Disney has just announced that The Princess and the Frog star Anika Noni Rose will be the narrator for Epcot’s 2009 Candlelight Processional from December 6 – 8. The list previously published here has been updated.
Via its twitter, Disney Parks has announced that Isabella Rossellini, Vanessa Williams and Whoopi Goldberg will join returning celebrity narrators Andy Garcia, John O’Hurley, Abigail Breslin, Brian Dennehy, Angela Bassett, Edward James Olmos and Steven Curtis Chapman.
The schedule is as follows:
November 27 – 29, Isabella Rossellini
November 30 – Dec 2, John O’ Hurley
December 3 – 5, Steven Curtis Chapman
December 6 – 8, Anika Noni Rose
December 9 – 11, Andy Garcia
December 12 – 13, Chita Rivera
December 14 – 17, Abigail Breslin
December 18 – 20, Whoopi Goldberg
December 21 – 23, Brian Dennehy
December 24 – 26, Edward James Olmos
December 27 – 30, Angela Bassett & Courtney B. Vance
* Updated on 12/7: Chita Rivera replaces Kirk Cameron
* Updated on 12/2: Kirk Cameron and Abigail Breslin replace Vanessa Williams
* Updated on 7/29: Disney has announced Anika Noni Rose (Princess Tiana of the Princess and the Frog) to be the narrator on December 6-8.
Since its debut in February, the American Idol Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been wowing guests with its faithful re-creation of one of television’s most popular shows. On-stage, audience members get to sit in on several shows a day where other park guests perform live on the set patterned after the American Idol season seven finale stage. The show’s daily finale always fills to capacity as hundreds who couldn’t get in grab a nearby seat outside and watch the performances on the giant Diamond Vision screen.
For guests who opt to perform, the grueling audition process begins ‘backstage,’ in Studio 2B (essentially the on-stage and ‘backstage’ portions are treated as separate attractions, 2A and 2B on the park’s map respectively). At stake is a ‘golden ticket’ which grants the holder the ability to ‘FASTPASS’ their way through real-live auditions for the actual show (for those ineligible to use the ticket, it can be transferred once).
So one way to go ‘backstage’ at the American Idol Experience is to audition — and to make it all the way through. And as you’re about to find out, it’s easier said than done. Fortunately, there’s another way to see everything the performer gets to see and more and it’s called The Ultimate Backstage Experience.
The Walt Disney Family Museum site has gone live. Visit it online at waltdisney.org to learn more about the museum, obtain timed tickets, watch videos and the chance to pre-order the museum’s book, The Walt Disney Family Museum: The Man, the Magic, the Memories written by noted Disney historian J.B. Kaufman and Diane Disney Miller with preface by Richard Benefield and introduction by Diane Disney Miller. At 96 pages and containing 124 illustrations, the book tells the story of Walt Disney in ten chapters that coincide with the museum’s galleries. The book will be available exclusively from the museum beginning October 15, 2009, but is currently available for pre-order for $19.95
Regis and “Millionaire” are back in ABC primetime! Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the smash hit “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” comes back to ABC this summer for a special two-week event. “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” premieres SUNDAY, AUGUST 9 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) and will air for 11 nights, Sunday-Thursday at 8:00 p.m., with the finale on SUNDAY, AUGUST 23 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET).
ABC’s 10th Anniversary edition of “Millionaire” will celebrate everything that viewers loved about the original, combined with the major improvements to the gameplay after seven successful years in syndication. In addition, as a brand new feature of the return of primetime “Millionaire,” every episode will culminate with a celebrity playing one question for $50,000 to benefit their charity of choice. The lineup of celebrity players will be announced at a later date.
From Daytime “Millionaire’s” Emmy nominations on the eve of its eighth season launch to the Oscar-winning phenomenon “Slumdog Millionaire,” it has been a banner year for the “Millionaire” pop culture juggernaut. To date, there have been 1,285 episodes of the syndicated version, and before it went off the air in 2002, the primetime edition saw 363 episodes, including “Super Millionaire” in 2004. Over $132 million has been won by contestants over the decade ($79 million in primetime; $53 million in syndication). In primetime, celebrity players won $13.5 million for their favorite charities.
San Diego, CA, July 26, 2009… Television’s #1 animated series for kids, Disney’s “Phineas and Ferb,” will be presenting two programming events this fall, a two-part time travel episode and a viewers’ choice countdown special featuring the Top 10 favorite musical numbers from the hit series. The announcement was made today at Comic-Con International in San Diego, California. Each “Phineas and Ferb” episode will premiere on Disney XD. The series also airs on Disney Channel.
A new two-part episode entitled “Phineas and Ferb’s Quantum Boogaloo” includes guest stars Jennifer Stone (“Wizards of Waverly Place”), Moises Arias (“Hannah Montana”) and Jennifer Grey (“Dirty Dancing”), and features a new extended version of the series’ main title theme song by Grammy-nominated artists Bowling for Soup. In the storyline, Phineas and Ferb travel to the future to find a tool that hasn’t been invented yet. There they encounter future Candace who follows them back through time and finally busts her brothers as they are building their rollercoaster, but also accidentally foils Agent P’s defeat of Dr. Doofenshmirtz, setting off a chain reaction that turns the future into a dystopian society.
As of September 4, fans of the music-filled series, which has featured over 100 original songs, including the Emmy-nominated “Ain’t Got Rhythm,” will be invited to vote for their favorite musical numbers to be showcased in a new viewer-generated special episode entitled “Phineas and Ferb’s Cliptastic Countdown” to premiere in October 2009. Hosted by comedic foils Dr. Doofenshmirtz and Major Monogram, the episode will feature a compilation of the Top 10 favorite music clips selected by fans. Global voting begins Tuesday, September 1 at DisneyChannel.com and DisneyXD.com.
In the series, produced in traditional 2D animation, Phineas Flynn and his stepbrother, Ferb Fletcher, set out to conquer boredom and make every day of their 104-day summer vacation count, even if it means building a giant marine aquarium, creating their own video games or rebuilding an alien aircraft. Their older sister, Candace, makes it her mission to get the boys in trouble but every time without fail, the proof she needs mysteriously disappears by the time she can get Mom to come and see her brothers’ antics. Meanwhile, the family’s pet, Perry the Platypus, may seem like any other domesticated house pet but he has a secret life as suave Agent P, deftly battling the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz to save the Tri-State area.
ABC.com and Kia Motors America (KMA) unveil the first webisode in a five-part short-form series titled “Mysteries of the Universe: The Dharma Initiative.” Exclusively sponsored by Kia Motors, “Mysteries of the Universe” is a fictional “documentary” series set in the early 1980s which takes an in-depth look into a variety of unsolved mysteries.
Once thought to be Lost, this all-new explosive documentary project provides a full-scale investigation into the so-called “Dharma Initiative.” Through interviews, research, eyewitness accounts and more, the short-form series attempts to uncover the truth behind this shadowy organization, including the possible existence of a secret society with links to covert locations around the globe, including a South Pacific island, which is the subject of intense speculation, but whose whereabouts have never been confirmed.
With the first episode now available, new episodes from the five-part series will roll out monthly through November 2009. Future episodes will screen as follows:
Episode 2 Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Episode 3 Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Episode 4 Thursday, October 15, 2009
Episode 5 Monday, November 16, 2009
For more information on and to view the first episode of “Mysteries of the Universe: The Dharma Initiative,” go to abc.com/lostmysteries.
In conjunction with the roll-out of the short-form series and the all-new 2010 Kia Forte vehicle launch, ABC.com and Kia Motors have teamed up to co-promote the series in four issues of Entertainment Weekly aligned with the release of each new webisode. The first issue is currently on newsstands.
There will be an artist release party for Vinylmation Urban Series #2 (released July 24) at the Art of Disney located in the Downtown Disney Marketplace. The event is scheduled to run from 5 pm – 7 pm and features the following Disney artists: Dan Howard, Lisa Badeen, Lin Shih, Mike Sullivan, Quynh Kimball and Donna Kozatek.
This is your chance to meet & greet with the creators of your favorite Disney Vinylmation figures as well as get an in-person sneak peek at upcoming releases.
The following letter was published earlier today on the Facebook page of the Walt Disney Family Museum and has been copied here with permission. We encourage all of our readers to become a Fan of the Museum on Facebook to be apprised of the latest news and announcements from the Museum as well as images of just some of its amazing collection on display. You can also follow the museum on Twitter.
Walt Disney was a storyteller.
Whether he was making a film or developing a theme park, Walt was always telling stories, and what great stories they were: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,Old Yeller (the first movie I, personally, remember seeing), and Mary Poppins to name just a few! Starting this fall, The Walt Disney Family Museum will tell the inspiring story of the man himself, Walt Disney, using his own words, his own voice, and the voices and words of many of his collaborators and family members in video and audio exhibits. You will also find original animation art; photographs and film clips; Walt’s train, the Lilly Belle; a meticulously hand-crafted model of the Disneyland of Walt’s imagination; as well as examples of the technologies that Walt pioneered, like the multiplane camera and the optical printer.
As you enter the Museum, the first thing you will notice is an extensive selection of some of Walt’s more than 900 awards for his artistic work and service to mankind. Among them are 29 of his 32 Academy Awards®, including the only special Oscar® that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® ever made: one regularsized Oscar with seven small ones. The award, of course, was presented to Walt in recognition of his distinguished work on the feature-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Walt’s amazing achievements—not only cartoons, film, and television, but also Disneyland, exhibits for the 1964 World’s Fair, and plans for EPCOT—will come to life in the new museum located in an historic army barracks in the Presidio of San Francisco. Because we want everyone visiting us to have a wonderful Museum experience, all admission will be by timed-entry ticket, allowing a set number of people through the door every fifteen minutes. Once you’re in, you can stay as long as you wish! To find out how to purchase your timed-entry tickets, please visit us at www.waltdisney.org.
The Museum is also home to a state-of-the art theater where we will hold screenings, lectures, classes, and live performances. It’s a beautiful place to see an old favorite, like Pinocchio, or something new from one of the Bay Area’s hottest animators. You can find out about these events on our website, but if you become a member of The Walt Disney Family Museum, you will receive a quarterly newsletter and special advance announcements of upcoming events and programs in print or via email. Members also receive discounts on admission to many of our programs and screenings, and they can always go online to get their free timed-entry tickets to the galleries.
We do hope you will visit us again and again to learn more about Walt Disney and to experience the wonderful programs we have in store. We look forward to seeing you at the Museum this fall.
Founding Executive Director
The Disney Netpal by Asus is now available for pre-ordering at Amazon.com for $350. Although it has no ship date listed, the current date listed for the Toys R Us version is August 11 (pushed back from an original date of August 3).
Remember that the difference between the two is that the Amazon version has a 160 GB hard drive for storage, making it slightly heavier, and the Toys R Us version has 16GB of static memory for storage.
For full specifications on the Disney Netpal and to see our extensive photo gallery, see here.