Study: Cable Operators Rank ESPN, ESPN2 and Disney Channel as Most Valuable Networks

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In Beta Research Corp.’s 2009 Cable Operator Study, ESPN, ESPN2 and Disney Channel again ranked first, second and third in the key category of average perceived value.  This is the 10th consecutive year that cable operators have ranked ESPN the most valuable network on their cable system.  ESPN2 and the Disney Channel have held the second and third most valuable spots for five consecutive years.

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Pittsburgh Steelers’ Rashard Mendenhall to Greet Fans at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Feb 26

To commemorate the opening of the Champion Custom Tee Center at the ESPN Wide World of Sports located at the Walt Disney World resort, Steelers’ running back and Champion brand ambassador Rashard Mendenhall will greet guests on Friday, February 26 at the Champion Sports Zone at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Mendenhall will be greeting his fans from 12 – 2 pm. No purchase is required to meet with Mendenhall, however admission to the park is required.

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Video for ‘White Rabbit’ by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals from ‘Almost Alice’ Soundtrack Released

Hollywood Records has just posted the video for White Rabbitby Grace Potter and the Nocturnals from the Almost Alice soundtrack of mostly original songs inspired by the Walt Disney Studios film Alice in Wonderland. The song should easily be recognized as a cover of the infamous 1967 tune by Jefferson Airplane.

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Check Out These 360 Degree Views of New ‘Toy Story 3′ Pals

Thanks to the good folks at Disney/Pixar, we have these amazing character turns of the new Toy Story 3 friends that have been introduced to us so far.

Check out these 360 degrees of cuddly goodness of Lots-o-Huggin’ Bear! You can almost smell the strawberries.

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WDW Refurb Update: Muppet*Vision 3D Closed End of April – Mid May

Muppet*Vision 3D at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is now currently scheduled to be closed from April 24 through May 14.

Without a reason for the closure, one might suspect that this is the upgrade Disney announced during D23 that Muppet fans have been waiting for in which the attraction will receive a new digital print. With rumors swirling around that Star Tours will close for its anticipated upgrade shortly after Star Wars Weekends concludes, it also seems an appropriate time to tend to Muppet*Vision so that the number of unavailable attractions is mitigated.

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First Look: Thomas Kinkade’s Disney Dreams #5: Bambi’s First Year

Disney Dreams #5: Bambi's First Year by Thomas KinkadeIf you’re an enthusiast of Thomas Kinkade, the painter of light, you probably know he’s getting ready to hint about the next entry in his Disney Dreams collection. We are thrilled and fortunate enough to be able to bring you this first look before it’s even announced: Bambi’s First Year.

Bambi, Thumper, Flower and the rest of his friends are gathered in the forest on a beautiful day.

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More Clips and Featurette from ‘Alice in Wonderland’ – Alice Comes for Tea and Drinks Some Pishsolver

Following up on the two clips we posted earlier today, Walt Disney Studios has provided us with two additional clips plus a five minute featurette that goes behind the scenes of Alice in Wonderland.

First up is the Tea Party in which Alice, having been brought back to the Underland by the white rabbit, encounters the Dormouse, March Hare and — of course — the Mad Hatter at the tea party where the trio debate as to whether she truly is *the* Alice.

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Production Started on Second Season of ‘JONAS’ with Additional Cast Members

Production has begun in and around Los Angeles on the second season of the Teen Choice Award-winning comedy series, “JONAS,” starring global sensations Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas and popular actresses Chelsea Staub and Nicole Anderson. The new season finds the Lucas brothers and friends Stella and Macy spending a summer in Hollywood.

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New JoBros Short Form Series ‘Living the Dream 2′ to Premiere on Disney Channel March 21

The new installment of the music-driven reality series “Jonas Brothers: Living The Dream 2,” which gives viewers unprecedented access to worldwide superstars Jonas Brothers’ lives on stage and off, will premiere SUNDAY, MARCH 21 (8:55 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. The 11-episode short form series offers a revealing look at Platinum selling rock stars Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas as they embark on a 16-city European leg of “Jonas Brothers World Tour 2009.”

“Jonas Brothers: Living The Dream 2? follows Kevin, Joe and Nick on the road during their headline tour across Europe, with stops in France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland and England.

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Disney Interactive Announces ‘Disney Guilty Party’ Exclusively for the Nintendo Wii

Disney Guilty Party from Disney Interactive Studios and Wideload GamesEarlier today, Nintendo of America announced some of its anticipated lineup for 2010 ranging from the introduction of the Nintendo DSi XL in March to a slew of video games including the first collaboration between Disney Interactive Studios and its subsidiary, Wideload Games.

Disney Guilty Party is described as a fun and hilarious family-friendly mystery party game and is expected to arrive during the second half of 2010, exclusive to the Wii.

Guilty Party tells the thrilling tale of the Dickens Detective Agency as they solve crimes set in motion by the master criminal known as Mr. Valentine.  Up to four players can solve crimes in a variety of locations all over the world to unlock the secrets of Mr. Valentine’s grand scheme.

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