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November 26, 2015 – Show #126

It’s Time D-Heads! This week we celebrate Thanksgiving with all the things we are truly thankful for as we welcome CARLOS ALAZRAQUI (Reno 911, Rocko’s Modern, Sofia the First, Handy Manny, Phineas and Ferb, Fairly Odd Parents, Panchito in House of Mouse & the Parks, Book of Life, Inside Out, Happy Feet, Sheriff Callie, Taco Bell Dog, Stand Up Comedian) to the celebration! Carlos stops in and talks about his career, voice acting, Thanksgiving, family, projects, memories with Robin Williams and Elijah Wood, Taco Bell and so much more!

In addition we have the D-Team back bringing Thanksgiving to the table as they stop in with thoughts on what they are truly Thankful for. In addition you have questions and thankfully Erin has the answers in I Want to Know. Caitlin brings us the latest from Walt Disney World with WDW-In-2, and Jason gives us a Blu-Ray and DVD we can be thankful for in The Vault. Nathan looks back at This Week in Disney History and Paige lends you an ear and gets musical in the Magical Music Review. And let’s not forget our digital side with Randy and Disney Multi-Media.

There is news hot off the D-Wire with information about Walt Disney World, Her Universe, The Force Awakens, the National Christmas Tree Lighting, Miss Piggy and the Muppets, Disney Music, The Disney Channel, The Good Dinosaur, Very Merry Christmas Celebration, Clothing, Toys, Epcot, the Magic Kingdom and more!

So it’s time to Put on Your Ears, Give it a Little Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, and get ready to Relive the Magic, Memories and Appreciation from Your Lifetime of Disney with DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand “A New Kind of Disney Show”!

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Her Universe Debuts Dozens of New Fangirl Fashions Exclusively Online for the Holidays

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Her Universe Debuts Dozens of New Fangirl Fashions Exclusively Online for the Holidays

Her Universe Debuts Dozens of New Fangirl Fashions Exclusively Online for the Holidays

Shopping for a special fangirl this holiday season? Her Universe, the groundbreaking fangirl fashion company, has made your gift-giving a little easier this year with the debut today of dozens of exclusive fashions on heruniverse.com. These new fashion-forward designs, including cozy pullovers, jackets, dresses, fashion tops and more will please any Geek Girl for the holidays. Kicking off the festive shopping season are new designs available for the first time from Star Wars, Marvel, Doctor Who and Star Trek. In addition, Her Universe will continue its tradition by offering a free Star Wars holiday pin (and Ashley Eckstein autographed certificate) with every purchase of $25.00 or more starting on Black Friday. Rolling your way as the 2015 pin, just in time for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is the lovable little droid, BB-8. The highly coveted pin (limited edition of 1,500) is available while supplies last. This free gift has a $30.00 retail value.

“This holiday season, cozy is key,” said Her Universe Founder, actress and voice of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels’ Ahsoka Tano, Ashley Eckstein. “When it’s cold outside, I just want to be warm and comfortable. We went on a search to find the softest sweatshirts possible and I’m proud to say we found them! Then we put awesome geeky images on them and we promise that you’ll live in these sweatshirts until spring!”

“We have added so many great new designs for fangirls to add to their wardrobe this holiday season,” added Michael Rego, Chief Executive Officer of The Araca Group. “There is something for everyone! Whether you are buying as a gift for someone or for yourself we’ve got you covered with your favorite fandoms.”

Her Universe will be celebrating the holidays with special offers throughout November and December beginning with a holiday sale from November 26th through November 29th offering up to 60% off select items and free US Smart Post shipping on orders of $25.00 or more (through November 30th). On Cyber Monday five lucky customers placing an order that day will be randomly selected to receive a $100.00 Her Universe Gift Card. And to celebrate the return of Star Wars to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, every order placed on December 18th (opening day of the film) will receive an exclusive BB-8 patch. The Force will be with Her Universe customers that day!

All the exclusive holiday products kick-off today on HerUniverse.com.

2015 National Christmas Tree Lighting To Star Miss Piggy As Special Guest

2015 National Christmas Tree Lighting To Star Miss Piggy As Special Guest

2015 National Christmas Tree Lighting To Star Miss Piggy As Special Guest

Miss Piggy, star of ABC’s “The Muppets,” will make a special appearance during the 2015 National Christmas Tree Lighting, presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. Find out who else has been announced so far at www.thenationaltree.org.

An international celebrity, television and feature film star, best-selling author, supermodel, and fashion icon, Miss Piggy will help kick-off the holiday season at the 93rd annual National Christmas Tree Lighting on Thursday, December 3, 2015, on the Ellipse at President’s Park (White House). The event can be seen on public television throughout the month of December. For broadcast times, check local listings or the National Christmas Tree Lighting website.

“I am so thrilled to be part of the National Christmas Tree Lighting, I hear this year’s tree will be almost as bright, shiny and dazzlingly beautiful as moi!” says Miss Piggy.

Keep up with the National Christmas Tree on Twitter at @TheNationalTree and follow #NCTL2015 on social media for more information about the event and its history.  For Miss Piggy, visit Twitter and Facebook.

National Park Foundation

National Park Foundation

An American holiday tradition started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923, the National Christmas Tree Lighting is a great example of the countless ways there are to #FindYourPark. Launched in March 2015, Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque is a public awareness and education movement to inspire people from all backgrounds to connect with, celebrate, and support America’s national parks and community-based programs. Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial and setting the stage for the Service’s next 100 years, #FindYourPark invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to our nation’s natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history.

The Walt Disney Company, including Disney|ABC Television Group which is the home of The Muppets, is a premier partner of the #FindYourPark movement and a lead sponsor of the National Park Foundation’s Open Outdoors for Kids program, aiming to get half a million kids into national parks by 2017.

A special thanks to GE Lighting, Amtrak, Christmas Northeast, Inc., Guest Services, Inc., Hudler Carolina Tree Farms, Loews Madison, Southwest Airlines®, and Washington Marriott at Metro Center for their generous support of the 2015 National Christmas Tree Lighting. www.nationalparks.org

Walt Disney Records Releases “The Good Dinosaur” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Score Composed By Mychael And Jeff Danna

Walt Disney Records Releases "The Good Dinosaur" Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Score Composed By Mychael And Jeff Danna

Walt Disney Records Releases “The Good Dinosaur” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Score Composed By Mychael And Jeff Danna

Disney•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” features an original score by Academy Award® -winning composer Mychael Danna and Emmy®-nominated composer Jeff Danna. The soundtrack is available today. Directed by Peter Sohn and produced by Denise Ream (“Cars 2”), Disney•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” opens in theaters on Nov. 25, 2015.

“The Good Dinosaur” takes Arlo—and the audience—on an emotional journey of self-discovery. Filmmakers opted to tell the story in a new way, relying less on dialogue, while leaning into the power of nature, compelling characters and music that captures the imagination. “It’s a dinosaur movie, so the music needs to be big,” says director Peter Sohn. “But it’s also that classic boy-and-his-dog story embarking on a journey home. That calls for a certain sensitivity to embrace the emotions. Mychael and Jeff are brilliant artists when it comes to setting up a theme that can be sweet and hopeful one moment and strong and powerful the next. And they do it in a unique way.”

“Pixar sets the bar for animation—they set the bar for imagination,” says Mychael Danna. “So we wanted to do something different, blending traditional instrumentation and a melody-centered approach with alternative world music instruments. We draw from everywhere—historically and geographically—to help tell this story.”

Instruments utilized range from classic strings, percussion and brass to the unexpected. “We used some pre-Colombian instruments that reflected the landscape around the characters,” says Jeff Danna. “We used a lot of unusual string-guitar instruments that are primitive or folky: a bouzouki, a long-necked Greek instrument that’s like a mandolin; the Turkish cumbus; the Iranian saz; and a Nordic instrument called a harpolek. They’re really interesting when placed into the refined world of the orchestra. Our approach to many of the things in the film was to take the expected or standard thing and, just like the movie did, turn it a little sideways.”

The Good Dinosaur motion picture soundtrack is available today. For more information on Walt Disney Records’ releases, like us on Facebook.com/disneymusic or follow us at Twitter.com/disneymusic. To purchase Disney music, visit the online store at www.disneymusicstore.com.

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #125 w/ Special Guest MARK MOSELEY (Voice of Mushu, Donkey, Rappin Ronnie Regan, Impersonator, Comedian) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu's Disney on Demand Podcast Show #125 w/ Special Guest MARK MOSELEY (Voice of Mushu, Donkey, Rappin Ronnie Regan, Impersonator, Comedian) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #125 w/ Special Guest MARK MOSELEY (Voice of Mushu, Donkey, Rappin Ronnie Regan, Impersonator, Comedian) on DizRadio.com

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November 19, 2015 – Show #125

It’s Time D-Heads! This week Rap a little, get crazy with a Dragon and channel a Donkey as we welcome Comedian, Voice Actor, MARK MOSELEY (Voice of Mushu, Donkey, Rappin Ronnie Regan, Impersonator, Comedian) to the show! Mark is the voice of Mushu from Mulan II, Art of Animation, House of Mouse and more. In addition he also is the voice of Donkey in Shrek materials, was the man behind the 80s classic Rappin Ronnie Regan and more. He will discuss his career, taking over for Eddie Murphy, Impersonations, Comedy and so much more!

In addition we have the D-Team back bringing their magic to the show as Erin dips his hands into the virtual mailbag and answers all your questions in I Want to Know. We have Nathan going way back with This Week In Disney History and Paige reliving some magic in the Magical Music Review. And let’s not forget Randy with the latest in Disney Mutli-Media.

There is news hot off the D-Wire with information on the Walt Disney World, Monorails, Pixar, Captain EO, Epcot, Disney Channel, Descendants, Star Wars, Animal Kingdom, Elephants, Walt Disney’s Birthplace, Mickey Mouse and his Birthday and more!

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The Walt Disney Birthplace Brings History Alive For Walt Disney’s 114th Birthday

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The Walt Disney Birthplace Brings History Alive For Walt Disney's 114th Birthday

The Walt Disney Birthplace Brings History Alive For Walt Disney’s 114th Birthday

In honor of Walt Disney’s 114th Birthday on December 5, 2015, The Walt Disney Birthplace has planned four Chicago-based events to celebrate the Disney Family and their place in Chicago history.

The events begin on Saturday, December 5th at The Walt Disney Birthplace. This modest two-story cottage was designed and hand-built by Walt’s parents, Elias and Flora Disney, in 1893. Elias had moved his family to Chicago to help build the World’s Columbian Exposition, which opened that year. Roy was born in the home in 1893, followed by Walt in 1901, and their little sister Ruth in 1903.

On Sunday December 6th, O-Zell Soda, a Victorian era soda company that was started by Elias Disney in Chicago, will cohost a launch event at Rocket Fizz, St. Charles. As a teenager, Walt himself worked in the factory. Today, the O-Zell Soda Company has been relaunched to help fund the restoration of the Birthplace and support the non-profit 501(c)(3) established in its name with four new soda flavors at Rocket Fizz stores nationwide.

Todd Regan, The Executive Director of The Walt Disney Birthplace, said, “While their family had limited means, Walt and his older brother Roy went on to achieve The American Dream. We’d like the Walt Disney Birthplace to inspire the next generation of dreamers and doers to reach for the stars, just like the Disney brothers did.”

Dina Benadon & Brent Young, Project Founders, added, “We invite families to join us in celebrating Walt’s birthday by honoring the Hermosa community that inspired a young Walt Disney. As we restore the future home of The Center For Early Childhood Creativity and Innovation at The Walt Disney Birthplace, it is our dream to give back to this neighborhood what it gave to the world 114 years ago.” More information is available at TheWaltDisneyBirthplace.org

From 12:00 to 1:00 PM on Saturday, Dec. 5th, there will be a community birthday party complete with free cake in front of The Walt Disney Birthplace at 2156 N. Tripp Ave. in Hermosa. Along with a “Happy Birthday” sing-along and dedications by Chicago luminaries, guests will get a look at the ongoing restoration of the home that Walt, Roy and Ruth Disney were born in. For more details, visit: WDBirthday.eventzilla.net

That evening, from 4:30 to 7:30 PM, Chicago’s historic Logan Theater will host a cocktail reception with special guest and Disney Animation Legend Floyd Norman, who worked on many Disney classics including Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone, The Jungle Book, Robin Hood, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc, Mulan, Dinosaur, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This event will include a special theater presentation about Walt Disney and the family’s years in The Windy City. Details and tickets are available at: WaltsBirthday.eventzilla.net

On Sunday, Dec. 6th, from 2:30 to 4:30 PM, Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop in St. Charles will host a free “Festival of Fun” in honor of O-Zell Soda. Guests will meet Disney Legends, enjoy arts & crafts, O-Zell Soda Tastings, and special soda deals. Rocket Fizz is located at 301 W. Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174. No ticket is required for the Festival of Fun. Guests are invited to stop by any time between 2 and 4:30 for the festival of fun and soda specials.

The closing event of the weekend is the O-Zell Soda Pairing, Cocktail Party & Walt Disney Birthplace Fundraiser at Shakou Sushi in St. Charles. Tickets and information about the soda pairing cocktail party are available at: OzellWDB.eventzilla.net

Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection Box Set Available Now

Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection Box Set Available Now

Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection Box Set Available Now

One of this year’s most acclaimed series of special edition albums, the long-awaited, 12-album, 28-disc collectors’ box gift set Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection is now available. The individual albums celebrate the anniversaries of Disney’s most cherished and classic films that have been enchanting audiences for generations.

Walt Disney Records: The Legacy Collection Complete Box Set

Walt Disney Records: The Legacy Collection Complete Box Set

This CD series combines great songs, background scores and rare recordings from over a half-century of animation classics–plus music from Disneyland® Park. In addition to remastered tracks, each album in Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection Box Set comes in its own hardcover book, filled with art treasures, exclusive essays, and new illustrations by Lorelay Bove, a visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios (“Tangled”, “Winnie the Pooh”, “Wreck-It Ralph”). Bove was recently named one of ’10 Animators to Watch’ by Variety (March 3, 2015) and her art can be seen in the hardcover book, Lovely: Ladies of Animation: The Art of Lorelay Bove, Brittney Lee, Claire Keane, Lisa Keene, Victoria Ying and Helen Chen.

Designed for display, all 12 albums are presented in a specially fitted collectors’ slipcase. The 28-disc Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection Box Set contains over 130 songs; 270 instrumentals; 75 “Lost Chords” deleted songs and demos; and much more–totaling over 25 hours of matchless entertainment for all ages.

The 12 albums in the new box set are as follows:

The Lion King
The Oscar® and Grammy®-winning songs by Elton John and score by Hans Zimmer plus 30 minutes of expanded underscore and Lost Chords demos not used in the film.

Mary Poppins
Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke in an artistic triumph of Walt Disney and the Sherman Brothers, including the debut new recording of the lost song, “The Eyes of Love.” Album includes the Sherman Brothers’ demos of the film’s songs and is the largest collection of Lost Chords original demos and new versions in the entire series.

Sleeping Beauty
The magnificent music of Tchaikovsky is transformed into one of Disney’s most dramatic and memorable scores, plus special versions from vinyl record master tracks.

The Little Mermaid
Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s multi-award-winning music and songs with the original demo recordings and previously unreleased background score.

Fantasia
Leopold Stokowski’s complete FantaSound score from the innovative film, the complete digital score conducted by Irwin Kostal plus bonus tracks by Sterling Holloway.

Pinocchio
One of the most brilliant scores in movie history—it introduced “When You Wish Upon a Star”—plus six new-to-CD Mickey Mouse Club songs sung by Jiminy Cricket (Cliff Edwards).

Cinderella
The Oscar®-nominated score and all the songs from the animated classic, plus The Lost Chords, featuring 7 original demos and new versions.

Toy Story
Randy Newman’s hit songs and score from the Disney/Pixar’s landmark animated feature, as well as bonus tracks and three never-before-released background tracks.

Pocahontas
Majestic music of Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked”) plus songs that were deleted from the finished score and original demos sung by Menken himself.

Lady and the Tramp
An eagerly requested soundtrack in the series showcasing the vocal and songwriting genius of Peggy Lee, plus bonus track and rare demos.

The Aristocats
From the Disney film favorite comes the famous score, including songs by the Sherman Brothers, the voices of Phil Harris and Maurice Chevallier. This is the first time the original soundtrack has been available in its entirety.

Disneyland
Beginning with the recordings from the opening day of Disneyland in 1955, the collection guides the listener down Main Street U.S.A., through the greatest attractions, shows and lands that exist today and those that are a happy memory.

The release of Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection Box Set marks the first time such a massive body of musical and visual masterworks have been contained in a single package.

Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection Box Set 12-album, 28-disc set is now available at disneymusicemporium.com.  For more information on the Disney Music Emporium, please visit disneymusicemporium.com

Disney Donates $1.5 Million To Feeding America To Help Inspire Healthier Generations And Promote Nationwide Access To More Nutritious Foods

Disney Donates $1.5 Million To Feeding America To Help Inspire Healthier Generations And Promote Nationwide Access To More Nutritious Foods

Disney Donates $1.5 Million To Feeding America To Help Inspire Healthier Generations And Promote Nationwide Access To More Nutritious Foods

Feeding America, the nation’s leading hunger-relief organization, salutes The Walt Disney Company for its $1.5 million donation, the vast majority of which will provide grants to 60 food banks across the nation to expand their local fresh produce sourcing and distribution programs. The donation will be announced on ABC’s “The Chew” today at 1:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. CT/PT.

The ABC daytime series will also feature a segment about teenager Katie Stagliano, who founded Katie’s Krops, a youth-based garden initiative. During the segment, Katie will talk about how her childhood dream of helping the hungry has grown into 83 vegetable gardens tended by youth across the country, producing food for underserved children and families.

Disney’s support will help strengthen local produce sourcing programs in Feeding America member food banks across the country, ensure that food banks can handle larger amounts of fresh produce, and galvanize support from the produce industry and the public.

Increasing access to nutritious foods and engaging audiences to take action is a part of Disney Magic of Healthy Living’s long-standing commitment to creating healthier generations and promoting healthy lifestyles. Disney’s support of Feeding America helps the organization serve more than 12 million children each year.

In addition, Disney | ABC developed special TV spots to inspire communities to envision a future where kids and families have access to nutritious food. The spots—set to air throughout November and December on Disney Channel, Disney XD, ABC and ABC Family— encourage supporters to share the joy through single acts of kindness that can change the world.

“We are delighted that Disney is deepening its commitment to support Feeding America by helping to bring much-needed fresh fruits and vegetables to people facing hunger throughout our nation,” said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America. “Together, along with the public’s support, our food bank network will be able to supply additional healthy fresh produce to help nourish kids and families in need.”

To find out more information and about volunteer opportunities at your local Feeding America food bank, visit FeedingAmerica.org/BeInspired. For more information about Disney’s commitment to helping to create healthier generations by increasing access to nutritious food, click here.

Code.org, Disney and Star Wars Launch Hour of Code “Build-Your-Own-Game” Tutorial to Broaden Computer Science Participation

Code.org, Disney and Star Wars Launch Hour of Code “Build-Your-Own-Game” Tutorial to Broaden Computer Science Participation

Code.org, Disney and Star Wars Launch Hour of Code “Build-Your-Own-Game” Tutorial to Broaden Computer Science Participation

Today, Code.org unveiled a Star Wars-themed computer science tutorial featuring Princess Leia, C-3PO and R2-D2 as well as Rey and BB-8 from the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The online lesson kicks off the third-annual global Hour of Code campaign, in honor of Computer Science Education Week, December 7-13, 2015.

Thanks to Disney and Star Wars, students will learn to write code that allows them to create fun challenges and games using Star Wars characters. Participants will join forces with Rey to guide BB-8 through a space mission, then team up with Princess Leia to build their own game featuring R2-D2 or C-3PO. Students will also be able to play their completed games on smartphones and share them with friends and family through a unique link.

“For generations, Star Wars has sparked kids’ curiosity and imagination, and we hope the appeal of characters like Princess Leia and Rey will help fuel greater participation in science and math, especially among girls, around the world,” said Kathleen Kennedy, President, Lucasfilm, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. “Computer science has helped shape our legacy and changed the way movies are made, which is why programs like the Hour of Code are so important to us.”

This is the second year Disney has worked with Code.org on a coding tutorial featuring Disney characters. Last year’s tutorial — which President Obama participated in at the White House for the Hour of Code last December — has been completed more than 13 million times and tapped Anna and Elsa from Walt Disney Animation Studio’s blockbuster film “Frozen.” More than 100 million students across 180 countries have tried an Hour of Code tutorial, including one in three students in US schools, according to Code.org estimates.

Code.org’s new “Star Wars: Building a Galaxy with Code” lesson for the Hour of Code 2015 aims to nurture creativity and teach logic and problem solving through basic computer programming. There are two versions of the introductory tutorial: one introduces users to the coding language JavaScript for the first time in a Code.org lesson, and lets them create a game in their Internet browser using Code.org’s unique blocks-to-text programming environment. For beginner and younger students, a tablet-friendly drag-and-drop version will be available in the next few weeks. The tutorial will also be translated into more than 40 languages. The tutorial is supported by Star Wars: Force for Change, a philanthropic initiative that harnesses the strength of Star Wars and its global fandom to empower people to come together to make a positive impact on the world around them.

In addition to the lesson, role models and technologists, including Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, Rachel Rose, a Senior R&D engineer working on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Charita Carter, Senior Creative Producer at Walt Disney Imagineering, have provided short video lectures to help students through the one-hour activity.

“Millions of us have been transported to a galaxy far, far away thanks to the creativity of the team behind Star Wars. Every one of us, especially young boys and girls, should also have the chance to learn how to power our own creativity with computer science,” said Hadi Partovi, co-founder and CEO of Code.org. “Code.org is honored to have the support of Disney and Star Wars on the Hour of Code, making it possible for students everywhere to experience firsthand how this foundational field opens new doors and can be a lot of fun, too.”

“Disney is driven by storytelling and technology—and we know that kids introduced to computer science today will become the innovators and storytellers of tomorrow,” said Jimmy Pitaro, co-Chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. “We are honored to be working with Code.org again this year to introduce millions of students to coding, which is becoming one of the most important languages of their generation.”

In addition to partnering with Code.org to make the “Star Wars: Building a Galaxy with Code” tutorial available for free in more than 180 countries, The Walt Disney Company is donating $100,000 to support Code.org’s efforts to bring computer science education to after-school programs throughout the United States. One lucky classroom will win the grand prize – a trip to San Francisco, Calif. for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes “Making of Star Wars” experience with the visual effects team who worked on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The grand prize is courtesy of ILMxLAB, a new laboratory for immersive entertainment, combining the talents of Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound. Sphero, a company that participated in the 2014 Disney Accelerator, will also be gifting programmable BB-8 TM droids to 100 participating classrooms. HP Inc has also donated Star Wars TM Special Edition Notebook devices to 10 participating teachers. And during Computer Science Education Week in December, Disney will host an Hour of Code event for local students at their Los Angeles office, and Disney VoluntEARS will support Hour of Code events around the world.

The “Star Wars: Building a Galaxy with Code” tutorial is the newest addition to Code.org’s online learning platform, Code Studio, which offers a suite of self-guided computer science activities and courses for students to learn the fundamentals of computer science, starting as early as kindergarten.

At a time when the majority of K-12 schools don’t offer computer science, more than 5 million students have enrolled on Code Studio since its 2014 launch, including 10 percent of all K-8 students in the United States. Additionally, 43 percent of Code Studio students are girls, and 37 percent are black or Hispanic.

This reach is substantial, considering women hold only 23% of computing jobs, just 18% of bachelor’s degrees in computer science are awarded to women, and only 22% of high school AP Computer Science exam takers are girls. Furthermore, only 18% of bachelor’s degrees in computer science are awarded to blacks and Latinos and, at the high school level, 9% of AP Computer Science exam takers are Hispanic, and just 4% are black.

Beyond the Hour of Code, Code.org has partnered with Disney on “Infinity Play Lab,” an environment where students code stories or games starring Disney Infinity versions of Anna and Elsa from “Frozen,” Hiro and Baymax from “Big Hero 6” and Rapunzel of “Tangled.” Code.org has also released Hour of Code tutorials with artwork from Rovio’s Angry Birds, PopCap Games’ Plants vs. Zombies and the acorn-crazed squirrel Scrat from the Twentieth Century Fox animated series “Ice Age.”

Try a preview of the “Star Wars: Building a Galaxy with Code” tutorial now on Code Studio (http://Code.org/starwars). The experience will also be available on Disney.com soon.

And sign up to participate in this year’s Hour of Code event: http://HourOfCode.com

Build The Ultimate Super Hero School And Experience The Avengers As You’ve Never Seen Them Before In MARVEL Avengers Academy

Build The Ultimate Super Hero School And Experience The Avengers As You've Never Seen Them Before In MARVEL Avengers Academy

Build The Ultimate Super Hero School And Experience The Avengers As You’ve Never Seen Them Before In MARVEL Avengers Academy

TinyCo and Marvel Entertainment announced that Super Hero school is officially in session with MARVEL Avengers Academy, an all-new adventure / simulation game. Currently in development for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch® and Android™ devices, MARVEL Avengers Academy will allow players to build their dream Super Hero school and guide the paths of the world-famous characters as complex young adults grappling with newly emerging powers and social lives.

In MARVEL Avengers Academy players will unlock the young versions of their favorite Avengers characters through exploration, and will upgrade and develop their superpowers and play through original narrative-driven stories written in partnership between TinyCo and Marvel Entertainment. To further customize the experience, each iconic character can be suited with unique abilities and exclusive outfits. MARVEL Avengers Academy marks the first time in videogame history that the beloved cast of the Avengers has been re-envisioned as student versions of themselves.

In MARVEL Avengers Academyplayers will have the freedom to build and expand their own version of a prestigious Super Hero campus, creating the ultimate environment for aspiring young Avengers to hone their skills by building and upgrading training facilities, dorms, laboratories, classrooms, sports stadiums and much more. Players will experience dramatic campus life by going on dates, confronting rival cliques and navigating the social ups and downs of their character’s lives, all with a special Super Hero twist. Up-and-coming Super Heroes and Super Villains will learn what it takes to reach their greatest potential. They’ll engage in sporting activities and training sessions to build and strengthen their superpowers, which they’ll take out into the world as youthful Avengers, uncovering exciting original storylines and battling against epic Super Foes.

“Marvel’s Avengers is an amazing franchise with near endless possibilities,” stated Andrew N. Green, Head of Business Operations at TinyCo. “We are excited to work closely with the team at Marvel Games on MARVEL Avengers Academy to offer a truly unique experience that will allow a broad range of players to interact with the iconic characters and universe in ways never before seen in gaming!”

“Whether its visiting Stark Tower or going on a date with Loki, players will soon be debating what’s the coolest experience of MARVEL Avengers Academy, but for this lifelong fan, it’s seeing world-famous Super Heroes like Captain America, Black Widow and Iron Man reimagined into charmingly fresh but instantly recognizable young adult forms,” said Bill Rosemann, Marvel Games Creative Director. “And here’s the extra twist:  There’s a mystery for you to uncover—a shocking truth that lies beneath the very campus you’re exploring. You see, these are the real deal Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (and Villains), complete with their distinct personalities, powers and personal struggles that we’ve all grown to know and love. What has transformed them into students, and what chain of events have assembled them at the ultimate superhuman university? Class is in session…do you have what it takes to become an Avenger?”

Rosemann, a 20-year veteran of the Super Hero industry, is sharing his extensive knowledge of the Marvel Universe to help bring the ever-expanding cast of MARVEL Avengers Academy to life. TinyCo has also enlisted the help of their own top tier talent, including comic book and animation writer Allen Warner and David Nakayama, artist of numerous comic book covers for Marvel.

MARVEL Avengers Academy is developed by TinyCo and will release in Q1 2016 as a free-to-download game with in-app purchases for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch® and for Android™ devices.

For more information on TinyCo, please visit: http://www.tinyco.com. Visit MARVEL Avengers Academy at AvengersAcademy.com, Facebook.com/AvengersAcademy or follow them @AvengersAcademy on Twitter.

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