Additional D23 News from Press Conference Call

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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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Investors Re-elect Disney Board, Reject Say On Pay

LOS ANGELES, March 10 (Reuters) – Shareholders at Walt Disney Co’s (DIS.N) annual meeting on Tuesday re-elected the company’s 12 directors but defeated proposals that would have given investors an advisory say on executive compensation.

Disney investors also voted down a proposal that would have barred the entertainment company from providing death benefits to the families of executives who die on the job.

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Disney Announces Names for New Cruise Ships: Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy

DCL 4 ShipsCELEBRATION, Fla. (March 10, 2009) – Today at the 2009 Annual Meeting of Shareholders of The Walt Disney Company, Disney announced the names of the company’s two new cruise ships.

“Last week, steel cutting began on our next two Disney cruise ships.  Today I’m pleased to announce their names,” said Robert A. Iger, Disney president and CEO.  “The Disney Dream will set sail in 2011, while the Disney Fantasy will hit the high seas in 2012.”

Similar to the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, the names were chosen to celebrate Disney’s unique heritage of creating enchanting places and stories where dreams really do come true.
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DCL Announces Names for New Ships

The Walt Disney Co. today announced new names for the new Disney Cruise Line ships being built in Germany.

The Disney “Dream” will begin sailing in 2011 and the Disney “Fantasy” will join the fleet in 2012, Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger said during the company’s annual shareholder meeting today in Oakland, Calif.

Both new ships will begin by sailing out of Port Canaveral through at least 2014. They will join Disney’s existing Magic and Wonder vessels.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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Disney Vacation Club Scheduled to Open Kidani Village, Second Phase of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – In spring 2009, Disney Vacation Club is planning to open the first phase of Kidani Village at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas to meet ongoing strong demand for its unique vacation-ownership program.

“We continue to see strong demand from families who want to build a lifetime of unforgettable memories by vacationing in ways they never dreamed possible,” said Jim Lewis, president of Disney Vacation Club. “Disney Vacation Club is entering a new era with Kidani Village, as it’s the first of four new properties opening in 2009.”
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D23 Merchandise and Club Information on DisneyShopping.com

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Membership is $74.99 plus sale tax annually per individual. At this time, registration can only be done online at either Disney.com/D23 or DisneyShopping.com. In the future, vouchers will be able to be purchased at the theme parks, the Disney Store and the Disney Cruise Lines.

International guests are able to join, but will have to pay additional shipping as required (for now, domestic shipping is free).

Gift memberships are also available to give to loved ones in addition to those under the age of 18.

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Report: Disney Shareholders to Vote on Exec Pay

(Reuters) – Walt Disney Co shareholders, will vote on Tuesday on a proposal that would give them a non-binding, advisory vote on the pay packages given to Chief Executive Bob Iger and other top executives, the Los Angeles Times said.

Disney is one of nearly 100 public companies whose shareholders will vote on the “Say on pay” initiative, which is backed by a group of 75 investors, including TIAA-Cref and the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CALPERS), the paper said.

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THQ Announces Plans for Global Release of Disney-Pixar’s Up Across All Major Video Game Platforms in Spring 2009

Action Adventure Game Will Take Players to the Unexplored Worlds of South America to Encounter Exotic Animals and Villainous Enemies.

AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Mar 10, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) — THQ Inc. today announced its plans to bring the Up video game, based on the highly anticipated Disney-Pixar film, to all major consoles worldwide beginning in spring 2009. Up is currently in development across seven game systems, including Wii(TM) home video game system, Nintendo DS(TM), Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system, and Games for Windows(R) and Mac.

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