Apologies for being a bit late on reporting this, but available at select retail locations at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts are these Halloween-themed Disney Gift Cards, pictured to the left. Where the image is white, the card is actually transparent.
Several months ago, reports of the WiFi near the Beach Club lobby was open to the public as opposed to the traditional means of charging for it. While some speculated that it must have been in error and would only be temporary, recent reports not only confirm it’s still available in the common areas at the resort, but that resort staff has confirmed it was an intentional, permanent change in policy.
This has now appeared to carry over to other Convention resorts (which all offer WiFi in public areas such as the lobby and pool areas) as we have seen reports that the Contemporary Resort also makes WiFi available at no charge.
Taking it even a step further, multiple reports (and iPhone screenshots) have confirmed that there is free WiFi available inside Innoventions East at Epcot (see photo, courtesy of @jeff318).
There have also been reported free WiFi spots in other parks, such as near City Hall in the Magic Kingdom.
Note that this does not affect the wired internet available inside the resort guest rooms. Non-DVC guests will still be charged to access the internet from inside their rooms.
It is also worth noting that you may occasionally see an open network for TWDC Guests. While you will be able to connect to the network, chances are it will require a login as it’s intended for Cast Members and their direct guests only.
In addition to the ceremony and interviews, the video also shows various elements of the new experience.
Disney Channel will debut the third season of its Emmy-nominated multicultural series for preschoolers, “Handy Manny,” starring Wilmer Valderrama, on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7 (8:30 a.m., ET/PT). The third season will include a new primetime special, a new short-form series and the introduction of 10 new tool characters.
Guest stars include Rosario Dawson as a marine biologist, Dale Earnhardt Jr. as a race car driver, Jim Belushi as a drawbridge operator and Giada De Laurentiis as the owner of a pizza parlor. Lance Bass returns in the recurring role of klutzy “surfer dude,” Elliot.
In addition to 31 brand new episodes, the third season will include the debut of the series’ second primetime special. The first primetime special, “Handy Manny Motorcycle Adventure,” delivered the series’ largest Total Viewer audience ever (Source: NTI, U.S. ratings, 10/4/09).
A new short-form series, “Handy Manny School for Tools,” will debut in mid-2010. The three-minute shorts will star Manny and his team of trusty tools alongside a group of 10 new tools: a jackhammer, a power screwdriver, a power socket wrench, a shop vac, a pair of needle nose pliers, a deluxe tool box, a laser level and a trio of crescent wrenches. Their names will be announced shortly.
Starring are: Wilmer Valderrama as Manny, Carlos Alazraqui as Felipe, Dee Bradley Baker as Turner, Grey Delisle as Flicker, Nika Futterman as Stretch and Squeeze, Tom Kenny as Mr. Lopart and Pat, Kath Soucie as Dusty, Fred Stoller as Rusty and Nancy Truman as Kelly.
“Handy Manny” airs weekdays at 9:00 a.m., ET/PT and weekends at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., ET/PT during Disney Channel’s Playhouse Disney programming block for preschoolers. The series carries a TV-Y parental guideline.
Monorail Teal will soon be making its debut at Walt Disney World after being constructed from undamaged parts of Monorail Pink and Monorail Purple which collided this past summer, resulting in the death of Monorail pilot Austin Wuennenberg.
This will bring the fleet up to 11 trains, joining Red, White, Coral, Lime, Green, Black, Silver, Blue, Gold and Orange. Out of respect to Wuennenberg and his family, Pink and Purple will officially be retired.
The NTSB is still conducting its investigation into the incident but has publically acknowledged Disney’s proper conduct following the tragedy.
The official storage policy for Disney’s PhotoPass photos is that they will be available online for editing and ordering for at least 30 days after being added to one’s account. Afterwards, deletions were sure to occur (although the occasional rogue photos may have managed to escape their fate a la Logan’s Run). From the very beginning, many users had struggled to complete all of the editing within the 30 day timeframe and with additional enhancements to both the website and the actual PhotoPass system itself over the years, the 30 day period has proven to become increasingly difficult for many customers.
So much so that Disney’s PhotoPass even ran a popular promotion last year where a single purchase would grant your photos a stay for a brief period of time. Another undocumented feature that we had promoted in our Definitive Guide to PhotoPass was that a simple request by email would grant customers a free extension of what was meant to be 2 weeks but was often up to another month of storage.
With no doubt, it became an increasingly popular request and now the system has adapted to fulfill the needs of customers who foresee themselves running out of time — and it costs. Just like any other product available on disneyphotopass.com, photo storage extensions can now be purchased at the rate of $4.95 for one week or $9.95 for 15 days.
Please expect a major overhaul of the Definitive Guide to PhotoPass this weekend including the changes to reflect this news.
The Studios Animation Gallery at the Walt Disney World® Resort is pleased to present the newest edition in the Disney Theme Park Exclusive Ink & Paint Cel Collection, Fantasmic! Featuring the heroic Mickey Mouse and the “Mistress of Evil,” Maleficent, the sinister villain from Walt Disney’s Animated Classic, Sleeping Beauty.
Fantasmic! is a limited edition, hand-painted cel with an edition size of only 1500 pieces.
The launch event will take place December 12, 2009 at the Animation Gallery at Disney’s Hollywood Studios from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm and will feature Disney Design Group artist Costa Alavezos and Ink and Paint Artists James Bonserio, Erin Magill, Theodora M. DeLaney, David Rippberger, Lynn Rippberger and Sharon K.Vincent.
An exclusively designed pin has been created to commemorate the release of the new cel and is available with the first 750 orders placed for a framed cel only.
Pricing is as follows: Unframed Cel – $125; Black Frame and Cel – $215; Black Frame with Pin and Cel: $240; Black Frame with Pin, Postcard and Cel: $265; Gold Frame and Cel: $290.
Those who are unable to attend the event may pre-order the Cel by phoning Walt Disney Event Services at 407-827-7600 no later than December 12 at 3 pm EST.
As we reported earlier, Crystal Palace will be closed for refurbishments from January 3 through January 13, 2010. During this time, characters will once again return to Liberty Tree Tavern in Frontierland and the table service location will serve breakfast in addition to lunch and dinner. Once Crystal Palace returns, Liberty Tree will resume with lunch and dinner service only and no character experience.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Oct. 15, 2009) – Disney’s Endurance series is adding a mouth-watering half marathon to its list of already popular race weekends. The inaugural Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend is set to take place Oct. 1-2, 2010, culminating with a 13.1-mile nighttime race and after-hours party inside the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
Combining characteristics of some of the most popular races, the half marathon is sure to please runners of all types. Participants will brave the night on a never-before-trekked course through multiple Disney theme parks, with the finish line inside the Epcot Food & Wine Festival for an exclusive after-hours party. Spectators can purchase tickets to the party and help kick off the 15th annual Epcot Food & Wine Festival.
“Teaming up with the 15th Epcot Food & Wine Festival is the perfect way to showcase the wonderful and unique events we seek to offer with our endurance races,” said Disney’s sports event director Paul Lambert. “From food and wine, to theme parks and sports, Disney adds a touch you can’t experience anywhere else.”
Events are planned for the entire weekend, starting with a Health and Fitness Expo hosted at Jostens Center at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex Oct. 1-2. All members of the family can join in on some hauntingly good fun with Disney Kids’ Races and Mickey’s Halloween Family Fun Run 5k. Kids’ Races will take place at the complex while the Family Fun Run 5k takes participants through Magic Kingdom. Both races are during the morning on Oct.2, with staggered starting times to invite participation in all events. The weekend culminates with the half marathon on the evening of Oct.2.
The half marathon will be open to ages 14 and older and offers a relay option for two-person teams. Half marathon registration will open Nov. 16, 2009. To reserve your spot and find out more information on the race, visit disneywinedinerun.com.
Disney Channel will premiere new fairy tale-themed episodes of the hit Playhouse Disney series “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” and “Imagination Movers” on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14 (beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET/PT). Disney Channel stars Nicole Anderson (“JONAS”) and Jason Dolley (“Good Luck Charlie,” “Hatching Pete”) guest star in the new “Imagination Movers” episode.
In the “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” episode entitled “Mickey and the Enchanted Egg,” Mickey finds an egg which soon hatches a baby dragon. Determined to protect the baby dragon and bring it back to its home, Mickey and pals must convince Wizard Pete that they did not steal his egg. The episode was written by Ashley Mendoza and directed by Sherrie Pollack and Broni Likomanov.
In the “Imagination Movers” episode entitled “A Fairy Tale Ending,” the Movers must convince Cinderella to go home and back to her story so she can have her fairy tale ending with Prince Charming. The episode features the debut of new original song “When You Grow Up.” “A Fairy Tale Ending” was written by Randi Barnes & Rick Gitelson & Scott Gray & Michael G. Stern; the episode was directed by Linda Mendoza.