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BURBANK, Calif. (June 9, 2009) — Bringing together the masterful storytelling of Disney with the renowned artistry of eFX Inc., an all-new line of limited-edition collectibles will be unveiled this September, inspired by some of Disney’s classic films and the comic antics of the Muppets.
These new collectibles extend the magic of Disney into pieces that recall the beauty and spectacle that is unique to Disney, beginning with a tribute to the “fairest of them all,” SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS.
eFX plans to preview several pieces from its new Disney collection during San Diego Comic-Con in July, and at Disney’s first-ever D23 Expo, Sept. 10 to Sept. 13 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Despite presumably being ready for an Annual Passholder and DVC preview in late June, the official re-opening date for the Hall of Presidents has been shifted from July 2 to July 4.
At Old Key West, the Miller’s Road Quiet Pool will be closed from June 15 through June 26 and the South Point Road Quiet Pool will be closed from August 3 through August 21.
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Although on the surface it’s not quite as impressive as presenting Disneyland Paris in 3D, the theme park allowed Google to take its Street View car on a tour of Main Street, USA, Adventureland, Fantasyland, Walt Disney Studios and more. As a bonus, the Google team undertook this task in October, as the park celebrates Halloween. So be on the lookout for Halloween decor and pumpkinheaded folk painting the park orange. Needless to say, a few familiar faces also pop up along the way. Read more about the new DLP Street View here, or check it out right now here.
Disney Channels Worldwide has ordered a third season of the Emmy-nominated hit series “Phineas and Ferb” for its Disney XD and Disney Channel platforms. Created and executive-produced by Dan Povenmire (“Family Guy”) and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh (“The Simpsons” and “Rocko’s Modern Life”) and featuring a notable voice cast, the series is a production of Walt Disney Television Animation.
In making the announcement, Gary Marsh, president, Entertainment, Disney Channels Worldwide, said: “’Phineas and Ferb’ is the simplest of ideas – two brothers determined to do something unique, something outrageous every single day of their 104 days of summer vacation — and Dan and Swampy have executed it with brilliant comedic flair.”
Disney Channel will premiere eight new episodes of its hit multicultural series “Handy Manny,” starring the voice of Wilmer Valderrama, every Saturday throughout the summer beginning SATURDAY, JUNE 20 (8:30 a.m. ET/PT) and concluding with a marathon of episodes on SATURDAY, AUGUST 15 (6:00 – 10:00 a.m. ET/PT). Guest stars featured in the new episodes include “Happy Days” alumni Henry Winkler and Marion Ross, Broadway’s “Hairspray” alumni Shannon Durig and Ashley Parker Angel, and Lance Bass.
The episode schedule is as follows: Continue reading…
Disney XD will present a ‘Night of Premieres’ featuring new episodes of its top-rated series for kids and families, including “Aaron Stone,” guest-starring world champion wrestler Chris Jericho; “Phineas and Ferb,” featuring “High School Musical” star Corbin Bleu; plus the new comedy “Zeke and Luther,” MONDAY, JUNE 22 (7:00-9:30 p.m., ET/PT). The night marks the Season Two debut of “The Spectacular Spider-Man.”
The programming lineup is: Continue reading…
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — The 13th Annual Webby Awards and the Webby People’s Voice Awards named Disney Family.com Best Family/Parenting site of the year. Over 500,000 votes were cast by people around the world for their favorite sites, videos, and ads in The Webby People’s Voice Awards and 10,000 entries were received for this year’s Webby Awards. Disney Family.com is dedicated to offering helpful, relevant and timely information parents and families can use every day.
Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile websites. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 650-person judging academy whose members include Internet co-inventor Vint Cerf, R/GA’s Chief Bob Greenberg, “Simpson’s” creator Matt Groening, Arianna Huffington and Harvey Weinstein.
Disney Family.com was honored at a star-studded ceremony hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers on June 8th in New York City. Fans can watch the ceremony online at the official Webby Awards YouTube Channel. A full list of both Webby Awards and People’s Voice Awards winners can be found at: http://www.webbyawards.com.
LOS ANGELES, June 9 — Celebrities helped create a generation free of HIV at the 20th annual A Time For Heroes Family Picnic, held June 7 in Los Angeles in support of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. More than 80 of Hollywood’s best-known names volunteered their time as “heroes” working carnival-style game booths and interacting with guests and families. Drawn from the worlds of film, television, fashion, sports and music were such attendees as Heidi Klum, Mark Wahlberg, Dwyane Wade, Billy Crystal, Sharon Stone, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Tony Hawk among many others. The day was topped off with a musical performance by superstar and Disney recording artist Miley Cyrus. The fun-filled day combined play with purpose as guests also learned about the Foundation’s 20-year history of battling pediatric AIDS and helping children and families around the world. The event raised more than $1.3 million for the fight against pediatric AIDS.
Kids and families were dazzled with many activities and surprises including: Continue reading…
BRISBANE, Calif., June 9 — Walmart today unveiled a new, exclusive Jonas Brothers concert and special behind-the-scenes interviews with the band that can only be seen online at Walmart.com. The private concert was filmed in Hollywood last month and features never-before-seen footage of the band’s first live performance of songs from their upcoming album, Lines, Vines and Trying Times, scheduled for release in all nationwide stores and online on June 16. Starting today, Walmart.com allows Jonas fans to watch Kevin, Nick and Joe Jonas sing songs from and talk about making their new, highly anticipated album.
“We are excited to join forces with Walmart to provide our fans an opportunity to enjoy a special performance from our new album, like the one you’ll find online today at Walmart.com,” said Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers.