Walt Disney World’s Disney’s Magical Express Welcomes its 10,000,000th Guest

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The Ogurkis family Almost five years to the day after launching at Orlando International Airport, Disney’s Magic Express welcomed it’s 10,000,000th guest today.

The 10,000,000th guest, Lori Ogurkis and her family from Hazelton, PA, received a special reception at the airport, complete with a surprise visit and a gift basket from Mickey Mouse. The Ogurkis family then rode in their own private motor coach to Disney’s Polynesian Resort to begin their magical vacation.

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ABC to Air 2010 ‘Scripps National Spelling Bee’ Finals in Primetime on June 4

Will it be the most dramatic spelling bee competition ever? Find out when Chris Harrison (host of “The Bachelorette” and “The Bachelor”) hosts live television coverage of the final championship rounds of “The 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee,” FRIDAY, JUNE 4 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), live from Washington, DC, as 273 spellers from around the world compete. Semifinal rounds air live earlier in the day on ESPN, which has televised the Bee since 1994. ESPN’s live telecast (simulcast on ESPN3.com) is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., ET. ESPN3.com will provide coverage of Round Three of the preliminaries from 1:15 – 5:15 p.m., ET on Thursday, June 3.

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‘Rookie Blue’ to Premiere on ABC June 24

Five young, ambitious cops, fresh out of the Academy, are plunged into the world of big city policing on their very first day on the job, a world where even the smallest mistake can have life-or-death consequences, coupled with some serious emotional fall-out. Andy McNally is the soul of this close-knit group. She and her uniformed family of boyfriends, best friends, mentors and competitors will undergo extreme trials and tribulations, share their triumphs, cherish their camaraderie and revel in their competition. These rookies are about to learn that no amount of training can prepare them for life on the street, in the premiere of “Rookie Blue,” THURSDAY, JUNE 24 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

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Celebrated Designer Charlotte Tarantola Announces Line Inspired by ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Charlotte Tarantola's 'Alice in Wonderland' collectionThe surreal/fantasy-adventure film directed by Tim Burton, “Alice in Wonderland,” comes to DVD and Blu-Ray on June 1, 2010 (U.S. retailers). In the spirit of this fantastic journey, Disney Consumer Products and Charlotte Tarantola have come together to create stunning cardigans worthy of this celebrated Disney line: Charlotte Tarantola for Disney. Well-known in the fashion industry for her trend-right designs that play up coloration and innovative treatments, Tarantola was given access to Tim Burton’s artwork for “Alice in Wonderland” to develop a collection that captures the allure and mystery of Alice’s surrealistic journey in an apparel line that is decidedly 21st Century.

The collection offers prints, ruffles and sparkles that will make you never want to leave Wonderland. Like Alice peering through the looking glass, you can see flowery friends, tea-time treats, pocket watches, lace and mysterious keys, elements from the film with a balance of artistry and subtlety found only in other Tarantola creations.

“The arresting settings and characters in Tim Burton’s interpretation of “Alice In Wonderland” provided great inspiration and have made it possible for us to work with a group of renowned designers to create a truly unique collection of lifestyle products that will continue to position Disney at the forefront of fashion trends,” said Pam Lifford, executive vice president, global fashion and home, DCP. “Our collaboration with Charlotte Tarantola brings it all together in a way that is fun and interesting for consumers and Disney fans alike.”

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Disney Interactive Studios Announces ‘Disney Sing It: Family Hits’ Featuring Disney Film Classics

'Disney Sing It: Family Hits' from Disney Interactive for Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3Nothing brings together families like the magic and music of Disney’s films, and today Disney Interactive Studios announced a new interactive way for families to come together and enjoy their favorite songs from their favorites films. Disney Sing It: Family Hits is a karaoke game featuring the most beloved songs and videos from 20 all-time favorite Disney films, alongside vocal tips from the Princess and the Frog’s Anika Noni Rose. Disney Sing It: Family Hits will be available for the PlayStation®3 system and the Wii™ console in summer 2010.

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U.S. Department of Education Gives ‘Conjunction Junction’ a Whole New Function

vABC News reported late last week that after a negotiation period lasting several months, The Walt Disney Company has agreed to let the Department of Education use ‘Conjunction Junction’ from the ABC Schoolhouse Rock! series as part of its music-on-hold offerings for one year at a hefty price tag of free.

So the next time you’re feeling nostalgic, give the Department of Education a ring and ask to be put on hold. Or just go to YouTube.

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D23 Introduces New Limited Edition Team Disney Seven Dwarfs Pin Set

D23 Membership Exclusive Team Disney Building Dwarfs Pin SetAvailable exclusively to D23 members on DisneyStore.com, this 7 pin set, limited to just 200 pieces, pays homage to the facade of the Team Disney/Michael D. Eisner building at the Walt Disney Studios designed by Michael Graves. Each pin is 1 3/4″ and represents one of the seven dwarfs portrayed as holding up the building’s roof.

For more information and to order this D23 exclusive, limited edition pin set, visit the DisneyStore.com D23 Boutique.

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Disney Books, Music and Videos Being Released During Week of May 2

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.

Beauty and the Beast Read-Along Storybook and CD (Available Tuesday, May 4 or Pre-Order from Amazon.com)

Experience this tale as old as time in this wonderful storybook and CD! The CD includes word-for-word narration, vivid character voices, and thrilling sound effects from the beloved movie. Readers can relive the magic by following along with the story and discovering how Belle meets the Beast, befriends the Enchanted Objects, and finds her true love!

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Disney Theatrical Looks to Disney, Miramax, Tim Burton and The Beatles for Inspiration

First it was Dumbo and Newsies, now Disney Theatrical has gone on to register a slew of domain names which — at times — makes you wonder which films didn’t make the cut. Granted the registration of a domain name doesn’t guarantee the project will ever see the stage, but so far, Disney Theatrical has proved to live up to its promises which should make the staged versions of some of these choices interesting to say the least. So without further ado, on with the show:

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First Look: Disney Taps into Silly Bandz Craze with Classic and Pixar Properties

Lord Redbrick ©Miramax Film NY, LLC. All Rights Reserved. A couple of weeks ago, the official Disney Parks blog made it known that Disney had plans to jump on the Silly / Crazy Bandz tween craze and was going to introduce a line of Disney-themed (shaped) elastic bands.

Today we get our first look thanks to a tip from the Animal Bracelets Blog who notes that the full packaging for one of the Disney Princess sets can be found on Amazon.com.

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