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    Disney Cruise Line Introduces New Family-Friendly Port Adventures for 2013 Mediterranean Sailings

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    Distinctly Disney Experiences Bring One-of-a-Kind Excursions to Life CELEBRATION, Fla. - Disney Cruise Line invites families to explore the culturally rich and exotic locales of Europe with one-of-a-kind Port Adventures featuring exclusive Disney touches during its 2013 Mediterranean sailings. In preparation for the three-month season of European cruises, Disney Cruise Line worked with local tour operators to create excursions on the various Mediterranean sailings that offer families authentic cultural...
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    Enjoy A Family Thanksgiving with Hallmark Channel!

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  • Dale Ward

    May we please have another ... Dale Ward's Mouse FACTory?

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    JHM got so much mail about Dale's first trivia column that we just had to invite Ward back to share even more interesting factoids from the Mouse FACTory. ...
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    Pixar's Pete Docter Talks "Going 3D" in New "Monsters Inc. 3D" Featurette

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  • Jim Hill

    "Welcome, Foolish Mortals" takes a look back at the life of Paul Frees

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    Jim Hill reviews Ben Ohmart's new book, which is a fun & formative biography of the man who did the voice of Boris Badenov, Ludwig von Drake, the Pillsbury Doughboy as well as thousands of other characters: Paul Frees....
  • Jim Hill

    By George! The "Star Tours" Saga: Episode Two

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    It's a race for space as Disney Productions executives dither over whether their studio should actually put "Space Probe One"into production, while George Lucas basically wills his "Journal of the Whills" project into existence. ...
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    Cars 2: Meet Rod 'Torque' Redline the Detroit Muscle Car & Siddeley the British Twin-engine Spy Jet

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    Copyright Disney/Pixar All rights reserved. Rod “Torque” Redline (voice of Bruce Campbell) Rod “Torque” Redline is considered by many as the greatest American spy in the world. Recruited after the Cold War for both his brains and brawn, Torque is a tough-as-nails Detroit muscle car with a mastery of disguises. In his latest deep-cover operation, he obtained vital information about the plot to sabotage the World Grand Prix. So Rod plans a rendezvous with his British counterparts...
  • Andrea Monti

    Oh no! Could Disneyland Paris be out of dough?

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    JHM columnist Andrea Monti reminds readers that not all of the Disney-related news these days is coming out of Burbank and Philadelphia. Prepare for a pretty grim report about what's going on with DLP....
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    Set the Wayback for June of 1993. For Jim Hill's about to take us all back to get a peek at WDI's original concept for WDW's "Animal Kingdom" theme park....
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    Sister Act : A Divine Musical Comedy Features Original Score by Alan Menken

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    Based on the smash-hit film. SISTER ACT features an original score by 8-time Oscar® and 10-time Grammy Award® winner ALAN MENKEN (Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Enchanted) and direction by 4-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Zaks (La Cage aux Folles, A Funny Thing..., Guys and Dolls.) Disco diva Deloris Van Cartier (Olivier Award nominee PATINA MILLER) has dreams of hitting the big time. But when she walks in on a "hit" of a different kind, the cops hide her in the...
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    Share Your Favorite Universal Orlando Moments and Potentially Be Featured in a Future Universal Orlando Ad Campaign

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    Guests Can Tag Their Photos and Videos on Twitter, Instagram and Vine Using #UniversalMoments for a Chance to be Featured in a Future Ad Campaign Universal Orlando Resort has launched a new online campaign asking guests to share their favorite Universal Orlando moments and potentially be featured in a future Universal Orlando ad campaign. Guests can participate by sharing their favorite moments through photos and videos on Twitter, Vine and Instagram using #UniversalMoments. © 2014 Universal...
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    Live-action TV Series Based on MARVEL Characters to Film in New York

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    GOVERNOR CUOMO, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY, MARVEL AND NETFLIX ANNOUNCE LANDMARK LIVE-ACTION TV SERIES BASED ON MARVEL CHARACTERS TO FILM IN NEW YORK NYC To Serve As Principal Filming Location For Four Series Epic and One Mini-Series, Representing The Biggest Production Commitment in NYS History Productions Will Result in Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Investments and Lead to Creation of At Least 3,000 Industry Jobs Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, The Walt Disney Company, Marvel and Netflix Inc. today...
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    Kaley Cuoco from "The Big Bang Theory" Meets Spider-Man at Universal Orlando

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    © 2012 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved. Actress Kaley Cuoco , who portrays Penny in the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning television series “The Big Bang Theory,” spent some time web slinging with Spider-Man near Stan Lee Boulevard at Universal’s Islands of Adventure on Sunday, September 2, 2012. Universal Orlando Resort hosted Cuoco , who also starred in the hit animated film, “HOP,” for a tour of both theme parks during the Labor Day holiday weekend...
  • Jim Hill

    "What we have here is a failure to communicate ..."

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    In revisiting the "Lilo & Stitch" 2-disc DVD debacle mentioned in last Friday's "Why For" column, Jim Hill exposes an even bigger problem at the Mouse House. Which is: Has the Disney corporation finally grown so large that the company's different divisions can no longer effectively communicate with one another? Read and learn ... ...
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    Disney Releases First Look at Live-action "Cinderella" Coming to Theaters March 2015

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    A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, "Cinderella" brings to life the timeless images from Disney's 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation. The story of "Cinderella" follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters...
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    IMAX 12:01 Program Giving Away Limited Edition "Frankenweenie" Posters to Midnight Movie Goers

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    Exclusively for IMAX fans as part of IMAX's 12:01 program - those attending the FRANKENWEENIE midnight shows in the first hours of October 5 will receive a limited edition FRANKENWEENIE print using an original sketch by Tim Burton. Check for list of participating theatres on imax.com ; while supplies last. Imax FRANKENWEENIE page: http://www.imax.com/movies/m/frankenween
  • Jim Hill

    New domain names offer peek into Disney's future

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    Wanna know what the Mouse will be up to 3 months, 6 months, even a year from now? Then Jim Hill suggests you keep tabs on the domain names that the Walt Disney Company registers for future use....
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    Disney D23 Expo 2013 Early Bird Discount Prices End December 31

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    Do your Blog, Twitter and Facebook Friends know that this is their LAST CHANCE to purchase 2013 tickets at 2011 Prices? D23 Members can save as much as $204 on Expo tickets before December 31st!* Purchase Your D23 Expo 2013 Tickets Today! The highly anticipated D23 Expo 2013: The Ultimate Fan Event returns to the Anaheim Convention Center from August 9 - 11, 2013, once again bringing the entire world of Disney under one roof, and offering attendees unprecedented access to Disney films, television...
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    John Lasseter Talks about some of his favorite "Monsters University" toys

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    Imagine You at MU
  • Jeff Lange

    One last look back at this year's Halloween festivities at Walt Disney World

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    Jeff Lange's just back from Orlando where he spent the weekend getting pictures of all of WDW's festive decor. Take a peek at all his colorful pics....
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    Disney Brings Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" to the Screen this October

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    From creative genius Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” The Nightmare Before Christmas”) comes “Frankenweenie,” a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that...
  • Jim Hill

    Just a moment ...

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    On the first anniversary of the September 11th tragedy, Jim stops with the senseless Disney-related yammering for a few minutes ... and asks you to reflect (albeit briefly) on last year's tragic events....
  • Matthew Springer

    The Essential Geek #30: "Superman"

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    Matt Springer looks back at what was arguably the late Christopher Reeve's greatest film performance in Richard Donner's 1978 blockbuster about the Man of Steel....
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    WRECK-IT RALPH's Clark Spencer "Wreck-ognized" at Producers Guild Awards

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    SPENCER WRECK-OGNIZED AT PGA -- Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Clark Spencer (“Winnie the Pooh,” “Bolt,” “Lilo & Stitch”) was named outstanding producer of animated theatrical motion pictures for his work on 2012’s “Wreck-It Ralph” at the 24th annual Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. “Wreck-It Ralph” takes moviegoers on a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping journey in which Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly)—tired...
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    Disney Theatrical: Jeremy Jordan To Depart NEWSIES; Corey Cott Begins Performances as Jack Kelly on Wed, Sept. 5

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    (Tuesday August 14, 2012) - Newsies , the Tony® Award winning new American musical, proudly announces that Corey Cott will become the show's new leading man, Jack Kelly, beginning Wednesday, September 5 th . Cott became the Jack Kelly alternate earlier this month and will continue as alternate until he assumes the role full time. Left:Jeremy Jordan Photo by Jim Hill Right: Corey Cott Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua Jeremy Jordan , who created the role in the show's world premiere production...
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    Ozzy Osbourne Guest Stars In A New Episode of "Fish Hooks" Friday, April 8 on Disney Channel

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    Fish Hooks OSCAR GETS MILO TO SEE THE IMPORTANCE OF RECYCLING IN A NEW EPISODE OF "FISH HOOKS," FRIDAY, APRIL 8 ON DISNEY CHANNEL Ozzy Osbourne Guest Stars as the Earth Troll "Legend of the Earth Troll" - In an attempt to get Milo to change his careless ways and to see the importance of recycling, Oscar appeals to him in the only way that will work ... by disguising himself as a "magical dude" named the Earth Troll (played by Ozzy Osbourne). The plan seems to work until...
  • Seth Kubersky

    Big changes at WDW's "Small World," "Noodle Station" adds a nice new nosh

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    Is "Motors" worth a special trip? Is the Magic Kingdom's new castle show really cause for "Cinderellabration"? JHM columnist Seth Kubersky is back with a detailed look at Disney World's newest shows & attractions ...
  • Jon Nadelberg

    A Clear Eye from a Straight (Talkin') Guy

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    JHM co-founder (and occasional guest columnist) Jon Nadelberg returns with a new story which suggests that -- were you to do any poking at the REAL motives behind what happened in Philly last Wednesday -- neither Roy Disney or Michael Eisner would have come off looking all that heroic....
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    Mouseketrips - 2012 Disneyland Spring Savings Offer

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    2012 Disneyland Spring Savings Offer Posted: 17 Jan 2012 09:04 AM PST Travel Dates : March 1 - April 14, 2012 Disneyland Resort has released a new room only discount, available during the travel dates listed above. Disneyland guests can save up to 25% on their Disneyland Resort stay. Sample Savings : Disney's Grand Californian: 20% off Disneyland Hotel: 20% off Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel: 25% The savings is on the hotel portion only, however, guests can add specially priced park passes...
  • Jim Hill

    A JimHillMedia.com exclusive: Your first look at the storyline for Disney / Pixar's "Finding Nemo"

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    Just can't wait 'til May 30th to find out what "Finding Nemo" is actually all about? Jim Hill brings you a detailed breakdown of the storyline for Pixar Animation Studio's next sure-to-be smash....
  • Robert Bish

    WDW APers and DVC members flock to Forbidden Mountain

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    JHM guest writer Robert Bish checks out the very first day of the Disney World Annual Passholder / Disney Vacation Club "Expedition Everest" preview event ... and finds that the longest lines actually lead straight into that attraction's gift shop...
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    Disney Store Accelerates 2011 Store Opening Schedule and Expands to New Markets

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    Disney Store to Celebrate 25th Anniversary and Open New Store at Southern California's Glendale Galleria in Spring 2012 PASADENA, Calif., May 23, 2011 - Disney Store plans to open its interactive concept stores in more than 40 locations in 2011 the company announced today at the Global Retail Real Estate Convention (REcon) in Las Vegas, NV. Building on the successful launch of the innovative design in 2010 and fueled by demand from retail property owners eager to bring the one-of-a-kind shopping...
  • Jim Hill

    Ron Diamond's Animation Show of Shows coming to Comic-Con, getting ready for nationwide debut

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    Toon fans rejoice! The Animation Show of Shows will soon be coming to a theater near you. Thanks to a successful KickstartASOS.com campaign (which still has a few hours left to run, by the way), this animation industry favorite will now transition from being an insider-only exclusive to becoming a program that film fans around the world can participate in and enjoy. For those of you who don't know: The Animation Show of Shows has long been Ron Diamond 's baby. For the past 16 years, this...
  • Rick Gutierrez

    "If I Had a Hammer..."

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    How bad was the "Star Wars Holiday Special," really? So bad that it takes two people to write about it. New JHM guest columnist Rick Gutierrez also looks back at this not-so-special special. ...
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    Dreamworks Animation conjures up Rumblewick

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    DreamWorks Animation Conjures Up Rumblewick GLENDALE, Calif. , March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) today announced that it will bring Rumblewick to the big screen. Director Tim Johnson ( Over The Hedge , Antz ) and writer Jim Herzfeld ( Meet the Fockers , Meet the Parents ) are collaborating on the feature project, which is inspired by the children's book, "My Unwilling Witch (The Rumblewick Letters)" by Hiawyn Oram and Sarah Warburton . DreamWorks...
  • Wade Sampson

    Wednesdays with Wade: What really happened to Freddy Moore

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    For decades now, stories have swirled around about how this Disney Legend supposedly died. Wade Sampson now debunks the urban legends and reveals the sad truth about Mr. Moore's unfortunate passing....
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    Visual Effects Controversy Results in Calls to Action Including a VFX Congress

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    VES OPEN LETTER - CALL TO ACTION In light of current events, the Visual Effects Society (VES), an honorary body comprised of the very best visual effects artists around the world, today issues two calls to action : First, we call upon Governor Brown and the State Legislature to immediately expand its tax incentive program for the entertainment industry and to include a focused approach concentrated on the visual effects and post production sectors of the industry. Secondly, because we have reached...
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    It's Shark Week at SEA LIFE Carlsbad Aquarium

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    Upcoming Events Shark Week at SEA LIFE Now through August 7 Coastal Cleanup Day September 17 Shark Week at SEA LIFE! Now through Sunday, August 7 Celebrate sharks at SEA LIFE TM Carlsbad Aquarium while enjoying our fun and educational talks, shows and fin facts! Learn more about these amazing creatures duringThe Daily Dive show, Shark and Ray Adventure, Shark Talk and more. Visit www.sealifeus.com for show schedule. New at SEA LIFE! Now through Monday, September 5 Join us for an interactive parachute...
  • Jeff Lange

    It isn't going to be easy to remove all of those references to MGM at WDW's studio theme park

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    Just back from his most recent trip to Disney World, Jeff Lange points out many of the problems involved with renaming Disney-MGM Studio theme park....
  • Jim Hill

    So how are we doing so far?

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    In honor of the one month anniversary of the launch of JimHillMedia.com, Jim revisits a few recent stories, then solicits suggestions as to what we can do to make this site more entertaining for our regular readers. ...
  • Jim Korkis

    Good Mousekeeping -- Part II

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    Jim Korkis presents the second installment in this entertaining multi-part tale of "Good Housekeeping"'s Disney Pages....
  • Jim Hill

    "Designing Disney" reveals secrets of theme park design

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    Do you want to know how WDI creates all of those great rides and shows for the Disney theme parks? Then get yourself a copy of this great new Disney Editions book....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations - Party Time in Livermore?

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    "Where The Magic Begins" celebrated the First Anniversary of the store and we have the story and photos to share from the big day! Roger's back with another Ruminations....
  • Chris Barry

    When the Muppeteers were fretting about the Mouse

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    JHM guest columnist Chris Barry is back with yet another article about his days at the Jim Henson Company. This time around, he looks back on the first time the Walt Disney Company tried to acquire the Muppets.

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    The Decepticons have arrived in Orlando

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  • Jim Hill

    Disney DVDs goes to the dogs with "Old Yeller" & "Savage Sam"

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    Jim Hill takes a look at two recent DVD releases from Buena Vista Home Entertainment: Walt Disney Productions' 1957 live action classic, "Old Yeller," and that film's lesser known sequel, 1963's "Savage Sam." ...
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    Apricot Lane Fashion Boutique to Join Downtown Disney District

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    Apricot Lane to Join Downtown Disney District Fashion boutique features celebrity inspired trends ANAHEIM, CALIF. April 12, 2011 – Disneyland Resort today announced that fashion boutique Apricot Lane will join Downtown Disney in early June 2011. “We always look to add unique locations that provide our guests a shopping experience unlike anywhere else – Apricot Lane certainly fits that mold,” said Tony Bruno, vice president of Disneyland Resort hotels and Downtown Disney. “Our...
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    The Walt Disney Family Museum Presents Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis

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    April 30 - November 3, 2014 Exhibition Celebrates Award-Winning Work by one of Walt's infamous Nine Old Men Marc Davis, visual development for Sleeping Beauty, ca. 1959;Collection Mike Glad; © Disney San Francisco, CA , March 25, 2014 - The Walt Disney Family Museum is excited to present the exhibition Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis . On view in the museum's Theater Gallery from April 30 to November 3, 2014, this exhibition co-curated by the museum's director...
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    Disney Store Takes Center Stage At D23 Expo

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    DISNEY STORE TAKES CENTER STAGE AT D23 EXPO New Disney Store Princess Designer Dolls, 25 th Anniversary Products, Kidada for Disney Store Wish-a-Littles and 2011 Halloween Costumes Unveiled ANAHEIM , Calif. - August 8, 2011 - The spotlight will shine on Disney Store's spectacular product lines at the D23 Expo, held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Calif. from August 19-21. Disney Store will treat fans to a sneak peek of its fall and holiday 2011 products, as well as offer them a chance to...
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    New “Summer Games” spot from Disney/Pixar’s BRAVE

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    Watch it on your: iPad or iPod "Like" BRAVE on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PixarBrave
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