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The Magical Moments of Disney Are Now Even Sweeter With MY M&M'S - (DL) (4/30/2009)
Looking to add a little character to your celebration and gifts? Mars Direct Inc., a division of Mars Snackfood US, and Disney Consumer Products announced today a collaboration to create MY M&M'S(R) Brand Chocolate Candies MEMORABLE MOMENTS(TM) blends featuring Disney and Disney-Pixar characters and movies.
Disney to Join NBC Universal, News Corporation and Providence Equity Partners as an Equity Owner of Hulu - (DL) (4/30/2009)
Hulu and The Walt Disney Company today announced that Disney, through a subsidiary of ABC Enterprises Inc., has agreed to join NBC Universal, News Corporation and Providence Equity Partners as a joint venture partner and equity owner of Hulu, a leading online aggregator of video content. Upon closing, the agreement will enhance Hulu’s programming line-up through the expanded online distribution of Disney’s most popular current and library primetime series and library feature films. In particular, full-length episodes of hit current and library programs like Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Private Practice, Ugly Betty, Scrubs, Greek, Hope and Faith, Less Than Perfect, Wizards of Waverly Place, Phineas and Ferb, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, General Hospital, The View and The Secret Life of the American Teenager will soon be streamed on Hulu on an ad-supported basis.
Epcot's StormStuck adds a Flood exhibit - (DL) (4/30/2009)
The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. (FLASH), unveiled a new addition to their StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes experience located in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot. A new "flood wall" exhibit discusses important facts about flooding including ways for homeowners to prepare for flood and protect themselves from costly flood damage.
Runners Face ‘Challenge’ For Exclusive New Disney Medal - (DL) (4/29/2009)
Disney Sports is creating a one-of-a-kind bonus medal for runners who complete the Fall Race Challenge, competing in two of Disney’s three fall endurance events at Walt Disney World Resort. Runners that record an official time for Disney’s Race for the Taste 10K and either the Expedition Everest Challenge presented by Champion or The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 13K will receive the bonus medal in addition to individual race medals – a total of three race medals for running two races. Registration for all three fall events is now open.
Snapfish Brings the Magic of The Walt Disney Company to Your Photos - (DL) (4/29/2009)
If your little one loves honey, speeds around the house in top gear, dreams of being a princess or swoons at the sight of Zac Effron, Snapfish (http://www.snapfish.co.uk/) by HP has the perfect treat. From today, they can star alongside their favourite Disney characters on a selection of great photo-gifts. Place their sticky honeyed face on a mug with Winnie the Poohs, have them racing alongside Lightning McQueen on the cover of a personalised Cars notebook or pull together a collage of frolics with their friends in a High School Musical pin-up poster.
AdventuresbyDisney.com Named 2009 'Best Travel Website' in Internet Advertising Competition Awards - (DL) (4/29/2009)
Adventures by Disney (AdventuresbyDisney.com), provider of high-end family travel experiences, was awarded Best Travel Website by the Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) Awards. The IAC Awards, produced by the Web Marketing Association, recognize excellence in online advertising and those responsible for the best in Internet marketing. The Best Travel Website award is given to travel industry sites that exemplify creativity, innovation, design, memorability and impact. The new website was created by a dedicated Adventures by Disney web team at WDPRO (
The Winner of Radio Disney's Next Big Thing (N.B.T.) Announced - (DL) (4/29/2009)
A teen pop duo, "Jonnie and Brookie" of Phoenix, Arizona, have been named Radio Disney's "Next Big Thing" (N.B.T.) via a poll that tabulated nearly nine million votes on RadioDisney.com and via texts to Radio Disney from listener's mobile devices, it was announced on air by Radio Disney's Ernie D.
Disney Joins Forces With the Nature Conservancy to Plant 2.7 Million Trees in Conjunction With First Week Ticket Sales for Disneynature's Debut Feature, 'EARTH' - (DL) (4/29/2009)
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has arranged with The Nature Conservancy to plant 2.7 million trees in Brazil's Atlantic Forest, one of the planet's most endangered rainforests, it was announced by Dick Cook, chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. In keeping with the Disneynature EARTH's themes of protecting the planet and its wildlife, Walt Disney Studios volunteered to plant a tree in honor of every moviegoer who saw the film during its first week of release. The motion picture grossed an impressive $16.1 million at the box office during week one and broke an opening day record as well as an opening weekend record for a nature documentary. The film also garnered the highest praise from critics and moviegoers alike.
Hannah Montana and David Archuleta Duet to Debut on Radio Disney Saturday, May 2 - (DL) (4/29/2009)
Radio Disney will present the world premiere of a new song from Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana" on SATURDAY, MAY 2 (6:00 p.m., ET/3:00 p.m., PT) during its Planet Premiere feature. "I Wanna Know You," a duet by Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana and American Idol's David Archuleta, will be featured in a new episode of the hit series on Sunday, May 3 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.
Comfort Inn Vacation Ovation: Win Summer Family Getaway to Meet-and-Greet with Demi Lovato and See Her Live in Concert - (DL) (4/29/2009)
This summer, make Comfort Inn your headquarters for family fun. With free hot breakfast, free high-speed Internet and inviting accommodations -- you'll find everything you need for a great stay and you'll find it all at the right price. To ensure some all-star summer fun, Comfort Inn hotels has joined forces with Radio Disney, Disney Online, Family Fun magazine and Disney Music Group to present the Groovin' Family Getaway with Comfort Inn Featuring Demi Lovato sweepstakes.
Selena Gomez among PEOPLE en Espanol's 50 Most Beautiful Hispanic Celebrities - (DL) (4/29/2009)
This year, PEOPLE en Espanol's "50 Most Beautiful" special issue features nine of today's most popular Hispanic women on the cover. Desperate Housewive's Eva Longoria, Nacho Libre's Ana de la Reguera, Univision's top rated soap actress Maite Perroni, and current Miss Universe, Dayana Mendoza, posed together for the cover in the heart of Miami Beach.
Euro Disney S.C.A. Reports 2009 First Half Results - (DL) (4/28/2009)
Euro Disney S.C.A. (the "Company"), parent company of Euro Disney Associes S.C.A. ("EDA"), operator of Disneyland(R) Resort Paris, reported today the results for its consolidated group (the "Group") for the first six months of fiscal year 2009 which ended
Summer 2009 at Walt Disney World Press Release - (DL) (4/28/2009)
From May through August 2009, summer simmers with exciting new attractions and experiences at Walt Disney World Resort. The smash TV hit “American Idol” inspires a new attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios while, at Magic Kingdom, a Liberty Square icon reopens its doors and street parties turn up the spirit as Disney’s “What Will You Celebrate?” hits full-stride. Treehouse lodging is back, Stars Wars Weekends let guests release their inner Jedi, Downtown Disney unwraps new fun – on the ground and in the air – and there’s music, music, music filling the air at Epcot …
Lighting Up The Night With New Shows And A New Glow! Disneyland Resort Celebrates Summer Nightastic! - (DL) (4/27/2009)
Disneyland Resort will glow like never before this summer as it debuts an all-new fireworks show, Magical, along with sensational new characters and effects that will brighten the Summer Nightastic! lineup of after-dark entertainment.
Disneyland Resort Offers Incredible Value for Southern California Residents with Admission to Two Parks for the Price of One - (DL) (4/27/2009)
Southern California families looking for value and the best way to spend their limited entertainment dollars will find an unbeatable offer at the Disneyland Resort in the new year. With the “Southern California 2fer Ticket,” guests will experience the magic of new attractions and high quality entertainment at Disneyland or Disney’s California Adventure on one day, and then come back on another day to play in the other park – for free.
Disneyland Resort Unveils Incredible Value for Southern California Residents: 3-day Summer Fun Pass for $99 - (DL) (4/27/2009)
Just in time for summer, the Disneyland Resort announces a valuable ticket offer – the 3-Day Summer Fun Pass, available exclusively for residents of Southern California and Northern Baja. With this special ticket, local residents can play at the Disneyland Resort for three days within a 45-day period, for just $99. Guests who live in zip codes 90000 through 93599, and 21000-22999, will be able to enter both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, enjoying three days of fun for only $33 per day.
Zagat's First Ever Insider's Guide to the Disneyland Resort - (DL) (4/27/2009)
Zagat Survey recently released its first Disneyland Resort Insider’s Guide, a comprehensive overview of 279 rides, attractions, dining, shopping, hotels and amenities throughout California’s renowned Disneyland Resort. Based on 3,122 avid Disney-goers, the guide offers advice on how to spend your time and money, as well as how to beat the lines, while enjoying the magic at Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure, the Downtown Disney District and the hotels of the Disneyland Resort. Because Disney appeals to all ages, attractions are separately rated for their “Adult Appeal,” “Child Appeal” and “Thrill” on Zagat’s signature 30-point scale.
Celebration Roundup and Barbecue: The Ultimate Disneyland Destination for Food and Fun - (DL) (4/27/2009)
What will you celebrate?” Whether it’s big or small, an extended family reunion or a birthday, Disneyland Resort has the ideal food and entertainment to enhance your event, including the all-new Celebration Roundup and Barbecue at Frontierland in Disneyland park.
Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez Star in "Princess Protection Program", A Disney Channel Original Movie - (DL) (4/27/2009)
Two of the most popular young actresses, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato, star in the adventure comedy "Princess Protection Program," a Disney Channel Original Movie about two very different girls – a princess from a small kingdom and a small town girl who, when fate brings them together, must team up to help the would-be queen pass for a regular teen. Filmed in Puerto Rico, "Princess Protection Program" premieres Friday, June 26 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel and Family Channel Canada. The "Royal B.F.F. Extended Edition" will be available Tuesday, June 30 on Disney DVD and will feature an exclusive new music video of "One and the Same" performed by Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato, a behind-the-scenes look at the film with the teen stars, and a free "B.F.F" necklace set.
Magical Moment Celebrates Month of the Military Child - (DL) (4/27/2009)
Jessy and her 11-year-old brother, Austin, got the opportunity of a lifetime – to be grand marshals in the “Celebrate a Dream Come True” parade at Magic Kingdom. Grand marshals are randomly selected daily for the parade, but for the Hill family of Canton, NC, the magic of the day held extra special meaning.
Sanaa Pictures and Menus - (DL) (4/27/2009)
As part of the Kidani Village expansion of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, diners are treated to a new restaurant - Sanaa. The menu in the 150-seat, family-oriented restaurant reflects the art of African cooking with Indian flavors. Pronounced "Sah-NAH," the restaurant boasts interiors inspired by African art and remarkable views to a savannah of free-roaming animals. Kidani Village, a Disney Vacation Club property, is the newest resort addition to Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Click below for restaurant pictures and complete menus.
DIY Network Crashes Walt Disney World - (DL) (4/24/2009)
Licensed landscape contractor Ahmed Hassan normally surprises unsuspecting homeowners at the local home improvement store with a complete transformation of their own yard on DIY Network’s hit show Yard Crashers. But in DIY Network’s one-hour special, Yard Crashers: Disney Epcot on Monday, April 27 at 9 p.m. ET, he’ll take viewers on an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at one of the largest and most famous yards in America – the Epcot® International Flower & Garden FestivalWalt Disney World Resort.
SuperNanny Star Jo Frost to Meet With Fans at Disneyland's Downtown Disney - (DL) (4/24/2009)
The star of ABC's popular parenting series SUPERNANNY,
Two new Disneyland fan DVDs released focusing on the park's history and secrets - (DL) (4/24/2009)
Two new fan DVDs have recently been released for Disneyland fans. Unlike most of the fan DVDs available, these go well beyond videotaping the rides to give an in depth look at Disneyland's history in one case and Disney's secrets in another.
First Ever International Cheerleading Competition Brings World's best to Disney - (DL) (4/23/2009)
For the first time ever, a world-wide cheerleading and dance team championship will take place, with national cheerleading and dance teams from approximately 50 countries descending on the Walt Disney World(R) Resort on
ESPN and Disney to Present X Games 3D the Movie - (DL) (4/23/2009)
ESPN and Disney will release the first sports-themed 3D film this summer with a special, limited one-week theatrical run starting
Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand Book Signing with Gail Carson Levine! - (DL) (4/23/2009)
Event: Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand Book Signing
Special Guest: New York Times Bestselling Author, Gail Carson Levine
Event Date: Thursday, April 30
Event Times: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Event Location: Pixie Hallow Fairy Garden, Test Track Walkway, Epcot®
Walt Disney Signature Unveils Theo Kalomirakis Home Entertainment Collection - (DL) (4/23/2009)
Renowned for bringing together the latest in animation and sound technologies, Walt Disney created timeless film classics that have touched generations. As represented by numerous classics from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves to Sleeping Beauty, Bambi, and Fantasia, he understood the narrative power of sound in cinema, once describing the experience of seeing Fantasia in the theater as a "visual concert." And now Disney Consumer Products and Theo Kalomirakis, a leading home theater designer, are expanding the Walt Disney Signature collection, Disney's first upscale lifestyle brand, with a new line of home entertainment furniture inspired by Walt's pioneering use of picture and sound technology. The new line will launch domestically at High Point Market at the International Home Furnishings Center on April 23, 2009.
Walt Disney Signature Goes Outdoors With Veneman Furniture Line - (DL) (4/23/2009)
Disney Consumer Products and Veneman Collections, the outdoor furniture company known for its custom designs, announce an exciting expansion of the Walt Disney Signature collection, Disney's first upscale, non-character lifestyle brand, with an all new line of high end outdoor furniture from Veneman designed to incorporate timeless moments of Disney magic and whimsy into the most natural spaces around the home. This new line from Veneman incorporates memorable Disney moments in film, animation and more into four collections: Lumiere, Griffith, Imperial and Script Writer, and will debut at High Point Market at the International Home Furnishings Center, Suite M126 on April 23, 2009.
Demi Lavato's In-Studio Acoustic Performance to be Presented on Radio Disney April 24 - (DL) (4/23/2009)
Radio Disney treats its listeners to an exclusive acoustic performance by multi-talented recording artist and actress Demi Lovato onFRIDAY, APRIL 24 (5:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. PT). Lovato performs from Radio Disney's state of the art network studio, the setting for performances by some of the hottest recording artists on the Radio Disney play list, and is interviewed by Radio Disney's "Ernie D" about her upcoming 43-city headlining concert tour, her hit Disney Channel series "Sonny With a Chance" and her upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie "Princess Protection Program." Exclusive photos, video and audio will be available at RadioDisney.com.
Disney Animation Rarities Showcased at 2009 Newport Baech Film Festival - (DL) (4/23/2009)
On Wednesday, April 29, audiences at the 2009 Newport Beach Film Festival (April 23 – 30) will again enjoy a “Behind-The-Magic” peek at the art of Disney animation as Academy Awardâ nominated film producer and author Don Hahn and Creative Director for Walt Disney Animation Studios David Bossert present an evening of rarely seen Disney animated shorts. Hahn and Bossert will share with the audience a collection of short animated films that had very limited theatrical distribution or have not been seen theatrically by a general audience in decades (in some instances over 60 years) beginning at at the art deco Lido Theater in Newport Beach.
the boys: the sherman brothers’ story to premiere at Newport Beach Film Festival April 28th - (DL) (4/23/2009)
On Tuesday, April 28 (,
Environmentally Friendly Bakery Debuts at Disneyland Resort - (DL) (4/23/2009)
The new central bakery at the Disneyland Resort, used by Cast Members to create the delicious treats Disneyland guests enjoy, opened last month boasting numerous environmentally friendly features.
Environmentally Friendly Bakery Debuts at Disneyland Resort - (DL) (4/23/2009)
The new central bakery at the Disneyland Resort, used by Cast Members to create the delicious treats Disneyland guests enjoy, opened last month boasting numerous environmentally friendly features.
Hannah Montana Soundtrack Claims No. 1 Position on the Billboard Chart - (DL) (4/22/2009)
On the heels of a No. 1 film, Hannah Montana The Movie soundtrack soared to the No. 1 position on the Billboard 200 chart in its fourth week of release, scanning over 133,000 units according to Nielsen SoundScan. Since its release on March 24, the soundtrack has scanned over 554,000 units. In addition to being the #1 selling album in the U.S., it is also #1 on the Billboard Soundtrack chart for the fourth consecutive week.
Demi Lovato Announces “Summer Tour 2009” North American Headline Tour - (DL) (4/22/2009)
Hollywood Records’ recording artist and Disney Channel star Demi Lovato announced her first headline tour today, featuring special guests David Archuleta, as well as select dates with Jordan Pruitt and KSM. Tickets go on sale April 25, with a special pre-sale offered to Demi Lovato’s fan club which started yesterday, April 21, at www.DemiLovato.com/FanClub . The 43 city tour kicks on June 21 in Hartford, CT at the XL Center, and is produced by AEG Live. Sponsors for the tour include AT & T and Choice Hotels.
G-FORCE Teams up with Major League Baseball in Unprecedented All-Star Game, Grand-Slam Million-Ticket Sweepstakes - (DL) (4/22/2009)
A team of secret government operatives are infiltrating Major League Baseball this season. Their mission? Give away one million tickets to see their movie “G-FORCE” on its opening day. From Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films comes “G-FORCE,” a 3-D high-octane comedy adventure about a covert government program in which guinea pigs are trained to work in espionage. The film, opening nationwide July 24, teams up with MLB for the unprecedented G-Force Grand Slam Sweepstakes. If a grand slam is hit during the All-Star Game on July 14, the first million people who have entered on Disney.com will win a free ticket to see “G-FORCE” on its opening day.
Disney Cruise Line Salutes Earth Day by Honoring the Winners of Disney's Environmentality Challenge in Grand Cayman - (DL) (4/22/2009)
Disney Cruise Line honored the top prize winners of Disney’s EnvironmentalityTM Challenge (DEC) educational program today in an awards ceremony aboard the Disney Magic cruise ship. Taking place during a weeklong celebration of Earth Day, the event showcased local students’ contributions to promote conservation and protect the environment.
Walt Disney World Resort Celebrates Earth Day Every Day - (DL) (4/22/2009)
Since the company’s early days, Disney has been committed to Environmentality, which encompasses the attitude and commitment to do what is right for the environment and right for responsible business. Building on this legacy, Walt Disney World Resort has intensified efforts to embed environmental stewardship into the decisions and actions of Cast Members and guests through a series of science-based programs and policies. The efforts include effectively managing resources through energy management, water conservation and waste minimization. Some of the work is highlighted in a set of Fun Facts:
Disney Interactive Studios Names Dan Tudge VP and GM, Propaganda Games - (DL) (4/20/2009)
Disney Interactive Studios today announced the appointment of Dan Tudge as vice president and general manager of Propaganda Games, Disney Interactive Studios’ development studio in Vancouver, British Columbia. Tudge is tasked with overseeing the operations of the 130-person studio as it continues the development of two unannounced games.
Three-Night SpringHill Suites Orlando Hotel Package With Prices Starting at $708 - (DL) (4/20/2009)
The SpringHill Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista in the Marriott Village is making a three-day Orlando family vacation possible with their Disney Getaway Package, letting you cover Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Disney's Hollywood Studios(TM), or Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park all in a long weekend.
Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre featured Earth Apr 22 - May 26 - (DL) (4/20/2009)
Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre celebrates Earth Day (April 22nd) with the debut of Disneynature’s, “EARTH,” an extraordinary new film from Disney’s newest banner, it was announced today by Lylle Breier, senior vice president of worldwide special events for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The El Capitan engagement will run from April 22nd through May 26th, and will also feature a live stage show called “Animals From Around the World,” spotlighting wildlife experts sharing the unique characteristics of exotic animals in their care. Daily showtimes are at 10:00 am, 12:30 pm, 3:45 pm, 7:00 pm, and 9:35 pm. Tickets are available at the El Capitan Theatre box office (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), on line at www.elcapitantickets.com, or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6. Special group rates for parties of 20 or more are available by calling 1-818-845-3110.
Disney Softball Teams Show True Character - (DL) (4/20/2009)
As Major League Baseball swings into the start of its season, legions of Walt Disney World softball players are taking to local ball fields to unwind and unleash their home run hitting dreams. With approximately 1,600 Cast Members participating in 80 organized co-ed and men’s softball teams, the Amateur Softball League of America (ASA) recognizes Walt Disney World Resort as having one of the nation’s largest single-site industrial softball leagues.
First-of-a-Kind, Handheld Device Brings Magic of Disney Theme Parks to Guests with Disabilities - (DL) (4/20/2009)
Disney engineers have taken recent advances in wireless technology one step further, creating a first-of-a-kind, handheld assistive device to bring the magic of Disney theme parks to guests with visual and hearing disabilities.
D23 member offer for 2009 Newport Beach Film Festival - (DL) (4/20/2009)
D23 members can receive a discount on three very special nights at the 2009 Newport Beach Film Festival, including a screening of the boys: the sherman brothers' story, a night of Disney animation rarities and an evening of music with Oscar®-nominated composer Marc Shaiman. Even better, for screenings of the boys and Disney Rarities, D23 members will also receive priority seating!
Disney's Califonia Food and Wine Festival Fun Facts - (DL) (4/20/2009)
Tantalizing taste buds with authentic, international flavors, Disneyland Resort celebrates its fourth annual Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival, with a six-week “World Celebration” featuring celebrity chefs, signature and complimentary experiences and winemaker dinners with themes from around the globe.
Strong Advance Sales for EARTH Motion Picture Bolster Tree-Planting Initiative: 500,000 Trees to Be Planted So Far - (DL) (4/20/2009)
“EARTH” won’t open till Wednesday, yet moviegoers have already snapped up half a million tickets to catch the movie in its opening week and have a tree planted in their honor. Disneynature’s commitment to plant a tree for everyone who sees the motion picture between April 22-28 means that already 500,000 trees will be planted — and that number is still growing with advance ticket sales on the rise and the April 22 opening just a few days away.
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort recognizes foster parents for their extraordinary commitment to children in need - (DL) (4/20/2009)
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort joined Social Welfare Department and artiste Gaile Lai to recognize about 80 foster parents in Hong Kong for their extraordinary commitment to taking care of children in need. Their love and care provides a healthy foundation for the lives of these children.
Disneyland® Resort and Nonprofits Provide Discounted Tickets for California Guests with Disabilities - (DL) (4/20/2009)
Earlier this year, the Rogers family headed to the Disneyland® Resort for a day. The trip was made possible through the Disneyland® Resort 2009 Community Involvement Program. Every January and February, the Resort partners with more than 150 schools and organizations including nonprofits, regional centers and residential care facilities that provide services to individuals with disabilities.
Disneyland Resort and the Make-A-Wish® Foundation Fulfill A Unique Wish - (DL) (4/20/2009)
Earlier this year, Kate Fladhammer, daughter of Disneyland® Resort Firefighter Brian Fladhammer, had her wish come true. Kate, who along with her two brothers has been diagnosed with primary immunodeficiency disease, had a wish different from most – she yearned to explore the Resort’s Circle D Corral – a place where she knew she could see and interact with the many animals that live there, including horses, goats and Maggie the cow.
Disney Sensation David Henrie Named Grand Marshal for 2009 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race - (DL) (4/17/2009)