Brochures for 2011 Disney Dining Plan at Walt Disney World Now Available; Signature Dining at Le Cellier Confirmed

Thanks to a tip from The Disney Food Blog, we have learned that the preliminary brochures for the 2011 Disney Dining Plan have become available on the official Walt Disney World site. The Disney Food Blog covers the plan in more detail, but the brochures do confirm that as of March 1, 2011, Le Cellier will become signature dining (requiring two table service credits per person) for dinner only. Joining the Hollywood Brown Derby as the only signature dining experiences in the parks themselves, this is the first return of 2-credit dining to Epcot in years, since Coral Reef was dropped down to one credit (along with a menu change reflecting the lower cost).

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First Ink & Paint Cel to Feature Walt Disney, ‘Dreams Come True,’ to be Released September 11 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

'Dreams Come True' Ink & Paint CelOn Saturday, September 11, join Disney Ink and Paint Artists: James Bonserio, Erin Magill, Theodora M. DeLaney, David Rippberger, Lynn Rippberger, Sharon K. Vincent as they celebrate the premiere of the Dreams Come True entry into the Ink and Paint Cel series. Celebrating the genesis of The Walt Disney Company in which Walt Disney creates Mickey Mouse on a train ride from New York to Los Angeles, the creator is pictured seated on the train while Mickey Mouse is getting ready to board. This Ink and Paint Cel also represents the first in the series in which Walt Disney is depicted.

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Star Wars Meets Indiana Jones in Special Presentation at ‘Last Tour to Endor’ Event at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney Imagineer and show writer Jason Surrell offers just a tad more information than he has already shared with us for The Last Tour to Endor hard-ticketed event taking place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World on August 14.

One of the event’s festivities will be a ‘mash-up’ live-action stunt show in which Indiana Jones meets Star Wars. The show is appropriately titled ‘Raiders of the Lost Jedi Temple of Doom: A Fan Film of ‘Epic’ Proportions.’ The following clip from Walt Disney World provides the few details available:

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Walt Disney World Candlelight Processional Dinner Packages On Sale August 26

Walt Disney World has announced that dinner packages for its Candlelight Processional will become available August 26. The package includes dinner at one of the table service restaurants around the World Showcase, priority admission to the American Gardens Theatre where the event is held and special viewing for the holiday edition of Illuminations.

The partial list of narrators for the 2010 Candelight Processional are as follows:

  • Isabella Rossellini – 11/26 – 28
  • TBD – 11/29 – 12/1
  • TBD – 12/2 – 4
  • TBD – 12/5 – 6
  • Jodi Benson – 12/7 – 9

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New Pizzeria Via Napoli Unveiled at Epcot World Showcase at Walt Disney World Resort

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Patina Restaurant Group has opened a new casual pizzeria, called Via Napoli, adjacent to Tutto Italia Ristorante, its restaurant in the Italy pavilion in Epcot World Showcase at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. This becomes the first authentic Italian pizzeria to ever open in the park.

Restaurateur and longtime Patina Restaurant Group CEO Nick Valenti created the Via Napoli concept, based upon his travels in Southern Italy and his time developing and overseeing the successful Naples 45 Ristorante e Pizzeria in New York which was awarded the coveted certification of “La Vera Pizza Napoletana.” While in Naples, Valenti spent time studying the art of dough, crust, sauce and oven temperatures at the famous pizzerias Da Michele and Trianon.  At Da Ettore, he discovered the art of pagnotiello, a folded round of pizza dough filled with mozzarella, ham and mushrooms.

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New Upcoming Disney Parks Entertainment Include Show Inspired by ‘TRON Legacy,’ All-Female Improv Troupe

Disney Parks has posted notices for auditions for a couple of new upcoming productions at the domestic Disney theme parks in the wake of the recent announcement of the Disney Channel Rocks! show.

At Disney California Adventure, the Disneyland Resort is preparing a new nighttime celebration in honor of TRON Legacy from Walt Disney Studios. For the show (reported working title of ElecTRONica), male and female contemporary and hip-hop dancers are being seeked out to perform on stages outside in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot and main entrance areas. Experience with martial arts is considered a plus.

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Photo: Jessica Jarrell is Hooked on Minnie at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Jessica Jarrell with Minnie Mouse at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom (Gene Duncan/Disney)Teen pop star Jessica Jarrell poses with Minnie Mouse yesterday at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.   For the occasion, Minnie Mouse even traded in her signature polka-dotted dress for one adorned with hearts.  Jarrell, currently one of the opening acts on Justin Bieber’s ‘My World’ tour, visited Walt Disney World Resort with friends and family.  (Gene Duncan, photographer)

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Walt Disney World and Disneyland Ticket Price Increase Announced for August 5, 2010

The official Disney Parks blog has confirmed that ticket prices will increase for both resorts as of Thursday, August 5.

At Walt Disney World, the price for a 1 day Magic Your Way base ticket will increase $3 to $82 for an adult (ages 10+) and $6 to $74 for children (3-9). Increases continue through the 10 day MYW pass which will now be $262 and $239 respectively. In addition, flat rate fees for park hopping and the water park fun and more options will also each increase to $54 per ticket.

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WDW Refurb Update: Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh Closure in October thru Mid-November

The official Walt Disney World website has updated its operational calendar to include a closure for The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom from October 25 through November 14.

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Disney Tends to Eight Turtles Injured by Oil Spill; Donates $100,000 to Gulf Rescue Efforts

Cast members attend to a sea turtle injured in the oil spill. Photo courtesy of Disney.Eight turtles injured by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico today began their rehabilitation at Walt Disney World Resort under the care of Disney animal experts.

Animal care experts from Disney’s Animal Programs returned Thursday from the Florida Panhandle with six Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles – among the most endangered species of sea turtles in the world – and two Green Sea Turtles injured by the spill. The Disney animal care team stands ready to help in the Panhandle as needed and rehabilitation facilities at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and at Epcot’s The Seas with Nemo & Friends are available for treating turtles and birds impacted by the spill.

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