Once again, D23 members and one guest are being invited to join Disney D23 at the exclusive Mickey’s of Glendale shop located at Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale, California on August 21. This time, however, Disney D23 is bringing a guest of its own in the form of Disney Legend and former Imagineering Ambassador Marty Sklar, the only individual to open all eleven Disney Parks worldwide.
D23 is reporting that Tinker Bell will receive her very own star on the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 21.
Tink will be joining the likes of other ‘fictional’ Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Snow White, Winnie-the-Pooh and Kermit the Frog. Also to be found along the Walk of Fame are two stars for Walt Disney and a special, unprecedented star for Disneyland itself, awarded for its 50th anniversary.
We will publish additional information as it becomes available to us, but as for the star’s location, we are quite certain it will be the second star to the right of somewhere.
The artists who voice Dug the Dog, Minnie Mouse, Natasha Fatale, Rocky the Squirrel and Winnie the Pooh will sound off at “Voices of Character,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 16th installment of the Marc Davis Celebration of Animation, on Thursday, August 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
Hosted by animation historian Charles Solomon, the event will feature onstage discussions with such legendary voice artists as Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh), Susan Egan (Meg of “Hercules”), June Foray (Natasha Fatale and Rocky the Flying Squirrel), Yuri Lowenthal (Ben Tennyson) and Russi Taylor (Minnie Mouse), along with animation director Bob Peterson (who voices Dug the Dog in “Up”), animator James Baxter and casting executive Rick Dempsey.
Disney Theme Parks merchandise has posted a page advertising many of the Disney collectibles that will be available exclusively to attendees at the Star Wars Celebration V event taking place in Orlando, August 12-15.
Among the items is a limited edition (10,000 pieces) ‘sneak preview’ collectible of the Star Tours StarSpeeder 1000. As many Star Tours enthusiasts know already, the Star Tours company currently operates the StarSpeeder 3000, a descendant of the 1000 model. As Star Tours II includes material inspired by Episodes 1-3, the vehicle itself will also regress to the earlier 1000 model, so this collectible gives those attending Celebration V a sneak peek at the ‘new’ ride vehicle. It will retail for $24.95.
We previously announced the ‘LOST’ exhibit and memorobilia auction being held by Profiles in History in Santa Monica on August 21 and 22, 2010.
Profiles in History has graciously provided us with hi-res photos of some of the items that will be going up on the auction block to some very lucky bidders. In addition, the auction preview gallery is now live on Profile in History’s website here.
StarWars.com checks in with popular Walt Disney Imagineer and Last Tour to Endor show director Jason Surrell as he talks about the preparation going into some of the exclusive events guests will get to experience first hand as part of the special hard-ticket event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on August 14 commemorating the transition of Star Tours into Star Tours II.
Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival will celebrate its sixth anniversary in 2011 with six weeks of culinary experiences for guests of all ages, April 29-June 12 at Disney California Adventure park and select locations across the Disneyland Resort.
Chefs, winemakers and guest speakers will focus on cultures, tastes and traditions with hundreds of tantalizing demonstrations, along with outstanding wine and spirits seminars. Guests will also feast on delicious food, wine and beer available throughout Disney California Adventure park.
Disney’s Emmy Award-winning “Phineas and Ferb” to take over Dodger Stadium for an exclusive Phineas and Ferb “This Is My Town” night Thursday, July 22 for the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Mets game.
Phineas and Ferb fans can purchase tickets to the show’s MyTown section at a specially discounted price of $37. Each ticket includes admission to the game, a limited edition Dodgertown t-shirt featuring both characters, Disney XD giveaways and an all-you-can-eat, kid-friendly menu featuring Dodger Dogs and Phineas and Ferb-inspired food. To purchase tickets, visit Dodgers.com/mytownspecial and enter the promo code MYTOWN.
Walt Disney World has just made its festival guide and map available for the 15th annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival which takes place October 1 – November 14, 2010. The guide covers returning and new international marketplaces such as Belgium, South Korea and Charcuterie & Cheese plus events unique to the festival including brand new entries such as the Marketplace Discovery Passport sponsored by Disney Vacation Club, ‘First Bites Opening Reception,’ ‘”3D” Disney’s Dessert Discovery,’ ‘Taste, Shake and Indulge Like the French’ and more! Newer eateries such as Kouzzina and Paradiso 37 as well as some older favorites such as Bongo’s Cuban Cafe and Fulton’s Crab House are also joining in on the fun this year.
“LOST” The Official Show Auction and Exhibit will take place in southern California at the Barker Hangar in the Santa Monica Airport on Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22. ABC Studios, in partnership with Profiles in History, will conduct a live and online auction featuring the iconic props, wardrobe and set decoration of the Emmy Award-winning television series. Along with the auction, ABC will be offering fans an opportunity to immerse themselves in all things “LOST.” Large set pieces from the show will be on display, including a Dharma van and pieces of the plane wreckage from Oceanic flight 815. Other memorable props and wardrobe will also be featured.