Pollo Campero to Open New Concept Eatery at Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney in Late 2010

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Pollo Campero, an international Latin chicken quick-service restaurant chain, has partnered with franchisee Levy Campero to deliver a new restaurant concept in Downtown Disney® Marketplace at Walt Disney World® Resort. The restaurant will feature Pollo Campero’s signature Latin chicken, as well as a new restaurant concept featuring fresh, healthy food.

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Speculation: Disney to Rename ‘Rapunzel’

Disney registered several domain names yesterday which indicate that a speculated and apparently not widely spread rumor may be true: Rapunzel will either be subtitled or simply renamed to something else. A quick google search for The Thief and the Tower turned up but one result from comments on a blog post on a professional animators’ site from early January and the ‘speculation’ was just that. The consensus from those who appeared to have some inside information on the name change is that Disney is looking for a way to make the film appear less princess-y.

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New Season of ‘Aaron Stone’ Starts February 24 with New Characters; New Online Games to be Introduced

Disney XD will premiere a second season of the live-action adventure series “Aaron Stone” with two back-to-back episodes on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT). The stories find champion video gamer Charlie Landers and his legendary crime-fighting avatar, Aaron Stone, taking their game to a whole new level when a group of new villains escape and threaten world domination.

Intriguing new characters are introduced this season, including Damaged, the son of Helix, who has telekinetic powers; Mr. Galapagos, a control freak with electro-kinetic powers; Steeltrap, who possesses an internal plasma energy source; Shackles, a super strength mutant; Silver, a super thin mutant who can squeeze through anything; and U, a faceless shape-shifter.

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Recall Alert: Tiny Tink & Friends Toy Jewelry by Playmates Toys Due to Potential Lead Content

Tiny Tink and Friends Toy Jewelry Set Playmates Toys is voluntarily recalling approximately 252,000 units of Tinky Tink & Friends Toy Jewelry, sold nationwide between November 2008 and November 2009 due to potential unlawful amounts of lead content.

Items specifically affected by the recall include: Tinker Bell’s Lil’ Tinker Bracelet (UPC 0 43377 74634 8); Tinker Bell’s Lil’ Tinker Bracelet (UPC 0 43377 74641 6); Rosetta’s Rosebud Key Chain (UPC 0 43377 74631 7); and Silvermist’s Water Lily Necklace (0 43377 74632 4).

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New Hi-Res Title Treatment for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Walt Disney Studios has just sent us this amazing, highly detailed logo for its upcoming release of Jerry Bruckheimer’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice starring Nicolas Cage, which will make its US theatrical debut on July 16.

Disney's The Sorcerer's Apprentice

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The Stakes Go ‘Up’ for Disney for Taking Home the Oscar in 2010

The nominations for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards have been announced this morning and, once again, it’s up to the Disney/Pixar champion UP to bring home the gold (statuettes) for The Walt Disney Company.

For top prizes, UP is competing for both Best Animated Film as well as Best Motion Picture of the Year, in the newly expanded category. Other nominated categories include: Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) for which Michael Giacchino has already received numerous awards and accolades for;  Achievement in Sound Editing; and another top category for Original Screenplay.

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Celebrate ‘I Love Mickey’ Month in February with Special Disney Store Events, Contest

The Disney Store will host activities all month long to celebrate the world’s most iconic character Mickey Mouse, and his friend Minnie Mouse. Come join the fun with daily activities the entire family can enjoy, and check out the adorable “I Love Mickey” products for under $20 including new lovable Mickey and Minnie plush just in time for Valentine’s Day, stationery, and an assortment of apparel and accessories for kids and adults available at Disney Store and www.DisneyStore.com

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Official ‘LOST’ Cast Photos Now Available for Purchase

As audiences prepare to watch the unveiling of the final episodes of “Lost,” beginning with the season premiere on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network, fans of the series will be able to purchase exclusive photo images to keep as their own personal “Lost” memorabilia from a specially created website. The official “Lost” Photo Gallery, www.officialLostphotos.com, is the sole home of all of the cast images from every season of “Lost” going back to the series premiere in 2004. Available on the site are more than 25 unique photo selections featuring the cast in different settings, including the various lush Hawaiian backdrops that became the series’ signature palette. The public can purchase their favorite photos either framed or unframed. The website will be available through the airing of the series final episode in May 2010.

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Production Begins on Playhouse Disney’s ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates'; Series Features Captain Hook

Disney Television Animation has begun production on “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” an interactive 2-D and CG animated series for preschoolers and parents featuring the music and fun-filled adventures of classic characters Captain Hook and Smee, plus a new crew of kid pirates led by the enthusiastic and courageous Jake. The series, which will premiere on Playhouse Disney-branded blocks and channels around the world, is designed to emphasize teamwork. The announcement was made today by Nancy Kanter, senior vice president, Playhouse Disney Worldwide.

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Disney Channel Stars Respond to Haiti Disaster in New ‘Express Yourself’ Interstitial

A new segment of Disney Channel’s “Express Yourself” short form series, one coinciding with kids, families and educators’ discussions surrounding the Haiti earthquake, will premiere TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2 on Disney Channel and Disney XD channels around the world, on Disney.com (including Disney Channel.com and DisneyXD.com) and on You Tube.

The 60-second interstitial, featuring the message, “Join the world as we shine a light on Haiti,” has themes of connection, empowerment, compassion, outreach and being a part of a global community. It features popular Disney Channel stars Selena Gomez (“Wizards of Waverly Place”), Emily Osment, Jason Earles (both of “Hannah Montana”), Dylan and Cole Sprouse, Brenda Song and Doc Shaw (all of “The Suite Life on Deck”) encouraging kids to explore and communicate their feelings and to get inspired to make a difference.

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