Photo: MLB All-Star Motorcade Visits Disneyland’s Main Street, USA

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Photo: NBA Star Dwayne Wade Brings the Heat to Walt Disney World

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade poses with Mickey Mouse at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex (Todd Anderson, photographer)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)

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New DisneyStore.com Arrivals for July 3, 2010 (38 Items)

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.

Milwaukee Brewers 2010 All-Star Game Mickey Mouse Figurine - 7 1/2 Milwaukee Brewers 2010 All-Star Game Mickey Mouse Figurine – 7 1/2” – $24.95
American League 2010 All-Star Game Mickey Mouse Figurine - 7 1/2 American League 2010 All-Star Game Mickey Mouse Figurine – 7 1/2” – $24.95
Pittsburgh Pirates 2010 All-Star Game Mickey Mouse Figurine - 7 1/2 Pittsburgh Pirates 2010 All-Star Game Mickey Mouse Figurine – 7 1/2” – $24.95
Chicago White Sox 2010 All-Star Game Mickey Mouse Figurine - 7 1/2 Chicago White Sox 2010 All-Star Game Mickey Mouse Figurine – 7 1/2” – $24.95

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ESPN Films’ FIFA World Cup Doc, ‘I Scored a Goal,’ to Premiere July 3 on ABC

Anchor Brian Kenny with legendary soccer player Pelé on ESPN's SportsCenter, May 25, 2010 © ESPNThe 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.

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Cal Ripken Jr. Signs Middle Grade Book Deal with Disney Book Group

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.

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Aflac Debuts Paint Scheme for NASCAR #99, Inspired by Disney/Pixar’s ‘Toy Story 3′

Aflac NASCAR #99 featuring 'Toy Story 3' Paint SchemeAflac 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.

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ESPN and Microsoft Announce Exclusive Content Deal for Xbox Live Subscribers

ESPN today announced a collaboration with Microsoft, exclusive within the game console category, to introduce the ultimate interactive experience for sports fans.  The deal will bring ESPN3.com’s live events, ESPN.com’s video-on-demand clips and sports highlights and other interactive features to the Xbox 360 console.

Beginning in November, Xbox LIVE Gold members who receive their Internet connection from an affiliated service provider will have access to more than 3,500 live, global events every year via ESPN3.com – ESPN’s 24/7 broadband sports network – including college basketball, college football and bowl games, MLB, NBA, international soccer, tennis including all four Grand Slam tournaments, golf majors and more.  Fans will also be able to replay sports and events with full DVR control, pull up current scores on-demand while watching the game and easily switch between events and see what the most popular games are in the Xbox LIVE community in real time.

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Video: Disney Characters Perform Diski Dance in Honor of the 2010 World Cup

In honor of the 2010 World Cup coming up in just a couple of days, our beloved Disney friends (mostly at the lead of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command) boogie down to the diski dance, the South African tradition that gets the world moving. Composed of moves with names that include the juggle, header, the bridge and table mountain, diski (which is slang for soccer) is based loosely on the moves young South Africans perform when practising the sport.

Video comes courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Netherlands

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MLB-Themed Mickey Statues Now Appearing Throughout Southern California; Scavenger Hunt to Award All-Star Game Tix

Beginning today, Major League Baseball Properties and Disney Consumer Products are populating key locations throughout Southern California with thirty-six varieties of life-sized MLB-themed Mickey Mouse statues in celebration of the 2010 MLB All-Star Week festivities taking place July 9th – 13th in Anaheim, Calif.  As part of the previously announced new collaboration between the organizations, the statues are being placed in high-profile areas throughout Anaheim, Los Angeles, and surrounding areas in Southern California, including Angel Stadium, Anaheim City Hall, Downtown Disney, the Kodak and El Capitan Theatres, L.A. Live and the Hollywood Walk of Fame area.  All 36 statues will be in place by the end of next week and will stay through the All-Star Game on July 13th on FOX.

The 36 life-size statues, commissioned in conjunction with MLB licensee Forever Collectibles, are uniquely decorated with bold graphics featuring each of the 30 MLB Clubs as well as four All-Star designs, an American League and a National League design.  Each life-sized statue is 7.5 feet in height and weighs 989 pounds.

MLB and Disney Consumer Products will launch on June 11th a Find Mickey Scavenger Hunt, which rewards people for visiting the different statue locations and being the first to find and tweet a photo with the life sized MLB Mickey Mouse statues.  Also, the first person to take a photo in front of all 36 statues and tweet a link to their photo gallery will win the grand prize of two tickets to the MLB All-Star Game on July 13th in Anaheim.  There will be thirty-six winners in total and one grand prize winner.  For a complete list of rules, hash-tags and instructions on how to participate, see www.mlb.com/mickeymouse, and for updates on the scavenger hunt, follow @AllStarGame and @DisneyLiving on Twitter.

“Major League Baseball is excited to bring the 2010 All-Star Game to Anaheim and we want fans all throughout Southern California to feel like they are a part of the entire experience,” said Howard Smith, Senior Vice President, Licensing, Major League Baseball.  “As an iconic figure, Mickey Mouse is the ideal ambassador to connect fans with the premiere sporting event of the summer.”

“When the original Disneyland opened in Anaheim in 1955, Walt Disney’s cartoon characters came to life not just on Main Street, but throughout the world,” said City of Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle.  “Mickey Mouse just may be the most popular and most photographed All-Star this summer!”

Unveiled last month, miniature versions of each of the statues are available in a 7.5-inch size through MLB.com and DisneyStore.com, as well as additional retailers including MLB stadium shops, Walgreens and Dick’s Sporting Goods.  Photos of all variations are available at MLBPressBox.com and DisneyConsumerProducts.com. In addition to the statuettes, fans can also obtain a wide variety of merchandise and apparel featuring Major League Baseball and beloved Disney characters, including caps, t-shirts, sweatshirts, drink ware, pins, throws and beach towels in time for the All-Star Game.

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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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