ABC Daytime and SOAPNet Present Stagecoach Country Music Festival in California

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ABC Daytime and SOAPnet have signed on as the presenting sponsor of the 2009 Stagecoach Country Music Festival powered by Toyota. The event, held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, will be a part of ABC Daytime and SOAPnet’s Soap Nation Tour, an ongoing initiative to bring the stars to more fans in more cities more often. As part of the sponsorship, actors from all three soaps, “All My Children” (AMC), “One Life To Live” (OLTL) and “General Hospital” (GH), will be integrated into the event, introducing musical acts and interacting with fans on the Mane Stage. Additionally, ABC and SOAPnet will hold autograph sessions and run giveaways from a branded RV and tent onsite. Talent confirmed to attend (subject to change) include Bobbie Eakes and Aiden Turner from “All My Children,” Bree Williamson from “One Life To Live,” and Brandon Barash, Steve Burton, Rebecca Herbst, Kirsten Storms, Jason Thompson and Laura Wright from “General Hospital.” Go to www.soapnet.com for additional details.

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Orlando Introduces New ‘Deal of the Week’ Program and Contest

New Deal Posted Every Friday through June 30 at VisitOrlando.com/smile

ORLANDO, Fla., April 3 — Beginning today, the “Bundles of Free Smiles” campaign developed by the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. (Orlando CVB) will get a new boost through June 30 with a weekly featured deal and a vacation giveaway contest in addition to the more than 130 free offers at VisitOrlando.com/Smile. The new “Deal of the Week” component begins today and offers enhanced savings at select Orlando resorts. With more than 130 accommodations, attractions and other venues already offering “free” components such as stay three nights get two free, the “Deal of Week” will provide a bonus savings of up to $100 in added value.

Visitors to VisitOrlando.com/smile will find a new “Deal of the Week” posted every Friday through June 30. However, to celebrate the inauguration of the program, this first deal offering more than $300 in savings will be featured for two weeks, ending April 17:

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Snow White Turns Blu October 6 — Almost 2 Months Before DVD Release

BURBANK, Calif., April 3 — Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) proudly announces the highly-anticipated, October 6 high definition debut of the most-acclaimed animated movie ever made, Walt Disney’s original classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Making history again with its exciting debut, the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ Blu-ray bow marks the first time Disney Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack (2 Blu-ray discs + DVD) has ever been released, followed seven weeks later with the release of a Deluxe 2-Disc Classic standard definition DVD on November 24. The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ Blu-ray edition will undoubtedly represent the quintessential way to experience this landmark film.

“We are thrilled that the consumer has clearly recognized the value in our Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack releases and will have another opportunity to maximize their viewing options in October with Snow White,” Bob Chapek, President of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, said. “With today’s technological breakthroughs found in Blu-ray, we are confident that this version of Snow White will easily become the reference point for high definition home entertainment libraries and family collections all over the world.”

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Early Review: The Proposal (Ryan Reynolds, Sandra Bullock)

The Proposal Movie PosterSave the date for the newest romantic comedy from Touchstone Pictures, The Proposal starring Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock. Sure, it’s been done before. It’s a sit-com cliche — Drew Carey did a Chuck and Larry version of it, there was even an entire series (I Married Dora) focusing on the subject — not to mention Hollywood (Green Card, anyone?). So how do real-life Canadian Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock fare in their future mixed-marriage? Stitch Kingdom recently had the chance to preview the upcoming film due out in June and you can catch it all right here.

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New Webisode and Breathtaking Images from Disneynature’s Earth

Disneynature Earth OnesheetDisneynature has graciously provided us with some stunning images taken while filming its new documentary Earth, the story of three families: polar bears, humpback whales and elephants.

In addition, we also have a featurette from the film titled Heritage which takes a look back at the legacy of Walt Disney and his Academy Award-winning True Life Adventures series as well as clips from the upcoming film.

You can view the video and the image gallery which includes images not yet available on the movie’s official site after the jump.

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Disney Store Announces Activities, Events, Promotions and Products for Earth Day

PASADENA, Calif., April 2, 2009 – Disney Store North America unveiled its comprehensive line up of Earth Day activities and promotions designed to educate families about the impact they make by recycling and provide everyone with the opportunity to engage in replanting an endangered rainforest through The Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees Campaign (www.plantabillion.org). These initiatives build on The Walt Disney Company’s recently announced long-term environmental goals to reduce emissions, waste, electricity and fuel use, as well as the company’s impact on water and ecosystems.

To add to the Earth Day celebration, Disney Store will also introduce an exclusive assortment of environmentally friendly tee shirts and tote bags made from Sustainable Solutions Group’s RETHINK fabric, a new textile created from recycled water bottles.

“Disney Store’s Earth Day 2009 participation continues Disney’s long-term commitment to protecting the environment,” said Jim Fielding, President, Disney Store Worldwide. “From merchandise made from recycled and organic materials to projects to promote environmental awareness with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and The Nature Conservancy, Disney Store is proud to help bring attention to preserving this magical place in which we live.”

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Famous Chicken Consults on Disney Channel Original Movie ‘Hatching Pete’

Mascot Hall of Fame-inductee Ted Giannoulas, the original Famous San Diego Chicken who is widely credited for heralding an era of outrageous sideline mascots, was a consultant and one of three professional chicken stuntmen on the set of “Hatching Pete,” a raucous comedy about a small town’s zeal for its high school basketball team and the emergence of a shy teen’s hidden personality as its hilarious chicken mascot.

The stunt and basketball-filled movie geared towards kids, tweens and families, premieres FRIDAY, APRIL 24 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel with a simulcast on Sprint TV and MobiTV. The movie will be available Friday, April 17 on Disney Channel on Demand through select cable and telco providers. The “Hatching Pete” movie website at www.DisneyChannel.com features arcade games “Tailfeathers Bounce” and “Mascot Me,” and an interactive quiz.

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Disney Channel Marks Earth Day with Green-Themed Programming for Preschoolers, Kids and Tweens Starting April 17

Through eco-conscious storytelling, Disney Channel marks Earth Day with episodes conveying the importance of conservation, recycling and using natural resources beginning FRIDAY, APRIL 17.

PlayhouseDisney.com will launch the new “Handy Manny Gets Handy with the Earth” mini site, which includes “Manny’s Mini Garden,” where kids can create their own online garden on FRIDAY, APRIL 3.

Disney.com will offer a preview of “Handy Manny’s” new recycling episode, “Home Sweet Home/ Jackie’s Old Shed,” beginning SATURDAY, APRIL 11.
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Brad Garrett Visits Bloat and Nemo at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Brad Garrett with Bloat and Nemo from Finding Nemo: The Musical (c) Gene Duncan/Disney

Brad Garrett with Bloat and Nemo from Finding Nemo: The Musical (c) Gene Duncan/Disney

Comedian Brad Garrett (“Everybody Loves Raymond,” “‘Til Death”) does his best blowfish impression April 1, 2009 alongside two characters from the “Finding Nemo – The Musical” show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The show is based on the animated Disney-Pixar film “Finding Nemo.” Among the show’s featured characters are “Bloat,” a blowfish (left), who was voiced by Garrett in the feature film, and Nemo (right), a clownfish and star of the film and musical show. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of four theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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