Dates for Walt Disney World’s 2010 Star Wars Weekends Announced

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On its official blog, Disney Parks has announced the dates for the 2010 Star Wars Weekends event to take place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The dates are as follows: May 21 – 23, May 28 – 30, June 4 – 6 and June 11 – 13

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Muppets to Lead Disney Parks Afternoon Parades in 2010

Beginning January 8, 2010, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and Sweetums will join the Disney’s Honorary VoluntEARS Cavalcade which will act as the pre-parade for the afternoon parades at both the Magic Kingdom and at Disneyland.

The Muppets and parade dancers, wearing outfits that celebrate the work of volunteers, will join special floats and vehicles celebrating volunteerism and presenting Honorary VoluntEARS serving as Grand Marshals of the parades.

On February 11, Walt Disney World’s Epcot will also be hosting the Disney Parks’ Celebration of Volunteerism event which will be a Disney star-studded event, celebrating family volunteering.

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Win A Dream Vacation Aboard the Disney Wonder from Hanes Comfort

Hanes, the official apparel of the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts, is offering 3 winners chosen at random the opportunity to win a 5 night cruise for four aboard the Disney Cruise Line Wonder. Included is roundtrip airfare to OIA and ground transportation to Port Canavaral. All taxes and fees and meals are included.

In addition, Hanes is giving away free socks to the first 100 entrants each week (week begins Friday night at 12 am).

For the full official rules and to enter, visit Hanes Cruise Giveaway.

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New Hi-Res Image from Prince of Persia Featuring Jake Gyllenhaal as Dastan

Walt Disney Studios has just sent us this image of Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) from Prince of Persia. Although a similiar image had been released in the past, this one shows Dastan much more closely.

Enjoy.

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Sneak Peek of Toy Story 3 Now Available Online (Video)

This past weekend, ABC Family presented a sneak peek at the upcoming Toy Story 3 along with a brief introduction by director Lee Unkrich. The clip, just short of two minutes, shows the beginning of the film where Andy, who is now preparing to head to college, needs to decide which toys to keep, which to store in the attic and which get thrown out. This is basically the same clip that we saw during the Toy Story 3 presentation at the D23 Expo (in 2D) and I remember being shocked when Andy makes one of his decisions. Check it out below, courtesy of Disney/Pixar.

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Photo: Justin Bieber at the Magic Kingdom with Aladdin’s Genie

Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber poses Dec. 19, 2009 with the “Genie” from Disney’s animated film “Aladdin” at the Magic Kingdom. Bieber was in central Florida to perform at a Radio Disney concert at the Celebration Town Center in nearby Celebration, Fla. Magic Kingdom is one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort. (Preston Mack, photographer)

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WDW Refurb Update: CSR Pool in Jan; Backlot Tour and Studio Catering Company in Feb

Both the Backlot Tour and Studio Catering Company at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will close on February 15 and re-open on March 28.

Additionally, the Dig Site (Feature Pool) at Coronado Springs Resort will close on Jan 11 for the rest of the month.

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Reuters: Disney XD picks up ‘Pair of Kings’

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Disney XD, a cable channel targeting young boys, is going royal with a series order for the live-action comedy pilot “Pair of Kings.”

The series, which will start production in March for a fall premiere, stars “Hannah Montana” veteran Mitchel Musso and “House of Payne” regular Doc Shaw as 16-year-old fraternal twins (one white and one black). They are typical teenagers in Chicago raised by their aunt and uncle until they find out that they are heirs to the throne of the island of Kinkou; they relocate there to become kings.

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Walt Disney World Launches Art For Music Website; Announces Event Date of January 19

Recently on its official blog, Disney Parks gave an inside look at one of five custom-painted basses that will be auctioned off to benefit school music programs in honor of the 25th Anniversary of Disney’s Magic Music Days in which students from schools all over are invited to perform at the resort.

Today, Disney has launched the DisneyArtForMusic.com website which indicates that there will be a special event taking place at Walt Disney World on January 19, 2010 with more details to come.

We will update as we learn more.

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Disney Home Entertainment to Release Its First Hindi Film, ‘Like Stars on Earth,’ January 12

Like Stars on EarthAn eight-year-old misfit with his head in the stars learns that being different can also mean being special in the emotional and entertaining Like Stars on Earth, coming to 3-Disc DVD/CD set January 12, 2010 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Disney’s first-ever Hindi-language release, Like Stars on Earth includes seven infectious Bollywood dance numbers, vividly imagined animated interludes and a brand new English-language track for a cross-cultural celebration of creativity and individuality. “A little twinkling star of a movie” according to BBC Movie Reviews, Like Stars on Earth is a sparkling example of why Indian cinema has rapidly become the most popular film import to the U.S.

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