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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Our MEGA movie guide to summer's 26 hottest sci-fi flicks


By the feel of things Summer kicked off early... at least at the box office. Pirates, Thor and Fast Five have made some bucks over the past few weeks. Now Summer is in full swing and to help you make some choices on how to spend that hard earned coin at the cinemaplex check out Blastr's guide to 26 of the hottest movies to geek out over. Not only is there funny commentary but trailers to boot. Thanks to Blastr for putting this list together. It's the perfect way to kill time in between coffee breaks! Peep the LINK: Our MEGA movie guide to summer's 26 hottest sci-fi flicks | Blastr

What films are you looking forward to seeing this summer?

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Mash Up Monday: Jaws and Star Wars Grindhouse


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This Week on Sorcerer Radio 5/30


Greetings Disney fans!
Here's the latest news from the crew of Sorcerer Radio!

Sorcerer Radio 10th Anniversary 2011 Trip Meets JULY 31-AUG 6 and Oct 15-23
It’s that time. If you are attending the Trip Meet #1, if you haven't made your ADRs now is the time. Don't forget Disney just extended new dinning plan savings. For those of you planning on or interested in attending Trip Meet #2 ADRs it’s time to be booking your ADRs as well. If you have not booked for either Trip Meet yet or your 2011 Disney Trip, check out the great offers and booking services provided by Magical Journeys Travel, Sorcerer Radio's Official Disney Travel Agency HERE.

Sorcerer Radio Proudly Welcomes and Announces Our TWO New Shows/Podcasts
“The Lost Boys List Podcast” is the NEW Sorcerer Radio Network PODCAST hosted by brothers Kyle and Craig DeFrancesco. Every week they discuss ther TOP 5 with guest for the Disney Community! Subscribe to “The Lost Boys List Podcast” today on iTunes! Follow then on Twitter @TheLostBoysList and on Facebook!

“Weekend Expedition” is the NEW Sorcerer Radio Network PODCAST hosted by William “Yeti Chaser” Hershey! He’ll get you caught up on all the Sorcerer Radio Network happenings from your favorite SR shows, celebrity interviews, Cooking with Mickey, WDW After Dark, The Lost Boys List Podcast and more! It debuts THIS SUNDAY (June 5th) at 9 a.m./eastern! Coming soon to iTunes!

SorCom Review - Eric's 1 Year Host Anniversary
5/31- Tune in and join Eric as he celebrates his 1 YEAR anniversary hosting the SorCom Review. As always Eric will be bringing you great music selections, the Hot Forum Topics, and more Tuesday at 8 a.m./eastern.

WDW Backstage - Behind the Cast Member Doors
6/1- This Wednesday Krystal and her special guest will take you behind the scenes and give you exclusive insider information at being a cast member of the Disney company, with only the best Disney music, information and travel books, cast news, travel tips, Magical moments Wednesday at 8 a.m./eastern.

DW:60 - Presents Interview with Francia Raisa and Ken Baumann
6/2-Tune in as Jeff Davis brings you the latest and greatest Disney news and music. Featured this week is William “YetiChaser” Hersey’s Q&A interview with “The Secret Life of the American Teenager’s” Francia Raisa and Ken Baumann for ABC Family! Tune in Thursdays at 8 a.m./eastern!

Castaway Midday - NEW Travel Deals!
6/2-Join Kristen and Natalie as they talk about the NEW Magical Journeys travel deals! Get the best Disney travel information right Thursday at 1 p.m./eastern.

WDW Tiki Room - Continuing Star Wars Weekends Coverage
6/3- Enjoy the continuing Star Wars Weekends coverage with Kristen and Aljon. This week they bringing you audio clips from C-3PO himself, Anthony Daniels. Tune in Fridays at 8 a.m./eastern!

A Special Thanks!: All On-air coverage of Star Wars Weekends made in partnership with CookingwithMickey.info, JediMousekteer.blogspot.com, and HalloweenExpress.com - be anything you want to be!

Sorcerer Radio On-location!
July 31-August 6 - Sorcerer Radio 10th Anniversary Trip Meet #1 at Walt Disney World!
August 19-21 - Live at D23 Expo, Anaheim California with special guests!
October 15-23 - Sorcerer Radio 10th Anniversary Trip Meet #2 at Walt Disney World!

Thanks for listening and your continued support!

About Sorcerer Radio
If you are looking to virtually relive your recent Disney trip or dream of your next one, then Sorcerer Radio is the place for you. Sorcerer Radio is a fan-run, award-winning internet radio station that has been entertaining Disney fans for a decade! With many weeks worth of Walt Disney World park music and attraction audio, as well as Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line you can easily be transported to your favorite vacation destination anytime, while at home or at work. Sorcerer Radio stands out from the pack in our innovative programming and personalities, providing fans with DJ hosted shows every weekday morning providing a balance of Disney discussion and music.

Sorcerer Radio plays audio from the Disney universe. You can take a virtual trip right now by clicking on this LINK. We also have FREE APPS for your iPhone, iPad and Android!

Check out the award winning Editor's Pick on Live365, Sorcerer Radio at SRsounds.com, All Disney music, all day long!

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

'Star Tours - The Adventures Continue' Destinations and Senarios


By now you've probably heard all the hoopla surrounding Star Tours - The Adventures Continue. This attraction reboot is by far my favorite attraction of any of the Disney parks I've visited (Disneyland, Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland)! The attraction is actually a prequel to the original Star Tours attraction and takes place roughly between the events of Episode 3 and Episode 4.

Star Tours - The Adventures Continue features 54 possible ride sequences, making each ride different than the others.

HERE BE THE SPOILERS!

Queue and boarding
Guests enter through a hangar where C-3PO and R2-D2 are busy repairing a StarSpeeder 1000 while a large viewing screen displays commercials, messages and flight lists. Guests pass by security droid G2-9T x-raying luggage, where a monitor displays various items inside the luggage (including many Star Wars and Disney references). After passing another droid screening passengers, guests reach the boarding area and watch a safety video hosting by the droid Aly San San. The video screens then display the outside of the spaceport where C-3PO speaks with the ships' pilot droid, AC-38, also known as Ace. The pilot leaves to inspect the outside of the ship but does not return before the ship is prepared to take off, leaving C-3PO on board the flight with passengers.

Spaceport escape
This segment includes one of two scenes:

Darth Vader and a group of stormtroopers arrive to prevent the ship from leaving. A video screen identifies one of the passengers as a Rebel spy. Vader uses the Force to stop the ship until R2-D2 fires the laser cannons, and the StarSpeeder leaves the hangar and is a chased by TIE fighters. The ship then evades Star Destroyers and escapes into hyperspace.

While the StarSpeeder is docked near the Millennium Falcon and Han Solo, a droid scans the ship and one of the passengers is identified as a Rebel spy, while outside Solo gets into a firefight with stormtroopers. The StarSpeeder then follows the Falcon as it flees the hangar and flies past Star Destroyers before going entering hyperspace.

Planet 1
The ship exits hyperspace above one of the three planets:

The ship reaches the surface of Hoth and follows snowspeeders in an attack run on an AT-AT. The ship hits the ground and slides down an icy mountain before flying back into space.

On Kashyyyk, the ship is caught in a speeder bike chase through the forest with some Wookiees. Chewbacca is thrown from his bike and hits the ship's window. The speeder then leaves the forest and heads for space.

The ship arrives at Tatooine and drops through the atmosphere into the middle of a pod race. After crossing the finish line, the ship heads back into space.

Hologram message
Once back in space, the StarSpeeder receives a holographic message from either Yoda, Admiral Ackbar or Princess Leia, who explains that you must help get the Rebel on board safely to a rendezvous point, and then sends the coordinates to R2-D2.

Planet 2
After jumping through hyperspace, the ship reaches one of three destinations:

The ship ends up in the middle of a battle high above Coruscant, and is attacked by Buzz droids. R2 takes care of one droid, while the others are knocked off in the battle. The ship then flies through the city traffic below before reaching a landing platform.

The StarSpeeder reaches Naboo in the middle of a space battle. The ship then follows a group of N-1 starfighters to the surface, and eventually land in the ocean near a Gungan city. After traveling through the planet core and encountering dangerous sea creatures, the ship launches back to the surface and crash lands in a hangar.

In the Geonosis asteroid belt, the StarSpeeder is chased by Boba Fett in Slave I. The ship escapes but then encounters the incomplete, first Death Star while pursued by Vader and his TIE pilots. The ship escapes by flying right through the unfinished Death Star, but are then met again by Boba, who shoots a seismic charge at the ship. The starspeeder shoots it back, evading him and then heads into hyperspace to meet up with the Rebel fleet and land in a frigate's hangar bay.

*Info compiled by Wookiepedia

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Memorial Day: "Honor the Fallen"


Artist Stephen Hayford sends an image to commemorate the soldiers we honor this Memorial Day Weekend.

Read more HERE: StarWars.com | Memorial Day: "Honor the Fallen"

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Cooking With Mickey: D23 Expo 2011 - "Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives"


FROM JACK SPARROW’S BLACK PEARL TO WALT DISNEY’S LIMOUSINE, “TREASURES OF THE WALT DISNEY ARCHIVES” RETURNS TO THE D23 EXPO, SHOWCASING MORE THAN 80 YEARS OF DISNEY HISTORY 12,000-Square-Foot Exhibit Will Feature Imagery, Costumes, Props and More From Beloved Disney Movies, Television Shows and Characters

BURBANK, Calif. – May 26, 2011 – D23: The Official Disney Fan Club and the Walt Disney Archives are proud to announce the return of the “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” exhibit to the D23 Expo. During the D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center, August 19-21, 2011, the 12,000-square-foot exhibit, which has doubled in size since the 2009 Expo, will give fans unprecedented access and insight into more than eight decades of Disney history.

Read more HERE.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap « Disney Parks Blog


Impressive, huh? The latest LEGO creations at the Downtown Disney Marketplace at the Walt Disney World Resort are finished and certainly worth checking out. We shared a peek of the new creative sculptures, including my favorite “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” earlier this week. You can see more photos in Jennifer’s original post.

Read more: Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap « Disney Parks Blog

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Marvel App: Get X-Force and X-Men Issues for 99 Cents


The mutant mayhem continues on the Marvel Comics App as we’re celebrating with not one but two uncanny deals! From Friday to Sunday, you can purchase X-FORCE (2008) # 1-11 for only 99 cents per single digital issue! Then, on Memorial Day only, you can buy any chapter of the X-MEN: MESSIAH COMPLEX storyline for, you guessed it, 99 cents each.

Read the story: Marvel App: Get X-Force and X-Men Issues for 99 Cents

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A Glimpse of 'Star Tours - The Adventures Continue' Destinations (Video)


Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Here's a great video of the destinations you'll visit during Star Tours - The Adventures Continue! Thanks to Inside the Magic for posting!


Star Tours - The Adventures Continue is now OPEN at Disney's Hollywood Studios and will open June 3rd at Disneyland!

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Disney Travel Deal Alert! Late Summer Room Offer!


A New Disney Discount ~ Late Summer Room Offer

Late Summer Room Offer:

Book a room at a Walt Disney World Resort with weekday rates starting at:
  • $69 for Disney Value Resorts
  • $129 for Disney Moderate Resorts
  • $189 for Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort
  • $209 for Disney's Saratoga Springs and Disney's Old Key West Resort
For stays August 14 - October 1, 2011.

Must be booked by August 13, 2011.

*The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Rate is for Sunday - Thursday, other rates apply for Friday and Saturday. Additional per adult charges apply if more than two adults per room. Excludes suites and 3-bedroom villas. No group rates or other discounts apply.

To get a free price quote or to book Kristen HERE to help plan your magical vacation. She's an Authorized Disney Vacation planner with Magical Journeys.

Check out another one of Kristen's Disney Travel Deal Alert!
For a limited time, get a FREE dining plan when you buy the New Walt Disney Travel Co. Memories Vacation Package for 5 nights/6 days at select Walt Disney World®Resort Hotels.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

D23's Disney Geek 5/26


YouTube - D23's Disney Geek — May 26, 2011

This week on D23's Disney Geek:
- Star Tours: The Adventures Continue blasts off at Disney's Hollywood Studios with Bob Iger, George Lucas and... Darth Vader!
- Stunning concept art from the new Disney Fantasy cruise ship including the European-themed nightclub area
- "Pirates" makes a lotta loot!
- It's Donald Duck's birthday and "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" is celebrating
- The first poster for the new Muppet movie
- Luminaries announced for D23's Rocketeer 20th Anniversary Celebration including star Bill Campbell and Oscar-winner Rick Baker

D23 is Disney's official fan club. To learn more about membership and for all your Disney news, visit http://Disney.com/D23

Jeffrey's T-shirt is available at Hot Topic.

Magical links:
Follow D23 on Facebook at http://Facebook.com/DisneyD23
Follow D23 on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/DisneyD23
Read about D23's Rocketeer 20th Anniversary Celebration at http://d23.disney.go.com/expo/062111.EE.EVENT_Rocketeer.html.

To subscribe to "D23's Disney Geek" on iTunes, click here http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/d23s-disney-geek/id389594525

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Flashback: Star Tours Documentary (part 1)


Here's part 1 of Disney Channel's Star Tours documentary from 1987. Hosted by Gil Gerard (better known as Buck Rogers), Ernie Reyes Jr. and Anthony Daniels as C-3PO.



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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

WDW After Dark at Star Wars Weekends LIVE (Video)



Check out our call-in to the "WDW After Dark" vidcast! Kristen and I are hosts along with Jeff Davis and would love for you all to tune in every Friday night at 9 p.m./eastern.


Watch live streaming video from wdwafterdark at livestream.com


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Star Wars Weekends Report: Star Wars Hyperspace Hoopla 2011


Here's footage of the NEW Hyperspace Hoopla that debuted this past weekend. It was streamed live and we were up front for the festivities so I apologize for the sound quality. Enjoy the party!


I think the show benefited from the use of the larger stage instead of the Jedi Training Academy stage. Although there were some technical snafus the show was very entertaining. Both casual fans and hardcore fans of Disney and Star Wars seemed to be into it. It was definitely a highlight of the entire weekend. Should you get a chance to check out the show be sure to get to the main stage early (at least 30-40 minutes) in order to get a good vantage point. It will be worth it!

Kudos to the entire production crew! The lights, sound, cast and choreography were outstanding! It gets a 'must see' stamp of approval from me!

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Star Wars Creator George Lucas and Disney CEO Bob Iger



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'Star Tours - The Adventures Continue' Dedication Ceremony with George Lucas and Bob Iger (Video)


Due to our limited sight view of this event I'm posting a much better vantage point from a friend of Sorcerer Radio, Inside the Magic. Enjoy the dedication ceremony!


At Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando on May 20, 2011, the grand opening dedication ceremony for Star Tours 2 was held on a stage in front of the Sorcerer Hat featuring George Lucas, Bob Iger, Anthony Daniels, Ashley Eckstein, James Arnold Taylor, and plenty of characters.

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Star Wars™ Fans Take Midnight Ride Aboard NEW 'Star Tours'


Hundreds of Star Wars fans, many in costume, eagerly waited outside Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park on May 19, 2011 to be among the first to ride at midnight "Star Tours ~ The Adventures Continue." The all-new 3-D attraction is set to officially debut with a star-studded grand opening ceremony on May 20, 2011 at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and will open at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif., on June 3, 2011.

Based on the Star Wars films, Star Tours takes Walt Disney World Resort guests to multiple Star Wars destinations where they will interact with characters from throughout the Saga. In a new twist, guests can enjoy the attraction multiple times without ever experiencing the same adventure. More than 50 story combinations are possible for guests to experience aboard Star Tours.

With an eye-popping digital presentation leveraging Dolby 3-D to deliver a vivid and realistic experience, a dramatic musical score and motion simulator-based technology, guests will be immersed in the Star Wars universe like never before on a theme park attraction.

Anthony Daniels, the voice of C-3PO and the only actor to appear in every theatrical chapter of the Star Wars Saga, reprises his role as the golden protocol droid. Daniels worked with Walt Disney Imagineering to record new dialogue for the attraction. Guests also are introduced to AC-38, a hotshot droid pilot known simply as "Ace," and Aly San San (voiced by actress Allison Janney), the "spokesbot" for the spaceport.

Star Tours, which had thrilled Disney Parks guests since the 1980s, "powered down" at Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios in 2010 so Imagineers could begin work on the new attraction.


Kristen and I had a BLAST attending this event! We hope to have pictures posted later this week. Many thanks to the staff of Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Special Events Staff for putting on such an event for the Disney/Star Wars fans! It was a very special night indeed. More reports of the entire weekend coming up. Stay tuned!

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Star Wars Weekends Report: Fast Pass

Aljon & Kristen at Star Wars Weekends 2011
Kristen explains how Disney's Fast Pass system works. It will come in real handy during Star Wars Weekends!


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Friday, May 20, 2011

Star Wars Weekends Report: 'Star Tours - The Adventures Continue' Exclusive Q&A with Imagineers (Video)


Here's more of our LIVE coverage of last night's special event at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Here's video of the 'Q & A' session with Disney Imagineers Kathy Rogers and Steven Stegall hosted by 'Bree Starlighter'.


Big thanks for the staff of Disney's Hollywood Studios for throwing this great event for all the Star Wars and Disney fans! There's more to come! Stay tuned!

Sorcerer Radio Network's ongoing coverage includes the following events:

WDW Tiki Room LIVE broadcast from the Walt Disney World Resort for the Star Wars Weekends kick off and Star Tours opening ceremony Friday 5/20 at 8 am/e on SRSounds.com

Star Tours Dedication Ceremony - 5/20 at 10:15 am/e streaming video on JediMouseketeer.blogspot.com and on the Sorcerer Radio Network Live Cam PAGE.

WDW After Dark LIVE vidcast on the Sorcerer Radio Network at 9 pm/e can be viewed at JediMouseketeer.blogspot.com and on the Sorcerer Radio Network Live Cam PAGE.

Continuing coverage of Star Wars Weekends can be viewed at JediMouseketeer.blogspot.com and on the Sorcerer Radio Network Live Cam PAGE.

Event coverage is made possible by the following: CookingWithMickey.infoJediMouseketter.blogspot.com and HalloweenExpress.com.


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Star Wars Weekends Report: 'Star Tours - The Adventures Continue' First Official Look Inside (Video)


Kristen and I attended a special event Thursday at midnight (technically on 5/20) hosted by Disney's Hollywood Studios where we were among the first to ride the 'Star Tours - The Adventures Continue'. Since this was the official opening day we were not bound to the "no picture/video" rule so we were able to capture video and take pictures from inside the attraction building. We were not allowed to take video during the ride itself.

Here's some a first look inside the attraction. Pay close attention to the bounty hunters that ended up on our first flight out of DHS. You'll also notice that Kristen had a unique stare down with the most infamous bounty hunters in the galaxy! Please keep in mind that we were streaming this video live. Enjoy!


Big thanks for the staff of Disney's Hollywood Studios for throwing this great event for all the Star Wars and Disney fans! There's more to come! Stay tuned!

Sorcerer Radio Network's ongoing coverage includes the following events:

WDW Tiki Room LIVE broadcast from the Walt Disney World Resort for the Star Wars Weekends kick off and Star Tours opening ceremony Friday 5/20 at 8 am/e on SRSounds.com

Star Tours Dedication Ceremony - 5/20 at 10:15 am/e streaming video on JediMouseketeer.blogspot.com and on the Sorcerer Radio Network Live Cam PAGE.

WDW After Dark LIVE vidcast on the Sorcerer Radio Network at 9 pm/e can be viewed at JediMouseketeer.blogspot.com and on the Sorcerer Radio Network Live Cam PAGE.

Continuing coverage of Star Wars Weekends can be viewed at JediMouseketeer.blogspot.com and on the Sorcerer Radio Network Live Cam PAGE.

Event coverage is made possible by the following: CookingWithMickey.info, JediMouseketter.blogspot.com and HalloweenExpress.com.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sorcerer Radio's Star Tours/Star Wars Weekends LIVE Broadcasts Begin Tonight!


The Force Is Strong with Sorcerer Radio!

Sorcerer Radio's "WDW Tiki Room" Coverage of Star Tours Re-opening and Star Wars Weekends Begins Tonight (5/19)

PLEASE NOTE THESE UPCOMING EVENTS AND PROGRAMS:

Star Tours: The Adventures Continue VIP screening Thursday 5/19 after 7 pm/eastern with hosts Kristen and Aljon.

WDW Tiki Room LIVE broadcast from the Walt Disney World Resort for the Star Wars Weekends kick off and Star Tours opening ceremony Friday 5/20 at 8 am/e on SRSounds.com

WDW After Dark LIVE vidcast on the Sorcerer Radio Network at 9 pm/e.

Video streams for Jedi Mouseketeer, Cooking with Mickey and WDW After Dark can be found on the Sorcerer Radio Network Cam Page by clicking HERE.

Event coverage is made possible by the following: CookingWithMickey.info, JediMouseketter.blogspot.com and HalloweenExpress.com.

About the Sorcerer Radio Network:
Sorcerer Radio is the premiere Disney-inspired, fan-run station reaching a world-wide audience via Live 365, web apps and mobile devices. Founded in 2001, Sorcerer Radio, an officially licensed ASCAP, BMI and SESAC station, began streaming Walt Disney World theme park music and attraction audio as a channel on Live 365. The Sorcerer Radio Network features the following original programs and personalities: "SRN Top 10" (Jeff Davis), "E-Ticket Time" (Sorcerer), "SorCom Review" (Eric), "WDW Backstage" (Krystal), "DW:60" (Jeff Davis), "Castaway Midday" (Kristen and Krystal), "WDW Tiki Room (Kristen and Aljon) and many more. The Sorcerer Radio Network also includes the "Character Breakfast Podcast" (Sorcerer, Jeff Davis, Imagine and Pluto), "WDW Tiki Room Podcast" (Kristen and Aljon), "Cooking with Mickey" Web Series (Kristen), "WDW After Dark" (prime time live video show) and "Sorcerer Radio Newsletter." Visit www.SRSounds.com for more information and follow Sorcerer Radio on Twitter @SRSounds.

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NEW Disney's Hollywood Studios Star Tours - "Piece of Cake" Commercial


Check out the latest commercial promoting the new Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. New in 3-D. New Destinations. New Adventures. Catch a maiden flight at Disney's Hollywood Studios!



Don't forget Sorcerer Radio's coverage of the Star Tours: The Adventures Continue VIP screening Thursday 5/19 after 7 pm/eastern. Sorcerer Radio's WDW Tiki Room show will also be broadcasting from the Walt Disney World Resort for the Star Wars Weekends kick off and Star Tours opening ceremony Friday 5/20 at 8 am/e on SRSounds.com as well as a remote broadcast of the WDW After Dark vidcast on the Sorcerer Radio Network at 9 pm/e. There will also have live video streaming worldwide all weekend long. Video and audio streams can be found at JediMouseketter.blogspot.com.

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'Star Tours - The Adventures Continue' Launch Prep with Ashley Eckstein

Excerpt from the Disney Parks Blog:
As we await the gala launch of "Star Tours -- The Adventures Continue" at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort, we asked C-3PO, R2-D2 and some of their closest pals to join us for some sneak peek events.




Don't forget Sorcerer Radio's coverage of the Star Tours: The Adventures Continue VIP screening Thursday 5/19 after 7 pm/eastern. Sorcerer Radio's WDW Tiki Room show will also be broadcasting from the Walt Disney World Resort for the Star Wars Weekends kick off and Star Tours opening ceremony Friday 5/20 at 8 am/e on SRSounds.com as well as a remote broadcast of the WDW After Dark vidcast on the Sorcerer Radio Network at 9 pm/e. There will also have live video streaming worldwide all weekend long. Video and audio streams can be found at JediMouseketter.blogspot.com.

Event coverage is made possible by the following: CookingWithMickey.infoJediMouseketter.blogspot.com and HalloweenExpress.com

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Star Tours 3D: The Adventures Continues - Soft Open Report


This past Saturday while my wife and I were covering the Pixar Weekend at Epcot I checked my Twitter to find that it was blowing up! Star Tours was indeed doing a soft opening to work out any kinks before the actual opening on May 20th. Unfortunately we didn't get out of our event in time to ride it that night so we kept our fingers crossed that it would be open on Sunday. We got up first thing and checked our Disney iPhone app and luckily our wish was granted.

We ended up meeting up with MuppetCast host and Sorcerer Radio correspondent Steve Swanson to hop aboard the Starspeeder 1000. The lines were pretty short and I believe we waited less than 30 minutes for the two times we rode the attraction. Both times we ended up doing two very different sequences. I'll keep this review spoiler-free until for now. The cast members were also really strict and had signage posted prohibiting the use of cameras and video cameras inside the attraction. I'm sure that will change soon as it opens.

This IS the attraction I've been looking for!
Suffice it to say that the experience was amazing. The interior was fresh and completely redone. There were two different cast member costume variations: one for those working the attraction as flight staff, and two, the workers inside Tatooine Traders. They looked amazing! Steve examined the 3D glasses and noticed that they were different than the ones used in Muppet Vision 3D so there could be some new Lucasfilm/Imagineering tech at work. There were only two things I can really mention that I found to be bumps in the road. First, the second time we rode the attraction a few seat belts were malfunctioning. That caused us to be reseated on the next flight out. This seemed to have happened to a few people as well, but I'm sure they will iron out that detail. The last thing Steve and I talked about was the fact there were several management level cast members wandering the corridors assisting the "flight attendance" and they were not dressed in the proper theme. They could have at least worn Jedi robes to cover their dress shirts and docker slacks. That really took away from the "show" that Disney strives so hard to keep "in character." It was a minor distraction and I'm sure that will cease once the attraction has completed its shakedown.

Aljon, Duffy the Disney Bear, Kristen and MuppetCast host  Steve Swanson
Yep. It rocks! That's my spoiler-free review of Star Tours 3D: The Adventure Continues. Did you think I was going to say that is sucked?

I look forward to riding this attraction as many times as I can before the sneak peek on Thursday. Either way I'll try to report and stream what I can this week so stay tuned! For live streaming video from the parks please visit jedimouseketeer.blogspot.com.

For Steve's spoiler-free review check out my Ustream feed on my site jedimouseketeer.blogspot.com.

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FLASHBACK: Star Wars Symphony in the Stars at Disney


Here's a look at Attractions Magazine's footage of Star Wars Symphony in the Stars Fireworks Spectacular - Disney's Last Tour to Endor from last year during Star Wars Celebration V. Enjoy!

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Vinylmation Muppets 2 Series Q&A with Artist Monty Maldovan


Disney Design Group artist Monty Maldovan, is a senior character artist at the Walt Disney Company and has been working on pins and various merchandise projects for many years, including the original Muppets Vinylmations. Recently Maldovan designed a second series of Vinylmation including some of my favorite characters from The Muppet Show, the Electric Mayhem Band. “I grew up with the Muppets,” said Monty. “I love the characters, the incredibly talented Puppeteers and the Vaudevillian, slapstick humor found in the shows. Jim Henson was a great storyteller much in the same way Walt Disney told great stories.”




Q: How long have you been with the Walt Disney World Co.?
A: 19 yrs as an artist ... 13 out of the 19 years have been with the Disney Design Group

Q: Where did the idea of creating the Muppets Vinylmation Series come from?
A: After utilizing Kermit in the Park #1 Vinylmation Series, the product developer wanted to create an entire Muppets Series. He then took this idea and presented it to me as he knew I was a huge Muppets fan. So I created 15 3” character figures of the Muppets. 12 of those 15 figures were used in Series #1 and the 3 remaining figures were later added to Series #2.

Q: What makes the Muppets Series so unique to our guests?
A: It creates nostalgia for our guests who grew up watching the Muppets on television. It also allows Muppet fans to share those fond memories they had when they were kids with their children.


It's time to get things started with the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational Muppet Vinylmation 3'' figures. Now you can get a sealed Tray of 24 individual boxes featuring your favorite Muppets characters at the Disney parks or on-line at the Disney Store HERE.

*Sources for images and information from the Disney Parks Blog and The Disney Store.


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Sunday, May 15, 2011

This Week on Sorcerer Radio 5/16


Darth Goofy with WDW Tiki Room hosts Kristen and Aljon at Star Wars Weekends!

Greetings Disney fans!

Thanks to everyone who attended the DVC-Rental/Sorcerer Radio "Dole Whip/PotC" this past Monday! It was a blast to get to meet all of you! Thanks for supporting team DVC-Rental/Sorcerer Radio. Thanks to Scott for the hospitality!


Here's the latest news from the crew of Sorcerer Radio!

PIRATES, JEDI and SITH... OH MY!
This week will be HUGE for Disney and the Sorcerer Radio Network! Walt Disney Pictures continues it's Summer blockbuster release schedule with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides on Friday. The parks plan on unveiling the newest addition to the park attractions "Blackbeard" on Friday as well. Friday is also a HUGE day for Star Wars fans as Star Tours 3D: The Adventure Continues re-opens kicking off Star Wars Weekends! Listen all week long for Pirates and Star Wars music and attraction audio!

WDW Tiki Room - STAR WARS SPECIAL is LIVE from the Walt Disney World Resort! 

5/20 - We plan on calling Sorcerer LIVE from Disney's Hollywood Studios as well as featuring music, and attraction audio from Star Tours, Star Wars films, fans and much more. For the latest updates on stream video coverage and more PLEASE follow the following Twitter accounts @CookingwMickey, @JediMouseketeer and @WDWTikiRoom for all the latest news, videos and pictures! Tune in THIS FRIDAY 8 a.m./eastern on Sorcerer Radio - SRSounds.com!

WDW After Dark - Returns THIS FRIDAY (5/20) with LIVE coverage of Star Tours 3D: The Adventure Continues & the Star Wars Weekends Kick-off!

5/20 – 9 p.m./eastern - WDW After Dark the LIVE vidcast for adult Disney fans with edgy humor, commentary and videos about various Disney topics! Tune in next Friday night when the "After Dark" crew and brings you LIVE coverage of Star Tours 3D: The Adventure Continues. Jeff Davis will have the latest Disney headlines, Kristen and Aljon coming to you LIVE from Walt Disney World, and as always more funny videos while taking your calls! Don't forget to interact with us over video Skype starting at 9 p.m./eastern by adding "WDW After Dark" to your contact list. Check out the rest of the shows on-demand HERE! The vidcast is rated TV-14 and intended for a more mature audience. Viewer discretion is advised.


Sorcerer Radio On-location!
  • May 15-21 - Live coverage of Star Tours 3D pre/grand opening and Star Wars Weekends Kick Off!
  • July 31-August 6 - Sorcerer Radio 10th Anniversary Trip Meet #1 at Walt Disney World!
  • August 19-21 - Live at D23 Expo, Anaheim California with special guests!
  • October 15-23 - Sorcerer Radio 10th Anniversary Trip Meet #2 at Walt Disney World!


Sorcerer Radio 10th Anniversary Trip Reminders

It’s that time. If you are attending the Trip Meet #1, if you haven't made your ADRs now is the time. Don't forget Disney just extended new dinning plan savings. For those of you planning on or interested in attending Trip Meet #2 ADRs it’s time to be booking your ADRs as well. If you have not booked for either Trip Meet yet or your 2011 Disney Trip, check out the great offers and booking services provided by Magical Journeys Travel.


Congratulations to Team Cooking with Mickey for being featured on the D23 website! Check out the latest info from this past weekend's Destination D and pictures HERE. Thanks to D23 for a great event and your support of the Sorcerer Radio Network!

Featured Interviews
Here are some scheduled interviews that will be landing on the Sorcerer Radio Forum real soon! Be sure check it out daily for Disney news and to interact with the SR Staff! Sign-up HERE for free!

Eric Allen is planning an interview with special effects guru Bill George of Industrial Light & Magic. George was the Visual Effects Supervisor for I AM NUMBER FOUR (Dreamworks distributed by Disney) he was also involved with Blade Runner, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Planet of the Apes).

William Hershey plans on speaking with Twigs Way, a professional garden historian and one of the world’s experts on Garden Gnomes and Gnomeo & Juliet Director Kelly Asbury.

Thanks for listening and your continued support!
Aljon
Station Manager, Sorcerer Radio

About Sorcerer Radio
If you are looking to virtually relive your recent Disney trip or dream of your next one, then Sorcerer Radio is the place for you. Sorcerer Radio is a fan-run, award-winning internet radio station that has been entertaining Disney fans for a decade! With many weeks worth of Walt Disney World park music and attraction audio, as well as Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line you can easily be transported to your favorite vacation destination anytime, while at home or at work. Sorcerer Radio stands out from the pack in our innovative programming and personalities, providing fans with DJ hosted shows every weekday morning providing a balance of Disney discussion and music.

Sorcerer Radio plays audio from the Disney universe. You can take a virtual trip right now by clicking on this LINK. We also have FREE APPS for your iPhone and iPad (Android testing in progress)!

Check out the award winning Editor's Pick on Live365, Sorcerer Radio at http://www.srsounds.com/, All Disney music, all day long!

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