Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon to Play Host to World’s Largest Swimming Lesson June 3

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Noting that drowning is the second cause of unintentional cause of death of children below the age of 15, the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) is aiming to set a Guiness World’s Record tomorrow across four continents with the participation of over 10,000 children.

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Miramax’s ‘The Debt’ Slated for October 1, 2010 Release

We have learned from Walt Disney Studios that Miramax’s remake of the Israeli thriller The Debt has been slated for an October 1, 2010 release.

In The Debt (rated R by the MPAA for some violence and language), Rachel Singer (Helen Mirren) is one of three Israeli Mossad agents who were sent on a secret mission to capture a notorious Nazi war criminal in 1960’s East Berlin. Now, decades later, she must go back undercover and risk everything once again. The film was directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love and Proof) and also stars Tom Wilkinson, Jessica Chastain and Sam Worthington.

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Disney Consumer Products Confirms Stitch Kingdom Report on Upcoming ‘Toy Story Toons’

It’s disguised as a report on how many billions Disney Consumer Products is hoping to rake in with products inspired by Toy Story 3, but this report from Reuters has another item on its agenda: Toy Story shorts.

The article confirms what we first speculated back in early March, that the highly successful CARS Toons series was being tailgated by a set of toons inspired by our Toy Story pals. A recent video on Pixar Canada all but confirmed that the new studio would be producing the series, but the Reuters story lays it it all out.

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New Hi-Res Stills and Publicity Images from Disney’s ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’

Walt Disney Studios has just sent us these hi-res stills and publicity images from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice featuring Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Monica Belluci and Teresa Palmer which we’ve added to our gallery for the film below (newest images first).

Although they’ll also probably be released in time, if you’re hungry for additional stills from the film, be sure to check out the junior novelization of the film which contains several full color photos from the motion picture.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Walt Disney Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer will be released nationwide on July 14. For all of our coverage of the film, follow this bookmark.

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Lisa J. Haines Named Vice President of Public Affairs for Disneyland Resort

Lisa J. Haines has been promoted to lead public affairs for the Disneyland Resort. As vice president, public affairs, Haines will oversee external communications, internal communications, government relations and community relations for the Resort. She also will work closely with Disneyland Resort President George A. Kalogridis, serving as a member of his senior leadership team. Haines will report to Kristin Nolt Wingard, senior vice president of public affairs for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, filling the role that Wingard most recently held.

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D23 Members Get up to $200 off Per Person When Booking Select ‘Adventures By Disney’ Package Through June 21

An ever-growing array of exclusive benefits for members of D23, Disney’s official fan club, now includes a special, limited-time offer from Adventures by Disney, which is offering $200* per person off of select vacations.

More than a dozen different itineraries can be booked under this special offer, including travel in the U.S., Europe, South Africa, South America and China. To take advantage of this special offer from Adventures by Disney, D23 Members must book their vacations before June 21, 2010, and travel must begin before April 26, 2011.

“D23 brings our members special access to the very best that Disney has to offer, and we’re really excited to be teaming with Adventures by Disney for this special offer,” said Steven Clark, head of D23.

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All 2011 Walt Disney World Marathon Finishers to Receive Special Mickey Medal, Free Park Admission

In addition to a tremendous sense of accomplishment, a magical reward will await everyone who completes the Walt Disney World Marathon presented by Cigna in 2011: a new Mickey Mouse race medal and a free day at Disney.

As part of Disney’s ongoing efforts to encourage guests to celebrate the milestones in their lives at a Disney park, finishers at the Disney Marathon on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, will receive complimentary admission to a Walt Disney World theme park the Monday after the race.

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MINDstyle Offers First Look at ‘Alien Invasion,’ Lasseter ‘Tin Toy’ Tribute

Alen Invasion project from MINDStyleToday we are blessed with first looks of several figures from the Alien Invasion project by MINDstyle. Featuring contributions from 30 Disney and Pixar artists, each have put their own individual spin on a blank figure in the shape of the LGM from the Toy Story films.

The exhibition tour kicks off June 15 at Hong Kong’s Times Square. For a preview of other figures from the exhibit, check out MINDstyle’s official blog.

Tin Toy ATC from MINDstyleWe also get our first look at MINDstyle’s limited edition art toy collectible (ATC) of the main character from John Lasseter’s original short, Tin Toy. The figure will first be released at San Diego Comic Con. No word on edition size or whether it will be an exclusive to the SDCC.

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Photo Gallery: Construction of Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Dream Complete

Christopher Robin Model Sheet 2 ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved. The final block, a 260-ton portion of the ship’s bow, was added to the Disney Dream yesterday at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, signaling its completion. Composed of 80 separate building blocks welded together, the next step for the Disney Dream is to have its interior completed before its inaugural voyage on January 26, 2011.

The largest in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Dream has a length of 1,115 feet, a maximum width of 125 feet and weighs in at 128,000 tons.

Photos by David Roark. Courtesy of Disney.

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Video: American Idol Winner Lee DeWyze Parade and American Idol Experience Appearance at Walt Disney World

Lee DeWyze (right) autographs a poster for fan Ashley Lowe (left) at "The American Idol Experience" (Gene Duncan, photographer)Walt Disney World has provided us with this footage from the procession at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort earlier today. The newly crowned American Idol winner is seen traveling along the park’s Hollywood Boulevard with Mickey Mouse up to the American Idol Experience, where he addresses the crowd of fans and hangs out with Mickey and Minnie Mouse before heading inside into the American Idol Experience to make a surprise appearance. Towards the end of the video, Lee answers some questions including his take on the American Idol Experience, his new-found celebrity and his expectations for his first album.

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