Photo Recap: Disney’s Billion Dollar Babies Win Big at 2011 Academy Awards

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Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore perform during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards® (MICHAEL YADA / ©A.M.P.A.S.)

Nearly forty million viewers across the United States tuned in last night to see which of the past year’s films would be acknowledged with the most coveted award in the industry. Among the nominations were thirteen for Disney films across nine categories. When all was said and done and the pixie dust had settled, Disney walked away with four Oscars, split evenly among its 2010 billion dollar babies, Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

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Jennifer Hanley-Pinto of Jacksonville, FL Takes 2011 Disney Princess Half Marathon

Holding off challengers virtually the entire race Sunday, Jennifer Hanley-Pinto of Jacksonville, Fla. survived long enough to cross the finish line first to win Disney’s 2011 Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World Resort.

Caitlin Latimer of Lexington, Ky. came in second with a time of 1:23:14, which was just 24 seconds behind Hanley-Pinto, whose winning time was 1:22:50. Heather Schulz of Orlando was third (1:25:01) despite running a faster time than last year when she finished second.

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Photo: Space Shuttle Discovery Cruises Above Disney Dream

Space Shuttle Discovery launches above Disney Dream (Matt Stroshane/Disney) This long-exposure photo shows the new “Disney Dream” cruise ship docked in the foreground at Port Canaveral, Florida, as the Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off in the background from nearby Cape Canaveral, Fla. at 4:53 p.m. ET on Feb. 24, 2011. The mission marks Discovery’s final liftoff for NASA’s oldest orbiter. The Disney Dream is the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, and sailed on its maiden voyage from Port Canaveral last month.

Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy of Disney Cruise Line

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Disney/Pixar Unveils Lifesize R/C Replica of Finn McMissile; Will Tour United States

img_1258 At the Disney/Pixar media and Disney D23 event for Cars 2 held during the 2011 New York International Toy Fair, Disney unveiled a life-size replica of one the film’s newest stars, Finn MicMissile (as voiced by Michael Caine). In addition to his good looks and loud, perpetually revving engine, McMissile is a first in that he’s completely radio controlled. Finn will be joined with full-scale (and R/C) Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater as they tour the country later this year in association with State Farm.

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Photos: Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Fantasy Receives Keel Laying Ceremony

Today, Disney Cruise Line celebrated the keel laying of the Disney Fantasy at the Meyer Werft shipyard. This is the second of two newly-designed ships that take the family cruise experience to all new heights. Sister ship to the Disney Fantasy, Disney Dream, entered service on Jan. 26, 2011.

Minnie Mouse, Karl Holz (Kent Phillips/Disney)

The keel laying ceremony is a significant milestone in the ship building process when the first block, or section of the ship, is lowered into the building dock and a coin is placed under the keel for good fortune. Placing the coin was Karl Holz, President of Disney Cruise Line, assisted by Minnie Mouse.

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GM Invites Drivers to Meet Chevy Volt and Test Drive Over 70 Vehicles This Weekend at Epcot

This weekend, Friday through Sunday, General Motors is allowing licensed drivers over the age of 18 to test drive over 70 vehicles from manufacturers such as Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Acura, Dodge, Ford, Honda, Lexus, Nissan, Toyota and Hyundai. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet and preview the anticipated Chevy Volt electric car.

The event, which is dubbed ‘Main Street in Motion,’ will also feature refreshments and family-friendly entertainment and will take place at the Epcot overflow parking area between 8 am and 5 pm each day. Participation is free and walk-ups are welcome, but interested attendees are encouraged to sign up in advance at mainstreetinmotion.com

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HGTV to Sponsor Epcot Flower & Garden Festival; Announces Celebrity Line-up

HGTV kicks up the “curb appeal” of the 18th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 2 through May 15 with a first-time sponsorship featuring weekend appearances by its acclaimed designers and landscaping experts. The star-studded lineup includes Genevieve Gorder, Lisa LaPorta, Kim Myles, Brian Patrick Flynn, Taniya Nayak, Ahmed Hassan, Patti Moreno, Michele Beschen, John Gidding, Frank Fontana, and Vern Yip.

The country’s leading home and lifestyle television brand brings an addictive blend of design, decorating and landscaping inspiration to the enduring, 75-day gardening extravaganza at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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Photos: Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers Honored at Walt Disney World

Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers at Walt Disney World (Scott Miller/Disney)

Super Bowl XLV Most Valuable Player Aaron Rodgers takes a celebratory ride with Mickey Mouse Feb. 7, 2011 at the Magic Kingdom in the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. following the Green Bay Packers’ 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers Feb. 6, 2011. Rodgers was 24 for 39 for 304 yards and threw three touchdowns in the Packers’ Super Bowl win. Immediately after Super Bowl XLV was over, Rodgers shouted “I’m Going to Disney World!” and “I’m Going to Disneyland!” for TV cameras as the star of the latest Disney Parks advertisement.

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Disney D23’s ‘Destination D: Walt Disney World’ Tickets On Sale February 24

Walt Disney World Resort is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is marking this milestone May 14 and May 15 with their highly anticipated member event Destination D: Walt Disney World 40th, another unforgettable experience available exclusively to D23 Members. The event will take D23 Members on a journey from the moment when the first parcels of land in Central Florida were purchased in 1964 through the opening of EPCOTCenter in 1982 and beyond.

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Zachary Levi, Mandy Moore, Alan Menken and Randy Newman to Perform at Oscars

Nominees for best original song will be performed this year at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Sunday, February 27, 2011. Today, producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced the artists who will perform the nominated songs on the Kodak Theatre stage on Oscar Night.

Disney will see both of its nominated songs, ‘I See the Light’ from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Tangled and ‘We Belong Together’ from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 presented by their original performers.

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