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The Main Street Bakery is nearing its reopening and the Starbucks signs are now in-place on the exterior of the bakery. There are currently two signs, one double-sided hanging over the door and sidewalk, and one in place on the window. The Main Street Bakery is expected to reopen on 6/19/2013.

The Magic Kingdom debuted the new summer edition of Celebrate the Magic as part of its Monstrous Summer and Limited Time Magic. The new edition of the show features a summer themed segment and will play nightly throughout the summer - check it out in the video below.

video from WDWMagic.com

The Character Spot meet and greet location in Epcot's Future World will be reopening to guests on 6/3/2013. Character Spot closed back in October 2012, and was originally expected to reopen in January 2013. No word yet on which characters you will be able to meet, but Mickey is a sure bet.

The new 'Wilderness Explorers' adventure game is set to open on 6/1/2013 at Disney's Animal Kingdom.  Aimed at young guests, the adventure game encourages guests to explore the park using a field guide, completing challenges, and earning over 30 badges as they go. The game aims to be both fun and educational, with an emphasis of understanding animals, their environments, and conservation. The game is included with regular park admission, and there will be multiple sign up-locations, including a kiosk on the Oasis Bridge leading to the Tree of Life.

Here is the line-up and full schedule for the third week of the 2013 Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Weekend 3 (May 31 - June 2)

Visiting celebrities:
Sam Witwer (Voice of Darth Maul in "Star Wars: The Clone Wars")
Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar in "Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi")
Warwick Davis - (Wicket the Ewok - Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi)
Hosts: Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka from The Clone Wars) and James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi from The Clone Wars)

Autograph Sessions at Echo Lake:
James Arnold Taylor – 9:45 a.m.
Ashley Eckstein - 4:30pm, 5:45pm (Fri, Sat), 1:30pm, 5:45pm (Sun) 
Warwick Davis - 9:45am, 1:30pm (Fri, Sat),  9:45am, 1:30pm (Sun)
Sam Witwer - 9:45am, 3pm, 4:30pm (Fri, Sat), 9:45am, 1:30pm, 3pm (Sun)
Tim Rose - 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:45pm.
Park Hours: 8am to 10pm

Jedi Training Academy (Star Tours Stage): 8:45am, 9:20am, 10:05am, 10:35am, 12pm, 1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm, 3:30pm, 4pm, 4:30pm, 5pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm. Signs ups located near Indy Epic Theater.

Rebel Star Wars Character Encounters: 8am to 7:30pm
Luke and Leia - Inside Darth's Mall
Jedi Council - San Fransisco Street
Chewbacca, Ewoks, Ewok Chip and Dale - Star Tours area
Queen Amidala - ABC Sound Studio area
Clone Troppers - Premiere Theater area
Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald - Near ABC Commissary area

Imperial Star Wars Character Encounters: 8am to 7:30pm
Bounty Hunters - Opposite Soundstage 1
Darth Maul - Near Studio Backlot Tour entrance
Darth Vader: Exit of AFI Theater

Celebrity Motorcade: 11am

Celebrity Welcome at Sorcerer Hat Stage: 11:15am

Padawan Mind Challenge: 1:30pm and 4:30pm at the Sorcerer Hat Stage

Behind the Force: Star Wars Voices: 12pm and 1:45pm (Fri and Sat), 12pm and 5pm (Sun) at the Premiere Theater

An Ewok's Tale: My Short Story: 5pm (Fri and Sat), 1:45pm (Sun) at the Premiere Theater

Stars of the Saga: 3:30pm (Fri and Sat), 3:15pm (Sun) at the Premiere Theater

Obi-Wan and Beyond: 6:30pm at the Premiere Theater

Hyperspace Hoopla! (Sorcerer Hat Stage): 8pm

Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resort Tom Staggs took to the stage at the D: All Things Digital conference to talk MyMagic+ and the most visible high-tech part of the project - the MagicBand. For those of you who may not be familiar with the All Things Digital conference, they feature the most influential figures in today's tech world - Apple's Tim Cook was speaking at the conference yesterday. Check out the full interview below courtesy of D11.


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