Disneyland Resort Reaches Unprecedented Agreement with Workers United Local 50

Disneyland Resort and Workers United Local 50, the Resort’s second largest labor union that represents food and beverage cast members who work in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, are pleased to announce that they have reached a five-year collective bargaining agreement. The agreement was negotiated in just six days and was ratified by an overwhelming margin. This is the first time in this local’s history that a five-year contract has been agreed upon.

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D23 Expo 2011 Ticket Packages and Prices Announced; On Sale August 19

The first-ever D23 EXPO in 2009 left Disney fans asking when there would be another. On Thursday, Aug. 19, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club begins ticket sales for the next adventure – an incredible three-day event that brings the entire world of Disney under one roof at the Anaheim Convention Center next Aug. 19–21.

Tickets for the D23 EXPO 2011 will be available at a discounted price for a limited time. From August 19–December 31, 2010, tickets will be $37 for a one-day adult admission and $27 for children 3-12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will be $30 for a one-day adult admission and $22 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available for both D23 Members and the general public, and D23 Members can save as much as $204 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit www.Disney.com/D23.

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WDW Refurb Update: Mad Tea Party, Gift Shop Join Pooh; ‘Ohana Closure in January

When The Many Adventures Winnie-the-Pooh closes in Fantasyland at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in October as we previously announced, it will now be joined by Pooh’s Thotful Shop which will also close on October 25, but will re-open on November 8, full a week earlier than the attraction.

In addition, Mad Tea Party in Fantasyland will close on September 26 and is scheduled to re-open on November 11.

Over at the Polynesian, ‘Ohana will be closed from January 17 through January 20, 2011, although it will be open for dinner on the 20th.

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Vinylmation ‘Steampunk’ Inspired Limited Edition Watch Announced

Limited Edition (750) Vinylmation Pocket WatchThe official Disney Parks blog today took a closer look at the upcoming 2011 release of the Vinylmation ‘Steampunk’ series, which we first gave you a sneak peek at earlier this month.

In addition to a look at some of the hand-painted proofs, the entry also came with an announcement that there will be a limited edition Vinylmation ‘Steampunk’-inspired pocket watch to be released at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts in December. It will be limited to 750 pieces and comes as pictured with a 3″ Vinylmation inspired by, in turn, the watch itself.

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Sneak Peek of Percy Jackson ‘The Lightning Thief’ Graphic Novel Now Available Online

Rick Riordan's 'The Lightning Thief' graphic novelRick Riordan’s best selling  Percy Jackson and the Olympians series has already found a successful movie in The Lightning Thief and now it’s heading back to the pages in an all-new graphic novel format from Disney Hyperion. Scheduled to be released on October 12 and available for pre-order on Amazon.com, fans of the series can preview ‘the lost scene’ from the graphic novel adaptation here.

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Disney Channel Picks Up ‘Timmy Time,’ a ‘Shaun the Sheep’ Spin-off

Variety is reporting that Disney Channel will be adding ‘Timmy Time’  from Aardman Studios beginning September 13 with a sneak preview on September 7. Already known to viewers of ‘Shaun the Sheep,’ Timmy, the baby lamb, is the star of the new Playhouse Disney/Disney Junior show which relies on gestures and animal noises to teach its pre-school level lessons.

‘Preschoolers can easily identify with Timmy as he learns universal lessons about himself, his friends and the world around him,’ according to Jackie Cockle, the creator, producer and supervising director for the series.

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New DisneyStore.com Arrivals for August 18, 2010 (141 Items) (Tangled, Halloween, Dooney & Bourke)

New DisneyStore.com arrivals for August 18, 2010

Below is a list of new items now available for purchase at DisneyStore.com. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on DisneyStore.com 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.

Light-Up Tangled Rapunzel Wand Light-Up Tangled Rapunzel Wand – $10.50
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Limited Edition Belle Crown Limited Edition Belle Crown – $19.50
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Im Going to the Disneyland Resort! Tee for Toddlers I’m Going to the Disneyland Resort! Tee for Toddlers – $14.95
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Alice in Wonderland Headband Alice in Wonderland Headband – $7.50
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Art of the Disney Princess Tiana Scarf by Disney Couture Art of the Disney Princess Tiana Scarf by Disney Couture – $69.95
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Im Going to the Walt Disney World! Resort Tee I’m Going to the Walt Disney World! Resort Tee – $14.95
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My First Disney Princess Doll - Baby Tiana My First Disney Princess Doll – Baby Tiana – $12.95
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Light-Up Sleeping Beauty Shoes Light-Up Sleeping Beauty Shoes – $16.50
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Minnie Mouse Costume Shoes Minnie Mouse Costume Shoes – $19.95
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Princess Jasmine Doll Wardrobe and Friends Set -- 5-Pc. Princess Jasmine Doll Wardrobe and Friends Set — 5-Pc. – $12.50
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AFTER THE JUMP: More new items from DisneyStore.com

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Curiouser and Curiouser: Designer Sees Red, Sues Disney for Green

TMZ is reporting that designer Arman Mkrtchyan has filed a lawsuit in L.A. County Superior Court against The Walt Disney Company on the grounds that his work was used in Walt Disney Studios’ Alice in Wonderland without any compensation. Claiming that the Red Queen’s throne is a virtual clone of his own piece (and that he in fact had designed a matching set, representing each suit), Mkrtchyan is suing Disney for a ‘designer’s fee’ in the amount of $50,000.

If the case does go to trial, don’t anticipate it to be scheduled on the same day the Knave of Hearts is finally brought to justice for stealing tarts.

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First Half of ‘Epic Mickey’ Introductory Cinematic Released by Disney Interactive

Disney Interactive Studios along with Junction Point Studios released the first half of the opening cinematic film to their upcoming Nintendo Wii title Epic Mickey earlier today at GamesCom 2010 in Germany.

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‘Squirrel Baby’ from ‘LOST’ Seeks Home at Memorabilia Auction

Squirrel Baby © ABC Studios, courtesy of Profiles in HistoryWith an estimated value of $300 – $500, Claire’s ‘squirrel baby’ from ‘LOST’ season six episode The Lighthouse is just one of many of the fascinating memorabilia items that will be up for bids at Profile in History’s ‘LOST’ Exhibit and Auction in Santa Monica on August 21 and 22.

After three years of living alone on the island, Claire kept a substitute baby fashioned of animal parts with buttons for eyes.  When Kate questioned Claire about what it was, Claire told her it was ‘all I had.’

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