Walt Disney World Resort Continues to Stand StormReady®

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Apr. 9, 2009 – With picture-perfect skies outside his window most days, Walt Disney World Emergency Operations Coordinator Eric Alberts dedicates his time to preparing for inclement weather. “Safety for everybody that works or stays here is our top priority,” Alberts says as he checks the latest forecasts.

By expertly planning for severe weather in advance, Walt Disney World Resort made history in 2006 as the first theme park and resort area to be recognized by the National Weather Service as a StormReady® Community. Committed to maintaining its leadership in emergency management, Walt Disney World Resort just renewed its StormReady status through 2012 and remains the only recognized commercial site in Florida. Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Ca. has also earned recognition as StormReady.

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Paradiso 37 to Open Early May at Downtown Disney’s Pleasure Island

Paradiso 37, a high-energy restaurant and bar featuring cuisine from North, South and Central America, welcomes guests to its table in May at Pleasure Island at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort.

The lakeside eatery will offer a delectable variety of menu offerings representing the 37 countries of the Americas, plus an international wine bar, 37 varieties of tequila and 10 signature frozen margaritas.

The new concept was developed by Orlando-based E-Brands Restaurant Group, a multi-concept restaurant group which currently owns and operates Timpano Chophouse, Samba Room, Taqueria Canonita, Aquaknox, David Burke, Salsa Orlando and Canonita Express in a number of locations across the United States.

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Artist Wyland to Unveil 4,000-Square-Foot Painting at World Premiere for Earth

The world premiere for Disneynature’s Earth will take place April 18 at 1:00 pm at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles. At the event, Marine Life Artist Wyland will unveil a 4,000-square-foot painting inspired by the film.

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United Vacations to Give Away $7K+ Dream Trip to Walt Disney World

MILWAUKEE, April 8 — For the first time ever, the team at United Vacations has custom-designed a vacation giveaway in celebration of the Disney fan base from around the world. Their phenomenal grand prize valued over $7,000 opens the door to a whole other world inside the Walt Disney World(R) Resort where one lucky family will have the opportunity to experience aspects of the destination that the average vacationer rarely, if ever, has access to in one visit.

From the 70-year old who sports a Mickey Mouse watch to the first grader whose bedroom is decorated in pixie dust and Dalmatian spots, Disney fans are truly one of a kind – and they are the focus of this very special vacation giveaway.
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Variety: Pirates of the Caribbean 4 Lacks Direction as Gore Jumps Ship

According to a report in Variety, POTC director Gore Verbinksi has given notice that he will not be interested in directing the fabled fourth installment of the Jack Sparrow series. First Keira, now this. Article here.

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Buy Tickets Online to Disneynature’s Earth and Get a Free Re-useable Disney Shopping Bag!

Starting today, moviegoers purchasing advance tickets on Fandango for Earth, Disneynature’s first movie opening April 22, will help restore the Brazilian Atlantic Forest and receive a coupon good for a free re-useable shopping bag with any purchase at any Disney Store retail location in the 50 United States or D.C.

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Miley Cyrus to Surprise ‘Hannah Montana the Movie’ Audiences During Opening Weekend

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Disney Star Wars (and Indiana Jones) Racers Series 3 Collectibles Announced

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Jango Fett Disney Star Wars Racer

Debuting at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland this June, the new series of Disney Star Wars racers features Jango Fett (pictured, left), Wattoo, AT AT, Jawa and Lando as Skiff Guard designs. In addition, there is an Indiana Jones design (pictured above) which includes bumper stickers of all of Indy’s treasures. The cars will retail for $4.95 each.

For more information and to see the other designs in the series, click here.

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Disney DVD Roundup for April 7, 2009 – Bedtime Stories, My Friends Tigger & Pooh, Classic Disney Shorts & More

Here’s a look at some of the Disney DVDs being released April 7, 2009…

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Production Begins on ‘Skyrunners,’ Disney XD’s First Original Movie, Starring Kelly Blatz

Production has begun on “Skyrunners,” the first original movie for the newly branded television platform Disney XD. The science fiction adventure features rising star Kelly Blatz, who can also be seen playing the title role of the new network’s flagship series “Aaron Stone.” In addition Weta Workshop, the multiple Academy Award-winning world leader in special makeup, creature and visual effects (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “King Kong” and “The Chronicles of Narnia” films), will design and provide the practical alien creature effects in the movie. The announcement was made today by Gary Marsh, president, Entertainment, Disney Channels Worldwide.

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