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2009 MEAC/SWAC Challenge Presented by DisneyBRISTOL, Ct., June 26, 2009 — Tickets for the 2009 MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney will go on sale Wednesday, July 1, through Ticketmaster and Anthony Travel.

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ABC Family to Air First Four Harry Potter Films Plus Exclusive Footage from The Half-Blood Prince

Burbank, CA (June 26, 2009) – To help all Potter-philes gear up for the July 15th opening of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” fans can catch up on all of the magical mischief at Hogwarts when ABC Family airs the first four films of the franchise during its summer “Harry Potter Weekend,” airing Friday, July 10 through Sunday, July 12.

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First Look: Pirates League Makeovers at the Magic Kingdom

Disney has just released these photos showing some of the makeovers possible at the new Pirate League in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland, officially opening June 29 (now in soft opening mode). Photos © Kent Phillips/Disney.

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Innovention’s StormStruck Adds Lightning to Its Repertoire

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 25  — The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes–FLASH(R) and the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) are joining forces to promote public awareness about lightning safety and lightning protection. In recognition of National Lightning Safety Awareness Week, June 21-27, 2009, FLASH and LPI signed a partnership agreement on June 22, 2009 at StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes(R) at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot(R) at the Walt Disney World(R) Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL.

NOAA launched an annual Lightning Safety Awareness campaign in 2001 to increase awareness of the dangers of lightning and provide the public with safety information to help protect families and their property. Matt Bragaw, forecaster and lightning specialist with NOAA’s National Weather Service joined FLASH and LPI representatives for the partnership signing and tour of the StormStruck exhibit.

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Report: Disney’s D23 Mary Poppins on Broadway Event

Mary Poppins on BroadwayLast night, Disney’s D23 simultaneously held events for members in New York and Chicago during a presentation of the Disney Theatrical version of Mary Poppins. For the price of a regular ticket, D23 members were offered preferred seating for the actual performance, offered merchandise discounts, complimentary merchandise (in New York, this was a copy of the DVD) and a backstage experience complete with a meet & greet.

This also happened to be my first time seeing the show. Since it opened, the show has received a lukewarm reception at best and I had heard it all – the house was a star, the show’s plot takes a sharp departure from the film and there are scenes that get downright creepy (although scary is usually the adjective I hear).

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Hi-Res Images from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland Including Previously Unreleased Images

Disney has sent us hi-res versions of all of the images from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland that were just published by USA Today, including a couple of others that weren’t. We had to scale them down a little, but we couldn’t wait to be able to share them with you. So please enjoy this new gallery of images from the film.

If you want to see the images in the full size, click the individual thumbnails below, then click on the resize arrows in the lower right-hand corner.

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Jonas Brothers’ Lines, Vines and Trying Times Debuts at # 1; Second # 1 Debut in Ten Months

BURBANK, Calif., June 24 — Jonas Brothers’ Lines, Vines and Trying Times debuts at # 1 on the Billboard Top 200 today, selling nearly 250,000 units, a mere ten months after their third studio album A Little Bit Longer debuted at the top of the charts. Jonas Brothers are the only act to have two # 1 debuts within a ten month period; only Jay-Z came close with two # 1 debuts twelve months apart in December 2006 and December 2007. Their triumphant return to the # 1 slot is one of 2009’s top debuts, and follows the kick off of their Jonas Brothers World Tour 2009 this weekend at the new Cowboys Stadium in Dallas in front of nearly 50,000 fans. The tour opened to rave reviews and decibel busting cheers for Jonas Brothers’ “in the round” concert.

In addition to the Jonas Brothers’ # 1 debut in the US, Lines, Vines and Trying Times debuted # 1 in Canada, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Central America. Jonas Brothers hosted and performed their hit singles “Paranoid” and “Burning Up” this weekend on the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto. Lines, Vines and Trying Times also debuted top ten in the United Kingdom, Italy, Portugal, New Zealand and Ireland.

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Learning Tree Partners with the Disney Institute to Offer Classes in Key Business Markets

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., June 24  — Disney Institute professional development programs will soon be offered at Learning Tree Education Centers in select cities throughout the U.S. The programs are part of a new relationship between Disney Institute — the professional development arm of The Walt Disney Company — and Learning Tree, the world’s leading vendor-independent management, business skills and IT training company.

Beginning August 2009, the relationship will bring a broad range of Disney Institute content to Learning Tree Education Centers in Atlanta; Reston, Va.; Rockville, Md.; Alexandria, Va.; Chicago; and New York City. A variety of course topics and formats will be offered, enabling individuals and intact work teams to select content that is ideally suited to meet their organizations’ needs.

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Fireworks Schedule for Fourth (and Third) of July at Walt Disney World

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Guests celebrating the Fourth of July at Walt Disney World Resort will have a choice of fireworks shows as Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios present special pyrotechnics and Epcot adds a patriotic “tag” to its famous “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” spectacular.  Here’s what’s in store:

Magic Kingdom“Celebrate America Fireworks” will fill the sky at 9 p.m. July 4 (guests who’d like to begin the celebratory weekend a day early can enjoy the special fireworks on July 3 at 9 p.m.).  After the fireworks, guests can enjoy a performance of Disney’s “SpectroMagic” parade of lights, music and magic at 10:30 p.m. on July 3-4.  Park hours are 9 a.m.-11 p.m. July 3-4.

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New Star Wars Themed Mr. Potatoheads to Disney Parks Coming Soon They Are

A short time from now in a Disney Park not so far, far away, you’ll come face to skin with these three new entries in the Star Wars-themed Mr. Potatoheads. Exclusive to the parks, you can pick take home Mashter Yoda, C-3PotatO and Chipbacca for $12.95 each.

Star Wars Potatoheads

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