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

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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, 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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Theme Park Merchandise Now Available Online at

Disney Parks AuthenticThis year, the Walt Disney Company appears to be celebrating synergy more than anything else and they’ve taken it to a whole new level here.

With very limited cross-over in the past, the Walt Disney Company has done well to keep its merchandising lines completely separate from each other. Even when Disney owned the Disney Store the first time, the merchandise found at the Theme Parks (often marked with both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland logos along with a golden castle logo) was primarily available only at the theme parks or mail order (or the occasional shopping by proxy), but never at the Disney Store or online.

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Radio Disney to Premiere New Single ‘Hey’ by Mitchel Musso May 15

Mitchel Musso, star of Disney Channel’s “Hannah Montana,” will be a special guest on Radio Disney, the #1 radio network for kids and families, on FRIDAY, MAY 15 (6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT). Musso will speak to Radio Disney on-air personality Ernie D. about his music, tour plans and his role as Oliver Oken on the hit series “Hannah Montana.” Following the interview, Radio Disney will world premiere “Hey,” the second single off Musso’s self-titled Walt Disney Records debut album, due in stores June 2, 2009. New episodes of “Hannah Montana” air Sundays at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel.

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Universal Orlando Resort Kicks off Brand-New ‘Sizzling’ Summer Concert Series

New Series Features Live Performances by Chart-Toppers Including Jordin Sparks and Natasha Bedingfield at Universal’s New Concert Venue, The Music Plaza

ORLANDO, Fla. – Universal Orlando is kicking off its first-ever Summer Concert Series with performances by some of music’s biggest talent – live at its new outdoor Music Plaza.  Beginning Saturday, June 13 and running Saturday nights through July 4, the new concert series will give guests the chance to top off their day in the park with a nighttime mega-concert.

The concert line-up features four of the biggest names in pop, hip-hop and R&B – all of whom are chart-topping, multi-platinum, Grammy Award nominees and winners.

First up is “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks, whose self-titled album has sold more than a million copies.  Sparks will be followed by hip-hop icon LL Cool J, with more than 15 million records sold and 20 singles on the Billboard charts.  Then comes British songstress Natasha Bedingfield, with album sales of more than 10 million – and Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famers, The O’Jays. Continue reading…

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A Close-UP Look at the Zeppelin by Airship Ventures

The Graf Zeppelin attempts to moor to New York City's Empire State Building but high winds made it impossible.

In this doctored composite image, the Graf Zeppelin moors itself to the Empire State Building

Harking back to a romanticized future of the past, the sepia-toned skies of today could be very well have been filled with massive airships transporting passengers from coast to coast and country to country. But while you shouldn’t expect to see a zeppelin mooring to the Empire State Building any time soon (yes, that’s right – the once tallest building in the world was indeed intended to be a docking station for zeppelins – see here for more information), you can find one today piloting the skies of California.

The largest of only three zeppelins operating in the world today, the Eureka was recently brought to the United States by privately owned Airship Ventures, offering customers a once-in-a-lifetime experience as they fly over California using a means of transportation that hasn’t been seen in this country in decades. In fact, Airship Ventures is the only airship company operating today that allows the public to enjoy its services.

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Disney Channel Orders Additional Episodes of ‘Suite Life on Deck,’ Introduces New Character

Disney Channel has ordered additional second-season episodes of the hit comedy series “The Suite Life on Deck” and will bring aboard a new character played by actor Larramie “Doc” Shaw (“House of Payne”). The series is in production in Hollywood and is a spin-off of the Emmy-nominated “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.” It stars Dylan Sprouse (winner of the 2009 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards for Favorite TV Actor), Cole Sprouse, Brenda Song, Debby Ryan and Phill Lewis.

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