A star-powered, 16-act Christian music lineup will herald the return of Night of Joy to Magic Kingdom Sept. 10-11, with 2010 “Artist of the Year” Casting Crowns plus three other “Artist of the Year” recipients topping a bill featuring seven additional acts that have won Dove Awards or Grammy Awards. Other “Artist of the Year” winners performing during the 28th edition of the Walt Disney World event are Chris Tomlin (2006 and 2007), mercyme (2004) and Third Day (2001).
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel is offering guests a chance to indulge at the first annual Food & Wine Classic at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Oct. 8 and 9.
Each evening will feature beverage seminars and a culinary festival with live music and tastings from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants and lounges.
Guests have the opportunity to choose from six hands-on beverage classes taught by certified wine sommeliers and beer and cocktail specialists from the hotel’s team. Attendees will learn about their topic of choice – ranging from a wine-blending seminar to a sake hour – through watching, listening, touching and of course, tasting!
With an estimated value of $300 – $500, Claire’s ‘squirrel baby’ from ‘LOST’ season six episode The Lighthouse is just one of many of the fascinating memorabilia items that will be up for bids at Profile in History’s ‘LOST’ Exhibit and Auction in Santa Monica on August 21 and 22.
After three years of living alone on the island, Claire kept a substitute baby fashioned of animal parts with buttons for eyes. When Kate questioned Claire about what it was, Claire told her it was ‘all I had.’
Following in the footsteps of the ‘Final Flight’ event at Disneyland, in which D23 members were invited to enter the park after hours to ride Star Tours for the final time before it closes for its refurb and transition into Star Tours 2: The Adventure Begins, D23 has announced a ‘Final Flight’ for Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World on September 7. The attraction is currently scheduled to re-open on May 17, 2011.
Guests will check in at the main entrance to Disney’s Hollywood Studios beginning at 8:30 pm and will receive their commemorative boarding pass for their trip. According to the event’s page, the event will consist of just visiting the attraction.
On Saturday, September 11, join Disney Ink and Paint Artists: James Bonserio, Erin Magill, Theodora M. DeLaney, David Rippberger, Lynn Rippberger, Sharon K. Vincent as they celebrate the premiere of the Dreams Come True entry into the Ink and Paint Cel series. Celebrating the genesis of The Walt Disney Company in which Walt Disney creates Mickey Mouse on a train ride from New York to Los Angeles, the creator is pictured seated on the train while Mickey Mouse is getting ready to board. This Ink and Paint Cel also represents the first in the series in which Walt Disney is depicted.
Walt Disney Imagineer and show writer Jason Surrell offers just a tad more information than he has already shared with us for The Last Tour to Endor hard-ticketed event taking place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World on August 14.
One of the event’s festivities will be a ‘mash-up’ live-action stunt show in which Indiana Jones meets Star Wars. The show is appropriately titled ‘Raiders of the Lost Jedi Temple of Doom: A Fan Film of ‘Epic’ Proportions.’ The following clip from Walt Disney World provides the few details available:
Walt Disney World has announced that dinner packages for its Candlelight Processional will become available August 26. The package includes dinner at one of the table service restaurants around the World Showcase, priority admission to the American Gardens Theatre where the event is held and special viewing for the holiday edition of Illuminations.
The partial list of narrators for the 2010 Candelight Processional are as follows:
- Isabella Rossellini – 11/26 – 28
- TBD – 11/29 – 12/1
- TBD – 12/2 – 4
- TBD – 12/5 – 6
- Jodi Benson – 12/7 – 9
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.
Marty will be on hand to sign copies of the newly released volume Walt Disney Imagineering — A Behind the Dreams Look at Making More Magic Real from 10 am – 12 pm.
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.