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Disney capitalizes on its ownership of the ABC network by bringing out anyone who is anyone from their dramas "All My Children," "One Life to Live," "General Hospital" and the new soap "Port Charles." This year's lineup included perennial favorites such as Susan Lucci (Erica Kane on "All My Children"), Hillary B. Smith (Nora Buchanan from "One Life to Live"), and Jackie Zeman (Bobbie Spencer on "General Hospital"). Also featured are new stars such as Michael Dietz and Jay Pickett (Joe and Frank Scanlon of "Port Charles"), Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery from "All My Children"), and Becky Herbst (Elizabeth Webber of General Hospital).
Fans of daytime drama can get up close and personal with their favorite stars at myriad events. Autograph signings were scattered throughout the park. Special motorcades with individual stars roll through the streets throughout the day, with Grand Motorcade (featuring stars from all four soaps) capping off a huge day of events. The stars even got to put their hand prints into the Walk of Fame on MGM's Hollywood Boulevard.
Catherine Hickland (Lindsay from "One Life to Live") hosted a "talk show" at the SuperStar Television Soundstage where visitors could ask the stars questions and see retrospective clips from the shows; and Walt Willey ("All My Children's" Jackson Montgomery) invited fans to test their knowledge of soap trivia with a "Soap Opera Spin" game at MGM's Theater of the Stars. Wally Kurth and Jonathan Jackson, Lucky Spencer and Ned Ashton from "General Hospital," brang out the tunes, playing on the streets of the park with their respective bands.
Stars days were packed with events running back-to-back all day. Those who came a few days early or planned to stay a few extra days got to scout out the parks with the rest of their families.
"We checked out Animal Kingdom." said Robert S. Woods (Bo Buchanan from "One Life to Live"). "I liked the safari ride and the one with all the dinosaurs that jerks you around (Countdown to Extinction). I asked my 6-year-old son if (Countdown to Extinction) was scary and he said 'No because I had my eyes closed the whole time."