Disney D23 Announces Slate of Member Exclusive Events in 2011; Disney Legends Ceremony Returns

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D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is pleased to announce the coming year’s slate of special events, designed especially for its diverse and growing membership base.

Among the exciting offerings for 2011 are exclusive D23 Studio Tours throughout the year, four free 50 and Fabulous film screenings on the Walt Disney Studio Lot in Burbank, D23’s Great Disney Scavenger Hunt: Walt Disney World, the highly anticipated Destination D: Walt Disney World 40th, the perennial favorite Sip & Stroll event during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, a D23/Disney Junior ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates’ event on the Burbank Studio Lot for the budding Disney fan, the festive Magic and Merriment event at the Walt Disney World Resort to kick off the holiday season and, of course, D23 Expo 2011.

D23 Members receive advance notification of all special events through D23’s biweekly FanFare email, and all events are offered on a space-available basis. More details on events, and on becoming a D23 Member, can be found at www.D23.com.

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Report: AI Winner Lee DeWyze, AGT Wunderkind Jackie Evancho Also Added to Disney Parks Christmas Parade Line-up

A recent entry in a thread on disboards.com regarding additional talent expected to perform during the Magic Kingdom portion of the 2010 Disney Parks Christmas Day parade whose performances are being taped today and tomorrow. As somewhat expected based on the previous couple of years, the 2010 ‘American Idol’ winner, Lee DeWize, was named as a performer by a cast member who was credited as the source. Although not mentioned by name, it’s probably very reasonable to expect that the ‘little girl’ from ‘America’s Got Talent’ will be ten year old Jackie Evancho who blew the house down with her unbelievable operatic voice as featured in the YouTube video below.

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Disney Starlet Debby Ryan Confirmed as Christmas Parade Performer as First Speculated by Stitch Kingdom

Admittedly it was a very targeted shot in the dark, but the Orlando Sentinel now provides official confirmation from the Walt Disney World Resort that ‘Suite Life On Deck’ co-star Debby Ryan will be performing in the Magic Kingdom portion of the 2010 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade as we first speculated late last month. Ryan was an easy pick for us as she performs in a music video for ‘Deck the Halls’  on the The Search For Santa Paws direct-to-video movie, following in the footsteps of Steve Rushton who had the same honor (give or take) last year.

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Disney VoluntEARS Share Holiday Cheer Year-round at Coalition for the Homeless Central Florida

Walt Disney World VoluntEARS serve meals at the Coalition for the HomelessWalt Disney World VoluntEARS prepare and serve nearly 750 meals a month at Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, a tradition that spans at least a decade and one of many ways that Disney lends a helping hand at the Coalition, which provides food and shelter to approximately 650 people a night. Many of them are families with children.

The Walt Disney World Resort takes care of dinner service twice monthly at the Coalition. When a holiday falls on the schedule, Disney chefs find great delight in making the meals even more magical.

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American Legion Joins Coalition to Honor Veterans at Disney World Event

The American Legion is teaming up with the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes to stage the 6th annual Road to Recovery Conference and Tribute at Walt Disney World’s Swan Resort in Orlando, Fla. The Dec. 12-16 event will host more than 400 guests, including many veterans who were severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The five-day event promises to make the educational and motivational sessions better than ever for the attendees. They will be treated to a unique, all-expenses-paid program designed to encourage them to look to the future with hope and optimism. Other conference sponsors include General Motors, T-Mobile, Northrup Grumman and Humana Military.

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Photo: Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green at Magic Kingdom (Gene Duncan/Disney)Actor Brian Austin Green (right) and his wife, actress/model Megan Fox (left), take a souvenir photo Nov. 26, 2010 in the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Green (“Beverly Hills, 90210″, “Desperate Housewives”) and Fox (“Transformers,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”) were married in June 2010 in Hawaii.

Photo by Gene Duncan/Disney. Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort.

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Photo: Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones Celebrate Anniversary at Walt Disney World

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas with their children, Dylan and Carys (Kent Phillips/Disney)Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas pose with their children, Dylan (left), age 10, and Carys (right), age 7, on Nov. 24, 2010, along with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in front of the Epcot theme park Christmas tree in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The couple celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary on Nov. 18. Epcot is one of four theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Photo by Kent Phillips/Disney, courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort.

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Disney Parks to Debut Exclusive ‘Timex for Disney’ Watch Collection in December

Disney Parks has announced that it has partnered with Timex to introduce a line of watches exclusive to the Disney Theme Parks. The collection will debut at the Walt Disney World Resort on Saturday, December 4 from 10 am – 12 pm at the World of Disney store in the Marketplace district of Downtown Disney. The collection will then debut one week later at the Fortuosity Shop from 9 am – 11 am in the Disneyland park (theme park admission required). Guests who purchase one of the new ‘Timex for Disney’ watches during these events will receive a free Timex digital alarm clock as a gift.

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‘Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun!’ to be New Parade at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

According to cast member Paul Chadkin, the new parade debuting on January 16, 2011 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World will be titled ‘Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun!’ The parade will consist of characters from several Disney/Pixar films including Toy Story, The Incredibles, A Bug’s Life, Ratatouille, Monsters, Inc., and Up.

‘Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun!’ will replace the existing afternoon parade at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, ‘Block Party Bash’ which will see its final performance on January 1, 2011.

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NTSB Makes Investigation into Walt Disney World Monorail Crash Public

The National Transportation Safety Board has released the full docket for their investigation on the collision between Monorail Pink and Monorail Purple at Walt Disney World on July 5, 2009 which resulted in the death of monorail operator Austin Wuennenberg. The docket, which can be found here, consists of dozens of documents and several hundred pages including interviews, charts, maintenance records, inspection reports and more. Amongst the interviews is one with the operator of the other train involved in the crash, Alan Rubino, who recounts operating Monorail Pink in reverse at approximately 13mph when it collided with Monorail Purple.

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