Photos: New York Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire Gets a Taste of the Big Candied Apple at the Magic Kingdom
Amar’e Stoudemire, who recently joined the NBA’s New York Knicks as a power forward, visited the Walt Disney World Resort with friends and family. The clan visited the Magic Kingdom yesterday where Stoudemire was at an obvious strong disadvantage when he took up a game of one-on-one with Mickey Mouse.
Stoudemire also spent some time at the Main Street Confection where, with the assistance of cast member Naima Fernandes, he created his own Knicks-colored blue and orange sprinkled candied apples shaped like Mickey.
Photos by Gene Duncan, courtesy of the Walt Disney World Resort
Non-participants in the 2010 Wine and Dine can now purchase ChEAR packages with reserved viewing along the route to cheer on their friends and family and every one else running in the Wine and Dine Half Marathon taking place October 1 – 2, 2010.
There are three levels of the ChEAR package, each offering different perks:
- Bronze (Free) – Gets you an e-newsletter which includes advice and hints for the best viewing spots along the route
- Silver ($35) – Gets you the e-newsletter PLUS a ChEAR Squad gear kit which includes a bag, noise maker and tee-shirt
- Gold ($50) – Gets you all of the above PLUS reserved viewing at the start line and reserved viewing at the finish with bus transportation in-between
In order to view the race from within Epcot, spectators must also purchase a hard ticket to the Finish Line Party for $35 each which can be done by calling 407-WDW-IRUN (407-939-4786).
For more information or to purchase ChEAR Squad packages, click here.
Hundreds of Disney Cast Members arrived at the Magic Kingdom before sunrise this month to participate in Canoe Races of the World, also known as C.R.O.W., a spirited Disney tradition that involves friendly competition and strength behind the oars. The beloved annual Cast Member event dates back to 1963 at Disneyland, 1973 at Walt Disney World Resort and is now at Disney Parks worldwide.
Of the 79 participating teams, Shut Up and Let Me Row… HEY! from Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, was crowned the 2010 C.R.O.W. grand champion on July 23. The title is a first for the co-ed recreational team, who competed against five other finalists in the grand championship round, held pre-dawn on the Rivers of America.
“We were thrilled that we won our division, and all of us were in shock when they announced us as the C.R.O.W. Grand Champions,” said team captain Kari Harlow. She credits strong communication and unity among the team members to keeping them in sync on the river, which ultimately led to their victory. A sense of humor helped too.
“Our team loves to laugh, so we stayed positive throughout the competition, even in stressful situations. C.R.O.W. is a stellar event and we loved being a part of it,” said Harlow.
Disney’s Emmy Award-winning “Phineas and Ferb” to take over Dodger Stadium for an exclusive Phineas and Ferb “This Is My Town” night Thursday, July 22 for the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Mets game.
Phineas and Ferb fans can purchase tickets to the show’s MyTown section at a specially discounted price of $37. Each ticket includes admission to the game, a limited edition Dodgertown t-shirt featuring both characters, Disney XD giveaways and an all-you-can-eat, kid-friendly menu featuring Dodger Dogs and Phineas and Ferb-inspired food. To purchase tickets, visit Dodgers.com/mytownspecial and enter the promo code MYTOWN.
Dan Povenmire and Swampy Marsh, creators and executive producers of Disney’s Emmy Award-winning animated hit series “Phineas and Ferb,” throw out the first pitch with the help of the Phineas and Ferb characters. Caitlyn Taylor Love (from Disney XD’s “I’m in the Band”) will also be singing the “Star-Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America” during the game.
Following the public portion of the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show in Anaheim, more than 60 of the world’s top baseball players made their way down Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park before heading to Angel Stadium for the 81st MLB All-Star Game, which airs on FOX at 8pm ET.
Photos courtesy of the Disneyland Resort
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade poses July 11, 2010 with a basketball-clad Mickey Mouse at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. In honor of Wade’s visit to the 220-acre sports facility, Walt Disney World presented him with a custom-made and hand-painted trio of basketballs in the shape of Mickey Mouse’s head. The Disney World visit ended a week which saw Wade re-sign with the Miami Heat, where he will be joined next season by newly signed stars LeBron James and Chris Bosh. (Todd Anderson, photographer)
New DisneyStore.com arrivals for July 3, 2010
Below is a list of new items now available for purchase at DisneyStore.com. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on DisneyStore.com in another window.
Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability.
The ESPN Films documentary I Scored a Goal will premiere Saturday, July 3, at 5 p.m. ET on ABC during the ESPN Sports Saturday programming block. The one-hour program represents one of ESPN’s most ambitious initiatives surrounding the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. The documentary features interviews with most of the 34 living men who have scored a goal in the title match of the FIFA World Cup, dating back to the first tournament in 1930. Among those interviewed are Uruguay’s Alcides Ghiggia (1950), Brazil’s Pele (1958 and 1970) and Ronaldo (2002), Germany’s Gerd Müller (1974) and Rudi Völler (1986), Holland’s Dick Nanninga (1978), and Argentina’s Mario Kempes (1978, now an analyst for ESPN Deportes and ESPN International), all of whom represent countries still competing in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Disney Book Group will publish a middle-grade baseball series written by National Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. and co-authored by Baltimore Sun sportswriter Kevin Cowherd. The series will feature characters from a Babe Ruth League team named the “Orioles”. The agreement for world rights was negotiated by Stephanie Owens Lurie, Editorial Director, Disney-Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group, and Ian Kleinert, of Objective Entertainment.
The first book in the series—Hothead—will be published in Winter 2011 under the Disney-Hyperion imprint. It centers on all-star third baseman Connor Sullivan, who has a big problem: his temper. The story was inspired by Cal’s own struggle with frustration as a young player. Additional books will follow every year.
“Working with Kevin and the team from Disney has been a pleasure,” said Ripken. “Connor is a character that I was able to help develop with Kevin based on my experiences as a kid who struggled with his emotions. I hope that the kids reading it find it to be fun and take away a few lessons from it.”
“Cal Ripken Jr. is a living legend, of course, and in his work with kids he has demonstrated a commitment to being a positive influence,” says Lurie. “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to share Cal’s love of baseball and his can-do outlook with young readers.”
Cal Ripken, Jr. was a shortstop and third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles for his entire career (1981-2001), a rare occurrence in Major League Baseball today. Nicknamed “The Iron Man” for his relentless work ethic and reliability on the field, Ripken is most remembered for playing in 2,632 straight games over 17 seasons, shattering New York Yankee Lou Gehrig’s previous record of 2,130 games. He was also a 19-time all-star and is considered to be one of the best shortstops that professional baseball has ever seen. In 2007, when he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, he received the most votes in the history of the Hall of Fame. Since his retirement Ripken has worked as President and CEO of Ripken Baseball, Inc. to nurture the love of baseball in young children on a grassroots level. In August of 2007 Ripken was named American Public Diplomacy Envoy and has since been traveling the world to bring baseball to people everywhere. He currently lives in Maryland with his wife and two children.
Kevin Cowherd has been a writer for the Baltimore Sun since 1987, is nationally syndicated by the Los Angeles Times-Washington Post news service, and is the author of Last Call at the 7-Eleven, a book of selected writings published by Bancroft Press. In 1990 he was honored by the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors for excellence in feature writing. He currently writes a sports column and blog for the Baltimore Sun. As a sportswriter he is curious about athletes’ private thoughts and emotions. He is also a humorist, and an experienced Little League coach. He lives with his wife and three children near Baltimore.
Aflac today announced the creation of a special Toy Story 3 paint scheme for the No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion that will be driven by Carl Edwards at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA on June 20. )
The paint scheme reflects a collaboration between the Georgia-based insurance company and Disney/Pixar, following the release of a television commercial using Pixar’s unique brand of animation. This marks the second time Aflac and Disney/Pixar have worked together for cross-promotion.
The commercial features the Aflac Duck and movie characters from the anticipated summer blockbuster Toy Story 3 demonstrating how Aflac policies provide protection when life presents challenges. The ad, which began airing nationally on May 17, will be televised nationally on TNT during the race.
“Aflac is pleased to once again team up with Disney/Pixar to help drive awareness for our brand and demonstrate the benefits of our products and services,” said Danny Fleishman, vice president of sponsorships and emerging markets at Aflac. “Whether on or off the track, life can be unpredictable, which is why Aflac offers policies to help keep you protected when you need it most.”
In May 2009, Aflac and Disney/Pixar collaborated for the release of the summer blockbuster Up. To support the release, Aflac created a special Up paint scheme for the Southern 500 race at Darlington Speedway and hosted a VIP screening event for NASCAR families.