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[31 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]
Animal Kingdom’s Latest Baby Elephant Gets Name

Last week, excitement abounded at Disney’s Animal Kingdom when the park announced the birth of a baby elephant.  This week, we’re learning the brand new name of the male calf.
The baby elephant has been christened Jabali, which means “strong as a rock” in Swahili.  The name is fitting, as the calf, born August 24, will eventually weigh in at over 10,000 pounds!  (The newborn elephant weighed 311 pounds at birth.)  He is doing well, according to Disney officials, and is spending time bonding with his mother, twenty-five year old Vasha, …

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[31 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]
D23 Expo’s Walt Disney Studios Presentation Gives Look at ‘The Muppets,’ ‘The Avengers,’ and More

A few days ago, we told you about the impressive look that D23 Expo audiences received at some upcoming films from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, and now we’re here to share some details about the other films from Walt Disney and Marvel Studios that audiences were treated to at the packed Expo event. Walt Disney Studios President Rich Ross and President of Production Sean Bailey were on hand to introduce a series of films that will be coming soon from Walt Disney Studios, and it looks like audiences …

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[31 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]
Disney Releases Images of First Golden Oak Homes

Who among us hasn’t dreamed of owning a home in Walt Disney’s brand new, luxe development, Golden Oak?  Well, the first homes have been completed, and are move-in ready.  We are glad to bring you pictures so that you can experience yourself what living in luxury accommodations right  on Disney property would be like.
Each home is built according to the needs and specifications of the homeowner, and includes a customized medallion, like the one pictured here.
Enjoy the photos, and let us know:  what would your dream Disney home look like?
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[30 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]
First Look:  Disney’s Aulani Is Open for Business!

During a beautiful Hawaiian sunrise, Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa welcomed its very first guests.
While guests awaited the opening of the brand new resort before sunrise early yesterday morning, Goofy kept them entertained.  Once inside the doors, they were greeted by the resort’s staff, as well as Disney Parks and Resort Chairman Tom Staggs, who was on hand to welcome the resort’s first families.
Aulani will hold its official grand opening celebration next month.  In the meantime, check out these pictures of the very first folks who get to experience the …

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[29 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]
New Contest Will Award Disney Princess Fan with Trip to London

We let you know a few months ago that Rapunzel, from Disney’s Tangled, will soon be receiving the elite title of “Disney Princess” in a grand celebration. Now, Disney has announced a way for a lucky fan to help welcome Rapunzel as a Disney Princess, with a new contest that offers the chance to head to London and attend the Princess celebration on October 2.
One lucky winner will win a trip for four people to London for the official celebration at Kensington Palace on October 2. Princess fans ages 12 …

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[29 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]
‘Tangled Ever After’ Coming to Disney Channel Spring 2012

There have been so many cool things learned from last week’s D23 Expo that this one almost snuck in under the radar…but we are such fans of the film that we couldn’t possibly let it go by unmentioned.
Disney announced last weekend that Tangled Ever After, a brand new short featuring your favorite characters from the film Tangled, will be coming to the Disney Channel in the spring of 2012.
While there is no word on the plot, the length, or why the company opted for a television short rather than a theatrical sequel, we …

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[27 Aug 2011 | One Comment | ]
D23 Expo Gives Look at New Films from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios

Last weekend’s D23 Expo gave us a look at many new and exciting things coming from the Walt Disney Company, but perhaps nothing was more exciting than the big arena presentation from Walt Disney Studios on Saturday, August 20. The presentation gave a look at some of the highly anticipated upcoming films from Walt Disney Studios, including their live-action division, Marvel, Pixar Animation Studios, and Walt Disney Animation Studios. We’ll be giving you the details on the live-action and Marvel presentations soon, but here are some highlights of what audiences …

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[27 Aug 2011 | One Comment | ]
Claire Bilby Appointed as New Head of Disney Vacation Club

Following the news that former Disney Vacation Club President Jim Lewis was let go from the company, Disney has announced the successor that will take his place as head of Disney Vacation Club. Claire Bilby, who has been with the company for 23 years, largely in sales positions, will take over Lewis’ former position as senior Vice President in charge of Disney Vacation Club.
“Claire brings to Disney Vacation Club an impressive track record in global sales, as well as an inspirational leadership style and innovative thinking,” Karl Holz, president of …

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[26 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]
New ‘Toy Story’ Short ‘Small Fry’ to Make Its Debut with ‘The Muppets’

It’s no secret that we’re getting pretty excited about the debut of The Muppets in theaters just a few months from now, but fans of Disney/Pixar and Toy Story now have a new reason to look forward to the film’s premiere as well. It was announced at the D23 Expo last weekend that a brand-new Toy Story short film, entitled Small Fry, will be shown along with screenings of The Muppets in theaters.
The new short will be directed by Angus MacLane, and comes soon after the debut of the first …

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[26 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]
Disney Announces ‘Night of Joy’ Concert Schedules

With Night of Joy 2011 coming up quickly at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, Disney has announced the final schedule of concerts for the two-night event.  The popular concert will feature an eclectic mix of Christian music styles – from Praise and Worship, to music with an Urban feel, to rock groups.  Here’s a run-down of all the acts.  Some of the biggest names in Christian music will be in Orlando for the annual event.
Night of Joy 2011 is an after hours, special ticketed event.  The concerts will be …