Photo: Nolan Gould from ‘Modern Family’ at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Nolan Gould with Stitch at Magic Kingdom (Preston Mack/Disney)Nolan Gould, 12-year-old actor from the ABC-TV series “Modern Family,” poses Dec. 19, 2010 with Stitch from Disney’s Lilo and Stitch at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Photo by Preston Mack, courtesy of the Walt Disney World Resort.

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MINDstyle Re-imagines Popular Stitch Vinyl Collectibles by Eric Tan and Jenny Chung

Lilo CosPlay Angel and Lava Stitch from MINDstyleMINDstyle has recently previewed a couple of exciting new Stitch-inspired art toy collectibles (ATCs) by Eric Tan and Jenny Chung inspired by their previous creations.

A smaller version of Jenny Chung’s Lilo CosPlay Experiment 626 figure was available exclusively as a purchase with purchase at the D23 Expo in 2009. Guests who made a qualifying purchase (it was the TRON-painted V.I.N.CENT for myself) were able to purchase up to three of the CosPlay figures for $23 each. To their credit, however, MINDstyle added to each pre-order an additional figure gratis due to some complications with order fulfillment. Now Chung has followed up with a new Lilo CosPlay figure inspired by the Experiment 626 project, this time Lilo is dressed as Stitch’s gal-pal, Angel. Perhaps most remarkable of all, MINDstyle says it will be available at select Disney Store locations this holiday season.

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Character Changes Coming to Disney World for April/May 2010: Ariel’s Grotto Closes, Lotso Arrives

Prince Eric with Ariel during a Pirate and Princess Party at the Magic Kingdom in 2007Although most character meet & greets at the Walt Disney World Resort are fairly standard from day to day, there are a couple of times per year when there are significant changes. These changes usually occur in April/May and September/October. In 2010, these changes are further complicated by the closure of Toontown and the Fantasyland expansion in the Magic Kingdom. Since we’re already getting into April, it’s time to take a look at some of the expected upcoming changes.

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Eegalagoo! Win a Copy of Disney’s ‘Stitch Jam’ for Nintendo DS

Disney's Stitch Jam for the Nintendo DS by Disney Interactive StudiosAvailable to own for the Nintendo DS on March 23, Stitch Jam from Disney Interactive Studios lets players assume the role of Stitch as he embarks on rhythm-based missions that take place in ten stunning locations, from tropical beaches to outer space and defeat Dr. Hamsterviel in an epic galactic showdown to save his kidnapped girlfriend, Angel.

Screenshot from Disney's Stitch Jam for Nintendo DS by Disney InteractiveDisney Stitch Jam is also equipped with two-player co-operative play via download, where players can share the game with friends and play as Stitch and Angel and includes special additional features such as:

  • Complete story mode to unlock and play as Angel, Reuben and Felix in free mode
  • Unlock special costumes and accessories to disguise Stitch and friends, and download special co-op stage and play with a friend as Stitch and Angel
  • Includes access to DGamer, the online community exclusively for Disney gamers on Nintendo DS, allowing them to chat with other players and unlock additional items in their game
We have teamed up with Disney Interactive Studios to offer the opportunity for three of our readers to win a copy of Disney’s Stitch Jam of their own. To enter, simply fill out the form below.

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First Pages of ‘Kingdom Keepers 3′ by Ridley Pearson Available Online

On his official blog, Ridley Pearson, popular author of young adult novels, has made the first several pages of his upcoming title Kingdom Keepers 3: Disney in Shadow (April 6, 2010; Disney Hyperion) available for download (Adobe Acrobat Reader required). The newest book in the series has our heroes back in the theme parks of Walt Disney World with a new challenge, obstacles and enemies to overcome.

As Ridley has promised us, Stitch has a prominent role in the book, appearing first on page one, but his badness level appears to be questionable at best. Only time (and the rest of the book) will tell if Stitch counts Maleficent and the Overtakes or Finn and the rest of the DHIs amongst his ‘ohana.

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Virtual Jack Sparrow to Board the Disney Dream?

We already know that children aboard the new Disney Dream from Disney Cruise Line will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite characters in mobile versions of Turtle Talk with Crush and Stitch Encounter but now DCL may be hinting at yet another popular Disney character added to the mix.

An easy-to-miss detail in current casting call notices for the Disney Dream note that eligible cast members may also be asked to voice Stitch, Crush and/or Jack Sparrow. So it appears Captain Jack may be going interactive, or perhaps simply be making the ship’s announcements.

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New Stitch Mini-Figures from MINDstyle Give Chase to Vinylmation

MINDstyle has announced Series #1 of Stitch Mini-Figure vinyl collectibles. Sharing a lot in common with the Mickey Mouse-shaped Vinylmations from the Disney Design Group, the creator of the Experiment 626 project has transformed the mini vinyl Stitch figures into some of the most beloved Disney characters of all time.

At 3″, each series will consist of 10 figures sold for $9.95 each in a blind pack plus a chaser and a super-chaser. Like Vinylmation, trays of 24 will be available for sale which includes two complete sets of 10 plus the chaser and super-chaser.

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‘Stitch Jam’ Music Rhythm Game for Nintendo DS Announced by Disney Interactive

Experiment 626 is rearing his adorable blue alien head once more in a new video game. Disney Interactive Studios today announced the upcoming release of Disney Stitch Jam, a rhythm-based music and adventure game being developed exclusively for Nintendo DS™. Scheduled for release March 2010 in North America, the DS game will introduce players to the latest adventures set in the popular world of Stitch, a classic character from the Walt Disney Pictures’ 2002 film “Lilo & Stitch.”

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MINDstyle Sets up Shop at D23 Expo with New Exclusives, New Project 626 and Photos Inside

Project 626 from MINDstyleMINDstyle has just updated its blog with a couple of entries of particular interest to those attending D23 Expo (and perhaps even some who aren’t). Filled with photos from inside the Anaheim Convention Center as well as a look at some D23 exclusives and a sneak peek at dozens of new entries into the Project 626 Vinyl project which is essentially a Stitch version of Vinylmation.

Check out the D23 Expo setup here and some of the new Project 626 entries here, including Lilo wearing a Stitch costume and an Audrey 2 (from Little Shop of Horrors).

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What Won’t You Celebrate? Stitch’s Supersonic Celebration to Close June 27

Attractions magazine has recently reported on its blog that the spankin’ brand new and highly ill-received Stitch’s Supersonic Celebration in the Magic Kingdom has posted its closing notice for June 27 with no intention to return as some have previously reported.

The song and dance show which features an interactive portion with Stitch a la Turtle Talk has been inducing groans, drawing few crowds and producing even fewer laughs since it debuted earlier this year. There are plenty of videos of the performances available on youtube for your viewing displeasure. It has also added fuel to those who feel that Stitch has been oversaturated within the parks (we respectfully disagree) and has become a virtual band-aid for Tomorrowland. Quality will always trump quantity.

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