WDW Refurb Update: Sounds Dangerous Re-Opens (Seasonally), Epcot Closures in Jan-Feb

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A few updates to the refurbishment schedule at Walt Disney World.

First, Sounds Dangerous with Drew Carey, which has been marked as ‘operating seasonally’ since the beginning of the year will re-open for December 20 through January 2 only and is then scheduled to close for the remainder of 2010 (barring any future changes).

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New Commercial Shows How Rayovac Powers the Magic at Disney Parks

We were sent this sneak peek at a new television commercial for Rayovac, the preferred battery at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts and thought we’d pass it, its catchy tune and its novel approach on how to handle a younger brother along.

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The ad will make its national television debut during ABC’s Good Morning America on Monday, December 21.

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Alaska Airlines Introduces ‘Spirit of Disneyland II'; Makes Wish Trip Inaugural Flight

Alaska Airlines' 'Spirit of Disneyland II'Alaska Airlines this morning introduced its “Spirit of Disneyland II” aircraft at Portland International Airport. The plane is adorned with the faces of Disney’s most recognized characters – Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and, for the first time, Pluto. The new design replaces a previous Disney-themed aircraft retired two weeks ago. Alaska Airlines’ Boeing 737-900 aircraft made its inaugural flight from Portland to Los Angeles International Airport carrying three Make-A-Wish® children on their way to the Disneyland Resort to have their wishes granted.

“We’re honored to have our Disney and Make-A-Wish partners join us to debut Alaska’s fourth Disney-themed aircraft,” said Alaska Airlines’ President Brad Tilden. “For the next seven years these five characters will serve as an iconic vehicle to bring customers across our network to the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’ and other Alaska Airlines destinations.”

Alaska Airlines Crew and Make-A-Wish Families joined by Mickey Mouse and friendsThe “Spirit of Disneyland II” aircraft was welcomed at the gate by the three children and their families, as well as Mickey Mouse, Pluto and leaders from Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Oregon, Disneyland Resorts and Alaska Airlines, as travelers looked on from the terminal.

“When a child with a life-threatening medical condition wishes to meet a Disney character or visit a Disney park, we know that Alaska Airlines and Disneyland Resort are there to make it a dream-come-true,” said Andrew Asato, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon executive director. “With donated tickets and passes, as well as extra-special treatment for wish families, these partners have each provided an unduplicated resource to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for more than 20 years.”

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Super Hi-Res Version (9MP+!) of Toy Story Pals from Toy Story 3

We received another gift from Walt Disney Studios today — we are pleased to present a hi-res version of a recently released still from the upcoming Disney/Pixar release, Toy Story 3. In honor of this historic event, we have managed to keep the image in its full, original size which you can view by clicking on the smaller image below, then on the resize arrows located on the lower-right of the image. Enjoy!

The crew of Toy Story. © Disney/Pixar

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Handy Manny Educates New Tools in New Playhouse Disney Short-Form Series in January

A new group of tools joins Playhouse Disney with the premiere of the animated short-form series, “Handy Manny School for Tools,” MONDAY, JANUARY 25 (8:25 a.m. ET/PT) on Disney Channel.

Inspired by the Emmy-nominated hit series “Handy Manny,” starring Wilmer Valderrama, the three-minute shorts feature Manny and his trusty tools alongside a set of 11 new tools: Beamer the laser level, Zip the power socket wrench, Pinzas the needle nose pliers, Sneeze the shop vac, Tick and Totts the socket wrenches, Roland the tool chest, Spinner the power drill and a family of crescent wrenches – dad Lefty, mom Lily and son Junior.

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‘FlashForward:’ Volume One on DVD February 23

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced that the first ten episodes of the smash ABC Television series, FlashForward, will be available on DVD on February 23, before the series resumes with the remainder of the season on March 4.

Chaos reigns in Los Angeles after a mysterious event causes everyone in the world to lose consciousness at exactly the same moment. Was it an act of nature? Something man-made gone wrong, or something even more sinister? Whatever it was, every person on Earth blacks out for two minutes and seventeen seconds and sees a series of events from their own future, taking place on April 29, 2010 at 10:00 p.m., Pacific Time. For some the future will be joyous and hopeful; for others, shockingly unexpected; and for a few, it simply doesn’t seem to exist.

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DIRECTV to Offer Exclusive ‘LOST’ Recap Content in Anticipation of Final Season

In anticipation of the sixth and final season of “Lost” on ABC, DIRECTV is offering fans the opportunity to re-live the excitement of the epic series when The 101 Network begins airing recap specials covering the first five seasons on Saturday, December 26 at 9:00 p.m., ET. Beginning with “Destination: LOST,” the six recap specials will air commercial-free on The 101 Network for the first time since they were originally presented on ABC. The specials examine the stories of the survivors of Oceanic 815 and explore the mythology that has made “Lost” one of the most compelling series of the decade.

Each of the recap specials, which previously aired before the series’ season premieres and finales, will feature exclusive interstitial elements such as DVD extras not previously seen on television, including behind-the-scenes footage and unaired scenes, as well as music videos that were created with the show. The airing of the specials is the first significant promotional partnership between ABC and DIRECTV’s The 101 Network. The culmination of The 101 Network’s “Lost” event on February 2 will directly lead into the premiere of the sixth and final season of the series on Tuesday, February 2 at 9:00 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network.

“LOST” On The 101 Network – Descriptions of the six recap specials follow below: Continue reading…

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ABC Family to Offer Exclusive First Look at Toy Story 3, December 20

Burbank, CA (Friday, December 18, 2009) —  In its world broadcast premiere, ABC Family will give fans their very first opportunity to see a sneak peek from Disney?Pixar’s highly anticipated upcoming film, Toy Story 3. Woody and Buzz Lightyear return in this exclusive first-look, which debuts during the network’s telecast of The Incredibles this Sunday night, December 20, (8:30-11:00PM ET/PT) on ABC Family as part of the network’s 25 Days of Christmas Disney/Pixar Weekend television event.

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‘Captain EO’ to Return to Disneyland for Exclusive, Limited Engagement

Captain EOVia its blog, Disney Parks confirmed today that the longstanding rumor that Captain EO will return to Disneyland will in fact happen, albeit for a limited engagement of an as-of-yet unspecified time. In anticipation of the film’s return in February, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience will close within a  few weeks for the change-over.

More details should be forthcoming on the Parks’ blog as they’re made available.

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New Hi-Res Version of TRON: Legacy Billboard Artwork

Earlier in the week, we shared with you the billboard teaser art for TRON: Legacy that Walt Disney Studios shared with some of its lucky fans on the TRON Facebook page.

The Studios has since sent us a hi-res version of the image (minus title) which we’re happy to share with you below:

Tron Billboard Artwork © Disney

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