Urban Pop Culture Meets Disney Product at D Street Now Open at Downtown Disney West Side

D Street at Downtown Disney West Side © DisneyA new store has joined the unique collection of shopping and dining experiences in the Downtown Disney area with the opening of D Street, where urban-inspired product “intersects” with a Disney creative edge.

D Street is located in Downtown Disney West Side and showcases a mix of products for both men and women.  Items include cutting-edge apparel, pop culture novelties and Vinylmation™ collectibles.  The store offers an unfinished “industrial look” with fun, oversized props adorning the venue.

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Central Florida School Children Become Engineers for a Day During IBM’s Engineers Week at Epcot

Dr. Stefanie Chiras of IBM teaches Central Florida students about polymers and how these chains of molecules play an essential role in everyday life during IBM's annual Engineers Week (PRNewsFoto/IBM)IBM is hosting more than 850 students from schools throughout Central Florida during Engineers Week at IBM’s Smarter Planet exhibit at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort. The annual Engineers Week program, running April 13-15, is designed to help motivate and inspire young children in the local community to pursue technical careers and to excel in the core subjects of math and science.

Students, grades 2 through 8, are given a unique opportunity to meet real-life engineering experts from IBM and other program sponsors, and to think – and play – like engineers in a series of activities and rides. This year’s Engineers Week sponsors also include GM, HP, NASA, Red Hat, Siemens UL and Walt Disney World Engineering.

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The Disney’s PhotoPass Pre-Purchase Offer Free-for-all Has Returned

We’ve known about this for a few days now and were awaiting official word from Disney’s PhotoPass but as word is getting out (and we have been receiving multiple emails from our readers — for which we graciously thank you), we feel it’s only fair to share the news with all our readers.

The no-email-required PhotoPass pre-order is back!

The URL itself has changed, but the old one actually forwards to the new one, so now it appears all Walt Disney World guests can pre-purchase not only just the PhotoCD for $99.95, but the Ultimate Memory Package as well for $149.95, consisting of both the PhotoCD and a Custom Cover PhotoBook worth up to $79.95.

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‘Amateur’ Photographer Claims Harassment by Security at Downtown Disney

On his blog, photographer William Beem recounts a recent run-in with security at Downtown Disney at the World Disney Resort when he was attempting to photograph the exterior of the House of Blues, specifically experimenting with high dynamic range (HDR) photography which essentially requires a tripod and multiple exposures of the exact same image.

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‘Disney in Shadow’ Author Ridley Pearson Accompanies Local Fans on Epcot Journey

Ridley Pearson engages some of his local fans with the aid of Scuba MickeyIn honor of the release of his third entry in the Kingdom Keepers series, Disney in Shadow, New York Times best-selling author Ridley Pearson recently escorted a group of young fans from Windy Hill Middle School in Clermont, Florida on a special Kingdom Keepers tour through Epcot at the Walt Disney World resort.

Pictured in the photo are Pearson and some of the invited students as they discuss some of the clues from the book with the assistance of Mickey Mouse, in full scuba gear.

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Lawsuit Against Disney Parks Places $1M Pricetag on Trip’s Trip

Suffering ‘pain, shock and mental anguish’  and an inability to perform ‘normal activities’ since tripping and falling along a walkway in Epcot, Judith Franzen of New York has filed a federal lawsuit against Walt Disney World / Disney Parks and Resorts last Friday. The complaint, which seeks an even one million dollars in damages, asserts that Walt Disney World was previously aware of the unnamed condition of the walkway which caused the accident on April 22, 2008 and that the resort was ‘negligent, careless, reckless and grossly negligent.’

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Photo: Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts Teaches Pluto to ‘Stand’ at Magic Kingdom

Jay DeMarcus (left) of "Rascal Flatts" and his mother Caron Myers (right) pose with Pluto in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom (Diana Zalucky, photographer) Jay DeMarcus (left) of the country music trio “Rascal Flatts,” and his mother Caron Myers (right) pose April 9, 2010 with Pluto in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. DeMarcus took his mother to Walt Disney World to celebrate her 60th birthday. (Diana Zalucky, photographer)

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Southwest Officially Boards Disney’s Magical Express’ ‘Resort Airline Check-in’ Program

Disney's Magical ExpressSouthwest Airlines, the busiest carrier at Orlando International Airport, is now officially a part of Resort Airline Check-In at Walt Disney World Resort.

Resort Airline Check-In is the popular service that allows guests the convenience of checking their bags through to their final destination before leaving their hotel. With the addition of Southwest Airlines to the service, more than 90% of domestic passengers who depart Central Florida for Orlando International Airport will have Resort Airline Check-In service available to them at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels.

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Winner of PixieHollow.com’s ‘Design a Fairy House’ Contest Honored in Ceremony at Epcot

On April 3, Disney Online announced the winner of its “Design a Fairy House Art Contest,” which ran in February on the popular online world for girls, Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow (www.PixieHollow.com). The fairy house, inspired by 15-year-old winning designer, Zoe P., from Frazier Park, Calif., was revealed during a special reveal ceremony in the Pixie Hollow Garden at the 17th Annual Epcot® International Flower and Garden Festival. Zoe and her family were in attendance to celebrate the momentous occasion, as her fairy house will be on display for the duration of the festival.

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Character Changes Coming to Disney World for April/May 2010: Ariel’s Grotto Closes, Lotso Arrives

Prince Eric with Ariel during a Pirate and Princess Party at the Magic Kingdom in 2007Although most character meet & greets at the Walt Disney World Resort are fairly standard from day to day, there are a couple of times per year when there are significant changes. These changes usually occur in April/May and September/October. In 2010, these changes are further complicated by the closure of Toontown and the Fantasyland expansion in the Magic Kingdom. Since we’re already getting into April, it’s time to take a look at some of the expected upcoming changes.

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