The celebration of the Los Angeles Lakers continued today at the Disneyland Resort in Southern California. The 2009 NBA World Champions were celebrated with a parade on Main Street USA. Fans lined-up to celebrate the team and MVP Kobe Bryant. Bryant also took time to enjoy the Matterhorn Bobsleds with fans.
ANAHEIM, Calif., June 18 — Celebrating the best in basketball, the Disneyland Resort saluted the 2009 World Champion Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday with a victory parade down Main Street U.S.A., in Disneyland park. Kobe Bryant, MVP of the recent NBA Finals, smiled and waved to fans as he rode on a float to represent the Lakers in the special, celebration parade.
Some favorite Disney characters joined the magical parade as Disneyland guests cheered for the Lakers and their 15th NBA championship. The Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic to win the title in a “Fairytale Series” that matched up teams located near Disneyland Resort, in Anaheim, and Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.
“It’s like a dream come true to be here and celebrate at Disneyland, coming down Main Street U.S.A. with all the fans cheering,” Bryant said after the parade. “It’s a tremendous honor to represent my team.”
Guest stars Brooke Shields and Cody Linley reprise their roles as Miley Stewart’s late mother and former boyfriend Jake Ryan in a new one-hour episode of “Hannah Montana,” airing SUNDAY, JULY 5 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. It will be preceded by a “Hannah Montana” marathon (1:00–8:00 p.m., ET/PT).
A new music video from the Season Three soundtrack for “Hannah Montana” will debut daily JUNE 29-JULY 3 (7:00 p.m., ET/PT) and all five – “Mixed Up,” “Just A Girl,” “Let’s Get Crazy,” “Supergirl” and “Every Part of Me” – will air following the Sunday, July 5 episode.
The “Hannah Montana Season 3 Soundtrack” releases on Walt Disney Records July 7.
Completing a process begun in January, ABC Entertainment Group President Stephen McPherson today announced the Group’s final organizational structure. Effective immediately, Business Affairs, Business Development, Casting, Program Planning, Scheduling and Distribution will be managed as integrated areas, while ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios retain separate creative teams, with each combining development and current programming roles.
In making the announcement, Mr. McPherson said: “The new organization will strengthen our position as a top quality content engine and promote a healthier business model to sustain it. The structural changes we have put in place ensure a cohesive vision from a creative, production and business standpoint, and will make us a stronger, more efficient team more seamlessly focused on common goals.”
SAVANNAH, Ga. — “THE LAST SONG,” a coming-of-age drama starring multi-talented singer/songwriter/actress Miley Cyrus, Kelly Preston and Greg Kinnear, begins production in Savannah, Ga., this week. The film is based on best-selling novelist Nicholas Sparks’ forthcoming novel.
Hitting bookstores on September 8, 2009, Sparks’ “The Last Song” is the 15th book published by the novelist whose other books include “The Notebook,” “Message in a Bottle” and “Nights in Rodanthe.” Though several of his books have been adapted to film, “The Last Song” is the first to make it to the big screen within the first year of publication.
Opening in 1969, the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland® quickly became the most popular attraction in New Orleans Square. Marie Osmond is pleased to replicate the “Haunted Mansion Hostess” costume on “Adora Bitty Belle” who is elegantly attired in the costume designed exclusively for the attraction. This elaborate costume replica consists of a bottle green skirt, lace trimmed blouse & apron, with matching jacket and is topped off with the famous “Bat Hat” which is perched jauntily atop the doll’s curls. This cute little pin trader doll comes with two tradable pins that celebrate the icons of New Orleans Square which includes the Haunted Mansion and the Haunted Mansion entrance plaque. Adora Disneyland® Haunted Mansion Bitty Belle is truly a collectible doll sculpted by Marie Osmond. She has been handcrafted with the special attention to detail that is the hallmark of all Marie Osmond dolls. Adora Disneyland® Haunted Mansion Bitty Belle is hallmarked on the back of her neck with Marie’s signature and is hand-numbered.
SEATTLE — Classmates Online, Inc. announced today a sweepstakes where members of the social networking community can win the ultimate prize: a trip for 12 to Walt Disney World® Resort or Disneyland® Resort.
Beginning today, Classmates.com members can enter the sweepstakes by engaging in activities such as posting photos, taking quizzes, inviting friends to join Classmates.com and posting to message boards. Disney fanatics will enjoy a wide range of Disney content including games and videos.
Members participate in the promotion by entering a fun, interactive Disney “Party Room” featuring an animated DJ, music and a video wall, and completing various tasks offered through Classmates.com. Completing activities offered in the “Party Room” can also earn members Disney ringtones, avatars, printable stationery and other Disney downloads.
The Grand Prize vacation package, a five-day, four-night vacation for 12 people to the winner’s choice of either the Walt Disney World® Resort or Disneyland® Resort, includes the following: Continue reading…
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Times may be tough, but a national effort has been launched to remind Americans with at least one grandparent in their families how rich they truly are.
“For the past several years grandparents have been playing an increasingly important role in helping America’s children and families, providing full-time care to millions of children,” says Christine Crosby, founder and publisher of GRAND magazine. “Now, with a major recession upon us, grandparents are bringing critical help and wisdom from hard times in the past to hold families together and keep them healthy. Recognizing grandparents’ value is more important than ever.”
Few Americans are aware that grandparents are the primary caregivers for nearly six million U.S. children. In fact, 75 percent of all non-parental care of children in America is now provided by grandparents. Millions more help their children and children’s children on a daily basis.
To focus the nation’s attention on this growing phenomenon and provide grandparents with the recognition they deserve, GRAND Magazine, Humana (NYSE: HUM), Orlando/Orange County Visitors & Convention Bureau, and the national children’s crisis charity KidsPeace are launching the fourth annual national search for an example of extraordinary care worthy of the title of GRANDparent of the Year. Any member of the American public can nominate a GRANDparent of the Year. Nominating forms are available online at www.grandmagazine.com. All nominations include a 150-word description of why the nominee deserves this honor. The GRANDparent of the Year will be honored with a five-day, four-night vacation for four to family-friendly Orlando, including air, hotel, rental car and tickets to Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando or Universal Orlando plus admission to two of Orlando’s popular water parks and dinner at Arabian Nights. The top 10 finalists will receive a $100 gift certificate and their photos and essays of nomination will be published in the September issue of GRAND, The Online Magazine for GRANDparents, in time for National Grandparents Day on Sept. 13 and on www.grandmagazine.com. In addition, every grandparent nominated will receive a free subscription to GRAND Magazine.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., June 17, 2009 — Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex recently hosted the 37th annual Special Olympics Florida Summer Games, marking the 23rd year that Walt Disney World Resort has supported the event.
More than 2,000 athletes from 42 Florida counties competed in track and field, soccer, tennis, cycling, bocce and volleyball. Making it possible were more than 1,200 volunteers, including many Disney Cast Members.
“When our Special Olympics athletes have the opportunity to compete at a world-class athletic facility like Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex, it’s not only an unparalleled competitive experience for them, but they feel like the champions they truly are,” said Monty Castevens, president of Special Olympics Florida.
UPDATE: According to the Foundation’s website, the exhibit is set to open July 1
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The People’s Princess Charitable Foundation, Inc. (PPCF) is bringing “DIANA–The People’s Princess” – a major new exhibit of royal artifacts – to Walt Disney World Resort. Opening in early July 2009, this limited-time experience showcases the life and story of one of the most iconic and inspirational figures in recent history, including a sampling of the royal dresses Diana chose to auction for charity and hundreds of authentic artifacts relating to her life.
“DIANA–The People’s Princess” exhibit will be held in a 17,500-square-foot setting at Downtown Disney West Side adjacent to DisneyQuest. This unique exhibition is one of the largest collections of royal dresses and rare artifacts ever assembled for an American audience which provides an in-depth historical perspective of her life. The exhibit includes five rarely seen royal dresses worn by Princess Diana.