Epcot’s ‘Sum of All Thrills’ Online Experience Enhanced to Offer Fuller Experience

Students from the Chain of Lakes Middle School in Orlando, Fla., custom-design their own ride on the new Sum of All Thrills at Innoventions at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009 (AP Photo/Raytheon Company, Phelan M. Ebenhack, HO)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.

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‘U Rock’ Disney.com Contest to Award Behind-the-Scenes Trip

Disney.com's 'U Rock' Holiday EditionThis 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!

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Disney Interactive to Produce ‘Swampy,’ Future Web Series in YouTube Partnership

Disney Interactive and YouTube are joining forces to bring family-friendly video entertainment to the web. The alliance will bring together the leading provider of family-friendly entertainment with the Internet’s most popular destination for video programming.

Complementary online video destinations tailored to Disney audiences will be made available on both Disney.com and YouTube in early 2012, furthering Disney Interactive’s strategy to deliver the most relevant and immersive online experiences to its guests wherever they are.

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Disney Parks App Brings ‘Magic, Memories and You’ Home

DisneyMemoriesShow.comThose who have had the privilege of witnessing the technical marvel that is ‘The Magic, The Memories and You’ at either the Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resorts know what a spectacular it truly is. Thus it must have been a daunting thought to some when someone suggested bringing some of that magic online to everyone in a way that’s spectacular in its own right. Somebody thought of that and someone believed it and DisneyMemoriesShow.com is the end result.

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Disney Launches the Vaultomatic; Allows Guests to Customize Their Own Disney Vault — But Why?

Disney's Vaultomatic.comActively monitoring domain registrations for The Walt Disney Company ranges from the most mundane entries to rather intriguing ones, such as the recently registered imtheonlyonewithproblems.com and annoyingcrapnoonewantstohear.org, but when The Walt Disney Company registered Vaultomatic.com, my interests were piqued to all new heights. To whet my anticipating appetite just a lot more, the domain soon led to a site that simply read ‘Welcome to the Disney Vault.’ Fast forward to this morning, when Vaultomatic.com led to — of all things — the Vaultomatic.

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Have a Taste for Design? Enter Pixie Hollow Online’s ‘Sweet Treat’ Design Contest

Pixie Hollow Online 'Sweet Treat Design Contest'October is in full force in Pixie Hollow and everyone is busy celebrating all the autumn events. The Animal Masquerade has everyone putting on their critterific costumes to trick or treat and players are busy entering the “Sweet Treat Design Contest”!

Have you ever imagined sitting on a cotton candy sofa or looking into a lollipop mirror? Imagine no longer because the fairies and sparrow men in Pixie Hollow all agree that sweet treats aren’t just for eating. Pixie Hollow’s Never Council wants to see how creative YOU can get with edible sweet treats!

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ABC.com to Offer Free Music from ‘Revenge,’ ‘Suburgatory’

For 24 hours, starting from the program’s airing, the ABC.com Music Lounge will offer free downloads of songs appearing in tonight’s lineup on the ABC television network.

Beginning at 8:30 pm ET, the Music Lounge will offer Yellow Ostrich’s single, ‘Hahahaohhoho’ as featured on tonight’s episode of ‘Suburgatory,’ available for 24 hours for free at http://abc.go.com/music-lounge/artist/yellow-ostrich/875689.

At 10:00 pm ET, ‘Second Friend’ by Megafaun will be available to download at http://www.abc.go.com/music-lounge/artist/megafaun/875693. Featured on tonight’s episode of ‘Revenge,’ the song occurs when Daniel (Josh Bowman) shows up late for work.

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‘Marvel Super Hero Squad Online’ Debuts New Challenge System, Heroes

Doctor Strange in 'Marvel Super Hero Squad Online' by Gazillion EntertainmentGazillion Entertainment and Marvel Entertainment today unveiled the brand new Challenge System in the free-to-play massively multiplayer online kids game Marvel Super Hero Squad Online. Through the Challenge System, players are rewarded for discovering new and exciting aspects of the game!

By completing Challenges players earn Gold, Silver, Tickets and even unique Marvel heroes! Visit and explore all the far corners of the game world zones, make new friends, play in the virtual arcade and complete Card Game Quests; these are just a few of the challenge activities that await your squad.

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Jason Derulo Featured in Webdoc Series on ABCFamily.com

Twenty two-year-old pop artist Jason Derulo exploded onto the music scene last year with his self-titled debut album which sold 850,000 copies worldwide, spawned three Top 10 hits and landed him the 2011 BMI Songwriter of the Year Award. But just who is Jason Derulo?

ABCFamily.com digs deeper with the exclusive world premiere of “I Am Jason Derulo,” an original three-part docu-style web series that takes an in-depth look at the emergence of this charismatic, multi-talented pop sensation. He shares his musical vision, private backstage moments, his bond with his large family, and of course his thoughts on love and romance. The series will unfold over three weeks beginning today at www.abcfamily.com/IAmJasonDerulo.

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Mary Blair Honored by Google Doodle on 100th Birthday

Mary Blair Google DoodleOn what would be her 100th birthday, Google has honored artist and Disney Legend Mary Blair with its popular doodle feature.

Known widely for her designs and inspiration for the “it’s a small world” attraction, created for the 1964-65 Worlds Fair in New York City, Blair joined the Walt Disney Company in 1940 in the animation department, working on a few film projects such as Dumbo and a follow-up to Fantasia. In 1941, Blair and her husband, along with Walt and Lillian Disney and several other artists went to South America on a three month goodwill tour as documented in the film Walt & El Grupo and produced classics such as Saludos Amigos and Three Caballeros as a result. She would then go on to work on several more Disney films before leaving the company, only to return a decade or so later to work on “it’s a small world” and several other projects for both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World resorts.

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