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  • Jim Hill

    Ron Diamond's Animation Show of Shows coming to Comic-Con, getting ready for nationwide debut

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    Toon fans rejoice! The Animation Show of Shows will soon be coming to a theater near you. Thanks to a successful KickstartASOS.com campaign (which still has a few hours left to run, by the way), this animation industry favorite will now transition from being an insider-only exclusive to becoming a program that film fans around the world can participate in and enjoy. For those of you who don't know: The Animation Show of Shows has long been Ron Diamond 's baby. For the past 16 years, this...
  • Jim Hill

    Seward Johnson bronzes add a surreal, artistic touch to NYC's Garment District

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    Greetings from NYC. Nancy and I drove down from New Hampshire yesterday because we'll be checking out Disney Consumer Products ' annual Holiday Showcase later today. Anyway ... After checking into our hotel (i.e., The Paul . Which is located down in NYC's NoMad district), we decided to grab some dinner. Which is how we wound up at the Melt Shop . Photo by Jim Hill Which is this restaurant that only sells grilled cheese sandwiches. This comfort food was delicious, but kind of on the heavy...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra performs the music of Disney's animated shorts live

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    On Saturday, June 13th, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra presented a program of music celebrating Walt Disney Animation Studios, with treasures of animation once thought lost forever brought back to life with fresh new scores and new interpretations of some old favorites. The audience lines up outside of the Theatre at Ace Hotel prior to the start of the concert. Photo by Jamie Pham The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles started out as a United Artists theater, founded by artists including...
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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...
  • Noe Valladolid

    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...
  • Jim Hill

    James Earl Jones returns to voice Darth Vader as "Star Wars Rebels" begins its second season on Disney XD

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    Do you remember how big, strong & scary Darth Vader was in " Star Wars IV: A New Hope " ? Well, that version of this Dark Lord of the Sith -- back when Vader was at the very height of his powers -- will be front & center as " Star Wars Rebels " begins its second season on Disney XD this Saturday, June 20th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Copyright Lucasfilm / Disney. All rights reserved Better yet, to make sure Darth sounds exactly he did in the original " Star Wars "...
  • Jim Hill

    Phineas and Ferb finale, "Last Day of Summer," may not be as final as we think

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    In Stephen Sondheim's " Merrily We Roll Along " (which is this wonderful if flawed musical about friendship & show business), there's this particular line of dialogue that talks about the importance of a properly timed exit. It states that ... "You know what true greatness is? It's knowing when to get off." Well, tonight -- after 126 episodes, five one-hour specials, and a Disney Channel Original movie -- " Phineas and Ferb " are heading for the exit...
  • Jim Hill

    Wondering what you should "Boldly Go" see at the movies next year? The 2015 Licensing Expo offers you some clues

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    Greeting from the 2015 Licensing Expo , which is being held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Photo by Jim Hill I have to admit that I enjoy covering the Licensing Expo. Mostly becomes it allows bloggers & entertainment writers like myself to get a peek over the horizon. Scope out some of the major motion pictures & TV shows that today's vertically integrated entertainment conglomerates (Remember when these companies used to be called movie studios?) will be sending...
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    Disney Channel, Disney XD & Disney Junior Stars From Teen Beach 2, Descendants & More to Appear at Disney's D23 Expo 2015

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    DISNEY CHANNEL, DISNEY XD, AND DISNEY JUNIOR STARS IN-PERSON AT DISNEY'S D23 EXPO Star-Studded Center Stage Musical Performances by Sabrina Carpenter, Olivia Holt, Bea Miller, Dove Cameron & Sofia Carson, plus Teen Beach 2 Dance Party & more -- Fans Invited to Meet the Stars of Disney's Descendants, Teen Beach 2, Liv and Maddie, Jessie, Dog With A Blog, I Didn't Do It, Girl Meets World, K.C. Undercover, Austin & Ally, BUNK'D, and Best Friends Whenever as well as Disney...
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    Walt Disney Animation Studios' Comedy Adventure "Zootopia" Hopps Into Theaters March 2016 (Video)

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    The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it's a melting pot where animals from every environment live together-a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn't so...
  • Jim Hill

    It takes more than three circles to craft a Classic version of Mickey Mouse

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    You know what Mickey Mouse looks like, right? Little guy, big ears? Truth be told, Disney's corporate symbol has a lot of different looks. If Mickey's interacting with Guests at Disneyland Park (especially this summer, when the Happiest Place on Earth is celebrating its 60th anniversary ), he looks & dresses like this. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Or when he's appearing in one of those Emmy Award-winning shorts that Disney Television Animation has produced...
  • Jim Hill

    When did the Imagineers first dream of bringing a Marvel character into a Disney theme park?

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    Given that the highly anticipated "Iron Man Experience" won't actually open at Hong Kong Disneyland 'til the Fall of 2016 ... Copyright Marvel / Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved ... I thought that it might be interesting to look back at how the Marvel movies and characters first began filtering into the Disney theme parks and resort. Because it didn't happen overnight, folks. Though The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion in the latter...
  • Jim Hill

    Rapunzel & Flynn Rider's adventures continue with "Tangled" animated series, which debuts on the Disney Channel in 2017

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    Given that Disney Theatrical has a "Frozen" musical in the works AND Walt Disney Animation Studios is already working on "Frozen 2" AND a "Frozen" ride will be opening at Epcot early next year, it's easy nowadays to forget that there was actually a CG Disney Princess which preceded Anna & Elsa. And that's Rapunzel of "Tangled" fame. In fact, to hear some Disney insiders talk, if "Tangled" hadn't been as successful as it was when this...
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    Disney on Broadway's "The Originals": Broadway’s Best Will Light Up D23 EXPO With Exclusive Concerts

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    DISNEY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS DISNEY ON BROADWAY'S " THE ORIGINALS" FEATURING STARS FROM BROADWAY'S MARY POPPINS, TARZAN AND ALADDIN. BURBANK, Calif. - June 4, 2015 - Following the incredibly warm and rousing reception from D23 EXPO fans in 2013, Disney Theatrical Productions is thrilled to announce a new concert presented exclusively for this year's D23 EXPO at the Anaheim Convention Center entitled Disney on Broadway's " THE ORIGINALS." In anticipation...
  • Jim Hill

    The Disneyland That Might Have Been: Mickey Mouse Club, Treasure Island & Lilliputian Land

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    Given that Disneyland Park kicked off its 60th anniversary celebration last month, I thought it might be fun to take a look at some aspects of the Happiest Place on Earth that didn't make it off the drawing boarding. Take -- for example -- the Mickey Mouse Club. 1953 site plan for Disneyland Park, showing Walt originally envisioned all of the "lands" at his theme park being placed. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved According to the "Inside Disneyland"...
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    Disney Concerts and D23 Present Disney in Concert: A Silly Symphony Celebration Hosted by Leonard Maltin

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    The Live Concert Event Is the Highlight of Disney Music Emporium's EXPO Activities August 14-16, Which Include Music Product, Album Signings, and a Pre-Order for The Silly Symphony Collection BURBANK, CA - June 2, 2015 - D23 EXPO 2015 will feature the world premiere of Disney in Concert: A Silly Symphony Celebration- a live concert performance featuring a 32-piece orchestra celebrating the Silly Symphony animated short films and their accompanying music, hosted by film historian Leonard Maltin...
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    Hogwarts and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is Coming to Hollywood in Hyper-Realistic 3D-HD Spring 2016 (video)

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    Universal Studios Hollywood Introduces "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" Bringing the Most Anticipated Global Phenomenon to California in an Authentic Entertainment Experience, Beginning Spring 2016 "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey" Attraction, Located within Land's Hogwarts Castle , Makes West Coast Debut in Hyper-Realistic 3D-HD with Guests Wearing Quidditch-Inspired Goggles Hollywood, CA, June 2, 2015 -The countdown to "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter...
  • Andrea Monti

    Disneyland Paris previews new "Jedi Academy" show, debuts clever reimagining of stateside Disney Parks' "Frozen" sing-along

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    For the past few years now, Disneyland Paris hasn't been so lively. At least when it comes to live stage shows. You see, of the three sit-down theatres that this Disney theme park originally opened with back in April of 1992, one -- the Fantasy Festival stage, to be specific -- was transformed into a "Meet Mickey" location three years back that's very similar in concept & layout to the one found at WDW's Magic Kingdom. As for Disneyland Paris' other two locations, Discoveryland's...
  • Jim Hill

    Items up for bid at today's Rick Baker auction include development art from "Captain Eo" and Disney's never-produced live-action "Gargoyles" movie

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    I apologize for the extremely short notice here. But if you're a fan of modern film fantasy and live in the Los Angeles area, you need to get in your car NOW and immediately drive to the Hilton Universal City . Why For? Prop Store (the "Ultimate Movie Collectables" folks) are riding herd on an auction of over 400 items from Rick Baker 's Cinovation Studios. And that auction gets underway in the Hilton Universal City's convention space at 11 a.m. Pacific Time TODAY . Copyright...
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    Universal Orlando Resort announces Volcano Bay, the world's first water theme park

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    For the past six months or so, guests staying at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort have been looking their windows and watching as a mysterious mound of dirt grew ... Universal's Volcano Bay construction site in December of 2014. Photo by Jim Hill ... and grew. Universal's Volcano Bay construction site in February 2015. Photo by Jim Hill And when Universal Orlando officials were quizzed about what the Resort was building on this triangular piece of property (which is bounded by I-4...
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    "FUTURE-WORM!" Short-form Series Debuts on Disney XD

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    -- Andy Milonakis and James Adomian Lead the Voice Cast -- Disney XD debuted new episodes of its "Future-Worm" short-form series on WEDNESDAY, MAY 27 on its YouTube Channel . Created by Emmy Award-winning Ryan Quincy ("South Park") and starring comedian Andy Milonakis ("Kroll Show") and James Adomian ("The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson"), "Future-Worm!" follows Danny (Milonakis), an optimistic 12-year-old who creates a time machine lunch box...
  • Jim Hill

    It's the details that really make "Disney Paint the Night," Disneyland Park's all-new electrical parade

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    Greetings from the Happiest Place on Earth, where the Disneyland Resort is kicking off its Diamond Celebration . Last night was the media premiere of " Disney Paint the Night ," which is the all-new Electrical Parade that Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Creative Entertainment whipped up for Disneyland Park 's 60th anniversary celebration. Photo by Michelle Valladolid Three years in making, "Paint the Night" is full of fun nods to previous Disney theme park parades. Take -...
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    Universal’s Volcano Bay to Become Third Park at Universal Orlando Resort

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    VOLCANO BAY AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT WILL BE A WATER THEME PARK BUILT ON A BOLD CREATIVE VISION ORLANDO, Fla. (May 28, 2015) - Universal Orlando Resort today announced a project of remarkable vision: to bring to life an entirely new water theme park experience. Called Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort, it will join Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure and become the resort's third incredibly immersive park. Universal's Volcano Bay will be a place for...
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    Countdown to Shanghai Disneyland Resort continues with the opening of the world's largest Disney Store

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    The doors to the world's largest Disney Store are open in the popular Lujiazui area of Pudong, Shanghai, China. The landmark store is the largest retail space of any Disney Store in the world rivaling even the large World of Disney stores at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and in Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort in California. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved "We couldn't be more delighted to open our first Disney Store in China, in Shanghai,"...
  • Alice Hill

    Mysterious world of "Tomorrowland" recreated in gorgeous Minecraft map

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    You have to give the folks at Walt Disney Pictures credit. Because when it came to getting word out about " Tomorrowland ," they certainly didn't go by the standard summer blockbuster promotional playbook. If you think back to February of 2013 when photos of that mysterious "1952" box first popped up online ... Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved ... or that alternate reality game, "The Optimist," which Walt Disney Imagineering and Walt Disney...
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    Universal Orlando Resort Extends Its 2015 Theme Park Ticket Offer for Active Duty and Retired Members of the Military

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    Active Duty and Retired Military Personnel Can Also Upgrade with a Stay at the All-New Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort with a Discounted Vacation Package ORLANDO, Fla. (May 20, 2015) - Universal Orlando Resort has extended its ticket offer exclusively for active duty and retired members of the military with purchase available now through Dec. 4, 2015. Military personnel can purchase a one-day, park-to-park ticket and receive two complimentary days to experience the extraordinary thrills and...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    An in-depth look at "Voyage to the Iron Reef," Knott's Berry Farm's new interactive attraction

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    Last week, a few hundred lucky fans got to preview Knott's Berry Farm 's " Voyage to the Iron Reef " a day before it opened to the general public, followed by a panel discussion with Jeff Tucker (Entertainment Supervisor, Knott's Berry Farm), Lara Hanneman (Director of Entertainment and Production, Knott's Berry Farm), Jeff Gahagen (VP of Maintenance, Knott's Berry Farm), and Ernest Yale (CEO of Triotech ). Copyright CFEC / Cedar Fair Parks. All rights reserved Yale's...
  • Noe Valladolid

    Star Wars characters, Hulkbuster, Mulan, Mickey & Minnie to be featured in Disney Infinity 3.0

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    Disney has owned two Christmases in a row with the Infinity gaming series. Fans of Disney, Pixar and Marvel have enjoyed versions 1.0 and 2.0 on their gaming console of choice. For those that are unfamiliar with the titles they are based on collectible figures which work with a platform that connects to all of the major gaming consoles. The figures are interchangeable and the experience is only limited by the imagination of the player. That is to say that players have access to a "ToyBox"...
  • Alice Hill

    "Great Stanmobile Escape" allows gamers to relive "Gravity Falls" Season 2 finale

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    Remember a few weeks back when Google had the 155th Anniversary of The Pony Express, and had that adorable game involving collecting letters while riding a horse? Were you like: Gee, this sure is a great game. But I wish I was playing as Grunkle Stan mowing over government agents instead of delivering mail. Well friend, have I got a game for you! The Great Stanmobile Escape is a flash game on the Disney site very, very, VERY loosely based on the last aired episode of " Gravity Falls ."...
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    D23 Launches the First Fanniversary Home Edition, Celebrating the 60TH Anniversary of Disney's Lady and the Tramp

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    D23 LAUNCHES THE FIRST FANNIVERSARY HOME EDITION, CELEBRATING THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF LADY AND THE TRAMP For the First Time, Disney's Official Fan Club Takes Its Popular Event Global, Bringing the Fun Directly to Fans With the Biggest Lady and the Tramp Viewing Party Ever. BURBANK, Calif. - MAY 18, 2015 - D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is bringing its popular Fanniversary event into the homes of members and Disney fans around the world, with Fanniversary Home Edition. This year's inaugural...
  • Jim Hill

    Disneyland's new magic program allows some of Walt's oldest dreams for his theme park to finally come true

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    This past weekend, theme park fans around the globe collectively lost their minds as images of the Hatbox Ghost began to pop up online. The modern era Hatbox Ghost made his debut in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion this past Saturday. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved "And what's the big deal with the Hatbox Ghost?," you ask. Well, you have to understand this gruesome ghoul was originally supposed to have been one of the 999 happy haunts that Disneyland Guests would...
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    Disney Twenty-three Summer Issue Celebrates 60 Magical Years of Disneyland

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    WITH MORE THAN 40 PAGES OF STORIES, PHOTOGRAPHS, AND IMAGES, D23 HONORS THE PAST WHILE CELEBRATING THE FUTURE OF WALT'S FIRST PARK . PLUS, LEONARD MALTIN GIVES READERS A SNEAK PEEK OF THE SUMMER'S BIGGEST MOVIES BURBANK, Calif. - MAY 14, 2015 - As Disneyland approaches its 60th anniversary, Disney twenty-three brings readers inside the party, with an in-depth look at how the park is celebrating this milestone with new parades, spectaculars, and enhancements to popular attractions. In preparation...
  • Noe Valladolid

    How does the mobile game version of Disney Tsum Tsum stack up?

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    Did you know that one of the most popular Disney games on mobile devices is also a free title? Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Disney Tsum Tsum is based on the line of plush toys that bear the same name. The bean-shaped figures have been very popular with audiences since the characters first appeared in the Japanese Disney Parks in 2013. The name Tsum Tsum translates to Stack Stack because the characters are indeed stackable. The figures sold extremely well in Japan and it...
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    Hollywood Will Celebrate Walt Disney's Feature "Fantasia" 's 75 Years of Glorious Technicolor on June 7th

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    TCL Chinese Theatre-Cinespia Tribute: 6/7: 75 th Anniversary Screening of "Fantasia" & "Fantasia 2000" To Benefit Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation (HOLLYWOOD, CA, June 7)---On Sunday June 7, Hollywood celebrates the 75th anniversary of Walt Disney's "Fantasia" and the 15 th anniversary of "Fantasia 2000." "Fantasia" and "Fantasia 2000" - a pair of animated musical masterpieces - will receive special screenings at the TCL Chinese...
  • Jim Hill

    The end is near! Phineas and Ferb "Last Day of Summer" to air on Disney XD June 12th

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    Well, you can't say that Dan Povenmire & Jeff "Swampy" Marsh -- the creators of the Emmy Award-winning "Phineas and Ferb" - didn't warn us that this day was coming. I mean, the first line of the title song for this acclaimed animated series flatly states that ... There's 104 days of summer vacation And school comes along just to end it Copyright Disney XD. All rights reserved After 126 episodes, five one-hour specials and a record-breaking Disney Channel Original...
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    Nintendo Partners with Universal Parks & Resorts

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    ;; TO CREATE WORLD'S FIRST-EVER THEME PARK ATTRACTIONS BASED ON NINTENDO'S BELOVED GAMES AND CHARACTERS KYOTO, Japan and ORLANDO, Florida (May 7, 2015) - Nintendo and Universal Parks & Resorts today announced plans to bring the world of Nintendo to life at Universal theme parks - creating spectacular, dedicated experiences based on Nintendo's wildly popular games, characters and worlds. The agreement brings two icons of entertainment together and represents a significant partnership...
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    D23 EXPO 2015 Announces Hall D23 Presentations Lineup

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    GO BEHIND THE SCENES WITH WALT DISNEY STUDIOS, PIXAR, MARVEL, STAR WARS , AND WALT DISNEY PARKS AND RESORTS AT D23 EXPO 2015 Fan-Favorite Events, Including the Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, Take Center Stage in New 7,500-Seat "Hall D23" Venue at the Anaheim Convention Center BURBANK, Calif., May 7, 2015 - D23: The Official Disney Fan Club announces the lineup of the most highly anticipated presentations at D23 EXPO 2015 , August 14-16. The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, hosted by Disney...
  • Alice Hill

    "Attack The Light: Steven Universe RPG" is another gorgeous, fun game from Cartoon Network

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    If you're fam iliar with " Steven Universe ," a show running on Cartoon Network right now detailing the life of a young half-alien boy being raised by three alien mentors, you're likely very familiar with how absolutely gorgeous the show is, and how sweet and hilarious the writing is. Okay, maybe that's biased. I'm a big, big fan of the show. Copyright 2015 Cartoon Network. All rights reserved So when I heard "Steven Universe" was getting another game, I was ....
  • Jim Hill

    Universal Orlando's "Skull Island: Reign of Kong" promises thrilling multi-experiential adventure through King Kong's domain

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    For almost 40 years now, there have been King Kong-themed attractions at the Universal theme parks. Whether it was the King Kong Encounter which was added to Universal Studios Hollywood 's tram tour back in 1986 ... Copyright Universal Studios Hollywood. All rights reserved ... or the King Kongfrontation ride, which was one of the opening day attractions at the Universal Studios Florida ... Copyright Universal Studios Florida. All rights reserved ... Kong has always been a big part of the thrills...
  • Noe Valladolid

    Is a head set-free version of Virtual Reality really just over the horizon?

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    The term "Virtual Reality" has been a buzzword in pop culture for decades but accessible VR technology has always been more science fiction than science fact. Fans of entertainment are finally entering a new era. In 2014 VR technology had actually come of age. Large companies, like Google and Sony, were showing audiences what their R&D groups had been busy working on. One of the first previews of the latest VR technology happened at the Game Developers Conference in March 2014. The...
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    Adam Shell & Nicholas Kraft traveled from Disneyland to Detroit "Pursuing Happiness"

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    Pursuing happiness. that's a universal quest for people around the United States and around the world. Who doesn't want to live a meaningful, happy life? But what exactly is happiness? Documentary filmmaker Adam Shell and producer Nicholas Kraft decided to investigate the subject a short time after Shell completed an earlier documentary, "Finding Kraftland," that featured Nicolas Kraft and his father, Richard Kraft , a major globetrotting Disney collector, music fan and pop culture...
  • Jim Hill

    Universal Orlando's Lora Wallace is always at least one holiday ahead

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    You know the old saying -- "April showers bring May flowers" -- right? Well, that's not how Lora Wallace -- who works as a show director for Universal Orlando Resort -- looks at her calendar. Copyright Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved "You have to understand that -- here at Universal Orlando -- we prep for Halloween Horror Nights year 'round," Wallace explained. "We had our first meeting for the 2015 edition of Horror Nights three weeks before the 2014...
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    Disney Store Celebrates Star Wars Day, May the Fourth Be With You

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    To celebrate Star Wars Day, Disney Store will offer 30% off the entire Star Wars assortment both in-store and online starting May 1, 2015, through May 10, 2015. A special Stormtrooper Watch will be available for $8 with any purchase in-store and online, only on Star Wars Day. Monday, May 4, 2015 is "Star Wars Day" and Disney Store locations nationwide will be celebrating with special "May The Fourth Be With You" events and entertainment. Guests will be able to take part in Star...
  • Jim Hill

    It takes more than movie magic to pull off "Disney Night" on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars"

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    So how long does it take to add some Disney magic to " Dancing with the Stars " ? Would you believe 9 months? "That's actually how long we've been having meetings about 'Disney Night,' which is the theme of this week's show," explained Rob Wade , the executive producer of this long-running ABC series. "But you have to understand that -- when you're building an episode of ' Dancing with the Stars' around Disney -- you've got this huge assortment...
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    LEGOLAND® Hotel at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort Will Officially Open May 15th

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    In just over two weeks, the first LEGOLAND ® Hotel on the East Coast will officially open. The final bricks are being put in place ahead of the grand opening celebrations on May 15. The Hotel is built for kids and invites them to take the lead from the moment they arrive. A special "kid check-in" takes place in front of the minifigure wall, which is made of 5,000 minifigures. The lobby is also home to a Castle Play area complete with a pirate ship surrounded by a moat filled with LEGO...
  • Nancy Stadler

    Get your Disney fix in New York with entertainment historian Jim Hill : Disney Trivia Challenge May 2nd, 'Frozen' talk May 16th

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    Do you love Disney? Is New York City one of your favorite places to be in the Spring? Are you amazing at solving word puzzles? If you said "Yes !" to all of the above, then you're gonna LOVE the Time'd Square Trivia Challenge What: Get ready for the Time'd Square Challenge , a three-hour experience designed by the fiendishly clever, one and only Jim Hill of Jimhillmedia.com. But what will I be doing?: Prepare to repeatedly crisscross the Crossroads of the World as you seek out...
  • Jim Hill

    Kermit & Co. spontaneously converse with small kids on Disney Junior's new "Muppet Moments" shorts

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    To hear Nancy Kanter tell the story, it was her favorite part of working on " Sesame Street ." Being able to walk down to the stage while scenes with the Muppets were being shot and then listening in as the younger members of that show's cast interacted with those much-beloved characters. "Those pieces when -- whether it was Kermit or Grover -- you saw a kid interact with the Muppets, they've always been one of my favorites because they are so genuine," Kanter recalled...
  • Jim Hill

    "Frozen" fun spreading to three of Walt Disney World's theme parks

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    Given that Anna & Elsa moved from their super-popular Epcot meet-n-greet over to the Magic Kingdom 's Princess Fairytale Hall back on Easter Sunday 2014 ... I thought that, just ahead of Easter 2015, it might now be time to give JHM readers the " Frozen " forecast. Give you an update on all of the rides, shows and attractions that are tied to this Academy Award-winning Walt Disney Animation Studios production that are now in the works for the Walt Disney World Resort . Work continues...
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    The Magic of "Tangled" Shines Onstage in Brand-New "Tangled: The Musical" Stage Show Aboard Disney Cruise

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    Original music by Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken headlines new stage show adaptation of Disney animated film In November 2015, “Tangled: The Musical” will premiere aboard the Disney Magic, marking the first time the beloved animated film “Tangled” has been adapted for the stage. (Disney) CELEBRATION, Fla. (April 2, 2015) - In November 2015, the endearing characters and captivating music of the animated film "Tangled" will enchant audiences once again...
  • Jim Hill

    Eden Sher voices Disney's first kick-butt princess for "Star vs. the Forces of Evil"

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    By her own admission, Eden Sher lives in an almost perpetual state of hyperbole. "That's why I always have to try and keep myself in check," this 24 year-old actress admitted during a recent phone interview. "Otherwise -- whenever anyone asks me what I'm working on now -- my automatic response is that it's ' ... THE BEST THING EVER!' " Mind you, it's easy to understand why this Critics' Choice winner (Sher took home the Television Award for Best Comedy...
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