ABC Family to Air NBC’s ‘Friday Night Lights’ Weeknights Starting September 7

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Fans can relive every triumph, tragedy and touchdown from the very beginning when “Friday Night Lights” comes to ABC Family on weeknights beginning Tuesday, September 7th (6:00 – 7:00 PM ET/PT).

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Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Dish Up First Annual ‘Food & Wine Classic’ Oct. 8 & 9

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel is offering guests a chance to indulge at the first annual Food & Wine Classic at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Oct. 8 and 9.

Each evening will feature beverage seminars and a culinary festival with live music and tastings from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants and lounges.

Guests have the opportunity to choose from six hands-on beverage classes taught by certified wine sommeliers and beer and cocktail specialists from the hotel’s team. Attendees will learn about their topic of choice – ranging from a wine-blending seminar to a sake hour – through watching, listening, touching and of course, tasting!

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Marvel to Publish Its First Disney Project: Original ‘TRON’ Adaptation

'TRON Legacy #1' by Marvel comicsThe question has been burning ever since the Disney-Marvel merger was first proposed: when will the lines become blurred between the existing publishing arms of Disney and Marvel?

Although most of its own publishing had been limited to those of the graphic novel persuasion, Disney had been licensing its domestic comic book properties to the likes of BOOM! Studios, Diamond and Slave Labor Graphics. Now it appears some of its properties will be headed over to newly acquired Marvel to harness its talent and publishing capabilities.

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Walt Disney World Cast Members Donate Over Two Million School Supplies to Area Students

Walt Disney World Cast Member VoluntEars prepare record setting school supply donations. Photo courtesy DisneyWalt Disney World Cast Members are lending a helping hand to Central Florida students in need this week by giving them the right supplies to start the upcoming school year with confidence. Stocking up on boxes of crayons, rulers, folders and packs of notebook paper, Disney Cast Members hit an all-time high by donating more than 2 million school supplies through Walt Disney World Resort’s annual back-to-school supply drive.

“I’m so proud of our Cast Members who gave a record number of school supplies to benefit our community, which is encountering a record level of need,” says Nancy Gidusko, director of Community Relations for Walt Disney World Resort. “By contributing these back-to-school basics, Disney Cast Members are making a difference in the lives of many local students and reaching more students, teachers and classrooms than ever before.”

This week, hundreds of Disney VoluntEARS sorted school supplies and distributed them to local students and teachers through partnerships with A Gift For Teaching and S.T.A.R.S. (Supplies to Assist Our Students). The annual campaign expanded beyond Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties this year to include Lake and Polk counties.

On Tuesday, Disney VoluntEARS gave nearly 1 million school supplies – ranging from pencils to scissors – to A Gift For Teaching. Walt Disney World Resort’s donation is annually the largest contribution received by the organization. Local teachers can pick up the supplies year-around through A Gift For Teaching’s free store, which benefits students in need in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.

“With their substantial donations, Walt Disney World Resort Cast Members are at the forefront of helping us collect as many school supplies as we can for students in struggling families and the teachers that are compelled to help them,” said Jane Thompson, president of A Gift For Teaching.

Later this week, Disney VoluntEARS will distribute 6,460 backpacks, filled with 1.3 million school supplies, through S.T.A.R.S. The backpacks will be given to students at 13 Orange County public elementary schools in areas of high need.

“Disney is making a difference in the lives of thousands of young local students by donating the necessities for school,” says Chesta Hembrooke, president and founder of S.T.A.R.S.  “For many, the backpacks are the only new item they receive to start the school year.”

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Disneyland Resort Reaches Unprecedented Agreement with Workers United Local 50

Disneyland Resort and Workers United Local 50, the Resort’s second largest labor union that represents food and beverage cast members who work in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, are pleased to announce that they have reached a five-year collective bargaining agreement. The agreement was negotiated in just six days and was ratified by an overwhelming margin. This is the first time in this local’s history that a five-year contract has been agreed upon.

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D23 Expo 2011 Ticket Packages and Prices Announced; On Sale August 19

The first-ever D23 EXPO in 2009 left Disney fans asking when there would be another. On Thursday, Aug. 19, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club begins ticket sales for the next adventure – an incredible three-day event that brings the entire world of Disney under one roof at the Anaheim Convention Center next Aug. 19–21.

Tickets for the D23 EXPO 2011 will be available at a discounted price for a limited time. From August 19–December 31, 2010, tickets will be $37 for a one-day adult admission and $27 for children 3-12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will be $30 for a one-day adult admission and $22 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available for both D23 Members and the general public, and D23 Members can save as much as $204 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit

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WDW Refurb Update: Mad Tea Party, Gift Shop Join Pooh; ‘Ohana Closure in January

When The Many Adventures Winnie-the-Pooh closes in Fantasyland at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in October as we previously announced, it will now be joined by Pooh’s Thotful Shop which will also close on October 25, but will re-open on November 8, full a week earlier than the attraction.

In addition, Mad Tea Party in Fantasyland will close on September 26 and is scheduled to re-open on November 11.

Over at the Polynesian, ‘Ohana will be closed from January 17 through January 20, 2011, although it will be open for dinner on the 20th.

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Vinylmation ‘Steampunk’ Inspired Limited Edition Watch Announced

Limited Edition (750) Vinylmation Pocket WatchThe official Disney Parks blog today took a closer look at the upcoming 2011 release of the Vinylmation ‘Steampunk’ series, which we first gave you a sneak peek at earlier this month.

In addition to a look at some of the hand-painted proofs, the entry also came with an announcement that there will be a limited edition Vinylmation ‘Steampunk’-inspired pocket watch to be released at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts in December. It will be limited to 750 pieces and comes as pictured with a 3″ Vinylmation inspired by, in turn, the watch itself.

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Sneak Peek of Percy Jackson ‘The Lightning Thief’ Graphic Novel Now Available Online

Rick Riordan's 'The Lightning Thief' graphic novelRick Riordan’s best selling  Percy Jackson and the Olympians series has already found a successful movie in The Lightning Thief and now it’s heading back to the pages in an all-new graphic novel format from Disney Hyperion. Scheduled to be released on October 12 and available for pre-order on, fans of the series can preview ‘the lost scene’ from the graphic novel adaptation here.

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Disney Channel Picks Up ‘Timmy Time,’ a ‘Shaun the Sheep’ Spin-off

Variety is reporting that Disney Channel will be adding ‘Timmy Time’  from Aardman Studios beginning September 13 with a sneak preview on September 7. Already known to viewers of ‘Shaun the Sheep,’ Timmy, the baby lamb, is the star of the new Playhouse Disney/Disney Junior show which relies on gestures and animal noises to teach its pre-school level lessons.

‘Preschoolers can easily identify with Timmy as he learns universal lessons about himself, his friends and the world around him,’ according to Jackie Cockle, the creator, producer and supervising director for the series.

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