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.

Planning a trip to Walt Disney World? Be the first to know when changes that potentially affect your trip occur by signing up with ReSearch!

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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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New Disney Parks Site Creates Free ‘Summer Nightastic’ Custom Wallpaper for Mobile Phones

Summer Nightastic custom wallpaper from Disney ParksIf you’ve ever pictured yourself on Tower of Terror Re-Imagined, having a dart thrown at you on Toy Story Mania or craved the sensation of having Elliott the dragon breathing fire on your face, we have the news you’ve been waiting for!

Disney Parks has launched www.disneylandwallpaper.com and www.waltdisneyworldwallpaper.com, sites that allow you to create custom wallpaper featuring your own photo combined with one of several different ‘Summer Nightastic’ themes. To begin, email or text a photo to either [email protected] or [email protected] and in just a couple of minutes, you’ll receive a special custom link that will direct you to a page where you can choose the frame you want along with some basic edition functions, allowing you to resize and move your photo.

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Photo:Vienna Girardi of ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’ Makes a Splash at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

Vienna Girardi poses at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon water park at Walt Disney World (Todd Anderson, photographer)Vienna Girardi, one of the stars from the most recent season of the ABC reality series “The Bachelor,” poses July 24, 2010, at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  Girardi, who is from the central Florida area, visited the water park with her family.  (Todd Anderson, photographer)

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Disney’s Aulani Resort to Open August 29, 2011; Reservations Start August 2

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai’i, will begin accepting reservations for hotel rooms and vacation packages August 2, 2010, through the Walt Disney Travel Company.

Aulani is scheduled to welcome its first guests on August 29, 2011.

“Aulani will represent a new way for every member of the family to enjoy a vacation in Hawaii,” said Djuan Rivers, Vice President of Aulani. “It is designed so that parents, children and guests of any age can find their own kind of fun and relaxation. Families will experience the island in ways they might never have discovered before.”

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