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DALLAS, TX — Today, JourneyEd, a division of Journey Education Marketing, Inc., announced a major collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios. As the leading online marketer of software to K-12 and college education, JourneyEd will market and sell RenderMan®, Pixar’s professional rendering software, through its website, to high school and college students, educators, schools, and higher education institutions at attractive academic prices.

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A Sneak Peek at the Walt Disney Family Museum, Gallery 3: The Emergence of the Walt Disney Studio

Galleries 3 New Horizons: The Emergence of the Walt Disney Studio (1928 to 1940)

Walt Disney watches on as daughter Diane rides her tricycleThe success of Mickey Mouse let Walt Disney expand the newly renamed Walt Disney Studios and improve the quality of Studio animations, so he embarked on a series of ambitious projects, including the “Silly Symphonies,” one-reel shorts that let him experiment with images, music, and story lines. In the following years, the Studio created the first Technicolor cartoons, introduced a multiplane camera to create the illusion of depth in animated films, and developed distinctive styles of movement and personality in their characters. Also in this period, Walt and Lillian’s family grew to include daughters Diane and Sharon.

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The Walt Disney Family Museum Website is Live; Tickets Available for Dates Starting October 1

WDFM_our_book_07The Walt Disney Family Museum site has gone live. Visit it online at waltdisney.org to learn more about the museum, obtain timed tickets, watch videos and the chance to pre-order the museum’s book,  The Walt Disney Family Museum: The Man, the Magic, the Memories written by noted Disney historian J.B. Kaufman and Diane Disney Miller with preface by Richard Benefield and introduction by Diane Disney Miller. At 96 pages and containing 124 illustrations, the book tells the story of Walt Disney in ten chapters that coincide with the museum’s galleries. The book will be available exclusively from the museum beginning October 15, 2009, but is currently available for pre-order for $19.95

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A Letter From Walt Disney Family Museum’s Executive Director, Richard Benefield

The following letter was published earlier today on the Facebook page of the Walt Disney Family Museum and has been copied here with permission. We encourage all of our readers to become a Fan of the Museum on Facebook to be apprised of the latest news and announcements from the Museum as well as images of just some of its amazing collection on display. You can also follow the museum on Twitter.

Richard Benefield, Executive Director of the Walt Disney Family MuseumWalt Disney was a storyteller.

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A Look at More Treasures from the Walt Disney Family Museum

Thanks to your appreciation of our previous article on the Walt Disney Family Museum which featured some of the items that will be on display in Gallery One,  titled Walt Disney’s Early Years (1901 – 1923), we are pleased to present you with some of the items that can be found in Gallery Two.

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A Sneak Peek Inside the Walt Disney Family Museum Opening October 1; Timed Tickets on Sale August 1

The Walt Disney Family Museum at The Presidio in San Francisco

The Walt Disney Family Museum at The Presidio in San Francisco

San Francisco, CA, July 16, 2009—The fascinating and inspiring story of Walt Disney, whose artistry, creations, and vision helped define 20th-century American culture, will be brought to life at The Walt Disney Family Museum, which opens in San Francisco in October 2009. The Museum will illuminate Walt Disney’s tremendous successes, disappointments, and unyielding optimism as he pursued innovation and excellence while entertaining and enchanting generations worldwide through his pioneering ventures.

The earliest known drawings of Mickey MouseThe creator of Mickey Mouse, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disneyland, and the global yet distinctly American company that bears his name, Disney was an independent risk-taker who started his first business at the age of 19 and worked tirelessly to elevate animation to an art form. He invented timeless characters and stories that brought the fantastical to life and continue to inspire a sense of wonder. Through animated and live action films, television programs, and theme parks, Disney created global symbols, icons, and characters that, more than 40 years after his death, are an indelible part of popular culture in America and around the world.

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Disney Channel Orders ‘Good Luck Charlie,’ a New Live Action Family Comedy

Disney Channel has ordered “Good Luck Charlie,” an original live-action comedy series about a family whose lives are turned topsy-turvy with the arrival of a new baby sister. The multi-camera series will begin production in Hollywood in August for a scheduled 2010 premiere on Disney Channels around the world.

Starring are Bridgit Mendler, a recurring guest star on Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place” and guest star on “JONAS,” as Teddy Holliday; Jason Dolley, known to Disney Channel viewers from his headlining roles in “Hatching Pete,” “Minutemen” and “Cory in the House,” as Casey Holliday; introducing Bradley Steven Perry as Gabe Holliday; Eric Allan Kramer (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “My Name Is Earl”) as Bob Holliday; and Leigh Allyn Baker (“Will & Grace) as Amy Holliday.

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New Backstage Segway Tour at Epcot Takes You Through the Air, Land and Sea

Using the Segway x2 off-road personal transporter (PT), guests are now able to experience Future World pavilions and attractions in an all new way. Called the Nature-Inspired Design tour, guests tour through the Land and the Seas pavilions. The official description of the tour is as follows:

Discover the wonder of nature-inspired design as you glide through land, sea and air at Epcot®. This 3-hour backstage tour allows you to experience the symbiotic relationship between nature and the nature-inspired designs incorporated into Epcot® pavilions and attractions. Glide over California on Soarin’™, tour the greenhouses at The Land pavilion, explore The Seas with Nemo & Friends® and visit Life Support scientists to learn how technology helps us maintain a better balance with nature.

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Acclaimed Animators Celebrate Work and Teachings of Disney’s Legendary Walt Stanchfield at Comic-Con International

EMERYVILLE, Calif., June 23 — AnimationMentor.com (Animation Mentor) and Don Hahn of The Walt Disney Studios announce an inspiring panel discussion at Comic-Con International with acclaimed animators about the life and influence of Disney mentor, teacher, and artist Walt Stanchfield. Open to animators and animation enthusiasts alike, the panel discussion celebrates the launch of the new book, Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes, the complete series of animation lectures by Walt Stanchfield.

“Walt Stanchfield has contributed so much to the animation industry through his incredible body of work and the mentorship of a generation of phenomenal animators,” said Bobby Beck, chief executive officer and cofounder of Animation Mentor. “This panel is an amazing opportunity to hear the best animators of our time talk about the influence Walt had on their life and work as well as share insightful lessons that are highlighted in the book, Drawn to Life.” (more…)

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Magic Kingdom to Begin Offering Reserved Fireworks Viewing with Dessert Buffet June 23

Beginning tomorrow, guests can call 407-WDW-DINE and reserve spots for a new fireworks viewing/dessert reception area located at the Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station.  The cost for the event is $17.99 per adult and $9.99 per children (ages 3-9). The event is currently scheduled to run nightly from June 23 through August 28.

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