Disney Granted US Patent to Help ESPN Keep a Few Electronic Eyes on Athletes

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Using a potential combination of RFID and/or ultra-wide band (UWB) technologies, US Patent #,7671,802 provides a method for tracking the on-field locations of athletes and sports equipment (including fast-moving and rapid direction-changing items such as hockey pucks) in real-time.

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Avril Lavigne Debuts ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Inspired Fashion Collection Exclusively at Kohl’s

Avril Lavigne in Abbey Dawn for Alice in Wonderland on the set of her music video for 'Alice.' (Photo by Tony Barbera/Kohl's Department Stores) Courtesy of DisneyAlready resonating with young, edgy female consumers as a Junior and Girls lifestyle brand, Abbey Dawn by Avril Lavigne in collaboration with Disney Consumer Products will roll out an exclusive, limited edition collection of apparel inspired by the new upcoming epic 3D fantasy adventure, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, in U.S. theatres March 5. The trend-right, affordable collection, which blends Avril’s rock and roll vibe with the title character’s sense of imagination will debut in Kohl’s stores nationwide and on Kohls.com on March 5th.

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New Trailer for ‘Prince of Persia’ Highlights the Dagger of Time and Dastan’s Destiny

Just released by Walt Disney Studios UK is this new trailer for Jerry Bruckheimer’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time in which we learn a bit about the dagger of time and what makes it desired so many and how it’s become Dastan’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) destiny to protect it.

Prince of Persia is set to be released on May 28, 2010 in the United States.

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TRON Legacy Image of the Day: Flynn’s Arcade

Walt Disney Studios will be releasing a new image from TRON Legacy each day every day this week via its Facebook page in honor of the first trailer being released in theaters on Friday.

The first image was released today and features the exterior of the long-neglected Flynn’s Arcade as it stands today. Looking around the streets however, it appears that the economy has not been kind to anyone and the lone person — who just so happens to be Kevin Flynn’s son, Sam (Garrett Hedlund) — probably has no real idea as to what he’s about to get himself into.

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MINDstyle to Experiment on Aliens (from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story)

Toy Story Alien Figures from MINDStyleFollowing the success of its Experiment 626 Project in which artists put their unique spins on Stitch-shaped vinyl figures and the recently announced mini-Stitch figures, MINDstyle announced today that it will be releasing a series of figures based on the alien from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story series. According to the graphic, we can expect the invasion to begin in early summer.

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ABC Announces Line-up for Tenth Season of “Dancing with the Stars’

During the final moments of The Bachelor‘s season finale, ABC revealed its line-up of competitors for the next season of its popular series Dancing with the Stars via perennial host and emcee Tom Bergeron with some assistance from fromer Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars contestant Melissa Rycroft.

Celebrity contestants announced for the series are:

  • Pamela Anderson
  • Chad Ochocinco
  • Aiden Turner
  • Erin Andrews
  • Shannen Doherty
  • Buzz Aldrin
  • Niecy Nash
  • Nichole Scherzinger
  • Evan Lysacek
  • Kate Gosselin
  • Jake Pavelka

The new season of Dancing with the Stars premieres on ABC on March 22, 2010.

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Photo: Minnie’s Yoo Who — Eva La Rue Stars in CSI: Magic Kingdom

Actress Eva La Rue (right), star of the CBS series "CSI: Miami," and her daughter Kaya (left), age 8, pose March 1, 2010 with Minnie Mouse (Gene Duncan/Disney)Actress Eva La Rue (right), star of the CBS series “CSI: Miami,” and her daughter Kaya (left), age 8, pose March 1, 2010 with Minnie Mouse at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Prior to joining the cast of “CSI: Miami,” La Rue appeared on the ABC Daytime drama “All My Children.” (Gene Duncan, photographer)

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WABC-TV New York Launches Retrans Offensive Against Cablevision

As we first reported back in December, WABC-TV, a member of the Disney/ABC Television Group (DATG) had begun preparing for a standoff with Cablevision in New York as its retransmission contract comes up for negotiations by registering for a series of domain names which had inadvertently put its agenda on public display for a couple of hours until we brought to the public’s attention.

Tonight, just before the season finale of The Bachelor began, WABC-TV ran a commercial in New York City taking an offensive stance, showing a montage of television programming carried by the station, including local news, which would potentially be lost if Cablevision opts to remove WABC-TV from its lineup.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Celebrates the Birth of Endangered Lowland Gorilla

Mother and newborn western lowland gorilla. Photo courtesy DisneyGuests visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom are getting a special treat along the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail where they can get a rare glimpse of a newborn gorilla born Feb. 19. The critically endangered western lowland gorilla, whose gender is still unknown, is doing well and has already become an integral member of the gorilla family group which includes first-time mother, Kashata, father Gino, and two other females, Benga and Hope.

Members of the primate team at Disney’s Animal Kingdom are encouraged by Kashata’s natural instincts at motherhood. First-time mothers often experience difficulty knowing the right things to do. They must learn to properly hold the baby and adapt to a demanding nursing schedule.  “Kashata has been a model mother from the moment the baby was born, said Matt Hohne, animal operations director for Disney’s Animal Programs. “She immediately knew how to properly hold the baby and her nursing skills have been exemplary.”

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WDW Refurb Update: MK Baby Care Closed in May, Market Place Dock Closed ’til Mid-March

The marina at the Marketplace District in Downtown Disney is currently closed and is expected to re-open sometime in mid-March on an unspecified date.

The Baby Care Center in Magic Kingdom is currently scheduled to be closed from May 14 through May 21.

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