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Custom Toy Car Shop Offers High Performance Fun at Downtown Disney

posted on March 25th, 2010 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations

Custom Toy Car Shop
You’d never know it about me, but I like cars. I’ve been to the Daytona 500 … and loved it. When I met my husband, he drove a ‘63 split window Corvette. I grew up going to “cruises” on Saturday nights with my dad in his muscle cars. And, I know what a Hemi is. So, it’s a dream come true that you can now build a one-of-a-kind remote control race car and bring it to life at Ridemakerz, a new custom toy car shop that opened today at Downtown Disney.

Custom Toy Car Shop

This high-octane experience houses full-size hot rods, plus fire engines, racecars, dump trucks with more than 649 million combinations to trick them out. The fun revs up at Downtown Disney West Side in the old Virgin Megastore venue. Please check back for video of the grand opening today.

UPDATE: New video has been added below from the Ridemakerz opening.

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Disney Parks ‘Quick Hits’ – March 25th, 2010

posted on March 25th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Disney Lifeguard and Ariel
As you know, our weekly “Quick Hits” post features items that didn’t make it to the blog — like news that Disney’s Blizzard Beach reopened on Wednesday. Well, we’re adding something new to the mix. Occasionally, we’ll be sharing updates on interesting jobs available at Disney Parks like our current search for lifeguards at Walt Disney World Resort. Open positions also include pool attendant and spots in slide operations and marina operations. Sound good? You can find more details at

Here are some other items of interest you may have missed…

Vinylmation Jr. — The “What is Vinylmation Jr?” quest is underway.

Lights, Camera, Fireworks… — The Walt Disney World Moms Panel answers the question, “What is the time for fireworks at Magic Kingdom?”

The Tree of Life — Did you know? 10 artists and 3 Imagineers worked full-time for 18 months to create the 325 animal carvings on The Tree of Life.

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster® Starring Aerosmith — Did you know, Aerosmith worked with Walt Disney Imagineering to create special music for the ride, which they synchronized to 3-D graphics before construction on the roller coaster was completed.

Pin Trading: Dopey — This limited edition pin features Dopey from Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with a giant diamond. The pin will be released on March 27th starting at 9:30 am.

Flower Power Concert Series — This week’s Flower Power Concert series at Epcot features Starship.

Dessert soufflés — Did you know 10,000 dessert soufflés come out of the oven at Victoria & Albert’s every year?

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Springtime in Tomorrowland

posted on March 25th, 2010 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort

Springtime in Tomorrowland by Paul Hiffmeyer
One of the things I love about shooting in Tomorrowland is the blending of horticulture with futuristic architecture. In this case, the Astro Orbitor at Disneyland park is the perfect complement to a Flowering Pear tree on a foggy California morning.

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‘Villains Tonight!’ Premieres Aboard the Disney Magic

posted on March 25th, 2010 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Hi everyone … we are just days away from officially premiering “Villains Tonight!” aboard the Disney Magic. We sneaked into one of the dress rehearsals and captured this really cool photo featuring Ursula and her sea creatures performing a Copacabana Club-inspired take of “Poor Unfortunate Souls.”
Ursula and Creatures Peforming in Villains Tonight!
I’m catching a full run of the show this weekend and I promise to share some additional images on the blog and on our Facebook page. In the meantime, let us know which Disney villain you’re most looking forward to seeing in “Villains Tonight!”

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Annual Passholder D Street Sneak Peek

posted on March 25th, 2010 by Dara Trujillo, Manager, Merchandise Synergy, Events, and Communication

D Street

On Saturday, April 3, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Passholders will have an opportunity to be among the first guests to experience the opening of D Street at Walt Disney World, the newest merchandise location where urban inspired product “intersects” with a Disney creative edge. Passholders will also be among the first to catch a glimpse of the new Create Your Own Vinylmation table, have the opportunity to participate in Vinylmation trading activities (trade your own Vinylmation or ones you purchase) and see the Disney Channel Star Celebrity Signed Vinylmation on display at D Street!

In addition to catching a sneak peek of D Street, Passholders will also have the opportunity to purchase new and Oh Mickey, Sports, and Vinylmation Jr. Series releases (and yes, your Passholder Merchandise Discount will apply!). There will also be a purchase with purchase opportunity featuring a Vinylmation Tote Bag for $1.95 when you spend $30 or more at D Street. Plus, the first 500 Passholders at the D Street location on Saturday, April 3, 2010 will receive a complimentary Vinylmation button.

D Street located in the Downtown Disney West Side, will showcase a mix of products for both men and women. Items will include Vinylmation figures and collectibles, cutting-edge apparel, pop culture novelties and more. The store will have a raw, unfinished industrial look and provide a great venue to showcase Disney art created by local artists.

There are a few details you should know about. A valid Passholder ID AND government issued photo ID must be presented to enter D Street for the D Street Sneak Peek opportunity and must be presented at time of purchase to receive offers. Qualifying purchase based on pre-tax, post discount single transaction. Purchase with purchase offer not valid on previous purchases. Merchandise and offers valid while supplies last. Not valid with any other offer or discounts. Other restrictions may apply. Information and offers are subject to change without notice.

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Don’t Miss Your Last Chance to See ‘Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular’

posted on March 24th, 2010 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company

It’s one of the longest running Broadway-style shows in the country, but as they say, “every good thing must come to an end.” This is also true for “Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular.” By the time the last curtain falls, there will have been approximately 7,500 total performances and nearly 9.5 million guests will have seen this fantastic show.

If you’re one of the few Disneyland Resort guests who haven’t had the opportunity to see “Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular,” or if you’re a fan who wants to see the show just one more time, you need to hurry. As we announced on the Blog last year, Aladdin, Jasmine and the Genie will make their last appearance on stage in this entertaining show on August 15.

As we often do, we’re turning it over to you, the readers. What is your favorite part of “Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular?”

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Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons on Facebook

posted on March 24th, 2010 by Korri McFann, Worldwide Marketing & Business Development Director, Weddings & Honeymoons

Disney's Fairy Tale Wedding & Honeymoons on Facebook

Are you planning a Disney Wedding? Did you already have a Disney Wedding? Are you a loyal fan? Well join us on our brand new Facebook page!

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons joins Facebook to bring you the latest in wedding trends, reviews, and the latest happenings and updates from our team. We are excited to showcase our world-class venues at locations around the globe, spanning land and sea, and maybe a few surprises along the way. Stay in touch and let us know what you would like to see.

Speaking of which, we’re hard at work on a new offering we think brides and grooms-to-be are really going to enjoy. Check back at Disney Parks Blog where we’ll share more in the coming months.

In the meantime, please be sure to check out our brand new page and sign up to be a fan!

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Endangered Sea Turtles, Rescued from the Cold, Are Now Being Released

posted on March 24th, 2010 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks

Endangered Sea Turtles Rescued

The cold weather we experienced earlier this year gave those of us who make Florida home year-round the chance to wear the sweaters and coats that usually stay hidden away in the back of our closets. It was a fun change for us but not much fun for some of our wonderful Florida wildlife—including endangered sea turtles. Frigid water slows down the sea turtles’ metabolism and can lead to life-threatening comas, frostbite and other health concerns.

To help the turtles, the Disney’s Animal Programs team took part in a massive effort by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to rescue more than 4,500 sea turtles impacted by the record cold temperatures.

Several turtles were brought to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, some suffering from severe infections and damaged shells. Guests have been able to see the turtles undergo examinations and treatment in the veterinary hospital at Rafiki’s Planet Watch.

Endangered Sea Turtles Rescued

Cast Members also logged more than 10,000 miles throughout the state, carrying more than 500 rescued turtles to warmer waters or rehabilitation facilities. Other efforts included Cast Members delivering much-needed equipment and critical medical supplies including towels, bedspreads, syringes, ointments and pharmaceuticals to areas in need. And a team of Disney’s Animal Programs veterinarians and hospital staff paid a proverbial “house call” to the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton where they performed delicate surgeries in a makeshift, M*A*S*H-like field hospital along the beach.

With the arrival of warmer weather, we are beginning to release the sea turtles back to the wild. Four of the 14 sea turtles taken to Disney’s Animal Kingdom for rehabilitation were successfully released over the past few weeks. This morning, members of Disney’s Animal Programs team released another—a 10-pound endangered green sea turtle was returned to its natural habitat near the Canaveral National Seashore— bringing the total released to five. The rest remain under the care of veterinarians and animal care experts in heated, salt-water pools behind Disney’s Animal Kingdom—a backstage area that the team converted into a temporary rehabilitation facility.

Endangered Sea Turtles Rescued

Some of the released sea turtles have been fitted with transmitters which enable researchers to track their movements. Through satellite technology scientists may discover more about sea turtle habits at sea and identify migratory patterns that could hold the key to their survival. This knowledge helps researchers, conservationists and governing agencies make more informed decisions about sea turtle conservation methods and policies.

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.

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New Precious Moments Dolls Created Especially For Disney Parks

posted on March 24th, 2010 by Dara Trujillo, Manager, Merchandise Synergy, Events, and Communication

Precious Moments: Alice

Hi everyone… Disney Theme Park Merchandise and Precious Moments Dolls are presenting a brand new collection of Limited Edition Disney-Inspired dolls. These special dolls have been created especially for Disney Parks by renowned doll artisan, Linda Rick.

Special for spring, Precious Moments Dolls & Disney Theme Park Merchandise have created a line of Pretty in Pink dolls featuring your favorite Disney Princess & Characters in their classic gowns that have been fashioned from shimmering pink fabrics and lace. The dolls will be available at Heritage Manor in Epcot beginning April 2, 2010.

Precious Moments: Belle

To celebrate the release of the dolls, artist, Linda Rick will be appearing in Epcot to celebrate the dolls release and to meet and greet with Guests. Linda will be appearing at Heritage Manor on multiple dates in April: April 2 – 4, 2010 & April 9 – 11, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Precious Moments: Cindy

Can’t make it to Epcot to add one of these dolls to your collection? Not to worry! Precious Moments Dolls have created a doll especially for! The beautiful “Pixie in Pink” features the effervescent Tinker Bell in a playfully pink gown. Tinker Bell is a limited edition of 500 and will only be found online at

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UPDATE: Bus Incident at Walt Disney World

posted on March 23rd, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

We have an update on an incident that happened at Walt Disney World Resort this afternoon. Here’s what we know… just before 2 p.m., a Walt Disney World bus was involved in a collision with a charter bus near Epcot.

Eight people were transported to local hospitals, including the driver of the Walt Disney World bus. We are currently focused on the well-being of those involved in the incident and we’re working closely with law enforcement. Lanes are reopening at the Epcot toll plaza following the accident but we ask that Guests remain patient as traffic lanes continue to open at Epcot.

Also, please note that we’re closing comments on this post. We’ll share any additional information via updates at the top of the page.

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