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Disney Parks ‘Quick Hits’ – April 15th, 2010

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

D-Street Grand Opening

Dara and Steven did a great job of letting us know what to expect at tomorrow’s D-Street Grand Opening. But we have another surprise to share — world-renowned speed painter Rock Demarco will be painting his interpretation of Mickey Mouse at the event. Rock has also been commissioned to design some Vinylmation figures on Friday.

Guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will “Party for the Planet” during a park-wide Earth Day celebration on April 22. There will be special entertainment throughout the park on Earth Day:

  • Main Entrance: Jiminy Cricket (9 a.m.-1 p.m.)
  • Rafiki’s Planet Watch: PIPA the talking recycling bin (11:20 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:50 p.m. and 2:40 p.m.), Jiminy Cricket (2-5 p.m.)
  • Gi-Tar Dan at Rafiki’s Planet Watch and Camp Minnie-Mickey (Sets run between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Rafiki’s Planet Watch, and between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Camp Minnie-Mickey)

Also this week, the Walt Disney World Resort is hosting an online job fair! Apply now through April 18.

And we recently announced this year’s official lineup for Night of Joy at Walt Disney World. Here’s the updated schedule.

Friday, Sept. 10

  • Chris Tomlin
  • David Crowder
  • Casting Crowns
  • BarlowGirl
  • Francesca Battistelli
  • Group 1 Crew
  • 10th Avenue North

Saturday, Sept. 11

  • Mercyme
  • Third Day
  • Family Force 5
  • Smokie Norful
  • Red
  • Lecrae
  • Day of Fire
  • Sidewalk Prophets

Here are a few other items that didn’t make it to the blog this week:

Where To Start? — The Walt Disney World Moms Panel answers the question, “In which order should we visit the theme parks?”

Backstage Safari Tour — The Backstage Safari tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom gives you a 3-hour insider’s look at the ways the park’s animal inhabitants are cared for.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom — Did you know? The first permanent resident of Disney’s Animal Kingdom was a 1.5-year-old male giraffe named Miles.

“Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival 2010” Pin — This limited release pin commemorates the 2010 Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival.

Must-Sees at Disney’s California Adventure Park — Check out this list of must-see attractions at Disney’s California Adventure.