LOS ANGELES, April 23 — The star of ABC’s popular parenting series SUPERNANNY, Jo Frost, will meet with fans at Downtown Disney to share parenting tips on Saturday, April 25th at 12:00PM. The casting team for the show will be on hand to meet with families who would like to be on the just announced sixth season of the hit show or the new parenting show called SUPER-MANNY. Producers from Shed Media US are hosting open casting calls on Saturday, April 25th and Sunday, April 26th from 12:00PM to 4:00PM at Downtown Disney District in front of the AMC Theatres at the Disneyland Resort.
Jessy and her 11-year-old brother, Austin, got the opportunity of a lifetime – to be grand marshals in the “Celebrate a Dream Come True” parade at Magic Kingdom. Grand marshals are randomly selected daily for the parade, but for the Hill family of Canton, NC, the magic of the day held extra special meaning.
Sgt. James Hill, a U.S. Army Reserve Soldier, recently returned from his second deployment to Iraq. The Hill family was in Orlando on April 18 to attend an Army Reserve Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Workshop when they were randomly recognized in honor of the Month of the Military Child.
“I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate what they endured during my deployment,” Sgt. Hill said about his children. “Like other military families, our deployments are not just about the soldier. It also affects our children in more ways than one may see.”
Since 1986, the U.S. Army has designated April as the Month of the Military Child to recognize the important role that military children play in the armed forces community. It is a time to applaud America’s youngest heroes and thank them for the sacrifices they make in courageous support of their military parents.
“They’ve earned it,” Keri Hill said about her children who have gone through two recent deployments. “They’ve gone a whole year with just me and without their father. They need to have a lot of fun, and that’s what we are doing here today.” She said military children experience deployments differently than adults.
“They are without a parent and don’t exactly understand what the deployment is about,” Hill said. “They rely on us, as parents, to explain why their mom or dad is leaving for an extended period of time. I think it impacts them harder than it does us.”
After waving non-stop and with a big smile etched on his face, Austin Hill said the parade was an amazing experience he will never forget. He was amazed by the outpouring of support they encountered and couldn’t wait to return home to tell his family and friends about his magical experience.
“I enjoyed seeing the crowd’s faces,” he said. “There are people out there that really do care about soldiers like my dad. It really makes me feel good about what he does as he serves our country with other soldiers in Iraq.”
Two of the most popular young actresses, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato, star in the adventure comedy “Princess Protection Program,” a Disney Channel Original Movie about two very different girls – a princess from a small kingdom and a small town girl who, when fate brings them together, must team up to help the would-be queen pass for a regular teen. Filmed in Puerto Rico, “Princess Protection Program” premieres FRIDAY, JUNE 26 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel and Family Channel Canada. The “Royal B.F.F. Extended Edition” will be available Tuesday, June 30 on Disney DVD and will feature an exclusive new music video of “One and the Same” performed by Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato, a behind-the-scenes look at the film with the teen stars, and a free “B.F.F” necklace set.
The Boy-tique known as the Pirates League is set to open June 29 in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland. The Orlando Sentinel has reported the following details:
Participants will receive pirate names before receiving a variety of accessories, including beards, eye patches, scarves, scars, earrings and gold teeth. These will be applied by a “veteran pirate” with sea-sailing tales.
After taking a sacred oath and an official portrait, guests will be part of Jack Sparrow’s gang.
NEW YORK – April 2009 – (PR) Licensed landscape contractor Ahmed Hassan normally surprises unsuspecting homeowners at the local home improvement store with a complete transformation of their own yard on DIY Network’s hit show Yard Crashers. But in DIY Network’s one-hour special, Yard Crashers: Disney Epcot on Monday, April 27 at 9 p.m. ET, he’ll take viewers on an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at one of the largest and most famous yards in America – the Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival at Walt Disney World Resort.
First One Million Fans to Enter the Sweepstakes will Win Free Tickets to See “G-FORCE” on Its Opening Day if a Grand Slam is Hit During MLB® All-Star Game
BURBANK, Calif. (April 22, 2009) – A team of secret government operatives are infiltrating Major League Baseball this season. Their mission? Give away one million tickets to see their movie “G-FORCE” on its opening day. From Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films comes “G-FORCE,” a 3-D high-octane comedy adventure about a covert government program in which guinea pigs are trained to work in espionage. The film, opening nationwide July 24, teams up with MLB for the unprecedented G-Force Grand Slam Sweepstakes. If a grand slam is hit during the All-Star Game on July 14, the first million people who have entered on Disney.com will win a free ticket to see “G-FORCE” on its opening day
The St. Petersburg Times is reporting that the opening of Universal Studios Orlando’s newest thrill attraction, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit has been postponed until summer. Reasons for the delay as well as an expected date have not been offered by the theme park at this time. Article here.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., April 22, 2009 — (PR) Over the past 14 years, the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) has donated nearly $13 million in funding to 750 projects in 110 countries. This year alone, DWCF awarded a $20,000 annual grant to Audubon Florida for the Audubon Eagle Watch in Maitland, FL, $20,000 to The Nature Conservancy at the Disney Wilderness Preserve in Central Florida for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, and contributed more than $450,000 in Rapid Response monies to organizations in need, among others.
Variety is reporting that ABC will celebrate Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’s tenth anniversary by bringing the show back to prime-time with Regis Philbin returning as host. The show will run Sunday through Thursdays from August 9 through August 23 at 8pm.
Disney Cruise Line Salutes Earth Day by Honoring Winners of Disney’s Environmentality Challenge in Grand Cayman
GRAND CAYMAN, (April 21, 2009) – (PR) Disney Cruise Line honored the top prize winners of Disney’s EnvironmentalityTM Challenge (DEC) educational program today in an awards ceremony aboard the Disney Magic cruise ship. Taking place during a weeklong celebration of Earth Day, the event showcased local students’ contributions to promote conservation and protect the environment.
Students honored at the celebration were winners of the 2008-2009 DEC class project competition and are part of teachers Willean Hill and Tasha Miller’s Year 6 class from George Town Primary School on Grand Cayman.
Through their project titled “Environmental Stewardship Programme,” students created an informational brochure with environmental tips, translating it into several languages for distribution to fellow students, local residents and tourists visiting the Cayman Islands. They also organized a beach cleanup to rid the shoreline of debris and litter and created their own George Town Primary environmental blog to keep the community informed of their progress. Throughout the program, the group explored environmental issues by combining classroom subjects such as math, science and language arts in addition to educating and engaging the local community.