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

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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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First Look: Disney’s Race for the Taste 10K Medal (Photo) (Updated)

Race for the Taste 10K MedalWe have just obtained this photo of the medal for Disney’s Race for the Taste 10K taking place October 11, 2009. This race takes runners through Disney’s Hollywood Studios and around the 11 pavilions of Epcot World Showcase.  Guests have access to a post-race picnic that includes food samples from the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, live Disney entertainment, music, games and face painters.

Runners that record an official time in this event as well as either the Expedition Everest Challenge presented by Champion or The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 13K will also receive the one-of-a-kind special medal we previewed here.

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DATG, Hearst Corp and NBC Universal Announce Joining of A&E Networks and Lifetime Entertainment

New York/Burbank, August 27, 2009 – The Disney-ABC Television Group, Hearst Corporation and NBC Universal today announced an agreement for A&E Television Networks to acquire Lifetime Entertainment Services. The parent company will retain the name A&E Television Networks, LLC (AETN), and its subsidiary will retain the name Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC. The closing of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to occur in 2009. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Abbe Raven, president and chief executive officer of AETN, will serve as head of the combined company following the closing. Raven has been recognized with numerous industry awards for building some of the most prominent brands in media including A&E Network, History and The Biography Channel, and for spinning them off into successful global franchises. Andrea Wong, president and CEO of Lifetime Entertainment Services, will continue to head the Lifetime Networks and will report to Raven following the closing. Robert DeBitetto, president and general manager, A&E Network and The Biography Channel, and Nancy Dubuc, president and general manager, History and History International, will both continue to report to Raven and run their respective networks.

The new agreement will, upon closing, consolidate three of the nation’s top cable networks under single management while preserving the distinct brand identities of each network. In addition, the combined company will be a global media content company reaching over 250 million homes worldwide in more than 140 countries around the globe. AETN will now include: A&E Network, History, Lifetime Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Bio, History International, Lifetime Real Women, History en Español, Military History and Crime & Investigation Network. Combining the resources, libraries and multiple platforms of 10 brands, including more than 20 Web sites, the new company will be well positioned to create new opportunities for expansion and cross-promotion, as well as build upon the record of success and strengths across a broad variety of audiences, platforms and programming. The combination of these businesses is also expected to yield substantial cost efficiencies.

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John Lasseter and Thinkway Toys Introduce the Toy Story Definitive Line of Collectibles

The Toy Story Definitive Line of Toys from Thinkway Toys and Disney Consumer ProductsDisney Consumer Products has teamed up with Thinkway Toys and Disney Chief Creative Officer and Toy Story director John Lasseter to introduce you to the new line of Toy Story Definitive collectibles. These highly detailed replicas are movie-accurate in almost every single way from their stitching to the boxes they come in. The Toy Story Definitive collectibles are fully articulated, include features such as sound effects and even come with a Certificate of Authenticity (COA).

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Review: Wizards of Waverly Place the Movie

The cast of Wizards of Waverly Place the MovieFor the most part, the movie takes place during a family vacation at the Caribbean resort where Jerry Russo (David DeLuise) and Theresa (Maria Canals-Barrera) first met years before. With the absence of a studio audience (and their fits of timely laughter), the movie can take additional liberties including a slew of special effects, which it does spectacularly well particularly in the beginning of the movie when Alex (Selena Gomez) selfishly and comically puts herself first, openly defying her parents’ wishes (i.e., par for the course).

Things go horribly wrong for the Russo children, however, when a heated argument between Alex and her mother causes Alex to say things she doesn’t mean including the wish that her parents had never met. Enter the first lesson: be careful what you wish for.

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D23 Expo Celebrity, Artist and Guest Presenter Signing Schedule Announced

The following autograph signing events have been announced so far for the Disney D23 Expo:

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9:
Hallmark Artist Signing - Travel back through time and marvel at the history of Hallmark and Keepsake Ornaments with Disney in Hallmark’s Keepsake Ornament Museum featuring over 50 Disney Keepsake Ornaments dating back to the beginning of it all: A Mickey ball ornament from 1977. Hallmark Senior Sculptor Robert Chad and Master Artist Ken Crow will also appear. 12:30 pm, Hall C

Artist Jim Shore – 1:30 pm , Hall C

ABC Cast Signing – 4:00 pm, Hall A

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J.M. Smucker Company Offers Chance to Turn Family Recipe into Walt Disney World Trip

ORRVILLE, Ohio, Aug. 26  — For more than 100 years, The J.M. Smucker Company has helped create mealtime memories and traditions for families nationwide with Smucker’s jams, jellies and preserves. This summer, families across the country are invited to enter the second annual “Spreading Smucker’s Traditions Recipe and Essay” contest and share their family recipes and memories for a chance to win a five day, four night family trip for eight to the Walt Disney World Resort.

To enter, consumers are asked to share an original family recipe that incorporates at least 1/4 cup of Smucker’s jams, jellies, preserves or fruit butter and the story behind how their recipe makes family celebrations special. The recipe must have been passed down for at least two generations and needs to include names of all family members involved in the sharing of the recipe. Entries will be accepted between August 26 and October 12, 2009. Recipes will be selected and scored on taste, creativity, ease of preparation, appearance and nutritional balance, while the essays will be scored on relevance to theme, creative expression and clarity. The top five finalists will be posted to www.smuckers.com on or about November 5, 2009 for a national online vote. Visitors to the site, 18 or older, will be given the chance to vote for the best recipe to help determine one grand prize winner, which will be announced in December 2009.

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Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Dream Celebrates Building Milestone

(L-R): Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz, Captain Tom Forberg, Donald Duck and Meyer Werft Shipyard Managing Partner Bernard MeyerPAPENBURG, GERMANY (August 26, 2009) – Today, Disney Cruise Line celebrated the keel laying of the Disney Dream, the first of two newly-designed ships destined to expand family cruise options to more people in more places around the world.

“Since our inception, families have come to know and love Disney Cruise Line, and they are looking for additional ways to enjoy all that we have to offer,” Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz said during the ceremony at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.  “Our fleet expansion will allow us to satisfy demand on both the East and West coasts of the United States while also giving us the flexibility to explore additional global destinations for our Guests.”

The coin placed in the keel of the Disney DreamThe keel laying ceremony is the first time the Disney Dream will begin to take shape after many years of design work.  In the maritime industry, the ceremony marks a momentous occasion when the first block – or section – of the ship is lowered into the building dock and a coin is placed under the keel for good fortune.

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