Wizards of Waverly Place Kicks off Season 3 on October 9; Wiz-tober Returns!

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Wiztober returns for the second year with a new Halloween and wizard-themed programming lineup hosted by the stars of the Emmy-nominated hit series “Wizards of Waverly Place” — Selena Gomez, David Henrie, Jake T. Austin and Jennifer Stone. The month is highlighted by the Season Three premiere of “Wizards of Waverly Place” on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT).

Last year’s Wiztober delivered TV’s No. 1 rank in Total Day among Tweens 9-14.

“Wiz-tober” kicks off with a special encore presentation of “Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie” on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT), leading into an entire month of magic-filled movies, including the popular Disney Channel Original Movies “Halloweentown” and “Twitches” (and their sequels), and two installments from the popular “Harry Potter” feature film series, among others. The month also delivers the premiere of a brand new Halloween-themed episode of Disney Channel’s “JONAS” and spooky episodes of “The Suite Life On Deck” and “Wizards of Waverly Place.”

Beginning Wednesday, September 16, kids can log on to DisneyChannel.com and get printable instructions for “Call in Your Haunt,” where fans can record their own spooky haunted house sound effects. Select entries can be heard online in the Wizards of Waverly Place Haunted House, and will air on Disney Channel during the programming event.

Following the premiere episode of the new season of “Wizards of Waverly Place,” new episodes will air Friday nights throughout October. In the new season, Alex’s best friend, Harper, moves in with the Russos.

Meanwhile, Alex pursues her dream of becoming an artist and designs her own art studio inside a miniature dollhouse. Justin, in his last year of high school, plans to savor every senior year moment and to try his hand at monster hunting, and Max hones his wizard skills and becomes a serious contender in the Russo kids’ quest to become the sole heir of the family’s wizard powers.

The schedule is as follows:

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Thinkway Toys’ Toy Story Definitive Collection Vol 2: John Talks About Sheriff Woody Pride

The second installment of the very popular video series from Disney Consumer Products has been released in which John Lasseter talks about some of the background on everybody’s favorite sheriff and the Woody doll from the Toy Story Definitive collectibles line from Thinkway Toys.

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Toy Story Definitive Collection Sheriff Woody from Thinkway ToysHere’s some of the features you’ll find with the Toy Story Definitive Collection Sheriff Woody:
* The most movie accurate Woody produced to date
* Stands 16″ tall, in movie scale to 12″ Buzz Lightyear
* Pull his string to hear one of over 50 classic ‘Woody Toy’ phrases
* Talk to him and he responds as ‘Andy’s Room Woody’
* Includes bonus sheriff star display stand
* Comes with Toy Story Collection Certificate of Authenticity

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Disney-Marvel Phone Call Updates and Reactions from the Fans

The investors call was short and sweet regarding the announced acquisition of Marvel Entertainment by Disney earlier this morning. With both Disney and Marvel execs on the line, Marvel remained mostly quiet as President and CEO of the Walt Disney Company Robert Iger and Disney CFO Tom Staggs held the conference call down.

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Disney Cruise Line Creating More Magic at Castaway Cay

CELEBRATION, Fla., Aug. 31 — Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island paradise in the tropical waters of the Bahamas, is getting an extra dose of pixie dust. Enhancements will provide guests with more water-based family-fun, additional conveniences and a slice of beachside luxury all designed to complement the idyllic island setting. The additional island amenities are scheduled to be complete by summer 2010, in time for special five-night cruises aboard the Disney Wonder with two stops at Castaway Cay, and the Disney Dream cruise ship which starts sailing in early 2011.

Castaway Cay is consistently rated by Disney Cruise Line guests as their favorite port of call – the ultimate private island escape for adventure, relaxation and quality time with the family.

“The numerous enhancements and additions planned for Castaway Cay will take the already extraordinary guest experiences on our private island to the next level,” said Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz. “Whether our guests are seeking recreation or leisure – or a combination of both – they will find it at Castaway Cay, all complemented by unparalleled Disney service.”

Walt Disney Imagineers designed Castaway Cay with one-of-a-kind areas and activities for every member of the family, while celebrating the natural beauty of the 1,000-acre island. Among the crystal-clear turquoise waters, powdery white sand beaches, swaying palm trees and lush landscapes, guests soon will find the following transformations.

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Disney to Acquire Marvel Entertainment (Updated With Video Announcement)

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Burbank, CA and New York, NY, August 31, 2009 — Building on its strategy of delivering  quality branded content to people  around the world, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS)  has agreed to acquire Marvel Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:MVL) in a stock and cash transaction, the companies announced today.

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New Season of ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ to Offer New ‘Tournament of Ten’ Feature

NEW YORK, Aug. 31  — “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” with Emmy Award-winning host Meredith Vieira, is pumping up the excitement for its eighth season by revealing ten consecutive $1-million moments this fall in the all-new Tournament of Ten. Every Millionaire show counts, as the drama unfolds for contestants vying for their spot in the tournament and an opportunity to win $1-million. An all-new season of Millionaire will premiere Monday, September 7. Check local listings or go to www.millionairetv.com.

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Toys’R’Us, Inc. and Disney Consumer Products Dress Up Their Support of Children Affected by Aids Foundation This Halloween

WAYNE, N.J., Aug. 31 — Toys”R”Us, Inc. and Disney Consumer Products (DCP) today announced that Toys”R”Us will carry an expanded assortment of exclusive Disney-themed Halloween costumes for boys, girls and babies to highlight the good works of Children Affected by AIDS Foundation (CAAF). To showcase their continued support of CAAF in its mission to provide assistance to children affected by HIV/AIDS in the United States and around the world, Toys”R”Us, Inc. and DCP made a joint contribution of $50,000 to kick off the 2009 costume program.

Beginning in September, an expanded line of 25 costumes based on popular Disney characters can be found at Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us stores and online at Toysrus.com, including beautifully crafted costumes resembling Disney Princess characters, Disney Pixar Toy Story’s “Buzz Lightyear” and “Woody”, Power Rangers, Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger, and Disney Fairies’ “Tinker Bell.” The number of costumes included in this unique program doubles the offering from last year, and each bears a recognizable hangtag featuring the CAAF logo and a united mission statement from both companies.

The hangtags, along with unique signage, will help customers identify these costumes in stores nationwide, while online shoppers can find the assortment at Toysrus.com/ExclusiveCostumes. This year, CAAF will also highlight these costumes in a series of print and broadcast public service announcements that feature CAAF’s national spokesperson Jamie Lee Curtis, and promote the organization’s signature Dream Halloween events, of which the Toys”R”Us Children’s Fund and Disney Consumer Products are longtime benefactors.

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Schedule and Mousecellaneous Updates for D23 Expo

It’s been a while since we offered an additional list of D23 Expo updates as the news that’s been coming out has been large enough to require its own entries, but we’ve also been accumulating a number of small news items so here they are:

– The photography policy has been updated to prohibit photography/videography during select screenings in addition to the Archives exhibit.

– The autograph policy has been introduced: No personal items from home are allowed. All items to be signed must be acquired/purchased at the event.

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iPhone App Review: Radio Disney (Streaming App)

Radio Disney iPhone AppTitle: Radio Disney (link)
Publisher: Walt Disney
Released: August 28, 2009
Cost: Free
iTouch?: Yes (WiFi)
Pros: It’s free, makes Radio Disney portable
Cons: Additional features on RD website with clunky interface
Review: There’s not an awful lot to this app, with one click on the iPhone/iPod Touch, it launches and connects to the Radio Disney website where it begins streaming, providing you with song/artist information along with an artist photo (when available). Another screen allows you to view the last 10 songs played on Radio Disney without disrupting song play. Additional features (such as making a song request, sending a shoutout, answering a poll, etc) require using the device’s Safari app to reach the Radio Disney website which exits the application and shuts off the music. The website itself has a really nice opening screen but quickly becomes difficult to navigate and to discern where the links to continue are and — to be blunt — these additional functions are so simple, they could easily be integrated directly into the app.

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