Big Changes Afoot at Disney’s Kilimanjaro Safaris; Potential Refurb in January

This post has officially been dumbed down due to massive complaints about the direction of it previously, so here it is short and sweet.

Strong rumors indicate  that early next year, in either January or February, KJS will be closing for an extensive refurbishment and when it re-opens, it may very well contain no remnants of the storyline it once held.

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‘Dancing With The Stars’ Celebrity Pairings for Season 11 Announced

The celebrity and professional pairings for the fall 2010 season of Dancing With The Stars was announced this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America and are as follows:

  • Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough
  • Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas
  • Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel
  • Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani
  • Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas
  • Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff
  • Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya
  • Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke
  • David Hasselhoff and Kym Johnson
  • Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer
  • Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower

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D23 Members Now Receive 15% Discount off Meals at House of Blues Orlando

Between now and December 31, 2010, D23 members and up to 5 guests will receive a 15% discount off meals (excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities) when they dine at the House of Blues at Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney district when they present their D23 membership card to the server.

House of Blues was founded in 1992 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has grown to more than a dozen eateries across the United States. Along with their sumptuous cuisine, House of Blues has played host to some of the biggest names in the recording industry in their Music Hall venues, and their infamous Gospel Brunch has become an institution with inspiring music and a bountiful buffet.

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New DisneyStore.com Arrivals for September 1, 2010 (83 Items) (Theme Park Halloween)

New DisneyStore.com arrivals for September 1, 2010

Below is a list of new items now available for purchase at DisneyStore.com. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on DisneyStore.com in another window.

Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability.

Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Mickey Mouse Figurine by Jim Shore Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Mickey Mouse Figurine by Jim Shore – $59.95
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Disney Parks Authentic Cinderella Costume Disney Parks Authentic Cinderella Costume – $59.95
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Magical Light-up Snow White Wand Magical Light-up Snow White Wand – $16.95
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Disney Parks Authentic Belle Sandals Disney Parks Authentic Belle Sandals – $18.95
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Disney Parks Authentic Ariel Crown Disney Parks Authentic Ariel Crown – $15.95
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Snow White Costume Wig for Girls Snow White Costume Wig for Girls – $11.95
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Magical Light-up Cinderella Wand Magical Light-up Cinderella Wand – $16.95
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Disney Parks Authentic Belle Crown Disney Parks Authentic Belle Crown – $15.95
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Disney Parks Authentic Sleeping Beauty Costume Disney Parks Authentic Sleeping Beauty Costume – $59.95
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Kermit Muppets Watch Kermit Muppets Watch – $29.95
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AFTER THE JUMP: More new items from DisneyStore.com

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Best Friends Pet Care Opens at Walt Disney World with VIP Suites and Private Dog Park

Best Friends Pet Care at the Walt Disney World Resort (Garth Vaughan/Disney)Tails were wagging at Walt Disney World Resort today when Best Friends Pet Care opened the doors to its new, luxury pet resort. Dennis Dolan, CEO of Best Friends Pet Care, and Phil Bernard, vice president of Walt Disney World Operating Participants, were joined by Mickey Mouse’s favorite dog Pluto to welcome the first guests.

The one-of-a-kind pet resort offers 17,000 square feet of air-conditioned indoor space, 10,000 square feet of covered outdoor runs and play areas, and a 25,000-square-foot dog park exclusively for the use of Best Friends clients and their pets.

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New Marvel Shop Arrivals for August 31, 2010 (10 Items)

New Marvel Shop arrivals for August 31, 2010

Below is a list of new items now available for purchase at Marvel Shop. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on Marvel Shop in another window.

Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability.

Spider-Man Venom Adult Vinyl Full Mask Spider-Man Venom Adult Vinyl Full Mask – $27.95

Dress up as one of Spider-Man’s most dangerous enemies with this Venom adult vinyl full-length mask. One size fits most adults.

Please note: Costumes and Halloween accessories can only be returned for exchange of another costume of equal or lesser value, not for refund.
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‘Camp Rock 2’ Featurette Compares Dance Styles Between Camp Rock and Camp Star

In this new featurette courtesy of Disney Channel, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle (Ella), Alyson Stoner (Caitlyn) and Meaghan Martin (Tess) of the Disney Channel Original Movie Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam join film choreographer Rosero McCoy as they explore and compare the different dance styles between Camp Rock and Camp Star.

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Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam premieres September 3 on Disney Channel and is now available for pre-order on Disney Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack from Amazon.com

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Photo Gallery: ‘Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue’ Premiere

The very special outdoor ‘picnic-in-the-park’ premiere of Disney’s Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue was screened for more than 1,000 families in the local Los Angeles area this past weekend. The event featured a dozen of L.A.’s most popular food trucks, including ‘Top Chef’ alum Brian Hill’s gourmet food truck, along with a bevy of activity stations for the kids – including face painting, Tink tattoos, coloring stations and Radio Disney, who emceed the event. All fairy attendees received Tinker Bell blankets, Tinker Bell glow sticks, Fairy wings and enjoyed many Fairy activities.

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ABC’s NoOrdinaryContest.com to Award One Extraordinary Family Walt Disney World Vacation

The contest we first told you about when we gave you the key to watching the series premiere of “No Ordinary Family” is now live!

Even the most ordinary of families are extraordinary in their own special way. Now ABC’s “No Ordinary Family” is looking for the most extraordinary family to tell America what makes theirs stand out from the rest. Submit a video to ABC at www.NoOrdinaryContest.com telling us what makes your family extraordinary and we might send you on No Ordinary VIP vacation for five days and four nights to the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida.

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‘Shake It Up’ Dances Its Way to Disney Channel in Fall 2010

Disney Channel has ordered “Shake It Up,” a buddy comedy centered around a teen dance show, created by Chris Thompson (“Laverne and Shirley,” “Bosom Buddies,” “The Naked Truth,” “Action”) and executive-produced by Thompson and Rob Lotterstein (“The War at Home,” “Ellen”). It stars 12-year-old Bella Thorne (“Big Love”) and 13-year-old Zendaya. The multi-camera series will begin production in Hollywood, California, in July for a scheduled Fall 2010 premiere on Disney Channel. The announcement was made today by Gary Marsh, president, Entertainment, and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide.

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