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    Seward Johnson bronzes add a surreal, artistic touch to NYC's Garment District

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    Greetings from NYC. Nancy and I drove down from New Hampshire yesterday because we'll be checking out Disney Consumer Products ' annual Holiday Showcase later today. Anyway ... After checking into our hotel (i.e., The Paul . Which is located down in NYC's NoMad district), we decided to grab some dinner. Which is how we wound up at the Melt Shop . Photo by Jim Hill Which is this restaurant that only sells grilled cheese sandwiches. This comfort food was delicious, but kind of on the heavy...
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    James Earl Jones returns to voice Darth Vader as "Star Wars Rebels" begins its second season on Disney XD

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    Do you remember how big, strong & scary Darth Vader was in " Star Wars IV: A New Hope " ? Well, that version of this Dark Lord of the Sith -- back when Vader was at the very height of his powers -- will be front & center as " Star Wars Rebels " begins its second season on Disney XD this Saturday, June 20th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Copyright Lucasfilm / Disney. All rights reserved Better yet, to make sure Darth sounds exactly he did in the original " Star Wars "...
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    Phineas and Ferb finale, "Last Day of Summer," may not be as final as we think

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    In Stephen Sondheim's " Merrily We Roll Along " (which is this wonderful if flawed musical about friendship & show business), there's this particular line of dialogue that talks about the importance of a properly timed exit. It states that ... "You know what true greatness is? It's knowing when to get off." Well, tonight -- after 126 episodes, five one-hour specials, and a Disney Channel Original movie -- " Phineas and Ferb " are heading for the exit...
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    Wondering what you should "Boldly Go" see at the movies next year? The 2015 Licensing Expo offers you some clues

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    Greeting from the 2015 Licensing Expo , which is being held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Photo by Jim Hill I have to admit that I enjoy covering the Licensing Expo. Mostly becomes it allows bloggers & entertainment writers like myself to get a peek over the horizon. Scope out some of the major motion pictures & TV shows that today's vertically integrated entertainment conglomerates (Remember when these companies used to be called movie studios?) will be sending...
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    Disney Channel, Disney XD & Disney Junior Stars From Teen Beach 2, Descendants & More to Appear at Disney's D23 Expo 2015

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    DISNEY CHANNEL, DISNEY XD, AND DISNEY JUNIOR STARS IN-PERSON AT DISNEY'S D23 EXPO Star-Studded Center Stage Musical Performances by Sabrina Carpenter, Olivia Holt, Bea Miller, Dove Cameron & Sofia Carson, plus Teen Beach 2 Dance Party & more -- Fans Invited to Meet the Stars of Disney's Descendants, Teen Beach 2, Liv and Maddie, Jessie, Dog With A Blog, I Didn't Do It, Girl Meets World, K.C. Undercover, Austin & Ally, BUNK'D, and Best Friends Whenever as well as Disney...
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    Walt Disney Animation Studios' Comedy Adventure "Zootopia" Hopps Into Theaters March 2016 (Video)

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    The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it's a melting pot where animals from every environment live together-a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn't so...
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    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...
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    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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    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...
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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...
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    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...
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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...
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    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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    Nintendo Partners with Universal Parks & Resorts

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    ;; TO CREATE WORLD'S FIRST-EVER THEME PARK ATTRACTIONS BASED ON NINTENDO'S BELOVED GAMES AND CHARACTERS KYOTO, Japan and ORLANDO, Florida (May 7, 2015) - Nintendo and Universal Parks & Resorts today announced plans to bring the world of Nintendo to life at Universal theme parks - creating spectacular, dedicated experiences based on Nintendo's wildly popular games, characters and worlds. The agreement brings two icons of entertainment together and represents a significant partnership...
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