ABC Family to Premiere ‘Bring It On: Fight to the Finish;’ Fifth Installment in Series

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Burbank, CA (December 16, 2009)Bring It On: Fight to the Finish, the fifth installment from the popular global hit movie franchise, starring Grammy®-nominated recording star and actress Christina Milian, will make its television premiere on ABC Family on Sunday, January 17 (8:00PM-10:00PM ET/PT). Turning the day into a BRING-IT-ON-A-THON, viewers can catch “Bring It On” from 2:00-4:00PM ET/PT, “Bring It On: In It to Win It” from 4:00-6:00PM ET/PT and “Bring It On: All or Nothing” from 6:00-8:00PM ET/PT.

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Applications Now Being Accepted For Disney’s 2010 ‘Helping Kids Shine’ Grants for Central Florida Non-Profits

Disney's Shine OnThe application period for the 2010 Disney Helping Kids Shine Grants is now underway through February 4, 2010. Disney Helping Kids Shine Grants recognize those who commit their time and talent to making a difference in the lives of Central Florida’s children. Non-profit organizations in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Polk and Lake Counties are eligible to apply and must offer programs that focus on children in one or more of Disney’s focus areas: connecting with adults, constructive use of free time, character development and compassion.

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Roy E. Disney, Nephew of Walt Disney, Dead at Age 79

Walt Disney, left, with nephew Roy E. Disney. Courtesy of The Walt Disney Company.The LA Times has reported that Roy Edward Disney, son of Roy Oliver Disney and nephew to Walter Elias Disney, born January 10, 1930, has died just a few weeks shy of what would have been his 80th birthday, presumably related to his cancer.

You can read the LA Times obituary for Roy here.

The official press release from The Walt Disney Company follows:

Roy Edward Disney, son of Disney Studios co-founder Roy O. Disney, and nephew of Walt Disney, passed away today (12/16/09) at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, California, following a year-long battle with stomach cancer. He was 79 years old. Disney was a successful businessman, philanthropist, filmmaker, and award-winning sailor, who played a key role in the revitalization of The Walt Disney Company and Disney’s animation legacy. He was associated with the Company over a 56-year period, and from 1984 – 2003, served as vice chairman of the Company’s board of directors, and chairman of the Studio’s Animation Department. In recent years, he held the title of director emeritus and consultant for the Company.

As head of Disney Animation, Disney helped to guide the Studio to a new golden age of animation with an unprecedented string of artistic and box office successes that included “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” and “The Lion King.” He personally executive produced “Fantasia/2000,” a sequel to the 1940 Disney classic, and served in a similar capacity on a number of recent animated shorts, including the 2004 Oscar®-nominated “Destino,” based on storyboards and original art by the iconic artist Salvador Dali. In the area of live-action films, Disney and his wife, Leslie DeMeuse Disney, most recently executive produced the 2008 feature documentary, “Morning Light,” which followed a group of young sailors as they competed in the grueling Transpac race from Los Angeles to Honolulu.

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New Promotional Image for TRON: Legacy Released via Facebook Promotion

UPDATE: We now have a hi-res version of the artwork. Check it out here!

Through a recent promotion on its TRON Facebook page, Walt Disney Studios offered up ten fans selected at random to receive the following promotional image for the upcoming film which happens to be very scaled down billboard art.

The chosen few were given a link to the image (shown below in its entirety when you click on the smaller version) and asked to share the link which several have, although it appears to be the single image below.

TRON: Legacy Promotional Image

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Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise Line® Come Together to Create the Ultimate Mediterranean Vacation for Summer 2010

Adventures by Disney, named the World’s Best Luxury Tour Operator by the 2009 World Travel Awards, and Disney Cruise Line announced today a special add-on option for a series of Mediterranean cruises in 2010 that will combine the best of both Disney vacations to create a one-of-a-kind family vacation experience at sea and on shore. Featuring Adventures by Disney’s expertise in guided travel across the world and the magic of a Disney Cruise Line voyage, guests participating in this new vacation offering can enjoy onboard activities and unique shore experiences that immerse each member of the family in the cultures and sights of this European region.

This limited-time product offering may be booked now for 10- and 11-night Disney Cruise Line Mediterranean vacations on the following departure dates: May 5, 15, 26; August 7, 18, 28 and September 8.

“This new product brings the best of both Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise Line to families interested in the ultimate Mediterranean experience,” said Karl Holz, President of Disney Cruise Line & New Vacation Operations. “Visiting some of Europe’s most captivating destinations, the trip is designed to ensure that the guest’s only agenda is to soak up the culture, relax and have fun in the Mediterranean.”

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Disney Registers Domain Names for ‘Keychest’ Service

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.

Although it’s likely that some (or most (or even all)) of the names may not be put into effect, it’s a good sign that the company is furthering its plans to bring the digital locker to fruition. The names registered include: DISNEYDIGITALLOCKER.COM, DISNEYLOCKER.COM, DISNEYONLINEMOVIES.COM, DISNEYPLAYER.COM, DISNEYSTUDIOMOVIES.COM, DISNEYVAULTONLINE.COM, MYDISNEYMOVIESONLINE.COM, MYDISNEYONLINEMOVIES.COM, MYDISNEYVAULT.COM, WALTDISNEYMOVIESONLINE.COM and WATCHDISNEYONLINE.COM.

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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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