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).

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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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Disney Promises One Twisted World Premiere for ‘Prince of Persia’

Fawn ©Miramax Film NY, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Time-twisted that is.

In honor of the film’s theme which revolves around a dagger with which the possessor can manipulate time, Walt Disney Studios is rolling out the red carpet around the world, with separate events across five different time zones, on Sunday, May 9.

The film’s stars (including Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton and Ben Kingsley) will appear via satellite for each of the international events which begin in Australia, followed by Asia, Europe and Central America.

The world premiere itself takes place at Westfield London which is undergoing a massive transformation to become a Persian city. Fifteen members of 3RUN will be on hand to provide a live, breath-taking parkour demonstration before the screening.

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ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill to Offer 2010 FIFA World Cup Viewing Parties

Soccer fans in Central Florida can get swept up in the fever of 2010 FIFA World Cup through unique viewing opportunities at Walt Disney World Resort.

ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill at Disney has been designated as an official viewing location for the month-long global soccer tournament.  Soccer fans can watch live World Cup matches televised on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 from South Africa involving their favorite soccer national teams on the ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill’s many large high-definition screens.

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Britt Nicole Joins Walt Disney World’s ‘Night of Joy’ 2010 Lineup

EMI/Sparrow Christian recording artist Britt Nicole has been added to the September 11, 2010 line-up for Walt Disney World’s ‘Night of Joy’ event at the Magic Kingdom.

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Disney/Pixar and Marvel Icons Among Offerings for Free Comic Book Day 2010

Disney Pixar and Marvel offerings for Free Comic Book Day 2010The first Saturday in May is Free Comic Book Day in which thousands of comic book shops around the globe offer the opportunity for fans and enthusiasts to pick up a free edition of new and old favorites.

With Marvel joining the Disney family, the Disney offerings have tripled this year as Buzz and Woody join Iron Man, Thor and Nova with each defending the universe in their own special way.

In Toy Story FCBD 2010 Edition from BOOM! Studios, the Pixar pals rally together when a new present for Andy makes an unexpected appearance. Good news and a temporary reprieve for the toys when Andy announces it’s a dupe, but what great unknown will he replace it with?

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ESPN’s X Games Returns to Downtown Los Angeles After Seven Years

ESPN – together with Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) and the Los Angeles Coliseum – will celebrate its 16th annual action sports event, the X Games, entirely downtown between STAPLES Center, Nokia Theatre, the Los Angeles Coliseum and L.A. LIVE. The 2010 event will mark the seventh consecutive year that the X Games will take place in Los Angeles.  Thirty-one hours of live X Games programming on ESPN and ESPN2 – all in high definition – will be aired July 29 through August 1, as well as on ESPN International, ESPN.com\action, ESPN Classic, ESPN3.com, and SportsCenter.

“It has been seven years since we first had X Games events at the Los Angeles Coliseum, and ESPN couldn’t be more thrilled to be returning this year with several of our sports,” said Jack Wienert, ESPN executive director, X Games Event Management. “As the X Games franchise continues to grow, we are proud and excited about our continued great relationship with AEG as we expand our presence this year downtown at STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE.”

Lee Zeidman, STAPLES Center, Nokia Theatre and L.A. LIVE Sr. Vice President & General Manager, said: “STAPLES Center, Nokia Theatre, L.A. LIVE and AEG are incredibly excited to expand our partnership with ESPN and the X Games in downtown Los Angeles. The ability to activate the entire L.A. LIVE campus for four days with non stop X Games events is something that everyone is really looking forward to this summer, and X Games 16 will undoubtedly be an experience fans will not want to miss.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to have the X Games back at the Coliseum,” said Pat Lynch, general manager for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum & Sports Arena.  “As the original home to the precursor of the X Games, the original motocross, we truly appreciate and love showcasing this world-class action sports event.”

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Disney Trading Announces Live Vinylmation Chat with Disney’s Steven Miller

Steven MillerIt’s hard to believe that Disney pin trading started just over a decade ago and has since gone on to become a worldwide phenomenon with casual and serious collectors amassing personal collections to keep and trade.

In 2008, lightning struck twice when Disney Trading and the Disney Design Group introduced Vinylmation – 3″ and 9″ vinyl figures in the form of a Mickey Mouse canvas and  decorated in all sorts of fanciful ways. After the release of a number of series, the Vinylmation fever carried on to plushes and clothing and merchandise and even shops dedicated to the new collectible. With even  more innovative lines on the way including the new Vinylmation Jr. and other inspired must-haves such as keychains and notebooks, Vinylmation is bigger than ever and shows no sign of stopping!

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