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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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    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...
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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...
  • 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...
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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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    D23 EXPO 2015 Announces Hall D23 Presentations Lineup

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    GO BEHIND THE SCENES WITH WALT DISNEY STUDIOS, PIXAR, MARVEL, STAR WARS , AND WALT DISNEY PARKS AND RESORTS AT D23 EXPO 2015 Fan-Favorite Events, Including the Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, Take Center Stage in New 7,500-Seat "Hall D23" Venue at the Anaheim Convention Center BURBANK, Calif., May 7, 2015 - D23: The Official Disney Fan Club announces the lineup of the most highly anticipated presentations at D23 EXPO 2015 , August 14-16. The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, hosted by Disney...
  • Alice Hill

    "Attack The Light: Steven Universe RPG" is another gorgeous, fun game from Cartoon Network

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    If you're fam iliar with " Steven Universe ," a show running on Cartoon Network right now detailing the life of a young half-alien boy being raised by three alien mentors, you're likely very familiar with how absolutely gorgeous the show is, and how sweet and hilarious the writing is. Okay, maybe that's biased. I'm a big, big fan of the show. Copyright 2015 Cartoon Network. All rights reserved So when I heard "Steven Universe" was getting another game, I was ....
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    Universal Orlando's "Skull Island: Reign of Kong" promises thrilling multi-experiential adventure through King Kong's domain

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    For almost 40 years now, there have been King Kong-themed attractions at the Universal theme parks. Whether it was the King Kong Encounter which was added to Universal Studios Hollywood 's tram tour back in 1986 ... Copyright Universal Studios Hollywood. All rights reserved ... or the King Kongfrontation ride, which was one of the opening day attractions at the Universal Studios Florida ... Copyright Universal Studios Florida. All rights reserved ... Kong has always been a big part of the thrills...
  • 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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    "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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    "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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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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...
  • 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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    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...
  • Jim Hill

    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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