Production has begun on “Skyrunners,” the first original movie for the newly branded television platform Disney XD. The science fiction adventure features rising star Kelly Blatz, who can also be seen playing the title role of the new network’s flagship series “Aaron Stone.” In addition Weta Workshop, the multiple Academy Award-winning world leader in special makeup, creature and visual effects (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “King Kong” and “The Chronicles of Narnia” films), will design and provide the practical alien creature effects in the movie. The announcement was made today by Gary Marsh, president, Entertainment, Disney Channels Worldwide.
Mischievous Simba is well aware that as the son of Mufasa, he’s next in line to rule over all the other critters as king. In a wild-and-wooly celebration of his fantastic future, Simba even imagines what he’ll look like with a grown-up mane by popping his head through a wreath of fire-red blossoms. Plussed with a pewter tail, the lovable cub gains the lion’s share of praise as our Spring Premiere Event’s “mane” attraction. So roar on by and let this cute cub make you feel like royalty.
Disney Interactive Studios today announced the next installment in the popular and highly successful Hannah Montana video game franchise, Hannah Montana The Movie, is now available in stores nationwide. Debuting the same week as Walt Disney Pictures’ “Hannah Montana The Movie,” the games promise fans a memorable mix of hit songs and new adventures with several of your favorite characters for some down-home fun. Also releasing from Disney Interactive Studios, Hannah Montana Star Moves mobile game will bring the franchise’s adventures to players on all major wireless carriers.
“Hannah Montana The Movie video game taps into the familiar elements that have made the Hannah Montana franchise such a success – multi-faceted characters, hit music and popular fashion,” said Craig Relyea, senior vice president of global marketing, Disney Interactive Studios. “Fans can further expand their experience with our mobile game, all of which combine to bring hours of fun to fans worldwide.”
Hannah Montana The Movie, available now for Wii™ home video game system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system lets fans play as Miley Stewart or her superstar alter ego Hannah Montana as she returns to her hometown of Crowley Corners, TN to explore and rediscover her roots.
After searching America’s kitchens since last summer, Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS) today announced the names of the seven talented child bakers selected to participate in the EASY-BAKE 2009 “Baker of the Year” contest finals. Representing different states across the country, the seven finalists will be flown to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, where they will compete for the title of EASY-BAKE 2009 “Baker of the Year” on May 7, 2009.
“We were impressed by the caliber of recipes that we received for the EASY-BAKE 2009 ‘Baker of the Year’ Contest that it was difficult to choose just seven finalists!” said Kim Losey, Senior Brand Manager Global Marketing and Development, for Hasbro’s EASY-BAKE Brand. “The kids participating in the finals really stood out – not only were their recipes outstanding but we were equally impressed by the amount of time, thought, and creativity put forth by each of them.”
The newest chef at Walt Disney World Resort may be small in stature, but he’s a big hit with guests enjoying haute cuisine at Les Chefs de France in Epcot. With his flair for French fare, diners of all ages are eating up his whimsical tableside visits.
His name is Remy, and he’s the rat-turned-chef made famous in the Academy Award-winning Disney•Pixar film “Ratatouille.” A new Audio-Animatronicscharacter created by Walt Disney Imagineering, Remy stars in a new guest experience at Les Chefs de France entitled “Bon Appétit from Chef Remy.” Les Chefs de France is one of the restaurants featured at the France pavilion in Epcot.
News4Jax.com is reporting on an vehicular accident that took place on Walt Disney World property on Sunday afternoon. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a driver ended up swerving off the road into the path of an oncoming tour bus, killing the driver and sending three passengers on the bus for treatment for minor injuries.. The accident occurred between the Wilderness Lodge and the Contemporary Resort. Read the original article here.
UPDATE: Additional reports have confirmed the driver to be 47 year old Teresa Scarborough of Clermont, Florida and the number of persons treated for injuries is two. One report notes the bus was ‘parked’ while another indicates Scarborough lost control of the car and crossed into the lane of the oncoming traffic, according to the FHP.
Peru’s El Comercio is reporting that Disney executives will be arriving in Lima this week to scope out land, potentially for another theme park. See the original article here (Spanish) or an English version here.
Starting at $499, the May 8 – May 10 package offers a 2 night/3 day stay at either the Walt Disney World Resort Swan or Dolphin hotels, a 50 minute Swedish massage for Mom at the Dolphin’s Mandara Spa, a free Sunday morning character breakfast for Mom (when accompanied by paying child/ren) , a box of chocolates from award winning pastry chef Laurent Branlard and a late checkout of 4 pm (pending availability). Use code MOTHER when booking over the phone at 888-828-8850.
Additional mandatory fees, taxes and restrictions do apply. For full details on this offer, click here.
The official Walt Disney World website has begun posting PDF versions of its menus for Table Service Locations. At this time, restaurants that offer this feature include Liberty Tree Tavern, Tony’s Town Square, Shutter’s, The Wave, Spoodles, ESPN Club, Cap’n Jack’s, Le Celier, Rose and Crown, Akershus, Coral Reef, Grand Floridian Cafe, Mama Melrose, 50s Prime Time Cafe, Sci-Fi Dine-In, Olivia’s, Kona Cafe, Boatwright’s, Turf Club and Whispering Canyon Cafe.
THE BIG CHEESE: Famed French Chef Paul Bocuse introduces his grandson — also named Paul Bocuse — to a new Audio-Animatronics figure named “Remy” April 3, 2009 at Les Chefs de France restaurant at Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Remy, made famous in Disney’s Academy Award-winning animated film “Ratatouille,” is featured at the restaurant in a new guest experience called “Bon Appetit from Chef Remy.” The Audio-Animatronics figure — the smallest ever created by Walt Disney Imagineering — interacts with diners inside the restaurant. Through Sept. 5, Remy will make appearances in the dining room during specific times.