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[31 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]
Disney Radio and TV Announcer Dick Tufeld Passes Away

Most well known for being the voice of the robot in the 1960’s TV series Lost in Space, famed radio and TV announcer Dick Tufeld passed away January 22. The 85 year old’s death was confirmed as being caused by heart disease and complications from a fall last year.
In addition to his work on Lost in Space, Tufeld was the announcer for Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea as well as The Time Tunnel. His voice-over work could also be heard on a variety of TV programs. The most …

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[31 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]
Lantern Festival to Feature Tokyo Disneyland Parade

For the first time ever, Tokyo Disneyland will be sending 100 performers to  the 2012 Lantern Festival in Changhua County, located in central Taiwan. The festival is quickly becoming a well-known event, and was designed to highlight global participation.
Says Wayne Liu, the Tourism Bureau’s deputy-director:
It’s unprecedented for Tokyo Disneyland, because until now it has only sent individual characters abroad for events like this.
Liu also said the parade will be a mix of American, Japanese and Taiwanese culture and feature Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. This year’s theme is “Dreams and …

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[31 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]
‘Chronicle’ Scribe Max Landis Sells Sci-Fi Film Pitch to Disney

Sources have reported that Chronicle scribe Max Landis recently sold an as-yet-untitled sci-fi film pitch to Disney, with Andrew Panay on board as a producer.
While the details about the film pitch are sketchy right now, it has been described as an “emotional journey of a brother and sister as they undertake an epic adventure.”
20th Century Fox’s Chronicle has yet to even be released in theaters, but Landis already appears to be gaining some heat in Hollywood circles. In addition to his Chronicle writing and the sci-fi film pitch, he was …

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[30 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]
‘Lady and the Tramp’ Blu-Ray to Include a Previously Unreleased Song

Disney’s Lady and the Tramp will be available on Blu-ray February 7, and with it comes a previously unreleased tune that was cut from the original recording.
When the film was being made, Tramp’s character went through several changes before evolving into the loveable rogue he eventually became. Because of this, the song “I’m Free” was dropped from the movie as it no longer seemed to fit in with the film.
If you can’t wait for the release of the Blu-ray edition to hear the previously unreleased track, watch the exclusive preview …

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[30 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Coming in February

Late last year, we announced that Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, a new role playing game, would be coming to Magic Kingdom theme park. While an official release date has not been set, sources say that we can expect this new experience sometime in February.
This role playing game allows park guests to search out and defeat more than 20 Disney villains in an attempt to stop them from stealing the four pieces of Merlin’s shattered crystal ball. Using special trading cards, guests can cast spells to defeat the villains. Guests …

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[30 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]
Disney Cruise Line Announces New Ports and Itineraries for 2013

With the recent addition of the Disney Dream, and the Disney Fantasy making its maiden voyage in just two months, Disney Cruise Line will soon have more space for travelers than ever before. To take advantage of this increase, Disney Cruise Line announced an expanded number of destinations and ports for 2013 that cruisers are sure to be excited about.
On December 23, 2012, Disney Cruise Line will sail from  Miami for the first time, making it the second Floridian port for the cruise line. Following one six-night and one seven-night …

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[29 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]
Spring Issue of Disney Twenty-Three Magazine Pays Tribute to 75 Years of Disney Animation

This spring, D23 members and Disney fans will be able to take an exciting look at Disney’s legendary animation department and history in the newest issue of Disney twenty-three magazine. The Spring 2012 issue will celebrate 75 years of Disney animated films, with special insights, stories, and details about Disney’s animation heritage.
“It’s often been said that animation is the heart and soul of Disney, so we knew we needed to do something truly spectacular with our magazine in this milestone year,” said Steven Clark, head of D23. “Whether you’re interested …

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[29 Jan 2012 | One Comment | ]
Enter to Win Aulani Vacation with Disney’s Magic of Healthy Living Contest

Are you and your family trying to make healthier lifestyle choices? With Disney’s Magic of Healthy Living contest, you may be rewarded for those healthy choices with a vacation to Disney’s newest resort destination, Aulani. Disney’s Magic of Healthy Living initiative strives to help families make healthy living simple and fun, and now they want to hear from you.
Families with at least one child between the ages of 6 and 14 can enter the contest by sending in either a photo or a story of 500 characters or less. The …

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[29 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]
Full Cast Announced for Broadway Run of ‘Newsies’

We’re just a few short months from the Broadway opening of Newsies, and recently, Disney Theatrical Productions announced the full cast of talented performers that will be seen in the show. Many of the cast will be reprising their roles, after originally performing them in the show’s premiere at the Paper Mill Playhouse last fall.
As previously announced, Jeremy Jordan will play the lead role of Jack Kelly. Joining him in the show will be John Dossett (2003 revival of Gypsy) as Joseph Pulitzer, Kara Lindsay (Little House on the Prairie) …

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[28 Jan 2012 | One Comment | ]
Disneyland Hotel Completes Major Two-Year Renovation Project

For over a year now, we’ve been bringing you news of the exciting renovation project that’s been going on at the Disneyland Hotel at the Disneyland Resort. Now, we’re excited to bring you the news that the hotel’s renovation is finally complete, with many new additions and changes that guests are sure to love.
“This exciting renovation extends the immersion and magic of our park experience to this classic hotel,” said Tony Bruno, vice president Resort hotels and Downtown Disney. “We’ve woven important pieces of Disneyland park history into the Disneyland …