OIA Extends Disney’s Magical Express Beyond 2016 Under Sweetheart Deal for Disney

The Orlando Sentinel reports all the nitty gritty in this article that covers a re-negotiated deal that heavily favors Disney who once had to prove to OIA that its free transportation program had merit.

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Baby Einstein Brings Home the Rhythms of the Globe With Its First-Ever World Music DVD

Baby EinsteinGLENDALE, Calif., March 18 – Introducing babies to sites and sounds of the world, the award-winning Baby Einstein Company reaches beyond classical music to explore global cultures with the launch of World Music. From banging a drum to shaking a maraca, little ones now have the opportunity to discover the different cultures of the world through the universal language of music. Featuring world music from all seven continents, World Music takes babies on a captivating journey and introduces them to the world’s colorful sights and sounds with the fun-loving puppet host, Jane the Monkey, and her toy drum as she travels across the globe to play music with her puppet friends.

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Life on Mars / Sopranos Star Michael Imperioli Celebrates at WDW

Michael Imperioli Dines at Tony's Town Square (c) Kent Phillips/Disney

Michael Imperioli Dines at Tony's Town Square (c) Kent Phillips/Disney

Emmy Award-winning actor Michael Imperioli enjoys an early birthday meal of spaghetti and meatballs March 17, 2009 at “Tony’s Town Square” restaurant at the Magic Kingdom theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Imperioli, who starred on the acclaimed HBO series “The Sopranos,” can be seen on the ABC series “Life on Mars.” The actor/writer/producer, who was born March 26, is celebrating his birthday with his family at Walt Disney World Resort. On “The Sopranos,” Imperioli won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Tony Soprano’s nephew, Christopher Moltisanti.

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Richard Petty Driving Experience Introduces Membership Program

Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World (c) Disney

Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World (c) Disney

CONCORD, N.C. — Richard Petty Driving Experience (RPDE) announced, today, the launch of its new membership program, entitled “Experience Rewards”, designed to incent past customers to a return visit to the track for more laps and added excitement.

Membership in the program is available, free of charge, for customers who have driven with RPDE in the last 5 years and to all new customers who participate in a driving experience. Benefits include the opportunity for 12 months to participate in an unlimited number of Rookie Experience programs for just $199 – a savings of more than 50% – or to receive a discount of $199 on the Kings and Experience of a Lifetime programs. Members are also invited to bring along 3 friends who will each get a $50 discount off their driving program and, in turn, become members themselves.

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New ‘Hatching Pete’ Music Video to Debut Online March 20

Disney Channel stars Mitchel Musso (“Hannah Montana” and “Phineas and Ferb”) and Tiffany Thornton (“Sonny With A Chance”) perform the new high-energy pop dance song, “Let It Go,” from the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie, “Hatching Pete,” in a music video to debut SATURDAY, MARCH 28 (7:20 p.m. ET/PT) on Disney Channel. Leading up to the television debut, the handclapping, chanting song will be available exclusively online at www.Disney.com/MusicVideos and mark its debut on Radio Disney on March 20.

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Selena Gomez Stars in Safe Driving Campaign by Disney Channel and State Farm

Disney Media Advertising Sales and Marketing Group has signed State Farm as a sponsor of Disney Channel in an agreement that calls for 30-second messages designed to empower young viewers to influence safe driving and to make a difference in their families’ lives. The messages feature 16-year-old star Selena Gomez (of Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place”) and will rotate during Disney Channel’s primetime programming block, the market leader among Kids age 6-14.

The messages have debuted today on Disney Channel and www.statefarm.com/teendriving.

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Avatars Reveal Fun Facts About ‘Aaron Stone’ During TV Marathon March 27

Disney XD’s signature series, “Aaron Stone,” will be seen in a seven-episode marathon that includes special trivia on-air and online, in “Disney XD For Real: Aaron Stone Edition,” airing FRIDAY, MARCH 27 (7:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD.

Disney XD avatars “Sk8r,” “Tekhed,” “INsdr,” “gthgrl,” “Hllywrd” and “gAmr” will present behind-the-scenes footage and trivia about the series’ special effects, the cast’s martial arts training and gamer jargon. The fun facts include that there are six custom-made Aaron Stone suits (three for actor Kelly Blatz and three for his stunt double), and that Kelly Blatz spent several weeks in martial arts training to prepare for his role as Aaron Stone.

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Hannah Montana Movie CD Track List Released – 14 New Songs

Hannah Montana Movie Soundtrack

Hannah Montana Movie Soundtrack

Walt Disney RecordsBURBANK, Calif. – (Business Wire) For Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus fans worldwide the wait is nearly over. The eagerly anticipated “Hannah Montana The Movie,” arrives in movie theaters April 10. Setting the stage for the film’s premiere is the Walt Disney Records soundtrack CD, which features 18 tracks — including 14 brand new songs — performed by Miley, Billy Ray Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts and Steve Rushton. The CD arrives in stores March 24, while the debut single, “The Climb,” by Miley Cyrus, is already #6 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

The fun-filled adventure film stars Miley along with real-life father Billy Ray Cyrus, Vanessa Williams (“Ugly Betty”) and all of Miley’s young co-stars of “Hannah Montana.” The Walt Disney Records soundtrack boasts plenty of pop gems, including “You’ll Always Find Your Way Back Home” (co-written by Taylor Swift), “Let’s Get Crazy,” “The Good Life ” “Let’s Do This,” “Spotlight,” “What’s Not To Like” and a new version of “The Best Of Both Worlds,” all performed by Miley as Hannah Montana; “The Climb” (Produced by John Shanks), “Don’t Walk Away,” “Dream” and “Hoedown Throwdown” by Miley Cyrus; and “Butterfly Fly Away,” a tender and unforgettable duet by Miley and Billy Ray, produced by Glen Ballard.

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Food Network’s Iron Chef Plays Cat and Mouse at Disney’s Boardwalk

Iron Chef Cat Cora with Mickey Mouse (c) Disney

Iron Chef Cat Cora with Mickey Mouse (c) Disney

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (March 17, 2009) — Chef Cat Cora and Disney are joining together to open an exciting new family dining restaurant at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort. Kouzzina by Cat Cora will feature a menu of Mediterranean-style cuisine that pays tribute to the chef’s Greek roots.

The restaurant, to be owned and operated by Disney, is scheduled to open by fall 2009 in the space currently occupied by Spoodles.

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