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    Disney Store to Unveil All-new Product Collections at D23 EXPO 2015

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    Glendale, Calif. - July 23, 2015 - Disney Store today announced the all-new collections and Limited Editions set to launch at this year's D23 EXPO 2015, Disney's ultimate fan event held at the Anaheim Convention Center August 14-16. Located within the Disney Consumer Products Pavilion at D23 EXPO, the Disney Store shop will feature new and exclusive products showcased throughout more than 3,000 sq. ft. of retail space. New items celebrating everyone's favorite characters will be unveiled...
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    Cooper Hewitt to Present Exhibition "PIXAR: The Design of Story" This Fall

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    Pixar: The Design of Story Examining the collaborative design process behind Pixar Animation Studios, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum presents "Pixar: The Design of Story," from Oct. 8, 2015 through Aug. 7, 2016. Featuring original artwork, including rarely seen hand-drawn sketches, paintings and sculptures, the exhibition reveals how Pixar develops popular characters, fosters emotional connection to its films and, ultimately, how the design process is at the studio's core...
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    Mickey Mouse Himself Kicks Off Disney’s TeamMickey All-Star Baseball Tour at the St. Louis Cardinals vs Atlanta Braves Game.

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    'Take Me Out to the Ball Game" -- Mickey dons his baseball uniform to lead the crowd in some fun! #TeamMickey All-Star Baseball Tour, launched in St. Louis on Sunday 7/26. The #TeamMickey All-Star Baseball Tour kicked off last weekend, allowing fans of all ages to celebrate two beloved All-American icons: baseball and Mickey Mouse. Mickey and local members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America celebrate Baseball and kick-off #TeamMickey All-Star Baseball Tour, in St. Louis on Sunday 7/26...
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    AMC's "The Walking Dead" Returns to Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights 2015

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    AMC's "The Walking Dead" Returns to "Halloween Horror Nights" at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, Unleashing the Terror of Season 5 Upon the Country's Most Extreme and Highly-Anticipated Halloween Events Universal City, Ca., Orlando, Fla., July 30, 2015 - The nation's insatiable appetite for AMC's "The Walking Dead" will continue to terrify Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort when the most intense moments...
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    Disney Infinity 3.0 showcases its design & development process at E3 2015

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    As the E3 wraps up we find ourselves exhausted yet also enthusiastic about the next year of gaming. There were many great titles announced for all of the major platforms. Several sequels, including the big names like Call of Duty, Assassins Creed and Fallout that will be fighting for game of the year honors. The front-runner seems to be Fallout 4 but the year is still young. Photo by Noe Valladolid Meanwhile over at Disney, rather Disney Interactive. the train is picking up speed. This past week...
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    Pete Docter & Jonas Rivera offers an inside look at how Pixar's latest, "Inside Out," was produced

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    It is not everyday that you get the chance to speak one-on-one with the creative minds behind what you know will be a summer blockbuster at the box office. That is exactly the opportunity that I had recently when I sat down with Disney / Pixar's Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera responsible for some of the best animation to hit the silver screen. Doctor and Rivera were in Philadelphia recently as part of their cross-country press tour talking up " Inside Out ," what they hope will be the...
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    Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company Issues Statement on Disney Legend, Frank Gifford

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    Pro Football Hall of Famer and veteran sports journalist Frank Gifford has died in Connecticut, his family announced on Sunday. He was 84. Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company has issued the following statement. President of the Walt Disney Company Bob Iger (L) and TV commentator Frank Gifford attend the 2008 Disney Legends Ceremony at the Walt Disney Studios on October 13, 2008 in Burbank, California. Source: Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images North America "Frank Gifford was an...
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    Star Wars and star power -- plus Marvel, Pixar, and plenty of Disney -- at this year's D23 EXPO

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    When D23 -- Disney's official fan club -- launched the D23 EXPO back in 2009, all the "wonderful worlds" of Disney was pretty much just Disney. And -- of course -- Pixar , a Disney acquisition in 2006. And ABC , which Disney purchased over a decade before that. But now Disney's "world" has come to include a "universe" and a "galaxy" (albeit one far, far away). So how does Disney bring all of these seemingly disparate brands together for its biennial...
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    Fall Issue of Disney twenty-three Magazine Devoted To D23 Expo 2015

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    DISNEY TWENTY-THREE TAKES GUESTS ON A JOURNEY THROUGH SHANGHAI DISNEY RESORT AND TOY STORY 'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY IN AN ISSUE DEVOTED TO D23 EXPO 2015, DISNEY'S OFFICIAL FAN CLUB ALSO SHARES ARCHIVAL DISNEYLAND TREASURES, EXPLORES DISNEY AND MARVEL'S COMIC BOOK COLLABORATION, AND PROFILES THE NEW DISNEY LEGENDS. BURBANK, Calif. - AUGUST 10, 2015 - In celebration of D23 EXPO 2015, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is devoting its Fall publication of Disney twenty-three to some of the remarkable...
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    "Ant-Man" director Peyton Reed recalls working with Disney Legend Dean Jones

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    As the director of Marvel's most recent summer blockbuster, Peyton Reed has a lot to be thankful for these days. " 'Ant-Man' was a fantastic experience. The cast was amazing," Reed admitted during a recent phone call. "I'm really pleased with the way the finished film turned out. And I'm hoping that we get to do a follow-up." Peyton Reed (L) confers with Paul Rudd on the "Ant-Man" set. Copyright Marvel / Disney. All rights reserved Mind you, 20 year...
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    There's something fishy about Asher Blinkoff's voicework in "Hotel Transylvania 2"

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    When you're 6 & a 1/2, almost 7 years-old, you view the movie-making process differently than -- say -- your typical SAG-AFTRA member. Take -- for example -- Asher Blinkoff. The talented tot who's providing the voice of Dracula's grandson Dennis in Sony Pictures Animation 's " Hotel Transylvania 2 ." Copyright Sony Pictures Animation. All rights reserved What excites Asher most about making movies? Is it walking the red carpet with his fellow "HT2" cast members...
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    Don't wear Green & Gold to Universal Orlando's Jurassic Park unless you want the raptors there to see red

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    Just a bit of advice to all your Green Bay Packers fans out there: On the heels of yesterday's season opener (when the Packers traveled to Chicago's historic Soldier Field (and then beat the Bears 31 to 23), you're probably feeling pretty proud right about now. Which is why -- most likely -- you're wearing Green & Gold today. Well, if that's really the case and you're currently on vacation in Central Florida, you may want to steer clear of the Jurassic Park section of...
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    Disney's THE JUNGLE BOOK- New Trailer (Video)

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    Disney's "The Jungle Book" Directed by Jon Favreau ("Iron Man"), based on Rudyard Kipling's timeless stories and inspired by Disney's classic animated film, "The Jungle Book" is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who's been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate...
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    Star Wars: The Force Awakens Exclusive Look Using Instagram's New Landscape Orientation

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    BURBANK, CALIF. (August 27, 2015) - Today, Instagram announced that - in addition to square posts - you can now share photos and videos in both portrait and landscape orientation on their platform. With this update, Instagram users can upload widescreen video which will be more cinematic than ever. This morning, @StarWars released an exclusive look at their upcoming film, The Force Awakens, using Instagram's new landscape orientation. As part of this collaboration, Star Wars: The Force Awakens...
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    Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort Announces Room Expansion

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    400 new rooms coming to Universal Orlando's incredibly popular retro-themed hotel in 2017 ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 31, 2015) - Universal Orlando Resort and Loews Hotels & Resorts are excited to announce an expansion of Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Four-hundred new rooms will be added to the retro-themed hotel due to its tremendous success and positive guest response since opening in March 2014. Opening in 2017, the expansion will consist of two additional towers that will be located...
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    Carly Rae Jepsen & Daughtry Set to Rock the Stage This Weekend At Universal Orland Resort’s 25th Anniversary Concert Series

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    CARLY RAE JEPSEN AND DAUGHTRY SET TO ROCK THE STAGE THIS WEEKEND AS THE FINAL TWO SHOWS OF UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT'S 25 TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT SERIES Orlando, Fla. (November 23, 2015) - Universal Orlando Resort's 25 th Anniversary Concert Series concludes this weekend with musical performances by GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen on Friday, November 27 and GRAMMY-nominated rock band Daughtry on Saturday, November 28. Multi-platinum artist, Carly Rae Jepsen released her...
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    What goes on behind-the-scenes at Macy's before its Thanksgiving Day Parade can step off

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    So where are you right now when it comes to your Thanksgiving to-do list? You know, that running tab of things that you need to get done between now and tomorrow afternoon? Well, as busy as you may be, I'm betting that your Thanksgiving to-do list looks like a Post-it note compared to all of the tasks that the talented folks who work for Macy's Parade & Entertainment Group have to accomplish before 12 noon ET on Thursday. November 25th arrives. Copyright 2015 Macy's Inc. All rights...
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    D23 Will Bring the Magic of Disney to Fans Across the Country in 2016

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    Member favorites return as Disney's official fan club expands offerings BURBANK, Calif. - December 1, 2015 - In 2016, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will expand member events with more experiences on the East Coast and new twists on current favorites. D23 BEHIND-THE-SCENES EXPERIENCES : In 2015, D23 Members had the opportunity to explore hidden Disney gems-such as the Animation Research Library-while hearing stories from Disney luminaries such as Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith and...
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    Universal Orlando mixes hi-tech & simple tricks to serve up scares at Halloween Horror Nights 25

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    With October 31st just a few days away now, millions of people are in the process of putting the finishing touches on their home Halloween displays. All with the hope that they'll then be able to impress the neighbors and/or thrill some trick-or-treaters when they come a-knockin' on All Hallows' Eve. But what are the exact components of a truly successful seasonal display? To get a definitive answer to this question, I reached out to Mike Aiello , Director of Entertainment - Creative...
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    Three Disney Parks put very different spins on their Chinese New Year / Lunar New Year celebrations

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    Today's the first day of the Chinese New Year, a holiday that one sixth of the world's population will celebrate with friends & family. Mind you, not everyone will be celebrating the first day of the Year of the Golden Rooster in the exact same way. On the Mainland, Chinese New Year is kind of like Christmas & New Year's all rolled into one. Which is why this weeks-long celebration takes on almost an epic quality with spectacular entertainments, festive decorations, and special...
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    "Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning" shines a spotlight on one of the greatest comeback stories in Hollywood history

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    60 years ago this month, William Hanna & Joseph Barbera were riding high. Following the retirement of their longtime boss / nemesis, Fred Quimby , Bill & Joe were finally fully in charge of MGM's animation division. And these two were genuinely looking forward to extending their studio's Oscar-winning streak (From 1940 - 1957, seven cartoons produced by MGM's animation unit wound up taking home the Academy Award for Best Animated Short. To put this in perspective: During this...
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    Getting "Zootopia" just right really challenged Disney screenwriters Jared Bush and Phil Johnston

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    Given that " Zootopia " is set in a mammals-only city, it's entirely appropriate that this Walt Disney Animation Studios production took home the lion's share of the prizes at this year's Annie Awards . This Byron Howard / Rich Moore movie wound up claiming six of the top trophies at Saturday night's ceremony at UCLA's Royce Hall . Among them Best Animated Feature, Best Directing, Best Storyboarding, Best Character Design and Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature...
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    Spending Valentine's Day at the Winchester Mystery House is not for the faint-of-heart

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    When it comes to making a romantic gesture on Valentine's Day, most men opt for the safe choices (i.e., cards, chocolate and/or flowers). But if you're one of those guys who's got a bit of a dramatic / gothic streak, if you sincerely believe that every great romance should have an element of surprise & mystery to it ... Well, maybe you should consider taking your beloved out to San Jose to tour the Winchester Mystery House . Okay. I know. Taking someone that you care about into what...
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    How relocating to a leaky old warehouse made rebooting Disney's smart, subversive "Zootopia" so much easier

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    It was the one-two punch that would have felled a lesser group of filmmakers. Back in November of 2014, the " Zootopia " story team had just realized that - after 3+ years of developing this project for Walt Disney Animation Studios - they were going to have to change this movie's protagonist. "And doing that sort of reboot, changing our film's story so that it could then be told from Judy's point-of-view rather than Nick's, was going to cause a lot of upheaval,"...
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    The Mouse makes use of its theme parks, in-cinema events and podcasts to help spread the word about Disney Theatrical Productions

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    Given that Disney Theatrical has - over the past two years - launched four international productions of its hit Broadway musical, "Aladdin" (With the Japanese version bowing in Tokyo in May of 2015, the German version debuting in Hamburg back in December of 2015, the London version opening in the West End in June of 2016, and the Australia version of this Tony Award-winner opening in Sydney back in August of 2016) ... It's not exactly as though this division of The Walt Disney Company...
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    "Circus 1903" uses modern stage craft & pachyderm puppets to recreate a turn-of-the-century traveling show

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    30+ years ago, David Williamson almost ran away with the circus. "I was a teenager growing up in Ohio," Williamson recalled during a recent phone interview. "And this one ring circus came to town. They found out somehow that I did magic and then tried to recruit me to come join their show. The idea sounded so romantic, but my mother wouldn't let me go." We now jump ahead a few decades and Williamson has become a conjurer's conjurer. Voted "Sleight of Hand Magician...
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    It was "Kubo" 's moments of stillness - rather than that movie's big action sequences - which really challenged the animators at LAIKA

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    What was the biggest challenge the team that animated " Kubo and the Two Strings " faced during production? Copyright LAIKA / Focus Features. All rights reserved Was it this film's battle in the Hall of Bones, which made use of the largest stop motion puppet ever made (a 16-feet tall articulated skeleton that weighed in at a whopping 400 pounds)? Or was it "Kubo" ''s ambitious opening sequence, which drew its inspiration from that famous Japanese woodblock print, Hokusai...
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    Oscar winners & nominees apply their craft to cutting-edge theme park attractions for Falcon's Creative Group

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    Tonight, all eyes will be on the Dolby Theatre as Hollywood comes together to celebrate the craft of movie-making. Mind you, as entertaining as the Academy Awards may be to watch, it's important to remember that those who receive Oscars don't necessarily limit themselves to just working on movies that then show up at your local multiplex. Take - for example - Mark Lasoff , the veteran visual effects artist who, along with Thomas L. Fisher , Michael Kanfer , and Robert Legato , took home 1998's...
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    Looking back on Elizabeth Taylor's 60th birthday celebration at Disneyland Park

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    25 years ago tonight, Disneyland Park traded its "Happiest Place on Earth" reputation for one that stressed security. Which is why - as you approached the perimeter of this famed theme park on the evening of February 27, 1992 - you'd have then encountered guards armed with flashlights & German shepherd dogs stationed at 50 foot intervals. "Why the extra security?," you ask. Because this was the night when all of Hollywood had driven down to Anaheim to help Elizabeth Taylor...
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    "DuckTales" first look proves that this new Disney XD series will put a fun, new spin on the world of Scrooge McDuck

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    It's a moment that will no doubt shock old-school "DuckTales" fans. Donald Duck's nephews first climb up on Uncle Scrooge's desk. And then they pelt this beleaguered bajillionaire with a series of quick, cutting, personal questions. "Are you really our uncle?," asks Huey. "How old are you?," queries Dewey. But perhaps the most painful question comes from Louie. Who straight-out says to Scrooge "You used to be a big deal. What happened to you?" That's...
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    Universal's Volcano Bay is where fiery spirits play & glow worms light the way

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    People who have previously visited Central Florida already know that it can sometimes get a trifle warm in this section of the Sunshine State. Well, come May 25th, Orlando's about to get a whole lot hotter. That's when Volcano Bay - Universal Orlando 's water theme park - officially opens for business. More to the point, that's when Vol - the trickster fire spirit - begins interacting with visitors to Krakatua. Which is the 200 foot-tall water and fire volcano that stands at the very...
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    Why did Mandy Moore decide to reprise Rapunzel for Disney's "Tangled: Before Ever After" & "Tangled: The Series"

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    Even though Mandy Moore has long been a fan of the Disney Princesses ("When I was a little girl growing up in Orlando, I remember that - after I first saw ' The Little Mermaid ' - I would walk around the house singing 'Part of Your World,' "Ms. Moore recalled during a recent phone call. "I'd then pester my parents, asking them 'Who sings that song better? Me or Ariel?"), she was still initially reluctant to reprise Rapunzel for a new series that Disney...
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    An epic meet-up with the Avengers sets Season Two of "Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy" in motion

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    It's the moment that Marvel fans have been waiting for ever since " Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy " originally premiered on Disney XD back in September of 2015. When Peter Quill & pals journey to Star-Lord's home planet of Earth and then cross paths with the Avengers. It's worth noting here that the Marvel Cinematic Universe - through multiple motion pictures that have been released in its Phase Two & Phase Three arcs - has been building towards a similar sort...
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    How a production delay helped make all of those eye-popping FX sequences in Marvel's "Doctor Strange" possible

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    Stef Ceretti is a master of movie magic. And I'm not just saying that because Stef has been the visual effects supervisor on Academy Award-winning films like "The Matrix." Or because of his ground-breaking work on FX-filled extravaganzas like "Batman Begins," "X-men: First Class," & Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy." No, I'm called Ceretti a master of movie magic because - to date - he's worked on three different motion pictures where magic...
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    Theme parks around the US use food-based events to drive up their seasonal attendance levels

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    Theme park food is a really big deal these days (And when I say "big," I'm not just talking about those ginormous turkey legs that the Mouse sells at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Which - according to what Zachary Levi told Conan O'Brien this past Thursday [one hopes, in jest] -- might actually be emu legs. Anyway ...). Ever since WDW managers first learned 20+ years that they could boost Epcot attendance levels every Fall by staging a food & wine festival around World Showcase...
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    Disney XD's "Milo Murphy's Law" offers optimistic alternative to election night coverage

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    With just one day left until America votes, people are really stressing right now. They keep looking at all the polling data and then wondering "What happens if everything goes wrong and the wrong person gets elected?" Well, I can't tell you how to vote. But I can tell you what to do after the election, especially if your candidate doesn't win. Which is: Be more like Milo Murphy. Copyright Disney XD. All rights reserved You've heard about " Milo Murphy's Law ,"...
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    WDW's new "The Muppets Present ... Great Moments in American History" show brings authentic Muppet mayhem to Liberty Square

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    Anyone who's ever seen " Jim Henson's Muppet*Vision 3D " can tell you the title of that elaborate pageant which Sam Eagle has put together to close out that show. It's called "A Salute to All Nations, But Mostly America." Sadly, things don't quite go as this self-proclaimed super-patriot had planned. As "Muppet*Vision 3D" predictably descents into chaos, Kermit the Frog asks Sam if that part of the show is now ready to go. "It's a glorious three...
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    Universal Orlando will use cutting-edge tech to reimagine the water park experience at Volcano Bay

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    Seven years ago, Dale Mason - the Vice President and Executive Art Director at Universal Creative - had an idea. He wanted to do a water theme park. Not a water park, mind you. A water theme park. Something that would then move the whole water park experience to an entirely different level. "So I and this very small team of people put together a very small brief on this idea," Dale recalled during a recent phone interview. "And we thought that the concept that we had come up with for...
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    Disney Twenty-Three Winter Issue Reveals the Origins of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

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    DISNEY TWENTY-THREE JOINS THE REBELLION TO CELEBRATE THE ARRIVAL OF ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH STARS FELICITY JONES AND ALAN TUDYK, DIRECTOR GARETH EDWARDS, AND PRODUCER KATHLEEN KENNEDY PLUS, A PREVIEW OF THE NEW IRON MAN EXPERIENCE AT HONG KONG DISNEYLAND, A TOUR OF THE REIMAGINED DISNEY WONDER , AND A CONVERSATION WITH MOANA STAR AULI'I CRAVALHO On December 16, Star Wars fans will blast off once again to a galaxy far, far away-only this time, it's with a new...
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    First draft of Disney's "Steamboat Willie" scenario coming up for bid in S/R Lab's next animation art auction

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    The Walt Disney Company is really going all out for Mickey Mouse's 88 th birthday . Over the next four weeks, they will be sending this beloved character / corporate symbol around the globe. Where (I'm quoting from the official press release now) Mickey will be making " ... surprise appearances at iconic, real-world locations" where the Mouse will then interact with his many " ... fans and friends." Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Mind you, all of...
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    Disney Junior reimagines "Muppet Babies" as a CG-animated series which will debut on that pre-school cable channel in early 2018

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    Someone better tell Nanny that she needs a new pair of green & blue knee socks. Because the Muppet Babies are headed back to the nursery. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Sometime in early 2018, a reimaging of this much-beloved TV show (which - back in the 1980s - was a four-time winner of the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program) will premiere on Disney Junior . A co-production of that cable channel, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media 's (DCPI)...
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    Steampunk stylings make the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen a stand-out at Universal Orlando's CityWalk

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    It's the one-two punch that's been dazzling visitors to the Universal Parks & Resorts ever since The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade first opened back in June of 2010. Combining immersive theming with a top quality dining experience that's set in a specific world. And what with all the people who now line up at the Three Broomsticks so that they can then knock back a Butterbeer with their lunch (Not to mention all of those "Simpsons" fans who wait for an empty...
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    What Peter Swords King went through while doing make-up for Disney's "Alice Through the Looking Glass"

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    To hear Peter Swords King talk, there's no such thing as " ... making it up as you go along" while you're handling the make-up end of a major motion picture. And given some of the projects that Peter has worked on over the past 15 years (i.e., all three of Peter Jackson 's "Lord of the Rings" films plus "The Hobbit" trilogy. Not to mention Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," " Into the Woods " and the just-released...
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    Just where was Thor during that epic Avengers battle in "Captain America: Civil War"?(video)

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    What Thor was up to while the rest of the Avengers were battling each other in MARVEL'S CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Thor returns in THOR: RAGNAROK November 2017!
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    "American Horror Story" -themed maze brings fiends from the popular FX series to Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights

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    It's often been said that "good things come in threes." For fans of FX's " American Horror Story ," that will most definitely be the case with this year's " Halloween Horror Nights " at the Universal Orlando Resort & Universal Studios Hollywood theme park. For the 2016 edition of the ultimate Halloween event, they're building one massive maze that will then pay tribute to three separate installments of this critically-acclaimed horror anthology series...
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    Never mind Spider-Man battling the Sinister Six. You should see the fights that go behind-the-scenes on at Marvel's story summits

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    As any Spider-Man fan can tell you, "With great power must also come great responsibility." But what comes with great ratings? A surprise renewal. That was the very-good-problem-to-have that Cort Lane (Vice President of Animation Development & Partnerships at Marvel) and Stephen Wacker (Vice President of Current Animation at Marvel) suddenly found themselves dealing with back in the Spring of 2015. Back when Disney XD decided to order up another season of " Marvel's Ultimate...
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    Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre gets ready to celebrate its 90th anniversary

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    Tonight, all eyes are on the Dolby Theatre and the 88th Academy Awards . But tomorrow morning -- after that 500 foot-long red carpet (which gets rolled out along Hollywood Boulevard every year so that the stars then have something grand to stand upon) has been packed away -- where can one then go to experience some of the glitz & glamour of today's Tinseltown? Well, some people might stroll up the block to the TCL Chinese Theatre . This cinematic temple originally opened back in May of 1927...
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    Universal plans a Potter-sized Nintendo Land at its theme park in Osaka

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    Mickey and the House of Mouse better watch out. Mario is moving into the castle ! Nintendo and Universal plan to have the first Nintendo park ready in a few years. The target date is by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics . It won't really be a self-contained theme park, but rather an expansion to the existing Universal Studios Japan which is located in Osaka. Universal is betting big on this project and plans to invest 400 billion Yen or over $350 million US into its development, which was more than was...
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    How "Jungle Book" director Jon Favreau coaxed such a great performance out of acting novice Neel Sethi

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    So who exactly is Neel Sethi , the 12 year-old cinematic newcomer who's the only live-on-screen human performer in Disney's "The Jungle Book" ? Which -- after spending its second weekend at the top of the domestic box office -- has now gone on to sell over $500 million worth of tickets worldwide. More importantly, why -- out of the hundreds of child actors who auditioned for the role of Mowgli in Jon Favreau 's live-action reimagining of Disney's 1967 animated classic -...
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    It's Jim Hill in the Restaurant with the Book - The Jungle Book - and You Can Join Him June 5th

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    It’s a Jungle (Book) Out There For more than 50 years, The Walt Disney Company has been reimagining the writings of Rudyard Kipling–taking his tales of Mowgli the man-cub and his animal friends and then turning them into hugely popular films and television series. Let Jim Hill take you from Bill Peet’s far-too-dark take on this tale (which Walt Disney just hated) to Jon Favreau’s photo-realistic box office smash (for which the Studio is already developing a sequel). You’re...
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