Daphne Blunt to Star in New Radio Disney Serial, ‘My Dream’

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Daphne BluntBeginning July 5, Radio Disney will debut a new daily serial titled My Dream which will premiere each weekday on the radio network at 9:25 am ET and repeat four times a day as well as being available online at Disney.com along with a video component.

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OverDrive Announces Preliminary Agreement to Bring Disney Digital Books to Public Libraries

OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the leading global distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, and digital content to libraries and schools, today announced a preliminary agreement with Disney Digital Books (www.disneydigitalbooks.com) that will enable libraries to offer access to Disney’s comprehensive library of books online. Young library patrons and their parents will be able to enjoy — for the first time — unlimited access to over 600 new and classic Disney books for kids of all ages with just an Internet-connection and library card. The extensive library features hundreds of digital books available at the click of a mouse, including favorites from popular Disney franchises such as Mickey Mouse, Toy Story, Disney Princess, Cars, and Hannah Montana, along with many other classic and contemporary Disney stories.

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New Clip from ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice:’ The Dragon Ring is the Thing

Walt Disney Studios has just released this short clip from the beginning of its upcoming release The Sorcerer’s Apprentice starring Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel.

In the clip, young Dave Stutler has stumbled into the mysterious Arcana Cabana shop in downtown Manhattan where he runs into its proprietor, Balthazar Blake, for the first time. Knowing this was no accident, Balthazar introduces Dave to Merlin’s dragon ring and sets the wheels of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice’s destiny in motion.

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Minnie Mouse Becomes First Celebrity for Forever 21’s Twist Collection

Minnie Muse collection from Disney Consumer Products and Forever 21Disney Consumer Products and Forever 21 announce their collaboration on a new fashion line of apparel and accessories for young fashionable women called “Minnie Muse” exclusively for Forever 21 Twist. The new collection is inspired by modernized sketches of the style icon, Minnie Mouse, and will be available at Forever 21 stores nationwide and online at Forever21.com starting November 2010— just in time for the Holidays. The line will also include stationery and gift items.

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ABC Family Orders Additional Episodes of ‘Pretty Little Liars’

ABC Family has ordered 12 additional episodes of the network’s hit one-hour series, “Pretty Little Liars,” announced Kate Juergens, Executive Vice President, Original Programming & Development. The order will bring the show’s first season to a total of 22 episodes.

“‘Pretty Little Liars’ is a break-out hit for the network,” said Juergens. “We’re thrilled that our Millennial viewers have responded so strongly to the show. It’s a perfect fit with the network’s strong slate of original scripted dramas, including ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’ and ‘Make It or Break It.’”

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Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund Announces 2010 Grant Recipients

Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund has announced the 2010 recipients of nearly $1.5 million in grants to protect vulnerable wildlife and ecosystems around the world. The funding enables nonprofit organizations to provide support for more than 45 species across the globe–from protecting the critically endangered Sumatran rhino in Indonesia, to tracking northern jaguars in the foothills of Mexico, to studying the threats of the endangered green sea turtle.

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New Featurette on ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ Focuses on Stunts

Walt Disney Studios has just released this new featurette for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice titled ‘Stunts.’

The featurette also manages to give us our first good look at the high-speed car chase through the streets of Manhattan which made national headlines when it was plagued with accidents (both directly and indirectly) during the time of the shoots.

Stitch Kingdom was also on hand to watch some of the filming of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice which involved some of the magic appearing throughout the car chase scenes. You can check that report out here (minor plot spoilers).

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Magic Kingdom’s Space Mountain Becomes Second Attraction to Offer PhotoPass

In addition to Test Track at Epcot, the Magic Kingdom’s Space Mountain is now offering new and unique options for Disney’s PhotoPass.

Beginning today, Space Mountain is offering a new range of PhotoPass options for the onride photo taken during the ride. The three available options are:

  • Purchase the photo as a print. A variety of print sizes and packages are available. These prints will be made directly by the systems inside the Space Mountain Merchandise Shop.
  • Purchase the photo as a digital download from the DisneyPhotoPass.com website

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New DisneyStore.com Arrivals for June 28, 2010 (7 Items)

New DisneyStore.com arrivals for June 28, 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.

Midsummers Nap Series Zero Pin Midsummer’s Nap Series Zero Pin – $14.95
Midsummers Nap Series Mickey Mouse Pin Midsummer’s Nap Series Mickey Mouse Pin – $14.95
Midsummers Nap Series Tinker Bell Pin Midsummer’s Nap Series Tinker Bell Pin – $14.95
Midsummers Nap Series Thumper Pin Midsummer’s Nap Series Thumper Pin – $14.95
Midsummers Nap Series Stitch Pin Midsummer’s Nap Series Stitch Pin – $14.95
Midsummers Nap Series Dopey Pin Midsummer’s Nap Series Dopey Pin – $14.95
4th of July Pin Set -- 6-Pc. 4th of July Pin Set — 6-Pc. – $159.95

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First Look: ‘Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue’ Toy Collection from JAKKS Pacific

img_8756 As part of last week’s Disney Consumer Products holiday tour, we also got a first look at several toys from JAKKS Pacific in honor of the upcoming direct-to-video Disney Fairies movie Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue.

Standouts from the collection include a soft-bodied doll version of Lizzie, the human child in the film who encounters Tinker Bell and develops a relationship with her. Lizzie comes complete with a small plastic figure of Tink that fits in Lizzie’s pocket. Additionally, there will be a separate fairy house playset available which pays respects to the fairy house constructed by Lizzie from household products which initially draws Tinker Bell in.

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