Wall*E/Eve LE Vinylmation Set to be Released January 22; Cinderella Vinylmation January 15

Some more news from the official Vinylmation blog which first reports that the Cinderella 60th anniversary special edition vinylmation which we told you about here will be released at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts on January 15.

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First Look: The Muppets in Disney Parks’ ‘Honorary VoluntEars Cavalcade’ Pre-Parade

On its official blog, Disney Parks is providing a first look at a rehearsal performance at Disneyland for the new daily pre-parade beginning today at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts starring Kermit, Miss Piggy and Sweetums.

The site notes that at Disneyland, that if there are two parades scheduled to be performed on any particular day, the Muppets pre-parade will take place only prior to the evening performance.

The site also plans to add photos from today’s inaugural performance at the Magic Kingdom later today.

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Richard Petty Driving Experience Offers Free Experience to WDW Annual Passholders

From now through March 31, annual passholders can enjoy a three-lap ride along experience free at the Richard Petty Driving Experience. Retailing for over $100, this experience is limited to one time per passholder, aged 14 and above (under 18 requires a parental guardian).

Shuttle service to the Richard Petty Speedway is available at the Transportation and Ticket Center.

To make reservations, call 1-800-BE-PETTY or visit the official Richard Petty Driving Experience website.

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Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Designer’s Life for Cast Member Turned Project Runway Contestant

When Project Runway makes its seventh season debut on Lifetime on January 14, one of its contestants may seem familiar to millions of people worldwide. Designer hopeful / actor Jesse LeNoir, 25, who makes Orlando his home, counts being a performer in the Captain Jack Sparrow Pirate Tutorial at the Magic Kingdom among his previous jobs.

Below is Jesse’s home visit video giving some insight into his home life. For more information and videos from Jesse, visit his Project Runway bio page.

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Walt Disney World Resort Guests, You’ve Got Voicemail! Hyuk, Hyuk!

Guests staying at a Walt Disney World Disney owned and operated resort will now get a bonus when celebrating a special occasion during their vacation. When a guest notes that they will be celebrating the occasion during their stay, either through the Disney Reservation Center or via online check-in, they’ll receive a voicemail during their stay from a Disney character at no additional charge.

Guests who forget to mention the celebration before arrival can alert the lobby concierge at any time during their stay in order to receive the voicemail.

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WDW Refurb Update: Cantina de San Angel Refurb Begins Major Refurbishment and More

Cantina de San Angel, the quick service location in Epcot’s Mexico pavilion, has just closed and begun its lengthy refurbishment. Expected to be replaced with a new, more convenient dining opportunity, the restaurant is slated to re-open on September 24, just a week shy of the 2010 Food and Wine Festival.

During the refurbishment, Taqueria Del Lago, the Mexican booth from the 2009 Food and Wine Festival will be operating for guests’ convenience.

We are also being advised that Shrunken Ned’s Junior Jungle Boats, located near the World Famous Jungle Cruise in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland, will be unavailable from January 8 through January 25.

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Walt Disney World Marathon Breaks Records Before Races Even Start

More than 55,500 expected runners – Disney’s largest marathon weekend field ever – are registered for the 17th annual Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by CIGNA Jan. 7-10, 2010.  This year’s capacity field tops last year’s record by 10,500 registered participants and aims to place the marathon weekend as the top combination race weekend in the country.

A record 55,500 athletes have registered for the variety of events that make up the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.  In 2009 the Walt Disney World Marathon was the eighth largest in the nation and the second largest combination race weekend.  The main event – Sunday’s 26.2-mile journey through Disney’s four major theme parks – starts at 5:40 a.m. near Epcot.

Runners can look forward to VIP treatment as new “More Magic” options have been added.  A pre-race pasta party and a post-race private celebration are new ticketed events available to those in attendance.  On Thursday, Jan. 7, the Pasta in the Park Party at Epcot will give runners and their friends and family a chance to “carb load” before the race and see a special viewing of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” a nighttime fireworks display.  After the marathon on Sunday, the chance to ride select attractions and unwind with a live DJ and Disney characters is available when Disney’s Hollywood Studios hosts a private Victory Lap Celebration.

The VIP Race Retreat package is available again this year offering special race-day upgrades for participants and their friends and family, such as exclusive meet and greets with Disney characters and pre-registration for next year’s marathon.

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Walt Disney World Introduces ‘Dream Pass’ for Florida Residents; 4 Parks for $84/$99

Thanks to a new 4 Day Dream Pass, Florida Residents can enjoy Walt Disney World Resort at a real savings.
Now through May 25, 2010, in-state residents can get four days’ admission to any of the four Walt Disney World Resort theme parks for $99.  Not only does that spell incredible savings but it’s a time when the parks are less crowded and there are more ways than ever to enjoy the magic.

Details:

  • 4 Day Dream Pass
  • Admission to any of the 4 Walt Disney World theme parks any 4 days (excluding blockout period); 1 park per day.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Welcomes Gerenuk Calf to Herd

Disney’s Animal Kingdom recently welcomed its 28th gerenuk calf weighing in at eight pounds and approximately 1 ¾ feet tall, after a seven-month gestation.

The female calf, named Squirt, was born November 25 to her five-year-old mother Sushaunna, and nine-year-old father Jingle. This latest birth is part of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Gerenuk Population Management Plan.

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Vinylmations Commemorating Cinderella, Space Mountain to be Released in January

Also courtesy of the official Vinylmation blog comes news of these anticipated releases from Disney Design Group artist Randy Noble.

Available in late January at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, Vinylmation presents a 3″ figure commemorating the 60th anniversary of Disney’s Cinderella and a 9″ figure commemorating the 35th anniversary of the legendary Space Mountain.

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