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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.

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Photo Gallery: ‘World of Color’ Blue Carpet Premiere and Show at Disneyland Resort

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In an event fitting only for a spectacle such as the new World of Color at Disney California Adventure, Disneyland pulled out all the stops, inviting celebrities, media and lucky members of the viewing public to dine at a visual feast. On the scene to report for us was Kelly Noble, a first-time contributor for Stitch Kingdom.

A-Listers such as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy came out to show their support along with their contemporaries which included comedic actor Jason Segel (who write and starred in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and is currently doing the same for The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever),Twilight star Peter Facinelli, Vanessa Hudgens, the kids from ABC’s Modern Family (along with Rico’s sister, actress Raini Rodriguez), Jamie Lee Curtis, John Stamos, Wayne Brady, Jodi Benson (known for being the voice of Ariel in The Little Mermaid and Barbie in Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3), Geena Davis and Teri Hatcher, just to name but a few. Even former Bachelor Jake Pavelka walked the blue carpet with Vienna Girardi in tow.

Disney legends and celebrities strolled the great blue way too. On hand to celebrate was prolific composer and Disney legend Richard Sherman, Disney CEO and President Robert Iger and Disney Parks and Resorts President Tom Staggs.

After the jump is our extensive photo gallery of the preparation of the event as well as the blue carpet experience. We do recommend you use the PicLens link to view it as a complete slideshow, but feel free to browse the photos individually

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ABC and ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ Offer Text to Donate to Nashville Flood Relief

ABC Television Network and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” have teamed up to help raise money in support of Nashville flood relief with a simple “text-to-donate” charitable effort. Some cast members from the hit ABC show are scheduled to be there to lend their support and to help raise awareness for the Nashville flood victims.

Beginning today, simply text the keyword NASH [followed by a space] and the amount you want to donate to 27138. A thank you message with instructions enabling you to safely and securely fulfill your donation via credit card will follow. The donation will not be billed to your mobile phone.

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International Teaser for Disney’s Tangled Features New Additional Footage

If you haven’t already gotten enough of the teaser trailer for Tangled released by Walt Disney Studios, we have a little bit more for you to not get enough of. Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Netherlands comes the following video which features some extended footage which most notably consists of Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi) first entering the tower as well as getting his first glimpse of Rapunzel (Mandy Moore).

And do not fret, my dear readers, despite the dialogue being in Dutch (I understood ‘Hi’), Pink’s Trouble is still tightly integrated. Enjoy:

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‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ Character Poster #5: Balthazar Blake (The Sorcerer)

Sorcerer's Apprentice: Balthazar Blake (The Sorcerer)After a week, we finally have the last — but certainly not least — entry in the character posters for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Walt Disney Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer.

Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a student of Merlin and a Sorcerer.  More than 1,000 years old, Balthazar has been searching the globe until he finds the Prime Merlinean, the descendent of Merlin and inheritor of his great powers.  When Balthazar finally discovers him in 10-year-old Dave Stutler, he finds himself with a very reluctant sorcerer’s apprentice.

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Disney Fine Artist Noah to Present Custom 5 Foot Tall Vinylmation for ‘World of Color’

A portion of the 5' Tall World of Color Vinylmation by NoahYesterday, the official Vinylmation blog offered a tease in the way of a photo of a portion of what is unquestionably a vinylmation figure (left). Also unquestionable is the airbrushed artistic flair of a Disney artist I’ve come to know and love ever since we met at the D23 Expo, Noah.

A portion of the 5' 'World of Color' Vinylmation by NoahWe reached out to Noah, who is also the resident artist of Disneyland’s D Street, for a comment but he was feeling a bit coy and wouldn’t quite give up the goods. He did, however, eventually tweet out this cryptic message along with a photo (right) which suspiciously looks like the front of a giant painted Mickey Mouse form. In fact, we even spotted what looks like it could very well be Noah’s signature right where Mickey’s nose would be.

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Big Sale for Annual Passholders and DVC Members at Disney Parks July 24

On July 24, 2010, from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. local times, Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can enjoy an early shopping opportunity with incredible discounts of up to 50% off select merchandise items, special doorbusters, surprise markdowns and more at the World of Disney® Store in the Downtown Disney® District.  The first 1000 Annual Passholders or Disney Vacation Club Members at the World of Disney® Store on July 24, 2010, will receive a complimentary gift.

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‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ Character Poster #4: Dave (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice)

Sorcerer's Apprentice: Dave (The Apprentice)The latest in a series of character posters from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Walt Disney Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer is Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), the title character himself.

In the film, Dave Stutler is a nerdy NYU physics major, lacking confidence and poise, not very popular with girls or even his fellow students.  At the age of 10, he experiences a frightening incident when he encounters sorcerer Balthazar Blake after wandering into the bizarre Arcana Cabana curio shop.

He’s given a dragon ring that comes to life on his finger, and he’s told that he’ll be a very important sorcerer himself.

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First Look: Teaser Trailer for Disney’s ‘Tangled’ (Plus Brand New Hi-Res Stills)

Rapunzel © Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Although it wasn’t expected to hit the interwebs until Monday, Yahoo! Movies offered up an exclusive debut of the first teaser trailer for Tangled from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

The 2 minute+ trailer gives us the setup of the relationship between notorious thief Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi of NBC’s Chuck) and Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) who has spent her entire life locked up in a tower. We also get quite a bit of an introduction to Pascal, Rapunzel’s chameleon friend-slash-guardian.

Of special note is we also get to see just how ‘magical’ Rapunzel’s hair is as John Lasseter first revealed during the D23 Expo last year.

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ESPN 3D to Launch Complete with 3D Ads from Sony, Gillette and Disney/Pixar

When ESPN launches ESPN 3D on Friday, June 11, three advertisers – SONY, Gillette and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 – will debut new commercials produced in native 3D.  Additionally, ESPN will introduce its first-ever 3D commercial from the award-winning This is SportsCenter franchise.

“The 3D advertising opportunity and marketplace is at the beginning so we are very excited to have three marquee advertisers on board,” said Ed Erhardt, president, ESPN Customer Marketing and Sales.  “We have interest from several of our clients to include ESPN 3D in their packages and we will do everything we can to accommodate them.”

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