The Walt Disney Company Commits $2.5M+ to Japan Relief Efforts

The Walt Disney Company announced today that it will donate $2.5 million to the American Red Cross to support humanitarian aid efforts related to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. In addition, the Company will match Disney cast member and employee donations to the Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund and Save the Children, dollar for dollar, up to $1 million total.

“Our hearts go out to the people of Japan,” said Robert A. Iger, president and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. “We send our continued thoughts of support and encouragement as this great nation begins the long road to recovery.”

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Patent Says Simulated Floor System is Snow Problem

Whether your clothing shop is planning on an extravagant ‘Christmas in July’ pre-winter sale, you’re creating a new theme park attraction or perhaps even a Ski Lodge DVC resort, consider this new patent for Disney Enterprises which looks at creating a flooring system that simulates natural environments such as snow.

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Joe D’Ambrosia Named Vice President, Programming for Disney Junior

Joe D’Ambrosia has been named Vice President, Programming, Disney Junior, it was announced today by Nancy Kanter, Senior Vice President, Disney Junior Worldwide, to whom D’Ambrosia reports. D’Ambrosia joins Disney after nearly two decades of writing, producing and developing children’s television programming and family films at companies including Murray Hill 5 Productions, which he co-founded, Nickelodeon and Sony Pictures Family Entertainment.

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MasterCard Becomes Official Card of Disney in Europe and Africa

The Walt Disney Company, Euro Disney Associés S.C.A. and MasterCard announced today a six-year strategic corporate alliance across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Russia & CIS.

The agreements make MasterCard the official partner in the payment services category of The Walt Disney Company EMEA & Russia and of Euro Disney Associés C.S.A.. As a result, this provides MasterCard with opportunities to create and deliver unique promotional opportunities for its cardholders across the breadth of Disney including motion pictures and the more than 100 Disney Stores across the region and in Disneyland Paris, Europe’s number one tourist destination.

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The Walt Disney Company to Sponsor Hawaii Diversity Committee

Hawaii Minority Supplier Certification (HawaiiMSC) announced today that The Walt Disney Company will become the 2011 sponsor of its Hawaii Minority Business Advisory Committee, which counsels HawaiiMSC on local diverse business development and impact.

“The Walt Disney Company continues to be one of our strongest corporate advocates for Hawaii’s certified ethnic minority businesses,” President Scott A. Vowels said. “I’m pleased that Disney has stepped forward to support the activities of our Hawaii Minority Business Advisory Committee, which is designed to keep HawaiiMSC’s vision aligned with the best interests of our local Minority-owned Business Enterprise community. We have exciting initiatives and programs planned for 2011, and with The Walt Disney Company’s support we’ll make powerful inroads in connecting local businesses with Corporate America, Tier 2 contractors, and each other.”

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Robert Iger to be Recognized for Efforts by Alzheimer’s Association

The 19th Annual “A Night at Sardi’s,” a star-studded benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at the Beverly Hilton, will honor The Walt Disney Company’s President and CEO Robert A. Iger for his contributions in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

Mr. Iger will receive the Abe Burrows Entertainment Award, which is presented to an individual who has shown an extraordinary commitment to the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Disney Store Unveils Initial Plans for New and Remodeled Stores in 2011

Disney Store continues to break ground with plans to unveil its innovative concept store in new North American and international markets. Building on the successful launch of its interactive and immersive stores in 2010, the international specialty retail chain is on target to add more than 25 new and remodeled locations in 2011 ultimately transforming all 350+ locations in countries around the world. Today at the National Retail Federation’s “Big Show” in New York City, Disney Store announced the first 11 North American and 10 European locations and plans to reveal additional locations later this year. With a retail strategy focused on securing locations in premier mall and shopping centers, Disney Store is in prime position to deliver “the best 30 minutes of a child’s day” to the more than 85 million children, families and tourists who visit it each year.

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ESPN Pack Launches on Sprint ID Devices

ESPN today announced a new way for Sprint customers to access all things ESPN with one simple click.  Part of Sprint ID, a service that downloads apps, widgets, wallpapers, ringtones and other content related to a person’s interest at the push of a button, ESPN’s ID pack allows fans to connect to their favorite teams and sports directly from the device’s home screen.

Owners of select Sprint devices such as LG Optimus S™, Sanyo Zio™, Samsung Transform™ and other upcoming Sprint devices will be able to choose the ESPN ID pack for instant access to scores right on their home screen, as well as have one-tap access to sports news, fantasy teams and their favorite ESPN programs including more than 900 live events per year on ESPN Mobile TV.  Users can customize their device even further by choosing from a variety of ESPN wallpapers and ringtones.

“Collaborating with Sprint has allowed us to offer our audience a robust mobile experience that lets them stay in touch with everything they love about ESPN even when they’re away from their TV or computer,” said Matt Murphy, Senior Vice President of Digital Distribution at ESPN.  “Sprint ID is an innovative concept that allows us to design a package of content that sports fans will appreciate when they’re away from home, such as checking the scores or watching their favorite sports.  Sprint ID makes it convenient for them to get all the ESPN content they want with one click – eliminating the time and hassle of searching for everything themselves.”

The ESPN ID pack includes access to:

  • ScoreCenter: Keep up with the latest scores and stats from 500 leagues around the world with the ESPN ScoreCenter app.  With ScoreCenter, fans never miss another goal, run, or touchdown.
  • Video On Demand: Watch news and analysis from ESPN’s experts whenever and wherever.
  • ESPN Mobile TV: Catch the latest sports news and highlights, fan favorite studio shows, and more than 900 live events per year.
  • Fantasy Sports: Connect to ESPN Fantasy teams on the go. With one-tap Fantasy access, it’s never been easier to check on an injury, make a substitution or accept a trade.
  • ESPN Extras: Download wallpaper, ringtones, notifications and alarms from a variety of ESPN programs including SportsCenter, Pardon The Interruption, SportsNation and more.

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Donald Duck Groping Case to Move Forward in Pennsylvania Court

U.S. District Judge John R. Padova has ruled that a recent lawsuit charging an act of molestation by Donald Duck in Epcot back in 2008 will go forward in Pennsylvania despite attempts by The Walt Disney Company to have the case moved to Florida.

According to the decision, the plaintiff, April Magolon, her fiance (a witness) and her doctors are all located in the state, justifying the decision to leave the case within its borders.

Magolon, who is seeking charges in excess of $50,000, has claimed that the incident has resulted in ‘severe physical injury, emotional anguish and distress including, but not limited to post-traumatic stress disorder.’

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Speculation: Disney Vacation Club Planning to Make Mineral King Ski Resort Finally Happen?

Note/Warning: This article makes a lot of assumptions based on very little evidence and has little basis in reality. Should you choose to continue on, you will be obligated to take it with a grain of salt.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Online (WDPRO), the business unit responsible for maintaining the websites for Walt Disney World, Disney Vacation Club and Disney Cruise Line, has recently registered DVCUTAH.COM, inspired with little doubt to fuel speculation that something is afoot. Granted the vague domain name and the fact that domain names are reasonably inexpensive to register — not to mention it’s just the one so far — so let this is your first indication that there’s nothing to be excited about quite yet.

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