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    Huffington Post -- How Disney "Aladdin" went from being a diamond in the rough to Broadway's newest hit

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    When the reviews for Disney "Aladdin: The New Musical Comedy" finally came in last night, with the New York Times praising this production for its " ... relentless razzle-dazzle and its anything-for-a-laugh spirit," there was no one on this planet that was more pleased & relieved than Chad Beguelin . After all, it was Beguelin who - 5 years ago - was among the first artists Disney Theatrical Productions reached out to when it was looking to turn "Aladdin" into a...
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    The Walt Disney Family Museum Presents Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis

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    April 30 - November 3, 2014 Exhibition Celebrates Award-Winning Work by one of Walt's infamous Nine Old Men Marc Davis, visual development for Sleeping Beauty, ca. 1959;Collection Mike Glad; © Disney San Francisco, CA , March 25, 2014 - The Walt Disney Family Museum is excited to present the exhibition Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis . On view in the museum's Theater Gallery from April 30 to November 3, 2014, this exhibition co-curated by the museum's director...
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    Disney Legends & Luminaries Celebrate Theme Park Favorites of Yesteryear at D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind

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    FROM AMERICA SINGS AND IF YOU HAD WINGS TO DISNEY'S GROUNDBREAKING PARTICIPATION IN THE 1964-65 WORLD'S FAIR, GUESTS WILL ENJOY PRESENTATIONS, SCREENINGS, UNIQUE SHOPPING, AND MUCH MORE, NOVEMBER 22 AND 23 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT BURBANK, Calif. - March 26, 2014 - Walt Disney once said, "We keep moving forward-opening up new doors and doing new things-because we're curious. And curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." It's in that spirit that guests this fall will...
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    Should Disney have made "The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made" instead of "Muppets Most Wanted" ?

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    As its box office totals continue to trickle in, you just know that there have to be people back in Burbank who are disappointed with the way " Muppets Most Wanted " performed this past weekend. Racking up just an estimated $16.5 million in ticket sales . Which doesn't compare all that well with the $29 million that " The Muppets " earned over the 2011 Thanksgiving weekend. So what exactly happened here? Was it just as Kermit & Fozzie musically foretold in "Muppets...
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    Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Hosts the World Premiere of DisneyToon Studios Animated Adventure of "The Pirate Fairy"

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    Burbank, Calif. - World Premiere of " The Pirate Fairy " with film talent (L to R) Angela Bartys, Pamela Adlon, Tinker Bell, Mae Whitman, Carlos Ponce and Christina Hendricks. March 22, 2014 Burbank, CA - Tinker Bell fluttered onto the red carpet at the World Premiere of Disney's "The Pirate Fairy " at the Walt Disney Studios Lot. She was joined by film talent Christina Hendricks (Zarina), Mae Whitman (Tinker Bell), Carlos Ponce (Bonito), Angela Bartys (Fawn), Pamela Adlon...
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    Universal Orlando Announces Dates for Halloween Horror Nights 24

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    UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT ANNOUNCES DATES FOR HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS 24 The Nation's Premier Halloween Event Returns for More Nights than Ever Before ORLANDO , Fla. (March 24, 2014) - Mark your calendars ... Halloween Horror Nights will return to Universal Orlando Resort for its twenty-fourth year on September 19, with more nights than ever before and terrifying experiences based on some of the biggest names in horror and pop culture. On 28 select nights from September 19 through November 1 ...
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    SeaWorld San Diego's new Explorer's Reef area allows guests to have a hands-on animal experience as soon as they enter this theme park

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    It's been said that "You only get one chance to make to make a first impression." Copyright SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. All rights reserved And given that visitors to SeaWorld San Diego have been entering that theme park by strolling past the same old, boring, blocky set of ticket booths since 1985 ... Well, the designers at SeaWorld decided to use this theme park's 50th anniversary as an excuse to reinvent its entry experience. Copyright SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment...
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    Walt Disney Family Museum's "The World of Mary Blair" exhibit offers a dazzling, in-depth look at this Disney Legend's artistry

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    One of the most fascinating things about a new exhibition of Mary Blair 's work are the dozens of inspirational sketches created in pen and pencil by an artist best known for her bold use of color. Those rudimentary drawings - many paired with finished works - provide a comprehensive look at one of the 20th century's most interesting illustrators and designers. " Magic, Color, Flair: the World of Mary Blair " opened last week at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco and...
  • Jim Hill

    It was twenty years ago today ...

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    It was twenty years ago yesterday that I was standing in the Adventurers Club surrounded by some very incredulous WDW cast members. "Let me get this straight," said the woman who was playing Pamelia Perkins that evening. "Your wife is in a hospital, in labor right now ... And yet you're here?!" "You don't understand," I stammered. "I'm only here tonight because she sent me here ..." Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Hang on...
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    Disney's ALADDIN Musical Comedy Opens on Broadway

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    Disney's Aladdin , a new musical comedy based on the Academy Award®-winning animated film, opened on Broadway March 20 th , 2014, at the New Amsterdam Theatre, after beginning performances on February 26 th , 2014. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, the show features music by Tony Award® and eight-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken ( Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act ), lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman ( Beauty and the Beast , The Little Mermaid ), three-time...
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    All the Wonderful Worlds of Disney Come Together at the D23 Expo August 14-16 2015

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    Advance Tickets on Sale August 14, 2014 for the Biggest Disney Fan Event Ever PORTLAND, Ore. - March 18, 2014 - All the magic and excitement of the past, present, and future of Disney entertainment will come together once again under one roof when D23: The Official Disney Fan Club presents the D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center the weekend of Aug. 14-16, 2015. Each of Disney's wonderful worlds will unite to celebrate what's new and what's on the horizon from theme parks, television...
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    Disney hopes that "Hidden Worlds" will inkspire more Facebook users to try social gaming

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    Disney Hidden Worlds is the newest Playdom social game integrated with Facebook , and it takes the "hidden items" model a step further, while integrating Disney characters to a degree never seen before. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Chrona is your host as you play, and she is helped by the Inklings, who manufacture story items with ingredients you find along the way to create things like Maurice's cart, which unlocks Beast's Castle after you play the Belle's...
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    Huffington Post -- Universal Orlando will use lifelike animation & live special effects to recreate Harry Potter's journey aboard the Hogwarts Express

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    It seems kind of counte-rintuitive to use a plane to promote a train. But that's exactly what the Universal Orlando Resort did earlier this week. They jetted James & Oliver Phelps (AKA the two talented Brits who played Fred & George Weasley in the "Harry Potter" film series ) all over the globe. To London, São Paulo and New York City, to be specific. But then again, James & Oliver weren't talking up just any locomotive. This was the Hogwarts Express experience...
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    Casey Nicholaw and ALADDIN Cast Members in Vanity Fair on Stands Nationwide March 18

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    BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO OF MAX ABADIAN SHOOT RELEASED Casey Nicholaw , the Tony Award® winning director and choreographer of Disney's Aladdin , a new musical comedy based on the Academy Award®-winning animated film, is featured in the April issue of Vanity Fair . Renowned photographer Max Abadian shot Nicholaw along with Aladdin ’s beautiful ladies Tia Altinay , Daisy Hobbs , Nikki Long , Rhea Patterson , Khori Michelle Petinaud , Ariel Reid , and Marisha Wallace . Click on the...
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    Sneak Peek: Disney's "The Pirate Fairy" Plus Behind-the-Scenes Look with Tom Hiddleston

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    From the world of "Peter Pan" comes "The Pirate Fairy," a swashbuckling new adventure about Zarina (voice of Christina Hendricks), a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy who's captivated by Blue Pixie Dust and its endless possibilities. When Zarina's wild ideas get her into trouble, she flees Pixie Hollow and joins forces with the scheming pirates of Skull Rock, who make her captain of their ship. Tinker Bell (voice of Mae Whitman) and her friends must embark on an epic...
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    There were cars & stars at last night's world premiere of "Muppets Most Wanted" at the El Capitan Theatre

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    Yesterday evening, there were thousands of people lined up along Hollywood Boulevard . Photo by Alice Hill Not to mention hundreds more peering down from nearby rooftops. Photo by Alice Hill And why were all of these folks staring so intently at the El Capitan Theatre . Because that's where the world premiere of " Muppets Most Wanted " was being held last night. Photo by Alice Hill And as a long time Muppet fan, I have to say that it was really pretty sweet that Walt Disney Pictures...
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    Does Disney have a special 50th anniversary celebration in the works for "it's a small world" ? Recently domain name registrations suggest that it does

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    It's that time again. Time to take a look at the various domain names that The Walt Disney Company has registered over the past few months. Which might then provide us with a few clues as to what the Mouse has planned for the not-so-distant future. As you might expect, there are domain names that Disney grabs because it doesn't want anyone else using them. Take -- for example -- mymagicminus.com ... which the Company registered back on March 1st so those folks who aren't exactly fans...
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    Richard Gere Visits Universal Orlando Resort and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade

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    © 2014 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved. On Mar. 8, 2014, Golden Globe award-winning actor Richard Gere visited Ollivanders wand shop at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade at Universal Orlando Resort. During his hosted visit, Gere visited the premier wand shop and experienced the wonder of the wand choosing him. Gere is best known for his roles in such blockbuster films as "Chicago," "Pretty Woman" and "An Officer and a Gentleman." The...
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    CD reveals how Walt turned dysfunction at WED Enterprises into fun for the Disney theme parks

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    I got an e-mail this past weekend from a longtime Disney fan who I won't name. Mostly because he had some very unkind things to say about Bamboo Forest Publishing 's latest audio effort, " More Cute Stories, Volume 3 : Museum of the Weird ." Copyright 2014 Bamboo Forest Publishing. All rights reserved Here's a brief excerpt from that e-mail: "This recording features all sorts of mean-spirited stories about Marc Davis , Roger Broggie and Dick Irvine . According to what Rolly...
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    Film composer Christopher Willis talks about the challenges of writing music for Disney's new Mickey Mouse shorts

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    There's this terrific comment that someone once made about Fred Astaire . "Sure he was great. But don't forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he did backwards ... and in high heels!" And for some odd reason, that comment brings to mind British composer Christopher Willis . This is the guy who's been composing all of the music for that Emmy Award-winning series of new Mickey Mouse shorts which Disney Television Animation has been producing. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc...
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    Huffington Post -- How Rob Minkoff turned Mr. Peabody & Sherman into the original Modern Family

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    It's kind of ironic that " Mr. Peabody & Sherman " has a sequence involving the Trojan Horse . Because according to what Rob Minkoff -- the director of this DreamWorks Animation production -- says, this new animated feature is actually something of a trojan horse in and of itself. "When I was a kid, I used to watch a lot of television. And I was a big, big fan of Rocky & Bullwinkle ," Minkoff recalled during a recent interview. "And during the "Peabody's...
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    Disney Inteactive and Harmonix have high hopes for "Fantasia: Music Evolved"

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    The Disney films are synonymous with music. Chances are most fans can remember at least one song from every animated film that they've ever seen. I shouldn't have to mention that Disney "Frozen" has been at the top of the Billboard charts over the past 13 weeks . Disney films however do not have a great track record in the video game arena, especially not titles that were predominantly music-oriented. Music is a big part of gaming. The soundtracks for some of the biggest action...
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    Will Disney "Frozen" blow past "Toy Story 3" to become the top earning animated film of all time?

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    Talk about your Hollywood endings. On the very same day that Disney "Frozen" won the Academy Award for Best Animation Feature , this Walt Disney Animation Studios production then becomes a member of Hollywood's exclusive Billion Dollar Club . (L to R) Peter Del Vecho, producer of Disney "Frozen," Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck onstage at the Dolby Theatre as they win this year's Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. P hoto by Adam Taylor. Copyright American Broadcasting...
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    Huffington Post -- Joseph Gordon-Levitt loves how Hayao Miyazki's "The Wind Rises" celebrates the magic of normal, everyday life

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    He's helped Batman battle Bane in " The Dark Knight Rises ." Not to mention going toe-to-toe with the G.I. Joes in " The Rise of Cobra ." He's even braved multiple levels of the human subconscious in " Inception ." Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the last man standing in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller, "Inception." Copyright 2010 Warner Bros. All rights reserved So given that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has gotten so good at doing the action-hero thing in...
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    Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish Podcast Episode 53: Holiday Bonus Episode

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    Len: Welcome to another edition of the Unofficial Guide Disney Dish Podcast with Jim Hill. It is I, Len Testa and we're back with Jim. And because each and every one of you have been such good boys and girls throughout the year, we've made a bonus holiday episode of the Unofficial Guide Disney Dish Podcast. Jim and I are going to talk about the history of Christmas at the Animal Kingdom park, at Disney's Hollywood Studios and also the history of New Years Eve in Walt Disney World. And...
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    Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish Podcast Episode 52: The Continued History of Christmas at Disneyland

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    Len: Welcome back to another addition of the Unofficial Guide Disney Dish With Jim Hill. I'm Len Testa, your host and today Jim and I are going to be finishing up our conversation on the history of Christmas at Disney Theme Parks. As you can recall, the last episode we ended up with just after Walt had passed away in the mid-Sixties and the company was sort of trying to figure out what to do for Christmas at Walt- at Disneyland and Walt Disney World... The company was trying to figure out what...
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    Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish Podcast Episode 51: The History of Christmas At Disneyland

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    Len: Welcome back to another addition of the Unofficial Guide Disney Dish Podcast With Jim Hill. This is episode fifty one and to get you guys into the holiday spirit, Jim and I are talking today about the history of Christmas at the Disney Resorts. In order to tell that story of course, we need the jolly old man himself. And I mean Jim Hill. How's it going Jim? Jim: Ho ho ho. Len: So it's early December and that means of course that we celebrate the origins of some Scandinavian mythology...
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    “Muppets Most Wanted” Soundtrack to Make Mayhem March 18

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    Walt Disney Records' Release to Feature Vocals by Kermit the Frog, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Miss Piggy, Josh Groban, Constantine, Celine Dion and More BURBANK, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2014) - The Muppets are back on the big screen with the all-new caper "Muppets Most Wanted," creating the musical mayhem that's made them fan favorites for almost four decades. With songs by Bret McKenzie, who won an Oscar® for the original song "Man or Muppet" in 2011's "The...
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    Have a no-clothes encounter with the world's most famous mouse by playing that new Disney Mobile game, Hidden Mickey

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    I know. Like any of these theme park news sites actually needs another article with the words "Hidden Mickey" in it. Yes, please, another thousand articles about "Look at the shape of these planter pots!" and "But if you look here, behind the drinking fountain ... Wow!" But this, I assure you, is different. This is Hidden Mickey , an online game for the Mickey Cartoons website . Based off the recent Mickey short, " No Service ." Copyright Disney Enterprises...
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    The Mouse continues its hi-tech, hand-held roll-out with today's debut of Disney Movies Anywhere

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    This ain't your Dad's Walt Disney Company anymore. Sure, every so often, you'll see the Company fund the construction of some massive immersive environment like Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park or that AVATAR-inspired "land" which finally officially broke ground at Disney's Animal Kingdom last month. But increasingly these days, Disney is deliberately bypassing these bigger-than-life projects so that it can deliver to its fans magic that they can then hold in...
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    D23: The Official Disney Fan Club Announces Date Change for Destination D: Attraction Rewind

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    Today D23: The Official Disney Fan Club announced the date of Destination D: Attraction Rewind presented by H2O plus at Walt Disney World Resort will shift to November 22 and 23. Check-in and exclusive shopping opportunities will begin on Friday, November 21. In addition to this news, D23 is thrilled to announce Disney Legends Marty Sklar, Bob Gurr and other popular Disney Legends who worked on the Walt Disney shows for the New York World's Fair will be taking part in the event this fall. Additional...
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    Live-action TV Series Based on MARVEL Characters to Film in New York

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    GOVERNOR CUOMO, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY, MARVEL AND NETFLIX ANNOUNCE LANDMARK LIVE-ACTION TV SERIES BASED ON MARVEL CHARACTERS TO FILM IN NEW YORK NYC To Serve As Principal Filming Location For Four Series Epic and One Mini-Series, Representing The Biggest Production Commitment in NYS History Productions Will Result in Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Investments and Lead to Creation of At Least 3,000 Industry Jobs Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, The Walt Disney Company, Marvel and Netflix Inc. today...
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    Huffington Post -- How Walt Disney Animation Studios evolved Mickey Mouse backwards for "Get A Horse!"

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    It's the question that most animation professionals ask immediately after they've seen " Get A Horse! " How did Walt Disney Animation Studios actually pull that short off? How'd they first replicate the exact look & feel of a Mickey Mouse cartoon of late 1928 / early 1929 and then (SPOILER AHEAD) send a CG version of Mickey & Horace Horsecollar hurtling out through the screen into today's world? Well, director Lauren MacMullan & producer Dorothy McKim were obviously...
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    Watch Disney, Pixar and Marvel Movies with Disney Movies Anywhere

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    New Digital Movie Service And App for iPhone, iPad And iPod touch Debuts With iTunes Free Digital Copy of Disney•Pixar's "The Incredibles" Available For A Limited Time Through Disney Movies Anywhere BURBANK, Calif. - February 25, 2014 - The Walt Disney Studios today unveiled its exclusive cloud-based digital movie service, Disney Movies Anywhere. This all-new app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and Web experience enables consumers to discover, purchase, manage, and watch movies...
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    Merlin Entertainments & Dreamworks Animation Go 'Ogre' the Top with Shrek's Far Far Away Adventure

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    POOLE, England and GLENDALE, Calif., Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Shrek's swamp is coming across the pond! In a new collaboration, Merlin Entertainments has teamed up with DreamWorks Animation (Nasdaq: DWA) to create a unique themed visitor attraction based on Shrek and his friends. PRNewsFoto/DreamWorks Animation This landmark attraction, which will transport visitors through a live interactive adventure featuring Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, Puss in Boots and other favorites from the beloved franchise...
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    Meet Rocket, Groot, Gamora, Drax & Peter Quill : The Guardians of the Galaxy

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    Marvel’s “ Guardians of the Galaxy” finds space adventurer Peter Quill the object of a bounty hunt after stealing an orb coveted by a treacherous villain, but when Quill discovers the power it holds, he must find a way to rally the quartet of ragtag rivals hot on his trail to save the universe. MEET THE GUARDIANS Rocket Raccoon Groot Gamora Peter Quill
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    My Happy Disney Life, I hope

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    I have a confession. I like to watch...gameplay videos. Being a woman of very little hand-eye coordination, when it comes to fast-moving games like Epic Mickey and Kingdom Hearts , my choices are: Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved 1. Use a cheat engine (NO) 2. Watch Noe and Alice play. Right now, I'm catching up to one of the Harvest Moon games I put off while in college, " Tale of Two Towns " and watching Alice play the gorgeous " Skyrim " while I wait...
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    Walt Disney Records announces the Deluxe Edition Soundtrack collectible, numbered vinyl set

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    WALT DISNEY RECORDS TO OFFER AUTOGRAPHED POSTERS FROM "FROZEN" FILMMAKERS AS PART OF THE DELUXE EDITION COLLECTIBLE VINYL SET, BEGINNING FEBRUARY 24 Burbank, CA - Feb. 21, 2014 -- In celebration of the animated event of a generation, Walt Disney Records announces the Deluxe Edition Soundtrack collectible numbered vinyl, now available for pre-order: http://myplay.me/15ya The collectible vinyl is limited to 3000 numbered sets and beginning Feb. 24th, a special offer will include autographed...
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    Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 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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    No one Forced Freddie Prinze Jr. to voice Kanan, the cowboy Jedi on Disney XD's "Star Wars Rebels"

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    There are a lot of people on this planet who are excited about " Star Wars Rebels ." But perhaps the person who is most looking forward to this program (which will debut on Disney XD in the Fall of 2014) is Freddie Prinze, Jr . You see, as Prinze revealed at a Disney Consumer Products presentation yesterday at Toy Fair 2014 ... "If you're anywhere near my age -- I'm almost 40 -- Stars Wars is pretty much in your DNA. You can't get away from it. You've probably heard...
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    Lucas Grabeel trades high school for preschool by voicing a character on Disney Junior's "Sheriff Callie's Wild West"

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    So what's Lucas Grabeel 's favorite memory from all the " High School Musical " craziness? Was it when the soundtrack for this super-popular Disney Channel Original Movie became the best-selling album in the United States for all of 2006? Or when the cast of this TV movie traveled the globe and then performed live in front of tens of thousands of people as part of the "High School Musical: The Concert" tour? "I have to admit that that concert tour was completely nuts...
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    Huffington Post -- Bobby & Kristen Anderson-Lopez reveal the real-life inspirations for Disney "Frozen" songs

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    They're the reason that the Disney "Frozen" soundtrack has already sold more than 1 million units. They're also why this Walt Disney Animation Studios production has -- after 12 weeks of being in theaters -- seen a sudden resurgence in domestic ticket sales . As thousands of people rush back to their local multiplex so that they can then take part in the new sing-along version of this Oscar-nominated film. But did you ever wonder what the inspiration was for "Frozen" 's...
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    Remembering Shirley Temple and her many ties to The Walt Disney Company

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    You know, as I sit and watch footage of Shia LaBeouf behaving like a jackass at the Berlin Film Festival or hear yet another story about how Justin Bieber continues his transition from talented tween to delusional jerk , I wonder: How did Shirley Temple do it? Shirley Temple on the red carpet at the world premiere of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" at the Carthay Circle Theater December 21, 1937. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved I mean, Shirley (who passed away peacefully...
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    Disney Twenty-three Celebrates Disney's Contributions to the 1964–65 New York World's Fair in Spring 2014 Issue

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    FEATURING RARELY SEEN CONCEPT ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE FAIR, AS WELL AS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH CHRIS EVANS, TINA FEY, AND THE MUPPETS Plus, D23.com online exclusives include extended celebrity interviews and additional stories, artwork, and photography from the World's Fair. BURBANK, Calif. - FEBRUARY 13, 2014 - The 1964-65 World's Fair in New York celebrated a time of optimism, growth, and progress. D23: The Official Disney Fan Club captures all the excitement of this epic event in...
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    Join Disney Animators in a Live Discussion on the Art of Animation Thursday February 13th

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    Celebrated Disney animators Dave Bossert , John Musker , Jeff Ranjo , and Hyun Min Lee will all be taking part in a live discussion about the art form, legacy, and future of animation at the CalArts campus and Disney Insider will be broadcasting it online for fans to watch. They'll also demo and discuss the new Disney Animated app , which presents a deep dive into the making of Disney's 53 animated feature films and was named the Apple iPad App of the Year for 2013 . You can watch a live...
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    LEGO® Friends Weekend Returns to LEGOLAND® Florida in Star-studded Fashion

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    WINTER HAVEN, FLA. (Feb. 10, 2014) - It's all glitz and glamour as the beloved LEGO ® Friends - Olivia, Andrea, Stephanie, Emma and Mia - return to LEGOLAND ® Florida to host a weekend of fabulous fun Feb. 15-16. The third annual LEGO Friends Weekend is a daytime party geared to girls ages 2 to 12. This razzle-dazzle event puts girls in the spotlight and lets them celebrate their individuality with a chance to walk the pink carpet, build LEGO creations with Olivia and sing like a rock...
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    SeaWorld's animal ambassadors were a big hit at the 2014 Boston Globe Travel Show

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    Nancy and I drove down to Massachusetts yesterday to tour the 2014 Boston Globe Travel Show . And it was pretty easy to see most people from around here have already had their fill of ice & snow. Given that there were absolutely no takers at the Alaska Land & Cruise Adventures booth ... Photo by Jim Hill Meanwhile, right next door in the Florida aisle , it was body-to-body. Photo by Jim Hill Given the steady stream of people that kept going in & out of the Universal Orlando Resort booth...
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    The Kingdom Hearts franchise enters the world of MMORPGS with Kingdom Hearts X (Chi)

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    Massively multiplayer online role playing games are an asset often left untouched by video game companies. Think World of Warcraft or Disney's old try at it with VMK (Virtual Magic Kingdom ). Often, it's just too much effort to tackle. You have to build worlds that keep players exploring, make interesting combat that hooks the player in, and -- of course -- find a way to turn a profit. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved So when I saw that Kingdom Hearts was going the MMORPG...
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    Disney Week Returns to Destination America for an All-new Enchanted Adventure

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    -- DISNEY WEEK Premieres on Destination America beginning Monday, March 3 at 8pm EST -- (Silver Spring, Md.) - For the second year, Destination America's DISNEY WEEK peeks behind the scenes of the magical, wonderful world of Disney theme parks, resorts, and cruise ships. Traveling from the original Disneyland theme park to the shipyards of Spain to witness the newest version of the Disney cruise ships, Destination America presents a week-long celebration of Disney's vacation kingdom, handing...
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    Disneytoon Studios' "The Pirate Fairy" brings Captain Hook, the Croc & Skull Rock into the "Disney Fairies" fold

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    Did you catch the Annies this past Saturday? The members of ASIFA-Hollywood obviously thought a lot of Disney "Frozen ." For this Walt Disney Animation Studios production wound up coming out on top in five different categories. Best Animated Feature Directing in an Animated Feature Production Music in an Animated Feature Production Production Design in an Animated Feature Production Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Pixar Animation Studios also did okay at this year's Annies...
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