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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Post a Celebration Prep Video and Win a #StarWarsCVI Prize Pack


This August, Star Wars Celebration is playing host to the biggest Star Wars Party on the planet! Throughout the next month, we'll be posting videos, just like the one below from our friends about how they're getting ready for Star Wars Celebration VI. We’re excited, and we know you are, too, so show us how you're preparing for Star Wars Celebration with a quick video on YouTube!

Through August 15, 2012 Star Wars Celebration invites fans across the United States to fire up your video recorder, smartphone or camcorder and record a video (no longer than two minutes in length) that shows you getting ready for Star Wars Celebration! What will you be packing? What will you be wearing? What toys will you be bringing? It can be serious, funny, cute or nostalgic. We love our fans and want to shine the spotlight on you!

Each week, we will select a winning video that will be shared on starwars.com and starwarscelebration.com, and we'll be giving each Winner a Star Wars Celebration Prize Pack. It doesn't stop there, as we'll be playing the winning videos at Star Wars Celebration, screening videos by fans / for fans in-between select panels.


Star Wars Celebration VI Video

Sounds out of this world, right? Now what are the rules?
Contest participants must be at least 18 years of age on July 18, 2012.
Each contest participant may submit only a single entry.
Post one video submission to YouTube.com now through 11:59pm EDT on August 15, 2012.
Submit your entry’s link and complete the entry form before 11:59pm EDT on August 15, 2012.
Video submissions must be no more than two (2) minutes (120 seconds) in length.
Video submissions must end with the following image containing Star Wars Celebration's dates and information:

As further described in the OFFICIAL RULES, video submissions must meet the “Originality” criteria and must not contain any copyrighted music, logos or materials.

SEE OFFICIAL RULES FOR MORE INFORMATION

What about the prizes?
Each week, beginning July 25th and through August 15th, 2012, we'll select one eligible Submission to take home a Star Wars Celebration “Prize Pack.”

All of the winning videos will be screened at Star Wars Celebration.

So, break out the camera, fire up your movie software, read through the OFFICIAL RULES, and show us how you're preparing for Star Wars Celebration VI before August 15, 2012.

Related article - Jedi Mouseketeer and Sorcerer Radio LIVE at Star Wars Celebration VI

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Disney Channel's "Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel" - A Real Avengers Assemble Operation


You've heard the buzz about "Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel" on the WDW After Dark webcast as well as on Sorcerer Radio. Now you get a little sneak peek at the animated special featuring Phineas and Ferb along with Marvel's Spider-Man, Thor, Hulk and Iron Man before it takes over the airwaves next summer on the Disney Channel and Disney XD!


Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel Preview

According to Jeph Loeb of Marvel Television, the show is a real "Avengers Assemble operation" where the universes collide in a very good way. Loeb continues by saying "It's an extraordinary opportunity for these two franchises to be able to take advantage of each other in a way that may go beyond this special. I think we've managed to do something we are all very proud of."

I don't know about you but my household is super psyched about this EPIC crossover! Lastly I've got two words to wrap this up... SUPER PERRY!


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Marvel: The Watcher 2012 #14 - Marvel NOW, Uncanny Avengers and New Releases


The Watcher 2012 - Episode 14
Host Lorraine Cink welcomes you to Marvel NOW! with the latest on Uncanny Avengers and more!


The Watcher 2012 - Episode 14

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Jedi Tips for Disney Trips: Assistive Listening Devices Help Hearing Impaired Guests Experience the Magic


If you or a member of your family or friend has a hearing disability there are a number of ways Disney parks and their helpful cast members can help deliver a much more richer, magical experience. Here are just a few ways. If you have ever used these devices please leave your review of your experience with them. Did they help enhance your trip? Were they easy to use? Was it comfortable to wear?

ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES
Assistive Listening systems utilize Disney's Handheld Device to receive a signal from overhead transmitters in order to amplify sound. Devices with headphones or induction loops are available through Guest Relations and require a $100 refundable deposit (must return item on the same day for a refund).



Assistive Listening Systems are available at the following attractions, entertainment and restaurants in:


Magic Kingdom Park
"The Enchanted Tiki Room Under New Management"
Country Bear Jamboree
Dream Along with Mickey in the Castle Forecourt Stage
Jungle Cruise
Mickey's PhilharMagic
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
Stitch's Great Escape!
Sunny Eclipse performance at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe
The Hall of Presidents
Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress (seasonal)

Epcot
America Gardens Theatre
Germany: Biergarten
Universe of Energy: Ellen's Energy Adventure
Imagination: Honey, I Shrunk the Audience
France: Impressions de France
Innoventions East and West: certain attractions, check the Park Guidemap
Norway: Maelstrom
Canada: O Canada!
China: Reflections of China
Test Track (briefing room only)
The American Adventure: The American Adventure theater
The Land: The Circle of Life
Turtle Talk with Crush

Disney's Hollywood Studios
Beauty and the Beast- Live on Stage show in the Theaters of the Stars
Fantasmic!
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
Muppet*Vision 3D
Disney Junior– Live On Stage!
Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
The Magic of Disney Animation
Voyage of the Little Mermaid
Walt Disney: One Man's Dream (theater only)
The American Idol Experience
Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park
"It's Tough To Be A Bug!"
DINOSAUR (pre-show only)
Festival of The Lion King show in the Lion King Theater
Finding Nemo - The Musical
Flights of Wonder show at the Caravan Stage
Kilimanjaro Safaris
Wildlife Express

HANDHELD CAPTIONING AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT
This portable captioning system uses a wireless handheld receiver to display text in locations such as moving attractions. Devices are available through Guest Relations and require a $100 refundable deposit and the item must be returned on the same day for a refund.

Handheld Captioning is currently available at the following attractions, entertainment and restaurants in:

Magic Kingdom Theme Park
"it's a small world"
"The Enchanted Tiki Room Under New Management"
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Dream Along with Mickey in the Castle Forecourt Stage
Jungle Cruise
Peter Pan's Flight
Pirates of the Caribbean
Stitch's Great Escape!
The Haunted Mansion
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Tomorrowland Transit Authority
Walt Disney World Railroad
Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress (seasonal)

Epcot
Universe of Energy: Ellen's Energy Adventure
Mexico: Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
Imagination: Journey into Imagination with Figment
The Land: Living with the Land
Norway: Maelstrom
Spaceship Earth
The Seas with Nemo & Friends
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage
Studio Backlot Tour
Disney Junior–Live on Stage
The Great Movie Ride
Walt Disney: One Man's Dream
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
Disney's Animal Kingdom Park
Festival of The Lion King show in the Lion King Theater
Kilimanjaro Safaris
Wildlife Express

NOTE: NOT ALL PORTIONS OF AN ATTRACTION EXPERIENCE MAY BE CAPTIONED.


REFLECTIVE CAPTIONING
Reflective Captioning is available at many theater-type attractions at the Walt Disney World Resort. This technology utilizes an LED display to project desired captions onto an acrylic panel positioned in front of the Guest. To utilize this system, Guests should contact a host/hostess at the attraction.

Reflective Captioning is available at the following attractions, entertainment and restaurants in:

Magic Kingdom Park
Country Bear Jamboree
Mickey's PhilharMagic
The Hall of Presidents

Epcot
Imagination: Honey, I Shrunk the Audience
France: Impressions de France
Norway: Maelstrom
Canada: O Canada!
China: Reflections of China
The American Adventure: The American Adventure
The Land: The Circle of Life

Disney's Hollywood Studios
Fantasmic!
Muppet*Vision 3D
The Magic of Disney Animation
Voyage of the Little Mermaid
Walt Disney: One Man's Dream

Disney's Animal Kingdom Park
"It's Tough To Be A Bug!"
Finding Nemo - The Musical

NOTE: NOT ALL PORTIONS OF AN ATTRACTION EXPERIENCE MAY BE CAPTIONED.
VIDEO CAPTIONING

Caption-ready monitors are available at many attractions. These monitors are designated with a "CC" symbol and can only be activated by remote control. Single button activators are available through Guest Relations and require a $25 refundable deposit. Video Captioning can also be activated using Disney's Handheld Device which requires a $100 refundable deposit (must return item on the same day for refund).

Video Captioning is currently available at the following attractions, entertainment and restaurants in:


Magic Kingdom Theme Park
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor(pre-show only)
Stitch's Great Escape!
Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress (pre-show only)

Epcot Theme Park
Test Track (pre show only)
Imagination: Honey, I Shrunk the Audience
Mission: SPACE (pre show only)
The Land: Soarin' in The Land area (pre-show only)

Disney's Hollywood Studios
Studio Backlot Tour (queue ramp and prop warehouse only)
Muppet*Vision 3D (pre-show only)
Disney Junior–Live On Stage! (queue only)
Star Tours – The Adventures Continue (Boarding area only)
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (pre-show only)
Toy Story Mania
The American Idol Experience (pre show only)

Disney's Animal Kingdom Park
DINOSAUR (pre-show only)
Kilimanjaro Safaris (pre-show only)


SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETATION
Walt Disney World Resort provides Sign Language interpretation for our Guests at specific live Disney Theme Park shows on a rotating basis as follows:

Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park — Saturdays
Disney's Hollywood Studios Theme Park — Sundays, Wednesdays
Epcot Theme Park — Tuesdays, Fridays
Magic Kingdom Theme Park — Mondays, Thursdays

Guests should request confirmation of our interpreted performance schedule a minimum of 7 days in advance by calling Walt Disney World Resort Information at (407) 824-4321 [voice] or (407) 827-5141 [TTY]. (Guests under age 18 must have parent or guardian permission to call.) Guests will be contacted prior to their visit with an appropriate show schedule that lists the names, dates, and times of our interpreted performances. Sign Language interpretation is one of several services available in our theme parks for Guests with hearing disabilities.

Sign Language interpretation can also be requested for other special events and shows, such as "Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue", "Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage" and "Disney's Spirit of Aloha", with a minimum of 14 days advanced notice. Requests for interpretation at special events or shows can be made by calling Walt Disney World Resort Information at (407) 824-4321 [voice] or (407) 827-5141 [TTY]. (Guests under age 18 must have parent or guardian permission to call.) Guests will be contacted prior to their visit to verify arrangements.


TELEPHONES
Pay phones equipped with amplified handsets are widely available throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. Pay phones equipped with a Text Typewriter are also available. Theme Park locations are listed in the Guide for Guests with Disabilities.

WRITTEN AIDS
A pad of paper and pens/pencils are readily accessible at each location for Cast Members to utilize, if necessary, to communicate with Guests with needs at Walt Disney World Resort. Cast Members with abilities in Sign Language can be identified with the appropriate language pin. Guest Assistance Packets containing dialogue, flashlights, and pen and paper are available at or near the performance areas or entrances for most shows and attractions. Guests should contact a host/hostess at the attractions.

Related Article: Handheld Device Will Offer Detailed Descriptions for Guests with Disabilities at Disney Parks

*Pictures courtesy of Disney Parks

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Sorcerer Radio's DJ Sorcey Live Blog From Walt Disney World Resort for "Sorcerer Stomp 2012"

Sorcerer Stomp 2012 has officially begun! Sorcerer Radio's own DJ Sorcey invites you to follow his live-blog from Walt Disney World the entire week! Keep up with Sorcey on Sorcerer Stomp Blog for the latest information, photos and fun from our LIVE trip report.

Join in discussions on the Sorcerer Radio Forums or via our Twitter.com/SRSounds.

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Mash Up Monday: Star Wars "Call Me Maybe" (video)


You knew it was only a matter of time before this made it onto YouTube. I featured this clip during last week's WDW After Dark webcast.

Here's a description from Masher-upper "jamescovenant."
The Star Wars cast sings Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen! But is the Force strong with this one?



Star Wars Call Me Maybe - YouTube

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Every Role a Starring Role - Disneyland Resort River Guide (video)


This month marks the anniversary of canoes at Disneyland park -- no motor or track since 1956! To celebrate, Disneyland Resort cast member Jessica Voiles will give you a glimpse into her role as a river guide aboard Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes, in this installment of Every Role a Starring Role!


Every Role a Starring Role - Disneyland Resort River Guide

Ghirardelli Chocolate - Super Sweet Sale


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Disney's "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" - Dream Kid (video)


Academy Award®--nominated director/writer Peter Hedges ("Dan in Real Life," What's Eating Gilbert Grape?") brings enchantment to the screen with "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," an inspiring, magical story about a happily married couple, Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton), who can't wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy (CJ Adams) shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim—and their small town of
Stanleyville—learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life's greatest gifts.

In Theaters August 15

Like on Facebook: http://facebook.com/OddLifeMovie
Follow on Twitter: http://twitter.com/OddLifeMovie
Visit the Official Site: http://disney.com/TimothyGreen

Find tickets and showtimes on Fandango.


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Review: "Strategies for Paying for Disney‏" eBook - A No-nonsense Guide to Saving Money for Your Next Vacation

Disney blogger and Sorcerer Radio on-air personality, Natalie Henley, recently published her first book Strategies for Paying for Disney. Henley shares her experiences as a certified public accountant and her love of the Disney parks to pass along tips and tricks for saving money to help you pay for your Disney vacation.

The book's layout reads like a detailed road map giving the reader a nice overview of both Disneyland and Walt Disney World resorts. If you are a frequent visitor to the "House of Mouse" this information will be "old hat" to you. The next section goes into the nuts-and-bolts of transportation, lodging, tickets and dining. What I like is the way Henley poses questions and options to consider when creating your budget, after all, she is a CPA.

Midway through the text she calls upon her accounting background that including some common sense money-saving tips regarding coupons and discounts as well as some out-of-the-box tricks like mortgages, credit cards and tax refunds. Great advise for even the most organized and thrifty vacation planners.

Overall this eBook is full of great information and is more like a detailed text book than your typical Disney travel guide, which is a good thing. The organization, detail and insight makes it an easy read and is a welcome addition to your Disney trip planning book collection. This book more than pays for itself making it a very wise investment so you can experience the Disney magic more often.

"Strategies for Paying for Disney‏" is available for purchase through Amazon.

Book Description
Disney is a fabulous vacation spot, offering World-class entertainment and attractions. With so many offerings, many people are overwhelmed by the extensive planning and extraordinary costs associated with this dream vacation. Here you will find much of the information you need to make your Disney vacation affordable while also receiving planning tips.

This book will:
  • Give an exciting overview of Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts
  • Provide detailed information on most aspects of planning a vacation to the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts
  • Suggest a variety of unique and well thought out money savings tips for a variety of vacation needs, i.e. those wanting to stay on a tight budget, as well as those hoping for deluxe accommodations while also staying within their budget
  • Show individuals strategies for bringing in money to go on a vacation to Disney with minimal effort
  • Demonstrate how the various money savings strategies accumulate chapter by chapter
  • Applying the money savings strategies to a variety of vacationing situations
Get your book today and learn how you can save money for your vacation to Disney!

Order "Strategies for Paying for Disney" from the JediMouseketeer.com Amazon store today!

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Walt Disney World Resort Reveals Holiday Activities and Special Events


Walt Disney World Resort at Holidaytime Unwraps Festive Traditions, Glistening Ice Castle and Seasonal Spectacles

Disney elves blend yuletide traditions and Christmas cheer to create a wintry wonderland ready for holiday revelers at Walt Disney World Resort as early as November 9. There’s an extra night of merry at the Magic Kingdom with 20 nights of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party; and at Epcot, singer/actress Olivia Newton John makes her debut as a celebrity narrator for the beloved Candlelight Processional. Highlights:
Magic Kingdom

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will have its longest-ever run with 20 magical nights from November 9-December 21. For a quarter century, Walt Disney World guests have been mesmerized by this must-see event, a grandly festive tradition immersing families in the holiday spirit. Dates for 2012: Nov. 9, 12, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29, 30 and Dec. 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21.

Beginning at 7 p.m. (after regular park hours), guests with special event tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party can enjoy all the holiday splendor with lively stage shows, spectacular fireworks, a unique holiday parade and favorite holiday traditions including complimentary cookies and hot cocoa, and snow flurries on Main Street, U.S.A. For more information, visit www.Disneyworld.com/Christmasparty. NOTE: this is a hard ticket special event after regular park hours; purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended.

Entertainment, Fireworks and More: Santa’s elves have transformed the Magic Kingdom into a winter wonderland with festive wreaths, bows, garland, sparkling lights, parades and towering Christmas trees. The fun includes the Holiday Wishes nighttime spectacular: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season fireworks, plus live entertainment with Disney characters all dressed up for the holidays.

Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle: Cinderella Castle transforms into a glimmering ice palace for the holidays — thanks to a special effects spectacle bathing the castle in 200,000 shimmering white lights. Magic Kingdom guests are treated nightly to the dramatic castle celebration and stage show.

Epcot
Candlelight Processional is a timeless holiday offering at Epcot that combines seasonal music with the poignant reading of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a mass choir performing seasonal melodies, and a 50-piece live orchestra. Actress/Singer Olivia Newton John makes her debut as one of a dozen narrators to take to the stage at this year’s event, performed nightly November 23 – December 30, at 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. Crowd favorites Neil Patrick Harris, Isabella Rosellini and Gary Sinise all return to America Gardens Theater stage on select nights. Guests can purchase a Candlelight Dining Package, which combines lunch or dinner at select Epcot restaurants with guaranteed seating for the Candlelight Processional and VIP viewing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. For more information and reservations: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/reservations/dining/candlelight-dinners/

Holidays Around the World: Storytellers from around the world share traditions and lore from their homeland throughout World Showcase. The merriment continues with meet and greets with Santa and Mrs. Claus, plus the nightly “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” laser, light, fireworks display capped with a seasonal finale.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights: This massive seasonal display features millions of dancing lights, plus animated displays and 3-D effects perfectly synchronized to electrifying holiday tunes amidst snowfall. The rich tradition takes place on the Streets of America, dazzling guests from Nov. 9, 2012 to Jan. 4, 2013.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Celebrate safari style as Disney’s Animal Kingdom is wilder than ever this winter season. Mickey and his pals rejoice in traditional holiday music with a world beat twist during the daily “Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade.”

Downtown Disney
Get all your Christmas shopping done at Downtown Disney during Festival of the Seasons. The shopping mecca is draped with yuletide cheer, plus live entertainment, holiday carolers, a lively street party, plus photo ops with Santa and Santa Goofy.

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Chase Releases New Disney Debit Card - Year-Round Disney Perks and No Annual Fee


Chase announced the launch of the new Disney’s Visa® Debit Card. The new card gives customers access to special Cardmember perks when visiting Walt Disney World® and the Disneyland® Resorts and when shopping at DisneyStore.com and Disney Store locations. Disney’s Visa® Debit Card is available now and has no annual fee.

Disney’s Visa® Debit Cardmembers will receive the following year-round perks, including:

  • 10% off on select merchandise purchases of $50 or more at DisneyStore.com and Disney Store locations and at select locations at Walt Disney World Resort® and Disneyland Resort®
  • Access to a private Cardmember location at Walt Disney World Resort® and Disneyland Resort® where Cardmembers can meet some of their favorite Disney Characters and receive a complimentary 5 x 7 photo
  • 10% off select dining locations at Walt Disney World Resort® and Disneyland Resort® (meal period restrictions may apply)
  • 20% off the non-discounted price of select guided tours
  • $50 onboard credit when Cardmembers pay for their Disney Cruise Line® vacation in full with their Disney’s Visa® Card and mention this offer
  • Access to a dedicated toll-free customer service phone number

Guests can visit DisneyDebit.com/Perks for more details on these benefits.

“Disney’s Visa® Debit Card is perfect for fans of Disney who prefer to use a debit card for their everyday spending,” said Ryan McInerney, CEO of Chase Consumer Banking. “With no annual fee, it provides access to Cardmember perks at Disney Theme Parks and Disney Store, and offers a choice of imaginative Disney card designs.”

“We are delighted to introduce this new debit card with Chase, which offers great value and a bit of fun for Disney fans and families,” said Jenny Cohen, Senior Vice President of Customer Relationship Management for The Walt Disney Company. “Disney’s Visa® Debit Card enables us to better serve our customers with a choice of cards through Chase.”

Disney’s Visa® Debit Cardmembers will receive the same security and safety benefits as the standard Chase Visa® Debit Card, including real-time fraud monitoring, free security alerts, zero liability protection, guaranteed reimbursement for unauthorized purchases and BlinkTM tap & go functionality in markets where applicable.

The Disney’s Visa® Debit Card is the latest addition to the suite of Disney’s Visa® Cards offered by Chase. The Disney Rewards® Visa® Credit Card was introduced in 2003 and earlier this year, Chase launched Disney’s Premier Visa® Credit Card from Chase.

Chase checking customers can switch their current Chase Debit Card to a Disney’s Visa® Debit Card by visiting their local branch or calling Chase Customer Service at (800) 935-9935.

Disney’s Visa® Debit Card is available with all Chase checking accounts excluding High School and Access Checking. Standard eligibility requirements apply.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Where to Watch the Olympic Games at the Walt Disney World Resort

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games start in London on Friday, July 27.

Starting that day, and through Sunday, August 12 when the Olympics end, you'll find many televisions around Walt Disney World Resort tuned to the telecasts:

  • Animal Kingdom Lodge: Victoria Falls, Sanaa Lounge, Maji Pool Bar and Uzima Springs Pool Bar
  • Yacht Club: Crew’s Cup Lounge
  • Beach Club Resort: Martha’s Vineyard
  • Contemporary Resort: The Wave Lounge
  • Grand Floridian: Mizner’s Lounge
  • BoardWalk: ESPN Club
  • Port Orleans Resort - Riverside: Muddy Rivers Pool Bar and River Roost Lounge
  • Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter: Scat Cat’s Lounge
  • Old Key West Resort: Gurgling Suitcase
  • Saratoga Springs Resort: On the Rocks Pool Bar and The Turf Club Lounge
  • Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground: Crockett’s Lounge
  • Wilderness Lodge: Territory Lounge
  • All-Star Sports Resort-- all three pool bars
  • Caribbean Beach Resort: Banana Cabana
  • Animal Kingdom: Rainforest Cafe
  • Coronado Springs Resort: Rix Lounge
  • Downtown Disney: Fulton’s Crab House, Wolfgang Puck Cafe, Paradiso 37, House of Blues and Rainforest Cafe
  • Polynesian Resort: Tambu Lounge

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Disney Twenty-Three's Fall Issue Gives You An In Depth Look At the California Adventure Expansion


Disney Fans Also See the Making of D23’s ‘Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives,’ Preview Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, and Get a Sneak Peek of Once Upon a Time’s New Season

From the high-octane thrills of Cars Land to the immersive beauty of Buena Vista Street, the fall issue of Disney twenty-three, the flagship magazine of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, offers a complete insider’s guide to the spectacular expansion of Disney California Adventure.

Available nationwide on Aug. 14, the fall issue of Disney twenty-three takes readers on a journey through the stunning reimagining of the park with exclusive interviews, breathtaking photography, and surprising details straight from Disney Imagineers, who designed the new buildings, attractions and entertainment featured in the park. Along with the new issue, D23 Gold Members will receive a special member-only gift: a colorful, commemorative magnetic postcard celebrating Disney California Adventure’s incredible expansion.

“Disney fans around the world are flocking to Disney California Adventure to experience the extraordinary transformation of the park,” said Steven Clark, head of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club. “With the fall issue of the magazine, we decided to take D23 Members more deeply than ever into the making of 20 new attractions and shows that have been added to the park during the five-year expansion.”

The fall issue also celebrates ABC’s hit series Once Upon A Time, looking at the show’s roots in Disney mythology and offering a sneak peek at its upcoming second season. The story features exclusive interviews with the show’s creators and stars, including Jennifer Morrison, Josh Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin — a D23 Member who opens up about her love of all things Disney.

Disney twenty-three also explores the most exciting new developments throughout Disney – while offering new insight into fan favorites. In its pages, Disney fans will be able to:

• Unlock the doors of D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives and see some of the iconic pieces now on display at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum

• Get early details from director Tim Burton on his latest monster of a movie, Frankenweenie

• Pay tribute to groundbreaking author and futurist Ray Bradbury with a heartwarming remembrance by Disney Legend Marty Sklar

• Celebrate Disney Legend Alice Davis, who just received a window on Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A., next to her late husband, Marc, one of Walt’s Nine Old Men

• Get answers to “23 Questions” with Newsies star Bill Pullman

In conjunction with the release of fall issue of Disney twenty-three, for the first time www.D23.com will feature original and exclusive stories that complement the contents of D23’s beautiful, glossy magazine. Only available on D23.com, beginning August 14:

• With exclusive artwork, Imagineer Kevin Rafferty reveals the initial plans and ideas for “Carland” – the car-themed land that was in development for Disney California Adventure before Cars Land

• Once Upon a Time showcases 23 "hidden" Disney references embedded in its first season

• Once Upon A Time stars Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Raphael Sbarge and Josh Dallas reveal their favorite Disney movies, characters, theme park attractions and memories

• Exclusive outtakes from Disney twenty-three's interview with Frankenweenie director Tim Burton

Disney twenty-three is delivered directly to the doorstep of all D23 Gold Members, along with a special gift. Disney twenty-three magazine is also available at retail locations across the country for $15.95, and can also be purchased online at DisneyStore.com and throughout the Disneyland® and Walt Disney World® Resorts.

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club celebrates the remarkable past, present and future of Disney, taking its name from 1923, the year Walt Disney founded his world-famous company. D23 brings its members a host of exclusive benefits, including a weekly e-mail newsletter; an array of discounts and special offers; free gifts throughout the year; and exclusive, member-only special events.

Disney fans can join the world’s only Official Disney Fan Club by visiting www.D23.com, or at select shops at the Disneyland® Resort, the Walt Disney World® Resort and www.DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow “DisneyD23” on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

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Cosplay Friday: Mahna Mahna

At C2E2 2012 - Photo by Aljon Go, JediMouseketeer.com


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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel - Epic Crossover For the Entire Family Coming Summer 2013


Production is now underway on "Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel," an animated adventure that will assemble characters from two hugely popular franchises, Disney's "Phineas and Ferb" and Marvel's iconic super heroes: Spider-Man and The Avengers (Iron Man, Thor and Hulk). The epic television event, premiering in summer 2013 on Disney Channel, will mark the first crossover animated television special for Marvel and Disney properties.

In "Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel," Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor and Hulk enter Danville after Dr. Doofenshmirtz's latest "inator" scheme accidentally removes their powers and immobilizes them. Now it's up to Phineas and Ferb to team up with the Marvel super heroes to help them regain their powers and defeat Marvel super villains Red Skull, Whiplash, Venom and M.O.D.O.K., who are working together with Dr. Doofenshmirtz to use his power-draining technology to create mayhem.

Read more at Marvel.comPhineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel Preview


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Disney's D23 Expo 2013 Returns to Anaheim, Promises Bigger Panels and More Celebs


LIMITED TIME! Tickets for D23 Expo 2013: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event, Go on Sale Thursday, August 9, 2012

D23 Members Enjoy Additional Savings and Members-Only Benefits

On Thursday, Aug. 9, at 10 a.m. PT, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will begin selling tickets for the next D23 Expo, which will open one year later and run from Aug. 9-11, 2013, at the Anaheim Convention Center. The largest Disney fan event in the world, the D23 Expo celebrates the entire world of Disney entertainment and brings together all parts of The Walt Disney Company under one roof, including The Walt Disney Studios; Walt Disney Parks and Resorts; Disney Consumer Products; Media Networks (including ABC, ABC Family, Disney Channel, and Radio Disney) and Disney Interactive. D23 Expo 2013 marks the third Expo held in Anaheim, following Expos in 2009 and 2011.

More than 40,000 Disney fans from around the world gathered at the Anaheim Convention Center in 2011 for the second D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event. In anticipation of even bigger attendance, D23 Expo 2013 will feature: an overflow theater for the D23 Arena, which will accommodate more than 2,000 guests for live streaming of the popular Arena presentations; nearly double the size of presentation venue Stage 23 (formerly 1,000 seats); and an expanded show floor, to include Halls A, B, C and D, as well as a larger Collectors’ Forum to provide even more magical experiences for guests.

As in previous Expos, D23 Expo 2013 will showcase all of the latest stars in the Disney universe. In 2011, celebrity appearances included Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Garner, Dick Van Dyke, Willem Dafoe, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Jason Segel, Marty Sklar, Alice Davis, Michael Giacchino, Tony Baxter, Tom Bergeron, Regis Philbin, Jodi Benson, Lea Salonga, Linda Larkin, Paige O’Hara, Anika Noni Rose, David Arquette, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Kelly Macdonald, Kevin McKidd, Taylor Kitsch, Wilmer Valderrama, Melissa Joan Hart, Sean Astin, Chelsea Kane, and Kyle Massey, along with Disney executives and creative talent. They came together to bring special presentations, announcements, and performances to Disney fans throughout the three-day extravaganza.


Highlights of the D23 Expo 2011

D23 Expo 2013 will also feature the Disney Legends Awards–a stirring biennial event that pays tribute to the talented men and women who have made indelible contributions to the Disney legacy; an all-new Fan Art Contest themed to the upcoming 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins; the 12,000 square-foot Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit featuring costumes, props, and set pieces from Disney’s rich history; plus amazing live events, celebrity appearances, panels and presentations, sneak peeks, and unique experiences that celebrate the past, present, and future of Disney.

Tickets for D23 Expo 2013 will be available at a discounted price for a limited time. From August 9–December 31, 2012, tickets will be $47 for a one-day adult admission and $37 for children 3-12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will be $40 for a one-day adult admission and $32 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available for both D23 Members and the general public, and D23 Members can save as much as $204 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for members and general admission, visit www.D23Expo.com.

In addition to these special advance-purchase savings, D23 Members can also buy D23 Expo VIP Sorcerer Packages, extremely limited tickets that are only available to members. These packages offer incredible, exclusive opportunities.

The SORCERER PACKAGE includes:

  • Three-day admission ticket
  • Reserved seating at all presentations in the D23 Arena and Stage 23
  • Commemorative Sorcerer credential
  • Pre-Expo tour of the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit
  • Exclusive shopping time in the D23 Expo Dream Store and the Treasure Trove the day before the Expo is open to guests
  • Exclusive tour of the D23 Expo show floor the day before the Expo is open to the public
  • Private welcome reception
  • Special entrance to the Expo each morning
  • Hardbound Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives catalog
  • Hardbound Disney Legends ceremony commemorative program
  • A voucher for an appointment with an on-site massage therapist
  • Exclusive D23 Expo 2013 tote bag filled with gifts
  • “Fond Farewell” reception on final day of Expo
  • In addition, Sorcerer-level members have access to the Sorcerer Member Lounge
  • Sorcerer Package tickets will be available exclusively to both Gold- and Silver- level D23 Members at $1,500 per ticket. Members will also have the option to purchase up to two Sorcerer tickets. Additional details and benefit are highlighted at www.D23Expo.com.

D23 Members receive early admission to the Expo show floor, and D23 will once again give a special thanks to D23 Charter Members, providing them special access to the Expo’s Charter Member Lounge.

Visit www.D23Expo.com to relive some of the extraordinary experiences from the first two Expo events and get a peek at what’s to come in 2013.

About D23
D23: The Official Disney Fan Club celebrates the remarkable past, present and future of Disney, taking its name from 1923, the year Walt Disney founded his world-famous company. D23 unlocks the magic of Disney with a host of exclusive benefits, including a quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at www.D23.com; a weekly e-mail newsletter; an array of discounts and special offers; free gifts throughout the year; as well as exclusive events created especially for its members.

Gold-level D23 memberships are $74.99, and Silver-level memberships – which provide all benefits with the exception of a Disney twenty-three subscription – are just $34.99 a year. All discounts and special promotions are available to both Gold- and Silver-level D23 Members.

Disney fans can join the world’s only Official Disney Fan Club by visiting www.D23.com, or at select shops at the Disneyland® Resort, the Walt Disney World® Resort and www.DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow “DisneyD23” on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

For logos and imagery from the D23 EXPO 2011, please visit www.D23MediaNet.com.

Editors Note: D23 IS NOT currently accepting media credential applications for the D23 EXPO 2013. We will begin accepting media credential requests in late spring of 2013. Please DO NOT submit credential requests at this time.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Pepper Potts' Mark 1616 (Rescue) Armor


Learn more about Pepper Potts at Marvel.com!


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Top 5 Reasons to Book Your Next Vacation with Kristen of Magical Journeys Travel


Thinking about booking your next trip to the Disney parks or cruise? Are wondering why you should book with Kristen Hoetzel of Magical Journeys Travel? Well here are just a few reasons...

Expert Insight
At Magical Journeys we've experienced many Disney destinations - Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line and even Adventures by Disney.

We know Disney because we love Disney. Magical Journeys has been around for more than 10 years and is one of the first "Authorized Disney Vacation Planners". All of us have graduated from the Disney College of Knowledge.

Personalize Your Vacation
Due to our numberous trips we know the ins and outs so wecan plan a magical vacation for you and your family. We can help you with everything - resorts, theme-park tickets, on-property activites and dining. You receive one-on-one service with your agent so you always know who to contact when you need something or have a question.

Save You Time and MONEY
By booking with Magical Journeys you'll save time and money. From the day you book until the day you travel we'll monitor your reservation for the best deal. Whenever Disney released a new promotion we'll check to see if it's better than your current one. If so, we'll let you know how much you saved. There is nothing for you to do! Our goal is to save you money and give you top-notch service so you'll have a wonderful Disney vacation.

There are no fees so you'll receive the same prices as Disney but you'll have someone who is looking for the best deal (and will automatically get it for you), can answer your questions whenever you have them, and help you plan the magical Disney vacation that is right for you and your family.

What? You've already booked with Disney.
Well, no problem there. You can transfer your reservation over to Magical Journeys and receive the same service you would have if you booked it to begin with.

You Support Sorcerer Radio and Jedi Mouseketeer!
By booking with Magical Journeys, the official travel agency of Jedi Mouseketeer and Sorcerer Radio, you help keep Sorcerer Radio running. You'll be supporting the station so it can continue to bring you Disney magic. And Sorcerer will love you for it! Just make sure that you tell us that Sorcerer Radio sent you!


PLUS it's EASY and FUN!

BOOK NOW FOR AN EVEN SWEETER DEAL - Disney Gift Card
And now you can get a Disney Gift Card from Kristen when booking certain packages! This is an EXCLUSIVE DEAL for members of the Sorcerer Radio community. Visit HERE for more details!

Book your next magical Disney vacation by contacting Magical Journeys!

About Kristen
Kristen Hoetzel is a graduate of the Disney College of Knowledge. After many years in restaurants and retail management, she decided to use her multi-tasking and organizational skills to plan Disney and cruise vacations. It gives her the fexability to have a home based business and still travel. She's visited Walt Disney World many times, Disneyland, traveled on mulitple cruises and to several courtries over the years. Her love of travel and many Disney and cruise trips can help you plan and save money on creating a magical vacation.

So why do all the work yourself when I can do it for you? Save yourself time, money and stress! From the time you book until the day you travel I'll continue to look for the best deal for your magical vacation! So contact me today!

Kristen Hoetzel
Kristen is a Disney and Star Wars fan who also happens to be an authorized vacation planner with Magical Journeys. She is also co-host of  Sorcerer Radio's WDW Tiki Room. She is also a co-host of the WDW After Dark and WDW Travel Show webcast and. Visit her website CookingwithMickeyBlog.com for Disney recipes, restaurant reviews and cooking videos. Follow her on twitter @cookingwmickey.


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Christmas in July! Disney Parks Prepare for the Holidays (video)


Christmas is still six months away; however, a handful of cast members are already working behind the scenes to plan a very merry holiday season at Walt Disney World Resort. Check out this sneak peek of what they're already working on, including new holiday d├ęcor and fresh holiday merchandise offerings. Read more at the Disney Parks Blog: http://bit.ly/OZJQNU.



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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Disney Legend Ginny Tyler (August 8, 1925 – July 13, 2012)

The Disney Parks Blog recently paid tribute to Disney Legend Ginny Tyler. She was a a singer and voice actress that voiced several projects including Disney classics like Bambi, Babes in Toyland, the squirrel who falls in love with the young King Arthur (while he is in the form of a male squirrel) in The Sword in the Stone. She also sang the voices of several barnyard animals in the "Jolly Holiday" sequence of Mary Poppins. She also played Jan on Space Ghost and Sue Richards, the Invisible Woman, in the 1978 Marvel television series Fantastic Four.

Ginny Tyler (born Merrie Virginia Erlandson; August 8, 1925 – July 13, 2012) In 2006, she was inducted as a Disney Legend.

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