John Lasseter Named as 2010 Inductee into Toy Industry Hall of Fame

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The Toy Industry Association, Inc. (TIA) announced today the selection of its 2010 inductees into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame:

* John Lasseter, chief creative officer, Walt Disney Company and Pixar Animation Studios, and principal creative advisor of Walt Disney Imagineering
* Sam Walton, founder, Walmart Stores (posthumous award)

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Junction Point’s ‘Epic Mickey’ Makes for Epic Cover Story

Game Informer November 2009 Issue featuring Epic MickeyGame Informer has announced that its November 2009 issue which is currently being mailed to subscribers features a story on the all-but-confirmed Epic Mickey title from Junction Point studios, a Nintendo-Wii exclusive steampunk drawing-based gaming adventure in which lesser known Disney  characters are rumored to be seeking vengeance from Mickey himself in what can only be described as post-apocalyptic Walt Disney World (although the attractions in the artwork featured on the issue’s [back] cover appear to be more home at Disneyland).

Check out the original Game Informer announcement here and additional artwork from the magazine on Destructoid.

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Disney Channel President Rich Ross Named New Chairman of Walt Disney Studios

Rich Ross (Photo courtesy of The Walt Disney Company)BURBANK, Calif., October 5, 2009 — Rich Ross, President of Disney Channels Worldwide, has been named Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, it was announced today by Disney President and CEO Robert A. Iger.

Ross will oversee worldwide production, distribution and marketing for the company’s range of live-action and feature animated film labels, including Walt Disney, Touchstone, Miramax and Disney/Pixar. In his new role, which he assumes immediately, he will also head Disney’s theatrical and music groups.

In his thirteen years at Disney, Ross has consistently created hit original programming, effectively expanded a worldwide creative and distribution organization, skillfully built the Disney brand with global franchises that work across borders and technology platforms and put in place a strong management team.

“Rich has an outstanding record of creating high-quality family entertainment that delights audiences around the world,” said Iger. “With his success in building the Disney brand across many of our businesses, his astute marketing sensibility, his proven ability in working effectively with talent and his skill at navigating complex global markets, I’m confident he’s the perfect leader for our studio group.”

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Kidcot Program in Epcot’s Future World Ends

Although they had slowly been dwindling away over the past year or so, this past weekend saw the closure of the last two remaining Kidcot stations in Epcot’s Future World. Saturday was the final day of the program, with the Kidcot station displays in both the Land and Seas pavilions left standing and unstaffed beginning Sunday, October 4.

The Kidcot stations in the World Showcase are unaffected by this change and will continue to operate as normal.

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First Look: Thumper and Miss Bunny at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Miss Bunny and Thumper at Animal Kingdom's Camp Minnie-Mickey © Stitch Kingdom. All Rights Reserved.As of today, Thumper and Miss Bunny have begun making daily meet & greet appearances at Camp Minnie-Mickey in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, replacing Koda and Kenai.

While character changes are always occurring and usually at the drop of a dime, they’re never quite as prevelent as in October as the new fiscal year for the Walt Disney Company begins. Other notable changes coming soon are Terence the fairy appearing at Magic Kingdom’s Pixie Hollow (as well as Disneyland), expecting to replace Iridessa, and characters from the new Disney animated classic, The Princess and the Frog: Tiana, Naveen and Dr. Facilier.

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Walt Disney World Honors Buzz Lightyear with Hero’s Welcome (Photos, Video)

Buzz Lightyear parades down Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom in a ticker-tape parade (Kent Phillips, photographer)LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Oct. 2, 2009) – Disney Parks and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) today celebrated Buzz Lightyear’s cosmic achievement as the longest tenured crew member in space with a ticker-tape parade down Main Street, U.S.A. in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort.  Some of Buzz’s new friends, including astronaut Buzz Aldrin and International Space Station Expedition 18 astronaut Michael Fincke, attended.

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New Trailer for Disney’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ Lifts Jim Carrey’s Spirits

Earlier today, Disney sent us this brand new second trailer for A Christmas Carol which helps set the tone for the film. Enjoy!

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Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Engages Couples-to-be with Brand New Website

If you’ve visited the Disney Weddings website before, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Although it still maintains an element of simplicity along with elegance, the Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings site has been re-launched and is better than ever.

The new site seamlessly integrates tons of information, planning tools and shopping for both weddings and honeymoons at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World resorts as well as the Disney Cruise Line. There’s even a unique honeymoon registry system available. Instead of a Contact section, there’s  Connect which provides all sorts of options for keeping tabs with the DFTW team of experts, including a blog in the near future.

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How Well Do YOU Know the Eight Dwarfs from Snow White?

In honor of the Blu-ray release of Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Diamond Edition this Tuesday, October 6, we thought we’d spend a little time recognizing the little folk that made it all possible: the dwarfs.

So like the title asks, how well do you know the dwarfs? If you know there’s only seven of them, you’re well on your way! Let’s just see how much more you know about them.

Can you name the seven dwarfs?
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