Saturday, March 31, 2012

Walt Disney World's Monorail Gets a Marvel-ous Makeover Featuring "The Avengers"

Marvel's Avengers have finally assembled at the Walt Disney World Resort but not in the way you might have thought. Instead of having the supergroup as walking/interacting characters their mugs are now plastered on a very slick black wrap around the world's most iconic modes of transportation the beloved Monorail. This is similar to the "TRONorail" promotion that happened in 2010 for TRON: Legacy.

You can experience The Avengers-rail now! Don't forget May 4 "The Avengers" lands in theaters staring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddleston, with Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

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Chris Hardwick Joins Star Wars Celebration VI as a Special Guest Host

Comedian, actor, podcaster, and Nerdist Industries founder Chris Hardwick joins Star Wars Celebration VI as a special guest host for the biggest party in the galaxy, August 23-26 2012 in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. While there will be three hosted stages full of programming throughout the four days of Celebration VI, there are additional can't-miss special events planned, featuring Hardwick as the host.

Additionally, Hardwick is one of the masterminds behind "Course of the Force," a Star Wars-themed charity relay run that will wind its way down the California coast to San Diego Comic-Con International this July 7-11th. This run, which celebrates the generosity of the Star Wars fan community, is a prelude to Hardwick's participation in the ultimate Star Wars fan gathering this August. Joining Hardwick in the "Course of the Force" run are such celebrity Star Wars fans Christian Slater, Drew Carey, Jim Gaffigan, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Alison Haislip and Alex Albrecht, with more to be announced soon.

"Every summer since 1977 has been a Star Wars summer for me, but this'll be the one to remember," says Hardwick. "The only thing that could top seeing Wookiees, Stormtroopers and slave Leias jog for charity would be serving as one of the hosts for Star Wars Celebration VI."

For more about Celebration VI visit For more about Hardwick and Course of the Force, visit Hardwick's YouTube channel and

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"People Like Us" Trailer - In Theaters June 29, 2012

From DreamWorks Pictures comes “People Like Us,” a drama/comedy about family, inspired by true events, starring Chris Pine (“Star Trek”) as Sam, a twenty-something, fast-talking salesman, whose latest deal collapses on the day he learns that his father has suddenly died. Against his wishes, Sam is called home, where he must put his father's estate in order and reconnect with his estranged family. In the course of fulfilling his father's last wishes, Sam uncovers a startling secret that turns his entire world upside down: He has a 30-year-old sister Frankie whom he never knew about (Elizabeth Banks). As their relationship develops, Sam is forced to rethink everything he thought he knew about this family—and re-examine his own life choices in the process.

In a story inspired by true events, Sam, a twenty-something, fast-talking salesman, is tasked with fulfilling his estranged father’s last wishes—delivering an inheritance to a sister he never knew he had.

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Genre: Comedy-Drama
Rating: TBD
U.S. Release date: June 29, 2012
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Cast: Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde, Michael Hall D’Addario, Philip Baker Hall, Mark Duplass and Michelle Pfeiffer
Director: Alex Kurtzman
Producers: Roberto Orci, Bobby Cohen, Clayton Townsend
Executive Producer: Alex Kurtzman
Written by: Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jody Lambert

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Disney-Pixar's “Brave” Coming to Disney Parks

Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment reports on the Disney Parks Blog that the Merida is coming to the Disney Parks soon!

In the upcoming Disney•Pixar movie “Brave,” Merida is a headstrong teenager with a vibrant spirit and a softness of heart, struggling to take control of her own destiny. You’ll be able to discover Merida’s story when “Brave” opens in theaters June 22 and, beginning in mid-May, Merida will be coming to Disney Parks in an all-new character greeting experience.

At Magic Kingdom Park, Merida will appear in Fairytale Garden in a setting inspired by her Scottish Highlands home, where young guests will be invited to engage in archery lessons and other activities until it’s their turn to meet her. Joining Merida will be the three bear cubs from the film, who will no doubt be up to plenty of mischief.

To prepare for Merida’s arrival, Rapunzel will be moving from Fairytale Garden April 15, to a new spot at the outskirts of Adventureland where she will continue to greet her loyal fans and subjects.

When visiting Disneyland park in California this summer, Merida and the cubs will find a home away from home near “it’s a small world” in Fantasyland, where guests will also be able to participate in activities inspired by Merida’s story.

According to Creative Director Reed Jones, “These new play and greet experiences at both parks will immerse our guests in ‘Brave,’ giving them the opportunity to be a part of Merida’s Scottish clan. And we’re all excited to have the bear cubs join Merida with their silly antics, creating a whole new way to bring our beloved Disney Characters to life.”

“Regardless of where they find Merida,” said Reed, “Guests are really going to fall in love with her and the bears.”

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars' Dave Filoni, Special Guests and Shows at Celebration VI

Fans of the award-winning television series can look forward to amazing first looks at Season Five of the series, as well as in-depth panels from behind-the-scenes, and brand new Clone Wars programming and surprises for all ages and interests.

Look for exciting new Clone Wars Celebration VI announcements, for both entertainment and special guests, at and, coming soon!

More about Dave Filoni:
A diehard Star Wars fan, Dave Filoni realized a lifelong dream with the opportunity to work as Supervising Director on Lucasfilm Animation's Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Exploring the many war-time tales and untold stories that take place between Episodes II and III, Filoni works closely with George Lucas to create all-new adventures within the iconic Star Wars universe.

He joined Lucasfilm Animation fresh from another touchstone fantasy franchise -- Nickelodeon's animated Avatar: The Last Airbender, for which he served as director, helping to further articulate the complex and dynamic world of the wildly popular series.

Filoni began his animation career working as an assistant director for Film Roman's Emmy-winning King of the Hill, created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels. While with Film Roman, Filoni also served as assistant director for Mission Hill and The Oblongs, both of which ran on the WB. From there, he moved to Walt Disney Television Animation, where he contributed in various capacities to series such as Teamo Supremo, Kim Possible, Dave the Barbarian and Lilo & Stitch.

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InsidEARS: ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex: Benefits for Coaches, Athletes & Team Parents (video)

This video showcases how ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort sets itself apart from all other sporting venues and competitions.

Competing at Walt Disney World Resort is an experience like no other. If you have athletes in your family or have online friends that are looking to compete at the next level, share this video and direct them to for registration information.

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LEGOLAND California Invites Make-A-Wish Child to Cut Ceremonial Ribbon, Opens New LEGO Star Wars Expansion

Seven-year-old Phillip Engdahl from Escondido and his family stand next to a life-sized LEGO Darth Maul at the grand opening of LEGO® Star Wars™ Gallery during an official ceremony today at the family theme park in Carlsbad. Engdahl was just one of 22 children from Make-A-Wish Foundation who were invited as special guests to be the first to see the new area which is a part of the expanded LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland.
Seven-year-old Phillip Engdahl from Escondido used a lightsaber alongside LEGOLAND® California's General Manager Peter Ronchetti to cut the ribbon opening LEGO® Star Wars™ Gallery during an official ceremony at the family theme park in Carlsbad. Engdahl was just one of 22 children from Make-A-Wish Foundation who were invited as special guests to be the first to see the new area which is a part of the expanded LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland.

Stormtroopers, Han Solo, Yoda, Obi Wan Kenobi and other members of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers and Rebel Legion were part of the ceremony which unveiled LEGO Star Wars Gallery featuring large-scale LEGO minifigures from each episode. Each LEGO model is 3-feet-tall and displayed on a podium. The 12 characters feature: Wicket, Princess Leia, R2-D2, Clone Captain Rex, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Anakin Skywalker, Boba Fett, Chewbacca, Yoda and Darth Maul. Another LEGO Darth Maul model introduced is life-sized, posed in a combat position grasping his double-bladed lightsaber and created out of more than 25,000 LEGO bricks.

"LEGO Star Wars Miniland proved so successful last year with our guests, we knew we had to expand it," said Ronchetti. "The LEGO Star Wars Gallery is just icing on the cake to the additional details that have been added to each of the seven scenes in LEGO Star Wars Miniland. Our Model Builders, Animators, Technicians and Maintenance Team have done an incredible job bringing the popular saga to life!"

Guests at LEGOLAND California admire an amazing “underwater” scene in the expanded LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland which opened today. The new scene features an opee sea killer as it pursues Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn and Jar Jar Binks as they try to reach the city of Theed. Also opening today was the new LEGO® Star Wars™ Gallery featuring 12 three-feet tall LEGO models of principle characters from each of the Star Wars movies.
LEGO Star Wars Miniland includes a scene from each of the six live-action Star Wars movies, as well as a scene from the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars™ all made out of more than 1.5 million LEGO bricks and built in 1:20 scale. New LEGO models in each scene include an amazing "underwater" scene featuring an opee sea killer as it pursues Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn and Jar Jar Binks as they try to reach the city of Theed. Other new LEGO models include a Jawa sandcrawler on Tatooine; Rebels caught in a net trap set by Ewoks on Endor; and a new Crystal Tower standing more than 6-feet-tall on Christophsis.

The fun for guests continues this weekend with LEGO Star Wars Days! On March 31 and April 1, the park will feature out-of-this-world fun activities including a Droid Hunt with the 501st Legion, Star Wars Costume Contest, Jedi Trivia, eight-foot LEGO Yoda Build, Star Wars T-shirt Contest and more. For the first time, the LEGO® Star Wars experience is continuing through April 15 with additional Star Wars™ activities for guests to enjoy.

LEGOLAND California Resort is part of Merlin Entertainments Group, the second largest attractions operator in the world operating 88 attractions worldwide.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Jennifer Grey Guest Stars in a new episode of "Phineas and Ferb" 3/30 on Disney Channel

"Quietest Day Ever" - After Mom asks the kids to keep quiet while she prepares for her online knitting test, Phineas and Ferb create ninja outfits designed to hide the wearer from anyone who is not wearing them. Meanwhile, Candace becomes increasingly frustrated after she can’t find the boys and bust them. Across town, Dr. Doofenshmirtz invents the De-Handsome-Inator, in a new episode of "Phineas and Ferb," FRIDAY, MARCH 30 (9:00-9:15 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.

"The Doonkelberry Imperative" - When Mom is out of Doonkelberries for her famous Doonkelberry pie, the boys set out to find some for her. Meanwhile, Perry and Dr. Doofenshmirtz find themselves across the ocean as Doofenshmirtz returns home to renew his Druelselsteinian driver’s license. Back in Danville, Candace is convinced she has discovered the answer to her busting problem, in a new episode of "Phineas and Ferb," FRIDAY, MARCH 30 (9:15-9:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.

"Phineas and Ferb" stars Vincent Martella as Phineas Flynn, Thomas Sangster as Ferb Fletcher, Ashley Tisdale as Candace Flynn, Mitchel Musso as Jeremy, Caroline Rhea as mom Linda Flynn-Fletcher, Richard O'Brien as dad Lawrence Fletcher, Dee Bradley Baker as Perry the Platypus, Alyson Stoner as Isabella, Jeff "Swampy" Marsh as Major Monogram and Dan Povenmire as the nefarious Dr. Doofenshmirtz. "Phineas and Ferb" is a production of Walt Disney Television Animation.

Guest Starring in "The Doonkelberry Imperative" is Jennifer Grey as Svetka.

"Quietest Day Ever" was written by Jim Bernstein and directed by Jay Lender
"The Doonkelberry Imperative" was written by Martin Olsen and directed by Robert Hughes.

"Phineas and Ferb" carries a TV-G parental guideline.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Ghost Rider Meets the Ghostbusters

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New Behind the Scenes Images from "Marvel's - The Avengers"

In MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS the world’s greatest Super Heroes assemble when Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) join S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to protect the world from the dangerous and powerful villain, Loki (Tom Hiddleston).

MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS will be released on May 4, 2012.

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Pre-order the Xbox 360 Kinect Star Wars Bundle via and get Kit Fisto (details)

Pre-order Bonus
Pre-order the Xbox 360 Limited Edition Kinect Star Wars Bundle via's Amazon store and get Kit Fisto as a playable character in Jedi Destiny mode. The bonus code will be e-mailed within two business days after the product ships. Offer valid when shipped and sold by Limit one per household. This offer will be extended to all pre-orders. Amazon reserves the right to change or terminate this promotion at any time.

Pre-order the Xbox 360 Limited Edition Kinect Star Wars Bundle HERE.

Kinect Star Wars Limited Edition Features:

  • Xbox 360 Bundle: Bring the Star Wars characters you know and love into your living room with this custom R2-D2-themed Xbox 360 console with custom sounds. Features C-3PO as an unlockable character for the Dance Mode in the Kinect Star Wars game.
  • Kinect Sensor: Includes the first ever custom white sensor. Immerse yourself into the Star Wars universe with full-body gameplay. Xbox 360 Wireless Controller: Includes custom C-3PO-themed Xbox 360 Wireless Controller.
  • Kinect Star Wars game: Enter the Star Wars universe like never before. Use the Force like a Jedi, become a champion Pod Racer, pilot iconic ships and much more.
  • Kinect Adventures game: Get off the couch and into the game in a whole new way. You and your friends and family will jump, dodge, and kick your way through 20 pulse-pounding adventures set in exotic locations.
  • 320GB Hard Drive: The largest hard drive available on Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Wired Headset, and Xbox LIVE Token for exclusive downloadable content

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Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship Uses Cutting Edge Tech to Bring Stories to Life

Throughout the Disney Fantasy, guests will discover creative and whimsical technical innovations – whether it’s mealtime, playtime or bedtime.

The Muppets make their debut in a new adventure game. Guests’ own drawings dance with Disney characters. “Paintings” spring to life. Interior staterooms have a porthole view of the sea outside.

Animated characters chat with guests. Among the highlights:

“Animation Magic” at Animator’s Palate
Animator’s Palate on the Disney Fantasy brings the magic of Disney animation into the dining room with a new show called “Animation Magic.” The dinner show celebrates the magic of Disney animation and allows families to create and participate in a whole new way.
As guests are seated at their tables, they are invited to draw a character of their own using a simple template on their placemat. Then, just before dinner, house lights dim and a sprinkling of pixie dust illuminates the room.

During dinner, Mickey invites guests to sit back, relax and enjoy a taste of animation as a montage of memorable food-themed moments from Disney and Disney•Pixar films is displayed, set to the show tune “Be Our Guest.” After dinner, Mickey returns for the exciting finale. With a musical crescendo, he works his magic and conjures the guests’ drawings – now fully animated and brought to life – into the onscreen action.

A parade starts as Mickey leads the guests’ drawings in a march across the screens around the dining room. The animation of the drawings becomes increasingly more elaborate, and then the drawings step into scenes from beloved Disney movies and skip, skate and dance side-by-side with characters such as, Mickey Mouse, Jiminy Cricket, Cinderella and Snow White.

At the conclusion of the show, Mickey returns to say “so long” while credits roll on screen showing each guest’s name listed as a guest animator. To commemorate the experience, guests’ drawings are returned to them … with an added touch: a golden seal proclaiming them an Official Disney Animator.

The Themed Entertainment Association awarded Disney Cruise Line the “Ingenious Use of Technology” award for the “Animation Magic” show at Animator’s Palate on the Disney Fantasy.

Muppets Adventure Game
The Muppets are coming to the Disney Fantasy! While playing “The Case of the Stolen Show,” guests take an interactive adventure quest around the ship, uncovering clues via more than a dozen pieces of Enchanted Art and physical “evidence.”

The adventure begins with the cast of Muppets preparing to stage a big performance. But there’s a problem: Kermit’s banjo is missing, Fozzie’s squirting flower has vanished, Gonzo’s crash helmet has gone astray, Animal’s drum sticks have disappeared and the Swedish Chef can’t find his cleaver! All of the props for the big show have been stolen by a cunning thief (or more likely, another Muppet).

Guided by a map and holding a unique game card in front of select pieces of Enchanted Art, guests unveil clues and find missing props. Elsewhere on the ship, guests may check a Muppets message board and find a Muppet-sized stateroom door to discover clues. Their mission is to solve the crime before it’s time to raise the curtain and light the lights on the Muppets’ big show.

“The Case of the Stolen Show” is one of a trio of self-paced, Midship Detective Agency games that may be played through the ship’s Enchanted Art. Each game features several possible endings and multiple randomized events – so each time a guest plays, they have a different adventure.

Enchanted Art
Throughout the Disney Fantasy, more than 20 pieces of Enchanted Art, inspired by classic Disney characters and animations, immerse guests in Disney storytelling in a completely new way.
As guests pause to admire an individual piece of Enchanted Art, it magically comes alive. Some examples of Enchanted Art new to the Disney Fantasy…

• Dual circus art posters featuring Dumbo and Timothy Q. Mouse flying from one frame into the other – a nod to the Disney Fantasy stern characters.

• Walt Disney animating three new clips that spring from his sketch pad featuring the “Fab Five” (Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Pluto).

• Fanciful animations of “Alice in Wonderland” inspired by Disney Legend Mary Blair’s art.

• “Pinkie Daisy” inspired by Thomas Lawrence’s painting “Sarah Barrett Moulton: Pinkie.”

While Enchanted Art looks like other hanging art pieces around the ship, it is actually a framed LCD screen that utilizes technology to create special effects. Enchanted Art “recognizes” a guest is present and activates several seconds of animation. Guests may see new and different animation when they visit the Enchanted Art another time.

Living Characters
In Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Disney’s Oceaneer Lab youth areas, Disney characters come to life and interact with children in one-of-a-kind experiences…

• Crush, the animated sea turtle from the Disney•Pixar motion picture “Finding Nemo,” and Stitch, the mischievous animated alien from the motion picture “Lilo & Stitch,” appear on a 103-inch plasma screen.

• The characters chat, play and joke with kids in live, unrehearsed, personalized conversations, using sophisticated, voice-activated animation.

Magical Porthole
The Disney Fantasy carries on the spirit of innovation with a cruise industry first for all 150 inside staterooms – a “window” to the world with a real-time view outside the ship…

• High-definition cameras on the exterior of the ship feed video to each Magical Porthole. The view corresponds stateroom location – port or starboard…forward, midship or aft.

• Animated Disney characters may pop by the Magical Porthole, including Peach the starfish from the Disney•Pixar film “Finding Nemo,” Dumbo the flying elephant or even Mickey Mouse.

• All new Magical Porthole animations include a swinging Rapunzel from “Tangled,” a waving Mr. Potato Head from “Toy Story,” and Scuttle and Flounder from “The Little Mermaid” peeking in as they fly by.

Magic PlayFloor
Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Disney’s Oceaneer Lab feature a Magic PlayFloor, a cruise- industry first that blends the latest in gaming technology with Disney’s panache for storytelling…

• Located in the main gathering space in both venues, the interactive floor allows children to engage in group activities where their movements control the action.

• The PlayFloor is designed with 16 light pads on the perimeter that detect motion and location and trigger actions. There are 28 monitors integrated with one another to create a grid display 15 feet by 15 feet on the center of the PlayFloor.

• The games are thematically tied to Disney stories and characters – from “Cars” and “Tron” to “Peter Pan” and “The Princess and the Frog.”

• Youth counselors use the Magic PlayFloor during storytelling activities where children fly over the streets of London with Peter Pan, help a frog feast on a bug banquet, leap over lasers with Stitch, race a car like Lightning McQueen and step into the world of Tron.

On the Disney Fantasy, adult guests step into a world that’s all their own at Europa – a nighttime entertainment district exclusively for guests 18 and older that features sophisticated bars and lounges inspired by the very best in European travel.

Skyline is a chic bar that provides ever-changing birds-eye views of stunning city skylines. The venue’s nine “windows to the world” are actually 65-inch LCD screens that depict different locales in panorama. Guests glimpse ever-changing views of spectacular cities, such as Paris, London, Barcelona, Florence, Athens, Budapest and St. Petersburg.

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"Marvel's The Avengers" Soundtrack Features Soundgarden's First New Song in 15 Years (exclusive audio clip)



Marvel Music/Hollywood Records announce the return of Soundgarden with the release of the band's first song in 15 years, "Live to Rise." The song will be featured in the end credits to this year's highly anticipated movie, "Marvel's The Avengers." "Live to Rise" is included on Avengers Assemble, a 14-track compilation of music from and inspired by the film. Avengers Assemble will be released on May 1, 2012.

Soundgarden stated, "We've been hard at work on our new album, which will come out this Fall. When the opportunity arose to write an original song for 'Marvel's The Avengers' film came our way, we thought it could be a cool match. We are excited to release our new song 'Live To Rise,' which is also the only new song in the film. Here's a taste. Loudest of Love."

Soundgarden - "Live to Rise" [Snippet]

Also, The Avengers original motion picture soundtrack, with score by Oscar®-nominated and GRAMMY-winning composer Alan Silvestri ("Captain America: The First Avenger," "Forrest Gump," the "Back to the Future" trilogy) will be available at online retailers on May 1, 2012.

With over 21 million records sold worldwide, Soundgarden redefined rock music for a whole generation and had a revolutionary impact on the course of musical history. At the dawn of 2010, the band, Chris Cornell, Matt Cameron, Kim Thayil and Ben Shepherd, announced a new beginning. In the last two years since Soundgarden has reunited, they have headlined festivals, toured the world and released their first retrospective titled Telephantasm which included the previously unreleased song, "Black Rain" and their first live album, Live on I-5. The press has exalted their return to the stage and the music scene. Rolling Stone called their headline performance at Lollapalooza "an epic set ... a blueprint of the Seattle sound," where the Chicago Tribune hailed them as "one of the last great hard-rock bands to emerge in the last 25 years." The band are currently in the studio in Seattle writing and recording their first LP in over 15 years, which is set for release in 2012.

In addition to Soundgarden's "Live to Rise," the Avengers Assemble collection features original songs inspired by the exciting and action-packed film event. The diverse range of artists includes Rise Against, Shinedown, Bush and Redlight King.

The Avengers Assemble track list follows:

1. Live to Rise Performed by Soundgarden
2. I'm Alive Performed by Shinedown
3. Dirt and Roses Performed by Rise Against
4. Even If I Could Performed by Papa Roach
5. Unbroken Performed by Black Veil Brides
6. Breath Performed by Scott Weiland
7. Comeback Performed by Redlight King
8. Into the Blue Performed by Bush
9. A New Way to Bleed (Photek Remix) Performed by Evanescence
10. Count Me Out Performed by PUSHERJONES
11. Shoot to Thrill Performed by Theory of a Deadman
12. Wherever I Go Performed by Buckcherry
13. From Out of Nowhere Performed by Five Finger Death Punch
14. Shake the Ground Performed by Cherri Bomb


15. Pistols At Dawn Performed by Kasabian

Marvel Studios presents "Marvel's The Avengers"—the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddleston, with Stellan Skarsgard and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and directed by Joss Whedon, "Marvel's The Avengers" is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series "The Avengers," first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. "Marvel's The Avengers" is from Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures, produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Joss Whedon from a story by Zak Penn and Joss Whedon with screenplay by Joss Whedon.

The film releases in theaters on May 4, 2012.

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE and Marvel's The Avengers original motion picture soundtrack will be available May 1, 2012.

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Fun Facts About Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Here are some fun facts and pictures regarding the Disney's New Art of Animation Resort at Walt Disney World.

  • More than 800 construction jobs were created, and at full operation it will create 750 resort hotel jobs
  • The Nemo pool has 310,000 gallons and is the largest pool on Disney property, not counting water parks
Animation Hall -- Walt Disney World Resort will open the doors to its newest resort hotel with Disney's Art of Animation Resort, a value property consisting primarily of family suites that immerse guests into the magical worlds of classic Disney and Disney•Pixar films. The Finding Nemo wings of the resort will open May 31; Cars will open June 18, and The Lion King will open August 10. The value rooms at The Little Mermaid wings will open on September 15.
  • If you combined all the swimming pools, you could park 125 cars inside the pools
  • Its 27 acres of landscaping and irrigation is the equivalent of twenty football fields.
Righteous Reef Playground
  • With 227,000 lineal feet of carpet could stretch from downtown Orlando to Kennedy Space Center.
  • There are over 529,000 square feet of ceramic tiles on the project, enough to cover a standard two-lane road four miles long
Disney's Art of Animation Resort
  • If you stacked up all the doors at the resort, they would be as tall as the Empire State Building
  • There’s enough metal railing to wrap around the new Amway Center eight times

  • The project used 23,000 gallons of paint, which is enough to fill a typical backyard swimming pool
  • There are over 2,300 parking spaces within the project, which is approximately the number of players in the NFL

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Aerosmith Announces The Global Warming North American Summer Tour

How many "Hidden Mickeys" can you spot in the Rockin' Rollercoaster poster?

Aerosmith Announces The Global Warming North American Summer Tour
Tour Kicks-Off June 16 in Minneapolis, MN
Tickets on Sale March 30 & 31

Aerosmith, America’s greatest rock and roll band, will start your summer sizzling and have you dancing around the fires of rock n’ roll again. After blowing away audiences in South America and Japan, the Bad Boys from Boston are back to rock America’s soul, with The Global Warming Tour playing 18 markets beginning on June 16 in Minneapolis, MN.

“The old Aerosmith is back with a new vengeance and we will kick your ass and make out with yur mothers.” - Steven Tyler, lead vocalist 
"Can't wait to bring this band back home. It feels like we've been away too long." - Joe Perry, guitarist
Live Nation is the national tour promoter for Aerosmith’s North American tour. This summer’s hottest ticket will go on sale March 30 and 31 at and The first round of tour dates are below with additional dates for a second leg to be announced shortly. Beginning on Thursday, March 29, fans that visit and RSVP to the presale will have early access to tickets.

The band celebrated their fortieth anniversary in 2010 and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. This quintessential live act truly defined rock and roll as we know it, bringing their heart-pounding sound and millions of fans to their feet over the past four decades. Never succumbing to the trends and fads in music, Aerosmith blazes their own path and remains as ground-breaking as they were when they first formed in 1970.
"After touring Japan and South America last year we're psyched about bringing it all back for the hometown fans. We're going to break out the classics, the hits and maybe even some of the new ones we've been banging out in the studio. Can't wait to get to Minneapolis!" - Tom Hamilton, bassist  
Aerosmith are a living piece of American music history, having sold over 150 million albums worldwide and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are the recipients of countless awards including four GRAMMYs, eight American Music Awards, six Billboard Awards and 12 MTV Video Music Awards among many other honors. Proving that they can cross genre-boundaries with ease, these rock legends have even taken home a Soul Train Award for Best Rap Single for their remix of Run DMC’s “Walk This Way.” With scores of multi-platinum albums, Aerosmith continues to inspire generations to get their wings, get a grip and just push play. It is no wonder why they are one of the most beloved bands of all time.

American rock band and musical institution Cheap Trick will open the announced shows.

For VIP ticket packages, including opportunities to meet band members, backstage tours, great tickets and more, visit

AEROSMITH - The Global Warming Tour
North American Dates

Date City, State Venue Presale On Sale

June 16 Minneapolis, MN Target Center Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
June 19 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
June 22 Chicago, IL United Center Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
June 27 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
July 1 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
July 3 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
July 5 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
July 7 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheater, Summerfest Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
July 17 Boston, MA TD Garden Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
July 21 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center Tue. 3/27 Fri. 3/30
July 24 East Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
July 26 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
July 28 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
July 30 Houston, TX Toyota Center Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
August 1 Denver, CO Pepsi Center Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
August 4 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
August 6 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
August 8 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31

Of course if you visit the Walt Disney World Resort be sure to ride the "Rockin' Rollercoaster - Starring Aerosmith" at Disney Hollywood Studios! Take a look of what's in store!

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Disney Publishing Worldwide Unveils "Peter Pan," the First In a Series of Disney Classics Storybook Apps

Features Original Illustrations by Disney Legends John Hench and Al Dempster

"Peter Pan", the first in a series of Disney Classics storybook apps available for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, launched today. Featuring original illustrations by Disney Legends John Hench and Al Dempster, readers can relive the magical story of the classic film Peter Pan through word-for-word narration, multiple reading modes and interactive surprises.

"Disney Publishing has access to a vast library of stories and characters that we are now able to bring to a new generation of readers through mobile devices," said Lyle Underkoffler, vice president, Digital Media. "We are particularly excited to add this app to our collection of Peter Pan-inspired books, including Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's best-selling Peter and the Starcatchers series, which will debut on Broadway this spring.".

Peter Pan: Disney Classics

The Peter Pan App invites readers to join Wendy, John, and Michael on their adventures with Peter Pan and Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, Captain Hook and his swashbuckling crew of pirates. Built into the story are interactive puzzles, coloring pages, a leveled-memory matching game and musical instrument, as well as tap-and-play interactivity.

Over the next few months, Peter Pan will be followed by several other Disney Classics tales, including Jungle Book, The Aristocats and Bambi.

The Peter Pan App is available for $3.99 from the App Store on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, or at

For more, visit and, or follow @DisneyReads on Twitter.

About Disney Publishing Worldwide
Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) is the world's largest publisher of children's books and magazines with over 700 million products sold each year. Disney Publishing Worldwide consists of an extensive worldwide licensing structure as well as vertically integrated publishing imprints including Disney Book Group in the U.S., Disney Libri in Italy and Disney Libros in Spain. DPW publishes a range of children's magazines globally, including Topolino, Le Journal de Mickey, and Donald Duck, as well as Disney kids magazines in the U.S. which include Disney Princess and Phineas and Ferb. Disney English is DPW's English language learning business which includes Disney English learning centers in China and a worldwide retail licensing program. DPW's digital products include bestselling eBook titles as well as original apps. Headquartered in White Plains, NY, Disney Publishing Worldwide publishes books, magazines, and digital products in 85 countries in 75 languages. For more information visit

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Register for the Star Wars Celebration VI Costume Pageant Today

Celebrations are a showcase for amazing fan-made Star Wars costumes, and the Celebration VI Costume Pageants are your chance to show off your creation, or watch incredible costumers strut their stuff.

Registration starts today! Click here to download the rules, guidelines, and registration form.

The Costume Pageants are currently scheduled for the afternoons of Friday, August 24 and Sunday, August 26, planned for the Celebration Stage with celebrity host James Arnold Taylor . Costumes will draw inspiration from across the galaxy of Star Wars, from movies and television to books and comics to the fertile imaginations of creative costumers.

Your entry must be postmarked by July 15, 2012, so download your entry form today!

Need some inspiration? Check out the great fan-made costumes on display at prior Star Wars Celebrations in 2010 and 2007! and the Sorcerer Radio Network will be covering Star Wars Celebration VI LIVE! Stay tuned for more information regarding our coverage coming soon!


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Sorcerer Radio Chats with Janel Parrish of ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars"

Sorcerer Radio Network correspondents took part in a special press interview with Janel Parrish, who stars as Mona Vanderwall on ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars."

Janel Parrish set her sights on stardom at an early age. She's been singing and playing the piano since she was six. She's already been on Broadway and has appeared in a bunch of TV shows and movies. She played Jade in "Bratz," and had a recurring role on "Heroes." She's guest-starred on "The O.C.," "Zoey 101," and "The Bernie Mac Show." As far as movies go, Janel's in "April Showers," "Triple Dog," and "Fired Up!" Upcoming projects include "Knots," and "One Kine Day." (Films not yet rated.)

Parrish's character Mona, was desperate to be in Alison's group of friends, but to them she was just a dork to be avoided at all costs. Times have changed since Alison's been gone. Big time. Now Mona is one of the popular kids at school and her BFF is none other than Hanna Marin. But can a person change that much? And when Hanna begins to reconnect with her old friends, what does that mean for Mona?

SR: Was it a hard transitioning from the bubbly Mona that fans are used to, to the dark twisted Mona that we saw last night in the episode?

J. Parrish: Yes. That was definitely the most challenging part and also the most fun part was transitioning from this bubbly character that I’ve played for two years to this dark, psychopath character that I’ve never in my life played before. That’s what made it so appealing was that it was a challenge. It was fun and I had to just kind of let go of this character that I’ve built for two years and create a new one and just go there. That’s what was really, really fun.

SR: You’re doing Spring Awakening in L.A. Does this mean there will be less Mona in Season 3?

J. Parrish: Definitely not. I’ve just been made a series regular for Season 3, so it’s very exciting. You will see more Mona. I am doing Spring Awakening in my hiatus because we do not start filming Pretty Little Liars until Season 3 starts April 2, so I’ve had time in my break to do a musical, which has been amazing because musicals are actually my first love.

SR: You’ve probably had plenty of suspicions that you were “A” just because of the books to begin with, so take us through when you first actually found out that you were going to be making this crazy, kind of awesome transition.

J. Parrish: Well, like you said, I had an idea during the pilot because I read the books, and since I was “A in the books. I’d asked the producers if I was “A” and they were being very coy and saying that I could be “A” but things could change since we’re not following the books exactly. I’d always kind of put it in the back of my mind that I could be “A” and I found out officially the week that we were filming the finale. We got the scripts a week before we started filming it. I read it and I was super excited. It was surreal and it was really hard not to tell anyone that I was “A.”

Read more of my interview at Chip and Company HERE!

Learn more about ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” on the official site -

This interview is made in partnership with ABC Family, Sorcerer Radio, Chip and Company and

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Premium Experiences Deliver Fun Options for Walt Disney World Resort Guests

Been there, done that? Maybe, but did you know that inside Walt Disney World Resort lies a whole other Walt Disney World Resort? One in which you can…

  • “Hang 10″ and learn to surf
  • Set sail on a pirate adventure for buried treasure
  • Get nose to, well, bottlenose with Bottlenose dolphins
  • Be pampered in a “couples massage”
  • Dine with an actual Disney Imagineer or Disney animal care specialist

Beyond traditional theme park-going, these options and more are available to guests booking premium, add-on experiences at Walt Disney World Resort. Among a whole “world” of choices (prices exclude tax except where indicated):

1. Dine with Animal Specialists . . .New “Untamed” Dining Adventure Transports Disney Guests to Africa
An all-new dining experience hosted by a Disney animal specialist is now available to guests at Sanaa at Kidani Village, located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Over lunch, an animal expert reveals facts and myths about wildlife as guests immerse themselves in the culture and flavors of Africa. There’s no more perfect setting, as Sanaa’s windows frame grazing zebra and giraffes, Ankole Cattle and White-Bearded Wildebeest. The experience accommodates up to 12 guests, offering an intimate, fun insider’s view, with plenty of time for questions.

Adding flavor to the experience, a 4-course African-inspired lunch made in Sanaa’s tandoor ovens boasts many delicacies, such as warm naan bread, savory dips, slow-cooked meats, unusual sweets and more. After dessert, diners venture to a savanna lookout, to observe and learn more about the exotic animals grazing the landscape.

The Animal Specialist experience takes place every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Cost is $49, $29 ages 3 to 9 (special kid’s menu). The price includes the gratuity plus a $5 contribution to Disney’s Worldwide Conservation Fund. To make a reservation, call 407-938-6922, option 3 or stop by Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge concierge. Reservations are also available online at or by calling 407-WDW-DINE (939-3463) up to 180 days prior to the experience.

2. Wild Africa Trek
In the newest premium experience, gear up and brace for a safari unlike any other this side of Africa. Guests on Wild Africa Trek crouch along trails, traverse swaying footbridges above crocs and hippos and delve deep into the jungly heart of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Several times daily, expert guides lead small groups of adventurers on excursions across untracked areas of the park. Extended time is spent observing and learning about the animals while on foot or while over-landing in customized safari vehicles. Trekkers close out their experience at a serene overlook above a wildlife-filled savanna while savoring Africa-inspired food and beverage. Reservations for Wild Africa Trek (ages 8 and up) can be arranged by calling 407/WDW-TOUR. The experience starts at $189 per person. More information:

3. Segway Your Way to Fun!
Walt Disney World guests can experience a Segway Human Transporter (HT) for themselves, firsthand, as part of three different programs.

Around the World at Epcot is a two-hour guided tour that allows guests to operate the two-wheeled, one-person transportation device throughout World Showcase before it opens to other park guests. Cost is $99.00 per person. Tours are daily at 7:45, 8:30, 9 and 9:30 a.m.

The Simply Segway experience is a one-hour beginner’s class that gives guests a product overview, training and indoor riding time at Epcot’s Innoventions area. Cost is $35.00 per person. Simply Segway is offered daily (except Tuesdays) at 11:30 a.m.

Wilderness Back Trail Adventures is a two-hour tour that lets guests explore the natural beauty of the Florida landscape in and around Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Cost is $90 per person.

For all Segway programs, class size is limited to 10 guests. For tours at Epcot, park admission is required. Riders must be at least 16 years old to participate. Guests can call 407/WDW-TOUR for more information or reservations. The Segway HT is the world’s first self-balancing human transporter that uses advanced technology, gyroscopes and tilt sensors to emulate human balance.

4. Totally Tubular! Learn to Surf
Unschooled in the fine art of surfing? Novices can catch a wave and master the rush of shooting the curls at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park. Every 90 seconds, the world’s largest wave machine blasts out walls of surf that can tower up to six feet high. Craig Carroll’s Cocoa Beach Surf School invites guests to learn from professional surfers how to cut, carve and “hang 10.” The 2.5-hour program is available by reservation for $150 on select mornings prior to regular park hours. Guests (ages 8 and older) can call 407/WDW-PLAY for more information. Craig Carroll’s Cocoa Beach Surf School

5. Go “Grand.” Luxury Yacht Sets Sail on Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake
Grand 1, the most luxurious watercraft at Walt Disney World Resort, offers a pampered VIP boating experience on the waters of Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake just outside Magic Kingdom. A personal captain and deckhand launch the 52-foot Sea Ray yacht from the marina at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Morning and afternoon excursions on the Grand 1 offer guests a spectacular view of Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Wedding Pavilion and several Walt Disney World resorts. For an elegant evening voyage, romantic music sets the mood as the sun sets over the gabled roofs of the Grand Floridian. On select nights, cruisers can view “Wishes,” a magnificent fireworks display above Magic Kingdom. Those on board are treated to synchronized audio from the show.

For the ultimate cruise, the Grand Floridian private-dining staff can prepare anything from an evening snack to a gourmet five-course meal with fine wine pairings. A private-service butler can also cater to guests’ every need.

As many as 18 people can sail for $553 per hour, including charter fee, boat captain and deckhand. Dining service and private butler are available for additional fees.

Reservations for the Grand 1 can be made by calling 407/WDW-TOUR.

6. Take a Sunrise Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Picture the morning sun rising in the Florida sky, illuminating a landscape rich with animals catching the first light of day. And you have a front-row seat. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge invites Kilimanjaro Club Level guests to an amazing two-hour experience. During an approximately 45-minute safari, guests will have the opportunity to learn more about animal care, the grounds of the theme park and the operation. Included in the cost of the tour is a lavish breakfast buffet in the park, at the Pizzafari Restaurant.

The Sunrise Safari is offered Sundays and Thursdays at 7:00 a.m. Cost is $65 adult, $32.50 child (ages 3-9). Call 407/WDW-TOUR.

7. Afternoon Game Drive Paired with Dinner at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Savannas surrounding Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge offer up a panorama of wildlife as creatures large and small roam the grasses, forage for food and play in harmony. The grounds are home to approximately 200 mammals and exotic birds representing a cross-section of the African palette – bongo, greater kudu, zebra, wildebeest, impala, African spoonbills and Eastern white pelicans, to name a few.

Just before sunset, eager adventurers gather outside the lodge with a guide for a thrilling game-viewing safari. Up to 12 persons can board a specially designed vehicle for a bird’s-eye view of a typical North African safari.

Safari-goers are wide-eyed as many animals move within feet of the vehicle. Cameras and videos are poised to capture the Africa-like wonders.

The second part of the journey leads to the resort’s signature restaurant, Jiko-The Cooking Place, where a savory South African feast awaits safari-goers. Flavors of Africa fill the air in a memorable multi-course meal served family-style and blending regional spices and grains. Popular South African wines are paired with each course, which includes a sweet display of desserts.

The Wanyama Safari is offered to guests (age 8 and up) staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas, seven days a week at 4 p.m. For reservations, guests can call 407/938-4755, or visit the concierge desk at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge upon check-in.

8. Dine with an Imagineer
Here’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity to dine with a real-life Disney Imagineer and enjoy engaging behind-the-scenes conversation over a delectable lunch at the chic Bamboo Room of the Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. Up to 10 guests join in stimulating discussion with one of the incredible creative artists who bring the magic to Walt Disney World attractions and resort hotels. Learn from these talented men or women what it’s like working in the most magical place in the world. Guests feast on a four-course meal and will receive a souvenir plate designed exclusively for this experience that can be personalized by the Imagineer. Price is $64.96 per guest ages 10 and older, $37.27 ages 3-9, tax included. Guests can also ask about dinner with an Imagineer at Flying Fish Café at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, which offers the same fascinating peek “under the curtain” at Disney’s creative process while being treated to a tantalizing four-course meal. Cost is $105.83 per guest ages 10 and older, $74.70 ages 3-9, including tax. Call 407/WDW-DINE for more information and reservations.

9. Grand Pirate Adventure: Little buccaneers sail the high seas to exotic “Ports of Call” in search of treasure.
Donning pirate garb, kids venture on foot and by sea in search of buried treasure during Disney’s Pirate Adventure, which departs from Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa marina and sails the waters of Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. Young and eager adventurers visit many exotic “ports of call,” following clues to help lead them to the treasure. During the voyage, children (ages 4-12) enjoy a reading of “The Legend of Gasparilla” (a real Florida pirate), lunch and other surprises. The Pirate Adventure happens Mondays through Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Cost is $34.00 per child. Call 407/WDW-PLAY.

10. Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage
Ahoy me hearties, ye be setting sail for fun and adventure with Captain Hook and Mr. Smee on this adventure. Departing from Disney’s Contemporary Resort, mateys receive a true buccaneer’s welcome as they chow down on hearty pirate grub and grog before setting sail on an unforgettable moonlight voyage around Seven Seas Lagoon. Play Disney trivia games, sing songs and sea chanteys and savor “Wishes” fireworks lighting the night sky above Cinderella Castle. On the sail home, your pirate hosts enchant you with the tale of Peter Pan, plus more trivia questions and special prizes. Once tied up, the voyage concludes with a visit from a very special guest. Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage is scheduled Fridays through Mondays. Cost is $53.99 adults, $30.99 children ages 3-9. Call 407/WDW-PLAY.

11. High-Speed Adventure Around Walt Disney World Speedway
The Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World Speedway is the place of dreams, offering race fans and adventure-seekers the ultimate thrill of riding in or driving a race car around the one-mile tri-oval Walt Disney World Speedway. Guests are offered several ride and drive experiences as they follow their dream of leaving the grandstands and climbing into a racecar, just like The King himself.

Ride-Along Program: A 3-lap thrill ride as a passenger at a top speed of 145 mph.
Rookie Experience: A 3-hour program that includes eight laps of driving thrills.
King’s Experience: Features 16 laps of driving divided into two 8-lap sessions.

Beyond these core options available to Walt Disney World guests, riders with an insatiable “need for speed” can turn up the thrills with these premium experiences:

Experience of a Lifetime.
Talk about pulse-pumping, thrill-seekers choosing this Petty track will experience 30 laps of white-knuckle, heart-pounding speed in a NASCAR race car. The “Experience” is divided into three 10-lap driving segments and between each session, drivers will receive one-on-one feedback from the Pit Road instructor. Priced from $1,299 per person.

Speedway Challenge.
Imagine the high-octane rush of this one-of-a-kind driving program. This 50-lap program consists of five 10-lap sessions as well as a Ride-Along, shop tour with tech talk and lunch with the instructor and crew chief. Priced at $2,099 per person.

The sessions at Walt Disney World Speedway run daily. Driving experiences are available for those at least 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license and the ability to drive a vehicle equipped with a standard transmission. Fans at least 14 years of age can participate in the Ride-Along Program with proof of identification.

For information or reservations, visit or call 800/BE-PETTY.

12. Exotic wheels and high-speed thrills
Starting Jan. 16, 2012, get behind the wheel of a “supercar” by Ferrari, Lamborghini, Audi or Porsche, and fly down a track specifically designed to experience some of the world’s finest automobiles and their awe-inspiring acceleration, speed and handling. The adrenaline-pumping experience starts at $189 for six laps around the ”Exotics” course; a ride-along experience with a professional driver at the wheel is available for $99. It’s all part of the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World Speedway. Phone toll free 1-855-822-0149 or

13. The Couple that ‘Spas’ Together…..
What’s more enjoyable or relaxing than a luxurious spa treatment? Imagine sharing it with that special someone. Did you know The Spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort features a “couples room” where guests can enjoy specialized spa treatments – such as massages and facials – with the one they love? For information about spa treatments, call 407/827-4455.

14. Commune with Dolphins
Imagine getting up close and personal in the water with Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins. The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion invites guests on a three-hour, behind-the-scenes experience aimed at providing a keener understanding and heightened appreciation for these marvelous creatures. The 30-minute dolphin interaction takes place in waist-deep waters (maximum 8 guests per day) so guests don’t need to be SCUBA certified or even know how to swim. Signups for “Disney’s Dolphins in Depth” learn about how Disney cares for the dolphins each day, how researchers study and train them backstage, what issues are affecting marine life worldwide – and what we can do about it. Cost is $194 per person.

Theme park admission is not required or included in this experience. Call 407/WDW-PLAY.
Want more? Learn to design like a Walt Disney World Resort Florist (Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort)….get made over in full buccaneer regalia at The Pirate’s League (Magic Kingdom)….Tea anyone? Try the Wonderland Tea Party for Children (Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort)…..Treat your child to a first haircut at the Harmony Barber Shop (Magic Kingdom) which comes with its own Barber Shop Quartet (never know when they will stop by)….book a trail ride (Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort and Campground) or a romantic horse-drawn carriage excursion (Ft. Wilderness or Disney’s Port Orleans Resort)…

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Samantha Brown Takes You On A Tour of the Disney Cruise Line's New Ship, the Disney Fantasy

Join TV travel-guru Samantha Brown on an all-access tour of Disney Cruise Line's newest ship, the Disney Fantasy™. Go behind the scenes to view the ship's incredible design, magical shows, new features and immersive experiences for the whole family. Also in this special webcast, discover how a Disney Vacation Club Membership can continue to help your family create a lifetime of vacation memories at Disney Vacation Club Resorts for years to come. Sailings on the Disney Fantasy and other Disney Cruise Line ships are not part of Membership and may be modified or withdrawn at any time. Purchases should not be made in reliance upon the continued ability to sail on Disney Cruise Line.

On Deck with Samantha Brown

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Adventures by Disney Announces New Southeast Asia Tours

Attention fans of Adventures by Disney! An all-new 2013 destination was just announced -- it's a tour through Southeast Asia, with stops in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. This 12-day, 11-night tour will give adventurers the chance to experience exotic culture in cities like Saigon, Hanoi, Hoi An, Luang Prabang, Siem Reap and Angkor Wat.

Adventures by Disney Heads to Southeast Asia

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Buy an Avengers or X-Men Digital Comic - Receive a $5 Coupon

The Marvel ReEvolution grows as the biggest super hero story of all time is almost here! Marvel is proud to announce that starting tomorrow, in celebration of Avengers Vs. X-Men, just one purchase on the Marvel Comics app gets a $5.00 coupon for your local comic store! From March 25 at 12:01 AM Eastern to 11:59 PM Eastern on Sunday, March 31, if you purchase* select** Avengers or X-Men comics on the Marvel Comics app—like the can’t-miss AVENGERS VS X-MEN #0—you will be e-mailed a coupon (on April 1)*** valued at five dollars to be used for any Marvel comics purchase at your local comic store. Please note that only one coupon is available per user during this limited-time offer and may only be redeemed at select comic shops.****

“After the success of our first Marvel Comics app coupon program in January, we knew we would do another—and with AVENGERS VS X-MEN #1 in stores next week, this was the perfect time for round two!” said David Gabriel, Senior Vice-President of Sales, Marvel Entertainment. “We received tremendous feedback from retailers and consumers, which let us know this is a program that really drives new customers into comic stores.”

Now you’ve got a full week to experience the world of the Marvel Comics app—including the hottest same-day-as-print releases and top collections—and receive a $5.00 coupon to use in store for AVENGERS VS X-MEN #1 or any of Marvel’s major new releases.

“As the world of digital comics grows and we expand the Marvel ReEvolution, we’re committed to innovating in this space to support retailers,” said Peter Phillips, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Marvel Digital Media Group. “We brought in thousands of customers to stores with our previous coupon program and now we’re planning to bring even more to stores just in time to experience AVENGERS VS X-MEN #1.”

Choose your team—Avengers or X-Men—as the biggest super hero war of all time begins and take advantage of the most exciting digital comics offer of all time—just in time for AVENGERS VS X-MEN #1.

You’ve heard It’s Coming—and this April The War Is Here! All your favorite super heroes enter—and only one team will emerge victorious!

Which team will reign supreme? Join the conversation on Twitter with #AvX!

For more on Avengers VS X-Men, please visit

*To receive this coupon you must be logged in with a Marvel account. If you don’t have an account, go register for free in the ‘My Comics’ section of the Marvel Comics app or at
**Avengers & X-Men comics eligible for the digital coupon will be in their own section on the Marvel Comics app.

***This coupon expires on May 1, 2012 at 11:59PM Eastern.

****Fans: The e-mail containing your coupon will also include a link to help you find the closest qualifying store(s).

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Disney Legend Alice Davis Will Get Window on Main Street in Disneyland

Disney Legend Alice Davis will finally be getting her own special window on Main Street in Disneyland.

At a special Club 33 event on March 19th, Imagineer Kim Irvine officially announced the news! You can just see Alice's delight in the photo!

Alice Davis began work in the Walt Disney Studios, but is best known for her costume design of some of the most beloved characters at Disney Parks – including those found in the classic attractions, “it’s a small world” and Pirates of the Caribbean.

She continued to design costumes for the Walt Disney Studios until 1963, when she undertook a costuming project that would go on to become one of the most famous theme park attractions in the world. Along with fellow Disney Legend Mary Blair, Alice supervised the creation of more than 150 costumes for “it’s a small world,” helping to bring to life the iconic dolls who would sing the unforgettable theme song.

Two years later, she translated her husband’s, Imagineer Marc Davis, drawings for the Pirates of the Caribbean into designs and patterns for all the costumes that would be seen in the new attraction.

In addition to the extraordinary work seen by thousands of Disney Parks guests through the years, Alice’s influence at Walt Disney Imagineering extended to the development of manufacturing, quality control and refurbishment standards for the three-dimensional characters created by Walt Disney Imagineering.

Alice has always been very gracious to her fans in the Disney Community. She has made numerous appearances at special events sharing tales of what it was like to work in the early days of Disneyland!

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Marvel Unlimited Unboxing, Lula Roe, Disney Parks news – WDW Tiki Room

Kristen and Aljon are talking about the latest Disney Park news, Lula Roe Disney inspired clothes, and unbox a Marvel Unlimited Plus subs...