Walt Disney Family Museum Featuring ‘Peter Pan’ Exhibition Through June; Kathryn Beaumont to Appear May 22

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Peter Pan at Walt Disney Family MuseumPeter Pan, a story which captivated the imagination of Walt Disney as early as 1935, will be showcased in a special exhibition at The Walt Disney Family Museum now through June 27, 2010.  The feature-length animated film, released in 1953,  will also be celebrated as the Museum’s film of the month in May.

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ABC Announces Summer 2010 Schedule; Reality Comps Return Alongside New Dramas and ABC News Series

ABC announces its summer schedule, with the return “The Bachelorette” on Monday, May 24 (9:00-11:00 p.m.); “True Beauty” on Monday, May 31 (10:02-11:00 p.m.); a special two-hour blind date-themed episode of “Wipeout” on Tuesday, June 1 (8:00-10:00 p.m.), before the premiere on Tuesday, June 22 (8:00-10:00 p.m.); “Dating in the Dark” on Monday, August 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m.), and “Shaq VS” on Tuesday, August 10 (9:00-10:00 p.m.).

Also premiering are three new scripted series, “The Gates” on Sunday, June 20 (9:00-10:00 p.m.); “Scoundrels” on Sunday, June 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m.); and “Rookie Blue” on Thursday, June 24 (9:00-10:00 p.m.).

New alternative series premiering are “Downfall” on Tuesday, June 29 (9:00-10:00 p.m.), and “Bachelor Pad” on Monday, August 9 (8:00-10:00 p.m.).

ABC News’ series joining the lineup are “Boston Med” on Thursday, June 24 (10:00-11:00 p.m.); “Primetime: Mind Games” on Tuesday, July 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m.); “Head Cases” on Thursday, August 19 (10:00-11:00 p.m.); and “Primetime: Crime” on Tuesday, August 24 (10:00-11:00 p.m.).

“Our strategy is to use the strength of our May programming to launch a strong summer schedule bolstered by three new scripted series,” said Stephen McPherson, president, ABC Entertainment Group. “We’ve got more than 210 hours of original programming this summer, including the return of our hits ‘Wipeout’ and ‘The Bachelorette.’ ABC will be a summer destination for viewers.”

Additional series and specials will be announced at a later date.

The following is a list of upcoming programming in chronological order (all times ET):

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Disney Vacation Club to Open International Sales Center at Tokyo Disney Resort

Artist Rendering of DVC Sales Center at the Tokyo Disney Resort © DisneyThis summer, Disney Vacation Club is scheduled to open the doors of its first ever international sales preview center at Tokyo Disney Resort. The 15,000-square-foot interactive center will give guests a peek at Disney Vacation Club resort hotels as well as other vacation offerings Disney offers. Guests can see for themselves a two-bedroom model of the vacation home accommodations that DVC members and families can expect to find on the island of O’ahu at Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas, Ko Olina, Hawai’i. And kids won’t be bored because Disney designed a supervised play area and interactive family discovery zone within the space. Check out this first artist rendering.

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Character Changes Coming to Disney World for April/May 2010: Ariel’s Grotto Closes, Lotso Arrives

Prince Eric with Ariel during a Pirate and Princess Party at the Magic Kingdom in 2007Although most character meet & greets at the Walt Disney World Resort are fairly standard from day to day, there are a couple of times per year when there are significant changes. These changes usually occur in April/May and September/October. In 2010, these changes are further complicated by the closure of Toontown and the Fantasyland expansion in the Magic Kingdom. Since we’re already getting into April, it’s time to take a look at some of the expected upcoming changes.

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Will There Be a New Logo for The Disney Store’s New Makeover?

Disney Store logo: Current (top) and New (bottom)The Disney Store has had its share of corporate logos over the years and the current one (pictured, top) hasn’t been around for all that long, but a recent trademark application for a logo featuring ‘words and a cluster of stars’ suggests that Disney Consumer Products may have more in mind than just a series of store makeovers for its retail chain and online shopping destination.

DCP also recently welcomed the chain of Disney Store Japan back into the family.

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Photo: Let Her Fly — Hootie’s Darius Rucker with Family at Magic Kingdom

Darius Rucker with family at the Magic Kingdom. (Gene Duncan/Disney)Singer/songwriter Darius Rucker (front, left) takes flight April 6, 2010 on the Magic Carpets of Aladdin attraction at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. with daughter Dani, 9, (front, center), son Jack, 5, (front, right), daughter Cary, 14, (back, right) and family friend Rachel Herman, 15, (back, left). Rucker, former lead singer of the Grammy Award-winning band Hootie & The Blowfish, won “New Artist of the Year” at the 2009 Country Music Association Awards. Rucker is vacationing with his family at the Walt Disney World Resort. (Gene Duncan, photographer)

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WDW Refurb Update: Stormalong Bay Slide Closure in May

The pool slide at Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Yacht Club and Beach Club will close on May 2 for refurbishment. At this time we do not have an exact re-opening date other than ‘late May’ so we are assuming May 31 for the time being.

Although the pool and play areas other than the slide will remain open during this time, guests are invited to use the pool and slide at the Boardwalk Inn if desired.

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Sixth Grade Class in Rural Iowa Selected as Winners in Inaugural Disney’s Planet Challenge

Disney Planet Challenge Disney today announced Mrs. Julie Schnedler’s sixth grade Mediapolis Community School class as the national grand prize winner of the inaugural Disney’s Planet Challenge, a project-based learning environmental competition for 4th – 6th grade classrooms.

“It was such a tough decision for our judging committee to make. So many of the projects submitted exhibited environmental solutions grounded in science and teamwork”

Thousands of classrooms in all 50 states enrolled in Disney’s Planet Challenge, which is just in its first year as a national program. Since fall 2009, classes across the nation have been hard at work on environmental projects of their choosing. They spent months collecting data, conducting field research, coming up with solutions for problems, promoting community involvement and documenting their efforts along the way.

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Jiminy Cricket! Actor and Voice of Pinocchio’s Conscience Eddie Caroll Dead at Age 76

Eddie Carroll, the actor best known to Disney fans as the voice of  Jiminy Cricket since 1973, has reportedly passed away at the age of 76.

The news comes from the International Jack Benny Fan Club which has no current additional information other than his death, although additional news is promised soon.

Carroll was also known for his impression of Jack Benny, which he performed on stage in his show Laughter in Bloom. The site currently lists all upcoming shows as postponed due to an injury Mr. Carroll sustained earlier in the year, but reports in the Jack Benny Fan Club forum have reported that he had recovered well so there is no indication as to what the injury was and whether his death is related to it.

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The Kingdom Keepers Return to Guide Guests Through the Disney Parks by Day – and Protect the Parks from Disney Villains at Night

Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadows by Ridley PearsonFive teenagers – the Kingdom Keepers – have been transformed into Disney Holographic Images (DHIs) that thrill guests as they guide them through each of the Disney parks. In truth, the Disney Imagineers created the DHIs to protect Disney’s theme parks from the Overtakers, classic Disney villains, who are trying to seize the parks and use them for their own evil agendas. Ridley Pearson’s Kingdom Keepers book series follows these heroes on behind-the-scenes adventures in the magical world of the Disney parks – and in Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow, the action happens in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot. (Disney-Hyperion Books, ages 10 and up, $17.99)

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