WDW Refurb Update: Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show Closed Sept 11-12

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There will be no performances of Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on September 11 and 12

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JetBlue Offers Unlimited Travel From September 8 – October 8 for $599

I was under much debate as to whether to even make a story of this since it has little to do with The Walt Disney Company, but considering JetBlue services MCO (Walt Disney World), LGB (Disneyland Resort) and SFO (Walt Disney Family Museum) and this has to be an unprecedented offer, it does make some sense to share the news if you haven’t heard already.

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Universal Studios Orlando Announces Details for 2009 ‘Rock the Universe’ Event

Orlando, Fla. – Universal Studios Florida will become Orlando’s hottest spot for Christian rock and entertainment as Rock the Universe 2009 takes center stage on September 11 and 12.  Tickets are on sale now for guests to experience an action-packed weekend of fun and fellowship – complete with live performances by 14 mega-talented artists, testimonies by celebrity guest speakers and thrilling rides and attractions.  Plus, for the first time, guests who purchase the “Rock Your Weekend” ticket can experience more music than ever before with access to bonus Sunday concerts.

With a combined total of more than 65 GMA Dove Awards, this year’s Rock the Universe lineup includes some of Christian music’s most talented artists.  Guests will enjoy the uplifting sounds of musicians such as MSN 2006 Artist of the Year David Crowder Band, 17-time Christian Singles Billboard chart-topper Jeremy Camp, multi-platinum selling band Casting Crowns and three-time Grammy Award winner Third Day.

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New Vacation Package Offers Fall Savings at Disneyland Resort, With ‘Halloween Time’ Entertainment

ANAHEIM, Calif., Aug. 12  — Value-minded vacationers have plenty to celebrate this fall with a special travel offer: savings of $400* at the Disneyland Resort in Southern California.

From Aug. 12 through Dec. 19, 2009, guests will save $400 when they book a 4-Day/4-Night Disneyland Resort vacation package, featuring Disneyland Resort hotel accommodations – Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier – and park hopper tickets. The offer is valid for arrivals Aug. 23 through Dec. 20, 2009. Pricing starts as low as $87 per person, per day, at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.*

Each package includes four-day park hopper tickets and many extras, such as one Magic Morning admission per person. Magic Morning admission allows families to enjoy select Disneyland attractions – including Finding Nemo’s Submarine Voyage, Peter Pan’s Flight, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and King Arthur Carrousel – before the park opens to the general public. The new package also provides guests the opportunity to interact with some classic Disney characters in Mickey’s Toontown Morning Madness one hour before Mickey’s Toontown opens to the general public. (Mickey’s Toontown Morning Madness and Magic Morning early entry do not operate daily and are subject to restrictions.) Preferred seating at select attractions and restaurants in Disney’s California Adventure are also included.

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Walt Disney World Extends ‘Local’ Area by Offering Special Room Discounts to Georgia Residents

The Walt Disney Travel Company is now extending an offer to residents of the state of Georgia to receive discounts on room bookings at a Disney owned and operated resort at Walt Disney World. For full details and/or to make your booking arrangements, y’all can click here.

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WDW Refurb Update: Tomorrowland Transit Authority Refurb Extended

We  have just received word that the Tomorrowland Transit Authority in the Magic Kingdom, initially scheduled to re-open on August 25th has now been re-scheduled to open on September 1.

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WDSHE Commits to Offering Blu-ray/DVD Combo Packs Through 2010

BURBANK, Calif., Aug. 12  — In a time when price, quality and value are top of mind with consumers, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) today announces the extension of it’s Blu-ray Combo Pack initiatives worldwide, providing extended utility of DVD and exceptional quality of a Blu-ray Disc in a single value-pack. The Combo Packs will now be available across all Disney-branded Blu-ray titles releasing through December of 2010.

In a recent online survey* of US home entertainment consumers conducted by WDSHE and an independent market research company, Lieberman Research Worldwide showed that the value of the Combo Pack is undeniable for consumers. More than 77% consumers that intend to embrace Blu-ray technology in the near future agree that Combo Packs are a better value than purchasing a DVD or Blu-ray alone.

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Adventures by Disney Invites Families to Experience the World in 2010

BURBANK, Calif., Aug. 11  — Whether floating down the Colorado River or climbing the Great Wall of China, families participating in Adventures by Disney vacations will connect with the world – and with each other – during a variety of guided group travel experiences spanning six continents in 2010. Created specifically for families, Adventures by Disney itineraries lead guests through the history and culture of each destination while providing unique experiences and exclusive access along the way.

Entering its fifth year, Adventures by Disney designs tours with the family in mind and provides educationally-enriched experiences so even younger travelers understand, appreciate and have fun in their new surroundings. These hassle-free vacations, rooted in the service and quality of family travel leader Disney, provide distinctive opportunities and special touches to make memories that last a lifetime.

“We are able to offer vacation experiences to some of the most fascinating places on earth, literally bringing history to life for our guests,” said Don Gross, Vice President, Adventures by Disney. “Each itinerary is carefully planned, creating a vacation that includes the most iconic and must-see sites as well as off-the-beaten path excursions. In fact, guests often tell us the hardest part about the trip is choosing the adventure.”

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Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Honors ‘Pinktober’ Campaign with the Bangles, Pink Sheets and More

Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando rocks out for a cure this fall, when the worldwide ‘PINKTOBER’ campaign is celebrated at Velvet Sessions, the hotel’s monthly rock ‘n’ roll cocktail party and lobby concert.  The Bangles, one of the most popular all-female bands in American history, will perform in the lobby on Thursday, September 24 to kick off the month-long initiative that raises awareness and money for breast cancer research.

“This event brings together great music for a great cause and now more than ever, people are looking for ways they can help make a difference,” says Hard Rock Hotel General Manager Carlton Hudson.  “We will even light the hotel’s guitar fountain and the front drive in pink on the night of the Bangles event, as a visual reminder of Hard Rock’s commitment to love all and serve all in the fight against breast cancer.”

The Bangles will perform top hits “Walk Like an Egyptian,” “Manic Monday,” “Hazy Shade of Winter,” “Eternal Flame” and more.  The Velvet Sessions event is only the beginning.  From late September through October, select rooms at Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando will be outfitted with pink sheets, pink pillow cases and pink duvet covers.  Each night the room is rented during the campaign, the hotel will donate 25% of room revenues to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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Guests Enjoy More Flexibility When Booking Resort Stay and Park Tickets Along with a Disney Cruise Line Vacation in 2010

Guests have greater flexibility than ever when looking to combine a Disney cruise with a stay at the Walt Disney World Resort. For travel beginning in 2010, Disney Cruise Line guests will enjoy a wide selection of add-on options to compliment their cruise experience, including resort stays and theme park tickets, all conveniently booked under one reservation.

For all cruise itineraries originating from Port Canaveral, including seven-night cruises on the Disney Magic, guests have the option to purchase pre- or post-cruise stays at 18 select Walt Disney World Resort hotels, for any length of stay.

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