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Mickey Mouse in Technicolor

Mickey Mouse plush toys are now available in pop colors. Check out this colorful display at the Emporium in the Magic Kingdom.

Time Saving Tip: Single-Rider Line


The single-rider queue is one way to avoid long lines at Disney World. Look for single-rider queues on:
  • Rock 'N' Roller Coast at Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • Test Track at Epcot
Read more about how to avoid long lines at Disney World on Page 12 of Mouse Map, the ultimate Disney World map guide.

Disney Parks Celebrates Volunteerism!

During 2010, Disney is celebrating -- encouraging, in fact -- volunteerism by offering one-day free theme park admission for anyone who completes a day of volunteer service with one of their partner organizations. This video tells the story!

For more information: Visit the "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" website. We also have a brief overview on Page 9 of Mouse Map.

Magic Kingdom Afternoon Parade

When the Magic Kingdom is crowded. Frontierland is my favorite spot for viewing the afternoon parade.

Nov. 15-16: Last Super Soap Weekend at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Wow! This was a surprise! This is the last year that Disney is going to host the Super Soap Weekend at Disney's Hollywood Studios, the perfect spots on your Walt Disney World maps to live out your television fantasies. (Ok, so that's a stretch... but it really is the place at Disney World that celebrates the world of TV, film and music!)

Cameron Mathison will be the featured star. Joining him are 30 stars from the ABC daytime dramas: Thorsten Kaye, Aiden Turner and Rebecca Budig from “All My Children,” Erika Slezak, Michael Easton and Kristen Alderson from “One Life to Live,” and Laura Wright, Kelly Monaco and Jason Thompson from “General Hospital.” will reveal the full Super Soap Weekend all-star lineup on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

So here's the official scoop on why this is the last Super Soap Weekend:

This year will mark the last Super Soap Weekend in Orlando as ABC’s Daytime Division embarks on the 2009 Soap Nation Tour, a collection of nationwide events designed to interact with fans on a year-round basis offering greater access to stars in more cities, more often. The final Walt Disney World weekend will be dedicated to the fans with special retrospectives and exclusive productions.

What does this mean for guests? First of all, some very special events! The word is that special trivia and commemorative clip packages will honor the 45th anniversary of “General Hospital,” the 40th anniversary of “One Life to Live,” “All My Children’s” 10,000th episode, and past Super Soap Weekends will be shown during the event. Expect lots of interactive events, including new mobile programs and text trivia. A special musical number will be developed for Colgate Total Street Jam that honors the final event, as well.

Of course, guests will have the opportunity to meet favorite stars from “All My Children,” “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital.” Festivities include celebrity motorcades, autograph sessions, game shows, interviews and the chance to purchase one-of-a-kind memorabilia from each of the shows. The Colgate Total Street Jam will close the event each day with live musical performances by some favorite daytime stars.

And most importantly, expect crowds... large crowds! Super Soap Weekend is always very popular and the "swan song" will most likely bring out even larger crowds. So be sure to study your Disney's Hollywood Studios map and the daily schedule, and plan to arrive before park opening!

Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios

If you've ever thought about heading to Disney World in June *just* to see Star Wars Weekends, then you just gotta see this video:


American Idol David Cook hits Disney's Hollywood Studios

Looks like the team at Disney World are making progress on the new American Idol Experience. The new idol, David Cook ... who I think totally rocks ... has recorded some video segments that will be used in the attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Here's a look inside:

The American Idol Experience is scheduled to open in January 2009, so you idol wannabes have a while to wait.

And in case you're wondering where Idol is going to appear on Disney World maps... This new attraction is taking over the ABC Theater area on Echo Lake, near the giant hat at the end of Hollywood Boulevard. Should look great!

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