Walt Disney World’s Disney’s Magical Express Welcomes its 10,000,000th Guest

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The Ogurkis family Almost five years to the day after launching at Orlando International Airport, Disney’s Magic Express welcomed it’s 10,000,000th guest today.

The 10,000,000th guest, Lori Ogurkis and her family from Hazelton, PA, received a special reception at the airport, complete with a surprise visit and a gift basket from Mickey Mouse. The Ogurkis family then rode in their own private motor coach to Disney’s Polynesian Resort to begin their magical vacation.

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‘Toy Story 3′ Inspires New Game and New Characters for ‘Toy Story Mania!’ Attraction

Dino Darts at Toy Story Midway ManiaNew characters from the soon-to-be-released Disney•Pixar film “Toy Story 3” are being added to the joyful, toy-full adventure of Toy Story Mania! at Disney’s California Adventure and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  In addition to playing with new characters in Toy Story Mania!, there will be opportunities in both parks for up-close fun with another all-new character from “Toy Story 3” – Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear. He’s the bossman at Sunnyside Daycare in the highly anticipated animated feature film.

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‘Captain EO’ Completes World Tour; Returns to Disneyland Paris in June, Epcot in July

Captain EO LogoAlthough there were perpetual rumors stemming from hope when the Disneyland Resort first announced the return of Captain EO for a limited time engagement, Disney Parks and Resorts successfully blindsided everyone this morning when they announced that it would not only return to Epcot this summer but would also return to Disneyland Paris, completing the circle of life.

The attraction will first re-open at Disneyland Paris on June 12, followed by Tokyo Disneyland on June 30 and finally at Walt Disney World’s Epcot on July 2.

It is official: he is back to change the World — for a limited time.

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TEA Issues 2009 Theme Park Attendance Report: Disney Parks Dominate Globe

Despite a weakened economy and virtually all other parks in North America seeing a decline in attendance in 2009, most of Disney’s 11 theme parks worldwide saw improvement in performance according to the 2009 annual TEA/AECOM theme park attendance report issued today. All totaled, approximately 119.1 million guests visited Disney Parks worldwide last year.

Ranking the top 25 parks worldwide, the top 8 spots went to Disney Parks, with number one being — with no surprise — the Magic Kingdom with an annual attendance of about 17.2 million, a relatively minor increase over 2008. Ten of Disney’s theme parks ranked in the top 25, the only absentee being the Walt Disney Studios at the Disneyland Paris Resort.

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Photo: Turtle Talk with Crushcrushcrush? Paramore’s ‘World’ Tour

Paramore visits the Magic Kingdom (Todd Anderson/Disney)Platinum-selling band Paramore poses April 24, 2010 at the Magic Kingdom as daytime fireworks are shot over Cinderella Castle in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Franklin, Tenn.-based rock band — (L-R): Taylor York, Zac Farro, Hayley Williams, Josh Farro and Jeremy Davis — is performing a two-night engagement at the Walt Disney World “Grad Nite,” a private, after-hours event held annually for high school seniors. Williams, the lead singer of Paramore, also is featured on the B.o.B., single, “Airplanes,” which debuted in April 2010 at number 12 on the “Billboard” Hot 100 chart. (Todd Anderson, photographer)

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‘Flying’ Under the Radar, ‘Dining with an Imagineer’ Dinner Option Returns

Thanks to the Disney Food Blog, we have learned that the fabulous and exclusive ‘Dining with an Imagineer’  program is once again offering the dinner option, this time at the Flying Fish Cafe at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort. Although the program has always offered a lunch option at Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s, Hollywood Brown Derby, the dinner has been touch-and-go, last offered at Artist Point, but some time ago.

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Photo: Tina Fey Caught Goofing Around with Another Man

Tina Fey with Goofy at Disney's Hollywood Studios (Gene Duncan/Disney) Emmy Award-winning actress, writer & producer Tina Fey, star of the hit feature film “Date Night” and executive producer, head writer and star of the NBC series “30 Rock,” poses April 23, 2010 with Goofy at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Fey was visiting Walt Disney World Resort on vacation with her family. (Gene Duncan, photographer)

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Walt Disney World Character Brief: Bolt Makes Awesome Return as UP Toons Take Off

Sorry, Carl, but you’re being evicted from the Animation Building at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and no number of balloons are going to save you now. The final date for the UP crew of Carl Fredricksen, Russell and Dug is May 1. On May 9, Lotso from Toy Story 3 will be taking that spot as previously reported. We hear that Lotso’s backdrop will be that of the Sunnyside Daycare.

Thanks to @PaulChadkin, we have learned that while Muppet*Vision 3D is closed for its upgrade from tomorrow through May 14, Jessie from Toy Story and Bolt from Bolt will be making rare appearances, greeting the crowds.

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Report: Disney Bus Driver Arrested on Child Pornography Charge

WTSP-TV, Channel 10 in Tampa Bay, is reporting on a second round of arrests in a large scale child pornography investigation in Polk County, Florida. Among the fifty arrested is Mark Kephar whom the station reports as a Disney bus driver. The report also notes that Kephar, who is facing one count of  child porn, also operates a side business offering rentals for children’s parties.

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Rayovac Announces ‘Rayovac Powers Your Vacation’ Disney Parks Sweepstakes

Rayovac, the official provider of batteries at the Disney Parks, has announced its ‘Rayovac Powers Your Vacation’ sweepstakes in which one winner will receive a vacation for four to either the Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort.

One grand prize winner will be awarded a 5 day/4 night vacation for four to the winner’s choice of either the Walt Disney World or Disneyland resorts including round trip coach airfare, airport to hotel transportation, a standard hotel room, theme park tickets, a $250 Disney Gift Card and a ‘magic wand’-themed gift basket.

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