Walt Disney World to Launch New Vacation Planning Site in Feb; Plus a New Muppets Experience?

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If you’ve visited the Walt Disney World website lately to create an itinerary for your upcoming Disney vacation, you may have noticed the warnings that the current itinerary planners and favorites tool will be removed during a site update.

Disney Parks has just quietly launched a new website at MYMAGICALDISNEYVACATION.COM which, despite currently showing a splash page with the Tree of Life missing, appears to promise a whole new itinerary planning site beginning February 8.

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Tonner Previews 2010 Line of Dolls Featuring Miss Piggy

Tonner has put up a preview of its 2010 line of dolls, two of which are of Miss Piggy.

Piggy goes uptown with Fifth Avenue Pig, a limited edition of 300. Her chic ensemble includes an ultra soft suit set featuring a silky  peplum and back bow, glistening gold buttons, and luscious faux fur collar and cuffs.  Matching faux fur hat, signature pearl necklace, and faux leather pumps also included. The 16″ tall vinyl collectible retails for $169.99.

Also coming is the 2010 Miss Piggy Basic, an open edition for $99.99 each, which can also be viewed on the preview site.

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First Look: The Muppets in Disney Parks’ ‘Honorary VoluntEars Cavalcade’ Pre-Parade

On its official blog, Disney Parks is providing a first look at a rehearsal performance at Disneyland for the new daily pre-parade beginning today at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts starring Kermit, Miss Piggy and Sweetums.

The site notes that at Disneyland, that if there are two parades scheduled to be performed on any particular day, the Muppets pre-parade will take place only prior to the evening performance.

The site also plans to add photos from today’s inaugural performance at the Magic Kingdom later today.

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New Personalized Videos Allow You to Share Give a Day, Get a Disney Day with The Muppets

Disney Parks has launched a new site allowing visitors to customize a video starring Muppets Kermit and Fozzie Bear touting the name of the individual or a blog site’s name in an effort to share the Give a Day, Get a Disney Day experience.

At this time, there appears to be a glitch with the blog site name where it won’t work for entries more than 12 characters, so the above video demonstrates adding an individual’s name for being embedded on a website.

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The Muppets Join Computer Generated Toys and ‘Disneyland Dreams’ in National Film Registry

In 1988, the National Film Preservation Act was introduced into law, creating a National Film Preservation Board and, with it, a National Film Registry which are a selection of American films, nominated by the public and chosen by the Library of Congress, which are deemed to be ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.’ Up to 25 can be selected each year out of a total of 50 nominations (in its inagural year, almost 1,000 films were been nominated).

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Script Review: The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made (or is it?)

Although a much earlier draft of The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller had been reviewed elsewhere before, when I was offered the opportunity to take a look at a much more recent draft (dated 10/30/09, aka post-D23), I jumped.

It was at the D23 Expo in early September where then-Walt Disney Studios President Dick Cook offered up a strong Muppets song & dance number before announcing the title of the film, The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made, a nod towards an old a project Muppets writer Jerry Juhl was reported to have been working on for years, even alongside Jim Henson.

Enter the recent draft which still bears the original working title. Whether the D23 announced title sticks or whether the existing script will be scrapped and be completely re-written remains to be seen, but what is evident is that neither title seems appropriate for the film.

It is clear that Judd Apatow-protege Jason Segel is a fan of the Muppets as well as his writing parter Nicholas Stoller (who used to write for Segel on Apatow’s Undeclared before co-writing Forgetting Sarah Marshall with him), but unfortunately, that’s about all that’s clear in this film paved with good intentions.

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Muppets to Lead Disney Parks Afternoon Parades in 2010

Beginning January 8, 2010, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and Sweetums will join the Disney’s Honorary VoluntEARS Cavalcade which will act as the pre-parade for the afternoon parades at both the Magic Kingdom and at Disneyland.

The Muppets and parade dancers, wearing outfits that celebrate the work of volunteers, will join special floats and vehicles celebrating volunteerism and presenting Honorary VoluntEARS serving as Grand Marshals of the parades.

On February 11, Walt Disney World’s Epcot will also be hosting the Disney Parks’ Celebration of Volunteerism event which will be a Disney star-studded event, celebrating family volunteering.

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iPhone App Review: The Muppets Animal Drummer

The Muppets Animal Drummer for iPhone by Walt DisneyTitle: The Muppets Animal Drummer (link)
Publisher:
Walt Disney
Released:
December 15, 2009
Cost:
$1.99
iTouch?:
Yes
Pros: The Muppets; good graphics; great music and sounds; fun, addictive and simple gamplay
Cons: None
Review: From Disney Interactive Studios, Enorbus and the Muppets Studio comes The Muppets Animal Drummer, a rhythm based game that has its roots in the electronic board game Simon in which you must repeat Animal’s drumming sequence in (near) perfect rhythm, so it differs from the Dance Dance Revolution genre in that you must remember the sequence rather than reacting to it in real time.

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Queen + The Muppets’ ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Single and Video Now Available Digitally

Queen + The Muppets' Bohemian RhapsodyBURBANK, Calif. — Since its posting on November 24, the video for Queen + The Muppets’ version of “Bohemian Rhapsody” has been viewed over a staggering 10.3 million times on YouTube. The video brings together two iconic pieces of pop culture — Queen’s rock-opera classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” and the inimitable Muppets. It features all the recognizable characters that defined an era of television, and continue to be popular with each new generation: Miss Piggy, Kermit The Frog, Gonzo, Animal and many more.

The momentum for the video has taken on a life of its own, and as a result, the single and video are now available digitally at online retailers today.

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Muppets Make Mailings Merrier in December

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NEW YORK, Dec. 1  — What do the U.S. Postal Service, the Muppets and Santa Claus have in common? Neither rain nor snow nor heat nor gloom of night will keep them from delivering dreams this holiday season.

Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear joined Postmaster General John E. Potter today at the historic James A. Farley Post Office lobby in New York City to kick off the holiday mailing season and the Postal Service’s Letters to Santa program.

“The holiday season isn’t just the busiest time of the year for the Postal Service — it’s our best time of year,” said Potter. “For nearly 100 years, the Postal Service’s Letters to Santa program has made dreams come true for those in need. This is a time to celebrate how postal employees, charitable organizations and businesses have made a difference in the lives of children coast to coast.”

“We’re excited to be helping the Postal Service make the holiday special for kids across the country. It’s the perfect way to celebrate,” said Kermit the Frog. A postmark of Kermit the Frog will appear in the upper right-hand corner of holiday cards and letters mailed throughout the month of December.

“Helping Santa Claus is always a good idea, especially at this time of year,” added Fozzie Bear, who saluted the Postal Service for 234 years of delivering holiday cheer — and saluted Santa just to be on the safe side.

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