Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Helps Break Record for World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

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World's Largest Swimming Lesson at Disney's Typhoon LagoonMore than 500 guests of all ages at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon at the Walt Disney World Resort joined more than 10,000 participants on four continents for the record-breaking World’s Largest Swimming Lesson on June 3.

Participants at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon also received a free DVD, Disney’s Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumbaa: Safety Smart in the Water. In the DVD, Timon and Pumbaa help children learn that fun in the water starts with safety.

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Disney Books, Music and Videos Being Released During Week of June 6

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.

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The Walt Disney Classics Collection Debuts ‘Jedi Mickey’ Collectible

Jedi Mickey from WDCCDisney Parks, Lucasfilm and the Walt Disney Classic have joined forces to create a rebel alliance in order to introduce this brand new ‘Jedi Mickey’ open edition collectible from WDCC. The hand-crafted porcelain piece is 6 1/4″ tall, retails for $125 (plus tax) and includes a certificate of authenticity.

It can be ordered by contacting Walt Disney Event Services at 407-827-7600 from 9 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday. Orders must be received no later than August 10 at 3 pm ET.

For more information and to view more images of ‘Jedi Mickey,’ visit Duckman’s blog.

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Yet Another ‘Toy Story 3′ Hi-Res Still (I’m a Hugger!)

It turns out that when we raided the toy box earlier this week to bring you 20 new hi-res images from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3, we just didn’t dig deep enough. It turns out lucky number 21 features the gang when they first encounter Lotso and some of the many new friends at Sunnyside Daycare. You can even spot the Lightning McQueen toy at Woody’s feet.

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Disney Channel’s ‘Camp Rock 2′ Lets Out on Home Video on September 7

Camp Rock 2: Extended Edition © WDSHEQuite a few of our readers scoffed when we announced that Disney Channel’s Original Movie Camp Rock 2: Final Jam would be making its television debut on September 3. Why are Hollywood kids going to camp when the rest of us commoners are already back in school?

An amazing question we have no answer for, yet even more puzzling to us is that if you happen to miss the Disney Channel premiere, you can now simply just take a deep breath and just go out and buy it on DVD because according to Amazon.com, the DVD is set to be released on September 7, just a few days later. Pre-orders are now being accepted for both the Blu-ray/DVD Combo and the DVD editions.

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Video: The Making of Disney/Pixar’s ‘Day & Night’ with New Footage

Day & NightAs a follow up to our new Toy Story 3 clip comes this additional Comcast exclusive, the making of Day & Night, the Teddy Newton short that plays before the feature film.

In the clip, the shorts’ creators attempt to explain just what it’s all about, but as a study aide, here’s the official synopsis: When Day, a sunny fellow, encounters Night, a stranger of distinctly darker moods, sparks fly! Day and Night are frightened and suspicious of each other at first, and quickly get off on the wrong foot. But as they discover each other’s unique qualities–and come to realize that each of them offers a different window onto the same world–the friendship helps both to gain a new perspective.

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Toy Story 3 Clip: ‘Rough Play’ (A Comcast Cable Exclusive)

LGM, meet Butt. Butt, meet LGM.Director Lee Unkrich introduces this clip which was released recently as an exclusive to Comcast Cable subscribers (although it was placed on the internet for all to see).

The clip, which features many bits and pieces that have been seen before in ads and the trailers for Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 (not to mention the Aflac ad), is an extended look at what happens when the gang, fresh off the box to Sunnyside Daycare, meet their new play hosts, in a tip o’ the hat to the old adage be careful what you wish for. It’s full of great visual gags, especially in regard to those poor LGMs — I’m particularly fond of the LGM + Slinky Dog formula myself.

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Disneyland Annual Passholders Get Free ‘Summer Nightastic’ Glasses with Purchase for a Limited Time

From June 11 through 17 (or while supplies last), Annual Passholders will receive a pair of paper optic-like Summer Nightastic! glasses with any single merchandise transaction at select merchandise locations (see list of participating locations below).  It’s certain to take viewing Summer Nightastic shows like Fantasmic!, Magical and more to a whole new level and will definitely give you something to “look” forward to. Passholders are limited to two pairs, one per item purchased. Locations, restrictions and limits apply.

Participating retail locations include: Emporium, Little Green Men Store Command and Pioneer Mercantile in Disneyland® park; Greetings from California and Tees, Hats and Tattoos in Disney California Adventure World of Disney® Store, Downtown Disney® District

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Photo: Main Street Electrical Parade Passes Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom

The Main Street Electrical Parade passes by Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom (Gene Duncan/Disney)Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade marches through the Magic Kingdom this summer, twinkling with approximately half a million lights. One of the original floats, the “Title Drum Unit” near the beginning of the parade, was created using an actual bass drum, one of the world’s largest in 1972. This drum had been used in Disneyland parades in the 1960s, when Mickey Mouse used to beat it using large drumsticks. The beloved parade returns to Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. to headline “Summer Nightastic!” June 6 through Aug. 14, 2010. Photo by Gene Duncan, courtesy of Disney.

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WDW Character Updates: Maidens and Fairies and Bears, Oh My!

Disney Bear in a rare appearance at Walt Disney World © Stitch KingdomOkay, just one of each really.

According to the very reliable character resource WDW Character Hunt, we already have a couple of confirmed additions to the meet & greet character line-up at the Walt Disney World Resort. The site reports that Vidia, who has a much stronger role in the upcoming home video release Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue will begin greeting guests in Pixie Hollow at some point in August.

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