Disney Cruise Line’s ‘Disney Dream’ Leaks Details on New Theatrical Production

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Not much is known at this time about the new production being created by Disney Creative Entertainment for the Disney Dream as she preps to set sail in early in 2011, the least of which is the title (still ‘To Be Determined’), but what we do know is some of the creative force behind it: Off-Broadway director Gordon Greenberg, Peter Pan choreographer Patti Colombo and writer Kirsten Childs of The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin.

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ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill to Offer 2010 FIFA World Cup Viewing Parties

Soccer fans in Central Florida can get swept up in the fever of 2010 FIFA World Cup through unique viewing opportunities at Walt Disney World Resort.

ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill at Disney has been designated as an official viewing location for the month-long global soccer tournament.  Soccer fans can watch live World Cup matches televised on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 from South Africa involving their favorite soccer national teams on the ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill’s many large high-definition screens.

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Britt Nicole Joins Walt Disney World’s ‘Night of Joy’ 2010 Lineup

EMI/Sparrow Christian recording artist Britt Nicole has been added to the September 11, 2010 line-up for Walt Disney World’s ‘Night of Joy’ event at the Magic Kingdom.

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Production Begins in New Zealand on Disney Channel Original Movie ‘Avalon High’

Production has begun in New Zealand on “Avalon High,” a fantasy-filled Disney Channel Original Movie starring Britt Robertson (“Life Unexpected”) and Gregg Sulkin (“Wizards of Waverly Place,” Disney Channel UK’s “As the Bell Rings”). Based on the award-winning novel by best-selling author Meg Cabot (“The Princess Diaries”), the movie follows Allie Pennington, a new student to Avalon High who is shocked to discover that her new classmates are reincarnations of King Arthur and his Court. “Avalon High” is slated to premiere in fall 2010.

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

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.

Disney’s Magical Express provides complimentary motor coach transportation and luggage transfer services from Orlando International Airport to and from select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for passengers of all Orlando air carriers.

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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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