A Taste of Disney at the DIFFA Dining By Design 2010 Collection

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(L-R) Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh, Owl © Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved. Founded in 1984, the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) organization launches a tour each spring titled Dining By Design mixing top design with fine cuisine. Currently located Pier 94 in New York City through March 22, the tour will make stops in Kansas City, Chicago and Francisco.

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Miramax to Release ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’ but What Will They Call It?

Despite being on the auction block, plans to release upcoming films from Miramax still appears to be on the plate. And despite being a remake of a 1973 tv movie, Disney is hinting that it may rename the Guillermo del Toro produced film.

So if it won’t be called Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, what might we see the film billed as in theaters? To their credit, Disney did register DBAOTD.COM (although that in itself would be a marketing nightmare) and DONTBEAFRAID-THEMOVIE.COM but they also recently registered domain names for They Are Waiting (THEYAREWAITING.COM), They Wait in the Dark (THEYWAITINTHEDARK.COM) and What Lurks in the Dark (WHATLURKSINTHEDARK.COM).

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Star Wars Theme Park Exclusive R2-MK Droid Figure Available April 1

R2-MK Astromech Droid Figure visits the Magic KingdomThe theme park exclusive 2-figure pack featuring the R2-MK Droid action figure will become available at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts beginning April 1.

As previously reported, the 2 pack, which also includes a Jedi Mickey action figure, will retail for $18.95.

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Monorail TRON Makes Debut at Walt Disney World

Monorail featuring TRON skin at Walt Disney WorldThe Monorail skin advertising the upcoming TRON Legacy film from Walt Disney Studios has made its debut today on the Epcot circuit at the Walt Disney Resort as demonstrated here by this photo courtesy of Disney.

Also, we now have some excellent footage of the ‘TRONorail’ in action courtesy of Ricky from Inside the Magic:

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WDW Refurb Update: Teamboat Springs Extended, Coronado Springs and Pop Century

Although, as we first reported yesterday, Blizzard Beach is now expected to re-open on March 24, we have been advised that Teamboat Springs will remain closed through May 15.

Although it had just re-opened from a refurb, our source informs us that the Ranchos quiet pool at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will be closed again beginning April 5 and re-opening on April 17.

Also, the Fast Forward arcade located at Pop Century will be closed from May 10 through May 12.

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Spidey’s Slippery Slope: The Kirbys’ Spectacular Case Against Marvel

Just how serious is Disney/Marvel about producing an Ant-Man movie? Few in the world are likely to be more interested than the children of comics author Jack Kirby who have named  Ant-Man along with Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, X-Men, The Incredible Hulk, The Avengers, Thor, Nick Fury a seemingly endless list of comics titles and specific issues in a lawsuit claiming they are the rightful (co-)owners of these creations.

Filed on March 9 in the US District Court in the Central District of California, the complaint filed by Lisa, Barbara, Neal and Susan Kirby as well as the estate of Kirby’s wife, Rosalind, rebquests a trial by jury, seeking unspecified damages against previous and current earnings on these properties of which Disney/Marvel has current control.

Making a very persuasive argument, particularly if it’s all true, the complaint inks a portrait in which a financially strapped Marvel purchased the comics from freelancer Jack Kirby ad hoc — sans contracts and that Kirby created everything on his own time in his own place of residence with his own tools so that he was at no time able to be considered ‘work for hire’ as Disney/Marvel has contended.

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Pre-Registration Now Open for the 2010 Disney Gospel Choir Fest at Epcot

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Billed as part of the ‘Night of Joy Weekend,’ the Disney Gospel Choir Fest will take place at the American Gardens Theatre across from the American Adventure pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase on Saturday, September 11.

The lively competition of gospel choirs from around the country will be emceed by Grammy Award winner Smokie Norful and feature judge: Myron Butler, record producer and Grammy Award winner; Ken Pennell, President of EMI Gospel; and Larry Blackwell, Vice President of EMI Gospel.

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Disney Online’s Pixie Hollow Announces Animal Friends for Member Fairies (Video)

There’s a hush in Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow virtual world this month as the new Animal Friends are fluttering about in the meadows. Every baby Animal Friend needs a Fairy to help them grow. From fireflies and ladybugs to hummingbirds and dragonflies, there’s a baby animal perfect for every Fairy.

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Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Offering Rooms From $149/Night Through May 31

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin has announced that guests can now book stays through May 31, 2010 beginning at just $149/per night with upgrades to rooms with a balcony and view of Epcot’s Illuminations for an additional $75 per night.

Rates and rooms are limited and stays must be booked by March 30. Guests can either book online or call 866-924-8704 and reference special number 383511.

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Details for 2010 Walt Disney World Wine and Dine Half Marathon Announced

The Walt Disney World resort has announced the details for the upcoming Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon events taking place October 1 – 3, 2010.

On Friday, October 1, 2010, the Disney’s Kids’ Races will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Track & Field Complex beginning at 4 pm for children ages 8 and under. Registration includes: Commemorative T-shirt; Personalized Bib (Must register by September 3, 2010 for name to appear on bib); Trick-or-Treat bag of refreshments; Commemorative finisher medallion.

Race details and age groups are as follows:

  • 12 months and under – Diaper Dash for crawlers
  • 1 – 3 years old – 100m dash
  • 4 – 6 years old – 200m dash
  • 7 – 8 years old – 400m dash

On Saturday, October 2, at 7:00 am will be the Mickey’s Halloween Family Fun Run 5K. The only 5K run to take place inside the Magic Kingdom, runners are encouraged to dress in costume (with safety in mind) as they travel along the course filled with Halloween-themed entertainment. Registration includes: Admission to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party for the night of Sunday, October 3, 2010; Commemorative Champion® T-shirt; * Goody Bag; Personalized Bib (must register by August 2, 2010 for name to appear on bib); Trick-or-Treat bag of race refreshments; Commemorative 5K finisher medallion.

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