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.”
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.
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.
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.”
In honor of its 20th anniversary, Disneyland Paris has launched Disneyland Paris Generations, an interactive, collaborative platform designed specially for guests, fans, Cast Members, partners and the media.
The website, which celebrates the theme of ‘we all have a Disneyland Paris story,’ allows guests to virtually page through the resort’s history book, offering twenty years of stories, photos and videos from the archives of Disneyland Paris. It will also keep online guests updated on current events during this anniversary year. A section of the site is dedicated to behind the scenes activities as well as the talents of more than 14,500 Cast Members who have shaped Disneyland Paris into what it is today.
‘Power Up,’ Disney Interactive’s new original web series gives families an inside look at the exciting world of video gaming. Presented by Kinect for Xbox 360, the weekly show on Disney.com is hosted by YouTube and musical sensation, Christina Grimmie, who will cover a wide range of game-related topics, including reviews of popular console, mobile, social and casual games. The series will also feature comedic game-based skits with other popular YouTube stars, as well as original songs and music by Grimmie. Fans can also check out ‘Power Up’ on YouTube, Disney Mobile and Xbox LIVE.
Club Penguin, which recently held its fifth annual ‘Coins for Change’ campaign, has doubled its charity donations to $2 Million this year as a result of players donating more than 10 billion of the in-game virtual coins.
In exchange for donating the in-game currency, Club Penguin players (predominantly children) are able to choose which of the global causes they wish to support. Kids can direct donations to provide medical help, build safe places or protect the earth. At the end of the event, the virtual donations to the three cause categories serve as votes to determine how a cash contribution from Disney Online Studios will be divided among charitable projects aimed at helping children, families and the planet.
Ever watch a movie, see those fancy movie studios’ introductions and secretly wish it were your name up there instead? Now one site is making it all possible and more with its do-it-yourself, plug-n-play custom video generator. For just a couple of bucks (and even free in many cases, if you don’t mind the site’s logo on it) iVipid.com allows you to create your own custom knock-offs from studios such as Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney (albeit a relatively old one), 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate, Lucasfilm and many more. There are also more generic video templates offered, including some that allow you to supply your own images to receive the video treatment. Also available are special mobile editions designed to operate in conjunction with a video caller-id app for the Android operating system.
You’ll have to build/buy/program your own 360 degree simulator, but if you can manage without it, Raytheon has recently expanded the experience available online. Whereas previously you could relive your experience from the Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World via a card received from the Innoventions Exhibit, you now have the opportunity to build the experience from scratch, just like at the park.
The new ‘Sum of all Thrills’ online component offers an on-screen design experience similar to the exhibit at Epcot’s Innoventions. Using mathematical and engineering fundamentals, students can construct exciting virtual roller-coasters, pilot jet-fighter planes, or race bobsleds that dip, dive and swerve through loops, turns and rolls.
This Holiday season, Disney.com invites kids and teens to channel their inner rock star in the U Rock the Holidays event at Disney.com/URock. The online video promotion lets guests create their own music videos from a selection of holiday tunes from Disney artists, then upload them on Disney.com/URock. One grand prize winner will receive a trip to Los Angeles for a rare opportunity to go behind-the-scenes of a Disney music video and meet the artists!