Mickey Mote Coming For The Holidays



The New “Mickey Mote” Will Debut with the Release of Disney’s New Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Number Roundup and Handy Manny: Big Construction Job DVDs on November 16th

BURBANK, Calif., October 12, 2010 – This coming holiday, parents and their preschoolers will discover a whole new way to watch and play their favorite Disney preschool DVDs, with the all-new “Mickey Mote”. This one-of-a-kind, kid’s remote control, from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, will debut this November 16th packed with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Number Roundup and Handy Manny: Big Construction Job.  The new “Mickey Mote” is a child-friendly handheld remote control, shaped like Mickey ears, that will take children’s viewing experience to a whole new level by providing an engaging interaction with their favorite Disney characters.  With multiple levels of play, the new Mickey Mote will provide hours of fun, engaging and challenging adventures for kids age 2-5.   The Mickey Mote is a value for moms and fun for kids!

How It Works:

The Mickey Mote works with any Disney Preschool DVD that includes Discovery Mode™, the interactive “Watch & Play” feature on the DVD!  All parents have to do is program the remote control – there’s an easy and quick set-up guide in each DVD- and select the Discovery Mode feature on the menu screen.  Within minutes, kids will be easily responding to questions, throughout the story, about scenes they just watched (such as “What color is Goofy’s hat?”) by pressing one of four color-coded buttons on the device — a yellow star, green circle, orange triangle or blue square – to click in their responses.  Discovery Mode features include two levels of play, which provides more challenging questions as the child grows.

Why Parents Will Love It:
Once families have purchased a Disney Preschool DVD that comes packaged with the Mickey Mote, they can continue to build their Disney Preschool libraries as the Mickey Mote works in compatibility with any Discovery Mode enhanced DVD. For example, kids can immediately use the remote with any of the following titles:

  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Road Rally
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Choo Choo
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Bow-Tique
  • Handy Manny: Manny’s Motorcycle Adventure
  • Handy Manny: Manny’s Big Race
  • Little Einsteins: Fire Truck Blast Off
  • My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Super Duper Super Sleuths
  • My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Bedtime With Pooh

Note:  Discovery Mode can also be played using any DVD remote control.
Look for more Discovery Mode DVDs on future Disney Preschool franchise releases such as Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Handy Manny!

Available beginning on November 16, 2010, consumers can purchase either Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Number Roundup and/or Handy Manny: Big Construction Job DVDs  – which will each come specially packaged with the new Mickey Mote – for the suggested retail price of $29.99 (US)/$35.99 Canada.

About Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Numbers Roundup
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Numbers Roundup
features more than 100 minutes of content with five exciting, numbers-themed adventures.  Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is the #1 program on Playhouse Disney as well as the #1 series with children between the ages of two and five years.  Bonus features include a never-before-seen (until 1/1/11) bonus episode as well as the Discovery Mode feature.

STREET DATE:                        November 16, 2010
Direct prebook:                        September 21, 2010
Distributor prebook:                 October 5, 2010
Suggested retail price:              1 Disc DVD + Mickey Mote = $29.99 U.S. / $35.99 Canada
                                                  1 Disc DVD = $26.99 U.S. / $29.99 Canada
Rated:                                        U.S. ‘TV-G.’ Canada ‘G’.
                                                 Bonus materials not rated.
Run time:                                 Approximately 100 minutes
Aspect ratio:                            Family Friendly Widescreen (1.78:1) – enhanced for 16×9 Televisions
Sound:                                     Dolby Digital Sound
Languages:                              English, Spanish, French

About Handy Manny: Big Construction Job:
Handy Manny: Big Construction Job
is a fun-filled, full-length adventure that takes Manny out of Sheet Rock Hills and to a new construction project out of town!  Introducing new tools, new songs and a never-before-seen episode, Handy Manny stars Wilmer Valderrama (TV’s “That 70’s Show”) as the voice of Manny.  It is a top 5 television series with preschoolers 2-5, and is an Emmy®-nominated show, set in a multicultural, multi-generational community and follows a curriculum that models problem solving and the importance of community.
STREET DATE:                        November 16, 2010
Direct prebook:                        September 21, 2010
Distributor prebook:                October 5, 2010
Suggested retail price:             1 Disc DVD + Mickey Mote            = $29.99 US/ $35.99 Canada
                                                1 Disc DVD = $26.99 US/$29.99 Canada
Rated:                                      U.S. ‘TV-G’ / Canada ‘G’
                                                Bonus materials not rated.
Run time:                                Approximately 69 minutes
Aspect ratio:                           Family Friendly Widescreen (1.78:1) – enhanced for 16×9 Televisions
Sound:                                    Dolby Digital Sound
Languages:                             English, Spanish, French

About Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, a recognized leader in the home entertainment industry, is the marketing, sales and distribution company for Walt Disney, Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax and Buena Vista product, which includes DVD, Blu-ray Disc™ and electronic distribution.  Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is a division of Disney Enterprises, Inc.


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Disney Acquiring Playdom


Burbank, California – July 27, 2010 – Advancing on its goal of bringing consumers its well-known stories, characters and brands in ever more engaging ways, The Walt Disney Company has agreed to acquire Playdom Inc., one of the leading companies in the fast-growing business of online social gaming.

Playdom shareholders will receive total consideration of $563.2 million, subject to certain conditions, and a performance-linked earn-out of up to $200 million.

In just two and a half years of operation, Playdom has established itself as a pacesetter in building popular games for social networks enjoyed by consumers around the globe. Through well-known titles like Social City, Sorority Life, Market Street and Bola, Playdom engages an estimated 42 million active players each month.

By acquiring Playdom, Disney will strengthen its already-robust digital gaming portfolio, acquire a first-rate management team and provide consumers new ways to interact with the company on popular social networks like Facebook and MySpace.

“We see strong growth potential in bringing together Playdom’s talented team and capabilities with our great creative properties, people and world-renowned brands like Disney, ABC, ESPN and Marvel.” said Robert A. Iger, President and CEO, The Walt Disney Company.

“This acquisition furthers our strategy of allocating capital to high-growth businesses that can benefit from our many characters, stories and brands, delivering them in a creatively compelling way to a new generation of fans on the platforms they prefer,” Iger added.

“We are at the start of a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the way people of all ages play games with their friends across devices, platforms and geographical boundaries,” said Playdom Chief Executive Officer John Pleasants. “Disney is an incredibly forward-thinking company that shares our vision and is the ideal partner to further our mission to bring great entertainment to people around the world.”

Playdom, which has 15 game development studios, will remain headquartered in Mountain View, California. Pleasants will become an Executive Vice President of the Disney Interactive Media Group (DIMG) and General Manager of Playdom, reporting to DIMG President Steve Wadsworth.

Disney expects Playdom’s expertise in social gaming software tools, business intelligence and rapid innovation to broadly benefit DIMG, which already has a substantial global presence in online, console and mobile gaming.

The transaction, which is subject to clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act and certain non-U.S. merger control regulations, is expected to close by the end of Disney’s 2010 fiscal year.

About The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with five business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. Disney is a Dow 30 company and had annual revenues of about $36 billion in its most recent fiscal year.

Forward-Looking Statements:
Certain statements in this press release may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements relate to a variety of matters, including but not limited to: the operations of the businesses of Disney and Playdom; the timing and consummation of the transaction; the expected benefits of the integration of the two companies; the market for online social gaming and other statements that are not historical fact. These statements are made on the basis of the current beliefs, expectations and assumptions of the management of Disney regarding future events and are subject to significant risks and uncertainty including uncertainties regarding the business of each company, the receipt or timing of regulatory approvals and continued consumer acceptance of online social gaming.

Disney undertakes no obligation to update or revise these statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Additional factors that may cause results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements are set forth in the Annual Report on Form 10-K of Disney for the year ended October 3, 2009 and in subsequent reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K and other filings made with the SEC by Disney.

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Disney World & DisneyLand On Android Phones

I go to Disney World quite a bit.  I also change phones quite often.  I think that now that I have a Android phone from Sprint I will be staying here for a while.  I am always looking for Disney apps that will run on my phones.  It is usually very hard to find apps.  Most people that just want that quick fix will just go to m.disneyworld.com.  While this is a nice solution it is very generic information that is on that site.  I prefer to see what is going on with the lines inside the park.

Recently I was hunting through the Android Market, and found an app called Ride Hopper.  There are 2 versions.  A FREE version, and a PAID version.  The app is only $.99.  This is not a Disney produced title.

In the LITE version you can update times, and add rides / shows to your favorites.  In the FULL version you can start a timer when you enter a ride, and stop it when you get through the line.  Then the system will update with those times.  Either version will only allow upload of times if you are in the GPS location of the respective park.

If you want to check out the app, then you can scan in this QR code on your Android phone, and it will take you to the download.

You can also click the link below to get it from the Market.

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Disney Desktop Customization

My daughter is under strict guidelines on what she can, and can’t do with her computer.  She has a lot of Disney sites in her favorites.  We have found some desktops for the computers in the house that we all like.  Finding mutually agreeable graphics is a hard thing to do.  The best one we found that allowed us to make our own graphics to use was Magic Artist.

My daughter is constantly looking for new things to put on her screen, and new software to get.  She is a huge animal lover, and is always getting animal type games for her game systems.

I have built up enough of a collection that I am going to be adding the files to the sites library of downloads.  From computer to PS3 we are going to try to offer everyone things that they like.

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PS3 Disney/Pixar “UP” Game Demo Review


I just downloaded the PS3 version of the UP demo from Disney/Pixar.  It is a FREE download from the Playstation Network.

The game features a cooperative mode that can handle up to 4 players on the same screen.

The graphics were excellent.  The game doesn’t match the movie, but what video game does match a movie that it is based on?

I give this is 8 out of 10.  (I had to knock 2 of because it doesn’t follow the movie.)

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