COLUMBUS, Ga., May 6 — Aflac today announced that the Georgia based insurance company has teamed “Up” with Disney-Pixar to produce a television commercial utilizing their unique brand of animation. The ad will feature movie characters from “Up”, Disney-Pixar’s first ever 3-D film, and the Aflac Duck demonstrating how Aflac policies help protect you when injury or illness threatens to derail your dreams.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – He’s been called the “Guru of Gross-Out” and “the Maker of Mischief.” Now Stitch stars in his very own live show, “Stitch’s SuperSonic Celebration,” an out-of-this-world spectacle that combines comedic quips and musical madness for Walt Disney World guests.
The all-new show at Magic Kingdom stars the cosmic cut-up from Walt Disney Pictures’ “Lilo & Stitch” as he invades a zany interactive experience at the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland. Guests join in a Galaxy Day celebration when the outdoor stage comes alive with high-energy music, dazzling dance moves and real-time animation.
On Thursday, May 7, JoBros fans will be able to hear the world premiere of ‘Paranoid,’ the first single off their upcoming album ‘Lines, Vines & Trying Times’ (to be released June 15). Tune into Radio Disney at 4 pm EST to check it out.
About a week before their world tour kicks off, the band will also be appearing on ABC’s Good Morning America in New York City as part of its summer concert series. The JoBros will be performing for the show on June 12. Fans interested in attending the performance are asked to arrive at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield via the 69th street entrance on Fifth Avenue at 6:00 a.m., when the park opens to the public.
Other acts currently scheduled to appear include: Green Day (May 22), Lionel Richie (May 29), John Legend (June 5), Jamie Foxx (June 19), the cast of Broadway’s ‘HAIR’ (June 26), Brad Paisley (July 3), Queen Latifah (July 10), Kelly Clarkson (July 31), Kenny Chesney (August 14) and Reba McIntire (August 21). Other performers and dates will be announced closer to the performances.
BURBANK, Calif. – The Walt Disney Company today reported earnings for its second fiscal quarter and six months ended March 28, 2009. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) for the second quarter were $0.33 including restructuring and impairment charges which had a $0.10 per share impact on EPS. Excluding these items, EPS decreased 26% to $0.43 from $0.58 in the prior-year quarter.
For the six month period, diluted EPS was $0.78. In addition to the restructuring and impairment charges, EPS for the six month period included a gain on the sale of our investment in two pay television services in Latin America. Collectively, these items adversely affected EPS by $0.07 per share for the six months. Excluding these items, EPS decreased 30% to $0.85 from $1.21 in the prior year six months.
“We had a difficult second quarter due to the weak economy and other factors,” said Robert A. Iger, president and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. “At the same time, we remain focused on our core business strategy and believe our creativity, brands and businesses will serve us well as the economy recovers.”
Onboard Retail Solutions® has secured an agreement with Disney Destinations International UK to sell Disneyland Paris park ticket vouchers to passengers onboard airlines and trains travelling into Paris.
Under the agreement, ‘Onboard’ will offer passengers the opportunity to purchase park ticket vouchers to enter Disneyland Paris onboard certain high speed trains travelling to the French capital. A full variety of passes will be offered, all of which are printed off, in voucher form, by the crew from a hand held terminal, at the point of sale onboard the train. As an added incentive, passengers purchasing the vouchers will benefit from competitive prices. The service will be initially deployed on Eurostar in co-operation with the train catering specialists, Momentum.
Similarly, airlines using ‘Onboard’s’ POS technology which fly into Paris will also be able to offer Disneyland Paris voucher tickets as part of the inflight service, again with discounts applying.
Disney XD has renewed its flagship series “Aaron Stone” for a second season and has ordered a new original sitcom, “Viper Slap” (working title), about a teenage boy who is living his dream as the new lead guitarist of his favorite rock band and is determined to help his new misfit band mates make an epic comeback.
Retailing at $195.00, each member of the final edition of the Disney Star Wars Big Figures is being offered in a limited edition of 600. 500 pieces will be available at Walt Disney World with the remaining 100 at the Disneyland resort.
The figures are set to be released during the second weekend of Star Wars Weekends (May 29-31) but the resort is accepting pre-orders now. Availability to pre-orders is extremely limited, so order today. Once allocated pre-orders have been sold, remaining buyers will be placed on a wish list for any figures not sold after SWW ends.
To order, contact Walt Disney Event Services at 407-827-7600 (M-F, 9a-5p EST). Tell’m Stitch Kingdom sent ya.
The final set of Big Figs is shown below
Introducing the newest member of the famous Stitch Kingdom Definitive Guide series, the Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure. Stitch Kingdom takes you deep undercover into Epcot’s new in-park high-tech game, providing you with tons of information you won’t and can’t find anywhere else in true Definitive Guide style.
Check it out at http://stitchkingdom.com/kimpossible. Spread the word!
Swahili for necklace, Kidani promises to be the jewel of the Walt Disney World resorts. From the moment you walk up to the resort, you are immediately greeted with a sense of what the resort is about: a beautiful style with such intricacies that it could be said that even the details have details.
For those who don’t know already, Kidani Village is considered half of Animal Kingdom Lodge. The original portion of the resort is now known as Jambo House. While the common areas of Kidani are smaller than those of Jambo, they are infinitely more impressive.
Surely I couldn’t have been the only one with bated breath waiting for the release of the fifth member of the Imagineering Field Guide, Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disneyland took fourth place honors). Scheduled to be released on April 28, 2009, the timing could not be more perfect, coinciding with the park’s 20th anniversary.
Checking online just a few days before, Amazon was accepting pre-orders (they now promise shipping in 12-14 days). Barnes and Noble had it ready to be sold on April 28. Only Borders’ website was showing a release date of April 2010 (?!).
When April 28 came, I headed to the travel section of my local Borders store. I found the field guides for Epcot and Animal Kingdom, but no Hollywood Studios. I checked their self-help kiosk and all it would say was released April 2009. Their website still insisted the book would be released in April 2010. What do they know?
Dejected, I moved on. I checked Barnes and Noble’s website which now said the book was not available for order (currently, the book can only be found by searching on its ISBN number). A call to Barnes & Noble confirmed that the book had not been released with no further notations. The customer service agent insisted it’d be best if I just let it go.
I then contacted Walt Disney World merchandising who had no knowledge of this particular book in the series.
I decided to go right to the source and ask Disney Press what the heck was going on. A representative has confirmed that the release date for the book has been pushed back to at least July 2010. She was also very careful to include wording that suggested this date is not set in stone and subject to change. No reasons for the apparent delay were given.