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Monday, December 15, 2014

Remembering Walt Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) Video


People speak about Walt Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) and his many achievements as a motion-picture/television producer, animation pioneer and the creator of innovative theme parks and family entertainment in the past tense. But many hardcore Disney fans, like myself, still speak of him in the present tense - innovator, legend, visionary and icon.

To commemorate his life and contributions to entertainment and pop-culture check out the Hollywood Studios attraction film for "One Man's Dream" below.

Even though the man has passed on Walt's spirit is still alive and well today in the hearts of Disney fans worldwide. Thank you Walt!

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For another great article on the visionary Walt Disney check out this link on Bio. http://www.biography.com/people/walt-disney-9275533#synopsis

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Disney innovates early learning with Imagicademy



Research-Driven Curriculum Developed with Top Education Experts Focuses on Key Developmental Subjects

New Brand of Connected Products Aims to Inspire a Lifelong Love of Learning and Make Learning a Family Experience

Disney Publishing Worldwide, the world's largest publisher of children's books and apps and a division of Disney Consumer Products (DCP), today unveiled Disney Imagicademy, a new technology-driven learning initiative designed for families with children 3 to 8 to encourage children to learn by creating, doing and making.

Disney Imagicademy offers parents a way to expose their children to fundamental educational concepts in a fun and uniquely Disney way, combining the Disney characters and stories families love, with a research-driven curriculum developed in conjunction with top academic and education experts.

The integrated program includes 30 plus app-based experiences – five of which will be available on December 11, along with a companion app for parents that will help them play an active role in their child's learning – as well as books and other physical products that will be available for back-to-school 2015. The apps and products cover key subject matters that are important for early childhood development, including math, creative arts, science, language arts and social and emotional skills.

"Disney Consumer Products is transforming the future of our industry by integrating storytelling, play–and now learning–to create deeper, more engaging experiences for kids and families," said Bob Chapek, president, Disney Consumer Products. "For more than 80 years, Disney Publishing has created stories for children that foster a love of reading and inspire their natural curiosity and with Disney Imagicademy, we are taking the next step and offering parents a learning product unique in the marketplace today. We tapped a panel of top-notch education experts to help us create Disney themed, cutting-edge learning products that kids can both learn from and enjoy playing with."

Extensive conversations with parents revealed a significant need in the early learning digital space. Parents expressed frustration with the inconsistent quality and lack of connected experiences currently available in the app marketplace. Feedback from parents was paired with the expertise of top academic, early childhood development and play experts to create Disney Imagicademy.

The Disney Imagicademy product portfolio launches December 11 with Mickey's Magical Math World, an iPad-exclusive app that features five robust math-focused activities in one app: "Mickey's Super Rocket Shapes," "Donald's Number Launcher," "Minnie's Robot Count-Along," "Daisy's Bedtime Countdown" and "Goofy's Silly Sorting." Each in-app experience features progressive early math concepts, including counting forward and backward, sort and classify, skip count, numbers and shapes recognition, reason and logic and more.

"Early math experiences are an essential part of building confident learners," said Dr. Douglas H. Clements, an internationally renowned expert on the development of mathematics understanding in young children and a member of the Disney Imagicademy Board of Advisors. "Such experiences are surprisingly important to children's development not only of mathematics topics, but of higher-order thinking skills and general success in school. I am pleased that Disney Imagicademy is helping to produce those experiences with research-driven curriculum and high-quality game mechanics, and I am excited to see its impact on early learning."

In addition to children's products, Disney Imagicademy also aims to make learning a family experience with Disney Imagicademy Parents, a companion app designed especially for parents that enables them to be a part of their children's progress. The Parents app provides a wealth of features to support their children's educational development, including an accessible way to facilitate an ongoing conversation with their child about what they are learning, functionality to receive real-time updates about their children's progress, the ability to reward accomplishments digitally and remotely through digital high-fives, and opportunities to inspire offline learning through a continuously updated content feed of ideas tied directly to concepts children are exposed to in the apps.

"Disney Imagicademy Parents is the cornerstone of the Imagicademy experience," said Brooke Burke-Charvet, TV personality, co-CEO of ModernMom and guest curator, Disney Imagicademy Parents. "I think it's wonderful that there is a tool that gives parents an easy and accessible way to stay involved in their children's learning experience. I love that I'm a part of a program that makes learning fun for my kids."

Jeffrey Sellinger, senior vice president, Disney Learning added, "Disney Imagicademy's integrated program connects children's apps, a parents app and physical toys to create a unique family experience that helps inspire a lifelong love of learning. The physical and digital worlds are coming together in nearly every industry, and with Disney Imagicademy, the learning field is no exception."

The second suite of digital apps in the Disney Imagicademy line-up is Mickey's Magical Arts World. Focused on creative arts, the suite will be available on the Apple App Store for download in January 2015.

Physical products and learning toys will launch in time for back-to-school 2015, featuring forward-thinking and innovative brands at the intersection of technology and play, including Smart Toy, Kid Designs, Wonder Forge and Mercury Active.

Mickey's Magical Math World and Disney Imagicademy Parents will be available on December 11 exclusively on the Apple App Store. For additional Disney Imagicademy mobile apps updates and information, visit http://www.DisneyImagicademy.com, Facebook at Facebook.com/disneyimagicademy and Twitter.com/Imagicademy.

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About Disney Publishing Worldwide
Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) is the world's largest publisher of children's books, magazines, and apps, igniting imagination through storytelling in ever-inventive ways. DPW creates and publishes books and magazines both vertically in-house and through an extensive worldwide licensing structure. As a leader in digital products, DPW creates bestselling eBook titles and best-in-class original apps that have garnered more than 50 awards to date. DPW is also committed to the educational development of children around the world through Disney Learning which includes our flagship learning brand, Disney Imagicademy, as well as Disney English and other Disney themed learning products. Headquartered in Glendale, California, DPW publishes books, magazines and digital products in 85 countries in 75 languages. For more information visit www.disneypublishing.com.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Jedi Mouseketeer 2014 Gift Guide: Blu-ray Movies from Disney, Marvel and Star Wars


Happy holidays Jedi Mouseketeers! Here's a great guide for you last minute shoppers. Purchasing a from our Amazon links doesn't cost you any more than normal. It simply helps our site grow. The list below has some of the hottest blu-rays for 2014 including the biggest blockbuster of the year "Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy." There are also films from Disney and your favorite Star Wars and Marvel characters. Be on the look out for more Jedi Mouseketeer 2014 Gift Guides. Happy shopping!

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Howard the Duck: Unfeathered - The Watcher 2014


Get another dose of post-credit scene glee as we explore Howard the Duck's past, future, and present!
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This week your host, Lorraine Cink, takes you inside the new comic book featuring your favorite fowl, Howard the Duck, by Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones. Explore Howard's storied past, cinematic present, and future foes! Plus, stick around for can't miss Wednesday comics, our gear up for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Winter Finale, and much more!

Tweet along with us during the Winter Finale Tuesday, December 9th at 9|8c on ABC using the hashtag #AgentsofSHIELD!

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Dates for Star Wars Weekends 2015 at Disney's Hollywood Studios announced


My favorite Disney event, Star Wars Weekends, will be returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a huge galactic throwdown May 15 – June 14, 2015.

Even though the celebrity guest roster and special events haven't been officially announced you can expect a few events to make their comeback to the delight of fans of The Force.

Jedi Training Academy — Live show at the Rebels stage
Based on the teachings and practices of the fictional Jedi Knights from the Star Wars films, the show depends heavily on audience participation, focusing on children. Each participant is given a lightsaber and Jedi robes and is taught basic Lightsaber skills. This show takes place every day at the Studios but during the weekend is extra popular and expands to twice the normal participants. Parents, get your children registered early for this popular event!

Star Wars Parade
This cavalcade features celebrities from the saga's films, voice actors from the animated series and creators and producers of some of the most iconic film elements. The 501st Legion and the Rebel Alliance also take part in screen authentic Stormtrooper costumes, along with numerous other Star Wars characters.

Symphony in the Stars
A large-scale fireworks show presented by Walt Disney Creative Entertainment, complemented with John Williams' original music, voice and sound clips from the Star Wars saga. This is one of my favorite nighttime spectaculars and Williams' score with the lights and fireworks that only Disney can provide is sheer magic!

Behind the Force
This live show at the Premier Theater has the celebrity hosts and guests telling behind-the-scenes stories of how Lucasfilm Animation creates their shows.

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There will also be special events, shows and dining experiences to be announced. Be sure to check back with Jedi Mouseketeer for the latest updates on this event. You can also do yourself a favor and book your Star Wars Weekends vacation with Kristen Hoetzel of MagicalJourneysVacations.com and support this site and save money at the same time!

Here's a look at Mark Hamill's (Luke Skywalker) debut at Star Wars Weekends 2014!


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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

See Disney-Pixar's Toy Story That Time Forgot tonight on ABC


Tonight you can catch another great Disney-Pixar short "Toy Story That Time Forgot" on ABC TUESDAY December 2, 2014 8/7c!

By the looks of the following trailer it will be another great special, one befitting of the Disney-Pixar name.

During a post-Christmas play date, the Toy Story gang find themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional. It's all up to Trixie, the triceratops, if the gang hopes to return to Bonnie's room in this Toy Story That Time Forgot.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2, Ep. 9 - Agent Skye Faces a Familiar Foe


Agent Skye faces a familiar foe in a clip from the next all-new “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” premiering Tuesday, December 2 at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC!


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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer - Secrets Revealed


During the holiday weekend fans worldwide have been dissecting the latest teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. With only 39 seconds of actual film footage to digest it leaves fans with a ton of questions... Who's that guy in the Stormtrooper outfit? Who is that woman in the overgrown Speederbike? What's up with the rolly-droid? What's up with the dark figure and his funky Lightsaber? Who's voice do you hear in the trailer? This morning the crew of ABC's Good Morning America was able to shed some light on a couple of those questions.

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At this time Serkis' role and the identity of the figure above still remains a mystery.


Perhaps Daisy Ridley (above) and John Boyega (below) are both working and living on a classic Star Wars world, Tatooine, home of Luke Skywalker.


John Boyega looks like he's playing a Stormtrooper. Perhaps Luke Skywalker and the Rebels didn't quite finish off the Empire after all.


The updated armor looks great don't you think?


How about Oscar Isacc in that new X-Wing pilot jumpsuit?


Speaking of updated how about those X-Wings, TIE Fighters and the Millenium Falcon! Just the sight of those vehicles made me feel like I was a kid again!


That's pretty cool! Andy Serkis is the dark voice you heard in the teaser. Could he be playing that Sith-like Lightsaber wielding figure?


http://youtu.be/h0SCmwFBpYk

And that final sound... the Lightsaber... it's Luke's!!! AHHHAAAAHHHAAAHHH!!! How 'bout them apples!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver and hits theaters Dec. 15, 2015.

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