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    2015 Philadelphia Flower Show pays tribute to Disney and Pixar films

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    Lights, Cameras, Bloom! The curtain has gone up on the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show , with this year's theme "Celebrate the Movies." The glitz and glamor of Hollywood has transformed the Pennsylvania Convention Center into a studio backlot now through March 8th. Acres of gardens pay tribute to films inspired by Disney and Disney-Pixar. Make no mistake about this presentation of flowers, gardens and shrubs, oh my, it is in no way sponsored by The Walt Disney Company but rather only...
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    D23 Expo Invites Fans To Join In Two Creative Contests That Celebrate The Magic Of All Things Disney

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    Mousequerade Dares Disney Fans to Create Costumes Inspired By Disney's Many Wonderful Worlds for a Grand Prize Trip to Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa D23 Expo Design Challenge Encourages Artists to Interpret Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle for a Chance to Win "D23-Hundred Dollars" BURBANK, Calif. - March 5, 2015 - To highlight the creativity and passion fans have for all things Disney, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is holding two remarkable contests in celebration of...
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    New animated series based on "DuckTales" will launch on Disney XD in 2017

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    After a winter full of record snowfalls & bitter cold, here's a weather report that's sure to please all of you Disney Afternoon fans out there: Life is about to get "like a hurricane" again in Duckburg. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Yep. An all-new "DuckTales," an animated comedy series based on the Emmy Award-winning series treasured by a generation of viewers, has been ordered for launch in 2017 on Disney XD channels around the world. Set...
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    Disney Retells Frozen Through Emoji (Video)

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    Disney just combined two of the most popular things in the universe right now - Frozen and emoji! In the all new Frozen As Told By Emoji video , fans can watch as Anna, Elsa, Olaf and the entire Frozen cast tell their tale using the mechanics of a mobile phone: text threads, lock screens, photo galleries and more. What does all that mean? It will all become ice crystal clear when you watch the video below! The video is the first installment of Disney As Told By Emoji, a new collection of videos that...
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    When Woody met Mickey: The day Universal's walk-around characters almost stormed WDW's Magic Kingdom

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    Picture -- if you will -- a WDW Security Officer in her vehicle, frantically waving her arm and honking her horn, trying to stop a caravan of Universal characters as they sped past the toll booths on World Drive and then made their way to the Ticket and Transportation Center. That sounds like something out of a bad sitcom, right? Well, this unlikely event actually happened back on May 21, 1987. Back when the folks at MCA Inc. were looking to send Mickey a message that Disney's then-recently announced...
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    Captain Jack is back as "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" Begins Production in Australia

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    DISNEY/JERRY BRUCKHEIMER FILMS' "PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES" BEGINS PRODUCTION IN QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA Johnny Depp Returns to His Iconic Academy Award-nominated Role of Captain Jack Sparrow QUEENSLAND, Australia (February 17, 2015) - Production has commenced on location in Australia on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' epic comedy adventure "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning...
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    Potter fans of all ages have a wand-erful time at Universal Orlando's "Celebration of Harry Potter"

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    I want you to take a close look at the photo below. These are three young men in their late teens / early twenties. Do you notice anything different about them? Photo by Jim Hill Each of them is carrying a wand box. When I snapped this photo of these guys on Sunday, February 1st, they were hurrying through Universal Orlando 's entrance complex because these three didn't want to miss the last day of 2015's "Celebration of Harry Potter." That's what honestly surprised me about...
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    Innovative “Miles from Tomorrowland” Product Line from TOMY to be Showcased at New York Toy Fair 2015

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    Animated Series Rockets to Become Newest Star on Disney Junior Schedule Glendale, Calif. (February 11, 2015) - Ahead of New York Toy Fair, Disney Consumer Products unveiled the innovative toy line from TOMY inspired by Disney Junior's intergalactic adventure series "Miles from Tomorrowland" which launched last Friday and reached 2.0 million unique Total Viewers and 697,000 Kids 2-5, and ranked as the week's #3 cable TV series among Kids age 2-8. It's also #1 on the WATCH Disney...
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    Take a Reprieve From the Frosty Freeze & Learn More About the Making of "Frozen" with Jim Hill

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    Let's Talk Frozen ! Join entertainment historian Jim Hill for a behind-the-scenes look at Disney's mega-hit movie "Frozen". What: Learn the backstory of what it took to get the movie "Frozen" to the big screen with entertainment historian Jim Hill. Includes a workshop on rosemaling - the decorative designs you see throughout the movie-and refreshments. For both adults and kids. Where: Bloomingdale branch of the New York Public LIbrary 150 West 100th Street New York City...
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    When it comes to Disney's "101 Dalmatians," the de Vil is in the details

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    Here's a fun factoid for all you film fans out: Given that Disney's " Sleeping Beauty " was released on January 29, 1959 and " 101 Dalmatians " bowed in theaters on January 25, 1961, that means that this animated classic was cranked out in less than two years. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Which is pretty impressive unto itself. But then when you factor in that -- in the wake of "Sleeping Beauty" under-performing at the box office --...
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    As construction continues on WDW's Downtown Disney redo, the Imagineers stitch together a backstory for Disney Springs

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    As you've probably already heard, Disney Springs' first two shops -- APEX, which sells high-end sunglass brands like Maui Jim, Oakley and Ray-Ban ... Photo by Jim Hill ... and Chapel Hats ... Photo by Jim Hill ... which features a fun assortment of hats and funky headwear -- ... Photo by Jim Hill ... both recently opened in The Landing Section of this radically reimagined version of Downtown Disney, WDW's retail, entertainment and dining district (FYI: March 22nd of this year marks the...
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    See inside D23's 2015 Member Gift - Disneyland Pitch Portfolio (Video)

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    As D23: The Official Disney Fan Club announced at the end of last year, the 2015 D23 Member Gift is a reproduction of a "pitch portfolio" used by the Disney team to help make Walt's dream of Disneyland become a reality. When showcasing the soon-to-be-completed theme park to prospective licensees on the East Coast, the Disney team brought portfolios like this one, which features more than 20 pages of colorful concept artwork. With the gift starting to ship this week, Disney Legend Dave...
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    D23 Will Bring Disney Magic to Fans Across the Country in 2015

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    The Official Disney Fan Club Will Hold Events for Members in San Francisco, Dallas, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City and other Cities BURBANK, Calif. - February 9, 2015 - In 2015, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will bring back many of its beloved events while adding a selection of new experiences for members. CINDERELLA LIGHTS UP THE PALACE OF FINE ARTS: On March 12 members will be treated to a screening of Walt Disney Studios' upcoming release Cinderella, followed by a reception...
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    "Big Hero 6" producer Roy Conli reflects on his first-ever Academy Award nomination

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    After Disney "Tangled" made its theatrical debut back in November of 2010, Roy Conli thought that there was no way to top the experience that this veteran producer had just had on that Walt Disney Animation Studios production. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved "I honestly thought that 'Tangled' was going to be my Disney legacy. I mean, we faced so many technical challenges on that movie. Scenes where we had 45,000 lanterns floating in the air to Rapunzel's...
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    Travel the Grid as Tron Makes its Way to Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition)

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    Sam Flynn and Quorra Available as Digital Exclusives Disney Interactive announced the final two characters for the Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) line up - Tron's Sam Flynn and Quorra. The characters are now available as digital exclusives for Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) via the Disney Infinity: Toy Box 2.0 iOS app, and will be available for PC in March 2015. Both will join all of the previously announced Disney and Marvel characters in the Toy Box mode. "The iOS version of Disney Infinity...
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    Thomas O. Staggs Named Chief Operating Officer Of The Walt Disney Company

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    BURBANK, Calif.-Thomas O. Staggs has been named Chief Operating Officer of The Walt Disney Company, it was announced today by Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. A 25-year Disney veteran, Mr. Staggs is Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, overseeing the strategy, operations and creative development of the company's iconic travel and leisure businesses. He will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer immediately, while continuing to lead Parks and Resorts until a successor...
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    Exclusive Look at Disney's "Tomorrowland" To Be Shown During Sunday's Super Bowl XLIX (Video)

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    In Disney's riveting mystery adventure "Tomorrowland," a jaded scientist and an optimistic teen embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space. From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird's "Tomorrowland," a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson)...
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    “Let It Go” Oscar®-winning Team Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez Write Original Musical Number for Oscar Host Neil Patrick Harris

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - January 27, 2015
- Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris and show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron shared that the Oscar-winning songwriting team from "Frozen," Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, are in the midst of writing an original multimedia, musical sequence, "Moving Pictures," which Harris will perform on Oscar Sunday, February 22, on ABC. Harris made the initial announcement on his Twitter account, posting the network's first tweet using its new...
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    Which 1980s TV favorites almost voiced Ursula the Sea Witch for Disney's "The Little Mermaid"

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    As you read through the liner notes for Walt Disney Records ' Legacy Collection version of "The Little Mermaid" soundtrack (which is this terrific 2 disc exploration of the Academy Award-winning score that Howard Ashman & Alan Menken wrote for this 1989 Walt Disney Animation Studios release), there's an anecdote in there that's sure to blow pop culture fans' minds. It reveals how Ashman (who not only wrote the lyrics for this John Musker / Ron Clements film but also...
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    How Walt Disney Animation Studios kept "Feast" from looking like a dog's dinner

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    Patrick Osborne tried something interesting back in 2012. He set up two 1 Second Everyday accounts. With one, he used this app to capture brief glimpses of his day-to-day life. And with the other, Patrick recorded quick footage of many of the meals he consumed that year. "And it was the 1 Second Everyday footage of all that food which turned out to be the far more compelling recording. There's something cool about the amount of life you see just in showing your meals. These hints of intriguing...
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    Universal Orlando Announces All-Star Concert Lineup for 2015 Mardi Gras

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    \\ UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT ANNOUNCES ALL-STAR CONCERT LINEUP FOR 2015 MARDI GRAS, INCLUDING JESSIE J, KELLY CLARKSON, TREY SONGZ AND MORE Florida's Biggest Party to Also Feature Authentic Cajun Cuisine, a Dazzling Mardi Gras Parade and More Than 1.8 Million Beads ORLANDO, Fla. (January 12, 2015) - Let the good times roll this spring at Universal Orlando Resort's 2015 Mardi Gras celebration - featuring 16 nights of thrilling concerts from some of the biggest names in music, coupled with the...
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    LAIKA and Heritage Auctions to Auction Coraline, Boxtrolls and Paranorman Production Puppets and Props to Benefit The Art of Elysium

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    The Art of LAIKA Offered For First Time By Heritage Auctions Production Puppets, Models, Props and Original Handmade Art from Oscar®-Nominated Animation Studio to Be Auctioned on February 12, 2015 Portion of Proceeds to Benefit The Art of Elysium Non-Profit Arts Group LAIKA , the visionary animation studio behind the Golden Globe and Annie Award-nominated The Boxtrolls and the BAFTA and Academy Award-nominated Coraline and ParaNorman , will open its archives for the first time for a limited auction...
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    "Miles From Tomorrowland," Disney Junior's Interactive Adventure Series, Blasts Off February 6

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    -- Stellar Voice Cast Includes Olivia Munn, Adrian Grenier, Mark Hamill, George Takei, Bill Nye, Wil Wheaton, Alton Brown and Brenda Song-- -- Preview Episode Available Beginning Friday, January 16 on WATCH Disney Junior -- Disney Junior's "Miles from Tomorrowland," an intergalactic adventure series, blasts off FRIDAY FEBRUARY 6 on Disney Channel (9:00 a.m., ET/PT). Launching with four back-to-back episodes, it incorporates unique space and science facts into the storylines that chart...
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    Disney's "Into the Woods" : Make The Musical Journey with Sondheim and Streep (Video)

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    "Into the Woods" is a modern twist on several beloved fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy), all tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his Wife (James Corden and Emily...
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    Be Sure to Watch as the Cast of Disney's ALADDIN Add Their Magical Touch to Times Square New Year's Eve 2015

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    TIMES SQUARE ALLIANCE AND COUNTDOWN ENTERTAIMENT WELCOMES DISNEY'S BROADWAY SMASH, 'ALADDIN,' AS OFFICIAL SPONSOR OF THE TIMES SQUARE NEW YEAR'S EVE CONFETTI WISHES Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment , co-organizers of Times Square New Year's Eve , announced that Disney's Aladdin , the new, Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical comedy based on the Academy Award®-winning animated film, will partner with the acclaimed New Year's Eve celebration to welcome...
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