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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Disney Interactive Announces ‘Disney Sing It: Party Hits,’ ‘Cars Toon: Mater’s Tall Tales’

'Disney Sing It: Party Hits' from Disney InteractiveDisney Interactive Studios today announced Disney Sing It: Party Hits, the latest title in the company’s popular video-based karaoke series. The game is expected to be available in summer 2010 for the Wii™ and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems. Living up to its name, Disney Sing It: Party Hits is packed with current chart-busting party-starting anthems from the biggest names in pop music.

“The Disney Sing It franchise built its immense following by consistently providing the songs teens and tweens want to sing, and Disney Sing It: Party Hits continues that trend,” said Craig Relyea, senior vice president of global marketing, Disney Interactive Studios. “With the addition of Demi Lovato as an in-game vocal coach, fans will also get the real-world benefit of improving their skills by learning proper vocal training from a pro.”

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D23 Introduces Member-Only ‘Toy Story 3′ Limited Edition Pin Set Exclusive

D23 member exclusive 'Toy Story 3' pin setInspired by the original teaser posters for Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3, D23 has released this set of member-only exclusive pins commemorating the relase of the new movie on June 18.

The set is limited to an extremely low production run of just 100 pieces and features three individual pins, each measure 2 1/4″ tall.

For more information or to order the set, visit the D23 Boutique and search for item # 513975P.

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Tokyo Disneyland Announces Opening Date for ‘Mickey’s PhilharMagic’

Mickey's PhilharMagic at Tokyo Disneyland © DisneyThe Tokyo Disneyland Resort has announced that Mickey’s PhilHarmagic, its 43rd attraction, will open to the public on January 24, 2011.

At a cost of about $65 million US, the 4D attraction’s theatre will seat up to 454 guests per show as they thrill to the exciting adventures of Donald Duck as he finds himself face to face with many of the characters from Walt Disney’s animated classics.

The attraction, which will be located in Fantasyland, is connected to its corresponding gift shop, Harmony Faire.

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Disney Books, Music and Videos Being Released During Week of June 13

Here’s look at some of the Disney-related books, movies and audio CDs being released this week. Please note that this list is automatically generated and information is not guaranteed by this site.

A Busy Day (Available Tuesday, June 15 or Pre-Order from Amazon.com)

Soar to infinity and beyond with this exciting novelty book that features Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang!  Readers can lift-the-flaps to help Woody and his pals meet the new toys, slide the windows to see the little green aliens making pizza, touch Rex’s scaly dinosaur skin, and much more! Young fans will love discovering all the fun tactile elements of this busy Toy Story 3 day!

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Disney Interactive to Release ‘Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue’ for Nintendo DS

'Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue' for Nintendo DS by Disney InteractiveDisney Interactive Studios has announced that Disney Fairies: Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue is in development for Nintendo DS™. The game will further immerse players into the Disney Fairies franchise with new online connectivity features linked to the Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow virtual world from Disney Online.

Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue takes players outside of Pixie Hollow for the first time in this exciting franchise,” said Craig Relyea, senior vice president of global marketing, Disney Interactive Studios. “Fans will be able to experience the excitement of Summer on the Mainland and team up with fairy friends in this all new action-adventure.”

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Video: ‘Captain EO’ Returns to Disneyland Paris Resort

Michael Jackson and 'Captain EO' fans gather at Disneyland Paris for the return of the attractionCaptain EO returned to the Disneyland Paris theme park today and hundreds of fans of Michael Jackson and the attraction were on hand to celebrate.

Disneyland Paris has released the following video capturing the event. While it’s mostly in French (and my french is admittedly a bit weak), I think it’s safe to say that someone must’ve commented how easy it is to impersonate Michael Jackson when you cover your entire face. On that note, kudos to the fan with the (hopefully) prosthetic nose. There are some fans who speak in English as well as some footage of the attraction’s film towards the end.

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First Look: The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, Goofy’s Flying School and More

After a recent update, the Blue Sky Cellar at Disney California Adventure re-opened today and we got a first look before the park opened at some of the new and exciting attractions coming to the Disneyland Resort within the next couple of years and here’s what we have learned of the upcoming additions:

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Ariel’s Undersea Adventure – This attraction, which is slated to open in 2011 is also coming to the Magic Kingdom in 2012. Boarding what looks at first to be a clammobile from the Nemo & Friends attraction at Epcot (the vehicles here are simply called clamshells), guests actually enter the doorless vehicles from the sides (as the vehicle will be perpendicular to the guest at loading). A vehicle identified as Triton’s Chariot will be able to directly support a wheelchair. In the loading area will be a mural telling the story of The Little Mermaid and measuring in at an amazing 86 foot length and 12 foot height.

On display is a layout of the attraction at 1:96 scale and maps out all of the defined areas of the attraction. After boarding the vehicle (Scene 1): the guest will travel to see Scuttle and Sebastion (Scene 2); descend (Scene 3) into Ariel’s Grotto (Scene 4) where the guest will encounter an audio animatronic of Ariel holding a chest in her lap and a figure of a dancing couple as she sings ‘Part of Your World.’ According to the plans on display, Ariel will be capable of almost 30 separate functions including full control of her pupils (as well as blinking) and full mouth movement. Guests will then continue on to journey under the sea which includes new effects to enhance the sensation (Scene 5); Travel to Ursula’s Lair (Scene 6); ascend (Scene 7) to the ‘Kiss the Girl’ scene (Scene 8); journey on to Love’s First Kiss (Scene 9); and finally live Happily Ever After (Scene 10) before unloading (Scene 11).

Interestingly enough, the attraction’s ride system and vehicles are being constructed in Japan.

Goofy’s Sky School – A redo of Mulholland Madness and also expected to open in 2011, Goofy’s Sky School is based on the classic ‘how to’ cartoons featuring every one’s favorite talking dog. Although it looks like the billboards will remain (but re-themed), the facades will all be lowered to ground level, opening the attraction up. Guests will enter the queue through a ‘control tower’ designed to fit in with the early seaside attraction theming of Paradise Pier. The vehicles will also remain the same but will receive a paint and decal makeover as well as a hood ornament of sorts.

Red Car Trolley – Probably one of the more highly anticipated new attractions of the park makeover is the addition of the Red Car vehicle system for moving around the park. At a height of  10’4″ and approximate length of 26′, the ‘butterfly-wing’ grilled cars are reminiscent of their inspiration from the 1920s and 30s. They are battery powered despite the presence of overhead wires which exist only for show. As they are shown, the cars will seat 20 guests as well as one guest with a wheelchair/ECV in addition to the vehicle operator. There are four stops connecting Buena Vista Street with Hollywood (where tracks have already been embedded into the streets). A map shows proposed wig wag locations for the system: Buena Vista, Carthay Circle and Tower/Bugs. As a sidebar, concept art reveals that the vehicles (or perhaps specially designed ones) can serve as entertainment vehicles as the Omnibus has at Magic Kingdom for example.

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D23 to Offer Members Free Sneak Peek Event for DVC’s Aulani Resort

On June 30, D23 members will have the opportunity to get a sneak peek at the Aulani Disney Vacation Club Villas in Ko Olina, Hawaii at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim from 7 – 9 pm. Tickets, which will be available on June 23, are free but carry a $5 processing fee charge.

D23 will also offer a ‘Disney’s Hawaiian  History’ exhibit as guests mingle to deejay provided entertainment, Hawaiian refreshments and a special photo-op with a Disney character. As tradition with the D23 events, guests will receive a complimentary gift, this time co-branded with DVC.

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