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Disney Family DealsDisney 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.

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Disney Studio All Access Finally Launching This Month? (Introducing Disney Everywhere’s Movie Cloud)

Disney Studio All Access for iPhone DevicesNow 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.

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‘Make Your Mark: Shake It Up’ Contest Kicks Off; Rocky and CeCe to Join Club Penguin

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.”

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Sneak Peek: ‘Disney Vacation Account’ Service from Walt Disney World

'Disney Vacation Account' service from Walt Disney WorldNo 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.

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‘Once Upon a Time,’ TRON: Uprising’ Q&A/Sneak Preview on Facebook

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.

 

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ABC Launches ‘Dancing with the Stars: Keep Dancing’ Online Game

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.”

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Disneyland Paris Launches ‘Generations’ Website for Anniversary Year

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.

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‘Power Up’ Web Series with Christina Grimmie Debuts April 6; Show to Award Pixar Studios Tour

Disney Interactive's 'Power Up with Christina Grimmie'‘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.

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Club Penguin Reveals Results of Annual ‘Coins for Change’ Program; $2M to be Donated

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.

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Website Lets You Create Custom Video Intros a la Pixar, Disney, Other Studios

Custom Pixar-inspired Introduction by iVipidEver 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.

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