Disney Online Offering Chance for One Family to Win Opportunity to Open Disney Store Times Square

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Disney and NAE to Offer ‘TRON: Legacy’-Inspired Experience on National Mall in October

The Walt Disney Studios collaborated with the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) to co-create a highly interactive exhibit at the USA Science & Engineering Festival, which will take place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., October 23-24, 2010, from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. each day. The hands-on experience blends themes from the upcoming major motion picture “TRON: Legacy” with the NAE’s Grand Challenges for Engineering.

Visitors to the Disney-NAE exhibit will be able to:

  • View and photograph real props from the film including the SHIVA laser
  • View and photograph a lifelike replica of Sam Flynn’s Lightcycle

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Report: D23 2010 ‘Sip & Stroll’ Event and Dave Smith Retirement Dinner (Day One)

Last evening saw the commencement of the 2010 Sip & Stroll event from Disney D23. The bulk of the event to take place Saturday, Friday night was a relatively short (but incredibly sweet) time for most of the attending D23 members and their guests. After checking in for the event, guests were invited into the rotunda of the American Adventure pavilion for a wine and cheese reception.

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D23 Details 2010 ‘Magic & Merriment’ Event at Walt Disney World

D23 members and up to three guests each are invited to attend this year’s Disney D23 Magic & Merriment event at the Walt Disney World Resort from December 10 – 12, 2010.

The festivities will kick off at 9 pm ET on Friday, December 10 as guests congregate at One Man’s Dream at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to enjoy a private screening of Archiving the Archives, a new documentary celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Walt Disney Archives.

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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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Elton John and Leon Russell to Perform Live on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ October 20

Two music legends, Elton John and singer songwriter Leon Russell, will perform live on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” on Wednesday, October 20th from the Beacon Theatre. The duo will perform new music from their upcoming album, “The Union,” as well as a classic Elton John song. This album marks the first time they have worked together in over 40 years.

Recorded live in the studio, “The Union” was produced by T Bone Burnett and features a variety of musical genres from R&B, soul, gospel, country, pop and rock.  Icons Neil Young and Brian Wilson provide guest vocals on the 14-track record along with legendary R&B organist Booker T. Jones, steel guitarist Robert Randolph and a 10-piece gospel choir.  “The Union” will be released October 19th on Decca.

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Disney D23 Announces Sneak Peek at Disney Store Times Square in New York City, November 7

Disney Store Manhattan, New York City © Stitch Kingdom. All Rights Reserved.On Sunday, November 7, Disney D23 members and their guests are invited to attend a sneak peek at the newest and largest Disney Store, the two-level level store in the heart of Times Square in New York City.

Beginning at 8 am ET (check-in at 7:30), D23 members will be served a complimentary continental breakfast inside the store. Jim Fielding, President of Disney Stores Worldwide, will share behind-the-scenes stories of the design, development, inspiration and evolution of this unique retail design. Disney Store cast members will also be on hand to show off the store’s interactive exhibits.

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Photo Gallery: Disney’s ‘Secretariat’ Screening in Lexington, Kentucky

Walt Disney Studios has shared with us some photos from a screening of its newest release, Secretariat, recently held at the historic Kentucky Theater in Lexington, Kentucky. Joining cast members Diane Lane and Otto Thornton were their real-life counterparts Penny Chenery and Secretariat jockey Ron Turcotte along with others involved with Secretariat’s life including exercise rider Charlie Davis, writer Bill Knack and other jockey hall of famers. Also counted in attendance were director Randall Wallace and Kentucky Governor Steven Beshear.

Secretariat opens nationwide on October 8.

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Disneyland Cast Members Celebrate Disneyland Hotel’s 55th Birthday

The Disneyland Hotel in 1961. Photo courtesy Disneyland Resort.The Disneyland Hotel was built, owned and operated by Walt Disney’s friend Jack Wrather in 1955, opening just about five months after the Disneyland Park. In 1961, the Disneyland Monorail was expanded to allow transportation between the park and the hotel’s guests, making it the first monorail to cross over a public street. It wasn’t until 1988 that the Disneyland Resort acquired the hotel from The Wrather Corporation.

Disneyland Hotel birthday cake. Photo courtesy Disneyland Resort.Earlier today, cast members from the Disneyland Hotel celebrated its 55th birthday in style, by slicing into this cake inspired by the Disneyland Hotel itself and one of its towers, prepared by the Resort’s central bakery.

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Photo Gallery: ‘The Tempest’ North American Premiere at New York Film Festival

This past weekend, the 48th Annual New York Film Festival honored director’s Julie Taymore’s spin on the Shakespeare classic by making The Tempest the Centerpiece of the festival. The first of the two screenings on Saturday night also managed to double as the North American premiere of the film. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the second screening, introduced by Julie Taymor. Noting The Tempest was celebrating its 400th anniversary, Taymor reflected on her experiences with the Shakespearean play dating back to directing a staged version of the play some time ago. Despite the material’s origins and mostly native British cast, she also quipped it was an American film as it had been filmed on the Hawaiian island of Lana’i, a place she had once vacationed at and decided then and there ‘it was The Tempest.’ It’s also worth noting that portions of the film were also filmed in New York soundstages in addition to Hawaii.

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