Disney Hires New Head of Casting

Disney got a new head of casting when it hired Randi Hiller to fill the slot of VP of casting. The post had been vacant since February's layoffs.

Hiller, an independent casting director with more than twenty years of experience, has worked on Marvel pictures in the past, including "The Avengers," "Thor," and "Iron Man 2." Her resume also includes a few past Disney pics - "Miracle" and "Race to Witch Mountain." She is also noted for her work on the Oscar-winner "Crash."

Construction on Four Seasons to Begin in December

Earlier this summer, we brought you a snippet about the Four Seasons hotel opening being delayed until 2014. Now, news out of Orlando is that the upscale hotel company has the funds in place and expects to begin construction this December.

The amount of financing Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts now has to start the long-planned project is said to be $360 million.

The Florida Project Takes Place at Epcot This Weekend

Epcot will be the place for many dedicated pin traders this weekend as it is set to host the Disney Trade Celebration. This year's event, called the Florida Project, starts today and focuses on giving pin and Vinylmation enthusiasts opportunities to swap pins, participate in silent auctions and meet Disney pin artist and developers.

Today and Saturday are focused on pin trading from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guests can expect a wide variety of pins, some featuring a retro or nostalgic feel as WDW gears up to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Guests "Stranded" on "Pirates" at WDW

News out of Orlando has it that some guests were caught on board Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" for at least an hour Sunday night. Some guests are reporting the ride stopped running sometime around 10:30 p.m. on September 4 resulting in an hour to two hour wait before exiting the ride was made possible.

Disney has said it attempted to automatically restart the ride; eventually, the ride was started manually. An apology to all riders affected by the delay was issued by Disney, and the company is working on settling any guest inconvenience on a case-by-case basis.

Beware of Pizza Scam at Disney

Visiting Mickey and friends in Orlando any time soon? You might want to skip that pizza after a long day at the parks - especially if it's offered from a flyer.

It appears some identity thieves are out to grab your credit card info by slipping phony pizza advertisements under hotel doors. Instead of ringing up a pizza parlor, the number is straight to someone who's after an identity and not an order.

Walt Disney World Gets New Monorail

WDW will soon have twelve monorail trains in its collection as they plan to add a new train to its fleet this fall.

The new train will make an even dozen monorails in the Disney collection. The last time Disney had a full twelve trains was prior to the July 2009 accident that resulted in the death of a driver. Since then, WDW has been running eleven monorails.

New Disney Vinylmation Collectibles Unveiled

Attention Disney collectors! This week, Disney has chosen to debut two new Vinylmation collections at this year's Comi-Con.

First is the Robots Vinylmation series which was unveiled just two days ago at the annual convention. This line takes a cue and inspiration from wind-up toys of the 1950's.

There are a dozen of the three-inch figures that sell for $9.95 as well as three
nine-inch figures that retail for $39.95. Look for this line to be available for purchase in Disney stores today.

"Up" House For Sale

File this one under the "whimsy yet cool" file: a construction company has built a life-size replica of the house from the movie "Up."

Keep in mind, this isn't the same house used in the Discovery Channel's experiment earlier this year. After getting the green light from Disney, Bangerter Homes constructed a 2,800 square foot model of Carl & Ellie's house and included some neat details from the film - including Ellie's mural in the living room.

Tinkerbell To Return to Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom is preparing to welcome back Tinkerbell and her Fairy Friends later this month.

After Toontown closed as part of the ongoing Fantasyland Expansion, Tinkerbell and the Fairies were temporarily moved to Epcot. Now, they have a new place at the Adventureland Veranda in the MK to meet and greet their fans.

Look for Tinkerbell and the Disney Fairies in their new home starting July 28.

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Movie Buzz: "King of the Elves" and a 5th "Pirates"

Here's another round of movie buzz for my fellow Disney lovers, including a bit about a new animated film and a possible fifth return of Jack Sparrow.

First off, it looks like a project that was originally announced back in 2008 has received the go-ahead. Disney announced recently that they are moving forward with the animated feature "King of the Elves."

The story, based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, will tell the tale of a group of elves who are saved by a human from an evil troll and thus declare said human to be their king.

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Introducing Peru Alto Maya From Joffery's Coffee And Disney

Disney fans can be pretty dedicated to their coffee, and whether they prefer Starbucks or Joffery's you don't want to get between them and their caffeine fix. Yesterday, Disney announced a brand new brew that not only provides support to fans looking for a great cuppa joe, but supports their mission of conservation around the world.

A Few Drinks At Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar

My 22 year old son and I have a running "argument" over which one of us drank more on our last Disney trip. He's sure it was him, but I think he just didn't want to have to tell his friends that is was totally his Mom. Regardless of who downed more delicious Disney cocktails on the trip - we started it all off with rounds at the fantastically fun Indiana Jones themed location at Disney Springs - Jock Lindey's Hangar Bar.

Souvenir Sensation: Lucky Bamboo

Mombasa Marketplace in Harambe Village at Disney's Animal Kingdom offers a plethora of delightful souvenirs. Here guests can find everything from plushies to dishes, and dumbecks to jewelry, whatever lovely African inspired things tickle their fancy. Amongst the treasures, guest can also make a purchase that allows them to go home with something to help the Disney Park's mission grow.

10 Ideas For Valentines At Walt Disney World That Don’t Add Extra Expense

We all know that Disney vacations don't come cheap, and extra experiences can add a cost that not everyone can manage. Never fear Valentines Walt Disney World is full of romantic opportunities just waiting to be taken advantage of. Last year we posted a list of 5 Romantic Things To Do At Disney For Free, this year we've come up with even more ideas to add a bit of romance to your Disney vacation without adding extra expense.

Guest Review: Express Transportation At Walt Disney World Parks

Disney is offering a new service to get you quickly from park to park called Express Transportation. My husband and I had the chance to try it out over the weekend and loved it!

UPDATE 2018! Alas - Walt Disney World no longer offers Express Transportation service between Parks.

Start Your Day of Adventure At Creature Comforts In Disney's Animal Kingdom

I'm one of those girls that needs her morning coffee, and when I'm headed out for a day at a Disney Park, the first thing I do is figure out where the Starbucks is. At Disney's Animal Kingdom, you can be sure that I'll be making my way to Creature Comforts... because that's exactly what I need.

My Five Favorite Things About The Disney Cruise Line

I've been dreaming of going back to sea, as tends to happen this time of year. If like me you yearn to slow down and relax while soaking up some serious tropical sun, maybe it's time you take a Disney Cruise. Leaving from Port Canaveral (and other Ports around the world) the Disney Cruise Line offers an escape beyond compare, and I thought I would let you in on the five things that I love most.

Sunny For Springtime Minnie Mouse Rocks The Dots

As the cold wind blow across the majority of the country, winter weary folks turn their thoughts to a sunny springtime attitude. If you need a little help perking up your wardrobe Minnie Mouse has just the thing you need with this bright and cheerful collection of stylish merchandise rocking those classic dots.

The Boathouse at Disney Springs Offers Lunch & Launch

The BOATHOUSE at Disney Spring is one of many fabulous eateries that are taking the shopping, dining, and entertainment complex to another level. The massive Boathouse complex holds three bars, several dining rooms that seat a total of 600 people, a museum quality collection of rare boats, a gift shop, and the launch for one of the most unique experiences anywhere - Vintage Amphicar Tours of Disney Springs.

Grab A Quick Bite At Sunshine Seasons In Epcot

There's one restaurant at Epcot that I never plan on eating at, but somehow always end up at - Sunshine Seasons. Located on the lower level of Epcot's Land Pavilion, Sunshine Seasons is a food court style quick serve location that is always bustling with energy. Whether you're looking for a hearty lunch, or just a quick snack to grab and go, there's sure to be something waiting for you at Sunshine Seasons.