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    WonderCon caters to the crowd that knows about cool things long before everybody else

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    WonderCon has wandered around quite a bit over the past few years. For nearly a quarter-of-a-century (1987 – 2011, to be exact), this annual event – which was originally called the Wonderful World of Comics Convention – was presented in and around the Bay Area. But as WonderCon grew in popularity, it also eventually outgrew its original home at the Oakland Convention Center . Which is why – in 2003 – it moved across the Bay to the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Come...
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    What with "The Boss Baby" paying tribute to "Beauty & the Beast," are Disney & DreamWorks Animation now finally declaring a truce?

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    Times certainly have changed in Toontown. 20 years ago, this was a particularly competitive & cutthroat corner of Hollywood. Take - for example - the extraordinary lengths that Disney went to back in November of 1997 in order to maintain its dominance in feature animation. To deliberately undermine the November 21 st release of "Anastasia" (which was Fox Animation Studios' first foray into features), the Mouse launched a multi-pronged attack. The first thing Disney did was to send...
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    Looking to make an authentic Irish meal for Saint Patrick's Day? If so, then chef Kevin Dundon says not to cook corned beef & cabbage

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    Let's at least start on a positive note: Celebrated chef, author & TV personality Kevin Dundon - the man that Tourism Ireland has repeatedly chosen as the Face of Irish Food - loves a lot of what happens in the United States on March 17th. "I mean, look at what they do in Chicago on Saint Patrick's Day . They toss all of this vegetable-based dye into the Chicago River and then paint it green for a day. That's terrific," Kevin said. But then when it comes to what many Americans...
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    Theme parks around the US use food-based events to drive up their seasonal attendance levels

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    Theme park food is a really big deal these days (And when I say "big," I'm not just talking about those ginormous turkey legs that the Mouse sells at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Which - according to what Zachary Levi told Conan O'Brien this past Thursday [one hopes, in jest] -- might actually be emu legs. Anyway ...). Ever since WDW managers first learned 20+ years that they could boost Epcot attendance levels every Fall by staging a food & wine festival around World Showcase...
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    How a production delay helped make all of those eye-popping FX sequences in Marvel's "Doctor Strange" possible

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    Stef Ceretti is a master of movie magic. And I'm not just saying that because Stef has been the visual effects supervisor on Academy Award-winning films like "The Matrix." Or because of his ground-breaking work on FX-filled extravaganzas like "Batman Begins," "X-men: First Class," & Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy." No, I'm called Ceretti a master of movie magic because - to date - he's worked on three different motion pictures where magic...
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    An epic meet-up with the Avengers sets Season Two of "Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy" in motion

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    It's the moment that Marvel fans have been waiting for ever since " Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy " originally premiered on Disney XD back in September of 2015. When Peter Quill & pals journey to Star-Lord's home planet of Earth and then cross paths with the Avengers. It's worth noting here that the Marvel Cinematic Universe - through multiple motion pictures that have been released in its Phase Two & Phase Three arcs - has been building towards a similar sort...
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    Why did Mandy Moore decide to reprise Rapunzel for Disney's "Tangled: Before Ever After" & "Tangled: The Series"

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    Even though Mandy Moore has long been a fan of the Disney Princesses ("When I was a little girl growing up in Orlando, I remember that - after I first saw ' The Little Mermaid ' - I would walk around the house singing 'Part of Your World,' "Ms. Moore recalled during a recent phone call. "I'd then pester my parents, asking them 'Who sings that song better? Me or Ariel?"), she was still initially reluctant to reprise Rapunzel for a new series that Disney...
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    Universal's Volcano Bay is where fiery spirits play & glow worms light the way

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    People who have previously visited Central Florida already know that it can sometimes get a trifle warm in this section of the Sunshine State. Well, come May 25th, Orlando's about to get a whole lot hotter. That's when Volcano Bay - Universal Orlando 's water theme park - officially opens for business. More to the point, that's when Vol - the trickster fire spirit - begins interacting with visitors to Krakatua. Which is the 200 foot-tall water and fire volcano that stands at the very...
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    "DuckTales" first look proves that this new Disney XD series will put a fun, new spin on the world of Scrooge McDuck

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    It's a moment that will no doubt shock old-school "DuckTales" fans. Donald Duck's nephews first climb up on Uncle Scrooge's desk. And then they pelt this beleaguered bajillionaire with a series of quick, cutting, personal questions. "Are you really our uncle?," asks Huey. "How old are you?," queries Dewey. But perhaps the most painful question comes from Louie. Who straight-out says to Scrooge "You used to be a big deal. What happened to you?" That's...
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    Looking back on Elizabeth Taylor's 60th birthday celebration at Disneyland Park

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    25 years ago tonight, Disneyland Park traded its "Happiest Place on Earth" reputation for one that stressed security. Which is why - as you approached the perimeter of this famed theme park on the evening of February 27, 1992 - you'd have then encountered guards armed with flashlights & German shepherd dogs stationed at 50 foot intervals. "Why the extra security?," you ask. Because this was the night when all of Hollywood had driven down to Anaheim to help Elizabeth Taylor...
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    Oscar winners & nominees apply their craft to cutting-edge theme park attractions for Falcon's Creative Group

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    Tonight, all eyes will be on the Dolby Theatre as Hollywood comes together to celebrate the craft of movie-making. Mind you, as entertaining as the Academy Awards may be to watch, it's important to remember that those who receive Oscars don't necessarily limit themselves to just working on movies that then show up at your local multiplex. Take - for example - Mark Lasoff , the veteran visual effects artist who, along with Thomas L. Fisher , Michael Kanfer , and Robert Legato , took home 1998's...
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    It was "Kubo" 's moments of stillness - rather than that movie's big action sequences - which really challenged the animators at LAIKA

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    What was the biggest challenge the team that animated " Kubo and the Two Strings " faced during production? Copyright LAIKA / Focus Features. All rights reserved Was it this film's battle in the Hall of Bones, which made use of the largest stop motion puppet ever made (a 16-feet tall articulated skeleton that weighed in at a whopping 400 pounds)? Or was it "Kubo" ''s ambitious opening sequence, which drew its inspiration from that famous Japanese woodblock print, Hokusai...
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    "Circus 1903" uses modern stage craft & pachyderm puppets to recreate a turn-of-the-century traveling show

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    30+ years ago, David Williamson almost ran away with the circus. "I was a teenager growing up in Ohio," Williamson recalled during a recent phone interview. "And this one ring circus came to town. They found out somehow that I did magic and then tried to recruit me to come join their show. The idea sounded so romantic, but my mother wouldn't let me go." We now jump ahead a few decades and Williamson has become a conjurer's conjurer. Voted "Sleight of Hand Magician...
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    The Mouse makes use of its theme parks, in-cinema events and podcasts to help spread the word about Disney Theatrical Productions

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    Given that Disney Theatrical has - over the past two years - launched four international productions of its hit Broadway musical, "Aladdin" (With the Japanese version bowing in Tokyo in May of 2015, the German version debuting in Hamburg back in December of 2015, the London version opening in the West End in June of 2016, and the Australia version of this Tony Award-winner opening in Sydney back in August of 2016) ... It's not exactly as though this division of The Walt Disney Company...
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    Go Behind the Scenes With Disney Dish Podcaster Jim Hill as He Pulls Back the Curtain on "Beauty and the Beast" & Spaced Out Disney (Updated)

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    January 2017 - Ever wonder how the the first animated feature ever to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, "Beauty and the Beast" was created? Or how an episode of the "Disneyland" TV show convinced President Dwight Eisenhower that it was time for America to enter the space race? If you have, then you definitely want to keep reading. If you haven't, but you're fascinated by all things Disney, then you definitely want to keep reading! These questions and more will be...
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    How relocating to a leaky old warehouse made rebooting Disney's smart, subversive "Zootopia" so much easier

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    It was the one-two punch that would have felled a lesser group of filmmakers. Back in November of 2014, the " Zootopia " story team had just realized that - after 3+ years of developing this project for Walt Disney Animation Studios - they were going to have to change this movie's protagonist. "And doing that sort of reboot, changing our film's story so that it could then be told from Judy's point-of-view rather than Nick's, was going to cause a lot of upheaval,"...
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    Spending Valentine's Day at the Winchester Mystery House is not for the faint-of-heart

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    When it comes to making a romantic gesture on Valentine's Day, most men opt for the safe choices (i.e., cards, chocolate and/or flowers). But if you're one of those guys who's got a bit of a dramatic / gothic streak, if you sincerely believe that every great romance should have an element of surprise & mystery to it ... Well, maybe you should consider taking your beloved out to San Jose to tour the Winchester Mystery House . Okay. I know. Taking someone that you care about into what...
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    Getting "Zootopia" just right really challenged Disney screenwriters Jared Bush and Phil Johnston

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    Given that " Zootopia " is set in a mammals-only city, it's entirely appropriate that this Walt Disney Animation Studios production took home the lion's share of the prizes at this year's Annie Awards . This Byron Howard / Rich Moore movie wound up claiming six of the top trophies at Saturday night's ceremony at UCLA's Royce Hall . Among them Best Animated Feature, Best Directing, Best Storyboarding, Best Character Design and Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature...
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    "Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning" shines a spotlight on one of the greatest comeback stories in Hollywood history

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    60 years ago this month, William Hanna & Joseph Barbera were riding high. Following the retirement of their longtime boss / nemesis, Fred Quimby , Bill & Joe were finally fully in charge of MGM's animation division. And these two were genuinely looking forward to extending their studio's Oscar-winning streak (From 1940 - 1957, seven cartoons produced by MGM's animation unit wound up taking home the Academy Award for Best Animated Short. To put this in perspective: During this...
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    Three Disney Parks put very different spins on their Chinese New Year / Lunar New Year celebrations

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    Today's the first day of the Chinese New Year, a holiday that one sixth of the world's population will celebrate with friends & family. Mind you, not everyone will be celebrating the first day of the Year of the Golden Rooster in the exact same way. On the Mainland, Chinese New Year is kind of like Christmas & New Year's all rolled into one. Which is why this weeks-long celebration takes on almost an epic quality with spectacular entertainments, festive decorations, and special...
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    PR professionals pay tribute to Disney Legend Charlie Ridgway, Magic Kingdom Press Agent

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    It's been over a month now since we lost Charlie Ridgway. And for those of us who were lucky enough to know and/or work with this Disney Legend, this is a wound that will take a while to heal. "And why exactly is that?," you say. Well, I could go on & on about my own dealings with Charlie over the past three-plus decades. What a genuine pleasure he was to work with because Mr. Ridgway was that rarer-than-rare thing: A PR guy who actually liked working with reporters. Charlie Ridgway...
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    NASCAR stars & legendary car designers lend their street cred to Disney Junior's new "Mickey and the Roadster Racers" show

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    " Mickey and the Roadster Racers " may look like a cute little cartoon show from the outside. But were you to pop the hood of this new Disney Television Animation production (which premieres tomorrow on Disney Junior at 9 a.m. ET/PT), you'd discover that some serious car cred went into its creation. Mind you, that's largely because Rob LaDuca (i.e., the executive producer of "Roadsters Racers") and Mark Seidenberg (who's the Co-EP & Supervising Story Editor of...
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    How "Pinocchio" beat "Bambi" to become Disney's second feature-length animated film after "Snow White"

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    " Pinocchio " has long been hailed as Walt Disney's masterpiece. While Walt Disney Animation Studios ' second feature-length production may admittedly lack the heart that " Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs " had, there's no denying that "Pinocchio" tops its predecessor. At least when it comes to artistic ambition and technological advances. Mind you, "Pinocchio" wasn't always supposed to be the film that followed "Snow White." In fact...
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    Dana Daniels brings a little bit of Disneyland to NYC in "The Illusionists: Turn of the Century"

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    Given that Dana Daniels began his career at Disneyland Park , you wouldn't think that this award-winning comedy magician would be all that impressed with palaces. Ah, but the palace that Dana is currently performing in isn't found at some theme park. It's THE Palace Theatre in New York City's Times Square. That historic 1,740 seat venue where - during the first half of the last century -- countless legendary entertainers once worked this stage. "I am a huge Marx Brothers fan...
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    When you're having "Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," which version of this holiday classic do you prefer to sing?

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    "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" had a pretty big year in 2016. Thanks to Josh Groban, this 72 year-old Hugh Martin / Ralph Blane tune reached No. 1 on Billboard's adult contemporary charts . Copyright Reprise / Warner Bros. All rights reserved Mind you, this isn't the only time in recent memory that this holiday song has charted. Back in 2014, Sam Smith's cover of "Merry Little Christmas" made it into Billboard's Hot 100 . And Michael Bublé's...
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    Never mind about Santa Claus coming to town tomorrow. Rudolph, Charlie Brown & the Grinch are all spending the holidays in Orlando this year

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    Head's up to all you baby boomers out there: Tonight's your last chance to catch the "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" during its annual network airing ( NBC will be running this Chuck-Jones -produced holiday special this evening starting at 8 p.m. ET/ PT). Copyright Warner Bros. Entertainment. All rights reserved Mind you, if you're just not ready to say "See You Next Year" to Cindy Lou Who - or the cast of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" &...
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    Garth Jennings sings the praises of those Illumination Entertainment staffers who helped him through the animation production process on "Sing"

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    How hard can it be? That was the question that Garth Jennings asked himself when Chris Meledandri - the CEO of Illumination Entertainment - offered him the opportunity to direct "Sing," his very first animated feature. And given the many types of productions Garth has worked on over the course of his career (i.e., shooting well-received videos for bands like Blur & Radiohead back in the 1990s. Helming big-budget feature films like 2005's "the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy...
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    Guess (Doctor) who Disney Television Animation got to voice Scrooge McDuck for their “DuckTales” reboot

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    If you ask fans of the original "DuckTales" (which debuted in syndication back in September of 1987) what their favorite aspect of this animated TV series was, I'm sure that a lot of them would mention the late Alan Young 's vocal performance as Scrooge McDuck. Mind you, that Scottish burr that Young (who first voiced this character back in 1983 for Walt Disney Animation Studios' seasonal featurette, "Mickey's Christmas Carol") gave McDuck was the real thing. Alan...
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    "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" director Gareth Edwards is having a blue (milk) Christmas

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    To hear Gareth Edwards tell this story, it was early 2014. He was right in the middle of working on " Godzilla ," his first huge Hollywood franchise film. And given that this $160 million Legendary Pictures / Warner Bros. co-production was supposed to open in nearly 4000 theaters nationwide on May 16 th ... Well, Edwards just didn't have a second to spare for outside activities. But then - as Gareth recounted back in April of 2015 during Star Wars Celebration Anaheim - he got a call...
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    Never mind about Christmas in July. Disney Television Animation started working on "Duck the Halls" back in August of 2015

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    Before you put that Christmas card in the mail to Grandma, I want you to pause for a moment and think about the artist who drew the image on the front of that holiday card. To be specific, WHEN they drew that image. "My Dad was actually an illustrator for Hallmark Cards . And I remember that he always got discombobulated because they were always doing holiday-themed stuff at the wrong time of year," recalled Paul Rudish during a recent phone interview. "By that I mean: In order to...
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    Thankful for the way Miss Piggy saved Tony Bennett from falling, Freeform names her their first-ever Ambassador of Cheer

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    Never mind about that Grinch who stole Christmas. Have you heard about the pig who saved a national treasure on Thanksgiving morning? Those of you who watched last month's live broadcast of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC surely remember this moment. To herald the arrival of Saint Nick at Macy's Herald Square store , Tony Bennett & Miss Piggy had just finished singing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." And then -- as the parade float that these two entertainment icons...
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    Meet the team who brought Maui to life for Disney's "Moana"

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    You'd think - looking at Maui from Disney's " Moana " - given this demigod's dimples (more importantly, those eyebrows) that Dwayne Johnson was always supposed to be this character's voice. But that's where you'd be wrong. "You have to understand that - when we're initially developing these movies - we typically get them up on reels 5 or 6 times so that John (Lasseter , the chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios ) and the other...
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    Universal Parks and Resorts to Bring Characters, Action and Adventure of Nintendo Video Games to Life Within Theme Parks in Hollywood, Orlando and Japan

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    Universal Parks & Resorts And Nintendo Will Bring The Fun Of Nintendo To Life With Expansive, Highly Themed Environments At Osaka, Orlando And Hollywood Kyoto, Japan and ORLANDO, Florida (November 29, 2016) - Imagine the fun of stepping into a larger-than-life Nintendo adventure. Gigantic Piranha Plants spring to life. Question blocks, power-ups and more surround you. And Mario and all his friends are there to pull you into a brand-new world. You will enter an entire realm filled with iconic...
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    Disney Cars 3 Teaser Trailer Reveals The Moment Everything Changes for Lightning McQueen (Video)

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    From this moment on, everything will change Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez, with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s...
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    From toxic gas leaks to the triumph of 'Finding Dory,' Lindsey Collins has loved every minute of her time at Pixar Animation Studios

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    When it comes to " Finding Dory " producer Lindsey Collins , she takes "going-with-your-gut" to a whole new level. To explain: This Occidental College graduate joined Walt Disney Animation Studios straight out of school in 1994. And after working as a PA on " Pocahontas " & " The Hunchback of Notre Dame ," Lindsey had just been made assistant production manager on " Hercules " when she began hearing people talk about Pixar. "I was working...
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    D23 Announces New Slate of Events For Fans Across the Country in 2017

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    From exclusive tours to cinematic surprises, Disney's official fan club serves up something for fans both young and young-at-heart. In 2017, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club brings a new roster of events for fans around the country to enjoy. SCREENINGS ON THE DISNEY STUDIO LOT AND AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT : Throughout the year, D23 will once again offer special screenings on both coasts of classic Disney favorites, including Tangled , Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, and...
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    New animated series, "Mickey and the Roadster Racers" to premiere at Fathom's "Disney Junior at the Movies" event this Saturday morning

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    Is your toddler anxious to take a look under-the-hood at " Mickey and the Roadster Racers " ? See how this new animated-series-for-preschoolers stacks up against all of their other favorite Disney Junior shows? Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Well, if you want your kid to catch "Roadsters" 's actual debut on this cable channel, that isn't scheduled to happen 'til early January of 2017. Which is an awful long time for any 3-to-5 year-old to wait...
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    ABC’S Good Morning America to Premiere Mickey Mouse’s New Music Video, “What We Got” Nov. 18th

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    GMA Visit is Mickey's Final Stop in His Worldwide Birthday Tour Mickey Mouse will visit the set of ABC's Good Morning America on November 18, to celebrate his birthday and premiere his new music video, "What We Got." His appearance in New York City is the culmination of his worldwide birthday tour, where he surprised fans and friends in Los Angeles, Kyoto, Shanghai, Rome, Paris, Cusco and Rio de Janeiro while making the music video. Mickey will share stories about his adventures...
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    Black Friday: Disney Store Unlocks Deals Two Weeks Early

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    Disney Store Unlocks Magical Friday Deals Two Weeks Prior to Black Friday Guests Can Save Up to 40% In-Store and Online Starting November 14 - Earlier Than Ever Before Special In-Store Wishing Ceremony Kicks Off the Magic of the Season Disney Store unveiled its Magical Friday (aka Black Friday) deals and special in-store holiday events - nearly two weeks before the Thanksgiving holiday shopping weekend. Beginning November 14th in-store and online, guests can expect to see up to 40% off thousands...
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    WDW's new "The Muppets Present ... Great Moments in American History" show brings authentic Muppet mayhem to Liberty Square

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    Anyone who's ever seen " Jim Henson's Muppet*Vision 3D " can tell you the title of that elaborate pageant which Sam Eagle has put together to close out that show. It's called "A Salute to All Nations, But Mostly America." Sadly, things don't quite go as this self-proclaimed super-patriot had planned. As "Muppet*Vision 3D" predictably descents into chaos, Kermit the Frog asks Sam if that part of the show is now ready to go. "It's a glorious three...
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    Disney XD's "Milo Murphy's Law" offers optimistic alternative to election night coverage

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    With just one day left until America votes, people are really stressing right now. They keep looking at all the polling data and then wondering "What happens if everything goes wrong and the wrong person gets elected?" Well, I can't tell you how to vote. But I can tell you what to do after the election, especially if your candidate doesn't win. Which is: Be more like Milo Murphy. Copyright Disney XD. All rights reserved You've heard about " Milo Murphy's Law ,"...
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    How Hurricane Matthew forced Universal Orlando to extend Halloween Horror Nights 2016's run through early November

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    Halloween is one of those holidays that lingers, isn't it? Whether it's all of those decorations that are still out in the yard (which you'll finally get around to taking down & packing away later this weekend ... right?) or that bowl of leftover Treat-or-Trick candy that you've been slowly make disappear one fun-sized bar at a time, while All Hallows Eve should have been over at the stroke of midnight on October 31st ... Well, just like that jack-o-lantern that the kids carved...
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    Universal Orlando will use cutting-edge tech to reimagine the water park experience at Volcano Bay

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    Seven years ago, Dale Mason - the Vice President and Executive Art Director at Universal Creative - had an idea. He wanted to do a water theme park. Not a water park, mind you. A water theme park. Something that would then move the whole water park experience to an entirely different level. "So I and this very small team of people put together a very small brief on this idea," Dale recalled during a recent phone interview. "And we thought that the concept that we had come up with for...
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    TASCHEN 's "Walt Disney Film Archives" features stunning artwork, seldom-told stories from that studio's past

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    As one very wise cinephile once put it, "Every Disney film is someone's favorite movie." Editor / author Daniel Kothenschulte tried to keep that in mind over the past two years as he worked on " The Walt Disney Film Archives: The Animated Movies 1921 - 1968 " ( TASCHEN America, October 2016). But given that he only had so many pages to work with as Kothenschulte tried to cover this massive chunk of Mouse House history, Daniel began the pruning process almost as soon as he...
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    Knott's Berry Farm puts an awful lot of thought into all those celebrities that it skewers at Halloween Haunt

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    So what happens tonight after the last Hanging is held at Knott's Scary Farm ? Well, the entertainment team at America's First Theme Park gets a well-deserved night of rest. But after that, these talented folks plunge right into compiling a constantly changing list of celebrity scandals, political faux pas, memorable movie moments and quirky pop culture phenomena which next year's Hanging can then be built around. "Since we have to have a treatment of this show ready by the first...
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    Disney Twenty-Three Winter Issue Reveals the Origins of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

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    DISNEY TWENTY-THREE JOINS THE REBELLION TO CELEBRATE THE ARRIVAL OF ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH STARS FELICITY JONES AND ALAN TUDYK, DIRECTOR GARETH EDWARDS, AND PRODUCER KATHLEEN KENNEDY PLUS, A PREVIEW OF THE NEW IRON MAN EXPERIENCE AT HONG KONG DISNEYLAND, A TOUR OF THE REIMAGINED DISNEY WONDER , AND A CONVERSATION WITH MOANA STAR AULI'I CRAVALHO On December 16, Star Wars fans will blast off once again to a galaxy far, far away-only this time, it's with a new...
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    Disney Junior reimagines "Muppet Babies" as a CG-animated series which will debut on that pre-school cable channel in early 2018

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    Someone better tell Nanny that she needs a new pair of green & blue knee socks. Because the Muppet Babies are headed back to the nursery. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Sometime in early 2018, a reimaging of this much-beloved TV show (which - back in the 1980s - was a four-time winner of the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program) will premiere on Disney Junior . A co-production of that cable channel, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media 's (DCPI)...
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    First draft of Disney's "Steamboat Willie" scenario coming up for bid in S/R Lab's next animation art auction

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    The Walt Disney Company is really going all out for Mickey Mouse's 88 th birthday . Over the next four weeks, they will be sending this beloved character / corporate symbol around the globe. Where (I'm quoting from the official press release now) Mickey will be making " ... surprise appearances at iconic, real-world locations" where the Mouse will then interact with his many " ... fans and friends." Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Mind you, all of...
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    What Peter Swords King went through while doing make-up for Disney's "Alice Through the Looking Glass"

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    To hear Peter Swords King talk, there's no such thing as " ... making it up as you go along" while you're handling the make-up end of a major motion picture. And given some of the projects that Peter has worked on over the past 15 years (i.e., all three of Peter Jackson 's "Lord of the Rings" films plus "The Hobbit" trilogy. Not to mention Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," " Into the Woods " and the just-released...
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    Mickey Mouse to Celebrate His Birthday With a Trip Around the World

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    DISNEY'S BRIGHTEST STAR INVITES THE YOUNG AND YOUNG-AT-HEART TO JOIN THE PARTY. To celebrate his upcoming birthday, Mickey Mouse is embarking on a trip around the world, where he will make surprise appearances in iconic, real-world locations to delight his fans and friends. These magical moments chronicling Mickey's global adventures will be captured and shared on Disney's Mickey Mouse Facebook page, culminating with the debut of a video highlighting Mickey's travels featuring an...
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