This Disney Dose podcast features a presentation from the D23 Expo titled Imagineering 60 Years of Disneyland: Working With Walt. The panel is moderated by Leslie Iwerks, the granddaughter of famed Disney Animator, Ub Iwerks. Leslie is a documentarian who is producing the much anticipated documentary, The Imagineering Story.
Marty Sklar, Orlando Ferrante, and Richard Sherman joined Leslie on the panel. Marty Sklar is the former principal creative executive at Walt Disney Imagineering (a fancy way of saying he ran the show). Orlando Ferrante is the former Vice President of engineering, design, and production for Walt Disney Imagineering. Richard Sherman is a member of the songwriting team behind classics ranging from films like “Mary Poppins” and “Parent Trap” to attractions like It’s a Small World and Tiki Room.
This panel presentation is a can’t miss attraction and is filled with stories about the opening years of Disneyland told straight from the people who lived them.
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In this episode you will hear:
What was the most important year in Disneyland’s history
Why Pirates of the Caribbean is so perfect to ride over and over again
What Walt Disney said when he liked something
How Walt Disney crafted contracts to save the most money and stretch the limits of their creativity
Why the model shop was so important at Walt Disney Imagineering
How Richard Sherman wrote the Tiki Room song
How Walt Disney lived his life in such a way that everyone had to keep up
What drove Walt Disney to create all of the films
And so much more…
Plus: Listen for this week’s Disneyland Secret about Disney’s relationship with Coca Cola
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[guestpost]Welcome to OMGiri, an artist who creates Disney characters in his bento boxes. Take a look at the top ten scariest Disney villains in these Disney bento box designs. More bento boxes on OMGiri Instagram. [/guestpost]
My interest in food art took root after a trip to Tokyo Disney Resort and Hong Kong Disneyland. I was amazed by the adorable and creative food both resorts served. It was springtime and Tokyo Disney had sandwiches shaped like Donald Duck’s feet, melon buns shaped like Mike Wazowski, and sweet mochi chicks in Mickey egg cups. At Hong Kong Disneyland we ate at the Crystal Lotus, which is home to the most amazing character-shaped dining experience. They offer dim sum shaped like characters, including the Three Little Pigs, Chicken Little, Duffy the Bear, and the Little Green Men from Toy Story.
While in Japan I bought a couple bento boxes to motivate me to take my lunch to work. I had a bad habit of eating out of the vending machine, or worse, skipping lunch all together. After seeing a few character bento in a book, I was inspired to try my hand at making them myself. Character bento are referred to generally as either kyaraben or charaben, short for “character” and “bento”. I specifically gravitated to onigiri. Onigiri are normally triangle or round “rice balls” filled with fish or pickled ginger. They sell them in convenience stores like they sell sandwiches in the US. They are cheap and can be eaten with your hands. I use my onigiri to shape into the main portion of my bento.
I’ve done animated characters both old and new, from Oswald to Olaf. Look forward to more on DisneyDose.com in the future.
Time and time again I find myself drawn to villains. Why? Well, first off they have the greatest expressions. I love the challenge. Second, they are awesome. Halloween gives me an excuse to do extra villains because everyone wants to see them come October. I dug through the villain bento I made over the past year and picked out my favorite villains for Halloween.
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Top Ten Evil Disney Villains as Disney Bento Boxes
10. Madam Mim – Is she really bad? She was just protecting her cottage from a couple of home invaders.
9. King Candy – He just seemed so sweet and then turned out to be manipulating everything to take over the kingdom. (Hey Hans, I’m going to refer to you as “Prince Candy”…just saying)
8. Scar & King John – Not all lions are the king of beasts, sometimes they are the jealous throne-stealing brother of the king of beasts.
7. Shere Kahn & Kaa – It just isn’t safe in the forest for a man cub around dinner time.
6. Hook & Mr. Smee – Trapped in strange land and tormented by unruly, wild children one of which cut off his hand. Hook has every right to be angry! Mr. Smee, you are just an enabler. Lock up Hook’s rum already.
5. Jafar – I don’t know which is worse, the street rat, the fair-weather parrot friend, or getting all that great cosmic power only to be trapped in a teeny, tiny lamp.
4. Ursula – All she was trying to do was help some poor, unfortunate souls. Not her fault they failed to read the fine print.
3. The Tremaines – Cinderella was running a gang of pilfering mice. Frankly, all the Tremaines were trying to do was give Cindy some tough love.
2. Old Hag – Why is it her fault that Snow White didn’t wash the apple before taking a bite?
1. Maleficent – Had to hire a PR firm to spin her image.
Faster than you can say bibbidi-bobbidi-boo, we have a sweet fairy godmother that was only trying to help Aurora. Maleficent, your PR firm deserves some Halloween bonuses.
This week we dive back into the history of the Disneyland parades. Inside this episode you will find rare audio and historical facts that will take you back to earlier times you spent enjoying the Disneyland parades along Main Street.
During this second of three episodes, we bring you the parades from the Main Street Electrical parade through the 80’s Minnie Mouse Parade.
For the part one of this three part series, click here.
This week’s Disneyland secret features Fowlers Harbor in New Orleans Square located on the riverfront of the Rivers of America.
The information below is all based off of the podcast audio. Be sure to listen for the full experience.
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Disney Legend Admiral Joe Fowler was the head supervisor of all West Coast shipyards during WWII. Admiral Fowler served in both World Wars and retired from the US Navy in 1948.
Walt Disney met Fowler through a friend and hired him to direct the construction of Disneyland’s Mark Twain and the Rivers of America area. Admiral Fowler believed that a dry dock harbor area was necessary for the operation of the ships, but Walt thought it was a waste of space and money. After the space was built, Walt referred to it as Joes’ Hole.
But, after a few months of operating, Walt realized just how important the dry dock was when the ships first needed to be repaired. Admiral Fowler went on to direct the construction of Walt Disney World in Florida.
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Everyone makes mistakes when visiting Disneyland, but the first timers are usually the worst offenders. Here are the top 5 mistakes that all of us pro veterans wish that those newbies would stop making. It really is for their own good.
Every day the masses line up outside park gates at the ticket booths to purchase their tickets. Every time we see them part if us wants to say “You know you can purchase your tickets right now on your smart phone, don’t you?” but then we realize that maybe they like standing in lines. Or they’re practicing for inside the park.
Next time, though, know that you can purchase tickets through an official ticket broker online to save a good amount of money on your tickets simply by ordering a day or two in advance. We highly recommend Get Away Today as the best Disneyland ticket broker, because they are an authorized agency and provide a discount on all tickets that you purchase. Check out all of their ticket discounts here.
Also, if you are a Disneyland hotel guest, you can pick up your tickets at the concierge desk instead of waiting at the main gate ticket booths.
4. Don’t stand in line for longer than an hour and a half!
At the beginning of EVERY line is an approximate wait time. Sometimes it says 5 minutes, sometimes it says 30 minutes, and sometimes it says 90 minutes or more! Why would you waste more than an hour and a half of your time to stand in a line for a 5 minute attraction? There are two ways to avoid this mistake.
… Seriously? These are multi-million dollar masterpieces with massive cult followings about all the details. Not to forget: they are VERY BIG! You’re going to try and do all 50+ attractions in Disneyland AND 30+ attractions in California Adventure? That is mathematically impossible. Do yourself a favor and SLOW DOWN! Enjoy a single park instead of trying to take in two. Revel in all the little details and Hidden Mickeys. Browse the shops and take a million pictures. Take in the next park on your next visit – it’s a reason to come back!
Disneyland is busy all the time. Period. There are less busy times but even then, it’s busy.
The only time the park won’t be “busy” is at opening on a non-magic morning day (you can check the schedule), or closing time on a day when the parks close late (like midnight.) But, there are times of the year that are better to visit than others. See our calendar of the best months to visit Disneyland.
Nothing says “newbie” like standing in the middle of the walkway with your map open and group huddled around it trying to decide what you’re going to do next. Your best plan of action is to make a list with your group before arriving at the park as to what everyone wants to do. If you need to add to your game plan, either decide over lunch/dinner/snack at a table or step off to the side.
Also, as any good hiker will tell you, always stop in the shade so that you can save yourself from the terrible heat. This completely holds true in Disneyland as well. The temperature can get up into the 90s during the summer. That temperature only seems hotter when you are stopped in the middle of the path on hot cement in the sun.
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Disney California Adventure’s newest evening show has been labeled many things including “Amazing” and “Disney’s best show, yet.” Most importantly, it has been considered “not to be missed.” Today we’re going to take an in-depth look at the history of the show, the show itself, and how to obtain the best seating possible.
Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color ran from the late 50’s into the late 60’s and became the high point for many Australian families week after week – beginning with Walt himself singing “When You Wish Upon a Star.”
Looking back, it was very much a barefaced advertisement for Disneyland as each week they concentrated on one of the park’s various “lands.” The IMDB profile provides great information on the show and the various episodes that were released.
It seems fitting, therefore, that the newest night time spectacular be named after what is known as one of the longest-running weekly prime time network shows in the history of television.
Disney’s California Adventure Park – in trouble.
When Disney California Adventure opened the newest park on February 8, 2001, it wasn’t as successful as hoped. They had planned for tens of thousands to visit for the opening day, but only a few hundred arrived.
Due to a soft opening for annual pass holders, word spread online through a variety of Disney and theme park discussion forums. They said less than becoming things of the park for weak theming, unexceptional finishes, and common rides, causing the ultimately depressing attendance once the park opened officially.
Disney management tried some smaller fixes to the park before 2007, when new Disney CEO Bob Iger announced a $1.1 billion makeover and expansion of the park including the opening of a new park entrance plaza, Cars Land, and the World of Color water spectacular.
Creating the World of Color show in Paradise Bay
Brought about by Vice President of Parades and Spectaculars, Steve Davison, and outlined by Walt Disney Creative Entertainment, the show has almost 1,200 fountains and incorporates lights, water, fire, haze, and lasers, with high-definition projections on mist screens. Mark Hammond and Dave Hamilton masterminded the music, which was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and The Nashville Choir.
The entire show cost US $75,000,000 to design, manufacture and build. The process of bringing together, set up, and testing the show’s numerous components and equipment in Paradise Bay spanned a period of approximately 15 months. It premiered on June 11, 2010 as part of “Summer Nightastic!”
Video of World of Color
Here is a video of the show from YouTube, dated May 2, 2013. Please note the actual live show is always being changed and updated and may not match this video.
World of Color Show – Viewing Options
During busy seasons of the year, Disney typically has scheduled two shows each evening, with the first show at 9:00pm. Disney may also decide to hold a third show on some evenings, especially if the park is extremely busy. During less-busy seasons of the year, Disney may only hold one show each evening.
There are a few ways to see the show. We review one that is free with admission, while the other charges a premium for reserved seats.
The show’s viewing area is located in Paradise Park: the tiered garden area directly in front of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure.
You WILL get wet viewing the show from the front deck. Bring along a poncho if this is a concern. (Unless the wind is blowing strongly in your direction, you shouldn’t get “Grizzly River Run wet,” but you might get more than “Splash Mountain wet,” so a poncho is a good idea!) Again, the view is so much better from the front deck that we believe the improved view is well worth the inconvenience of the poncho! (Inexpensive ponchos are available at the Target store south of the park on Harbor Blvd, if you didn’t happen to purchase these before your trip.)
Unless you want to arrive late in the day, you don’t have to buy one of the dining alternatives to view the show, unless you wish to dine at one of these restaurants regardless of the show. The viewing of the show is no better with the “dinner combination” than with the Fastpass alternative, which is free.
Plan ahead to save a spot inside Paradise Park at Disney California Adventure park to watch “World of Color.” Passes are accessible on a first-come, first-served served basis. The FASTPASS kiosks are located outside Grizzly River Run in the Golden State area of the park. Keep in mind that each part of your group must enter Disney California Adventure Park and present their tickets at the FASTPASS station to accept a FASTPASS.
Bonus tip: Guests staying at Disneyland Resort Hotels can use Extra Magic Hour on select days, throughout which time you may enter Disney California Adventure park one hour prior to when it opens to visitors. Take advantage of this additional time by grabbing your “World of Color” FASTPASS
There are two different color-coded FASTPASSes that are issued for World of Color, Blue and Yellow. Each one relates to an alternate viewing area for the show, keeping in mind the Yellow viewing area gives you access to the front and center view. Yellow FASTPASSes are given out AFTER all of the Blue FASTPASSes have been issued for the day.
In the event that you wish to acquire a Yellow FASTPASS for the early show, on a typical summer day it is recommended that you acquire your FASTPASS around 12:30pm or 1:00pm, or between four and a half and five hours after the park has opened for the day. (You’d need to check sooner than this throughout the busy season of the year, for example, throughout the Christmas season, spring break, or Fourth of July week, and later throughout less-occupied seasons.) The trick is that you need to hold up long enough after the park has been open that the blue FASTPASSes have all been issued, yet not all that long that the majority of the Yellow FASTPASSes are distributed for the day. In the event that you touch base at the FP machines and observe that they’re still issuing Blue FASTPASSes, we propose returning later after they’ve switched to Yellow before acquiring yours. Once more, the Yellow FASTPASSes should provide for you get to the up-front and center view range.
Regarding FASTPASS specifically, it’s important to note that obtaining a FASTPASS for World of Color will not impact your ability to obtain a FASTPASS elsewhere in the park. So whether you obtain a FASTPASS for the show or not, it shouldn’t affect the other FASTPASS attractions in your plan.
World of Color Dining Package Viewing:
Not a morning person? Love excellent food? This is the alternative for you. Notwithstanding enjoying an amazing meal, you additionally get access to a reserved viewing in Paradise Park to delight in “World of Color!”
The experience beings with dining at one of three locations and continues into the preferred viewing area for the popular show.
Included in Each World of Color Dining Package:
• Full-service, 3-course (starter, entrée and dessert) meal from a prix-fixe menu during lunch and/or dinner (depending on the location) from one of 3 participating restaurants
• A non-alcoholic beverage
• One voucher that reserves, in advance, your spot in the Paradise Park preferred World of Color viewing area
You should know: dining packages do not include park admission, tax, gratuity or alcohol. Also, the preferred World of Color viewing area is in Paradise Park, separate from the dining location.
Approximate Prices for the Dining Package: (From the Disneyland official website)
Ariel’s Grotto(Located on Paradise Pier. Dinner only, no character dining.)
Children ages 3 to 9: $23.75
Wine Country Trattoria(Located across from Cars Land):
Children ages 3 to 9: $20.50
Children ages 3 to 9: $23.75
Carthay Circle Restaurant(Located on Buena Vista Street):
Children ages 3 to 9: $19.44
Children ages 3 to 9: $21.60
See our review of the Carthay Circle Restaurant World of Color package here.
Reserve your spot early by calling 714-781-DINE to enjoy lunch or dinner at Wine Country Trattoria or Carthay Circle Restaurant, or dinner at Ariel’s Grotto on select nights all through the summer season, followed by reserved seating for “World of Color.”
The only Paradise Pier attractions that remain open during World of Color are: Toy Story Midway Mania, Goofy’s Sky School, and The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. California Screamin’ is closed during World of Color.
Pro Tip: This is a good time to ride Toy Story Midway Mania, because most times the line will be much shorter during this time.
Make sure you are not standing behind people with little kids– they may prop the kids onto their shoulders, blocking your view (or at least make sure you are high enough above them.
Also available: “Glow With the Show” Ears are available in areas all through the Disneyland Resort. These unique ears collaborate with the show itself, blazing and changing colors with the different scenes. Also make certain to keep your “Glow With the Show” Ears after the show, in light of the fact that they also associate with numerous different shows and zones in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks.
For an alternate view of the World of Color show, you might be able to catch a distinctive glimpse while riding Goofy’s Sky School. It’s a fun and unique way to see a small bit of Paradise Bay lighting up in amazing colors and effects.
Next week’s Disneyland Resort Limited Time Magic event has been announced: the return of a few long-lost friends to Disneyland Park, as voted by you!
Get ‘out there’ to meet up with Esmeralda, Clopin and Frollo from “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Paint with the colors of the wind when you meet up with Pocahontas, John Smith, Meeko and Governor Ratcliffe from “Pocahontas.” Robin Hood, Friar Tuck, Prince John and Sheriff of Nottingham will also be meeting. Fan favorites Scrooge McDuck and Ludwig Von Drake are also set to make an appearance.
This Limited Time Event is scheduled to take place April 8-14 at the Big Thunder Ranch in Disneyland Park.
After the success of the Florida event, there’s no doubt this one will be just as popular. It’s always a treat to see the beloved characters we grew up with seeing in film and in the parks. Disneyland often sees some of the more obscure and rare characters, but these characters were voted on via an online poll months ago.
Before anyone jumps out of your seat, I was being hypothetical. Just imagine……a cast member runs out of the Disneyana Shop on Main Street in Disneyland. He races up to and says,” It’s your lucky day,” and hands you a $1000 gift card to Disney. He then tells you that you only have an hour to spend it. Go.
You’ve got an hour to choose what you want, movies, jewelry, pins, collectibles. What will you get?
Because I can’t magically transport me and all of you to Disneyland to look around, lets head to the Disney Store on Amazon.com(because it has the biggest selection) to poke around. Don’t get to caught up in the prices, just look around Amazon.com, and tell what Disney items you would buy in the comments.
Also, look at the official Oz the Great and Powerful logo below along with another poster.
Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.
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David Fincher, the director behind the Social Network and Fight Club, wants to remake 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with Brad Pitt starring as Ned Land captured on Captain Nemo’s ship.
Fincher is still waiting for Disney to green light the project because the movie rights still belong to them after making the 1954 version of the film. Disney is always looking for a box office success and sources say that they anticipate this new version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to be just that.
I sure hope that Disney can still do this great story justice.
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About a week ago Disney’s fun marketing scheme MonstersUniversity.com went live. In this fun new site modeled to represent Monsters University, the setting for the upcoming Monster’s Inc. prequel. Disney has gone very in depth to design this site, creating student handbooks, a school bookstore(you can actually buy clothes here, very cool), faculty page, and an admissions page, that is at least for the moment not accepting applicants.
Below is the complete map of the campus, that may be useful to understand the movie when it comes out.
What do you think of Disney’s new marketing experiment?
Belle’s father has a cottage in the new Fantasyland. It is very fitting of his personality. There are wonderful Disney Details throughout the cottage and the castle where Belle tells a tale as old as time. The cottage and adjoining castle house the new attraction Enchanted Tales With Belle that will retell the story of Beauty and the Beast. It was enough to bring tears to my eyes.
We have gotten more and more details from Walt Disney Studios about Wreck-It Ralph today. The poster was released(as seen above) and now you can pre-order the Wreck-It Wralph Soundtrack from amazon.com. The poster above evokes the themes of the retro arcade games that the movie is about.
Each arcade game that Wreck-It Ralph enters has a very unique score and for that reason I am very excited to hear that the soundtrack is now avaliable for pre-order.
Directed by Rich Moore, produced by Spencer and featuring the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch, “Wreck-It Ralph” crashes into theatres on Nov. 2, 2012. The film’s soundtrack from Walt Disney Records will be available Oct. 30, 2012.
“When it came to the music of ‘Wreck-It Ralph,’” said Moore, “we wanted to work with some really talented artists and I love that they aren’t necessarily the people audiences expect to hear in a Disney animated movie. But when they hear the music and how it supports the story and drives the emotion, they’ll say, ‘This is perfect.’”
Classically trained composer Henry Jackman (“Winnie the Pooh,” “X-Men: First Class”) was called on to write the score for “Wreck-It Ralph,” helping to shape the diverse worlds with music. Jackman researched arcade games and incorporated their classic sounds into the score, bringing the arcade and its individual games to life. “The music transports you,” said Moore. “It channels each era perfectly. [Henry Jackman] is fantastic.”
According to Jackman, the score was driven by the story, which allowed him to tap his classical roots, too. “When something emotional is developing, it actually opens the door to the orchestral score without it feeling imposed,” he said.
Read About the Individual Songs Below
Ralph’s quest leads him to the intense, cy-bug-infested world of Hero’s Duty, where he hopes to land a medal. Underscoring the chaos and excitement of the first-person shooter game, GRAMMY®-winning artist Skrillex wrote the game-play music, “Bug Hunt,” hand-picking Netherlands’ producers/DJs/videogame soundtrack composers Noisia to remix the track for the album. “The mood of that game world is high-energy and futuristic. I make music with many different colors of the emotional spectrum—this reflects a more aggressive side of my music.”
Japan’s pop phenomenon AKB48 accompanies Ralph to the land of sweets with the aptly named theme song “Sugar Rush.” “We’ve always thought of Sugar Rush—with its nod to anime—as a game that may have originated in Japan,” said Spencer. “So we went to Japan and got the hottest J-pop group to perform the song that really sets the tone for this ’90s-era cart-racing game: young and hip.”
Owl City (“Fireflies,” “Good Time”) provides an upbeat and story-driven cap to the film with “When Can I See You Again?” According to singer/songwriter/instrumentalist Adam Young, the song offers a bit of an emotional tug-of-war. “It’s a very bouncy, happy, uplifting song, but there’s a bittersweet part of it, leaving a key relationship in the film open-ended.”
Also contributing to the end credits are Buckner & Garcia, the team behind the 1982 Top-10 hit “Pac-Man Fever.” Jerry Buckner of Buckner & Garcia co-produced the song “Wreck-It, Wreck-It Ralph” with hit songwriter/producer Jamie Houston (Steven Tyler, Macy Gray). “It was great to be invited to contribute a song to the movie and soundtrack,” said Buckner. “The song has an ’80s pop flavor with a contemporary twist—we’re really happy with how it turned out.”
Our Shortened Synopsis
Wreck-It Ralph wants to be his game’s good guy, because no one loves a bad guy. He realizes that to be a good guy in a game he would need to move to the new modern shooter game that had just arrived at the arcade. After wrecking everything in the new game and releasing a deadly bug that could destroy the arcade, what could happen to Wreck-It Ralph?
At Comic Con this year one of the most coveted items were the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit ears being given out to promote Epic Mickey 2.
Just a little backstory on Oswald. Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was a cartoon that was originally created by Walt Disney, but was then stolen by Universal, whom owned the rights up until 2009. In 2009 Disney traded Al Micheals, an ESPN Sports caster to Universal and NBC Sports in exchange for the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. So long story short Disney got the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit back and has used him in both Epic Mickey one and two, a popular video game.
Jumping back to the hats, yesterday Disney announced that the very popular Oswald the Lucky Rabbit hats would be coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World as merchandise. This time they wouldn’t be themed to Epic Mickey, but rather just to Oswald. Disney has released a picture of the hat(as seen above).
Disney also shared with us that the hats wouldn’t be the only pieces of merchandise to feature Oswald. He will also be seen on Vinylmations, Pins, and Apparel. This new merchandise line will be available starting October/early November says the Disney Parks Blog.
What do you think, could Oswald slowly be making his way into the parks? Maybe a meet and greet character or attraction? You will never know what Walt Disney Imagineering is dreaming up.
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Disney and Louboutin have announced that they will be giving away a pair of Cinderella themed shoes(the ones seen above) to the girl that embodies the Cinderella spirit the most. Not only will this lucky girl get this pair of shoes they will also receive the shoes at a special ceremony at the Disneyland Resort.
The search begins September 4 and will look for women 18 and over, to submit their ultimate Cinderella look on Facebook to have a chance to win the magical shoe. To be enter, entrants should take a picture of the ideal outfit in their closet which portrays a look to match the Cinderella-inspired slippers re-imagined by Christian Louboutin. Next step – Upload it to Facebook by the stroke of midnight on September 11, 2012 for a chance to win.
(Important, you may only win if you have US size 7 or 8 women’s shoe, be available for travel September 26-28, and must reside in the United States.)
The winners will be selected around September 17 by Disney. The winner plus a guest will be invited to Disneyland where they be given a special princess “make-over” and officially get “fit” with the shoes.
Jerry Bruckheimer, the producer behind most of Disney’s big budget live action hits including National Treasure and the Pirates of the Caribbean series, has announced that him and his crew have completed filming of the new Disney movie, ‘The Lone Ranger.’ 125 days into the process Jerry has shared photos of the filming and some fun facts about how some scenes were filmed. 70 mph winds, rain, snow, and even wildfires populated the film shoot.
For one scene of the movie they needed a train chase. So that they wouldn’t have to turn the train around they built the track in a circle so that they could continuously filming. So, watch in the movie for the same background to go by once or twice.
Above you can see when the filming crew went through 70 mile an hour winds.
So first they went through wind, then they went through snow. Boy, what’s next.
Above you see Jerry Bruckheimer himself. All of the pictures you have seen throughout this post were taken by the filming crew themselves and are all copyright Jerry Bruckheimer Films.
The movie has almost finished up shooting, now all they have to do is a couple more shots in Hollywood in Soundstages and then the movie will go into post production. Then, you won’t have to wait to long for the movie as it comes out July 3rd, 2013.
This is amazing news, Disney may bring HGTV, Food Network, and the Travel channel into the Walt Disney Family!
Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood tells us that analysts are reporting that Disney will purchase Scripps Networks, owner of popular channels including HGTV, Travel Channel, and the Food Network.
HGTV also sponsors the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival every year.
The reasoning behind the purchase of Scripps Network would be to appeal to the demographic of older women. While they already have shows like Desperate Housewives, Lost, Grey’s Anatomy and Dancing With The Stars they want to grow their portfolio.
Also, they want to have a back up for ESPN if distributors ever refuse to pay the high prices Disney charges for distribution. In addition to wanting to have a backup they would want to have the low cost model for each episode.
Analysts estimate that Scripps could sell to Disney for $10.3 Billion. What do you think about this possible purchase?
Disney and Steven Spielberg released the first still of ‘Lincoln'(Pictured Above) starring two-time Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis. We already announced the film ‘Lincoln’ and shared with you that not only would the Daniel Day-Lewis be in the film but also Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Jared Harris, David Straithairn and Sally Field.
This fantastic masterpiece is based off of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.
Previously, I said that the movie would be made the correct way. I continue to say this as it seems that Abraham Lincoln will be portrayed in the correct way, in other words, not as a Vampire Killer.
The movie will have limited release on November 9 2012 along with full release on November 16 2012.
As I walked into Art of Animation today with my out of town guest, the concept artist (front desk clerk) asked if we were there for the tour. OF COURSE! This time it was not Art. Yes, Art of Animation as he likes to call himself. Our new tour guide led us through the tour but had different information than I had heard before. Here is the top ten things I learned on our Art of Animation Tour today.
1. There are 2500 statues at Art of Animation. That is more than the Magic Kingdom! All of the statues are scaled as if you were the main character from that movie. In the Finding Nemo area, you are the size of Nemo. You are looking up at Crush, the Seagulls, and Mr. Ray.
2. There are 276 jars of color in the Ink and Paint Shop. That goes to show you how many shades of each color are used in the movies. Also, Lillian Bounds (Disney) met Walt Disney when she worked in “ink and paint.” In the future, when I visit the Ink and Paint Shop, I will be thinking about the love story of Walt and Lilly.
3. The couch bed in the Cars section looks like the backseat of an old car. One might think that since it is a fold out bed and is a seat from a car that it will be uncomfortable. Actually, it has three tempurpedic mattresses that mold into one. It is the most comfortable bed in the suite.
4. Thermostats in the suites of Art of Animation have motion sensors. This means that after you leave for the day and it does not detect any movement, it will turn itself off. Don’t worry. It has a night timer so it will not turn off while guests are sleeping.
5. There are over 200 pieces of art work throughout the resort. In each building, there are original pieces of artwork on each floor outside the elevators. Yes, we went up and down the elevator and took pictures of the paintings.
6. The “squishy ground” around the cars sculptures in Radiator Springs is actually their version of fake sand. This sand was only around the playground when the resort first opened to cast members. As cast members rushed over to take their picture with the Cars characters; they fell, tripped, and hurt themselves. This could not be. Fake sand, or squishy ground as I call it, was put in to stop this from happening to guests. The best part of the fake sand? It is made out of recycled shoes! Cast member shoes at that! Now, some lucky cast members will forever be a part of Disney history.
7. The only standard rooms at Art of Animation are in The Little Mermaid section. These buildings were built when Pop Century was built. They have been overrun, overgrown and are taking a lot to bring back up to Art of Animation standards. These standard rooms go for about $100 a night, which is half of the suite cost. (It will not fit as many people as the suites in the rest of the resort.) Even though these rooms are less expensive, they still have the details expected at Art of Animation. The carpet is full of gizmos and gadgets and the beds are seashells. These rooms open to the outside, like other value resort rooms. After realizing that, looking over at that section does make it look a little more like Pop Century and less like Art of Animation.
8. Art of Animation was meant to be an extension of Pop Century. I knew this part. I had heard about how the lobby skylights would point/highlight to each decade. I didn’t think about which decades would be featured there. How about the 40s? 30s? How cool would that have been? After Pop Century was built and more time had passed, Disney realized that what they were missing from the resorts was the “art” “animation” or “magic” that people love in the movies and in the parks. Guests come back to the resorts and that sense of animated magic is lost on the Key West, New Orleans, or other themes. Art of Animation filled that void and immersed the guests into their favorite animated stories.
9. When we first visited the resort, I noticed something in Landscape of Flavors. My son had a hard time reaching the dirty dishes container. It was all the way up on the top of the trash can. I wondered how other guests would reach these containers. Not everyone is above 5 feet tall. Today, I noticed that changes have been made to that whole area. Now there are dirty dish containers on top and in the middle so people of all heights can reach them. Smart move, Disney.
10. I must not have noticed how Art got into the suite on our last tour. Art of Animation is the first value resort to use RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) cards for the doors. This means you simply swish your room key in front of the RFID reader on the door. This is just the start of what is to come with RFID technology in Disney World. I did notice the pool had an RFID reader the first time we went there but didn’t even think about the rooms having this technology.
If you ever get a chance to visit (or stay) at Art of Animation, ask if there are any tours for that day. Even though we frequent the resort, we still learn something new each time and find more Disney Magic.