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  • Noe Valladolid

    Is a head set-free version of Virtual Reality really just over the horizon?

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    The term "Virtual Reality" has been a buzzword in pop culture for decades but accessible VR technology has always been more science fiction than science fact. Fans of entertainment are finally entering a new era. In 2014 VR technology had actually come of age. Large companies, like Google and Sony, were showing audiences what their R&D groups had been busy working on. One of the first previews of the latest VR technology happened at the Game Developers Conference in March 2014. The...
  • Leo N. Holzer

    Adam Shell & Nicholas Kraft traveled from Disneyland to Detroit "Pursuing Happiness"

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    Pursuing happiness. that's a universal quest for people around the United States and around the world. Who doesn't want to live a meaningful, happy life? But what exactly is happiness? Documentary filmmaker Adam Shell and producer Nicholas Kraft decided to investigate the subject a short time after Shell completed an earlier documentary, "Finding Kraftland," that featured Nicolas Kraft and his father, Richard Kraft , a major globetrotting Disney collector, music fan and pop culture...
  • Jim Hill

    Universal Orlando's Lora Wallace is always at least one holiday ahead

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    You know the old saying -- "April showers bring May flowers" -- right? Well, that's not how Lora Wallace -- who works as a show director for Universal Orlando Resort -- looks at her calendar. Copyright Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved "You have to understand that -- here at Universal Orlando -- we prep for Halloween Horror Nights year 'round," Wallace explained. "We had our first meeting for the 2015 edition of Horror Nights three weeks before the 2014...
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    Disney Store Celebrates Star Wars Day, May the Fourth Be With You

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    To celebrate Star Wars Day, Disney Store will offer 30% off the entire Star Wars assortment both in-store and online starting May 1, 2015, through May 10, 2015. A special Stormtrooper Watch will be available for $8 with any purchase in-store and online, only on Star Wars Day. Monday, May 4, 2015 is "Star Wars Day" and Disney Store locations nationwide will be celebrating with special "May The Fourth Be With You" events and entertainment. Guests will be able to take part in Star...
  • Jim Hill

    It takes more than movie magic to pull off "Disney Night" on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars"

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    So how long does it take to add some Disney magic to " Dancing with the Stars " ? Would you believe 9 months? "That's actually how long we've been having meetings about 'Disney Night,' which is the theme of this week's show," explained Rob Wade , the executive producer of this long-running ABC series. "But you have to understand that -- when you're building an episode of ' Dancing with the Stars' around Disney -- you've got this huge assortment...
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    LEGOLAND® Hotel at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort Will Officially Open May 15th

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    In just over two weeks, the first LEGOLAND ® Hotel on the East Coast will officially open. The final bricks are being put in place ahead of the grand opening celebrations on May 15. The Hotel is built for kids and invites them to take the lead from the moment they arrive. A special "kid check-in" takes place in front of the minifigure wall, which is made of 5,000 minifigures. The lobby is also home to a Castle Play area complete with a pirate ship surrounded by a moat filled with LEGO...
  • Nancy Stadler

    Get your Disney fix in New York with entertainment historian Jim Hill : Disney Trivia Challenge May 2nd, 'Frozen' talk May 16th

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    Do you love Disney? Is New York City one of your favorite places to be in the Spring? Are you amazing at solving word puzzles? If you said "Yes !" to all of the above, then you're gonna LOVE the Time'd Square Trivia Challenge What: Get ready for the Time'd Square Challenge , a three-hour experience designed by the fiendishly clever, one and only Jim Hill of Jimhillmedia.com. But what will I be doing?: Prepare to repeatedly crisscross the Crossroads of the World as you seek out...
  • Jim Hill

    Kermit & Co. spontaneously converse with small kids on Disney Junior's new "Muppet Moments" shorts

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    To hear Nancy Kanter tell the story, it was her favorite part of working on " Sesame Street ." Being able to walk down to the stage while scenes with the Muppets were being shot and then listening in as the younger members of that show's cast interacted with those much-beloved characters. "Those pieces when -- whether it was Kermit or Grover -- you saw a kid interact with the Muppets, they've always been one of my favorites because they are so genuine," Kanter recalled...
  • Jim Hill

    "Frozen" fun spreading to three of Walt Disney World's theme parks

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    Given that Anna & Elsa moved from their super-popular Epcot meet-n-greet over to the Magic Kingdom 's Princess Fairytale Hall back on Easter Sunday 2014 ... I thought that, just ahead of Easter 2015, it might now be time to give JHM readers the " Frozen " forecast. Give you an update on all of the rides, shows and attractions that are tied to this Academy Award-winning Walt Disney Animation Studios production that are now in the works for the Walt Disney World Resort . Work continues...
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    The Magic of "Tangled" Shines Onstage in Brand-New "Tangled: The Musical" Stage Show Aboard Disney Cruise

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    Original music by Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken headlines new stage show adaptation of Disney animated film In November 2015, “Tangled: The Musical” will premiere aboard the Disney Magic, marking the first time the beloved animated film “Tangled” has been adapted for the stage. (Disney) CELEBRATION, Fla. (April 2, 2015) - In November 2015, the endearing characters and captivating music of the animated film "Tangled" will enchant audiences once again...
  • Jim Hill

    Eden Sher voices Disney's first kick-butt princess for "Star vs. the Forces of Evil"

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    By her own admission, Eden Sher lives in an almost perpetual state of hyperbole. "That's why I always have to try and keep myself in check," this 24 year-old actress admitted during a recent phone interview. "Otherwise -- whenever anyone asks me what I'm working on now -- my automatic response is that it's ' ... THE BEST THING EVER!' " Mind you, it's easy to understand why this Critics' Choice winner (Sher took home the Television Award for Best Comedy...
  • Jim Hill

    Turner Classic Film Festival celebrates all aspects of Hollywood history

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    When it comes to the world of film, how exactly does one define a classic? Turner Classic Movies. All rights reserved "For some, it's that movie they grew up which they now want to share with their kids. For others, it's films that were made under the studio system back during the Golden Age of Hollywood," said Genevieve McGillicuddy -- the managing director of the Turner Classic Film Festival -- during a recent phone interview. "Here at TCM, our thinking is that there is no...
  • Jim Hill

    "Miles from Tomorrowland" is getting Disney Junior viewers excited about the science that powers space flight

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    So how does Sascha Paladino -- the creator and exec producer of Disney Junior 's " Miles from Tomorrowland " -- measure the amount of time & energy that he's poured into the development of this popular new animated series? Oddly enough, Sascha doesn't use miles as his unit of measure. But -- rather -- the ages of his twin boys. "Back when I first pitched 'Miles' to Disney Channel executives, my sons were only three months old," Paladino recalled during...
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    D23 Announces Events For Disney Fans In Orlando

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    SPECIAL SCREENINGS, A MEMBER-EXCLUSIVE SHOPPING OPPORTUNITY WITH MICKEY'S OF GLENDALE , AND A NEW SIP AND STROLL ADD TO THE OFFICIAL DISNEY FAN CLUB'S ROSTER OF COAST-TO-COAST EVENTS BURBANK, Calif. - MARCH 26, 2015 - Today, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club announced additional special member events in the Orlando area, adding even more exclusive experiences for fans in Central Florida. On the heels of a D23 Member-exclusive screening of Walt Disney Studios' live-action Cinderella ,...
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    Disney's Aladdin Celebrates 1st Anniversary on Broadway Today, Friday, March 20th

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    DISNEY'S TONY AWARD ® -WINNING HIT MUSICAL ALADDIN CELEBRATES 1 ST ANNIVERSARY ON BROADWAY Disney's Aladdin , the Tony Award-winning new musical comedy based on the Academy Award®-winning animated film, celebrates one year on Broadway March 20 th at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 West 42 nd Street). Aladdin 1st Anniversary Cake by Beth Bennett of Bebe Bakes In its first smash year, Aladdin has been seen by nearly three quarters of a million people and broken five New Amsterdam Theatre...
  • Jim Hill

    Construction continues on Pandora: The Land of Avatar and "Rivers of Light" at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park

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    Given that -- late last month -- Disney Parks & Resorts released that shot of the model of Pandora's floating mountains ... Copyright Twentieth Century Fox Film Coporation / Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved ... I thought that it might be time to check out how far along construction has actually gotten on Disney's Animal Kingdom 's new land-of-AVATAR. So after driving on over to Animal Kingdom Lodge and then hopping on a bus for DAK, I soon found myself rolling past the...
  • Leo N. Holzer

    Bob Iger talks up "Star Wars" franchise & "Frozen" sequel at Disney's annual shareholders meeting

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    When Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger took the stage Thursday at The Walt Disney Company's annual shareholders meeting in San Francisco, he was surrounded by smiling faces - from the toe-tapping, grinning Mickey Mouse on his new iWatch to nearly all of the 800-plus people gathered at The Palace of Fine Arts. Iger said the iWatch "is going to be in the market real soon and I just have the idea that it's going to be a big hit. I have an original Mickey Mouse watch from the 1930s and I usually...
  • Nancy Stadler

    Spring is nearly here, but we're still talking "Frozen": Join Jim Hill for a "Making Of" talk in New York May 16th

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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" Brought to you by - e.t.c.: Events Tailor-made & Customized What: Entertainment writer and Disney historian Jim Hill takes you behind the scenes at Walt Disney Animation Studios and reveals Disney's more than 60-year struggle to turn Hans Christian Andersen's beloved fairy tale into a full-length animated feature. Over the course of this 90 minute...
  • Jim Hill

    Is "Gravity Falls" Grunkle Stan "Not What He Seems" ? Disney XD episode answers big questions tonight

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    It's a question that has been nagging at " Gravity Falls " viewers ever since this Emmy Award-winning series first debuted on the Disney Channel back in June of 2012: What is the deal with Grunkle Stan? I mean, sure. There's a lot that fans of this Emmy Award-winning animated series already know about Stan Pines. That he loves fleecing the rubes ... I mean "customers" who come by the Mystery Shack, that tumbledown roadside attraction which Pines runs. And while he may...
  • Guest Writer

    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...
  • Jim Hill

    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...
  • Jim Hill

    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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