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    by Published on 02-06-2013 03:50 PM
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    The all-new, live stage production, “Mickey and the Magical Map,” debuts this summer at Disneyland park and Disney recently unveiled a few extra details. The new Fantasyland Theatre promises to boast the latest in theatrical technology to help Mickey Mouse bring to life fantastic worlds of music, color and beloved characters.

    Helping Mickey along the way are "mapmakers" who are an ensemble of male and female performers who excel at singing, dancing and acrobatics. They wield enormous, magical paint brushes to help Mickey on his journey.
    by Published on 02-06-2013 10:37 AM
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    Using NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, to look at the Orion constellation, if you start from the left of the famous hunter's belt, then take a right at the second star and head straight to a shimmering star-forming cloud, you'll arrive at the great nebula of Orion.

    This image of dusty clouds and newborn stars ended up looking a bit like a piece of concept art from Walt Disney's 1953 classic, Peter Pan showcasing the heavenly portal to Neverland. Peter Pan Diamond Edition Blu-ray and DVD is available now to own.
    by Published on 02-06-2013 07:45 AM
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    Disney announced today that multiple GRAMMY® Award–winning superstar Mariah Carey has recorded the song, “Almost Home,” for “Oz The Great and Powerful,” the studio’s highly anticipated fantastical adventure, directed by Sam Raimi, releasing in theaters nationwide on March 8, 2013.

    The new song will debut February 19, 2013. As to be expected, Disney and Mariah Carey's label Island Def Jam plan to launch a promotional campaign to support the single, the video and the film.
    by Published on 02-05-2013 11:00 PM
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    The Walt Disney Company today reported earnings for its first quarter ended December 29, 2012. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter was $0.77, but excluding certain items affecting comparability EPS was $0.79 compared to $0.80 in the prior-year quarter.

    Basically, Studios dragged once again while Parks, Consumer Products, Media Networks, and Interactive reported increases.

    See for yourself, you can download the PDF for WALT DISNEY COMPANY FIRST QUARTER EARNINGS FOR FISCAL 2013.
    by Published on 02-05-2013 08:23 PM
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    The overall restructure of the Disney website continues this week with the unveiling of the brand new Princess.Disney.com. Following the same format of the October redesign of Disney.com, the new portal into the world of the princess is built with HTML 5 to deliver a consistent, easily navigable, and cross-platform, mobile-safe, experience for consumers.

    Each princess gets her own landing portal with games, activities, photo galleries and more information about Disney's top feminine royalty.

    Check it out for yourself at Princess.Disney.com or DisneyPrincess.com
    by Published on 02-05-2013 08:00 PM
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    Earlier today, Google Chrome launched an interactive experience called FIND YOUR WAY TO OZ which puts you in the wizard's shoes and journey to Oz. As part of completing the experience, an extended clip is played leading into a trailer for the film.

    In the clip, we find that Glinda, The Wizard, and China Doll are flying by bubble along with Finley. On their journey, they travel through a mystical landscape that has geographical formations that look like animals before stopping at a castle.

    OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL lands in theaters March 8, 2013.
    by Published on 02-05-2013 03:58 PM
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    The Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend generated an estimated $14 million for the local economy. Following the races, the Disneyland Resort donated 660 pounds of clothing and accessories to Orange County Goodwill, and more than 2,200 meal boxes to the Orange County Food Bank.
    by Published on 02-05-2013 11:55 AM
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    Google Chrome has proudly launched an interactive experience called FIND YOUR WAY TO OZ. At this destination, we step into the Kansas of Oscar Diggs (James Franco) and we find ourselves in a circus that is soon interrupted by a twister that sucks us up and takes us to Oz.

    All along the way, you have the option to interact with various elements simply by navigating with your mouse. The experience ends with a fun teaser/trailer with a few scenes that we have not yet seen in the official trailers for the film.

    Experience it for yourself, only on CHROME at FindYourWaytoOz.com
    by Published on 02-05-2013 11:00 AM
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    If you've watched a music video on YouTube before you're probably familiar with VEVO. The video company is quickly becoming known as a leading premium music video platform and Disney has now joined them for a new partnership. New online destinations will be unveiled this year.

    Hosted by VEVO but curated by Disney, the new collaboration will tap into VEVO’s catalog of more than 50,000 music videos that will be made available on Disney.com and across VEVO’s online, mobile/tablet and connected TV platforms.

    Secondary to this initiative, the partnership will extend to the Disney Music Group and Radio Disney to create exclusive events, video premieres and live music experiences with Disney recording artists.
    by Published on 02-05-2013 08:55 AM
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    A brand new state-of-the-art tower at CHOC Children’s hospital was dedicated on February 2 thanks in part to a $5 million dollar donation by the Disneyland Resort. The Disney touches include stylized “Finding Nemo” elements into the tower’s lobby, a giant mobile that is 18 feet in diameter and hangs above the lobby, a large mural, and a Turtle Talk with Crush exhibit similar to the attraction in Disney California Adventure park that will operate twice daily.
    by Published on 02-05-2013 08:09 AM
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    Disney today released an alternate version of the Muppets character collage released last week that features director James Bobin in the photo-booth instead of Sweetums. An additional image of Kermit and Piggy was also released featuring Animal and a few other characters in the background.

    Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrelland Tina Fey to the screen to join Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Walter and rest of the Muppets.

    Disney’s THE MUPPETS… AGAIN! will hit the big screen on March 21, 2014.
    by Published on 02-04-2013 04:26 PM
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    Savory and sweet treats are on the menu at the Fantasy Faire courtesy of a new semi-permanent ODV location, Maurice's Treats. Special beverages and fresh-baked bread twists will help the time go by while waiting in line to see Cinderella, Aurora, and Ariel.
    by Published on 02-04-2013 02:02 PM
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    Fresh from his team’s 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco made good on his “I’m Going to Disney World” proclamation by quarterbacking a gala celebration Monday at Walt Disney World Resort.
    by Published on 02-04-2013 01:08 PM
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    George Kalogridis recently released an open letter bidding a fond farewell to the Disneyland Resort and the community partners that he worked with over the past few years as the Disneyland Resort President. In his letter, Kalogridis recalled the debut World of Color, the restoration of the Disneyland Hotel, the refurbishment of the Matterhorn Bobsleds, and of course, the Grand Reopening of Disney California Adventure park as highlights of his tenure.

    The Disneyland Resort President baton is now passed to Michael Colglazier who comes from Disney's Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World.
    by Published on 02-04-2013 11:18 AM
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    Last week, the Walt Disney Studios announced the TOMORROWLAND film which will release on December 19, 2014. Previously known as 1952, the project features Brad Bird in the director’s seat with Damon Lindelof writing the script.

    After each posted photos last week of a curious container on their personal Twitter accounts, there's been a flurry of speculation as to what the hush-hush film is going to be about. D23 today takes a closer peak inside the contents of the luggage and what it might mean for the film.

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