Muppets ‘Ode to Joy’ Named Best Music Video in 13th Annual Webby Awards

Burbank, CA, May 13, 2009 — The global Web community has voted Beaker’s performance of “Ode To Joy” as Best Music Video of the Year in the Webby People’s Voice Awards. The musical performance – a solo tour de force by Muppet Labs most famous, most combustible and only assistant – was part of a viral video campaign that was produced by The Muppets Studio and Soapbox Films and was released surreptitiously on the web by the Muppet characters themselves.

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All Aboard for “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” Train Tour and Contests (Full Details, Photos)

From Sneak Peeks of Exclusive 3D Film Footage to Summertime Snow – Disney Pulls out All the Whistle Stops for 40-City Traveling Experience

Map of Christmas Train Tour

Disney's A Christmas Carol LogoBURBANK, Calif. — Disney is pulling out all the whistle stops and taking its show on the road with a spectacular immersive and interactive 40-city train tour including a 3D sneak peek of film footage from the upcoming movie “Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” it was announced today (05/08/09) by Dick Cook, chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. Set amidst a snowy backdrop—complete with all of the sights and sounds of Christmas including carolers, decorations, giveaways and many more surprises in each of the 40 cities—the Train Tour is being launched with HP on board as the title and technology sponsor and driven by Amtrak. This family event is for guests of all ages and is free to the public.

A Christmas Carol Train

Starring Jim Carrey and directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” opens in theatres November 6 in Disney Digital 3D™ and in IMAX 3D®.

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Imagineering’s Dr. Ben Schwegler to Present at 2009 World Science Festival in New York City

The second annual World Science Festival in New York City (June 10 – 14, 2009) has just posted its schedule of presentations and opened up for ticket sales. Unfortunately it looks like Disney’s participation is limited this year, but for the adults, WDI Chief Scientist Dr. Ben Schwegler will be part of a panel entitled WALL-E’s World: Designs for an Invisible Footprint.

The description for the panel is as follows:

Beneath WALL-E’s whimsical surface lies a grown up, cautionary tale about humanity’s relationship with the environment. In this program scientists reveal ingenious strategies for creating a sustainable future — from ‘carborexic’ cities made entirely from recycled trash to how the pursuit of “green” space exploration may one day help to revolutionize waste management here on Earth.

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Updates from WDW – Sanaa, Kidani, Characters in Flight and More

As always when I’m down here in Orlando, it’s been pretty hectic and time is not something I have nearly enough of. I’m also having some issues with uploading the photos which happens here sometimes, so please bear with me.

Just as soon as I can (as early as this evening, as late as tomorrow), I’ll have a full review and photo tour of Sanaa (I have almost 50 photos to share in all), a photo tour of Kidani Village, some exciting photos of Characters in Flight (yes, I went there) and much more.

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Adventures By Disney Website Receives Best Travel Website Award

BURBANK, Calif., April 29 /PRNewswire/ — Adventures by Disney (AdventuresbyDisney.com),provider of high-end family travel experiences, was awarded Best Travel Website by the Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) Awards. The IAC Awards, produced by the Web Marketing Association, recognize excellence in online advertising and those responsible for the best in Internet marketing. The Best Travel Website award is given to travel industry sites that exemplify creativity, innovation, design, memorability and impact. The new website was created by a dedicated Adventures by Disney web team at WDPRO (Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Online).

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Radio Disney Announces Winner of ‘Next Best Thing’ Contest

Sister act and winners of Radio Disney's Next Best Thing contest, Jonnie and Brookie

Sister act and winners of Radio Disney's Next Best Thing contest, Jonnie and Brookie

A teen pop duo, “Jonnie and Brookie” of Phoenix, Arizona, have been named Radio Disney’s “Next Big Thing” (N.B.T.) via a poll that tabulated nearly nine million votes on RadioDisney.com and via texts to Radio Disney from listener’s mobile devices, it was announced on air by Radio Disney’s Ernie D. Radio Disney’s N.B.T., a recurring on-air and online programming feature, puts the spotlight on young recording artists and allows them to get their music heard on a national level. Since its November debut, Radio Disney’s N.B.T. introduced 11 unsigned acts and invited its kid and family audience to look, listen and vote for their favorite new artist online or via text.

“Jonnie and Brookie” (sisters age 16 and 14, respectively) will perform in concert at an exclusive Radio Disney event to be announced shortly. They narrowly edged out three other frontrunners — AllStar, Bre Morgan and Comic Book Heroes.

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Man Charged $62,000 for Downloading Wall*E – by Cell Phone Company

Here’s one way to bring an end to video piracy. A man visiting Mexico used his 3G wireless card to download Wall*E off the internet and received a $62,000 phone bill due to roaming charges. On a happy note, he got it down to $17K.

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A Brief Introduction to Disney’s Club Penguin

Disney's Club PenguinWith all the excitement surrounding the upcoming appearance of Club Penguin’s Captain Rockhopper at Walt Disney World beginning April 30, we couldn’t help but notice some have been asking what Club Penguin is all about. Here we present a brief introduction to the world of Club Penguin.

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Pirates League Experience at Magic Kingdom to Open June 29 (Package Details)

The Boy-tique known as the Pirates League is set to open June 29 in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland. The Orlando Sentinel has reported the following details:

Participants will receive pirate names before receiving a variety of accessories, including beards, eye patches, scarves, scars, earrings and gold teeth. These will be applied by a “veteran pirate” with sea-sailing tales.

After taking a sacred oath and an official portrait, guests will be part of Jack Sparrow’s gang.

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New Social Bookmarking Site DisMarks Exclusively for Disney Fans

DisMarks is a new site in the style of social bookmarking sites such as Digg but specifically tailored to fans of Disney. Users can contribute links to articles they find interesting (or vote up existing links) for the benefit of other Disney fans.

As you may have noticed, each article here on Stitch Kingdom now contains an icon on the right side. This will allow you to suggest or vote up that particular entry on DisMarks. We encourage you to mark any article you find interesting and wish to share with the community, even if it’s been marked already. It helps us and most of all, helps other Disney fans.

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