Disney’s Animal Kingdom Welcomes Two Giraffes to the World

Week-old Bolo appears with his mother, Big Girl. Photo courtesy of Disney.LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Oct. 19, 2009 — Walt Disney World Resort recently welcomed two male calves to the giraffe herd at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Weighing 153 pounds, Bolo was born Oct. 12 to second-time mother Big Girl, who first birthed a female calf in November 2005. On Oct. 5, the Disney’s Animal Programs team helped to deliver 166-pound calf Bruehler from third-time mother Aibuni. As newborns, both male calves stand nearly six feet tall and could grow to be as tall as 15 – 18 feet as adults.

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New ABC Campaign has Visitors from ‘V’ Marking the Skies Above U.S. Landmarks

NOTE: This promotion has been canceled.

“V” – PREMIERES TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) — “V” is a re-imagining of the 1980s’ miniseries about the world’s first encounter with an alien race. With huge spaceships simultaneously appearing over 29 cities around the world, the Visitors (or V’s) seem to promote a message of peace. Through their generous offer to share advanced technology, the V’s quickly build a following that may be overlooking a more malevolent agenda.

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Disney XD to Premiere Original Movie ‘Skyrunners’, Preview of ‘I’m in the Band’ November 27

A thrilling original movie ushers in an exciting original series with the premiere of the science-fiction adventure “Skyrunners” and the special full episode preview of the live action sitcom “I’m in the Band,” FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27 on Disney XD. The premiere of “Skyrunners” will be sponsored by Ubisoft’s Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage game and formatted exclusively for the client, with limited programming breaks. The preview of “I’m in the Band” will be sponsored by Pepperidge Farm Cheddar Goldfish crackers. “I’m in the Band” will have its regular timeslot premiere in January, 2010.

The schedule for Friday, November 27 is:

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Adventures By Disney and Harper Collins Launch New ‘Flat Stanley’ Site, Announce Contest

Adventures by Disney's 'Flat Stanley' ContestWASHINGTON, Oct. 19 — One of the most adventurous characters in children’s literature, Flat Stanley, traveled to the prestigious Library of Congress today where he, along with the first three books in Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures series, were inducted into the Library to help Adventures by Disney and HarperCollins Children’s Books celebrate an exciting new project called “The Search for Flat Stanley’s Next BIG Adventure.”

Due to his peculiar ability to be mailed to different locations, Stanley is the most well-traveled character in children’s literature, traveling around the world thousands of times annually in an educational project that has become a classic of the American classroom. Now budding writers and artists are invited to create their own Flat Stanley story in “The Search for Flat Stanley’s Next BIG Adventure.” In this nationwide contest, children ages 7 to 12 can win an Adventures by Disney vacation by creating a specially themed Flat Stanley and a 150-word story about his “Next BIG Adventure.”

Entries will be judged in three age groups – one for 7 to 8-year-olds, one for 9 to 10-year-olds and one for 11 to 12-year-olds. One winner will be chosen in each age group and each of the three winners can choose one of Adventures by Disney’s 19 worldwide vacations for their prize.

Parents, kids and educators can check out www.FlatStanleyBooks.com/AdventuresbyDisney for Official Rules and complete information on the Contest; fun, interactive games; and fascinating informational resources. The Contest runs through November 30, 2009 and no purchase is necessary to enter or win.

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UPDATE: Disney’s PhotoPass PhotoCD Pre-Order Offer No Longer Available to Public

The big PhotoPass news keeps on coming and this one is sure to disappoint even more people than the last item we reported about the extension fees.

A Stitch Kingdom reader has made us aware that the link to pre-order PhotoPass is no longer working. Sure enough, the page now automatically gets re-directed to this page which specifically affirms the already established policy that the offer is meant solely for those who are invited to participate by email.

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Sneak Peek: Bonus Feature from ‘Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure’ Visits Walt Disney World

Not too long ago, we showed you how the original computer graphics (CG) models from the actual films helped produce the Toy Story Definitive Collection from Thinkway Toys. Today, we’re going to take a look at the same type of technology being used for an entirely different purpose: bringing Pixie Hollow to life at the 2009 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

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Ghoulish Gift Cards from Disney Make for Some Spooky Spending on Treats this Season

Halloween-themed Disney Gift CardApologies for being a bit late on reporting this, but available at select retail locations at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts are these Halloween-themed Disney Gift Cards, pictured to the left. Where the image is white, the card is actually transparent.

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Walt Disney World Begins Offering Free WiFi Internet Access

WiFi Access at Innoventions EastSeveral months ago, reports of the WiFi near the Beach Club lobby was open to the public as opposed to the traditional means of charging for it. While some speculated that it must have been in error and would only be temporary, recent reports not only confirm it’s still available in the common areas at the resort, but that resort staff has confirmed it was an intentional, permanent change in policy.

This has now appeared to carry over to other Convention resorts (which all offer WiFi in public areas such as the lobby and pool areas) as we have seen reports that the Contemporary Resort also makes WiFi available at no charge.

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Raytheon’s Sum of All Thrills Opening Day Ceremony (Video)

On its YouTube channel, Raytheon has posted a video from the ribbon cutting ceremony and opening day of its Sum of All Thrills ride which opened earlier this week at Epcot’s Innoventions East.

In addition to the ceremony and interviews, the video also shows various elements of the new experience.

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Disney Channel Debuts New Celebrity-Packed Season of ‘Handy Manny’ November 7

Disney Channel will debut the third season of its Emmy-nominated multicultural series for preschoolers, “Handy Manny,” starring Wilmer Valderrama, on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7 (8:30 a.m., ET/PT). The third season will include a new primetime special, a new short-form series and the introduction of 10 new tool characters.

Guest stars include Rosario Dawson as a marine biologist, Dale Earnhardt Jr. as a race car driver, Jim Belushi as a drawbridge operator and Giada De Laurentiis as the owner of a pizza parlor. Lance Bass returns in the recurring role of klutzy “surfer dude,” Elliot.

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