NFL Superstars Join Drew Brees Passing Academy at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney

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This year’s Drew Brees Passing Academy and 7 on 7 Tournament is getting a lot of extra firepower. NFL megastars Larry Fitzgerald, Darrelle Revis and Darren Sproles are joining the Saints’ Pro Bowl QB for the three-day event at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.

Fitzgerald (Cardinals WR), Revis (Patriots DB) and Sproles (Eagles RB) will help coach the prep football camp participants along with Brees. Fitzgerald will work with the receivers; Revis will train the defensive backs; and Sproles will guide the running backs during the event which includes one day of position training and two days of 7 on 7 action from June 26-28, 2014 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, where NFL pros such as Falcons WR Devin Hester, Jets WR Santonio Holmes and Steelers CB Ike Taylor train year-round under noted trainer Tom Shaw.

The Brees camp will also feature a position-by-position skills competition, 1 on 1 passing competitions and a panel discussion featuring Brees, Fitzgerald, Revis, Sproles and other NFL personnel.

The camp is open to only 24 high school football teams across the country (15-20 players per team). The camp costs $1,500 per team. Teams can register and get additional information at

www.DrewBreesPassingAcademy.com.

For more information about ESPN Wide World of Sports, visit http://www.espnwwos.com.

Disney Junior Now Available to DISH Network Customers

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Following the recent announcement of the groundbreaking, multi-year distribution deal between DISH Network Corp. and The Walt Disney Company, Disney Junior, the popular 24-hour channel expressly for kids age 2-7 and their parents/caregivers, is now available to DISH Network subscribers on channel 168. Disney Junior is available in DISH programming packages including America’s Top 200, America‘s Top 250 and America’s Everything Pak.

Disney Junior is a global, multiplatform brand expressly for kids aged 2-7. Disney Junior invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, both classic and new, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for young children. Original series include the Annie Award-winning “Sofia the First” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” the Emmy-nominated “Doc McStuffins” and “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “Henry Hugglemonster” and “Sheriff Callie’s Wild West,” as well as the upcoming “Miles From Tomorrowland” and the first Disney Junior Original Movie “Lucky Duck.” Original short-form series include “Minnie’s Bow-Toons,” which follows Minnie Mouse and her pal Daisy as they run Minnie’s Bow-Tique, a specialty shop stocked only with colorful bows and bowties, and “The Doc Files,” an extension of the acclaimed “Doc McStuffins” series, which offers young viewers a glimpse into Doc’s keen deductive skills as she shares an in-depth look at specific cases and diagnoses after the clinic doors close for the day.

Since publicly reporting ratings in April 2013, the 24-hour Disney Junior channel has been the number one preschool-dedicated TV network each week in total viewers, kids aged 2-5 and boys aged 2-5. In January 2014, the channel was home to the top three series across preschooler TV networks with “Sheriff Callie’s Wild West,” “Sofia the First” and “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.”

The addition of Disney Junior to DISH’s offerings follows last week’s announcement of the availability of WATCH ABC, WATCH ABC Family, WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH DisneyXD and Watch ESPN, enabling DISH’s 14 million video subscribers to access live and on-demand news, entertainment and sports programming on computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and other connected devices. Authenticated access to WATCH Disney Junior, SEC ESPN Network and Longhorn Network will launch later this year.

 

Meet Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny at the Magic Kingdom

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Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny will begin their Meet & Greet at the Magic Kingdom this Sunday, April 13.

Guests will be able to find them in the Town Square Courtyard on Main Street USA April 13-19 from 9 AM until 5 PM.

D-Tech Me Experience Returns for Star Wars Weekends

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A very popular activity for Star Wars Weekends is returning this year. The D-Tech Me experience is where guests can have their faces cast on a mold of a Star Wars figurine.

This year, there will be four exciting new options for attendees to choose from. The options include two returnees: the Carbon-Freeze Me mold (similar to what happens to Han Solo in Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back) and the Stormtrooper mold.  New this year are molds of the Alderaan Princess and the X-Wing Pilot.

During the process guests will take part in a 3D face scan. From, there, the scan will be sent to a 3D printer. Once the figurine is created, it will be mailed to guests in approximately 7-8 weeks. (International shipping may take a bit longer.)

The experience will take place in Darth’s Mall, a special merchandise location only available during Star Wars Weekends.  This year Darth’s Mall will be located on Soundstage 1, between Toy Story Mania and the Studio Backlot Tour.

Guests will be able to purchase either a 7-inch figurine for $99.95 (plus tax and shipping) or a new 16-inch figurine for a whopping $1,499.95 (plus tax and shipping.)

To book the experience, please call (407) WDW-TECH. A credit card number will be required to hold the reservation, and cancellation fees may apply. This opportunity will only take place during Star Wars Weekends. Keep in mind that theme park admission is required to enter the park.

Star Wars Weekends are scheduled for May 16-18, May 23-25, May 30-June 1, June 6-8, and June 13-15.

For Star Wars fans, this is a can’t pass up, absolutely unique souvenir.

Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet Guest List Announced…Tickets Now for Sale

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The special guests have been announced for the 2014 Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet.  They are:

Glenn Barker

MAGINEER GLENN BARKER
PRINCIPAL MEDIA DESIGNER – WALT DISNEY IMAGINEERING

Tony Baxter

DISNEY LEGEND TONY BAXTER
CREATIVE ADVISER TO WALT DISNEY IMAGINEERING

Don Hahn

DON HAHN
PRODUCER – DIRECTOR – AUTHOR

2014 PNW Mouse Meet Tickets are Now On Sale and going fast!  Reportedly well over 50% of tickets have already been sold! Get yours before they are gone…

TICKET PRICES:

GENERAL ADMISSION – $46.99
CHILD (9 & Under) – $24.99

Get tickets HERE

Meg Crofton Honored for Orlando Economic Development Achievements

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Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, United States and France, accepted the Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC) James B. Greene Award for hercontributions to Central Florida’s economic prosperity.

Crofton received the honor at the organization’s annual awards dinner last evening at Amway Center. First presented in 1990, the award recognizes a leader whose work has had a significant impact on the region’s business community and quality of life.

“With her enduring enthusiasm and hard work in support of our area’s economic vitality, Meg is truly deserving of this highest honor bestowed by the EDC,” said Scott Faris, CEO of MicroVapor Devices and current chair of the EDC Board of Directors. “Through initiatives such as the EDC Leadership Charter, she built a legacy of collaboration and engagement that propelled the organization to new heights in economic development for the region.”

As EDC board chair from 2009-2010, Crofton helped guide the organization through the recession, developing innovative ways to engage the group’s board members. During those challenging economic times, she championed a variety of regional initiatives, such as the development of SunRail, Amway Center and Orlando’s Medical City.

During her time as president of Walt Disney World Resort, Crofton took on a variety of community leadership roles. She was appointed to the University of Central Florida’s Board of Trustees and served on the Florida Council of 100, a group that promotes statewide economic growth. She also served on the Rollins College Board of Trustees, the boards of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness and Orlando Health, and the Executive Committee of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

“I’m honored and humbled to be recognized by the EDC with this prestigious award,” said Crofton. “Central Florida will always be special to me and I’m so proud of all the EDC has accomplished on behalf of this outstanding community.”

Crofton, who grew up in Central Florida and lived in the region until 2013, is responsible for operations at many of Disney’s theme parks and resorts, including Walt Disney World Resort – Central Florida’s largest employer – Disneyland Resort in California and Disneyland Paris.

Wreck It Ralph 2 Currently in the Works

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Wreck-It Ralph composer Henry Jackman says that Disney is currently working on the story for a planned sequel.

In an interview with Collider, Jackman was hesitant to say more because he considers Wreck-It Ralph 2 to be a project already in development.

“I can’t tell you more, not because I’m being coy, but I believe that it is officially on the cards,” he said. “I don’t know any more other than a story is indeed being written. I’d be very surprised not to. I’m not blowing my own trumpet. Forget about the music. Just the movie itself I thought was a fantastically imaginative and creative piece of work. Rich [Moore], the director, actually got involved in the writing. There was another writer and I can’t remember his name (Editor’s note: it’s Phil Johnston). Just as a concept, it would be almost remiss of them not to write another one. It’s a great idea and it’s a great character.”

In February 2013 director Rich Moore said that the idea for the sequel that he and Reilly intrigued them.

“Are there other Ralphs [in this world we were introduced to in the original]? What would happen if another Fix It Felix, Jr. game was plugged in?” he asked. “Are there other Ralphs that are more contemporary? Is there another version of the game that was made for mobile? Are there those kind of Super Smash Bros types games where all the characters are gathered in a fighting game? What would that be like for Ralph to come face to face with those different iterations of himself?”

 

 

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Producers Reaction to Captain America: The Winter Soldier Plot Twist

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*** SPOILER ALERT ***

Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, the creators of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD creators discussed how a major twist in Captain America: The Winter Soldier will impact the series. Discussion online about the fate of the ABC show has intensified in recently because at the conclusion of Captain America: The Winter Soldier sees SHIELD being disbanded due the infiltration of HYDRA. Whedon recently has said that he was well-briefed by Marvel. “We know a lot about every movie a long time before it comes out,” the writer insisted. “We get to read the scripts and see early cuts, so if and when there are things that affect our world, we have a lot of time to prepare. And there are some things in [Captain America: The Winter Soldier] that will ripple into our show.”

Whedon and Tancharoen teased that “things go crazy” in forthcoming episodes that reference the events of the Marvel movie. “Everything’s an opportunity,” Tancharoen said. “Everything is interconnected, which is definitely a unique situation when you have a television show connected to films like this.”

 

Box Office: ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’ Nabs Record $37 Million Friday

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From The Hollywood Reporter

Winning over critics and moviegoers alike, Marvel and Disney’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier grossed $37 million from 3,938 theaters on Friday, the biggest day ever for the month of April, not accounting for inflation. The superhero sequel is expected to earn $93 million-plus for the weekend, also an April best.

Overseas, where it opened ahead of its North American launch, the $170 million tentpole has already earned $132.2 million and should finish Sunday with a whopping global total of $270 million or more — only $100 million behind the $370.6 million earned by Captain America: The First Avenger in its entire run. So far, Captain America 2 is pacing 40 percent ahead of the first film, which debuted in May 2011.

Universal’s 2011 Fast Five was the previous record-holder for the best single day in April ($34.4 million). It likewise holds the record for top April opening ($86.2 million), a milestoneCaptain America 2 will eclipse.

Captain America 2, directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, nabbed an A CinemaScore across all demos, as well as stellar reviews from critics.

The follow-up is also benefiting from the post-Avengers glow. Like the first ThorCaptain America: The First Avengerlaunched to roughly $65 million domestically in July 2011. But the wild success of 2012’s The Avengers has seen fortunes rise for the Iron Man and Thor franchises.

Returning Chris Evans in the title role, as well as Avengersstars Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. JacksonCaptain America 2 picks up two years after Avengers left off. Captain America and Black Widow (Johansson) discover there is a secret conspiracy within S.H.I.E.L.D. and fight to stop it, along with The Falcon, played by Anthony Mackie. (Some critics have described the film as an intriguing espionage tale, versus never-ending action.) The villainous Winter Soldier is played by Sebastian Stan.

The superhero sequel is on course to score the top April opening of all time domestically.  It will finish the weekend with at least $270 million in global ticket sales.

Disney Studio Head Says “Star Wars VII” Casting Almost Complete….and Film is Already Shooting

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From The Hollywood Reporter

The new Star Wars — episode 7 in the nine-picture franchise — has already begun filming and most of the cast is now in place for the movie, Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn revealed April 2. “We have a lot of them [in place],” he said about the main actors, whose names have not been disclosed. “We’re just not completely done yet.”

Horn acknowledged there had been some problems getting the script right. “It’s all about the screenplay,” he said. “It has to be screenplay, screenplay, screenplay.” Asked if the screenplay was fully where it needed to be, he added: “It actually is now.” The script has been co-written by Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams, following an early draft by Michael Arndt.

The executive said the movie would be released in December 2015 and that the story would pick up “where 6 left off — and where 6 left off is 35 years ago by the time this is released.”

Horn was interviewed by THR’s Stephen Galloway at Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television in Los Angeles, as part of the ongoing Hollywood Masters series. Others in the series have included Alfonso CuaronDavid O. RussellJudd ApatowJohn SingletonSherry Lansing and William Friedkin.