Update on Status of Ordering Muppet Whatnot Workshop Puppets Online

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A lot has changed since we brought you news and photos of the Muppet Whatnot Workshop located in person at FAO Schwarz in New York City and (then) online. FAO Schwarz has changed hands and is now owned by Toys R Us. While the physical FAO stores in New York City and Las Vegas remain open and the Muppet Whatnot Workshop is alive and well in New York, the FAO website (as you may have noticed) is in a transitional state and ordering the Muppet Whatnots online is not possible at this time.

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Limited Time Offer: Get 43% Off Richard Petty Rookie Experience Today and Tomorrow Courtesy of @PettyDrivingExp

Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World (c) DisneyThrough its twitter page, the Richard Petty Driving Experience is offering 43% off its Rookie driving experience at Walt Disney World on August 7 and 8th only. To cash in on the offer, call 1-800-BE-PETTY and mention offer code TWITTER and don’t forget to follow them on twitter for future updates and offers.

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Jonas Brothers Team Up with Verizon and LG Mobile Phones to Give Fans a Chance to Win a Kickball Game with the Band

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Aug. 7  — The Jonas Brothers, together with Verizon and LG Mobile Phones, are bringing fans a unique experience featuring new and innovative green screen technology on the U.S. portion of their “Jonas Brothers World Tour 2009.” Starting this week, all fans who create green screen videos at the Verizon/LG booth at Jonas Brothers shows, or those who create videos via their mobile phones or using their computer Web cams and register them at http://vcastlive.vzw.com/, will be entered for a chance to play the ultimate kickball game, live and in person, against Nick, Joe and Kevin.

“Playing live in front of our fans and interacting with them in new ways is really what it’s all about for us,” said Kevin Jonas. “Verizon and LG understand that and have come up with some really fun ways to add to the fan experience. I mean, a kickball contest? How cool is that?” Continue reading…

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Disneyland Hotel Workers Reject Proposed Contract By Over 90%

The Disneyland Hotel workers, Union Local 11, overwhelmingly voted against the Disneyland Resort’s latest contract proposal with 1,076 votes against and 86 for the proposal. The workers continue to work sans contract since February 2008.

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First Look: Princess Tiana Meet & Greet Character Debuts with Anika Noni Rose Beside Her

Anika Noni Rose (left) with Princess TianaTony Award winner Anika Noni Rose (left), who provides the voice of Disney’s newest princess, Tiana, in the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated feature film “The Princess and the Frog,” poses with the new Princess Tiana character (right) as she will soon appear at Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Thursday night’s event marked the very first public appearance of the Princess Tiana Princess Tiana theme park character and took place during the 2009 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Annual Convention in Tampa, Fla. In addition, Rose performed a song from the film for convention-goers. “The Princess and the Frog” film will premiere in theaters nationwide Dec. 11, 2009. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

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D23 Announces Pre-Orders for New Member Exclusive CDs for the Haunted Mansion, Sherman Brothers

D23 Member Exclusive: The Story and Song from the Haunted Mansion

The Story and Song from the Haunted Mansion CDIn 1969, this Disneyland Records Storyteller album was released to commemorate the opening of The Haunted Mansion. Intended as a simple promotional album, this recording has become a cherished childhood memory for many a Disneyland® Resort guest. The Story and Song From The Haunted Mansion includes original scenes and effects that never made it into the final attraction as it follows the story of two teenagers (voiced by Robie Lester and a young Ron Howard) who take refuge inside the eerie mansion during a mysterious rainstorm. First time on CD. A Halloween must have for collectors. Available exclusively to D23 members to own September 10, 2009.

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David Tutera Disney Fairy Tale Wedding Collection Now Available on DisneyStore.com

The DisneyStore.com site now features the Disney Fairy Tale Wedding Collection from celebrity wedding planner David Tutera. You can visit the online boutique here.

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A Sneak Peek Inside the Walt Disney Family Museum: Gallery 4, the First Animated Motion Picture

Continuing our series into the galleries at the new Walt Disney Family Museum, we are pleased to present to you some of the artifacts that can be found in Gallery 4: The Move to Features: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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Givenchy to Launch New Men’s Fragrance ‘Play’ at Epcot’s France Pavilion, August 6-16

Play by GivenchyPlay, the new men’s fragrance by Givenchy, launches at Plume et Palette in the France Pavilion in Epcot®August 6 – 16, 2009

Press “Play” and provoke emotions.

In our high-tech nomadic era of multimedia and modernity, experiences can be shared anywhere, anytime. Let your imagination run wild, escape from daily routines and discover new sensations. Sights, sounds, feelings — and above all scents, with the olfactory sensation of Givenchy’s new masculine fragrance.

Play is extremely modern and yet totally timeless. It brings us back to the very essence of fragrance – a composition, a multi-sensory experience.

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Say ‘Hello’ and ‘Bon Voyage’ to Dory, Disney’s Entry in the Tour de Turtles

Dory Enters the Tour de TurtlesVERO BEACH, Fla., Aug. 6, 2009 – With nearly 200 encouraging fans, a loggerhead sea turtle named Dory returned to the Atlantic Ocean after successfully laying eggs near the shores of Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.

Dory is one of 10 sea turtles participating in Tour de Turtles: A Sea Turtle Migration Marathon hosted by the Caribbean Conservation Corporation (CCC). The program is designed to spotlight the challenges facing sea turtles, with each participant representing a “cause” or threat to sea turtle survival.

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