Walt Disney World Adds New Half Marathon to Endurance Series in 2010: Disney Wine & Dine

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Oct. 15, 2009) – Disney’s Endurance series is adding a mouth-watering half marathon to its list of already popular race weekends.  The inaugural Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend is set to take place Oct. 1-2, 2010, culminating with a 13.1-mile nighttime race and after-hours party inside the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

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Fairy Tale Themed Episodes of ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse’ and ‘Imagination Movers’ to Premiere November 14

Disney Channel will premiere new fairy tale-themed episodes of the hit Playhouse Disney series “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” and “Imagination Movers” on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14 (beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET/PT). Disney Channel stars Nicole Anderson (“JONAS”) and Jason Dolley (“Good Luck Charlie,” “Hatching Pete”) guest star in the new “Imagination Movers” episode.

In the “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” episode entitled “Mickey and the Enchanted Egg,” Mickey finds an egg which soon hatches a baby dragon. Determined to protect the baby dragon and bring it back to its home, Mickey and pals must convince Wizard Pete that they did not steal his egg. The episode was written by Ashley Mendoza and directed by Sherrie Pollack and Broni Likomanov.

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ABC Debuts Free ‘Dancing with the Stars’ App for iPhone and iPod Touch

ABC today announced the availability of its free “Dancing with the Stars” (DWTS) App from the App Store. The app is a one-stop-shop for fans who can now use their iPhone or iPod touch for deeper access to the hit show, complete with the latest elimination updates, video clips and other fun, interactive features.

In addition to offering users another way to vote for favorites each week, the app features:

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ABC Family and Build-A-Bear Workshop Buddy up for New Family Holiday TV Classic, Events

BURBANK, Calif. (Oct. 15, 2009) – ABC Family and Build-A-Bear Workshop® are coming together to create a little holiday “hoofla” this season as the network debuts an animated special that marks the first time in the retailer’s 12-year history that its plush animals are brought to life on television. “Holly and Hal Moose: Our Uplifting Christmas Adventure,” a one-hour feature movie, makes its nationwide premiere on ABC Family on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 7:00 PM ET/PT (with an encore presentation on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 10 AM ET/PT). The television special is based on a book and series of webisodes that introduced Holly and Hal Moose last year and captured their holiday antics, powerful imaginations and love of adventure.

“Holly and Hal” features Meaghan Martin (“10 Things I Hate About You,” “Camp Rock”) and Jonathan Morgan Heit (“Bedtime Stories”) as the voices of Easton and Weston (respectively), two high-strung elves who monitor the North Pole Weather Center. In addition, an exclusive theme song, “When You Dream,” was created for the movie by Tena Clark, award-winning music producer, song writer and CEO/chief creative officer of DMI Music & Media Solutions.

“Holly and Hal were our first characters to inspire a storybook, and now they’re the first to become movie stars,” said Maxine Clark, founder and chief executive bear of Build-A-Bear Workshop. “The tale of this antlered-sibling duo is meant to inspire people to follow their dreams – no matter how big they seem. It’s a classic holiday adventure that offers families the opportunity to start a new tradition of watching it together each season.”

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Videos of Raytheon’s Sum of All Thrills at Innoventions East

Friend of Stitch Kingdom @jeff318 has been tweeting live from Walt Disney World’s Innoventions East where he’s checking out the newest attraction there, the Sum of All Thrills virtual thrill ride presented by Raytheon.

Video of the Sum of All Thrills pre-show:

Video of the RoboSim by KUKA in (mild) action:

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Tiana has her Hands Full in New Poster for The Princess and the Frog

Disney's The Princess and the Frog posterIn this newest poster for The Princess and the Frog released exclusively through BET, we get a bit up close and personal with Tiana and Naveen with some absolutely stunning artwork.

You can see the poster in its much larger, original size here.

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WDW Refurb Update: Uzima Pool at Jambo House Closure in January

From January 4 through January 29, the Uzima pool at Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Jambo House will be closed for refurbishment. During this time, guests of the resort may use the Samawati Springs Pool at Kidani Village instead. ReSearch has been updated to reflect this and subscribers affected by this change have been notified.

Planning a trip to Walt Disney World? Be the first to know when changes that potentially affect your trip occur by signing up with ReSearch!

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Raytheon’s ‘Sum of All Thrills’ Opens Today; Ride Details and Online Experience Revealed!

Students from the Chain of Lakes Middle School in Orlando, Fla., custom-design their own ride on the new Sum of All Thrills at Innoventions at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009 (AP Photo/Raytheon Company, Phelan M. Ebenhack, HO)WALTHAM, Mass. and LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Oct. 14, 2009) – Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) today unveiled the Sum of all Thrills™ at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort.  This new ride is a unique experience that lets park guests custom-design their own thrill ride using mathematical tools, an innovative touch-screen table and a robotic simulator. As the first ride to be located within INNOVENTIONS at Epcot®, Sum of all Thrills™ is the latest example of Raytheon’s innovative approach to help educate and inspire young students about the power of math and math-related activities.

Sum of all Thrills™ is an example of how Raytheon is using innovation to encourage students to develop and sustain an interest in math and science,” said William H. Swanson, Chairman and CEO of Raytheon Company. “By experiencing the “thrill” of math in this environment, students have the opportunity first hand to feel the excitement and possibilities of careers that are possible with math and science. We hope young people and adults alike will enjoy this innovative experience.”

Interactive and customizable, Sum of all Thrills™ lets guests of all ages create their own experience by first choosing a ride theme, including a roller coaster, bobsled or jet plane. Using multi-touch, object recognition tables with instructions available in six languages, guests use math and engineering based tools, such as rulers and speed dials, to design and customize their ride by adding corkscrews, inversions or steep hills. Guests learn and apply mathematical and engineering principles to determine how much energy is needed for a jet to take off or for a roller coaster or bobsled to make it up its first climb.

When the design of the ride is complete, it is saved on a personal card with a unique bar code.  The card is then utilized to allow each guest to experience their custom ride from beginning to end on the robotic KUKA RoboSim 4-D simulator. Inside the simulator, guests experience their ride on immersive high definition video combined with stereo sound and controlled air motion for a complete sensory experience.  The KUKA RoboSim 4-D simulator creates a four-dimensional experience through 3-D robotic motion and “wind” that controls air movement to stimulate the senses, providing a more realistic simulation experience.

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CONTEST: Win a Copy of ‘Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure’ on Blu-ray/DVD and a Set of Exclusive Fairy Wings

Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure on Disney DVD and Blu-ray, available in stores October 27Courtesy of our friends at Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, we are pleased to bring you this exciting opportunity in which two very lucky Stitch Kingdom readers will each win a copy of the newest Disney fairies film, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, in a Disney DVD and Blu-ray combo pack, available in stores on October 27.  And if that isn’t enough, we’ll also be honoring the winner with his/her very own set of wearable fairy wings* created solely for promotion of the film and not available in any store! (Note that the color of the wings will be chosen at random and cannot be selected by the winner).

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