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'Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure' for Nintendo DS by Disney Interactive StudiosAs the leaves continue to change color, Tinktober rages on and it’s time for another contest! This time, Disney Interactive Studios has graciously provided us with five copies of the upcoming Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure video game for the Nintendo DS.

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New Video from Disney Parks Takes a Look at What’s New (and Almost New) at Walt Disney World

Via its YouTube channel, DisneyParks released a seven minute video which takes a look at some of the recent additions to the Walt Disney World resort such as the American Idol Experience at Disney’s  Hollywood Studios and the Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It street show at the Magic Kingdom as well as an extended look at the Contemporary Resort, from its design and construction in 1971 through the introduction of the Bay Lake Tower DVC resort and the Treehouse Villas.

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Disneyland Resort Wins California’s Top Environmental Leadership Award

ANAHEIM, Calif., Oct. 20  — Disneyland Resort has won the 2009 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), California’s highest and most prestigious environmental honor. The award recognizes individuals, organizations and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership for voluntary achievements in conserving California’s resources, protecting and enhancing the environment and building public-private partnerships. Governor Schwarzenegger recognized Disneyland Resort and 14 other GEELA recipients at a reception at the Governors’ Global Climate Summit 2 in Los Angeles on September 30.

“I applaud the Disneyland Resort for their wonderful commitment to our state’s commerce and environment. They are an inspiration to many and I thank them for their outstanding leadership,” said Governor Schwarzenegger.

“This honor recognizes Disneyland Resort’s ongoing commitment to developing socially responsible and environmentally friendly practices that promote environmental protection and economic growth,” said Frank Dela Vara, director of environmental affairs and conservation at Disneyland Resort. “We are proud of our commitment to exploring and implementing new technologies and practices that further the environmental legacy left by Walt Disney.”

Award recipients are chosen in 10 different categories based on their strength in eight specific areas including results, transferability, environmental impact, resource conservation, economic progress, innovation and uniqueness, pollution prevention and environmental justice. Disneyland received the award for several sustainable practices implemented at the Resort, including the environmentally conscientious efforts to refill the Paradise Bay at Disney’s California Adventure; the use of the Resort’s processed cooking oil to fuel its steam train locomotives; and the water and energy conservation features incorporated in the Resort’s new central bakery.

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Disneyland Helps Online Guests Visually Get in Touch with Their ‘Inner-Villain’

Using the same type of technology Disneyland debuted earlier this year in which visitors to the Disneyland.com website were able to bring a little bit of Fantasmic! into their living-rooms, site visitors with a webcam now have the ability to transform themselves into their favorite Disney villains. This video posted on the DisneyParks YouTube channel demonstrates the new interactive experience:

When you’re ready to give it a ghost — er, go — click here. You’ll find the ‘What Villain Are You?’ experience under Games.

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Walt Disney World Introduces Weekday Annual Pass for Florida Residents

Valid only Monday through Fridays, the new Florida Resident Weekday Select Pass entitles the owner admission to all four theme parks for a year with occasional blockout periods. So far, these periods include: December 19, 2009 – January 1, 2010; March 27, 2010 – April 9, 2010; June 12, 2010 – August 19, 2010; and December 18, 2010 – January 1, 2011). The pass also entitles the owner to some Annual Passholder benefits such as a subscription to the Mickey Monitor newsletter and occasional special offers and discounts.

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Columnist Sees Red Over New Campaign and Disney’s Green Efforts

Yesterday, we reported on an upcoming ad campaign for the new ABC series ‘V.’ The campaign, which involves skywriting over the landmarks in several U.S. cities, has caught the angry eye of some environmental watchdogs-slash-tv critics such as Lisa de Moraes of The Washington Post. In her column today, de Moraes looks at some of the environmental cost of the new campaign, admitting it’s not the end of the world, but definitely calling out The Walt Disney Company as being somewhat hypocritical.

It’s also been barely a month since the environmental activist group Friends of the Earth issued a report card of major cruise lines, ranking Disney Cruise Line last, which you can read more about here.

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Kirstie Kelly Unveils Bridal Wear Inspired by Princess Tiana, Snow White at New York’s Bridal Week

Disney Fairy Tale Wedding's Princess Tiana-inspried bridal gown by Kirstie Kelly. Photo courtesy Disney.NEW YORK – October 18, 2009—Disney Consumer Products (DCP) and renowned couture designer Kirstie Kelly are launching an exquisite gown inspired by Princess Tiana, Disney’s newest princess in more than ten years and the first African American Disney Princess character from the highly anticipated animated musical film, The Princess and the Frog. The Tiana gown will take its place in the phenomenally successful Kirstie Kelly for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings line as the signature piece of an all new collection of bridal gowns. The new collection also includes the Snow White Diamond Edition gown, all new “Maidens” for bridesmaids, “Blossoms” for flower girls and a new line of fine jewelry with renowned jeweler Mouawad, each inspired by a Disney Princess character.

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Walt Disney World Works with U.S. Mint to Change Its Currency

2009 Native American US Dollar (Photo source: NativeAmericanDollars.com)Via its new blog, Walt Disney World has announced that it is participating in a pilot program to enter US $1 coins into circulation from retail and dining locations in Epcot’s American Adventure and Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square.

Quoting it as a move towards the Disney-coined environmentality iniative, the coins will be distributed in lieu of ‘paper’ dollar bills as change.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Welcomes Two Giraffes to the World

Week-old Bolo appears with his mother, Big Girl. Photo courtesy of Disney.LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Oct. 19, 2009 — Walt Disney World Resort recently welcomed two male calves to the giraffe herd at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Weighing 153 pounds, Bolo was born Oct. 12 to second-time mother Big Girl, who first birthed a female calf in November 2005. On Oct. 5, the Disney’s Animal Programs team helped to deliver 166-pound calf Bruehler from third-time mother Aibuni. As newborns, both male calves stand nearly six feet tall and could grow to be as tall as 15 – 18 feet as adults.

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New ABC Campaign has Visitors from ‘V’ Marking the Skies Above U.S. Landmarks

NOTE: This promotion has been canceled.

“V” – PREMIERES TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) — “V” is a re-imagining of the 1980s’ miniseries about the world’s first encounter with an alien race. With huge spaceships simultaneously appearing over 29 cities around the world, the Visitors (or V’s) seem to promote a message of peace. Through their generous offer to share advanced technology, the V’s quickly build a following that may be overlooking a more malevolent agenda.

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