Photo Gallery: Construction of Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Dream Complete

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Christopher Robin Model Sheet 2 ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved. The final block, a 260-ton portion of the ship’s bow, was added to the Disney Dream yesterday at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, signaling its completion. Composed of 80 separate building blocks welded together, the next step for the Disney Dream is to have its interior completed before its inaugural voyage on January 26, 2011.

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Video: American Idol Winner Lee DeWyze Parade and American Idol Experience Appearance at Walt Disney World

Lee DeWyze (right) autographs a poster for fan Ashley Lowe (left) at "The American Idol Experience" (Gene Duncan, photographer)Walt Disney World has provided us with this footage from the procession at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort earlier today. The newly crowned American Idol winner is seen traveling along the park’s Hollywood Boulevard with Mickey Mouse up to the American Idol Experience, where he addresses the crowd of fans and hangs out with Mickey and Minnie Mouse before heading inside into the American Idol Experience to make a surprise appearance. Towards the end of the video, Lee answers some questions including his take on the American Idol Experience, his new-found celebrity and his expectations for his first album.

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Photo: American Idol Winner Lee DeWyze Visits Walt Disney World

American Idol Winner Lee DeWyze at Walt Disney World (Matt Stroshane/Disney)Newly crowned “American Idol” Lee DeWyze takes a celebratory ride May 31, 2010 with Mickey Mouse through Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Following his win on the “American Idol” season finale last week in Los Angeles, DeWyze looked into TV cameras and shouted “I’m Going to Disney World!” as part of Disney’s famous television commercial.  (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Lee DeWyze (right) autographs a poster for fan Ashley Lowe (left) at "The American Idol Experience" (Gene Duncan, photographer)Lee DeWyze (right) autographs a poster for fan Ashley Lowe (left) from Orlando, Fla., May 31, 2010 at “The American Idol Experience” attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  In addition to the parade at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, DeWyze made a surprise appearance on-stage at “The American Idol Experience,” the theme park’s attraction based on the hit TV show.  (Gene Duncan, photographer)

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WDW Refurb Update: Toy Story Mania Date Change, One Man’s Dream to Take a Nap

A couple of brief refurbishment updates for Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World.

First, we realize we caused some shockwaves when we first announced way back in March that Toy Story Mania would be closing for a refurb in mid-August. Many confused this with the recent TS3 additions that have already taken place, but the refurb is something completely different (reportedly something to do with unloading gates). And while Disney Parks has yet to confirm it, a recent tweet from DHS cast member @PaulChadkin confirms our announcement with a minor date change. According to Paul, the new dates for the refurb are August 16 through August 28 (opening on the 29th). Given this new announcement from another source we consider to be extremely credible, we will be updating ReSearch with these new dates.

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Disney Parks Debuts Florida Television Commercial for ‘Summer Nightastic’ – But for Which Resort?

Disney Parks has just offered up this television spot for the Summer Nightastic promotion kicking off at the Walt Disney World resort on June 6. The ad does in fact use the theme we introduced you to back in early May, but the video footage used in the commercials appears to be exclusively attractions from Disneyland (note the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster guns that can be held, the Mad Tea Party, the new dragon in Disneyland’s Fantasmic! and, I suppose, the Hollywood Backlot sign from California Advenure, amongst others).

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Disney Books, Music and Videos Being Released During Week of May 30

Here’s look at some of the Disney-related books, movies and audio CDs being released this week. Please note that this list is automatically generated and information is not guaranteed by this site.

Arcana Cabana Catalogue (Available Tuesday, June 1 or Pre-Order from Amazon.com)

Are you a collector of rare and historical flying carpets? Do you yearn for an urn? Desire a unicorn horn? Now you can have your heart’s desire! The Arcana Cabana Catalogue takes you inside the doors of the magical store seen in the hit film The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Collected for the first time, the catalogue gives you the background information, price, and relevant stories of some of the most intriguing items in the store. For a mere $34,750, you can own Cleopatra’s Heart, but beware, it beats a bit stronger than you may think.

To order or for more information, click here


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Interview Explores Ken’s Challenges as an Accessory-American (Toy Story 3)

I am so excited that Disney/Pixar has finally released this video clip which features Michael Keaton as Ken from Toy Story 3. First shown to D23 Expo attendees, Groovin’ with Ken is a mockumentary from the 1970s which introduces us to the character new to the Toy Story family and the hardships and prejudices he faces, looking fashionable the whole time.

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New Logo for California Adventure Theme Park Has Some Scratching Their Heads

Original logo for Disney's California Adventure (Top) and the new Disney California Adventure logo (bottom)Yesterday, Disney Parks revealed the new logo for its California Adventure theme park at the Disneyland Resort, which is famously undergoing some physical transformations as well.

Guests probably didn’t need it, but Disney helped point out a ‘name change’ as well. What once read as Disney’s (possessive), now reads as Disney. According to the comments on the blog as well as other places, guests are crying foul.

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Vinylmation Offers First Look at Limited Edition Condiment, ‘Have a Laugh’ Series

Vinylmation Condiment Limited Edition Series #1No, there is nothing wrong with your monitor, these new Vinylmation figures from the Disney Design Group really do have alien-like extensions protruding from their heads. They are in fact the members of the limited edition Vinylmation Condiments series and we’re getting our first look at them courtesy of the official Vinylmation blog. Designed to represent the typical squeeze bottles for your favorite condiments, the colors are dead-on. In fact, we believe the honey bear Vinylmation will probably be worth the price of admission alone.

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Designing Your Own ‘World of Color’ Show Can Win You a Trip to the Disneyland Resort

World of Color CreatorWhen we the first to let you know that Disneyland had launched its fabulous website for World of Color, we also noted that Disney Parks had registered another domain related to its World of Color show.

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