Disney Registers Domain Names for ‘Keychest’ Service

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The Walt Disney Company has just registered a series of domain names whose names imply that they’re intended for use with the recently announced ‘Keychest’ technology in which a subscriber can purchase rights to a Disney film and then watch it on-demand via any Keychest-accessible client, including PCs via the internet and on mobile phones.

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Disney Releases Second Trailer for ‘Alice in Wonderland’

After some much anticipation building-upping on its Facebook pages for the film, Walt Disney Studios has just released the second official trailer for the upcoming Tim Burton film. Enjoy.

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Disney Parks Offers Sneak Peek at Christmas Day Parade on YouTube

It’s a day that ends in -y so that means two things: new pins and a new tilt-shift video. This time, Walt Disney World managed to capture its portion of the days-long taping of the 2009 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade and condense it into what amounts to a commercial break. Enjoy!

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iPhone App Review: The Muppets Animal Drummer

The Muppets Animal Drummer for iPhone by Walt DisneyTitle: The Muppets Animal Drummer (link)
Publisher:
Walt Disney
Released:
December 15, 2009
Cost:
$1.99
iTouch?:
Yes
Pros: The Muppets; good graphics; great music and sounds; fun, addictive and simple gamplay
Cons: None
Review: From Disney Interactive Studios, Enorbus and the Muppets Studio comes The Muppets Animal Drummer, a rhythm based game that has its roots in the electronic board game Simon in which you must repeat Animal’s drumming sequence in (near) perfect rhythm, so it differs from the Dance Dance Revolution genre in that you must remember the sequence rather than reacting to it in real time.

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Debut of Vinylmation Cutesters Delayed Again; Colored Blanks Released Thursday

Create Your Own Colored Vinylmation BlanksThe official Vinylmation blog made the announcement today that the release of the Cutesters series, originally slated for today at the Disneyland Resort and then postponed until Thursday has been delayed yet again to an unknown date, although some point in December is still expected.

Being released on Thursday, December 17 however will be the 3″ and 9″ colored DIY Vinylmation blanks that we first introduced you to at the D23 Expo back in September. For artists who prefer a base color other than white, they now have pink, purple, red, black and yellow to choose from in addition to the original white.

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Disney/ABC Television Group Receives Three Golden Globe Award Nominations

The ABC Television Network’s “Modern Family,” the critically acclaimed comedy series that takes an honest and often hilarious look at the complexities of modern day families, received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Television Series Comedy or Musical. The series has also been recently honored with an AFI Award as one of the Top 10 television programs of 2009, in addition to three Writers Guild Awards nominations, including Best Comedy Series and Best New Series nominations.

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Queen + The Muppets’ ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Single and Video Now Available Digitally

Queen + The Muppets' Bohemian RhapsodyBURBANK, Calif. — Since its posting on November 24, the video for Queen + The Muppets’ version of “Bohemian Rhapsody” has been viewed over a staggering 10.3 million times on YouTube. The video brings together two iconic pieces of pop culture — Queen’s rock-opera classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” and the inimitable Muppets. It features all the recognizable characters that defined an era of television, and continue to be popular with each new generation: Miss Piggy, Kermit The Frog, Gonzo, Animal and many more.

The momentum for the video has taken on a life of its own, and as a result, the single and video are now available digitally at online retailers today.

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Rock’n’Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Adds New Drop: The Queue

In a foreshadow of what may be to come with the dueling Dumbos in the new Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, a new queueless system is being tested at Rock’n’Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World as reported today on Twitter by Studios Central and Touring Plans.

Guests obtain a boarding group pass and are free to hang out in the area which provides entertainment via a live DJ and video games while waiting for their group to board the attraction.

FASTPASSes for the attraction were still made available but were being distributed over at the Tower of Terror. The single rider line was still available as well.

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Former Imagineer Ric Turner Turns Christmas Hero with Lights Display

You can take the boy out of the Osborne Lights, but you can’t take the Osborne Lights out of former Walt Disney Imagineer Ric Turner who has made it a tradition to turn his home into a lights and musical spectacle for the Christmas season as well as Halloween. (Turner now operates as a consultant for WDI).

Below is a video of Ric’s 2009 holiday display which scales up the popular video game Guitar Hero.

Be sure to check out Ric’s other YouTube videos including his 2009 Halloween spectacle in which onlookers were serenaded by a 12 foot tall jack’o’lantern (face).

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The Magic Continues as Hong Kong Disneyland Expansion Breaks Ground

Groundbreaking ceremony for Hong Kong Disneyland expansion

To celebrate a significant step in the expansion of Hong Kong Disneyland, a groundbreaking ceremony was held today at the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. John Tsang, Financial Secretary of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, and Jay Rasulo, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts officiated the ceremony with representatives from the Government, The Walt Disney Company and the Hong Kong community in attendance.

The ceremony represents a major milestone in the Resort’s expansion plan. The expansion will bring the total number of attractions, entertainment and interactive experiences at the Park to more than 100, create 3,700 jobs during the construction phase and 600 new full-time jobs after expansion.

“Today marks the beginning of another exciting phase for Hong Kong Disneyland,” said Mr Rasulo. “The new themed areas will showcase the best in creativity, technology and story-telling. The planned attractions and rides will position our youngest Disney theme park for future growth and success.”
Mr. Tsang said that a larger park with more attractions will continue to draw the crowds and provide even more fun and excitement for visitors.

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