Disney News Stories
All good voyages must come to an end, but for Seven Seas High School students Zack, Cody, London, Bailey and Woody, graduation comes sooner than they expect, and with a lot of baggage, in the momentous series finale of "The Suite Life on Deck," premiering FRIDAY, MAY 6 (8:00-8:40 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. Immediately following is a special preview of the new comedy series "A.N.T. Farm," which revolves around Chyna Parks, an 11-year-old musical prodigy who attends high school as part of the prestigious A.N.T. (Advanced Natural Talents) program.
D23 Celebrates 20th Anniversary of The Rocketeer at the El Capitan Theatre June 21 - (DL) (4/28/2011)
For Disney fans and movie buffs alike it’s time to grab the helmets and prepare to take flight once again! On June 21, 2011, come relive the action and fun of Disney’s 1991 adventure-fantasyThe Rocketeer at the legendary El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood as D23: The Official Disney Fan Club celebrates the 20th anniversary of this Disney film favorite.
ABC Finishes Tuesday as Most-Watched Network - (DL) (4/27/2011)
ABC was the most-watched network on Tuesday posting its 2nd strongest performance in 5 months with viewers and young adults. The Dancing with the Stars results show posted its largest non-premiere, non-finale audience in almost 3 years.
Production Commences on Marvel's The Avengers - (DL) (4/26/2011)
Production has commenced today in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Marvel Studios' highly anticipated movie "Marvel's The Avengers," directed by Joss Whedon ("Serenity") from a screenplay by Whedon. The film will continue principal photography in Cleveland, Ohio and New York City. Robert Downey, Jr. ("Iron Man," "Iron Man 2") returns as the iconic Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Chris Hemsworth ("Thor") as Thor, Chris Evans ("Captain America: The First Avenger") as Captain America, Jeremy Renner ("Thor," "The Hurt Locker") as Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo ("The Kids Are Alright") as Hulk, Scarlett Johansson ("Iron Man 2") as Black Widow, Clark Gregg ("Iron Man," "Thor") as Agent Phil Coulson, and Samuel L. Jackson ("Iron Man," "Iron Man 2") as Nick Fury. Set for release in the US on May 4, 2012, "Marvel's The Avengers" is the first feature to be fully owned, marketed and distributed by Disney, which acquired Marvel in 2009.
Web Chat with the Stars of Lemonade Mouth with Radio Disney on May 7th - (DL) (4/26/2011)
Viewers are invited to join the conversation as strong word of mouth on Twitter, Facebook and iTunes and a meaningful connection with kids, tweens and families builds for "Lemonade Mouth," the No. 1 original movie of the year on cable television. Stars of the Disney Channel Original Movie will participate in a live video chat with fans on SATURDAY, MAY 7 (4:00 p.m., PT/ 7:00 p.m., ET) at DisneyChannel.com/LiveChat. The live video chat, hosted by Radio Disney's on-air personality Jake Whetter, will include Bridgit Mendler, Adam Hicks, Hayley Kiyoko and Blake Michael.
Celebs Recite Poetry for Disney Junior's 'A Poem Is...' for National Poetry Month - (DL) (4/26/2011)
Caroline Kennedy, Kenneth Branagh and Vanessa Williams help introduce young children to the beauty of a poem, reciting works by A.A. Milne, Sara Coleridge, Eliza Lee Follen and Ann and Jane Taylor, in new installments of Disney Junior's short-form series "A Poem Is...," MONDAY, APRIL 25 - FRIDAY, APRIL 29 (9:55 a.m., ET/PT) during National Poetry Month. Previously announced poetry readers are Jennifer Garner, Katie Holmes, Whoopi Goldberg and Alfred Molina.
Percy Jackson Author and Witch & Wizard Author in live event on May 25th - (DL) (4/26/2011)
In one of the biggest events in children's publishing, Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, and The Heroes of Olympus series, and James Patterson, author of the Witch & Wizard, Maximum Ride, and Daniel X series, and the upcoming Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, will share the stage for "An Evening with Rick Riordan and James Patterson, hosted by Al Roker," a live special event for their fans on Wednesday, May 25th at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York, NY at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be priced at $5 and will be available through Lincoln Center's website, www.lincolncenter.org; by calling Center Charge at 212-721-6500 or at the theater's box office beginning Saturday, April 30th at 10:00 a.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit nonprofit literacy organization, First Book.
Caroline Sheen of Mary Poppins Wins Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production - (DL) (4/26/2011)
Last night at the 27th annual Helen Hayes Awards celebrating excellence in Washington, D.C. theater, Caroline Sheen won Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production for the title role in the 2010 Kennedy Center premiere of the MARY POPPINS North American Tour.
It's Time to Add he Magic at Disney's Aulani Resort in Hawaii - (DL) (4/22/2011)
Mary Poppins North American Tour Opens in Columbus, OH - (DL) (4/22/2011)
The Columbus, OH premiere of MARY POPPINS opened last night, Thursday, April 21 at 7:30pm at the Ohio Theatre for a limited engagement of three weeks through Sunday, May 8. MARY POPPINS plays Tuesday through Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 1pm and 6:30pm. There will also be a 2pm matinee on Thursday, May 5. “Thus far, sales have exceeded our expectations, but there are still great seats available,” said Jack Eldon, Vice President, Domestic, Disney Theatrical Productions.
Retired Disney Consumer Products Chairman Bo Boyd Passes Away at 68 - (DL) (4/21/2011)
Retired Disney Consumer Products Chairman Barton K. “Bo” Boyd, 68, passed away suddenly of heart failure on April 13, 2011 at his home in Mesquite, Nevada. Boyd named president of Disney Consumer Products in 1985 and appointed chairman of the rapidly expanding global operations in 1997.
Disney Twenty-Three Magazine Summer Issues Hits Stands May 3 - (DL) (4/20/2011)
The summer issue of Disney twenty-three magazine hits stands May 3, filled with features that will take readers from the depths of the sea to the edges of outer space. In the swashbuckling cover story on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, director Rob Marshall and actors Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane and Richard Griffiths takeD23: The Official Disney Fan Club into the action-packed world of the highly anticipated film.
Other features include an interview with George Lucas on Star Tours and much more. Click below for More Information.
The Lion King North American Tour Opens Tonight in Toronto - (DL) (4/20/2011)
The Toronto return of Disney’s THE LION KING opens tonight, Wednesday April 20 at 7:30pm at the Princess of Wales theatre for a limited engagement of 8 weeks through Sunday June 12, 2011.
In Toronto, THE LION KING plays Tuesday through Saturday evenings 7:30pm, Saturday matinees at 2pm and Sundays at 1pm and 6:30pm. There will also be 2pm Wednesday matinees on April 20, May 18, May 25, June 1 and June 8. There will not be performances on Tuesday, May 24 and Tuesday, May 31. “Thus far sales have exceeded our expectations, but there are still great seats available” said Jack Eldon, Vice President, Domestic, Disney Theatrical Productions.”
New Star Tours - The Adventures Continue Press Release with More Details - (DL) (4/20/2011)
The power of the Force and the magic of Disney have combined to create “Star Tours – The Adventures Continue,” a new 3-D attraction set to open at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park on May 20, 2011. The attraction also will open at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif., on June 3, 2011.
Walt Disney World Weather Report for April 20 from @WDW_Weather - (DL) (4/20/2011)
Nothing like a summertime pattern many weeks before the official start of summer! That's what we experienced yesterday and that's what we may well again experience once again today.
The east and west coast sea breezes got together and had a little party yesterday afternoon - and this phenomenon my friends is why Florida has the proud distinction of being the lightning capital of the world! The wet season shouldn't really officially be here for another couple of weeks, but you get the idea. The sun comes up - it gets hot - sea breezes form on both coasts, then push inland - they collide over Walt Disney World and you know the rest.
That said one of the really cool things about being in the park is that it can be raining all around you, but not actually where you are which is exactly what happened yesterday. A few miles to our north it was pouring - trust me! So let's keep our fingers crossed for a repeat performance today.
It will be hot with temperatures once again right around 90 and plenty of sunshine to go around. There isn't a lot of moisture to work with so again - I'm not EXPECTING widespread rain - but with these localized phenomenon you can't rule out a chance for a shower. The rest of the week is pretty much a carbon copy though Friday with nighttime lows getting down in the mid 60s.
New Cars 2 Characters and Retro Grand Prix Posters - (DL) (4/20/2011)
Disney has released more new Cars 2 characters and retro Grand Prix posters. The new characters include The Queen, Topper Deckington III, Chancey Fares, Sgt. Highgear and Prince Wheeliam. Click More Information below to see them all.
OLC Announces Tokyo DisneySea to Reopen on April 28th - (DL) (4/20/2011)
Tokyo Disney Resort® announced today that it will reopen Tokyo DisneySea® Park on April 28, 2011 after a hiatus since March 12 following the Great East Japan Earthquake. Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta®, which is located inside the Park, will also resume operations on the same day on April 28, 2011.
Disneyland Resort Celebrates Soundsational Summer with Parade, Attractions, More - (DL) (4/18/2011)
Disney excitement of all kinds – from under the sea, to down Main Street, U.S.A., and to a galaxy far, far away – arrives at Disneyland Resort in summer 2011. Several highly anticipated attractions and entertainment experiences will make their debuts, enhancing all the fun and adventure that create memories for guests throughout the year at the Disneyland Resort. Highlights of this Soundsational Summer include the latest milestone in the expansion of Disney California Adventure park, The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, plus the sensational new 3D excursions of Star Tours and the exciting new “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” in Disneyland park.
Universal Orlando Resort is the Must-See Spring Destination for Florida Residents - (DL) (4/15/2011)
Universal Orlando Resort is the must-see spring destination with two amazing theme parks – Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure – and the only place in the world where guests can live the adventure with Harry and his friends at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Disney Legend Charles Ridgway's Disney Memoir Now An Ebook - (DL) (4/15/2011)
Spinning Disney’s World: Memories of A Magic Kingdom Press Agent by Charles Ridgway has been released as an ebook by The Intrepid Traveler, which published the original hardcover edition of the book in 2007.
Disney Publishing Worldwide Announces 1.5 Million Copy First Printing for Rick Riodan's the Thorne of Fire - (DL) (4/14/2011)
Disney Publishing Worldwide will launch The Kane Chronicles, Book Two: The Throne of Fire with a 1.5 million-copy first printing on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. The Red Pyramid, the first book in the series, has already sold more than one million copies since its publication in May 2010. More than 20 million books are in print in the US across Riordan’s three young reader series from Disney-Hyperion Books: Percy Jackson & the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, and The Heroes of Olympus. The books have been sold into more than 35 countries.
Sean Bailey, President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, Headlines Variety’s Entertainment and Technology Summit on May 2 - (DL) (4/14/2011)
Variety is pleased to announce that Sean Bailey, President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, will be the Opening Keynote speaker at its Entertainment and Technology Summit on May 2 at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey.
Central Florida’s Children 'Shine On' with $1.2 Million from Walt Disney World Resort - (DL) (4/13/2011)
In honor of its 40th anniversary, Walt Disney World Resort today kicked off a 40-day “Shine On” celebration across Central Florida to surprise, recognize and reward nonprofit groups, school districts and organizations that improve the lives of local children. Between now and May 22, Disney will give more than $1.2 million in Disney Helping Kids Shine Grants throughout Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake and Polk counties. Additionally, prize patrols will recognize 15 students in the five-county area as Disney Dreamers and Doers Shining Stars for their outstanding character.
New Study Shows Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Makes Strong Economic Impact Across Florida - (DL) (4/13/2011)
A new study released today shows the magic Disney makes for guests at its parks and resorts and on its cruise ships translates into a strong economic impact not only in Central Florida but across the state. The $18.2 billion in annual economic activity generated locally by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts accounts for a staggering 2.5 percent of the gross domestic product for the entire state.
Walt Disney Records Releases the Soundtrack for Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure - (DL) (4/13/2011)
Walt Disney Records is set to release the digital soundtrack from Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure, the hilarious all-new movie musical on Blu-ray™ and DVD from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, starring Ashley Tisdale recreating her role as America's favorite "High School Musical" drama queen. Featuring six new songs performed by Tisdale and others, the soundtrack arrives April 19 at digital retail on the same day and date as the movies Blu-ray™ and DVD release. The nationwide release date for the eight-song physical soundtrack is May 17.
Official Announcement: Tokyo Disneyland to Reopen on April 15th - (DL) (4/12/2011)
This is the official announcement from Oriental Land Company on the reopening of Tokyo Disneyland on April 15th. Included in the announcement are park hours, power conservation efforts and notes on openings of other aspects of the Tokyo Disney Resort.
Disney Fairy Tale Weddings New Rapunzel Gown by Alfred Angelo - (DL) (4/12/2011)
Disney Fairy Tale Weddings by Alfred Angelo will unveil the exciting new Rapunzel wedding gown to press at its upcoming annual bridal fashion show on Friday April 8, 2011 at EZ studios in New York. Rapunzel's gown is the latest addition to the celebrated Disney Fairy Tale Weddings by Alfred Angelo collection of seven Disney Princess-inspired wedding gowns that launched earlier this year.
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Apricot Lane to Join Downtown Disney District - (DL) (4/12/2011)
Disneyland Resort today announced that fashion boutique Apricot Lane will join Downtown Disney in early June 2011. Apricot Lane, an International Council of Shopping Centers “Hot Concept” award winner, carries an impressive collection of branded fashion apparel, jewelry, handbags, and accessories to create the most current looks at an affordable price. Brands carried include trend-setting lines such as Miss Me, Free People, Vintage Havana, Chaser and Good Works Make a Difference.
XPAND 3D Technology Utilized for World Premiere of Pirates 4 - (DL) (4/11/2011)
In what promises to be the 3D event of the season, Disney and XPAND 3D today announced a collaboration to show the World Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides at Disneyland on the evening of May 7th. The film, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, directed by Rob Marshall and starring Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane at the head of a star-studded cast, will debut at a charity screening for the Boys & Girls Club of America in eye-popping active 3D by way of XPAND 3D’s new INFINITY Large Screen System.
Special Dining Offers at Animal Kingdom Lodge's Jiko - (DL) (4/11/2011)
The Official Disney Parks Blog reports the fhe following dining events at Animal Kingdom's Lodge Jiko restaurant:
African Cats Posts Strong Advance Sales In Support of African Wildlife Foundation Initiative - (DL) (4/11/2011)
“African Cats” is still more than two weeks from opening on Earth Day, but moviegoers have already bought $1.7 million in tickets to see the movie during its opening week (April 22-28) and save the African savanna in the process. Thanks to the “See ‘African Cats,’ Save the Savanna” initiative, Disneynature’s pledge to make a contribution in honor of everyone who sees the film opening week already translates to more than 9,500 acres of land within Kenya’s Amboseli Wildlife Corridor—and that number continues to rise.
Shanghai Disney Ground Breaking: Video, Pictures, Flyover, Iger Interview - (DL) (4/8/2011)
The Walt Disney Company and Shanghai Shendi Group, its joint venture partners in China, marked the official start of construction of the new Shanghai Disney Resort at a groundbreaking ceremony. Slated to open in approximately 5 years, the Shanghai Disney Resort will be home to Shanghai Disneyland, a Magic Kingdom-style park that will blend classic Disney storytelling and characters with all-new attractions and experiences designed with authentic cultural touches just for the people of China. The first phase of the resort will include Shanghai Disneyland, two hotels, a large retail, dining and entertainment venue, recreational facilities, a lake and associated parking and transportation hubs. In Disney tradition, it will feature several themed lands complete with many exciting, iconic Disney attractions and experiences.
Click the More Information link below for three videos including groundbreaking highlights, an interview with Bob Iger and a flyover of the property. Also included are several photos from the event and concept art.
D23’s Great Disney Scavenger Hunt Announces Spectacular New Fantasy Prize! - (DL) (4/7/2011)
On May 12 and 13, when hundreds of teams compete across the Walt Disney World Resort’s four theme parks in D23’s Great Disney Scavenger Hunt — the largest scavenger hunt ever to hit Walt Disney World — they’ll be vying for the ultimate Disney prize for the ultimate Disney hunters: a special preview cruise on the Disney Fantasy, the fourth regal vessel in the expanding Disney Cruise Line fleet. The special prize was announced today on D23’s Disney Geek, the weekly Disney news video podcast from Disney’s Official Fan Club.
Disney Store Launches Magical New Retail Experience in Canada - (DL) (4/6/2011)
Disney Store adds even more magic to Canada today with the opening of two innovative shopping experiences that deliver the creativity and fantasy for which Disney is uniquely famous. The international specialty retail chain today unveils two locations simultaneously at Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga, ON, and at Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby, BC. Canada's biggest stars and their families will experience "the best 30 minutes of a child's day" and meet beloved Disney characters Mickey and Minnie Mouse and Rapunzel and Flynn from Tangled.
Disney Cruise Line Unveils New Itineraries and Ports for 2012 – Disney Ships Bound for New York, Galveston and Seattle - (DL) (4/6/2011)
For the first time ever, Disney Cruise Line will set sail from three new ports in 2012 – New York, Seattle and Galveston, Texas – making the Disney family cruise vacation more accessible to guests around the country. Additionally, the cruise line will offer more choices than ever before with several new itineraries planned.
The Walt Disney Company France and Free Present Disney's First Stand-Along Branded Digital Video Stores in Europe - (DL) (4/6/2011)
The Walt Disney Company France and Free have partnered to launch branded digital TV video 'stores' Disneytek and ABCtek, multi-platform entertainment services entirely dedicated to both Disney and ABC programming. From 14th April, Free subscribers will be able to stream to their TVs and download to their PCs or Macs hit Disney movies, Disney Channel/Disney XD/ Disney Junior series, and ABC Studios series. Viewers will also be able to transfer and enjoy this programming via other compatible devices such as games consoles, tablets and mobile phones*. Disneytek and ABCtek are Disney's first stand-alone branded video services in Europe.
Disney Stars Win Big at the 2011 Kid's Choice Awards - (DL) (4/5/2011)
Mega-stars including Johnny Depp, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, The Black Eyed Peas, Miley Cyrus, Jennette McCurdy, Eddie Murphy and Shaquille O'Neal reigned as this year's favorites, winning top honors at Nickelodeon's 2011 Kids' Choice Awards live telecast, Saturday, April 2, 8-9:30 p.m. (ET/tape delayed for West Coast). Hosted by actor/comedian Jack Black and broadcast from the Galen Center at USC in Los Angeles, kids' top choices in television, movies, music and sports were revealed via slime slushie, cheerleader and a bear on a unicycle. Black proved that nothing was going to get in the way of his arriving at the venue – especially not a long limo line – by making a grand entrance in the Kids' Choice monster truck. With the help of a dancing flash mob along the orange carpet, he kicked off the slime-fest with a rockin' rendition of The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling." The KCA and Grammy Award-winning chart toppers then took center stage with a medley of hit songs "Just Can't Get Enough" and "The Time" featuring Black, the honorary Pea.
Disney Interactive Studios Phineas and Ferb Video Game - (DL) (4/5/2011)
Disney Interactive Studios today announced that Phineas and Ferb: Across the Second Dimension is currently in development for the Wii™ system, Nintendo DS™ family of handheld systems and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems. "Phineas and Ferb" has been the #1 animated TV series among Tweens 9-14 for the past three years and this lively new video game is inspired by the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie inspired by the series. Fans can play as their favorite characters including Phineas, Ferb and Agent P as they journey through new dimensions filled with action-packed platforming, in a quest to battle the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz. Phineas and Ferb: Across the Second Dimension the video game is slated for release in Summer 2011.
See “African Cats,” Save the Savanna Mission Goes Viral - (DL) (4/5/2011)
Disneynature’s plans to work with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) to “Save the Savanna” have gone viral. As the April 22 opening of the awe-inspiring “African Cats” approaches, Disneynature is tapping into the true power of social media by building awareness of its “See ‘African Cats,’ Save the Savanna” program. During the film’s opening week (April 22-28), a portion of the proceeds from that week’s ticket sales will be donated to AWF through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to protect the Amboseli Wildlife Corridor, a passage between the Amboseli, Tsavo West and Chyulu Hills National Parks that is frequently used by lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, giraffes and a host of other animals in the African savanna.
e's Take180 Launches Original Web Series Inspired by Walt Disney Studios Upcoming Feature Film Prom - (DL) (4/5/2011)
Take180, the Disney-owned online video network for teens that features broadcast quality shows, has teamed with YouTube to launch “Corey and Lucas for the Win,” an online-basedprequel to The Walt Disney Studios feature film “Prom.” The first two episodes of the series are now on Take180’s new YouTube channel, The So What (www.YouTube.com/TheSoWhat), and on Disney.com (http://www.Disney.com/
Disney Stars Shine Bright at 2011 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards - (DL) (4/5/2011)
Numerous stars from Disney and ABC network programs appeared at the 2011 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards on Saturday, April 2 and although Nick's own popular series iCarly won the KCA for Favorite TV Show many of the award show's top honors went to current Disney stars including Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and the Mad Hatter Johnny Depp.
Johnny Depp delights the kid audience dousing them in Nickelodeon's signature green slime. credit Kevork Djansezian
Gnomeo & Juliet Coming to Blu-Ray, DVD and Movie Download On-Demand on May 24 - (DL) (4/1/2011)
This coming summer to the U.S., don’t miss the chance to bring home GNOMEO & JULIET - the hilarious twist on William Shakespeare’s legendary tale Romeo & Juliet as you’ve never seen it before, perfect for the whole family. Enter the secret world of garden gnomes and meet two adorable gnomes from completely different worlds who fight the odds to be together. From a director of Shrek 2, and featuring fun, all-new music by Sir Elton John, the out-of-the-ordinary animated comedy GNOMEO & JULIET releases on Blu-ray™, Blu-ray 3D™, DVD, Movie Download and On-Demand – May 24, 2011.
Dr Pepper Gives Fans a Chance to Harness the Might of "Thor" with the Quest for the Can Promotion - (DL) (4/1/2011)
Combining superpowers with Marvel Studios, Dr Pepper today announced its sponsorship of "Thor," the highly anticipated feature film, with the launch of its Quest for the Can consumer promotion. Beginning March 31, Dr Pepper fans across the country can unleash the power of Thor and win the ultimate Super Hero powers of flight, speed and strength by locating one of the limited-edition Dr Pepper Hammer cans or caps and entering the winning code at DrPepper.com.
Marvel and Activision Announce Spider-Man: Edge of Time - (DL) (4/1/2011)
Activision Publishing, Inc. and Marvel Entertainment, LLC today announced Spider-Man™: Edge of Time, where Spider-Man faces one of his greatest challenges ever – saving Spider-Man. Developed by Activision-owned studio Beenox, Spider-Man: Edge of Time challenges the player to take on the roles of both classic Amazing Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2099 to correct a timestream gone awry and prevent a catastrophic future brought on by the early and untimely death of Peter Parker.
Disney FamilyFun Announces Winners of the Sixth-Annual National Volunteers Contest: School Edition - (DL) (4/1/2011)
Families and classrooms across the country are giving back to their communities through lessons in giving, whether they're collecting bottles to fund an art program or making sandwiches to feed the hungry. Disney FamilyFun is celebrating these efforts to make a difference at the local level through the sixth-annual FamilyFun Volunteers Contest, a national search for families and, this year, schools demonstrating their commitment, results, and teamwork. The winners will receive a total of $25,000 in donations towards their charity of choice and are featured in the April issue of FamilyFun magazine and on FamilyFun.com.
Australian Production of Mary Poppins Plays Finale Performance in Melbourne on April 1 - (DL) (4/1/2011)
Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s beloved Australian production of MARY POPPINS will play its final performance in Melbourne at Her Majesty’s Theatre on Friday, April 1 before moving the entire production to the Capitol Theatre in Sydney, beginning Sunday, April 17 for a May 5th opening. The Melbourne production of MARY POPPINS premiered on Thursday, July 29, 2010, opening to critical acclaim and welcoming more than 500,000 theatergoers. When the curtain comes down on the final Melbourne show, MARY POPPINS will have played to 100% capacity at each of its 299 performances.