NYCC09: Mattel

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Mattels Booth at NYCC09

Mattel's Booth at NYCC09

Fortunately, its recent economic turbulence didn’t keep Mattel away from the show where it presented several upcoming collectibles and toys including those from the Cars and Toy Story franchises. Here’s some of the items you can expect to see hitting your local toy store soon. Continue reading…

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NYCC09: Friday’s First Impressions

My Experience at the New York Comic Con 2009 on Friday

An Overhead View of (Most) of NYCC09

An Overhead View of (Most) of NYCC09

Just getting into the show proved to be one of the biggest challenges of the day. Despite passes being offered in advance as early as Wednesday, it seemed most waited until today and probably with good reason: the Jacob K. Javits Center is just too far out of the way for a casual visit (by mass transit, it requires a substantial ride by subway followed by a micro-substantial bus transfer – at least for me anyway). I arrived to an incredibly long and intimidating line (here I’m thinking Space Mountain, maybe even post-refurb). When I thought I was being offered some reprieve by security who started sending folks upstairs, starting with me,  it turned out I was being sent to another full line. All in all it took probably about an hour to get my credentials, but I must say this show has grown a lot in terms of size and maturity and they handled it all very well. Continue reading…

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Something New to Celebrate! ‘it’s a small world’ Returns to Disneyland With New Magic – Video Included!

it's a small worldA beloved Disneyland attraction returns to Fantasyland on Friday, Feb. 6, when “it’s a small world” opens with some new storytelling magic. With the premiere of a new “Spirit of America” scene, new musical enhancements, and a new look for some of the attraction’s familiar child dolls, “it’s a small world” will once again take guests of all ages on “the happiest cruise that ever sailed.” Continue reading…

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Video Preview of Disneyland’s Small World Changes

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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