Disney’s Spoonful.com today announced that the popular Evite online invitation website has been named its exclusive online party invitation partner and now offers a new collection of Disney-themed online party invitations.
The Evite Disney Collection includes characters popular with both boys and girls, captured in eye-catching designs that utilize Evite’s signature, simple-to-use online invitation templates and party planning tools. The invitation designs were created by Disney’s award-winning creative staff in collaboration with Evite’s expert team of digital invitation designers.
‘When celebrating life’s more important events our users want design that reflects the personal interest of the guest of honor,’ said Hans Woolley, president of Evite. ‘Spoonful.com is committed to providing the tools and content that will enrich family experiences, which is a perfect match for Evite’s ongoing mission of helping people get together and celebrate life’s most special moments.’
Designs featured in the Evite Disney Collection will include Disney Princess, Disney Fairies, Cars, Toy Story, Phineas and Ferb, Alice in Wonderland®, Mickey and Minnie®, Jake and the Never Land Pirates®, Pooh®, Tangled®, Brave®, Shake it Up®, and Doc McStuffins.®
The Evite Disney Collection is available now at evite.com/Disney.
Walt Disney Imagineering ‘Living Worlds’ Project Seeking Designers to Engage in Transmedia Storytelling
Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development will soon launch phase one of its new ‘Living Worlds’ program in which it seeks to engage ‘innovative storytellers willing to push the limits to create fully immersive worlds where guests can explore, play and discover deep narratives.’
Beginning October 22, WDI R&D will begin accepting high level proposals for potential transmedia stories supported under the program. Proposals received by December 1, 2012, will be considered for round two in which chosen proposals will be engaged to further develop their concepts and submit a more detailed and developed proposal. From this second round of proposals, Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development hopes to select one or more teams to collaborate with to create and build the proposed experiences.
To be considered eligible for the project, the experience must have a narrative arc that tells a complete story and be original in nature and may not use any existing intellectual property. It can take place anywhere must take place in a physical environment as well as on another media such as an interactive website, mobile device, another physical location or any other media format/platform. The experience also must run for at least two weeks, be able to support at least 50 people per day and be family friendly. The program is open to anyone of at least 18 years of age.
For more information on the Living Worlds project as well as to apply, visit the official web site.
For more than half an hour earlier this morning, the internet arm of The Walt Disney Company suffered a major outage, affecting access to all of its internally run sites, across the board from ESPN to Disney Parks and Resorts to Disney Store and potentially much more.
Visitors attempting to reach the sites, most of which are actually subhosts off of Disney’s GO.COM, were greeted with delays while their browsers attempted to communicate with the websites which were unresponsive, eventually timing out. The only responding server appeared to be that of DisneyStore.com, but it would return just a line of text resembling an md5 hash.
At press time, the sites appear to be back up and functioning normally.
UPDATE: DisneyStore.com appears to continue to have issues at this time.
UPDATE: DisneyStore.com now appears to be back up and completely operational, but DVCNews.com and others tell us that the Disney Vacation Club’s website at DVCMember.com continues to have issues on the backend once they login.
Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort has already released an innovative flash app to promote its new Cars Land expansion, allowing online guests to virtually tour the new land (by car, of course), visiting each of the residents of Radiator Springs to see their wares and learn more about the new shopping, dining and attraction experiences. Guests can even create, customize and share their own virtual Cars-inspired avatar for the virtual road trip.
Now the theme park is revving up to plus the experience, offering a new online game titled ‘Cars Land Racers.’ When the site is complete, guests will be able to visit CARSLANDRACERS.COM and compete their custom vehicle in races against friends and even the Radiator Springs residents on tracks inspired by their respective real-world attractions (Lightning McQueen’s Radiator Springs Racers, Tow Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree and Luigi’s Flying Tires).
Winning races awards players prizes such as better acceleration, handling and top speeds, while leaderboards show how players stack up against their Facebook friends and worldwide. Add to that, there’s a total of 20 (at launch time) achievements one can unlock by completing various challenges.
Disney Online (NYSE:DIS) has recently begun teasing ‘Disney Family Deals,’ a website that promises its online guests that they will find ‘fantastic offers on Disney toys, vacations, clothing, collectibles, music, videos and more!’ In addition to the online deals, the site also promises to offer localized activities, products and services.
The underlying framework of Disney Family Deals appears to be that of Plum District, a site ‘for moms, by moms,’ which offers time-limited localized deals, or essentially exactly what Disney Family Deals promises minus the Disney-specific opportunities, which are more likely than not to be various offers aggregated from across the Walt Disney Company.
A website has been set up at DisneyFamilyDeals.com which allows interested parties to sign up to be notified when the site goes live. In addition, a Facebook page and Twitter account have been created to promote the service.
Disney Studio All Access Finally Launching This Month? (Introducing Disney Everywhere’s Movie Cloud)
Now that Disney (NYSE:DIS) has finally gotten its ‘TV Everywhere’ initiative off the ground, as we first reported earlier this month — with even more networks such as ABC Family on the way, along with cable providers beyond Comcast — the focus now shifts to Disney’s extensive film collection.
An announcement made last week on Disney Movies Online has raised some eyebrows, causing some to ponder if DSAA/Keychest’s time has finally arrived. Certainly the changes coming to DMO on June 27 are worth the contemplation: accounts for those under 13 not permitted; accounts only for United States users; and a slew of films that won’t be available for viewing online for the foreseeable future.
More curiously, however, and perhaps more to the point, are the following domain names very recently registered by the company: DISNEYANYWHERE.COM, DISNEYEVERYWHERE.COM, DISNEYMOVIECLOUD.COM, DISNEYMOVIESANYWHERE.COM, DISNEYMOVIESEVERYWHERE.COM.
While it’s possible Disney Studio All Access may finally reveal itself to the world this summer (see our sneak peek for more details), what we’re more likely to see is an interim phase in which Disney Movies Online simply goes mobile on Apple iOS and Android devices.
As far as DSAA is concerned, Disney has officially been maintaining a ‘wait and see’ attitude, monitoring the successes and failures of UltraViolet, the only competing service. UltraViolet has managed to rack up more than 3 million accounts since its debut, most of which as a result of a push campaign by Walmart this year, but continues to confuse and disappoint its customer base.
Kids and tweens will once again have the opportunity to shake it up and break it down with the return of Disney Channel’s popular dance competition “Make Your Mark: Shake It Up Dance Off.” Last year, more than 12 million viewers watched the two-night finale event, skyrocketing it to #1 among Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14 for both nights. This year, kids once again will have the opportunity to compete for the Grand Prize – a performance in an episode of Disney Channel’s top-rated series “Shake It Up.”
Beginning today, viewers can visit DisneyChannel.com/Danceoff where “Shake It Up” choreographer Rosero McCoy hosts instructional dance videos that teach kids steps seen in the hit Disney Channel series. New dance tutorials will be uploaded throughout the summer and beginning June 29, with the consent of a parent, kids ages 8-16 are invited to visit DisneyChannel.com/Danceoff to create and submit their own short dance videos to be considered for a chance to compete in the on-air dance competition. Dance videos can be choreographed or freestyle and up to 45-seconds long, with a maximum of five dancers.
Also this summer, Club Penguin players will have the chance to make their mark and shake it up when Club Penguin’s annual Music Jam is transformed into the “Make Your Mark: Ultimate Jam.” Beginning July 19 through August 1, players in the Internet’s #1 virtual world will be invited to chat and dance with customized Rocky and CeCe penguins, and even unlock exclusive dance moves, just like the characters from “Shake It Up.”
In September, finalists will be announced and they’ll square off in front of celebrity judges during the “Make Your Mark: Shake It Up Dance Off” which will air on Disney Channel in October. “Shake It Up” stars Bella Thorne and Zendaya will return to the popular dance competition.
Last year’s competition garnered more than 7.5 million total site visits and nearly 30,000 online dance video submissions resulting in more than 68 million video starts in four months. Six finalist teams were chosen to compete in the two-night finale event which included celebrity judges Selena Gomez, recording artist Sean Kingston and choreographer Rosero McCoy, and a performance from Hollywood Records recording artist, China Anne McClain.
No matter who you are, no matter where you stay, no matter how long you stay, one thing is for certain: it costs money. For most families, planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation also requires careful planning and budgeting and while future guests are able to pay down their balance as they draw closer to arrival, there’s very little benefit to it other than to insure the money goes to where its intended.
Walt Disney World hopes to change some of that with the ‘Disney Vacation Account’ service, which we now have additional information on thanks to a tip from an anonymous source. According to our source, the site will be along the lines of a mint.com for future Walt Disney World vacationers, offering advice from ‘Disney Moms’ and experts on budgeting everything for the trip from airfare to hotel stay to dining and more.
Guided by Scrooge McDuck and Grand-Nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, guests are invited to plan out their spending requirements ahead of time and budget out everything they’ll eventually need. Deposits can be made to the DVA through Disney Gift Card or credit and debit cards, which can even be scheduled for a hands-off approach, though supplement deposits are always welcome. The account is FDIC insured but in lieu of interest, guests will be offered 2% back on eligible purchases through The Walt Disney Company up to a maximum ($100 according to what we’ve seen, which would ceiling out at around $5,000). Any unused portions of the account holdings can be transferred to a Disney gift card, although the site also promises guests can withdraw funds as a charge-back to their credit card/debit card with no fees, which Disney would presumably cover.
There is no official known launch date for the program as of yet, but we have been tracking the project for quite some time, dating as far back as October 2011 when Disney registered MYDISNEYVACATIONACCOUNT.COM and VAULTOMATIC.COM which we learned was tied to the program before the site became hidden from prying eyes. That site allowed guests to interactively design and ‘secure’ a Disney-themed safe, which fits very well into the Scrooge McDuck theme.
In anticipation of the exciting Season Finale of ABC’s ‘Once Upon a Time’ and the series premiere of Disney XD’s upcoming animated series, ‘TRON: Uprising,’ master storytellers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, the series creators/executive producers of ‘Once Upon a Time’ and the consulting producers of ‘TRON: Uprising,’ will answer fan questions about the shows, LIVE and on-camera on Facebook, Wednesday, May 9 from 3:00-4:00 p.m., ET/12 noon-1:00 p.m., PT. A pre-show featuring behind-the-scenes video from ‘Once Upon a Time’ will begin 30 minutes earlier, at 2:30 p.m., ET/11:30 a.m., PT.
The chat will be moderated by Eric Goldman, Executive Editor, IGN TV at IGN.com, who will cull questions from Facebook to pose to Eddy and Adam. To view and join in the conversation, simply sign in at facebook.com/OnceABC, facebook.com/Tron or facebook.com/DisneyXD.
The first half of the chat (3:00-3:30 p.m., ET/12 noon-12:30 p.m., PT) will be devoted to ‘Once Upon a Time’ questions. Then, at 3:30 p.m., ET/12:30 p.m., PT, Kitsis and Horowitz will present an exclusive, three-minute sneak peek to the prelude, ‘TRON: Uprising, Beck’s Beginning,’ followed by a half-hour ‘TRON: Uprising’ Q&A.
‘Once Upon a Time,” a modern fairytale with thrilling twists and hints of darkness, presents its season finale on Sunday, May 13 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network. “Once Upon a Time” stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold, Lana Parrilla as Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David, Eion Bailey as August, Jared Gilmore as Henry Mills and Raphael Sbarge as Jiminy Cricket/Archie Hopper.
‘TRON: Uprising’ follows the heroic journey of a new character, a young program named Beck, who becomes the unlikely leader of a revolution inside the computer world of The Grid. The series, produced in CG animation with a 2D aesthetic, is set in the era of TRON between the stories in the 1982 feature film and Walt Disney Studios’ TRON: Legacy. Disney Channel will present ‘TRON: Uprising, Beck’s Beginning,’ a 30-minute uninterrupted prelude to the series on Friday, May 18 at 9:30 pm ET/PT. The special will encore uninterrupted on Disney XD on Monday, May 21 at 9 pm ET/PT, followed by the series launch on Thursday, June 7 at 9 pm ET/PT on Disney XD.
‘TRON: Uprising’ stars Elijah Wood as Beck, Bruce Boxleitner as Tron, Mandy Moore as Mara, Emmanuelle Chriqui as Paige, Nate Corddry as Zed, Lance Henriksen as General Tesler, Reginald VelJohnson as Able, Paul Reubens as Pavel and Tricia Helfer as the voice of The Grid.
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BBC Worldwide and ABC Entertainment today announced the first ever free-to-play online game centered on the juggernaut reality-competition television show, “Dancing with the Stars.” Titled “Dancing with the Stars: Keep Dancing,” the game is available to play now on ABC.com/DancingWithTheStars and at DWTSKeepDancing.com. Concurrently BBC Worldwide Digital Entertainment & Games will launch “Strictly Keep Dancing” in the UK, accompanying the format’s original version, “Strictly Come Dancing.”
For the first time ever, fans of the show and social gamers from around the world will be able to take their moves to the dance floor, partnering with the show’s professional dancers (Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Derek Hough, Mark Ballas and Kym Johnson) and competing against friends and fellow fans to take home the coveted Mirror Ball trophy. The game allows players to customize their personal avatar, complete with “DWTS’” award-winning makeup, hair and fantastic costumes. Sequins, heels, hair, lipstick, nutrition, publicity and more will make the experience as authentic as the television show. Players will learn different dance routines including the Samba, Jive and Tango, all while customizing each step to complete their dance routines.
Robert Nashak, EVP, BBC Worldwide Digital Entertainment & Games, commented: “‘Dancing with the Stars’ is a global pop culture phenomenon, and developing this game has been a major initiative for our business. We’ve tried hard to create a fun and authentic experience that fully engages players in everything that it takes to be a celebrity contestant on the show.”
“Fans can’t get enough of ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ and this game allows them to become completely immersed in the experience,” said Karin Gilford, Senior Vice President, Digital Media, ABC Television Network. “We think the ease of use, along with the degree to which fans can customize their own experience, will make it an absolute obsession for anyone who has dreamed of taking a twirl under the mirror ball.”
“Dancing with the Stars: Keep Dancing” is developed to present a realistic reflection of the show with special 3D graphics that bring the glitz and glamour to life, giving an experience that is as sexy, sassy and dramatic as the real thing. “Strictly Keep Dancing” will launch concurrently in the UK, with players in both countries having access to play on the “SCD” and the “DWTS” dance floor. Over time, BBC Worldwide will roll out “Dancing with the Stars: Keep Dancing” to the 75 plus territories where “DWTS” is broadcast. Unique local versions will let players participate with the famed professional dancers on their local “DWTS” production.