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

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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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Mitchel Musso and Jason Earles Host ‘Yin Yang Yo!’ Event and Star in New Episode April 5

Popular kid and tween stars Mitchel Musso (“Hannah Montana,” “Phineas and Ferb”) and Jason Earles (“Hannah Montana”) host a marathon programming event, a countdown of their Top 5 favorite “Yin Yang Yo!” episodes, culminating with the premiere of their guest starring roles on the animated series, SUNDAY, APRIL 5 (6:00 –9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD.

Comedy interstitials featuring the animated characters Yin and Yang with Musso and Earles will also be included.

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Wal-Mart (and Others) to Begin Selling ‘Bedtime Stories’ DVD and Blu-ray Early

Following a move Wal-Mart previously made by releasing the Bolt Blu-ray and DVD several days earlier than the official release date,  not only does Wal-Mart confirm they will continue to do the same with Bedtime Stories by selling it beginning April 3 but other retailers have jumped on the bandwagon.

The article on VideoBusiness.com goes further into the matter pointing out complications that have arisen from Disney and other home video distributors who have broken away from the traditional Tuesday release schedule, causing confusion among retailers and may have lead to the apparent complacency Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is experiencing with retails offering DVDs early.

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Anaheim Tourists Go Green in Orange with New Area Guide

Santa Barbara, CA, April 01, 2009 — The pocket sized map featuring walk-able destinations around the resort was developed for the Anaheim Orange County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau.

Hotels, restaurants and attractions within 20 minutes walking distance are included as well as routes for resort transit systems, walking and fitness trails. The maps are printed on recycled paper and available as a digital download from the official Anaheim OC website www.anaheimoc.org.

Anaheim’s newest entertainment, dining and shopping district, Gardenwalk, features heavily on the map which was specifically designed to fit with the colors and styling of the official website. Disney’s California Adventure and the main Disneyland Park are shown with nearby parking and accommodation.

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Disney Online Signs Agreement to Acquire Assets from Kaboose, Inc.

Acquisition will Include Kaboose.com, Babyzone.com, AmazingMoms.com Funschool.com and Zeeks.com

North Hollywood, CALIF. — April 1, 2009 — Disney Online, part of the Disney Interactive Media Group (DIMG), announced today it has signed an agreement to acquire Internet assets from Canadian-based Kaboose Inc. including Kaboose.com, Babyzone.com, AmazingMoms.com, Funschool.com and Zeeks.com. The Kaboose assets will be integrated into Disney Online’s extensive line-up of Web sites, extending its leadership in the kids and family online space. The purchase price is approximately $18.4 million (based on approximate price of CAD 23.3 million), subject to certain adjustments.

“This acquisition strengthens our position as a top entertainment destination for kids and families, and a trusted online resource for parents,” stated Paul Yanover, executive vice president and managing director of Disney Online. “These new Web properties complement Disney Online’s category-leading kids and family sites, broadening our audience and infusing an array of new content into our sites, particularly in the baby and mom categories.”

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Disney Announces $15 Tickets to Celebrate Their 15 Years on Broadway

Disney Theatrical Productions is celebrating 15 years on Broadway by offering “$15 FOR 15″ – 15 days to purchase companion tickets for THE LITTLE MERMAID, Mary Poppins or THE LION KING for $15. Beginning at noon this Sunday, April 5 until 11:59 PM on Sunday April 19, theatre-goers will have the opportunity to buy a $15 companion ticket for all three popular Disney on Broadway shows with the purchase of a regular priced ticket to more than 125 performances throughout the spring.

“When I look back on our 15 year history, one achievement that continues to be a great source of pride is our ability to bring first-time theatre goers to Broadway,” said Thomas Schumacher, producer and president of Disney Theatrical Productions. “We’ve helped instill a love of theatre in adults and children alike, and being able to broaden that reach with an opportunity like this is profoundly gratifying.”

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Characters in Flight Tethered Hot Air Balloon Flight at Downtown Disney

Characters in Flight BalloonUP, UP AND AWAY — Guests will get a bird’s-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort as they soar to new heights in a whimsical attraction that recently opened at Downtown Disney. Characters in Flight, operated by Aerophile, is a giant tethered balloon that ascends some 300 feet into the sky every 10 minutes (depending on weather). Riders can catch the flight daily for $16 ($10 for ages 3-9). Image (c) Disney.

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