First Week’s Sales to Disneynature’s EARTH Means 2.7 Million Trees to be Planted

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BURBANK, Calif., April 29   — Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has arranged with The Nature Conservancy to plant 2.7 million trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, one of the planet’s most endangered rainforests, it was announced by Dick Cook, chairman, The Walt Disney Studios.  In keeping with the Disneynature EARTH’s themes of protecting the planet and its wildlife, Walt Disney Studios volunteered to plant a tree in honor of every moviegoer who saw the film during its first week of release.  The motion picture grossed an impressive $16.1 million at the box office during week one and broke an opening day record as well as an opening weekend record for a nature documentary.  The film also garnered the highest praise from critics and moviegoers alike.

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Florida Legislature Passes Time Share ‘Debt-Cancellation’ Bill

The Florida legislature has approved a bill that allows time share operators such as Disney’s Disney Vacation Club (DVC) to sell policies to new buyers that will allow them to walk away should they suffer a loss of income. The bill, championed by Disney, means that hesitant prospective buyers who are afraid to invest in the time share given the current state of the economy will now be offered the potential to drop the time share and any remaining balance due.

The bill will be sent to the Governor’s office who’s expected to sign.

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Kodak’s Fantasy Golf Game Offers Chance to Win ‘Disney Golf Dream’ Vacation

ROCHESTER, N.Y.- One of the most exciting new events on the PGA TOUR this season, the Kodak Challenge, is inviting golf fans to play along with the professionals. Kodak is launching a new fantasy golf league, the Kodak Challenge Fantasy Pick ’Em, which enables fans to experience the action of the Kodak Challenge in a free online game at www.fantasy.kodakchallenge.com. Participants are eligible for Kodak prizes as well as a season-ending giveaway to win a “DISNEY Golf Dream Vacation for Four.”

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Comfort Inn and Radio Disney Offer Chance to Win Getaway and Demi Lovato Meet & Greet

SILVER SPRING, Md., April 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — This summer, make Comfort Inn your headquarters for family fun. With free hot breakfast, free high-speed Internet and inviting accommodations — you’ll find everything you need for a great stay and you’ll find it all at the right price.

To ensure some all-star summer fun, Comfort Inn hotels has joined forces with Radio Disney, Disney Online, Family Fun magazine and Disney Music Group to present the Groovin’ Family Getaway with Comfort Inn Featuring Demi Lovato sweepstakes.

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Adventures By Disney Website Receives Best Travel Website Award

BURBANK, Calif., April 29 /PRNewswire/ — Adventures by Disney (AdventuresbyDisney.com),provider of high-end family travel experiences, was awarded Best Travel Website by the Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) Awards. The IAC Awards, produced by the Web Marketing Association, recognize excellence in online advertising and those responsible for the best in Internet marketing. The Best Travel Website award is given to travel industry sites that exemplify creativity, innovation, design, memorability and impact. The new website was created by a dedicated Adventures by Disney web team at WDPRO (Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Online).

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Details on New Jonas Brothers Album, Lines, Vines and Trying Times Released

Jonas Brothers - Lines, Vines and Trying TimesBURBANK, Calif., April 29 /PRNewswire/ — Jonas Brothers’ highly anticipated new album Lines, Vines and Trying Times is scheduled for world wide release June 16, and the ramp up kicks off May 8 with the release of the first single, “Paranoid.” On May 8, “Paranoid” will roll out to radio and online worldwide, and on Verizon for ring tones. The single will be available for digital download on iTunes staring May 12. The video for “Paranoid” will be directed by The Malloys, who previously worked with Jonas Brothers on their smash hit single and video “Burnin’ Up.”

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Radio Disney Announces Winner of ‘Next Best Thing’ Contest

Sister act and winners of Radio Disney's Next Best Thing contest, Jonnie and Brookie

Sister act and winners of Radio Disney's Next Best Thing contest, Jonnie and Brookie

A teen pop duo, “Jonnie and Brookie” of Phoenix, Arizona, have been named Radio Disney’s “Next Big Thing” (N.B.T.) via a poll that tabulated nearly nine million votes on RadioDisney.com and via texts to Radio Disney from listener’s mobile devices, it was announced on air by Radio Disney’s Ernie D. Radio Disney’s N.B.T., a recurring on-air and online programming feature, puts the spotlight on young recording artists and allows them to get their music heard on a national level. Since its November debut, Radio Disney’s N.B.T. introduced 11 unsigned acts and invited its kid and family audience to look, listen and vote for their favorite new artist online or via text.

“Jonnie and Brookie” (sisters age 16 and 14, respectively) will perform in concert at an exclusive Radio Disney event to be announced shortly. They narrowly edged out three other frontrunners — AllStar, Bre Morgan and Comic Book Heroes.

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Hanes Comfort Crew Offers ‘Tweet-up’ at Design-A-Tee May 1

On May 1, from 9:30 am to 10:30 am, join Hanes and the team of Hanes Comfort Crew bloggers at the new Design-A-Tee shop in Downtown Disney’s Marketplace. Surprise giveaways are being offered (while supplies last).

For more information,  visit the tweet-up page or follow @hanescomfort on Twitter.

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Orlando’s WFTV Reports Possible Case of Walt Disney World Tourist with Swine Flu (Updated)

WFTV Channel 9 in Orlando is reporting a case of a Mexican tourist who came to visit Walt Disney World a couple of days ago being infected with the swine flu.

At this time, both Disney and the Orange County Health Department claim no knowledge of the situation.

UPDATE: A representative from the Orange County Health Department acknowledges that a tourist had been tested for the swine flu on Monday night but that the results have not yet become available. While many people have come into hospitals claiming to have swine flu symptoms, the tourist in question was the only one to be tested so far (and presumably because he’s from Mexico).

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