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Previous $1 million Powerball winner hits $850 thousand casino jackpot

CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. (KKTV) – One lucky woman from Colorado Springs just hit the jackpot – again.

The woman, identified as Rebecca, won Cripple Creek’s Wildwood Casino’s largest jackpot in the casino’s history. While playing a Wheel of Fortune progressive slot machine over the weekend, she won a whopping $805,329.80.

Even more impressive, in 2007, she won the $1 million Powerball.

“I guess I’m just a lucky person,” said Rebecca according to a release sent Monday.

Rebecca said she was at the casino celebrating her father’s birthday.

The winner beat out the previous jackpot record for the casino from 2011 of $678,198.

“I’ve been in the gaming industry in this town for 26 years and have never seen a jackpot of this size,” said Wildwood’s director of gaming, Mike Chaput. “What a fun day for all who were involved.”

Beauty and the Beast Premiered Aboard Disney Cruise Line and We Can’t Wait to See It

Get ready, everyone, because it’s time to sail away from this provincial life and find adventure in the great wide somewhere—out in the ocean with Disney Cruise Line aboard the Disney Dream! We were able to see a sneak peek of the brand-new musical production of Beauty of the Beast earlier in the year, but now the tale as old as time has officially taken to the stage. Inspired by the live-action film while still weaving in everything we love about the animated classic, the Disney Cruise Line musical will bring the story to life in the 1,340-seat Walt Disney Theater—combining classic storytelling elements and cutting-edge technology. Our favorite songs that we love to sing along to will be in the show, as well as new costumes and puppetry. The creative team includes director and choreographer Connor Gallagher (Tangled: The Musical) and writer Sara Wordsworth (Frozen, A Musical Spectacular), so it’s bound to be epic! Here are some more details about the show that we’re really looking forward to seeing on stage:

The Set
Drawing inspiration from the live-action film, set designer Jason Sherwood and video designer Aaron Rhyne, who both worked on Disney Cruise Line’s Frozen, A Musical Spectacular, used the scenic motif of a music box to guide audiences through the story. On top of that, the lighting design by four-time Tony Award-nominated Japhy Weideman is sure to make every moment of the musical magical. We’re getting emotional just imagining all this right now.

The Music
Matt Castle and Frank Galgano (Into the Woods) created the arrangements and orchestrations for the musical that we’ll be sure to be humming for days! The production features songs from the original soundtrack by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman—as well as Menken and lyricist Tim Rice’s “How Does a Moment Last Forever” and “Days in the Sun” from the live-action film. And “Be Our Guest”—perhaps the song we sing along to most passionately—is re-imagined for the stage as a full-fledged multi-course French dinner extraordinaire, complete with choreography and dazzling visual effects. We’ve never been more excited to try the grey stuff!

The Puppets
Costume designer Sarah Cubbage and puppet designer Jeff Conover worked their magic to give life to the enchanted objects, including our fave characters like Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, and Cogsworth. Hearing all this gives us life!

Beauty and the Beast has already debuted on the Disney Dream (which sails three and four-night cruises to the Bahamas from Port Canaveral, Florida). We’re ready to embark on a musical voyage and fall in love with the enchanting fairytale all over again!

Music and lyrics for “Belle (Reprise)” were written by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.

YOU HAVE TO SEE EVERY DRESS FROM THIS DISNEY-INSPIRED COUTURE COLLECTION

One of the reasons why Disney and fashion work so well together is that each has a magical quality. The timeless Disney stories we all love are filled to the brim with magical moments. Fashion, and in particular, couture gowns, can have an ethereal element to them that sparkles as much as Cinderella’s blue ballgown.

And at the Paolo Sebastian Spring/Summer 2018 show, Australian designer Paul Vasileff combined the magic that we know and love from our favorite Disney stories along with his signature dreamy aesthetic, to create a collection of gowns that you’ll definitely be swooning over.

The show, appropriately titled “Once Upon a Dream,” featured 34 one-of-a-kind dresses inspired by Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, and more. We also loved that there were Snow White-inspired gowns, perfectly timed for the film’s 80th anniversary later this year.

Stay tuned to Disney Style, as we’ll have more behind the scenes from the Paolo Sebastian show soon!

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MICKEY MOUSE AND KIEHL’S GIVE BACK IN AN INCREDIBLE NEW HOLIDAY COLLECTION

Ilana Gelfand

DISNEY STYLE CONTRIBUTOR

It’s definitely not too early to start thinking about the holidays, and on November 2 the perfect gifting collection launches from premium beauty brand Kiehl’s. We’re even more excited to announce that this charitable collection from Kiehl’s will be starring our beloved Mickey Mouse!

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For a little bit of background, Kiehl’s—the 166-year-old cosmetics brand focused on skin, hair, and body care—has released a Limited Edition Charitable Holiday collection for the past nine years. The collection comes curated with must-own care products, and 100 percent of the proceeds, up to $100,000, go to Feeding America—the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. To break it down, purchase of the Disney x Kiehl’s collection will be able to feed about 1.1M families this holiday season. Pretty amazing, right?Since Disney has always been committed to creating healthier generations, and Kiehl’s products make for great gifts to any and everyone, we couldn’t think of a better match for the holidays. Plus, the products are pretty perfectly packaged for any Mickey fan in your life. See for yourself!

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The Mickey Mouse Kiehl’s Collection will be available in stores and online November 2!

5000 Abandoned Bikes From ‘Burning Man’ to Be Given New Life in Hurricane-Ravaged Towns

Over 5,000 bicycles that were abandoned at this year’s Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert are to be given new life benefitting victims of Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Maria.

The photo of the dusty bikes originally sparked controversy in light of the obvious betrayal of the Burning Man tenet “Leave No Trace” – but now, volunteers are refurbishing the bicycles for new homes across the country.

The workers who rounded up the bicycles in Black Rock Desert have already begun cleaning and prepping over 100 bikes for shipping from Reno to Florida. Next, the bikes will be given to distribution programs and organizations throughout Florida and the Caribbean.

The project’s GoFundMe page has already raised $3,800 of their $10,500 goal in order to pay for shipping and handling.

The crowdfunding campaign’s creator, Meg Kiihne, said the bikes will provide valuable transportation to those affected by the weather disasters.

Additionally, Kiihne says their distribution partner plans on opening bike repair maintenance hubs in the afflicted regions, creating dozens of jobs for the devastated economies.

Kiihne says she first got the idea for the project after seeing the photo of the lonely “Burner bikes”.

“As I have told every reporter since, I didn’t think very long about the next steps,” says Kiihne. “As someone who has worked as a live event director/producer and has had the vision for years of getting more bikes to more lower-income communities, I honestly didn’t think much. I reacted on what I knew was needed and could be done.”

Medal Reveal: Celebrating 25 Years of the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

We’re gearing up for an event weekend like no other as we get ready celebrate 25 years of the most magical race on Earth during the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna! Featuring our biggest race weekend of the season, with six races and three challenges hosted by some of our Fab Five friends and Dopey, participants will look forward to lots of fun and excitement and of course, MEDALS. This year’s medals commemorate the silver anniversary with colorful designs and lots of SPARKLE! Take a look at what you can earn this year, with limited spots still remaining for select races:

Walt Disney World Marathon 5K Medal

Starting off the race weekend celebration in the most “paw”-fect way is the Walt Disney World 5K. After an exciting run with fun for the whole family, earn a fetching medal featuring Mickey and his pal, Pluto.

Walt Disney World Marathon 10k Medal

Runners, rock those dots for a thrilling 6.2-mile run during the Walt Disney World 10K featuring hostess, Minnie Mouse. This year’s sparkly medal spotlights our favorite mouse couple together with the lanyard featuring Minnie’s signature white polka dots.

Walt Disney World Marathon Half Marathon Medal

Run, don’t waddle your way to the finish line during the Walt Disney World Half Marathon hosted by our beloved friend, Donald Duck. Enjoy a “quack”-tastic 13.1-mile course to earn this year’s medal featuring our feathered friend and his pal, Mickey Mouse.

Walt Disney World Marathon Medals

It’s a four-park celebration that’s been 25 years in the making as we end the weekend celebration with 26.2 magical miles during the Walt Disney World Marathon, with your host Mickey Mouse. This year’s spectacular medal design captures the excitement of the silver anniversary year while keeping true to the classic design elements of Mickey that have been featured throughout all the Marathon medals over the years. Don’t miss the fun spinning element in the middle of the medal!

Walt Disney World Marathon Medals

Our ‘Goofiest’ and ‘Dopiest’ participants, conquering either the Goofy’s Race and a Half Challengeby completing both the Half Marathon and full Marathon or the Dopey Challenge by completing the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and full Marathon, can look forward to earning these medals full of character! This year’s Dopey Challenge medal also incorporates a nod to its 5th Anniversary. Those runners looking to rack up even more miles can set sail aboard Disney Cruise Line and participate in the Disney Castaway Cay Challenge on January 10, 2018. Combine any Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend race with the Castaway Cay 5K, a 3.1-mile adventure around Disney’s beautiful private island in the Bahamas, and earn this medal showcasing the spirit of running from parks to paradise!

Walt Disney World Marathon Medals

Want to join in this year’s spectacular celebration? Limited spaces remain in select race events so check out our website to see how you can earn this exciting “bling”!

Let us know which race you’ll be participating in using the hashtag #WDWMarathon on our social channels! Follow runDisney on FacebookTwitterYouTube and Instagram.

To learn more about other runDisney events, please visit us here!

Best job ever? Disney is hiring on their round the world cruise ship

If living in a real life Disney film is your idea of heaven, then this job could be for you.

Ok, it’s not exactly like being a Disney Prince or Princess – but working on the Disney Cruise Line is about as close as you can get.

Voted the best cruise line for families by Travel and Leisure, and reader’s choice for cruises by Conde Nast, the stunning vessels – packed with pools, water slides, and plenty of Disney whimsy – are currently recruiting waiting staff to work on their cruise lines to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Alaska, and Europe.

The Disney Magic – one of the company’s biggest ships – even features an enchanted beauty salon giving head-to-toe pirate and princess makeovers, and a luxury adult-only spa.

Now they’re looking for waiters and waitresses who want to travel the ocean waves surrounded by enormous versions of Mickey Mouse and friends.

Posting on Manchester Gumtree the recruiters wrote: “At Disney Cruise Line, you can set sail on the job opportunity of a lifetime aboard our extraordinary ships! You can create an unforgettable voyage for families by delivering exceptional guest service, while also charting the course for an incredible career journey of your own.”

The successful applicants will be payed between £1,500 and £2,500 pcm, according to the job advert.

Prospective Disney team members simply need to be over 21, have one or two years of recent or ongoing experience as a waiter or waitress, and should be comfortable having a basic conversation in English.

To apply, head to en.internationalservices.fr and fill in the forms.

And if you haven’t quite got the sea legs to hop on board, then there are hundreds of jobs available across Greater Manchester on our jobs site Fish4.co.uk/Manchester .

ALL OF THE THINGS WE LEARNED AT THE DISNEY PARKS AND RESORTS PANEL AT D23 EXPO

The Walt Disney Parks and Resorts panel at D23 Expo was truly magical, especially because we got so much incredible news from it! We can’t wait to share this with you all, so let’s dive in. Here’s what we learned:

  1. THE NAME OF THE NEW DISNEY PARKS STAR WARS-INSPIRED LANDS.

    Coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts in 2019, they’ll be called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Not only that….

  2. THERE WILL BE A NEW EXPERIENTIAL STAR WARS-THEMED RESORT!

    This completely immersive resort experience will be at Walt Disney World Resort, and is sounds like every Star Wars fan’s dream!

  3. Toy Story Land will open in the summer of 2018.

    Toy Story Land  will include two new attractions called Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirl Saucers! You can read the details on these fun new attractions here.

  4. TRON-THEMED ATTRACTION WILL BE COMING TO WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT.

    Since TRON: Lightcycle Power Run is such a big hit at Shanghai Disneyland, we can only imagine how amazing this ride will be. Read more about it here!

  5. AN ATTRACTION CALLED MICKEY AND MINNIE’S RUNAWAY RAILWAY IS COMING TO DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT.

    This will be Disney Parks’ first-ever Mickey-themed ride-through attraction! Oh, boy! Read more about this attraction here!

  6. YOU’LL BE ABLE TO DINE IN SPACE AT EPCOT.

    This will be a table-service restaurant near Mission: SPACE. Read about it here!

  7. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY AND RATATOUILLE EXPERIENCES ARE COMING TO EPCOT.

    The Guardians of the Galaxy experience will be added to Future World and Ratatouille: The Adventure 4-D experience will join the France Pavilion. Read all of the details here!

  8. DISNEY’S HOTEL NEW YORK – THE ART OF MARVEL WILL BE COMING TO DISNEYLAND PARIS!

    Click here to read all about the new Marvel-themed reimagination of Disney’s Hotel New York at Disneyland Paris.

  9. THE DISNEY SKYLINER AND NEW MINNIE MOUSE-THEMED VEHICLES WILL PROVIDE A NEW MODE OF TRANSPORTATION AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT.

    See Walt Disney World Resort from above on the new Disney Skyliner! Read about it here.

  10. NEW DISNEY•PIXAR EXPERIENCES ARE COMING TO DISNEYLAND RESORT!

    Pixar Pier will be taking over Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure, and “Pixar Fest” will be coming to Disneyland Resort for a limited time.

  11. THERE IS A NEW IMMERSIVE SUPERHERO UNIVERSE IN THE WORKS AT DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE.

    There are not a lot of details yet, but Spider-Man and the Avengers will be coming to the new immersive superhero universe!

That was a lot to take in, and we are super excited about all of it! There’s so much to look forward to.

Alton Towers Galactica ride breaks on the hottest day of the year leaving dozens of thrillseekers stuck upside down 80ft in the air

THIRLLSEEKERS were left dangling upside down 80ft in the air on the hottest day of the year after a rollercoaster at Alton Towers broke down.

The Galactica ride got stuck on its tracks leaving dozens of riders stranded for up to half-an-hour as temperatures rose to 33.9C today.

Thrillseekers were left dangling upside down on the Galactica ride at Alton Towers

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Thrillseekers were left dangling upside down on the Galactica ride at Alton Towers

The ride was stuck on its tracks for around 30 minutes

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The ride was stuck on its tracks for around 30 minutes

One flustered thrillseeker said he was left staring at a pile of rocks while others said they had to be told they were stranded as they were wearing virtual reality headsets.

Disappointed punters also reported queuing for two hours – only to discover the £12 million ride was closed.

Michelle Neale took to Twitter to say she had been trapped on the ride and wrote: “Fab day @altontowers with my favs 30mins stuck on galatica was interesting!!”

Trapped riders took to Twitter to vent their frustration

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Trapped riders took to Twitter to vent their frustration

Brendan de Bruijn said: “Just spent 10 minutes stuck on galactica looking face down at a pile of rocks about 25m below us… Not impressed.”

Cara Halton added: “oblivion, rita and galactica were all having technical difficulties…. is this a joke?”

Wendy Fowler said: “Stood in the sweaty tunnel for galactica for over 30mins to then be told it’s closed. Really annoyed. Not first time today!”

Sarah Moore posted: “Galactica now closed and been sent away for a second time. Nearly 2hrs in total wasted queuing for closed ride!!”

Alex Clarke added: “Please tell me Galactica will be open again today, this is the second time I’ve come and it’s been shut.”

The attraction is based on the tracks of former ride Air and opened on 2016 after being designed by John Wardley and tested by astronauts.

It is described as providing a “blast through advanced space travel portal to another dimension.”

It isn’t the first time the ride, which gives riders the chance to become a “space tourist” using virtual reality, has broken down.

The riders were trapped 80ft in the air on the hottest day of the year

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The riders were trapped 80ft in the air on the hottest day of the year

In May last year, 28 people were also left hanging face-down when it ground to a halt in “absolutely torrential” rain at the top of the first loop of the track.

And in 2015, two women lost a leg when a carriage of the park’s Smiler ride smashed into a stationary car.

Alton Towers confirmed on Twitter the ride was out of order.

The Sun Online has contacted Alton Towers for a comment.

Disney sued for allegedly stealing idea for Inside Out

Just three months after promising to “vigorously defend” itself against a lawsuit over Zootopia, Disney is now making the same assertion about claims that it stole the idea for Inside Out from a childhood development specialist and TV parenting expert. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Denise Daniels is suing Disney and Pixar for allegedly taking her concept for anthropomorphized emotions, which she pitched repeatedly from 2005 to 2009. Daniels helped found the National Childhood Grief Institute, where she’d counseled kids in the wake of events like 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, and eventually crafted the premise for The Moodsters.

What began as a TV pilot was shopped to Disney and Pixar, whom Daniels claims kind-of, sort-of led her to believe they’d give her credit if they moved forward with it. Her lawsuit alleges “breach of implied-in-fact contract,” because while she never got an offer, what she knew of “entertainment industry customs and practices” made her think she’d eventually be compensated if the project was ever produced. Her understanding of how these movers and shakers work comes from decades of close observation: Daniels has won a Peabody for her work in children’s programming, and she’s appeared on several TV shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, and The Today Show, the latter of which dubbed her its first parenting expert in 1991.

A Disney spokesperson has already issued the requisite “Inside Out was an original Pixar creation” statement, and THR has the full complaint available here, which is all legalese, and not at all written from Anger or Sadness’ point of view.