WDW Refurb Update: Teamboat Springs Extended, Coronado Springs and Pop Century

Although, as we first reported yesterday, Blizzard Beach is now expected to re-open on March 24, we have been advised that Teamboat Springs will remain closed through May 15.

Although it had just re-opened from a refurb, our source informs us that the Ranchos quiet pool at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will be closed again beginning April 5 and re-opening on April 17.

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Pre-Registration Now Open for the 2010 Disney Gospel Choir Fest at Epcot

Disney's Gospel Choir Fest

Billed as part of the ‘Night of Joy Weekend,’ the Disney Gospel Choir Fest will take place at the American Gardens Theatre across from the American Adventure pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase on Saturday, September 11.

The lively competition of gospel choirs from around the country will be emceed by Grammy Award winner Smokie Norful and feature judge: Myron Butler, record producer and Grammy Award winner; Ken Pennell, President of EMI Gospel; and Larry Blackwell, Vice President of EMI Gospel.

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Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Offering Rooms From $149/Night Through May 31

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin has announced that guests can now book stays through May 31, 2010 beginning at just $149/per night with upgrades to rooms with a balcony and view of Epcot’s Illuminations for an additional $75 per night.

Rates and rooms are limited and stays must be booked by March 30. Guests can either book online or call 866-924-8704 and reference special number 383511.

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Details for 2010 Walt Disney World Wine and Dine Half Marathon Announced

The Walt Disney World resort has announced the details for the upcoming Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon events taking place October 1 – 3, 2010.

On Friday, October 1, 2010, the Disney’s Kids’ Races will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Track & Field Complex beginning at 4 pm for children ages 8 and under. Registration includes: Commemorative T-shirt; Personalized Bib (Must register by September 3, 2010 for name to appear on bib); Trick-or-Treat bag of refreshments; Commemorative finisher medallion.

Race details and age groups are as follows:

  • 12 months and under – Diaper Dash for crawlers
  • 1 – 3 years old – 100m dash
  • 4 – 6 years old – 200m dash
  • 7 – 8 years old – 400m dash

On Saturday, October 2, at 7:00 am will be the Mickey’s Halloween Family Fun Run 5K. The only 5K run to take place inside the Magic Kingdom, runners are encouraged to dress in costume (with safety in mind) as they travel along the course filled with Halloween-themed entertainment. Registration includes: Admission to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party for the night of Sunday, October 3, 2010; Commemorative Champion® T-shirt; * Goody Bag; Personalized Bib (must register by August 2, 2010 for name to appear on bib); Trick-or-Treat bag of race refreshments; Commemorative 5K finisher medallion.

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WDW Refurb Update: Blizzard Beach Refurb Extended

We have been alerted that Blizzard Beach, which was originally scheduled to re-open on March 21 is now expected to re-open on March 24.

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Celebrities Appearances Announced for 2010 Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Artwork for 2010 Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood StudiosBeginning May 21st and running every Friday-Sun through June 13, this year’s annual Star Wars Weekends pays special tribute to The Empire Strikes Back which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

StarWars.com has now released the list of celebrity guests expected to appear each weekend during the popular event, beginning with SWW co-hosts Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) and Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tona of The Clone Wars).

The following is the list of celebrities scheduled to appear each weekend:

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Complete Line-up for 2010 ‘Night of Joy’ at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Announced

Returning to the Magic Kingdom in 2010, here is the complete line-ups for the 2010 Night of Joy event at the Walt Disney World resort (subject to change):

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10:

  • Chris Tomlin
  • David Crowder*Band
  • Casting Crowns
  • BarlowGirl
  • Francesca Battistelli
  • Group 1 Crew
  • Tenth Avenue North
  • Sidewalk Prophets

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11:

  • mercyme
  • Third Day
  • Family Force 5
  • Smokie Norful
  • Red
  • LeCrae
  • Day of Fire
  • Britt Nicole

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Walt Disney World Cast Members Donate Almost $50,000 for Haiti Relief

Amid sunny skies at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, nearly a hundred Disney Cast Members gathered early this morning to show their support of the American Red Cross and give a ray of hope to the people of Haiti.

Over the last few weeks, approximately 1,700 individual Walt Disney World Resort Cast Members raised more than $47,000 for the American Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development Fund through direct contributions from their paychecks. Many donations came from Cast Members who work in Disney Resorts; they have found the effort especially meaningful as many been directly impacted by the tragedy in Haiti.

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Photo: Former ‘Bachelor’ Jake Pavelka and ‘Dancing With the Stars” Chelsie Hightower at Magic Kingdom

Jake Pavelka (second from left), star of ABC's "The Bachelor," strikes a dance pose March 13, 2010 with his fiancee, Vienna Girardi (left) while Mickey Mouse poses with professional dancer Chelsie Hightower (right), star of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," at the Magic Kingdom (Matt Stroshane/Disney)Jake Pavelka (second from left), star of ABC’s “The Bachelor,” strikes a dance pose March 13, 2010 with his fiancee, Vienna Girardi (left) while Mickey Mouse poses with professional dancer Chelsie Hightower (right), star of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Pavelka and Hightower are partners on the new season of “Dancing with the Stars” which premieres March 22, 2010. Pavelka, Girardi and Hightower were vacationing this weekend at Walt Disney World Resort. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

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U.S. Army Recognizes Walt Disney World Resort for Support of Military Families

Major General Reuben D. Jones presents the commendation to Walt Disney World President Meg CroftonWalt Disney World Resort received the Army Freedom Team Salute Commendation for Disney Parks’ “Armed Forces Salute Program” for military families and for Walt Disney World’s ongoing collaboration with Shades of Green, the Armed Forces Recreation Center resort that is on-site at Walt Disney World.

The commendation was presented to Walt Disney World President Meg Crofton by Major General Reuben D. Jones, commanding general of the United State Army’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command.

MG Jones said Walt Disney World provides “a tremendous boost in morale for service members and their families, by offering wonderful family entertainment in safe and pleasant surroundings.”

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