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Maybe I should just expect perfection at this point from The Muppets advertising campaign. Yet, I can’t help but continuously be blown away by how truly wonderful it is.

Aside from their hilarious teaser trailers and viral videos, the folks at Disney have launched a brilliant Facebook campaign called the “Muppets Fan-A-Thon.” In a series of short videos (like the one below), a few of the most popular characters, like Kermit, Miss Piggy, and Gonzo, ask in their own quirky ways for users to help them get to a “BaZillion” Facebook likes. And in return? Users will get exclusive information about advance movie screenings and special deals.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3OQg-fuhZc&feature=channel_video_title

Let’s just say I “Liked” it immediately.

The Muppet Facebook page is also just fun to poke around. Yesterday, they uploaded some new promotional posters for the movie. My personal favorite, of Statler and Waldorf, is pictured below the jump. They also uploaded a short video of the sarcastic pair, which is quite hilarious. I also appreciate the video of the Swedish Chef*, who happens to be my absolute favorite Muppet, preparing a pumpkin for Halloween.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Qj8PhxSnhg&feature=player_embedded

So what are you waiting for? Get “Liking“, or see more after the jump!

As an Orange County native, I am one of the few who is very attached to the beloved California Adventure theme park. I remember visiting Disneyland while it was under construction during my youth and wondering what was behind the temporary walls. I remember being amazed when I walked into the Hollywood section for the first time and thinking it was so hip to take pictures underneath the giant letters (always “A” for Amanda). This park was a part of my adolescent Disney experience, and thus I am very fond of it.

Which, my friends, is why I am excited to share with you this preview of Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, one of the three rides that will be a part of the California Adventure Cars Land expansion opening in Summer 2012. According to the Los Angeles Times, the ride will be a blend of “a traditional teacup ride and classic whip ride with cars transferring from one spinning turntable to the next along a circuitous route.” Though I am not particularly a Cars fan, I think this concept art is really helpful when picturing what the park as a whole is going to look like. This ride may be a bit more…well…junkyard-y than the rest of the 12-acre land, but it certainly does look like a cute, exciting, and worthwhile addition to the park!

Click here for more images, or continue below the jump for a short video of the ride!

So, I recently started an internship with the Jim Henson Company, which has had a very close relationship with Disney ever since they sold the Muppets in 2004. (Just so you know, the internship is awesome!!) Well, this week at work I got to meet Courtney Watkins, the bubbly, charismatic host of The Possibility Shop. For those of you who are not familiar with the darling web series, which airs on the Disney Living website, it is essentially an arts and crafts show that provides parents and children with imaginative projects they can do together. For example, in one of my favorite episodes (“Slumber Party Camp-in Kit”), Courtney teaches her young guests how to recreate a safe and fun camping experience right in your own living room. As a mother herself, Courtney’s primary goal is to promote family fun and creativity, which I think she does in a very unique way.

The Disneyland Half Marathon crowd started arriving bright and early this morning, as 15,000 runners made their way to the park for the 6 AM start time. For it being so early, though, there clearly was no lack of energy! These dedicated athletes carried an overwhelming buzz of excitement with them — and why wouldn’t they be excited? They would soon be running a 13.1 mile path through California Adventure, Disneyland, Anaheim Stadium, and finally, Downtown Disney, some of the best marathon-running scenery one could ask for!

You know, one of my favorite things about Disney fans is their pride. There were SO many people dressed up as a wide variety of characters, including (but not limited to): Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Winnie the Pooh and friends, the Princesses, Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, Nemo, The Incredibles, Buzz Lightyear, and Tinkerbell. My personal favorites were a trio that dressed up in Mrs. Potts, Chip, and Lumiere costumes – their suits were impractical, but they didn’t seem to mind!

Even just as a stander-by, it was really easy to feel the good vibes as the race was about to start. The charismatic MC and loud music made me forget that the sun hadn’t even risen yet. My excitement reached it’s peak, though, when Mickey and Minnie Mouse, the “chairpersons” of the event, came out a few minutes before 6 to pump everyone up even more. After a beautiful rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” by an American soldier (complete with fireworks, naturally), the countdown began, leaving only a few final moments of anticipation.

If you have ever purchased a Disney Princess game, you already know they are typically made for very young audiences. This fall, the iconic ladies will be featured again in a video game called Disney Princesses: Enchanting Storybooks.

Created by THQ, the game will be available November 1 on the Wii (with the uDraw GameTablet) and Nintendo DS, and will essentially be exactly what the name suggests. Based off of interactive stylus-based activities, the game will include number-painting pages, painting games, and coloring pages that will narrate their respective stories aloud. Players will also meet a new fairy named Opal, who will play alongside classic characters, like Ariel, Belle, and Rapunzel. According to Martin Good, Executive Vice President of PlayTHQ, the company’s division for kids games,

“The Disney Princess characters are favorites of little girls everywhere, and our goal has been to make a game for them that takes advantage of the special capabilities of the uDraw GameTablet…Whether they venture under the sea or into the bayou, we’re excited that the uDraw will allow generations of fans to experience these classic Disney princesses.”

To me, it sounds like this is basically a glorified coloring book, which could be pretty fun for a young girl, especially when accompanied by the Disney Princesses. However, as a college student on a pretty tight budget, I could foresee having trouble justifying the price (Wii-$29.99, Nintendo- $19.99), especially because I have personally found the princess games to be fairly dull. Having said that, the game is worth considering for any young girl aspiring to be a Disney princess. If you are interested in more information, read the product press release or watch the game trailer below!