Disney Unveils New ‘The Princess And The Frog’ Toy Line

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Actress Anika Noni Rose, voice of Princess Tiana, Disneys first African American princess, unveiled a new toy line inspired by the upcoming film, The Princess and the Frog, which opens this holiday season. The event was held at the American International Toy Fair in New York City on February 16, 2009 (Photo: Business Wire)

Actress Anika Noni Rose, voice of Princess Tiana, Disney's first African American princess, unveiled a new toy line inspired by the upcoming film, "The Princess and the Frog," which opens this holiday season. The event was held at the American International Toy Fair in New York City on February 16, 2009 (Photo: Business Wire)

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As the Disney Princess royal court prepares to welcome its newest member, Princess Tiana, star of the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated theatrical release, The Princess And The Frog, Disney Consumer Products (DCP) in collaboration with Mattel (NYSE: MAT) and CDI, a division of JAKKS Pacific (NASDAQ: JAKK), today unveiled a dazzling and magical toy line inspired by the film and its colorful characters. Tony Award-winning actress/singer Anika Noni Rose, the voice of Princess Tiana, unveiled the line which includes dolls, play sets and role-play dresses at a sneak preview event at the American International Toy Fair in New York City. Continue reading…

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NYCC09: Disney Publishing Worldwide Panel

The panel began with Tashana Williams, a licensing manager, discussing the importance of the fab five to Disney in the comics industry and the longstanding relationship with Gemstone Publishing who holds the rights to the property in the United States (much to the chagrin of many of the audience) and will continue to do so for the forseeable future. She mentioned Mickey and the Gang as the current (published Nov 2005) high end, oversized collection which features reprints of all of the Good Housekeeping comic strips from the 1940s through 60s along with additional collections. She mentioned that there are currently over 100,000 pages of fab five comics at their disposal so the ink well won’t run dry anytime soon. In the medium to long term, she said the company is working towards licensing the classic characters (such as the Disney princesses) in comic book form. Continue reading…

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Britney Spears: Part of a Nutritious Breakfast

We know she only mentioned it because she needs the publicity (I kid, I kid), but the notorious Disney Farm Fresh Eggs commercial first made famous right here on Stitch Kingdom has made it to the big time – the blog on Britney’s official site. We’re on her radar (on her radar)!

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A Photo Tour of Walt Disney Animation Studios

Rotten Tomatoes presents a photo tour of Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Keep out an eye here for a tour of the Walt Disney Studios in preparation for The View as it heads to the Studios in a few weeks.

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American Idol Experience February 12 Media Event Videos

The American Idol Family Reunion for Disneys American Idol Experience Event (c) Copyright Disney

The American Idol Family Reunion for Disney's American Idol Experience Event (c) Copyright Disney

If you missed the simulcast of the blue carpet event here on Stitch Kingdom, please do not fret. (Okay, you can fret just a little bit). Coming soon is most of the raw footage from the event so you can catch all of your favorite American Idol (and Disney) stars as they graced the blue carpet prior to the main event.

Videos after the jump. Continue reading…

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Largest-Ever Gathering of ‘American Idol’ Winners Joins in Premiere of Attraction at Walt Disney World

American Idol Host Ryan Seacrest Appears with Goofy, Mickey and Minnie

American Idol Host Ryan Seacrest Appears with Goofy, Mickey and Minnie (c) Copyright Disney

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Feb. 12, 2009) – With the largest-ever gathering of “American Idol” winners joining in the celebration, Walt Disney World Resort Thursday night raised the curtain on “The American Idol Experience,” a new attraction capturing the energy and excitement of the hit TV show.

Thursday’s grand premiere, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, was attended by all seven winners of the series, from season-one winner Kelly Clarkson to season-seven champion David Cook. Joining Cook and Clarkson were Jordin Sparks (season six), Taylor Hicks (five), Carrie Underwood (four), Fantasia Barrino (three) and Ruben Studdard (two). Continue reading…

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Deacon Follows Suit (and Files Suit) on Tower of Terror

It’s just not a good week for the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that UK residents Leanne Deacon and her mother have filed a lawsuit against Walt Disney World following a 2005 incident in which Deacon suffered from eventual cardiac arrest and a brain hemorrhage which required emergency surgery. The suit, which is claiming unspecified damages exceeding $15,000, claims that Walt Disney World was behaving as a ‘common carrier’ and thus was subjected to specific regulations guaranteeing guests’ safety. The suit also cites that Disney failed to present ample warnings and safety restraints. For it’s part, Walt Disney World conducted a full inspection of the attraction that same evening, even inviting oversight from the Florida Department of Agriculture Bureau of Fair Rides Inspection and found the attraction to be operating successfully. In Florida, amusement parks of a certain size (which includes Walt Disney World) are not regulated by the state. Continue reading…

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Disney Store Recalls Handy Manny Toy

Playhouse Disney “Handy Manny” Toy Tool Sets Recall

The Disney Store has issued a recall for about 20,000 Handy Manny Tool Sets that were sold between October 2007 and January 2009 for potential choke hazards. Customers who have purchased the item (UPC Code #405144100614 or #422147400633) should return it immediately to their local Disney Store location for a full refund.

For additional information, contact the Disney Store toll-free at (866) 902-2798 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.DisneyStore.com

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Universal Studios plans Beijing theme park

SHANGHAI, Feb 12 (Reuters) – U.S. film giant Universal Studios is awaiting regulatory approval to build a theme park costing more than 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) in Beijing, a Chinese government official said on Thursday. Continue reading…

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David Cook’s GMA Performance … Almost

A scheduled live performance by David Cook to air on Good Morning America this morning didn’t go quite as planned when problems causing the audio to intermittently cut out forced the aired performance to end prematurely.

With any luck, I will soon have video from GMA available featuring what little of the performance there was as well as an additional tour of the new American Idol Experience through the eyes of ABC weatherman Sam Champion and Cook’s colleague, David Archuletta.

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