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.

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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.

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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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Disney/Pixar Presents a Video Introduction to Pixar Canada

Disney/Pixar Animation Studios recently opened a production studio in Vancouver, Canada to handle animated shorts, which will initially appear to be mostly the next generation of Cars Toons as well as the Toy Story Toons we speculated about back in March.

In the video, John Lasseter and Pixar Prez Ed Catmull are joined by Pixar Canada’s Creative Director Dylan Brown, CTO Darwyn Peachey and General Manager Amir Nasrabadi as they introduce the new complex and its expectations. Also along for the ride is a very clever mix of the Pixar Animation Studios family against live action footage of the studio’s new home.

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Disney Parks’ Safety Video Named As Finalist for Educational Publishers’ Award

Wild About Safety: Timon and Pumbaa Safety Smart about FireThe popular DVD Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumbaa: Safety Smart about Fire! is a finalist for the Association of Educational Publishers’ (AEP) Distinguished Achievement Awards.

Get down, get out and stay out! That’s just one of the lessons Timon and Pumbaa share to help students understand what to do in a fire emergency. From smoke alarms, fire escape plans and preventative measures such as not playing with matches, Timon and Pumbaa review their Safety Smart Checklist full of valuable and life-saving fire safety information.

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ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Wins 2010 Silver Clio Award for Innovative Media

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” was awarded a SILVER CLIO in the Innovative Media category for its partnership project with Warner Brothers’ film “The Informant,” as the two teamed up to create “Guillermo in the Informant.” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” was recognized with its award in the digital gallery of the Skylight Studios Soho in New York during last night’s CLIO Awards presentation of Interactive & Innovative Awards.

The CLIO Awards is one of the world’s most recognized awards competitions for advertising, design and communications, celebrating creative excellence, honoring a powerful form of communication and its impact on modern culture.

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