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The Great Piggy Bank Adventure(SM) Exhibit to Open this Spring at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot

Concept Art of T. Rowe Price's Great Piggybank Adventure Exhibit Opening Soon at Epcot's Innoventions (c) Disney

Concept Art of T. Rowe Price's Great Piggybank Adventure Exhibit Opening Soon at Epcot's Innoventions (c) Disney

BALTIMORE, March 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — T. Rowe Price, the global investment management organization, today announced that it has signed a sponsorship agreement to create an innovative financial education and entertainment experience at Epcot(R). Designed in collaboration with Walt Disney Imagineering, The Great Piggy Bank Adventure(SM) is scheduled to open this spring at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot(R) at the Walt Disney World(R) Resort in Florida. This interactive exhibit will bring basic saving and investing concepts to life in a fun and captivating way. The experience will entertain and empower families, while encouraging them to engage in regular dialogue about the importance of saving and how to manage money responsibly.

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‘Re-Imagineering’ Disney’s California Adventure

Paradise Pier at Disney's California Adventure (c) Disney

Paradise Pier at Disney's California Adventure (c) Disney

The latest sign of expansion and “re-Imagineering” in Disney’s California Adventure park is the new illuminated “Paradise Pier” sign on the “California Screamin’” roller coaster. Installed overnight between Thursday and Friday, March 12 and 13, the sign reflects the “vintage Disney” themeing that is part of the Disney’s California Adventure expansion. It was designed in the style of beachfront amusement park signs from the 1920s and ’30s, the era when Walt Disney first arrived in Hollywood and begin producing animated cartoons. As the “re-Imagineering” continues at Disney’s California Adventure this spring, the ferris wheel attraction will reopen as “Mickey’s Fun Wheel” and the Games of the Boardwalk will reopen in completely new versions featuring Disney characters.

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Race to Fickman’s Next Project

According to Variety, Witch Mountain director Andy Fickman has been attached to Disney’s adaptation of the graphic novel Monster Attack Network.  The FX-driven movie will center on an elite government agency dedicated to protecting America’s borders from monsters.

The film will be written by Scott Elder and Josh Harmon who have also written Disney’s upcoming Snow and the Seven.

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One Man’s D23…

Disney Snowglobes has a few photos of a D23 exhibit set up in the One Man’s Dream exhibit at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. One thing that caught my eye was the series of D23 portraits featuring Disney characters such as the Jiminy Cricket one that was first shown to the world exclusively by Stitch Kingdom. In addition to Jiminy (Wishes Come True) and Bandleader Mickey (Made for You and Me), the portraits include Cinderella’s glass slipper (Perfect Fit), the Mad Hatter (Your Cup of Tea), Dopey (Speechless), Tinker Bell (Think of the Happiest Things) and 101 Dalmations (Hits the Spot).

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Rat Spotted in Epcot Restaurant – Guests Scream.. In Delight!

Rataouille's Remy Makes an Appearance at Les Chefs de France in Epcot. Photo Courtesy of ceegibs/TGM.

Rataouille's Remy Makes an Appearance at Les Chefs de France in Epcot. Photo Courtesy of ceegibs/TGM.

The action hero superstar of Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille, Remy, currently appears in amatronic form at Les Chefs De France located in Epcot’s World Showcase. He made his debut March 8 and is expected to hang around the kitchen for at least six months. Remy, the not-so-silent fourth partner in the restaurant, greets his guests daily at lunch until approximately 6 pm.

Previously, Remy entertained invités at the Walt Disney Studios Park at the Disneyland Paris Resort. Here’s a video of an appearance by Remy courtesy of our friends at DLP fan site PhotosMagiques.

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Tampa Gets the Buc out of Orlando

Tampa Bay Online is reporting confirmation (but no official word as of yet) that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be moving their training camp to Tampa beginning this year, ending a seven year run at Disney’s Wide World of Sports.

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Disneyland Resort Restaurants Win 15 Awards at SoCal Restaurant Writers Banquet

ANAHEIM, Calif., March 12, 2009 – Disneyland Resort celebrates 15 new awards for its restaurants and chefs as it prepares to launch the 2009 Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival, a six-week “World Celebration” that features delicious food and wine from Disneyland chefs and celebrity chefs and winemakers.

The 2008-09 awards were presented to Disneyland Resort restaurants and chefs at the recent Southern California Restaurant Writers Awards Banquet at the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace in Yorba Linda, California. A highlight for Resort restaurants was the recognition of Alex Flores and Francisco Origel, sous chefs at the perennially popular Napa Rose in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, as co-winners of the “Sous Chef of the Year” award.

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New Disney M&Ms Melt in Your Mouth, Not in Your Four Finger White Gloved Hands

If Disney-branded eggs and fruit aren’t in your palate, maybe chocolate in a candy shell is more your thing. Mars’ My M&Ms vanity line is now selling a series of custom Disney inspired blends.

Disney M&M Mickey Custom Blend

Choose from Mickey, Fairies, Cars, Princess, Toy Story, Disney Babies, Winnie the Pooh, High School Musical and more. Full details on their website.

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