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    From beach house to the White House: How "Aladdin" 's Courtney Reed spent her summer vacation

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    After spending the last year & a half soaring high above the stage floor of the New Amsterdam Theatre aboard a magic carpet, Courtney Reed (who plays Princess Jasmine in the Broadway production of Disney's "Aladdin" ) was ready for some more down-to-earth activities. Courtney Reed & Adam Jacobs in the Broadway production of Disney's "Aladdin." Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved "I was looking forward to spending some time on the Outer Banks...
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    Macy's Parade Studio gets some major Buzz (Lightyear) going at D23 EXPO 2015

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    Can you believe it? This November (November 19th, to be precise) marks the 20th anniversary of the release of " Toy Story ." Copyright Disney / Pixar. All rights reserved D23 -- the Official Disney Fan Club -- wanted to do something special to commemorate this occasion. So they arranged for John Lasseter , Pete Docter , Andrew Stanton , Lee Unkrich and other Pixar Animation Studios veterans to come on down to Anaheim. Where -- as part of D23 EXPO 2015 (which officially gets underway today...
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    Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort Announces Room Expansion

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    400 new rooms coming to Universal Orlando's incredibly popular retro-themed hotel in 2017 ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 31, 2015) - Universal Orlando Resort and Loews Hotels & Resorts are excited to announce an expansion of Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Four-hundred new rooms will be added to the retro-themed hotel due to its tremendous success and positive guest response since opening in March 2014. Opening in 2017, the expansion will consist of two additional towers that will be located...
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    Star Wars: The Force Awakens Exclusive Look Using Instagram's New Landscape Orientation

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    BURBANK, CALIF. (August 27, 2015) - Today, Instagram announced that - in addition to square posts - you can now share photos and videos in both portrait and landscape orientation on their platform. With this update, Instagram users can upload widescreen video which will be more cinematic than ever. This morning, @StarWars released an exclusive look at their upcoming film, The Force Awakens, using Instagram's new landscape orientation. As part of this collaboration, Star Wars: The Force Awakens...
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    Star Wars and star power -- plus Marvel, Pixar, and plenty of Disney -- at this year's D23 EXPO

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    When D23 -- Disney's official fan club -- launched the D23 EXPO back in 2009, all the "wonderful worlds" of Disney was pretty much just Disney. And -- of course -- Pixar , a Disney acquisition in 2006. And ABC , which Disney purchased over a decade before that. But now Disney's "world" has come to include a "universe" and a "galaxy" (albeit one far, far away). So how does Disney bring all of these seemingly disparate brands together for its biennial...
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    Get ready for Lord Dominator, "Wander Over Yonder" 's new extreme bad guy who happens to be a gal

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    It was Rudyard Kipling who said it best ( in rhyming couplets , no less): "The female of the species is more deadly than the male." And if you want animated proof of this proposition, then I suggest that you tune in to " Wander Over Yonder " tonight. Which is when Lord Dominator -- a brand-new female fiend -- makes her debut on Disney XD at 9 p.m. ET / PT as this Annie Award-winning series kicks off its second season. "And why is 'Wander' adding a new villain to its...
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    Fall Issue of Disney twenty-three Magazine Devoted To D23 Expo 2015

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    DISNEY TWENTY-THREE TAKES GUESTS ON A JOURNEY THROUGH SHANGHAI DISNEY RESORT AND TOY STORY 'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY IN AN ISSUE DEVOTED TO D23 EXPO 2015, DISNEY'S OFFICIAL FAN CLUB ALSO SHARES ARCHIVAL DISNEYLAND TREASURES, EXPLORES DISNEY AND MARVEL'S COMIC BOOK COLLABORATION, AND PROFILES THE NEW DISNEY LEGENDS. BURBANK, Calif. - AUGUST 10, 2015 - In celebration of D23 EXPO 2015, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is devoting its Fall publication of Disney twenty-three to some of the remarkable...
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    Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company Issues Statement on Disney Legend, Frank Gifford

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    Pro Football Hall of Famer and veteran sports journalist Frank Gifford has died in Connecticut, his family announced on Sunday. He was 84. Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company has issued the following statement. President of the Walt Disney Company Bob Iger (L) and TV commentator Frank Gifford attend the 2008 Disney Legends Ceremony at the Walt Disney Studios on October 13, 2008 in Burbank, California. Source: Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images North America "Frank Gifford was an...
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    AMC's "The Walking Dead" Returns to Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights 2015

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    AMC's "The Walking Dead" Returns to "Halloween Horror Nights" at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, Unleashing the Terror of Season 5 Upon the Country's Most Extreme and Highly-Anticipated Halloween Events Universal City, Ca., Orlando, Fla., July 30, 2015 - The nation's insatiable appetite for AMC's "The Walking Dead" will continue to terrify Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort when the most intense moments...
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    Could we see a king-sized character in Disney "Descendants 2" ?

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    Look, I really don't want to be that guy . Especially since I just wrote an article for HuffPost that talked about how Kenny Ortega and his creative team got the Disney-related details right on " Descendants ." But then I was told to take a closer look at the map of the United States of Auradon that makes a brief appearance at the very start of this Disney Channel Original Movie. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Given that there's a Bald Mountain stashed in...
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    Will "Descendants" become the Disney Channel's next big franchise? Director / choreographer Kenny Ortega sure hopes that it does

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    Given that Kenny Ortega made a fortune for the Mouse a decade ago when he directed " High School Musical " (i.e., that 2006 Disney Channel Original Movie which eventually launched a best-selling album, a sold-out ice show, a super-popular concert tour as well as stage productions around the globe) ... Well, it only makes sense that -- as a reward -- Mickey would offer Kenny the Magic Kingdom's crown jewels. As is: Give Ortega the opportunity to build a brand-new Disney Channel Original...
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    "Jessie" co-star Cameron Boyce graduates to the big leagues with Disney XD's "Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything"

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    You're familiar with the concept of a farm team, right? That place where would-be professional ballplayers go to get the training & experience that they need before these talented young athletes are then ready to move on up to "The Big Show" ? Well, the Disney Channel has a similar sort of system in place. And there's no better example of someone who's steadily climbed the ladder, worked his way up through the ranks at the Mouse House -- going from a guest appearance on...
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    Cooper Hewitt to Present Exhibition "PIXAR: The Design of Story" This Fall

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    Pixar: The Design of Story Examining the collaborative design process behind Pixar Animation Studios, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum presents "Pixar: The Design of Story," from Oct. 8, 2015 through Aug. 7, 2016. Featuring original artwork, including rarely seen hand-drawn sketches, paintings and sculptures, the exhibition reveals how Pixar develops popular characters, fosters emotional connection to its films and, ultimately, how the design process is at the studio's core...
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    Mickey Mouse Himself Kicks Off Disney’s TeamMickey All-Star Baseball Tour at the St. Louis Cardinals vs Atlanta Braves Game.

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    'Take Me Out to the Ball Game" -- Mickey dons his baseball uniform to lead the crowd in some fun! #TeamMickey All-Star Baseball Tour, launched in St. Louis on Sunday 7/26. The #TeamMickey All-Star Baseball Tour kicked off last weekend, allowing fans of all ages to celebrate two beloved All-American icons: baseball and Mickey Mouse. Mickey and local members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America celebrate Baseball and kick-off #TeamMickey All-Star Baseball Tour, in St. Louis on Sunday 7/26...
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    Disney Store to Unveil All-new Product Collections at D23 EXPO 2015

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    Glendale, Calif. - July 23, 2015 - Disney Store today announced the all-new collections and Limited Editions set to launch at this year's D23 EXPO 2015, Disney's ultimate fan event held at the Anaheim Convention Center August 14-16. Located within the Disney Consumer Products Pavilion at D23 EXPO, the Disney Store shop will feature new and exclusive products showcased throughout more than 3,000 sq. ft. of retail space. New items celebrating everyone's favorite characters will be unveiled...
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    The Walt Disney Studios Presents Upcoming Film Slate And More At D23 Expo 2015

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    THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS PRESENTS UPCOMING FILM SLATE AND MORE AT D23 EXPO 2015 'Can't Miss' Offerings Include Frozen Sing-Along, Toy Story 20 th Anniversary, Star Wars , and Secret Special Guests BURBANK, CA - July 21, 2015 - The Walt Disney Studios offers an exclusive look at its upcoming projects from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm at D23 EXPO 2015 , taking place August 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Studio will unveil its animation and live-action film slates via...
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    ABC Family's Young & Hungry, The Fosters, Switched at Birth, Baby Daddy and More Coming to D23 EXPO

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    ABC FAMILY STARS TO MEET FANS AT D23 EXPO 2015 -- Fans Invited to Meet the Stars of ABC Family's Hit Series from "Young & Hungry," "The Fosters," "Switched at Birth," "Stitchers," and "Baby Daddy" -- BURBANK, Calif. - July 17, 2015 - Fans can meet their favorite ABC Family stars and collect exclusive pin sets at D23 EXPO 2015, the ultimate Disney fan event, August 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, ABC Family will give away...
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    ABC Announces Exclusive Q&As and Autograph Sessions At D23 Expo 2015

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    THE ABC TELEVISION NETWORK SPOTLIGHTS THE CREATIVE FORCES AND STARS FROM SOME OF ITS MOST EXCITING SHOWS AT D23 EXPO 2015, WITH EXCLUSIVE Q&As AND AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS "Once Upon a Time" Panel Features Series Creators/Executive Producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, as well as Stars Ginnifer Goodwin and Lana Parrilla, Who Will Talk About Their Hit ABC Series Find Out What It's Like to Work with the Muppets in a Special Panel Featuring the Talented Performers Working on the New...
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    Ron Diamond's Animation Show of Shows coming to Comic-Con, getting ready for nationwide debut

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    Toon fans rejoice! The Animation Show of Shows will soon be coming to a theater near you. Thanks to a successful KickstartASOS.com campaign (which still has a few hours left to run, by the way), this animation industry favorite will now transition from being an insider-only exclusive to becoming a program that film fans around the world can participate in and enjoy. For those of you who don't know: The Animation Show of Shows has long been Ron Diamond 's baby. For the past 16 years, this...
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    Seward Johnson bronzes add a surreal, artistic touch to NYC's Garment District

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    Greetings from NYC. Nancy and I drove down from New Hampshire yesterday because we'll be checking out Disney Consumer Products ' annual Holiday Showcase later today. Anyway ... After checking into our hotel (i.e., The Paul . Which is located down in NYC's NoMad district), we decided to grab some dinner. Which is how we wound up at the Melt Shop . Photo by Jim Hill Which is this restaurant that only sells grilled cheese sandwiches. This comfort food was delicious, but kind of on the heavy...
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    James Earl Jones returns to voice Darth Vader as "Star Wars Rebels" begins its second season on Disney XD

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    Do you remember how big, strong & scary Darth Vader was in " Star Wars IV: A New Hope " ? Well, that version of this Dark Lord of the Sith -- back when Vader was at the very height of his powers -- will be front & center as " Star Wars Rebels " begins its second season on Disney XD this Saturday, June 20th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Copyright Lucasfilm / Disney. All rights reserved Better yet, to make sure Darth sounds exactly he did in the original " Star Wars "...
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    Phineas and Ferb finale, "Last Day of Summer," may not be as final as we think

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    In Stephen Sondheim's " Merrily We Roll Along " (which is this wonderful if flawed musical about friendship & show business), there's this particular line of dialogue that talks about the importance of a properly timed exit. It states that ... "You know what true greatness is? It's knowing when to get off." Well, tonight -- after 126 episodes, five one-hour specials, and a Disney Channel Original movie -- " Phineas and Ferb " are heading for the exit...
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    Wondering what you should "Boldly Go" see at the movies next year? The 2015 Licensing Expo offers you some clues

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    Greeting from the 2015 Licensing Expo , which is being held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Photo by Jim Hill I have to admit that I enjoy covering the Licensing Expo. Mostly becomes it allows bloggers & entertainment writers like myself to get a peek over the horizon. Scope out some of the major motion pictures & TV shows that today's vertically integrated entertainment conglomerates (Remember when these companies used to be called movie studios?) will be sending...
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    Disney Channel, Disney XD & Disney Junior Stars From Teen Beach 2, Descendants & More to Appear at Disney's D23 Expo 2015

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    DISNEY CHANNEL, DISNEY XD, AND DISNEY JUNIOR STARS IN-PERSON AT DISNEY'S D23 EXPO Star-Studded Center Stage Musical Performances by Sabrina Carpenter, Olivia Holt, Bea Miller, Dove Cameron & Sofia Carson, plus Teen Beach 2 Dance Party & more -- Fans Invited to Meet the Stars of Disney's Descendants, Teen Beach 2, Liv and Maddie, Jessie, Dog With A Blog, I Didn't Do It, Girl Meets World, K.C. Undercover, Austin & Ally, BUNK'D, and Best Friends Whenever as well as Disney...
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    Walt Disney Animation Studios' Comedy Adventure "Zootopia" Hopps Into Theaters March 2016 (Video)

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    The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it's a melting pot where animals from every environment live together-a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn't so...
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