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

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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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WDW Refurb Update: Blizzard Beach Refurb Extended

We have been alerted that Blizzard Beach, which was originally scheduled to re-open on March 21 is now expected to re-open on March 24.

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Walt Disney Company’s Robert Iger Responds to Passing of Fess Parker

Fess Parker's window in Frontierland in Disneyland. Photo © Stitch Kingdom. All Rights Reserved.As many of you are aware already, Fess Parker, best known for his portrayal as Davy Crockett, passed away earlier today at the age of 85. Parker was named a Disney Legend in 1991 and is held in such high regard that he even has a window dedicated to him in Disneyland’s Frontierland (pictured), an extreme honor typically reserved only for the windows on the buildings along Main Street USA.

In reaction to the news, Robert Iger, President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, and life long Davy Crockett fan issued this statement:

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Singer Shakira to Guest Star on ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ April 16

Two-time Grammy and seven-time Latin Grammy Award-winning artist Shakira and comedian Jeff Garlin guest star in a new episode of the hit comedy series, “Wizards of Waverly Place,” during Disney Channel’s popular programming event, “Night of Premieres,” FRIDAY, APRIL 16 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET/PT).  The evening also includes new episodes of the hit series “The Suite Life On Deck,” “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Phineas and Ferb” and the Disney XD comedy “I’m In The Band.”

In the episode, titled ‘Dude Looks Like Shakira,’ Alex, Justin and Max are shocked to discover that their Uncle Kelbo (Jeff Garlin) has transformed into international music sensation Shakira after he failed to follow the Main Eleven Wizards Rules.

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Millionaire Goes Dancing Beginning March 29: Special ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Themed Shows

Tune in for the “Dancing with the Stars” Edition of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” to see host Meredith Vieira cut a rug on the “Millionaire” set. The week-long specialty series will air March 29 – April 2. All week fans of the hit reality show will take to the “Millionaire” hot seat with a chance to walk away with $1-million. In addition to general trivia, contestants will also face questions about the “Dancing with the Stars” series, some of which will feature clips from the ABC show. Check local listings or go to www.millionairetv.com for more information.

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Chapter Two of Ridley Pearson’s ‘Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow’ Now Online

Via his blog, author Ridley Pearson has made the second chapter of Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow available for download. Previously, Pearson has made the first chapter available as we reported earlier.

The full book from Disney Hyperion will be available in stores on April 6.

To view the second chapter, click here (Adobe Acrobat Reader required).

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Tokyo DisneySea to Receive New Aladdin-Themed Attraction in 2011

Concept art of Jasmine's Flying Carpets. © DisneyIt was announced yesterday by the Oriental Land Company (OLC) that Tokyo DisneySea will receive a new attraction in 2011 based on Aladdin. Jasmine’s Flying Carpets will allow guests to manueuver their vehicles up and down to a maximum height of approximately 16 feet as well as tilt the vehicle forward and backwards. Located in the Arabian Coast area, next to Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage, each of the 16 vehicles will hold two rows of two guests each.

With a total approximate investment of $22 million dollars, Jasmine’s Flying Carpets is anticipated to open in Summer of 2011. Other attractions anticipated in 2011 at the Resort include Mickey’s Philharmagic and Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Hall, both in Tokyo Disneyland.

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Celebrities Appearances Announced for 2010 Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Artwork for 2010 Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood StudiosBeginning May 21st and running every Friday-Sun through June 13, this year’s annual Star Wars Weekends pays special tribute to The Empire Strikes Back which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

StarWars.com has now released the list of celebrity guests expected to appear each weekend during the popular event, beginning with SWW co-hosts Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) and Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tona of The Clone Wars).

The following is the list of celebrities scheduled to appear each weekend:

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CONFIRMED: Disney/Pixar to Re-title ‘The Bear and the Bow’ as ‘Brave’

UPDATE: Following our initial report on the domain name and trademark registrations, Disney has also gone ahead and registered a few trademark applications specifically for DISNEY PIXAR BRAVE. Here’s an example. Note although the application was filed on March 12, it takes a few days for it to become accessible to us.

They did it to Rapunzel. Big signs are pointing to them doing it to Secretariat. And now it appears the next victim may be the Disney/Pixar original fairy tale The Bear and the Bow.

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