D23 Gift Membership Cards Now Available at Theme Parks, the Disney Store and NYC World of Disney

D23 Membership Gift CardBeginning June 1, membership gift cards for D23 are available for purchase at Disney Stores in the United States, the New York City World of Disney location on Fifth Avenue as well as select locations at both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World resorts.

At the Disneyland resort, membership gift cards can be purchased at the Disneyana Shop at Disneyland, Off the Page at Disney’s California Adventure and the World of Disney at Downtown Disney.

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‘Handy Manny’ Measures Up with New Season, Shortform Series, Specials and New Friends

In addition to 29 brand new episodes for its third season, today Disney Channel announced a new short-form series and two primetime specials. “Handy Manny’s School for Tools,” 20 animated shorts, will begin production this year for a 2010 premiere. In Fall 2009, Disney Channel will present the first of two primetime specials, “Handy Manny’s Motorcycle Adventure,” which takes viewers along on Manny’s exciting and unexpected road trip to his family reunion. The special features four new songs including “Rolling” performed by renowned East Los Angeles rockers Los Lobos. The second primetime special will debut in 2010. The daily series will also introduce 10 new tools: a jackhammer, a power screwdriver, a power socket wrench, a shop vac, a pair of needle nose pliers, a deluxe tool box, a laser level and a trio of crescent wrenches.

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Apple Commercial for iPhone Featuring Disney/Pixar’s UP (Video)

Caught this on the television as I was fast forwarding through the commercials. For your entertainment:

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Sanders Art Studio Announces Limited Edition Concept and Promotional Art Prints from Disney/Pixar’s UP

'Adventure is Out There' by Eric Tan

'Adventure is Out There' by Eric Tan

Sanders Art Studio is proud to offer eight new limited edition pieces of concept and promotional art from the Disney/Pixar film UP. Complete with certificate of authenticity, each print comes on acid-free archival paper.

The posters are as follows:

“I Can Speak” Promotional Art by Eric Tan from Disney/Pixar’s UP – Giclee Print (Paper)

“Wilderness Must Be Explored” Promotional Art by Eric Tan from Disney/Pixar’s UP – Giclee Print (Paper)

“Beware of Dogs” Promotional Art by Eric Tan from Disney/Pixar’s UP – Giclee Print (Paper)

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Star Wars Weekends Map and Schedule For May 29-31, Video Blog From Weekend #1

Better late than never, eh? This weekend’s guests include Peter Mayhew and Matthew Wood in addition to hosts Jay Laga’aia and Ashley Eckstein.

Star Wars Weekends Map and Schedule May 29-31

In addition, StarWars.com has prepared a video blog highlighting the events of the first weekend. Good introduction to SWW in general.

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Video of the Folks at Pixar Studios Ringing the Closing Bell of the New York Stock Exchange (Updated)

On May 29, 2009, the folks at Pixar had the distinct honor and pleasure of ringing the closing bell on the New York Stock Exchange in honor of the opening day of UP live from their campus in Emeryville, CA. Enjoy.

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Lord Vader, You’ve Just Lost the Death Star, Now What? ‘I’m Going to Disney World!’

A poster promoting the appearance of Darth Vader at Walt Disney World in 1980. Courtesy of StarWars.comThe folks at StarWars.com have done some investigative journalism and have unearthed images and information about appearances Darth Vader made at Walt Disney World as far back as 1977, which came as a shock even to them.

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New ‘American Idol’ Kris Allen Celebrates with His Fans at Walt Disney World

American Idol winner Kris Allen is joined on stage by his #1 fan, Minnie Mouse © Mark Ashman/Disney

American Idol winner Kris Allen is joined on stage by his #1 fan, Minnie Mouse © Mark Ashman/Disney

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., May 29 — Dreams keep coming true for new “American Idol” Kris Allen.

Last week, the 23-year-old singer from Conway, Ark., became the newest “American Idol” by garnering the most fan votes in the television series’ thrilling Season Eight finale. Moments after his victory, Allen did what dozens of sports celebrities and heroes have done for more than two decades: He looked into a television camera and shouted, “I’m going to Disney World!”

This week, America’s newest star lived out his post-finale show pronouncement when he basked in the glow of a victory parade and gala celebration at “The American Idol Experience,” the new Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park attraction based on the “American Idol” television show.

Celebrating with Allen Friday at Walt Disney World was his new bride, Katy. The longtime sweethearts were married eight months ago.

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First Look: Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 Teaser Trailer (Video)

Attached to UP, the teaser trailer to Toy Story 3 has been released. Unfortunately, this version is in 2D. Enjoy.

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Ten Things to Know About SeaWorld’s Newest Attraction, Manta

Manta at SeaWorld Orlando © SeaWorld1) The attraction features 10 aquariums, totalling nearly 250,000 gallons of water. Special features include a pop-up aquarium where smaller guests can ‘pop up’ in the middle and surround themselves with the tank’s inhabitants and a 220 square foot overhead viewing panel. That panel alone weighs almost 16,000 pounds (8 tons) and is the largest of its kind ever produced by the manufacturer, Nippura. The salt-water habitats at the attraction consist of 71,000 pounds of salt.

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