Downtown Disney Area Hotels Offer ‘Summer Nightastic’ Specials Through August 14

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Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels are giving vacationers another reason to enjoy Summer Nightastic! at the Walt Disney World Resort with special discounts up to 25 percent off regular rates good from now through August 14, 2010 or later.

Summer nights at Walt Disney World Resort enchant theme park guests when the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot present special events designed to add summertime energy to the after-dark theme-park experience. Summer Nightastic! — which runs from June 6, 2010 through August 14, 2010 — lights up the entertainment experience at the Vacation Kingdom with the return of the beloved Main Street Electrical Parade, a fireworks extravaganza, a rockin? dance party, concerts and more.

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror adds new effects — and a summer-only drop sequence — to the mix for guests daring to step into the attraction?s infamous service elevator. On nearby Hollywood Boulevard, guests are invited to the Rock n? Glow Dance Party, where a DJ and live rock band keep popular tunes coming five nights a week. And at Epcot, live Sounds Like Summer tribute-band concerts rock guests each evening from June 12 to July 31 with familiar tunes ranging from Hotel California to Stayin’ Alive.

Visitors planning a trip to Walt Disney World Resort for Summer Nightastic! will find special savings at Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels. The Royal Plaza is featuring Hot Summer Night values with rates starting at $69 per night, with a free upgrade to deluxe tower rooms. Guests also receive the Royal Savings Passport at check-in, which features up to $275 in additional savings throughout the hotel. Passport offers include: 25 percent off a dinner check at the hotel?s restaurant (up to a $50 value), buy one movie and get one free, buy one 16-inch pizza and get one of equal or lesser value for free, and 50 percent off the second night of a subsequent stay at the property. Guests must reserve a room by June 30, 2010 and travel between now and Sept 30, 2010.

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‘The Black Cauldron’ to be Re-Released on 25th Anniversary DVD Edition September 14

The Black Cauldron on DVDFantasy, magic and fun are all brewed together in Disney’s legendary adventure The Black Cauldron. Created from a new digital master, this 25th Anniversary Edition features vibrant picture presentation and includes exciting new bonus features!

Whoever releases the mysterious Black Cauldron’s power will be invincible! The fearsome Horned King will do anything to possess it, but he is challenged by the most unlikely adversary: a young assistant pig keeper named Taran, who dreams of doing heroic deeds. With a motley team of the brave Princess Eilonwy, a minstrel named Fflewddur Fflam and Hen Wen, a remarkable pig who can predict the future, Taran embarks on a quest to stop the Black Cauldron’s evil once and for all. Will he have the courage to succeed?

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Disney Consumer Products Offers First Look at Perry the Platypus Walkaround Character

120954_237 We’ve known for a while that Phineas and Ferb have existed as walkaround characters and have made occasional appearances at both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, although they have not started meet & greets as of yet.

Thanks to this new video from Disney Consumer Products, we now get our first look at a Perry the Platypus walkaround character. Perry (as Agent P) and Phineas and Ferb were joined on stage by legendary Vegas entertainer Wayne Newtown who paid a special tribute to the secret agent. The special performance was part of Disney Consumer Product’s closing presentation at the 2010 Licensing International Expo.

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Maura Tierney Joins Cast of ABC’s New Court Drama ‘The Whole Truth’

Emmy® Award nominee Maura Tierney (“ER”) has joined “The Whole Truth” as a series regular. The new drama series from Jerry Bruckheimer Television will air Wednesdays from 10:00-11:00 p.m., ET this fall on ABC. With a unique alternative narrative structure that chronicles the way a case is built from the perspectives of both the defense and prosecution, “The Whole Truth” shows each side equally and keeps its audience guessing, shifting allegiances of guilt or innocence until the very final scene.

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ESPN and Microsoft Announce Exclusive Content Deal for Xbox Live Subscribers

ESPN today announced a collaboration with Microsoft, exclusive within the game console category, to introduce the ultimate interactive experience for sports fans.  The deal will bring ESPN3.com’s live events, ESPN.com’s video-on-demand clips and sports highlights and other interactive features to the Xbox 360 console.

Beginning in November, Xbox LIVE Gold members who receive their Internet connection from an affiliated service provider will have access to more than 3,500 live, global events every year via ESPN3.com – ESPN’s 24/7 broadband sports network – including college basketball, college football and bowl games, MLB, NBA, international soccer, tennis including all four Grand Slam tournaments, golf majors and more.  Fans will also be able to replay sports and events with full DVR control, pull up current scores on-demand while watching the game and easily switch between events and see what the most popular games are in the Xbox LIVE community in real time.

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Disney Parks Documentaries Now Available for YouTube Rental

Questar Entertainment, which recently released the Lightship Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort documentaries on DVD and Blu-ray has now made a few of the specials available for online rental via YouTube.

At a cost of $1.99 for a period of 7 days, YouTube users can now rent Disneyland Resort: Behind the Scenes, Undiscovered Disney Parks and Ultimate Walt Disney World for online viewing.

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Raven-Symoné and Joanna Garcia to Star in ABC Family’s Original Movie, ‘Revenge of the Bridesmaids’

Raven-Symone and Joanna Garcia in ABC Family's 'Revenge of the Bridesmaids' (Peter Tangen/ABC Family)Being a bridesmaid was never so much fun or so dangerous! Hilarity ensues as two childhood friends attempt to thwart the wedding of a no-good, money hungry ex-friend by going undercover as bridesmaids so that true love can prevail, in ABC Family’s new original movie, “Revenge of the Bridesmaids,” premiering Sunday, July 18th (8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT). The film stars Raven-Symoné (“College Road Trip,” “That’s So Raven”) and Joanna Garcia (“Better Together,” “Privileged,” “Reba”).

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Photo Gallery: Celebrities Come Out for Elizabeth Glaser’s ‘A Time For Heroes’ Event

elizabeth-glaser-998 The stars came out in droves yesterday in Los Angeles to show their support for the 21st Annual ‘A Time for Heroes’ Celebrity Picnic to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Sponsored by Disney, the event offered tons of activities and photo-ops for the attendees.

Guests were invited to go on safari where they met Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in safari gear along with Timon from The Lion King and other Disney friends in addition to activities such as face-painting and ‘decorate your own drum.’ Other activities included creating special kits to send to mothers and babies in Africa and India.

The event was capped off by a live performance by Jesse McCartney along with a performance by The Rhythm Train featuring Chad Smith and Leslie Bixler with special guest Dick Van Dyke.

The annual event was expected to raise approximately $1.5 million to help create a generation free of HIV. Pediatric AIDS has essentially been wiped off the face of the map in the United States, however more than 1,200 children still become infected with HIV each day around the world. The Foundation currently works at more than 4,800 sites in 17 countries to bring prevention, care and treatment of HIV/AIDS to children, women and families. Together we can eliminate pediatric AIDS worldwide.

We were there on the red carpet as many of the celebrities made their way to the event. There were far too many celebrities to name here, but just a few attending alongside Disney President and CEO Robert Iger and wife Willow Bay were Disney stars Bella Thorne, Gregg Sulkin, Debby Ryan, Ryan Newman, Caitlyn Taylor Love, Vincent Martella, Nicole Anderson, Brandon Smith, Bridgit Mendler, Jason Dolley, Logan Miller, Roshon Fegan and more. Evan Lysacek, Sasha Cohen and Candice Davis joined the ranks of the world class athletes, not to mention dozens of others well known from television amd films, many of which you can see in our photo gallery from the event below.

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WDW Refurb Update: Liberty Belle Riverboat Closure in August

The Liberty Square Riverboat, the Liberty Belle, in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom will be closed from August 16 through August 25.

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