Orlando, Fla. (April 2009) – Universal Orlando Resort is getting ready to unveil one of the most radically innovative roller coasters ever created – Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit – set to open for summer. The coaster combines hit music, breathtaking first-ever maneuvers and highly sophisticated audio and video for a one-of-a-kind ride experience.
LOS ANGELES — Hulu and The Walt Disney Company today announced that Disney, through a subsidiary of ABC Enterprises Inc., has agreed to join NBC Universal, News Corporation and Providence Equity Partners as a joint venture partner and equity owner of Hulu, a leading online aggregator of video content. Upon closing, the agreement will enhance Hulu’s programming line-up through the expanded online distribution of Disney’s most popular current and library primetime series and library feature films. In particular, full-length episodes of hit current and library programs like Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Private Practice, Ugly Betty, Scrubs, Greek, Hope and Faith, Less Than Perfect, Wizards of Waverly Place, Phineas and Ferb, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, General Hospital, The View and The Secret Life of the American Teenager will soon be streamed on Hulu on an ad-supported basis.
HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s top financial official will meet Walt Disney Co. management in Los Angeles later this week to discuss the stalled expansion of the struggling Hong Kong theme park.
Disney and the Hong Kong government have been embroiled in protracted discussions over financing for a second phase of the world’s smallest Disneyland which could cost a reported HK$3 billion ($387 million).
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., April 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. (FLASH), unveiled a new addition to their StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes experience located in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot. A new “flood wall” exhibit discusses important facts about flooding including ways for homeowners to prepare for flood and protect themselves from costly flood damage.
The first Saturday in May marks the annual Free Comic Book Day in which comic book retailers all across North America (and even the world) offer select comic books for free.
One of the offerings this year will be a special edition of The World of Cars #1 from BOOM! Studios. In addition to Cars, BOOM! works hand in hand with Disney and Pixar to produce comics based on The Incredibles, Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., the Muppets and more.
The FCBD edition features an excerpt from the #1 issue which reveals
the origins of America’s favorite racer, Lightning McQueen. You’ll also find never-before-seen sketches, character designs and script pages.
For those near Round Rock, Texas, The World of Cars writer Alan Porter Jr will be making an appearance from 11 am – 1 pm.
To learn more about Free Comic Book Day and to find a participating comic book retailer near you, as well as see the rest of the day’s offerings, visit the official web site.
NEW YORK, April 29 /PRNewswire/ — This year, PEOPLE en Espanol’s “50 Most Beautiful” special issue features nine of today’s most popular Hispanic women on the cover. Desperate Housewive’s Eva Longoria, Nacho Libre’s Ana de la Reguera, Univision’s top rated soap actress Maite Perroni, and current Miss Universe, Dayana Mendoza, posed together for the cover in the heart of Miami Beach.
Radio Disney will present the world premiere of a new song from Disney Channel’s “Hannah Montana” on SATURDAY, MAY 2 (6:00 p.m., ET/3:00 p.m., PT) during its Planet Premiere feature. “I Wanna Know You,” a duet by Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana and American Idol’s David Archuleta, will be featured in a new episode of the hit series on Sunday, May 3 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.
Meant to promote awareness of the annual event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios amongst Cast Members, StarWars.com provides us with a look at some of the eye candy normally only seen by those who work for the Disney Empire.
BURBANK, Calif., April 29 — Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has arranged with The Nature Conservancy to plant 2.7 million trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, one of the planet’s most endangered rainforests, it was announced by Dick Cook, chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. In keeping with the Disneynature EARTH’s themes of protecting the planet and its wildlife, Walt Disney Studios volunteered to plant a tree in honor of every moviegoer who saw the film during its first week of release. The motion picture grossed an impressive $16.1 million at the box office during week one and broke an opening day record as well as an opening weekend record for a nature documentary. The film also garnered the highest praise from critics and moviegoers alike.
The Florida legislature has approved a bill that allows time share operators such as Disney’s Disney Vacation Club (DVC) to sell policies to new buyers that will allow them to walk away should they suffer a loss of income. The bill, championed by Disney, means that hesitant prospective buyers who are afraid to invest in the time share given the current state of the economy will now be offered the potential to drop the time share and any remaining balance due.
The bill will be sent to the Governor’s office who’s expected to sign.