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Disney World, D.C.: The Dighton-Rehoboth Marching Band is on the move - News - The Taunton Daily Gazette, Taunton, MA - Taunton, MA







Many agents still provide services or have knowledge that you just cant get online and sometimes, especially in times of crisis, working with a real live person is just plain superior. Here are 10 reasons why they're still useful: ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT 1) They Are Educated and Have Personal Experience Simply put, they know more than you. They can give you insider tips and advice, using their education and personal experience to guide your vacation decisions in a way that provides you with the best vacation possible for you and your hard-earned investment. They have access to the personal feedback from hundreds of clients, and their own personal travel agent network, to provide insights you cant get on TripAdvisor or other social media sites. 2) They Have Clout Many travel agents develop personal relationships with individuals at the companies they sell. They leverage these relationships to get you things you cant get on your own. That sold out room or the connecting rooms you want for your extended family trip when the online sites say they arent available. They also have exclusive entree to experiences you might not know are available to you. 3) The Fixer In addition to getting you more on any particular trip, they can step in and fix things when your trip goes awry. The average consumer books one or two trips per year, typically with different travel suppliers, so they have little or no leverage when things go wrong. The travel agent is constantly selling a particular supplier and has the leverage to fix things, even when the supplier isnt directly at fault. Travel suppliers value the travel agents business much more than any individual traveler. They will step up to make things right or simply to make sure that traveler, and their travel agent, are happy. 4) Cost-Savings The best travel agents have unique access to benefits that can save you a lot of money and provide you with a better experience:free room upgrades, spa credits, food and beverage credits are just a few of the things that agents can get, that you cant. Add in hard-to-get restaurant reservations, exclusive or priority access to attractions, added amenities, and you will have a lot more value for your travel dollar. (Ever wonder why the couple in the cabin next to yours got champagne and you didn't? They probably used a travel agent) 5) Time-Savings Instead of searching blindly on the Internet for hours, days, or even weeks depending on the complexity of the travel plans you can have an expert do the research for you, with your personal needs in mind. They do it for every component of the tripand very often do it at no cost to you. 6) Safety Net If anything should go wrong during your trip, you can rely on them to assist you. A travel agent will suggest and arrange alternate travel arrangements , help you to deal with any travel emergency you may have, and put you in touch with the right local people to answer your needs. 7) On the Cutting Edge They are on the cutting edge of what's new: Travel agents are the first to know about a new resort, cruise ship or tour. They have relationships with their best travel partners who keep them informed as to the latest and greatest offerings they have. So if you want to travel on the latest and greatest, agents are the way to go!
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Europe says 'be our guest' to Disney Magical World | Joystiq







You can go fishing, do some gardening, manage a cafe, hunt ghosts and - most importantly of all - show off your ballroom moves on the dance floor. The game arrived in North America back in April after proving a hit in Japan, where it shipped 500,000 units . Nintendo also revealed the Pirates of the Caribbean DLC - again already out stateside - is coming to Europe in November, bringing more Captain Jack to the land of Captain Jack . Show full PR text PRESS RELEASE DISCOVER YOUR VERY OWN DISNEY KINGDOM IN DISNEY MAGICAL WORLD COMING TO NINTENDO 3DS ON 24th OCTOBER New Nintendo 3DS game is a portable dream come true for any Disney fan 30th July 2014 A whole new world awaits players in Disney Magical World, launching across Europe on 24th October for Nintendo 3DS and 2DS systems. After creating a personalised avatar and a customised dream life, players embark on a 3D fantasy adventure featuring more than 60 iconic Disney characters across a main central plaza and its surrounding worlds inspired by Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Aladdin and more. It's all Disney, all the time as players interact with beloved characters, manage a cafe to earn in-game coins, set off on ghost-hunting quests and even visit friends' towns via Local Play. Endless opportunities for creativity and customisation allow the imagination to run wild in Disney Magical World. With more than 1,000 items, players can hone their design skills to create hundreds of personalised Disney-themed outfits, accessories and furniture. Aspiring restaurateurs can design a cafe from its decor to its menu. As they foster its success through careful management, players can earn valuable in-game coins and even pique the interest of favourite Disney characters to stop by for a meal.
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Wagner Posted Jul. 28, 2014 @ 4:57 pm Updated at 5:01 PM Posted Jul. 28, 2014 @ 4:57 pm Updated at 5:01 PM Social News DIGHTON It has been a great summer and an even better month of July for the Dighton-Rehoboth Marching band. The band started the month by performing at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. That trip was followed by a rare honor in which they performed at the Washington, D.C. Independence Day (visit) parade. They were the only school in the state to be chosen to perform. The kids did a nice job representing, said 22-year director Doug Kelley.
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bugggg743622Greetings from Circle D Ranch at the Disneyland Resort . Let’s meet two more of the lucky horses that live here.




This is Finn.
Finn is a Brabant draft horse. He’s 11 years old, weighs 1,590 lbs and stands 17.2 hands tall. Finn came to the Disneyland Resort from Oakley, Calif., and took to his new life here, as they say, “like a duck to water.” In the relatively short time Finn has been a part of the Circle D team, he has pulled the Horse Drawn Streetcar on Main Street, U.S.A., pulled the carriage for the Disney Villains at Mickey’s Halloween Party , and was the star of the Happy Lunar http://annawilcoxflorida.wix.com/yummydisneydining New Year Celebration this January for The Year of the Horse. Finn is a very calm horse, and he loves attention.
This is Bug.
Bug is also a Brabant draft horse. He’s 10 years old, weighs 1,555 lbs and stands 17 hands. Bug also came to Circle D from Oakley, Calif. In fact, Bug and Finn were a show team before they came to the Disneyland Resort. Although they look as if they could be brothers, Bug is shorter and bulkier than Finn. And despite being one of Circle D’s smallest horses, Bug easily outweighs many of the horses that are taller than him, because he is so muscular. You can find Bug at the Big Thunder Ranch petting farm. Look to see if he’s there the next time you’re at Disneyland park!
Meet the Horses of the Disneyland Resort: Finn and Bug by Donna Fisk: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
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hmmmmm5378931At the beginning of June, I shared with you a first look at artwork created for a whole new line of Haunted Mansion authentic merchandise coming this fall my website to Disney Parks . Today, I’m beyond excited to give you a look at actual items we’ve created using that artwork. The toughest part for me was selecting which of the more than 100 new items to showcase in this story. Here is a look at some of my favorite things.


I’ll start with apparel which will include both long and short-sleeved options for women, men and children. I think my favorite new shirts are the ones that resemble the Cast Member costumes from the attraction. Some of the shirts will also include a glow-in-the-dark element.


For accessories, Guests will soon find several new jewelry items including awesome bat stanchion earrings. I particularly like the women’s shoes that use the infamous purple wallpaper pattern from the attraction. That wallpaper pattern will also be used on three new Dooney & Bourke items. You may recall the first Dooney & Bourke handbag we released last fall as seen in this story . That original handbag will return with the three new items this fall. All the new items will have a purple colored liner not red like the first incarnation.


The home décor team will add to their assortment of amazing things I first shared in February 2013 . The original nine items were incredibly detailed and these new items follow in that tradition. This fall, Guests will find new drinkware, dinnerware (plates, bowls, wine glasses), figurines, bookends, cloth napkins, tablemats, and much more. I love the beautiful urn, and the bat stanchion ice cube tray will soon be making ice cubes in my freezer at home.
Look for these items in select locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts in the coming months. Select items will also be carried on our Disney Parks online store .
Which items do you want to follow you home? Please share in the comments below.
First Look at New Haunted Mansion Merchandise Appearing This Fall at Disney Parks by Steven Miller: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
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Change your Amount Of Sleep | StyleBlazer





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The panel featured the male director and three male stars. Evangeline Lilly was also there. Shell play Hope Pym who is not a superhero. When director Edgar Wright left the film in May, Disney didnt go to a woman to replace him. Instead theyre banking on Peyton Reed whos most famous film are Yes Man and Bring It On. The Women of Comic Con Then fans were thrilled to welcome almost all of the members of the new Avengers movie, Age of Ultron. Of the 12 people on the panel, only two were women. To be fair, actress Scarlett Johansson was not able to attend because shes close to giving birth.
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The last revelation was our actual bra size and now, studies are showing that the amount of sleep we thought we needed is a total lie. Dum-dum-duuum. [ READ More ] Refinery 29 just got a major addition to their team with the hiring of Lauren Zalaznick. The former NBCU exec recently became an executive director for the lifestyle website, bringing all eyes to the world of tech. If all eyes werent there already. [ READ More ] The visual universal studios orlando results are very interesting when you replace a woman with a man in a fashion ad. Holly Eagleson and Lauren Wade did this for the Take Part project and open up serious questions about sexism. [ SEE More ] Life is about to get much more easier after you read this: Ever fret about drying your hair in the summer? Well theres actually more than one way to avoid doing it and not look like a shaggy dog.
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This week, one of my favorite photos we shared on the Disney Parks Blog was this shot of Maleficent, who is planned to appear at this year’s Villains Unleashed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios . Be sure to check out Shawn Slater ’s original post for details on the fiendish fun!


And speaking of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we also shared a photo look inside Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and Oaken’s Frozen Funland , which are part of the fun of the Frozen Summer celebration.
This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios by http://diydisney.blog.com Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
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Send Thanks! A link has been sent. Done Mary Poppins won't work for minimum wage By Katie Lobosco 7 hours ago 0 shares Done You'd think magical powers would entitle Mary Poppins to more than $7.25 an hour. But in a parody from Funny or Die, the Disney character (played by Kristin Bell) is quitting her job because that's all the Banks family will pay her. She struggles to view make ends meet while making $7.25, the federal minimum wage, pleading for a $3 raise. "In every job that must be done, you must be paid in more than fun," she sings, a play on an original Mary Poppins song. Related: LA hotel workers could get highest minimum wage in the U.S. Plenty of people in the real world agree. 71% of people surveyed by CNNMoney favor an unspecified hike in the federal minimum wage. Meanwhile, 36% said it should be increased to $10.10 an hour , which is what Senate Democrats and President Obama have proposed.
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The World Comes to Los Angeles: Special Olympics Kicks off the One-Year Countdown to the 2015 World Games - Yahoo Finance







While last year Marvel reacquired Daredevil from Twentieth Century Fox, Jessica Jones was earlier scheduled to be an ABC series. Apart from these four series, the deal with Netflix also includes a miniseries TV event, primarily based on The Defenders to be streamed. Moreover, maintaining its trend in the film business, Marvels TV shows will also work within the same universe. Hence, all the Netflix shows will have interconnections with Agents of SHIELD and The Avengers. Both Disney and Netflix are positive about this partnership, which in turn is dependent upon the audience response to these releases. Though Agents of SHIELD had to struggle its way, as per media reports, Daredevil is likely to be a hit in the world of television as relentless effort is being invested in its making, since it is to set the theme of the Defenders universe. We believe that Disney is likely to gain from this collaboration, given the popularity of both Marvel and Netflixs series. Also, we believe that Marvels entry into the TV world is likely to augment Disneys subscribers, enhance its revenues, introduce new licensing opportunities for the company and drive its success.
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To help raise funds to cover costs associated with the visiting athletes, please visit www.support.la2015.org . For more information about the World Games, please visit www.LA2015.org/one-year-away and on social with #TheWorldisComing on Facebook , Twitter or Instagram . About the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games - being staged in Los Angeles July 25 - August 2, 2015 - will be the largest sports-and-humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games, with the unparalleled spirit, enthusiasm, teamwork, joy and displays of courage and skill that are hallmarks of all Special Olympics events, will feature 25 Olympic-style sports in venues throughout the Los Angeles region. The Opening Ceremony, to be held July 25, 2015, in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, is expected to attract 80,000 spectators. On April 30, 2014, LA2015 and ESPN announced a global programming deal that will see ESPN bring coverage of World Games to millions of fans around the world. Honorary Chairs of the Games are President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Governor Jerry Brown serving as Honorary Hosts. Current Founding Champions and sponsors include The Coca-Cola Company, Mattel, Deloitte, Toyota, Kaiser Permanente, Davis Elen Advertising, AEG, David Geffen, Steven Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw, The Walt Disney Company, Knights of Columbus and Bank of America.
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Have you had a chance to experience the “Frozen” Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios yet?


Earlier this month, we shared a look at the new “ Frozen Fireworks ” show that light up each night. This week we’re taking a look inside Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post , a location main page set up adjacent to Toy Story Mania! that offers “Frozen” merchandise, ice skating, a snow play area for kids, themed treats, and fun photo ops.
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Snaps To Riches: The Rise Of Snapchat Celebrities - Forbes





In one Snapchat stunt, Jarre found his way into the Snapchat headquarters -- and Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel made a cameo appearance.

The company is now developing Avatar Land based on the hit movie Avatar at the Animal Kingdom park. Avatar Land is part of the largest expansion in the history of the Animal Kingdom. The new rides and development help attract repeat visitation to the theme park. Since theme parks are a destination for leisure activities, per capita guest spending and attendance is somewhat linked to the state of the economy and overall consumer spending, which has been on an uptrend. It has moved from $10,373 billion in January 2011 to $10,912 billion in January 2014. We expect the growth to continue and estimate Disney's U.S. theme parks attendance to reach above 95 million by the end of our forecast period. We estimate per capita guest spend to grow at an average annual rate of 4% to $164 by 2020.
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Walt Disney World Resort Update (Walt Disney World Resort Update) by Marie Rossiter







Niche , a company that helps brands connect with social media stars on platforms like Instagram and Vine, is working with Michael Platco, or mplatco , a 25-year-old Snapchat artist who has done branded content for Disney and Grubhub . Were incredibly bullish on Snapchat as a new medium, said Darren Lachtman, the co-founder of Niche. Tons of our brand clients are asking what we check this out can do on the Snapchat stage. We havent done standalone Snapchat campaigns, but if we talk again in a month Im sure thats going to be different. Jerome Jarre , a 24-year-old Vine star and a GrapeStory co-founder, believes Snapchat is the future. Jarre gained millions of followers on Vine with goofy videos starring unsuspecting strangers. But in the past month, he has set Vine aside and shifted his focus almost entirely to Snapchat. He tweets constantly about his new Snapchat stories, consults with McBride when brainstorming Snapchat ideas and is convinced McBride is on the verge of making it big, just like he did last year on Vine. I remember the month I moved from 20,000 to 1 million followers, Jarre said.
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Downtown Disney Lots H, I, J, and K (in Westside area) closed until further notice for Disney Springs construction. Downtown Disney Bridge 4 and restrooms on Pleasure Island are temporarily closed for ongoing construction work. Cirque du Soleil La Nouba performs Tuesdays through Saturdays. Current Discounts & Promotions Note: MousePlanet does not edit past Updates to reflect price increases; for up-to-date prices, check the most recent Walt Disney World Resort Update. For your convenience, we have grouped the discount offers based on the intended audience. Check out the category that best matches you, and pick the offer that works best for you. And keep those tips cominglet us know if you find a better or different offer, so we can share it with other readers! Discounts for Everyone 2014 Free Dining offer for general public Sue from Small World Vacations reports the general public can book a free dining package for specific dates beginning Wednesday, May 7. Offer details: Disney's Holiday D-Lights (offered seasonally) Disney's Yuletide Fantasy (offered seasonally) 10 percent off select restaurants Disney Visa cardholders receive 10 percent off the check when you pay with a Disney's Visa Card and/or Disney Rewards Redemption Card (be sure to request the discount).
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GHC897666We’ve been making Mondays happier for our online fans and guests this summer, and now we want to know … what makes you happiest about the Happiest Place on Earth? From now until September 1, we’re inviting you to share photos on Instagram showing what makes you happy about the Disneyland Resort for a chance to win a vacation!




Entering is easy. Just snap a photo of something that makes you happy about Disneyland Resort. The characters? The rides? The food? Get creative and share photos from the parks or at home! Post your photo on Instagram with the hashtag #GetHappierContest in the description for a chance to win. Each week, one lucky fan will win a Disneyland Resort gift basket. And the grand prize is a trip for four to the Disneyland Resort – including airfare, transportation, hotel and 3-Day Park Hopper tickets!


For more information, visit GetHappierContest.com .
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. The Disneyland® Share What Makes You Happy Contest begins 12:00:00 PM ET on 7/21/14 and ends 11:59:59 PM ET 9/1/14. Promotion consists of 6 separate contest periods, each with its own entry phase and judging phase. Open to eligible legal residents of 50 U.S./D.C., who are at least 18 years old or the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at time of entry. Void elsewhere and where prohibited. Click on Official Rules for details on entry instructions, entry phase and judging phase dates, judging criteria, prize details, restrictions, etc. Sponsor: Disney Destinations, LLC, P.O. Box 10000, free Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830.
Please see the Official Rules for complete prize details.
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CRR557641Our rain dance seemed to finally scare off the clouds and bring out the sun here in Costa Rica! Continuing on our teen-focused Adventures by Disney trip, we set off on our white water rafting adventure along the beautiful Tenorio River .




While shooting down the roaring rapids and bobbing over gushing waters, I captured some great action shots of our teens rafting down the Tenorio. I have to say, they braved the rapids really well (I’ll let this photo speak for itself)!


After our journey through the river, we were treated to some incredible views in Guanacaste, with views overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The natural beauty of this place is absolutely incredible and provided us with some great photo opportunities. With the weather conditions finally improving, our teen photographers started snapping away at photos of the magnificent sunset!
As another action-filled day came to an end, our teens showed off their creative side with some really neat late-night light painting on the beach.
Tomorrow we http://awildrideorlando.tumblr.com/ will be on a catamaran adventure, where the teens will be snorkeling and shooting some great photos with their Nikon Coolpix water-proof cameras. Dive in with us as we continue on our journey with Adventures by Disney!
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