Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund Announces Grants for 67 Conservation Projects Worldwide

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Burbank, Calif, June 4, 2009 —  In celebration of World Environment Day, Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) today announced the funding of programs that will support more than 90 species and promote habitat conservation in 33 countries. The 2009 DWCF grant recipients will receive almost $1.5 million for efforts ranging from protecting Pakistan’s majestic Snow Leopards, to following the migration of Magellanic penguins in Argentina to reintroducing endangered Whooping Cranes in eastern North America.

“Creating a positive ecosystem impact is a key goal of The Walt Disney Company. The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund is a natural extension of that philosophy, enabling leading environmental organizations and scientists to address some of the most critical issues facing animals and ecosystems around the world. We applaud these deserving recipients and are pleased to play a part in their efforts,” said Dr. Beth Stevens, senior vice president, environmental affairs, The Walt Disney Company.

Now in its fourteenth year, the DWCF, through support from The Walt Disney Company and Disney Guests, has contributed more than $14 million to conservation projects for the study and protection of the world’s wildlife and habitats.

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Disney Partners with Vudu to Allow Consumers to Purchase Over 60 Downloadable Hi-Def Disney Films

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 4  — VUDU, Inc., a leading provider of digital on-demand entertainment products and services, today announced that the VUDU service is the first to offer titles from Buena Vista Home Entertainment for download-to-own in high definition. Beginning today, VUDU users can select from a collection of over 60 titles featuring recent hits, such as Doubt and High School Musical 3, as well as past favorites, such as No Country for Old Men, The Sixth Sense and National Treasure. The selection of movies available to own in HD on VUDU will continue to expand as new titles are made available.

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Disney Interactive Studio Announces The Princess and the Frog Video Game for Nintendo Wii and DS

LOS ANGELES — Disney Interactive Studios today announced The Princess and the Frog video game, a new game title inspired by the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated comedy adventure film, “The Princess and the Frog.” Scheduled for release this fall exclusively for Wii™ and Nintendo DS™, The Princess and the Frog video game features favorite moments from the film and new challenges for Tiana, the story’s main character.

Unveiled at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, The Princess and the Frog video game takes players on an exciting journey through New Orleans with characters from the film, including Tiana, Prince Naveen, Dr. Facilier, Ray, Mama Odie, and many others. Reminiscent of classics like “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King” and “Aladdin,” the feature film marks the return to the magic of the Disney musical. The video game brings the magic to life on Wii™ and DS™.

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Star Wars Weekends Map and Schedule for Week #3 (June 5 – 7) Now Available

This weekend’s guests include Jeremy Bulloch, David Prowse and Matt Lanter in addition to hosts Jay Laga’aia and Ashley Eckstein.

Star Wars Weekends Map and Schedule June 5-7

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Magic Kingdom’s Space Mountain Queue May Get a Touch of Soarin’

Earlier today, Orlando Sentinel reporter Jason Garcia noted on his twitter that Disney has filed for a new construction permit for an “interactive queue A/V package,” presumably for Space Mountain.

A source not directly connected to the project has confirmed to us that indeed, the same team that introduced the interactive game in the standby queue of Epcot’s Soarin’ is tackling this new project. Details have not been made available, so it could very well end up being nothing like Soarin’s time-killer, but just some dehydrated food for thought.


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Forget HSM4, It’s a Real World East Meets West as WDW and DLR Presidents Make NBA Wager

Walt Disney World President Meg Crofton shows her support for the Orlando Magic © Gene Duncan/Disney

Walt Disney World President Meg Crofton shows her support for the Orlando Magic © Gene Duncan/Disney

ANAHEIM, Calif./LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (June 3, 2009) – Walt Disney World President Meg Crofton and Disneyland President Ed Grier are squaring off – all in fun – as their local teams, the Orlando Magic and the Los Angeles Lakers, head for the NBA Finals.

With both Disney parks asking guests “What Will You Celebrate?” in 2009, Grier and Crofton are getting in the act, making a celebratory wager on the outcome of the NBA Finals:

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Walt Disney World Park Hours for September 2009 Available Exclusively at.. the Disney Travel Agent site?

If you got to this page looking for details on the the Precious Moments Release, please click here.

It’s making the rounds now as some have noticed that the Disney Travel Agent website, which regularly makes park hours available separately on its site, has posted hours for September 2009 ahead of the official resort web site.

Although the site requires an account (and IATA number) to access the site, evidently the PDF featuring the hours can be accessed by anyone. At least for now.

So for the moment, interested parties can find those posted hours here.

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Celebrate Father’s Day with a Free Breakfast Event from Disney XD and ESPN Zone

Kids and families are invited to celebrate Father’s Day at special events hosted by Disney XD at ESPN Zone® locations in Anaheim, Chicago, Las Vegas, Denver, Washington DC, Baltimore, Atlanta and New York on SUNDAY, JUNE 21 from 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. (doors open at 9:15 a.m.). Reservations are required and guests should RSVP at www.disneyxdfathersday.com, between June 1 and June 15. Kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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