D23 Announces Holiday Events Exclusively for D23 Members in Disneyland, Walt Disney World and Los Angeles

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BURBANK, CA – October 8, 2009 — D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans today announced complete details for three incredible holiday events this December. D23 Members will get a chance to deck the halls and experience the wonder of the season like never before through incredible offerings at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts as well as a very special “Disney and Dickens” event celebrating Christmases past and present in Hollywood.

“The winter wonderland season at a Disney Park is unlike any other and this December we are offering D23 Members a chance to experience some of our most heartfelt holiday traditions like never before,” said Steven Clark, head of D23. “All three of these events are sure to create lasting magical memories and I couldn’t be more excited to cap off this incredible year of D23 with our Charter Year Members.”

HOLIDAY 2009 D23 CHARTER MEMBER-ONLY SPECIAL EVENTS:

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American Idol Judge Kara DioGuardi Guest Stars on New Episode of ‘Hannah Montana’ October 18

In “Judge Me Tender,” Hannah fills in for Kara DioGuardi alongside judges Andy and Byron on reality show “America’s Top Talent.” Her stint as a guest judge turns complicated when Oliver auditions and delivers a knock-out performance. Oliver turns into a heartthrob overnight and gets so caught up with the attention, he neglects Lilly, so when he is scheduled to perform again, Lilly pressures Miley to give him a bad review so he won’t advance to the next round. Much to their dismay, he delivers another great performance and Miley finds herself stuck between being honest or helping Lilly. Meanwhile, as punishment for receiving a traffic ticket, Robby makes Jackson clean the attic. When another ticket arrives, father and son discover a case of mistaken identity, in a new episode of “Hannah Montana,” premiering SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18 (7:30-8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. Guest starring is Kara DioGuardi (“American Idol”) as herself, Charles Shaughnessy as Byron and John Henton (“Living Single”) as Andy.

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Splash Mountain Closure at Magic Kingdom Confirmed for January/February 2010

After a couple of initial reports of a closure for an extended closure of Splash Mountain 2010, I have followed up on the request of a Stitch Kingdom reader and am sad to report that the attraction is in fact listed on at least one official Disney source as being scheduled for closure from January 3 through February 27, 2010. ReSearch has been updated to reflect this and subscribers affected by this change have been notified.

Planning a trip to Walt Disney World? Be the first to know when changes that potentially affect your trip occur by signing up with ReSearch!

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Princess Tiana to Begin Appearing at Walt Disney World October 26 (Photo)

Princess Tiana at the Magic Kingdom. Photo courtesy of Disney The lovely Princess Tiana, star of the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated feature film “The Princess and the Frog,” greets young fans at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The newest Disney princess will make her Disney Parks debut on Oct. 26 with meet and greets as well as in “Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee!,” a jazzy cavalcade and lively musical production aboard the Liberty Belle Riverboat.

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Epcot’s ‘The Sum of All Thrills’ Presented by Raytheon to Open October 14

Raytheon is pleased to announce that the highly anticipated ride The Sum of All Thrills will open at Epcot’s Innoventions East on October 14. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled to take place prior to park opening with Raytheon’s Chairman and CEO, William H. Swanson.

With any luck we shall have photos of the event to share with you.

Recently we also shared a first look at the technology used for the new ride here.

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New Featurette for ‘A Christmas Carol’ Presents a Ghost Story for the Ages

In this new featurette titled Ultimate Ghost Story, we are introduced further to the three ghosts that visit Scrooge over the course of the night (with all four characters being portrayed by Jim Carrey). This featurette also gives us our first good glimpse of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (or at least as good as it gets anyway). Enjoy!

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Where to Download Free Pumpkin Jack-o-Lantern Stencils – Disney, Muppets, Pixar and More

While there are plenty of commercially available Disney-themed pumpkin stencils, there’s still quite a few to be found online for free. Per a reader’s request, I’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of some (well, most) of the resources online in which you can download free Disney-themed stencils to create your own jack-o-lantern this Halloween.

Not surprisingly, I must confess that most of these resources you have probably seen before if you’ve gone hunting for them in the past. However, I do believe I’ve managed to throw in a few that may not be all that commonly known.

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Hollywood Records’ Breaking Benjamin, Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus in Billboard’s Top 15

BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 7 — Disney Music Group’s Hollywood Records has reason to celebrate this week, as they hold 3 titles in the top 15 of Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart with debuts by multi-platinum selling Breaking Benjamin (Dear Agony) at # 4, Selena Gomez & The Scene (Kiss & Tell) at # 9 and the multi-platinum selling Miley Cyrus (The Time of Our Lives) at # 11. This is the third time in 2 years for Hollywood Records to hold 3 titles in the top 15.

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Disney Interactive Studios Releases ‘Disneyland Kart Racer’ for Verizon Wireless Customers

SAN DIEGO, BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 7  — From CTIA WIRELESS I.T. & Entertainment 2009® in San Diego, Verizon Wireless, builder and operator of the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network, and Disney Interactive Studios today announced that “Disneyland Kart Racer” is available on Verizon Wireless phones.

“Disneyland Kart Racer” puts Verizon Wireless subscribers in the driver’s seat as they race through some of the most popular Disneyland Park attractions. Disney fans will recognize popular race environments inspired by Disney attractions such as the water boats of Pirates of the Caribbean, the rocket ships of Space Mountain, the crazy cars of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride and the mining carts of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. “Disneyland Kart Racer” features eight different tracks modeled in dazzling 3D and wacky power-ups and weapons along the way.

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