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Wonders of WDW, Roger Rabbit at Walt Disney World, News and Rumors, Email, Trivia Cruise and more!

This week’s show is chock full of fun segments that I think you’ll enjoy, as well as some special guests, including the voice of WDWRadio, Jonathan Dichter for News & Views from WDW where we talk about some special events at WDW and we also visit the Walt Disney World Rumor Mill, where we discuss some more rumored rehabs for a few classic WDW attractions. We’ll briefly touch on our training for the 1/2 marathon, and Jonathan’s fundraising efforts for the DreamTeam Project. I promised you more trivia, and this week Jeff Pepper and I take a look at another aspect of the Walt Disney World That Never Was, as we do another Disney Scene Investigation about a long-lost Disney character and his ties to the theme parks, Roger Rabbit. Finally, I get to announce and discuss the second of the 7 Wonders of Walt Disney World, in a segment in which we’ll have lots of history and trivia, as well as a discussion of the past, present and future of this true wonder. As always, I want this show to continue to be interactive, so I’ll answer a few of your emails before we end the show. I’ll end the show with some very exciting updates and information on the Trivia Cruise aboard the Disney Magic in November with me and Margaret “Tinker Bell” Kerry, including a couple of surprise announcements for those of you who may be considering joining us on board. So since we have a lot to cover, sit back, relax, and join me on this week’s episode of the WDW Radio Show!


Pirate and Princess Party returning in August and September, 2007

Thanks to great feedback from Guests, the Pirates and Princess Party WILL be returning for the busy summer season for 8 nights!

August – 11, 15, 18, 21, 24, 28, 31, and September 3

Tickets will be available for sale on or about June 1st. Visit the official Disney’s Pirate & Princess Party at Disney.com


STAR WARS WEEKENDS

Choose your destiny and journey to a “galaxy far, far away.” Come face to face with your favorite Star Wars heroes and villains, test your knowledge of trivia, or take flight in Star Tours — the ultimate Star Wars adventure during Star Wars Weekends at the Disney-MGM Studios.

Celebrities scheduled to appear this year include:
Weekend 1 (June 1, 2, 3) Warwick Davis (“Wicket the Ewok” in Episode VI) , Kenny Baker (“R2-D2″ in all 6 films)

Weekend 2 (June 8, 9, 10) Ray Park (“Darth Maul” in Episode I) , Daniel Logan (“Boba Fett” in Episode II)

Weekend 3 (June 15, 16, 17) Jeremy Bullloch (“Boba Fett” in Epsiode IV, V, VI) Peter Mayhew (“Chewbacca” in Episode II, IV, V, VI)

Weekend 4 (June 22, 23, 24) Anthony Daniels (“C-3PO” in all films) Bonnie Piesse (“Beru Lars” in Episode II and III)

Exciting Star Wars Weekend Events!
Jedi Training Academy – Selected audience members can train with a Jedi Master, and test their skills against Darth Vader and Darth Maul.
Star Tours Attraction – Blast your speedster through the ultimate Star Wars adventure.
Behind the Force – Get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the films.
Padawan Mind Challenge – Compete in a kid trivia contest complete with Star Wars prizes.
Hyperspace Hoopla – Join together with Star Wars characters and Guests for an entertaining conclusion to each day’s events.

Star Wars characters – More than 40 Star Wars characters will be attending including Anakin Skywalker, Captain Typho, Darth Maul, Darth Sidious, Darth Vader, Ewoks, Jedi Mickey, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Queen Amidala, R2-D2, and stormtroopers!


Night of Joy – Walt Disney World Resort has announced the talent lineup for the milestone 25th annual Night of Joy on Sept. 7 and Sept. 8 in Magic Kingdom, with Third Day, Chris Tomlin and David Crowder*Band on the marquee of a nine-act lineup of Christian music artists Sept. 7 followed by newsboys, Steven Curtis Chapman and Salvador spearheading a nine-act lineup Sept. 8.

The talent bill, a combination of celebrated Christian music veterans and heralded newcomers, also will include:

On Friday, Sept. 7 — Jaci Velasquez, Brian Littrell, BarlowGirl, Leeland, Jessie Daniels and Sanctus Real; and

On Saturday, Sept. 8 — Smokie Norful, Kutless, Red, Mary Mary, Flyleaf and Mark Schultz. The Saturday entertainment lineup also will include a Best of Show winner from the GMA’s 33rd annual Music in the Rockies event.

Night of Joy, which requires a special ticket, begins at 7:30 p.m. (after regular theme park closing) and continues to 12:30 a.m. Performances will be at several stage locations throughout Magic Kingdom. In addition, Magic Kingdom attractions — including the ever-popular Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad — will be in operation.

Advance tickets ($41.95 plus tax for one night, $71.95 plus tax for both nights) are available by calling 407/W-DISNEY or by visiting disneyworld.com/nightofjoy online. Tickets purchased on the date of the event will be $46.95 plus tax if available (Night of Joy is frequently sold out in advance).

Visit the official Walt Disney World Resort – Night of Joy page at Disney.com


Disney Magic Cruise with Lou and Tinker Bell

Cruise with Lou Mongello and Margaret Kerry (yes, the same Tinker Bell that you just saw on your new Peter Pan Special Edition DVD) on the Disney Magic! Join us for special events, Pirate costume contests, tons of free giveaways, private dining, extra fun things to do Castaway Cay, treasure hunts, trivia games, live podcasting from the ship, where you can help be a part of the show, charity fundraising events to benefit the DWT Dream Team and the Starlight Children’s Foundation, and so much more! Everyone who books as part of our group will get special pixie-dusted items in cabins.

One of the things I’m happy to finally be able to announce is that at many of these events, you can participate and earn KEYS, end of cruise, one of your keys could open a huge treasure chest filled with incredible Disney Surprises and Merchandise!

There will be LOTS of things we have planned just for kids, too, including a special treat from Captain Jack Sparrow, treasure hunts, and more!

Everyone who books by June 1, 2007 will receive a very unique surprise before the cruise. During a wonderful, private event we have planned as we set sail, we will have a very special, very fun-filled drawing at a private event where one person will win a $500 Disney Gift Card that you can use on board! Of course, if you have already booked on the cruise, you will also receive the surprise and be eligible to win, so no worries!

For more information and a free, no-obligation quote
visit the Cruise information page


NIGHT OF JOY

25th Annual Night of Joy – Sept. 7 and Sept. 8 in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

The talent bill, a combination of celebrated Christian music veterans and heralded newcomers, also will include:

On Friday, Sept. 7 — Jaci Velasquez, Brian Littrell, BarlowGirl, Leeland, Jessie Daniels and Sanctus Real; and

On Saturday, Sept. 8 — Smokie Norful, Kutless, Red, Mary Mary, Flyleaf and Mark Schultz. The Saturday entertainment lineup also will include a Best of Show winner from the GMA’s 33rd annual Music in the Rockies event.

Night of Joy, which requires a special ticket, begins at 7:30 p.m. (after regular theme park closing) and continues to 12:30 a.m. Performances will be at several stage locations throughout Magic Kingdom. In addition, Magic Kingdom attractions — including the ever-popular Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad — will be in operation.

Advance tickets ($41.95 plus tax for one night, $71.95 plus tax for both nights) are available by calling 407-W-DISNEY or by visiting disneyworld.com/nightofjoy online. Tickets purchased on the date of the event will be $46.95 plus tax if available (Night of Joy is frequently sold out in advance).

DID YOU KNOW – Night of Joy has played to a combined audience of more than 900,000 guests in its first 24 years.


Visit the official Disney web site for more information about Disney’s Port Orleans Resort: Riverside

Port OrleansRiverside Fact Sheet at AllEarsNet.com

Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort at the Walt Disney World Resort


Disney Quest at Walt Disney WorldDisney Quest

Visit the official Disney Quest web site at Disney.com

Create your own adventures in this one-of-a-kind indoor interactive Theme Park bursting with games that give “state-of-the-art” new meaning. Discover five floors exploding with cutting-edge technology, virtual reality and 3-D experiences — all fueled by Disney innovation and imagination. The entry portal, Ventureport, leads to four different zones: the Explore Zone, a virtual Adventureland; the Score Zone, for superhero quests; the Create Zone, for artistic endeavors; and the Replay Zone for nostalgic fun. Anyway you cut it, you’re in the Zone at DisneyQuest!

CyberSpace Mountain – Design your own roller coaster on a computer, with special assistance from Bill Nye the Science Guy. Make it as scary as you want. When you’re done, jump in a simulator and ride your creation in full 360° motion… if you dare!
Height Requirement: 51″ (129.54 cm) or taller

Pirates of the Caribbean – Battle for Buccaneer Gold – Put on your headpiece to inhabit a world booming with swashbuckling action. Steer your ship, fire cannons at marauding buccaneers and race for the gold!
Height Requirement: 35″ (88.9 cm) or taller

Virtual Jungle Cruise – Hop on a raft with other team members, plunge down a prehistoric river in the Dinosaur Age and hang on for dear life as you try desperately to avoid “deadly” obstacles in the running rapids. You may even get splashed!

Aladdin’s Magic Carpet Ride –Enter the immersive, magical world of Agrabah as you put on a virtual-reality helmet and go on a whole new adventure. Take a magic carpet ride with beloved Characters from Disney’s “Aladdin.” It’s a trip you’ll never forget!

Invasion! An ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter – Launch into the cosmos aboard your own virtual-reality spaceship. Rescue humans kidnapped by aliens to become the hero in this breathtaking outer space adventure.

Buzz Lightyear’s Astroblasters – Pilot your own futuristic bumper car in a battle where you’re always under attack. Fight back by scooping up “cannonballs,” loading them into your blaster, and firing away at the other cars. It’s an asteroid-blasting game unlike any other!
Height Requirement: 51″ (129.54 cm) or taller

Animation Academy – Be a Disney animator! An instructor takes you through the process of drawing a Disney Character. You won’t believe what you are capable of creating!

Ride the Comix – Don your virtual-reality helmet and become a superhero, engaging in a cyber battle with comic book villains. Swing your laser sword in a fight to the finish!

Mighty Ducks Pinball Slam – Become a life-size pinball as you bounce off bumpers and flippers to score points and compete to become the Mightiest Duck of all!

DisneyQuest – It’s virtual magic!

Disney Quest Map
Disney Quest Map and Levels


Roget Rabbit at Walt Disney World

Roger Rabbit at the Disney-MGM Studios
Roger Rabbit and Eddie Valient references at the Disney-MGM Studios


Marron Studios billboard at the entrance to the Disney-MGM Studios circa 1990

Roger Rabbit photo op at the Disney-MGM Studios
Jessica Rabbit photo op at the Disney-MGM Studios

Roger Rabbit, Mickey Mouse and Michael Eisner
(from left to right)
Mickey Mouse, Michael Eisner and Roger Rabbit

Roger Rabbit at the 80's building at Disney's Pop Century Resort
Roger Rabbit at the 80’s building at Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Roger Rabbit Concept Art
Roger Rabbit Attraction Concept Art

Jessica's Of Hollywood
Jessica’s of Hollywood shop at Pleasure Island
Pleasure Island sign
Jessica later reappears on the Pleasure Island entrance sign

Jessica Rabbit at Walt Disney World
(before and after)


Peglegged Pete (extinct) at Walt Disney World’s Pirates of the Caribbean

Peglegged Pete

Peglegged Pete


Mission to Mars, (and that poor bird)

Mission to Mars
Mission to Mars

Mission to Mars bird
Mr. Johnson

Missino to Mars bird
The bird sets off the alarms

Mission to Mars bird
“The bird”

Mission: Space Control Room
Mission: Space Control Room

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