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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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    Huffington Post -- "Remember Roy E. Disney" shines a spotlight on Walt's nephew, who saved The Walt Disney Company not once but twice

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    So it was Walt who dreamed up the Disney Company. And it was his older brother Roy O. who repeatedly found the funds necessary to turn Walt's dreams into reality. And it was Michael Eisner who took Disney when it was dead last in Hollywood (Out of the eight studios in town that were making movies at that time, Disney was eighth) and then turned into a multi-media powerhouse. And it's Bob Iger who -- through the canny acquisition of Pixar , Marvel and Lucasfilm (not to mention the Company's...
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    The Once and Future Keane: Glen Keane looks back on animating Ariel, announces his own production company

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    In case you haven't already noticed, we're right in the middle of The Walt Disney Company's full-court promotional press for " The Little Mermaid " (which is available for the first time on Blu-ray combo pack and HD Digital starting next Tuesday, October 1st). So on the East Coast of the country this past Saturday, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment staged a special screening of this beloved animated classic at NYC's Walter Reade Theater where Jodi Benson (voice of Ariel...
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    There's just one week left to catch that whimsical march-of-the-ducks at the Peabody Orlando

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    There are lots of hotels along International Drive. Photo by Jim Hill But there's only one hotel in Orlando that has ducks etched in its front windows ... Photo by Jim Hill ... and a marble mallard inlaid right in the floor of its lobby. Photo by Jim Hill When you see this many ducks outside of WDW 's Magic Kingdom , there's really only one place that you can be. And that's the Peabody Orlando . Photo by Jim Hill he story of this I-Drive hotel doesn't actually start in Orlando...
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    Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 23 is Now Open

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    EVIL HAS TAKEN ROOT.. UNIVERSAL ORLANDO'S HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS 23 IS NOW OPEN Nation's Best Halloween Event Features Horror's Most Recognizable Names - Including AMC's "The Walking Dead," Resident Evil, "The Cabin in the Woods" and More ORLANDO, Fla. (September 20, 2013) -Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 23 is now open with eight, all-new, disturbingly real haunted houses, horrifying street experiences filled with hundreds of "scareactors"...
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    Huffington Post -- Disney hopes "Little Mermaid" fans will embrace the communal, interactive movie-going experience that "Second Screen Live" offers

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    It's become quite the hot-button issue in cinematic circles. What to do about people who bring their electronics along with them when they go out to the movies and then fire these devices up mid-film. Just late week at the Toronto International Film Festival , Alex Billington -- the blogger behind FirstShowing.net -- actually dialed 911 in the middle of a screening of " The Sacrament ." All because the film critic seated directly in front of Alex refused to stop using their cell phone...
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    What sort of ripple effect will Disney's decision to push back "The Good Dinosaur" 's release date have?

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    Do your remember that scene from the original " Jurassic Park " where -- as that off-screen T-Rex stomped around the paddock which he was about to escape from -- his footfalls were so heavy that they actually cause ripples in those water glasses which Tim & Lexy are drinking from? Copyright 1993 Universal Pictures. All rights reserved Well, Disney's decision to push back the release date of "The Good Dinosaur" from May 30, 2014 to November 25, 2015 is bound to cause some...
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    Disney Shares First Look Images from "The Pirate Fairy" Releasing on Blu-ray Combo Pack Spring 2014

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    Zarina (left) is voiced by Christina Hendricks and James (right) is voice by Tom Hiddleston.
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    Huffington Post -- Why Stephan Franck was drawn to use hand-drawn animation on "The Legend of Smurfy Hollow"

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    Has computer animation's omnipresence in today's entertainment left you ... Well, feeling a little blue? Well, don't fret. There are still folks in Hollywood who are huge fans of traditional animation. Witness Disney's announcement last week that its Touchstone Pictures division will be handling the North American distribution of Hayao Miyazaki 's latest hand-drawn masterwork, " The Wind Rises ." Or -- better yet -- what Sony Pictures Animation decided to do with its...
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    Broadway-bound version of Disney's "Aladdin," a new musical comedy, holds its first day of rehearsal in NYC

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    Hey! Clear the way in the old Bazaar Hey you! Let us through! It's a bright new star! Adam Jacobs -- who plays the title role in Disney's big new Broadway-bound production of "Aladdin" -- grabs a snack on the first day of rehearsal. Photo by Heidi Gutman. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Oh Come! Be the first on your block to meet his eye! Courtney Reed -- who will play Princess Jasmine in the all-new stage version of this Academy Award- winning film -- looks...
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    Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Releases New Poster for "Frozen" in Theatres This Thanksgiving

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    Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind "Tangled" and "Wreck-It Ralph," presents "Frozen," a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey-teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven-to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions...
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    Disney's "Into the Woods" Ventures Into Production Featuring New Song by Stephen Sondheim

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    DISNEY'S "INTO THE WOODS" VENTURES INTO PRODUCTION FEATURING AWARD-WINNING CAST & PRODUCTION TEAM Film to Feature Songs from the Award-Winning Stage Show, Plus Brand-New Song by Stephen Sondheim BURBANK, Calif. (Sept. 16, 2013) - Disney's "Into the Woods" kicked off production last week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast. Rob Marshall, the talented filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical "Chicago" and Disney's...
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    How Mark Renfrow brewed up "Unleashed the Villains" for Disney's Hollywood Studios

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    By now, you've no doubt heard about what happened at Disney's Hollywood Studios this past Friday night. How a New Year's Eve-sized crowd turned out for this " Limited Time Magic " event. Which led to some pretty interesting challenges for the very unlucky WDW cast members who were scheduled to work at this theme park on Friday the 13th. It was body-to-body along Hollywood Boulevard this past Friday night. Photo by Angela Ragno Now there are plenty of places that you go online...
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    Start of construction of Disney Springs parking garages means the end of the road for WDW's Pleasure Island nightclub complex

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    Last month when I was out at the D23 EXPO , longtime Imagineer Doug Hartwell was nice enough to give me a brief tour of the "Journey into Imagineering pavilion. Doug Hartwell and Jim Hill stand in front of the Disney Springs model. Photo by Nancy Stadler As part of that tour, we stopped in front of the model for the Disney Springs project. Which is this multi-year, five phase, umpteen million dollar reimaging of WDW 's Downtown Disney retail, dining and entertainment complex . Disney Springs...
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    Ghirardelli® Chocolate Company Joins Disney's El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard

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    Grand Opening of New Ghirardelli® Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop And all-new Disney Studio Store Set For Friday, November 15 HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -September 15, 2013 - Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, America's oldest operating chocolate manufacturer, is pleased to announce the grand opening of its newest soda fountain and chocolate shop on Friday, November 15th, joining The Walt Disney Studio's El Capitan Theatre and Disney Studio Store on Hollywood Boulevard. The shop-the first in Los...
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