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BURBANK, Calif., March 11, 2009 -  The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) will announce fiscal second quarter 2009 financial results via a live audio Webcast beginning at 4:30 p.m. EDT / 1:30 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 (results will be released at approximately 4:01 p.m. EDT / 1:01 p.m. PDT). To listen to the Webcast, point your browser to www.disney.com/investors. The discussion will be available via re-play through May 19, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. EDT / 4:00 p.m. PDT.

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Mickey Brings the Magic to Terminally Ill Children

Daily human interest story: Whilst in town for the touring production of Mickey’s Magic Show, Mickey visited Claire House, a hospice for terminally ill children and  young adults, near Liverpool in England yesterday morning. Brief article here.

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Vinylmation Urban Series 1 to be Released March 20

Oopsy From the Vinylmation Urban Series 1 by Artist Thomas Scott

Oopsy From the Vinylmation Urban Series 1 by Artist Thomas Scott

The next round of the Vinylmation collection will hit the shelves at Walt Disney World and Disneyland on Friday, March 20.

The 3″ collection includes Checkered by Dan Howard, El Super Raton by Natalie Bert Kennedy, Furrr by Susanna Gay, Grafitti by Chad Miller, Monster by Tyler Dumas, Oopsy by Thomas Scott (Pictured), Pinball by Mark Seppala, Poc Mickey by Eric Caszatt, Squiddy and Swiss Cheese by Randy Noble and Who’s There? by Susan Foy. The 9″ collection includes Dragon by Monty Maldovan (LE 400), Mortimer by Randy Noble (LE 400), Mummy by Dave Keefer (LE 200) and Robot Mickey by Doug Strayer (LE 500).

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Disney Interactive Studios Announces ‘Groundbreaking’ Racing Game – Split/Second

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BURBANK, Calif. — Racing to the finish line takes on added excitement when competitors trigger destruction on the track to take out their opponents. Disney Interactive Studios today announced Split/Second, an intense action racing game set within the world of a hyper-competitive reality television show. Competitors vie to be the first across the finish line in a made-for-TV city built for destruction, with the ultimate goal of becoming the season champion. Developed by Black Rock Studio, Split/Second is scheduled to be released in early 2010 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Windows-based PC.

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Exclusive D23 Items from DisneyMovieRewards.com

D23 PinDisneyMovieRewards.com is offering exclusive merchandise to D23 members. Currently two items are available: The pin featured to the left is a limited edition of 2300, 1.75″ wide and can be redeemed for 500 points.

Also available is a 1/2 inch square D23 pendant (including 18″ chain) and accented with a Swarovski crystal. The pendant can be redeemed for 1000 points.

There is a one item per member limit.

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KABC to Stream Red Carpet at Witch Mountain Premiere March 11

Beginning at 9:30 PM EST (6:30 PM PST) Wednesday evening, KABC-TV in LA will be streaming live from the world premiere of Race to Witch Mountain at the El Capitan Theatre.

To access the event, click here. WARNING! Do NOT go the website ahead of time unless you want to either be horribly annoyed or annoy former loved ones.

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Ten Year Old Girl is a Suite Life-saver

A ten year old was recently honored for saving the life of her grandmother late last year using the Heimlich Maneuver which the girl credits The Suite Life of Zack and Cody for teaching her that very same day. Full article found here via HappyNews.

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Disney XD Goes Green… for St. Patrick’s Day

This St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), Disney XD presents a six episode-long block from 7PM-10PM EST/PST featuring your favorite green superheroes and villains. Be on the lookout for the Incredible Hulk, She-Hulk and the super-villain Green Goblin from the wildly popular animated series “Spider-Man” and “The Incredible Hulk.”

The programming schedule is:
7:00 p.m.    Spider-Man – “Sins of the Fathers Chapter 4: Enter the Green Goblin”
7:30 p.m.    Spider-Man – “Partners in Danger Chapter 8: The Return of the Green  Goblin”
8:00 p.m.    Spider-Man – “Wedding”
8:30 p.m.    The Incredible Hulk – “Innocent Blood”
9:00 p.m.    The Incredible Hulk – “Doomed”
9:30 p.m.    The Incredible Hulk – “Fantastic Fortitude”

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‘Race to Witch Mountain’ Review

Race to Witch Mountain I recently had the opportunity to attend a screening of the upcoming re-imagining of a Disney classic. So just how does this sci-fi action thriller for the Hannah Montana generation stack up? Read the no-holds-barred interview here.

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Additional D23 News from Press Conference Call

D23 Head Steven Clark began the call by providing some background and inspiration on D23, talking about how the Walt Disney Company first got its start on October 16, 1923 (where the 23 comes from) by signing its contract to produce the Alice comedies.

Clark addressed concerns about why there hasn’t been a greater outreach by Disney to its fans in the past. He stressed that Disney has always reached out to its fan base in many different aspects but that they’ve always been at the hand of individual units. D23 represents the first time the company has formed a united front to bring that level of relationship to the Disney fan community. Clark defines D23 as pulling back the curtain, going behind closed doors, going backstage and meeting the cast members that make the magic every day, all summed up as the ultimate insider Disney experience.

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