Photo Gallery: Lotso Meet & Greet at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

[SinglePic not found]Lotso from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 began greeting guests at Walt Disney World’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park this morning and we were pleased to be amongst the first to welcome him to the World. Although we were warned that he would make his first appearance at 10:30, several guests showed up as close to the park’s 9 am opening as possible to stake their place in line. In fact, it wouldn’t be until around 9:45, when the queue already began wrapping around the corner that it would even see its first guest under the age of 15 (or so).

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First Look: Lotso Bear Meet & Greet Character from ‘Toy Story 3′ at Disney Parks

Lotso Meet & Greet Character from Disney ParksEvidently the Disney Parks blog let out a little strawberry-scented burp earlier today posted an early peek at Disney Parks’ newest meet & greet character, Lotso from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3.

Lotso (short for Lots-o’-Huggin’)  will be making his in-park debut on Sunday, May 9 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios where he will be meeting & greeting guests in an area of the Animation Building made up to look like Sunnyside Daycare. In addition, he’ll also be appearing in the Pixar parades at both resorts: Block Party Bash at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Pixar Play! at Disney California Adventure.

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‘Dancing with the Stars’ Professionals Go to Infinity and Beyond

Disney world of color 032 As we mentioned in an earlier item, Toy Story 3 from Disney/Pixar features Buzz Lightyear and Jessie engaging in a Paso Dablo (double-step) when Buzz is switched into Spanish mode to the tune of ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ as performed by the Gipsy Kings.

In order to replicate the dance as closely as possible, the team at Pixar Animation Studios called upon Dancing with the Stars professionals Tony Dovolani and Cheryl Burke to help them choreograph the scene. The story of the collaboration is told in the following video clip from ABC which features backstage footage and an animation test.

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First Listen: Gipsy Kings Perform ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Para Buzz Español)’ for Toy Story 3

Gipsy Kings perform 'You've Got a Friend in Me (Para Buzz Español)' for Toy Story 3 ©Disney/PixarFilmmakers called on Gipsy Kings for a flamenco-flavored rendition of ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ in Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3. The world-famous band recorded ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Para Buzz Español)’ in London at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

Pictured from left to right are Gipsy Kings’ Bernard Paganotti, Andre Reyes, Tonnino Baliardo, (front) Rodolfo Pacheco, Nicolas Reyes and Jacques Baliardo.

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Kohl’s Offers Exclusive Toy Story Books and Plushes for $5 to Benefit Children’s Health and Education

Buzz Lightyear and Woody return to theaters in Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3, opening in June, but they’re making a stop at Kohl’s Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) first. Get ready for a Toy Story adventure with exclusive books and plush toys from the hit films. Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and Rex the Dinosaur, along with coordinating Toy Story and Toy Story 2 books from Disney Book Group, are available at Kohl’s for just $5 each through the Kohl’s Cares for Kids® program, with 100 percent of the net profit from the sale of these items benefitting children’s health and education initiatives nationwide. Since the program’s inception ten years ago, Kohl’s has turned $5 merchandise into more than $150 million to help make a positive difference in the lives of children.

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MINDStyle Offers New Details on ‘Alien Invasion’ Tour

Toy Story Alien Figures from MINDStyleMINDStyle revealed on its blog earlier today that the first stop on the Alien Invasion tour will take place in Hong Kong this summer. In addition to acknowledging the inclusion of artist Secret Base, the new announcement notes that the re-imagings of the Toy Story alien will include offerings from Disney and Pixar artists.

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Disney Books, Music and Videos Being Released During Week of May 2

Here’s look at some of the Disney-related books, movies and audio CDs being released this week. Please note that this list is automatically generated and information is not guaranteed by this site.

Beauty and the Beast Read-Along Storybook and CD (Available Tuesday, May 4 or Pre-Order from Amazon.com)

Experience this tale as old as time in this wonderful storybook and CD! The CD includes word-for-word narration, vivid character voices, and thrilling sound effects from the beloved movie. Readers can relive the magic by following along with the story and discovering how Belle meets the Beast, befriends the Enchanted Objects, and finds her true love!

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‘Toy Story 3′ Video Game Offers Playable Zurg, Mini-Games Exclusively to PlayStation 3

Disney Interactive Studios today announced that Toy Story 3: The Video Game for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, releasing on June 15, 2010, will exclusively feature content and gameplay available only on the PlayStation 3 system (PS3™). Emperor Zurg, one of the most beloved villains of the Disney•Pixar “Toy Story” franchise, will be a playable character exclusively on the PS3™ system. In addition, Toy Story 3: The Video Game will be one of the first games to market featuring the PlayStation®Move’s motion controller compatible gameplay.

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‘Toy Story 3′ Collectibles from Thinkway Toys, Kubricks Now Available for Pre-Order

Toy Story Collection Jessie from Thinkway ToysDisneyStore.com has made Jessie (Item #200784P), Mr. Potato Head (Item #200350P) and Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear / Lotso (Item #201311P) from the Thinkway Toys Toy Story Collection available for pre-order. According to the site, Mr. Potato Head will be available to own on May 12 while Jessie and Lotso will become available June 1. As is standard with the Toy Story Collection, the toys are all described as film-accurate and come with a certificate of authenticity.

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‘Toy Story 3′ Inspires New Game and New Characters for ‘Toy Story Mania!’ Attraction

Dino Darts at Toy Story Midway ManiaNew characters from the soon-to-be-released Disney•Pixar film “Toy Story 3” are being added to the joyful, toy-full adventure of Toy Story Mania! at Disney’s California Adventure and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  In addition to playing with new characters in Toy Story Mania!, there will be opportunities in both parks for up-close fun with another all-new character from “Toy Story 3” – Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear. He’s the bossman at Sunnyside Daycare in the highly anticipated animated feature film.

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