Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children Opens

Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children openingFeaturing the latest in pediatric clinical technology and soothing, kid-friendly environments, today’s opening of the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children ushers in a new era of children’s health care. The state-of-the-art facility offers patients a unique experience where kids are the main characters.

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Photos: Disney Gets ‘Tangled’ with Locks of Love Event

Disney's 'Tangled' for Locks of Love eventThis past weekend, several celebrity hair-stylists offered complimentary haircuts at the Bungalow Salon in West Hollywood, CA to benefit the Locks of Love charity in celebration of the Disney Blu-ray/DVD release of Tangled.

Locks of Love provides hair pieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long term medical hair loss in an effort to ‘return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss.’

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has graciously provided us with the following slideshow consisting of photos from the event:

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ABC’s ‘Body of Proof’ Premiere Tweet-Along with Stars Event Announced

Tonight, Tuesday, March 29, viewers tuning in for premiere of ABC’s new drama “Body of Proof” can also engage live online with series stars Dana Delany (@DanaDelany) and John Carroll Lynch (@JohnCarrollLynch) as they “tweet” in conjunction with the new series’ premiere. Tonight from 9:55-11:00 p.m., ET, viewers can submit questions to and get an inside look into the series from both stars.

Fans can log on to Twitter and submit questions to @BodyofProofABC: [Your question] #BOPQA. Additional details on how to participate are available at http://abc.go.com/shows/body-of-proof/twitter.

“Body of Proof” premieres tonight from 10:01-11:00 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network.

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Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon to Host ‘World’s Largest Swimming Lesson’ Event, June 14

Typhoon Lagoon © Disney EnterprisesGuests visit Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon for thrills like the Crush ‘n’ Gusher water coaster and Gang Plank Falls. This June, they’ll hit the water park’s wave pool to help break a world record and spread an important message about teaching children to swim.

‘We were honored Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park will once again serve as the official headquarters location for a second record-breaking World’s Largest Swimming Lesson,’ said Jean Gallagher, director of water parks for Walt Disney World Resort. ‘At Walt Disney Parks and Resorts we have a strong commitment to water safety and the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson is a reminder to guests of all ages that when they step in the water we want them to have fun and be safety smart at the same time.’

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CONFIRMED: ‘Cars 2′ Vehicles to Tour North America; Dates and Cities Announced

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Disney/Pixar and State Farm Insurance recently confirmed what we first reported more than a month ago, life-size radio-controlled replicas of Lightning McQueen, Tow Mater and Finn McMissile will visit cities across North America as part of the ‘Agents on a Mission’ tour in support of Cars 2, in theaters on June 24, 2011.

Kicking off in Minnesota, the trio will travel first to the east coast, then head back west to wrap it up towards the end of June. Highlights of the tour include multi-day stops at the New York International Auto Show, Walt Disney World for the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival ‘Salute to Disney/Pixar’ weekend, the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, NC, the Cars 2 world premiere in Los Angeles and Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, CA, which is already home to life-size replicas of Luigi and Guido.

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‘Kingdom Keepers IV’ Author Tour Dates Announced

'Kingdom Keepers 4: Power Play' by Ridley PearsonVia his Wild Ride blog, Kingdom Keepers author Ridley Pearson has provided details on the tour schedule for the Kingdom Keepers IV: Power Play book tour, which will kick off on April 4, 2011 at Walt Disney World as we were the first to announce.

Following Walt Disney World, Pearson will be appearing in the New York City area, the west coast and finally Georgia and Missouri. For the full details of the tour as well as any future updates, see Wild Ride.

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Photo: Jennifer Stone, Kenton Duty and Caroline Sunshine at Epcot

Actress Jennifer Stone, from the Disney Channel series “Wizards of Waverly Place,” joins actor Kenton Duty and actress Caroline Sunshine, both from the Disney Channel series “Shake It Up,” and Disney Chef Jens Dahlmann on March 17, 2011 to shoot a public service announcement (PSA) at Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  The PSA is entitled “Try New Foods” and will air on Disney Channel.

The trio is at Walt Disney World for the “Disney Magic of Healthy Living — The Weekend,” a three-day event focusing on smart eating and exercise. You can read more about the event here.

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Disney Channel Stars Join Inaugural ‘Magic of Healthy Living’ Weekend at Epcot, March 18-20

Fifty young essay contest winners, their families, Disney Channel Stars and Disney characters celebrate and explore a world of flavor and fun at Disney Magic of Healthy Living – The Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort March 18-20, 2011. The setting for the two-day event is World Showcase at Epcot where the “Healthy Living Champions” will participate in a one-of-a-kind “TRY-athlon,” an imaginative, colorful and inspiring course around the “world” to discover new ways that “healthy” can be fun and easy. The weekend, the first in an annual series of Disney Magic of Healthy Living special events, will also include spectacular opening and closing ceremonies full of magic and surprises.

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Ridley Pearson to Premiere ‘Kingdom Keepers IV’ Early at Walt Disney World

'Kingdom Keepers 4: Power Play' by Ridley PearsonNoted young adult author Ridley Pearson will be making a signing appearance at the Walt Disney World Resort on April 4 and April 5, 2011 to promote his latest entry into the popular Kingdom Keepers series, Kingdom Keepers IV: Power Play. Available nationwide on April 5, 2011, Walt Disney World guests will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase it the day before at Once Upon A Toy, located in the Downtown Disney Marketplace.

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Photo Recap: Disney’s Billion Dollar Babies Win Big at 2011 Academy Awards

Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore perform during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards® (MICHAEL YADA / ©A.M.P.A.S.)

Nearly forty million viewers across the United States tuned in last night to see which of the past year’s films would be acknowledged with the most coveted award in the industry. Among the nominations were thirteen for Disney films across nine categories. When all was said and done and the pixie dust had settled, Disney walked away with four Oscars, split evenly among its 2010 billion dollar babies, Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

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