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The American Idol Experience has added more songs to the list of songs guests can sing in an effort to win a gold ticket for a chance to audition for the American Idol television show.

Fourteen songs have been added to the list of songswhich guests can choose to perform for their big moment on stage.  There are now 158 possible songs to choose from.

  • “American Honey” by Lady Antebellum
  • “Animal” by Neon Trees
  • “Cowboy Casanova” by Carrie Underwood
  • “Dark Side” by Kelly Clarkson
  • “Give Your Heart a Break” by Demi Lovato
  • “Home” by Phillip Phillips
  • “One Thing” by...

Thanks to reader Mark Diba, we have the current American Idol Experience song list.



We we reported last month, Disney Junior - Live on Stage will close in January 2013 to add characters from Doc McStuffins and Sophia the First.  Today, Disney confirmed the refurbishment work that will occur.

Disney Junior will close on January 14 and re-open on Febuary 14th with the two new shows.  We're hearing that Handy Manny and Little Einsteins will be the segments of the show that will be replaced.


We are hearing rumors that Disney Junior - Live on Stage could recieve it's next update in January 2013.

Reportedly, Disney Junior will close in January and replace the Little Einsteins and Handy Manny segments with Doc McStuffins and Sophia the First.

This rumor isn't that far-fetched considering the show has been updated a number of times in the past to reflect what television shows are still actively being shown on the air.  The last update occurred in March 2011.


Disney announced that it will add 1000 new seats to the Hollywood Hills Ampitheater, which is the home of the nightly spectacle show Fantasmic!.

It appears the extra seating will go where the standing room only areas are, which may put in jeopardy the dessert party area that is available for private parties.  In addition, while new benches are being added, the seating capacity remains the same since the new benches replace the standing room.

No dates yet have been announced when the new seating will be available.


Starting tomorrow, the Fantasyland Expansion model that first debuted at the 2011 D23 Expo will be on display at Walt Disney: One Man's Dream.


For years, guests have been able to learn to draw their favorite Disney characters at the Animation Academy inside the Magic of Disney Animation and now, guests can lean to draw Phineas, Ferb and Agent P as well.

Each drawing session offers a different Disney character to learn to draw and so Disney has added the popular kids television show characters to the assortment of characters you could draw.

The creators of Phineas and Ferb, Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" March, met with the artists at the Animation Academy to share some secrets to drawing the characters as well as backstory to how the characters evolved.


Today at Disney's Hollywood Studios, large "boxes" have appeared in front of the entrances to the Tower of Terror and Star Tours.  Not sure what signifigance they have (if any), but wanted to pass the photos along.


Starting on November 25 the American Idol Experience will offer Christmas songs for guests to perform on stage.

Songs included on the list are

  • Rockin Around the Christmas Tree
  • Blue Christmas
  • Santa Baby
  • Jingle Bells Rock
  • and more

These songs are options in addition to the regular American Idol Experience song list.


George Lucas took a visit to Disneyland to check out the progress of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.  The attraction is being developed in tandem in Disneyland as well as at Disney's Hollywood Studios.  What's of interest more than anything is that there's photo showing what appears to be the cockpit of the Starspeeder 1000, piloted by none other than C-3PO.

According to the posting on the official Disney...

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