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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Disney And Asus Launch Netbook Computer For Kids (Photo Gallery)

GLENDALE, Calif. – June 17, 2009 – Disney Consumer Products (DCP) and ASUS, maker of the pioneering Eee PC™ netbook, have collaborated to develop the Disney Netpal, a netbook computer for children that’s fun, web-safe and easy to use. Developed with parents and kids in mind, the Disney Netpal by ASUS is durable, with a reinforced mechanical design, and offers a truly magical and engaging computing experience with a unique Disney user interface. Features include more than 40 robust parental control options, an 8.9-inch LCD display, Wi-Fi capabilities, Windows XP Home, and kid-friendly software featuring Disney characters and icons in stunning visual environments. Browsers and email have extra filters to assure that parents are able to control online safety and content for their children, and can easily select with whom their children can correspond via email. The Disney Magic Desktop “gadget tray” offers a creatively designed 2D menu displaying Disney-themed email, Disney-themed browser and a robust suite of Disney-themed parental control options.

With a user interface that is incredibly easy to use for both kids and parents, from package to set-up in four simple steps, the Disney Netpal will be available in late July in two models with prices based on features. The Disney Netpal by ASUS is designed for kids ages 6-12. Retailers include Toys”R”Us and Amazon.com, and the suggested retail price is $349.99. Carrying cases will also be available separately.

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Blu-ray and DVD Details on Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (October 27) Plus an All New Disney Fairies Movie

Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure DVD

BURBANK, Calif., June 8 — In 2008 audiences around the globe re-discovered and fell in love with one of the world’s most iconic characters, as Walt Disney Pictures launched the breathtaking origin story of a beloved character in the fantastic all-new animated adventure — Tinker Bell, the debut film in the exciting new “Disney Fairies” movie series. The delightful tale thrilled audiences of all ages, soaring to reach the year’s number one spot as the biggest Direct-To-DVD release of 2008.* Releasing on October 27, 2009, the enchanting pixie-dusted tale continues in an even more action-packed adventure, as Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure delightfully expands the world of fairies and takes Tink far beyond Pixie Hollow in an original full-length CG animated film that flies to Blu-ray (“Combo Pack” Blu-ray +DVD) and standard def DVD.

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) also announced today that the wondrous adventures will continue in a fifth installment beyond the previously announced four films with Tinker Bell: Race Through the Seasons (working title), which is currently in development by DisneyToons Studios and is directed by Bobs Gannaway.

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Imagineering’s Dr. Ben Schwegler Talks About the Future of Engineering with the ASCE

Vice President and Chief Scientist of Walt Disney Imagineering, Dr. Ben Schwegler, appears on the latest podcast from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to discuss the future of engineering. Dr. Schwegler talks about using innovation the engineering profession can use to overcome challenges as well as his own experiences. You cancheck it out here.

And don’t forget that Dr. Schwegler will be appearing on a panel as part of the World Science Festival’s panel, Wall-E’s World to explore revolutionizing waste management on Earth.

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Beloved Disney Characters Get Ready for New Roles at Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children

Prepping Disney characters for the Florida HospitalORLANDO, Fla., June 3, 2009 – Walt Disney Imagineers are putting the finishing touches on a collection of beloved Disney characters that will lend their magic to the three-story lobby of the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children.

Known for the support and protection they provided their dearest friends, characters including Timon and Pumba from “The Lion King,” Baloo from “The Jungle Book” and Sebastian and Flounder from “The Little Mermaid will have leading roles in the hospital’s interactive lobby.

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‘U Rock 2’ on Disney.com Invites Fans to Channel Their Inner Music Video Rock Star (Contest)

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Disney.com announced today the launch of U Rock 2, a unique promotion that gives fans the opportunity to create their own music videos set to songs from popular Disney artists and post their original videos on the U Rock site (www.Disney.com/URock). The most popular U Rock video finalists, voted on by fans, will win the ultimate rock star experience including a trip to Los Angeles, an in-studio “take over” at Radio Disney, a visit to the set of a Disney Channel show, and more.

This is the second annual U Rock event on Disney.com. In 2008 thousands of fan videos were uploaded and millions of fans rated and commented on their favorite videos. New this year, fans will be able to watch and vote for their favorite videos via mobile phone by texting UROCK to DISNEY (347639).*

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