UP House Makes Cameo Appearance on The Simpsons (Video)

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On the episode titled ‘Coming to Homerica,’ originally airing on May 17, 2009, Homer and his buddies form a border-guarding group a la the Minutemen Project. When a cluster balloon recon mission goes awry, the Carl Fredricksen house makes its Simpsons debut.

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Your PhotoPass Magic Shot Photos Wanted and a Few Updates

The Definitive Guide to Disney’s PhotoPass is long overdue for a facelift and I’m shamelessly asking for your support – especially if you’ve found the site to be helpful to you in the past.

I’d like to replace the current magic shot samples with larger, unmasked versions. So if anyone can contribute their magic shot photos to the site, I’d greatly appreciate it. I’m even welcoming the same magic shot multiple times from different families as I will be able to display varying examples in a couple of different ways. If you are willing to help, please email them directly to [email protected]. Please make sure these are the full size images however and not copies directly off the PhotoPass website. Also preferably without any additional borders added (but any are welcome).

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Walt Disney World’s Spoodles to Close August 1

Spoodles © DisneyTo make way for the new Cat Cora restaurant, Kouzzina, Spoodles at the BoardWalk will be serving its last meal on August 1.

This information is derived from the new online booking system which shows zero availability for the restaurant beyond this date.

No opening date for its replacement is known at this time other than it’s expected to open this fall.

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Disney Label Donald Duck Transformer on the Way?

The following image of a potential new Disney Label transformer has been popping up on the internet as of late and has even reported to have been spotted inside a Hong Kong shop, with an expected release date in August.Disney Label Donald Duck Artwork

Because of his resemblance to an assumed yellow car (such as Bumblebee), Donald has earned himself a not-so-family-friendly nickname of Bumbleduck.

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Photo Coverage of UP Premiere at Cannes

In honor of the premiere of UP taking place later today in Hollywood, we’d like to travel in the UP-posite direction and head back to France so that we may bring you photo coverage of the red carpet premiere of UP at the Cannes festival. Images from WireImage and ©Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

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Disney Parks Chairman Jay Rasulo Testifies Before Senate in Support of Travel Promotion Act

Jay Rasulo, president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts © Gene Duncan/Disney

Jay Rasulo, president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts © Gene Duncan/Disney

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 14, 2009 — Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman, Jay Rasulo appeared on Capitol Hill this week to communicate his strong support on behalf of the Travel Promotion Act.  The bill, which is co-sponsored by Senator Mel Martinez of Florida, seeks to create a nonprofit entity that would execute a nationally coordinated travel promotion program encouraging more people to visit the United States.

Appearing before the Senate Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation and Export Promotion, Rasulo told the body that, in addition to having a much easier, user-friendly entry process, the United States would greatly benefit by the creation of travel promotional entity that could speak with one voice, to welcome those who have avoided visiting the U.S. since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and more recently, because of the effects of the economic recession.

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Star Wars Weekends 2009 Map and Schedule Now Available

Stitch Kingdom is proud to be one of the very first to bring you the SWW 2009 map and schedule in PDF form. This is the same map you will be able to get in person at the park.

Here’s a brief rundown of the event’s events:

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It appears that James Arnold Taylor and Ashley Eckstein will be appearing only for their respective events and will not be offering formal autograph sessions as the rest of the celebrities will.

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Disney’s All Star Music Arcade Closed for Refurb Through May 22

The Melody Hall Arcade at Disney’s All Star Music will be closed from now through May 22

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Walt Disney World Golf Course Closures for Summer Announced

This gets a little tricky, so bear with me:

Disney’s Palm Golf Course will be closed every day from now through 5/21 and then on Mondays only from 6/8 through 7/27/09

Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course will be closed from 5/18 through 5/28 and then on Tuesdays only from 6/9 through 7/28

Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course will be closed from 5/26 through 6/4 and then on Wednesdays only from 6/10 through 7/29

Disney’s Osprey Ridge Golf Course will be closed from 6/1 through 6/11 and then on Thursdays only from 6/18 through 7/30

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D23 Announces Contest to Win Getaway Package to Las Vegas

More details will be announced at www.disney.com/D23 in early June, but here’s what we can tell you right now:

One D23 member and a guest will have the chance to win a 2 night stay at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Resort, home to Disney Theatrical’s The Lion King and being able to see the show will be just the beginning.

Get your thinking caps on because in order to run with the pack (mind the wildebeests, please), contest entrants will be asked to write an essay on why they love the Lion King (in 300 words or less).

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