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  • Shelly Valladolid

    SEGA showcases its remastered, reimagined version of Disney Castle of Illusion at E3 2013

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    So what can gamers expected from Disney Castle of Illusion when it finally hits store shelves later this year? Photo by Shelly Valladolid Omar Woodley from SEGA took time yesterday to show us the remastered, re-imagined version of this classic Genesis title. According to Omar, the collaboration between Sega and Disney started about two years ago. "It's a re-imagined version." Omar explains. "There's quite a bit of the old game there, but also new stuff." SEGA's Omar...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    Harmonix works musical magic with Fantasia: Music Evolved at E3 2013

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    Cambridge, MA-based company Harmonix is trying to capture the spirit of Walt Disney's 1940 masterpiece, " Fantasia " by inserting the gamer into the story of The Sorcerer's Apprentice . Photo by Shelly Valladolid Harmonix, whose past hits include Rock Band and Guitar Hero , spent over two-and-a-half years developing this game. Which will launch exclusively on the XBOX 360 and the XBOX One next year. Fantasia: Music Evolved is not completely finished, so we saw an advanced, but not...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    A temporary logjam is Knott enough to spoil the opening festivities for this theme park's Boardwalk expansion & its newly enhanced Timber Mountain Log Ride

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    So how did yesterday's media event at Knott's Berry Farm go? Well, that kind of depends on whether you're an optimist or a pessimist. Are you the type of person who sees the glass half-empty or half-full? Or -- in this particular case -- the Timber Mountain Log Ride flume as half-empty or half-full? Tell you what: Let's start off by talking about the portion of Thursday's event that went off without a hitch. And that was the official opening of the newly expanded version of this...
  • Nancy Stadler

    Watching the moon set & the sun rise inside of the Magic Kingdom during WDW's Monstrous Summer! All Nighter

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    Seeing as Jim has already covered what the Disneyland Resort version of the Monstrous Summer! All Nighter was like, I thought that I'd share Angela Ragno & myself's experience at the WDW version of this 24 hour-long party . Photo by Nancy Stadler In the spirit of full disclosure here, I guess I should mention that we did not in fact spend a full 24 hours inside the Magic Kingdom. Given that I was actually down in Central Florida to cover the grand opening of SeaWorld Orlando 's new...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    Disney Interactive introduces new gaming platform, Disney Infinity, at the El Capitan Theatre

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    My daughter and I attended the launch of Disney Infinity , Disney Interactive 's new platform at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood back in January. In a kind gesture to the Disney fan community, members of D23 , the official Disney fan club, were invited to attend and watch the proceedings from the balcony. Where they then received a shout-out from the stage from John Lasseter. John Lasseter at Tuesday's Disney Infinity preview event. Photo by Alice Hill John Pleasants , John Lasseter and...
  • Floyd Norman

    Toon Tuesday: It's a darn shame that Disney doesn't have any new hand-drawn animated features in the works

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    "We currently have no traditional hand-drawn animated motion pictures in production or development." Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved I'm paraphrasing what Disney CEO Robert Iger said at the recent shareholders meeting in Phoenix, AZ . But whether he knew it or not, the Disney chief executive had just announced the sad death of an art form that had once been the foundation of this prestigious media company. And with the passing of a unique art form that had been...
  • Angela Ragno

    A close-up look at what makes Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras celebration the biggest bash this side of the Bayou

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    This past Saturday night, I got to do something very fun. As part of the press event for the kick-off of this year's Mardi Gras celebration at the Universal Orlando Resort ... Copyright 2013 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved I got to go backstage at Universal Studios Florida to see the floats to be featured in this year's Mardi Gras parade before they rolled through that theme park. Photo by Angela Ragno I have to admit that -- having seen a number of these units in years previous...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    LEGOLAND Hotel now set to welcome its first guests on April 5th

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    It was a bright, sunny morning in Carlsbad, CA today, when LEGOLAND California held a brief presentation outlining the upcoming plans for the resort in the next year, including a new 4-D experience based on their new Chima series & toys and the opening of the first LEGOLAND Hotel in the United States. General Manager Peter Ronchetti spoke, outlining the successes of the past year and unveiling the new attraction, which will open to the public March 7 at LEGOLAND California and the LEGO Discovery...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    Disneyland's Three Kings Day celebration offers Limited Time look at Southern California's Mexican culture

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    I know that it's usually not cool to peek at your Christmas presents. But given that Ephinany comes at the very tail end of the holiday season ... Well, I'm hoping that it'll be okay if I reveal what Disneyland Park has planned for this weekend's three day-long Three Kings' Day celebration. Starting today, Frontierland 's Big Thunder Ranch will be decorated with huge hanging papel picado banners ... Photo by Alice Hill ... and fresh flowers ... Photo by Alice Hill ... as this...
  • Floyd Norman

    Toon Thursday: Life lessons from the animation professionals

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    My animation friends & colleagues can pretty much tell the same story. All of us benefited greatly by having the opportunity to work side-by-side with seasoned veterans.Our careers were enriched by the tips and techniques they generously shared with us over the years. However, there was one other important benefit. a benefit rarely talked about. "Old Timers" Don Griffith and Al Dempster . There was more to life than just cartoons. You see, unlike most of us kids, these animation professionals...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    Celebrating the holidays aboard the Disney Wonder

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    In early December, a pal and I decided to close out the year with a week-long Disney Cruise to the Mexican Riviera, the last time (at least for the near future) that the Wonder will be making this voyage. As with the parks, the holidays were in full swing on board, and we even got to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah our last night on board. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved In the lobby, there's a huge, beautiful Christmas tree - and the scrollwork on the base matches...
  • Floyd Norman

    Toon Tuesday: Back when cartoon making was fun

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    It's become a constant theme in my writing this past year. I've been comparing today's animation studios to the cartoon factories of years past and the changes I've observed. Most noticeable are the amazing technological advances as cartoon making has moved from traditional hand drawn production to today's digital process. You can't walk through a modern animation studio without seeing rows and rows of animation artists working away on their computers and Cintiq Tablets. What's...
  • Floyd Norman

    Toon Tuesday: Remembering Ginny Tyler

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    I recently learned of the passing of my friend and colleague, Ginny Tyler . Ginny and I shared our love for Disney. And I always regarded her as a true talent as well as one of the chief Mouseketeers much like the original head mouse, Jimmie Dodd . Back in the 1960s, Ginny performed live segments from Disneyland during the re-edited and repackaged syndication run of the original Mickey Mouse Club . It was during this time she became known as the Disneyland Storyteller and was even praised by Walt...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    Travel Channel's "Toy Hunter" will bring toy stories to television

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    Jordan Hembrough always loved toys. What kid didn't? As a child, his room was filled with Mego Star Wars toys, superhero toys, the staples of the American boy (or tomboy) of the seventies. Like many of those kids, he loved his toys and hung on to them. "Toy Hunter" host Jordan Hembrough. Copyright 2012 Scripps Network, LLC. All rights reserved In college, Hembrough quickly found a job as Head buyer for a chain of sci-fi/comic collectible stores, and began traveling the country looking...
  • Nancy Stadler

    Gronckles, Nadders and Vikings, Oh My! DreamWorks "How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular" Has Them All

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    How do you train a dragon? Very carefully. The life-like Nadder in the DreamWorks How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular. Photo By Nancy Stadler Especially when you have to make sure that twenty-three of the beasts need to breathe fire, roar, flap their wings, blow smoke rings, wag their tail, laugh, grunt, pass gas, blink and -- oh yeah -- actually walk at precisely the right moment. Which is exactly what the cast and crew / dragon tamers of the DreamWorks "How to Train Your Dragon Live...
  • Floyd Norman

    Toon Tuesday: Could animation studios manage to get by with fewer managers?

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    The two young executives stood admiring the impressive artwork that lined the walls of the studio conference room. Of course, it's a studio that shall remain nameless. Clearly taken aback by the beautiful artwork and the stellar concept designs on display, the managers were eager to know the person responsible. The senior executive wearing the "serious" dark suit turned to her colleague with an important question. True story. Actually overheard this conversation by two executives "Who...
  • Angela Ragno

    A Disney World guide map that you can wear on your wrist, thanks to BeadforLife

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    Being green typically isn't all that fun. It usually means going without (i.e. reusing your bath towels during a hotel stay) or having to do something that can sometimes be kind of gross (EX: washing out pet food cans so that they can be placed in the recycle bin). But what if I were to tell you that there was now a colorful, even fashionable way to go green? And best of all, you could actually do something to help improve life elsewhere on this planet by shopping at a Disney theme park? Photo...
  • Nancy Stadler

    Disney California Adventure Update: Kids Race Power Wheels to Cars Land

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    Jim is in Anaheim getting ready for the grand opening of Cars Land but wanted me to share this fun new video with you - the story of the journey to Cars Land through the lens of the biggest (and youngest) fans. Be sure to stick around to the end of the video for a fun easter egg!
  • Shelly Valladolid

    Buena Vista Street adds some much-needed charm & heart to Disney California Adventure Park

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    By now, you've no doubt seen some of the photos which came out of this past weekend's preview events at Disney California Adventure Park . Photo by Noe Valladolid If you look around the Web, 90% of the images that have been posted focus on Cars Land ... Photo by Noe Valladolid ... which is understandable. Given that Cars Land features that spectacular new attraction, Radiator Springs Racers ... Photo by Noe Valladolid ... not to mention all of that terrific-looking neon which comes on every...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    E3 revealed how serious Disney Interactive is getting about social gaming

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    Disney Interactive has embraced the social gaming concept in a big way, and they were eager to show off their newest games at E3 this week. Following the success of Gardens of Time , a Facebook game from their Playdom studio that beat out Cityville last year as Facebook 's Most Popular Game of 2011, they stepped up the Disneyfication with Disney's Animal Kingdom Explorers , a very similarly-played game of garden/zoo-building and finding hidden objects while cooperating with other players...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    Disney Games looks forward and hops back with its E3 display

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    Greetings from this year's E3 . Mind you, there's always a bit of a line as you try and enter the Los Angeles Convention Center . Photo by Noe Valladolid But it's always worth it once you get out on that show floor, where you're then surrounded by all these amazing displays which have been assembled by the top companies in the video game industry. Photo by Noe Valladolid All with the hope that E3 attendees -- once they go home with bags filled with spectacular swag and/or have used...
  • Floyd Norman

    Toon Tuesday: My Meeting with Gerry

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    As I sat at my drawing board wildly sketching away on a new feature film idea, I suddenly glanced up to see two visitors in the room. It seems they were scrutinizing the sketches, models and story boards in my cluttered office. The two older gentleman were wearing the pastel colored garb usually sported by retirees living in the nearby beach community. But, who were these codgers, I wondered. And why would they have any interest in an obscure little cartoon studio in Newport Beach? I could tell by...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    Universal Studios Hollywood transforms its Lower Lot for the grand opening of "Transformers: The Ride-3D"

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    Universal Studios Hollywood transformed its Lower Lot yesterday, rolling out yards & yards of red carpet right next to the Starway escalator, so that celebrities like Holly Robinson Peete ... Holly Robinson Peete and her son Roman & Robinson. Photo by Shelly Valladolid ... as industry legend Frank Welker (who has voiced characters in both the "Transformers" animated series as well as the feature films ) ... Frank Welker at yesterday's event at Universal Studios Hollywood. Photo...
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    Disney Legend Alice Davis finally honored with her very own Window on Main Street

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    So why exactly did so many reporters & photographers make a special trip out to Anaheim last Thursday? Was it because some star was making a special appearance at Disneyland Park ? Photo by Noe Valladolid Well, not a star per se. But -- rather seamstress to the stars, Disney Legend Alice Davis . Who spent much of the 1960s creating colorful costumes for the Audio-Animatronic figures found in " Flight to the Moon ," " Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress " and -- of course...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    Disney Interactive Media Group wants you to come help playtest the Company's next video games

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    Did you love Epic Mickey , Guilty Party or Disney Sing It ? Would you like a chance to play some of Disney Interactive 's games early, before they're released to the general public? Would you like to help keep Disney Interactive's games bug-free and fun to play? There's a little-known way to do so, if you fit the testing parameters. Simply go to disneyplaytesting.com and fill in your information (If you're ages 3-17, your pet grown-up has to do it for you). Copyright Disney Enterprises...
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