WDW Refurb Update: Astro Orbiter Closure at Magic Kingdom in December

The official Walt Disney World website has listed Astro Orbiter at the Magic Kingdom as closing on December 5 and re-opening on December 10.

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New DisneyStore.com Arrivals for September 8, 2010 (63 Items)

New DisneyStore.com arrivals for September 8, 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.

Jack Skellington Messenger Bag Jack Skellington Messenger Bag – $39.95
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Best of Mickey Mouse Cutting Board Set -- 4-Pc. Best of Mickey Mouse Cutting Board Set — 4-Pc. – $16.95
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Wedding Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Frame -- 5 x 7 Wedding Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Frame — 5” x 7” – $24.95
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Mornings Dopey Travel Mug Mornings Dopey Travel Mug – $16.95
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Best of Mickey Mouse Bowl Best of Mickey Mouse Bowl – $8.95
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Tigger Plush Toy - 12 Tigger Plush Toy – 12” – $16.50
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Mickey Mouse Pepper Mill Mickey Mouse Pepper Mill – $15.95
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Sorcerer Mickey Mouse Bottle Stopper Sorcerer Mickey Mouse Bottle Stopper – $8.95
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Im Going to the Disneyland Resort! Tee I’m Going to the Disneyland Resort! Tee – $17.95
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Pre-Order Dance Star Mickey Mouse Plush Toy by Fisher Price Pre-Order Dance Star Mickey Mouse Plush Toy by Fisher Price – $79.50
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AFTER THE JUMP: More new items from DisneyStore.com

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THR: Disney Studios Marketing Doesn’t Do ‘The Coolest Job Ever;’ Brings In Outsider for POTC4

Thinly veiled as a puff piece in which Walt Disney Studios marketing has opted to turn to a veteran consultant to handle the marketing for the fourth installment of the immensely popular Pirates of the Caribbean series, Kim Masters for The Hollywood Reporter has offered a rather scathing piece which hits WDS right where it counts — below the money belt.

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MINDstyle Offers First Look at ‘Animatronic Donald Duck’ from Epic Mickey

Epic Mickey Animatronic Donald Duck from MINDstyleMINDstyle has been promoting Epic Mickey in a very vague way as of late and with the other merchandising for the game going on, particularly through Hot Topic, it’d be of little shock if MINDstyle were to produce vinyl adult toy collectibles (ATCs) in support of the game. In fact, it might even be more shocking if they weren’t (or at least Medicom which is producing the VCD of Mickey in the collector’s edition of the game).

Enter Animatronic Donald Duck. I’ll be honest, this may not be news, but this is the first time I’ve personally seen any form of these animatronic Disney characters since the initial concept art was leaked. According to the blog entry from MINDstyle:

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New Marvel Shop Arrivals for September 7, 2010 (28 Items) (Halloween Costumes)

New Marvel Shop arrivals for September 7, 2010

Below is a list of new items now available for purchase at Marvel Shop. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on Marvel Shop 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.

Captain America Adult Mask Captain America Adult Mask – $19.95

Complete your Captain America ensemble this Halloween with this Captain America adult mask. Includes one full vinyl mask with authentic “A” and wing details. One size fits most adults.

Please note: Costumes and Halloween accessories can only be returned for exchange of another costume of equal or lesser value, not for refund.
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Report: Disney Drops The 3D Luxo Ball, Fetches ‘Bolt’ and ‘Alice’ Deal with Sony Instead

Very early this year, we reported on a Hollywood Reporter blurb that didn’t seem to catch the eye of most — Disney planned on releasing three Blu-ray 3D titles this year: A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland and Toy Story 3.

Shortly thereafter it was widely rumored but never substantiated that Disney was considering making Alice in Wonderland a package deal with Sony products. However Sony recently announced and Variety confirms that it will be offering not just Alice in Wonderland as an exclusive bundle with its 3D home theater equipment this fall, but that Disney’s Bolt will also be available exclusively in Blu-ray 3D with Sony. The titles will come alongside purchases of Sony Bravia 3D TVs and — without the assistance of eBay — consumers will be forced to choose between the two. Whether the 3D titles will become available for general purchase in the future is up in the air.

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‘Captain EO’ Camera to Receive International 3D Society ‘Lumiere’ Award

Disney dual-camera 3-D Rig as displayed at the 2009 Disney D23 Expo © Stitch Kingdom. All Rights Reserved.He was there to change the world and in 1980, Disney Imagineer Steve Hines did just that.

From Magic Journeys to Captain EO to MuppetVision 3D to Honey, I Shrunk the Audience to Captain EO, one film camera provided all the magic and it was Hines’ 3-D Camera Rig that made the magic happen. Now, according to Variety, Disney and Steve Hines will be recognized for their efforts by the International 3D Society on October 19 at Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Earlier this year, both Disney/Pixar’s UP and its accompanying short Partly Cloudy were recognized when the award was given out for the first time.

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Spoiler: First Book for Disney’s ‘Tangled’ Reveals Surprising Details About Film

'Learn to Draw Disney's Tangled' from Walter FosterMerchandising isn’t the only big marketing move when it comes to promoting the latest Disney film, books are huge business too. Personally, I’ve become a huge fan of the junior novelization series which are often available a month or more before the film is released. It’s always fascinating to see just how similar the book, which is based on the actual scripts, is (or isn’t) to the final product. Alice in Wonderland and Toy Story 3 were dead-on while The Sorcerer’s Apprentice makes one imagine there’s a lot of film still sitting on the cutting room floor.

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Disney’s ‘Tangled’ Spots a ‘Double Tower’ in Spoof of Famous Viral Video

UPDATE: ‘Double Rainbow’ Video Originator Paul ‘Bear’ Vasquez has a message for Disney and needs your help! Please read it here!

Via its official Facebook page for Tangled, Walt Disney Animation Studios has released the first of several new videos today to promote the film: a parody of the viral ‘Double Rainbow’ YouTube sensation by Guy ‘Bear’ Vasquez.

While treading through the forest one day, Flynn Rider stumbles upon one beautiful tower — no wait, it’s a double tower!

As an added treat, there’s even a bit of new animation, albeit not quite Disney Digital ready given Flynn’s poor equipment (and memory capacity).

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Fans Invited to Vote on Official ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Poster Art for Season Seven

As a thank you to the loyal viewers of “Grey’s Anatomy,” executive producers Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, along with ABC, are giving the series’ Facebook fans the opportunity to select the official poster art for Season Seven.

Beginning today, September 7, six images will be uploaded to the official “Grey’s Anatomy” Facebook page. Fans will have until Thursday, September 16 at 9:00 p.m., ET to cast their votes. The poster image that receives the most Facebook “comments” and “likes” will become the official art.

Select fans who participate may also be recipients of a surprise collectors’ item from the show.

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