D23 Expo Trading Pins and Charter Year Member Exclusive Pins Announced

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Details have been released on the Disney pins that will be released at the first annual Disney D23 Expo in Anaheim, California from September 9 – 13, including D23 members only charter year exclusive pins.

The pins will be available for purchase in the Disney Dream Store located in Exhibit Hall C.

To see a larger version of each pin, click on the thumbnail. To see all of the pins being released at D23 Expo, click here.

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Entrepreneur Magazine Recognizes Disney Entrepreneur Center as Valuable Resource for Small Businesses in Orlando

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., August 14, 2009 – Entrepreneur Magazine’s August issue names Orlando as one of the “Top 10 Best Cities to Start a Business” and gives kudos to the Disney Entrepreneur Center for its efforts in mentoring small-business owners and directing them to the right resources.

“We are unbelievably fortunate to have community leadership that is creative, open to partnerships, and willing to give a new idea or a new business an opportunity,” says Jerry Ross, executive director of the Disney Entrepreneur Center.

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The Game of (After) Life: Haunted Mansion Edition Launches at Once Upon a Toy August 21

The Game of Life: Haunted Mansion EditionIt is the classic game of LIFE with a chilling spin. Welcome to the After-LIFE incorporates the stories, mythology, history and the scary fun of the Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disneyland Paris  Haunted Mansion attraction (known as Phantom Manor in Paris) to create an otherworldly game play experience.

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Kouzzina by Cat Cora Information Now Online, Complete with Menus

The Walt Disney World website has introduced the page on Kouzzina by Cat Cora at the Boardwalk Inn (replacing Spoodles) which marks its soft opening tomorrow with the grand opening on September 17.

You can visit the site which includes PDFs of the breakfast, dessert and dinner menus here.

As reported earlier, Kouzzina by Cat Cora accepts 1 TS credit on the Disney Dining Plan.

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Updated: Details on Julie Andrews and Toby Bluth Signing Event at Grand Californian August 29

UPDATE: The event store will open at 8:00 AM, please do not queue up prior to 6:00 AM. The queue to purchase merchandise released in conjunction with this event will be located in the Downtown Disney® District between Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and Island Charters. We recommend that you park in the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure. Normal parking fees apply. A link to pre-order online was also added to the article.

On Saturday, August 29, from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm at the Grand Californian at the Disneyland Resort, guests will have the opportunity to meet and purchase new releases from Academy Award® Winning Actress Julie Andrews and Disney artist Toby Bluth.

Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs and LullabiesMs. Andrews will be on hand to sign copies of her newest book, Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies, which will be released in October 2009.  As part of this product release and signing, Guests will have the opportunity to pre-purchase the book before it’s released to the public. Guests who are unable to attend the event in person will also have the opportunity to pre-order a signed copy online beginning August 12 for $24.95. Online purchase is limited to one per customer and will ship from Disneyland beginning November 4. To order online, click here.

Julie and her daughter, Emma, have hand-selected a wonderful mix of their most cherished poems, songs, and lullabies in this rich and diverse poetry collection. Brought to life with James McMullan’s stunning watercolor paintings, this volume features nearly 150 treasured works, including beloved classics and modern favorites from Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Jack Prelutsky, Shel Silverstein, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and more – twenty-one of which are theatrically and playfully read aloud by Julie and Emma on the accompanying CD.

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Tom Bergeron to Host Panel on ABC Television at D23 Expo with Steve McPherson

Not too many details have been released yet, but Tom Bergeron (host of America’s Funniest Videos and Dancing with the Stars) is set to host a panel titled The ABCs of Disney at the D23 Expo on Thursday, September 9 at 3 pm. Alongside Tom will be Steve McPherson, president of the ABC Entertainment Group, who will be introducing Expo attendees to sneak peeks at upcoming ABC television series.

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A Sneak Peek Inside the Walt Disney Family Museum: Gallery 5, New Success and Greater Ambitions

A character model for PinocchioContinuing 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 5: New Success and Greater Ambitions

The worldwide success of Snow White let Disney Studios create new studio buildings in Burbank, CA, and produce even more ambitious features, such as Bambi, Pinocchio and Fantasia. The last film featured classical music and an orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski. Although well A character model for Hyacinth Hippo from Fantasiaregarded by critics, none of the films was immediately financially successful, in part because overseas revenues were affected by World War II.

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‘Rhythm and Hue’ Artist David Garibaldi to Perform at D23 Expo Prior to Live Auction

Disney Fine Artist David GaribaldiDisney Fine Artist David Garibaldi will offer his ‘Rhythm and Hue’ performance at the D23 Expo prior to the Live auction on Saturday, September 12. Garibaldi’s act infuses music with his style for producing rapid portraits of famous people in under ten minutes. In addition to his many televised appearances, he was also the opening act for the Blue Man Group tour in 2008. Garibaldi will perform in the Arena at the D23 Expo at 6:30 pm on Saturday. Admission to the D23 Expo is required to see his special performance.

Below is a video of Garibaldi painting a portrait of Walt Disney:

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WDW Refurb Updates: Golf Course Closures, Pool Closures at CBR, POP

In addition to our update on LMA earlier today, we have received notice of additional closures taking place in the near future at Walt Disney World.

The Golf Courses will each experience multiple closures throughout the next couple of months. Please see the full refurb list here for details.

In addition, the Aruba pool at Caribbean Beach Resort will be closed from November 9 – 20.

Pop Century leisure pools will be closed as follows: Computer Pool, October 13 – 23; Bowling Pool, October 26 – November 6

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Authorized Ticket Broker ‘Ticket Mania’ Not Responsible for Credit Theft

Earlier today, WFTV, Channel 9 in Orlando,  reported on a raid against an Orange County business under the moniker of Ticket Mania who allegedly operated a front to collect credit card information and, in turn, used that information to purchase and re-sell Orlando area theme park tickets illegally online.

Regretfully for many, WFTV apparently left out several key facts reported by others that resulted in a misrepresentation of the situation and can have serious reprecussions for a company that has provided outstanding service by many reports for many years.

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