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  • Jim Hill

    It takes more than three circles to craft a Classic version of Mickey Mouse

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    You know what Mickey Mouse looks like, right? Little guy, big ears? Truth be told, Disney's corporate symbol has a lot of different looks. If Mickey's interacting with Guests at Disneyland Park (especially this summer, when the Happiest Place on Earth is celebrating its 60th anniversary ), he looks & dresses like this. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Or when he's appearing in one of those Emmy Award-winning shorts that Disney Television Animation has produced...
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    When did the Imagineers first dream of bringing a Marvel character into a Disney theme park?

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    Given that the highly anticipated "Iron Man Experience" won't actually open at Hong Kong Disneyland 'til the Fall of 2016 ... Copyright Marvel / Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved ... I thought that it might be interesting to look back at how the Marvel movies and characters first began filtering into the Disney theme parks and resort. Because it didn't happen overnight, folks. Though The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion in the latter...
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    Rapunzel & Flynn Rider's adventures continue with "Tangled" animated series, which debuts on the Disney Channel in 2017

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    Given that Disney Theatrical has a "Frozen" musical in the works AND Walt Disney Animation Studios is already working on "Frozen 2" AND a "Frozen" ride will be opening at Epcot early next year, it's easy nowadays to forget that there was actually a CG Disney Princess which preceded Anna & Elsa. And that's Rapunzel of "Tangled" fame. In fact, to hear some Disney insiders talk, if "Tangled" hadn't been as successful as it was when this...
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    Disney on Broadway's "The Originals": Broadway’s Best Will Light Up D23 EXPO With Exclusive Concerts

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    DISNEY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS DISNEY ON BROADWAY'S " THE ORIGINALS" FEATURING STARS FROM BROADWAY'S MARY POPPINS, TARZAN AND ALADDIN. BURBANK, Calif. - June 4, 2015 - Following the incredibly warm and rousing reception from D23 EXPO fans in 2013, Disney Theatrical Productions is thrilled to announce a new concert presented exclusively for this year's D23 EXPO at the Anaheim Convention Center entitled Disney on Broadway's " THE ORIGINALS." In anticipation...
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    The Disneyland That Might Have Been: Mickey Mouse Club, Treasure Island & Lilliputian Land

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    Given that Disneyland Park kicked off its 60th anniversary celebration last month, I thought it might be fun to take a look at some aspects of the Happiest Place on Earth that didn't make it off the drawing boarding. Take -- for example -- the Mickey Mouse Club. 1953 site plan for Disneyland Park, showing Walt originally envisioned all of the "lands" at his theme park being placed. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved According to the "Inside Disneyland"...
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    Disney Concerts and D23 Present Disney in Concert: A Silly Symphony Celebration Hosted by Leonard Maltin

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    The Live Concert Event Is the Highlight of Disney Music Emporium's EXPO Activities August 14-16, Which Include Music Product, Album Signings, and a Pre-Order for The Silly Symphony Collection BURBANK, CA - June 2, 2015 - D23 EXPO 2015 will feature the world premiere of Disney in Concert: A Silly Symphony Celebration- a live concert performance featuring a 32-piece orchestra celebrating the Silly Symphony animated short films and their accompanying music, hosted by film historian Leonard Maltin...
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    Hogwarts and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is Coming to Hollywood in Hyper-Realistic 3D-HD Spring 2016 (video)

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    Universal Studios Hollywood Introduces "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" Bringing the Most Anticipated Global Phenomenon to California in an Authentic Entertainment Experience, Beginning Spring 2016 "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey" Attraction, Located within Land's Hogwarts Castle , Makes West Coast Debut in Hyper-Realistic 3D-HD with Guests Wearing Quidditch-Inspired Goggles Hollywood, CA, June 2, 2015 -The countdown to "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter...
  • Andrea Monti

    Disneyland Paris previews new "Jedi Academy" show, debuts clever reimagining of stateside Disney Parks' "Frozen" sing-along

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    For the past few years now, Disneyland Paris hasn't been so lively. At least when it comes to live stage shows. You see, of the three sit-down theatres that this Disney theme park originally opened with back in April of 1992, one -- the Fantasy Festival stage, to be specific -- was transformed into a "Meet Mickey" location three years back that's very similar in concept & layout to the one found at WDW's Magic Kingdom. As for Disneyland Paris' other two locations, Discoveryland's...
  • Jim Hill

    Items up for bid at today's Rick Baker auction include development art from "Captain Eo" and Disney's never-produced live-action "Gargoyles" movie

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    I apologize for the extremely short notice here. But if you're a fan of modern film fantasy and live in the Los Angeles area, you need to get in your car NOW and immediately drive to the Hilton Universal City . Why For? Prop Store (the "Ultimate Movie Collectables" folks) are riding herd on an auction of over 400 items from Rick Baker 's Cinovation Studios. And that auction gets underway in the Hilton Universal City's convention space at 11 a.m. Pacific Time TODAY . Copyright...
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    Universal Orlando Resort announces Volcano Bay, the world's first water theme park

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    For the past six months or so, guests staying at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort have been looking their windows and watching as a mysterious mound of dirt grew ... Universal's Volcano Bay construction site in December of 2014. Photo by Jim Hill ... and grew. Universal's Volcano Bay construction site in February 2015. Photo by Jim Hill And when Universal Orlando officials were quizzed about what the Resort was building on this triangular piece of property (which is bounded by I-4...
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    "FUTURE-WORM!" Short-form Series Debuts on Disney XD

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    -- Andy Milonakis and James Adomian Lead the Voice Cast -- Disney XD debuted new episodes of its "Future-Worm" short-form series on WEDNESDAY, MAY 27 on its YouTube Channel . Created by Emmy Award-winning Ryan Quincy ("South Park") and starring comedian Andy Milonakis ("Kroll Show") and James Adomian ("The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson"), "Future-Worm!" follows Danny (Milonakis), an optimistic 12-year-old who creates a time machine lunch box...
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    It's the details that really make "Disney Paint the Night," Disneyland Park's all-new electrical parade

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    Greetings from the Happiest Place on Earth, where the Disneyland Resort is kicking off its Diamond Celebration . Last night was the media premiere of " Disney Paint the Night ," which is the all-new Electrical Parade that Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Creative Entertainment whipped up for Disneyland Park 's 60th anniversary celebration. Photo by Michelle Valladolid Three years in making, "Paint the Night" is full of fun nods to previous Disney theme park parades. Take -...
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    Universal’s Volcano Bay to Become Third Park at Universal Orlando Resort

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    VOLCANO BAY AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT WILL BE A WATER THEME PARK BUILT ON A BOLD CREATIVE VISION ORLANDO, Fla. (May 28, 2015) - Universal Orlando Resort today announced a project of remarkable vision: to bring to life an entirely new water theme park experience. Called Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort, it will join Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure and become the resort's third incredibly immersive park. Universal's Volcano Bay will be a place for...
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    Countdown to Shanghai Disneyland Resort continues with the opening of the world's largest Disney Store

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    The doors to the world's largest Disney Store are open in the popular Lujiazui area of Pudong, Shanghai, China. The landmark store is the largest retail space of any Disney Store in the world rivaling even the large World of Disney stores at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and in Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort in California. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved "We couldn't be more delighted to open our first Disney Store in China, in Shanghai,"...
  • Alice Hill

    Mysterious world of "Tomorrowland" recreated in gorgeous Minecraft map

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    You have to give the folks at Walt Disney Pictures credit. Because when it came to getting word out about " Tomorrowland ," they certainly didn't go by the standard summer blockbuster promotional playbook. If you think back to February of 2013 when photos of that mysterious "1952" box first popped up online ... Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved ... or that alternate reality game, "The Optimist," which Walt Disney Imagineering and Walt Disney...
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    Universal Orlando Resort Extends Its 2015 Theme Park Ticket Offer for Active Duty and Retired Members of the Military

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    Active Duty and Retired Military Personnel Can Also Upgrade with a Stay at the All-New Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort with a Discounted Vacation Package ORLANDO, Fla. (May 20, 2015) - Universal Orlando Resort has extended its ticket offer exclusively for active duty and retired members of the military with purchase available now through Dec. 4, 2015. Military personnel can purchase a one-day, park-to-park ticket and receive two complimentary days to experience the extraordinary thrills and...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    An in-depth look at "Voyage to the Iron Reef," Knott's Berry Farm's new interactive attraction

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    Last week, a few hundred lucky fans got to preview Knott's Berry Farm 's " Voyage to the Iron Reef " a day before it opened to the general public, followed by a panel discussion with Jeff Tucker (Entertainment Supervisor, Knott's Berry Farm), Lara Hanneman (Director of Entertainment and Production, Knott's Berry Farm), Jeff Gahagen (VP of Maintenance, Knott's Berry Farm), and Ernest Yale (CEO of Triotech ). Copyright CFEC / Cedar Fair Parks. All rights reserved Yale's...
  • Noe Valladolid

    Star Wars characters, Hulkbuster, Mulan, Mickey & Minnie to be featured in Disney Infinity 3.0

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    Disney has owned two Christmases in a row with the Infinity gaming series. Fans of Disney, Pixar and Marvel have enjoyed versions 1.0 and 2.0 on their gaming console of choice. For those that are unfamiliar with the titles they are based on collectible figures which work with a platform that connects to all of the major gaming consoles. The figures are interchangeable and the experience is only limited by the imagination of the player. That is to say that players have access to a "ToyBox"...
  • Alice Hill

    "Great Stanmobile Escape" allows gamers to relive "Gravity Falls" Season 2 finale

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    Remember a few weeks back when Google had the 155th Anniversary of The Pony Express, and had that adorable game involving collecting letters while riding a horse? Were you like: Gee, this sure is a great game. But I wish I was playing as Grunkle Stan mowing over government agents instead of delivering mail. Well friend, have I got a game for you! The Great Stanmobile Escape is a flash game on the Disney site very, very, VERY loosely based on the last aired episode of " Gravity Falls ."...
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    D23 Launches the First Fanniversary Home Edition, Celebrating the 60TH Anniversary of Disney's Lady and the Tramp

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    D23 LAUNCHES THE FIRST FANNIVERSARY HOME EDITION, CELEBRATING THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF LADY AND THE TRAMP For the First Time, Disney's Official Fan Club Takes Its Popular Event Global, Bringing the Fun Directly to Fans With the Biggest Lady and the Tramp Viewing Party Ever. BURBANK, Calif. - MAY 18, 2015 - D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is bringing its popular Fanniversary event into the homes of members and Disney fans around the world, with Fanniversary Home Edition. This year's inaugural...
  • Jim Hill

    Disneyland's new magic program allows some of Walt's oldest dreams for his theme park to finally come true

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    This past weekend, theme park fans around the globe collectively lost their minds as images of the Hatbox Ghost began to pop up online. The modern era Hatbox Ghost made his debut in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion this past Saturday. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved "And what's the big deal with the Hatbox Ghost?," you ask. Well, you have to understand this gruesome ghoul was originally supposed to have been one of the 999 happy haunts that Disneyland Guests would...
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    Disney Twenty-three Summer Issue Celebrates 60 Magical Years of Disneyland

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    WITH MORE THAN 40 PAGES OF STORIES, PHOTOGRAPHS, AND IMAGES, D23 HONORS THE PAST WHILE CELEBRATING THE FUTURE OF WALT'S FIRST PARK . PLUS, LEONARD MALTIN GIVES READERS A SNEAK PEEK OF THE SUMMER'S BIGGEST MOVIES BURBANK, Calif. - MAY 14, 2015 - As Disneyland approaches its 60th anniversary, Disney twenty-three brings readers inside the party, with an in-depth look at how the park is celebrating this milestone with new parades, spectaculars, and enhancements to popular attractions. In preparation...
  • Noe Valladolid

    How does the mobile game version of Disney Tsum Tsum stack up?

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    Did you know that one of the most popular Disney games on mobile devices is also a free title? Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Disney Tsum Tsum is based on the line of plush toys that bear the same name. The bean-shaped figures have been very popular with audiences since the characters first appeared in the Japanese Disney Parks in 2013. The name Tsum Tsum translates to Stack Stack because the characters are indeed stackable. The figures sold extremely well in Japan and it...
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    Hollywood Will Celebrate Walt Disney's Feature "Fantasia" 's 75 Years of Glorious Technicolor on June 7th

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    TCL Chinese Theatre-Cinespia Tribute: 6/7: 75 th Anniversary Screening of "Fantasia" & "Fantasia 2000" To Benefit Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation (HOLLYWOOD, CA, June 7)---On Sunday June 7, Hollywood celebrates the 75th anniversary of Walt Disney's "Fantasia" and the 15 th anniversary of "Fantasia 2000." "Fantasia" and "Fantasia 2000" - a pair of animated musical masterpieces - will receive special screenings at the TCL Chinese...
  • Jim Hill

    The end is near! Phineas and Ferb "Last Day of Summer" to air on Disney XD June 12th

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    Well, you can't say that Dan Povenmire & Jeff "Swampy" Marsh -- the creators of the Emmy Award-winning "Phineas and Ferb" - didn't warn us that this day was coming. I mean, the first line of the title song for this acclaimed animated series flatly states that ... There's 104 days of summer vacation And school comes along just to end it Copyright Disney XD. All rights reserved After 126 episodes, five one-hour specials and a record-breaking Disney Channel Original...
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