Disney Interactive Media Group Acquires iPhone Veteran Developer Tapulous

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The Walt Disney Company today announced the acquisition of Palo Alto-based Tapulous, Inc., a leading developer of music games for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Through a merger agreement, Tapulous is now a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company reporting into Disney Interactive Media Group (DIMG).

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Walt Disney Studios Releases Free ‘Disney Movies’ App Exclusively for iPad

The Walt Disney Studios has launched a new Disney Movies app, exclusively for the Apple iPad, that lets users discover more about current and classic Disney movies. The app is part of the continuing effort to engage fans and provide them with access to their favorite Disney movies on the platform they prefer.

“The Disney Movies app is a perfect way for our fans to learn more about the amazing creative content that is currently available from The Walt Disney Studios,” said Greg Brandeau, the Studios’ Chief Technology Officer.  “Whether they want to head straight to their local theater, buy the latest Blu-ray or DVD, download the newest digital release on their iPad, or search and discover new details about our films, the Disney Movie app provides fans with a dynamic and engaging experience.”

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D23 Members Receive Online Discount to ABC TV Store thru August

D23 has announced that D23 Members are now entitled to a 15% discount on all online purchases made at the ABC TV Store today through August 31.

To obtain the discount, members should use promotional code D23ABC to obtain the discount.

Source: D23

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Vinylmation: Release Dates Set for Urban #4 and ‘Have a Laugh’ at Walt Disney World

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We have previously advised that both the Urban #4 and Have a Laugh Vinylmation series will be released at the Disneyland Resort on July 2.

We can now confirm that both series will become available at D-Street at the Walt Disney World Resort’s Downtown Disney West Side exactly one week later on July 9.

Both series have already been on sale at the new Disney Store in Montebello, CA, the first Disney Store to sell Vinylmation figures. Although the store has also been selling the Toy Story series, no release dates for the Parks have been made available to us at this time.

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Disney Vacation Club’s Aulani Resort Accepting Sales Beginning Today

Epic Mickey Graphic Novel Disney Vacation Club began selling real estate interests for the company’s first family-friendly destination resort in Hawai`i today. Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas, Ko Olina, Hawai`i, is scheduled to open its first phase in fall 2011 and will mark the eleventh resort for Disney Vacation Club.

“We are thrilled to give families joining Disney Vacation Club a new resort option in one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world,” said Disney Vacation Club President Jim Lewis. “Once Aulani opens, families will be able to immerse themselves in the culture of Hawai`i while knowing that they will get the quality vacation experience only Disney can deliver.”

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ESPN Films’ FIFA World Cup Doc, ‘I Scored a Goal,’ to Premiere July 3 on ABC

Anchor Brian Kenny with legendary soccer player Pelé on ESPN's SportsCenter, May 25, 2010 © ESPNThe ESPN Films documentary I Scored a Goal will premiere Saturday, July 3, at 5 p.m. ET on ABC during the ESPN Sports Saturday programming block. The one-hour program represents one of ESPN’s most ambitious initiatives surrounding the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. The documentary features interviews with most of the 34 living men who have scored a goal in the title match of the FIFA World Cup, dating back to the first tournament in 1930. Among those interviewed are Uruguay’s Alcides Ghiggia (1950), Brazil’s Pele (1958 and 1970) and Ronaldo (2002), Germany’s Gerd Müller (1974) and Rudi Völler (1986), Holland’s Dick Nanninga (1978),  and Argentina’s Mario Kempes (1978, now an analyst for ESPN Deportes and ESPN International), all of whom represent countries still competing in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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New ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ Featurette: ‘The Coolest Job Ever’ with Never Before Seen Footage

With two weeks left to go before we see the theatrical release for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Walt Disney Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer Productions, we wanted to offer you a little something extra. While other sites are still scrambling to show you clips we shared with you days ago, we (virtually) traveled halfway around the Earth to Walt Disney Studios Australia just so we could bring you this spankin’ new featurette (and nearly fell off the planet in the process!).

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Photo Gallery: Disney Store Montebello (Imagination Park) Grand Opening and Tour

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Yesterday, at the Shops at Montebello in Montebello, California, Disney Store launched its first of many new stores this year to feature its new ‘Imagination Park’ concept in which the store is designed to resemble a park full of imagination and wonder, broken down into different neighborhoods while offering unique experiences.

On hand to celebrate the day’s momentous occasion were Disney Store President Jim Fielding and stars from the Disney Channel original movie Camp Rock 2, Maria Canals Barrera, Chloe Bridges and Anna Maria Perez de Tagle.

All photos above by Jeff Lewis, courtesy of Disney Consumer Products.

Later on in the day, Stitch Kingdom’s Kelly Noble had the opportunity to explore the Disney Store ‘Imagination Park’ at Montebello experience which features an exclusive RIDEMAKERZ opportunity featuring the stars of Disney/Pixar’s Cars. For more information on the experiences one can find in the Imagination Park model, review our original report here.

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Walt Disney World Cast Member Choir Encore! Prepares for Make-A-Wish Benefit

Encore! Cast Members rehearse for performance © DisneyRehearsals are underway for the Encore! Cast Choir and Orchestra’s summer production, Dream Our Dreams, A Musical Tribute to the Legacy of Disney. Known for staging spectacular charity concerts, the volunteer ensemble has chosen Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central & Northern Florida as their 2010 beneficiary.

Encore! offers Cast Members an outlet for their creativity and a chance to showcase their talents while performing great music for worthy causes. The troupe, founded in 2002, has grown to include roughly 330 singers, 100 instrumentalists, 50 dancers and a production team of 40. Encore! producer Bruce Light says at least half of the group has jobs outside of entertainment and aren’t performers by trade. For all involved, it’s a labor of love.

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Disney Family.com and Teri Hatcher Announce ‘Take a Chance – Make a Change’ Contest on GetHatched.com

Disney Family.com announced today the first ever Take a Chance – Make a Change Contest inspiring people to visit GetHatched.com, Disney Online’s latest Web site created with award winning actress Teri Hatcher. The contest encourages people to share a life-long goal that they have yet to achieve, with the grand prize winner receiving $10,000 to put toward fulfilling their goal or improving an area of their life that they have always wanted to change. The contest will run through July 26, 2010.

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