Disney Announces ‘Golden Oak’ Residential Resort Community at Walt Disney World

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Disney's Golden OakToday Disney unveiled Golden Oak, a one-of-a-kind luxury residential resort community offering the unprecedented opportunity to purchase a home at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Especially designed for resort living, Golden Oak will provide an entirely new way for families to connect with the world’s best known family destination and entertainment brand.

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Givenchy to Launch ‘eaudemoiselle’ at Epcot July 1 thru July 5

eudemoiselle by GivenchyGivenchy will be launching its newest fragrance, eudemoiselle, at Le Plume et Palette located in the France pavilion at Epcot from July 1 through July 5.

Discover this feminine and sophisticated fragrance with an intense, floral musky brilliance. An explosive bouquet of roses, mandarin orange and lemon, musk and tonka beans transport your senses to the French gardens of a majestic chateau.

Representatives from Givenchy will be on hand to consult with guests and offer a postcard redeemable for a complimentary sample of a Givenchy fragrance (one per guest, must be redeemed by July 31).

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Disney Unveils First-of-its-Kind Outdoor Audio Description Technology for Guests with Disabilities

Disney's Outdoor Audio Description Technology for Guests with Disabilities © DisneyBeginning June 27, guests with visual disabilities will be able to explore Walt Disney World theme parks in a whole new way through an enhanced Disney-designed device that provides detailed audio description of outdoor areas and fits in the palm of a guest’s hand.

“Disney Parks have long been at the forefront of providing accessibility for guests with disabilities,” said Greg Hale, chief safety officer and vice president of Worldwide Safety and Accessibility for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. “We are pleased to build on this legacy with new technology that enables us to do something that has never been done before – provide rich audio description in moving rides and outdoor environments.”

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Alex and Donna Voutsinas Recreate Magical Moment at Walt Disney World

Alex and Donna Voutsinas and their family re-create their magical moment © DisneyIt’s rare that we do publish a ‘human interest’ story here, but we couldn’t resist being one of the first to bring the story of Alex and Donna Voutsinas to the Disney community and weren’t surprised when the story took off like wildfire shortly after.

While sifting through photos for their upcoming wedding, the couple had discovered a childhood photo of Donna’s with her and her brothers meeting Mr. Smee and — to the surprise of both — Alex recognized his father in the background, placing the couple together in the very same photo decades before they actually met.

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Entertainment Schedule for Independence Day at Walt Disney World

Donald Duck, Goofy, Mickey Mouse at the American Adventure on July 4 © Stitch Kingdom. All Rights Reserved.Guests celebrating the Fourth of July at Walt Disney World Resort will have a choice of fireworks shows as Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios present special pyrotechnics, and Epcot adds a patriotic “tag” to its famous “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” spectacular. Here’s what’s in store (entertainment and park hours are subject to change without notice):

  • Magic Kingdom – “Celebrate America Fireworks” will fill the sky at 9 p.m. July 4 (guests who’d like to begin the celebratory weekend a day early can enjoy the special fireworks on July 3 at 9 p.m.). After the fireworks, guests can enjoy Disney’s “Main Street Electrical Parade” of lights, music and magic at 10 p.m. and midnight on July 4 (on July 3, the parade will be at 10:30 p.m.). Park hours on July 4 are 8 a.m.-1 a.m.

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Couple on 1200 Mile Journey via Bicycle to Walt Disney World

Melvyn King and Debbie Clark on their recumbent tandem bicycle on thier way to Disney World (Jamie Parker/Bryan County Now)Since May 19, Melvyn King and Debbie Clark have been riding their Ryan Duplex recumbent tandem bike from their home in Cortland, NY on a trek ending at Walt Disney World, which they expect to arrive at by June 18, ahead of their initial hopes of June 21.

Along the way, they’ve been keeping a fairly extensive blog, chronicling their experiences and photos along the way. You can view the blog at http://melanddebbie.blogspot.com and also check out a recent report from Georgia where the couple recently passed through.

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WDW Refurb Update: Star Tours II Officially Granted Re-opening Date

Star Tours II has been cleared for take-off.

On the official web site, Walt Disney World has announced a scheduled re-opening date for Star Tours of May 17, 2011, which reflects a minor change in dates we originally announced back in March. The attraction is still expected to close on September 8.

At the Disneyland Resort, Star Tours, which closes on July 27 for its refurb, is expected to re-open exactly one week prior, on May 10, 2011.

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Downtown Disney Area Hotels Offer ‘Summer Nightastic’ Specials Through August 14

Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels are giving vacationers another reason to enjoy Summer Nightastic! at the Walt Disney World Resort with special discounts up to 25 percent off regular rates good from now through August 14, 2010 or later.

Summer nights at Walt Disney World Resort enchant theme park guests when the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot present special events designed to add summertime energy to the after-dark theme-park experience. Summer Nightastic! — which runs from June 6, 2010 through August 14, 2010 — lights up the entertainment experience at the Vacation Kingdom with the return of the beloved Main Street Electrical Parade, a fireworks extravaganza, a rockin? dance party, concerts and more.

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror adds new effects — and a summer-only drop sequence — to the mix for guests daring to step into the attraction?s infamous service elevator. On nearby Hollywood Boulevard, guests are invited to the Rock n? Glow Dance Party, where a DJ and live rock band keep popular tunes coming five nights a week. And at Epcot, live Sounds Like Summer tribute-band concerts rock guests each evening from June 12 to July 31 with familiar tunes ranging from Hotel California to Stayin’ Alive.

Visitors planning a trip to Walt Disney World Resort for Summer Nightastic! will find special savings at Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels. The Royal Plaza is featuring Hot Summer Night values with rates starting at $69 per night, with a free upgrade to deluxe tower rooms. Guests also receive the Royal Savings Passport at check-in, which features up to $275 in additional savings throughout the hotel. Passport offers include: 25 percent off a dinner check at the hotel?s restaurant (up to a $50 value), buy one movie and get one free, buy one 16-inch pizza and get one of equal or lesser value for free, and 50 percent off the second night of a subsequent stay at the property. Guests must reserve a room by June 30, 2010 and travel between now and Sept 30, 2010.

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Disney Parks Documentaries Now Available for YouTube Rental

Questar Entertainment, which recently released the Lightship Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort documentaries on DVD and Blu-ray has now made a few of the specials available for online rental via YouTube.

At a cost of $1.99 for a period of 7 days, YouTube users can now rent Disneyland Resort: Behind the Scenes, Undiscovered Disney Parks and Ultimate Walt Disney World for online viewing.

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WDW Refurb Update: Liberty Belle Riverboat Closure in August

The Liberty Square Riverboat, the Liberty Belle, in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom will be closed from August 16 through August 25.

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