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July 09 2014

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Disney Chooses Startups For Accelerator Program | Los Angeles Business Journal

said it had selected 11 companies for the first round of its tech accelerator program. In partnership with Techstars, a Boulder, Colo., accelerator, the Disney Accelerator is a 15-week immersive program that gives companies top Disney executives as mentors, up to $120,000 in investment capital and access to Disney resources. The selected companies represent a cross-section of technology-driven media and entertainment ventures from across the world. Among the first class are three local companies: Cogo , which is developing a video content monetization platform; Jogg , video acquisition and sharing; and Twigtale , parenting advice technology. Roughly half of the participants focus on early child development products and technology. All members of the first class will relocate to the accelerators Glendale offices for the duration of the program. Any intellectual property developed during that time will be retained by the developers.
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Orlando World Center Marriott Achieves 2014 Alice S. Marriott Award for Excellence in Community Service - Yahoo Finance

Since 1992, this prestigious award has been presented annually to one Marriott business unit out of 3,800 to recognize charitable contributions continuing the commitment of the company's founders. "The Orlando World Center Marriott team has a long history of working to address the needs in our community," said Dorathy Nevitt, director of human resources. "With an associate and leadership population of 1,400 strong -- averaging a tenure of 16 years -- we are long-term members of our community and proud to work for a company that allows us to give back in so many ways." In-line with Marriott's "Spirit to Serve" brand mentality, Orlando World Center Marriott devotes energy, time and resources to S.E.R.V.E. segments, including: Shelter and Food, Environment, Readiness for Hotel Careers, Vitality of Children and Embracing Diversity and People with Disabilities. Working locally and globally, the resort team enriches the lives of others through partnerships ranging from Coalition for the Homeless and Clean the World, to the National Academy Foundation, which offers job shadowing and field trip opportunities. Additionally, through the Orange County Public Schools Transitions Program, hotel associates work with high school students with special needs to prepare them with job skills and confidence to lead full, productive lives. "We're supposed to inspire them, but really, they inspire us, says Tim Shamrell, director of training. The hotel near Universal Orlando also works with Jobs Partnership of Florida to mentor students, review resumes, conduct mock interviews and help underserved students find employment." General Manager of Orlando World Center Marriott, Doug Ridge, explains, "This is our home; we want to make it a better place to live in.
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Voice of Pinocchio, actor Dick Jones dead at 87 - CNN.com

<a href=Chester Nez, the last of the original Navajo code talkers credited with creating an unbreakable code used during World War II, died June 5 at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Navajo Nation President said. Nez was 93.' style='float:left;padding:5px' /> Walter Dean Myers , a beloved author of children's books, died on July 1 following a brief illness, according to the Children's Book Council. Paul Mazursky , a five-time Oscar nominee who directed and wrote such films as "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," "An Unmarried Woman" and "Down and Out in Beverly Hills," died at the age of 84, his agent said July 1. Actor Meshach Taylor died June 28 at his Los Angeles-area home, his agent, Dede Binder, said. He was 67. Taylor had fought a terminal illness and faded markedly in recent days, Binder said. His wife, children, grandchildren and mother surrounded him as he passed away. Legendary soul singer Bobby Womack died June 27, according to Womack's publicist. He was 70. Character actor Eli Wallach , seen here in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," died on June 24, according to a family member who did not want to be named.
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Downtown Disney Entertainers Record A Special Rendition Of ?let It Go?

Apparently, the rain never bothered them, anyway! When popular Downtown Disney entertainers were forced to cancel a few sets recently due to inclement weather, the talented artists used the time to work on a (very!) popular tune ? ?Let It Go? from Disney?s ? Frozen .? Though none of them had worked on the material before, and in spite of rarely having the chance to perform together, I think you?ll agree that the end result was spectacular. This video, captured by Entertainment Manager Jonathan Lang, was shot behind-the-scenes in the Downtown Disney green room; though it was never intended to be viewed by guests, I couldn?t resist sharing it with all of you. I love that Drey-C, Bryan Malpass, Karlton Tillman, Mitch Corbin, Nicholas Marks and Don Black used their rainy-day break to make a little backstage magic for themselves (and now, for all of us!). To see more from this talented group, be sure to visit Downtown Disney. With nine acts scheduled nightly and over 30 performances taking place each day, there?s always new entertainment to experience. Downtown Disney Entertainers image source Record a Special Rendition of ?Let It Go? by Darcy Clark: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
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Happier Hour Helps Disneyland Park Guests #GetHappier

Summer is in full swing, and we?ve been making some Mondays happier for Disneyland Resort guests for the past few weeks, with special appearances by the Seven Dwarfs , Mickey ear hat giveaways and more. Last night, we devoted a whole hour to getting happier with a surprise Happier Hour at Disneyland park! From midnight to 1 a.m., select attractions in Frontierland, Adventureland and New Orleans Square were open to 1,500 lucky ? dare I say happy? ? Disneyland park guests for an hour after the park closed. Some favorite Disney friends even stayed up late to #GetHappier themselves, like Goofy and Donald Duck, seen here in their jungle best. Happier Hour was a success, bringing smiles and thumbs-up all around! Well, for those who were still awake, at least ? We?re getting happier all summer long at the Disneyland Resort! Follow along with Disneyland Today on Facebook and Twitter , Disneyland on Facebook and Twitter , and also keep an eye out here on the Disney Parks Blog . Happier Hour Helps Disneyland Park Guests #GetHappier by Erin Glover: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
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July 07 2014

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

There was a lot to celebrate at Disney Parks this week. Thousands of guests joined in our Fourth of July celebrations at both the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort , and we snapped some amazing new images of this year?s fireworks displays that we just had to share with you. And speaking of holidays, Disney Parks Blog readers were also treated to some much anticipated news from the Disneyland Resort. Halloween Time and Mickey?s Halloween Party dates have just been announced ? sounds like it?s time to start planning those fall vacations! Check out Erin?s post to learn more about what to expect. Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week. Inaugural ?Anna & Elsa?s Royal Welcome? Parades Through Disney?s Hollywood Studios ? Check out click here. the new daily procession that gives everyone a chance to enjoy the pageantry and cheer of the grand arrival of the royal sisters of Arendelle.
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Pirates of the Caribbean T-Shirts Set Sail on Disney Parks Online Store from July 7-13, 2014

Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. I also have great news for Disney Parks? attraction poster fans. You may recall that we released a 2014 attraction poster calendar last October that sold out rather quickly. The popularity of that calendar (and its corresponding article) paved the way for the attraction poster T-shirts we?ve been offering all year long. The good news is that the attraction posters featured in those two calendars are coming back! After hearing feedback from Disney Parks Blog readers, the souvenirs team is releasing attraction poster art packs. These packs will contain the 12 posters from the previously released calendars. This time, the posters will not include the calendar portions. They will also already be perforated, which makes them suitable for framing in a standard 12×18 frame.
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Video Games Go Wild For Reboots - Yahoo News

Anyone who wants to play old games has to acquire the system to go with it. Nintendo and Sony have programs to bring old games to new platforms, but theres no guarantee that a particular favorite will return. And sometimes developers want to see those games come back as much as fans do, so its up to them to do that work. There are gems from the pastsometimes they were loved and sometimes nowhere near enough people got to play themand I think its a great opportunity to go grab these games that had excellent design and give them a chance in the modern era, Ken Lobb, creative director at Microsoft Studios tells me. There are tons of remakes out there. Nintendo has been doing them on its handhelds for more than a decade. The Game Boy Advance saw four different Mario games remade with the Super Mario Advance series. To coincide with the launch of the DS in 2004, the company released Super Mario 64 DS, a remake of the beloved Super Mario 64. Nintendos update not only provided enhanced graphics but added new playable characters and extra challenges.
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Kanye Goes on Rant About Fashion Industry, Reveals He Knew He?d Always Marry Kim - ABC News

AP kanye west london jt 140705 16x9 608 Kanye Goes on Rant About Fashion Industry, Reveals He Knew Hed Always Marry Kim - Sixteen people, including Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando employees, were arrested in a sex sting operation in Central Florida. Operation Cyber Child III, an undercover operation conducted by the Polk County Sheriffs Office focused on adults whom authorities said traveled to meet minors to engage in sexual activity. The operation also targeted child pornography. Deputies said the operation concluded Monday night and included two phases: the first resulting in universal studios orlando packages three arrests for possession of child pornography and the second phase totaling 13 arrests for those accused of wanting to have sex with who they believed were underage girls and boys. Quick Clicks Thousands see Fireworks at the Fountain According to deputies, Matthew "Cody" Myers, 23, of Davenport, who works at Universal Studios, was arrested on several charges, including traveling to meet after using a computer to lure a child. Zachary Spencer, 26, of Clermont, and Allen Treaster, 40, of Kissimmee, both of whom work at Disney, were also arrested in the sting. Others arrested include a 23-year-old Full Sail student and a 20-year-old University of South Florida student. Among the arrests on child porn charges included a geometry teacher at Haines City High School. Some have not gotten the message," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. "We are going to continue to conduct these investigations to protect our children from sexual predators and from those who trade and download child pornography. More details were expected to be released later Tuesday. Watch Local 6 News and stay with ClickOrlando.com for more on this story. Copyright 2014 by ClickOrlando.com.
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Disney World, Universal Orlando workers arrested in sex sting | News - Home

Kanye West, known for his long-winded rants, is at it again. This time, West interrupted his closing set at the Wireless Festival on July 4th with more of a rant then a rap to a crowd that quickly turned from applause to boos. Concert goers said West free-style ranted for more than 20 minutes on a range of topics from discrimination within the fashion industry to his marriage to Kim Kardashian. And in true Kanye style, he donned a glittery, bejeweled full-faced mask during his performance at Finsbury Park in London. West, 37, paused his headlining act when he began to preach to the crowd after finishing Runaway about his talents and all of the crowds talents and creative potential, too. West also told the crowd to follow their dreams because he told his wife, Kim Kardashian, seven years ago that he was going to marry her and didnt say try. Its not the first time West has engaged in an on-stage venting session, however, his speech Friday night had some notable moments. You know, people be looking at me like I got a problem or something, West began his auto-tuned lecture. Like Im uncontrollable, or something. But as far as he is concerned, everyone is a star, West sang to kick off his off-the-cuff remarks.
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July 04 2014

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Hours At Walt Disney World For Independence Day 2014 - National Disney World | Examiner.com

Take the time on the 4th of July to enjoy the sunset There will also be a special Independence Day fireworks display. Disney's Celebrate America! - A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky will be held over the park at 9:00pm. Epcot will open at 9:00am on July 4, with World Showcase opening two hours later. The park will close to the general public at 10:00pm, and will then have two Extra Magic Hours for Walt Disney World resort guests. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will take place at 10:00pm. There will be an extra five minutes of fireworks called The Heartbeat of Freedom after IllumiNations. Disney's Hollywood Studios will open at 9:00am on Independence Day, and will remain open until midnight. Fantasmic! will take place at 9:00pm and again at 11:00pm.
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Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! coming to Walt Disney World with royal welcome, stage show, fireworks, and park wide party | Inside the Magic

The sensors within the band are also contextually aware and can detect where you are. Here's how Bajarin described one experience: But these RFID bands also had proximity features so when we were on a ride like Splash Mountain where they take a picture of you as you start the downward slide, it automatically sensed from our bands we were on the ride and that picture was automatically sent to our Disney picture site as well. Bajarin notes this mobile identity aspect could be crucial for the success of the iWatch. He even went so far as to say that Apple "would be crazy" not to pursue such an idea. What's more, this concept appears to seamlessly fit with other initiatives Apple is rumored to be prioritizing moving forward. Numerous reports have suggested that the company will dive deeper into mobile payments this year, and Bajarin's reasoning makes the iWatch seem like a perfect fit for that goal. Bajarin writes: Imagine going into a Starbucks and just touching your iWatch or iBand to the terminal, entering a PIN numberand it is charged to your Apple account...Yes, you can do this with an iPhone now but that means taking it out of your pocket or purse and it is only single authentication at present. In a wearable, it is much easier to use for entering the home and for all types of interactions and transactions. New products around the connected home will also supposedly be a big priority for Apple in the coming months. Apple just announced its HomeKit smart home platform for developers earlier this month, and the company is said to be working on its own connected home hardware as well. Brian White of Cantor Fitzgerald also previously proposed a theory that suggested the iWatch could be used to control the appliances in your home.
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Apple iWatch And Disney - Business Insider

Here are the official descriptions of the upcoming Frozen offerings: Anna and Elsas Royal Welcome Each day at 11 a.m., Anna and Elsa, riding in a horse-drawn sleigh, will travel in a royal procession down Hollywood Boulevard. Rugged mountain man Kristoff is along for the fun joined by a flurry of skaters, skiers and ice cutters, all dressed in their Arendelle best. Olaf on Summer Vacation Olaf the snowman is having the time of his life on his very first summer vacation! He chimes in throughout the day to keep everyone updated on all his adventures. Plus, you can pick up your very own Take-Along Olaf from locations in the park, so he can join you on your summer vacation. And when you share your photos with Olaf on social media, be sure to tag them with #OlafSummerVacation. They may just get selected to appear in that days grand finale! For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration Inside the parks Premiere Theater, Princess Anna and Queen Elsa join the Royal Historians of Arendelle for a fun and comedic retelling of the history of their kingdom amidst projections, lighting and special effects.
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July 03 2014

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Fourth Of July Inspires Light Painting At Magic Kingdom Park

null Such a treat, elegant Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure park, where you?re whisked upstairs for lunch or dinner in the beautiful dining room, inspired by Hollywood?s Golden Age, or on the two open-air terraces. Sipping a craft cocktail, it?s hard to imagine you?re in the middle of a bustling theme park. To take advantage of the amazing summertime produce, Chef Andrew Sutton has added creative seasonal dishes to the dinner menu, with two new starters: an heirloom tomato and avocado salad with baby arugula, fresh basil and yellow tomato vinaigrette, and roasted chicken broth with basil and fava beans, fresh peas, carrots, ham and grilled chicken. Pair that with the signature fried biscuits stuffed with White Cheddar, bacon and jalapeño, and you?ve got a meal. There are four new summer entrees: a generous lamb porterhouse with Parmesan gnocchi, lamb shoulder, asparagus and preserved lemon; chicken and spinach ravioli in summer corn broth with crimini mushrooms and Applewood bacon; summer garden risotto with peas, Portobello mushrooms, braised radish and spinach; and sustainable fish of the day with braised fennel, artichoke hearts and Sun Gold tomato essence. (We?re happy to report that the delectable Skuna Bay salmon stays on the summer menu, with a sesame soy glaze and red Thai curry.) A summer side dish addition is succotash, that combo of fresh corn and lima beans that reminds everyone of home. Save room for the new Valrhona caramel-chocolate turnover with house-made marshmallow and Carthay Theater popcorn ice cream. We may just eat dessert first.
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Paul was behind the camera as Matt was ?drawing? in midair. ?As a Disney art director, I doodle Mickey, Pluto and Goofy http://myfox8.com/2014/06/29/davie-county-native-to-work-as-engineer-at-universal-studios/ everywhere. So when Paul suggested we do some long exposure photography, it was a natural for me to try and do a Mickey Mouse in the air,? Matt said. Once they started doodling, their ideas grew. ?A lot of this was trial and error,? Paul said. ?Should we draw Mickey head-on or profile? Profile, it is! Should we use only our flashlights or something else? What about color?? We hope you enjoy their July 4th edition of Disney Side light painting.
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July 02 2014

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Hours At Walt Disney World For Independence Day 2014 - National Disney World | Examiner.com

Take the time on the 4th of July to enjoy the sunset IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will take place at 10:00pm. There will be an extra five minutes of fireworks called The Heartbeat of Freedom after IllumiNations. Disney's Hollywood Studios will open at 9:00am on Independence Day, and will remain open until midnight. Fantasmic! will take place at 9:00pm and again at 11:00pm. At 10:15pm there will be a special rock and roll themed fireworks display. Disney's Animal Kingdom will be open 9:00am-8:00pm on the Fourth of July. There are no special events scheduled at the park.
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New This Summer: Walt Disney World Guests Can Join In the 'Frozen' Fun of the Hit Film at Disney's Hollywood Studios - Yahoo Finance

Royal sisters Princess Anna and Queen Elsa, from Disney?s hit animated motion picture ?Frozen,? will be featured all summer at Disney?s Hollywood Studios theme park. From July 5-Sept. 1, 2014, ?Frozen Summer Fun Live!? celebrates the worldwide phenomenon of ?Frozen? with a daily character procession, special sing-alongs with Anna and Elsa, themed fireworks, a polar playground, ice skating rink, ice carving demonstrations and a nightly party featuring a live band. Disney?s Hollywood Studios is one of... In addition, icy artisans will put their talents on display, creating carvings of favorite "Frozen" characters from giant frozen blocks. Kids can enjoy frozen wintertime activities in cheap disney world packages the "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" area. For all of his Frozen Funland friends, Oaken has plenty of merchandise at his Trading Post, along with hot cocoa and sweet treats available for purchase. Guests can take pictures with the film's animated characters in a virtual setting, and then email them or share on their social media channels. When guests want to escape the icy atmosphere of Oaken's outpost, all they have to do is look for the door marked "Sauna," where they once again will exit to the warm Florida sun. Coolest Summer Ever Dance Party: From 5:30-9:30 p.m. each evening, a live band will take the stage to celebrate the Frozen summer fun with contemporary songs and a few familiar tunes from the film. Take-Along Olaf: As a special feature before the fireworks, guests will have a chance to be a part of a pre-show celebration by hashtagging photos of themselves in the park with a "Take-Along Olaf." Throughout the day, Take-Along Olafs will be distributed at various locations in the park. Guests are then invited to take Olaf along with them on their Disney's Hollywood Studios adventures. By sharing their photos with the unique hashtag #OlafSummerVacation, their photos may appear on the big screen in this special pre-show feature. Frozen Fireworks: At 9:35 each evening, the giant Sorcerer Mickey Hat on Hollywood Blvd. gets the full Frozen treatment with special projections of snow and ice images, in an eye-popping spectacular above Hollywood Blvd. Set to the film's soundtrack, the fireworks show will feature some special guests including a very magical appearance from Elsa in which she will show how her powers flurry "through the air and to the ground" to produce magically icy blue and white gleaming fireworks.
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Summertime Fun At Disney Parks Blog Summer Bbq Meet-up At Disneyland Park

Disney Parks Blog readers had the chance to kick off summer in a big way at the Disney Parks Blog Summer BBQ Meet-Up at Disneyland park on Friday! Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse were there, greeting guests in ?Yee-Haw!? style. Guests were treated to live music by Fiddlin? Duane, Miss Chris and more! nullTalented artists were on hand to sketch guest caricatures, Disney characters, name art and even temporary tattoos. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and even Horace Horsecollar joined guests for a boot-scootin? line dance! Take a look at all the fun in the video below. Y?all keep an eye on Disney Parks Blog for future events, ya hear! Summertime Fun at Disney Parks Blog Summer BBQ Meet-Up at Disneyland Park by Erin Glover: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
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If you?re a World Cup fan, you probably already know that the matches are televised daily at ESPN Zone in the Downtown Disney cheap orlando vacations District at the Disneyland Resort . You may have even seen fans lining up outside ESPN Zone prior to kickoff. Now the Downtown Disney District is offering an additional option for viewing the competition. Matches will be televised on a jumbo 10-by-16-foot outdoor LED screen in the Downtown Disney District common area, between ESPN Zone and Earl of Sandwich . When the World Cup semi-finals, third place and finals matches arrive on July 8, 9, 12 and 13, Downtown Disney District World Cup festivities will also feature a DJ and additional special activities for fans. Keep watching the Disney Parks Blog for future announcements about upcoming World Cup activities and follow @DisneylandDTD and @ESPNZoneAnaheim on Twitter! Daily World Cup Coverage Expanding in Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort by John McClintock: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
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June 30 2014

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This Week In Disney Parks Photos: A ?frozen? Summer Is On It?s Way

null Earlier this week, we shared the exciting news that a bevvy of new ? Frozen ? -inspired entertainment options will debut at Disney?s Hollywood Studios very soon. Here are some of external link the first photos of Anna and Elsa at the park. Beginning July 5 (yes, just one week from today!), Disney?s Hollywood Studios will be the home to the Anna and Elsa?s Royal Welcome procession, a For the First Time in Forever: A ?Frozen? Sing-Along Celebration, a ?Frozen? fireworks spectacular and much more. Be sure to check out Shawn?s original blog post for all of the exciting details! Tell us ? will you be at the park July 5 for the ?Frozen? debut? Which offering are you most excited to experience? To join the conversation online, use the hashtag #FrozenSummer . This Week in Disney Parks Photos: A ?Frozen? Summer Is On It?s Way by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

This week, we announced that the world of ?Frozen? will take center stage at Disney?s Hollywood Studios in July. We?re opening up the gates on July 5 for a summer-long happening, featuring a full day of all-new, immersive ?Frozen? experiences you won?t want to miss, every day through September 1. Shawn has a great list of some of the highlights planned for ?Frozen Summer Fun ? Live at Disney?s Hollywood Studios,? including information on A ?Frozen? Sing-Along Celebration, Anna and Elsa?s Royal Welcome and the ?Frozen? Fireworks Spectacular. And did you hear about ?Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!? at Disneyland park? It?ll be a whole new way to experience a land in a Disney theme park. Instead of watching the story unfold, guests will be part of the story themselves when ?Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!? opens on July 9. Check Erin?s story to learn more about the setting of the story and how you can participate. Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.
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Scooter Braun Celebrates Ariana Grande?s Birthday At Walt Disney World | Disney Dreaming

Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! coming to Walt Disney World with royal welcome, stage show, fireworks, and park wide party | Inside the Magic

Ariana already had a magical birthday party at Walt Disney World this week! Arianas party was attended by her family, friends and her manager Scooter Braun. Scooter shared about the party at the Disney Park: Surprised our girl @arianagrande at Disney World as we celebrated her bday week! Good times. Great people. Happy Bday Ari! We hope Ariana has a wonderful birthday in Florida! Happy Birthday Ariana! Top Celebrities:
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Scooter Braun Walt Disney World Living up to its name, there will be plenty of frozen festivities inside the makeshift adventure park Oaken and his cousins built to make the most of the sudden snowstorm. Part of the Oakens Frozen Funland will be an ice skating rink with demonstrations by some of Oakens talented cousins on the Arendelle ice. In addition, icy artisans will put their talents on display, creating carvings of favorite Frozen characters from giant frozen blocks. Kids can enjoy frozen wintertime activities in the Do You Want to Build a Snowman? area. For all of his Frozen Funland friends, Oaken has plenty of merchandise at his Trading Post, along with hot cocoa and sweet treats available for purchase. Guests can take pictures with the films animated characters in a virtual setting, and then email cheap orlando vacations them or share on their social media channels. When guests want to escape the icy atmosphere of Oakens outpost, all they have to do is look for the door marked Sauna, where they once again will exit to the warm Florida sun. Coolest Summer Ever Dance Party: From 5:30-9:30 p.m. each evening, a live band will take the stage to celebrate the Frozen summer fun with contemporary songs and a few familiar tunes from the film. Frozen Fireworks Spectacular Everything wraps up at 9:45 p.m.
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June 28 2014

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"sea Rescue" Is New This Weekend!

"Sea Rescue" is New This Saturday! by Staff Comments Be sure to catch a new episode of the Emmy-nominated Sea Rescue this weekend! Rescuers respond to a bottlenose dolphin that is tangled up in fishing line in Florida, causing a life-threatening injury. This animal?s predicament captures the hearts of 3rd and 4th grade students a thousand miles away and now they?re rooting for Seymour the dolphin every step of the way. Sea Rescue airs nationally on ABC on Saturday mornings during ?Litton?s Weekend Adventure? and is among the most popular Saturday morning shows. Sea Rescue and its companion show, The Wildlife Docs , comprise the #1 rated block on Saturday mornings and are consistently rated #1 in the top ten U.S. markets including the four largest: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and webblog Philadelphia. Currently in its third season, Sea Rescue has been seen by more than 120 million viewers. Time is subject to change so be sure to check your local listings. For more information about Sea Rescue and The Wildlife Docs visit www.seaworldkids.com .
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"Sea Rescue" is New This Weekend! by Staff Comments Be sure to catch a new episode of the Emmy-nominated Sea Rescue this weekend! Hundreds of sea lion pups turn up starving and malnourished up and down the coast of Southern California, including one who wanders right into a crowded hotel lobby. SeaWorld and other rescue teams mount an extraordinary response to save these little pups and nurse them back to health. Sea Rescue airs nationally on ABC on Saturday mornings during ?Litton?s Weekend Adventure? and is among the most popular Saturday morning shows. Sea Rescue and its companion show, The Wildlife Docs , comprise the #1 rated block on Saturday mornings and are consistently rated #1 in the top ten U.S. markets including the four largest: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia. Currently in its third season, Sea Rescue has been seen by more than 120 million viewers.
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June 27 2014

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Laughingplace.com » Walt Disney World Showcases How They Share The Magic With The Central Florida Community

SunRail started running in May 2014. Further diversifying Floridas economy- Walt Disney World Resort leaders were actively engaged in the development of a medical city at Lake Nona, working closely with Central Florida leaders to bring the Burnham Institute to Central Florida and help to make the dream of a University of Central Florida Medical School a reality. Both projects are expected to help diversify and drive the regions economy for years to come. Investing in Central Floridas Children and Families Walt Disney World Resorts community programs and partnerships are focused on building better futures for local children, and ultimately, creating a stronger community for everyone. These efforts are geared toward helping families meet basic needs, youth development and education. In 2013, the company donated$36.5 million in cash and in-kind supportto local nonprofit organizations. Examples include: Walt Disney World Resort gave a total of $1.5 million in DisneyHelping Kids ShineGrants to 59 local nonprofit organizations that work tirelessly to build better futures for more than 70,000 children in Central Florida. Among the top recipients were Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, A Gift For Music, Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida. Walt Disney World Resort is a valued partner to Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.As part of this recognition, the Coalition continues to receive ongoing comprehensive support from Disney, which includes board service, assistance in the maintenance and improvement of Coalition facilities, more than 18,000 meals donated annually and donations of warm clothing in the winter. In 2013, more than 560,000 pounds of prepared and un-served food were donated to the local community through Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
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Walt Disney World visitors can skip the front desk during Direct to Room check-in test (World View) by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

The MagicBand device acts as the room key, so there is no need to go to the hotel lobby before heading to the room. If participants opt to receive an e-mail notification, the message includes a copy of the resort map marked with room number maps. Those who opt only for text message notifications receive a message that says simply, "Your room number XXXX is ready," and invites them to go directly to their room. I've been told that a future upgrade of the system will allow Disney cast members monitoring disney world vacation packages 2014 the notification system to send a resort map to a guest on request, which will likely prove handy for guests who opt only for text alerts and cannot find their room based on number alone. Although this new system saves a bit time at the very start of the trip, there are still reasons you may want to visit the front desk even if you are eligible for Direct to Room check-in. For example, guests who need to park a personal or rental car must go to the front desk to obtain a parking permit, and people travelling together who want to use separate credit cards for their individual room charges need to visit the front desk to set that up, as the online check-in system cannot handle multiple forms of payment. In my mind, the time savings comes at the price of missing out on the personal welcome to Walt Disney Worldthat "welcome to the World" moment which, at least now, is not replaced by any other aspect of the My Disney Experience offering. Those first few moments in the intricately themed hotel lobbies are meant to help transition you into vacation mode, and transport you to a certain time and place. The welcome packet guests now receive at check-in contains information that is especially useful to first-time visitors, and the lobby is where you go to learn about resort activities like resort tours, outdoor movies, pool parties, and campfire events. During this test, welcome packets are still created as soon as the online check-in process is complete, but guests still have to visit the front desk to pick up the folder.
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June 26 2014

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A 21st Birthday Celebration For Singing Superstar Ariana Grande At Walt Disney World Resort

A pop princess met a Disney princess at Magic Kingdom Park , and it was all in celebration of Ariana Grande?s 21st birthday. The singer, who recently topped the charts with her megahit ?Problem? (featuring Iggy Azalea), visited Magic Kingdom Park, where she was met by Mickey Mouse in front of Cinderella Castle . Then, Prince Charming and Cinderella helped celebrate with Grande as a giant Bibbidi Bobbidi Blue-hued birthday cake, created by the talented team of Disney Pastry Chefs, was unveiled. Dozens of Grande?s friends and family members joined in the fun to help the global music superstar celebrate at Magic Kingdom Park. nullIn this video, Grande ? a Florida native ? discusses the Magic Kingdom Park celebration, the dress she chose for the occasion and how the music video for her upcoming single, ?Break Free,? reminds her of Space Mountain . A 21st Birthday Celebration for Singing Superstar Ariana Grande at Walt Disney World Resort by Gary Buchanan: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
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Arriving early - Fantasyland Theatre is an outdoor amphitheater, covered by a large canopy. Make sure you arrive approximately 20 minutes prior to the listed showtime for your best choice of seats. Also, as you arrive, please keep in mind that strollers are not permitted inside the amphitheater ? the designated stroller parking area is just across from the entrance marquee. Finding the best seat for the show ? Every seat in the Fantasyland Theatre will offer sites a great view of Mickey?s journey through the magical map. However, the most popular section to see the map makers perform would be in the center of the amphitheater. Bringing sweets and eats into the Fantasyland Theatre - A great benefit of the outdoor amphitheater is that food is permitted inside the venue. The Troubadour Tavern is located just outside the Fantasyland Theatre and offers meals like bratwurst and snacks like my personal favorite, pretzel bites with cheese! Planning the best showtime for your visit - ?Mickey and the Magical Map? is performed several times throughout the day.
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June 25 2014

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Chill Out This Summer With New Olaf Merchandise Coming To Disney Parks

Later this summer, more than 50 of your favorite Disney villains will run wild in Disney?s Hollywood Studios for a special after-hours night of fun called ?Villains Unleashed.? And this week, we shared a sneak peek at a portion of the invite list. Cruella De Vil, Captain Hook, Darth Vader and more will be making appearances during the event. Check Jennifer?s story for the entire list and to find out more information about our August 23rd event at the Walt Disney World Resort. Also this week, new Disney Parks Blog author Jerry Brown shared a look at one of the newest animal experience destinations at Disney?s Animal Kingdom , ?It All Started with a Mouse,? located at Rafiki?s Planet Watch . ?It All Started with a Mouse? showcases Walt Disney?s lifelong love of the animal world and his belief that ?what everyone will learn who studies it is a renewed sense of kinship with the earth and all its inhabitants.? Jerry has more information about the experience and images in his original story. Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week. Summertime at the Disneyland Resort Keeps Getting Happier ? With so many choices on what to do this summer at Disneyland Resort, it?s almost too hard to choose! Instead, we put it all together in a video.
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A pin trading starter set that includes four pins (one being Olaf) and a lanyard also arrives in August. Toward late summer, look for an Olaf-themed, fuzzy bag with a pouch to carry your mobile phone. Finally, Anna and Elsa will join Olaf on a new coffee mug (yes!) coming in early fall (the perfect time to remember summer as the weather turns cooler). My favorite item, however, has to be the Olaf hat also coming this fall. I couldn?t resist getting a picture wearing it while dreaming of being on a beach somewhere in sun. Look for these items in select merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts in the coming months. Happy summer!
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Luxe Suites And Tech Factor Are New Additions To Disney World | New York Post

This, however, is not the realm of http://laughingplace.com/w/news/2014/06/23/walt-disney-world-sets-july-4th-plans/ the writers imaginations. Its the newest suite at the resorts premier Grand Floridian hotel, and its available to anyone who wants to cough up the $2,400-a-night rate. Disneys latest (and most luxurious) suite inside the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa costs up to $2,400 a night!Photo: Kent Phillips/Disney The suites, which sleep 12 (so opportunities abound to split the bill), are part of the Disney Vacation Club timeshare properties and range in size from studio suites to capacious luxury villas. What many people dont realize is that you dont have to be one of the timeshare owners to enjoy them unused properties go into the reservation system for guests to book at rack rates through all the usual travel sites. Visitors to Disney World this summer will also be able to enjoy the new, ticketless, technology-based experience at the parks. The technology is called MyMagic+ a Web site, mobile app and wristband combo that will shape and, its hoped, streamline your theme-park vacation. The MyMagic+ experience begins even before departure at MyDisneyExperience.com. Here, you can plan your trip, synch it with other members of your group, and most importantly, order and load up a waterproof bracelet that will be your new key to the magic. (Read: key and charging.) This MagicBand, which comes in a variety of colors and personalization options, will also act as your PhotoPass and FastPass+ to further streamline your visit. Three passes per day can be loaded onto the band up to 60 days before your vacation (30 days for those not staying at onsite hotels).
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Brooklyn Marching Band Performs at Walt Disney World | cleveland.com

Jeff Kober. Beyond the parking lot, vertical construction towers are in place for the new Avatarland. Photo by J. Jeff Kober. Quick takes ...Starting July 4, Disney's Hollywood Studios' ABC Sound Studio hosts a special sneak preview of the upcoming Marvel movieGuardians of the Galaxy, scheduled to open August 1. Visitors can experience this sneak preview in 3D. ...On June 10, Disney's Art of Animation Resort hosted a special ceremony honoring actress Pat Carroll, who voiced Ursula in Disney'sThe Little Mermaid. As part of the celebration in the resort's main lobby, Carroll added her signature to the feature chandelier's collection of autographs and storyboards from various Disney films. This celebration helped markedThe Little Mermaid's 25th anniversary.
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"When all is said and done, our students may not remember the big Math exam or the day they took the ACT or even a Friday night football game in October," says Sullivan, "but they will remember marching down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom playing Hail to the Varsity (our fight song) in front of 30,000 people. "I told the band that they probably would be back at another point in their lives, but it will never be this time with these people, together, again. The marching band is a close group. The fellowship of playing, performing and sharing in the process of making music in motion is what makes that bond so strong." Brooklyn's Hurricane Marching Band Courtesy of Sean Sullivan The high school students began payments in February 2013 to cover the trip's expenses of travel, food, lodging, and fun. Sixteen months later, their investment of hard work, hours of practice, and finances was realized when they boarded the two private buses at Brooklyn High School on Friday, June 6. Packed to the hilt with instruments, uniforms, luggage, students, chaperones, and loads of excitement, the busses pulled out of Brooklyn at 8:00 p.m. Unfortunately, more than an hour into the trip one of the busses broke down, obligating the group to wait on the side of the highway for a replacement. Within two hours they were back on the road, safely arriving in Orlando Saturday evening. Per Disney's strict and meticulous stipulations, the Hurricettes danced in the parade wearing their long-sleeved leotards and boots, while the band marched and played in their complete uniforms of wool jackets, long pants, hats, gloves, and black shoes all perfect wear for northern Ohio's chilly football season, but a proven challenge under Florida's afternoon sun. Nonetheless, they looked sharp and sounded great, persevering through the heat and sweat.
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June 23 2014

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Chill Out This Summer With New Olaf Merchandise Coming To Disney Parks

Later this summer, more than 50 of your favorite Disney villains will run wild in Disney?s Hollywood Studios for a special after-hours night of fun called ?Villains Unleashed.? And this week, we shared a sneak peek at a portion of the invite list. Cruella De Vil, Captain Hook, Darth Vader and more will be making appearances during the event. Check Jennifer?s story for the entire list and to find out more information about our August 23rd event at the Walt Disney World Resort. Also this week, new Disney Parks Blog author Jerry Brown shared a look at one of the newest animal experience destinations at Disney?s Animal Kingdom , ?It All Started with a Mouse,? located at Rafiki?s Planet Watch . ?It All Started with a Mouse? showcases Walt Disney?s lifelong love of the animal world and his belief that ?what everyone will learn who studies it is a renewed sense of kinship with the earth and all its inhabitants.? Jerry has more information about the experience and images in his original story. Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week. Summertime at the Disneyland Resort Keeps Getting Happier ? With so many choices on what to do this summer at Disneyland Resort, it?s almost too hard to choose! Instead, we put it all together in a video.
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A pin trading starter set that includes four pins (one being Olaf) and a lanyard also arrives in August. Toward late summer, look for an Olaf-themed, fuzzy bag with a pouch to carry your mobile phone. Finally, Anna and Elsa will join Olaf on a new coffee mug (yes!) coming in early fall (the perfect time to remember summer as the weather turns cooler). My favorite item, however, has to be the Olaf hat also coming this fall. I couldn?t resist getting a picture wearing it while dreaming of being cheap disney world packages on a beach somewhere in sun. Look for these items in select merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts in the coming months. Happy summer!
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June 22 2014

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Walt Disney World joins food truck brigade - Orlando Sentinel

Walt Disney hosts 1st Food Truck Rally Then, pyro trays on the roof EXPLODE and the driver walksaway like nothing happened. Awesome. 4. Turtle Talk with Crush Turtle Talk with Crush at the Living Seas pavilion inside Epcot has something rare: a live-to-air cartoon. Whats that mean? It means you can talk to and interact with Crush, theanimated turtle featured in Finding Nemo. Note: This same technology is also used in the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor in Magic Kingdom, but Crush gets all the press because hes younger and sexier.(Turnback nowto avoid MAGIC SPOILERS!) The animated character is able to interact in real time because a performer is operating an avatar backstage.
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Explosive Finale 2010 Small local businesses have a chance to collaborate with a corporate giant. Even though we have had strong growth over the last three years, this is an exciting move for Central Florida." Disney has been working with local food trucks for some time now. And fans of mobile food vendors may be surprised that local trucks roll on to the resort property at the invitation of Disney. Later this summer, Downtown Disney plans to open a permanent food-truck park between Bongos Cuban Cafe and the new Starbucks . And ESPN's Wide World of Sports hosts seven to eight local food trucks at each Orlando City soccer game. But before you rev up the engine of your kitchen on wheels, keep in mind that the trucks are invited and vetted to make sure they meet the culinary standards of the Walt Disney World Resort. "The requirements to be on their list are stringent," said Joey Conicella, co-owner of The Yum Yum Cupcake Truck. "Our baking operation as well as our truck was thoroughly inspected to meet their standards for food preparation and safety." In addition, one of the things Disney was keen on when developing relationships with local trucks was quick service, said Conicella.
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June 21 2014

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Where At Disney Parks Can You Find ?

null From dining with a favorite Disney character to a AAA Five-Diamond dining experience at Victoria & Albert?s at Disney?s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa , what?s on your bucket list? Here are some big ideas at Walt Disney World Resort . What?s on Your Disney Dining Bucket List? by Pam Brandon: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
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With the official first day of summer nearly here, we thought we?d stump you with a special mystery image. It?s a chilly smile that never melts and can be seen somewhere at Disney Parks ? but do you know where? Please put your answers in the comments and we?ll update the post with the answer later today. Where at Disney Parks url Can You Find ? by Thomas Smith: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
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June 20 2014

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Disney Villains Meeting Disney Park Guests On Friday The 13th 2014? | Disney Dreaming

All Walt Disney World Resort rooms with the exception of DVC Villas, the family suites at the Art of Animation and All-Star Movie resorts, and the cabins at Fort Wilderness are impacted. Disney says "the schedule for replacing the refrigerators at these Resorts is expected to last several months." In the interim, if you have a reservation at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel and disney world hotel and ticket packages need a refrigerator for medical reasons, we recommend contacting your resort directly to inquire about availability during your trip. The hotel should be able to arrange for one if your room does not yet have a new refrigerator, but supplies may be limited while they work to replace all of the malfunctioning units. Polynesian Never Land Club Children's Activity Center closed for refurbishment through January 1, 2015. Polynesian refurbishment of the lobby ongoing. Polynesian Captain Cook's closed for refurbishment through June 14. Typhoon Lagoon the entire park closed October 26 through December 20 for refurbishment. Elsewhere Disney Osprey Ridge Golf Course permanently closed to play.
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June 12, 2014 By Disney Dreaming Back in September 2013 there was a Friday the 13th and Disney celebrated by unleashing the Disney Villains at the Walt Disney World Resort! The villains played with fans at Disneys Hollywood Studios as part of a Limited Time Magic celebration. Disney has yet to announce any similar plans for this Friday the 13th June 13, 2014. However, we wouldnt be surprised if the park had a surprise planned for park guests! Is anyone planning on visiting the Disney Parks on Friday the 13th? Be on the lookout for some of the Disney Villains! Fans will also get to see a ton of Disney Villains in the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie Descendants . The movie is currently filming in Vancouver, Canada. Check out a description of the movie: A present-day idyllic kingdom where the benevolent teenage son of King Beast and Queen Belle offers a chance at redemption for the troublemaking offspring of Cruella De Vil (Carlos), Maleficent (Mal), the Evil Queen (Evvie) and Jafar (Jay). And here is a list of actors in Canada filming the movie: Booboo Stewart as Jay
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June 19 2014

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Where At Disney Parks Can You Find ?

With the official first day of summer nearly here, we thought we?d stump you with a special mystery image. It?s a chilly smile that never melts and can be seen somewhere at Disney Parks ? but do you know where? Please put your answers in the comments and we?ll update the post with the answer later today. Where at Disney Parks Can You Find ? by Thomas Smith: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
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From dining with a favorite Disney character to a AAA Five-Diamond dining experience at Victoria & Albert?s at Disney?s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa , what?s on your bucket list? Here are some big ideas at Walt Disney World view site... Resort . What?s on Your Disney Dining Bucket List? by Pam Brandon: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
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