‘Amateur’ Photographer Claims Harassment by Security at Downtown Disney

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On his blog, photographer William Beem recounts a recent run-in with security at Downtown Disney at the World Disney Resort when he was attempting to photograph the exterior of the House of Blues, specifically experimenting with high dynamic range (HDR) photography which essentially requires a tripod and multiple exposures of the exact same image.

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D23 Expands Member Discount Opportunities; Previews 2011 Expo Perks

D23 has recently announced new discount opportunities for its members at participating locations throughout North America as well as providing a sneak peek at one of the exclusive opportunities available for D23 Charter Members at the 2011 D23 Expo.

We previously told you about the existing discount opportunities in 2010 for members at Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort and select ESPN Zone locations across the country, as well as the opportunity to join a reunion of the original Mickey Mouse Club at the 2010 Hollywood Show. D23 Members will also receive special D23 pricing on tickets to the popular “Evening of Disney Rarities” at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Even Scrapblog has gotten into the act, offering special opportunities for D23 members.

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Walt Disney Signature and Cappellini Unveil Limited Edition Chair Collection

Walt Disney Signature, Disney’s first upscale, inspired, non-character, adult lifestyle brand and Cappellini, one of the most renowned design innovators worldwide, today unveiled five limited edition chairs at the Milan Furniture Fair in Italy. The combination of Cappellini’s reputation for innovation and the magic and inspiration of Disney has produced a series of everyday products that resemble works of art.

This introduction follows the success of Walt Disney Signature’s dining installation in collaboration with Cappellini for last month’s Dining By Design DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) event in New York City

A 3-dimensional sculpting of Mickey Mouse sitting on a giant chair, previously used for the DIFFA event display, was recreated at Fuori Salone, Milano Design Village to mark today’s launch. The Mickey sculpture is made of polyurethane, measures more than three metres tall and weighs 40 kilos.

“Walt Disney and Cappellini both have a shared approach to design, creativity and collaboration that turns everyday products into functional works of art,” commented Pamela Lifford, executive vice president, Home and Fashion, Disney Consumer Products. “Collaborating with a leading Italian design brand specialising in contemporary furnishings like Cappellini is another exciting step in continuing Walt Disney Signature’s philosophy on design and innovation.”

“This collaboration is the premise for a joint Cappellini and Walt Disney Signature stylistic commitment that promises to become a new, interesting and exciting chapter in the history of contemporary design, combining Cappellini’s strong inclination for innovation with the magical creativity of Disney,” added Giulio Cappellini, Art Director for Cappellini.

The Ribbon stool and the Fish Chair, Y’s de Luxe and Rive Droite armchairs are embellished with patterns, each one with a different image and underlying theme. The Ribbon’s new profile blends Cappellini design with the outline of Disney’s most famous character, Mickey Mouse; Y’s de Luxe and Rive Droite reflect and multiply the same image in striking processed fabrics; the Fish Chair’s shape is inspired by nature found in many Disney films like Bambi and produced in recycled material. Products will be available to the public in late Spring 2010.

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‘Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow’ Author Ridley Pearson to Make Appearance May 13 at Disneyland

Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadows by Ridley PearsonJoin author Ridley Pearson as he visits Disneyland May 13 to sign his latest book, Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow as well as many of his other best sellers.

Ridley will be appearing at the Disneyana Shop in Main Street, USA in Disneyland on Thursday, May 13 from 10 am – 1 pm.

Merchandise to be signed must be purchased at the event and there is a limit of two items per guest. Park admission is required.

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ABC Music Lounge Introduces Special ‘Lilith Fair’ Stream; Announces ‘Ugly Betty’ Tribute

ABC Music Lounge goes live today with a special music stream dedicated to Lilith 2010 artists. The stream is filled with over eight hours of songs from artists such as Lilith founder Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Sugarland, Erykah Badu and Marina & The Diamonds, to name a few. The stream is available now on the ABC Music Lounge at www.abcmusiclounge.com.

ABC Music Lounge will also present a musical tribute to the fan-favorite series “Ugly Betty” with a special 11-song playlist available for streaming directly after the series finale, on the ABC Music Lounge on ABC.com Wednesday, April 14 (11:00 p.m., ET) at www.abcmusiclounge.com. The 11 songs selected for the playlist were used throughout the series in pivotal and memorable moments, including two songs performed by the cast.

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‘Disney in Shadow’ Author Ridley Pearson Accompanies Local Fans on Epcot Journey

Ridley Pearson engages some of his local fans with the aid of Scuba MickeyIn honor of the release of his third entry in the Kingdom Keepers series, Disney in Shadow, New York Times best-selling author Ridley Pearson recently escorted a group of young fans from Windy Hill Middle School in Clermont, Florida on a special Kingdom Keepers tour through Epcot at the Walt Disney World resort.

Pictured in the photo are Pearson and some of the invited students as they discuss some of the clues from the book with the assistance of Mickey Mouse, in full scuba gear.

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Disney Store Expands ‘Earth Day’ Collection in Honor of ‘Friends for Change’ and OCEANS; Free Hat Offer

Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi at Disney Store Times Square In addition to the limited-time only ‘Save the Planet’ merchandise featuring the Alien from Toy Story 3, Disney Store has expanded its Earth Day 2010 merchandise to include merchandise inspired by Disney Channel’s Friends for Change ‘Project Green’ and the new anthem Make a Wave by Joe Jonas and and Demi Lovato which also serves as the end title song for Disneynature’s OCEANS.

In honor of OCEANS, guests who bring six plastic bottles or aluminum cans to their local Disney Store on Earth Day, April 22, will receive a free Friends for Change and OCEANS co-branded baseball cap made from six recycled plastic bottles itself.

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Marvel Takes Page out of Disney’s Comic Book and Seeks to Change Distributor

Earlier today Hachette Book Group announced via press release that effective September 1, 2010, it will be handling distribution of Marvel graphic novels which is currently handled through Diamond Book Distributors. Although Marvel has since announced that it intends to [i]extend[/i] the current agreement with sister company Diamond Comics Distributor to continue handling the distribution of Marvel’s more traditional comics form, it does tend to strike a familiar chord such as when parent company Disney handed off its license for comics starring traditional Disney characters in the United States to BOOM! Studios, formerly handled by Diamond sibling Gemstone Publishing.

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Marvel Super Heroes Invade DisneyStore.com with Dozens of Items

As part of his Disney Store president Jim Fielding’s pre-Marvel acquisition promise, DisneyStore.com has once again expanded its offerings beyond that of traditional Disney-themed offerings.

Following an introduction of merchandise inspired by TRON and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, DisneyStore.com has now introduced the Marvel Shop, with dozens of items featuring iconic Marvel favorities such as Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and more.

Introducing the new Marvel Shop at DisneyStore.com! Shop Now!

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Disney Cruise Line Releases 2009 Community Report Highlighting DCL Voluntear Efforts

As part of a consolidated corporate responsibility report for The Walt Disney Company, Disney Cruise Line today released its 2009 Community Report, highlighting the many ways the company is involved in the ports it frequents throughout the world.

The report shares details on the line’s commitment in the areas of community outreach, environmental stewardship, and further outlines how the company provides a safe and comfortable workplace for cast and crew members.

“At Disney Cruise Line, we are proud to be involved with many communities around the world and strive to make a positive impact in all of the places we call home,” said Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line and New Vacation Operations.  “Through our relationships with local leaders, we are able to extend our special brand of Disney magic beyond our ships and into the local communities where we live, work and play.”

In 2009, Disney Cruise Line and its cast and crew members contributed more than $252,000 in charitable, cash and in-kind merchandise and equipment donations to local organizations focused on developing children and supporting the environment across 13 unique ports of call.

The community report reflects a company-wide effort to build an integrated, transparent strategy that focuses on serving the needs of guests, cast and crew members, shareholders, business partners and local communities.

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