Spring is in the air on Main Street, USA in the Magic Kingdom! The citizens of Main Street will celebrate the season with bright pastels, bunches of flowers, and even some new songs to sing!
You’ll be able to catch the festive residents as they perform in the Trolley Show each day on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World from March 3rd all the way to May 12th (that’s nearly 3 months)!
Personally, I’m happy about this celebration. I’ve previously stated my desire for the resort to acknowledge and celebrate Easter/the Spring Season. Main Street just lends itself to such festivities.
Next week’s Walt Disney World Limited Time Magic event has been announced. Next week will see an event many have been anxiously waiting for: Long-Lost Disney Friends Return.
Get ready to travel back to 1971 when you meet up with classic characters like Robin Hood and Friar Tuck, and The Three Little Pigs. Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar are also scheduled to make appearances throughout the week.
This Limited Time Event is scheduled to take place January 21 to January 27 in the Magic Kingdom. Character meeting times are 9 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. daily.
From the moment this event was announced, many Disney Fans threw up their hats in celebration. It’s always a treat to see the beloved characters we grew up with seeing in film and in the parks. I anticipate this event to be popular with the locals and big fans more so than with families on vacation.
Times for the Winter Wonderland location at Epcot are:
10:30 a.m. – 2:10 p.m.
3:05 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
This sounds like a cute little event for those who like taking pictures with characters. Canada seems like a great place to have snow, seeing as Canada is known for it’s snow. I wish they had waited until summer to do this. It seems like then would be a more unique and quirky time to have snow. Nevertheless, it will be fun to see the ‘snow’! What do you think?
During Cinema Con a conference in Las Vegas, Disney released news about three new movies, a sequel, and more information on projects that were already announced.
While Disney did talk about “Monsters, Inc.” called “Monsters University,” “Frankenweenie” and “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” along with in person presentations by their director, the real excitement came later.
Recently Disney confirmed that a sequel was in the works for the Muppets, simply titled the “Muppets 2.” A title poster was revealed on stage, and Kermit and Ms. Piggy came on to make the announcement.
After the Muppets announcement Disney continued on to talk about the Pixar world. The biggest announcement was that Pixar director Lee Unkrich would be working on a film celebrating Dia de Los Muertos. I personally think that it will be very interesting to see Pixar animate a day of the dead film.
Disney also named the nameless dinosaur movie that was first announced at the D23 Expo. The name of the new movie is “The Good Dinosaur,” and Disney released the following synopsis.
What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? This hilarious, heartfelt and original tale is directed by Bob Peterson (co-director/writer, “Up;” writer, “Finding Nemo”) and produced by John Walker (“The Incredibles,” “The Iron Giant”).
Disney also elaborated more on the movie about the journey into the mind, releasing the below synopsis.
Pixar takes audiences on incredible journeys into extraordinary worlds: from the darkest depths of the ocean to the top of the tepui mountains in South America; from the fictional metropolis of Monstropolis to a futuristic fantasy of outer space. From director Pete Docter (“Up,” “Monsters, Inc.”) and producer Jonas Rivera (“Up”), the inventive new film will take you to a place that everyone knows, but no one has ever seen: the world inside the human mind.
Disney also announced that Jack White of the band the White Stripes, would be writing the score for the new movie the Lone Ranger. This new movie will be his first film score.
What do you think of these new movies? Which do you want to see the most?
Disney is great at putting on a show that you will never forget, Fantasmic!, World of Color, Illuminations, and recently World of Color.
Now “Disney Dreams: debuted last night in Disneyland Paris and set the standards for a Disney parks show higher than they could ever be. “Disney Dreams” combines the fountains from World of Color, the fireworks from Wishes and the projection technology from the “The Magic the Memories and You.” This brand new show encompasses all the latest technology that Disney has engineered all around the world.
The brand new show premiered for all media members who where in attendance last night at Disneyland Paris. The video below was broadcast live across the world last night at 10:50pm.
The man behind the new show was Steve Davison who has the title of Creative Director and Vice President, Parades and Spectaculars for Walt Disney Imagineering. Previously he was Show Director and Art Director for Disneyland, and has been bringing new shows and events to Disneyland fans for years.
The show “Disney Dreams” was put on to celebrate Disneyland Paris’ 20th anniversary, also part of the celebration is the new parade “Disney Magic on Parade!”
The same day that Disney’s hit new movie the Muppets hits theaters it’s stars receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Muppets were given a star yesterday morning in front of Disney’s theater the El Capitan. The Muppets Star was the 2,466th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The celebration was run by Chamber President and CEO Leron Gubler, with special guest speakers Rich Ross, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios and Lisa Henson, CEO, The Jim Henson Company. A few Muppets were on hand to receive the star including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Animal, Pepe, Sweetums, and Walter, the newest Muppet.
“Thanks to creative genius Jim Henson and these extraordinary puppeteers, the Muppets are truly worldwide icons and Hollywood stars,” said Ross. “They are a treasured part of the Disney family, and we’re thrilled to see them join so many other luminaries on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.”
Goofy needs a little help redecorating, or so the back story for this new experience says. Set to open Aug. 24, this Tokyo Disneyland attraction will let guests help Goofy decorate his house in “a unique and colorful fashion.” Groups of guests will work together to “paint” the room using special paint applicators called “Toontone Splat Masters.”
The attraction will have different rooms including beach, jungle, and other themes, as well as different “Toontone Splat Masters.”
“Heroes Work Here. Employ excellence. Hire veterans.”
KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 13, 2012 ? Today at The Walt Disney Company’s (NYSE: DIS) Annual Shareholder meeting in Kansas City, President and Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Iger announced Heroes Work Here, a new company-wide initiative to hire, train and support returning veterans. The new program continues Disney’s long history of respect and appreciation for the U.S. Armed Forces by expanding the company’s commitment to recognize and honor the sacrifice and service of these men and women.
As part of the initiative, Disney will provide at least 1,000 jobs and career opportunities for returning U.S. veterans over the next three years, support military families and veterans during their transition into civilian life, and launch a national public awareness campaign to encourage all employers across the U.S. to hire veterans.
In addition to providing career opportunities for veterans, Disney will also invest in select non-profit organizations that provide training and other support services. Through the Disney VoluntEARS program, employees will also engage in service projects with veterans’ organizations in communities around the country. The public awareness campaign, featuring veterans currently employed in various businesses across The Walt Disney Company, will highlight their value, encourage companies to hire these highly skilled men and women, and direct them to the Joining Forces initiative for more information.
Mr. Iger debuted the first spot at the conference, which can be viewed here:
“As a new generation of America’s military men and women transition into civilian life, we are increasing our commitment and support for these modern day heroes,” said Mr. Iger. “It’s a measure of our respect for how much they have sacrificed on our behalf, and our sincere gratitude for their extraordinary contributions to this country.”
He added, “The military values of honor, integrity, commitment, and courage, along with the skills and experience they’ve gained through their service, make veterans incredibly valuable employees for any company.”
Heroes Work Here includes recruitment efforts across all segments of The Walt Disney Company, including ESPN, the Disney-ABC Television Group, Disney Consumer Products, The Walt Disney Studios, and Disney Parks and Resorts. The company will host career fairs and participate in events designed to showcase opportunities for returning military personnel.
Information about Heroes Work Here and available positions for veterans can be found at a dedicated section of the Disney Careers Website.
First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden created Joining Forces to bring Americans together to recognize, honor and take action to support veterans and military families as they serve our country and throughout their lives. The initiative aims to educate, challenge, and spark action from all sectors of society to ensure veterans and military families have the support they have earned. The initiative focuses on key priority areas – employment, education, and wellness while raising awareness about the service, sacrifice, and needs of America’s veterans and military families.
Disney CEO Bob Iger, and Head of Disney Parks Tom Staggs visited California Adventure yesterday and explored all the new sections of the park including Carsland and Buena Vista Street.
For the first time Disney has shown off parts of Radiator Springs Racers, and a first look at the Red Car.
This morning Tom Staggs officially announced that California Adventure will be reopening June 15th, sadly all of California Adventure will be closed on June 14th for a media event. Also on the 15th the redone Matterhorn will reopen.
It was a very regular day in Disney World, but under the surface a big change had occurred. Today Disney has begun to enforce the second time on all FastPasses. Disney never really enforced the rule, and since it’s inception in 1999 the FastPass system has revolved around letting people come back after their second time.
You get a Fast Pass by taking your tickets to a FastPass machine located outside of the attraction that you want the pass for. There is a little slot in the box were you stick your ticket and hold it there until a little green light turns on and out pops a FastPass.
Above all FastPass machines in Disney World a sign has been added saying
Please return witin the one hour window printed on your Disney FASTPASS.
In the guide maps Disney also wrote
To ensure you have the best experience possible, please remember to return to FASTPASS attractions within your return time window (printed on FASTPASS tickets).
Many people have guessed that the new rule has to do with the rumored xPass or XPass that would allow for visitors to book rides from home.
Many people fear that these rules will soon be enforced in Disneyland park, but that may be a good thing. Think about Indiana Jones at 3pm. Do you think that Disney will ever repeal the new rules, or is this the future?
Production began last week on location in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ epic adventure “The Lone Ranger.” The film reunites the filmmaking team of the first three “Pirates of the Caribbean” blockbusters—producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski—with Johnny Depp, who created Captain Jack Sparrow in his iconic, Academy Award®-nominated performance and contributed the voice of the title character of Verbinski’s Academy Award-winning “Rango.”
Depp plays spirit warrior Tonto in “The Lone Ranger,” with Armie Hammer (“The Social Network,” “J. Edgar”) starring in the title role. Depp and Hammer are joined by a prestigious international cast which includes Tom Wilkinson, two-time Academy Award nominee (“Michael Clayton,” “In the Bedroom”) and Golden Globe® and Emmy® winner (“John Adams”); William Fichtner (Jerry Bruckheimer’s productions of “Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor” and “Black Hawk Down”); Emmy Award-winner Barry Pepper (TV’s “The Kennedys,” “True Grit,” “Saving Private Ryan”); James Badge Dale (“The Grey,” TV’s “The Pacific” and “Rubicon”); Ruth Wilson (television’s “Jane Eyre” and “Luther”); and two-time Academy Award nominee and six-time Golden Globe nominee Helena Bonham Carter (“The King’s Speech,” “Alice in Wonderland”). The film is slated to open on May 31, 2013.
“The Lone Ranger” is a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought tolife through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.
“The Lone Ranger” is written by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio of “Pirates of the Caribbean,” Eric Aronson and Justin Haythe. The executive producers are Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Eric Ellenbogen and Eric McLeod.
Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski are joined by a remarkable team of behind-the-scenes artists, including director of photography Bojan Bazelli (Verbinski’s “The Ring,” “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”); visual consultant Mark “Crash” McCreery (production designer of Verbinski’s “Rango); costume designer Penny Rose (“Pirates of the Caribbean” films); film editor James Haygood (“Panic Room,” “Fight Club”); visual effects supervisor Tim Alexander (“Rango,” three “Harry Potter” films); Academy Award®-winning special effects supervisor John Frazier, a 10-time nominee whose previous collaborations with Jerry Bruckheimer have included “Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor” and, with Verbinski as well, “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”; and stunt coordinator Tommy Harper (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2”).
Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Gore Verbinski has enjoyed tremendous box office success as the innovative director of both character-driven franchises and thoughtful genre-bending fare. Most recently, Verbinski released his first animated film, the smash hit “Rango,” starring Johnny Depp. Grossing over $240 million worldwide, the film won the Academy Award for Best Animated FeatureFilm, as well as BAFTA and Annie awards, and received Golden Globe® and PGAnominations. Verbinski previously helmed the hit franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean,” directing the first three films starring Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley. The films have collectively grossed nearly $3 billion worldwide since release. He made his directorial debut with “Mouse Hunt,” starring Nathan Lane, followed by the road movie “The Mexican,” starring Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini. He also directed the smash horror film “The Ring,” starring Naomi Watts.
Verbinski is also a successful award-winning commercial director, having been honored with four Clio Awards and a Cannes Silver Lion Award for his work on an assortment of memorable advertising spots. In addition, he directed music videos for bands including Bad Religion and Crystal Method.
First in partnership with Don Simpson, and then as the chief of Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Bruckheimer has produced an unprecedented string of worldwide smashes, impacting not only the industry, but mass culture as well. Bruckheimer’s films include (producing with Don Simpson) “Top Gun,” “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Beverly Hills Cop 2,” “American Gigolo,” “Flashdance,” “Bad Boys,” “Dangerous Minds,” “Crimson Tide,” “The Rock,” and (producing solo) “Con Air,” “Armageddon,” “Enemy of the State,” “Gone in 60 Seconds,” “Coyote Ugly,” “Remember the Titans,” “Pearl Harbor,” “Black Hawk Down,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” “Bad Boys II,” “Veronica Guerin,” “King Arthur,” “National Treasure,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” and the 2011 blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”
On television, Bruckheimer had an unprecedented 10 television series airing in the 2005-6 season, a record in the medium for an individual producer. JBTV’s series include “C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation” and its spinoffs “C.S.I.: Miami,” “C.S.I.: NY” and “Without a Trace,” “Cold Case” and the eight-time Emmy® Award-winner “The Amazing Race.”
Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Television have been honored with 41 Academy Award® nominations, six wins, eight GRAMMY® Award nominations, five wins, 23 Golden Globe® nominations, four wins, 105 Emmy® Award nominations, 21 wins, 30 People’s Choice nominations, 15 wins, numerous MTV Awards, including one for Best Picture of the Decade for “Beverly Hills Cop.”
“The Lone Ranger” will film exteriors and studio work in New Mexico, followed by locations in Arizona, Utah and Colorado.
Disney released a new Avengers trailer and poster today, as we are just 2 months away from the premiere. The movie has really crept up on us, but it is almost here.
In the new trailer we feel the presence of the aliens that are invading earth. All the actors give great performances, but as always Robert Downey Jr. is the best. The movie comes out in theaters May 4th, after this trailer I will be there.
The official date for the opening of the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom has been announced, and the official opening date is Feb. 22, 2012.
When you head to the firehouse on Main Street you will be recruited by Merlin to become an apprentice sorcerer. After being recruited guests use their spell cards to fight Disney villains including including Hades, Maleficent, Ursula, and Dr. Facilier. The overall goal of battling the villains is to repair Merlin’s crystal ball.
Check out the following video, in which Jonathan Ackley, Project Producer & Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering, shares more about the game.
New Wreck it Ralph stills were released today, they not only portray the character Ralph but they also show his world, and what a video game means to this movie. If you don’t know the story it is about a video game character named Ralph who in fact is a bad guy who wants to find out if there is more to life than what is in his video game.
Part of the story is that if you are in one game in an arcade you can go to other games in the arcade. So Ralph decides to go to Ralph decides to go to a game called Hero’s Bounty, headed by hero Sgt. Calhoun. While trying to help Sgt. Calhoun he unleashes a virus that could destroy all the games in the arcade. Continue reading →
I recently visited Books Inc., a subsidary of Compass Books, in my home town, to ask any of the staff if they knew why the Disneyland Downtown Disney location of Compass Books had closed. One of the employees said that it was very difficult to change any elements of the store, or even change products available because of Disney’s rules about the stores in Downtown Disney. They also said that the profits weren’t worth the trouble of having a store so far away from their home base, which is the Bay Area. I was very sad to see the bookstore leave the resort because it really was a nice place that was separate from the hustle and bustle of the touristy Downtown Disney. Sorry, don’t know if touristy is a word, but is sure describes Downtown Disney.
Walt Disney received a special Oscar for Snow White.
Yesterday the Academy released the Oscar nominations, giving Disney only two nominations for their own productions, but thirteen total including their distributed films.
Disney’s only real nomination this year was for the incredible song from the Muppets Bret McKenzie’s “Man or Muppet.” The song features Jason Segel, his Muppet persona, his Muppet brother Walter, and a human version of Walter, played in a cameo appearance by Jim Parsons, made famous by his leading role in “Big Bang Theory”. This year their is only one other song in the category “Real in Rio” from “Rio.” Everyone on the web, Disney, and the creators behind the Muppet movie are all hoping for a surprise performance by the Muppets during the Oscars.
The reason I said that the only true nomination for Disney was for the song was because the second nomination is for a short film that hasn’t even been released to the general public. Disney’s second nomination is for La Luna witch is to be released in front of Pixar’s Brave.
Even though Pixar did receive a nomination they are lacking a nomination for their film Cars 2. This is the first Pixar film to not receive an Oscar nomination. I was shocked when I heard the news that it hadn’t received a nomination I was even more shocked when I saw the other nominations. Continue reading →
Late last night, speculation began that a major event will be taking place on Thursday causing Disney to make sudden and drastic changes to its entertainment schedule, such as adding a new, but temporary firework show to Disney Hollywood Studios. That speculation was confirmed today by the White House Staff. President Obama will indeed would be visitingWalt Disney World on January 19, 2012 to discuss the economy and tourism.
Obama’s speech will be given in front of the castle in the Magic Kingdom. The speech begins at 12:35 p.m. using Cinderella Castle and Main Street USA as a backdrop. Obama will be leaving Central Florida immediately afterward.
For anyone visiting the park on Thursday I suggest that you do not visit the Magic Kingdom, because guests in attendance at the park will not be able to see the President or his speech, and Main Street USA will be off limits to anyone without an official White House invitation. Backstage areas will be used to allow guests to access the rest of the park from the entrance area, bypassing Main Street. Guests who enter the Magic Kingdom via a single-day ticket and are unhappy with the situation surrounding Obama’s speech will be offered access to another of Walt Disney World’s three theme parks for that day only. Most dining and experience reservations will still be honored, but guests should be prepared to adjust their plans. The exceptions are park tours scheduled on Thursday Continue reading →
On February 29, 2012, Disneyland Park and Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom Park will be open for 24 hours, and I can’t wait. Just picture being in the parks the whole time. I would be exhausted but it would be worth it.
The monumental occasion begins at 6am on February 29, 2012 and runs through 6am on March 1, 2012. Select attractions, entertainment and services will be available. Below a well done promo for the event.