ESPN Zone to Commence Search for 2010 ‘Ultimate Couch Potato’ in New York, Chicago and Baltimore

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BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 11 — Every die-hard sports fan has at one time or another gone on a sports-watching marathon, logging hours of non-stop sports viewing all for the sake of fandom. ESPN Zone wants to reward those that do it best with its ninth-annual “Ultimate Couch Potato” competition, scheduled for Friday, Jan. 1, 2010.

ESPN Zone’s New York, Chicago, and Baltimore locations are seeking four Couch Potato hopefuls at each site to go head-to-head to see who can watch the most continuous hours of televised sports. The Guinness Book of World Records mark for most continuous hours of televised sports watching is 69 hours, 48 minutes, set by Suresh Joachim in 2005.

2009 UCP Champ Jessica Mosley sat for an unofficial Guinness record of 70 hours, 45 minutes in 2009.

To enter ESPN Zone’s Ultimate Couch Potato competition, hopefuls must send an e-mail to [email protected], and in 200 words or less, describe why they have what it takes to become ESPN Zone’s Ultimate Couch Potato. Entries will be judged on passion for sports, competitive spirit and overall creativity. Each entry must include the phone number and mailing address of the sender and be received no later than 11:59 p.m. (ET) on December 9, 2009. Eight finalists will be chosen at each site, who will then take part in an on-camera interview to see just how deeply their fandom runs, before four finalists are chosen to compete for the title of Ultimate Couch Potato.

“People see ESPN Zone as the ultimate sports bar and ESPN as the gold standard in sports broadcasting, which makes us perfect for hosting a search for the ultimate sports-loving couch potato,” said Christine Baum, national director of marketing, sales and communications for ESPN Zone. “Everyone knows someone out there that fits the description of Couch Potato; we want to sift through the spuds to find the Ultimate Couch Potato.”

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Disney Parks Announces Mobile Magic from Verizon is Live

Disney Parks has announced that Mobile Magic for Verizon customers is now live. Verizon customers wishing to subscribe to the application, which we talked about here, should text MAGIC to 2777 from their cell phones.

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Disney Precious Collections to Feature Exclusive Jewelry at New Orleans Museum of Art Disney Retrospective

Princess and the Frog PendantDisney Precious Collections, Fine Disney Jewelry For Children, has been selected as the featured product during Dreams Come True: Art of the Classic Fairy Tales from the Walt Disney Studios, at The New Orleans Museum of Art in New Orleans from November 15, 2009 – March 14, 2010.

This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, which cannot be seen anywhere else, is set to coincide with the premier of Disney’s newest animated feature film, The Princess and the Frog. The exhibition will feature 600 original works instrumental in the development of animated features such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. In addition, there will be artwork from The Princess and the Frog, an animated comedy from the creators of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. This current version of the princess and the Frog is set in New Orleans during the 1920s Jazz Age, and is due for release Christmas, 2009.

“We are delighted to present this magical exhibition in New Orleans,” said “NOMA director E. John Bullard. “Children will love seeing their favorite Disney characters in a museum setting and adults will be taken by the technical skill and emotional depth reflected in these works. It was Disney animators who really led the way in the 20th century toward establishing animation as a serious art form.” The exhibition will also feature a children’s section celebrating Disney’s connections with jazz music and the Crescent City. The artworks, on loan from the Walt Disney Studio Animation Research Library, will be accompanied by film clips to demonstrate how individual sketches and paintings lead to a finished celluloid masterpiece.

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First Look: Disney Cruise Line’s ‘Sailor Mickey’ Helium Balloon for Macy’s Parade

'Sailor Mickey' prepares for his debut in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day ParadeEarlier this week, we told you about the new ‘Sailor Mickey’ balloon that will be making its debut during the 83rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City, representing Disney Cruise Line. Pictured to the left is the actual, inflated balloon as it gets its final preparations underway for smooth sailing come Thanksgiving morning.

Photo courtesy of Disney Cruise Line

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Disney Parks Now Offers Mobile Editions of Its Theme Park Websites

Walt Disney World mobile site homepageThe mobile version of the Walt Disney World website went live today, offering a compact version of the sort of information one might find on the official flash-required website. In addition to hours, basic entertainment schedules, attraction information, dining, shopping and other miscellaneous park-based information, the mobile site includes easy access to current weather conditions and forecasts. The site appears to be low on  graphics use as well which means there is no map of the actual parks available to the device, nor is the full entertainment schedule listed, so the paper maps and times guides will still be a required staple to Disney Parks visitors.

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Adventures by Disney Named ‘World’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator’ and Winner of Two Travel Weekly Magellan Awards

BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 10 — Adventures by Disney (AdventuresbyDisney.com), provider of high-end family travel experiences, was named World’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator and North America’s Best Luxury Tour Operator by the 2009 World Travel Awards. Adventures by Disney was also presented two Travel Weekly Magellan Awards for its consumer Web site and consumer collateral in fall 2009.

Hailed as the “Travel Industry’s equivalent to the Oscar’s”, the World Travel Awards acknowledges and celebrates excellence in the world’s travel and tourism industry and has become one of the highest accolades a travel product can receive. Highly-recognized as the premier award for the travel industry, the Magellan Award honors the best in travel and distinguishes those representing a high standard of excellence within the travel industry.

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As Anticipated, Magic Kingdom’s Space Mountain Queue Has a Lot of Game

Walt Disney Imagineers put the final touches on interactive games found in the new Space Mountain queue. Photo courtesy of Disney.On its official blog, Disney Parks provides a glimpse of a new feature found in the recently renovated Space Mountain (expected to begin soft openings this week, with a relaunch date of November 22). As we reported along with the assistance of the Orlando Sentinel’s Jason Garcia back in June, the team that did development on Soarin’s interactive queue brought a taste of their magic to the Space Mountain queue. The blog mentions that the long queue (the show building is quite a walk from the entrance) will have multiple games featured with each game’s objective  being fundamental to the attraction’s storyline. Each 90 second game will also be able to accomodate dozens of players at the same time.

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Mickey Mouse to Act as Grand Marshal of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile Lights Festival®

Mickey Mouse will serve as Grand Marshal for the 18th Annual  Magnificent Mile Lights Festival® taking place November 21 along Chicago’s North Michigan Avenue. Mickey will be joined by some of his friends as Disney Parks presents its own float in the procession. Also attending and performing during the event will be Disney recording artist and Disney Channel star Mitchel Musso.

Mickey will also be in town to celebrate being this year’s official Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade mascot by appearing later this week as we reported here.

For more information on the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, visit the festival’s official website.

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Vinylmation Park Series #3 Release Party and Artist Signing Happens November 20

Disney world of color 335 The Vinylmation Park Series #3 release party and artist signing will take place November 20 from 5 pm – 7 pm at the Art of Disney store in the Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World. Artists scheduled to be in attendance are Randy Noble, Maria Clapsis, Lisa Badeen, and Quynh Kimball.

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