D23 Announces Next Walt Disney Studios and Archives Tour for November 13; Tix Available Sept. 29


D23 Members will have the rare opportunity to enjoy a two-and-a-half-hour tour of The Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Archives, hosted by D23 and Archives staff. Guests will have the chance to stroll through the old Animation building where beloved films like Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland were created, see the historic soundstages used for filming Disney classics like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and explore the beautiful Legends Plaza, which honors those who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy. There will be eight individual tours offered that day (9 am, 9:30 am, 10 am, 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1 pm, 1:30 pm and 2 pm). A tour can accommodate 25 participants and lasts approximately two-and-a-half hours.

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Visit The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco Free on September 25

September 25, 2010 is the sixth annual Museum Day sponsored by Smithsonian Magazine. Over 1300 participating museums nationwide will offer the opportunity for guests to enter for free on September 25 (or September 26 if closed on the 25th). Among those museums participating are The Walt Disney Family Museum located at the Presidio in San Francisco and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Museum in Los Angeles which currently houses an Alice in Wonderland exhibit.

For more information on the nationwide event and to download your free admission media (required), visit the event’s website.

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Disneyland Resort to Host Inaugural Anaheim International Film Festival Including VIP ‘World of Color’ Presentation

The Anaheim International Film Festival (AIFF) and Disneyland Resort will provide festival goers with an exclusive red carpet experience at the AIFF Black-Tie Awards Night Celebration, taking place October 16 at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Hosted by Disneyland Resort, the awards gala is a red carpet affair honoring film industry icons with Lifetime and Career Achievement Awards for outstanding work and contributions to motion pictures. The dinner and awards presentation will be capped off with a VIP showing of “World of Color,” the new nighttime water spectacular at Disney California Adventure Park weaving water, color, fire and light into a kaleidoscope of fantasy and imagination.

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ABC Family Details Schedule for 12th Annual ’13 Nights of Halloween’ Programming Event

For the 12th consecutive year, ABC Family scares up 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN with programming filled with ghosts, ghouls and a few laughs, too! The popular programming event, starting Tuesday, October 19, and concluding on Sunday, October 31, includes the basic cable premiere of “The Spiderwick Chronicles, the ABC Family premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” and a special Halloween episode of ABC Family’s hit original series, “Melissa & Joey,” along with the massive mix of Halloween-themed programming airing on the 13 nights leading up to Halloween.

The following is a listing of programming thrills and chills taking place October 19-31 during ABC Family’s 13 Nights of Halloween.

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Photo Gallery: Paige O’Hara Joins D23 Tea Party at Disney Store San Diego Grand Opening

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In celebration of the new Disney Store Imagination Park grand opening in San Diego, Disney D23 members were invited to a private tea party event in which Paige O’Hara, the voice of Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast appeared to meet and greet with fans. O’Hara was also presented with her very own Mrs. Potts limited edition tea set, part of the Disney Store limited edition Beauty and the Beast collectible line that was launched at the event.

Below is our gallery of photos from the event which features Paige O’Hara and the new limited edition collection.

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ABC’s ‘Wipeout’ Announces National Open Casting Call for Season Four

The producers of the ABC hit reality series “Wipeout” are on a nationwide search to find dynamic men and women to participate in the upcoming fourth season. Potential contestants should be fun, strong-willed, outgoing, and have a great sense of humor. We’re also looking to cast engaged couples, father/daughter teams, mother/son teams, co-worker teams, celebrity look-alikes and contestants with wacky hidden talents. You can apply by following either of these two steps:

STEP 1: Go to www.mysticartpictures.com and fill out an online profile and application. Be sure to upload a picture to your profile as well.

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‘LIVE! With Regis and Kelly’ Seeking Participants for ‘Human Mattress Domino’ World Record Attempt in NYC

On Thursday, September 16, ABC’s ‘LIVE! With Regis and Kelly’ is looking to set a new Guiness World Record for the largest ‘human mattress dominoes’ attempt as part of the ‘Guinness World Record Breaker Week 2010.’

Participants will each be provided with a twin-sized mattress and arranged in the ‘human domino’ formation. When signaled, participants will fall backwards one-by-one just like a set of dominoes. Participants must be 17 years of age or older (17 year olds must be accompanied by someone 18 and over) and taller than 4’11”. Participants must also be able to provide ID and sign a release form.

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Paul Ngeny, 31, of Auburn, Calif., Sets Record by Winning Fifth Annual Disneyland Half Marathon

Paul Ngeny, 31, of Auburn, Calif., led a record field of more than 14,000 registered runners Sunday at the fifth annual Disneyland Half Marathon, crossing the finish line first with a time of 1:07:24, beating the fastest Disneyland Half Marathon time by 41 seconds.

“The course was very nice and comfortable,” Ngeny said. “I liked running through the parks and all the music. I could keep on going for a hundred miles.”

Finishing just behind Ngeny was Eric Marenburg, 27, of San Diego, Calif., with a time of 1:12:10. Kevin Broady, 48, of Brea, Calif., finished third with a time of 1:12:43.

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ABC’s ‘Detroit 1-8-7’ to Open New York Television Festival; Michael Imperioli to Offer Q&A Session

The New York Television Festival (NYTVF) today announced the Primetime lineup for its sixth annual Festival, offering audiences a sneak peek at the networks’ most highly anticipated fall premieres on ABC, BBC America, FOX, IFC and NBC. This year’s Festival is highlighted by the red carpet premieres of ABC’s “Detroit 1-8-7” with Michael Imperioli, IFC’s “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret” with David Cross, and “Running Wilde” with Will Arnett. The Primetime line up also features special screenings of NBC’s “Short Cuts” hosted by Greg Giraldo and BBC America’s US premiere of the mini-series “Luther.”

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Guidemaps Available for 2010 ‘Night of Joy’ Event at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World has made guidemaps available for its annual Night of Joy event which takes place at Magic Kingdom this year on Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11.

The guidemaps feature listings of available attractions, dining and shopping experiences as well as the schedule for each night and the various stage locations as well as other goings-on those evenings.

Click the following links for their respective guidemaps in PDF format: Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11

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