All 2011 Walt Disney World Marathon Finishers to Receive Special Mickey Medal, Free Park Admission

In addition to a tremendous sense of accomplishment, a magical reward will await everyone who completes the Walt Disney World Marathon presented by Cigna in 2011: a new Mickey Mouse race medal and a free day at Disney.

As part of Disney’s ongoing efforts to encourage guests to celebrate the milestones in their lives at a Disney park, finishers at the Disney Marathon on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, will receive complimentary admission to a Walt Disney World theme park the Monday after the race.

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Photo Gallery: Opening Night Gala, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Exhibit at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

Details on life-size LEGO Captain Jack Sparrow In celebration of the Blu-ray™ & DVD release of Alice in Wonderland on June 1, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE), in partnership with Disney Consumer Products (DCP),  unveiled a first-of-its-kind Alice In Wonderland Exhibition in the FIDM Museum & Galleries at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles.

Colleen Atwood (Academy Award® winning designer; Best Achievement in Costume Design for Memoirs of a Geisha in 2005 and Best Costume Design for Chicago in 2002) was in attendance along with Nick Verreos (star of “Project Runway”, graduate and instructor at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and NIKOLAKI owner/designer) and Kerli (singer/songwriter of “Strange” and “Tea Party”, featured on the film’s soundtrack).

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Walt Disney Imagineering to Sponsor ‘Come Out & Play 2010′ Weekend in NYC

Created in 2006, ‘Come Out & Play’ is a free weekend-long street game festival inviting players from all around the world to engage in real world games and activities — often based on video games — that encourage exploration of the home city.

Walt Disney Imagineering is a partner in this year’s festival which takes place in Brooklyn, NY from June 4 – 6. WDI’s contribution to the festival comes in the form of a real world MMO titled Unwritten Storybook in which up to 50 players will compete and collaborate with each other to accomplish various tasks such as building a castle or herding unicorns. You can learn more about this particular event here.

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Disneyland to Play Host to MLB’s All-Star Red Carpet Parade on July 13

Major League Baseball announced today that on July 13, the Disneyland Resort will welcome the MLB All-Star Red Carpet procession into the Disneyland Park.

An approximately 6,000-square-yard red carpet stretching three-quarters of a mile from the corner of South Harbor Boulevard at Convention Way to Disney Way, where the public portion concludes, will feature professional baseball players from the 81st annual MLB All-Star Game, their families and members of the coaching staffs. The parade then will continue through Disneyland to Main Street U.S.A. for guests in the park.

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Schedule and Map for 2010 Star Wars Weekends Weekend #1 Now Available

The guidemap for the first weekend of the 2010 Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World resort has now been made available online.

Half the park is split between the Rebel Alliance and the Empire as usual with the Star Wars Weekends merchandise shops finding themselves amongst the Siths. At Boba’s Bounty, one will find merchandise exclusive to the event while Darkside Depot will offer more traditional fare.

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ESPN’s Chris Berman to Receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Chris Berman © ESPNSix-time National Sportscaster of the Year Chris Berman of ESPN, will be honored Monday, May 24, with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as a tribute for his more than 30 years of contribution to the sports television industry. Over the past three decades, Berman has become one of the preeminent sports commentators of his generation. He has been with ESPN since October 1979 — less than a month after the network launched.  ESPN announced last month that Berman had signed a contract extension that will keep him at the network.

This year, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce selected just 28 names from more than 200 nominations. Other honorees set to cement a place in Hollywood history in 2010 are director James Cameron, actors Russell Crowe, John Cusack, Colin Firth, Adam Sandler, Emma Thompson and Mark Wahlberg, and musicians Bryan Adams, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, the band ZZ Top and Roy Orbison (posthumously).

“A star on Hollywood Boulevard is an iconic honor that has literally blown me away,” said Berman.  “It speaks to 30 years of hard work for thousands of ESPN employees, and I am proud to represent each and every one of them.  I can assure you that this will be the only time that my name will be in a sentence with the likes of Clarke Gable and John Wayne.”

Berman is the leading voice and face of ESPN’s National Football League studio coverage as host of Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown and halftime of Monday Night Football, the most-watched series on cable. He has also anchored ESPN’s annual NFL Draft telecast since 1987. His prognosticating alter-ego – the “Swami” – has provided weekly NFL predictions and observations on SportsCenter since 1979.  He also does Major League Baseball play-by-play, hosts the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby and hosts ESPN’s U.S. Open golf coverage.  A regular on SportsCenter for its first 11 years, he continues to anchor the show a handful of times a year.

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Spectator Tickets for Walt Disney World’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon Now Available

Tickets are now available for purchase by spectators (non-participants) for both the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party on October 3, 2010 as well as the Finish Line party taking place inside Epcot’s World Showcase on October 2 from 10:30 pm through 3 am.

To purchase spectator tickets for these events, please call 1-407-WDW-IRUN (407-939-4786).

Admission for these events is already included in the cost of registration for participants. Registration for the both the half-marathon and the relay are at 50%.

For more information on the event, click here.

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‘Toy Story Mania’ Ink and Paint Cel to be Released June 19 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

'Toy Story Mania' Ink & Paint CelJoin Disney Design Group artist Costa Alavezos and Ink and Paint artists James Bonserio, Erin Magill, Theodora M. DeLaney, David Rippberger, Lynn Rippberger, Sharon K. Vincent as they celebrate the release of the newest member of the Ink and Paint Cel collection, Toy Story Mania. The event will take place June 19 at the Studios Animation Gallery at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney Resort, from 10 am – 1 pm and from 2 pm – 5 pm.

The piece is limited to an edition of 1500 with an exclusive pin accompanying the first 750 framed pieces ordered. Click here for more information on the piece and learn how to pre-order.

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LA’s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising to Host ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Exhibition

In celebration of Alice in Wonderland’s Blu-ray™ and DVD debut on June 1, 2010, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE), in partnership with Disney Consumer Products (DCP), are unveiling a first-of-its-kind Alice In Wonderland Exhibition in the FIDM Museum & Galleries at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles.  The exhibition is free to the public and opens on Thursday, May 27 and will run through September 30, 2010.

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Photo: Dedication of ‘Roy E. Disney Animation Building’ at Walt Disney Studios

Don Hahn, Mickey Mouse, Robert Iger and Roy P. Disney dedicate the Walt Disney Animation Building in honor of Roy E. DisneyThis past Friday, hundreds of D23 members were joined by Walt Disney Company President and CEO Robert Iger, producer Don Hahn, Roy E. Disney’s son Roy P. Disney and, of course, Mickey Mouse, as they re-dedicated the Walt Disney Animation Studios building in honor of the late Roy E. Disney at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.

Pictured are (L-R): Don Hahn, Mickey Mouse, Bob Iger and Roy P. Disney. Photo courtesy of Disney.

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