ABC’s Wipeout Renewed for Fourth Season; New Courses and New Motivator to Debut

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“Wipeout,” ABC’s outrageously popular reality series, has been picked up for a fourth season. Twenty-four daring contestants of all shapes and sizes will compete in the world’s largest extreme obstacle course designed to provide the best face plants, biggest splashes and wondrous wipeouts ever seen on television. Wipeout is hosted by John Anderson (ESPN’s “SportsCenter,”), John Henson (E! Entertainment’s “Talk Soup”) and co-hosted by Jill Wagner.

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‘Dancing with the Stars’ Teams with ‘Extreme Makeover Home Edition’ for Wisconsin Family

The “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” design team discovered there was a whole lot of shaking going on in Neenah, Wisconsin when they met Rhex Arboleda. Rhex is a hometown hero who has distinguished himself by locally leading the movement to banish the childhood obesity epidemic. In 2004 he created “Move to the Groove,” a dance program designed to get both teachers and students on their feet and in shape. Rhex’s award-winning dance program is currently being used in three elementary schools where health and wellness is a priority. Ironically Rhex’s own health and wellness, and that of his family, is compromised by the state of the 70-year-old home they live in.

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ABC Extends Agreement to Air ‘Peanuts’ Holiday Specials for Additional Five Years

ABC today announced that it has extended its relationship with popular “PEANUTS” animated specials by Charles M. Schulz in a deal signed with Peanuts Worldwide LLC and Lee Mendelson Film Productions. The beloved Emmy Award-winning specials, including the iconic “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” created by Charles M. Schulz and produced and animated by Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez, began airing on ABC in December 2001.

This fall the famed “PEANUTS” comic strip will celebrate its 60th anniversary. The first and most well known of the beloved animated holiday specials, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” first aired on television in 1965, making this year the 45th anniversary.

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AAA Inspectors Rank Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge as Top Family Hotel

In honor of the summer slowly crawling towards an end, the Automobile Association of America (AAA) is honoring those families looking for one more family vacation fling by posting the results of a survey they put to their lodging and restaurant inspectors in search of the ideal family hotel.

Although not explicitly numbered, the second spot on the released list of the top ten is Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (a 3-diamond resort) located at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

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Disney Legend Harrison ‘Buzz’ Price Dead at Age 89; Helped Identify Theme Park Locations

Harrison "Buzz" Price, pioneering research economist best known for work with Walt Disney. (PRNewsFoto/The Harrison Price Family) Harrison “Buzz” Price, the research economist who recommended Anaheim to Walt Disney as the location for Disneyland, then later recommended Orlando to Roy O. Disney as the location for Disney World, passed away Sunday, August 15, at the age of 89.

“Despite his failing health, he continued to demonstrate his trademark humor, cutting edge wit and enduring love for family and friends,” his son David Price said on behalf of his mother, Anne Shaw Price, and the Price family. “His legacy of laughter, wit, love, passion and commitment leaves its mark on each of us – family, friends and colleagues in the leisure and recreation industry he loved.”

Funeral arrangements will be conducted privately by the family.

“Buzz” Price was recognized as the pioneer in the field of theme parks, resort and leisure-recreation project feasibility almost from the day in 1953 that Walt and Roy O. Disney chose him “to determine the economic feasibility of the best location for a new project – Disneyland.” Price, an engineering graduate of California Institute of Technology, had joined Stanford Research Institute after receiving his Masters in Business Administration from Stanford University.

“I asked Walt if he had a bias about the location for his Magic Kingdom,” Price recalled years later. “‘Absolutely not!’ he said. ‘You tell me where the best location is.'” Price analyzed the potential sites in the Southern California area, ultimately focusing on Orange County after considering population trends, accessibility and climate factors.

They selected 160 acres of orange groves in Anaheim, just off the Santa Ana Freeway at Harbor Boulevard.

“We hit it right on the nose,” Price later recalled, “dead center. That was the perfect place for it.”

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ESPN 3D to Offer In-Store Demos Nationwide September 10-12

Today, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® and ESPN announce a weekend of 3DTV programming events and demonstrations in retail locations nationwide. During National 3D Demo Days, September 10-12, 2010, knowledgeable sales staff will showcase the latest in 3DTV, as ESPN provides continual 3D programming from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET.

A recent study conducted by CEA found 64 percent of sales associates said shoppers are expressing a desire to experience sports in 3D (CEA’s 3D at Retail, June 2010). ESPN will provide this desired content directly to stores:

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New DisneyStore.com Arrivals for August 16, 2010 (8 Items) (Limited Edition Belle Doll)

New DisneyStore.com arrivals for August 16, 2010

Below is a list of new items 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.

Pre-Order Limited-Edition Collectible Belle Doll Pre-Order Limited-Edition Collectible Belle Doll – $99.50
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Picture Art Series Chip an Dale Pin Picture Art Series Chip an’ Dale Pin – $14.95
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Picture Art Series Miss Bunny Pin Picture Art Series Miss Bunny Pin – $14.95
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Picture Art Series Tinker Bell Pin Picture Art Series Tinker Bell Pin – $14.95
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Picture Art Series Stitch Pin Picture Art Series Stitch Pin – $14.95
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Picture Art Series Winnie the Pooh Pin Picture Art Series Winnie the Pooh Pin – $14.95
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Picture Art Series Mickey Mouse Pin Picture Art Series Mickey Mouse Pin – $14.95
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Alice in Wonderland Pin Set -- 6-Pc. Alice in Wonderland Pin Set — 6-Pc. – $149.95
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Disney Product Releases for the Week of August 15, 2010 (12 Items)

New Disney releases for the week of August 15, 2010

Below is a list of new Disney items being released this week at Amazon.com. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on Amazon.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.

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Photo: George Lucas and Jon Stewart are True ‘Star Tour de Forces’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

George Lucas and friends at Disney Hollywood Studios' 'Last Tour to Endor' (Todd Anderson/Disney) Star Wars creator and filmmaker George Lucas poses with a group of Star Wars-inspired Disney characters (left): Princess Leia-Minnie, R2-MK, Darth Goofy,  Jedi Mickey and Stormtrooper Donald on Aug. 14, 2010 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  Lucas is in central Florida for “Star Wars Celebration V,” the official Lucasfilm fan event that is taking place this week at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. He visited Walt Disney World Resort to attend Disney’s “Last Tour to Endor” special event.

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Report: Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Disney Spied on Children

CNET News is reporting on a class action lawsuit recently filed on behalf on a group of minors and their parents which claims that Disney Internet Media Group (named as Walt Disney Internet Group) and Disney-owned Soapnet LLC along with co-defendants Warner Bros. Records, Ustream, Inc., Clearspring Technologies, Inc., Demand Media, Inc., Project Playlist, Inc.,  and SodaHead, Inc. were involved in tracking users’ internet activity even while accessing websites not owned by them.

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