Buzz Aldrin to Boldly Sign Books at Magic Kingdom on October 2; Ticker-tape Parade Information

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To commemorate his return to Earth after record-breaking service in space, the Magic Kingdom will hold a ticker-tape parade for Buzz Lightyear on October 2 at 2:45 pm, just prior to the afternoon parade. Accompanying Mr. Lightyear will be his namesake, NASA legend and visionary Dr. Buzz Aldrin, as well as other astronauts that served with Lightyear on his mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

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Tower of Terror Hosts Book Signing Oct 2 for ‘Rod Serling and the Twilight Zone’

Rod Serling and the Twilight Zone by Douglas Brode with Carol SerlingJourney, if you will, to the Tower of Terror gift shop at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on October 2 from 1 pm – 2 pm and 5 pm – 6 pm where you will cross over to another dimension to meet Douglas Brode, author of Rod Serling and  the Twilight Zone.

The Twilight Zone has always been considered the greatest science fiction/imaginative fantasy series in the history of television. The series featured an intelligent subtext on the time period during which it was made. Now, with the publication of the book Rod Serling and the Twilight Zone, comes a fresh analysis of the Twilight Zone also serving as an autobiographical look into the life of its creator, Rod Serling.

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WDW Refurb Updates: Early Openings, Water Park Closures, Resort Pools, Golf Courses and More

I’ve got a HUGE refurb update here, so bear with me.

At the Magic Kingdom, Crystal Palace will be closed from January 3 through February 13.

At Epcot, Living with the Land is now scheduled to re-open on October 4, which is several weeks earlier than the original date of November 1. Also, the new exhibit in the Japan pavilion (which was the tin toy museum) is now slated to open on October 16.

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the Boneyard is now scheduled to be closed October 5 through October 18

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DisneyFamily.com Joins Gap in Search for New Faces of babyGap and GapKids in Casting Call Contest

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 22  — Gap’s nationwide search for babies and kids with a twinkle in their eye, charm in their smile and an expressive personality to match has officially started. Today Gap launched its fourth annual Gap Casting Call, a nationwide contest to find the next faces of babyGap and GapKids. This year, Gap is teaming up with online parenting site, Disney Family.com, offering phenomenal prizes and more chances to win with its first-ever America’s Fan Favorite and Voters’ Sweepstakes awards.

“Casting Call is one of our favorite programs and this year we want to make it bigger and better than ever,” said Pam Wallack, president of babyGap, GapKids and GapMaternity. “The contest is a unique and fun way for us to interact with our customers and their children and we are extremely excited to be partnering with Disney, a brand synonymous with not only families but also family entertainment, to enhance the program and add a little something special to this year’s Casting Call.”

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Radio Disney Previews New Selena Gomez & the Scene Album Sep 21; Announces Contests

Radio Disney marks the highly anticipated Hollywood Records release of “Kiss and Tell,” the debut album from Selena Gomez & the Scene, with three weeks of special programming and promotions designed to connect listeners directly to one of their favorite artists. On the album release date, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, Radio Disney will announce the name of one lucky listener who will win the “Ultimate Rock Star Flyaway” sweepstakes prize — a chance to travel via private jet to Los Angeles where the winner and seven guests will go via limousine to an exclusive concert by Selena Gomez & the Scene.

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Jam-Packed Field to Confront New Obstacles at Disney’s Expedition Everest Challenge Presented by Champion

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Sept. 21, 2009) – A sold-out field for Disney’s Expedition Everest Challenge presented by Champion will be tested like never before by several new twists and turns Sept. 26 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. A series of Kids’ Races have been added to kick off the event, making it an experience the whole family can enjoy.

The first urban adventure race in Disney’s Endurance Series, Disney’s Expedition Everest Challenge is a nighttime competition that will test both the mental and physical stamina of participants. It begins with a 5K run, transitions to a fun obstacle course and finishes with a scavenger hunt, all taking place around the Expedition Everest attraction. Among the new challenges are several tricky scavenger hunt clues designed to test the mental endurance of the more than 3,500 competitors.

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WDW Refurb Update: TL & Liberty Belle Extensions, Teacups and Carpets

6 – 12/19.All of Typhoon Lagoon is now showing to be closed throughout December. The Liberty Belle has also been extended until September 26.

New additions to the refurb list include Mad Tea Party from November 3 – 5 and the Magic Carpets of Aladdin from 12/6 – 12/19

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Report: Dick Cook Burned; POTC4 Now on Rocky Seas

A reader sent me a link to this article which, through various updates. states that Dick Cook is shopping the idea around town that he was forced out although — other than the obvious shock to several systems — has no apparent corroboration. The article is updated to include reported reactions from several, including Johnny Depp who cites Cook as a reason for the entire POTC franchise.

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Walt Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook Resigns

Exactly a week after his mind-blowing presentation at the D23 Expo (give or take a few hours), Dick Cook has has saved the biggest bombshell for last and has announced his resignation from The Walt Disney Company after 38 years.

Having started at the Disneyland park as a train and monorail operator, Cook worked his way up the ladder to head one of the largest studios in Hollywood.

No replacement has yet been named for the Studios.

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D23 Expo: Lasseter Turns Back the Page on New Winnie-The-Pooh Movie

As part of his presentation Sunday at the D23 Expo, Walt Disney Animation and Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter spent a great deal of time talking about the upcoming Winnie-the-Pooh movie from Walt Disney Animation that was announced a few months ago.

Lasseter began by fighting off the notion that Pooh was just for kids and that he and co-directors Steve Anderson and Don Hall recently reviewed the original Walt Disney Pooh films, Winnie-the-Pooh and the Hunny Tree and Winnie-the-Pooh and the Blustery Day and how they found them just as charming and funny today as they did back then and it was there they found inspiration for the new film.

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