Walt Disney World Costuming Sets New Record in Bears and Stockings Donations

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Costuming Cast Members at Walt Disney World Resort collected and dressed an all-time-high number of teddy bears this holiday season, donating 414 of the one-of-a-kind stuffed toys to the Salvation Army of Central Florida. Photo courtesy of DisneyLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Dec. 7, 2009 – Costuming Cast Members at Walt Disney World Resort collected and dressed an all-time-high number of teddy bears this holiday season, donating 414 of the one-of-a-kind stuffed toys to the Salvation Army of Central Florida. The organization gives the bears to local children who are in need of Christmas gifts.

“I know it’s for the kids, and they are happy when they get them,” says Maryla Zielinska, a garment cutter coordinator in the Creative Costuming Workroom. “It’s Christmas – time to give something to other people.”

Maryla makes several costumes every year, and she makes lots of extra shoes, bows and hats for her co-workers’ bears. “It’s fun for me,” she says. “I remember my childhood, when I made things for my dolls.”

This annual program is an opportunity for the dedicated Costuming Cast to demonstrate their skills, creativity and compassion as they make one-of-a-kind outfits for bears that warm hearts across Central Florida.

Costumer Janice Jones started the program in Costuming in 1996, when she heard about the call for community members to dress the teddy bears. She thought it sounded like a great fit for the Costuming team, a highly skilled group of seamstresses, tailors, costume assistants, cosmetologists and many others throughout the division.

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2009 Candlelight Processional Gets Cameron Shy: Kirk Out, Chita Rivera Dances In

Although it was previously announced that Kirk Cameron would be co-replacing Vanessa Williams as narrator for Epcot’s 2009 Candlelight Processional from December 12-13, an announcement has recently been made that it will now be theatrical legend Chita Rivera.

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The Princess and the Frog’s Anika Noni Rose to Greet Guests at Epcot December 8

Anika Noni Rose Meet & GreetAnika Noni Rose, the voice of Tiana in The Princess and the Frog, will be available to meet and greet guests tomorrow afternoon from 1:30 – 2:30 PM at Heritage Manor at the American Adventure in Epcot’s World Showcase in Walt Disney World. She is currently acting as official celebrity narrator for the Candlelight Processional with tomorrow being her last evening.

She will be signing merchandise purchased at the event only, limit two per guest.

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Club Penguin’s ‘Coins for Change’ Program Allows Players to Make a Difference

KELOWNA, British Columbia — Children who visit the snow-covered virtual world of Club Penguin can put the time they spend online to better use than ever this holiday season thanks to a unique giving program that launches this week.

The third annual Coins for Change campaign, which runs from December 11-21, 2009, allows the children who visit Club Penguin to donate the virtual coins they earn playing games in the virtual world to support a cause that matters to them.

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Enter to Watch a Live Taping of Hannah Montana or Disney Holiday Gift Pack from Shoes.com

From now until January 4, visitors to Shoes.com can enter to win a 3 day/2 night trip for two, including hotel and airfare, to attend a live taping of Hannah Montana which is all the more special since I believe the audiences for the show are generally by invitation only. In addition to the grand prize, there will be five first prizes of a Disney Holiday Gift Pack which consists of 10 CDs from many Disney film and television productions as well as recording artists from Disney Records.

You can enter once per day. To view the rules and to enter, click here.

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First Look: Vinylmation Apparel

Vinylmation ApparelEarlier this week, we mentioned that in addition to releasing the Cutesters and Urban 3 series of Vinylmation collectibles on December 15 at the Disneyland Resort, that Vinylmation Apparel will also be introduced to the world (er.. Land). Now we get our first look at what just some of the Vinylmation-inspired line of clothing looks like courtesy of the official blog.

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First Look: Exclusive Kustom Kulture Motor Mouse Vinylmations by Noah Available Dec 19

Kustom Kulture Motor Mouse™ Series by NoahOn its official blog, Vinylmation has released this image of an upcoming exclusive Vinylmation release at Disney’s D Street located at Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort.

The limited edition consists of 24 unique pieces, each handpainted, numbered and signed by Noah. Each comes in a custom construction lunchbox and retails for $495 + tax and will be available for sale as soon as the store opens for business.

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Walt Disney World Delays Saturday Parade Taping Until Sunday

Due to weather concerns, Walt Disney World has decided to move the parade taping events scheduled for Saturday, December 4 to Sunday, December 6. Earlier today, the performance by the Jonas Brothers had to be delayed until Sunday and Celine Dion’s performance was moved to the Grand Floridian because of heavy rain conditions.

Guests who had tickets for this morning’s 7 am taping are eligible to attend the taping on Sunday. In addition, Walt Disney World is extending an option to those with tickets for tomorrow’s 11:30 am session to show up for the 7 am session if they so wish.

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In The Looking Glass: Alice in Wonderland Collectibles Now Available for Pre-Order

Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp as Alice and the Mad HatterJust spotted earlier today on Big Bad Toy Store (although other importers are likely to carry them) is this set of 2 7″ tall Ultra Design Figures of Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland by Medicom.

Expected to ship in 2010, the set will run you about $35.

Real Action Hero Mad Hatter Doll from MedicomNow if something a little larger was what you had in mind, drink this one in. Medicom is also releasing a 12″ Mad Hatter doll which is sure to grab any passerby’s attention. Pricing for this crazy puppy will run you roughly $150-$200 depending on whom you buy it from.

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iPhone App Review: Phineas and Ferb Arcade

Phineas and Ferb Arcade by Walt Disney for iPhoneTitle: Phineas and Ferb Arcade (link)
Publisher:
Walt Disney
Released:
December 3, 2009
Cost:
$1.99
iTouch?:
Yes (WiFi/Internet required for scoreboard)
Pros: Quick, addictive play, free preview available
Cons: Controls sometimes difficult, navigation buttons inconsistent
Review: In a series of 3 mini-games, Phineas and Ferb brings the number one show for kids ages 6-11 (not to mention popular with every other demographic) to the iPhone.

Here’s the plot: While Phineas and Ferb are trying to  build a snow mountain so they can snowboard in the backyard (S’no Problem),  older sister Candace goes surfing in the backyard tide pool trying to impress Jeremy (Cowabunga Candace!), all the while Perry the Platypus is acting as Agent P, trying to protect the secret hideout from infiltrators (Agent P’s Hideout).

Here’s the thing: If you’re a Phineas and Ferb fanatic, you might find yourself thinking those game names sound familiar — and they should. All three are actual almost-direct ports of existing games you can play online for free. Granted the controls are different given the nature of a personal computer versus an iPhone (and to be honest, in the latter two games, the iPhone wins in this respect), but gameplay is virtually the same which means if you aren’t familiar with them, you can try them out online first before buying the game (see links below).

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