Walt Disney World Candlelight Processional Dinner Packages On Sale August 26

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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:

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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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New ‘Disney Channel Rocks!’ Stage Show Headed to Disney Parks This Holiday Season

WDW Character Hunt is reporting that the High School Musical 3 show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be closing October 2 and will be replaced by an all new show titled Disney Channel Rocks! on October 22. The new show will feature songs from Disney Channel original movies High School Musical, Camp Rock and StarStruck.

The show will also be coming to the Disney California Adventure theme park as well according to an audition notice posted earlier today.

The notice also announces an additional show titled Disney Dance Crew which is described as ‘a hip, contemporary dance show in the mold of “America’s Best Dance Crew” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”‘

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Hewlett-Packard to Expand Sponsorship at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World Resort today announced an expansion to its long-term business relationship with HP, which now includes naming rights for the 165,000-square-foot fieldhouse at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Beginning today, the fieldhouse will be renamed with the HP brand and will feature several new high-tech elements designed to enhance the sports experience for the nearly 1.5 million athletes, coaches and fans who visit the complex each year.  HP also becomes the official imaging, printing and PC partner for ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, the leading multi-sports venue in the nation.

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Animal Kingdom Lodge Team Wins 2010 Walt Disney World Cast Member Canoe Races

CROW Walt Disney World cast members winnersHundreds of Disney Cast Members arrived at the Magic Kingdom before sunrise this month to participate in Canoe Races of the World, also known as C.R.O.W., a spirited Disney tradition that involves friendly competition and strength behind the oars. The beloved annual Cast Member event dates back to 1963 at Disneyland, 1973 at Walt Disney World Resort and is now at Disney Parks worldwide.

Of the 79 participating teams, Shut Up and Let Me Row… HEY! from Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, was crowned the 2010 C.R.O.W. grand champion on July 23. The title is a first for the co-ed recreational team, who competed against five other finalists in the grand championship round, held pre-dawn on the Rivers of America.

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