‘Imagineering the Magic: Magic Kingdom’ DVD Now Available at Theme Parks

Imagineering the Magic: Magic KingdomA follow-up to the immensely well received Imagineering the Magic: Disneyland, Richard Skillman’s Imagineering the Magic: Magic Kingdom is now available through Disney Theme Park Merchandising.

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Report: ‘The Ultimate Disney Experience’ Brings Mardi Gras to Broadway

From now until December 13, Walt Disney Studios is offering an exclusive engagement of Disney’s The Princess and the Frog in both New York City and Los Angeles. Purchasing a ticket not only entitles the ticket bearer the opportunity to experience Disney’s return to the animated musical, but guests are also invited to the Ultimate Disney Experience, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with all nine Disney Princesses as well as engage in several other activities in celebration for the new film.

In New York City, the Ultimate Disney Experience has taken up residence in the Roseland Ballroom, a massive event space that one is typically more likely to find a music concert in rather than a full family experience. But taken up residence, Disney has. From the moment you step into the building, let alone approach it, you are immersed in floor-to-ceiling scenery and props, bringing the New Orleans from the film to life.

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Celebrities Share Their Movie Memories in All New Special Celebrating Disney Animation

Dreams Come True: A Celebration of Disney Animation” is a look back at 75 years of Disney magic on the silver screen and a look ahead to the all-new animated adventure comedy, “The Princess and the Frog.” Host Vanessa Williams is joined by some of the brightest stars of television, movies, music and sports, who share their favorite memories of Disney animation, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network.

This one-hour special explores the key ingredients of these treasured Disney films – the captivating characters, breathtaking artistry and unforgettable music – as well as the power they have to inspire and influence real-life dreams.

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Jenny McCarthy, Dean McDermott Seek ‘Elves’ to Help Set Guiness Record in NYC December 7

Burbank, CA (November 23, 2009) – In support of its new original holiday movie, “Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe,” and the network’s annual 25 Days of Christmas event – the biggest programming event on cable – ABC Family will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record™ for the largest gathering of Santa’s “elves” together in one place! ABC Family’s World Record Elf Party will take place in New York’s The Pond at Bryant Park (Midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues) on Monday, December 7 from 12:00 Noon-2:00PM ET. “Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe” stars Jenny McCarthy and Dean McDermott will be on hand to help gather over 250 “elves” to set the new world record.

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The Walt Disney Company China Announces Local Adaptation ‘Disney High School Musical: China’

BURBANK, Calif. and SHANGHAI, Nov. 22  — The Walt Disney Company in China today announced the start of production on its third local co-production project in just two years, “Disney High School Musical: China.” Working with local partners Shanghai Media Group (SMG) and Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, the movie is planned for cinematic release in summer 2010.

Under development for over a year, and created uniquely for Chinese audiences, “Disney High School Musical: China” is the story of a new student who meets a gifted young man with whom she shares a secret passion for singing. With the help of their friends they overcome the odds to win an inter-school singing competition, and discover their true calling in the process.

“Disney’s ongoing commitment to local content development underpins our strategy to connect with new audiences around the world,” said Mr. Jason Reed, general manager, Walt Disney Studios International Production. “Our local team has done an amazing job and we are fortunate to be building on the Disney Channel’s success by working with a world class cast and crew led by our producer Janet Yang and visionary director Shi Zheng Chen.

“The choice of the right stories and best local partners is key to the success of our localization strategy. Shanghai Media Group and Huayi Brothers Media Corporation are leaders in their field and their involvement and contribution to this project is invaluable,” added Mr. Reed.

In 2007, the Studio’s first Disney branded local co-production, the award-winning, “The Magic Gourd” was released, followed by “Roadside Romeo” from India in 2008, “Trail of the Panda” (China 2009) and the feature film, “Book of Masters” (Russian 2009), based on a classic Russian fairy tale which opened in first place at the box office in October. Disney’s sixth local production “Zokkomon” is currently in development in India and is expected to open in 2010.

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Win ‘Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws’ on Disney Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack

Santa Buddies on Blue-ray/DVD Combo PackThanks to our friends at Walt Disney Home Entertainment, we have two copies of the newest Buddies movie, Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws on Disney Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (November 24) desperately in need of a good home with a couple of our readers.

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The Walt Disney Family Museum Starts Its Own Holiday Tradition of ‘Christmas with Walt Disney’

In the spring of 2009, The Walt Disney Family Museum approached veteran filmmaker Don Hahn with a proposal to create a film that would celebrate the holidays through the eyes of Walt Disney.  Under the direction of Diane Disney Miller, her husband Ron, and executive director Richard Benefield, the genesis of this idea became Christmas with Walt Disney, an enchanting fifty-one minute film filled with the joy and merriment of the holidays.

Mr. Hahn, whose credits include The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, was tapped to produce this film that will now become an annual event for The Walt Disney Family Museum to stage and entertain their guests each year during the holidays.

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Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Puzzle Pieced Together at Last

With the aid of his legions of followers, the Mad Hatter recently unveiled a series of images on his Facebook page that — when combined — presented a mural featuring many of the characters that will appear in Tim Burton’s version of Alice in Wonderland next March. Incidentally, this image represents the first time the Caterpillar (Alan Rickman) has been pictured.

Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland

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Win Movie Tickets to see ‘The Princess and the Frog’ from HINT Water

hint_bottelHINT Water is giving away 50 vouchers in an online instant-win sweepstakes, each good for a pair of movie tickets to see The Princess and the Frog or any other Walt Disney Studios or Touchstone Pictures release.

Entries are being accepted daily through December 28.

Visit http://www.drinkhint.com/princess to view additional details and to enter.

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Thomas Kinkade’s Newest Disney Painting: ‘The Princess and the Frog’

The first in a new line of paintings from Thomas Kinkade titled ‘Disney Discoveries,’ this painting inspired by Disney’s The Princess and the Frog is soon to make its debut. While the film represents quite a few firsts for Disney, it also represents some firsts for Kinkade as well. Below the image is Kinkade’s description of the painting from his blog.

Princess and the Frog by Thomas Kinkade

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