Richard Petty Driving Experience Extended Until August 9th

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The Richard Petty Driving Experience and Exotic Driving has received a brief reprieve from Walt Disney World and will now remain open until August 9th. This gives Florida residents more time to enjoy a special 25% discount before Disney moves in and demolishes the Walt Disney World Speedway for a transportation project.

“Any Florida resident can take advantage of this offer, and time is running out to drive on this iconic track before it’s closing on August 9,” said Chris Kirby, director of marketing for Petty Holdings, LLC, parent company of Richard Petty Driving Experience and Exotic Driving Experience. “Who wouldn’t love to ditch their ride for a day and take a spin in a $300,000 Ferrari or a 600 HP stock car?”

The Richard Petty Driving Experience offers you the chance to drive 600 horse power real race cars, of you can choose the ride along program. There’s also a kid’s ride along program. Exotic driving might be your only chance to drive a supercar like Ferrari, Lamborghini, or Porsche.

Walt Disney World has not officially announced what they’ll do with the property where Walt Disney World speedway currently sits. But the parking situation at the TTC has been really stressed on busy days, so it’s likely the new enhancements will help alleviate that, at least in part.

Florida residents can find out more information about RPDE program offerings, dates and times, and book their discounted stock car driving experience by visiting drivepetty.com/fl.

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Happy 28th Birthday Disney Store

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Our new guest author Sabrina Jones baked a cookie cake for The Disney Store’s 28th birthday today.

If you can’t make it out to your local store for the celebration, you can take advantage of today’s discounts at the online store. Save 28% with the code: HAPPY28

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Own a figure of yourself as a Jedi or TIE-fighter Pilot when D-Tech Me Figures returns to Star Wars Weekends

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The last few years Star Wars Weekends has had some great merchandise, but the biggest splash was made by D-Tech Me, which let you put your face on a Stormtrooper, X-Wing pilot, or be cast in carbon freeze like Han Solo was.

This year they’re offering you the chance to be a Jedi Knight or a TIE-Fighter Pilot. Plus they’re bringing back the old favorites. Including a female option for the stormtrooper and an Alderaan Princess figure (aka Princess Leia).

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The technique was developed by Disney Research labs and takes a single-shot 3D face scan and then sends it to a 3D printer to create the figurine. The scan takes about 10 minutes and the figure is shipped to you about 6-8 weeks after the experience.

The figures aren’t cheap, the 7-inch figure is $119.95 and a 16-inch figure costs $999.95. Neither price includes shipping or sales tax.

It is recommended that guests book their experience by calling 407-WDW-TECH (407-939-8324) starting March 26. Disney will only offer the experience during Star Wars Weekends 2015 (May 15 – 17, May 22-24, May 29-31, June 5-7, and June 12-14).

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Go inside the world of DisneyNature Monkey Kingdom with conservationist Dr. M. Sanjayan

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Dr. M. Sanjayan is a former lead scientist for Nature Conservancy and currently a VP of Conservation International. He travels the world helping conversationalists make the connections they need to save the planet.

DisneyNature invited Dr. Sanjayan to tour the world of it’s new film Monkey Kingdom as their ambassador. A portion of the first-week ticket sales will be put toward forest conservation in Indonesia, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka.

Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in “Monkey Kingdom,” Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes son Kip into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share of colorful personalities—and she’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world. When their longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by powerful neighboring monkeys, Maya’s whole family retreats, and she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to uncover untapped resources amidst strange new creatures and unsettling surroundings. Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya can hopefully realize her dreams for her son’s future.

Narrated by Tina Fey, directed by Mark Linfield, co-directed by Alastair Fothergill and featuring music from award-winning composer Harry Gregson-Williams, “Monkey Kingdom” swings into theaters April 17, 2015.

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Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and Tiki Terrace Preview

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File under: They must really need a drink. A couple Tiki Bar die-hards have actually been spotted waiting outside the future home of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and Tiki Terrace inside the Polynesian Village Resort. Disney World just announced they’ll be waiting a bit longer as the official opening date is still not set. However, it’s expected to be sometime late-April with soft openings coming a bit sooner  (tomorrow). Apparently, they’re waiting for the themed Tiki souvenir glassware to arrive.

According to Disney,

Founded by Adventureland’s famous “head” salesman, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto has some similarities to the Anaheim original. But at Walt Disney World Resort, the magical theming reflects its new resort location. This enchanted South Seas hideaway welcomes guests to explore a menu of “magical tropical drinks and food,” and while this new version shares a few cocktails and small plates, Beverage Manager Brad Ward, Chef Lenny DeGeorge, and the Concept Development team have created new menu items just for the Walt Disney World Resort Trader Sam’s

Sounds great. I can’t wait to get inside either. I guess I’ll have to line up with everyone else. The good news is Disney did release a photo from inside the tiki bar and some shots of very delicious looking drinks and small-bites.

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