George A. Kalogridis Named President of Walt Disney World

Effective February 1, 2013, George A. Kalogridis will become the president of the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, it was announced today. Kalogridis, a 41-year veteran of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, was named president of the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. George will oversee a workforce of more than 66,000 Cast Members at the world’s premier vacation destination.

Since 2009, George has served as president of the Disneyland Resort, where he leads more than 25,000 Cast Members at the over 500-acre resort, which comprises the world-famous Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, the Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the Paradise Pier Hotel and Downtown Disney.

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New Disney Arrivals at Entertainment Earth for January 9, 2013 (6 Items)

New Entertainment Earth arrivals for January 9, 2013 Below is a list of new items now available for purchase at Entertainment Earth. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on Entertainment Earth in another window. Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability. Disclosure: This post includes specially formatted links which allow the site to receive a small percentage of purchases made through them. Using these links does not affect your shopping experience in any way, but it does help the site. Even if you don’t purchase anything, even just sharing products you like through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest using the icons below them will help the site.

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‘Home Again’ with Jennie Garth, Cameron Mathison to Premiere Thanksgiving on ABC Family

Muse Entertainment, in association with ABC Family, will begin production this week on the new original Thanksgiving movie Home Again (working title). Jennie Garth (‘Beverly Hills, 90210,’ ‘What I Like About You’) and Cameron Mathison (‘Dancing with the Stars,’ ‘All My Children,’ ‘Good Morning America’) will star in the movie, which is set to premiere as part of the network’s annual ‘Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas’ programming event in November, 2013. Also cast in the movie is Mary Kay Place (The Big Chill, ‘The West Wing,’ ‘Big Love’).

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‘Blue Umbrella’ New Hi-Res Still from Pixar’s Upcoming Short

"THE BLUE UMBRELLA" (Pictured) BLUE and RED. ©2013 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved."THE BLUE UMBRELLA" (Pictured) BLUE and RED. ©2013 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.Yesterday we shared a hi-res still with you of the new short, The Blue Umbrella, from Pixar Animation Studios. Today we are pleased to bring you another still from the short, this one an aerial view of the street where we catch a glimpse of Blue and Red amongst the sea of black umbrellas.

Click on the thumbnail to see a larger version of the image. If the resize arrow is available, click on it to see the image at its original resolution.

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CONFIRMED: Disney’s Aladdin is Broadway-Bound

We had been talking about Disney Theatrical producing a musical based on Disney Animation’s Aladdin for years, so it came as little shock to us when the production became fully realized at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater in early 2011.

Since then, the show has been re-tooled and has played at various regional theaters, but it wasn’t until a special private event for members of Disney’s official fan club, Disney D23, last summer, that we had any inkling that it was destined for Broadway (in truth, we believed a touring production would be as far as the plans went).

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LIVING SOCIAL: ‘Peter Pan’ Screening and Special Panel in Los Angeles

Ticket to "PETER PAN" and Special Panel Discussion on January 11For those that will be in the Hollywood, California area on the evening of Friday, January 11, Living Social and the El Capitan Theatre are now making tickets available to attend a special screening of Disney’s Peter Pan along with a special panel for just $11 per ticket.

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‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ Seven New Hi-Res Stills

China Girl (Voiced by Joey King), left; Finley (Voiced by Zach Braff), right ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Walt Disney Studios has also provided us with seven new stills from its film, Oz the Great and Powerful, which debuts in theaters nationwide on March 8, 2013.

The new stills give us some fabulous looks at Finley (voiced by Zach Braff) and the China Girl (voiced by Joey King) along with a peek at the developing relationship between Oscar Diggs/Oz (James Franco) and Theodora (Mila Kunis) along with Munchkins and Quadlings.

The new stills have been added to the beginning of our gallery below. Click on any of the thumbnails to enlarge.

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Sneak Peek: ‘The Blue Umbrella’ from Pixar, Plus Full Synopsis (Hi-Res)

"THE BLUE UMBRELLA" (Pictured) BLUE and RED. ©2013 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios have provided us with this still from their upcoming short, The Blue Umbrella, which will play before Monsters University in theaters beginning June 21, 2013. The full synopsis for the short is as follows:

‘It is just another evening commute until the rain starts to fall, and the city comes alive to the sound of dripping rain pipes, whistling awnings and gurgling gutters. And in the midst, two umbrellas — one blue, one not — fall eternally in love.’

Additionally, the Wall Street Journal has recently debuted a clip from the short which can be seen embeddedbelow:

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New ‘Sofia the First’ Merchandise Debuts at Disney Store

'Sofia the First' Merchandise from Disney StoreToday, Disney Store Disney Store launched a new line of “Sofia the First” product in celebration of the highly-anticipated debut of the animated children’s series “Sofia the First,” on January 11th, on Disney Channel (9:30-10:00 a.m., ET/PT) and Disney Junior (5:30-6:00 p.m., ET/PT). Available exclusively at Disney Store and DisneyStore.com, the product line features an assortment of items inspired by the series, including Sofia’s iconic amulet necklace and tiara, costume, accessories, “Sofia the First” picture book and more.

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New Disney Store Arrivals for January 7, 2013 (356 Items)

New Disney Store arrivals and sales for January 7, 2013 Below is a list of new items and sales now available for purchase at Disney Store. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on Disney Store in another window. Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability. Disclosure: This post includes specially formatted links which allow the site to receive a small percentage of purchases made through them. Using these links does not affect your shopping experience in any way, but it does help the site. Even if you don’t purchase anything, even just sharing products you like through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest using the icons below them will help the site.

Tinker Bell iPhone 4/4S Case Tinker Bell iPhone 4/4S Case – $19.50Miss Bell will always supervise your calls when you use her iPhone case with contemporary sketch art. You are sure to connect with Tink as she pixie dusts and protects your precious electronic equipment.
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Mickey Mouse Journal Mickey Mouse Journal – $12.50Detail your thoughts, dreams, and wishes in Mickey’s gem-studded hardbound journal with over 150 lined pages, perfect for creative expression or daily diary.
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Seagulls Tee for Baby - Finding Nemo Seagulls Tee for Baby – Finding Nemo – $12.50Baby will be happy to own this all-too-familiar phrase on our fun, colorful tee inspired by the hungry seagulls in Finding Nemo, made in the cool comfort of cotton.
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Lady and the Tramp Mug Lady and the Tramp Mug – $12.50Recover from your lovely Bella Notte with a bright morning sip from our Lady and the Tramp Movie Moments mug, illustrated with scenes directly from Walt Disney’s animated canine classic.
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Tinker Bell Journal with Lock Tinker Bell Journal with Lock – $14.50Tink’s pixie-dusted diary with tiny heart-shaped padlock is the perfect place to jot down your personal secrets, latest adventures, soaring dreams, magic spells, and daily details. It’s a Never-Never Land for your imagination only!
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Minnie Mouse Tote Minnie Mouse Tote – $39.50Minnie’s high-fashion tote adds a dash of carefree fun to your daily routine. Sturdy canvas construction is enhanced by embroidered accents and polks dot trims.
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Disney Princess Woven Dress for Girls Disney Princess Woven Dress for Girls – $29.50Pretty flowers are arranged around three Disney Princesses on this cotton dress. Belle, Aurora and Snow White are given extra sparkle by their rhinestone-studded dresses, while layers of contrasting fabrics add royal glamour.
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Toy Story Stationery Kit Toy Story Stationery Kit – $16.50Blast-off to new creative heights with our Toy Story zip kit featuring a virtual toybox full of art supplies in a soft-padded case featuring Woody, Buzz and friends, for hours of imaginative play.
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Sofia the First Necklace for Girls Sofia the First Necklace for Girls – $9.50Her face will light-up whenever she wears Sofia’s glamorous necklace. Press the button to make the glitter-filled amulet glow. The pearl-accented chain helps to make it a sparkling addition to her Sofia the First costume collection.
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Lotso Talking Action Figure - 15 Lotso Talking Action Figure – 15” – $24.50The soft-furred but hard-hearted Lotso sure has a lot to say for himself. This fully articulated, strawberry scented plush speaks 11 phrases, including ”Welcome to Sunnyside” and ”I’m Lotso Huggin’ Bear, but you can call me Lotso.”
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AFTER THE JUMP: More new items from DisneyStore.com

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