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[25 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]
Walt Disney World Pilots Free WiFi At Some Resorts

Now…here’s something to shout about:  select resorts at Walt Disney World are finally offering free WiFi!
Not all resorts are offering the new in room service, so check to see if your favorite resort will be if you’re planning a visit soon.  Here is the list of resorts offering WiFi that sources are reporting so far:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge 
Disney’s Beach Club Resort 
Disney’s BoardWalk Resort 
Disney’s Contemporary Resort 
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort 
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa 
Disney’s Old Key West Resort 
Disney’s Polynesian Resort 
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa 
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort 
Disney’s Yacht Club

From what we’re …

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[25 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]
‘Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas’ Gets a Premiere Date

The Disney Channel’s original movie, Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas finally has a premiere date! The film will debut on the Disney Channel Friday, December 2 at 8/7c, and will be based on the Disney Channel series Good Luck Charlie.
The film will follow the Duncan family as they embark on Christmas vacation, and star the original cast members Bridgit Mendler, Jason Dolley, Leigh-Allyn Baker, Bradley Steven Perry, Mia Talerico and Eric Allan Kramer. Additionally, special guest stars Debra Monk and Michael Kagan will appear as the grandparents.
Starting November 6, you …

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[24 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]
Disney to Produce Stage Adaptation of ‘Shakespeare in Love’

This has been an exciting week for Disney Theatrical Productions. Following an earlier announcement that Peter and the Starcatcher will be heading to Broadway in 2012, it has now been announced that Disney Theatricals, in partnership with Sonia Friedman Productions, will bring a new adaptation of the 1998 film Shakespeare in Love to the stage.
The original film Shakespeare in Love won seven Academy Awards in 1999, including the coveted title of Best Picture. Writing the play’s script will be Tony Award winner Tom Stoppard. Known as the author of such …

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[24 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]
Changes Coming to Main Street, U.S.A. Restaurants at Disneyland Park

Several restaurants on Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland Park are getting some big changes, which park visitors will start noticing in 2012. We covered the story earlier this year, but have more detailed information to share with you.
The Blue Ribbon Bakery will be moving to Plaza Pavilion and receive a new name, “Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe,” an ode to Disney’s Mary Poppins. Visitors can expect the revamped bakery to open sometime in January with brand new offerings to entice visitors, such as the Angus roast beef salad with bleu cheese, …

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[23 Oct 2011 | One Comment | ]
Production Underway on ‘Let it Shine,’ New Disney Channel Original Movie

Production has started on a brand new Disney Channel Original Movie, scheduled to premiere on the channel in summer 2012. The film, entitled Let it Shine, is a modern day adaptation of the classic tale Cyrano de Bergerac, set in the world of hip hop and gospel music. The film is currently in production in Atlanta, Georgia.
Let it Shine focuses on the talented and self-conscious Cyrus DeBarge, a 16 year old rapper whose lack of confidence keeps him away from taking the stage to tell his longtime crush, Roxanne Andrews, …

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[23 Oct 2011 | One Comment | ]
John Lasseter Responds to Critical Reaction of ‘Cars 2’

When the newest Disney/Pixar film Cars 2 made its debut in theaters over the summer, its critical reception wasn’t quite what Pixar Animation Studios was used to. Having consistently produced critically acclaimed films since the debut of Toy Story in 1995, Cars 2 was the first film that did not receive an overwhelmingly positive reception, having earned only a 38% rating on rottentomatoes.com. In an article recently published by the New York Times, chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios John Lasseter has now opened up about …

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[22 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]
James Cameron Explores Disney’s Animal Kingdom for Upcoming Avatar-Themed Land

We let you know a few weeks ago about the brand-new themed land, based on the film Avatar, that will be coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World in a few years. An exciting development in the project’s progress came this week, when filmmaker James Cameron, along with his producing partner Jon Landau, took time to tour and explore the park. They were joined by Joe Rohde, an Imagineer who was heavily influential in the development of Animal Kingdom, and Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Tom …

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[22 Oct 2011 | One Comment | ]
Ring in the New Year with Special Events in Walt Disney World

Heading to Walt Disney World for New Year’s Eve this year? Disney has just announced some of the special fireworks shows and events that will be featured throughout the Resort that night to help guests celebrate the start of 2012.
Here’s the list of what guests will be able to experience on New Year’s Eve so far at the Walt Disney World Resort:

At Magic Kingdom, guests will be able to enjoy two different fireworks spectaculars: “Wishes,” with a holiday overlay, will be presented at 8:00 PM, followed by “Fantasy in the …

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[21 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]
‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ to Debut on Broadway in 2012

Disney announced the exciting news this week that a new Disney Theatricals production will soon be flying to Broadway. Peter and the Starcatcher, a musical play based on the book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, will open on Broadway in Spring 2012.
The show, which enjoyed a hugely successful Off-Broadway run at the New York Theatre Workshop last spring, is a prequel to the story of Peter Pan, featuring Peter, Captain Hook, and some other familiar faces in a magical new tale. About the show’s off-Broadway run, New York Times …

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[21 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]
Environmental Advocacy Groups Accuse Disneyland of Using Unsafe Levels of Lead

On Tuesday, three environmental and health advocacy groups – including the Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation, Ecological Rights Foundation and the Center for Environmental Health – said that Disneyland exposes children to high amounts of lead in more than 65 brass fixtures around the park.
A spokeswoman for the Center for Environmental Health, Caroline Cox, says brass railings, chains, and stanchions at the Haunted Mansion attraction are just some of the examples of high-lead containing fixtures in Disneyland, and that tests have been conducted over the past year using swabs that were …