Disney recently released photos for this Christmas’ Electrical Holiday, an animated window display at Barneys New York. In their written news release, they used very fashiony(yes I just invented that word, sue me) terms, so I thought that I would translate.
Disney first announced this cool window display back in August. The display is a large screen that is in one of the Barney’s New York windows and follows Minnie Mouse and other members of the Disney gang. The three minute long animated sequence takes you into Minnie’s imagination where she is imagining what it would be like in the high fashion world.
As you can see above and below, Disney has created a highly stylized version of the fashion world taking Minnie to Paris and through a makeover.
Disney released an interesting interview with Luis Fernandez, senior vice president of global creative at Disney Consumer Products.
Here is Fernandez’s explanation of the display.
“Electric Holiday” is a fun and colorful campaign that gave our character artists the creative liberty to do something artistic and completely unique. The elongated poses of Disney characters, including Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, Goofy and Cruella de Vil, are dramatically stylized. They’re creative interpretations from a fashion lens, and only appear for a few seconds in this video. Their true form remains as classic as ever in every aspect of the company. A project like “Electric Holiday” is the kind of creative challenge which forces one to stretch the imagination while proceeding with caution. We know we have to be respectful of who these characters are and what they mean to us and to millions of people.
At the end of the Disney announcement article, they received an interesting comment that they immediately tried to reply to. The interesting comment questioned Disney’s choice to make Minnie Mouse tall and skinny and almost grown up. The line that caught my attention was
Seeing images of glamour, based on someone who is tall and thin, tends to start giving the wrong signals to children at an early age, who then start to develop what to them, is the perfect body image.
Disney immediately made a revision to their article saying that
The 3-minute video actually reinforces a healthy body image. In the final scene, we see the Minnie Mouse we all know and love. She looks into the mirror and realizes how happy (and fashionable) she is in her designer Lanvin dress. We hope this provides additional clarification.
I think that Disney handled the comment wonderfully and I really appreciate how they are so dedicated to answering and helping clarify everything they do.
I will take this as a moment to thank Disney for everything that they do. I think that people may spend to much time questioning them and tearing them down for their choices. So, thank you Disney for all of the joy that you bring to us. Does anyone agree?
One of my favorite things about Disney World is the characters. I am not talking about the Meet and Greets. Not really. I am talking about all of the other characters that make Disney World a special place. It starts with the cast members who keep the bathrooms spotless and goes all the way to the Citizens of Hollywood with many special characters in between.
Mo' Rockin at Epcot
As many of you might already know, I like to expose my children to new people, places, and cultures as much as I can. Disney World gives me that opportunity and allows us to all learn about new things together.
Mariachi Cobre at Epcot
We have learned about people through music at Epcot with performances by Mo’ Rockin and Mariachi Cobre. My daughter is interested in dance and fashion so Mo’ Rockin is one of her favorites and my son plays guitar, so Mariachi Cobre is right up his alley.
Women of Main Street
The characters of Main Street in Magic Kingdom led into a good discussion about history, women’s rights, voting, and how times have changed. They can be quite a hoot. One time we were there when an empty wheelchair was sitting in front of us. They were having a full out discussion about the invisible man and how hurt he must be that one of them sat on him.
The Piano Player at Casey’s Corner is always ready to play ragtime and oldies and let the guests join in. He has extensive knowledge of music and can play just about anything. He is one of our favorite characters.
The characters in the Trolley Show make getting to Magic Kingdom first thing in the morning worth it. They typically are out in the mornings and sometimes at other parts of the day if it is not too busy. I don’t care who you are or how old you are, that song is catchy and gets stuck in your head.
The Chef is just one of the MANY Citizens of Hollywood. We ran into him right after we entered Hollywood Studios. We have not seen him out since then but we don’t make all of the performances.
The Citizen of Hollywood that rides around in the carriage is so sweet and talks in a cute high-pitched voice. She is a fan of beautiful shiny purses. Just ask my daughter. Boy, that made my daughter’s day!
The Citizens of Hollywood are very entertaining. They perform regularly even though the times are not posted on the Time Guide.
They appear on Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard. They tell jokes, poke fun at guests, and carry on their own conversations.
The Public Works guys are hilarious and are a refreshing encounter on a hot summer day. In general, all of them are quite comical and are worth tracking down. Sometimes I can hear the horn from the little car and I make a run for the performance.
Of course, during Star Wars Weekend, a lot of new characters are out and about. Storm Troopers walk around and even guard the entrance first thing in the morning. My favorite is still Chewbacca!
Now for the characters that you might not think of as “characters.” The Disney World Cast Members are very diverse in their backgrounds, languages, and experiences. On one visit to our favorite sweets shop in Hollywood Studios, the cast members help my daughter make a marshmallow treat FOR FREE! It was so unexpected and such a wonderful experience.
One cast member taught us about the Chinese New Year and how to write “school” in Chinese. I brought back my Duffy to use as a “tour guide” for my classroom. Not only did my children get to learn about the Chinese culture, she passed it to my students as well by spending time with us.
I have so many pictures and memories of the wonderful characters we have met at Disney World.
They all have taught us something, whether it is how to write our names in Thai or about the customs in their country.
I love to take my children to the parks after we have learned about a country and then have them talk to cast members about their favorite foods or places to go back home. What we learn at home does not hold a candle to what they learn at the parks.
They actually remember what they learn at Disney. I guess it is like sprinkling a little magic on education.
Disney has announced that they will team up with Harrods to create a special holiday magic that only Disney can provide. The theme of this year’s Christmas window display at Harrods will be, a Disney Princess Christmas.
In November windows will be unveiled that feature dresses designed to represent each Disney princess. Designers like Oscar de la Renta, Versace and Elie Saab will create original dress orangements to represent Disney princesses like, Ariel Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas, Rapunzel, Snow White and Tiana.
Not only will the princesses each be represented with a unique window display, the store will also hold special events and promotions throughout the season. Included in the in store celebration is the addition of a pop-up princess shop on the fourth floor of the store.
In the entire celebration Cinderella will be featured, as the Diamond Edition of Cinderella is set to come out this autumn.
Mark Briggs, Store Image Director at Harrods, said: “Each year we strive to deliver a Christmas theme that will inspire and enthrall our customers. Collaborating with Disney this year is an exciting prospect for the store, as it allows us to combine luxury and fashion with fantasy and nostalgia to execute a show-stopping Christmas”
Anna Hill, Chief Marketing Officer, The Walt Disney Company UK & Ireland added: “We are thrilled to be working with Harrods and some of the world’s most famous designers to sprinkle some magic on Christmas in London this year. The enchanting stories of our Disney Princesses are timeless and continue to inspire girls and women across generations.”
My only wish was that Disney would hold spectacular events like this or the Princess Rapunzel Royal Celebrationin the USA. Although we do have the two best Disney Resorts, what do you think?
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Walt Disney once said, “Disneyland will never be completed.” That statement is still true today. When Disneyland opened, it filled 160 acres, and had one park and one hotel. Now the Disneyland Resort fills 510 acres consisting of 2,224 hotel rooms in three hotels, a shopping district, and two theme parks. It employs 20,000 cast members. Since 1955, Disneyland has grown and evolved from a single park into a world renowned resort complex. Many expansions have occurred over the last 55 years, the biggest being the addition of California Adventure and the Downtown Disney District, which nearly doubled the size of the resort.
Disney built the new park across from Disneyland in the old parking lot. The new park was themed to California. Since it first opened, California Adventure has been seen as a flop, because of the lightly applied themes compared to Disneyland’s immersive experience across the promenade. Because of the $1.1 Billion that Disney has put into Disney California Adventure, the entire resort is better than ever. Not only has Disney expanded and grown Disneyland, they also have created new lands and experiences all around the world.
Disney has announced that Maleficent is scheduled to premiere on March 14, 2014 and began shooting last Wednesday June 13. Along with that statement they shared a photo of Angelina Jolie playing the starring character; Maleficent.
This is the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain, Maleficent, from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” The film reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora.
Directed by two-time Oscar®-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (“Avatar,” “Alice in Wonderland”), in his directorial debut, and produced by Joe Roth, “Maleficent” is written by Linda Woolverton (“The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast”) and executive produced by Angelina Jolie, Don Hahn, Matt Smith and Palak Patel.
Co-starring in the film are Sharlto Copley (“District 9”), Elle Fanning (“Super 8”), Sam Riley (“On the Road”), Imelda Staunton (“Vera Drake”), Miranda Richardson (“The Hours”), Juno Temple (“Atonement”) and Lesley Manville (“Secrets & Lies”).
Disney recently sent us an update on their project in Hong Kong Disneyland, Grizzly Gulch. Grizzly Gulch is a new themed area with a ride based on Expedition Everest in Animal Kingdom and a story based on Grizzly River Run in Disney California Adventure. This new land will be the savior of Hong Kong Disneyland because it will add another attraction and experience to provide new experiences for guests.
The artwork that they provided is above and depicts the cool looking rock work that will be the focal point of this area.
Below is a video featuring Ali Rubinstein, Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering Hong Kong.
What do you think of the the video? Do you want to go to Grizzly Gulch? I think that it could be a very interesting ride experience.
Disney has announced that the CALIFORNIA letters that had been in front of Disney’s California Adventure since it’s inception would be given to the Friends of the California State Fair, a nonprofit organization that benefits California Exposition & State Fair.
This gift highlights what California Adventure was for its first 10 years of existence, a State Fair. While the letters didn’t fit within the Disneyland Resort, they will look wonderful at the Cal Expo. I personally loved California Adventure, but the entrance and the CALIFORNIA sign really needed to go.
You can expect to see the letters in place for the opening of the State Fair in July in Sacremento. Here is a concept sketch for what that will look like. I personally think that the sign looks good on the side of the hill, and will provide a distinct look for the Cal Expo.
“As we near the completion of the Disney California Adventure expansion, it was important to us to find an appropriate home for the ‘CALIFORNIA’ letters,” said Disneyland Resort President George A. Kalogridis. “The letters were very popular with millions of Guests over the past decade, and Cal Expo is a fitting destination to continue their legacy.”
Disney also released a complete list of donations that they have made using props, and fixtures from California Adventure. It brings me joy that the letters, and so many other fixtures could be donated to charities.
· The cab of the California Zephyr train that was formerly the home of Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream and Bakers Field Bakery was donated to the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola, Calif.
· The sun icon that welcomed visitors to Sunshine Plaza was donated to the City of Anaheim for future use.
· The giant toy train from EnginEARS Toys will be donated to Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children’s) for future use.
· Postcards and displays from the Greetings From California store at the main entrance of Disney California Adventure park were donated to many Southern California nonprofit organizations and educational facilities including the Boys & Girls Club of Tustin, the Anaheim Family YMCA, the Child Abuse Services Team office in Orange, the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach, and Betsy Ross and Orange Grove elementary schools in Anaheim.
· Signs and character displays from Greetings From California were donated to Pretend City in Irvine.
· The Reboundo Beach surfboard basketball game was donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Garden Grove.
· Benches from throughout Disney California Adventure were donated to the City of Anaheim for use in public spaces.
(This news was shared through a Disneyland Press Release.)
Toy Story Mania is coming to Tokyo Disney Sea at Tokyo Disney Resort. This new attraction and a brand new land will open up on July 9. This new land will be called Toyville Trolley Park, an area near the New York harbor. Unique to this version of Toy Story Mania, guests will enter the attraction through Woody’s mouth.
In this brand new land not only will there be Toy Story Mania, but there also will be the Toy Box Playhouse, which will be the home of the Audio-Animatronic Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog’s Gift Trolley(a standard merchandise cart),and Bullseye’s Carnival Corral where guests can play carnival games similar to those found at Paradise Pier in California Adventure.
Throughout the resort, restaurants will be celebrating this launch with special menu items like, a sausage pastry themed to Slinky Dog, as well as bottle cappers designed with Woody and Mr. Potato Head. Also to celebrate there will be over 75 unique merchandise and food solutions decorated with Toy Story characters.
See the bottom of the article for an update on the Shanghai Disneyland Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, plus a full ride through video of the attraction.
Recently Disney filed for a patent discussing the unique ride system for Pirates of the Caribbean at Shanghai Disneyland. Screamscape.com, discovered this patent and shared it on their wall for Shanghai Disneyland( I highly suggest screamscape.com, it is a great place to find out information about any theme park). This new system will allow for boats to turn completely and stop and start. The amazing technology uses magnets under water to propel, and stop the boats. The boat sits on two tracks, so that the boat can turn with the back or front leading(as seen below).
Another popular rumor is that Disney will just use complex projector systems to bring the ride to life. This projector system will take the place of Audio-Animatronics if the rumors are correct. Sadly, the original attraction doesn’t resonate with the Chinese people, but the movies do, so Disney decided to base the attraction around the movies instead of the original ride concept. I’m a little depressed that the Audio-Animatronics are being replaced by projections, but it may be cool.
Update 5/16/2016 The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in Shanghai Disneyland is now open for testing. Inside of the incredible Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle For the Sunken Treasure guests will enjoy a fantastic ride system featuring projection systems and Audio-Animatronics.
Original reports that the attraction would completely replace Audio-Animatronics were not true. There are a handful of next generation Audio-Animatronic figures that take the attraction to the next level.
You really need to see the attraction in person to understand the incredible magnitude, but the video is definitely worth a watch.
Many times I have heard complaints about the lack of a World of Disney Store in Disneyland Paris, now that empty void will be filled. It has long been rumored that this shop will open, and now it finally will. Disney has announced that new shop will open June 12 of this year. This long awaited store will complete the Disney Village, and provide an amazing new shopping experience. Disney has released concept art for the long awaited shop,
Many people have waited awhile for this new shop, are you excited for World of Disney?
Ancient Scotland with Oscar®-Nominated Composer Patrick Doyle,
Plus Performers Julie Fowlis and Birdy [with Mumford & Sons]
Disney•Pixar’s epic fantasy adventure “Brave” harnesses the magic of ancient Scotland, weaving the rich natural setting throughout the story and bringing it to life with sophisticated filmmaking and extraordinary performances. But it’s the music of “Brave” that ties it all together, elevating the authenticity with a fresh and contemporary approach to Oscar®-nominated composer Patrick Doyle’s score, as well as two original songs performed by lauded Scottish Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis. A third original song plays during the film’s epilogue and is performed by UK singing sensation Birdy with British folk rock band Mumford & Sons. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, “Brave” hits theatres on June 22, 2012. The Brave Soundtrack will be available June 19, 2012.
“The music of ‘Brave’ supports the story, bolstering this epic journey with Merida,” said Andrews. “The music really sets the tone for the film and underscores the time period. We wanted to capture this ancient feel of Scotland and the music really adds another layer of authenticity.”
Scottish-born Patrick Doyle, only the fourth composer to write a score for a Pixar film, used a variety of native Scottish instruments such as bagpipes, solo fiddle, Celtic harps, flutes and the bodhran. To give the score a contemporary and fresh feel he included original bespoke electronic sounds and electronically treated dulcimer and cimbalom. “I employed many classic Scottish dance rhythms such as reels, jigs and strathspeys, which not only serve the action but keep it authentic,” said Doyle. “I particularly loved composing the Gaelic lament ‘Noble Maiden Fair’ with my son Patrick Neil, sung so beautifully by Emma [Thompson] and Peigi [Barker].”
Two new songs performed by acclaimed Scottish Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis are among the film’s musical highlights. “Touch the Sky,” with music by Pixar’s own Alex Mandel and lyrics by Mandel and director Mark Andrews, accompanies Merida’s liberating and exhilarating ride through the forest when she is able to escape the confines of castle life. The song “Into the Open Air,” with music and lyrics by Mandel, is heard later in the film during a special moment between mother and daughter. “If ever we imagined a singing voice for Merida—the beauty, the clarity, the directness and honesty—Julie embodies that and she’s fantastic,” said producer Katherine Sarafian.
Added Fowlis, “It was great to be invited to record and perform on the soundtrack to ‘Brave’ and particularly to sing the songs which represent the feisty, female lead Merida. I so enjoyed the challenge of adding a dimension of acting to my singing in order to bring Merida’s character and inner feelings to life through song.”
“Learn Me Right” is an original song performed by Birdy, whose self-titled album has been awarded Gold and Platinum status in UK and Europe respectively, and the Grammy®-nominated British folk rock group Mumford & Sons, who also wrote, arranged and produced the track. “It’s quite fun doing a song for a movie rather than for an album,” said Marcus Mumford. “We liked the idea of having an orchestra in the background and having a girl like Birdy sing—it’s been quite liberating.” Added Birdy, “I love it because it tells a story. Although it has a lot of emotion, it’s also very upbeat and you want to dance to it, which is why it works so well.”
“‘Learn Me Right’ is an amazing song,” said Sarafian. “I feel something every time I hear it. Mumford & Sons sketched out a piece that would do justice to the culminating moment of the movie, underscoring the emotion, heart and the lessons learned between mother and daughter. They really found that moment of truth in the story we were trying to tell and it takes the movie to a new level at the end.”
The“Brave” soundtrack will be available wherever music is sold onJune 19, 2012. The track list follows:
1. “Touch the Sky” Performed by Julie Fowlis
2. “Into the Open Air” Performed by Julie Fowlis
3. “Learn Me Right” Performed by Birdy [with Mumford & Sons]
4. “Fate and Destiny” Score
5. “The Games” Score
6. “I Am Merida” Score
7. “Remember to Smile” Score
8. “Merida Rides Away” Score
9. “The Witch’s Cottage” Score
10. “Song of Mor’du” Performed by Billy Connolly and Cast
11. “Through the Castle” Score
12. “Legends Are Lessons” Score
13. “Show Us the Way” Score
14. “Mum Goes Wild” Score
15. “In Her Heart” Score
16. “Noble Maiden Fair” (A Mhaighdean Bhan Uasal) Performed by Emma Thompson and Peigi Barker
17. “Not Now!” Score
18. “Get the Key” Score
19. “We’ve Both Changed” Score
20. “Merida’s Home” Score
ABOUT THE MOVIE
Set in the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland, Disney•Pixar’s “Brave” follows the heroic journey of Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to change her fate, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane), unleashing chaos in the kingdom. When she turns to an eccentric Witch (voice of Julie Walters), she is granted an ill-fated wish and the ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her resources—including her mischievous triplet brothers—to undo a beastly curse and discover the meaning of true bravery. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, “Brave” is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and signature Pixar humor. Opens on June 22, 2012, in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.
Over the next month we will be highlighting all different parts of the Aulani Resort in Hawaii. We will post once a week for the next four weeks, we will show off the lobby today. Before we start, just know that you can click on any of the images and they will get much bigger.
When you first walk into the Aulani, the first Disney resort on Hawaii, you will be amazed by the attention to detail and feel of the main entrance. Looking across the open lobby, you can see over the pool area and out to the ocean.
Everything in the resort is highly detailed, telling the story of Hawaii. The roof is designed to look like the roofs of beach huts from old Hawaii.
Wrapping the entire lobby is an original mural telling the story of the Hawaiian people.
At either end of the lobby there are giant murals featuring men and women. One side is the female side, and other side is the male side. Not only do the murals differentiate the sides, but also there are two pools on each side. On the male side the pool is moving, over rocks, and is rushing water, but on the female side the water is still, personifying both sexes.
Not only are the walls detailed, the floor is also decorated in Hawaiian detail. In the middle of the room there is a giant compass, but rather than saying north, south, east, and west, the compass’ points are each made out of a different type of rock from each direction. For example the point that points toward the ocean is made out of coral, and the point that points toward the mountains is made out of lava rock.
My personal favorite thing about the Aulani is that it is done by Disney, but it isn’t a Disney Park. Everyone knows that I love the Disney Parks, but there is another kind of Disney magic at work at the Aulani, one that truly brings Hawaiian history to life. Make sure to sign up for our mailing list below so that you can get our other posts about Disney Aulani.
The first reservations for the Carthay Circle Theater restaurant were placed today. The dates have begun to fill up starting with June 15th the first day that the restaurant is open to the public.
Disney also released a selection of what would be served at the new restaurant. In this new restaurant from executive chef Andrew Sutton, who also pioneered Napa Rose, a collection of Californian dishes will be served. “The culinary team is a group of true artists with passion and confidence for creating delicious food,” says Sutton.
***Warning, continuing to read will cause hunger, and mouth watering.******
The new lunch dishes are
crispy firecracker duck wings finished with soy, lime and Sriracha chili sauce
sautéed northern halibut with roasted red bell pepper, caperberry and orange relish
Angus flank steak cobb salad with Mine Shaft Blue Cheese, bacon, avocado and arugula with Cabernet essence
Colorado rack of lamb with fried zucchini blossoms, fennel puree and summer succotash
grilled Jamaican jerked kingfish with a tropical salsa of pineapple, mango, black beans and lime
strawberry-lemon roasted organic chicken salad with jicama, haricot verts, upland cress (greens) and buttermilk-lemon vinaigrette.
toasted lemon pound cake with fresh marinated blueberries
lemon curd cream and Tahitian vanilla Chantilly
“Peaches In All Their Glory” with peach and white chocolate cannolis with fresh grilled peaches and peach sorbet.
fried banana split Monte Cristo sundae with raspberry and chocolate fudge ice creams, toffee nuts and warm caramel rum bananas.
To order just follow the new reservation procedures, or call 714-781-DINE, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Include the following: Your name and phone number, name of restaurant you’d like to book, date and meal period (breakfast, lunch and dinner), and number of guests in your party.
Many rumors have been going around about the possibility of getting rid of Photopass photographers in Meet and Greets, and replacing them with machines.
New technology, recently created would allow for photos to be taken by a machine using fully automated cameras and gps systems. The new system will center, crop,edit photos and video to send them to you via your cell phone or other personal devices.
My speculation is that this may all be coming because of Photopass+, the new system that Disney recently announced. Adding this new system would be just another “perk” to join Photopass+.
Is this really a “perk”? Do you actually think that Disney will do this? I sure hope not.
I knew that Marvel’s new movie the Avengers would be popular, but I don’t think that anyone expected this. The Avengers has paced the last Harry Potter movie, and made the most in an opening weekend. The Avengers made $200.3 million in three days just in the U.S. If you include the international figures the Avengers has made an estimated $641.8 million over 12 days in release.
Some of the highlights all over the world.
Opened May 3 in Russia with $17.9 million, the biggest Marvel opening weekend ever
Opened May 5 in China with $17.4 million
Biggest opening weekend of all time in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Central America, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Philippines
Marvel’s The Avengers has now opened in all major markets except Israel, Poland, and Japan.
The film’s success comes a month after Marvel and Disney announced that a sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger will be released April 4, 2014. A sequel to last summer’s Thor is scheduled for release November 15, 2013, and the third installment of the hit Iron Man series, which has earned over $1.2 billion worldwide, will arrive in theaters May 3, 2013.
(Some pieces of the above text are from a Disney press release.)
Disney has announced the 30th anniversary for the Tokyo Disneyland resort will be beginning in 2013. On April 15, Tokyo Disney will kick off the Happiness Year celebration. In this year long celebration Disney will premiere a new parade, redesigned attractions, an special seasonal events.
The new “Happiness is Here” parade will have Disney characters, happy music, and of course “themed parade floats (still in development).” All coming in Spring of 2013 is the opening of the new Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.
Are you happy about the upcoming celebrations? Why isn’t there Disney Dreams on the bill? That is the question.
Disney has set the test dates to test their next generation FASTPASS system. Starting May 1 and continuing on to May 15, Disney will randomly select guests to test this new system upon their arrival to Disney World. The park guest who participate in this new planning service will be able to choose their itinerary and FASTPASS windows for the Magic Kingdom(at the moment the system is only ready at the Magic Kingdom park) prior to their arrival at the park.
Once their itineraries have been completed they will the be e-mailed to the guest and they will be given a RFID chip that they will use to gain FASTPASS waits for their chosen attractions. The RFID chip readers were built into the entrances of many attractions, in a project that started construction in January.
RFID Reader Used for Entry into Epcot. Copyright Examiner.com
The amazing part about this Next Generation FASTPASS or X-Pass is that guests can now plan their entire vacations at home. Disney has given no word on whether they will eliminate the current FASTPASS system altogether, or if the Next Generation Pass is just an addition to the current system.
Disney expects almost every guest to use this new system, so who knows, it may eliminate the current FASTPASS system.
Are you happy about these changes to FASTPASS? Will you use the new system? Do you hope it comes to Disneyland?
Disney has hit the final stretch, in a month and a half Disney will reopen California Adventure. When those gates open Team Disney Anaheim wants the park to be the best it can be.
Disney recently announced that The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure will close in the next week for a short refurbishment to polish up some of the pieces that fans had been disappointed in.
While very happy to finally have a dark ride based on the Little Mermaid, most fans noticed some pieces of the attraction, that weren’t satisfactory. Not only did fans notice these “glitches,” John Lasseter, Creative adviser for Imagineering noticed it.
The multiple small changes made in the attraction are in the Under the Sea scene, the animation in the transformation room, and the amount of bubbles in the descent under the sea.
The most complained about piece in the attraction is Ariel’s hair in the Under the Sea scene, even though the animatronic stays very true to the original movie.
The only place in the attraction that the hair is getting “fixed” is in the Under the Sea scene, and her character won’t be touched in other places.
The use of computer animation to portray a hand drawn character has infuriated park guests, myself included, because it doesn’t stay true to the character.
Another tweak that John Lasseter requested was the addition of more bubble machines, and additional projectors to make the dive “under the sea” more magical and realistic.
When the similar attraction opens in Disney World next year, it will have the same changes.
Kevin Rafferty Jr. of media relations at the Disneyland Resort also released the following statement.
Ariel will receive a new, floating hairdo in the “Under the Sea” scene, and two instances of computer-generated animation in the descent and ascent scenes of the attraction will be replaced with animation sequences from Walt Disney Animation Studios, depicting Ariel as guests remember seeing her in the motion picture – the way they know and love her. With every new attraction, we listen to guest feedback and are always looking at the best ways to tell a great story.
Are you excited for the changes to the Little Mermaid attraction? Do you agree with the changes being made?
A couple of days ago @daerangul shared on Twitter the following Tweet.
seriously: The Avengers best superhero movie since spiderman 2
After reading that Tweet, I knew that I had to have @daerangul write a review of the new movie, so that our readers could know whether or not to see the new movie. You could probably almost guess what @daerangul’s review said, but I did say almost.
A couple of days ago I went to see the Avengers. This movie continues where Captain America, Thor and Iron Man 2 ended. I would say that seeing Thor and Captain America before seeing this movie is a smart thing as parts of the story were first seen in these two movies (like the introduction of Loki and the cube).The film does a good job on telling the audience the yet untold history of Black Widow and why she does what she does. She is very well played and even fools the audience one or two times.The Hulk and Hawkeye don’t get that much story told but who doesn’t know who the Hulk is? It takes some time before we get to see the Hulk but when he does, he steals the spotlight.With all these heroes joining together there is some conflict which is good for some great action and fun. When they finally get their act together the action only gets better. It’s action non stop and never gets boring of messy.The movie gives each hero it’s spotlight on the screen without making it to much to fast (which I thought Transformers suffers from).After the credits there is a hint what is to come and gives true Marvel fans a final nerdgasm.
Thank you Danny. Will you go see the movie? Are you excited to see all of the “Avengers” together in a movie for the first time?
Earlier today Disney released a look at their Star Wars Weekends merchandise lineup. Along with showing off a new line of Star Wars merchandise, Disney also revealed that they would be building a massive shopping location” that will just carry Star Wars merchandise. This new shop will be called “Darth’s Mall.”
Above are the designs that will be featured on T-Shirts, and prints.
Above is an assortment of Star Wars items that have been Disney-fied. I really like the two Vinylmations, the pins, and the lanyard. Maria Clapsis designed all of the six new Vinylmation figures for Star Wars weekends, they are sure to sell out fast.
There is a beach towel makes you look like a Jedi knight when you wear it, and also an Iphone case that has a release size of 1,999.
Disney knows that their guests need to carry all the great merchandise that they carry, so they created a bag, that has a sleeve to carry a poster, and fits in with the other merchandise. I really like all the buttons that are for sale this year. I can’t wait to have my own name tag, this name tag is similar to the ones released in Disneyland during the 50th anniversary.
Also coming this year are some great shirts for Star Wars fans.
What do you think of all this merchandise? Will you be attending Star Wars weekends? What merchandise is your favorite?