Characters in Flight at Downtown Disney Balloon Inflation (Video)

In honor of the grand opening of Aerophile’s Characters in Flight at Downtown Disney today, we are pleased to take you ‘backstage’ for a glimpse of the setup and inflation of the balloon through time-lapse photography. Please enjoy. Thanks to Disney for the footage.

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D23 Members Offered Discounts at Newport Beach Film Festival

D23 members are being offered discounts to certain screenings and events at the 2009 Newport Beach Film Festival.

Marc Shaiman (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

Marc Shaiman (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

On Friday, April 24 at 7pm, enjoy An Evening of Film and Fun Set to Music: A Gala Reception & Concert with Marc Shaiman. Join multiple Academy Award® nominee, Tony Award® and Grammy Award®-winning film composer and songwriter Marc Shaiman for a tune-filled evening of performance and memorable behind-the-camera stories of his many film projects including such modern day movie classics as Hairspray, The Wedding Planner, My Giant, Sleepless in Seattle, Sister Act, City Slickers, When Harry Met Sally and Beaches. Shaiman received the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Awards for his work on the Broadway hit Hairspray. May not be suitable for younger audiences. D23 Member Price: $20 (Regular: $30).

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Loews USO Resorts Offer ‘Grrreen Dog’ Hotel Package For Visiting Dogs (and Their Owners)

NEW YORK — (Press Release) — As part of its commitment to the environment, Loews Hotels encourages even its furriest guests to do their part in promoting responsible, sustainable consumption (literally). The new Loews “Grrreen Dog” package features a specially created “Dog Gone Green” room service meal, a veterinarian approved healthy feast which mixes locally grown ingredients from neighborhood farms with a lot of love. The “Grrreen Dog” package will launch on Earth Day (April 22, 2009) and features several additional earth-friendly components.

Available April 22 – September 5, 2009, “Grrreen Dog” package rates vary by hotel, starting at $119 per night. Package includes:

— A one-night stay at one of Loews Hotels 17 properties for guests and their pet
— “Dog Gone Green” room service meal with local ingredients (see recipe below)
— A Loews Hotels 100 % organic cotton bandana made by Go Doggie Go Green™
— A Zogoflex™ Huck, an environmentally-friendly toy by West Paw Design ®

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First Series of Experiment 626 Project Vinyl Collectibles Released

Mindstyle Stitch CollectionMaking their debut at the FX Show in Orlando, Mindstyle brings us the first series of the Experiment 626 Project where artists have been commissioned to give Stitch a whole new look.

The vinyl collectibles stand a proud 5″ tall and retail for about $25 each.

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New Social Bookmarking Site DisMarks Exclusively for Disney Fans

DisMarks is a new site in the style of social bookmarking sites such as Digg but specifically tailored to fans of Disney. Users can contribute links to articles they find interesting (or vote up existing links) for the benefit of other Disney fans.

As you may have noticed, each article here on Stitch Kingdom now contains an icon on the right side. This will allow you to suggest or vote up that particular entry on DisMarks. We encourage you to mark any article you find interesting and wish to share with the community, even if it’s been marked already. It helps us and most of all, helps other Disney fans.

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Disney Fairies Author Gail Carson Levine to Hold Signing at WDW April 30

Gail Carson LevineOn Thursday, April 30 at 2:00pm – 3:00pm, author of Ella Enchanted and Disney Fairies stories, Gail Carson Levine, will be appearing at the Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden near Test Track in Epcot to sign copies of her book Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand. No personal items may be signed, all items to be signed will be available for purchase at the signing (limit of 2 items per guest).

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Disney Interactive Studios Names Dan Tudge Vice President and General Manager, Propaganda Games

PropagandaBURBANK, Calif. — Disney Interactive Studios today announced the appointment of Dan Tudge as vice president and general manager of Propaganda Games, Disney Interactive Studios’ development studio in Vancouver, British Columbia. Tudge is tasked with overseeing the operations of the 130-person studio as it continues the development of two unannounced games.

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Club Penguin’s Rockhopper to Visit Walt Disney World in May

rockhopper-disney-world-298x300If you’re a penguin, you already know who Rockhopper is and you probably already know this juicy little tidbit, but Club Penguin and many CP fan sites are reporting that Rockhopper will be making appearances at Walt Disney World beginning April 30 through May 13. No further details are currently available, but rest assured, as soon as we know more, we’ll update you all.

Updated: Here’s the official announcement in CP’s blog.

Thanks to cancilla/TGM for the tip

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Advance Sales for EARTH has Disney Planting 500,000 Trees (and Growing)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 18: Disney's Mark Zoradi, DisneyNature Jean-Francois Camilleri, Disney's Dick Cook, Disney's Robert Iger, Director Alastair Fothergill and Director Mark Linfield at the World Premiere of DisneyNature's "EARTH" on April 18, 2009 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Le Studio/Wireimage)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 18: Disney's Mark Zoradi, DisneyNature Jean-Francois Camilleri, Disney's Dick Cook, Disney's Robert Iger, Director Alastair Fothergill and Director Mark Linfield at the World Premiere of DisneyNature's "EARTH" on April 18, 2009 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Le Studio/Wireimage)

BURBANK, Calif.– “EARTH” won’t open till Wednesday, yet moviegoers have already snapped up half a million tickets to catch the movie in its opening week and have a tree planted in their honor. Disneynature’s commitment to plant a tree for everyone who sees the motion picture between April 22-28 means that already 500,000 trees will be planted — and that number is still growing with advance ticket sales on the rise and the April 22 opening just a few days away.

“With half a million new trees committed so far, Disneynature’s first film is already making an impact on the world — and ‘EARTH’ hasn’t even opened yet,” said Mark Zoradi, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group. “We’re so pleased that moviegoers have embraced this film and our tree-planting initiative to this degree and we expect the numbers to keep climbing.”

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Auditing the Disney English as a Second Language (ESL) Schools for Chinese Children

The Wall Street Journal has published an article which peeks into life at Disney’s schools that teach English to China’s youth. Focusing on apparent attempts by Disney to push its brand throughout the country, the article questions the motives and effectiveness of the school. Well received by the Chinese middle class, Disney plans on creating new schools in both Shanghai and Beijing and is contemplating introducing the schools to other countries in the future. Article here.

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