Activist Group Tests Waters of Cruise Lines; Questions Environmentality of DCL

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Friends of the Earth, a grassroots organization that acts on behalf of environmental activists, just published its first ever ‘Cruise Ship Environmental Report Card‘ in which it ranked the top 10 cruise lines in four different areas. Although a bit crude in its attempt to assign grade letters in what it essentially describes as a Pass/Fail system, the bottom line for its review of the Disney Cruise Line’s current two ships is pretty clear: when it comes to sewage treatment, air pollution and availability of said information, DCL earns a straight F, placing it dead last on the list.

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hi-Res Concept Art Photo Gallery

(L-R) Jamie Lee Curtis, Andy Fickman (Director), Sigourney Weaver Ph: Mark Fellman ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Yesterday, we brought you details of the Universal Orlando’s plans to debut the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter in spring 2010. Today we are pleased to bring you the following gallery of concept art for the new theme park area based on the JK Rowling series. All images © 2009 Universal Orlando Resort. All Rights Reserved.

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New Image from ‘A Christmas Carol’ Features Gary Oldman Alongside Jim Carrey

From the scene in which Jacob Marley comes to warn Scrooge of the night’s upcoming festivities, here’s a new still Disney has provided us featuring both Gary Oldman (Marley) and Jim Carrey (Scrooge).

Courtesy of Disney. © ImageMovers Digital LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Kouzzina by Cat Cora Opens at Disney’s Boardwalk; First Look at Menu Items (Photo Gallery)

Chef Mickey and Iron Chef Cat Cora open Kouzzina by Cat Cora (Gene Duncan/Disney)LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Sept. 17, 2009) — Chef Cat Cora and Disney today celebrated the grand opening of Kouzzina by Cat Cora, an exciting new family dining restaurant at Disney’s BoardWalk at Walt Disney World Resort.

This is the first table-service restaurant for the celebrity chef, featuring a menu of Mediterranean-style cuisine that pays tribute to the Cora family’s Greek roots.

Owned and operated by Disney and open daily for breakfast and dinner with seating for about 200 guests, the new restaurant features “time-honored recipes passed down from my ancestors, as well as my favorite Greek and Mediterranean dishes that my family loves,” Cora says.

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RSVP to see New Gary Vaynerchuk Seminar at Epcot on Sep 25 Afternoon

In case you missed your chance to watch a live taping of Wine Library TV or are just a fan of Gary, Vaynerchuk, here’s your chance to sign up to attend a newly announced seminar Gary will be holding in the Odyssey building at Epcot for the International Food & Wine Festival. The event will take place at 1:30 pm and is free with park admission. Due to the nature of the event, all attendees must be at least 21 years of age.

To RSVP for the event, click here.

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Thinkway Toys’ Toy Story Definitive Collection Vol 5: Lasseter Gets his Claws on Some LGMs

The fifth installment of the very popular video series from Disney Consumer Products has been released in which John Lasseter talks about some of the background on the Aliens from the Toy Story Definitive collectibles line from Thinkway Toys.

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Aliens from the Toy Story Definitive Collection from Thinkway ToysHere’s some of the features you’ll find with the Toy Story Definitive Collection Aliens:

* Highly detailed and completely in scale to Buzz Lightyear

* Each Alien has its own unique facial expression, three in each package

* Actual movie size of 5″

* Comes with Toy Story Collection Certificate of Authenticity

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ABC’s ‘The View’ Launches Search to Find America’s Ultimate Volunteer

Today, in celebration of volunteerism, ABC’s Emmy Award-winning talk and entertainment program, “The View,” launched a search for America’s “Ultimate Volunteer.” The show is asking viewers to nominate someone they know who goes above and beyond to help others in their community and who inspires others to action. The winner will receive one million Starpoints from the award-winning SPG loyalty program of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, plus $10,000 spending cash. In addition, the winner and his or her nominator will travel to New York, where the winner will make a special appearance on “The View” the week of October 19.

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Experience Live Taping of Wine Library TV with Gary Vaynerchuck at Epcot September 25

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Universal Orlando Reveals Details on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Opening Spring 2010

ORLANDO, Fla. (September 15, 2009) – Universal Orlando Resort, together with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, today revealed first-ever details about the incredible scope of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  Universal also announced that the highly anticipated land will open in spring 2010.

Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters – and faithful to the visual landscapes of the films – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure will provide visitors with a one-of-a-kind experience complete with multiple attractions, shops and a signature eating establishment.   This completely immersive environment will transcend generations and bring the wonder and magic of the amazingly detailed Harry Potter books and films to life.

The expectations of Harry Potter fans are high and Universal Orlando Resort is collaborating closely with J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and the Warner Bros. Harry Potter brand team to ensure that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be an experience of a lifetime.  The Harry Potter films’ production designer, Stuart Craig and art director, Alan Gilmore, in cooperation with a corps of artisans from Universal Creative are working daily to construct the most authentic Harry Potter experience possible.  Guests will be able to sip Butterbeer in Three Broomsticks, buy Extendable Ears at Zonko’s and experience a state-of-the-art attraction that brings the stories of Harry Potter to life in a way never before imagined.

“All of the action and adventures of Harry Potter’s world will come to life here at Universal Orlando Resort,” said Tom Williams, chairman and CEO, Universal Parks and Resorts.  “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be unlike any other experience on earth and we can’t wait to see the looks on our guests’ faces as they enter this rich environment.”

“Harry Potter continues to spark the imaginations of fans of all ages and we really have seen the anticipation continue to build for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” added Brad Globe, President, Warner Bros. Consumer Products.  “We are excited to share with fans a first glimpse into the truly enchanted world we are bringing to life with all of our partners at Universal Orlando Resort.”

From the front archway of Hogsmeade to the immensity of Hogwarts castle, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will feature the locations listed below:

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More Than a Year Later, NASA Legend Buzz Lightyear Returns to Earth; To be Honored at WDW Oct 2

Buzz Lightyear sets foot once more on this planet Earth (Tony Landis/NASA)TO INFINITY… AND BACK!: Buzz Lightyear returned from space on Sept. 11, 2009 aboard space shuttle Discovery’s STS-128 mission, having served as the longest-tenured crew member in space. In a photo taken Sept. 11, 2009, the toy Buzz Lightyear that was sent into space May 31, 2008 aboard the STS-124 mission is posed in front of space shuttle Discovery on the runway at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. He will be celebrated in a ticker-tape parade together with his International Space Station crewmates and former Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin on Oct. 2, 2009 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. While on the space station, Buzz supported NASA’s education outreach program – STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) by creating a series of fun educational online outreach programs. To celebrate his return, Disney is partnering with NASA to create a new online educational game and an online mission patch competition for school kids across America. NASA will fly the winning patch into space. In addition, NASA plans to announce on Oct. 2 the details of a new exciting educational competition that will give students the opportunity to design an experiment for the astronauts on the space station.

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