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So…did anything happen in the world of Disney Parks this week?  In case you didn’t hear about Disney’s new relationship with James Cameron and Avatar, the podcasts, websites and more that we sponsor have you covered.  Check out all the debate and details about Avatar as well as all the other things going on in the Disney community in this week’s FriendFeed.

For the straight news aspect of the announcement, look no further than the Mouseplanet Walt Disney World Update.  Mark Goldhaber has you covered with the facts of what’s going on with Disney and Avatar.

The WDW Today boys gathered on Friday’s show to give their unique take on the Avatar news.  Matt, Mike, Mike and Len discussed what we know so far and what effect this new land will have on Animal Kingdom.  Listen to the show for a unique perspective on what’s coming.

If you need still more Avatar coverage, you can head over to AllEars.Net for a full report.  But that’s the tip of the iceberg.  You need to subscribe to the All Ears Newsletter, because Disney historian Jim Korkis has been cranking out Disney history articles exclusively for subscribers, and these are must reads for those of you who love things Disney used to have.

It’s still good to be Lou Mongello, as he returned from Disney’s Aulani Resort in time to catch the news about Avatar and discuss it on this week’s WDW Newscast.  While you’re over at Lou’s web site, check out his videos from Aulani as well, including the great recap of the Menehune Adventure Trail Scavenger Hunt.

There’s more Avatar and Aulani over at Dateline Disneyland.  This week the report from Micechat gives us some great pictures from the opening of Disney’s Aulani Resort, and pictures inside the rooms!  Then, get still more info on Avatar.

If the Avatar news has you so excited you’re thinking of purchasing an Annual Pass to visit Walt Disney World more often, then the Be Our Guest Podcast has you covered.  On one of their shows this week, the gang discussed the ins and outs of Annual Passes, giving a great overview of what you need to know.

The addition of Avatar to Animal Kingdom is still several years away, but a big change is coming to Disney California Adventure right now.  The revamped Buena Vista Street will open next year, and Disneyland Live has a sneak peek of what Disney’s Imagineers are up to right now.  The Blue Sky Cellar walkthrough of Buena Vista Street is definitely worth checking out.

Ever have an experience with a Disney attraction or product that just changes the way you think about things?  For me, that was Virtual Magic Kingdom, the now defunct online world where your character got to experience the Magic Kingdom in a brand new way.  On this week’s Betamouse, Virtual Magic Kingdom was the topic.  I recommend you all listen and realize what an awesome thing Disney had once upon a time.

Speaking of once upon a time, on this week’s Disney Film Project Podcast, the team covers the 1992 cult classic Newsies, with special guest star Henry Work, lead developer for  Join me, fellow blogger Todd Perlmutter, Briana Alessio, and Todd’s wife Cheryl for a fun discussion of this Kenny Ortega-directed Disney musical.

Let’s not forget, by the way, that this weekend is Walt Disney World’s 40th Anniversary.  The WEDway Radio guys have you covered, as they finish their series on the decades of WDW with a look at the 2000’s.

Can you imagine what it would have been like to have Walt Disney as a grandfather?  Five of Walt’s grandchildren gathered at the Walt Disney Family Museum to discuss that very topic, and Mousetalgia was there to provide a full report.

That’s what we’ve been looking at from our sponsored podcasts and websites this week. Go check ’em out!

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