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    The Stars of Disney's "Maleficent" Cast a Spell on Hollywood Last Night at the Movie's Blue Carpet Premiere

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    "Maleficent" explores the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the classic "Sleeping Beauty" and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king's newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown...
  • Jim Hill

    Remembering when Ronald Reagan came to EPCOT Center to see the President's Inaugural Bands Parade

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    After having dealt with those record low temperatures that this past Winter's Polar Vortex whipped up, I have to admit that I am genuinely enjoying this year's belated (but much appreciated) Spring. But that said, I recognize that late 2013 / early 2014 wasn't the only time that things got really, really cold here in the US. One other time that immediately comes to mind is January 21, 1985. Which is when things got so cold in Washington D.C. that then-President Ronald Reagan was forced...
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    More Disney Talent Announced for D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind November 22 & 23 at Walt Disney World Resort

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    Disney Legends Charlie Ridgway, Ron Logan, Bill Sullivan, and a host of Walt Disney Imagineers join previously announced guest such as Marty Sklar, Bob Gurr, and Alice Davis for the salute to beloved Disney attractions and entertainment of yesteryear. BURBANK, Calif. - May 27, 2014 - The roster of talent continues to grow for D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind presented by H2O Plus . The event will take place November 22 and 23 at Walt Disney World Resort. D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will...
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    May The Course Be With You! Star Wars(tm) Half Marathon Weekend Makes Its Intergalac​tic Arrival at Disneyland Resort in 2015

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    Four-day race weekend is first collaboration with Lucasfilm; Aerospace company Sierra Nevada Corporation to be inaugural event's presenting sponsor; Race registration opens June 10 ANAHEIM, Calif. (May 27, 2014) - Joining forces with one of Hollywood's most iconic brands, run Disney is creating another transportive race weekend - the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend presented by Sierra Nevada Corporation at Disneyland Resort. The intergalactic journey begins January 15 and runs through January...
  • Jim Hill

    How is LEGOLAND becoming Florida's new must-see attraction? One brick at a time

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    Back when our grandparents used to visit the Sunshine State, there was always one place that they had to visit. And that was Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven, Florida . Started back in 1936 by Dick Pope Sr. and his wife Julie, this 170-acre park quickly became world-famous for its lush botanical gardens & elaborate water skiing shows. But with the opening of Walt Disney World in 1971, the center of gravity for Florida tourism suddenly shifted over to Orlando. And with fewer & fewer folks now...
  • Jim Hill

    Why not watch Pixar's latest short, "Radiator Springs 500 1/2," from the road this weekend with Disney Movies Anywhere?

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    Given that the Memorial Day Weekend is traditionally when Americans take their first road trip of the year, it's entirely appropriate that Disney Movies Anywhere has just rolled out a brand-new " Cars " short, "Radiator Springs 500 1/2." Copyright Disney Pixar. All rights reserved This film is the first in a brand-new series of Car Toons from Disney*Pixar, "Tales from Radiator Springs." And when I asked Rob Gibbs -- the director of "Radiator Springs 500 1/2"...
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    Teaser trailer for Disney's next animated feature, "Big Hero 6," will debut on Yahoo Movies tomorrow at 9 a.m. Pacific Time

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    So how do you follow Disney "Frozen," the top grossing animated film of all time ? That Academy Award-winning motion picture which then went on became a pop culture phenomenon ? The movie that taught people around the planet to "Let It Go" ? The quick answer is: You don't. Borrowing a page from Walt himself (i.e. " You can't top pigs with pigs "), Disney decided go in a very different direction with its "Frozen" follow-up. Which is why -- much in the...
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    "Big Hero 6" - 54th Feature Film From Walt Disney Animation Studios - Makes Its Online Debut

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    With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, "Big Hero 6" is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius-thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo,...
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    Universal Orlando Announces New Vacation Package Featuring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley

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    EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC... UNIVERSAL ORLANDO ANNOUNCES ALL-NEW VACATION PACKAGE FEATURING THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER - DIAGON ALLEY New Vacation Package Available Now for Travel Beginning June 29 - Giving Guests the Opportunity to Experience the Incredible New Land ORLANDO, Fla. (May 22, 2014) - Universal Orlando Resort is announcing an all-new exclusive vacation package giving guests the opportunity to enjoy this year's most anticipated theme park experience: The Wizarding World of Harry...
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    Maleficent Soars In the Clouds While Stuntmen Fly Across the Battlefield in Newly Released Videos

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    "Maleficent" explores the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the classic "Sleeping Beauty" and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king's newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown...
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    Anna & Elsa will soon strap on skates as Feld Entertainment mounts a Disney's "Frozen On Ice" arena show

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    You say that you can't get enough of Anna, Elsa & Olaf ? Or you are wearing out that "Frozen" soundtrack CD on your car as the kids belt out the Academy Award-winning song "Let it Go" from the back seat? Well, that Walt Disney Animation Studios production which has the distinction of being the top grossing animated feature of all time will soon be skating into an arena in your hometown. " Frozen ," the blockbuster Disney movie about two royal sisters will soon...
  • Jim Hill

    Want to preview the original cast recording of Disney "Aladdin" ? Then head on over to EW & BuzzFeed

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    For those who are keeping tabs on these things ... Nancy and I are now in Week 1235 of dealing with the cold-that-won't-quit. So our mornings are spent snuffling. Our afternoons are spent hacking. And as for our evenings ... Well, they're mostly spent cleaning up after all of that snuffling & hacking. In the entire 55 years I've been on this planet, I've never honestly been this sick for this long. And given that all of this coughing & wheezing has completely fried my voice...
  • Roger Colton

    Disneyland Prices and the Beginning of the End?

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    Ah, yes... the inevitable annual price increases at Disneyland . As the modern era of stockholder value demands that double digit profits continue, who can be truly surprised when these come along? But, wait! There is a bit of a wrinkle this year. Those wily folks in the offices at Disney have decided to suspend the sales of the Southern California Annual Pass . Depending upon who spins the tale out here in the blogosphere on the Net, this can be read as a simple adjustment or the oncoming rush of...
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    Disney•Pixar’s “Cars” Are Back in an All-New High Speed Adventure Available Only on Disney Movies Anywhere!

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    Available Free in the "Discover" Section of Disney Movies Anywhere Beginning May 20, 2014! Race into summer with the Disney Movies Anywhere premiere of Radiator Springs 500 1Ž2 . The all-new Disney•Pixar short is available for free, and is an exciting first installment in the "Tales from Radiator Springs" series. Just download Disney Movies Anywhere app for iPhone or iPad to watch Radiator Springs 500 1Ž2 now! Featuring Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen and directed by Rob...
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    Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City Offers Free Admission to Military Personnel

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    Buena Park, CA (MAY 2 014) - Knott's Berry Farm and Knott's Soak City water park are pleased to announce that they will be offering FREE admission to active and retired United States Military personnel Satur A tribute to the Knott's Berry Farm Armed Forces Program all active Military, Retired Military, Department of Defense personnel are eligible for free admission . A valid military ID must be presented to receive free admission.day through Monday of Memorial Day weekend (May 24-26)...
  • Jim Hill

    James Monroe Iglehart, the Genie from Disney's new Broadway musical version of "Aladdin," recalls the phone call that changed his life

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    2012 is not a year that James Monroe Iglehart looks back fondly upon. Mostly because he spent a lot of that year staring at his phone, waiting for it to ring. Adam Jacobs and James Monroe Inglehart in the 5th Avenue Theatre's 2011 production of Disney "Aladdin." "We had done the pilot production of 'Aladdin' in Seattle at the 5th Avenue Theatre in July of 2011. And then the powers-that-be at Disney went off to decide if they really want to bring this show to Broadway,"...
  • TRAVEL TALK

    Disney Cruise Line Returning to Hawaii, West Coast and Galveston in 2015

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    Popular destinations and home ports return for limited-time engagements CELEBRATION, Fla. (May 19, 2014) – In the fall of 2015, Disney Cruise Line is returning to popular destinations and home ports for limited-time engagements. Two Hawaii cruises, a return to the West Coast with departures from San Diego and a Galveston, Texas homecoming make up a season of special sailings. Bookings open to the public on May 21, 2014. More details on 2015 itineraries can be found on the Itineraries and Ports...
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    Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras Celebration Continues This Weekend With a Performance by Cher Lloyd

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    Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration continues this Saturday night with a live performance by multi-platinum British singer-songwriter Cher Lloyd , best known for her for her smash hit "Want U Back.” Lloyd is also getting ready to release her sophomore album "Sorry I'm Late" on May 27 . Before the concert, guests can catch colorful beads by the handful during the festive Mardi Gras parade, which features 12 vibrant floats, including three new additions celebrating...
  • Jim Hill

    Disney's decades-long quest to turn "Don Quixote" into a full-length animated feature

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    " To dream the impossible dream ... " That's the first line from the hit song from " Man of La Mancha ." Which was the stage musical adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes ' seventeenth century masterpiece, " Don Quixote ." Image courtesy of S/R Laboratories Animation Art Conservation Center But in a weird sort of way, that line also describes Walt Disney Studios' attitude toward Cervantes's spoof of chivalry. You see, the Mouse tried four separate times to...
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    Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" Teaser Trailer Released

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    From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team-the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten...
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    "Frozen" Director / Writer Jennifer Lee Delivers Inspiring Speech to University of New Hampshire Grads

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    Jennifer Lee ’92, director/writer of the Walt Disney Animation Studios film “Frozen,” spoke at the University of New Hampshire’s 144th commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 17, 2014. Photo Credit: Mark Bolton DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire commencement speaker Jennifer Lee '92 encouraged graduates and guests to banish self-doubt during the university's 144th commencement held Saturday, May 17, 2014. More than 2,200 undergraduate and 488 graduate students...
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    Whoopi Goldberg Gets Her Wish to Meet Disney Aladdin's Genie James Monroe Iglehart

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    Photo by Getty Images Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award® winner Whoopi Goldberg attended last night's performance of Broadway's new smash musical comedy Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Following the performance, Ms. Goldberg went backstage to visit with Tony nominee James Monroe Iglehart (Genie), who was near tears at meeting one of his idols, and the cast. She lavished praise on his performance, calling it, "the meaning of 'sensational!'" Photo by Getty Images...
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    Toothless and the cast of 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' stop traffic on the Croisette at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival

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    The Cannes crowd got up close and personal with Toothless in Cannes Photo by Nick Wall How to Train Your Dragon 2 Copyright 2014 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved. Photo by Nick Wall How to Train Your Dragon 2 Copyright 2014 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved. (L-R) America Ferrara (Astrid), Djimon Hounsou (Drago Bludvist), Toothless, Jay Baruchel (Hiccup) Photo by Nick Wall How to Train Your Dragon 2 Copyright 2014 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved. From DreamWorks...
  • Jim Hill

    Remembering "Monster Planet of Godzilla," that theme park attraction which put you toe-to-toe with the Tokyo terror

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    You know it's going to happen, don't you? Given that " Godzilla " has been projected to earn as much as $75 million over its opening weekend , you can bet that -- come Monday morning -- some theme park fan, as they're telling their friends & family about this Legendary Pictures production, will then say "Wow! Wouldn't be great if someone built a Godzilla ride?" Well, as it turns out, 20 years ago, someone did actually did build a "King of the Monsters"...
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    Disney Releases First Look at Live-action "Cinderella" Coming to Theaters March 2015

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    A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, "Cinderella" brings to life the timeless images from Disney's 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation. The story of "Cinderella" follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters...
  • Jim Hill

    Harry Potter cast members reunite to shoot new scenes for Universal Orlando's "Escape from Gringotts" thrill ride

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    Let's cut to the chase here: " Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts " (i.e. the feature attraction for Diagon Alley , that new Harry Potter-themed land which will be opening at Universal Studios Florida later this summer) isn't just a thrill ride. It's really " Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.1 " According to Thierry Coup , the Senior Vice President of Universal Creative (i.e., the arm of Universal Parks & Resorts that designs all of the rides...
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    See Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning Discuss the World of Maleficent in Brand New Behind-the-scene Featurette

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    Like Maleficent on Facebook: facebook.com/DisneyMaleficent Follow Maleficent on Twitter: @Maleficent Tweet the hashtag: #Maleficent Instagram: http://instagram.com/disneystudios Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/disneystudios/maleficent/ Tumblr: http://disney.tumblr.com/
  • TRAVEL TALK

    New Castaway Cay Challenge Added To 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

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    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (May 14, 2014) - Runners taking part in the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend can add the ultimate finish to their experience - the new Disney Castaway Cay Challenge, a joint venture by run Disney and Disney Cruise Line. After competing in the 5K, 10K, half marathon and/or full marathon during the Disney Marathon Weekend (January 7-11), runners can compete Jan. 14 in the Disney Castaway Cay Challenge, a special 5K race on Disney Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line's...
  • Jim Hill

    "Once Upon a Time," Disney wasn't always so careful when it came to the licensing of the Company's characters

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    I'm sure -- by now -- that you're heard that " Once Upon a Time " teased that Elsa from Disney "Frozen" will be coming to Storybrooke for Season 4 of this hit ABC series. Copyright American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved Now some of you out there (I'm sure ) will see this as a naked cash grab. The Mouse finding yet another way to make money off of this mega-hit Walt Disney Animation Studios release. But that's really not what happened here. As...
  • Jim Hill

    Storyboards reveal what Marvin Acme's funeral in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" would have looked like

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    So when your winter cold (which wouldn't let go) becomes a spring cold (that just won't go away) suddenly mutates into the Black Plague ... Well, it's then finally time to do something. That -- in a nutshell -- is what happened here at JHM. Nancy and I have been trading the same cold back & forth since late February / early March. And in the middle of a work week that featured some pretty amazing professional opportunities (i.e., being allowed to cover this year's Actors Fund...
  • Leo N. Holzer

    The Museum Store at the Walt Disney Family Museum has a terrific selection for Mother's Day (or any day of the week)

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    So, are you looking for something special to give a beloved someone who also happens to be a Disney fan? How about something for yourself? Well, the Walt Disney Family Museum has several exclusive items sure to "charm" most Disney fans or collectors. The Museum Store welcomes phone orders, which can be made Wednesdays through Mondays between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pacific by calling (415) 345-6859 . (Weekdays before noon is the best time to call). Items are shipped in USPS Priority Flat Rate...
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    Disney's Maleficent Finds Herself in an Awkward Position

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    "Maleficent," the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the classic "Sleeping Beauty," reveals the events that hardened Maleficent's heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora, only to later realize that the child may hold the key to peace in the land. Like Maleficent on Facebook: facebook.com/DisneyMaleficent Follow Maleficent on Twitter: @Maleficent Tweet the hashtag: #Maleficent Instagram: http://instagram.com/disneystudios Pinterest: http://www.pinterest...
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    The Goblins are Ready for Your Deposit at the "Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts" Ride at Universal Orlando

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    Today, Universal Orlando revealed a first look at the Goblins that will be featured in Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts - the groundbreaking marquee attraction that will be in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley will open this summer at Universal Studios Florida. The all-new, magnificently-themed area will bring even more of Harry Potter's adventures to life at Universal Orlando Resort. For more information, visit www...
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    Video: First Trailer for Disney's "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day"

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    Disney's "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life-a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he's...
  • Jim Hill

    From the JHM Archives -- M - I - C in NYC : Disney at the 1964 New York World's Fair

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    There has long been this legend about the importance the 1964 New York World's Fair played in the history of the Walt Disney Company. How the Fair was supposed to be this vital stepping-stone in the creation of Walt Disney World. How Walt had to see if his theme park rides and attractions would meet with the approval of those East Coast sophisticates before he'd agree to buy all that land around Orlando. It's a nice story. Not true, mind you. But it's a nice story nonetheless. Truth...
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    Video: Disney's Maleficent Final Trailer - What Could Make a Good Fairy Go Bad?

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    "Maleficent" explores the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the classic "Sleeping Beauty" and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king's newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown...
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    D23 Hits the Road, Bringing Beloved Memories to Life With the Disney Fanniversary Celebration

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    Rarely Seen Film Clips, Photos, and Art Highlight the Roadshow Event, Which Will Tour the U.S. this Fall. BURBANK, Calif. - May 7, 2014 - For the third year in a row, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will hit the road with D23 Disney Fanniversary Celebration presented by Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection . The live event will visit 11 cities across the U.S. to commemorate dozens of magical Disney milestones celebrating landmark anniversaries this year. Hosted by Disney archivists and the...
  • Jim Hill

    Huffington Post -- Annecy attendees will be the first to feast their eyes on "Feast," Walt Disney Animation Studios' newest short

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    It's become one of the real high points of the animation industry's annual calendar: The world premiere of Walt Disney Animation Studios ' latest short at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival & Conference . Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved This practice actually began back in the summer of 2003 right after work on " Destino " had wrapped. Given that this surreal animated short -- which had originally begun production back in the 1940s as...
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    Disney's "The 7D," A Contemporary, Comedic Take on The Seven Dwarfs, Premieres July 7 on Disney XD

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    -- Jay Leno and Whoopi Goldberg Join Voice Cast in Recurring Roles -- -- Disney Publishing Worldwide to Release "The 7D Mine Train" App -- Disney's "The 7D," a contemporary, comedic take on the world of the Seven Dwarfs, will premiere MONDAY, JULY 7 (10:00 a.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD and will debut on Disney Channel and Disney Junior later this year. Joining the voice cast are Jay Leno and Whoopi Goldberg in the recurring roles of Crystal Ball and Magic Mirror, respectively...
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    Disney Frozen's Idina Menzel Live Facebook Chat Today 4/25 - 6 PM EDT / 3 PM PDT

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    Idina Menzel will be doing a Facebook Q&A TODAY, 4/25 at 6pm EST / 3pm PST . She will be answering fan questions on the Disney Frozen page. Don't miss the chance to talk to Idina--tune into https://www.facebook.com/DisneyFrozen !
  • Jim Hill

    Disney's marketing of "Frozen" may have frustrated animation fans, but it won over a far larger audience for this film

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    In response to yesterday's " " Transcendence" & "Rise of the Guardians" illustrate the fine art of how NOT to promote a motion picture " story, FuseMP posted the following comment in JHM's discussion boards: I cannot remember the last good marketing campaign carried out by Disney, you mentioned that Guardians suffered from trailers that concentrated on the wrong thing (in this case, the elves for comedy which felt Minion-ish which they were), that is exactly...
  • Jim Hill

    "Transcendence" & "Rise of the Guardians" illustrate the fine art of how NOT to promote a motion picture

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    When something is transcendent, it's supposed to " ... be far better or greater than what is usual." Well, that's clearly not what happened with " Transcendence " this past weekend. At least when it comes to this Warner Bros. release reaching its true box office potential . That's all anyone in Hollywood can talk about right now (Other than that other story , of course). Whether "Transcendence" 's under-performance at the box office -- coupled with "...
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    Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort Hiring For Hotel’s Second Phase

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    Loews Hotels hosting grand hire event April 25 - 26 to fill more than 400 positions WHAT: Loews Hotels is seeking motivated and enthusiastic hotel and hospitality candidates to join the team at the newest on-site hotel at Universal Orlando Resort, Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, as well as its three deluxe hotels - Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Positions include: food and beverage, culinary, rooms, front office, housekeeping, recreation and more...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    Cosplayers with all of their clever costumes were one of the real highlights of this year's WonderCon

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    Well, WonderCon 2014 has come & gone. By now, the last of the thousand or more cosplayers who attended this three day-long event have hopefully cleared out of the Anaheim Convention Center . Photo by Noe Valladolid And while there were a lot of reasons for someone like myself (who makes their living these days writing about entertainment news & pop culture) to have braved the crowds at WonderCon. For example -- getting the chance to test-drive Disney's new Magical World game ... Photo...
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    LEGOLAND Florida becomes first theme park in U.S. to run completely on renewable energy on Earth Day

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    The initiative marks the beginning of a new partnership with Tampa Electric © 2014 Chip Litherland Photography Inc. WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (April 22, 2014)- Today, LEGOLAND ® Florida and Tampa Electric will kick off a groundbreaking partnership by making the 150-acre theme park run completely on renewable energy for the day in celebration of Earth Day - the first theme park to do so in the United States. The celebration is part of existing and new conservation initiatives, including installations...
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    Make Earth Day a Family Affair - Join Stephanie Ware from The Nature Conservancy on Twitter 2PM EST/ 11AM PST Hosted by Babble

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    This Earth Day, even the littlest green thumbs can join in on the celebration! From exploring the outdoors to starting a garden, there are so many ways parents can show kids how to appreciate and care for our planet. But it all starts with you. To help make Earth Day a family affair, parenting platform Babble.com is hosting a Twitter chat with celebrated scientist and mom, Stephanie Wear, on April 22 at 2pm EST / 11am PST . Stephanie is a lead scientist for coral reef conservation at The Nature Conservancy...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    Knott's Berry Farm honors its heritage by revamping / refreshing Calico Mine Train & Camp Snoopy

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    On the heels of its highly successful redo of that theme park's iconic Timber Mountain Log Ride , Knott's Berry Farm is doubling down for the Summer of 2014. This time around, two elements of this Southern California favorite are receiving some much needed TLC: The Calico Mine Train (which first began riding the rail back in November of 1960) and Camp Snoopy (which greeted its first guests back in July of 1983). Campy Snoopy back in the early days. Photo by Shelly Valladolid In the case of...
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    Video: Disney's "Million Dollar Arm" Could have a Billion New Fans

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    Based on a true story, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) finds that business has changed and things aren't going well for his career. In a last ditch effort to save his livelihood he concocts a scheme to find baseball's next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called "The Million Dollar Arm." © 2014 Disney. All rights reserved. With the help of...
  • Jim Hill

    Huffington Post -- The extremely hard lessons that the themed entertainment industry learned from Hard Rock Park

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    For music fans, it's all about being able to say that they were there at the Newport Folk Festival when Dylan went electric . For baseball fans, it's being able to say that they were at Dodger Stadium when Sandy Koufax pitched his perfect game . But when it comes to theme park fans, what do they brag about? These folks like to say that they actually got to experience Hard Rock Park . Copyright HRP USA LLC. All rights reserved Six years ago this week, that ill-fated theme park opened off of...
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    The Cartoon Art Museum’s Latest Exhibition Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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    San Francisco, CA - The Cartoon Art Museum's latest exhibition celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles . This retrospective will be on display at the museum from May 3 through September 14, 2014, and will feature the original artwork from the entire first issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles , published by creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in 1984. The Cartoon Art Museum will host a reception celebrating TMNT on June 14, 2014 . This reception will feature the...
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