Whoopi Goldberg Returns to Broadway in Disney’s The Lion King for One Night Only

On this morning’s episode of The View, Whoopi Goldberg announced she will be appearing in the Broadway production of The Lion King at the Minskoff Theatre for one night only. During the evening performance on January 14, 2010, Goldberg will make a series of surprise cameos throughout the popular musical. Her rehearsal experience is being recorded to air as a special presentation as part of The View next week.

Goldberg is no stranger to either the stage, nor The Lion King, having originated the character of Shenzi the hyena.

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Hallmark UK Offers Limited Edition of Disney Video Greeting Cards for Valentine’s Day

Hallmark UK is poised to take the greeting card business to the next level this February when it unveils the UK’s first ever video greeting card. With a limited edition of only 1500, the Valentine’s Day card features a video of five classic Disney romantic moments from films including Lady and the Tramp, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty and Aladdin which plays when the card is opened.

Available at Clintons Cards locations throughout the UK, the video greeting card will retail for a little over $30 US.

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Wall*E/Eve LE Vinylmation Set to be Released January 22; Cinderella Vinylmation January 15

Some more news from the official Vinylmation blog which first reports that the Cinderella 60th anniversary special edition vinylmation which we told you about here will be released at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts on January 15.

Then, a week later, on January 22, the collector set featuring Disney/Pixar’s Wall*E and Eve will be released at both resorts on January 22 and is limited to an edition size of 500. The blog promises to have additional information as well as artwork of the box they are both packaged in soon.

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Photo Gallery: BCS Teams Alabama Crimson Tide and Texas Longhorns at Disneyland

On January 2, players and coaches from 2010 BCS National Championship teams the Alabama Crimson Tide and Texas Longhorns spent the day at the Disneyland Resort. Disneyland has furnished us with some photos from the day’s festivities featuring Texas Longhorns’ Jordan Shipley, Sergio Kindle, Roddrick Muckelroy, Lamarr Houston and Colt McCoy and Heisman Trophy Winner Mark Ingram of the Alabama Crimson Tide as well as the team’s coach, Nick Saban. And, of course, everyone’s favorite mouse was in attendance too.

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Additional Details and Discount Information for D23 Gold and Silver Memberships in 2010

As we first reported January 1, D23 now offers a multi-tiered membership option for new and existing members.

D23 has now furnished us with some additional details including some in regards to the 23-month Disney Undiscovered calendar that serves as the membership gift.

Disney Undiscovered presents rare and never-before seen images from Disney theme-park, live-action and animation projects that were not completed, many of which have achieved legendary status among Disney fans. The calendar features art from never-built project like the Mineral King ski resort and Walt Disney’s St. Louis Project; theme park lands such as Discovery Bay at Disneyland and the Switzerland pavilion at Epcot; and unproduced films including a watercolor from the original Little Mermaid that Walt had in early pre-production in the late 1930s.

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Walt Disney World Resort Guests, You’ve Got Voicemail! Hyuk, Hyuk!

Guests staying at a Walt Disney World Disney owned and operated resort will now get a bonus when celebrating a special occasion during their vacation. When a guest notes that they will be celebrating the occasion during their stay, either through the Disney Reservation Center or via online check-in, they’ll receive a voicemail during their stay from a Disney character at no additional charge.

Guests who forget to mention the celebration before arrival can alert the lobby concierge at any time during their stay in order to receive the voicemail.

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WDW Refurb Update: Cantina de San Angel Refurb Begins Major Refurbishment and More

Cantina de San Angel, the quick service location in Epcot’s Mexico pavilion, has just closed and begun its lengthy refurbishment. Expected to be replaced with a new, more convenient dining opportunity, the restaurant is slated to re-open on September 24, just a week shy of the 2010 Food and Wine Festival.

During the refurbishment, Taqueria Del Lago, the Mexican booth from the 2009 Food and Wine Festival will be operating for guests’ convenience.

We are also being advised that Shrunken Ned’s Junior Jungle Boats, located near the World Famous Jungle Cruise in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland, will be unavailable from January 8 through January 25.

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Walt Disney World Marathon Breaks Records Before Races Even Start

More than 55,500 expected runners – Disney’s largest marathon weekend field ever – are registered for the 17th annual Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by CIGNA Jan. 7-10, 2010.  This year’s capacity field tops last year’s record by 10,500 registered participants and aims to place the marathon weekend as the top combination race weekend in the country.

A record 55,500 athletes have registered for the variety of events that make up the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.  In 2009 the Walt Disney World Marathon was the eighth largest in the nation and the second largest combination race weekend.  The main event – Sunday’s 26.2-mile journey through Disney’s four major theme parks – starts at 5:40 a.m. near Epcot.

Runners can look forward to VIP treatment as new “More Magic” options have been added.  A pre-race pasta party and a post-race private celebration are new ticketed events available to those in attendance.  On Thursday, Jan. 7, the Pasta in the Park Party at Epcot will give runners and their friends and family a chance to “carb load” before the race and see a special viewing of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” a nighttime fireworks display.  After the marathon on Sunday, the chance to ride select attractions and unwind with a live DJ and Disney characters is available when Disney’s Hollywood Studios hosts a private Victory Lap Celebration.

The VIP Race Retreat package is available again this year offering special race-day upgrades for participants and their friends and family, such as exclusive meet and greets with Disney characters and pre-registration for next year’s marathon.

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New Hi-Res Image from ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Features Johnny Depp as Mad Hatter

Released earlier today via the Alice in Wonderland Facebook page, Walt Disney Studios has released the first official image from Tim Burton’s upcoming film, featuring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter.

Disney has just sent us this hi-res version of the photo which we are happy to share with you. Simply click the small version pictured here to see the image in its full size (you may also need to click the resize symbol in the corner of the image if it shows up as you hover over the image).

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Walt Disney World Introduces ‘Dream Pass’ for Florida Residents; 4 Parks for $84/$99

Thanks to a new 4 Day Dream Pass, Florida Residents can enjoy Walt Disney World Resort at a real savings.
Now through May 25, 2010, in-state residents can get four days’ admission to any of the four Walt Disney World Resort theme parks for $99.  Not only does that spell incredible savings but it’s a time when the parks are less crowded and there are more ways than ever to enjoy the magic.

Details:

  • 4 Day Dream Pass
  • Admission to any of the 4 Walt Disney World theme parks any 4 days (excluding blockout period); 1 park per day.

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