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    Huffington Post -- Annecy attendees will be the first to feast their eyes on "Feast," Walt Disney Animation Studios' newest short

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    It's become one of the real high points of the animation industry's annual calendar: The world premiere of Walt Disney Animation Studios ' latest short at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival & Conference . Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved This practice actually began back in the summer of 2003 right after work on " Destino " had wrapped. Given that this surreal animated short -- which had originally begun production back in the 1940s as...
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    Disney's marketing of "Frozen" may have frustrated animation fans, but it won over a far larger audience for this film

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    In response to yesterday's " " Transcendence" & "Rise of the Guardians" illustrate the fine art of how NOT to promote a motion picture " story, FuseMP posted the following comment in JHM's discussion boards: I cannot remember the last good marketing campaign carried out by Disney, you mentioned that Guardians suffered from trailers that concentrated on the wrong thing (in this case, the elves for comedy which felt Minion-ish which they were), that is exactly...
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    "Transcendence" & "Rise of the Guardians" illustrate the fine art of how NOT to promote a motion picture

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    When something is transcendent, it's supposed to " ... be far better or greater than what is usual." Well, that's clearly not what happened with " Transcendence " this past weekend. At least when it comes to this Warner Bros. release reaching its true box office potential . That's all anyone in Hollywood can talk about right now (Other than that other story , of course). Whether "Transcendence" 's under-performance at the box office -- coupled with "...
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    Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort Hiring For Hotel’s Second Phase

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    Loews Hotels hosting grand hire event April 25 - 26 to fill more than 400 positions WHAT: Loews Hotels is seeking motivated and enthusiastic hotel and hospitality candidates to join the team at the newest on-site hotel at Universal Orlando Resort, Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, as well as its three deluxe hotels - Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Positions include: food and beverage, culinary, rooms, front office, housekeeping, recreation and more...
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    Cosplayers with all of their clever costumes were one of the real highlights of this year's WonderCon

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    Well, WonderCon 2014 has come & gone. By now, the last of the thousand or more cosplayers who attended this three day-long event have hopefully cleared out of the Anaheim Convention Center . Photo by Noe Valladolid And while there were a lot of reasons for someone like myself (who makes their living these days writing about entertainment news & pop culture) to have braved the crowds at WonderCon. For example -- getting the chance to test-drive Disney's new Magical World game ... Photo...
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    LEGOLAND Florida becomes first theme park in U.S. to run completely on renewable energy on Earth Day

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    The initiative marks the beginning of a new partnership with Tampa Electric © 2014 Chip Litherland Photography Inc. WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (April 22, 2014)- Today, LEGOLAND ® Florida and Tampa Electric will kick off a groundbreaking partnership by making the 150-acre theme park run completely on renewable energy for the day in celebration of Earth Day - the first theme park to do so in the United States. The celebration is part of existing and new conservation initiatives, including installations...
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    Make Earth Day a Family Affair - Join Stephanie Ware from The Nature Conservancy on Twitter 2PM EST/ 11AM PST Hosted by Babble

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    This Earth Day, even the littlest green thumbs can join in on the celebration! From exploring the outdoors to starting a garden, there are so many ways parents can show kids how to appreciate and care for our planet. But it all starts with you. To help make Earth Day a family affair, parenting platform Babble.com is hosting a Twitter chat with celebrated scientist and mom, Stephanie Wear, on April 22 at 2pm EST / 11am PST . Stephanie is a lead scientist for coral reef conservation at The Nature Conservancy...
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    Knott's Berry Farm honors its heritage by revamping / refreshing Calico Mine Train & Camp Snoopy

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    On the heels of its highly successful redo of that theme park's iconic Timber Mountain Log Ride , Knott's Berry Farm is doubling down for the Summer of 2014. This time around, two elements of this Southern California favorite are receiving some much needed TLC: The Calico Mine Train (which first began riding the rail back in November of 1960) and Camp Snoopy (which greeted its first guests back in July of 1983). Campy Snoopy back in the early days. Photo by Shelly Valladolid In the case of...
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    Video: Disney's "Million Dollar Arm" Could have a Billion New Fans

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    Based on a true story, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) finds that business has changed and things aren't going well for his career. In a last ditch effort to save his livelihood he concocts a scheme to find baseball's next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called "The Million Dollar Arm." © 2014 Disney. All rights reserved. With the help of...
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    Huffington Post -- The extremely hard lessons that the themed entertainment industry learned from Hard Rock Park

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    For music fans, it's all about being able to say that they were there at the Newport Folk Festival when Dylan went electric . For baseball fans, it's being able to say that they were at Dodger Stadium when Sandy Koufax pitched his perfect game . But when it comes to theme park fans, what do they brag about? These folks like to say that they actually got to experience Hard Rock Park . Copyright HRP USA LLC. All rights reserved Six years ago this week, that ill-fated theme park opened off of...
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    The Cartoon Art Museum’s Latest Exhibition Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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    San Francisco, CA - The Cartoon Art Museum's latest exhibition celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles . This retrospective will be on display at the museum from May 3 through September 14, 2014, and will feature the original artwork from the entire first issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles , published by creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in 1984. The Cartoon Art Museum will host a reception celebrating TMNT on June 14, 2014 . This reception will feature the...
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    Disney Junior Unveils "Give a Book, Get a Book" Program During 2014 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration at Disneyland

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    DISNEY JUNIOR'S GIVE A BOOK, GET A BOOK TO DONATE UP TO ONE MILLION BOOKS TO U.S. COMMUNITIES IN NEED Disney and First Book will provide for the donation of up to one million books to U.S. communities in need and will present families with free digital books from Disney Publishing Worldwide, through a new program announced April 12th, Disney Junior's Give a Book, Get a Book . Storytelling is the foundation of the initiative designed to inspire parents and caregivers to spend time each day...
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    Two Disney Hits Anounce New Ticket Policies Effective April 21, 2014

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    Aladdin Begins Ticket Lottery Newsies to Institute General Rush Policy (NEW YORK, NY) Two Disney Broadway hits announce new ticket policies beginning April 21 providing access to affordable tickets for same-day performances, with minimal time commitment for guests. Aladdin Following two months of sold-out houses and critical acclaim, Aladdin will offer a limited number of tickets via lottery at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 W 42 nd St.). Beginning two and a half hours before the performance, patrons...
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    Disney, Marvel, Star Wars & ABC fans will find lots of wonderful presentations to attend at WonderCon 2014

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    After spending the better part of yesterday wading through W2s & 1099s (Quick question: If you have a dependent who actually wear Depends, does that then count as two deductions?), I can't tell you how nice it is to be sitting here paging through the Quick Guide for WonderCon Anaheim . I mean, given how easy this 21-page booklet is to understand, it just can't have been written by some brainless bureaucrat. A real human being who's actually been to the Anaheim Convention Center before...
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    Pilot program at Disney Reservation Center uses info from your previous WDW vacations to better tailor your next trip to the Resort

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    "I'm not going wear a MagicBand . I don't like the idea of Disney being able to track every single move that I make in one of their theme parks. And the fact that the Mouse is now going to keep track of my purchases -- learn what my likes & dislikes are -- really, really bothers me." That's basically been the battle cry of the tinfoil-hat crowd ever since The Walt Disney World Resort first revealed that My Disney Experience / FastPass + was in the works. This paranoid bunch...
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    "Steven Universe" app does a beautiful job of matching the distinctive mood & look of this Cartoon Network series

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    I've always been a fan of Rebecca Sugar 's stuff. Especially the storyboards & sketches that Rebecca did for " Adventure Time ." Her drawings always had so much charm and beauty to them. And her songs are so sweet and emotional. Rebecca Sugar and her ukulele at Comic-Con Which is why I was overjoyed when I saw the pilot for Sugar's new show, " Steven Universe ." And when this series finally began airing on the Cartoon Network last November, I was over the moon...
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    "Despicable Me Minion Mayhem" is the latest step in Universal Studios Hollywood's reimagining of its Upper Lot

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    By now, you've probably already heard that Universal Studios Hollywood 's version of " Despicable Me Minion Mayhem " opened on Friday. Copyright 2014 Universal Studios. All rights reserved And as you might expect, there was the usual hoopla ... Gru is joined onstage by Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gier and Elsie Fisher, the three talented young ladies who voiced Margo, Edith & Agnes in "Despicable Me" and "Despicable Me 2." Photo by Shelly Valladolid ... that now...
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    Huffington Post -- Disney's skillful mix of high art & low clowning helped make "Aladdin" the surprise hit of this season

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    It was June of 1913 that Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. moved his legendary Follies over from the Moulin Rouge to the New Amsterdam Theatre . And for the next 14 years, this NYC landmark was not only home to the most beautiful costumes, sets & showgirls in the city, it also played host to an amazing array of clowns. We're talking legendary comics like W.C. Fields , Ed Wynn , Eddie Cantor and Will Rogers . Which is why it's kind of fitting that Disney "Aladdin" has now set up shop at...
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    While the US downsizes from Disney Stores to Disney Shops, Shanghai is getting the largest Disney Store in the world

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    So what exactly is going on with the Disney Store these days? The reason I ask is ... Well, it wasn't all that long ago (October of 2009, to be exact) that The Walt Disney Company announced that it would be reinventing all 340 of its stores in the United States and Europe. We're talking floor-to-ceiling redos that supposedly drew their inspiration from what Steve Jobs had done with the Apple Store. Well, these rebranded "Imagination Park" Disney Stores soon began popping up around...
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    High Octane Fast & Furious Thrill Ride Races onto the Scene at Universal Studios Hollywood

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    Electrifying New 3D-HD Attraction Features Original Cast from Universal Pictures' Global Blockbuster Film Franchise, Summer 2015 Universal City, California, April 8, 2014 - Pulse-pounding, adrenaline-inducing action will become the finale of Universal Studios Hollywood's world-famous " Studio Tour " with the summer 2015 introduction of the gripping, high speed, 3D-HD thrill ride, "Fast & Furious-Supercharged," inspired by Universal Pictures' most successful film...
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    Disney's Beauty and the Beast Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary on Stage with the First-ever International Tour

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    Original Broadway creative team reuniting to bring acclaimed production to over 12 countries in two years Production set to open in Istanbul in October 2014 In celebration of Disney's Beauty and the Beast 's 20 th anniversary on the stage, Disney Theatrical Productions, NETworks and Broadway Entertainment Group announce the first-ever international tour for the title. The English-language tour will open at Istanbul's Zorlu Center in October 2014 and will tour to diverse international...
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    Universal Studios Hollywood Makes Unprecedented Investment in Biggest Line-Up of New Attractions in Its History

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    Dramatically Altering Universal Studios Hollywood Footprint to Reimagine Destination with Innovative Thrill Rides and Immersive Lands Project Represents Biggest Five-Year Line-Up of New Attractions in Universal Studios Hollywood History, Solidifying Theme Park 's Long-Term Commitment to Tourism and Economic Vitality in Los Angeles Universal City, California, April 8, 2014 - Reaffirming its position as the #1 tourist destination in Los Angeles with one of the most progressive and exciting theme...
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    Huffington Post -- For Imagineer Joe Lanzisero, Hong Kong Disneyland's "Mystic Manor" is a high point of his career

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    You know what they say: If you want to get something done, ask a busy person to do it. Joe Lanzisero, Senior Vice President - Creative, Walt Disney Imagineering. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Back in 2007, it's arguable that no one person was busier at The Walt Disney Company than Joe Lanzisero . As a Senior Vice President - Creative at Walt Disney Imagineering , Joe was riding herd on all of the Tokyo Disneyland & Hong Kong Disneyland Resorts' theme parks. Not...
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    Disney Turns Up the Heat in "Planes: Fire & Rescue" New Trailer

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    "Planes: Fire & Rescue" is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous...
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    It's wall-to-wall construction walls as WDW's Downtown Disney is gradually transformed into Disney Springs

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    Has it really been eight months since we last peeked over the fence to see how construction of Disney Springs was going ? Photo by Jim Hill Earlier this week, Nancy, Angela & I drove over to Walt Disney World to see how the reinvention of Downtown Disney is progressing. And as we took to the Epcot exit off of I-4 ... Photo by Jim Hill ... it was hard not to notice all of that construction ... Photo by Jim Hill ... & timber clearing that was going on in the stretch of forest between the highway...
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