Celebrity Spotting: Steve Carell meets Minnie Mouse at EPCOT

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Actor and comedian Steve Carell visited EPCOT on March 28, 2015 where me met with Minnie Mouse and enjoyed the sights, smells, and tastes of the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival. Carell was visiting Walt Disney World on a family vacation.

That’s the one thing about Orlando, sooner or later, everyone comes to visit. Which celebrities have you spotted in the parks?

(Photo courtesy Disney. Chloe Rice, photographer)

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Star Tours gets a new sponsor and some cool headphones

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SMS Audio, LLC, an audio headphone brand, and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts have entered into a multi-year strategic alliance naming SMS Audio the official headphones of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. As part of this partnership, the Star Tours attraction at Walt Disney World will get a new sponsor.

You’ll also find SMS Audio products, including Star Wars First Edition SMS Audio headphones available for purchase now at select locations throughout Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. In the spring, the Second Edition Star Wars SMS Audio headphone collection will be available depicting fan favorite themes such as Tie Fighter, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and Darth Vader.

The sponsorship program will also The Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend and Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend, both at Disneyland Resort in California.

In addition, SMS Audio has been named the Official Headphones of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club. Along with product opportunities for D23 Members, SMS Audio will be a part of this year’s D23 EXPO 2015: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event, taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center August 14–16, 2015.

“This alliance brings together two companies who share a commitment to providing high-quality entertainment experiences,” said Tiffany Rende, senior vice president of Disney Corporate Alliances and Operating Participants. “We’re thrilled to have SMS Audio join us as we continue to enhance our guest offerings.“

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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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