Legendary entertainer and reigning ‘Dancing with the Stars’ champ Donny Osmond joined Fisher-Price at the International Toy Fair in New York yesterday to help launch their newest product, Dance Star Mickey.
Introduced by Mattel Brands President Neil Friedman, Donny burst onto the stage with Mirror Ball Trophy in hand and immediately set the room on fire, regaling those in attendance with details of his lengthy relationship with The Walt Disney Company beginning with the Osmond Brothers being discovered by Walt himself.
Before long, Donny was joined by special guest Mickey Mouse himself who fearlessly accepted a dance-off challenge issued by Osmond. After a little tap dancing and a bit of disco, it was the Mouse’s split that sealed the win.
At last it was time for the curtain to rise, revealing the real star of the presentation, Dance Star Mickey, Fisher-Price’s most technologically advanced toy to date. Using a new, innovative mechanism, Dance Star Mickey is able to move and gesture in a very fluid and life-like way.
Prior to the ABCs of Disney event, the stars (minus Tom Bergeron and Courteney Cox) appeared on a small red carpet for photos and media interviews, mostly by outlets like Inside Edition and Entertainment Tonight. I actually stumbled onto this event by accident when determining what the queue would be like for the event and was initially told I had the wrong type of pass to be allowed into the area, but the cast members had a change of heart and let me in and even called for a media host to be assigned to me so I wouldn’t have any further issues.
That said, please enjoy these photos (some good, some not so good) I was able to take of the stars as they worked their way to the arena.
Donny Osmond — singer, entertainer, longtime Disney collaborator and Season Nine cast member of the ABC hit show, “Dancing with the Stars” — will join the all-star lineup at “The ABCs of Disney,” a special presentation at the D23 EXPO, September 10, at 3:00 p.m. at the Anaheim Convention Center arena.
In a first for “Dancing with the Stars” fans, Osmond will be joined by his professional ballroom partner, Kym Johnson, and preview his dance abilities for D23 EXPO goers long before his televised premiere on September 21 on the ABC Television Network.
ABC proudly presents “The ABCs of Disney,” an exclusive D23 EXPO event in the Anaheim Convention Center Arena, September 10 at 3:00 p.m. Hosted by Emmy®-nominated Tom Bergeron (“Dancing with the Stars,” “America’s Funniest Home Videos”), “The ABCs of Disney” presentation features Stephen McPherson, President of the ABC Entertainment Group, unveiling sneak peeks at many of the fall TV season’s most anticipated new shows.
Joining McPherson and Bergeron on stage are some of the most beloved television actors of our time, the stars of ABC’s new Wednesday night comedies, Patricia Heaton (“The Middle”), Kelsey Grammer (“Hank”) and Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family”). Actor Joseph Fiennes (perhaps best known for his starring role in the Oscar®-winning film “Shakespeare in Love”) will introduce his new series, the much buzzed-about drama “FlashForward.”
“The ABCs of Disney” concludes with a thrilling dance performance by two of “Dancing with the Stars’” professional champions, Cheryl Burke (two-time winner with partners Drew Lachey and Emmitt Smith) and Derek Hough (Season Seven champion with Brooke Burke). After the presentation, fans will have a chance to receive autographs and take photos with the stars. (Please note: though the talent listed are confirmed, appearances are contingent on production schedules.)
Throughout the four-day D23 EXPO, guests can enter the “ABC House Screening Room” to see sneak peeks of ABC’s new fall schedule. The “ABC House Screening Room” is set up to be as comfortable as a living room — where guests are encouraged to put up their feet, relax and enjoy the best that television has to offer. (Screening schedule to be announced).
Also on display Sept. 10-13 is ABC’s “Lost.” In celebration of the Emmy® Award-winning series’ entering its final, thrilling season, ABC Television Network presents a can’t-miss experience for all fans. Guests will be able to step into the world of “Lost” and see a selection of props, set pieces, costumes and collectors’ artifacts from key moments in the series, as well as sign up for Lost University, a special Blu-ray(tm) and online experience, and receive a limited edition collectors’ pin, available only at D23 EXPO.
Fans will also have a chance to sneak a peek at ABC’s first TV special by Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Prep & Landing.” On Sept. 12, “Prep & Landing’s” directors, Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton, will present the holiday special and answer fans’ questions.