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Above is a video the LA Times which talks about the history of the attraction and what went into making the recent changes that sparked huge debates amongst Disney fans as well as some of the additions themselves. The accompanying article can be found here.

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Disney Puts $233M Into New Disney Channel Russia Projects

It’s being reported that Disney will invest $233 million into new projects for the free Disney Channel in Russia currently in development in partnership with Media One TV (Disney will have a 49% stake in the channel). The channel is already expected to air dubbed versions of Hannah Montana and other Disney Channel staples, but will also feature exclusive content developed directly for the market.

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The 2009 Disney Channel Games Are A No-Show

O the humanity! Spring Walt Disney World guests are still reeling over the cancellation over the never-quite-official Mickey’s Pirate & Princess Parties for 2009 and now this. According to the Orlando Sentinel’s Hal Boedeker, the planets and stars (Disney stars that is)  have completely misaligned for this tradition. The games are reportedly taking a backseat to the stars’ careers and with the introduction of Disney XD, other promotional plans are in the works. See the rest of the report here.

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LeapFrog and Disney Introduce New Zippity™ System For Preschoolers

news-21840-716857a5aacefc7399364beb21613ad4613x700 LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: LF) and Disney Consumer Products (NYSE: DIS) are proud to announce their first co-developed product, the start of a planned line that expands the duo’s existing relationship. Set to launch in summer 2009, the ZIPPITY high–energy learning system is the first interactive TV-based gaming system for preschoolers that combines full body movement, music, education and fun. By joining forces to introduce the ZIPPITY system, LeapFrog extends its innovation and leadership beyond handheld educational gaming and reading to movement-based learning and Disney grows its presence in the preschool segment, complementing its award-winning Playhouse Disney programming with meaningful toy lines. Continue reading…

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Walt Dismal World – Disney Releases First Quarter

(SK Note: You can access the report directly here)

By Gina Keating

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co reported a sharply lower-than-expected quarterly profit as the global downturn hurt its TV advertising, DVD sales and theme parks, pushing its shares 9 percent lower. Continue reading…

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Disney World Extends Buy 4, Get 3 Offer Thru August 15

Beginning February 9, packages will become available through August 15, 2009 for the promotion where guests can purchase 4 nights and get an additional 3 nights free. To qualify for the offer, packages must be booked by March 29.

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New York Comic Con to Screen First 50 Minutes of UP

MediumAtLarge.net, the official blog for the NY Comic Con (February 6 – 8 ) has announced that as part of the weekend festivities, it will offer a screening of the first fifty minutes of Disney/Pixar’s UP. The screening will be hosted by director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera.

For those unable to attend the convention, be sure to visit Stitch Kingdom for blogging and exciting in-depth news on the world of Disney in tv and film as well as comics.

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Bay Lake Tower to Open August 4 – Reservations Feb 8

Disney Vacation Club has set an Aug. 4 opening date for the Bay Lake Tower, the time-share addition Disney is building next to its Contemporary Resort.

The date is earlier than the “Fall 2009” target Disney had been using until now.

Disney says customers who have purchased shares in Bay Lake will be able to start making reservations Feb. 8. That’s also the same date Disney will begin accepting reservations for in its Treehouse Villas from customers who own stakes in the Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa time share.

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May 2009 Park Hours for Walt Disney World Fully Posted

The international calendar has finally posted the hours for Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. At this time, entertainment schedules for specific days have not yet been added for these parks.

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New Look at ‘Optimouse Prime’ Disney Label Mickey Mouse

Here’s a newly available photo showing the scale of the Disney Label Mickey Mouse transformer figure from Japan’s TakaraTomy.

At a cost around $42 US, the color version is expected to be released later this month while the black & white version is expected to be released in March.

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