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Kyle Massey builds a car at Ridemakerz at Disney Store 'Epic Mickey' launch event This past weekend, stars gathered at the El Capitan movie theater in Hollywood to walk the blue carpet in support of Disneynature’s OCEANS, debuting in theaters nationwide on Earth Day, April 22.

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Disney and MLB Announce All Star Game Mickey Statues for All Teams; Collectible Statuettes Available

The statuettes, seen here in the stands of Yankee Stadium, are replicas of seven and a half foot tall, life-size statues that will be placed at key Southern California landmarks leading up to the All-Star Game on July 13. Rich Pilling/MLB PhotosMajor League Baseball Properties and Disney Consumer Products today unveiled 36 different designs of MLB-themed Mickey Mouse collectible statuettes and related apparel and merchandise in celebration of the 2010 MLB All-Star Week festivities taking place July 9–13 in Anaheim, Calif. as part of a new collaboration between the organizations. The statuettes are replicas of seven and a half foot tall, life-size statues that will be placed at key Southern California landmarks leading up to the All-Star Game on July 13.

This special line of commemorative collectibles, commissioned in conjunction with MLB and Disney Consumer Products’ licensee Forever Collectibles, will be uniquely decorated with bold graphics featuring logos of each of the 30 MLB Clubs as well as an American League and a National League design. In addition, four statuettes will feature various All-Star Game themes. All are available in a 7.5-inch size through MLB.com beginning today and later this month through DisneyStore.com and additional retailers including MLB stadium shops, Walgreens and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

The 36 life-size statues are also decorated using the same logos and designs as the statuettes. With a height of 7.5 feet and weighing 989 pounds, these MLB-themed statues will begin to appear at landmarks throughout Southern California closer to the 2010 All-Star Game. Exact locations will be made public at a later date.

“With the All-Star Game returning to Anaheim, now is the perfect time for these two iconic American brands to team up and celebrate the premiere sporting event of the summer,” said Bob DuPuy, President & Chief Operating Officer, Major League Baseball. “These Mickey Mouse statuettes will allow fans of all 30 Clubs to share in the excitement of All-Star Summer even if they can’t make it to Anaheim for the festivities.”

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Toy Story Characters to Promote USPS Priority Mail Service

The Walt Disney Company and the United States Postal Service have announced that they will begin running a television commercial in mid-May featuring characters from the upcoming Disney/Pixar release of Toy Story 3. The advertising spot will promote the USPS’ priority mail service.

Update: See more on the campaign including the commercial itself here.

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Club Penguin Celebrates Earth Day with Virtual Community Garden and Recycling Center

The new recycling center in Disney Online's Club PenguinClub Penguin and its millions of animated penguin inhabitants are going green. On April 22, 2010, the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the popular children’s virtual world will launch a special online party and new ways for its players to exercise their passion for making the world a better place.

“Our players constantly ask for ways they can improve the virtual world of Club Penguin and the world at large, and we like to encourage that spirit of global citizenship and giving back,” says Lane Merrifield, co-founder of Club Penguin and executive vice president of Disney Online Studios. “Children today are far more environmentally aware than ever before and they truly want to make a difference. It’s important that their experiences on Club Penguin reflect and reinforce those ideals.”

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Is Disney’s Peter Pan Prequel Headed for Broadway?

Back in January of 2009, we became aware that Disney Theatrical was working on a staged version of Peter and the Starcatchers by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry.

More recently, however, Variety reported that there may be talks between Disney and the New York Theater Workshop to produce an Off-Broadway edition of the play in the Workshop’s 2011 season.

But now, although not as numerous as the Dumbo and Newsies projects that Disney Theatrical has confessed to, domain names have been registered for the Peter and the Starcatchers play and some of them have their sights aimed pretty high including a touring production.

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Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach Rental Packages Now Available in Advance

Thanks to a tip from a valued Stitch Kingdom reader, we have learned that full packages that used to require same day rentals on a first-come, first-serve basis are now available in advance.

The package, which consists of: 1 cocktail table; 1 large umbrella; 2 lounge chairs; and 4 towels, may be reserved up to 180 days in advance at a cost of $40 plus tax, payable upon booking. There is a 24-hour cancellation policy and a full refund if the package is canceled by Disney due to inclement weather.

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National PTA and Jamie Oliver Create Toolkit Based on Chef’s ‘Food Revolution’ Series

Nearly one-third of American children are either overweight or obese, according to recent reports. That’s why National PTA® and Jamie Oliver, renowned chef and TV personality, created a toolkit for parents and families that features easy-to-use information on nutrition and physical activity.

“National PTA is working to mobilize parents and families to end the nation’s growing childhood obesity epidemic. By giving them the resources they need, like this toolkit, we are empowering families to eat healthy foods and to be active together,” said Charles J. “Chuck” Saylors, National PTA President. “Now more than ever, it is important to act and provide solutions and tools for families to address this important issue.”

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Epcot’s 2010 Holidays Around the World Dates Announced

We have been told that Epcot will hold its annual Holidays Around the World this year from November 26 (the day after Thanksgiving) through December 30, 2010.

At this time we have no additional details as to what will be part of the annual tradition other than the Candlelight Processional will return and, of course, the tree. In addition to the Processional and tree lighting, countries from participating pavilions in the World Showcase have traditionally offered storytellers, most often in the form of their respective Santa Claus. Last year saw the first year without the  colorful Lights of Winter as the resort turns to more economical forms of lighting in the way of LEDs. No official word yet if it will be replaced this year.

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Sam Claflin’s Prayers Answered as He Joins Cast of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides’

Sam Claflin. Photo courtesy Walt Disney StudiosSam Claflin has been selected by producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Rob Marshall to star in the key role of Philip, a youthful missionary, in Walt Disney Pictures’/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ epic adventure “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” the fourth in the blockbuster series of films.  Claflin joins Johnny Depp, returning in his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow, as well as Astrid Berges-Frisbey and an international cast. The film is slated to open on May 20, 2011.

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D23 to Host Roy E. Disney Tribute/Dedication May 7; Tickets Available April 23

To celebrate the life and legacy of Roy E. Disney, D23 is proud to announce a very special event on the Walt Disney Studio lot. We will honor Roy with screenings of two much-loved films and special guests, and all Tribute ticketholders will be able to join us as Disney dedicates the Disney Feature Animation Building to Roy E. Disney.

After checking in, guests will be escorted to the front of the Feature Animation Building where they will have the chance to join Disney employees, luminaries and special guests for the dedication of the iconic structure as it is renamed the Roy E. Disney Animation Building.

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