Disney Parks Technology Recognized by American Foundation for the Blind

Disney's Outdoor Audio Description Technology for Guests with Disabilities © DisneyOn Friday, March 11, the American Foundation for the Blind will recognize and award Walt Disney Parks and Resorts for its innovative Assistive Technology Device which debuted in summer 2010 at its annual ceremony in Seattle. Along with Disney, CBS Television, Lexmark International and Accessible Twitter will also be recognized by the non-profit group.

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Disney/Pixar to be Honored May 13 – 15 at Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival

Walt Disney World has confirmed dates for the highly anticipated Disney/Pixar Weekend celebration during the 2011 International Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot. In honor of Cars 2, Pixar Animation Studios takes center stage during the annual flora-focused festival.

Pixar pals take the stage front and center in the form of much larger-than-life, reaching heights of seven and eight feet tall. At the park’s main entrance, guests will find a sandbox display complete with sandcastle and playground toys featured in Toy Story 3. Also on display will be a brand new topiary of film villain Lotso who will (needless to say) smell like strawberries.

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HGTV Details Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival Presentation Schedule

The Festival Center at the 18th annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival presented by HGTV will be alive with expert-led seminars, demonstrations, discussions and Q&A sessions daily throughout the 75-day event that begins March 2 at Walt Disney World Resort.

Located next to Mission: Space in Future World at Epcot, the Festival Center showcases HGTV and HGTV.com celebrities on weekends and other experts — including “Master Gardeners” from University of Florida, Walt Disney World Horticulturists and a mix of national and regional TV/radio personalities, authors and educators — seven days a week. Here’s what’s happening:

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Vinylmation Remembers Toontown Fair, Disney Afternoon in February 25 Releases

Vinylmation Park Series 5 9" Goofy's BarnstormerIt’s been eons since the closure of Mickey’s Toontown Fair at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and it will surely be a few days before it’s forgotten — strike that, reverse it. Fortunately Disney Design Group has hearkened back to days of yore at Toontown’s Wiseacre Farms and will soon release its Park Series 5 9″ figure that pays homage to Goofy’s Barnstormer. The figure is set to be released at both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts on February 25.

It can also be ordered online.

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‘Mars Needs Moms’ Character Descriptions, Concept Art and Behind-the-Scenes (Minor Spoilers)

Walt Disney Studios and ImageMovers Digital have provided us with several behind-the-scenes photos, model sheets and concept art from its March 11 release of Mars Needs Moms, based on the same-titled book by famed cartoonist Berkeley Breathed who based the story on his own personal experiences with then four year old son, Milo. A couple of differences you’ll find in the film are that Milo (portrayed by Seth Green) is ‘progressed’ to age nine (while Seth, of course, is regressed) and there is a lot more time spent exploring the red planet. A couple of fun things to note are: in the concept art showing the scale of the characters in relation to each other and their respective actors, Seth Green as an adult in his mid-30s is just six inches taller than his nine year old self; and Joan Cusack (Mom) has a son named Miles and during the recording process, would often use his name instead of Milo’s. In fact, Miles’ name even made it to the production take in one case and had to be fixed later during ADR (audio dialogue replacement).

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New DisneyStore Arrivals and Sales for February 16, 2011 (90 Items)

New DisneyStore.com arrivals and sales for February 16, 2011

Below is a list of new items and sales now available for purchase at DisneyStore.com. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on DisneyStore.com 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.

Large Nylon Mickey Mouse Tote Bag
Large Nylon Mickey Mouse Tote Bag – $28.95

This versatile Mickey bag has plenty of room for everything plus features compartments to isolate the things you need to get to quickly like your phone, keys or glasses. Sporty styling and a subtle touch of Mickey.

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Vinylmation Cutesters Too Series Figure -- 3 H
Vinylmation Cutesters Too Series Figure — 3” H – $9.95

Need more cuteness in your world? Here they are Vinylmation Cutesters Too Series Figures created by Disney artists. Each box contains one of 11 designs or the elusive mystery chaser. You won’t know which one you’ve got until you’ve opened the box.

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2011 Valentines Day Lilo and Stitch Pin Set -- 2-Pc.
2011 Valentine’s Day Lilo and Stitch Pin Set — 2-Pc. – $12.95

No matter who your heart beats for or who’s giving you fever, they’re sure to love this 2011 Valentine’s Day Lilo and Stitch Pin Set. Don’t keep your love a secret, share it with these limited edition collectible pins.

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Canvas Mickey Mouse Wallet
Canvas Mickey Mouse Wallet – $14.50

You’ll have fun spending time with this Canvas Mickey Mouse Wallet. The chrome frame is covered by a soft padded canvas exterior featuring Mickey and shimmering lettering. Open it to reveal lots of compartments for all your credit cards and your ID.

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2011 Valentines Day Sally and Jack Skellington Pin Set -- 2-Pc.
2011 Valentine’s Day Sally and Jack Skellington Pin Set — 2-Pc. – $12.95

Sally and Jack have been caught in true love’s web for this limited edition 2011 Valentine’s Day Sally and Jack Skellington Pin Set. Let the lovestruck pair from The Nightmare Before Christmas play Cupid with your sweetie this Valentine’s Day.

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Canvas Mickey Mouse Tote Bag
Canvas Mickey Mouse Tote Bag – $29.50

Step out in style with this Canvas Mickey Mouse Tote. The colorful image of Mickey will brighten up every shopping expedition. Fully lined, this sturdy and spacious canvas bag features an interior zip pocket, snap closure and shimmering detailing.

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Mystery Figment Pin Set -- 2-Pc.
Mystery Figment Pin Set — 2-Pc. – $19.95

Have fun with this Journey Into Imagination Mystery Pin Set featuring the lovable purple dragon who hosts the popular Epcot show. You’ll receive 2 pins, one from the 10 pictured and a second one from our 10 mystery pins to be uncovered by our collectors.

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Spider-Man Turbo Spider Zoom N Go
Spider-Man Turbo Spider Zoom N’ Go – $12.50

Race into action against even the toughest villains with this Spider-Man Turbo Spider Zoom N’ Go vehicle! With a Spider-Man figure already on it and ready to ”drive”, all this cool Web Rider needs is for you to pull back, release it and watch it go.

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Love Struck Mickey Mickey Mouse Figurine by Lenox
”Love Struck Mickey” Mickey Mouse Figurine by Lenox – $29.50

Mickey certainly has a big heart. The ”Love Struck Mickey” Mickey Mouse Figurine by Lenox features a romantic Mickey holding a heart decorated with hand-applied red glitter. The sculpture makes a charming gift for Valentine’s Day or any occasion.

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40th Anniversary Walt Disney World Tinker Bell and Monorail Pin
40th Anniversary Walt Disney World Tinker Bell and Monorail Pin – $10.95

Tink flies along the Walt Disney World Monorail System on this 40th Anniversary Walt Disney World Tinker Bell and Monorail Pin. The limited edition retro inspired pin has the Disney 40 Years logo along with a classic Disney character and attraction.

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AFTER THE JUMP: More new items and sales from DisneyStore.com

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New Disney Arrivals at Toys ‘R’ Us for February 15, 2011 (50 Items)

New Toys ‘R’ Us arrivals for February 15, 2011

Below is a list of new items now available for purchase at Toys ‘R’ Us. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on Toys ‘R’ Us 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.

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Ridemakerz Gears Up for ‘Cars 2’ Launch Debuting at Toys ‘R’ Us

Up until now, Ridemakerz has been available exclusively at its brick and mortar stores and its online site as well as offering Cars-branded Ridemakerz vehicles at the new ‘Imagination Park’ Disney Stores. But with the release of the Disney/Pixar summer blockbuster, Cars 2, all that’s about to change.

For the first time ever, Ridemakerz will soon be available at Toys ‘R’ Us locations around the nation and feature new shells for Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater to collect. In addition, Ridemakerz will be introducing shells for new characters Finn McMissile and Francesco Bernoulli. As an added bonus, each retailer will have their own exclusive Cars shells, but there will also be some overlap on the availability of the other shells.

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‘Cars 2’ New Image: Going for a Ride

Walt Disney Studios and Disney/Pixar provided us the following new image from Cars 2 in which Lightning McQueen, Mater, Luigi, Guido, Fillmore and Sarge appear to be disembarking from an airplane, perhaps arriving overseas to join the World Grand Prix.

All the world’s a racetrack as racing superstar Lightning McQueen zooms back into action, with his best friend Mater in tow, to take on the globe’s fastest and finest in this thrilling high-octane new installment of the Cars saga. Mater and McQueen will need their passports as they find themselves in a new world of intrigue, thrills and fast-paced comedic escapades around the globe.

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Celebrities Line Up to Join Phineas and Ferb’s Third Season Beginning March 4

The remarkable lineup of stars who’ve recorded upcoming episodes of Disney Channel’s ‘Phineas and Ferb’ includes iconic actor and producer Michael Douglas, who guest stars along with his 10-year-old son, Dylan Michael Douglas, when Danville’s scariest haunted house opens for the neighborhood kids; Jane Lynch guest stars as Jeremy’s mother, Mrs. Johnson; Tina Fey plays an eager buyer who seeks to purchase the building which headquarters Doofenshmirtz Evil, Incorporated; Michael J. Fox pays tribute to the cult hit “Teen Wolf” with the Werewolf Michael role; Anna Paquin (“True Blood”) again plays a star-crossed lover in a vampire/werewolf storyline; Joan Cusack guest stars as a train conductor whose can-do attitude just might convince Candace to give up trying to bust her brothers; and renowned chef Jamie Oliver (ABC’s “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution”) judges Danville’s meatloaf competition.

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