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A look back at this week’s Disney and related news

by Leap on July 18, 2012 · 0 Comments · in News & Refurbishments, Uncategorized
This week, the Frog Family is starting a new weekly post rounding up Disney and Orlando theme park tidbits from the interwebs that we think are newsy, interesting or fun.

The Frog Family at Undercover TouristWe love tips and suggestions too, so if you have something to share, email us at frog@undercovertourist.com.

OK, here we go!

Disney’s PhotoPass+ is now available for pre-order at $169.95. It includes a CD of your photos from the parks, digital downloads from several attractions and print packages at select dining locations. The folks at TouringPlans.com have a good breakdown of the pros and cons of PhotoPass in general. The Frog Family is still trying to decide if this is a good investment. Will it be for yours? Let us know in comments below.

It’s never too early to be thinking about Christmas, and to that end Disney has launched 40 new ear hat ornaments that will look great on the tree (or make great gifts anytime).

Speaking of the holidays, Vanilla Ice was on hand — along with Alex, Gloria and the gang — for Gaylord Palms’ announcement of its “Merry Madagascar” theme for this year’s ICE! exhibit, which features 30-foot ice slides carved from two million pounds of ice!

The Walking Dead at Halloween Horror NightsFor the horror fans, the Walking Dead is coming to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights! Also, there will be a Silent Hill maze based off of the popular movie and video game. Here’s our guide to Halloween Horror Nights.

While Mommy Frog is still waiting until reservations open in late August for the Be Our Guest restaurant that is part of Fantasyland’s expansion, she’s tiding herself over with the latest photos and revisiting a favorite video of the Disney imagineers talking about the detailing of the restaurant, including its three chandeliers.

You say you’ve always wanted a gimme cap emblazoned with a turkey leg? You’re in luck since it’s part of some of the new parks merchandise outlined on the DIS Unplugged Blog. If that’s not your cup of tea, there are other — ahem — tasteful options.

Here’s a look at T-shirt and hat designs commemorating the 30th anniversary of Epcot, which takes place October 1.

Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar in Epcot Italy is offering complimentary wine seminars.

In movie news, Skrillex will score the upcoming Disney movie “Wreck-It Ralph.”

And the “Finding Nemo” sequel has a director. It’s looking like a 2016 release date.

You can get your Disney Junior fix 24-7 on DirecTV. The channel launched last weekend on 289 after the loss of Nickelodeon. (Update: DirecTV and Viacom have reached a deal on programming, so Nickelodeon is back on the air.)

Orlando Informer offers this nice recap from a mom of two special needs children who took her first-ever family vacation to Universal Orlando.

Last, but certainly not least, Walt Disney stock reached an all-time closing high on Tuesday. That’s a lot of Disney Dollars, my friends!

Catch up again next week! Until then, happy planning!

-Leap


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