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Lightning McQueen 'Cars 2' topiary © Disney EnterprisesDisney/Pixar has already taken a prominent role in the 2011 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival at Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park, but despite the debut of the spectacular Toy Story 3 topiaries, featuring the strawberry-scented Lotso, and the Cars 2 topiaries as well as the Cars 2 ‘Race Around the World Showcase’ activity that leads guests through various checkpoints at countries related to the film for a prize, Walt Disney World is cooking up something extra special for the final weekend of the event, dedicated to Pixar Animation Studios, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and you will not want to miss any of it!

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Disney Breaks Ground on Shanghai Disneyland Resort; Concept Art Revealed

Shanghai Disneyland Resort concept art © Disney Enterprises

The Walt Disney Company and Shanghai Shendi Group, its joint venture partner in China, have broken ground on the Shanghai Disney Resort following approval from the Chinese central government in Beijing. Both companies marked the start of construction on the first Disney resort in mainland China at a groundbreaking ceremony held earlier today.

“Today marks a significant milestone in the history of The Walt Disney Company,” said Robert A. Iger, President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “Our Shanghai resort will be a world-class family vacation destination that combines classic Disney characters and storytelling with the uniqueness and beauty of China. Working with our Chinese partners, the Shanghai Disney Resort will be both authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese.”

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Disney D23 Announces ‘Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament’ at D23 Expo

With full details to come, along with study aids, Disney D23 has announced the addition of the ‘Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament’ at the 2011 D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center.

According to the announcement, ‘no corner of the magical empire will be left unexplored in this quest to find that uniquely talented individual who knows more about Disney than anyone else.’

The competition will begin on August 18, when the playing field will be whittled down to the select few that have risen to the challenge. The semi-final and final rounds will take place during the D23 Expo in the Arena, where all D23 Expo attendees will be invited to watch.

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‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ Premiere to Benefit Boys & Girls Clubs; Tickets on Sale

'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' Teaser PosterThe Walt Disney Company is donating proceeds from the highly anticipated World Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, it was announced today by Rich Ross, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. The first-ever 3D outdoor event will take place on May 7th at Disneyland® Park in Anaheim, California, with all of the film’s stars expected to attend along with many Hollywood celebrities.

Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise—this time in Disney Digital 3D™. Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in the action-packed adventure.

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Disney, Pixar Designers to Participate in Motion Picture Academy Series

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced a four-evening seminar series titled ‘Evolution or Revolution? Production Design in the 21st Century’ to take place on Monday evenings beginning on April 25.

‘Production Design in the 21st Century’ will examine the different aspects of production design and set decoration from the perspective of the designers and decorators themselves. Each evening will feature film clips and open discussion between the evening’s special guests and members of the audience.

The series schedule is as follows:

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Photos: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Star Penelope Cruz Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz at Penelope Cruz Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/WireImage)

Earlier today, actress Penelope Cruz, who takes on the role of Blackbeard’s daughter, Angelica, in Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides (May 20, 2011) was honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce when she was awarded her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. On hand to celebrate were co-star Johnny Depp, who referred to Cruz as ‘the Ricky to my Lucy,’ film producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Rob Marshall and Cruz’s husband, Javier Bardem.

An Academy Award® winner, Penelope Cruz has proven herself to be one of the most versatile actresses by playing a variety of compelling characters, and most recently, becoming the first actress from Spain to be nominated and to win an Oscar®.

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First Look: ‘TRON: Legacy’ Second Screen; Blu-ray Signing in Hollywood Announced

'TRON: Legacy' Second Screen © Disney Enterprises

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has provided us with these first look demo screens of the Second Screen technology for the Blu-ray/DVD release of TRON: Legacy, available to own on April 5, 2011. The technology, recently debuted alongside Bambi,allows viewers to use their iPad or computer to experience additional and relevant information, videos, photos, concept art and more synchronized with the film itself.

In addition, TRON: Legacy director Joe Kosinksi and TRON director and creator Steven Lisberger will be appearing at the Best Buy in West Hollywood, California to sign copies of the films on Disney Blu-ray and DVD. The event begins at 7:30 pm PT.

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Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children Opens

Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children openingFeaturing the latest in pediatric clinical technology and soothing, kid-friendly environments, today’s opening of the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children ushers in a new era of children’s health care. The state-of-the-art facility offers patients a unique experience where kids are the main characters.

To mark the momentous occasion, hundreds of community leaders and medical professionals gathered for a moving ceremony on the front lawn of Florida Hospital for Children. Several pediatric patients shared their inspirational stories of hope and perseverance before being joined on stage by Mickey Mouse. A performance of an inspirational song punctuated by a colorful burst of confetti, served as a reminder that all patients are unique and receive a personalized experience at the Walt Disney Pavilion.

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Photos: Disney Gets ‘Tangled’ with Locks of Love Event

Disney's 'Tangled' for Locks of Love eventThis past weekend, several celebrity hair-stylists offered complimentary haircuts at the Bungalow Salon in West Hollywood, CA to benefit the Locks of Love charity in celebration of the Disney Blu-ray/DVD release of Tangled.

Locks of Love provides hair pieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long term medical hair loss in an effort to ‘return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss.’

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has graciously provided us with the following slideshow consisting of photos from the event:

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ABC’s ‘Body of Proof’ Premiere Tweet-Along with Stars Event Announced

Tonight, Tuesday, March 29, viewers tuning in for premiere of ABC’s new drama “Body of Proof” can also engage live online with series stars Dana Delany (@DanaDelany) and John Carroll Lynch (@JohnCarrollLynch) as they “tweet” in conjunction with the new series’ premiere. Tonight from 9:55-11:00 p.m., ET, viewers can submit questions to and get an inside look into the series from both stars.

Fans can log on to Twitter and submit questions to @BodyofProofABC: [Your question] #BOPQA. Additional details on how to participate are available at http://abc.go.com/shows/body-of-proof/twitter.

“Body of Proof” premieres tonight from 10:01-11:00 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network.

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