Walt Disney World Cast Member Choir Encore! Raises Record $36K for Local Make-A-Wish

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Encore! Cast Member Choir and Orchestra. Photo courtesy Walt Disney World ResortTaking to the stage for charitable good, the Encore! Cast Choir and Orchestra hit an all-time high recently by raising $36,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida. The volunteer ensemble of nearly 500 Disney Cast Members put in more than 47,000 hours to produce Dream Our Dreams, A Musical Tribute to the Legacy of Disney. Proceeds from the August 6-8 shows hosted at Epcot World ShowPlace were given to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida this week.

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Kristen Bell Gets Downright Dirty in New Stills from Disney’s ‘You Again’ Featuring Patrick Duffy, Kristin Chenoweth and More

Walt Disney Studios has provided us with several more stills and behind-the-scene photos for its release You Again starring Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Yustman and Betty White. In addition, the photos include Patrick Duffy, Kristin Chenoweth, James Wolk, Sean Wing, Billy Unger and Kyle Bornheimer.

The images have been added to the beginning of our gallery for You Again below:

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ABC Family Details Schedule for 12th Annual ’13 Nights of Halloween’ Programming Event

For the 12th consecutive year, ABC Family scares up 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN with programming filled with ghosts, ghouls and a few laughs, too! The popular programming event, starting Tuesday, October 19, and concluding on Sunday, October 31, includes the basic cable premiere of “The Spiderwick Chronicles, the ABC Family premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” and a special Halloween episode of ABC Family’s hit original series, “Melissa & Joey,” along with the massive mix of Halloween-themed programming airing on the 13 nights leading up to Halloween.

The following is a listing of programming thrills and chills taking place October 19-31 during ABC Family’s 13 Nights of Halloween.

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ABC’s Music Lounge to Offer Free Download of ‘Change’ by Tu Phace from ‘My Generation’

Beginning at 12:01 a.m., ET on Thursday, September 16, ABC’s Music Lounge will launch the free download of the new single from Philadelphia-based Epic Records recording artist Tu Phace entitled “Change.” It will be available free for an exclusive window of 48 hours. This will the first glimpse of music that will both be inspired by and featured in the new fall drama series, “My Generation.” New songs and artists will be spotlighted on ABC Music Lounge throughout the season, culminating to the release of an original soundtrack for “My Generation” in December 2010.

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Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund Names 2010 ‘Disney Conservation Heroes’

The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) announced the recipients of the “Disney Conservation Heroes” award for 2010 today during the annual meeting of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The award recognizes citizens around the world for their tireless efforts at the local level to save wildlife, protect habitats and educate the communities around them.

“Conservation efforts around the globe and in our own backyard rely on the local community and direct involvement of dedicated people like our Disney Conservation Heroes,” said Dr. Jackie Ogden, Vice President, Animal Programs and Environmental Initiatives, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “These are extraordinary individuals who are passionate about protecting animals and habitats in areas of critical concern.”

This year’s honorees represent conservation programs in six countries and three continents that concentrate on a wide array of animal species from sea turtles to chimpanzees. They were nominated by nonprofit environmental organizations and AZA zoos and aquariums committed to field conservation programs.

Each award recipient and their nominating organization will share a $1,000 award from the DWCF. This year’s recipients include:

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Five New Hi-Res Stills Released for Disney’s ‘Tangled’

In addition to the release of two different versions of the trailer for Disney’s Tangled, Walt Disney Studios has provided us with five new stills that we have added to the beginning of our stills gallery below.

As always, click on the thumbnail to see a larger version of the still. You can then click the resize arrow if it appears to view the still at its original size.

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WDW Refurb Update: Pool Slide Closures at Stormalong Bay, Boardwalk Inn in Early 2011

The pool and kid slide at Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club will be closed for refurbishment from January 3, 2011 through February 2, 2011 while the pool side at the Boardwalk Inn and Villas will be closed for refurbishment from February 7, 2011 through March 16, 2011.

During this time, guests may continue to make full use of the remainder of the pool and quiet pools and may opt to use the pool at the alternating resort if the use of a slide is desired. Traditionally speaking, a shuttle is offered between the resorts when the pools undergo refurbishments.

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Video: Disney’s ‘Tangled’ Full Length Trailer (Both UK and US Editions) – September 15, 2010

Walt Disney Studios UK has released the first official full-length trailer for Disney’s Tangled, the upcoming release from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Consisting of virtually all new footage, the far-more-serious trailer is narrated by Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi) who offers his point on the time he spends with Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) and introduces much of the storyline of the film, focusing on dreams (there are, of course, sub-points/plots to the film as well). The trailer also offers a brief appearance of Hookhand who is voiced by Brad Garrett.

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New DisneyStore.com Arrivals for September 15, 2010 (37 Items)

New DisneyStore.com arrivals for September 15, 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.

Vinylmation Oogie Boogie 9 Figure Vinylmation Oogie Boogie 9” Figure – $39.95
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Lightning McQueen Remote Control Vehicle Lightning McQueen Remote Control Vehicle – $39.50
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Vintage Minnie Mouse Pen by Retro 51 Vintage Minnie Mouse Pen by Retro 51 – $40.00
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Baby Einstein Lion Plush Press and Play Pal Baby Einstein Lion Plush Press and Play Pal – $9.95
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Tangled Rapunzel Bowl Tangled Rapunzel Bowl – $5.50
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Space Alien and Buzz Lightyear Ornament Space Alien and Buzz Lightyear Ornament – $9.50
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Baby Einstein Panda Plush Press and Play Pal Baby Einstein Panda Plush Press and Play Pal – $9.95
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Toy Story Fleece Throw Blanket Toy Story Fleece Throw Blanket – $39.95
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Spectrobes: Origins for Nintendo Wii Spectrobes: Origins for Nintendo Wii – $19.99
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Baby Einstein Zebra Rainstick Pal Baby Einstein Zebra Rainstick Pal – $5.95
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AFTER THE JUMP: More new items from DisneyStore.com

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First Glimpse: Disney/Pixar’s Cars Toons ‘Moon Mater’ and ‘Mater Private Eye’

Disney/Pixar Cars Toons: Mater Private Eye and Moon MaterWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released the following trailer in promotion of its upcoming November 2 release of Cars Toon: Mater’s Tall Tales on Disney Blu-ray/DVD.

The trailer offers just a glimpse of the two never-before-seen Mater’s Tall Tales, Mater Private Eye and Moon Mater.

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