Disney News Stories
A Supercalifragilistic Evening with Richard M. Sherman will be performed on Friday, February 26 at 7 p.m. and Saturday February 27 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. D23 Members may purchase select orchestra seats for $35 (regularly $45) ONLY by calling (818) 845-3110 and using the code PZ23. Members must also have their D23 Membership number ready when they call.
Disney Interactive Studios Announces Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force: Herbert’s Revenge - (DL) (2/18/2010)
Agents of the exclusive Elite Penguin Force are being called back into action. Disney Interactive Studios officially announced today the development of Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force: Herbert’s Revenge, the sequel to the 2008 top Nintendo DS™ title, Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force. This follows the initial unveiling earlier this week by Lane Merrifield, co-founder of Club Penguin and executive vice president of Disney Online Studios, and Steve Wadsworth, president of Disney Interactive Media Group, during their respective keynote addresses at the Engage! Expo at Toy Fair and the D.I.C.E. Summit.
Fun Facts Bloom Across 305 Acres of 17th Annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival - (DL) (2/18/2010)
Thirty million blooms, half a million plants, 60 tons of topiary and 600 butterflies add up to a wonderful world of theme park color at the 17th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, March 3-May 16 at Walt Disney World Resort. Among this year’s fun festival facts.
Portobello celebrates national noodle month with a pasta fest! - (DL) (2/18/2010)
Portobello restaurant, located at the Downtown Disney Pleasure Island, 1670 Lake Buena Vista, is celebrating everything pasta all during March, which is National Noodle Month!
Disney's California Food & Wine Festival Celebrates the 'Art of Flavor' at Disneyland Resort - (DL) (2/17/2010)
Disney's California Food & Wine Festival will create a kaleidoscope of culinary experiences for guests of every palate April 16-May 31 at Disney's California Adventure park and select locations across the Disneyland Resort.
Epcot Flower Power Concert Series Full Schedule - (DL) (2/17/2010)
(February 16, 2010) Epcot becomes a living jukebox featuring hit songs of the 1960s through the 1990s each Friday through Sunday of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival at Walt Disney World Resort.
ESPN Wide World of Sports Unveils 13th Edition of Atlanta Braves Spring Training at Champion Stadium - (DL) (2/17/2010)
The Atlanta Braves will host several marquee spring training opponents in 2010, including visits from the World Champion New York Yankees, World Series runner-up Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals during the Major League Baseball Spring Training season at Champion Stadium at the soon-to-be-re-imagined ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
New Addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Family: Baby White-Cheeked Gibbon - (DL) (2/17/2010)
Guests visiting the Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom are getting a glimpse of the latest addition to the park’s family – an endangered white-cheeked gibbon born Feb. 2.
The yet-to-be named male and his mother, Melaka, are bonding well according to the animal experts who oversee the daily care of primates. Guests may see them and the baby’s two sisters, Suki and Tuyen, in their habitat near Kali River Rapids.
Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story 3 Takes Over Toy Fair - (DL) (2/16/2010)
Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story 3 kicked off the American International Toy Fair in New York City today with a plethora of new toys and playthings that pay homage and celebrate the best the toy industry has to offer. In a playful, Toy Story-themed setting before an invitation-only crowd of toy industry insiders, Green Army Men descended from the ceiling in “take-over” mode as they helped John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, Lee Unkrich, director, Toy Story 3, Darla K. Anderson, producer, Toy Story 3 and John Ratzenberger, voice of Hamm, unveil a first look at some of the more than 250 new toys releasing this Summer and into the 2010 Holidays.
Reigning Dancing with the Stars Champion Donny Osmond Previews Dance Star Mickey at New York Toy Fair 2010 - (DL) (2/16/2010)
The dance stars align at Toy Fair 2010 as Fisher-Price – a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT) – and Disney introduce Dance Star Mickey. The original Disney character, who first appeared on merchandise more than 80 years ago, will dance his way into the hearts of a new generation of children this fall. To preview the newest and most interactive Mickey character plush, two of the most beloved and legendary entertainers – Mickey Mouse and Donny Osmond – joined together today to show off some of the season’s hottest dance moves. Fresh off the heels of his big ABC-TV Dancing with the Stars win, Mr. Osmond took to the dance floor to stroll down memory lane and shake things up with a little friendly dance competition with Mickey.
Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3: The Video Game Lets Players Create a Story of Their Own - (DL) (2/16/2010)
Disney Interactive Studios today officially announced development of Toy Story 3: The Video Game, supporting all major platforms and featuring a fun, new way to enjoy the Toy Story universe. Unveiled at the American International Toy Fair in New York City by Mary Beech, general manager and vice president of franchise development and marketing for Disney Consumer Products, Toy Story 3: The Video Game will feature film adventures along with Disney’s first open-world gameplay for kids. Inspired by the upcoming Disney•Pixar animated film, Toy Story 3: The Video Game is due on retail shelves June 15, 2010.
Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Disney’s FANTASIA 2000 Feb 17-27 - (DL) (2/16/2010)
Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre celebrates the 10th anniversary of Walt Disney Pictures’ “Fantasia 2000” with a special limited engagement of the film from February 17 to 27. The music for “Fantasia 2000” was conducted by James Levine, and performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Accompanying “Fantasia 2000” will be the short animated subject “Destino,” a collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali, which was begun in 1945, and finally realized in 2004. The late Roy Edward Disney was the head of Disney Animation, and was executive producer of both “Fantasia 2000” and “Destino.”
Disneyland Resort President Announces New Cast Member Programs - (DL) (2/12/2010)
On February 8, Disneyland® Resort President George A. Kalogridis announced a series of new and enhanced Cast Member-focused programs to become available over the next several months, leading up to the 55th anniversary of Disneyland® Park on July 17. Kalogridis stated in his message to Cast Members that "from 1955 until today, our emphasis on our guests and Cast has made us successful, and will continue to be just as important over the next 50 years too."
New Disney Parks Chairman Tom Staggs Visits Disneyland Resort - (DL) (2/12/2010)
Tom Staggs, a 20-year Disney veteran and former chief financial officer of the company, officially became chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts on January 1. He comes to the role with a deep understanding of the business, having played an active role in shaping the growth strategy for the division during his many years as CFO and as a member of the Euro Disney supervisory board.
Disney Honors Orange County Teacher of the Year Nominee with a Night in the Dream Suite - (DL) (2/12/2010)
When Karen Pollack was selected as Brookhurst Junior High School’s Teacher of the Year she never dreamed it would lead to spending a night at Disneyland®. Pollack, a nominee for the 2010 Orange County Teacher of the Year award, was randomly selected from all 60 nominees to win a one-night stay in the Disneyland® Dream Suite.
A Full Day of Disney Favorites, March 14 on Hallmark Channel in HD - (DL) (2/12/2010)
On March 14th Hallmark Channel HD presents Annie, Hocus Pocus, Flight of the Navigator, Bailey's Mistake and 101 Dalmatians. Click below for details.
Waking Sleeping Beauty opens March 26 in LA, NY, SF and Chicago - (DL) (2/12/2010)
After a successful festival debut, Waking Sleeping Beauty will begin its theatrical run with limited releases in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco on March 26, 2010. Directed by Don Hahn and produced by Peter Schneider and Don Hahn, Waking Sleeping Beauty was an Official Selection at the 2009 Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and winner of the Audience Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival.
‘Give a Day, Get a Disney Day’ Program Reaches 600,000 Volunteer Sign-Ups – and Counting! - (DL) (2/11/2010)
Against the backdrop of a world-record sculpture of canned goods destined for food banks, Disney Parks officials on Thursday announced a major milestone with the “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” program, a first-of-its-kind effort to help inspire 1 million people to perform volunteer service.
Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato Perform World Premiere of New Friends For Change Anthem 'Make a Wave' - (DL) (2/11/2010)
“Make A Wave,” an inspirational duet by Hollywood Records recording artists and Disney Channel stars Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato, recorded for Disney's Friends for Change: Project Green and to be featured in the upcoming Disneynature film “OCEANS,” was unveiled today in an exclusive performance during the “Celebrate Family Volunteers” event at Walt Disney World® Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL. The anthem will debut February 26 on Radio Disney, while the music video will have its world premiere on Disney Channel March 14 and launch online the following day at Disney.com. “Make A Wave” will be available beginning March 15 on iTunes, with all proceeds benefiting environmental charities through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF). ”OCEANS” hits theaters April 22, 2010 (Earth Day).
Juicy Development Unveils Disneyland(R) App at MacWorld 2010 - (DL) (2/10/2010)
iPhone app developer Juicy Development unveils Disneyland(R) app this week at San Francisco's MacWorld 2010. The app for iPhone and iPod Touch, FastTrac(TM), for Disneyland cuts users' waiting time for the park's rides. Unlike other Disney apps, FastTrac creates a dynamic customized Disneyland(R) ride schedule for the FastTrac user. With this schedule, users can walk onto popular rides, like Indy and Splash Mountain(R), even during crowded times like spring break and Christmas. The FastTrac app was tested extensively in the middle of the park's peak capacity times during spring break and Christmas break. Testers of the app found wait time was reduced significantly, with only a maximum of 10 minutes wait for the most popular of rid
What's New, What's Next at Walt Disney World and the Cruise Lines - (DL) (2/10/2010)
Main Street Electrical Parade Lights the Night Again as Walt Disney World Resort Launches ‘Summer Nightastic!’ - (DL) (2/10/2010)
The “Main Street Electrical Parade” lights up the streets of Magic Kingdom and headlines a season of after-dark excitement coming to Walt Disney World Resort. Also coming are a summer Fireworks Show at the Magic Kingdom and enhanced Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Disney Announces Collaboration with First Lady Michelle Obama to Create a Healthier Generation - (DL) (2/9/2010)
As part of its ongoing effort to promote healthy lifestyles and nutrition for kids and families, Disney today announced that it will develop a program in collaboration with First Lady Michelle Obama supporting “Let’s Move,” her newly announced campaign to create a healthier generation.
Euro Disney S.C.A. Reports Revenues for the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2010 - (DL) (2/9/2010)
Euro Disney S.C.A. (the "Company"), parent company of Euro Disney Associes S.C.A., operator of Disneyland(R) Paris, reported today the following revenues for its consolidated group (the "Group") for the first quarter of fiscal year 2010 which ended December 31, 2009 (the "First Quarter"):
Disney Nature Oceans Hits Theaters on Earth Day 2010 - (DL) (2/9/2010)
Disneynature’s next big-screen splash “OCEANS” has launched group ticket sales to boost its efforts to save coral reefs with proceeds generated from the film’s opening week. “See OCEANS, Save Oceans” is an initiative developed with The Nature Conservancy where a portion of each ticket sold for the film’s opening week April 22-28 will help establish new marine protected areas in The Bahamas.
Superstar Mary J. Blige to Be Keynote Speaker at 2010 Disney's Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey - (DL) (2/8/2010)
Mary J. Blige, the "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul," will be the Keynote Speaker as part of the third annual Disney's Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey. The event will be held Feb. 11-14 at Walt Disney World Resort.
New Orleans Fans Can Celebrate Their Team's Football Championship With a Free Night at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort - (DL) (2/8/2010)
New Orleans fans have followed their football team all season. They have agonized in defeat like their team's players and rejoiced in victory like their team's players. So why not celebrate a championship like their team's players?
Alice in Wonderland Prep for Great Big Ultimate Fan Event February 19 - (DL) (2/5/2010)
Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Records join forces with Hot Topic, KIIS-FM, MySpace and musical artists from the upcoming album “Almost Alice” for a great big ultimate fan event celebrating this Spring’s most anticipated 3D motion picture “ALICE IN WONDERLAND.” The star-studded concert event kicks off at 5 p.m. on Feb. 19, 2010, at the Hollywood & Highland Center’s Central Courtyard. Featuring five musical acts, a visit from director Tim Burton to introduce select members of the “ALICE IN WONDERLAND” cast, plus opportunities to win prizes, including a sneak peek of actual film footage, the ultimate fan event will be streamed live on MySpace at www.myspace.com/wonderland.
Spring Issue of Disney Twenty-Three Magazine Salutes 70th Anniversary of the Walt Disney Studios - (DL) (2/4/2010)
Seventy years ago, Walt Disney opened his tree-lined, campus-like studio lot in the heart of Burbank, and Disney twenty-three magazine travels back in time to tell the story of how Walt’s dream factory was created – one of more than a dozen new features and articles in the Spring 2010 issue.
Walt Disney World Guide for iPhone Updated – Now With Over 300 Pages and 500 Photos - (DL) (2/4/2010)
TimeStream Software, the leading developer of Notescasts for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPod Legacy Devices, announces the latest upgrade of its popular “Walt Disney World Guide” Notescast for the iPhone and iPod touch.
Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow Online Announces Fairy House Art Contest for Fans - (DL) (2/4/2010)
Disney Online announced today their latest contest in the popular online world for girls, Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow. In honor of the film “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue,” out on Blu-ray™ and DVD later this year Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow is looking for players to create their own Fairy house design between now and Feb. 22, 2010. The director of the upcoming movie will choose the winner who will receive a vacation for four to the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida to have the unforgettable experience of seeing their very own Fairy home in person. Their inspired creation will also be featured at the Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival.
Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland Fun Facts - (DL) (2/4/2010)
Disney has released a series of Fun Facts about Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland which opens March 5, 2010.
Alice in Wonderland World Premiere in London - (DL) (2/3/2010)
From Walt Disney Pictures and visionary film-director Tim Burton comes one of the most highly anticipated movie releases for 2010 “Alice in Wonderland.” The film’s all star cast—including Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, Australian rising star Mia Wasikowska as Alice, and UK comedian Matt Lucas as Tweedledum and Tweedledee—are expected to attend the World Premiere on February 25th in London, alongside director Burton. They will be joined by Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.
Anne Hathaway talks Alice in Wonderland - (DL) (2/3/2010)
An interview by Disney with Academy Award winning actress in which she talks about her role as The White Queen in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and the film in general.
Disneyland Resort Celebrates Third Shift Cast - (DL) (2/3/2010)
On February 3, approximately 1,400 third shift cast members from throughout Disneyland Resort were celebrated during a World of Color-themed breakfast at the Disneyland Hotel in the early hours of the morning. These cast members, who work while most people are sleeping, do everything from landscaping to maintaining attractions to cleaning streets. The cast was acknowledged and thanked by their leaders and Disneyland Resort President George A. Kalogridis.
OrSen: WDW Downtown Disney McDonalds Closing - (DL) (2/3/2010)
According to the Orlando Sentinel the McDonalds at Downtown Disney (FL) will close April 30 and will be replaced by Pollo Campero, a Latin chicken fast-food chain. The closure is reportedly connected to the previously announced conclusion of the McDonalds-Disney partnership. The McDonalds located near the All Stars Resorts will remain open.
Disney and Pixar Celebrate Milestone Oscar Year with 8 Nominations for “UP” and “The Princess & the Frog” - (DL) (2/3/2010)
alt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios celebrated a milestone Oscar® year as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced five Oscar nominations today for “UP” (from Disney-Pixar), including a coveted spot in the “Best Picture” category for only the second time in Academy Award® history, and three nominations for Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog,” it was announced today by Rich Ross, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, and John Lasseter, chief creative officer for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.
Disney Cruise Line Brings Fun in the Sun, Water Play For Little Ones and Goofy’s Golf on the Disney Dream - (DL) (2/2/2010)
An elaborately themed interactive sports deck, whimsical water play area, and relaxing poolside oasis for adults join the first-ever shipboard water coaster – AquaDuck – to provide fun in the sun for guests sailing on the newest Disney Cruise Line ship, the Disney Dream.
Disney and Common Sense Media Launch Campaign to Help Kids Safely Navigate the Internet and Other Digital Media - (DL) (2/1/2010)
Disney has teamed with Common Sense Media to help kids and tweens safely navigate the internet and other digital platforms and to get parents thinking about how media and technology fit into their family's life. The initiative includes a PSA and website which feature the characters from Disney's hit animated series "Phineas and Ferb" and supports Common Sense Media's "Rules of the Road" for smart and safe use of digital media. The tips include guarding privacy and protecting one's identity while online, balancing time spent in cyberspace and thinking before texting or posting material online.
IBM Works with Walt Disney Imagineering to Create a New Smarter Planet Exhibit - (DL) (2/1/2010)
IBM unveiled a new experiential exhibit at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort, which invites guests to discover the possibilities of building a smarter planet. The exhibit is powered by a new Smarter Data Center, providing a real-life demonstration of optimized computing that reduces energy costs by up to 25 percent.
Disney Begins Production on 'Jake and the Never Land Pirates' - (DL) (2/1/2010)
Disney Television Animation has begun production on “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” an interactive 2-D and CG animated series for preschoolers and parents featuring the music and fun- filled adventures of classic characters Captain Hook and Smee, plus a new crew of kid pirates led by the enthusiastic and courageous Jake. The series, which will premiere on Playhouse Disney-branded blocks and channels around the world, is designed to emphasize teamwork. The announcement was made today by Nancy Kanter, senior vice president, Playhouse Disney Worldwide.
Valentine's Day Offerings at Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney - (DL) (2/1/2010)
They always say the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach! Treat your favorite girl or guy to a delicious meal this Valentine’s Day at one of these Downtown Disney Hot spots!
Disney's Digicomics Launches New Content - (DL) (2/1/2010)
Disney has recently introduced Disney Digicomics for the iPhone/iPod touch, a collection of the most successful Disney comic books from around the world. The app allows users to choose from dozens of comics including Mickey Mouse’s epic adventures in Wizards of Mickey; Casablanca, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer starring your favorite Disney characters.