Disney Parks to Wipe Hands Clean of Guests in Response to Flu Concerns

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Over the next few weeks, Disney Parks will deploy hand sanitizer dispensers in common locations across the resorts such as theme park turnstiles, resort lobbies and some meet & greet locations in response to concerns over the spread of germs and viruses, notably the H1N1 flu virus.

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Disneyland Resort Offers 2 Additional Nights Free with 3 Night / 5 Day Package

Now through April 1, 2010, guests planning a vacation at the Disneyland Resort arriving between January 5 and April 29, 2010 can purchase a 3 Night / 5 Day package including a 5 day park hopper ticket and receive two additional nights at the hotel free. The offer can be booked from now through April 1, 2010. Subject to availability and block-out dates.

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Exclusive ‘Sailor Mickey’ Holiday Plush Available at Macy’s; Mickey to Make Chicago Macy’s Appearance

Sailor Mickey Holiday Plush from Macy'sEarlier this week, we told you about the new Sailor Mickey helium balloon that will make its debut during the 83rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Today we bring you news of the Sailor Mickey plush by Gund exclusively from Macy’s to commemorate  the event. The 18″ collectible plush speaks three phrases: ‘Gosh, you’re great,’ ‘Ahoy there mateys’ and ‘Merry Christmas!’ and includes a bonus alarm clock which doubles as his own personal compass. He retails for $14.95 and can be found in the Holiday department at Macy’s all over or can be purchased online (where you can also check local store inventory).

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iPhone App Review: Bayou Beats (The Princess and the Frog)

Bayou Beats for the iPhone by Walt DisneyTitle:Bayou Beats (link)
Publisher:
Walt Disney
Released:
November 7, 2009
Cost:
Free
iTouch?:
Yes
Pros: Free, some replay value, music from the film
Cons:
Large installation due to music video
Review: In promotion of Disney’s The Princess and the Frog which opens nationwide December 11 comes this free app which includes a small, quasi-addictive game along with a music video and a lot of purchase links.

Bayou Beats for the iPhone by Walt DisneyThe game itself is small and pretty straightforward. Using instrumental versions of one of several songs from the feature film (but sadly not Gonna Take You There) as a backdrop, the game consists of pressing one of several buttons along the bottom as they are lit up by falling crowns passing through them. The game keeps track of how many correct touches in a row you have and then rewards long streaks by increasing a score multiplier. Where it may get confusing is that it looks like you have to ‘catch’ the individual crowns, but while you do have to prevent the crown from passing through without being touched, the key is you’re touching the button while it’s lit which means a single crown can yield you 2 or 3 successful touches if done quickly enough while a few crowns in immediate succession can yield a quick finger upwards of 15 touches or so. Get too greedy by having one of your touches land when the button is no longer lit, however, and the frog croaks and the chain count is reset to zero.

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WDW Refurb Update: Donald’s Boat in Toontown Closed November 19

Donald’s Boat in Toontown will be closed for just November 19 and is expected to be open again beginning November 20.

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Disney’s ‘Wide World of Sports’ Complex to be Renamed a la ESPN in 2010

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s sports complex in central Florida will be renamed in February after its ESPN unit, in a move to strengthen the well-known sports brand’s ties with young athletes.

The shift — plans for which were announced about a year ago — targets the 500,000 athletes and 1.5 million spectators who annually visit the 220-acre multisport complex near Disney’s theme park in Orlando, Florida, officials said.

“ESPN is doing this because they want to get closer to the fan and in particular they want to get closer to the youth athlete,” Ken Potrock, Disney’s senior vice president of global sports, said in a telephone interview.

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Disneyland Annual Passholder Appreciation Days, December 5-12

The following Downtown Disney merchants are offering these exclusive offers to Disneyland Annual Passholders from December 5 -12:

Anne Geddes – 20% off entire purchase (excluding Limited Edition products and Sale items)

Basin® - 15% off any Basin® purchase

Build-A-Bear Workshop® – Receive ONE (1) complimentary 4″x 6″ photo with your bear when you present your Disneyland® Resort Annual Passport.

ESPN Zone® – Reminder: AP’s receive 10% off their Dining purchase, Double Points in the Game-Filled Sports Arena and 20% off in the ESPN Zone® Store.**

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WDW Annual Passholder Appreciation Days: Free Vinylmation Gifts, Makeover Discounts and More

On December 5, the World of Disney store in the Downtown Disney Marketplace will be open exclusively to Walt Disney World annual passholders from 6:30 am – 9:30 am. In addition to great discounts of up to 50% off, the first 1,000 shoppers will receive a free Vinylmation gift. Annual Passholders will also receive 20% off the purchase of Vinylmation figures in addition to the 10% merchandise discount (while supplies last during the event). Santa Goofy will also be on hand to celebrate.

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ABC.com Adds Commentaries to Online Shows from Experts; Invites Viewers to Create Their Own

Dedicated to expanding its network and channel brands across multiple platforms and connecting viewers with their favorite shows anytime and anywhere, Disney/ABC Television Group will unveil ABC Social: Episode Commentary, a new feature of ABC.com’s Full Episode Player integrated with Facebook Connect, which allows online viewers to create their own commentary tracks to ABC episodes and share the experience with friends. The new Episode Commentary will be available beginning this Saturday, November 7, for the first episode of ABC’s new series “V,” and will feature expert commentary from “V” executive producers Scott Peters and Steve Pearlman. This new feature will roll out across other series on ABC.com over the coming weeks.

“ABC Social: Episode Commentary is great example of how we are continually pushing the envelope to create ‘what’s next’ and use our digital platforms to further engage the core fans of our series,” said Alexis Rapo, vice president, Digital Media, ABC Entertainment. “Now online viewers at ABC.com can not only take part in a world class viewing experience, but also engage with ‘show experts’ and share their own viewer-created commentaries seamlessly within our player – the result is a rich, social experience that can only be found on our site.”

Expert commentary featured in the Full Episode Player will vary from episode to episode and may include insights from a series’ producers, writers and directors, stars of the series, production and costume designers, music supervisors and network executives, among others.

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ABC Announces New Celebrity Comedic Dance Show Hosted by Kathy Griffin

Two-time Emmy Award winner and NY Times best-selling author Kathy Griffin (“My Life on the D-List”) will host “Let’s Dance,” a new, comedic dance series from “American Idol” producers FremantleMedia North America that features stars competing for charity as they pay homage to some of the most famous movie, musical and pop video dance routines of all time. “Let’s Dance” will kick off its five-episode run with a live 90-minute premiere episode on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23 (9:30-11:00 p.m., ET) following the Season 9 finale broadcast of “Dancing with the Stars” on the ABC Television Network. Additional episodes will air on Monday, Nov. 30, Mon., Dec. 7 and Mon., Dec. 14 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) with the finale on Tues., Dec. 15 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET).

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