Photos/Video: Miss America 2011 Contestants Visit Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom


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WDW Character Updates: Sensational Six to Get Hollywood Glamour Makeover

Daisy in formal attire on the Disney Wonder © Stitch Kingdom. All Rights Reserved.Tarps have gone up in the areas at the morning meet and greet locations around the Sorcerer’s Hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios according to cast member Paul Chadkin. According to Paul, the areas in question will be receiving all new backdrops including a large ‘film-strip’ background where the Snow White topiary once stood.

Today brings confirmation from DHS-specialist Studios Central who also adds that not only are the locations getting a makeover but the characters who meet and greet guests are getting one too. The site reports that the characters will be sporting all new duds inspired by the early Hollywood glamour: Goofy in a zootsuit, Minnie and Daisy in gowns, Donald in a fedora, Chip and Dale in ties and more.

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Walt Disney World Owes Cast Members Almost $450K Says U.S. Labor Department

The Associated Press is reporting that an investigation from the United States Department of Labor resulted in the decision that Walt Disney World owes 69 of its inventory control cast members in the food and beverage department $433,000 in back wages.

The report charges that the theme park resort violated the Fair Labor Standards Act because managers in the department failed to adhere to internal company policies regarding off-the-clock work. The time involved work performed by the cast members not only before and after scheduled work shift hours, but during meal times and from home as well.

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Photo/Video: Vidia Joins Pixie Hollow Meet and Greet at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

In honor of the upcoming Pixie Hollow film Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, Vidia has joined her friends at Pixie Hollow in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World to greet guests who shrink down to size as they make the journey from the Mainland to Pixie Hollow.

For more information on the upcoming film including the trailer, film clips, stills, toys and more, follow this bookmark.

Photo by Gene Duncan, photo and video courtesy of Walt Disney World.

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D23 Announces 2010 ‘Sip & Stroll’ Event, Dave Smith Retirement Dinner at Walt Disney World

On October 15 and 16, D23 members are invited to partake in the 2010 ‘Sip & Stroll’ event at Walt Disney World. In addition, a limited number of tickets will be available for a private retirement celebration dinner in honor of Walt Disney Studios Archivist Dave Smith which will be held at the VIP Lounge at the Seas with Nemo and Friends pavilion at Epcot.

Tickets for the just event are $85 while tickets for both the event and dinner are $185 each. D23 members in good standing may purchase a ticket for themselves and one additional guest.

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Photos: New York Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire Gets a Taste of the Big Candied Apple at the Magic Kingdom

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Amar’e Stoudemire, who recently joined the NBA’s New York Knicks as a power forward, visited the Walt Disney World Resort with friends and family. The clan visited the Magic Kingdom yesterday where Stoudemire was at an obvious strong disadvantage when he took up a game of one-on-one with Mickey Mouse.

Stoudemire also spent some time at the Main Street Confection where, with the assistance of cast member Naima Fernandes, he created his own Knicks-colored blue and orange sprinkled candied apples shaped like Mickey.

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Photos by Gene Duncan, courtesy of the Walt Disney World Resort

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Disney Buses Involved in Another Crash, No Injuries Reported (Update)

Orlando Sentinel has picked up a story on the Florida Highway Patrol responding to a bus crash involving a Disney bus and a PT cruiser close to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Little is known at this time, but the Sentinel is reporting that there were 26 riders on board the bus and there have been injuries but specifics are unknown at this time.

UPDATE #1: The Orlando Sentinel is now reporting no injuries and that the bus driver was not at fault according to a FHP representative

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Vinylmation: Release Dates for Toy Story, Animal Kingdom, ‘Trade City USA’ Auction

One-of-a-kind 9" Vinylmation Steampunk figure by Chris ChapmanDisney Design Group and Disney Trading have announced several items today via the official Vinylmation blog:

In addition to the Annual Passholder exclusive Mr. Toad 3″ Vinylmation figure being released at the Disneyland Resort on August 27, the Toy Story collection will also be making its debut at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World at D-Street in the Downtown Disney district. The Mr. Toad 3″ vinylmation will be available to annual passholders at Walt Disney World on August 29.

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Spectator ‘CHEAR’ Packages Now Available for 2010 Walt Disney World ‘Wine and Dine’ Half Marathon

Non-participants in the 2010 Wine and Dine can now purchase ChEAR packages with reserved viewing along the route to cheer on their friends and family and every one else running in the Wine and Dine Half Marathon taking place October 1 – 2, 2010.

There are three levels of the ChEAR package, each offering different perks:

  • Bronze (Free) – Gets you an e-newsletter which includes advice and hints for the best viewing spots along the route
  • Silver ($35) – Gets you the e-newsletter PLUS a ChEAR Squad gear kit which includes a bag, noise maker and tee-shirt

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Video: NASA Summit Provides Rare Insight into Imagineering; Little Mermaid 3D Model and Kim Possible Expansion?

NASA recently concluded its first Information Technology Summit in National Harbor, Maryland at which Jack Blitch, Vice President and General Manager of Walt Disney Imagineering Florida, delivered an amazing presentation to the attendees full of videos, photos and information rarely available to the eyes and ears of the public. Fortunately for those many of us who couldn’t attend the summit and attend the presentation, C-SPAN did and has made the summit available online, which we now present to you below:

During his twenty-plus years with Imagineering, Blitch served as Project Executive for the construction of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and worked other projects such as Star Tours, Tower of Terror, the new Tomorrowland, Blizzard Beach and Soarin’.

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