‘Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas To You’ Holiday Special to Debut on ABC December 13

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From the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, ABC Television Network presents international superstar Mariah Carey in the music special, “Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You,” Monday, December 13 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET). The special will feature Mariah performing songs from her new holiday album, Merry Christmas II You, available Tuesday, November 2nd on the Island Def Jam Music Group.

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Disney Imagineer Ric Turner Turns Home into Haunting Rendition of ‘Guitar Hero’ for Halloween

There are few things in life more chilling than early 80s pop music and nobody knows that better than former Walt Disney Imagineer Ric Turner. This year, Turner, who traditionally rigs up his home with lights sync’d to music for both Halloween and the Christmas season, returns with another rendition of Guitar Hero which he first introduced during the 2009 holiday season.

Set to the tune of ‘Freeze Frame’ by the J. Geils Band, the house becomes a fully functioning game of Guitar Hero (there is a console/screen version set up as well which players may opt to use) with the assistance of a smattering of jack o’lanterns who light up in time with the music.

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New ‘Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa’ Short from Walt Disney Animation Studios to Air December 7

“Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa,” featuring the voice of Betty White as Mrs. Claus, is slated to air Tuesday, December 7 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), during the holiday classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The seven-minute animated short is the second installment from the Emmy Award®-winning franchise “Prep & Landing.” Both specials will also air again on Thursday, December 16.

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Disney Online Offers Ways for Families to Celebrate Halloween in the Month of October

Jack Skellington Cupcakes from Disney FamilyFun.comFamilies can now celebrate Halloween through the entire month of October with a diverse line-up of fun Halloween content offered on Disney Online’s Mom and Family Portfolio of Web sites. From Disney-inspired homemade costumes and recipes to loads of unique Halloween games and Halloween crafts for parties, families will be able to find everything they need to enjoy this beloved holiday.

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ABC Family and Starz Media to Premiere ‘The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation’ on November 28

ABC Family and Starz Media will once again celebrate the holidays together this season, with the network buying the U.S. cable TV rights to the new live-action holiday movie, “The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation,” as part of its November “Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas” programming event. A Starz Media presentation, the two-hour original movie, a sequel to last year’s “The Dog Who Saved Christmas,” makes its worldwide premiere on ABC Family on Sunday, November 28 at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Jeffrey Schenck and Barry Barnholtz are executive producers on the film, which was written by Michael Ciminera, Richard Gnolfo and Peter Sullivan, from a story by Schenck, Sullivan, Ciminera and Gnolfo. Michael Feifer directed the movie.

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Disney Living Announces Disney Store Gift Card Video Contest on YouTube

Disney Living, the official YouTube channel of Disney Consumer Products, has announced a new YouTube video contest in which the winners will each receive a $100 gift card good at any Disney Store or DisneyStore.com.

To enter the ‘Happy Halloween from Disney Living Contest,’ create a video up to two minutes in length and submit it as a video response to one of the three new videos from Disney Living spoofing iconic moments from classic horror films, such as this one for The Shining:

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Disney Store Celebrates Halloween with Costume Contest and In-Store Event

Disney Store has announced a contest in which five correct entries will receive a free Halloween/roleplay costume from Disney Store. To enter, watch the video below and identify the 30 different Disney costumes in the order they appear in the video (costumes may appear more than once).

Once you have your list, email it to [email protected] with the subject line of ’30 in 30.’ Entries must be received by the end of October 8 and are limited to one per person/address. For full details and rules, click here.

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2010 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Map and Schedule

Courtesy of Walt Disney World cast member @PaulChadkin, here is a first look at the 2010 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween (MNSSH) map and schedule for the seasonal parties that begin tonight at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

Below you’ll find both the front and back of the maps. Click on each image to expand to its larger version. If the re-size arrow appears, you may click it to view the map in its original size as provided by Paul.

2010 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Guidemap Inside/Front2010 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Guidemap Outside/Back

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Video: Time-Lapse Installation of Halloween Decor at Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World has re-released this time-lapse photography video of the Halloween/fall decor being installed along Main Street USA and Mickey’s Toontown Fair at Magic Kingdom. According to the video description, more than 40 cast members are involved in the process which takes places over a period of five nights to install all of the holiday decorations.

The Disneyland Resort also released this video today highlighting some of its Halloween festivities including the Nightmare Before Christmas Haunted Mansion overlay, Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, World of Color, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and character meet & greets.

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Deluxe Limited Edition Belle Dress Now Available from DisneyStore.com; Halloween Booo-tique Opens

Deluxe Limited Edition Belle Dress from Disney StoreA few days ago, we gave you a close-up look at the Disney Store exclusive Limited Edition Belle, the third in the series of collectible Disney Princess dolls. As a result of the phenomenal reception that received, we are pleased to bring you this close-up look at the Deluxe Limited Edition Belle dress that we first told you about during a Disney Store Holiday preview we attended in June.

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