While we await more concrete menus to share with you, wdwmagic.com has published what they refer to as pre-opening menus for breakfast and dinner at Cat Cora’s Kouzzina here. The restaurant begins serving August 15 with a grand opening set for September 17.
Beginning Wednesday, August 5 at 2 PM ET, interested attendees of the D23 Expo can purchase the ‘Auctioneers Package’ here for the live auction to take place during the D23 Expo on September 12.
While attending the live auction will be free to all D23 Expo attendees, the ‘Auctioneers Package’ will be required to those who wish to participate in the auction.
The cost of the package is $40 and that includes: preferred floor seating for the event; a D23 Expo Live Auction commemorative catalog; a D23 Expo Live Auction paddle; and a D23 Expo Live Auction Limited Edition pin.
The live auction will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center as part of the D23 Expo, on September 12 at 7:00 PM. The auction will offer participants the ability to bid on unique Walt Disney Studio and Theme Park experiences, tours, artwork, props and more.
A few additions to the upcoming Walt Disney World refurbishment schedule:
Typhoon Lagoon will be closed the entire month of November
Flights of Wonder at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will have no performances from September 13 through October 23
The Miller Road Quiet Pool at Old Key West will be closed from August 24 through September 11
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BURBANK, Calif. — Disney Interactive Studios announced today the availability of Hannah Montana: Rock Out The Show for the PSP® system. In the first Hannah game for the PSP® system, fans can now take her on the go and have backstage access to customize Hannah’s wardrobe, dance moves, special effects and so much more to make each show unique and exciting.
Hannah Montana: Rock Out The Show invites fans to design and star in the show by visiting seven different countries and performing as Hannah to 11 hit songs, including three tracks from the new “Hannah Montana 3” soundtrack. With Robbie Ray unable to manage Hannah’s tour, her brother Jackson and best friend Lilly jump-in to help and travel with Hannah around the world. In “Story Mode”, players are introduced to new locations through animated vignettes and are entertained by Jackson’s slapstick humor and Lilly’s wittiness.
With vast customization, Hannah Montana: Rock Out The Show invites players to add their flair to performances by creating unique routines for each song with the “Rockstar Moment” maker. Fans style the band members and the back-up dancers with amazing fashions, hair-styles and accessories. The more a show is customized, the more rewards and achievements awarded.
Building on the established lines of outdoor furniture inspired by Disney’s Grand Floridian and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, AGIO will introduce a line of furniture based on Disney’s Yacht Club later this fall.
You can find a little bit more information about the upcoming line of furniture here.
UPDATE: Tickets will be available through http://www.waltdisney.org beginning August 6 at 10 am PT. The special code for D23 members is 344902001
To obtain your tickets, click on the “tickets” section at www.waltdisney.org . After clicking through to the “D23 member weekend” page on the navigation bar to the left, you will see a calendar of admissions. Click on either September 26 or September 27, and choose a time that you would like to attend the event — you can choose a maximum of 4 (four) tickets. On the shopping cart page, enter promotional code 344902001 to change the total price of admissions to $0. Once you complete the steps to check out, you will receive a confirmation and ticket attachment via the e-mail address you provided. Please print and save this e-mail and make sure to bring your tickets with you to the event.
PLEASE NOTE: Promotional code 344902001 may only be used once per D23 membership through The Walt Disney Family Museum Web site (www.waltdisney.org), starting August 6, 2009 at 10 a.m. PT and ending once tickets have been sold out for this event. For the sake of fraud prevention and/or ticket scalping, the D23 member who purchased the tickets must be in attendance with their guests and must also present their official D23 membership card and a Government-issued I.D. to gain entrance into the Museum. Only 1 (one) ticket may be used for 1 (one) guest, and only 1 (one) D23 membership card may be used for a maximum of 4 (four) visitors total. If you are a member of more than one group, in respect for other members, please limit your tickets to one membership. Although tickets will not be sold on-site for the special preview weekend.
The Walt Disney Family Museum is a place where dreams come to life. The dreams of Walt Disney — the man who raised animation to an art, tirelessly pursued innovation, and created a distinctly American legacy. Walt’s story is told through interactive, audio, and video exhibits that include original animation art from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Mary Poppins; photographs and film clips; Walt’s train, the Lilly Belle; a hand-crafted model of the Disneyland of Walt’s imagination; examples of the technologies that Walt pioneered; and much more!
Get a jump on the crowds before The Walt Disney Family Museum opens to the general public on October 1, 2009. D23 Members are invited to a special preview weekend at the Museum in the Presidio of San Francisco, Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27. This special preview will be hosted by the Museum’s Executive Director, Richard Benefield.
Reserved timed-entry tickets are necessary, but for this one weekend only, they are free to D23 members. Members are also allowed up to three additional guest tickets — so don’t leave the family at home! Tickets will be available online starting August 1, 2009. More details about how to get your tickets with a special D23 code will be available soon.
Date: September 26 and September 27
Location: The Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, California
Tickets: Tickets for D23 Members will be available online at The Walt Disney Family Museum Web site beginning August 6.
* Available only to D23 Members in good standing. Members may reserve a ticket for themselves and three (3) guests. There are a limited number of tickets available. D23 Members will be required to give their membership number when reserving tickets. Tickets may be picked up only with a valid photo ID and their D23 membership card. D23 Members who do not bring their membership card, may not be admitted to the event. All D23 Special Events are subject to change without notice.
Join Master Sculptor Hiko Maeda as he introduces an all new theme park exclusive Precious Moments sculpture for the holidays along with a brand new series of your favorite Disney Princesses celebrating the season in their own unique way.
On September 11, Hiko will be at Uptown Jewelers in the Magic Kingdom from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm and at the Animation Gallery in Disney’s Hollywood Studios from 3:00 – 5:00 pm.
On September 12, he will be at the Art of Disney in Downtown Disney’s Marketplace from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
Initial pieces will feature an additional day of release stamp.
There is a limit of two (2) of each sculpture per guest. No personal items may be signed.
Guests who are unable to attend the event, but would like to purchase the sculptures associated with the event, a limited number of signed pieces will be available for pre-order. To pre-order, guests may call Walt Disney Event Services, Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 407-827-7600.
Pre-order quantities are limited and only available while supplies last.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Aug. 3 — The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is rewarding laborers across the country with an affordable getaway to one of the world’s favorite family destinations. In tribute to the U.S. workforce this Labor Day, and in honor of the ninth month in 2009, they are offering a $99 per night rate September 1, 2009 through September 9, 2009 (09/09/09).
To honor their own loyal laborers, they are also awarding complimentary stays and dinners for nine lucky cast members and their families. All cast members who have worked at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort for at least one year will be eligible to enter a Labor Day raffle.
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort offers the ideal escape from the day-to-day stresses of work. The resort is conveniently located within walking distance to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios(TM), and is nearby Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Magic Kingdom Park.
Visitors can indulge in meals at the resort’s 17 restaurants and lounges, including Todd English’s bluezoo and Shula’s Steak House; be pampered at the luxurious Mandara Spa; stay active with nearby championship golf, tennis and mini golf and enjoy special Disney benefits which include complimentary transportation to Walt Disney World Theme Parks and Attractions and early or extended park hours with the Extra Magic Hours benefit.
Guests can reserve the “$99 in 09″ Labor Day deal by calling 1-800-227-1500. Offer is valid Sept. 1 – 9, 2009; requires a minimum three-night stay and is subject to rate plan availability.
In the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort, the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is your gateway to Central Florida’s greatest theme parks and attractions. Come discover our 17 world-class restaurants and lounges, sophisticated guest rooms with Westin Heavenly Beds , the luxurious Mandara Spa, and many special Disney benefits. The resort can be reached at 800-227-1500 or www.swandolphin.com.
Burbank, CA – Francia Raisa (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) and Brendan Fehr (“Samurai Girl,” “Roswell”) have signed to star in the ABC Family and MGM Television original production “The Cutting Edge: Fire & Ice.” The two-hour original movie will begin principal photography this month in Montreal, Canada, and is set to premiere on ABC Family in spring 2010. “The Cutting Edge: Fire & Ice” marks the fourth installment of the successful franchise produced by MGM Television.
In “The Cutting Edge: Fire & Ice,” Francia Raisa reprises her role as Alexandra “Alex” Delgado (“The Cutting Edge: Chasing the Dream”), whose figure skating career came to an abrupt halt after her partner (on and off the ice) became injured. As their love affair cooled, a heart-broken Alex stopped competing and turned to teaching. Enter James Van Behr (Brendan Fehr), the smoldering bad boy of speed skating, who has had fiery Alex in his sights as a skating partner ever since he was banned from speed skating. There aren’t many girls who say no to James – Alex may well be the first. However, James pushes her buttons, challenging her like no one else – and her fighting spirit returns. She agrees to partner, and they begin a grueling practice regimen fueled (and occasionally derailed) by their own tempestuous relationship that heats up as they get closer to competition. But will their passion destroy Alex’s chance to bring home the gold again?
The movie is directed by Stephen Herek (“Picture This!,” “Rock Star,” “Mr. Holland’s Opus”) and is written by Holly Brix. It will be executive produced by the MGM team of Craig Roessler, Sara Berrisford and Hudson Hickman.