Walt Disney World Swan Announces Time Limited Offer – Rooms for $119/Night

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Correction: This offer is valid at the Swan resort only.

Book a room at the Walt Disney World Swan resort by June 3, 2009 and it could be yours for just $119/night. This amazing offer places you within walking distance of both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot.

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Film Review: the boys: the sherman brothers’ story

the boys: the sherman brothers' storyThe only thing more legendary than their music is their animosity. It wasn’t until their own children came together and decided the differences must be put aside and the story be told.

Currently in limited release, Stitch Kingdom brings you a review of this fascinating documentary of a family who couldn’t be together unless they were working together. You can read our review here.

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Tickets Now Available for D23’s Lion King Roar into Vegas Event

D23 members can now purchase tickets to the D23 Lion King Roar into Vegas event. Purchase tickets to the June 27 performance for $113.50 per ticket and receive an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience after the show. You’ll also get a premium seating location, complimentary admission to the Founder’s Room at the hotel’s House of Blues, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item.

Tickets will be available via will-call only and you must have your D23 card and a photo ID to claim them.

Click here to purchase tickets.

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‘Phineas and Ferb’s Memorial Day Marathon’ on May 25 – Plus Learn How to Draw Them

104 days of summer vacation begins with a marathon of the Emmy-nominated hit series “Phineas and Ferb,” MONDAY, MAY 25 (2:00 –10:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. During programming breaks, series co-creator and executive producer Dan Povenmire will take viewers behind the scenes during production and provide step-by-step instructions on how to draw the popular characters Phineas, Ferb, Candace, Agent P and Perry the Platypus. Printable instructions are also available for download at DisneyChannel.com.

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Walt Disney Animation Studios Announces First ABC Television Special this Holiday Season

The first television special for ABC produced by the Walt Disney Animation Studios,  “Prep & Landing” reveals the never-before-told tale of an elite unit of Elves known as Prep & Landing. Every Christmas Eve this high-tech organization ensures that homes around the world are properly prepared for the yearly visit from The Big Guy, their code name for Santa Claus. The animated special will air during the 2009-10 television season.

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When it Comes to Big Love, HBO has Nothing on Disney

Topeka’s KTKA is reporting that the Topeka Zoo’s lonely hippo-turned-cougar, Mara,  will soon have a potential suitor in Tucker, a younger hippo gentleman from Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

In the name of ‘research,’ I mistakingly googled on the mating habits of the hippopotamus. I didn’t go past that, but evidently it’s made the list of several top 10 ‘bizarre’ mating rituals.

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Forget the Palm d’Or, Dug from Disney/Pixar’s UP Takes the Palm Dog

The American Free Press is reporting that Dug and the rest of his canine pack (Alpha, Beta, Gamma and perhaps a couple of others) have secured the top canine prize at Cannes, the Palm Dog, which celebrates dogs on film.

From the article: “Up was a favourite from the word go as it featured loveable Dug and a pack of wild but wonderful hounds with comically malfunctioning human voice collars,” said journalist Toby Rose.

For more information on the award, check out the article here.

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Central Florida Charities “Shine On” Thanks to $700,000 in Disney Grants

Mickey MouseLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., May 21, 2009 – Showing a strong commitment to building a better future for the children of Central Florida, Walt Disney World Resort gave a total of $700,000 in grants to 34 worthy non-profit organizations via prize patrols that blanketed the region during the last two weeks.

“It has been incredibly rewarding to celebrate and honor the accomplishments of these very deserving non-profit organizations that tirelessly work on behalf of our community’s youth,” says Eugene Campbell, vice president of Community Relations and Minority Business Development for Walt Disney World Resort. “Walt Disney World Resort is always looking for ways to invest in the children of Central Florida. By doing so, we hope to ultimately create a stronger community for us all.”

Disney’s Helping Kids Shine Grants recognize those who commit their time and talent to making a difference in the lives of Central Florida’s children. This year’s recipients were chosen by panel of judges made up of Central Florida community leaders and Walt Disney World Cast Members. In order to be considered for a Disney’s Helping Kids Shine Grant, non-profits must offer programs that focus on children in four specific areas: connecting with adults, constructive use of free time, character development and compassion.

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Star Wars Weekends Event: Book Signing with Author Ryder Windham June 6

Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual GuideCome meet author Ryder Windham as he signs copies of his book, Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide, on Saturday, June 6 at Wicket’s Warehouse (at Soundstage 1 near the Backlot Tour entrance). Windham has authored over fifty titles including junior novelized versions of Indiana Jones and Star Wars movies and will be signing his book from 11 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 6 pm.

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Star Wars Weekends Hints and Tips from StarWars.com (Video)

StarWars.com has produced a really great video full of tips for surviving Star Wars Weekends. While the big figs displayed at one point are actually from last year, the video is new and current and includes vital information such as the change this year with celebrity FASTPASSes being distributed outside the park. To some extent, the video also features the Prop Shop which is a backstage venue at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Check it out here.

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