PHOTOS: Preview and Start Bidding on Disney Parks Auction Items Benefitting Toys for Tots, Including Items Signed by IllumiNations Creators

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Every year since 2008, WDW News Today has hosted a charity drive at the end of November to raise money for the Toys for Tots Foundation. To date, we have raised over $49,000 for this amazing organization with donations through our website and those made during our annual live program during the holiday season. This year, we are once again asking you to be a part of this holiday tradition where we continue Walt Disney’s dream and try to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

Over 60 years ago, Walt Disney became one of the original sponsors of the Toys for Tots foundation, which ensures that every underprivileged child receives a toy during the holiday season. Walt and his animators personally designed the original Toys for Tots train logo that is still used today and the first poster created for Toys for Tots. In this spirit, WDW News Today is putting on a 50-HOUR live broadcast to raise money for Toys for Tots. We hope you will join us TONIGHT beginning at 9PM ET when the broadcast begins and will help us by making a donation to this great cause at toys.WDWNT.com.

Here’s a schedule of events for the entire 50-hour broadcast (all times EST).

Friday, November 29th

9:00-11:00PM: WDW News Tonight with Tom Corless and Nick LoCicero
11:00PM-11:30PM: Free W.I.G.S. Post Show for Everyone
11:30PM-1:00AM: The Imagineering Story Watch-Along and Commentary

Saturday, November 30th

1:00AM-4:00AM: WDWNT: The RPG
4:00AM: Colleen’s Secret Puppet Show
4:30AM-7:00AM: Live from the Tokyo Disney Resort, including Fantasmic!, Colors of Christmas
10:00AM-12:00PM: Cooking with Nick – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Edition
12:00PM: Disney Don’t Forget the Lyrics
1:00PM: Tom and Nick Play the Frozen Trouble Board Game
2:00PM: WDWNT Staff Disney Memories
3:00PM: Play-Along with Nathan – Aladdin and the Lion King Classic Video Games
5:00PM: Live from EPCOT – The Candlelight Processional with Narrator Ming-Na Wen
6:00PM: WDWNT ParksCenter
7:00PM: Disney Parks Pursuit
8:00PM: WDWNT: The Fanly Feud
9:00PM: WDWNT: The Dream Sequence
10:00PM: WDWNT Nerd Alert
11:00PM-2:00AM: Live from the Tokyo Disney Resort, including Dreaming Up! and Christmas Stories Parades

Sunday, December 1st

2:00AM-4:00AM: WDWNT Ride Rehab
4:00-6:00 AM: Live from the Tokyo Disney Resort, including Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights
7:00AM-9:00AM: See Ya’ Real Early with Nathan and Tom
9:00AM-11:00AM: Watch-Along of a Classic Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade
11:00AM: Tony’s Town Squares
12:00PM: Staff Play Monopoly
1:00PM: WDWNT
 Around the Hub
3:00PM: WDWNT Movie Club
4:00PM: Premiere of The Muses (first all-female WDWNT show)
5:00PM-8:00PM: WDWNT’s Back to the Future LIVE! – 25th Anniversary of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
8:00PM: Live Auction to benefit Toys for Tots
9:00PM-11:00PM: The Big Finish

All other times feature live interactive chat with WDWNT personalities and special guests.

Live Auction Preview

During the closing hours of the show, we have a live auction of items donated by WDWNT Staff and listeners to help us reach our fundraising goal. 100% of the bids will go to our fundraiser. In fact, you will “pay” for your auction item by directly donating the bid amount on the fundraising page. And WDWNT will cover shipping the items to the winning bidders.

Here are some highlights of the 60+ items we have in the live auction.

Autographed IllumiNations Soundtrack CD

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth Team Member Exclusive Pin

Funko Pops: Chef Figment, Splash Mountain, and Hondo Ohnaka

IllumiNations Farewell MagicBand, Pin, and Ornaments

Lots of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening Maps and, Pins

Cool Items from Tokyo Disneyland

Vintage EPCOT Memorabilia

How to Bid

All of these items and more are up for bid now at auction.wdwnt.com. You can bid anytime during the three days of the show. The auctions close on Sunday night between 8 and 11 PM EST. The winning bidder will donate the bid price directly to Toys for Tots on our Fundraiser Page. The winning bidder will forward the donation confirmation email and their address to [email protected] and your item will be shipped to you!


Your Chance to be a Part of the Fun!

As always, part of this amazing event will be out signature game shows, giving our readers and listeners many chances to win some great prizes!  Sign up to be a contestant on the games at our signup page.

The audio and video versions of this entire broadcast will be streamed live at WDWNTunes.com and on YouTube.

We hope you will join is for this fun show and will donate what you can to Toys for Tots through our Fundraiser Page.

About the author

Jason Diffendal

Jason has been a lifelong fan of the Disney parks since his first visit at age 2. His biennial pilgrimages during his childhood accelerated into semi-annual visits by the year 2000, when he also Joined the Disney Vacation Club. Luckily, Jason’s bride-to-be was also a Disney fan, which allowed his infatuation with the Disney parks to continue, and ultimately culminated in their wedding at Disney's Wedding Pavilion in September 2003. Early in 2007, Jason began his involvement with the planning for what became Celebration 25, the unofficial fan gathering to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Epcot®. Soon thereafter, Jason met Tom Corless at a pin trading meet in New Jersey, and became part of the WDW News Today podcast starting with Episode 17. Jason has been involved with the WDWNT Network ever since, and can't seem to escape no matter how hard he tries.
Contact Jason at [email protected]