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    D23 Celebrates “23 DAYS OF DISNEY CHRISTMAS” with the Ultimate Festive Online Art Exhibit and Sweepstakes

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    The Official Disney Fan Club Brings Together Celebrated Artists From Around The Walt Disney Company to Show Their Holiday Spirit-And D23 Members Have a Chance to Win Spectacular Artwork BURBANK, Calif. - December 3, 2013 - Just in time to celebrate the season, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club has brought back "23 Days of Disney Christmas," a gorgeous collection of work contributed by artists from nearly every corner of The Walt Disney Company, including Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar...
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    There were lots of tiny tots with their eyes all a-glow at Sesame Place's "A Very Furry Christmas"

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    SuperGrover22 wrote in yesterday with a Why For question: Copyright Ballantine Books. All rights reserved I just finished reading your review of Brian Jay Jones ' " Jim Henson: The Biography ." Can you please explain why Michael Eisner seemed so eager to get his hands on the Sesame Street Muppets? Disney had all of its own characters plus it was about to acquire all of the classic Muppets. Wasn't that enough? Why For did Eisner keep trying to persuade Henson to hand over the Sesame...
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    What role did Great Wolf Lodge play in the development of MagicBands for Walt Disney World?

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    Pauline S. dropped me a note the other day to ask: I've read lots of stories lately about all the testing that's being done at Disney World for MagicBands . And while there's been a lot written online about how everyone's WDW vacation experience will supposedly be changed forever once the entire resort is wired into this system, I have yet to hear anything about where the idea behind MagicBands actually came from. Do you know why Disney decided to implement this system in Orlando...
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    Huffington Post -- This "Little Mermaid" has legs: Disney Legend Jodi Benson looks back on 25 years of voicing the character of Ariel

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    It's often been said that good things come to those who wait. But no one knows that axiom better than voice actor Jodi Benson . Who had to wait a full year after handing in her " Little Mermaid " audition tape before Jodi then learned that she had won the role of a lifetime. The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on the Fall of 1986 "Back in the Fall of 1986, I was appearing in ' Smile ,' a Broadway musical that Howard Ashman had written with Marvin Hamlisch . Given that Howard and...
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    Katy Harris talks about all the hard work that went into creating Disneyland Paris' new holiday offerings

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    After beginning her theatrical career dancing in London's West End and then traveling the world, Katy Harris found herself at what was then known as EuroDisney working as a dancer at that theme park's "Beauty and the Beast" stage show. From there, Harris quickly rose through the ranks and help produce Walt Disney Studios seasonal events such as Kids Carnival and DLP's 15th anniversary "Once Upon a Dream Parade." Over the past few years, Katy has worked hand-in-hand...
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    Huffington Post -- Theme entertainment professionals "Go Go" to Orlando for IAAPA's Attractions Expo

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    So how exactly do theme park attractions get created? Well, if you're talking about the rides & shows found at the Disney Parks , those are mostly the work of Walt's fabled Imagineers. Or if you're talking about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (which -- even as you read this -- is expanding beyond Islands of Adventure 's borders over into Universal Studios Florida ), that impressive project was shepherded by the small-but-mighty team at Universal Creative . But what about...
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    Remembering Diane Disney Miller (1933 - 2013)

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    If you're looking for someone to thank for two of Walt Disney's greatest triumphs -- Disneyland Park and " Mary Poppins " -- take a moment right now to think about the late Diane Disney Miller . Miller -- who passed away earlier today following complications from a fall -- played a key role in both of these projects. When quizzed about how the Happiest Place on Earth came into being, Walt was quick to share the story of how ... ... Disneyland really began when my two daughters were...
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    "Muppets Most Wanted" Trailer Reveals Fiendish Frog Look-alike

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    Huffington Post -- In honor of Mickey's 85th anniversary, check out this clip from Walt Disney Animation Studios newest short, "Get A Horse!"

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    Even though today is Mickey Mouse's 85th anniversary, this Disney icon looks like he hasn't aged a day. Especially if you watch this classic cartoon character capering in his newest ground-breaking theatrical short, " Get A Horse! " As you can see by the clip which accompanies today's article (which is a special anniversary present that Walt Disney Animation Studios is sharing with JHM & Huffington Post readers), the opening section of "Get A Horse!" deliberately...
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    Robert A. Iger, President and CEO, The Walt Disney Company on Diane Disney Miller's Passing

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    We are deeply saddened by the loss of Diane Disney Miller and our thoughts are with her family during his difficult time. As the beloved daughter of Walt Disney and one of his inspirations for creating Disneyland, she holds a special place in the history of The Walt Disney Company and in the hearts of fans everywhere. She will be remembered for her grace and generosity and tireless work to preserve her father’s legacy, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
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    Jingle Cruise is a bungle in the jungle, thanks -- in large part -- to the way this new holiday overlay has been promoted

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    So where exactly -- in the great holiday scheme of things -- does Disneyland Park 's latest attempt at a seasonal overlay fall? Is the Jingle Cruise that Xmas gift which you've always dreamed of getting or more of an itchy sweater? Changing a single letter makes a really big difference at this Adventureland attraction. Photo by Jim Hill To be blunt, this holiday overlay is kind of a half-baked fruitcake. By that I mean: The creative concept behind the Jingle Cruise itself is sound. And the...
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    Tim Gunn is having a royal ball voicing Baileywick on Disney Junior's hit series, "Sofia the First"

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    Given that Disney Junior 's " Sofia the First " is supposedly set in this fantasy world filled with costumed balls & formal ceremonies, it only made sense that Enchancia's newest princess (who -- prior to her mother marrying King Roland -- had just been a regular kid, the daughter of the kingdom's shoemaker) would really need some help when it came to deciding which gown to wear for what occasion. "And since there was always going to be this aspect of 'Sofia the...
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    "Jim Henson: The Biography" takes you behind-the-scenes during Disney's first attempt to acquire the Muppets

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    So when Jim Henson finally signed the Muppets over to The Walt Disney Company, where exactly did the deal go down? New York City? London? LA? Nope. According to Brian Jay Jones , the author of " Jim Henson: The Biography " ( Ballantine Books , September 2013), this fateful meeting actually happened in Lake Buena Vista, FL. on August 24, 1989. Where ... Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved ... just after dark, Jim and the three Disney chiefs headed to the Portobello Yacht...
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    Disney's "Maleficent" Teaser Trailer Released

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    "Disney DREAMS celebrates Christmas" is among the great new holiday treats that Disneyland Paris is serving up for Xmas 2013

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    Jouyeux Noel a tous, Buon Natale a tutti and a Happy Christmas, everyone! This past weekend, Disneyland Paris had a media event where members of the press got to preview many of the Resort's holiday offerings. And what with this theme park's new Christmas Cavalcade, a retooled parade, an entirely-new nightly tree lighting ceremony and the DISNEY-DREAMS-celebrates-Christmas castle show, there are all sorts of seasonal surprises be found under DLP's holiday tree this year. Best of all,...
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    Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Releases New "Maleficent" Poster

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    Like Maleficent on Facebook: facebook.com/DisneyMaleficent Follow Disney on Twitter: @DisneyPictures Tweet the hashtag: #Maleficent Instagram: http://instagram.com/disneystudios Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/disneystudios/maleficent/ Tumblr: http://disney.tumblr.com/
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    Disney's Wireless Band and Totally Ticklish Goofy highlight Hallmark's holiday offerings for 2013

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    "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go. Take a look in the Five and Ten, glistening once again, with candy canes and silver lanes aglow ... " It has been looking like Christmas since July at your local Hallmark Gold Crown store. This past summer just in time for Christmas in July, Hallmark rolled out their annual line of Keepsake ornaments helping not only to mark the holidays but celebrate a milestone or create a new memory. This year the Keepsake ornaments...
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    Disney Announces Reorganization of Disney Interactive Division

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    Business Consolidated under President Jimmy Pitaro BURBANK, Calif., November 11, 2013 -- The Walt Disney Company today announced that the Games and Media operating groups of Disney Interactive will merge with current co-president Jimmy Pitaro assuming responsibility for the division. Co-President John Pleasants, who will depart his current post, will work closely with Pitaro to ensure a smooth transition and serve as a strategic consultant to the business. "Following three years of consistent...
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    Disney Theatrical Production​s to Develop THE PRINCESS BRIDE for the Stage

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    New Stage Work to Be Based on William Goldman's Acclaimed Novel and the Beloved 1987 Film New York - Monday, November 11, 2013- Disney Theatrical Productions will develop The Princess Bride as a stage work, it was announced today by Disney Theatrical Productions president and producer, Thomas Schumacher. The novel The Princess Bride , penned in 1973 by two-time Academy Award® winning author William Goldman, was adapted for its motion picture release in 1987 and quickly established itself...
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    Marvel Studios' "Thor: The Dark World" is the sort of sequel that you wish Hollywood would serve up more often

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    You'd think that -- given that this Walt Disney Pictures release is built around a beefy Marvel superhero who wields an enormous hammer -- that " Thor: The Dark World " would be muscle-bound and plodding. But looks can be deceiving sometimes. For this sequel to 2011's " Thor " & 2012's " Marvel's The Avengers " is surprisingly light on its feet. Copyright 2013 Marvel. All rights reserved Director Alan Taylor (who's probably best known these days...
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    Winter comes early to NYC as the Times Square Disney Store gets "Frozen" over

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    Employees of the Times Square Disney Store were somewhat surprised when they came into work on Tuesday morning. Overnight, the exterior of this store had taken on an icy blue hue. Photo by Nancy Stadler And who's that just inside the entrance, greeting customers as they walk in off of Times Square ? Photo by Jim Hill Why, it's Olaf , the snowman character from Disney "Frozen." And even though we're still officially three weeks out from when this new Walt Disney Animation Studios...
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    Disney's Marvel and Netflix join forces to develop historic four series epic plus a miniseries event based on renowned Marvel characters

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    The Walt Disney Co. and Netflix Inc. today announced an unprecedented deal for Marvel TV to bring multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel's most popular characters exclusively to the world's leading Internet TV Network beginning in 2015. This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs leading to a miniseries programming event . Led by a series focused on "Daredevil," followed by "Jessica Jones," "Iron Fist"...
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    Hokey Smoke! DreamWorks Animation Produces New Rocky and Bullwinkle Short

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    Legendary Voice Talent, June Foray reprises the role of Rocket J. Squirrel Glendale, CA and Frostbite Falls, MN - November 4, 2013 - The moose is loose. DreamWorks Animation is giving audiences a dose of nostalgia in 2014 with an all new short film Rocky & Bullwinkle, featuring the legendary June Foray as the voice of Rocket "Rocky" J. Squirrel. This original and updated short will bring everyone's favorite moose and squirrel back to the hearts of fans around the world while introducing...
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    Huffington Post -- How SeaWorld keeps the body clocks of its Antarctic penguins on South Pole Time

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    You know that out-of-sync feeling you have for those first few days after Daylight Savings Time? Where your internal body clock is telling you that it's one time while the light levels outside are telling you that it's an entirely different time? Well, then imagine how tough it must be to be an Antarctic penguin on display in Orlando. Where -- because you're now living in the Northern Hemisphere rather than the Southern -- you're a full six months out-of-sync. And because the light...
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    Mary Poppins takes flight in the Winter 2013 issue of Disney twenty-three magazine

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    BURBANK, Calif. - November 4, 2013 - To celebrate the release of Saving Mr. Banks and the upcoming 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins , D23: The Official Disney Fan Club has dedicated the entire winter issue of its flagship magazine, Disney twenty-three, to our beloved nanny. The publication, available exclusively to Gold Members of D23, includes exclusive interviews with Saving Mr. Banks stars Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, and Bradley Whitford, as well as director John Lee Hancock. It takes readers behind...
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    Monday Mouse Watch: How the team behind Disney's "Get A Horse!" uses breakthrough technology to create the look of a 1928 short

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    When a forger is trying to make a document look older than it actually is, they'll sometimes use tea or tobacco to stain the paper that this item is printed on. And when a furniture maker is trying to make a table or a dresser look like an authentic antique, they'll sometimes beat on that item with a length of chain in order to weather the wood. But when it comes to making a brand-new animated shot look as though it had been produced 85 years ago ... Well, no one in Hollywood had ever done...
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    Huffington Post -- Halloween never really ends for Brooke Walters, designer of Haunt mazes for Knott's Scary Farm

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    For most people on the planet, Halloween will end at the stroke of midnight tonight. Once the witching hour passes and it's then officially November 1st, the masks come off, the costumes get packed away and those artfully carved pumpkins quickly get tossed in the trash as we then turn our attention to all of the other holidays that loom on the calendar. Mind you, I said "most." If you're someone like Brooke Walters , who designs mazes for Haunt at Knott's Berry Farm , Halloween...
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    "Hocus Pocus" cast & crew return to the Disney lot to reminisce about the making of this Halloween favorite

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    D23 members got a treat (rather than a trick) earlier this month when the Official Disney Fan Club celebrated the 20th anniversary of "Hocus Pocus" by holding two screenings of this Kenny Ortega film on the Burbank lot back on October 19th. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved According to Billy Stanek , D23's web editor, the Studio really went all out for this celebration. Not only digging down deep into the Company's Archives to unearth iconic props & costumes...
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    Oh My Disney has scared up three special Halloween videos

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    Australian beat box star, Tom Thumb who's TED Talk in Sydney in Sydney has accumulated more than 7 million views and has performed in beatboxing concerts around the world, vocalizes all of the sounds from Walt Disney's 1929 Silly Symphony short, The Skeleton Dance. In this original take on The Skeleton Dance which was the first animated cartoon to use non-post-sync sound, Tom literally uses only his mouth to create every sound you hear. Disney Villains all have something in common: they love...
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    The Headless Horseman heads on out, expanding his turf beyond Walt Disney World for the 2013 Halloween season

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    You think -- what with all the attention that he's been getting lately -- you'd think that the Headless Horseman would have a bigger head. If he had a head, I mean. Copyright 2013 FOX and its related entities. All rights reserved To explain: Until relatively recently, if you were looking for a cinematic representation of this particular Washington Irving tale, you'd basically have no choice but to default to Disney's 1949 package feature, " The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad...
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    Did Universal Studios Hollywood over-react when it cancelled the remaining "Bill & Ted" shows for this year's Halloween Horror Nights?

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    Here's a tricky question for all you theme park fans out there. Copyright NBCUniversal. All rights reserved If you buy a ticket for an after-hours, hard ticket event like Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights -- which states right on the brochure that you're handed as you come through the turnstiles that " ... this event is recommended for mature audiences only" ... Copyright NBCUniversal. All rights reserved ... and that " ... additional warnings and restrictions are posted...
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    Hogwarts Express Arrives at Universal Orlando Resort

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    © 2013 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved. The Hogwarts Express has arrived at Universal Orlando Resort. Today, October, 24, 2013, Universal Orlando placed the iconic locomotive and train tender on the tracks between the two theme parks. Just like in the books and films - guests will be able to board the Hogwarts Express and travel between The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade, which opened in June 2010 at Islands of Adventure, and 'London' when The Wizarding World...
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    Why does "Cloudy 2" have such a bright future at the box office? Because of all the hard work Sony Pictures Animation staffers put into this production

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    This week in Hollywood, most of the ticket sales-related talk has to do with how well " Gravity " has been holding up (This Alfonso Cuarón film was No. 1 at the domestic box office from the third weekend in a row ) and how quickly " The Fifth Estate " folded. But there is another intriguing ticket sales-related story out there. And it has to do with how long " Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 " has been hanging in there. Copyright Sony Pictures Animation. All...
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    Let S/R Labs help you get all fired up for Halloween with its biannual animation art auction

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    Okay. Halloween is less than 2 weeks away at this point. So do you have any ideas for a costume yet? I didn't think so. Well, when I'm out to make an impression at my sister Andrea's annual Halloween / pumpkin carving party, I always try to think about what scared me as a kid (As opposed to what scares me now as an adult. Which is the Visa bill). Copyright S/R Laboratories. All rights reserved Anyway, luckily the catalog for S/R Laboratories' latest animation art auction (which -...
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    Did you spot the Sasquash in Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2?

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    Did you know this elusive creature makes dozens of glimpse-and-you'll-miss them appearances in the Sony Pictures Animation comedy hit? From a building window in San Franjose to driving a boat or walking in the background of Sardine Circle. See if you can find him in the images below then find out more about the mysterious Sasquash in this video .
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    Huffington Post -- Mickey, meet Moe: How the Three Stooges influenced Disney's new Emmy Award-winning series of Mickey Mouse shorts

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    For decades now, Mickey Mouse has been the corporate symbol of The Walt Disney Company. Nice, safe and bland. But there are those at the Mouse House who remember when Disney's corporate symbol used to be really funny. To be specific, Eric Coleman -- the senior vice president of Original Series at Disney Television Animation -- and Mike Moon -- who's a creative vice president for that same arm of The Walt Disney Company. And as Eric & Mike looked at those old Mickey Mouse shorts which...
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    Countdown to Disney "Frozen" : How one simple suggestion broke the ice on the "Snow Queen" 's decades-long story problems

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    So how long has Walt Disney Animation Studios been trying to bring " The Snow Queen " to the big screen? Would you believe 70 years? Concept painting for the aborted Hans Christian Andersen bio pic that Walt Disney and Samuel Goldwyn once considered collaborating on. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Yep. As far back as 1943 (Which was when Walt was in discussions with Samuel Goldwyn about their two studios possibly collaborating on a feature-length biography of Hans...
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    "Toy Story of TERROR!" brings the fun & the wit of this acclaimed Pixar film trilogy to the small screen

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    Given that -- back when John Lasseter first began toying with the idea of building a movie around the secret life of toys in the late 1980s / early 1990s -- Buzz & Woody's very first adventure was supposed to have been a holiday special , it's kind of fitting that Pixar has finally circled back around to this idea with " Toy Story of TERROR! " (which airs tonight on ABC from 8 - 8:30 p.m. ET / PT). Copyright Disney Pixar. All rights reserved So how does this Halloween-themed...
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    Do you see what icy? New "Frozen" trailer

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    Disney Consumer Products Unwraps its #DisneyDozen Gift List for the 2013 Holiday Season

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    Receiving more awards and accolades than ever before, this holiday toy list showcases imaginative products for all ages and budgets featuring Disney, Marvel and Star Wars characters. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Paint & Play app by Disney Publishing Worldwide Glendale, Calif. (October 15, 2013) - It's the holiday season and Disney Consumer Products has magical gifts for all ages and budgets in its #DisneyDozen gift list inspired by favorite Disney, Marvel and Star Wars characters and stories. This...
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    Monday Mouse Watch: Why that AVATAR concept art got unveiled in Japan rather than stateside. And what's in the works for the Disneyland Resort in regards to "Star Wars"

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    It's been a busy couple of days, Disney news-wise. With all sorts of official announcements being made and weird rumors bubbling up. So as a special Columbus Day treat, I thought that it might be fun to dig down into this pile and then offer some additional information about some of the stories that have been swirling around out there. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved First of all, let's talk about that concept art for James Cameron's World of AVATAR that was showcased...
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    From making her primetime debut on ABC's "Once Upon a Time" to Ms. Bell's brand-new hardcover history, teeny Tink is having a very big week

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    For those of you who are keeping tabs on which classic Disney characters have been popping up on ABC 's " Once Upon A Time ," this Sunday's episode really is a must-see. Why For? Well, since Emma & the crew from Storybrooke are wandering all over Neverland searching for Henry, who should they turn to for help in their effort to find Peter Pan's camp but Tinker Bell? Rose Mciver plays Tinker Bell in Sunday night's episode of ABC's "Once Upon a Time." Photo...
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    Countdown to Disney "Frozen" : The flaky design idea behind the look of Elsa's ice palace

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    For 84 years now, Walt Disney Animation Studios has been in the castle-building business. Whether it's that golden castle-in-the-clouds that we glimpse at the very end of " Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs " ... Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved ... or that shiny undersea abode that King Triton resides in ... Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved ... the artists & designers at WDAS certainly have a knack for creating memorable domiciles for royals...
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    Huffington Post -- How Alfonso Cuarón sculpted authentic-sounding audio for "Gravity" 's silence-filled space

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    There's a heated debate going on right now among cinéastes about the proper way to see " Gravity ." Some say that the very best way to experience Alfonso Cuarón 's incredibly intense space epic is by catching the 3D version. While still others insist that -- in order to feel the full effect of (SPOILERS AHEAD) being stranded 375 miles above Earth -- you really need to see the IMAX 3D version of this movie. Well, according to sound editor Skip Lievsay , if you want...
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    Disney sets up shop In J.C. Penney

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    Retailer J.C. Penney is hoping some of Tinker Bell 's pixie dust will attract parents and their children into its recently launched Disney shops inside some 565 stores nationwide. Penney's had been selling select Disney merchandise on its website since early September and now has cut the ribbon on Disney shops as part of its redesigned children's department. Photo by Paul Perrello There is no mistaking the Disney footprint. At the J.C. Penney store at the Franklin Mills Mall in Philadelphia...
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    DreamWorks Animation screens "Dragon 2" and "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" footage for NATO members in Washington DC

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    Greetings from Washington D.C. Where -- while the U.S. Government may not be working -- DreamWorks Animation certainly is. T he Kennedy Center reflected in the placid Potomac. Photo by Jim Hill Last night just across the street from Georgetown Waterfront Park, Fox & DWA officials treated roughly 100 members of the National Association of Theatre Owners (who were in town for their annual general membership and board meeting) to a quick preview of their upcoming slate. After the audience had been...
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    Join Disneyland's CHOC "Walk in the Park" to Support Pediatric Healthcare & Get a Peek Behind the Magic

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    2013 CHOC "WALK IN THE PARK," THE LARGEST, SINGLE PEDIATRIC WALK IN THE U.S., GETS READY TO HIT THE PAVEMENT AT DISNEYLAND RESORT ON OCTOBER 13 The event is the biggest annual fundraising effort for CHOC Children's, devoted to meeting the medical needs of children throughout Southern California and beyond ORANGE, Calif. (Sept. 27, 2013) - - Before the sun rises on Sunday, October 13, Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, will be filled with thousands of people...
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    A respectful retheming & fast service make the Market House Starbucks a welcome addition to Disneyland's Main Street U.S.A.

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    Late last week, I was out west for a Disney "Frozen" media event (Don't worry. JHM will be posting a bunch of stories about this new Walt Disney Animation Studios production in the coming weeks). And before I flew back home to New Hampshire on Saturday night, I made a quick side trip to Disneyland Park to go check out this year's Halloween Time decorations. Photo by Jim Hill I have to admit that I enjoyed how Disneyland Entertainment Creative Development works with this theme park's...
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    Huffington Post -- Celebrate the start of The Simpsons' 25th season on television by touring Universal Studios Florida's Springfield, U.S.A.

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    Tonight The Simpsons officially kicks off its 25th season on Fox . Normally on an auspicious occasion like this, you're supposed to raise a glass. But since we're looking to pay tribute to the longest running prime time series in US television history , shouldn't that glass be filled with Duff Beer? Or -- at the very least -- Buzz Cola? Well, if you'd like to toast Homer, Marge, Lisa, Bart & Maggie with an authentic Simpsons-inspired beverage, then there's really only one...
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    Princess Fairytale Hall is a welcome addition to the New Fantasyland at WDW's Magic Kingdom

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    “Hear Ye! Hear Ye! By royal proclamation, the Princess Fairytale Hall at Walt Disney World ’s New Fantasyland is now open.” Photo by Paul Perrello With a bit of pomp and circumstance only fitting for royalty, guests can now pay a visit to the fairest princesses in all the land at the recently opened Fairytale Hall located in the Castle Courtyard in the center of an expanded Fantasyland at Disney’s Magic Kingdom . Here you will be able to meet and greet some of your favorite...
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