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    It takes more than movie magic to pull off "Disney Night" on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars"

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    So how long does it take to add some Disney magic to " Dancing with the Stars " ? Would you believe 9 months? "That's actually how long we've been having meetings about 'Disney Night,' which is the theme of this week's show," explained Rob Wade , the executive producer of this long-running ABC series. "But you have to understand that -- when you're building an episode of ' Dancing with the Stars' around Disney -- you've got this huge assortment...
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    Kermit & Co. spontaneously converse with small kids on Disney Junior's new "Muppet Moments" shorts

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    To hear Nancy Kanter tell the story, it was her favorite part of working on " Sesame Street ." Being able to walk down to the stage while scenes with the Muppets were being shot and then listening in as the younger members of that show's cast interacted with those much-beloved characters. "Those pieces when -- whether it was Kermit or Grover -- you saw a kid interact with the Muppets, they've always been one of my favorites because they are so genuine," Kanter recalled...
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    "Frozen" fun spreading to three of Walt Disney World's theme parks

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    Given that Anna & Elsa moved from their super-popular Epcot meet-n-greet over to the Magic Kingdom 's Princess Fairytale Hall back on Easter Sunday 2014 ... I thought that, just ahead of Easter 2015, it might now be time to give JHM readers the " Frozen " forecast. Give you an update on all of the rides, shows and attractions that are tied to this Academy Award-winning Walt Disney Animation Studios production that are now in the works for the Walt Disney World Resort . Work continues...
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    The Magic of "Tangled" Shines Onstage in Brand-New "Tangled: The Musical" Stage Show Aboard Disney Cruise

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    Original music by Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken headlines new stage show adaptation of Disney animated film In November 2015, “Tangled: The Musical” will premiere aboard the Disney Magic, marking the first time the beloved animated film “Tangled” has been adapted for the stage. (Disney) CELEBRATION, Fla. (April 2, 2015) - In November 2015, the endearing characters and captivating music of the animated film "Tangled" will enchant audiences once again...
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    Eden Sher voices Disney's first kick-butt princess for "Star vs. the Forces of Evil"

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    By her own admission, Eden Sher lives in an almost perpetual state of hyperbole. "That's why I always have to try and keep myself in check," this 24 year-old actress admitted during a recent phone interview. "Otherwise -- whenever anyone asks me what I'm working on now -- my automatic response is that it's ' ... THE BEST THING EVER!' " Mind you, it's easy to understand why this Critics' Choice winner (Sher took home the Television Award for Best Comedy...
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    Turner Classic Film Festival celebrates all aspects of Hollywood history

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    When it comes to the world of film, how exactly does one define a classic? Turner Classic Movies. All rights reserved "For some, it's that movie they grew up which they now want to share with their kids. For others, it's films that were made under the studio system back during the Golden Age of Hollywood," said Genevieve McGillicuddy -- the managing director of the Turner Classic Film Festival -- during a recent phone interview. "Here at TCM, our thinking is that there is no...
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    "Miles from Tomorrowland" is getting Disney Junior viewers excited about the science that powers space flight

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    So how does Sascha Paladino -- the creator and exec producer of Disney Junior 's " Miles from Tomorrowland " -- measure the amount of time & energy that he's poured into the development of this popular new animated series? Oddly enough, Sascha doesn't use miles as his unit of measure. But -- rather -- the ages of his twin boys. "Back when I first pitched 'Miles' to Disney Channel executives, my sons were only three months old," Paladino recalled during...
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    D23 Announces Events For Disney Fans In Orlando

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    SPECIAL SCREENINGS, A MEMBER-EXCLUSIVE SHOPPING OPPORTUNITY WITH MICKEY'S OF GLENDALE , AND A NEW SIP AND STROLL ADD TO THE OFFICIAL DISNEY FAN CLUB'S ROSTER OF COAST-TO-COAST EVENTS BURBANK, Calif. - MARCH 26, 2015 - Today, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club announced additional special member events in the Orlando area, adding even more exclusive experiences for fans in Central Florida. On the heels of a D23 Member-exclusive screening of Walt Disney Studios' live-action Cinderella ,...
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    Disney's Aladdin Celebrates 1st Anniversary on Broadway Today, Friday, March 20th

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    DISNEY'S TONY AWARD ® -WINNING HIT MUSICAL ALADDIN CELEBRATES 1 ST ANNIVERSARY ON BROADWAY Disney's Aladdin , the Tony Award-winning new musical comedy based on the Academy Award®-winning animated film, celebrates one year on Broadway March 20 th at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 West 42 nd Street). Aladdin 1st Anniversary Cake by Beth Bennett of Bebe Bakes In its first smash year, Aladdin has been seen by nearly three quarters of a million people and broken five New Amsterdam Theatre...
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    Construction continues on Pandora: The Land of Avatar and "Rivers of Light" at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park

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    Given that -- late last month -- Disney Parks & Resorts released that shot of the model of Pandora's floating mountains ... Copyright Twentieth Century Fox Film Coporation / Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved ... I thought that it might be time to check out how far along construction has actually gotten on Disney's Animal Kingdom 's new land-of-AVATAR. So after driving on over to Animal Kingdom Lodge and then hopping on a bus for DAK, I soon found myself rolling past the...
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    Is "Gravity Falls" Grunkle Stan "Not What He Seems" ? Disney XD episode answers big questions tonight

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    It's a question that has been nagging at " Gravity Falls " viewers ever since this Emmy Award-winning series first debuted on the Disney Channel back in June of 2012: What is the deal with Grunkle Stan? I mean, sure. There's a lot that fans of this Emmy Award-winning animated series already know about Stan Pines. That he loves fleecing the rubes ... I mean "customers" who come by the Mystery Shack, that tumbledown roadside attraction which Pines runs. And while he may...
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    D23 Expo Invites Fans To Join In Two Creative Contests That Celebrate The Magic Of All Things Disney

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    Mousequerade Dares Disney Fans to Create Costumes Inspired By Disney's Many Wonderful Worlds for a Grand Prize Trip to Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa D23 Expo Design Challenge Encourages Artists to Interpret Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle for a Chance to Win "D23-Hundred Dollars" BURBANK, Calif. - March 5, 2015 - To highlight the creativity and passion fans have for all things Disney, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is holding two remarkable contests in celebration of...
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    New animated series based on "DuckTales" will launch on Disney XD in 2017

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    After a winter full of record snowfalls & bitter cold, here's a weather report that's sure to please all of you Disney Afternoon fans out there: Life is about to get "like a hurricane" again in Duckburg. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Yep. An all-new "DuckTales," an animated comedy series based on the Emmy Award-winning series treasured by a generation of viewers, has been ordered for launch in 2017 on Disney XD channels around the world. Set...
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    Disney Retells Frozen Through Emoji (Video)

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    Disney just combined two of the most popular things in the universe right now - Frozen and emoji! In the all new Frozen As Told By Emoji video , fans can watch as Anna, Elsa, Olaf and the entire Frozen cast tell their tale using the mechanics of a mobile phone: text threads, lock screens, photo galleries and more. What does all that mean? It will all become ice crystal clear when you watch the video below! The video is the first installment of Disney As Told By Emoji, a new collection of videos that...
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    When Woody met Mickey: The day Universal's walk-around characters almost stormed WDW's Magic Kingdom

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    Picture -- if you will -- a WDW Security Officer in her vehicle, frantically waving her arm and honking her horn, trying to stop a caravan of Universal characters as they sped past the toll booths on World Drive and then made their way to the Ticket and Transportation Center. That sounds like something out of a bad sitcom, right? Well, this unlikely event actually happened back on May 21, 1987. Back when the folks at MCA Inc. were looking to send Mickey a message that Disney's then-recently announced...
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    Captain Jack is back as "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" Begins Production in Australia

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    DISNEY/JERRY BRUCKHEIMER FILMS' "PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES" BEGINS PRODUCTION IN QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA Johnny Depp Returns to His Iconic Academy Award-nominated Role of Captain Jack Sparrow QUEENSLAND, Australia (February 17, 2015) - Production has commenced on location in Australia on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' epic comedy adventure "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning...
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    Potter fans of all ages have a wand-erful time at Universal Orlando's "Celebration of Harry Potter"

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    I want you to take a close look at the photo below. These are three young men in their late teens / early twenties. Do you notice anything different about them? Photo by Jim Hill Each of them is carrying a wand box. When I snapped this photo of these guys on Sunday, February 1st, they were hurrying through Universal Orlando 's entrance complex because these three didn't want to miss the last day of 2015's "Celebration of Harry Potter." That's what honestly surprised me about...
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    Innovative “Miles from Tomorrowland” Product Line from TOMY to be Showcased at New York Toy Fair 2015

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    Animated Series Rockets to Become Newest Star on Disney Junior Schedule Glendale, Calif. (February 11, 2015) - Ahead of New York Toy Fair, Disney Consumer Products unveiled the innovative toy line from TOMY inspired by Disney Junior's intergalactic adventure series "Miles from Tomorrowland" which launched last Friday and reached 2.0 million unique Total Viewers and 697,000 Kids 2-5, and ranked as the week's #3 cable TV series among Kids age 2-8. It's also #1 on the WATCH Disney...
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    When it comes to Disney's "101 Dalmatians," the de Vil is in the details

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    Here's a fun factoid for all you film fans out: Given that Disney's " Sleeping Beauty " was released on January 29, 1959 and " 101 Dalmatians " bowed in theaters on January 25, 1961, that means that this animated classic was cranked out in less than two years. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Which is pretty impressive unto itself. But then when you factor in that -- in the wake of "Sleeping Beauty" under-performing at the box office --...
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    As construction continues on WDW's Downtown Disney redo, the Imagineers stitch together a backstory for Disney Springs

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    As you've probably already heard, Disney Springs' first two shops -- APEX, which sells high-end sunglass brands like Maui Jim, Oakley and Ray-Ban ... Photo by Jim Hill ... and Chapel Hats ... Photo by Jim Hill ... which features a fun assortment of hats and funky headwear -- ... Photo by Jim Hill ... both recently opened in The Landing Section of this radically reimagined version of Downtown Disney, WDW's retail, entertainment and dining district (FYI: March 22nd of this year marks the...
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    See inside D23's 2015 Member Gift - Disneyland Pitch Portfolio (Video)

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    As D23: The Official Disney Fan Club announced at the end of last year, the 2015 D23 Member Gift is a reproduction of a "pitch portfolio" used by the Disney team to help make Walt's dream of Disneyland become a reality. When showcasing the soon-to-be-completed theme park to prospective licensees on the East Coast, the Disney team brought portfolios like this one, which features more than 20 pages of colorful concept artwork. With the gift starting to ship this week, Disney Legend Dave...
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    D23 Will Bring Disney Magic to Fans Across the Country in 2015

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    The Official Disney Fan Club Will Hold Events for Members in San Francisco, Dallas, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City and other Cities BURBANK, Calif. - February 9, 2015 - In 2015, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will bring back many of its beloved events while adding a selection of new experiences for members. CINDERELLA LIGHTS UP THE PALACE OF FINE ARTS: On March 12 members will be treated to a screening of Walt Disney Studios' upcoming release Cinderella, followed by a reception...
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    "Big Hero 6" producer Roy Conli reflects on his first-ever Academy Award nomination

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    After Disney "Tangled" made its theatrical debut back in November of 2010, Roy Conli thought that there was no way to top the experience that this veteran producer had just had on that Walt Disney Animation Studios production. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved "I honestly thought that 'Tangled' was going to be my Disney legacy. I mean, we faced so many technical challenges on that movie. Scenes where we had 45,000 lanterns floating in the air to Rapunzel's...
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    Travel the Grid as Tron Makes its Way to Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition)

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    Sam Flynn and Quorra Available as Digital Exclusives Disney Interactive announced the final two characters for the Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) line up - Tron's Sam Flynn and Quorra. The characters are now available as digital exclusives for Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) via the Disney Infinity: Toy Box 2.0 iOS app, and will be available for PC in March 2015. Both will join all of the previously announced Disney and Marvel characters in the Toy Box mode. "The iOS version of Disney Infinity...
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    Thomas O. Staggs Named Chief Operating Officer Of The Walt Disney Company

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    BURBANK, Calif.-Thomas O. Staggs has been named Chief Operating Officer of The Walt Disney Company, it was announced today by Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. A 25-year Disney veteran, Mr. Staggs is Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, overseeing the strategy, operations and creative development of the company's iconic travel and leisure businesses. He will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer immediately, while continuing to lead Parks and Resorts until a successor...
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