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

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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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Cal Ripken Jr. Signs Middle Grade Book Deal with Disney Book Group

Disney Book Group will publish a middle-grade baseball series written by National Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. and co-authored by Baltimore Sun sportswriter Kevin Cowherd. The series will feature characters from a Babe Ruth League team named the “Orioles”. The agreement for world rights was negotiated by Stephanie Owens Lurie, Editorial Director, Disney-Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group, and Ian Kleinert, of Objective Entertainment.

The first book in the series—Hothead—will be published in Winter 2011 under the Disney-Hyperion imprint. It centers on all-star third baseman Connor Sullivan, who has a big problem: his temper. The story was inspired by Cal’s own struggle with frustration as a young player. Additional books will follow every year.

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Real-Life TRON Lightcycle for Sale on eBay Appears to Run on Snake Oil

TRON Lightcycle eBayImagine owning your very own TRON Legacy lightcycle. That’s what Parker Brothers Choppers in Melbourne, FL is trying to sell you at a measly $35,000 (starting at that is). According to the eBay ad that’s recently been making headlines, the custom motorcycle brothers will be constructing a fully functional custom bike based on the non-functioning model that Walt Disney Studios debuted at last year’s San Diego Comic-Con and has been toting around to D23, E3 and a whole bunch of other alphanumeric acronyms.

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New Marvel Shop Arrivals for June 29, 2010 (6 Items)

New Marvel Shop arrivals for June 29, 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.

Marvel Heroes Black & White Allover Print Cap Marvel Heroes Black & White Allover Print Cap – $17.95

Add some power to your ensemble with this Marvel Heroes black and white allover print cap. This cap features a black and white print design packed with Marvel superheroes such as Hulk, Thor, and Captain America. 98% cotton, 2% spandex. Flex fit, one size fits most.

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July 6 Designated ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice Day’ in New York City; Free Concert at Bryant Park

It’s not often that Walt Disney Studios holds a world premiere in New York City, but having filmed just about all of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice throughout the city, we were thrilled to learn that the Big Apple will be playing host to one of the greatest summer blockbusters from Walt Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer.

In addition to a formal ceremony dedicating the day to the film and Fantasia segment, rock bands OneRepublic and Alpha Rev will be holding a free concert in honor of the film that evening at Bryant Park. The concert, open to the public, will take place shortly after the world premiere at the New Amsterdam Theatre, home to Disney Theatrical’s Mary Poppins.

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MyCokeRewards and Disney Theatrical Giving Away ‘Mary Poppins’ Walk-on Role

Disney Theatrical and MyCokeRewards.com are teaming up to offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for twenty winners to audition for a walk-on role during a performance of Disney Theatrical’s Mary Poppins on Broadway in New York City.

Sweepstake entrants may enter up to five times per day by redeeming 3 Coke reward points per entry or by mailing in an entry (see the contest rules for full details). Twenty entrants will be chosen at random and each receive a video camera from which they will be able to submit their entries to the Disney on Broadway contest where one entrant will win a grand prize consisting of: A three night-stay in New York City and round-trip airfare for the winner and up to three guests; three tickets to the show’s performance for the winner’s guests; hair, makeup and costume fitting for show; rehearsal with show’s creative team; and an on-stage appearance in the ‘Jolly Holiday’ number as well as the curtain call.

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Disney and thisMoment Establish ‘Step Up 3D’ Interactive Experience Across Social Media Networks

thisMoment, a company focused on creating engaging experiences at the point where social media, mobile devices, and the real-time Web collide, today announced that Walt Disney Studios is leveraging its Distributed Engagement Channel (DEC) to create an official interactive experience for Step Up 3D fans.

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

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.

The 90-second segment radio drama stars actress and singer Daphne Blunt (Young and the Restless) as Kayla, a 13 year old trying to make it in the music business while dealing with the routine stresses of her normal daily life.

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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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