Muppets to Lead Disney Parks Afternoon Parades in 2010

Beginning January 8, 2010, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and Sweetums will join the Disney’s Honorary VoluntEARS Cavalcade which will act as the pre-parade for the afternoon parades at both the Magic Kingdom and at Disneyland.

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‘Captain EO’ to Return to Disneyland for Exclusive, Limited Engagement

Captain EOVia its blog, Disney Parks confirmed today that the longstanding rumor that Captain EO will return to Disneyland will in fact happen, albeit for a limited engagement of an as-of-yet unspecified time. In anticipation of the film’s return in February, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience will close within a  few weeks for the change-over.

More details should be forthcoming on the Parks’ blog as they’re made available.

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Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln Triumphantly Returns to Disneyland’s Main Street Opera House

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)ANAHEIM, Calif. (Dec. 18, 2009) — President Abraham Lincoln returns to the Main Street Opera House in Disneyland with stunning new Audio-Animatronics technology that makes this the most lifelike and expressive Lincoln figure yet.

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, a beloved Disneyland attraction for nearly 45 years and a historic landmark in the development of Audio-Animatronics technology, reopens Dec. 18 on Main Street, U.S.A. with the new Lincoln figure and an enriched presentation that combines the best elements of the park’s original 1965 show and the most advanced technical enhancements. (The show first opened at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.)

The new Abraham Lincoln figure represents several major milestones for Audio-Animatronics figures.  The fully electric head – a first for human Disney Audio-Animatronics figures, which are traditionally hydraulically operated – is based on an all-new sculpt that is more lifelike than in previous versions of the show.  With an expanded range of facial movement, Lincoln is more expressive than ever.  He can purse his lips, form an “O” with his lips, smile, grimace and use his eyebrows to enhance his emotions.

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PhotoMovie from Disney’s PhotoPass Discontinued

For at least the second time in PhotoPass history, PhotoMovie is no longer available for purchase. The last time it was not made available was when PhotoCD and PhotoMovie were the only products and the online presence was going through a major overhaul. With the product removed completely from the products list and the help section listing the product as being discontinued, it doesn’t appear as though the PhotoMovie is destined to return any time soon.

For the most complete guide anywhere to Disney’s PhotoPass, bar-none, see our Definitive Guide.

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Debut of Vinylmation Cutesters Delayed Again; Colored Blanks Released Thursday

Create Your Own Colored Vinylmation BlanksThe official Vinylmation blog made the announcement today that the release of the Cutesters series, originally slated for today at the Disneyland Resort and then postponed until Thursday has been delayed yet again to an unknown date, although some point in December is still expected.

Being released on Thursday, December 17 however will be the 3″ and 9″ colored DIY Vinylmation blanks that we first introduced you to at the D23 Expo back in September. For artists who prefer a base color other than white, they now have pink, purple, red, black and yellow to choose from in addition to the original white.

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Win a Trip for Four to Disneyland and to Meet Supernanny Jo Frost from The Style Network

The Style Network is offering a parent/legal guardian of a child aged 12 or under to enter to win a 3 day/2 night trip for four to Los Angeles, California including roundtrip airfare, hotel stay, car rental allowance, meal allowance, Disneyland park hopper tickets, $1000 in cash and a limousine trip to meet Supernanny Jo Frost (or a $1000 gift card if the meeting is unable to take place).

Eligible contestants can enter daily through December 24. For official rules and to enter, see Style’s I Want My Supernanny Sweepstakes.

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Win a Vacation for Four to the Disneyland Resort from Honda

In honor of the 2010 Honda Crosstour (now on display at the Disneyland Resort for the holiday season), Honda is offering the chance for one person to win a vacation for four to the Disneyland Resort including air travel, hotel stay, park hopper tickets and a $500 Disney gift card.

You may enter once per day up to January 3. For official rules, eligibility information and to enter, visit the Honda Holiday Family Gathering Sweepstakes page.

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Sylvania to Sponsor Disneyland’s ‘it’s a small world;’ New Marquee in Early 2010

'it's a small world' presented by Sylvania“We are thrilled to be associated with such an icon of the Disney experience. At SYLVANIA, we are creating ways to see the world in a new light. Our association with ‘it’s a small world’ is a perfect fit for our own vision,” said Rick Leaman, president and CEO of the Siemens lighting unit, OSRAM SYLVANIA.

“‘it’s a small world’ is a celebration of the hope we all share for peace on Earth,” said Walt Disney Imagineer Tony Baxter, who is the creative lead for Disneyland. “It’s an illuminating global message, so it’s fitting that this classic attraction should be sponsored by a company that literally helps illuminate the world.”

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Need More Stitch? Check out the Atrium at Disneyland’s D Street

Atrium at Disneyland's D-Street. Courtesy of DisneyThe official Vinylmation Blog has offered a first look inside the new Disneyland D Street which opens in just under a week. Featured in the atrium is a series of banners designed by Disney Design Group artists Eric Caszatt and Thomas Scott that provide an overview of the ‘history’ of the Disney Vinylmation including some designs that have yet to be released.

The blog also promises more photos from the new shop and home to artist Noah as we get closer to opening time.

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First Look: Vinylmation Apparel

Vinylmation ApparelEarlier this week, we mentioned that in addition to releasing the Cutesters and Urban 3 series of Vinylmation collectibles on December 15 at the Disneyland Resort, that Vinylmation Apparel will also be introduced to the world (er.. Land). Now we get our first look at what just some of the Vinylmation-inspired line of clothing looks like courtesy of the official blog.

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