Annual Passholders’ Sneak Peek at Walt Disney World’s ‘D Street’ on April 3

D Street at Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney West SideOn Saturday, April 3, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Passholders will have an opportunity to be among the first guests to experience the opening of D Street, the newest merchandise location where urban inspired product “intersects” with a Disney creative edge. Passholders will also be among the first to catch a glimpse of the new Create Your Own Vinylmation table, have the opportunity to participate in Vinylmation trading activities (trade your own Vinylmation or ones you purchase) and see the Disney Channel Star Celebrity Signed Vinylmation on display at D Street!

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Scrapblog Named Official Memory-Maker for Disney’s D23 – Offers Exclusive D23 Content

Scrapblog D23 StoreScrapblog™, the leading online service for social storytelling through photos, announced today that it has been named by Disney as “The Official Memory-Maker for Disney’s D23.” For the first time, Disney fans can get creative with one-of-a-kind Disney content for their scrapbooks, calendars, family trees, travelogues, yearbooks, fan tributes, greeting cards, and any other creations they make on Scrapblog.

Scrapblog users can decorate their online photo creations with unique stickers and backgrounds featuring Mickey, Minnie, and the classic crew, plus beloved Disney feature film characters like Ariel, Tinker Bell and the Mad Hatter. The content featuring these familiar Disney friends, and many more, can be found exclusively in the Scrapblog D23 store. In addition to its new Disney selection, Scrapblog has also created content that is available exclusively to D23 Members.

D23 themes full of charming character stickers and whimsical Disney-themed backgrounds are available immediately on Scrapblog, and there is much more magic to come in 2010. Also, Scrapblog will host a variety of creative contests with great prizes, including D23 Memberships and tickets to exclusive D23 events held throughout the year.

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Sideshow Collectibles Debuts Jack Sparrow Premium Format Figure; Announces Next Villain

Jack Sparrow Premium Format Figure by Sideshow CollectiblesStanding proud at 19″ tall and weighing in at 10 lbs, this individually painted, life-like representation of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean series boasts a fabric costume and an LED-lit lantern on a setting inspired by the famous Disney Parks attraction.

The figure is expected to ship in 4th quarter of 2010 and is now available for pre-order for $320 with a limit of two per customer. Subscribers to Sideshow’s newsletter already had an opportunity to order a special edition of the figure with a switch out hand holding a pistol. That figure, selling for $325, is currently available on a waitlist basis only.

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A Taste of Disney at the DIFFA Dining By Design 2010 Collection

(L-R) Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh, Owl © Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved. Founded in 1984, the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) organization launches a tour each spring titled Dining By Design mixing top design with fine cuisine. Currently located Pier 94 in New York City through March 22, the tour will make stops in Kansas City, Chicago and Francisco.

For the third year in a row, Walt Disney Signature joins the DIFFA exhibition, this time teaming up with renown Italian designer Cappellini to bring a touch of Disney to haute design, allowing attendees to indulge in a delectable combination of dining and Disney.

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Star Wars Theme Park Exclusive R2-MK Droid Figure Available April 1

R2-MK Astromech Droid Figure visits the Magic KingdomThe theme park exclusive 2-figure pack featuring the R2-MK Droid action figure will become available at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts beginning April 1.

As previously reported, the 2 pack, which also includes a Jedi Mickey action figure, will retail for $18.95.

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Vinylmation Previews Another Upcoming Classic

Mickey and the Seal from VinylmationFrom the upcoming Have A Laugh series which highlights classic Disney short, the official Vinylmation blog presents this artwork of the seal in the bathtub from the 1948 classic Mickey and the Seal.

Previously the blog had featured a character from the 1937 short Lonesome Ghosts.

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Disney Consumer Products Welcomes Tiana to the Disney Princess Family in Unprecedented Ceremony

The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow at Disney's Hollywood Studios Disney Consumer Products offered an unprecedented event earlier today that had even the skies opening up and pouring tears of joy on the otherwise gloomy streets of New York City. The event, which had celebrities from television, film and theatre mingling with Disney royalty, had Princesses Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas and Mulan officially welcome Tiana from The Princess and the Frog to the Disney Princess family.

Held quite appropriately at the New York Palace luxury hotel, celebrities and their families such as Tina Fey (30 Rock, Saturday Night Live), Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Nine Dead, Melissa & Joey), Kelly Bensimon, Kelly Rutherford (Gossip Girl), Audra McDonald (Private Practice), Nigel Barker (America’s Next Top Model), Matt Walton (One Life to Live), Amy Landecker, Miss Teen USA Stormi Bree Henley with Miss USA Kristen Dalton and more strolled down the purple carpet for the event. Also in attendance from the film, which comes out on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday were directors John Musker and Ron Clements along with voice talents Anika Noni Rose (Tiana), Jennifer Cody (Charlotte), Michael-Leon Wooley (Louis) and Jennifer Lewis (Mama Odie).

Day Dreamer Long Sleeve Top with Lace Gloves Manufacturer: Jaya MSRP: $16.99 After the purple carpet was cleared and the honored guests had made their way indoors to the ballroom, a horse-drawn carriage rolled down Madison Avenue, stopped directly in front of the Palace and Princess Tiana took to the purple carpet herself, escorted by a live jazz band and dozens of her adoring fans.

The event itself began with Anika Noni Rose who addressed the gathered group of families consisting mostly of little girls dressed as Disney princesses. Rose said that the first dream she ever recalls having as a child was that she would grow up to be the voice of a Disney character and how her dream came true. She spoke of Tiana and offered her own advice to the princess’ fans: meeting Prince Charming is a great thing, but they should never lose sight of their dreams and who they are.

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March Hare Madness Continues! Wonderful ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Prize Pack Giveaway

'Alice in Wonderland' Prize Pack from Stitch KingdomWith such an overwhelming response to the recent soundtrack giveaway, we’d be mad as a hatter not to offer another round of exciting Alice in Wonderland inspired merchandise from some of the hottest outfitters and toy manufacturers around. Thanks to our friends at Disney Consumer Products, we’re proud to offer one lucky Stitch Kingdom reader chosen at random this awesome Alice in Wonderland gift pack valued at approximately $110 and consisting of:

  • An Eat Me/Drink Me 59fifty fitted cap from New Era in a New Era zipper black hat case
  • A Mad Hatter Kubrick and Chesire Cat Be@rbrick collectible set
  • A Mad Hatter tee shirt featuring the Mad Hatter holding a tea cup reading ‘Mad As A Hatter… You’re Mad’ (not pictured, size men’s large)
  • Our jealousy* (* cash value: 1/100th of a cent)

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Muppet Whatnot Separates Now Sold.. Separately

FAO Schwarz, currently the exclusive location to purchase an official Muppet Whatnot (until the Whatnot locations come to the US theme parks), has now begun selling the outfits individually for $19.99 each. Previously, only a single outfit was able to be purchased during the actual Whatnot creation.

Unfortunately, searching for whatnot or muppets on the site simply takes you to the creation process right now, so there’s no easy way to locate the outfits, but if you search for Disney, you’ll find all the outfits. There’s also a garment bag currently being sold for $5 (marked down from $19.99).

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Toy Fair 2010: Square Enix Brings Tidings of Kingdom Hearts, Pixar and Nightmare Before Christmas

Disney Theatrical merchandise at Disney Store Times Square Square Enix of Kingdom Hearts fame continues its exciting collection of collectible figures from the series as well as other Disney properties this year.

Expected to be released this month is the adorable set of Kingdom Hearts avatar mascot straps. The Play Arts #2 King Mickey rules the collection, however, expected to be released in July along with the gift of joy provided by Santa Sora. Also expected to be released in July is the highly anticipated Pixar Formation Arts collection featuring characters from Wall-E, Ratatouille and UP.

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