Emmy Award-winning actor Michael Imperioli enjoys an early birthday meal of spaghetti and meatballs March 17, 2009 at “Tony’s Town Square” restaurant at the Magic Kingdom theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Imperioli, who starred on the acclaimed HBO series “The Sopranos,” can be seen on the ABC series “Life on Mars.” The actor/writer/producer, who was born March 26, is celebrating his birthday with his family at Walt Disney World Resort. On “The Sopranos,” Imperioli won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Tony Soprano’s nephew, Christopher Moltisanti.
CONCORD, N.C. — Richard Petty Driving Experience (RPDE) announced, today, the launch of its new membership program, entitled “Experience Rewards”, designed to incent past customers to a return visit to the track for more laps and added excitement.
Membership in the program is available, free of charge, for customers who have driven with RPDE in the last 5 years and to all new customers who participate in a driving experience. Benefits include the opportunity for 12 months to participate in an unlimited number of Rookie Experience programs for just $199 – a savings of more than 50% – or to receive a discount of $199 on the Kings and Experience of a Lifetime programs. Members are also invited to bring along 3 friends who will each get a $50 discount off their driving program and, in turn, become members themselves.
Disney Channel stars Mitchel Musso (“Hannah Montana” and “Phineas and Ferb”) and Tiffany Thornton (“Sonny With A Chance”) perform the new high-energy pop dance song, “Let It Go,” from the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie, “Hatching Pete,” in a music video to debut SATURDAY, MARCH 28 (7:20 p.m. ET/PT) on Disney Channel. Leading up to the television debut, the handclapping, chanting song will be available exclusively online at www.Disney.com/MusicVideos and mark its debut on Radio Disney on March 20.
Disney Media Advertising Sales and Marketing Group has signed State Farm as a sponsor of Disney Channel in an agreement that calls for 30-second messages designed to empower young viewers to influence safe driving and to make a difference in their families’ lives. The messages feature 16-year-old star Selena Gomez (of Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place”) and will rotate during Disney Channel’s primetime programming block, the market leader among Kids age 6-14.
The messages have debuted today on Disney Channel and www.statefarm.com/teendriving.
Disney XD’s signature series, “Aaron Stone,” will be seen in a seven-episode marathon that includes special trivia on-air and online, in “Disney XD For Real: Aaron Stone Edition,” airing FRIDAY, MARCH 27 (7:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD.
Disney XD avatars “Sk8r,” “Tekhed,” “INsdr,” “gthgrl,” “Hllywrd” and “gAmr” will present behind-the-scenes footage and trivia about the series’ special effects, the cast’s martial arts training and gamer jargon. The fun facts include that there are six custom-made Aaron Stone suits (three for actor Kelly Blatz and three for his stunt double), and that Kelly Blatz spent several weeks in martial arts training to prepare for his role as Aaron Stone.
BURBANK, Calif. – (Business Wire) For Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus fans worldwide the wait is nearly over. The eagerly anticipated “Hannah Montana The Movie,” arrives in movie theaters April 10. Setting the stage for the film’s premiere is the Walt Disney Records soundtrack CD, which features 18 tracks — including 14 brand new songs — performed by Miley, Billy Ray Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts and Steve Rushton. The CD arrives in stores March 24, while the debut single, “The Climb,” by Miley Cyrus, is already #6 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
The fun-filled adventure film stars Miley along with real-life father Billy Ray Cyrus, Vanessa Williams (“Ugly Betty”) and all of Miley’s young co-stars of “Hannah Montana.” The Walt Disney Records soundtrack boasts plenty of pop gems, including “You’ll Always Find Your Way Back Home” (co-written by Taylor Swift), “Let’s Get Crazy,” “The Good Life ” “Let’s Do This,” “Spotlight,” “What’s Not To Like” and a new version of “The Best Of Both Worlds,” all performed by Miley as Hannah Montana; “The Climb” (Produced by John Shanks), “Don’t Walk Away,” “Dream” and “Hoedown Throwdown” by Miley Cyrus; and “Butterfly Fly Away,” a tender and unforgettable duet by Miley and Billy Ray, produced by Glen Ballard.
Catch a glimpse here of what will be available when the store opens later this week.
More information on Tren-D can be found on WDW’s website here.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (March 17, 2009) — Chef Cat Cora and Disney are joining together to open an exciting new family dining restaurant at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort. Kouzzina by Cat Cora will feature a menu of Mediterranean-style cuisine that pays tribute to the chef’s Greek roots.
The restaurant, to be owned and operated by Disney, is scheduled to open by fall 2009 in the space currently occupied by Spoodles.
Bloomberg is reporting that against the hopes of the Hong Kong government, Disney has halted all creative and development work in terms of expanding its Hong Kong Disneyland, resulting in a layoff of about 30 employees.
Event Hails Opening Weekend of “Race to Witch Mountain”
As Disney Launches Exciting “Opening Weekend Surprise” Program
BURBANK, Calif. (March 16) – Dwayne Johnson, star of Walt Disney Pictures’ “Race to Witch Mountain,” this weekends No. 1 film at the box office, surprised audiences at a San Diego movie theater when he made a personal appearance on the first day of the film’s release, Friday, March 13. In addition to greeting the moviegoers at the AMC Mission Valley theater, Johnson gave every member of the audience two free passes to Disneyland! Appearing with Johnson were the film’s director, Andy Fickman, and producer, Andrew Gunn.