New Disney On Ice Show, Celebrations!, Features Tiana and Naveen from The Princess and the Frog and Dozens More

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Disney on Ice CelebrationsAugust 18, 2009 — Celebrate with Disney On Ice and turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary one! Disney On Ice presents Celebrations! kicks off this fall as Feld Entertainment’s newest ice production featuring a magical montage of Disney characters celebrating holidays and festivals from around the world. Launching September 2009, Disney On Ice presents Celebrations! will be the first time audiences see Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen, live on ice, from the upcoming film, Walt Disney Pictures’ The Princess and the Frog, opening November 25, 2009, in New York and Los Angeles, and nationwide on December 11.

Classic and contemporary Disney songs, an original storyline, brilliant costumes and high energy action will have audiences celebrating some of the world’s most popular events right in their hometown — from Halloween with the Disney Villains, to a Valentine’s Day Royal Ball, featuring the Disney Princesses. In a fun-packed, ice extravaganza, more than 50 characters from 16 Disney stories will converge and take audiences on a thrilling world tour to exotic destinations like Brazil for a Carnivale parade, Hawaii for a luau party and Japan for a Cherry Blossom festival.

“Disney On Ice presents Celebrations! gives families a reason to celebrate no matter what time of year it is,” says Producer Kenneth Feld. “This uplifting and unforgettable spectacle showcases different celebrations around the globe, and families will walk away remembering to celebrate the everyday joys and successes in their lives.”

“Audiences are going to love this colossal celebration,” says Producer Nicole Feld. “We take the most exciting holidays and special events and pack them into one monumental show. You can travel the world in style and experience all the fun and excitement with your favorite Disney characters, including the newest Disney Princess, Tiana.”

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Hi-Res Photos of Princess Tiana Meet & Greet Character

015 Disney has sent us these hi-res images of Tiana as she will appear at Walt Disney World beginning October 26 and Disneyland beginning November 6. These are from her appearance at the National Association of Black Journalists convention that took place earlier this month in Tampa, Florida.

When she appears in the parks, Tiana will be joined by Naveen and Dr. Facilier.

Click on any of the thumbnails to see a larger version of the image. You can then click on the resize arrows in the lower right corner to view the original size.

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The Walt Disney Company Donates $100,000 to Red Cross Catastrophic Disaster Planning

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 17  — The Walt Disney Company has donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles in support of the organization’s Catastrophic Disaster Plan, a disaster preparedness project to feed and shelter 250,000 people following a major disaster, such as a large scale earthquake.

The Walt Disney Company’s donation aided the Red Cross in qualifying for a $1 million challenge grant. To date, the total committed donations to the Plan are nearly $5 million dollars.

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When American Idol David Cook Flies Around Magic Kingdom, Camels Don’t Give A Spit

David Cook at the Magic KingdomSinger, musician and “American Idol” season seven champion David Cook takes a ride Aug. 17, 2009 aboard the Magic Carpets of Aladdin attraction at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Joining Cook on the family vacation to Walt Disney World were his nieces and nephews: Pictured are Gracie (right), age 6 and Marshall (held by Cook), 18 months. (Garth Vaughan, photographer)

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D23 Expo Details the ABC Television Pavilion Featuring ‘The ABCs of Disney’

Want to be among the first to watch ABC’s new series? Would you like the chance to see some of television’s biggest stars in person? Fans will have those opportunities and many more at the inaugural D23 EXPO, where the entire world of Disney comes together under one roof, Sept. 10-13 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

ABC proudly presents “The ABCs of Disney,” an exclusive D23 EXPO event in the Anaheim Convention Center Arena, September 10 at 3:00 p.m. Hosted by Emmy®-nominated Tom Bergeron (“Dancing with the Stars,” “America’s Funniest Home Videos”), “The ABCs of Disney” presentation features Steve McPherson, President of the ABC Entertainment Group, unveiling sneak peeks at many of the fall TV season’s most anticipated new shows.

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Time Stands Still as Stitch Kingdom Unofficial D23 Expo Countdown Clock Strikes 23:23:23:23

D23 Countdown ClockJust moments ago, time froze (for a second) as the unofficial D23 Expo Countdown clock rang 23 days, 23 hours, 23 minutes and 23 seconds until the official start time of the first annual Disney D23 Expo in Anaheim, California on September 10, 2009.

Let us all bow our heads in a second of silence for this momentous occasion.

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It’s Official: ADRs for Walt Disney World Return to 180 Days in Advance Beginning October 27

Disney has made the official announcement today, the ADR period will return to 180 days after being shortened to 90 days from 180 days from 90 days (and so on, and so on, and so on). The change will take effect beginning October 27.

This goes for all reservations which have been affected by the last 90 day change with the introduction of the new dining reservation system, A La Carte (which stands for Application for Celebrations, Activities, Recreation, Tours and Events (but not dining)). So all tours (which used to be up to a year) will then be available for booking 180 days out, as will items like specialty cruises (which used to be at 90).

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Select Bloomingdale’s Stores to Host Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story Exhibit, More

As part of a new campaign dedicated to Hollywood and film, Bloomingdale’s has partnered with six major studios which includes Disney/Pixar and Walt Disney Studios to help promote upcoming releases and distribute free tickets to films such as the Toy Story & Toy Story 2 in 3D double feature and The Princess and the Frog.

In addition, the stores in New York City, Sherman Oaks, South Coast Plaza and Orlando will host a photography exhibit of behind the scenes production of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 beginning in September. Other stores will include exhibits from other studios, namely costumes from upcoming and past iconic films.

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iPhone App Review: Toy Story Mania!

Toy Story Mania!Title: Toy Story Mania! (link)
Publisher: Walt Disney
Released: August 14, 2009
Cost: $4.99
iTouch?: Yes, but no bonus feature
Pros: Portable version of its theme park candidate, fun graphics, good re-play value
Cons: Some controls can be annoying
Review: If you’ve been to Disney’s California Adventure (Anaheim) or Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Orlando) within the past year, you no doubt are familiar with Toy Story Mania!, the Toy Story-themed 4D (that’s park-speak for 3D with cold water splashed on you) video game/attraction. Set to make its in-home debut later this year on the Nintendo Wii (minus the cold water), the iPhone edition is a happy medium which allows you to take the charm of the game with you no matter where you go.

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Sneak Peek: Artwork of Complete Vinylmation Muppets Series #1

elizabeth-glaser-783 Late last month, we gave you a photo report of the last Vinylmation artist release party which featured exclusive looks at some upcoming Vinylmation releases. On display there were several Muppets Vinylmation figures, presumably from Series 1 which is expected to be released at some point in 2010.

Today, we bring you a look at what’s purported to be the complete release of Vinylmation Muppets Series #1.

Update: To see actual photos of the Muppets vinylmation, please see our D23 Expo Vinylmation report here

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