Disney Channel Stars Ahoy! Kodak and Disney Cruise Line Bring Exclusive Fan Experience, Contest to the High Seas

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Guests traveling on the Disney Wonder this summer may have the opportunity to meet with their favorite Disney Channel stars (Photo by Diana Zalucky/Disney)

Guests traveling on the Disney Wonder this summer may have the opportunity to meet with their favorite Disney Channel stars (Photo by Diana Zalucky/Disney)

CELEBRATION, Fla. (May 11, 2009) – In a Disney exclusive, numerous Disney Channel stars will set sail this summer, joining thousands of Disney Cruise Line guests aboard the Disney Wonder for eight special sailings during the first-ever “Disney Channel Summer at Sea,” presented by Kodak.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Disney Channel and offer guests on our ship a unique opportunity to sail with Disney Channel stars,” said Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz. “A cruise vacation with Disney Cruise Line is always a family-favorite and ‘Disney Channel Summer at Sea’ provides families another reason to set sail and experience the Disney difference.”

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Definitive Guide to Kidcot and Location Cheat Sheet Updated

The Definitive Guide to Kidcot has been updated to reflect the reduced number of locations in Future World as well as the relocation of the Mexico Kidcot station. The location cheat sheet has also been updated to reflect these changes.

Check out the updates here.

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Look Up in the Sky! It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s… It’s… Well… UP!

Cluster Balloon Chair and Up Zeppelin at Pixar Studios. Photo courtesy of Pixar.

Cluster Balloon Chair and Up Zeppelin at Pixar Studios. Photo courtesy of Pixar.

Disney/Pixar has teamed up with cluster balloon pilot Jonathan Trappe to promote the UPcoming new film by recreating Carl Fredricksen’s helium-tastic voyage on a much smaller scale (right down to using Carl’s armchair instead of his house). Two teams will be leading a 20-city tour on either coast which already began back in late April.

Today, the west coast tour visited the Pixar Studios campus as shown in the photo on the left.

Remaining tour dates are as follows:

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BOOM! Studios Disney Line of Comics Now Available at Disney’s Soda Fountain and Studio Store

Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store © Stitch Kingdom. All Rights Reserved.

Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store © Stitch Kingdom. All Rights Reserved.

May 7th, 2009, Los Angeles, CA — Disney’s Soda Fountain and Studio Store announced today that the new BOOM! Kids line of Muppet and Disney/Pixar comics will be available to their customers starting immediately! Newsstand editions of THE MUPPET SHOW COMIC BOOK, THE INCREDIBLES: FAMILY MATTERS, CARS: THE ROOKIE and all forthcoming Muppet and Disney/Pixar comics will be hitting the shelves each Wednesday as new comics are released!

“We couldn’t be more excited to be the only comics carried at the Disney’s Soda Fountain and Studio Store,” said BOOM! Kids editor Paul Morrissey. “I can’t wait to see the fans’ reaction to these great books!”

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ABC Takes Replica ‘Wipeout’ Course on the Road – Details and Full Schedule

From May 10 through June 14, Those Daring Enough Will Get to Participate in the “Wipeout” Road Trip, Featuring the Spinning Log Roller and Sucker Punch Wall, for a Chance to Win Fun Prizes!

Just like the popular “Wipeout” obstacle course that delivers laughs, moans and groans to your living room, daring participants will get a chance to partake in the “Wipeout” Road Trip with a modified replica of the course. The replicated course will be set up outdoors and will feature the ever popular Spinning Log Roller and Sucker Punch Wall that will offer participants a chance to win ABC and “Wipeout” branded prizes which may include water bottles, rally towels and t-shirts.

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All Aboard for “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” Train Tour and Contests (Full Details, Photos)

From Sneak Peeks of Exclusive 3D Film Footage to Summertime Snow – Disney Pulls out All the Whistle Stops for 40-City Traveling Experience

Map of Christmas Train Tour

Disney's A Christmas Carol LogoBURBANK, Calif. — Disney is pulling out all the whistle stops and taking its show on the road with a spectacular immersive and interactive 40-city train tour including a 3D sneak peek of film footage from the upcoming movie “Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” it was announced today (05/08/09) by Dick Cook, chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. Set amidst a snowy backdrop—complete with all of the sights and sounds of Christmas including carolers, decorations, giveaways and many more surprises in each of the 40 cities—the Train Tour is being launched with HP on board as the title and technology sponsor and driven by Amtrak. This family event is for guests of all ages and is free to the public.

A Christmas Carol Train

Starring Jim Carrey and directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” opens in theatres November 6 in Disney Digital 3D™ and in IMAX 3D®.

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Pixar to Open Second Studio in Vancouver, British Columbia

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Woody and Buzz are heading north.

To accommodate a growing slate of nonfeature projects, Disney and Pixar will launch an animation studio in the fall in Vancouver.

The focus will be on Pixar’s established characters, including Buzz and Woody from the “Toy Story” films and Lightning McQueen and Mater from “Cars.”

“The operation will be small in size and dedicated to producing short-form quality computer animation for theme parks, DVDs, television and theatrical exhibition … for several different divisions of the Walt Disney Co.,” Disney/Pixar president Ed Catmull said.

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Report: Disney Close to Investing More Capital into Hong Kong Disneyland

HONG KONG/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Walt Disney Co is close to agreeing to invest more capital in Hong Kong Disneyland and allow the island’s government to convert its loans to equity to maintain its majority share of the theme park, a source involved in the talks said.

If Disney and Hong Kong’s government, which now owns 57 percent of the underperforming and much-maligned resort, can close a deal, it could pave the way for an expansion that is estimated will cost HK$3 billion ($387 million) and boost flagging attendance.

(Reporting by James Pomfret and Gina Keating in Los Angeles; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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Catherine Ralston, 12, of Ohio Takes the Cake at Hasbro’s Easy-Bake 2009 ‘Baker of the Year’ Contest

Catherine Ralston, right, 12, from New Albany, Ohio, reacts as she is announced as the winner as the other finalists look on at the Easy Bake 2009 "Baker of the Year" Contest at the Walt Disney World Resort, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Thursday, May 7, 2009. (Ray Stubblebine/Hasbro)

Catherine Ralston, right, 12, from New Albany, Ohio, reacts as she is announced as the winner as the other finalists look on at the Easy Bake 2009 "Baker of the Year" Contest at the Walt Disney World Resort, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Thursday, May 7, 2009. (Ray Stubblebine/Hasbro)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Catherine Ralston, a 12 year-old from New Albany, Ohio was named the EASY-BAKE 2009 “Baker of the Year” today after baking her delicious “Queen of Hearts Strawberry Tart” for a panel of toy, parenting, and culinary experts at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. This announcement concludes a search, started last summer, by Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS) and the EASY-BAKE brand, that combed America’s kitchens looking for the next “Baker of the Year.”

Assisted by her “sous chef” mom, Teresa, Catherine set the hearts of the judges aflutter with her “Queen of Hearts Strawberry Tart,” a mouth watering marriage of fresh strawberries and EASY-BAKE sugar cookie mix.

“Wow, I can’t believe I’m the 2009 EASY-BAKE ‘Baker of Year!’ I love to cook and had so much fun baking with and spending time with the other kids,” said Catherine. “I especially love that I got to share this experience with my mom, the person who taught me to cook!”

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