D23 Announces Holiday Events Exclusively for D23 Members in Disneyland, Walt Disney World and Los Angeles

BURBANK, CA – October 8, 2009 — D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans today announced complete details for three incredible holiday events this December. D23 Members will get a chance to deck the halls and experience the wonder of the season like never before through incredible offerings at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts as well as a very special “Disney and Dickens” event celebrating Christmases past and present in Hollywood.

“The winter wonderland season at a Disney Park is unlike any other and this December we are offering D23 Members a chance to experience some of our most heartfelt holiday traditions like never before,” said Steven Clark, head of D23. “All three of these events are sure to create lasting magical memories and I couldn’t be more excited to cap off this incredible year of D23 with our Charter Year Members.”

HOLIDAY 2009 D23 CHARTER MEMBER-ONLY SPECIAL EVENTS:

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The Princess and the Frog Display at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Photo Gallery)

Although it’s been on display for about a month or so thus far, we hope those of you who have not yet seen or it will be unable to see it will enjoy our photo gallery of the artwork, maquettes and other items of interest on display at the Animation Building at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for The Princess and the Frog.

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Tower of Terror Hosts Book Signing Oct 2 for ‘Rod Serling and the Twilight Zone’

Rod Serling and the Twilight Zone by Douglas Brode with Carol SerlingJourney, if you will, to the Tower of Terror gift shop at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on October 2 from 1 pm – 2 pm and 5 pm – 6 pm where you will cross over to another dimension to meet Douglas Brode, author of Rod Serling and  the Twilight Zone.

The Twilight Zone has always been considered the greatest science fiction/imaginative fantasy series in the history of television. The series featured an intelligent subtext on the time period during which it was made. Now, with the publication of the book Rod Serling and the Twilight Zone, comes a fresh analysis of the Twilight Zone also serving as an autobiographical look into the life of its creator, Rod Serling.

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Disney Star Mitchel Musso Gets Goofy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios September 18

Mitchel Musso with GoofySinger & Actor Mitchel Musso (“Hannah Montana,” “Phineas & Ferb”) poses Sept. 18, 2009 with the Disney character Goofy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Musso was at the Walt Disney World theme park to meet fans and sign copies of his self-titled debut CD. (Gene Duncan, photographer)

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First Look: Disney’s Race for the Taste 10K Medal (Photo) (Updated)

Race for the Taste 10K MedalWe have just obtained this photo of the medal for Disney’s Race for the Taste 10K taking place October 11, 2009. This race takes runners through Disney’s Hollywood Studios and around the 11 pavilions of Epcot World Showcase.  Guests have access to a post-race picnic that includes food samples from the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, live Disney entertainment, music, games and face painters.

Runners that record an official time in this event as well as either the Expedition Everest Challenge presented by Champion or The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 13K will also receive the one-of-a-kind special medal we previewed here.

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WDW Refurb Update: Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show Closed Sept 11-12

There will be no performances of Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on September 11 and 12

Planning a trip to Walt Disney World? Be the first to know when changes that potentially affect your trip occur by signing up with ReSearch!

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Precious Moments Holiday Release and Signing at Walt Disney World September 11 & 12

Join Master Sculptor Hiko Maeda as he introduces an all new theme park exclusive Precious Moments sculpture for the holidays along with a brand new series of your favorite Disney Princesses celebrating the season in their own unique way.

On September 11, Hiko will be at Uptown Jewelers in the Magic Kingdom from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm and at the Animation Gallery in Disney’s Hollywood Studios from 3:00 – 5:00 pm.

On September 12, he will be at the Art of Disney in Downtown Disney’s Marketplace from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

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Ink & Paint Cel Release at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Mickey Mouse as Indiana Jones

Mickey Mouse as Indiana JonesOn Saturday, September 12, join Disney Design Group Artist Costa Alavezos and Ink and Paint Artists: James Bonserio, Erin Magill, Theodora M. DeLaney, David Rippberger, Lynn Rippberger, Sharon K.Vincent as they celebrate the premiere of the Mickey Mouse  as Indiana Jones entry into the Ink and Paint Cel series.

The event will take place between 10 am – 1 pm and 2 pm – 5 pm at the Studios Animation Gallery in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Exclusive Mickey as Indiana Jones PinThe cel is hand-painted  and a limited edition of 1500 pieces. As an extra bonus, the first 750 framed pieces sold will be accompanied by a matching limited edition pin created for the release.

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First Look: New One-of-a-kind Medal for Walt Disney World Fall Race Challenge Runners

Fall Race Challenge MedalDisney Sports is creating a one-of-a-kind bonus medal for runners who complete the Fall Race Challenge, competing in two of Disney’s three fall endurance events at Walt Disney World Resort.  Runners that record an official time for Disney’s Race for the Taste 10K and either the Expedition Everest Challenge presented by Champion or The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 13K will receive the bonus medal in addition to individual race medals – a total of three race medals for running two races.  Registration for all three fall events is now open.

“Disney is dedicated to providing guests with new, interactive features to make their race experience more fun, more exciting and more memorable,” says Disney Endurance Series Director Kathleen Duran. “We are always looking for new ways to differentiate our Disney events by creating unique, immersive experiences.”

Disney’s fall lineup includes expanded race options.  The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 13k event will feature a 5k and an exclusive post-race party.  Disney’s Race for the Taste 10k event will include a new 3k race designed for casual runners and those looking to compete in their first endurance event.

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How I Went Backstage at the American Idol Experience (and How You Can Too!)

The American Idol ExperienceSince its debut in February, the American Idol Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been wowing guests with its faithful re-creation of one of television’s most popular shows. On-stage, audience members get to sit in on several shows a day where other park guests perform live on the set patterned after the American Idol season seven finale stage. The show’s daily finale always fills to capacity as hundreds who couldn’t get in grab a nearby seat outside and watch the performances on the giant Diamond Vision screen.

For guests who opt to perform, the grueling audition process begins ‘backstage,’ in Studio 2B (essentially the on-stage and ‘backstage’ portions are treated as separate attractions, 2A and 2B on the park’s map respectively). At stake is a ‘golden ticket’ which grants the holder the ability to ‘FASTPASS’ their way through real-live auditions for the actual show (for those ineligible to use the ticket, it can be transferred once).

So one way to go ‘backstage’ at the American Idol Experience is to audition — and to make it all the way through. And as you’re about to find out, it’s easier said than done. Fortunately, there’s another way to see everything the performer gets to see and more and it’s called The Ultimate Backstage Experience.

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