WDW Refurb Update: Movie Set Adventure Joins Backlot Tour Closure in Feb

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We recently advised that both the Backlot Tour and the Studio Catering Co Quick Service location will be closing February 15 and re-opening on March 28.

We have now been alerted that the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure is also being affected by this area refurb and will be closed for the same duration.

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AKC Poll Ranks Pop Culture Dogs; Disney Litters List, but No Top Dog

In a series of polls published on PawNation.com, almost 76,000 voters ranked the top 125 dogs in pop culture from a list selected by American Kennel Club (AKC) experts.

With Snoopy topping the list of most popular dogs in pop culture, Disney dogs pop up several times in the eclectic list,  but barely wedged itself into the top 20, with Chance and Shadow from Homeward Bound, followed very closely by #21, Lady and the Tramp.

When it comes to the Fab Five, Goofy outperformed Mickey’s pal Pluto by coming in at #29 versus Pluto’s #35. Between them came Disney’s The Fox and the Hound (31) and the classic Old Yeller (34).

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Club Penguin Fans Give Early Holiday Gift to Kids around the World

Record numbers of children donated virtual coins they earned playing games in the popular virtual world of Club Penguin this holiday to support charities working to improve the lives of kids and families around the globe.

The third annual Coins for Change campaign, conducted from December 11 to 21, 2009, allowed children who visited Club Penguin to help change the world by contributing to help kids who are sick, kids who are poor or the environment. The players’ donations served as votes to determine how a $1 million cash contribution would be divided amongst charitable projects in the real world.

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Vinylmation Sets Release Timeline for New Park, Sports and ‘Oh Mickey!’ Series

With the latest round of Urban and the debut of Cutesters still managing to find their way into the stream of collectibility, Vinylmation today updated its official site, setting expectations for Park Series #4, Sports Series #1 and the ‘Oh Mickey!’ Series to debut in spring 2010 along with Muppet Series #1.

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Disney Board Nominates Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to Join

BURBANK, Calif. — The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) Board of Directors has nominated Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook Inc., to be a new independent director, effective upon her election at the Company’s next annual meeting.

“Sheryl is an outstanding executive who can add incredible value to what is already a diverse and highly experienced group of directors,” said John E. Pepper Jr., Disney’s chairman. “She brings great expertise in the online world, considerable international experience and a deep understanding of consumer behavior.”

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Update: WABC-TV Prepares for Cable Provider Standoff with StopCablevision.com

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Today, The Walt Disney Company registered a series of domain names revolving around one of its flagship television stations, WABC-TV in New York City. The domain names which include ILoveABC7.com, IWantMyABC7.com, SaveABC7.com and SaveABC7Now.com were also joined by StopCablevision.com

Unusual for Disney, the sites were already active, although it appears as though the content on the site — while not harmful in any way — was probably not meant for public consumption.

Under the title ABC/WABC Retransmission Consent, the page provides guidelines for how the company plans to address an upcoming negotiation with cable provider Cablevision beginning in January with a current contractual deadline of an unspecified date in March.

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Disney, Chase Launch Disney Rewards Visa® Debit Card

NEW YORK — Disney and Chase today announced a new offering in the Chase family of Disney Rewards Visa Cards, the Disney Rewardssm Visa Debit Card. The new card gives Chase checking account customers access to valuable Disney perks and rewards through the control and accountability of a debit card.

“This is an excellent new choice for Chase customers who prefer to make purchases with debit cards because of the immediacy and financial control it provides,” said Charlie Scharf, chief executive officer of Retail Financial Services for Chase. “The Disney Rewards Debit Card introduces a whole new world of Disney benefits to debit cardholders.”

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Rose Bowl-bound Buckeyes and Ducks to Appear at Disneyland, December 26

Selected players and coaches from the Ohio State University Buckeyes and the University of Oregon Ducks will participate in a ceremony taking place at Disneyland on December 26. The ceremony, which will take place in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, is scheduled to happen at around 2 pm PT.

Expecting to appear on  behalf of Ohio State are Head Coach Jim Tressel, defensive back Kurt Coleman, linebacker Austin Spitler, defensive lineman Doug Worthington and center Jimmy Cordle.

Expecting to appear on behalf of the University of Oregon are Head Coach Chip Kelly, quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, offensive lineman Jordan Holmes, defensive end Will Tukuafu and cornerback Walter Thurmond III.

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Special Edition of 20/20 Looks at the Inspiration Behind ‘The Blind Side’

ABC News goes behind the motion picture “The Blind Side,” following the real life story of Michael Oher’s journey from the projects in Memphis, Tennessee, to realizing his dream of playing professional football. Today he is a rookie tackle with the Baltimore Ravens. Anchored by Deborah Roberts, the special includes Oher’s first sit down interview as well as interviews with the entire real life family – mother Leigh Anne Tuohy, husband Sean Tuohy and children Sean Jr., and daughter Collins.  Additionally, the hour will include interviews with Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw.

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Dates for Walt Disney World’s 2010 Star Wars Weekends Announced

On its official blog, Disney Parks has announced the dates for the 2010 Star Wars Weekends event to take place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The dates are as follows: May 21 – 23, May 28 – 30, June 4 – 6 and June 11 – 13

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