Bret Iwan Named as New Voice of Mickey Mouse

Laughing Place has noted that the program for Feld Entertainment’s newest Disney on Ice production, Celebrations!, has listed Bret Iwan as a voice talent and has also dedicated the show to the memory of former Mickey Mouse voicer and Disney Legend, Wayne Allwine.

Also linked to in the news item is a link to the studios where Iwan has recorded some material for Mickey.

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D23 Expo Update: Celebs, a Guide, Merch, a Peek Inside (and More)

- Of course the biggest news is that very shortly after we released a readable D23 Expo schedule, D23 released the full guide in PDF format that will be distributed at the Expo. If you haven’t already, you should get it now from the Expo schedule page. If for some reason it gets updated between now and Thursday, we will alert you as soon as possible via twitter and facebook.

- Panelists have been named for each of the films in the 50 and Fabulous film festival which is jam-packed with Disney Legends such as Dave Smith, Tommy Kirk and Mary Costa amongst others. More info on the film festival’s page here.

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WDW Refurbs Update: Ketchakiddee Creek Closed in December

I’ve been holding on to this one for several days because while Typhoon Lagoon is scheduled to be closed in November, this is the only attraction for the park listed in December, so I’m just going to go with it until I learn otherwise.

With that in mind, Ketchakiddee Creek is scheduled to be closed all of December.

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Disney-Pixar Jolted by Shocking Lawsuit Over Lamp

Luxo Jr. alongside his ball outside Pixar Animation Studios (Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar)You know him by sight if not by name, he is Luxo Jr., the official mascot of Pixar Animation Studios. The squisher of the I in Pixar before every film, he and the ‘Luxo Jr. Ball’ are the stars of Pixar’s first animated short over 20 years ago. He has become such an icon, that he is quite literally an icon, looming over Pixar Studios in Emeryville. He has also now become the latest entity on the line of Disney’s Living Character Initiative (LCI), appearing in full animatronic form at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. He’s also the prized collectible in a Pixar boxed Blu-ray set to be released just in time for the holiday season.

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Disney-Marvel Deal has $140M Termination Fee

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Marvel Entertainment Inc (MVL.N) would have to pay the Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) a termination fee of $140 million if it terminates a proposed merger with Disney, according to a securities filing on Friday.

The $4 billion merger agreement, announced on Monday, contains termination rights for Disney and Marvel, including Marvel’s right to stop the merger to pursue a “superior deal,” the Securities and Exchange Commission filing by Marvel said.

Marvel has agreed, however, not to solicit other merger offers, the filing said. It may be required to pay Disney a termination fee of $140 million under “specified circumstances,” the filing said.

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Pixie Hollow at Disney Parks to Receive Visit from All New Fairy

Mainlanders take note: In anticipation of the new Tinker Bell movie, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, Pixie Hollow will soon see a new resident.

Walt Disney World is set to actively cast for Terence, a dust-keeper and the first male fairy in Pixie Hollow (joining Fawn, Rosetta, Silvermist and Tinker Bell). According to the parks, Terence is ‘a dust-keeper in the magical Pixie Dust Tree. Though he loves to have fun, he also is kind and thoughtful, and has great wisdom of the heart. Terence has a definite soft spot for Tinker Bell, and the two have become best friends.’

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Get to Know Kouzzina by Cat Cora’s Chef Dee Foundoukis

Kouzzina by Cat Cora Chef Dee Foundoukis (Photo: Disney)Hometown: Bronx, N.Y

Education: Graduated from New York Restaurant School, New York City

Years with Walt Disney World Resort: 18

Years as a chef: 25

Other notable restaurants where you have worked: Before coming to Disney, I worked at the New York Hilton and the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. In my 18 years at Walt Disney World Resort, I have worked everywhere in the theme parks from Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano and The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Cinderella’s Royal Table, Tony’s Town Square and Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom.  In Disney resorts, I’ve worked at Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Shutters at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, and Chef Mickey’s and Contempo Cafe at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Your biggest inspiration? My mom taught me everything I know about respecting food, flavors and tradition.

Describe your culinary style: Uncomplicated with big flavors from fresh ingredients.  Live simply, eat big!

What do you enjoy most about being a chef? The incomparable emotion of being in a kitchen entertaining guests.  And also leading a passionate culinary team to orchestrate a great meal.

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Disney Recording Artists ‘Honor Society’ to Perform at D23 Expo Sunday 9/13

Hot new recording artists Honor Society, the first band signed to Jonas Brothers’ joint venture label with Disney’s Hollywood Records, will perform during the largest Disney fan gathering ever, D23 EXPO on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 (2:00-4:00 p.m.) at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. The band’s debut album, “Fashionably Late,” will release on September 15 and its first single, “Over You,” is now rolling out on radio stations nationwide.

Delivering an R&B/pop/rock sound, skilled musicianship, energetic live shows and a sense of style, Honor Society was named a breakout band to watch by Rolling Stone, identified as Buzzworthy Artists by MTV and opened for one of the most popular tour this year, Jonas Brother World Tour 2009 with Jordin Sparks.

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Thinkway Toys’ Toy Story Definitive Collection Vol 3: Lasseter Roars About Rex

The third installment of the very popular video series from Disney Consumer Products has been released in which John Lasseter talks about some of the background on everyone’s favorite insecure dino, Rex, from the Toy Story Definitive collectibles line from Thinkway Toys.

Check it out!

Toy Story Definitive Collection Rex from Thinkway ToysHere’s some of the features you’ll find with the Toy Story Definitive Collection Rex:
* The most movie accurate Rex produced to date
* Stands 13″ tall, just like in the movies
* Turn his tail to activate his talking/roaring feature with motorized arms and head
* Talk to him and he responds with voice and movement
* Poseable arms, tail, legs and neck
* Comes with Toy Story Collection Certificate of Authenticity

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Disney-ABC Television Group Casting Presents Its Eighth New York Actors Showcase

As part of its continuing effort to find and develop culturally and ethnically diverse talent and actors with disabilities, the Disney ABC Television Group’s Casting Project will hold its latest showcase featuring 12 promising actors. The showcase, the eighth one to be held in New York, will take place at Theatre Row’s Acorn Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues, on Thursday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m., ET.

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