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We have been alerted that Blizzard Beach, which was originally scheduled to re-open on March 21 is now expected to re-open on March 24.

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Walt Disney Company’s Robert Iger Responds to Passing of Fess Parker

Fess Parker's window in Frontierland in Disneyland. Photo © Stitch Kingdom. All Rights Reserved.As many of you are aware already, Fess Parker, best known for his portrayal as Davy Crockett, passed away earlier today at the age of 85. Parker was named a Disney Legend in 1991 and is held in such high regard that he even has a window dedicated to him in Disneyland’s Frontierland (pictured), an extreme honor typically reserved only for the windows on the buildings along Main Street USA.

In reaction to the news, Robert Iger, President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, and life long Davy Crockett fan issued this statement:

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Singer Shakira to Guest Star on ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ April 16

Two-time Grammy and seven-time Latin Grammy Award-winning artist Shakira and comedian Jeff Garlin guest star in a new episode of the hit comedy series, “Wizards of Waverly Place,” during Disney Channel’s popular programming event, “Night of Premieres,” FRIDAY, APRIL 16 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET/PT).  The evening also includes new episodes of the hit series “The Suite Life On Deck,” “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Phineas and Ferb” and the Disney XD comedy “I’m In The Band.”

In the episode, titled ‘Dude Looks Like Shakira,’ Alex, Justin and Max are shocked to discover that their Uncle Kelbo (Jeff Garlin) has transformed into international music sensation Shakira after he failed to follow the Main Eleven Wizards Rules.

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Millionaire Goes Dancing Beginning March 29: Special ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Themed Shows

Tune in for the “Dancing with the Stars” Edition of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” to see host Meredith Vieira cut a rug on the “Millionaire” set. The week-long specialty series will air March 29 – April 2. All week fans of the hit reality show will take to the “Millionaire” hot seat with a chance to walk away with $1-million. In addition to general trivia, contestants will also face questions about the “Dancing with the Stars” series, some of which will feature clips from the ABC show. Check local listings or go to www.millionairetv.com for more information.

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Chapter Two of Ridley Pearson’s ‘Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow’ Now Online

Via his blog, author Ridley Pearson has made the second chapter of Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow available for download. Previously, Pearson has made the first chapter available as we reported earlier.

The full book from Disney Hyperion will be available in stores on April 6.

To view the second chapter, click here (Adobe Acrobat Reader required).

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Tokyo DisneySea to Receive New Aladdin-Themed Attraction in 2011

Concept art of Jasmine's Flying Carpets. © DisneyIt was announced yesterday by the Oriental Land Company (OLC) that Tokyo DisneySea will receive a new attraction in 2011 based on Aladdin. Jasmine’s Flying Carpets will allow guests to manueuver their vehicles up and down to a maximum height of approximately 16 feet as well as tilt the vehicle forward and backwards. Located in the Arabian Coast area, next to Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage, each of the 16 vehicles will hold two rows of two guests each.

With a total approximate investment of $22 million dollars, Jasmine’s Flying Carpets is anticipated to open in Summer of 2011. Other attractions anticipated in 2011 at the Resort include Mickey’s Philharmagic and Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Hall, both in Tokyo Disneyland.

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Celebrities Appearances Announced for 2010 Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Artwork for 2010 Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood StudiosBeginning May 21st and running every Friday-Sun through June 13, this year’s annual Star Wars Weekends pays special tribute to The Empire Strikes Back which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

StarWars.com has now released the list of celebrity guests expected to appear each weekend during the popular event, beginning with SWW co-hosts Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) and Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tona of The Clone Wars).

The following is the list of celebrities scheduled to appear each weekend:

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CONFIRMED: Disney/Pixar to Re-title ‘The Bear and the Bow’ as ‘Brave’

UPDATE: Following our initial report on the domain name and trademark registrations, Disney has also gone ahead and registered a few trademark applications specifically for DISNEY PIXAR BRAVE. Here’s an example. Note although the application was filed on March 12, it takes a few days for it to become accessible to us.

They did it to Rapunzel. Big signs are pointing to them doing it to Secretariat. And now it appears the next victim may be the Disney/Pixar original fairy tale The Bear and the Bow.

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Disney Channel Launches Site for ‘Good Luck Charlie’

Good Luck Charlie WebsitePremiering on Sunday, April 4 at 8:30 PM ET/PT, Good Luck Charlie, the new family-oriented Disney Channel comedy, now has a website of its own which can be found at GOODLUCKCHARLIE.COM. The site currently offers games, photos from the series and introductory videos.

The comedy revolves around what happens when a new baby joins the Duncan household and roles shift for everyone in the family, including teen siblings PJ and Teddy and tween brother Gabe who must adjust to the many changes baby Charlie brings.  Before they know it, she’s sitting up, crawling, walking and running — requiring them to team up and help their parents, Bob and Amy, look after the cute little newcomer.  In each episode Teddy creates a personalized video diary for Charlie, an older sister telling her baby sister about all the things she’ll help her learn as she grows up.

In the premiere episode, “Study Date,” Amy is fretting as she returns to work as a nurse, but Bob reassures her that they have a support system to care for Charlie.  That is until Teddy’s distracted by a study session with a cute classmate, PJ is trying to have a jam session with his friend and Gabe is feeling as if their territory has been invaded.  When Bob slips and falls on the stairs, Charlie is put in the sole care of Teddy and PJ drives his dad to the hospital where they go to great lengths to avoid mom.

The talented “Good Luck Charlie” cast is:  Bridgit Mendler (“Wizards of Waverly Place”) as Teddy, Jason Dolley (“Cory in the House”) as PJ, Bradley Steven Perry as Gabe, Leigh-Allyn Baker (“Will & Grace”) as Amy, Eric Allan Kramer (“My Name Is Earl”) as Bob, and newcomer Mia Talerico as Charlie.
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Music and Choreographers for ‘Thin Ice’ Skating Reality Competition Announced

Music and choreographer details have been unveiled for “Thin Ice,” a live, televised figure-skating reality competition that will originate from the Premier Ballroom of the MGM Grand at Foxwoods March 18 through 21, and will air in primetime on the ABC Television Network on March 19 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) and March 21 (7:00-8:00 p.m., ET).

Joannie Rochette, the courageous Canadian figure skater who won a bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver just four days after losing her mother to a heart attack, will perform in the March 19 show, skating to “Vole” (English translation: “Fly”) by her late mother’s favorite artist, fellow Canadian Celine Dion. The song includes the touching and appropriate lyrics “Fly fly little flame/Fly my angel, my soul/Leave your misery’s skin/Go rediscover the light.”

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