Thursday, February 25, 2010
Video: The Disney Team found 25,000 pieces of colored paper and a 10-foot wall to create “Mickey Notes”
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Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Yan Chai Hospital and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort celebrate ‘Chinese Birthdays’ with more than 100 senior citizens and Disney friend Tigger
Kim-wan Leung, who born in Year of Tiger 72 year ago, did love the huge Chinese Birthday Bun.
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US Navy joins hands with Disney VoluntEARS in Hong Kong to celebrate Chinese New Year with local elderly and children
Children who participated in the United Christian Nethersole Community Health Service‘s ‘Hey! Green!’ project volunteered to teach the crew how to make these Chinese specialties. Under the guidance of the children and Disney VoluntEARS, the crew enjoyed the cooking process.
To show their gratitude towards the crew, two of the elderly people from the Grace Nursing Home taught the crew Chinese calligraphy in order for them to write Chinese “fai chuns”.
One of the Disney VoluntEARS, Noble Coker, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort’s Park Operations Vice President, was glad that he had the chance to spread the blessings of the Year of Tiger to the community. “Although we have a special event at the Resort to celebrate the Year of Tiger, we want to share some Disney magic with the Hong Kong community. I wish you all a very happy Chinese New Year!”
An 88-year-old grandpa called Tsang Ho learnt Chinese calligraphy when he was small but this was the first time that he had taught his skill, “I am very proud! I never imagined that I would have the chance to teach foreigners Chinese calligraphy during Chinese New Year. I am glad that I can promote this Chinese tradition.”
“It is difficult to write Chinese words, but the experience was great and very meaningful” said Chelsea McCray. Ed Agustin from the crew was taught how to make dumplings. He said, “It’s been great to learn how to make dumplings. I will try to make these for my sons in the US, they will love them!”
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Saturday, February 20, 2010
Green Army Men, Buzz, Woody, Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear, John Lasseter and Lee Unkrich show off the new Toy Story 3 toy line at the 2010 American International Toy Fair in New York City. Lasseter gives us some insight to Lotsos history as he smells his strawberry tummy.
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Thursday, February 18, 2010
At the Disneyland Resort, every role is a starring role! The Resort's window designers have the unique job of designing, theming, fabricating and installing window displays located throughout the property. Designers are part of the Resort Enhancement team. Their job takes place behind the scenes, but their work impacts Resort guests every day.
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Sunday, February 14, 2010
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Saturday, February 13, 2010
On Thursday, February 11th, Disney Parks celebrated the spirit of giving with the "Celebrate Family Volunteer" event. Enjoy the highlights, and if you'd like to learn more about the "Give a day. Get a Disney Day." program, please visit: http://www.disneyparks.com
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Thursday, February 11, 2010
Disney executives Wednesday released new details on exciting additions coming to Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Cruise Line and newly renamed ESPN Wide World of Sports.
That’s not all. Exciting coming attractions for Disney include new dining, retail – and even extend to a “galaxy far, far away.” An all-new 3-D version of the popular Star Tours attraction launches in 2011 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, featuring immersive new elements that will take guests to many familiar places in the “Star Wars” galaxy.
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Main Street Electrical Parade Lights the Night Again as Walt Disney World Resort Launches ‘Summer Nightastic!’
Disney magic will shine and shimmer in a whole new light. Here’s a look around:
- With floats and characters appearing for the first time at Walt Disney World Resort, Disney’s “Main Street Electrical Parade” returns with its joyous sights and sounds. Direct from Disneyland and marking its first engagement in Florida since 2001, the cherished parade will be led by Tinker Bell waving from the basket of a magical balloon aboard a new float. Pinocchio and Snow White join the parade this summer, aboard bright new floats. Disney’s “Main Street Electrical Parade” is set for its summer-long nighttime premiere in early June at Magic Kingdom.
The Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror welcomes “drop-ins” this summer with even more pulse-racing surprises. New lighting effects and the addition of a new drop sequence, created especially for “Summer Nightastic!”, will bring unexpected frights to guests who step into that infamous service elevator. If they dare.
- What could be more summery than fireworks on a star-studded night? Magic Kingdom will treat guests to a special summer fireworks spectacular. The night sky will explode in vivid colors and brilliant visual effects as whimsical music fills the air.
- Other fun! The return of the Sounds Like Summer concert series to Epcot and extended evening hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom several times a week add up to summer fun as only Disney can do – at all four Walt Disney World theme parks.
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Disney Living takes you on a tour of the Walt Disney Signature Collection. From office furniture to wallpaper to a surround sound home theater system!
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Disney Cruise Line Brings Fun in the Sun, Water Play For Little Ones and Goofy’s Golf on the Disney Dream
These additions, announced today, one year from the maiden voyage of the Disney Dream, offer new experiences for guests of all ages.
Goofy’s Sports Deck
On Goofy’s Sports Deck, the magic tees off on deck 13 with Goofy’s Golf – a miniature golf course where “lessons” featuring Goofy and his son, Max, lead guests through nine themed holes of wacky fun. Each hole offers special golf instructions – with a goofy twist. Lessons include:
• “Handling a dog leg” – Guests avoid a fire hydrant and use Pluto’s dog bone to guide them to the hole.
• “Stuck in the rough” – Goofy shows golfers how to avoid the tall turf and steer clear of a lawn mower.
• “Reading the green” – Stacks of books and a large magnifying glass are obstacles to circumvent on this undulating green.
• “Attacking the green” – Yo ho, yo ho! Golfers and landlubbers take a swashbuckling approach to sinking their putt on this pirate-themed hole.
Guests can choose to use the Goofy or Max tee on each hole, offering twice the fun. Family-friendly competitions and tournaments will keep the excitement on par while quirky golf clubs, some crooked and bent, will challenge golfers to stay on course. Goofy and Max may even swing by to interact with guests and offer some tips on club selection, stance or just goofing around.
Also on Goofy’s Sports Deck, two digital sports simulators provide a variety of virtual game experiences such as soccer, tennis, basketball, golf and more. With the simulators, guests can kick, swing and throw, participating in favorite high-action sports without the hassle of chasing the ball.
Max’s Courts are two mini-sized sports courts for little ones to enjoy soccer, basketball or group play. There’s full-court basketball that may also be transformed into a mini soccer pitch or volleyball court, plus table tennis and foosball tables. A walking track rings Goofy’s Sports Deck.
Little ones discover oceans of fun at this fanciful water-play area overflowing with pop jets, bubblers and lovable underwater friends like Nemo, Dory, Marlin and other favorites from the Disney•Pixar film, “
Shaded for protection from the sun and featuring a soft wet-deck surface, the 1,500-square-foot Nemo’s Reef is a place for children to cool off and play among colorful, interactive figures that move and spray water. Children will delight as they splash alongside Nemo swimming in a sea anemone, glide down a pint-sized water slide shaped like Mr. Ray and frolic near Pearl the octopus who “inks” herself with a mist of water. Kids can even get soaked in a water curtain that undulates back and forth like the EAC (East Australian Current).
Nemo’s Reef is surrounded by a glass enclosure, with a main guest entrance and a wheelchair-accessible entrance.
Quiet Cove Pool and Cove Bar
Reserved exclusively for guests 18 and older, the Quiet Cove Pool and Cove Bar is a retreat for adults to sunbathe and swim, indulge in a cool drink or enjoy a relaxing dip in a nearby hot tub overlooking the ocean.
One of three fresh-water pools on the Disney Dream, Quiet Cove Pool features varying depths for taking a dip, sunbathing in comfort and enjoying a poolside cocktail. A series of connected circular pools includes a 4-foot-deep plunge pool and a 6-inch-deep sunbathing pool with built-in loungers and a mister. Guests also can splash up to Cove Bar, which is part of the pool, and sip a refreshing beverage.
Nearby, on the sides of deck 11, guests can soak in a whirlpool hot tub while overlooking the ocean. Four “infinity” whirlpool hot tubs – two for families and two just for adults – provide spectacular views of the ocean beyond.
AquaDuck and More!
The Disney Dream will feature the world’s first shipboard water coaster – AquaDuck – which will sweep guests away on an exhilarating high-speed flume ride featuring twists, turns, drops, uphill acceleration and river rapids – all while traversing the upper decks of the ship.
Donald Pool is the place for families to gather and enjoy all of the activities up on deck. Overlooking Donald Pool is the giant Funnel Vision LED screen – more than 30 feet wide and 18 feet high – showing Disney films and other live broadcast events. A retractable floor extends over the pool, providing an ideal dance floor for deck parties.
Continuing a favorite feature of the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, the Disney Dream will also have a Mickey Pool for children. The shape of Mickey Pool resembles the beloved Disney character, and an oversized version of Mickey’s hand supports a yellow winding slide that splashes down near the pool.
As an added convenience for parents with children of different ages, Donald Pool, Mickey Pool and Nemo’s Reef are all located within the same vicinity, on deck 11 between the forward and aft funnel.
To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888/DCL-2500 or contact their travel agent. Travel agents can call Disney Cruise Line at 888/325-2500 or visit disneytravelagents.com.
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Tuesday, February 9, 2010
During the next few weeks, animal managers, veterinarians and behaviorists will wish farewell to dozens of endangered animals that will return to their native Florida habitat after spending weeks, months or even years with members of the Disney team. The animals range from a tiny, 11-ounce endangered rodent to a recently rehabilitated four-pound sea turtle to an eight-foot, 828-pound manatee. Whether flippers or feet, the common thread is that each one has received top-notch care as a reflection of Disney’s commitment to animal conservation and wildlife rehabilitation.
CRACKING THE CODE ON WOODRAT LOVE
Most recently, the animal care team collaborated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Lowry Park Zoo on the first-ever reintroduction of 14 Key Largo woodrats to the Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge in South Florida. The woodrats were bred at both Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa as part of a recovery plan to augment the existing population found only in Key Largo. Scientists estimate that this native species has dwindled to about 500 after years of habitat loss, drought and the invasion of non-native animal species, such as the Burmese python.
“Although small in size, the Key Largo woodrat plays a larger role in the circle of life,” according to Anne Savage, senior conservation biologist at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. “Through diligent study, we may be able to link these tiny rodents to the distribution of essential sources of food for other animals. That activity could facilitate the growth of fungus, trees and other fauna. That’s an important reason to be concerned about saving them.”
Prior to their release at Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge, the Key Largo woodrats were placed in individual enclosures with nest structures designed and built by refuge volunteers. Supplemental food was provided for nearly a week while conservation biologists observed the animals in their new environment and felt comfortable removing the animals’ protective enclosures. Each animal has been fitted with radio-collared transmitter which will help scientists track their movements once released.
Breeding this elusive species was a challenge since scientists had very little information about social structure, reproductive biology or ecology. Through diligent research, Disney animal experts studied the behavior of this nocturnal animal and found ways to successfully breed 30 of the native species. Since June 2006, 18 litters have been born in Disney’s colony with litter size ranging from one to three pups.
Aside from scientific discovery, researchers develop special attachments to many of the Key Largo woodrats. “It feels similar to sending children off to college,” said Savage. “As scientists, we hope the woodrats have cultivated the skills to survive on their own and they will be successful in their natural habitat. It’s exciting to be part of this conservation effort and see them move on to their next chapter.”
Facts on Key Largo Woodrats
· Key Largo woodrats share little in common with the average city rat.
· The rodents make their homes in the forested areas to avoid human interaction.
· Gestation period is estimated between 37-40 days.
· In the wild, males and females live separately and only come together for breeding.
“SEA”KING HELP FOR SEA TURTLES
As a licensed wildlife rehabilitation center, Disney Animal Programs supports the rescue and rehabilitation of more than 1,000 injured and orphaned wild animals each year. During the past month, hundreds of Disney Cast Members rallied to support the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission in their efforts to rehabilitate as many as 4,500 sea turtles impacted by cold temperatures around the state. Because turtles are cold-blooded, frigid waters slow their metabolism which may lead to life-threatening comas.
As part of this rescue effort, Walt Disney World Cast Members logged over 10,000 miles throughout the state carrying more than 500 rescued turtles to warmers waters or rehabilitation facilities. They also delivered much-needed equipment and critical medical supplies including towels, bedspreads, syringes, ointments and pharmaceuticals to areas in need.
To assist efforts in South Florida, Disney sent a team of veterinarians and hospital staff on a proverbial “house call” to the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton. Working alongside several other surgeons, technicians and volunteers, the Disney veterinarians performed delicate surgeries to remove tumors from the eyes and fins of the green sea turtles in a makeshift, M*A*S*H-like field hospital along the beach. While still recovering from their surgeries, the sea turtles will eventually be released back into the warm waters off South Florida’s coast.
At Walt Disney World Resort, engineers and water science experts quickly prepared for an incoming group of animal guests and converted a backstage area into a temporary rehabilitation facility – setting up heated, salt-water pools for 14 critically injured sea turtles that may require months of care. Once rehabilitation is complete, the sea turtles will be released back into the wild in the same area where they were rescued.
“Some of these sea turtles will require intense medical treatment over a prolonged period,” according to Mark Stetter, DVM, Director of Animal Health at Disney’s Animal Programs. “We want to be sure that we provide top-notch medical care wherever we can –whether it’s on a Florida beach, an African savannah or a state-of-the-art veterinary facility. Ultimately, our intent is to contribute to the world’s knowledge base of animals through research conducted in a broad spectrum of disciplines, all intended to improve care for animals in zoological habitats and conservation efforts in the wild.”
Since 1986, Disney animal care teams have nursed more than 250 endangered sea turtles back to health. Many of the turtles have been rescued from cold northern waters, nursed back to health at Disney and released in Florida.
MANATEE GETS EARLY RELEASE
With one team focused on sea turtles, another group of Disney marine mammal experts are getting ready to return a manatee to its natural habitat in Brevard County later in February. With only 5,000 around the state, manatees are considered an endangered species around Florida.
This particular manatee, named “Kringle” was rescued from the Indian River in 2008 as part of a manatee rehabilitation program managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Kringle arrived at The Seas with Nemo & Friends after suffering cold stress and missing his right front pectoral flipper from an earlier, unknown incident. During his 14-month rehabilitation, Kringle received treatment and therapy from marine mammal experts and now weighs more than 800 pounds.
Kringle will be fitted with a satellite tracking belt to follow his movements and allow for behavioral observation after his release. His progress will be monitored by the Manatee Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP) in which Disney’s Animal Programs has been involved since 2001 when the MRP was established. The MRP is a cooperative group of nonprofit, private, state and federal entities that monitors the health and survival of rehabilitated and released manatees.
“After caring for an animal like Kringle for several months, it’s easy to become attached,” said Jane Davis, curator at the Seas. “While it’s often hard to say farewell, there’s also a lot of joy to see an animal return to his natural home.”
Disney guests also play an important role in the rehabilitation of wildlife through their contributions to The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, (DWCF). Through its Rapid Response Fund, DWCF recently donated $50,000 to help facilities rescue and care for sea turtles and other animals affected by the cold weather.
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Saturday, February 6, 2010
The IBM SmarterPlanet exhibit in Epcot's Innoventions held its grand opening on Jan. 29, 2010 with a ribbon cutting featuring Mickey Mouse.
SmarterPlanet offers visitors a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how technology is helping solve the worlds most complex problems. Hands-on interactive kiosks offer guests a match game that reveals societal and technological implications of creating a smarter planet.
The exhibit also features Runtime, created by Walt Disney Imagineering, which transforms guests into personalized avatars as part of the video game experience. Players run, jump and dance through a timeline of IBM's achievements in the history of computing, journeying from the Babbage computer, through vacuum tubes and chips and bits, to the Internet. Guests can also e-mail their personalized version of the game to any computer, extending the Runtime experience to their home.
The exhibit is powered by a new Smarter Data Center.
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Friday, February 5, 2010
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January 2010 LONDON: From Princess Tiana to Buzz Lightyear, Remy, Stitch and Sulley, the newest generation of Disney’s much-loved Characters arrives in fantastic shows and parades next Spring 2010 at Disneyland Paris.
The year-long new generation festival will kick off 2 April and continue through March 2011 with innovative Character experiences in both Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park. And in Summer 2010, the all-new Toy Story Playland premieres at Walt Disney Studios Park with three interactive attractions starring favourites from the blockbuster animated films Toy Story.
“The Disney Characters are a timeless international symbol of joy, and these immersive new experiences, starring the latest generation of Characters, continue our rich history of telling stories in a highly creative way,” said Philippe Gas, chief executive officer of Disneyland Paris. “Disney new generation festival will create a year full of memorable moments and surprises as our guests become part of their favourite adventures for all the family.”
Packed with all-day fun for the whole family, the celebration brings to life the stories and heroes from the Walt Disney Pictures’ animated films The Princess and the Frog (in theater beginning 2010), Lilo & Stitch and Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 1 & 2, Ratatouille,
Disney new generation festival. Starting 2 April 2010
Putting the newest stars in the spotlight, Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen from Walt Disney Pictures’ The Princess and the Frog join the legendary “Disney’s Once Upon a Dream Parade” in Disneyland Park, and Ratatouille characters Remy and Emile ride in an all-new car during the “Disney’s Stars ‘n’ Cars” cavalcade at Walt Disney Studios Park. Everyone’s all time favorite Disney character Mickey Mouse is also part of the festivities, dancing and singing daily with the new generation characters in an extravaganza “Disney showtime spectacular” on Central Plaza Stage in Disneyland Park, while Minnie will be on board the “Disney All Stars Express”.
At certain times in the Walt Disney Studios, everyone gets permission to be as loud as monster-possible, and screams of delight will fill the air several times daily at “
Toy Story Playland. Opening Summer 2010
Opening At the new Toy Story Playland at Walt Disney Studios Park, Buzz Lightyear invites guests into Andy’s “back yard” to be shrunk to the scale of toys on an enormous playground, with plenty of interactive fun and photo opportunities.
Toy Story Playland includes three all-new attractions:
• Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop, simulating a dive from the sky with Andy’s Green Army Men;
• the family-friendly Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin, a whimsical coaster attraction;
• RC Racer, featuring an exhilarating 25-meter half pipe on a U-shaped race circuit.
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Some of you may think that when the gates of the Disneyland Resort close, the park goes dark and silent. Not true. Making magic is a 24-hour operation. There are about 1,500 cast members who work the overnight or “Third Shift.” Some have worked this nocturnal schedule for several years. In celebration of all they do, Disneyland Resort is taking time on February 3 to shine a spotlight on the Third Shift. We are also re-releasing a video podcast that originally debuted on Disneyland.com in 2006. It’s a “private” look at what happens at the Resort when you’re asleep.
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So, want one? The instruments will be auctioned off by Julien’s Auctions after they’re showcased at music and art museums across the nation – with proceeds benefiting the music education programs of GRAMMY Foundation. More details on the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Disney Magic Music Days at Walt Disney World and an event calendar now live at www.disneyartformusic.com.
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ABC's "The View" goes behind the scenes when Whoopi Goldberg makes a surprise appearance in
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Thursday, February 4, 2010
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