Stitch Kingdom Debuts New DisneyStore.com Deals Alert System

With all due respect to Jack Donaghy, we too like to do a little innoventing from time to time and in the past few days, we’ve been doing exactly that.

Many of our readers know that for a while now, we have been reporting on new items as they become available on DisneyStore.com, items which include specials such as limited edition items, Vinylmation collectibles, D23 member exclusives and more, long before other outlets take note of them.

While that service to our readers has already proven to be very successful, we knew it could do more — we needed to find a way to plus the unique service we already provided. For example, we were limiting on what we were reporting simply because of the time and energy required. We also could only tell you what was new, not what had just gone on sale, nor could we provide direct links most of the time because the item was too new to be available in the DisneyStore.com affiliate database.

All this has now changed. Many of you have already witnessed the fruits of the technology we’ve been implementing over the past few days and over the next couple of weeks, we hope to expand this to bigger and better shopping opportunities for the thousands of Disney fans who visit us daily. We are thrilled to introducing to you our unrivaled DisneyStore.com Deals Alert System and give you an insider’s look into how it works and how you can make it work for you.

Each morning, while most of us are still sleeping (or going to sleep), DisneyStore.com updates its inventory. Our automated system then rummages through the DisneyStore.com inventory database and finds all the new items and new deals. Unfortunately we can’t provide more information on how this works, but trust us, it works — very well.

Around 7 am EST, the alert system itself kicks in and currently does this in a couple of ways. First, a news item is automatically generated and (currently) submitted for manual review before its published. This news item contains only new items available at DisneyStore.com. This is primarily because when DisneyStore.com initiates a sale (like the recent twice a year sale), it can mark down dozens of items, if not hundreds and that would be one heck of a news item to sort through.

But if it is deals you’re after, there’s another way to find them right now and that’s on Twitter. By following @SK_TDSAlerts on Twitter, you’ll learn not only about all the new items, but also about all the items whose prices have been marked down that day. With sales routinely running between 25%-70% or more, you really don’t want to pass up these opportunities that you’ll be the first to learn about. And just in case DisneyStore.com does introduce a huge sale one day, the @SK_TDSAlerts account is capped at sending no more than 5 tweets per half hour, so you won’t be flooded by alerts for amazing deals.

In the future, we hope to expand on what the service offers in addition to possibly adding other shopping service alerts such as Amazon.com if it proves to be successful. We welcome your thoughts and suggestions and hope you enjoy the new service.

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Walt Disney World Satellite Maps by Robo Updated

It’s been over a year since the incredibly popular Walt Disney World Satellite Maps by Robo section has been added to Stitch Kingdom and it was long due for an update. Thanks to Robo, many of the maps have now been updated to reflect changes in the resort over the past year as well as some additional maps added, most notably those for Downtown Disney and individual lands in the Magic Kingdom.

I also took the opportunity to address the fact that users needed to click Search in order to view all maps initially. Now all maps will be shown automatically by default while still allowing users to filter by category and optional subcategory.

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Enter to Win a Holiday Gift Pack from Disney’s PhotoPass!

Disney’s PhotoPass is the premiere photo service when it comes to capturing memories at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, allowing you to bring home memories of the magic for years to come and there’s no better time of year to make new memories than the holidays.

We are thrilled to be able to offer five of our fans a special holiday gift pack from Disney’s PhotoPass, each consisting of a PhotoOrnament and a 20-pack of Standard PhotoCards and just to make it that much more special, free standard shipping*.

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Win ‘Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws’ on Disney Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack

Santa Buddies on Blue-ray/DVD Combo PackThanks to our friends at Walt Disney Home Entertainment, we have two copies of the newest Buddies movie, Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws on Disney Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (November 24) desperately in need of a good home with a couple of our readers.

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CONTEST: Win ‘The Princess and the Frog’ Soundtrack Autographed by Randy Newman!

The Princess and the Frog - The Original Motion Picture SoundtrackWalt Disney’s newest animated feature, The Princess and the Frog (opening nationwide December 11), celebrates the music of New Orleans with big jazzy numbers and an unforgettable score composed by the Academy Award winning Randy Newman.

Featuring performances by New Orleans’ own Dr. John, the film’s Anika Noni Rose, Jim Cummings, Keith David, Michael Leon-Wooley, and Jenifer Lewis, with performances on trumpet by Terence Blanchard as well as multi-Grammy Award winner Ne-Yo, this is one album you’ll definitely want to get your hands on when it’s released on November 23.

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Stitch Kingdom Introduces the Definitive Guide to Disney Apps for the iPhone

We are pleased to present our newest addition to our library of already established collection of Definitive Guides: Disney Apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

iPhone and iPod Touch users now have a single source to turn to in order to find the entire list of Disney related apps available on Apple’s iTunes Store in addition to applications authored by The Walt Disney Company itself.

The guide allows you to sort, categorize and even perform a keyword search against the Disney App library, so you can immediately find just the App you’re looking for. Sort by price or just click on the option to show just the Free apps — it’s just that simple!

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CONTEST: Win a Copy of the ‘Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure’ Video Game for Nintendo DS

'Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure' for Nintendo DS by Disney Interactive StudiosAs the leaves continue to change color, Tinktober rages on and it’s time for another contest! This time, Disney Interactive Studios has graciously provided us with five copies of the upcoming Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure video game for the Nintendo DS.

In Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, Tinker Bell’s greatest adventure yet takes place in Autumn, as the fairies are on the mainland changing the colors of the leaves, tending to pumpkin patches, and helping geese fly south for the winter. The rare Blue Moon will rise, and when its light passes through the magical Fall Scepter that Tinker Bell has been summoned to create, Pixie Hollow’s supply of pixie dust will be restored. But when Tinker Bell accidentally puts all of Pixie Hollow in jeopardy, she must venture out across the sea on a secret quest to set things right.

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CONTEST: Win a Copy of ‘Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure’ on Blu-ray/DVD and a Set of Exclusive Fairy Wings

Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure on Disney DVD and Blu-ray, available in stores October 27Courtesy of our friends at Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, we are pleased to bring you this exciting opportunity in which two very lucky Stitch Kingdom readers will each win a copy of the newest Disney fairies film, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, in a Disney DVD and Blu-ray combo pack, available in stores on October 27.  And if that isn’t enough, we’ll also be honoring the winner with his/her very own set of wearable fairy wings* created solely for promotion of the film and not available in any store! (Note that the color of the wings will be chosen at random and cannot be selected by the winner).

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Celebrate with Us and Win Exclusive Merchandise from Disney/Pixar’s UP and Disney’s G-Force

This month we have a lot to celebrate and we want to share it with all of you who’ve made it possible. Here’s just a few of our recent events:

* We recently had our second anniversary
* We crossed the 1,000 follower mark on Twitter (without having to follow 2,000 people ourselves)
* We just ventured into Facebook territory
* We are set to cross a huge milestone in the number of visits to the site this month, a number most sites of our size never see

And here’s how we’re doing it: we’re giving away exclusives from Disney/Pixar’s UP on Twitter and from Disney’s G-Force on Facebook. Two contests simultaneously, three great prizes.

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Follow on Twitter and Win Contest Rules and Information

Contest Period Begins: 10:30 PM EST Monday Evening
Contest Period Ends: 11:59 PM EST Wednesday Night
Eligibility Requirements: Contest is open to individuals and non-mice following StitchKingdom on Twitter at time of winner selection. Contestant may not have won within the past four weeks.
Prize: $10 Disney Gift Card (non-negotiable). We reserve the right to change the prize prior to any contest, Values may increase as participation increases.
Rules of Play: Eligible entrants must tweet the following message during the contest period:

RT @stitchkingdom This is my entry for this week’s $10 Disney gift card http://tinyurl.com/danqnm #disney

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