Big Hero 6 – XPRIZE Challenge Contest Announced
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XPRIZE has joined forces with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Disney Corporate Citizenship for today’s launch of a nationwide video contest designed to find the real-life counterparts to the animated heroes that will soon burst onto the big screen in “BIG HERO 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure from Disney opening November 7, 2014.

The DISNEY BIG HERO 6 – XPRIZE CHALLENGE invites young people between the ages of 8 and 17 to harness their creativity and come up with innovative ideas to tackle the world’s biggest challenges using science, technology, engineering, art and/or mathematics.

The six winners, the real-life “Big Hero 6,” will travel to Los Angeles to walk the red carpet at the film’s Hollywood premiere in early November, go behind the scenes and meet the creative minds at both Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering, join a special “Visioneering™” experience at XPRIZE headquarters, plus other prizes.

Video Submissions will be judged on innovation, creativity and presentation. Twenty (20) finalists will be selected based on the highest scores resulting from preliminary scoring by XPRIZE judges.  In mid October, a panel of luminary S.T.E.A.M. expert judges will evaluate the twenty finalists’ submissions and six (6) winners will beselected through a combination of the expert judges’ scores and public voting results.

Said Walt Disney Animation Studios President Ed Catmull, “We are thrilled to work with XPRIZE to find real-life young heroes whose desire is to tackle the world’s great challenges. It’s an honor for all of us at Walt Disney Animation Studios to welcome them at our Studio and at the premiere of “Big Hero 6.”

“The young people who win this contest will be real-world heroes, ready and willing to tackle some of the greatest challenges facing our world today,” said Trish Halamandaris, senior vice president marketing & communications at XPRIZE. “The XPRIZE Foundation is excited to be conducting this competition that challenges young people to be bold, creative and smart, and to dare to think big. We believe that solutions to the problems facing humanity can come from anyone, anywhere, and one of these kids just might come up with an idea that can truly change the world.”

In addition to the trip to Los Angeles, the six winners will receive reimbursement for one (1) Contestant registration for FIRST® LEGO® League for the competition season 2014-2015 in the US or Canada, and a Special littleBits® NASA Space Kit and cloudBit™ Starter Kit.

The contest is open for submissions from September 17, 2014, to October 12, 2014.

Participating kids will compete in two divisions: Junior Division (8-12 years of age), and Senior Division (13–17 years of age). All entrants must have prior consent from their parent or legal guardian in order to participate in the challenge. Registration details are available at xprizechallenge.org/bighero6.

The video submissions may involve a short story, sculpture, drawing, model, robot or whatever method best communicates the idea in the most creative way (please see Official Rules for further details, restrictions and limitations). They will be scored on how well they explain the problem, show their solution, and explain what they learned and the impact their idea would have on themselves and the world. The more creative and engaging their presentation is, the better their chance of winning.

Supporting XPRIZE Partners include FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), littleBits Electronics and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Challenge registration and video submissions start September 17, 2014, and end October 12, 2014.  Public Voting will start October 15, 2014 and end October 19, 2014. Open to legal residents of US and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are ages 8 through 17 before September 17, 2014.  Parental consent is required.  Travel must occur on November 2-6, 2014 (or such other dates designated by Sponsor).  For details, restrictions, and limitations and to enter, please visit Official Rules at: xprizechallenge.org/bighero6. Sole Sponsor: XPRIZE.

 

runDisney Announces Goofy Giveback
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This just in! runDisney announced the “Goofy Giveback”. Last week millions of viewers were shown the excitement and thrill of completing your first half marathon on ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss. The nation met a father-daughter team who collectively lost close to 300 pounds. Thanks to the outpouring of support and fans, runDisney has decided to open a limited number of registrations for the half and full marathon races at the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna. You can register starting today September 16, 2014 through October 24, 2014 or until the event is sold out. The “Goofy Giveback” could be your chance to complete your first half or full marathon.

For more information visit the RunDisney Blog at http://www.rundisney.com/blog/

To register for the race visit http://www.rundisney.com/disneyworld-marathon/

Plot Synopsis of Avengers: Age of Ultron Released
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The Walt Disney Studios has released the plot synopsis of Avengers: Age of Ultron:

Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero  movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go  awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the  balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his  terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with  Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and  with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent  Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological  villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful  newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron  Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.

Anna & Elsa’s Boutique to Open October 6
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Disney has provided an update on Anna & Elsa’s Boutique which is scheduled to open at the Disneyland Resort’s Downtown Disney.  Studio Disney 365 will begin its transformation on September 22 which is later than originally scheduled. The new location will open on October 6.

As a reminder reservations can be made at 714-781-STYLE (714-781-7895) and transformations will be available to guests 3–12 years of age.

Into the Woods One-Sheet Released
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Disney has released the one-sheet on Into the Woods.

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“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.

Rob Marshall, the acclaimed filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” directs the film, which is based on the Tony®-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics. Produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, “Wicked” producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall, “Into the Woods” will be released in theaters Dec. 25, 2014.

Starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine, “Into the Woods” is a humorous and heartfelt musical that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

Complete List of Disney Infinity 2.0 Power Discs Announced
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The countdown is on for the September 23 launch of Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) in North America and today Disney Interactive announced the full lineup of Power Discs – the circular and hexagonal discs that allow gamers to customize their play experiences in the game.  From slipping into Spider-Man’s costume to flying on Aladdin’s Magic Carpet, players will have access to more than 80 special powers, gadgets, themes and vehicles.

 

 

 

The company will launch 82 Power Discs from both Disney (42) and Marvel (40). Circular discs will add costumes, area of effect attacks and team-ups. Hexagonal Power Discs will add new weapons, vehicles and sky and terrain customizations. Stack up to three together and receive triple the benefits!

 


The Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) Power Discs will be sold in 2 disc blind packs for a suggested retail price of $4.99. All Marvel Power Discs will be available September 23 and Disney Power Discs will be available on November 4.* See below for descriptions of all Power Discs.

 

Full List of Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) Power Discs

 

 

 

Marvel Customization (Hexagonal): Skies and Textures

•      World War Hulk Sky - Turn your blue skies green with this Hulk themed Power Disc

•        World War Hulk - Customize your landscape to make it look as if Hulk went on a smashing rampage

•        View from the Suit - Ever wonder what it’s like to see the world from inside Iron Man’s helmet? Check out the Hologram Readout Tech upgrade and unlock Stark Industries “View from the Suit”

•        Stark Tech - Deck out your Toy Box compliments of Tony Stark. Unlock the Stark Industries Tech theme with upgraded Hologram Readout Tech ability

•        The Rip - Turn Toy Box skies into the skies of Knowhere with this Power Disc and transport yourself to the outer edge of all space and time

•        Star-Lord’s Galaxy - Turn your Toy Box into Knowhere – Star-Lord’s home base in the Galaxy

•        Spider-Sky - The forecast will be sunny with a 100% chance of spider webs with this power disc

•        Spider-Streets - Customize your Toy Box with Spider-Man themed streets and buildings

•        Groot’s View - Embrace your inner green thumb and theme Toy Box skies out Groot-style

•        Groot’s Roots - Theme out your Toy Box world with Groot’s Roots. It’s sure to grow on you!

•        Forgotten Skies - Unlock Forgotten Skies for Toy Box. It’s a Dinosaur World lover’s dream come true

•        Dinosaur World - Deck your Toy Box out with Dinosaur World terrain, textures and landscapes. Things are about to get pre-historic!

 

Marvel Toys (Hexagonal): Vehicles, Mounts, Tools and Packs

•        S.H.I.E.L.D. Containment Truck - Contain enemies and protect civilians with this S.H.I.E.L.D. truck

•        Hydra Motorcycle - Take Hydra’s Motorcycle for a spin. Sidecar included

•        Lola - Need a ride? Unlock this Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. hover car

•        The Avenjet - Hop on board the Avenjet for a speed boost in your Toy Box

•        Odin’s Horse - Hop on Odin’s 8 legged steed, for super speed!

•        Spider-Buggy - Take a ride in the Spider-Buggy. Equipped with web bolts to entangle enemies

•        Spider-Copter - Shoot web bolts from above in Spidey’s Spider-Copter

•        Spider-Cycle - Care to go for a spin on the Spider-Cycle? Web bolts included! 

•        Black Panther’s Vibranium Knives - You’ll be slashing like a fierce cat when you borrow Black Panther’s Vibranium daggers

•        Ghost Rider’s Chain Whip - Unleash Ghost Rider’s Mystical Chain with this rare and powerful disc

•        Falcon’s Wings - You’ll be soaring when you put on Falcon’s Wings

•        Jack-O-Lantern’s Glider - Glide into action with Jack-O-Lantern’s Glider

•        Spider Glider - Lucky you! Spider-Man is letting you take his jet glider out for a ride

•        Cloak of Levitation - Try on Dr. Strange’s Cloak of Levitation and glide into action!

 

Marvel Abilities (Circular): Events, Team-Ups and Costumes

•        Sorcerer Supreme - Use Sorcerer Supreme’s Bolts of Balthakk to strike down your enemies

•        S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier Strike - Send down a missile strike from above.  Your enemies will need to take cover

•        Infinity Gauntlet - Summon a force field of cosmic explosions to devastate your enemies. This is a rare and powerful disc!

•        Marvel Team-Up: Iron Patriot - Hit them hard, hit them fast, hit them everywhere! Iron Patriot reporting for duty

•        Marvel Team Up: Winter Solder - Team up with the Winter Soldier and catch your enemies in the crossfire

•        Marvel Team-Up: White Tiger - Fight alongside White Tiger who conquers her enemies with feline power and grace

•        Marvel Team-Up: Ant Man - Team up with Hank Pym (aka, “Ant-Man”) – he’s small, but packs a big punch!

•        Marvel Team-Up: Yondu - Fight alongside this powerful, arrow shooting ally and send enemies running for their lives

•        Sentinel of Liberty - Expand your Super Hero wardrobe with Captain America’s World War II costume and original shield!

•        Gamma Rays - Time to get old school and unlock the Original Grey Hulk costume with added smash!

•        Stark Arc Reactor - Try the Mark 42 on for size!  Unlock Iron Man’s black and white special edition Guardians of the Galaxy armor with added boom!

•        Alien Symbiote - Slip into this infamous Spider-Man costume and boost your range for pick-ups

•        The Immortal Iron Fist - Become the Immortal Iron Fist for chi-powered healing and the dreaded Iron Fist attack!

•        Space Armor - Unlock Gamora’s out of this world Space Armor costume for added protection against enemies. Who says fashion can’t be functional too?

 

 

 

Disney Customization (Hexagonal): Skies and Textures

•      Skies of the World - Enjoy colorful skies inspired by the classic Disney theme park ride, “It’s a Small World”!

•      A Small World - It’s a Small World inside of an infinite Toy Box! Enjoy terrain and textures inspired by this classic ride from the Disney theme parks!

•      The Middle Kingdom - Decorate the skies of your Toy Box with softly painted mountains and Asian stylized artwork. Inspired by the movie Mulan.

•      Mulan’s Countryside - Activate this Power Disc to give your Toy Box terrain the look of Chinese silk. Inspired by the movie Mulan.

•      Cy-Bug Swarm - Cy-Bugs dance above the Hero’s Duty world from the movie Wreck-It-Ralph. All your Toy Box is missing is Sergeant Calhoun!

•      Calhoun’s Command - Deck your Toy Box out like a scene from Hero’s Duty from the movie Wreck-It-Ralph. Sergeant Calhoun approved!

•      Gravity Falls Forest - Wake up and smell the pine trees! Change your terrain into the forest from Disney XD’s series, Gravity Falls and enjoy streams, trees, rocks and more!

•      Gravity Falls Sky - Unlock a pine forest, water falls and beautiful blue skies with this Power Disc.  You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a scene from Disney XD’s series, Gravity Falls!

•      Neverland - Use this Power Disc to transform your Toy Box into the world of Peter Pan! 

•      Second Star to the Right - Fly through the night skies of London, just like Peter Pan!

•      Simba’s Pridelands - Your Toy Box will look just like Simba’s homeland with these Savannah textures!

•      The King’s Domain - Your Toy Box skies will look like the skies of the savannah from the movie The Lion King with this Power Disc!

•      Jasmine’s Palace View* - Transform the skyline of your Toy Box with this Power Disc and you will feel as if you’re in the land of Agrabah!

•      The Sands of Agrabah* - Transform your Toy Box terrain into the dunes and desert of Agrabah!

 

Disney Toys (Hexagonal): Vehicles, Mounts, Tools and Packs

•      Jack Skellington’s Reindeer - Ride Jack Skelington’s trusty skeleton reindeer! We promise it’s more comfortable than it looks.

•      Medusa’s Swamp Mobile - Hop on Medusa’s motorcycle with super boost ability from the movie The Rescuers!

•      Alice in Wonderland’s Caterpillar - Take a seat on Alice’s Caterpillar from the ride at the Disney theme parks. One added bonus; smoke bombs!

•      Mr. Toad’s Motorcar - Hop into Mr. Toad’s Motorcar, equipped with an ejector seat. You’re in for a wild ride!

•      Fantasyland Carousel Horse - Ride the Fantasyland Carousel Horse around your Toy Box!

•      Darkwing Duck’s Ratcatcher - Take this motorcycle for a spin and smoke bomb your enemies!

•      Aerial Area Rug - Take a ride on this Phineas and Ferb creation – A flying area rug with an ejector seat!

•      Main Street Electrical Parade Float - Toss bombs of confetti at your enemies from this beautiful parade float!

•      Le Maximum - Take a ride and honk your horn in this Interpol car from the movie, Muppets Most Wanted!

•      USS Swinetrek - Blast off in the USS Swinetrek! Equipped with squealing missiles!

•      Gus the Mule - Ride this football-playing Mule, Gus, from the classic Disney movie!

•      Eglantine’s Motorcycle - Check out this classic motorcycle from Bedknobs and Broomsticks!  It has a side car and ejector feature for ultimate fun!

•      Lew Zealand’s Bomerang Fish: Target your enemies with the Boomerang Fish – throw it away, and it will come back to you!  Tar tar sauce not included.

•      Sergeant Calhoun’s Blaster - Take out your enemies with Sergeant Calhoun’s Blaster, from the movie Wreck it Ralph.

•      Darkwing Duck’s Grappling Gun - Use Darkwing Duck’s Grappling Gun to hook your enemies and help you climb to new heights!

•      Mabel’s Kittens for Fists - Devastate your enemies with the most adorable, cuddly weapon you’ll ever get your fists on!  Designed by the one and only Mabel Pine from Disney XD’s series, Gravity Falls.

•      Chem Capsules: Toss your Chem Capsules at your enemies and create a cloud of frost that freezes them right in their tracks! From the movie Big Hero 6.

•      Aladdin’s Magic Carpet - Your wish for flight has been granted. Soar above your Toy Box on Aladdin’s Magic Carpet with this rare Power Disc! 

•      Jim Hawkin’s Solar Board - Hover above your Toy Box creations on Jim Hawkin’s Solar Board!

 

Disney Abilities (Circular): Events, Team-Ups and Costumes

•      Chernabog’s Spirit Cyclone: Summon a whirling spirit from the Disney classic, Fantasia, and scare your enemies with eerie sounds!

•      Maleficent Spellcast: This disc of power will serve you well. Defeat your enemies with Maleficent’s Green Flame spell!

•        King Louie’s Monkeys: Bombard your foes with coconuts and bannanas as a band of screaming monkeys cheer you on!

•      Zeus’ Thunderbolts: With this Power Disc, you control the skies like a god of Olympus! Make bolts of lightning arc down from above, damaging your enemies. The power of Zeus is with you.

•      Rags to Riches: Slip on this Prince Ali costume for added style and increased riches!!

•      All for One!: Don’t get your feathers in a ruffle quite yet!! Put this 3 Musketeers costume on and enjoy a generous experience increase!

•      Cursed Pirate Gold: With Jack Sparrow’s Cursed Pirate Gold costume, you gain a new damage shield!  Who says curses are always bad?

•      Sandy Claws Surprise: Slip on Jack Skellington’s Sandy Claws costume, with a chance to scare with each hit!

•      The Glory Days: Try on Mr. Incredible’s Glory Days costume, and you’ll get added currency from each enemy you defeat!

Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes has been rated “E10+” by the ESRB.

*The Sands of Agrabah and Jasmine’s View Power Discs will be available in 2015.

Disneyland Resort Asks About Marvel Presence at the Parks
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Recently, the Disneyland Resort sent out a survey asking what guests felt about the presence of Marvel at the Disneyland Resort. The survey asked about the current Marvel presence at the parks as well as what guests would like to see in the future. They asked about familiarity with the characters, which characters we would like to see in the future, as well as what we are excited about and concerned about regarding Marvel’s presence in the parks.

They also asked which park would you feel each character should be located in as well as feeling about Disney characters dressing up as Marvel characters (like the Disney characters dress as Star Wars characters during Star Wars Weekends). They also focused on asking if Marvel villains should be available for meet and greets as well.

Currently, Disney is working on a new Marvel attraction at Hong Kong Disneyland but no major Marvel attraction has been announced for the Disneyland Resort at this time.

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espnW to Air State of NFL Special on ESPN Radio
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espnW and ESPN Radio will collaborate Tuesday, Sept. 16, on espnW Presents: The State of the NFL on ESPN Radio and ESPNRadio.com, from 9 p.m. -11 p.m. ET. The special program will be hosted by Jemele Hill and co-hosted by Cari Champion.  espnW voices Jane McManus, Kate Fagan and Sarah Spain, who have been sharing their perspectives on the Ray Rice and NFL domestic violence policy stories across ESPN platforms, will be featured. The group will discuss how the NFL is handling players involved in recent violent crimes; whether the NFL really wants to appeal to a female fan base that makes up 45 percent of its fans; and what the NFL should be doing. National Organization for Women (NOW) President Terry O’Neill will join as a guest at 10:15 p.m. Listeners will have the opportunity to share their opinions by calling in or tweeting to @espnradio.  The show will be available on ESPN Radio terrestrial outlets, Sirius XM Channel 83, ESPNRadio.com, ESPN Radio app, iTunes Radio, TuneIn and Slacker