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As a multi-media conglomerate, the Walt Disney Company arguably has some of the world's most sought after media. This is no secret to Disney and so figuring out the right (read: most profitable) ways to share the media with consumers is always top of mind for the company.
Disney Twenty-Three Magazine will be helping to celebrate Disneyland's 60th Anniversary with the brand new summer edition of the magazine. Readers will be able to enjoy an inside look at the new parade, and enhancements coming to Disneyland for its Diamond Celebration.
Also, in this issue, Leonard Maltin gives a behind-the-scenes look at Disney’s three big summer movies featuring exclusive interviews with Tomorrowland director Brad Bird, Inside Out director Pete Docter, and Ant-Man director Peyton Reed. Each director offers Maltin a fascinating look at the creation of their three films.byPublished on 05-14-2015 07:00 AMCategories:
Although completely non-descript, Nintendo and Universal Studios recently announced a collaboration for new dedicated experiences and attractions based on beloved Nintendo games, characters, and worlds in the Universal theme parks.
It is expected that the new experiences will begin to appear and replace the Kid Zone section of the Universal Studios Florida theme park vs. an all new world but in a world where flying wizards and oversized gorillas all intermingle, you never know what could be on the way... storming Bowsers Castle? On a quest for Zelda's ocarina?
Although rumors swirl that Nintendo's presence could mean the end of Universal Orlando's Marvel attractions, that is definitely not the case. Reliable sources indicate that new Marvel attractions are planned for Universal's Islands of Adventure in the next 3-5 years, as their contract for Marvel rights is perpetual.
Look for Nintendo attractions to start to appear at Universal Studios Florida, Hollywood and Japan within the next few years.
What Nintendo experiences would you want to experience?byPublished on 05-13-2015 11:43 AMCategories:
After months of preparation and construction The Simpson's SPRINGFIELD USA has finally landed on the west coast and is officially open at Universal Studios Hollywood!
Larry Kurzweil, President & COO of Universal Studios Hollywood, Al Jean, Executive Producer of The Simpsons, plus an animated crew of Simpsons characters threw a switch last night to officially open Springfield USA to Universal guests.
The Island's of Adventure theme park at Universal Studios Orlando will have some Kong-sized problems in 2016 when the park debuts SKULL ISLAND: REIGN OF KONG. Based on the popular oversized ape of cinematic legend, the new attraction promises perilous jungles, explore ancient temple structures
To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Disneyland, the Walt Disney Archives will be showcasing more than 300 pieces as part of the D23 Expo. WALT DISNEY ARCHIVES PRESENTS DISNEYLAND: THE EXHIBIT will be for the first time ever in Expo history on the Expo show floor.
The exhibit will include themed areas that honor the park’s history, attractions, parades, and entertainment over the past six decades, including the construction of Disneyland, Pirates of the Caribbean, Mickey Mouse Club at Disneyland, Club 33, and collectible merchandise, as well as the park’s iconic lands: Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Frontierland, New Orleans Square, Tomorrowland, and Critter Country/Bear Country. Each area will contain items from Disneyland’s past, including attraction vehicles, costumes, props, and even Audio-Animatronics figures.
The D23 Expo is August 14-16, 2015.
Julie Andrews and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton are developing a new animated preschool Television series based on their #1 bestselling book series THE VERY FAIRY PRINCESS. The Very Fairy Princess franchise, which is part of The Julie Andrews Collection, and published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, first launched in 2010.
The animated TV series will focus on Geraldine, for whom being a very fairy princess is less about appearances than it is about knowing what makes your heart sing, and having the courage to share that with others. Slated to launch on air in 2016, the series will be jointly developed with Andrews and Walton Hamilton and produced at Nelvana Studio in Toronto.
While most of the focus has been on Disneyland for its upcoming 60th Anniversary, Disney California Adventure is getting in on the action as well. When the Diamond Celebration kicks off May 22, the popular MAD T Party will rock again.
During the Diamond Mad T Party, the main stage explodes in a swirling kaleidoscope of sparkle, shine and sound. The Mad Hatter has assembled the most amazing and talented band this side of Wonderland, featuring live contemporary and classic rock favorites as well as newly mashed-up Disney tunes given a rare Mad T Party twist! And when the band is not onstage, the White Rabbit DJ takes over and plays the latest and hottest dance tunes around.
DIAMOND MAD T PARTY starts rocking on May 22!byPublished on 05-10-2015 02:30 PM
It's been a while since our last in park pictorial (life will do that, sometimes) but our visit yesterday was as fruitful as it was tiring! Apart from covering the Blue Carpet World Premiere of the new TOMORROWLAND film due out in theaters May 22 (more on that soon), we walked around both parks for an ongoing look at new construction and refurb projects.
The real reason for visiting though was for a look at the highly anticipated Hatbox Ghost (more here) who not so quietly made his debut yesterday at Disneyland's Haunted Mansion. The creepy figure of fan legend made his triumphant return much to the applause of Disney fans across the social media sphere.
We also took some time to just ENJOY the parks and even stopped to enjoy the Pixar Play Parade and take in a couple of rides (other than the 6 we took on the Haunted Mansion, that is!) So sit back and relax as we take you to Disneyland!byPublished on 05-10-2015 12:00 PM
Disney recently unveiled a new TOMORROWLAND EXCLUSIVE MOVIE SNEAK PEEK at Disneyland showcasing a 20 minute look at the new film. The preview is in essence an edited down version of the film's opening act and then it ends with a trailer.
The venues 4D capabilities are used subtly in sync with the film including rumbling, water splash, fans, and lights.
For fans of the 1964 World's Fair, there is a good bit of it shown in the film's opening and a new display at the Disneyland exhibit features several pieces of the artwork created to support the recreation of the idealized 1960s vision of the future.
TOMORROWLAND opens in theatres May 22.byPublished on 05-10-2015 10:44 AM
In case you missed it, the Haunted Mansion's most infamous resident finally made himself visible yesterday. After so many years of rumors and debate, a brand new Hatbox Ghost figure made its debut in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion.
Excited to see Disney/Pixar's INSIDE OUT and incredibly sweet short LAVA before the rest of the world? Well D23 and Fathom Events are teaming together to bring a one night only event in select United States movie theaters on June 16th.
This one-night event will include a screening of the full-length feature Inside Out, plus the new Lava short, three days before the film’s official release on June 19. Audiences will also be treated to 15 minutes of exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from Pixar Animation Studios and a Q&A with director Pete Docter, producer Jonas Rivera, and the voice of Joy, Amy Poehler, live via satellite from their Australian tour.
The event goes on sale to the public on May 15th, but D23 members can purchase tickets starting May 12th.
Production has started on CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR filming in Atlanta, Georgia. Directed by the Russo brother's and just added Martin Freeman to the cast this past week. Also joining the film will be Paul Rudd as ANT MAN, with that movie being released July 17, 2015.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR lands in theaters May 6, 2016.
Fans planning on attending the D23 Expo this year will have a busy Saturday! D23 has just announced their lineup for the bigger presentations that will take place in a new 7500 seat HALL D23 that will be located in Hall D of the Anaheim Convention Center.
Friday, August 14 will be the return of the Disney Legend's Ceremony, and later that day the Walt Disney Studios will do their presentation of new movies from Disney Animation and Pixar. On Saturday, Walt Disney Studios will do their massive presentation from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm. Also that same day wil be the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Presentation hosted by parks chairman, Bob Chapek. Star Wars Land anyone?
Should be a jam packed D23 Expo!
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