Walt Disney World’s 2011 Princess Half Marathon Gets New, Earlier Dates

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Disney Parks has announced that the 2011 Walt Disney World Princess Half Marathon weekend has been moved a week earlier to February 25 – 27, 2011 from March 4-6.

Registration for the event is scheduled to open on July 6.

For more information on the event, visit the official web site.

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Video: Star Wars Weekends Television Commercial

Disney Parks has just released this tv ad that’s running in the Orlando market to promote Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios which commences at Walt Disney World this Friday, May 21.

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Aflac Celebrates Disney/Pixar’s ‘Toy Story 3′ with Aflac Duck’s 50th Commercial

The Aflac duck pops up in a commercial co-branded for Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 3. © AflacAflac is collaborating with Disney*Pixar to create the Aflac Duck’s 50th television ad and to celebrate the Duck’s 10th birthday by reminding people that Aflac is there to help out when you need it most.  The commercial is part of Aflac’s integrated marketing campaign with Disney*Pixar to promote Aflac together with the highly-anticipated release of Toy Story 3, a 3D comical adventure opening June 18, 2010.

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Disney Books, Music and Videos Being Released During Week of May 16

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.

Phineas and Ferb #7: Freeze Frame (Available Tuesday, May 18 or Pre-Order from Amazon.com)

To order or for more information, click here


Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look at Making More Magic Real (Available Tuesday, May 18 or Pre-Order from Amazon.com)

To order or for more information, click here


Split / Second (Available Tuesday, May 18 or Pre-Order from Amazon.com)

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Miley Cyrus, Sarah McLachlan to Perform on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Results Show 5/18

On TUESDAY, MAY 18 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), on “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show,” multiplatinum recording artist and actress Miley Cyrus will perform the live television debut of her new hit single, “Can’t Be Tamed,” from her upcoming album releasing June 22 on Hollywood Records. The youngest-ever recording artist with five chart topping debuts, Cyrus has sold over 15 million records, including the EP, “The Time of Our Lives,” which featured her No. 1 hit, “Party in the USA.”

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WDW Refurb Update: Blizzard Beach’s Teamboat Springs Refurb Extended

Initially scheduled to re-open this weekend, we have been advised that the extended refurb at Teamboat Springs at Walt Disney World’s Blizzard Beach has now been extended with an anticipated re-opening date of June 1, 2010.

Planning a trip to Walt Disney World? Be the first to know when changes that potentially affect your trip occur by signing up with ReSearch!

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WDW Refurb Update: Extended Closure for ‘it’s a small world’ — Are Disney Characters Being Added?

Thanks to a tip, we have learned that ‘it’s a small world’ at the Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom has been scheduled for an extended refurbishment beginning August 1 and ending October 22. The refurbishment is listed on the official Walt Disney World website daily view for those dates and a call to the Resort did confirm the closure.

We’re sure in time that more about the details of the refurbishment will come to light, but until then, one can only speculate. With the addition of Disney characters at first Hong Kong Disneyland and then Disneyland in 2009, could the Magic Kingdom be far behind?

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Spectator Tickets for Walt Disney World’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon Now Available

Tickets are now available for purchase by spectators (non-participants) for both the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party on October 3, 2010 as well as the Finish Line party taking place inside Epcot’s World Showcase on October 2 from 10:30 pm through 3 am.

To purchase spectator tickets for these events, please call 1-407-WDW-IRUN (407-939-4786).

Admission for these events is already included in the cost of registration for participants. Registration for the both the half-marathon and the relay are at 50%.

For more information on the event, click here.

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First Look: Artwork for ‘James and the Giant Peach’ Available on Blu-ray August 3

James and the Giant Peach on Disney Blu-ray and DVD © WDSHEThanks to Amazon.com, we now have our first look at the blu-ray release cover for Disney’s James and the Giant Peach from Tim Burton and Henry Selick, based on the story by Roald Dahl.

No additional information on the release is currently available, but it will be released on August 3 on Disney Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack on August 3 (and is now available for pre-order).

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International Trailer for Disneynature’s ‘African Cats’ Debuts Online

From Walt Disney Studios Australia comes this look at the first international trailer for Disneynature’s African Cats: Kingdom of Courage which takes a real life look at two rival families — cheetahs and lions — and what the matriarchs of each must do to ensure their cubs’ survival in the wilds of Africa.

The trailer below (which actually kicks in at around 20 seconds) takes a much closer look at the film than the initial trailer that appeared attached to Disneynature’s Oceans. African Cats will open in North America on Earth Day, 2011.

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