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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 !
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    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...
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    "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...
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    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...
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    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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    Disney Junior Unveils "Give a Book, Get a Book" Program During 2014 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration at Disneyland

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    DISNEY JUNIOR'S GIVE A BOOK, GET A BOOK TO DONATE UP TO ONE MILLION BOOKS TO U.S. COMMUNITIES IN NEED Disney and First Book will provide for the donation of up to one million books to U.S. communities in need and will present families with free digital books from Disney Publishing Worldwide, through a new program announced April 12th, Disney Junior's Give a Book, Get a Book . Storytelling is the foundation of the initiative designed to inspire parents and caregivers to spend time each day...
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    Two Disney Hits Anounce New Ticket Policies Effective April 21, 2014

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    Aladdin Begins Ticket Lottery Newsies to Institute General Rush Policy (NEW YORK, NY) Two Disney Broadway hits announce new ticket policies beginning April 21 providing access to affordable tickets for same-day performances, with minimal time commitment for guests. Aladdin Following two months of sold-out houses and critical acclaim, Aladdin will offer a limited number of tickets via lottery at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 W 42 nd St.). Beginning two and a half hours before the performance, patrons...
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    Disney, Marvel, Star Wars & ABC fans will find lots of wonderful presentations to attend at WonderCon 2014

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    After spending the better part of yesterday wading through W2s & 1099s (Quick question: If you have a dependent who actually wear Depends, does that then count as two deductions?), I can't tell you how nice it is to be sitting here paging through the Quick Guide for WonderCon Anaheim . I mean, given how easy this 21-page booklet is to understand, it just can't have been written by some brainless bureaucrat. A real human being who's actually been to the Anaheim Convention Center before...
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    Pilot program at Disney Reservation Center uses info from your previous WDW vacations to better tailor your next trip to the Resort

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    "I'm not going wear a MagicBand . I don't like the idea of Disney being able to track every single move that I make in one of their theme parks. And the fact that the Mouse is now going to keep track of my purchases -- learn what my likes & dislikes are -- really, really bothers me." That's basically been the battle cry of the tinfoil-hat crowd ever since The Walt Disney World Resort first revealed that My Disney Experience / FastPass + was in the works. This paranoid bunch...
  • Alice Hill

    "Steven Universe" app does a beautiful job of matching the distinctive mood & look of this Cartoon Network series

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    I've always been a fan of Rebecca Sugar 's stuff. Especially the storyboards & sketches that Rebecca did for " Adventure Time ." Her drawings always had so much charm and beauty to them. And her songs are so sweet and emotional. Rebecca Sugar and her ukulele at Comic-Con Which is why I was overjoyed when I saw the pilot for Sugar's new show, " Steven Universe ." And when this series finally began airing on the Cartoon Network last November, I was over the moon...
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    "Despicable Me Minion Mayhem" is the latest step in Universal Studios Hollywood's reimagining of its Upper Lot

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    By now, you've probably already heard that Universal Studios Hollywood 's version of " Despicable Me Minion Mayhem " opened on Friday. Copyright 2014 Universal Studios. All rights reserved And as you might expect, there was the usual hoopla ... Gru is joined onstage by Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gier and Elsie Fisher, the three talented young ladies who voiced Margo, Edith & Agnes in "Despicable Me" and "Despicable Me 2." Photo by Shelly Valladolid ... that now...
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    Huffington Post -- Disney's skillful mix of high art & low clowning helped make "Aladdin" the surprise hit of this season

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    It was June of 1913 that Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. moved his legendary Follies over from the Moulin Rouge to the New Amsterdam Theatre . And for the next 14 years, this NYC landmark was not only home to the most beautiful costumes, sets & showgirls in the city, it also played host to an amazing array of clowns. We're talking legendary comics like W.C. Fields , Ed Wynn , Eddie Cantor and Will Rogers . Which is why it's kind of fitting that Disney "Aladdin" has now set up shop at...
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    While the US downsizes from Disney Stores to Disney Shops, Shanghai is getting the largest Disney Store in the world

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    So what exactly is going on with the Disney Store these days? The reason I ask is ... Well, it wasn't all that long ago (October of 2009, to be exact) that The Walt Disney Company announced that it would be reinventing all 340 of its stores in the United States and Europe. We're talking floor-to-ceiling redos that supposedly drew their inspiration from what Steve Jobs had done with the Apple Store. Well, these rebranded "Imagination Park" Disney Stores soon began popping up around...
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    High Octane Fast & Furious Thrill Ride Races onto the Scene at Universal Studios Hollywood

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    Electrifying New 3D-HD Attraction Features Original Cast from Universal Pictures' Global Blockbuster Film Franchise, Summer 2015 Universal City, California, April 8, 2014 - Pulse-pounding, adrenaline-inducing action will become the finale of Universal Studios Hollywood's world-famous " Studio Tour " with the summer 2015 introduction of the gripping, high speed, 3D-HD thrill ride, "Fast & Furious-Supercharged," inspired by Universal Pictures' most successful film...
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    Disney's Beauty and the Beast Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary on Stage with the First-ever International Tour

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    Original Broadway creative team reuniting to bring acclaimed production to over 12 countries in two years Production set to open in Istanbul in October 2014 In celebration of Disney's Beauty and the Beast 's 20 th anniversary on the stage, Disney Theatrical Productions, NETworks and Broadway Entertainment Group announce the first-ever international tour for the title. The English-language tour will open at Istanbul's Zorlu Center in October 2014 and will tour to diverse international...
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    Universal Studios Hollywood Makes Unprecedented Investment in Biggest Line-Up of New Attractions in Its History

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    Dramatically Altering Universal Studios Hollywood Footprint to Reimagine Destination with Innovative Thrill Rides and Immersive Lands Project Represents Biggest Five-Year Line-Up of New Attractions in Universal Studios Hollywood History, Solidifying Theme Park 's Long-Term Commitment to Tourism and Economic Vitality in Los Angeles Universal City, California, April 8, 2014 - Reaffirming its position as the #1 tourist destination in Los Angeles with one of the most progressive and exciting theme...
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    Huffington Post -- For Imagineer Joe Lanzisero, Hong Kong Disneyland's "Mystic Manor" is a high point of his career

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    You know what they say: If you want to get something done, ask a busy person to do it. Joe Lanzisero, Senior Vice President - Creative, Walt Disney Imagineering. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Back in 2007, it's arguable that no one person was busier at The Walt Disney Company than Joe Lanzisero . As a Senior Vice President - Creative at Walt Disney Imagineering , Joe was riding herd on all of the Tokyo Disneyland & Hong Kong Disneyland Resorts' theme parks. Not...
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    Disney Turns Up the Heat in "Planes: Fire & Rescue" New Trailer

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    "Planes: Fire & Rescue" is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous...
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    It's wall-to-wall construction walls as WDW's Downtown Disney is gradually transformed into Disney Springs

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    Has it really been eight months since we last peeked over the fence to see how construction of Disney Springs was going ? Photo by Jim Hill Earlier this week, Nancy, Angela & I drove over to Walt Disney World to see how the reinvention of Downtown Disney is progressing. And as we took to the Epcot exit off of I-4 ... Photo by Jim Hill ... it was hard not to notice all of that construction ... Photo by Jim Hill ... & timber clearing that was going on in the stretch of forest between the highway...
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    Gamers want to know: Why hasn't Disney Interactive produced a full version of "Wreck-It Ralph" 's Sugar Rush game yet?

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    When it comes to Disney and gaming, we here at JHM take the subjects seriously. Where entertainment and good business cross paths chances are that Disney will be at the forefront. "Iron Man 3," released by Marvel and Disney was one of the biggest films of 2013. It made $372 million in its first weekend including domestic and international ticket sales . Compare that to the weekend that Grand Theft Auto V had when it debuted. In just three days, Take-Two Interactive's crime action game...
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    New Fairytale Characters are Revealed in the New Banner for Disney's "Maleficent"

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    Copyright 2014 Disney Enterprises. All rights reserved. "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...
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    Share Your Favorite Universal Orlando Moments and Potentially Be Featured in a Future Universal Orlando Ad Campaign

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    Guests Can Tag Their Photos and Videos on Twitter, Instagram and Vine Using #UniversalMoments for a Chance to be Featured in a Future Ad Campaign Universal Orlando Resort has launched a new online campaign asking guests to share their favorite Universal Orlando moments and potentially be featured in a future Universal Orlando ad campaign. Guests can participate by sharing their favorite moments through photos and videos on Twitter, Vine and Instagram using #UniversalMoments. © 2014 Universal...
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    Breaking News: Kelly Osbourne Joins the Cast of Disney's "THE 7D," a Contemporary, Comedic Take on The Seven Dwarfs, Premiering This Summer

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    Stellar Voice Cast includes Jess Harnell, Leigh-Allyn Baker, Bill Farmer, Maurice LaMarche, Kevin Michael Richardson, Dee Bradley Baker, Scott Menville, Stephen Stanton, Billy West and Paul Rugg Rocking Soundtrack by YouTube Sensation Parry Gripp Kelly Osbourne has joined the cast of Disney's "The 7D," an animated series that delivers a comedic new take on the Seven Dwarfs. Produced by Disney Television Animation, the zany and broadly appealing series will be presented on three Disney...
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    When it comes to Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, it's the little details that are going to go over big with baby boomers

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    Don't expect to find a lot of moderation when you visit the Cabana Bay Beach Resort , Universal Orlando 's first-ever moderate resort. Photo by Jim Hill The folks at Universal really went all out to make their newest on-site hotel a celebration of the family vacation circa 1958 - 1962. That time when Mom, Dad & the kids would all climbed in the station wagon and then drive on down to the shore. Where the family would then spent a week swimming & sun-bathing while they stayed at this...
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    Huffington Post -- Mae Whitman doesn't want to Tinker with the way Disneytoon Studios runs its "Fairies" film franchise

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    It was early 2008 when Mae Whitman got this mysterious call from her voiceover agent, Melissa. Mae Whitman at the world premiere of "The Pirate Fairy" on the Walt Disney Studios lot back on March 22, 2014. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved "She was telling me that Disney had this very important project but that they wouldn't tell Melissa what it actually was. All she knew that that they were eager for me to come in and audition for this part," Whitman...
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    Making his Marc: "Art of Marc Davis" exhibit to open at Walt Disney Family Museum next month, "Walt Disney's Renaissance Man" to be published this Fall

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    Today, March 30th, marks the 101st anniversary of Marc Davis ' birth and, with two upcoming events, it looks like 2014 is going to be as remarkable as 1993. When Marc, at age 80, had a six-week exhibition of his very personal artwork at The Howard Lowery Gallery in Burbank, Calif. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved The Walt Disney Family Museum is currently preparing " Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis ," a special exhibition in the museum's...
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    Ease on into the 2014 convention season by experiencing Emerald City Comicon

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    Please forgive me for fusing two entirely different Howard Ashman lyrics together. But I wanna be where the people are somewhere that's green. Yeah, if I had my druthers, I'd leave the frozen wasteland of Southern New Hampshire (where -- God help us -- it's supposed to snow again tomorrow night) ASAP and then catch a direct flight for Seattle. Where -- once I landed -- I'd immediately beat feet for the Washington State Convention Center , so that I could then surrender myself to the...
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    Disney's "FROZEN" Becomes Highest Grossing Animated Film Ever

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    This weekend, Disney's "Frozen" officially became the highest grossing animated film of all time, and with $1,072.4 million worldwide, it has also entered the list of the top 10 biggest films of all time. The Walt Disney Studios' seventh billion-dollar release, "Frozen" has earned an estimated $398.4 million at the domestic box office and $674 million internationally. "Frozen" is the first billion-dollar film for Walt Disney Animation Studios and its first film...
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    After 22 years, Lella Smith checks out as Creative Director of Disney's Animation Research Library

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    When Lella Smith 's 10-year-old godson, Rey, found out she was retiring from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library (ARL) , he was incredulous. "Why would you do that auntie?," he said. "You've got the coolest job in the world!" Smith has been the Creative Director for the ARL, the little-known department of the Mouse Factory once described by Disney CEO Bob Iger as "... the most important department in the Company." The ARL is the repository for all the...
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    Disney Cruise Line Charts a New Course for Norway in 2015

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    Adventure Awaits During the Northern Europe Summer Season with First-Ever Cruises to Norwegian Fjords, Iceland and the Faroe Islands CELEBRATION, Fla. (March 25, 2014) - In summer 2015, Disney Cruise Line is charting a magical new course for northern Europe - exploring for the first time the Norwegian fjords, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. Plus, Disney Cruise Line is returning to the Baltic for all-new itineraries, including sailings from Copenhagen, Denmark to St. Petersburg, Russia. Cruises to...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    Are you up to an artistic challenge? Then drop on by Disney Interactive and create your own Virtual Vinylmation

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    Do you consider yourself to be kind of a frustrated artist? Are you one of those people who -- when you're confronted with a blank page -- doesn't automatically quake with fear? But -- rather -- just picks up a pen, pencil or stylus and begins creating. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved If so, then you may be interested in learning about this new FREE IOS/Android app. Which then allows you to be the artist and design your own Virtual Vinylmation figure online using a...
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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 ...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    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...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    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...
  • Jim Hill

    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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