Combine pineapple, pears, peaches, cherries, apricots, orange juice, brown sugar and vanilla in slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH for 31/2 hours or LOW for 51/2 hours.
Uncover and remove 2 tbsp of the liquid. In a small bowl, stir together liquid and cornstarch. Stir cornstarch mixture back into slow cooker; cook 15 minutes more or until thickened. Sprinkle with almonds. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream, if desired.