New ‘American Idol’ Kris Allen Celebrates with His Fans at Walt Disney World

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American Idol winner Kris Allen is joined on stage by his #1 fan, Minnie Mouse © Mark Ashman/Disney

American Idol winner Kris Allen is joined on stage by his #1 fan, Minnie Mouse © Mark Ashman/Disney

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., May 29 — Dreams keep coming true for new “American Idol” Kris Allen.

Last week, the 23-year-old singer from Conway, Ark., became the newest “American Idol” by garnering the most fan votes in the television series’ thrilling Season Eight finale. Moments after his victory, Allen did what dozens of sports celebrities and heroes have done for more than two decades: He looked into a television camera and shouted, “I’m going to Disney World!”

This week, America’s newest star lived out his post-finale show pronouncement when he basked in the glow of a victory parade and gala celebration at “The American Idol Experience,” the new Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park attraction based on the “American Idol” television show.

Celebrating with Allen Friday at Walt Disney World was his new bride, Katy. The longtime sweethearts were married eight months ago.

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First Look: Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 Teaser Trailer (Video)

Attached to UP, the teaser trailer to Toy Story 3 has been released. Unfortunately, this version is in 2D. Enjoy.

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Ten Things to Know About SeaWorld’s Newest Attraction, Manta

Manta at SeaWorld Orlando © SeaWorld1) The attraction features 10 aquariums, totalling nearly 250,000 gallons of water. Special features include a pop-up aquarium where smaller guests can ‘pop up’ in the middle and surround themselves with the tank’s inhabitants and a 220 square foot overhead viewing panel. That panel alone weighs almost 16,000 pounds (8 tons) and is the largest of its kind ever produced by the manufacturer, Nippura. The salt-water habitats at the attraction consist of 71,000 pounds of salt.

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Kodak Introduces Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Single Use Cameras, Time Limited Special Offer

UPDATED: To learn more and to purchase the camera, visit the page on Disney Fairy Tale Weddings or on DisneyStore.com.Disney Weddings Branded Single-Use Camera from Kodak

ROCHESTER, N.Y., May 29 — Princes and princesses have a new way to get friends and family to help capture spontaneous shots of their wedding: the new, exclusive single-use Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Camera by Kodak! That’s right; couples tying the knot have an exciting new option. This elegant new camera gives wedding guests a unique way to capture high-quality images of the big day. Couples who want to be among the first to purchase the new cameras for their weddings or rehearsal dinners can visit http://www.disneyweddings.com starting today.

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Creative Forces Behind Disney/Pixar’s UP to Ring Closing Bell at New York Stock Exchange May 29

While the event has already taken place, we hope to provide you with video and more coverage soon. Keep checking http://stitchkingdom.com/tag/nyse for more coverage of this historic event. (Video has been posted here)

While the New York Times may continue to report on their financial bleak outlook for Disney with an apparent shortage of toys inspired by UP or the Jonas Brothers in.. well, whatever they do, it appears Pixar may get the last laugh – or at least the last bell.

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Jungle Book on Britain’s Got Talent, Simon Cowell Proves to be a Disney Fan

Note to future American Idol prospects: notoriously harsh and brutally honest judge Simon Cowell is unabashedly a Disney fan. Although he has spoken on his affinity for the classic animated films before, such as in this article on DeanPiper.com, he held nothing back after this performance by 12 year old Callum Francis on the 4th semi-final of Britan’s Got Talent (yes, that Susan Boyle show).

Barely dressed as Mowgli, Francis performed a medley of the Bare Necessities  and I Wan’na Be Like You. What caught my attention, however, was the appearance of the songs’ actual performers, which appears to have been courtesy of Disneyland Paris (or so I’m assuming).

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Details on Disneyland Resort’s Studio Disney 365 Hollywood Makeover Salon – Opening June 26

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Ever wish you could rock out like some of your favorite Disney Channel stars or become a huge singing sensation on your own Disney Record label? Now you can! From the moment you step into our Studio Disney 365 “sound stage” you will see lights, cameras, and a lot of action! Our talent agents and stylists will help our “stars of tomorrow” undergo a complete transformation getting camera-ready to walk the carpet, preparing them for their grand entrance onto the set. Studio Disney 365 is the place to be with so much to do and so much to see! Studio Disney 365 opens June 26, 2009 in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort.

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Disney Interactive Studios Announces JONAS for the Nintendo DS

JONAS for DS BURBANK, Calif. — From sold out shows to the big and small screens, the Jonas Brothers will take over the video game world as well this holiday. Disney Interactive Studios today announced the development of JONAS for Nintendo DS. The game allows players to take on the role of three superstar brothers – Nick, Joe and Kevin Lucas in outrageous adventures from the Disney Channel comedy series “JONAS.” Players help the JONAS band members juggle concerts, school, friends and fans to find the balance between their rock star world and ordinary lives.

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First Look: Photos of 2 Bedroom Equivalent and Studio Units of the Villas at the Grand Californian

Scheduled to open in late September, here’s a couple of photos courtesy of Disney that show the interior of the 2-bedroom equivalent units. The DVC units will also be available for overnight guests to rent, pending availability.

Inside a 2BR equivalent unit at the villas at the Grand Californian © DisneyInside a 2BR equivalent unit at the villas at the Grand Californian © Disney

And finally, an interior shot of one of the studios:

Inside a studio unit at the villas at the Grand Californian © Disney

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