Scheduled to open in late September, here’s a couple of photos courtesy of Disney that show the interior of the 2-bedroom equivalent units. The DVC units will also be available for overnight guests to rent, pending availability.
And finally, an interior shot of one of the studios:
BURBANK, Calif. — Live to tell the tale of becoming a notorious pirate captain or suffer a fate of eternal damnation. Disney Interactive Studios today announced the development of Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned, an epic, action role-playing game (RPG) from Propaganda Games, Disney’s video game development studio in Vancouver, British Columbia.
BURBANK, Calif., May 26 — Irascible, cranky, mischievous, outrageous – Donald Duck has a seemingly limitless personality, and in honor of his birthday on June 9, Disney’s D23 is commissioning an official portrait from those who know Donald best: his fans.
For the first time ever, Disney is turning to fans to create an official portrait of one of its biggest stars. Finalists in the Donald Duck 75th Anniversary Portrait Contest will have their work unveiled and displayed at the inaugural D23 Expo, which will be held September 10-13 at the Anaheim Convention Center, adjacent to Disneyland.
The contest is hosted by D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans, and is open to all D23 Members who are 18 or older. Full-length oil, acrylic or watercolor canvas portraits of Donald Duck, no larger than 24″ W x 36″ H, are eligible. Artists must first submit an original sketch, in any medium or size, of the planned artwork. The submission form, as well as full contest rules and additional details, can be found at the official D23 website, http://www.disney.com/D23. All finalists selected to have their works displayed will be eligible for two complimentary, four-day admission passes to the D23 Expo.
The New York Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America recently held its 22nd annual Big Apple Awards event in New York City. From a record of 186 entries, 37 awards and 18 honorable mentions were given. “The winning agencies demonstrated a gold standard in public relations, a clear understanding of client objectives and flawless execution,” said PRSA-NY President elect, Irene Maslowski.
In order to be eligible for the award, the entrant must be located in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut Tri-State Area and had to perform most or all of the actual work on the program, which could have been executed anywhere within the United States. The panel of judges was comprised of experienced, senior level public relations practitioners, representing a broad range of disciplines.
For their work on the Walt Disney World Online Moms Panel, Coyne Public Relations won in the category of Marketing Consumer Services: Travel and Tourism/Hospitality.
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Disney is readying a relaunch of the 1986 sci-fi adventure movie “Flight of the Navigator.” It has hired “Wild Hogs” scribe Brad Copeland to write the remake.
The original movie told the story of a 12-year-old boy (Joey Cramer) who is abducted by an alien spacecraft in 1978 and reappears eight years later, still the same age and with no memory of what happened. NASA scientists discover a connection between the boy and a downed spacecraft and try to exploit the boy, who ultimately escapes with the ship and attempts to reunite with his family.
The movie, which also featured Sarah Jessica Parker and Paul Reubens, grossed only $17 million theatrically, but was later rediscovered on VHS, becoming a cult hit.
Correction: This offer is valid at the Swan resort only.
Book a room at the Walt Disney World Swan resort by June 3, 2009 and it could be yours for just $119/night. This amazing offer places you within walking distance of both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot.
Rooms at this special rate are available for the following dates: June 5 – 22, July 5 – 25, August 7 – 14, August 19 – September 9 and September 17 – 22, 2009. Bookings at this rate must be paid for in full at time of booking. There is a cancellation fee of one night’s stay if canceled more than 72 hours out – cancellations within 72 hours of check-in forfeit the entire amount. Additional mandatory fees and taxes are not included in this rate.
Upgrades are also available at the following rates: Resort View ($35/night), Resort View Balcony ($65/night), Pool View w/ Balcony ($75/night), Boardwalk View w/Balcony ($75).
While guests at the Walt Disney World Swan will not have access to Disney’s Magical Express, they are afforded free parking at the parks, access to the Disney Transportation Bus system and access to Extra Magic Hours.
To book this special rate by June 3, call 888-828-8850 and use code WOW119
D23 members can now purchase tickets to the D23 Lion King Roar into Vegas event. Purchase tickets to the June 27 performance for $113.50 per ticket and receive an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience after the show. You’ll also get a premium seating location, complimentary admission to the Founder’s Room at the hotel’s House of Blues, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item.
Tickets will be available via will-call only and you must have your D23 card and a photo ID to claim them.
104 days of summer vacation begins with a marathon of the Emmy-nominated hit series “Phineas and Ferb,” MONDAY, MAY 25 (2:00 –10:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. During programming breaks, series co-creator and executive producer Dan Povenmire will take viewers behind the scenes during production and provide step-by-step instructions on how to draw the popular characters Phineas, Ferb, Candace, Agent P and Perry the Platypus. Printable instructions are also available for download at DisneyChannel.com.
The first television special for ABC produced by the Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Prep & Landing” reveals the never-before-told tale of an elite unit of Elves known as Prep & Landing. Every Christmas Eve this high-tech organization ensures that homes around the world are properly prepared for the yearly visit from The Big Guy, their code name for Santa Claus. The animated special will air during the 2009-10 television season.
After working tirelessly on Prep & Landing for 227 years, an elf named Wayne is upset when he doesn’t receive an expected promotion to be the Director of Naughty List Intelligence. Instead, Magee, the North Pole Christmas Eve Command Center Coordinator (NPCECCC for short), partners Wayne with Lanny, an idealistic rookie who has an undying enthusiasm for Christmas. During their Christmas Eve mission, Wayne and Lanny encounter unexpected challenges that push them to their limits. Will the elves be able to guide Dasher, Dancer and the rest of the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh through a raging snowstorm to ensure a Merry Christmas for all?
The cast of “Prep & Landing” includes Dave Foley (“The Kids in the Hall,” “NewsRadio”) as Wayne, Sarah Chalke (“Maneater,” “Scrubs”) as Magee and Derek Richardson (“MEN IN TREES,” “Hostel,” “Dumb and Dumberer”) as Lanny.
John Lasseter is executive producer of “Prep & Landing.” Dorothy McKim is the producer and the directors are Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton.