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Giant Major League Baseball - Themed Mickey Mouse Statues Now Appearing in High-Profile Locations Throughout Southern California
ANAHEIM, CA - (June 2, 2010) -

Thirty-Six Varieties of Statues Including Designs for All 30 Clubs to Celebrate

2010 All-Star Game on July 13 on FOX

Beginning today, Major League Baseball Properties and Disney Consumer Products are populating key locations throughout Southern California with thirty-six varieties of life-sized MLB-themed Mickey Mouse statues in celebration of the 2010 MLB All-Star Week festivities taking place July 9th – 13th in Anaheim, Calif.  As part of the previously announced new collaboration between the organizations, the statues are being placed in high-profile areas throughout Anaheim, Los Angeles, and surrounding areas in Southern California, including Angel Stadium, Anaheim City Hall, Downtown Disney, the Kodak and El Capitan Theatres, L.A. Live and the Hollywood Walk of Fame area.  All 36 statues will be in place by the end of next week and will stay through the All-Star Game on July 13th on FOX.

The 36 life-size statues, commissioned in conjunction with MLB licensee Forever Collectibles, are uniquely decorated with bold graphics featuring each of the 30 MLB Clubs as well as four All-Star designs, an American League and a National League design.  Each life-sized statue is 7.5 feet in height and weighs 989 pounds.

For a complete list of statues and locations, see the chart at the end of this release.

MLB and Disney Consumer Products will launch on June 11th a Find Mickey Scavenger Hunt, which rewards people for visiting the different statue locations and being the first to find and tweet a photo with the life sized MLB Mickey Mouse statues.  Also, the first person to take a photo in front of all 36 statues and tweet a link to their photo gallery will win the grand prize of two tickets to the MLB All-Star Game on July 13th in Anaheim.  There will be thirty-six winners in total plus one grand prize winner.  For a complete list of rules, hash-tags and instructions on how to participate, see www.mlb.com/mickeymouse, and for updates on the scavenger hunt, follow @AllStarGame and @DisneyLiving on Twitter.

"Major League Baseball is excited to bring the 2010 All-Star Game to Anaheim and we want fans all throughout Southern California to feel like they are a part of the entire experience," said Howard Smith, Senior Vice President, Licensing, Major League Baseball.  "As an iconic figure, Mickey Mouse is the ideal ambassador to connect fans with the premiere sporting event of the summer."
"When the original Disneyland opened in Anaheim in 1955, Walt’s cartoon characters came to life not just on Main Street, but throughout the world," said City of Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle.  "Mickey Mouse just may be the most popular and most photographed All-Star this summer!"

Unveiled last month, miniature versions of each of the statues are available in a 7.5-inch size through MLB.com and DisneyStore.com, as well as additional retailers including MLB stadium shops, Walgreens and Dick’s Sporting Goods.  Photos of all variations are available at MLBPressBox.com and DisneyConsumerProducts.com. In addition to the statuettes, fans can also obtain a wide variety of merchandise and apparel featuring Major League Baseball and beloved Disney characters, including caps, t-shirts, sweatshirts, drink ware, pins, throws and beach towels in time for the All-Star Game.

About the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
The 81st Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 13th in Anaheim and will feature the best of the American League taking on the top players of the National League. Building up to the excitement of the All-Star Game, Major League Baseball will conduct a wide variety of special events and charitable activities for fans both inside and outside of Angel Stadium of Anaheim. At the ballpark, the events will include Taco Bell All-Star Sunday on Sunday, July 11th featuring the XM All-Star Futures Game and the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game, and Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on Monday, July 12th featuring the State Farm Home Run Derby on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio. Outside of the ballpark, fans will have an opportunity to experience All-Star Summer through a variety of special events including Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest, the five-day interactive fan festival; the All-Star Game Charity 5K & Fun Run, a charity run/walk on a baseball-themed route to benefit four cancer organizations; and the MLB All-Star Game Red Carpet Show presented by Chevy on MLB Network, a free parade of All-Stars through the streets of Anaheim. The Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally on FOX, broadcast on ESPN Radio and will be shown around the world by Major League Baseball International. For more information about 2010 All-Star Summer, visit www.AllStarGame.com.

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Contact:  Jeff Heckelman or Lauren Verrusio, Major League Baseball, (212) 931-7878

 

MLB Mickey Mouse Statue Locations (arranged alphabetically by city/location)

 

City/Location                                                         Statue

 

Anaheim

Anaheim City Hall                                                     All-Star Game – Vintage

Anaheim Convention Center                                      All-Star Game (Stars & Stripes)

Anaheim Garden Walk                                               Twins

Anaheim Marriott                                                      National League

Angel Stadium                                                          Angels

Disneyland Esplanade                                                All-Star Game

Disneyland Esplanade                                                Braves

Downtown Disney – Build-A-Bear                               Cardinals

Downtown Disney - ESPN Zone                                  Marlins

Hilton Anaheim                                                         American League

Muzeo – Anaheim                                                     Athletics

The Grove – Anaheim                                               All-Star Game (Angel Stadium)

 

Costa Mesa

Orange County Performing Arts Center                      Blue Jays

South Coast Plaza                                                    Padres

 

Garden Grove

Crown Plaza Anaheim                                               Tigers

 

Hollywood

El Capitan Theatre                                                    Royals

Holiday Inn Express - Walk of Fame                           Reds

Industry Rag – N. La Brea Ave.                                  Indians

Kodak Theatre                                                          Mariners

Hollywood & Highland Center                                     Phillies

 

Huntington Beach

The Strand @ Huntington Beach                                 Brewers

 

Irvine

Irvine Spectrum Center                                             Mets

The Market Place                                                       Rockies

 

Laguna Beach

Laguna Art Museum                                                   Rays

 

Long Beach

Long Beach Towne Center                                          Astros

 

Los Angeles

ESPN Zone @ L.A. LIVE                                              Yankees

The Music Center                                                       Dodgers

Union Station                                                             Pirates

 

Newport Beach

Fashion Island                                                            Giants

Newport Sports Museum                                             Orioles

 

 

Orange

Orange County Zoo                                                    Cubs

The Village at Orange                                                 Rangers

 

Rancho Cucamonga

Victoria Gardens                                                        Nationals

 

Santa Ana

Discovery Science Center                                           Red Sox

 

Santa Monica

Holiday Inn - Santa Monica                                         White Sox

 

Tustin

The District at Tustin Legacy                                       Diamondbacks

 

MLB Mickey Mouse Statue Locations (arranged alphabetically by statue)

 

Statue                                                                                   Location

All-Star Game                                                                       Disneyland Esplanade (near Disney’s California Adventure)

All-Star Game (Angel Stadium)                                               The Grove Anaheim - Front Gate

All-Star Game (Stars & Stripes)                                              Anaheim Convention Center - Outside Main Lobby Entrance

All-Star Game (Vintage)                                                         Anaheim City Hall

American League                                                                   Hilton Anaheim - Lobby

National League                                                                     Anaheim Marriott - Outside Main Entrance

Angels                                                                                  Angel Stadium of Anaheim - Home Plate Gate area

Astros                                                                                  Long Beach Towne Center - Promenade

Athletics                                                                               The Muzeo, Anaheim - S. Anaheim Blvd

Blue Jays                                                                             Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa - Main Entrance

Braves                                                                                 Disneyland Esplanade (near Disney’s California Adventure)

Brewers                                                                               The Strand at Huntington Beach-5th St. & Pacific Coast Hwy

Cardinals                                                                              Downtown Disney - Outside Build-A-Bear Workshop

Cubs                                                                                    Orange County Zoo, Orange - Main Entrance

Diamondbacks                                                                      The District at Tustin - The Promenade

Dodgers                                                                               Music Center - Performing Arts Center of L.A. County Plaza

Giants                                                                                   Fashion Island, Newport Beach - Nordstrom Court

Indians                                                                                 Industry Rag, N. La Brea - Inside store

Mariners                                                                               Kodak Theatre, Hollywood - Visitor Information Center

Marlins                                                                                 Downtown Disney - outside ESPN Zone Restaurant

Mets                                                                                     The Irvine Spectrum Center - Carousel Court

Nationals                                                                               Victoria Gardens, Rancho Cucamonga - Guest Services

Orioles                                                                                  Newport Sports Museum - Main Entrance

Padres                                                                                  South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa - Carousel Court

Phillies                                                                                  Hollywood & Highland Center, Hollywood - Central Courtyard

Pirates                                                                                  L.A. Union Station - Main Hall

Rangers                                                                                The Village at Orange - near Game Stop

Rays                                                                                     Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach - Lobby

Reds                                                                                      Holiday Inn Express Walk of Fame, Hollywood - Outside Main Lobby

Red Sox                                                                                Discovery Science Center, Santa Ana – Outside Main Entry

Royals                                                                                   El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood - Soda Fountain & Studio Store

Rockies                                                                                 The Market Place Irvine - Near Sports Authority

Tigers                                                                                   Crowne Plaza Anaheim Resort - Lobby

Twins                                                                                    Anaheim GardenWalk - Rock Garden Court

White Sox                                                                             Holiday Inn Santa Monica - Outside Main Lobby

Yankees                                                                                L.A. LIVE - ESPN Zone Restaurant Lobby

 


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