from a brief refurbishment, Kouzzina by Cat Cora, located at Walt Disney World’s Boardwalk Resort, has received a few new updates including a chef’s table experience.

Among the changes included are new exterior signage and a new Cat Cora presence in the lobby with three video monitors with images and text that flow from one to the next, showcasing the celebrity chef’s views on food, family and her culinary journey. Chef Cat’s branded product line also is for sale in the lobby, including Greek olive oil, olives, tapenades and spreads.

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Walt Disney World’s Newest Resort Expected to Create 1,550 New Jobs

Disney's Art of Animation Resort Concept ArtPlans for Disney’s Art of Animation Resort mean new construction jobs for Central Floridians now and new permanent resort hotel jobs when the property opens in 2012.

Already in the land clearing stage, the project is expected to create up to 800 construction jobs. Once open by the end of 2012, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will also create 750 permanent resort hotel jobs, for a total of 1,550 jobs created.   Walt Disney World Resort features 24 uniquely themed, Disney owned-and-operated resort hotels with more than 26,000 guest rooms. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will likewise be unique, with themed building exteriors and room interiors that bring to life The Lion King, Cars, Finding Nemo and The Little Mermaid.

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Walt Disney World VoluntEARS Donate 20,000 Toys to Toys for Tots Program

Mickey Mouse and Duffy the Bear deliver donated toys to 'Toys for Tots'With approximately 20,000 brand new toys in tow, Walt Disney World Resort VoluntEARS were on a mission this morning to make the holidays brighter for thousands of local children. Joined by Mickey Mouse and Duffy the Disney Bear, Disney VoluntEARS made a special delivery to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Central Florida Toys for Tots headquarters to drop off the sizable donation.

Walt Disney World Resort cast members have spent the past few weeks playing the role of Santa’s helpers by collecting tons of new toys as part of the resort’s annual effort to support the Toys for Tots campaign.

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First Element of Fantasyland Expansion Makes On-Stage Debut

'Beauty and the Beast'-inspired snack cart at Magic KingdomIf you’re wondering why this new snack cart at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World looks more like it was crafted by ‘crazy old Maurice’ rather than Walt Disney Imagineers, it’s because it will eventually find its home just beyond that blue wall, inside Gaston’s Village as part of the park’s Fantasyland Expansion project.

The Walt Disney World Resort recently announced that its Toontown Country Fair will be closed permanently as of February 12, 2011 to continue work on the expansion which involves the relocation and doubling of the Dumbo attraction into that area. The only remaining attractions will be the train station and Goofy’s Barnstormer, re-themed to the area.

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Get Up to Two Nights at a Gaylord Palms Executive Suite in Kissimmee for Just $199/Night (Very Limited Supply)

Act fast and you can spend up to two nights inside an executive suite at the Gaylord Palms hotel in Kissimmee, Florida, just a mile and a half away from Walt Disney World and home to the annual ICE! exhibition favorite, for just $199 per night (taxes and resort fees included). That represents a savings up to 66%. The catch? You’ll have to stay at the hotel by January 31, 2011 (excluding December 14, December 31 – January 1, January 15-18, January 24, and January 26) and supply is extremely limited. Once this deal is gone, it’s gone.

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WDW Refurb Update: Pool Closure at Port Orleans Riverside, Other Resort Pool Refurb Changes

Quite a few changes have just been introduced to the refurbishment schedule for pools at various Walt Disney World Resorts.

  • At Port Orleans Riverside, the Magnolia Bend leisure pool will close on February 8, 2011 and is expected to re-open on April 2.
  • The Cabanas leisure pool refurb has been rescheduled. The new closing date is January 18, 2011 and the re-opening date is February 12.
  • The Paddock leisure pool at Saratoga Springs has been extended one day with a new re-opening date of July 1.

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