Broadway’s ‘The Lion King’, Bare Naked Ladies and More Join Next Season’s ‘The Bachelorette’ May 24

Ali Fedotowsky, the beautiful, energetic and charismatic career-oriented woman from San Francisco is back. She has re-prioritized her life – and now is ready to find her soul mate. Ali will have her own opportunity to find true love, as the sixth edition of “The Bachelorette,” the female version of ABC’s hit romance reality series, premieres MONDAY, MAY 24 (9:02-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Ali, 25, has been a fan favorite from the moment she stepped out of the limo to meet Jake Pavelka on the last season of “The Bachelor.” She became the front-runner for Jake’s heart, but in a shocking turn of events, she was forced to make a heartbreaking choice between her dream job and continuing her relationship with Jake. Ali surprisingly chose her career – a decision she still regrets. But it’s not too late for Ali now. She’s left her home, her job, her stability behind – letting go of everything this time — to really make a life-changing commitment to put her heart first and take a second chance at finding true love.

This season’s premiere, “Episode 601,” begins with 25 eligible men arriving from all over the country to try and win Ali’s heart, including a real estate investor, a lawyer, a TV weatherman and even a professional wrestler. Each is more handsome than the next, with standout personalities. Tonight, as she returns to the mansion, nothing can prepare Ali for the lengths the guys will go to for her attention: one outdoorsman literally tries to reel her in, a hunky skier does a death-defying back flip off the limo and a one man even gets down on one knee and proposes.

Inside, the men are blown away about how incredibly gorgeous Ali looks in her slinky black dress – and the battle of the bachelors begins, as each tries to make the best first impression on the stunning Bachelorette. An aspiring writer is the first to snag some alone time with Ali, sharing his very inspiring story. One man scores some points with a sentimental scrapbook he made for her, but one clever guy steals the show and Ali’s attention with a heart-felt, hilarious song, accompanying himself on a ukulele.

The competition heats up when Chris Harrison brings out the first impression rose. A sexy Latin bachelor seizes the moment to take Ali outside and teach her some salsa steps. Another handsome suitor rips his shirt open to reveal his professional wrestler alter ego, and a rugged country guy gives Ali a beautiful hand-crafted wood necklace to make his point.

But Ali grows concerned when one of the men uses his one-on-one time to warn her – already – that there may be some men here for reasons other than love. Chris comes to the rescue as he brings in a ballot box and instructs the men to each write down the name of a guy they feel isn’t here for the right reasons. Tensions rise and tempers clash as the men size each other up and call each other out. As the men battle, Ali scoops up the first impression rose and offers it to someone who swept her off her feet. When the votes are tallied, one bachelor gets an overwhelming number of votes. But even though he is a marked man, Ali gives him some private time to convince her that his intentions are sincere. But will he have done enough to get a rose?

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Take a Sneak Peek Inside of D23 Magazine’s Summer 2010 Issue

Collectible 'Toy Story 3' Covers from D23 Magazine's Summer 2010 IssueDisney twenty-three magazine gives readers exclusive sneak previews of three of the most highly anticipated movies of the year in its all-new Summer issue, which premieres April 19 with three different covers to celebrate Disney-Pixar’s upcoming Toy Story 3.

For the first time in its history, Disney twenty-three has created a split run of three covers, featuring three of the most popular characters from the Toy Story movies: Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie.  Magazines will be shipped directly to Gold-level members of D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans; Disney twenty-three is also available at select Barnes & Noble and Borders bookstore locations, online at DisneyStore.com and throughout the Disneyland® and Walt Disney World® Resorts.

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Scrooge McDuck #2 on Forbes Fictional 15; Joined by Tony Stark and Artemis Fowl

Forbes has released its annual Fictional 15 and despite last year’s #1, US Sam, dropping clear off the list, Mr. McDuck was unable to re-claim his position in the top spot. Instead, McDuck, with an estimated worth of $33.5B was bested by Twilight‘s Carslile Cullen. Better duck next year.

McDuck wasn’t the only member of the Disney family to make the list, however. Extended family member and wildly eccentric billionaire Tony Stark of Stark Industries took #4 with an estimated $8.8 billion while child spy Artemis Fowl hung on at #11 with an estimated 1.9B.

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Walt Disney Family Museum Featuring ‘Peter Pan’ Exhibition Through June; Kathryn Beaumont to Appear May 22

Peter Pan at Walt Disney Family MuseumPeter Pan, a story which captivated the imagination of Walt Disney as early as 1935, will be showcased in a special exhibition at The Walt Disney Family Museum now through June 27, 2010.  The feature-length animated film, released in 1953,  will also be celebrated as the Museum’s film of the month in May.

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Jiminy Cricket! Actor and Voice of Pinocchio’s Conscience Eddie Caroll Dead at Age 76

Eddie Carroll, the actor best known to Disney fans as the voice of  Jiminy Cricket since 1973, has reportedly passed away at the age of 76.

The news comes from the International Jack Benny Fan Club which has no current additional information other than his death, although additional news is promised soon.

Carroll was also known for his impression of Jack Benny, which he performed on stage in his show Laughter in Bloom. The site currently lists all upcoming shows as postponed due to an injury Mr. Carroll sustained earlier in the year, but reports in the Jack Benny Fan Club forum have reported that he had recovered well so there is no indication as to what the injury was and whether his death is related to it.

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Disney Interactive Releases ‘Disney Fireworks’ DSiWare for Nintendo DSi

Owners of the Nintendo DSi portable gaming system now have the opportunity to purchase Disney Fireworks from Disney Interactive Studios.

For 800 DSi points, gamers can light up the night with Disney Fireworks! Touch and flick to trigger a dazzling nighttime extravaganza of color and fun. Aim rockets to their matching colors in the sky to set off an explosion and score points. Time them perfectly to improve your Wow Meter and unlock special surprises and rockets. Disney Fireworks comes with five themed environments, original music, 15 challenging levels for each world, high-score tracking and much more.

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Florida Hospital for Children Unveils First Milestone of the Walt Disney Pavilion

With help from a world-famous mouse, dozens of eager children and a shower of confetti, officials opened the doors to the welcoming, new lobby of the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children and unveiled the first physical milestone of the hospital’s innovative model of pediatric health. The entrance serves as a gateway to the remainder of the children’s hospital where the smallest patients from around the world will receive superior treatment and care from renowned physicians.

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What’s This? LEGO Fan Re-creates Iconic Image from ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’

Inspired by the image on the theatrical poster, LEGO enthusiast Stefan set out to re-create this iconic Jack Skellington scene from Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas as an entry for an online musical-themed contest.

Needless to say, his amazing piece took top prize and we’re thrilled he was willing to share it with us (the image that is, not the prize — not quite as happy about that part).

To check out some of Stefan’s other LEGO work and photos, be sure to visit his Flickr page.

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Hundreds of Walt Disney World Cast Members Voluntear at ‘Hope for Haiti Now’ Telethon

Disney Cast Member Voluntears at the 'Hope for Haiti Now' Telethon. Photo courtesy Disney.

Lending a helping hand through their expertise in guest service, approximately 400 Walt Disney World Cast Members volunteered to answer more than 15,000 calls for the “Hope for Haiti Now” telethon and route donations to disaster relief organizations participating in the historic event. The benefit, which featured more than 100 of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, aired worldwide on major networks and cable outlets on Jan. 22 and raised more than $61 million for earthquake disaster relief.

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Pixar Director Auctions ‘Toy Story 3′ Memorabilia for Haiti Efforts

Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich is auctioning off his own personal memorabilia from the upcoming Disney/Pixar film for charitable efforts in Haiti. Unkrich has pledged 100% of the proceeds from the auctions to go to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.

The first item up for auction is a Toy Story 3 teaser poster featuring Sheriff Woody Pride and signed by actor Tom Hanks.

The poster, which is listed as including free shipping, can be found on eBay.

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