Change is Not Coming to the Disney Magic in September

D23 is reporting that as of some point in September, guests cruising aboard the Disney Magic will be able to use their Key to the World to purchase laundry detergent as well as washer and dryer services.

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Great Marley’s Ghost! A Preview Review of Disney’s A Christmas Carol in 3D (Jim Carrey)

Disney held screenings of a scene from A Christmas Carol in 3D today at select cities nationwide and I was fortunate enough to be able to sit in on one at the 8-story-tall IMAX theater in New York. Best I can tell, this is the same footage that was shown to audiences at Cannes earlier this year.

The scene was that in which Ebenezer Scrooge’s belated business partner, Jacob Marley, pays Scrooge a visit to warn him of the fateful night’s events, in which three ghosts will attempt to right the wrongs of Scrooge’s ways. Instead of the ‘I’d rather not’ response that’s shown in the trailer and also in the film clip we brought you a while back, Scrooge asks if he can have all three at once instead (which probably would make for an interesting take on the classic).

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Cast Members’ Encore! Cast Choir and Orchestra to Perform Benefit for United Arts at Epcot July 23-25

RevolutionEncore! Cast Choir and Orchestra – a volunteer ensemble of nearly 300 talented Disney Cast Members – is currently in rehearsals for their next production, “Revolution! – A Musical Flashback to the 60′s and 70′s.” Known for staging spectacular charity concerts, Encore! has chosen United Arts of Central Florida as the beneficiary of their performances for the second year in a row. United Arts is a collaborative partnership of businesses, government, foundations, arts and cultural organizations, school districts, artists and individuals that work to enhance the quality and variety of cultural experiences available in Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.

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First Look: USA Today Peeks Into Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland

Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter

Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter © Disney

USA Today reveals some promotional images as well as some amazing stills from the new Tim Burton take on the classic set to be released in 2010 in 3D.

You can check out the images and some more background on the film here.

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Magic Kingdom to Begin Offering Reserved Fireworks Viewing with Dessert Buffet June 23

Beginning tomorrow, guests can call 407-WDW-DINE and reserve spots for a new fireworks viewing/dessert reception area located at the Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station.  The cost for the event is $17.99 per adult and $9.99 per children (ages 3-9). The event is currently scheduled to run nightly from June 23 through August 28.

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‘Play All Day’ Walt Disney World Golf Offer Returns for Weekend of July 4

Golfers are invited to play all day at the Walt Disney World golf courses (except for Oak Trail) from July 3 through July 6 for $59 each day per guest plus tax. Use of an electronic golf cart and pre-round practice balls is included.

To take advantage of this special rate, call 407-939-7415. The first tee time will be able to be reserved in advance while subsequent tee times on the same day will be assigned on a space-available basis. Guests will be able to switch courses after the first tee time if desired.

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Mickey Comics Get a BOOM! as Gemstone Gets the Boot

As we reported back in February from the New York Comic-Con’s panel with Disney Publishing Worldwide, Gemstone got a poor reception from the audience who felt that the publishing house wasn’t giving Mickey and pals the comic presence they richly deserved. To the panel’s credit, Disney’s response was fair and ambiguous: as long as the relationship was mutually good, it would stay.

Shortly after that, word that Gemstone was losing the franchise starting to spread and Gemstone published a notice on their website stating that the economy has forced them to make cuts which placed the Disney comics in limbo.

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Introducing the Walt Disney World Stock Photo Gallery CD from Disney’s PhotoPass

Due to extremely popular demand and hoping to fill some of the voids found with the Disney PhotoPass PhotoCD, Disney’s PhotoPass is introducing a couple of options including a CD that includes all of the stock photos you will find available for use in products other than the PhotoCD on disneyphotopass.com is now available for purchase.

For an unbelievably low price of just $39.95, you can own over 300 hi-res images of Walt Disney World stock photos including many not available on the site.

Purchasing the Photo Gallery CD grants you a license to unlimited personal use of the images, but unlike traditional Disney’s PhotoPass photos, you are prohibited from distributing the photos.

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Season Two of The Spectacular Spider-Man Premieres Monday June 22 in Back-to-Back Episodes

June 22 is the ‘Night of Premieres’ on Disney XD featuring all new episodes of your favorite shows, including the season premiere of the Amazing Spider Man in amazing back-to-back episodes.

In “Blueprints,” (7 PM EST/PST), Peter wants to talk to Gwen about their first kiss, but before he gets the chance, Spider-Man has a run-in with the sorcerer Mysterio.

Then watch poor Peter Parker wrestle with his feelings for both Gwen and Liz, while Kraven the Hunter has arrived to make Spider-Man his prey in “Destructive Testing” (7:30 PM EST/PST).

Check out the promo for the new season:

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Kobe Bryant and Disneyland Celebrate the Los Angeles Lakers 2009 NBA World Championship (Video)

The celebration of the Los Angeles Lakers continued today at the Disneyland Resort in Southern California. The 2009 NBA World Champions were celebrated with a parade on Main Street USA. Fans lined-up to celebrate the team and MVP Kobe Bryant. Bryant also took time to enjoy the Matterhorn Bobsleds with fans.



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