Disney Celebrates 100 Million Fans on Facebook; Announces New Twitter Presence

On Walt Disney’s 109th birthday, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) announced a major social media milestone as it surpassed one hundred million fans across its network of Facebook pages.

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New Disney Arrivals at Hot Topic for December 4, 2010 (1 Items)

New Hot Topic arrivals for December 4, 2010

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

Disney Snow White Evil Queen Zip WalletDisney Snow White Evil Queen Zip Wallet – $20.00

This wallet features an image of the Evil Queen on one side and reads “heartless” on the other. Includes checkbook pocket with slots for ID and credit cards.
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Photo: Ryan Seacrest with Minnie Mouse at 2010 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade

Ryan Seacrest with Minnie Mouse (Matt Stroshane/Disney)Ryan Seacrest poses with Minnie Mouse Dec. 3, 2010 while taping the “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  The annual holiday telecast airs Dec. 25, 2010 on ABC-TV.  Seacrest hosts the special from the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Nick Cannon hosts from Disneyland Resort in California.  Performers include Mariah Carey, Amber Riley, Selena Gomez, Lee DeWyze, Debby Ryan, Darius Rucker, Jackie Envancho and Sean Kingston.

Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy of the Walt Disney World Resort

For more of our coverage regarding the 2010 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, click here.

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New Disney Arrivals at Entertainment Earth for December 4, 2010 (14 Items)

New Entertainment Earth arrivals for December 4, 2010

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.

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New DisneyStore Arrivals and Sales for December 4, 2010 (3 Items)

New DisneyStore.com arrivals and sales for December 4, 2010

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.

Victorian Minnie and Mickey Mouse Holiday Greeting Cards -- Set of 14Victorian Minnie and Mickey Mouse Holiday Greeting Cards — Set of 14SALE $9.99 — SAVE 28%!
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Flocked Mickey Mouse Hoodie Sweatshirt for WomenFlocked Mickey Mouse Hoodie Sweatshirt for WomenSALE $31.99 — SAVE 40%!
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Pop Art Minnie and Mickey Mouse Tee for WomenPop Art Minnie and Mickey Mouse Tee for WomenSALE $9.99 — SAVE 65%!
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Walt Disney Company Completes Sale of Miramax Films to Filmyard Holdings, LLC

The sale by The Walt Disney Company to Filmyard Holdings LLC of Miramax Films for $663 million subject to certain adjustments has been completed, it was announced today by both companies. Partners in Filmyard Holdings include Thomas J. Barrack Jr., Colony Capital LLC, Ronald Tutor, and Qatar Holding LLC.

The sale of Miramax Films includes rights in over 700 film titles, including Academy Award winners Chicago, Shakespeare in Love and No Country for Old Men. Also included are non-film assets, such as certain books, development projects and the “Miramax” name.

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Lotso New Topiaries, Attractions to be Featured at Epcot’s 2011 Flower & Garden Festival

The heroes of Toy Story 3 have left the toy box. Woody and Buzz Lightyear meet arch-enemy Lotso the teddy bear on the Future World playground for the 18th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 2 through May 15, 2011, at Walt Disney World Resort.

The popular Disney/Pixar characters hit the sandbox as seven- and eight-foot-tall topiaries at the Epcot front entrance flower bed featuring a sand castle, strawberry-scented field and playground toys. Created by Disney gardeners and topiary experts with bold strokes of seasonal color, the topiary display marks the first time that “Toy Story” characters have been featured at the festival. It’s also the first time in seven years that the front-entrance floral spectacle showcases all-new topiary characters, says festival horticulture manager Eric Darden.

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Disney Parks Announces Full Lineup for 2010 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Special

Disney Parks has pulled out all the (silver) bells and whistles for the 2010 “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” TV special – including performances from five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Mariah Carey, country music chart-topper Darius Rucker, singer/actress Amber Riley, Disney Channel stars Selena Gomez and Debby Ryan, young soprano sensation Jackie Evancho, “American Idol” Lee DeWyze, swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, professional dancers from ABC-TV’s “Dancing with the Stars” and R&B sensation Sean Kingston.

From start to finish, the 2010 “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” is packed with festive musical performances from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California.

  • Global pop superstar Mariah Carey gives fans a tuneful taste of her brand-new holiday album, “Merry Christmas II You,” with a new song, “Oh Santa,” and her perennial holiday smash, “All I Want For Christmas Is You”
  • Big band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy gets the season swinging with “Christmas Is Starting Now” from the fun-filled holiday album, “Phineas & Ferb: Holiday Favorites”
  • Professional dancers from ABC-TV’s smash-hit series, “Dancing With The Stars,” Tony Dovolani, Kym Johnson, Louis Van Amstel, and Chelsea Hightower, join in with a jovial jive
  • Former Hootie & the Blowfish front man and current country music star Darius Rucker shares his new hit holiday single, “Candy Cane Christmas”
  • Singer Amber Riley stars in a balcony performance above Main Street, U.S.A, as Disney princesses and princes join in a regal dance below
  • R&B superstar Sean Kingston performs the holiday classic, “This Christmas”
  • Disney Channel starlet Selena Gomez, from the Disney Channel hit show “Wizards of Waverly Place,” casts a holiday spell with the seasonal favorite, “Winter Wonderland”
  • “American Idol” Season 9 Champion Lee DeWyze performs his own rousing rendition of “The Little Drummer Boy”
  • Ten-year-old soprano sensation Jackie Evancho sings “Pie Jesu,” one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s songs that she wowed audiences with this year on the TV show “America’s Got Talent”
  • Direct from Disney Channel, “The Suite Life on Deck” star Debby Ryan rocks the parade route with her modern take on “Deck the Halls” from the all-new Disney holiday movie, “The Search for Santa Paws”; she’ll be joined by little Santa Paws himself, the star of the film, which is now available on Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Movie Download

Ryan Seacrest leads the fun as the show’s host at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, and Nick Cannon hosts from Disneyland Resort in California. Maria Menounos serves as a special co-host at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, and Samantha Brown checks in as the show’s travel correspondent.

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Award-Winning Journalist, Ben Sherwood, Named President, ABC News

Ben Sherwood, an award-winning journalist, bestselling author and digital media entrepreneur, has been named as the new president of ABC News, it was announced today by Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group, to whom he will report. In this position, Mr. Sherwood will be responsible for all editorial, programming and digital aspects of our global news business encompassing all ABC News programs on the ABC Television Network, ABC News Radio, ABC News.com and ABC News NOW.

In making the announcement, Ms. Sweeney stated, “Ben’s proven success in the news business, along with his entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, and keen intellect, make him the ideal choice to lead ABC News into the future. His previous tenure at ABC led to the most successful seasons in GMA’s history, and his success as a bestselling author and digital entrepreneur demonstrate a unique skill set that is as valuable as it is diverse.”

Mr. Sherwood said, “It’s a great honor and privilege to be asked to lead this amazing news organization, and I am humbled by the opportunity. For more than 20 years, I’ve known firsthand of the passion, excellence and integrity of the people who work for ABC News. I am thrilled to be coming back home, and look forward to harnessing our innovation and creativity to build on our great history of success.”

Mr. Sherwood began to explore a career in journalism with student internships at KCET public television in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times Washington Bureau, and the CBS Evening News in New York. In 1984-1985, during a year off from college, he worked for The News and Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina; the Los Angeles Times Paris bureau and the United Nations Border Relief Operation in Aranyaprathet, Thailand.

He launched his career in earnest when he joined ABC News in 1989, serving as an investigative associate producer and producer for ABC News’ PrimeTime Live with hosts Diane Sawyer and Sam Donaldson. During that time his investigative reports explored flaws in the secretive B-2 stealth bomber program, the dangers of unlicensed mental health practitioners, and the unheralded risks of an overprescribed heart medication.

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Video: Walt Disney World Union Workers Release ‘MouseTrapped 2010’ for Public Viewing

With a contract set to expire on December 11 and contract negotiations which have not seen any significant movement over the past six months, workers from the 20,000+ strong Service Trades Council Union have produced and released an updated edition of ‘MouseTrapped’ to make their appeal to the company and (now) the public at large. At the heart of the dispute appears to be a proposed 3% wage increase vs. rising cost of living expenses including the cost of health care and needed medication. The film also makes some sharp accusations that the company’s emphasis on safety is nothing more than lip service to boost its own public image.

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