Disneynature Adds ‘OceanWorld 3D’ to Its Growing Slate of Theatrical Releases in North America and Mexico

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BURBANK, Calif., LONDON and PARIS, June 11 — Disneynature has acquired the North American and Mexican distribution rights to the exciting new underwater film “OceanWorld 3D,” the first feature-length nature documentary ever filmed and released in 3D, it was announced today by Jean-Francois Camilleri, executive vice president and general manager for Disneynature, and Francois Mantello, chairman of 3D Entertainment.

The film is presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of the legendary Captain Jacques- Yves Cousteau, and was directed and produced respectively by veteran filmmakers Jean- Jacques & Francois Mantello (“Sharks 3D,” “Ocean Wonderland 3D,” “Dolphins and Whales 3D: Tribes of the Ocean”). This deal marks the first collaboration between Disneynature and 3D Entertainment, a company founded in 2001 to produce unique and immersive 3D story-driven experiences for audiences of all ages. “OceanWorld 3D,” an 85-minute feature film, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival Annual Film Market last month, and will be released theatrically in France and Russia starting this August. The film’s North America debut will be announced at a later date.

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New Disney Vacation Club Treehouse Villas Blend Modern Luxury with Nostalgic Appeal Amid Forested Glens

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The latest Disney Vacation Club (DVC) property, Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, has opened its doors.

The new resort area includes 60 three-bedroom villa “treehouses,” which are built on pedestals amid forested glens, giving guests great views of surrounding nature.

According to Jim Lewis, president of DVC, the Treehouse Villas add new character to the vacation properties available in the DVC portfolio.

“Our founder Walt Disney was well-known for having one foot in the past and one in the future.  This new resort development shares that dynamic sensibility, blending modern luxury and design with the nostalgic spirit of one of the most storied resorts at the Walt Disney World Resort,” he said.

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Corbin Bleu Joins the Disney Channel Stars at Sea on Disney Cruise Line This Summer!

Disney Cruise Line has just announced that Corbin Bleu will be appearing on board as the musical act on the July 9th and July 12th cruises of the Disney Wonder.

On both cruises, Corbin will be joining fellow Disney Channel stars Tiffany Thornton, Brandon Smith and Doug Brochu from Sonny with a Chance and Roshon Fegan from Camp Rock.

For more information on the Summer at Sea cruises, see the official website here and stay in touch with Stitch Kingdom.

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New Images from The Princess and the Frog Show Tiana as a Child, Frog Plus Other Characters

The Princess and the FrogWalt Disney Studios has graciously provided us with several new amazing stills from the upcoming classic, the Princess and the Frog, featuring the newest member of the Disney family, Princess Tiana.

All images are © Disney Enterprises. All Rights Reserved.

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eFX Collectibles Announces Line of Disney Classics Collectibles, Replicas and Muppet Photo Puppets

The Snow White 'Heart Box' by eFX Collectibles

The Snow White 'Heart Box' by eFX Collectibles

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.

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Walt Disney World Refurbishment Updates: Hall of Presidents, Old Key West Quiet Pools

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.

Planning a trip to Walt Disney World? Be the first to know when changes that potentially affect your trip occur by signing up with ReSearch!

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Disneyland Paris and Google Take Their Acts to the Streets

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.

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Disney Orders Third Season of ‘Phineas and Ferb,’ Announces Soundtrack on CD

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.”

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Handy Manny’s Sensational Summer Saturdays – All New Episodes Begin June 20

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.

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June 22 is ‘Night of Premieres’ on Disney XD, Featuring All Your Favorite Shows with Celebrity Guests

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.”

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