DisneyStore.com Launches ‘Earth Day Boutique’ With Toy Story, Muppets, DWCF and Make-A-Wish Items

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Alien Tree Planting Kit from DisneyStore.comA few days ago, we revealed some of the new Earth Day limited-time-only merchandise from the Disney Store featuring the Alien from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 with the tag line SAVE PLANET EARTH. Today, DisneyStore.com launched its Earth Day Boutique and although you won’t find any of that merchandise online, you will find dozens of other eco-friendly merchandise including Alien tees, a tree planting kit (pictured), a Muppets water bottle and re-useable tote and more eco-friendly merchandise.

Other items of special interest in the store include merchandise supporting the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund and a special re-useable tote from Make-A-Wish in honor of its first annual World Wish Day on April 29 with proceeds going to charity.

To see all of the items now available for purchase, click the special link below.

DisneyStore.com Earth Day Boutique. Shop Now!

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Southwest Officially Boards Disney’s Magical Express’ ‘Resort Airline Check-in’ Program

Disney's Magical ExpressSouthwest Airlines, the busiest carrier at Orlando International Airport, is now officially a part of Resort Airline Check-In at Walt Disney World Resort.

Resort Airline Check-In is the popular service that allows guests the convenience of checking their bags through to their final destination before leaving their hotel. With the addition of Southwest Airlines to the service, more than 90% of domestic passengers who depart Central Florida for Orlando International Airport will have Resort Airline Check-In service available to them at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels.

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Winner of PixieHollow.com’s ‘Design a Fairy House’ Contest Honored in Ceremony at Epcot

On April 3, Disney Online announced the winner of its “Design a Fairy House Art Contest,” which ran in February on the popular online world for girls, Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow (www.PixieHollow.com). The fairy house, inspired by 15-year-old winning designer, Zoe P., from Frazier Park, Calif., was revealed during a special reveal ceremony in the Pixie Hollow Garden at the 17th Annual Epcot® International Flower and Garden Festival. Zoe and her family were in attendance to celebrate the momentous occasion, as her fairy house will be on display for the duration of the festival.

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First Look: Disney Cruise Line’s First Premier Dining Experience, Remy on the Disney Dream

Mandy Moore at Disney Store Times Square In an exquisite, top-deck restaurant with incredible ocean views, Disney Cruise Line debuts Remy – its first-ever premier dining option. With French-inspired, gourmet cuisine by two award-winning chefs, Remy melds classic and contemporary styles in a sophisticated new dining concept exclusively for adults on the Disney Dream.

Chef Arnaud Lallement from l’Assiette Champenoise, a Michelin two-star restaurant just outside Reims, France, and Chef Scott Hunnel from award-winning Victoria & Albert’s at Walt Disney World Resort, are collaborating to create a French-inspired menu featuring superior products and seasonal ingredients sourced from around the world.

Master Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek of Victoria & Albert’s at Walt Disney World Resort and Chef Mattieu Gerard Siegrist of l’Assiette Champenoise will lend their talents to create Remy’s savory breads and delectable dessert offerings.

French-trained Chef Patrick Albert, executive chef for Remy, oversees an all-star culinary team that will provide guests with a superb experience and epicurean excellence each day aboard the ship.

“Remy, a first-of-its-kind onboard experience, takes Disney Cruise Line dining to new heights,” said Ozer Balli, vice president, Disney Cruise Line Hotel Operations. “The extraordinary success of Palo on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder encouraged us to create this elegant, upscale and even more intimate dining experience for the Disney Dream.”

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Discovery Channel Pairs Up with Disney/Pixar to Produce ‘Reign of the Dinosaurs’

The Discovery Channel announced its 2010-2011 line-up today which it’s preparing to present at its upcoming Upfront presentation where networks pitch their new shows to advertisers. Among the offerings is a new series called Reign of the Dinosaurs which the network describes as Avatar meets Jurassic Park.

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New Featurette for Disneynature’s OCEANS Featuring Dr. Sylvia Earle

OCEANS from DisneynatureDisneynature has just sent us this featurette for its upcoming film OCEANS (in theaters Earth Day, April 22). It features dazzling images from the film combined with a mini-narrative from Dr. Sylvia Earle, a world-renowned oceanographer. Leading hundreds of expeditions totalling thousands of hours logged, Dr. Earle is a former chief scientist for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is currently a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. Among her numerous awards and recognitions is the TED prize in 2009 and being named TIME Magazine’s first ‘Hero for the Planet.’

For all of our ongoing coverage of Disneynature’s OCEANS, be sure to bookmark this link.

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Walt Disney Family Museum Featuring ‘Peter Pan’ Exhibition Through June; Kathryn Beaumont to Appear May 22

Peter Pan at Walt Disney Family MuseumPeter Pan, a story which captivated the imagination of Walt Disney as early as 1935, will be showcased in a special exhibition at The Walt Disney Family Museum now through June 27, 2010.  The feature-length animated film, released in 1953,  will also be celebrated as the Museum’s film of the month in May.

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ABC Announces Summer 2010 Schedule; Reality Comps Return Alongside New Dramas and ABC News Series

ABC announces its summer schedule, with the return “The Bachelorette” on Monday, May 24 (9:00-11:00 p.m.); “True Beauty” on Monday, May 31 (10:02-11:00 p.m.); a special two-hour blind date-themed episode of “Wipeout” on Tuesday, June 1 (8:00-10:00 p.m.), before the premiere on Tuesday, June 22 (8:00-10:00 p.m.); “Dating in the Dark” on Monday, August 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m.), and “Shaq VS” on Tuesday, August 10 (9:00-10:00 p.m.).

Also premiering are three new scripted series, “The Gates” on Sunday, June 20 (9:00-10:00 p.m.); “Scoundrels” on Sunday, June 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m.); and “Rookie Blue” on Thursday, June 24 (9:00-10:00 p.m.).

New alternative series premiering are “Downfall” on Tuesday, June 29 (9:00-10:00 p.m.), and “Bachelor Pad” on Monday, August 9 (8:00-10:00 p.m.).

ABC News’ series joining the lineup are “Boston Med” on Thursday, June 24 (10:00-11:00 p.m.); “Primetime: Mind Games” on Tuesday, July 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m.); “Head Cases” on Thursday, August 19 (10:00-11:00 p.m.); and “Primetime: Crime” on Tuesday, August 24 (10:00-11:00 p.m.).

“Our strategy is to use the strength of our May programming to launch a strong summer schedule bolstered by three new scripted series,” said Stephen McPherson, president, ABC Entertainment Group. “We’ve got more than 210 hours of original programming this summer, including the return of our hits ‘Wipeout’ and ‘The Bachelorette.’ ABC will be a summer destination for viewers.”

Additional series and specials will be announced at a later date.

The following is a list of upcoming programming in chronological order (all times ET):

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Disney Vacation Club to Open International Sales Center at Tokyo Disney Resort

Artist Rendering of DVC Sales Center at the Tokyo Disney Resort © DisneyThis summer, Disney Vacation Club is scheduled to open the doors of its first ever international sales preview center at Tokyo Disney Resort. The 15,000-square-foot interactive center will give guests a peek at Disney Vacation Club resort hotels as well as other vacation offerings Disney offers. Guests can see for themselves a two-bedroom model of the vacation home accommodations that DVC members and families can expect to find on the island of O’ahu at Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas, Ko Olina, Hawai’i. And kids won’t be bored because Disney designed a supervised play area and interactive family discovery zone within the space. Check out this first artist rendering.

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Character Changes Coming to Disney World for April/May 2010: Ariel’s Grotto Closes, Lotso Arrives

Prince Eric with Ariel during a Pirate and Princess Party at the Magic Kingdom in 2007Although most character meet & greets at the Walt Disney World Resort are fairly standard from day to day, there are a couple of times per year when there are significant changes. These changes usually occur in April/May and September/October. In 2010, these changes are further complicated by the closure of Toontown and the Fantasyland expansion in the Magic Kingdom. Since we’re already getting into April, it’s time to take a look at some of the expected upcoming changes.

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