Walt Disney World Refurbishment Updates: Hall of Presidents, Old Key West Quiet Pools

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Despite presumably being ready for an Annual Passholder and DVC preview in late June, the official re-opening date for the Hall of Presidents has been shifted from July 2 to July 4.

At Old Key West, the Miller’s Road Quiet Pool will be closed from June 15 through June 26 and the South Point Road Quiet Pool will be closed from August 3 through August 21.

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Disneyland Paris and Google Take Their Acts to the Streets

Although on the surface it’s not quite as impressive as presenting Disneyland Paris in 3D, the theme park allowed Google to take its Street View car on a tour of Main Street, USA, Adventureland, Fantasyland, Walt Disney Studios and more. As a bonus, the Google team undertook this task in October, as the park celebrates Halloween. So be on the lookout for Halloween decor and pumpkinheaded folk painting the park orange. Needless to say, a few familiar faces also pop up along the way. Read more about the new DLP Street View here, or check it out right now here.

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Disney Orders Third Season of ‘Phineas and Ferb,’ Announces Soundtrack on CD

Disney Channels Worldwide has ordered a third season of the Emmy-nominated hit series “Phineas and Ferb” for its Disney XD and Disney Channel platforms.    Created and executive-produced by Dan Povenmire (“Family Guy”) and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh (“The Simpsons” and “Rocko’s Modern Life”) and featuring a notable voice cast, the series is a production of Walt Disney Television Animation.

In making the announcement, Gary Marsh, president, Entertainment, Disney Channels Worldwide, said: “’Phineas and Ferb’ is the simplest of ideas – two brothers determined to do something unique, something outrageous every single day of their 104 days of summer vacation — and Dan and Swampy have executed it with brilliant comedic flair.”

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Handy Manny’s Sensational Summer Saturdays – All New Episodes Begin June 20

Disney Channel will premiere eight new episodes of its hit multicultural series “Handy Manny,” starring the voice of Wilmer Valderrama, every Saturday throughout the summer beginning SATURDAY, JUNE 20 (8:30 a.m. ET/PT) and concluding with a marathon of episodes on SATURDAY, AUGUST 15 (6:00 – 10:00 a.m. ET/PT). Guest stars featured in the new episodes include “Happy Days” alumni Henry Winkler and Marion Ross, Broadway’s “Hairspray” alumni Shannon Durig and Ashley Parker Angel, and Lance Bass.

The episode schedule is as follows: Continue reading…

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June 22 is ‘Night of Premieres’ on Disney XD, Featuring All Your Favorite Shows with Celebrity Guests

Disney XD will present a ‘Night of Premieres’ featuring new episodes of its top-rated series for kids and families, including “Aaron Stone,” guest-starring world champion wrestler Chris Jericho; “Phineas and Ferb,” featuring “High School Musical” star Corbin Bleu; plus the new comedy “Zeke and Luther,” MONDAY, JUNE 22 (7:00-9:30 p.m., ET/PT). The night marks the Season Two debut of “The Spectacular Spider-Man.”

The programming lineup is: Continue reading…

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Disney Family.com Wins Best Family/Parenting Site and People’s Voice Award in the 13th Annual Webby Awards

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — The 13th Annual Webby Awards and the Webby People’s Voice Awards named Disney Family.com Best Family/Parenting site of the year. Over 500,000 votes were cast by people around the world for their favorite sites, videos, and ads in The Webby People’s Voice Awards and 10,000 entries were received for this year’s Webby Awards. Disney Family.com is dedicated to offering helpful, relevant and timely information parents and families can use every day.

Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile websites. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 650-person judging academy whose members include Internet co-inventor Vint Cerf, R/GA’s Chief Bob Greenberg, “Simpson’s” creator Matt Groening, Arianna Huffington and Harvey Weinstein.

Disney Family.com was honored at a star-studded ceremony hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers on June 8th in New York City. Fans can watch the ceremony online at the official Webby Awards YouTube Channel. A full list of both Webby Awards and People’s Voice Awards winners can be found at: http://www.webbyawards.com.

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Miley Cyrus Performs for Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation’s Star-Studded Event, Sponsored by Disney

Singer Miley Cyrus performs during A Time for Heroes Celebrity Carnival Sponsored by Disney, benefiting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, held at Wadsworth Theatre on June 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for EGPAF)

Singer Miley Cyrus performs during A Time for Heroes Celebrity Carnival Sponsored by Disney, benefiting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, held at Wadsworth Theatre on June 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for EGPAF)

LOS ANGELES, June 9 — Celebrities helped create a generation free of HIV at the 20th annual A Time For Heroes Family Picnic, held June 7 in Los Angeles in support of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. More than 80 of Hollywood’s best-known names volunteered their time as “heroes” working carnival-style game booths and interacting with guests and families. Drawn from the worlds of film, television, fashion, sports and music were such attendees as Heidi Klum, Mark Wahlberg, Dwyane Wade, Billy Crystal, Sharon Stone, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Tony Hawk among many others. The day was topped off with a musical performance by superstar and Disney recording artist Miley Cyrus. The fun-filled day combined play with purpose as guests also learned about the Foundation’s 20-year history of battling pediatric AIDS and helping children and families around the world. The event raised more than $1.3 million for the fight against pediatric AIDS.

Kids and families were dazzled with many activities and surprises including: Continue reading…

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Walmart Offers Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Videos and Free Downloads for Jonas Brothers

BRISBANE, Calif., June 9  — Walmart today unveiled a new, exclusive Jonas Brothers concert and special behind-the-scenes interviews with the band that can only be seen online at Walmart.com. The private concert was filmed in Hollywood last month and features never-before-seen footage of the band’s first live performance of songs from their upcoming album, Lines, Vines and Trying Times, scheduled for release in all nationwide stores and online on June 16. Starting today, Walmart.com allows Jonas fans to watch Kevin, Nick and Joe Jonas sing songs from and talk about making their new, highly anticipated album.

“We are excited to join forces with Walmart to provide our fans an opportunity to enjoy a special performance from our new album, like the one you’ll find online today at Walmart.com,” said Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers.

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Walt Disney World Refurbishment Update: Boardwalk Inn’s Keister Coaster Closed 6/15 – 6/17

Keister Coaster, the pool side at Boardwalk Inn’s Luna Park pool, will be closed from June 15 through June 17. While the rest of the pool and the resort’s quiet pools will remain open, guests of the Boardwalk Inn will also have access to Stormalong Bay at the Beach/Yacht club during this time. A shuttle between the resorts will be offered.

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Celebrate Fifteen Years on Broadway with New Digital Compilation of Disney Broadway Hits

Disney on Broadway EssentialsOn Tuesday, June 9, Disney Theatrical will make a compilation of 19 tracks from the original cast recordings of all of its Broadway shows from the past fifteen years. That’s music from Beauty and the Beast, Aida, the Lion King, Tarzan, Mary Poppins and the Little Mermaid.

In addition, iTunes will have exclusive bonuses available such as a previously unreleased version of ‘Feed the Birds’ as performed by Ashley Brown, who originated the role of Mary Poppins. iTunes will also offer a video clip of a performance of ‘Step in Time’ from the show itself.

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