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Vidia (pictured, right), one of the stars of the upcoming movie “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue,” is the newest fairy to become a “resident” of Pixie Hollow at the Magic Kingdom park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Guests can meet Vidia and her pixie pals — including the world’s most beloved fairy, Tinker Bell (pictured, left) — inside Pixie Hollow at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Vidia, who is known as the fastest-flying fairy there is, began making meet-and-greet appearances for guests Aug. 26, 2010 at the Magic Kingdom.
“Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue” will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and via movie download on Sept. 21, 2010.
Gene Duncan, photographer
This sad article comes to us from the Orlando Sentinel.
The new street show coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in October has a name: “Disney Channel Rocks!” (That’s the name, not a personal interjection.)
The show, as previously reported, will replace the current High School Musical 3: Senior Year — Right Here! Right Now! and have a similar format, only with one less exclamation mark.
“Rocks!” will feature music from the Disney Channel stable of hits, including “Camp Rock” and “StarStruck,” but retain some “High School Musical” elements as well. It will debut on Oct. 22
The last chance to take in the HSM3 show is Oct. 22.
New York Knicks power forward Amar’e Stoudemire poses Aug. 23, 2010 with a basketball clad Mickey Mouse at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Stoudemire, who signed with the Knicks in July, visited Walt Disney World Resort with family and friends.
Gene Duncan, photographer
Disney villains will invade Disneyland park along with Mickey Mouse and his friends in Halloween costumes when Halloween Time returns to Disneyland Resort Sept. 17 through Oct. 31. Highlights of the Disneyland Halloween season include the return of Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy – the thrillingly “haunted” version of the popular Tomorrowland attraction – and the longtime favorite Haunted Mansion Holiday, in which Halloween and Christmas collide for an attraction inspired by “Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas.” Guests will also enjoy the new, nighttime water spectacular “World of Color,” performing nightly at Disney California Adventure park.
Halloween Time offers families a chance to enjoy seasonal attractions and decor, as well as interact with beloved Disney characters decked out in whimsical Halloween costumes. Guests will also experience spooky fun with Disney’s more sinister characters, the Disney Villains. In addition, the private-party celebration that has been so popular with guests will return for 10 special nights in October as Mickey’s Halloween Party.
Moving to Disneyland this year with a new name, Mickey’s Halloween Party is the separate-ticket event that invites adults and children to dress up in costume and trick-or-treat at the resort. This nighttime celebration is scheduled for Tuesdays and Fridays in October (1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26 and 29) plus Halloween night itself, Sunday, Oct. 31. Highlights include:
- Trick or Treating in the ultimate Disney neighborhood, with even more treats along “Mickey’s Hide-and-Go-Treat Trails”
- New dance parties – at Tomorrowland Terrace and the French Market
- The “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular, hosted by “Master of Scare-omonies” Jack Skellington (presented exclusively for guests of Mickey’s Halloween Party)
- New surprises in “Mickey’s Costume Party” cavalcade, performed twice nightly
- Character photo locations featuring Mickey and his pals, princesses and other favorites
- The opportunity to arrive three hours before the party starts to play in Disneyland
- Nearly all the favorite Disneyland rides and attractions
Tickets purchased in advance for Mickey’s Halloween Party are $49 most days, while tickets purchased on the event days are $54. For Oct. 31, all tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party are $59.
Favorite Disney characters, including Mickey himself, will dress up in their favorite costumes. It’s the ideal environment to have fun, eat special holiday treats, play interactive games, listen to “spirited” music and watch a nightly character cavalcade that celebrates the season.
For Halloween fun at Disneyland, guests will enjoy Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy in Tomorrowland. The experience begins as a typical Space Mountain adventure, but suddenly launches voyagers into a haunted section of the universe. Ghosts appear out of the starry darkness and swirling galaxies of Space Mountain, reaching out as if to grab guests as they speed through space. The exhilarating drops and curves of the journey are punctuated by piercing screams, creepy sound effects and haunting music.
Jack Skellington also returns to take over the Haunted Mansion and bring back Haunted Mansion Holiday to New Orleans Square in Disneyland. Transformed to a mix of Halloween spookiness and Christmas tradition, Haunted Mansion Holiday is inspired by the classic animated film “Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas.” Jack and his friends provide plenty of havoc and surprises as they celebrate the holidays in their unusual style. Jack’s return to the Haunted Mansion includes the traditional Halloween/Christmas gingerbread house in the Mansion Ballroom, with some special spooky surprises in this year’s design.
Halloween Time offers frightfully delightful fun for children and adults.
- For spine-tingling fun, drop in at The Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure park, where a “supernatural” event happened on Halloween evening, 1939, forever haunting the building.
- Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland is transformed for the Pumpkin Festival. More than 300 pumpkins will be on display in shop windows and none of them are the same!
- Visitors to Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland will find ranch animals, pumpkin carvers, Halloween decor and activities for youngsters, all presided over by Sheriff Woody.
- Meeting Disney characters will be easier than ever as Disney villains gather to plot Halloween mischief at “it’s a small world” Mall in Disneyland, while other characters in spooky attire greet guests in Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A.
- Rancho del Zocalo in Frontierland will honor Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead with traditional skeleton figures on display Sept. 19 through Nov. 2.
- Special Halloween treats will be available in Disneyland, including menu items such as Zero’s Ghostly Ghoulash, served in a dog dish in honor of Zero.
- Halloween Time gifts are offered in Disneyland Resort shops. Gifts include jack-o-lantern mouse ears and collectable pins depicting Mickey Mouse and his friends in Halloween costumes.
For more information about Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort, see www.disneyland.com/halloween. This site will be updated with frightfully fun details.
With the goal of becoming an Eagle Scout within reach, Alex Skilling of Orlando Boy Scout Troop 498 recently enlisted the help of a few Walt Disney Imagineers to make a dream come true for Give Kids The World Village (GKTW). Recognizing the need for a walkway to the basketball courts at GKTW, Skilling set forth on a community service project with some VoluntEAR assistance.
“Walt Disney Imagineering and Walt Disney World Resort have a long-time relationship with Give Kids The World, so it seemed like an ideal opportunity to combine the community service of both the Boy Scouts Of America and VoluntEARS,” said Imagineer Tommy Byerly, who helped Skilling assemble a project team.
While Skilling had some experts on hand, he was responsible for complete oversight of the project.