D23 Announces ‘Disney and Dickens’ Holiday Event at Walt Disney Studios, December 8

On Wednesday, December 8, Disney D23 members and their guests are invited to visit the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California for the rare opportunity to experience an area of the Studios rarely seen by the public. After check-in begins at 4:00 pm PT, guests will have the opportunity to explore the on-site Disney Store and Walt Disney Studios employee store before being escorted to the famed Legends Plaza where hot cider and other treats will be offered prior to the event’s start.

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ABC Family and Starz Media to Premiere ‘The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation’ on November 28

ABC Family and Starz Media will once again celebrate the holidays together this season, with the network buying the U.S. cable TV rights to the new live-action holiday movie, “The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation,” as part of its November “Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas” programming event. A Starz Media presentation, the two-hour original movie, a sequel to last year’s “The Dog Who Saved Christmas,” makes its worldwide premiere on ABC Family on Sunday, November 28 at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Jeffrey Schenck and Barry Barnholtz are executive producers on the film, which was written by Michael Ciminera, Richard Gnolfo and Peter Sullivan, from a story by Schenck, Sullivan, Ciminera and Gnolfo. Michael Feifer directed the movie.

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Epcot’s 2010 Holidays Around the World Dates Announced

We have been told that Epcot will hold its annual Holidays Around the World this year from November 26 (the day after Thanksgiving) through December 30, 2010.

At this time we have no additional details as to what will be part of the annual tradition other than the Candlelight Processional will return and, of course, the tree. In addition to the Processional and tree lighting, countries from participating pavilions in the World Showcase have traditionally offered storytellers, most often in the form of their respective Santa Claus. Last year saw the first year without the  colorful Lights of Winter as the resort turns to more economical forms of lighting in the way of LEDs. No official word yet if it will be replaced this year.

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Disney Parks Offers Sneak Peek at Christmas Day Parade on YouTube

It’s a day that ends in -y so that means two things: new pins and a new tilt-shift video. This time, Walt Disney World managed to capture its portion of the days-long taping of the 2009 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade and condense it into what amounts to a commercial break. Enjoy!

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Former Imagineer Ric Turner Turns Christmas Hero with Lights Display

You can take the boy out of the Osborne Lights, but you can’t take the Osborne Lights out of former Walt Disney Imagineer Ric Turner who has made it a tradition to turn his home into a lights and musical spectacle for the Christmas season as well as Halloween. (Turner now operates as a consultant for WDI).

Below is a video of Ric’s 2009 holiday display which scales up the popular video game Guitar Hero.

Be sure to check out Ric’s other YouTube videos including his 2009 Halloween spectacle in which onlookers were serenaded by a 12 foot tall jack’o’lantern (face).

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Photo: Celine Dion Performs at Disney’s Grand Floridian for Christmas Day Parade

Celine Dion Performs at the Grand Floridian (Matt Stroshane/Disney)When inclimate weather threatened — and even canceled — some performances for the disney Parks Christmas Day parade last week, the performance of Grammy Award winner Celine Dion moved into the nearby Grand Floridian Resort and Spa where Dion filled the main lobby with her voice as well as admirers as shown in this photo from Disney photographer Matt Stroshane.

For full details on the 2009 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, click here.

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Miracle on 95th Street – Macy’s Presents a New Holiday Special

In 1897 — in September of 1897 no less — New York Sun editorial writer Francis Pharcellus Church wrote what become arguably the most famous editorial of all time as a response to a letter received by the paper. Under the headline ‘Is there a Santa Claus?,’ Church’s reply is more commonly known and cherished as Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

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ABC.com to Stream Holiday Specials Beginning Dec 9: Prep & Landing, Parks Parade and More

ABC.com is celebrating the holiday season with the addition of several holiday special to its Full Episode Player. Visitors to the site will be able to view both the classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and the new animated special “Disney Prep & Landing” beginning Wednesday, December 9 through Saturday, January 1.

Additionally, the site will offer a special Expert Commentary from the stars of “Disney Prep & Landing” – elves Wayne and Lanny and Thrasher the Reindeer. ABC.com’s new Expert Commentary feature allows viewers of the site’s Full Episode Player an opportunity to experience insights from the stars of ABC’s series and specials, as well as producers, writers, directors, production and costume designers, music supervisors and network executives.

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Walt Disney World Delays Saturday Parade Taping Until Sunday

Due to weather concerns, Walt Disney World has decided to move the parade taping events scheduled for Saturday, December 4 to Sunday, December 6. Earlier today, the performance by the Jonas Brothers had to be delayed until Sunday and Celine Dion’s performance was moved to the Grand Floridian because of heavy rain conditions.

Guests who had tickets for this morning’s 7 am taping are eligible to attend the taping on Sunday. In addition, Walt Disney World is extending an option to those with tickets for tomorrow’s 11:30 am session to show up for the 7 am session if they so wish.

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Details Revealed for the 26th Annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. and ANAHEIM, Calif., Dec. 4 — ‘Tis the season to be merry at Disney Parks, when the 26th annual “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade,” featuring award-winning musical talent and iconic stars performing in this year’s television special, airs December 25 on ABC-TV.

This year’s show promises to dazzle viewers with must-see performances by Celine Dion and Stevie Wonder. Pop sensations the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato spread joy to all as enchanting sounds from world-renowned musical artist Yanni and his Yanni Voices echo through the park. “American Idol” Season 8 winner, Kris Allen, will perform and “Wizards of Waverly Place” star Selena Gomez will make a special appearance in the annual telecast.

From the newest Disney Princess – Tiana – to Mickey Mouse and all his ‘toon pals,’ beloved Disney characters will embrace the holiday spirit aboard awe-inspiring floats that “deck the halls” as they glide through the Disney theme parks.

Two of television’s most popular celebrities will appear as the hosts of this year’s program. From the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida, popular morning show personality Kelly Ripa returns as host, doubling her duties while partner Regis Philbin recovers from recent surgery. At Disneyland Park in California, worldwide television and radio host Ryan Seacrest takes center stage for the West Coast festivities. Nick Cannon, from “America’s Got Talent” makes his “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” television debut as co-host/man-on-the-street for the telecast.

The two-hour televised special will air nationally in High-definition December 25 on ABC-TV at 10 a.m. Eastern and 9 a.m. Central, Mountain and Pacific times.

While parents and children prepare to offer their day of volunteer service in 2010, two families will share their encouraging stories during the parade telecast of how they’ve made a difference by volunteering in their hometown communities, the inspiring motives that moved them to give back and the lessons their children have taken with them along the way.

Throughout the telecast, chart-topping talent and award-winning artists from around the world come together to share in the Christmas merriment at Disney Parks. (Please note: all talent and floats subject to change)

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