Disney Expands Presence In Seattle

According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, Disney has extended its footprint in the area expanding their lease at a 40-story office building. Previously Disney occupied 5 floors, but is expanding to 7 for a total square footage of 170,000.

Disney’s online business has had a presence in Seattle since they purchased Starwave from Paul Allen following their building of ABC.com and ESPN.com.

 

The Black Vortex Presents Cosmically Enhanced Heroes

Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. What would you give up in your quest for power? What if it cost you your very soul? This February, those questions and more will be answered in the pages Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortexthe epic crossover taking place in the pages of Guardians of the Galaxy, All-New X-Men, Legendary Star-Lord, Cyclops, Captain Marvel, Nova and Guardians Team-Up!

But before this epic even blasts off in 2015, Marvel is pleased to present your very first look at a selection of Cosmically Enhanced Variant Covers, all by blockbuster artist Andrea Sorrentino (Uncanny X-Men Annual, All-New X-Men Annual)! With the power to unlock the user’s true cosmic potential, The Black Vortex, an ancient artifact of limitless power has been unleashed upon the universe. Now, get your first look at some of the Guardians and the X-Men in their new, supercharged forms!

“What happens when one person submits to the Black Vortex and becomes a titan of the cosmos? What happens when a whole team does it? Or a whole planet?” says Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex Alpha #1 writer Sam Humphries in an interview with Marvel.com. “Imagine the metamorphosis that turned Norin Radd into the Silver Surfer, or Jean Grey into Dark Phoenix, available to anyone in the Marvel Universe.”

“But of course, no amount of power comes without a cost,” Humphries continued.

Billions of lives are at stake, the heroes of the Marvel Universe will have to face the darkness inside themselves if they hope to succeed. But will they be the ones to save the galaxy, or will they be seduced by the Black Vortex’s power?

Don’t miss these epic variants as they grace the covers of each chapter of the epic crossover and don’t miss one moment of the action as it all begins this February in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY & X-MEN: THE BLACK VORTEX ALPHA #1!

Club Penguin Celebrates the Holidays in a Big Way

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Disney Interactive today debuted new mobile offerings for the #1 virtual world for kids,Disney’s Club Penguin. The Club Penguin app launched for Android on the Google Play Store, and a new original holiday television program, We Wish You a Merry Walrus, is available for download on iTunes ($2.99 HD and $1.99 SD) and on Apple TV.

Since the Club Penguin app launched on iOS last December, mobile has become a significant and growing platform for Club Penguin, with 25 percent of Club Penguin players now coming from mobile and tablet devices.

To join in the festive fun, players can take part in the Merry Walrus celebration running in-world through December 29. The holiday special also inspired a float in the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, which will air on ABC on December 25 at 10:00 am ET.

 

Club Penguin App

Now available for both Android and iOS, the Club Penguin app lets players experience the #1 virtual world for kids on tablet and mobile devices, offering a massive multiplayer community like no other. To celebrate the launch, Club Penguin is offering a special promotion on clubpenguin.com and for Android users: buy a one-month membership and receive a code for a bonus one-month membership to gift to a friend. The full app description can be found here.

 

We Wish You a Merry Walrus Holiday Special

Set on Merry Walrus Eve, the story follows a seafaring penguin named Roofhowse who arrives at Club Penguin Island only to find himself wrapped up in an unexpected festive adventure! Following a magical Blue Crystal Puffle, Roofhowse and his new friends journey to the fabled Merry Walrus Island and learn that they must band together to stop their favorite holiday celebration from being silenced forever.

We Wish You a Merry Walrus is produced by Disney Interactive Labs, Disney Club Penguin, and Factory, an award-winning UK-based production company. The director is Tobias Fouracre (Frankenweenie, Corpse Bride, Fantastic Mr Fox and The Koala Brothers), creative producer is Matt Danner (The Looney Tunes Show, Xiaolin Showdown), and the writers are Martin Olson (Phineas and Ferb) and Christopher Painter (Tom and Jerry Tales).

We Wish You a Merry Walrus will also air on Disney Channel internationally and will be translated into French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch.

 

Club Penguin In-World Merry Walrus Celebration (Dec. 18 – Dec. 29)

To get Disney Club Penguin fans in the spirit, the online destination is hosting a special in-world party, the first ever Merry Walrus celebration, through December 29. Players participate in Merry Walrus’ quirky traditions to celebrate giving. The whole island will become a decorated winter wonderland where players take part in mini-quests to spread festive cheer, which include decorating the tree to festive food fights, and searching for six blue crystal puffle ornaments hidden around the island. Players will be rewarded for their efforts with items and at the end of the final quest and Merry Walrus will appear to present members with their very own blue crystal puffle, which they can keep as a souvenir after the party ends. Players will also be able to donate their virtual coins to the annual global Coins For Change initiative to help unlock projects funded by a $1 million donation from Club Penguin to charitable causes around the world.

As the world’s largest virtual world for kids, players can log in to explore the colourful online world in the form of a penguin character where they can play games, chat to other penguins, design and build an igloo home and adopt small pets called puffles. Club Penguin has built an unrivalled global reputation with an unwavering commitment to online safety with features consisting of cutting-edge word filter technology, live moderation, and an ad-free environment. The Club Penguin app is also available on iOS with mobile players enjoying the same gameplay and social features found in the online world. Club Penguin is played in more than 190 countries and since launch over 220 million penguins have been created.  Visitwww.clubpenguin.com

ESPN Kicks Off MLS Season with Orlando City SC vs New York City FC

ESPN will kick off its coverage of Major League Soccer’s 20th season with live presentation Orlando City SC vs. New York City FC, two highly anticipated expansion teams playing their first league match, on Sunday, March 8, at 5 p.m. ET, from Orlando’s Citrus Bowl on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN. It is the first of 34 matches primarily on Sunday at 5 p.m. each season – through a new eight-year rights agreement ending in 2022. (The complete MLS on ESPN schedule for 2015 season will be announced at a later date.)

The match will feature two FIFA World Cup champions – Orlando City SC’s Kaká (2002 with Brazil) vs. New York City FC’s David Villa (Spain in 2010). With Kaká, Villa and legendary former England National Team player Frank Lampard (New York City FC player on loan to Premier League champions Manchester City), the two teams boast the best rosters ever for an expansion team in Major League Soccer.

Orlando City SC vs. New York City FC highlights (via ESPN Stats & Information):

  • With the addition of New York City FC and Orlando City SC, the 20th MLS season begins with a record 20 teams;
  • Villa is Spain’s career scoring leader with 59 goals in 97 national team games, including nine FIFA World Cup goals. He won three La Liga titles with Barcelona and Atlético Madrid, and the 2010-11 Champions League title with Barcelona;
  • Kaká, who won the 2007 Ballon d’Or as the world’s best soccer player, will be the third Ballon d’Or winner to play in MLS – former Bulgarian international Hristo Stoichkov (1994) and German international Lothar Matthäus (1990). He scored 29 goals in 89 games for Brazil;
  • As of today, Kaká and Villa will be the only two FIFA World Cup winners playing in Major League Soccer. Other World Cup winners in the league’s 20-year history: Lothar Matthäus (1990), Branco (1994), Youri Djorkaeff (1998), Thierry Henry (1998), Kleberson (2002), Denilson (2002) and Alessandro Nesta (2006);
  • Lampard is Chelsea FC’s career scoring leader with 211 goals. He has six goals in 14 matches while on loan from the New York City FC with Manchester City in the current English Premier League season. He retired from international soccer after the 2014 FIFA World Cup, with 106 matches and 29 goals for England.
Africa Marketplace Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Imagine the colors, scents, savory tastes and boundless activity of a village marketplace in Africa. That sensory scene is coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom with a spring 2015 opening planned for Africa Marketplace – a new shopping and dining option for park-goers in Harambe, the village anchoring the Africa section of the park. One highlight of the new space will be Harambe Marketplace, a new quick-service food and beverage location offering street-inspired dishes from walk-up windows. Guests will find plenty of shady places to relax and eat. For their convenience, the new space also will open up a new pathway from Africa to Bradley Falls and the Asia section of the park. Together with the new Harambe Theatre housing “The Festival of the Lion King,” the addition of Africa Marketplace will double the size of the original Harambe Village. Paired with previously-announced projects throughout the park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is undergoing the largest expansion in its history.

MARVELKIDS.COM Launches Avengers Destination

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Marvel continues to expand marvelkids.com with its latest destination dedicated to the mightiest Marvel Super Heroes – The Avengers!  The Avengers destination is designed to captivate the next generation of Marvel fans with digital products and destinations that younger “digital natives” will love, featuring games and immersive activities assembling Marvel’s greatest Super Hero team.

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At avengers.marvelkids.com younger Marvel fans can take on the role of Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and more in a variety of interactive games including:

  • Black Widow - The Black Widow undertakes a difficult mission for Nick Fury

Marvelkids.com’s Avengers destination has all of these games and several more!

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Also included at marvelkids.com is a power pack of activities with Avengers downloadable coloring pages, mazes and word searches. Hours of entertainment to challenge the mind of any young Avenger!

In addition to the exciting games that marvelkids.com offers, fans will also be able to watch several “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”video clips from the hit animated TV series, airing Sunday mornings inside the Marvel Universe on Disney XD. Fans will also be able to explore the Avengers’ universe through in-depth online hero and villain bios that will keep any fan up-to-date with characters from “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” and the Marvel Universe.

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“Marvelkids.com launched in September as a new online experience exclusively for kids that allows them to engage with the Marvel heroes they love and even play the role of hero themselves through a variety of fun and exciting games,” said Kristin Vincent, VP of Digital Products. “We started with Spider-Man and have now expanded to include the Earth’s mightiest Super Heroes – the Avengers!marvelkids.com will keep rolling out new games, videos and other content so kids can have fun online while in a kid-safe digital environment.”

Be sure to check out marvelkids.com here along with the Avengers and Spider-Man destinations:

http://www.marvelkids.com/

http://avengers.marvelkids.com/

http://spiderman.marvelkids.com/

Kermit Sings “It Feels Like Christmas” at Disneyland

Kermit the Frog gives a very special holiday greeting at Disneyland with a live performance of “It Feels Like Christmas” from The Muppet Christmas Carol.

All Apple TV Users Can Now View ABC Episodes A Week After They Air

All Apple TV viewers can now access full episodes a week after they air. Like WATCH ABC for mobile devices and desktop, viewers can now watch such shows as ScandalHow to Get Away With Murder,Modern Familyblack-ishOnce Upon A Time and Castle, among others, a week after they air.  Sign in is required for ABC’s live network feed and its most current episodes.  The Apple TV WATCH ABC app has also been updated with a new bolder, immersive look and feel, more short form video and a continuous play mode!


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