Wizards of Waverly the Movie Charms Audiences with 11.4M Viewers

With over eleven million total viewers, Disney Channel’s 77th original movie became the second most popular Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) ever in terms of total viewers (HSM2 holds on to first) last night.

It was the most viewed event on all of television last night across all channels, almost doubling that of CBS, and joins both Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana and the Princess Protection Program to make the Disney Channel home to the top 3 scripted cable programs of the summer. Even more impressive, the Disney Channel holds the 4 most viewed scripted programs since 2007 with High School Musical 2, Wizards of Waverly Place the Movie, an episode of Hannah Montana and Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana.

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Thomas Kinkade’s Newest Disney Dreams Painting Revealed: Cinderella!

It didn’t take long before Thomas Kinkade hinted at the subject of his next entry into his Disney Dreams series on his blog that we were treated to a look at his newest painting titled Cinderella Wishes Upon a Dream featuring Cindy and her Prince Charming taking a leisurely stroll with Cinderella Castle in the background.

Disney Dreams #4: Cinderella Wishes Upon a Dream by Thomas Kinkade

Below are previous entries in the Thomas Kinkade Disney Dreams series (and other Disney paintings). Click on any thumbnail to see a larger version:

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WDW Refurb Update: Tomorrowland Transit Authority Re-Opening Pushed Back Again

Although we haven’t gotten confirmation directly from Disney as of yet, a reputable source has indicated that the re-opening date of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority in the Magic Kingdom has been pushed back yet again, for a third time. The current expected re-opening date is September 12.

ReSearch! will be updated with the new date, but it will be marked as an unofficial source pending official confirmation.

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Disney Legends Inductees for 2009 Informally Announced (?)

With no official word from Disney to speak of, Laughing Place has posted a list of names that have been floating around as rumored inductees as Disney Legends. While LP claims Disney made the announcement, we can find no record of such at this time short of the names being listed from a couple of individuals on the web.

So in the interest of sharing, we present to you the purported list of inductees who will be knighted as Disney Legends at the ceremony taking place at D23 Expo on Thursday, September 9 at 11 am.

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New La Cava del Tequila Serves Up Tastes of Mexican Tequila Heritage (Photos)

Some of the offerings at La Cava del Tequila in EpcotLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Tasty tequilas and mouthwatering margaritas are on tap at La Cava del Tequila, a new offering for Epcot guests to explore the heritage and tradition of tequila-making in Mexico.

Tucked away in the Mexico pavilion at Epcot, La Cava del Tequila beckons guests with more than 70 types of authentic tequila, ranging from the simplest to the rarest of them all, aged to perfection and made from the finest distilled spirits from the agave plant. Tequilas range in price from $8 to $50 for a specialty tequila.

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Jennie Garth and Family to Celebrate ‘School Year’s Eve’ August 30 at Disneyland

ANAHEIM, Calif., Aug. 28 — Actress Jennie Garth and her family will celebrate School Year’s Eve(TM) — a new national holiday developed by Cookie magazine and National PTA to mark the new school year — on Sunday, August 30th at Mickey’s Toontown at the Disneyland Resort in Southern California. Festivities to ring in the true “New Year” for families will kick off Sunday morning when Garth and her three school-age daughters will commemorate back-to-school alongside local students from Palm Lane Elementary.

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Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey Begins Looking for 2010 Class

The Disney’s Dreamers Academy Class of 2009 (Garth Vaughan/Disney)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Aug. 26, 2009) – Do you know a high school student that could use some encouragement in their lives or a push of excitement toward their goals?

Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey, an event created to inspire and enrich high school students, has started accepting nominations for the Class of 2010.  From now until Oct. 2, 2009, parents, teachers, family and friends can nominate the high school students for the highly successful event, which will return to Walt Disney World Resort Feb. 11-14, 2010.  Students can even nominate themselves.

One hundred teens from across the country with big dreams and aspirations will be selected to pack their bags – and their dreams – and head to Walt Disney World Resort, where they will learn about careers in everything from culinary arts to animation, set design and show production to the business of sports and more.

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Kidani Village’s Pembe Savanna Opens September 1 with New Animals and New Challenges

Red River Hogs on the Pembe Savanna at Kidani VillageThis debut marks the opening of the last phase of this Disney Vacation Club (DVC) resort. The final wing of Kidani Village will offer an additional 160 two-bedroom, savanna-view villas, plus windowed hallways to offer Guests clear views of the animals. Because of Pembe savanna’s unique location, it will not connect to the main savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, making it exclusive to Kidani Village Guests.

Animals that can be found in this new area may include okapi, yellow-backed duiker, Red River hogs, nyala, impala, waterbuck, spur-winged geese and blue crane.

According to Animal Curator Greg Peccie, creating this new savanna required contributions from many different teams – including Animal Programs, Horticulture, Operations and Walt Disney Imagineering – that worked together to design, build and launch this new area into operation.

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Tomorrowland Transit Authority Lighting Test (Video)

With a current expected re-opening date of September 1st, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom closed for refurbishment earlier this year along with Space Mountain (currently scheduled to re-open on November 22). Along with some fine-tuning of the attraction’s auto system, the external lighting has gone the way of LED with some interesting color-changing effects.

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A Sneak Peek Inside the Walt Disney Family Museum: Gallery 7, Post-War Rebuilding: Mid-‘40s to the early 1950s

Continuing in our series of exploring the Walt Disney Family Museum, set to open on October 1, we are pleased to bring you a look at Gallery 7: Post-War Rebuilding: Mid-‘40s to the early 1950s

Look MagazineWith the end of the war, Walt and Roy found inventive new outlets for animation and ventured into live-action production. They developed new package films for theaters that combined shorts and feature-length animated films, as well as movies that combined live action and animation. In addition, the Studio produced the enormously successful Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and Lady and the Tramp, the studio’s first wide-screen animated feature. Disney also produced his first live-action features, including Treasure Island and 20,000 Leagues under the Sea.

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