Disney’s All Star Music Arcade Closed for Refurb Through May 22

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The Melody Hall Arcade at Disney’s All Star Music will be closed from now through May 22

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Walt Disney World Golf Course Closures for Summer Announced

This gets a little tricky, so bear with me:

Disney’s Palm Golf Course will be closed every day from now through 5/21 and then on Mondays only from 6/8 through 7/27/09

Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course will be closed from 5/18 through 5/28 and then on Tuesdays only from 6/9 through 7/28

Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course will be closed from 5/26 through 6/4 and then on Wednesdays only from 6/10 through 7/29

Disney’s Osprey Ridge Golf Course will be closed from 6/1 through 6/11 and then on Thursdays only from 6/18 through 7/30

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D23 Announces Contest to Win Getaway Package to Las Vegas

More details will be announced at www.disney.com/D23 in early June, but here’s what we can tell you right now:

One D23 member and a guest will have the chance to win a 2 night stay at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Resort, home to Disney Theatrical’s The Lion King and being able to see the show will be just the beginning.

Get your thinking caps on because in order to run with the pack (mind the wildebeests, please), contest entrants will be asked to write an essay on why they love the Lion King (in 300 words or less).

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Enjoy D23 Events Nationwide this Summer – from Los Angeles to Chicago to New York & In-Between

The following are a list of events being held for D23 members in Los Angeles, Anaheim, Orlando, Chicago, Las Vegas, New York City, San Francisco and Burbank. Remember that your D23 membership card will be required to attend all events. Visit http://www.d23expo.com for more details. Continue reading…

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First Look: Carl, Russell and Dug from Disney/Pixar’s ‘Up’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

UP's Russell, Carl and Dug appearing at Disney's Hollywood Studios. © Gene Duncan/Disney

UP's Russell, Carl and Dug appearing at Disney's Hollywood Studios. © Gene Duncan/Disney

As we reported earlier, guests can meet the stars of Disney/Pixar’s UP at the animation building at Disney’s Hollywood Studios beginning tomorrow, May 15.

Here we get our first look at the trio as they visit the park a day early to take in the sites. No word yet if the animation building will be taking flight any time soon.

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The Walt Disney Company Launches ‘Disney’s Friends for Change: Project Green’ Campaign

Multiplatform Environmental Initiative on Disney Channel, Disney XD, Radio Disney and Disney.com Features Star-Studded Lineup of Disney’s Young Talent Pledging Environmental Stewardship and Encouraging Other Kids to Do the Same

Kids’ Votes Determine How Disney Will Divide $1 Million in Donations Among Environmental Causes

DC Friends for ChangeBURBANK, Calif., May 14, 2009 — The Walt Disney Company today announced Disney’s Friends for Change: Project Green, a multiplatform environmental initiative that will help kids help the planet. Disney stars Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato are among the 29 young stars participating in outreach messages to debut on Disney Channel, Disney XD, Radio Disney and Disney.com. The Disney’s Friends for Change: Project Green initiative invites young people to join together to help the environment across four key areas: climate, water, waste and habitats. Kids will learn practical ways to preserve the planet, track their collective impact and have the opportunity to vote on how $1 million in donations from Disney will be divided and invested in various environmental causes over the course of a year.

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Ford and ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ Looking for Community Heroes

Ford Motor Company and partner ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” are still eagerly searching for community Heroes looking to make a difference. The Heroes F-150 campaign is awarding an all new 2009 Ford F-150 and $250,000 to help build or rebuild a portion of a community. Entries are still being accepted at www.TheHeroesF150.com. Participants can nominate their Hero until May 31.

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Muppets ‘Ode to Joy’ Named Best Music Video in 13th Annual Webby Awards

Burbank, CA, May 13, 2009 — The global Web community has voted Beaker’s performance of “Ode To Joy” as Best Music Video of the Year in the Webby People’s Voice Awards. The musical performance – a solo tour de force by Muppet Labs most famous, most combustible and only assistant – was part of a viral video campaign that was produced by The Muppets Studio and Soapbox Films and was released surreptitiously on the web by the Muppet characters themselves.

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TV Personality Joan Lunden, Actor/Comedian Brad Garrett go ‘On the Record’ with Best Walt Disney World Vacation Tips (Video)

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., May 13 — Want the “celebrity scoop” on visiting Walt Disney World? Look no further. Families can now access park tips from celebrity moms and dads via the Walt Disney World Moms Panel site, www.disneyworldmoms.com. Disney Parks welcomes television personality Joan Lunden and actor/comedian Brad Garrett, as they go on camera to share vacation advice based on their family travel experiences. Lunden and Garrett are just another two parents, like the real parents on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel, who have mastered the art of planning a Disney vacation.

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