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UPDATE: Tickets will be available through http://www.waltdisney.org beginning August 6 at 10 am PT. The special code for D23 members is 344902001

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Precious Moments Holiday Release and Signing at Walt Disney World September 11 & 12

elizabeth-glaser-913 Join Master Sculptor Hiko Maeda as he introduces an all new theme park exclusive Precious Moments sculpture for the holidays along with a brand new series of your favorite Disney Princesses celebrating the season in their own unique way.

On September 11, Hiko will be at Uptown Jewelers in the Magic Kingdom from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm and at the Animation Gallery in Disney’s Hollywood Studios from 3:00 – 5:00 pm.

On September 12, he will be at the Art of Disney in Downtown Disney’s Marketplace from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

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Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Pays Tribute to Nation’s Workers with a Commemorative ‘$99 in 09′ Labor Day Deal

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Aug. 3  — The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is rewarding laborers across the country with an affordable getaway to one of the world’s favorite family destinations. In tribute to the U.S. workforce this Labor Day, and in honor of the ninth month in 2009, they are offering a $99 per night rate September 1, 2009 through September 9, 2009 (09/09/09).

To honor their own loyal laborers, they are also awarding complimentary stays and dinners for nine lucky cast members and their families. All cast members who have worked at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort for at least one year will be eligible to enter a Labor Day raffle.

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Francia Raisa and Brendan Fehr Cast in ABC Family Original Movie ‘The Cutting Edge: Fire & Ice’ Premiering Spring 2010

Burbank, CA – Francia Raisa (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) and Brendan Fehr (“Samurai Girl,” “Roswell”) have signed to star in the ABC Family and MGM Television original production “The Cutting Edge: Fire & Ice.” The two-hour original movie will begin principal photography this month in Montreal, Canada, and is set to premiere on ABC Family in spring 2010. “The Cutting Edge: Fire & Ice” marks the fourth installment of the successful franchise produced by MGM Television.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Now Offers Vero Beach’s Adopt-A-Nest Program for Sea Turtle Conservation

As if the reasons for visiting Rafiki’s Planet Watch weren’t numerous enough, Out of the Wild, the area’s gift shop is now offering Adopt-A-Nest packages from Disney’s Vero Beach resort.

Up until now, the offer has been available exclusively at the Vero Beach Resort, but now guests at Walt Disney World have the opportunity to adopt their own sea turtle nest while benefitting sea turtle conservation through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF).

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Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Brings Imagineers and Their Creations, Future and Past, to D23 Expo

BURBANK, Calif., Aug. 3 — What will Disney’s theme parks and resorts look like in the future? Fans will learn the answer to that question and many more as they take a “behind-the-magic” tour of their favorite Disney destinations at the inaugural D23 EXPO, where the entire world of Disney will come together under one roof at the Anaheim Convention Center in California from Sept. 10-13.

Through a series of stunning displays and not-to-be-missed presentations, D23 EXPO attendees will explore the rich legacy and future of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts – a story that began in 1955 with Disneyland and has since grown to include 11 theme parks at five vacation destinations around the globe, as well as new immersive vacation experiences including Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and Disney Vacation Club. On Saturday, Sept. 12, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo will share some behind-the-magic details as he pulls back the curtain on several new projects – including the 12-acre Cars Land that’s set to open at Disney’s California Adventure in 2012.

Here’s a sampling of exciting Disney Parks experiences that D23 EXPO attendees will discover:

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Netflix to Stream Several ABC Series Including Lost, Grey’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Aug. 3 — Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) , the world’s largest online movie rental service, today announced an agreement with Disney-ABC Television Group that will make several of ABC’s most popular TV series available to be streamed instantly from Netflix.

In its entirety, the deal will allow Netflix members to instantly watch the first five seasons of the hit ABC franchise “Lost,” seasons four and five of the pop culture phenomenon “Desperate Housewives,” season five of the critically acclaimed “Grey’s Anatomy,” and seasons one and two of the syndicated epic action-adventure fantasy series “Legend of the Seeker” from ABC Studios. Many of the episodes, including the first four seasons of “Lost,” will be available from Netflix beginning August 1. The remainder will be available in subsequent months, beginning in September.

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Refurb Report: Living with the Land Closed Until November 1

It’s being reported by a reliable source that the Living with the Land attraction is closed as of today for an undetermined period of time. It’s been added to ReSearch! as being closed until the end of the year until a solid re-opening date is confirmed. Other sources report that the refurb was expected but was unknown as to when it would begin. To date, none of our official sources list it as being closed.

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Report: Vinylmation Release Party Offers Sneak Peeks at Future Vinylmation Releases

Last night, Disney held a release party for the Vinylmation Urban Series #2 at The Art of Disney in Downtown Disney’s Marketplace. On hand to celebrate were Disney artists Dan Howard, Lisa Badeen, Lin Shih, Mike Sullivan, Quynh Kimball and Donna Kozatek. Also on display were a number of future Vinylmation releases and our good friend @prd3000 was able to attend and provided us with several amazing photos of the upcoming releases displayed behind glass.

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