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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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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