‘Play in the Magic’ Sweepstakes to Offer Disney World Trip for Fifteen

ESPN Wide World of Sports 'Play in the Magic' SweepstakesIn what has to be one of the largest single Walt Disney World giveaways to date, ESPN Wide World of Sports is launching its ‘Play in the Magic’ sweepstakes at 12 pm on January 24, 2014 and the payoff will be huge. In addition to the opportunity to win instant prizes, the grand prize winner will receive airfare, lodging, park admission and even $50 gift cards for each of the winner and their guests, up to fourteen of them (for a total of fifteen guests).

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Disney ‘Show Your Ears’ Sweepstakes to Award Disney Parks Vacation

Kermit the Frog's Disney SideAs park of the Disney Parks ‘Disney Side’ campaign, The Walt Disney Company is awarding a five-day/4-night vacation for four to one lucky entrant including theme park tickets, roundtrip airfare, hotel stay, $500 Disney gift card and a Disney PhotoPass CD with a sweepstakes it has dubbed ‘Show Your Ears.’ Five first place winners will receive a $100 Disney gift card.

To enter the sweepstakes, which runs from November 21 through December 20, 2013, entrants are encouraged to upload a photo displaying them wearing a set of mouse ears that reflects their Disney Side (an alternate method of entering is also available). Entries can be uploaded daily.

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‘Disney Side’ Event at California Adventure in November; Tix Awarded via Social Media

Beginning today at noon, Disney Parks and Resorts will begin giving away 725 pairs of tickets to what’s being called the ‘Disney Side Event,’ taking place in Stage 17 at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort on November 5, 2013.

The giveaway is titled ‘Social Media All Stars Disney Side Event Ticket Giveaway’ and will run through November 1. It will involve 19 people dubbed ‘social influencers’ who will post — without advanced notice — a ‘fire drill alert’ calling for entrants to ‘show off your Disney Side in style.’ The first x entrants to respond to the ‘fire drill alert’ and click on the respective link will win a pair of park tickets good for November 5, 2013, to attend the event. The alerts, which will max out at 22, will come unannounced through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine via the ‘social influencer’s’ account.

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‘Thor: The Dark World’ Mentor Contest to Team High School Girls with Women Leaders in STEM

In Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, Academy Award® winner Natalie Portman portrays astrophysicist Jane Foster, an independent spirit who follows her heart and journeys to a new world.

Marvel Studios, UL (Underwriters Laboratories), Dolby Laboratories, National Academy of Science, Girl Scouts USA along with the famous El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, are proud to team up to sponsor a nationwide ‘Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World Ultimate Mentor Adventure’ in conjunction with the November 8th release of the film starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman.

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D23 ‘Off the Map’ Disneyland Sweepstakes Grants Exclusive Access to Park Treasures

Disney D23 Off the Map SweepstakesIn celebration of Disneyland’s 58th anniversary today, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club has launched the “Off the Map Sweepstakes.” Twenty-five lucky D23 Members and their guests will be invited to Disneyland Park to visit four of the park’s little-seen but widely heard of locations: Walt Disney’s private apartment, the Lilly Belle VIP parlor car on the Disneyland Railroad, Circle D Ranch, and the Disneyland Dream Suite.

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Winnie the Pooh Storyteller of the Year Named; Pooh Prize Pack Giveway

Winnie the Pooh Storyteller of Year winner Steven PrusakowskiSteven Prusakowski of New Jersey was named the ‘Winnie the Pooh Storyteller of the Year’ last month at the industry’s Posh Little Urbanites Show (PLUSH) in Los Angeles, California. By submitting a video that ‘best showcases creativity, integrates Pooh items and captures the essence of Winnie the Pooh,’ Steven won himself a vacation for four to Los Angeles as well as the opportunity to be showcased in the Winnie the Pooh Wonder and Wander app, available free for Apple iPhone and iPad devices. Steven’s winning video can also be viewed online at the contest’s official page at DisneyStore.com/PoohStoryteller.

Being recognized as the ‘Winnie the Pooh Storyteller of the Year’ was just one of the many activities Disney Consumer Products brought to the attendees of PLUSH this year. In addition to showcasing many of the Disney Baby lines of products featuring Winnie the Pooh and friends, the event also included a fashion show as well as a storytime session with winner Steven. In addition to members of the public, the event was also attended by celebrities and personalities such as Lisa Rinna, Garcelle Beauvais, Jason Kennedy and  ‘Cold Case’ star Kathryn Morris, who is currently expecting twins.

Below is a photo gallery from the event provided to us by Disney Consumer Products:

To commemorate the event, Disney Consumer Products and Stitch Kingdom are teaming up to offer one of our lucky readers an amazing gift package featuring many of the products featuring Winnie the Pooh and his friends, as seen here. The entry period runs though July 20, 2013. See the entry form below to how to enter on Facebook and/or Twitter. Enter daily through Twitter (see below for details). One lucky winner will be chosen at random.

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PHOTOS: ‘Lone Ranger’ Statue Tour Sweepstakes, Free Local Screenings

Lone Ranger Statue Tour - Union Square, NYC

If New Yorkers felt a little safer today, it wasn’t without good reason. Atop one of the many buildings encasing popular Union Square stood Tonto with his kimosabe, the Lone Ranger. The life-size likenesses of The Lone Ranger stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer on horseback were part of a nationwide contest from Delta Vacations for a vacation to New Mexico. Moviegoers are encouraged to tweet or instagram photos of the statues along with the hashtag #LRRideForJustice for a bonus entry to the sweepstakes. Currently the statues are in New York City, visible from Union Square north, but they will be appearing at other locations nationally including Atlanta, GA, Orlando, FL, Miami, FL, St. Louis, MO, New Orleans, LA, Denver, CO, Salt Lake City, UT, San Francisco, CA, Burbank, CA and Hollywood, CA. A map is available at the official Ride for Justice micro-site as well as clues tweeted by the official @LoneRanger Twitter account.

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‘Toy Story: Story Theater’ Film Festival Contest Offers D23 Expo Vacation Prize

Toy Story: Story TheaterHey Howdy Hey! Disney Education is calling on children (aged 3-12) from the US to come up with their best original story featuring Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the Toy Story pals and produce it with the Toy Story: Story Theater app ($2.99) for the chance to send their family to this year’s Disney D23 Expo, being held right near the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA.

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Disney Announces Search for Winnie the Pooh ‘Storyteller of the Year’

Winnie the Pooh 'Storyteller of the Year'To celebrate parents and guardians who foster their child’s creativity and teach valuable life lessons through storytelling, Disney Consumer Products (DCP) has launched a nationwide search for the Winnie the Pooh ‘Storyteller of the Year.’ The ‘Storyteller of the Year’ user generated contest taps into parents’ love of Winnie the Pooh and invites them to share the loveable bear’s story in a creative way through video and the use of fun props including Pooh plush toys, puppets, blankets or any other Pooh item. To enter, all parents and families need to do is create a simple, one-minute video that’s sweet like ‘hunny,’ full of wonder or funny, as they read a select Winnie the Pooh story to their child and show their favorite Pooh items. From April 22 through May 15, 2013, videos can be submitted online at DisneyStore.com/PoohStoryteller or from any mobile device. Complete rules and a list of prizes can be found here.

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‘Lone Ranger’ Exclusive Footage Event in Las Vegas; Cast Q&A to be Streamed Online

Disney announced today that, in support of their new trailer launch, AMC Theatres® will be presenting a global live Q&A on Yahoo! Movies following a special screening of 20 minutes of exclusive footage from Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ thrilling action adventure The Lone Ranger on April 17, 2013, at the AMC Town Square 18 in Las Vegas. The event, which starts at 12:30 p.m. (PDT), gives 400+ fans the first look at select footage from the movie and features a live Q&A session with Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Gore Verbinski and Jerry Bruckheimer following the screening, with global live streaming beginning at 1:00 p.m. (PDT).

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