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May 4, 2015

'Star Wars': Force for Change Announces Online Charity Auction to Support Kids in Need

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios

As Star Wars fans around the world celebrate May the 4th today, Star Wars: Force For Change, a charitable initiative from Disney and Lucasfilm, announced its latest campaign, teaming with eBay Giving Works to auction off a selection of plaster stormtrooper helmet replicas uniquely decorated by artists around the world.

March 12, 2015

Big Frozen and Star Wars News at Disney’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios

Some big announcements were revealed this morning during Disney’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders in San Francisco.

November 8, 2014

Disney News This Week: 'Toy Story 4' Announced, New 'Into the Woods' Trailer, 'Star Wars': Episode VII Gets a Title—'The Force Awakens'

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
Nearly two decades after Pixar Animation Studios created the world’s first computer-animated feature film with Toy Story, it revealed plans for Disney•Pixar’s "Toy Story 4," an adventure that returns audiences to the world of the studio’s signature characters. John Lasseter, director of the original "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2," will direct the film, which opens a new chapter in the lives of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the "Toy Story" gang. The story was dreamt up by Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich, the storytellers who have been the driving force behind all three Toy Story films. Writing team Rashida Jones and Will McCormack joined the project, and Pixar veteran Galyn Susman is producing. The film is slated for release on June 16, 2017.
September 19, 2014

Disney News This Week: 'Frozen' Attraction Coming to Epcot, 'Into the Woods' One-Sheet Released, 19th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Begins, New 'Star Wars'-Themed College Apparel Launches

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs recently announced that construction is starting at Walt Disney World Resort on a brand-new "Frozen" attraction at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot. The new attraction replaces "Maelstrom" and will take guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film. In addition, the pavilion will include a royal greeting location where Anna and Elsa can meet guests. For more on this story, visit the Disney Parks Blog.
August 11, 2014

'Star Wars': Force for Change Raises $4.26 Million for UNICEF

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios
With an exciting initiative that offered a chance to win unique rewards and prizes, including a once-in-a-lifetime grand prize, "Star Wars": Force for Change raised $4.26 million for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Contributions were received from citizens of 125 countries and enough money was raised to support the equivalent of seven to eight new UNICEF Innovation Labs. The grand-prize winner was D.C. Barns of Denver, Colorado, who will enjoy a trip to London for himself and a guest, a behind-the-scenes visit to the Star Wars set and will be fitted with a costume and filmed for a scene in "Star Wars": Episode VII.

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