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    by Published on 03-08-2013 03:00 PM
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    Wreck it Ralph was a contender this year at the Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and while the shiny gold Oscar went to Disney-Pixar's BRAVE instead, the film is definitely with its own merit. Within WRECK IT RALPH, we find several distinct worlds that have been brought to life like never before.

    In celebration of the film's release on Blu-ray and DVD, we have a great feature talking with several of the visual development artists from the film who helped conceptualize the video game worlds and characters in Wreck-It Ralph.
    by Published on 03-08-2013 12:00 PM
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    It’s time to channel your inner Iron Man/Tony Stark and let your inventing imagination go wild with Marvel’s IRON MAN 3: INVENTOR and INNOVATOR FAIR in conjunction with the May 3rd release of Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” starring Robert Downey Jr.

    The 12 finalists of the Marvel’s IRON MAN 3: INVENTOR and INNOVATOR FAIR will win a trip to Southern California, provided by Visa Signature. The trip includes a behind-the-scenes tour of Disney Studios, a meeting with Disney Imagineers, a trip to Disneyland, a visit to Discovery Science Center, and more!
    by Published on 03-08-2013 10:00 AM

    Today we're happy to present our interview with Joey King, the talented young actress who voiced China Girl in OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL which hits theaters today! Joey shared a bunch of great stories from her involvement in the film including her CG transformation, acting through a marionette, playing pranks on James Franco with Zach Braff, and taking home a special brick from the Yellow Brick Road!

    King is an exuberant young lady and we're excited to share our chat with her today!
    by Published on 03-08-2013 08:55 AM
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    In what may likely be the final batch of images released by Disney for this film, we get a great new set of images for OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL. In them, we see a wide range of moments from the film including black and white Kansas, the Dark Forest, and more.

    Check out our official review on the film!
    by Published on 03-07-2013 09:00 PM
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    OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL may be a visit to a land we already know, but the journey to Oz has never been so vibrant and exciting. One part prequel and another part relaunch, the film is an ambitious adventure taking us 30 years before Dorothy drops in for a visit.

    The new story is filled with much more action and suspense than we've seen before and it introduces us to the influential characters of Oz. And while the saccharine bubble-gum world of the 1939 classic this is not, the creators did well with their strides to play homage to the original movie.
    by Published on 03-07-2013 06:07 PM
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    Disneyland Resort was honored today by the nonprofit organization Clean the World Foundation, Inc. for environmental efforts to recycle partially used soap and bottled bath amenities from the Disneyland Resort Hotels.

    The nonprofit organization sanitizes, repackages and distributes the amenities – which may otherwise be discarded by the hospitality industry – to people in need around the world, helping to prevent hygiene-related illnesses.
    by Published on 03-07-2013 05:00 PM
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    James Franco was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today. Not so coincidentally, the ceremony happened a day before the release of Disney's epic blockbuster OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL. He was joined by friend and colleague Seth Rogen who has shared the screen with Franco for several projects including the upcoming THIS IS THE END. Others in attendance included Oz co-star Joey King and brother Dave Franco.
    by Published on 03-07-2013 11:20 AM
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    Disney announced that Mayor Michael McGinn has proclaimed today as “Oz The Great and Powerful” Day in the city of Seattle, Wash., in honor of Disney’s fantastical adventure opening in theaters across the U.S. tomorrow, March 8.
    by Published on 03-07-2013 10:35 AM
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    Disney recently announced the Radio Disney Music Awards and those with a keen eye might have noticed that the statue award features a Vinylmation figure.

    A popular item amongst the target demographic for the station, the vinylmation figure is a key element of the design along with the earphones on its head and the turntable base. The design was chosen amongst several different designs by the Disney Design Group.

    Just like the Oscars, the new statue needs a name. Well, at lease the spelling of his name. He's officially been called ARDY but Disney is looking to fans to come up with the spelling for his name through a new Facebook contest.
    by Published on 03-07-2013 10:00 AM
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    Last Friday, we were invited by Disney to attend the D23 Fanniversary Celebration 2013 tour which kicked off at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. The nostalgic hour and a half event is perfectly catered to the ardent Disney fan covering a range of topics from films and television to the parks and collectibles.

    The format of the show is linear, starting literally at the beginning in 1923 and continuing forward to the present. Hosted by two great members of the D23 team (the stop in LA was hosted by Cynthia and Rick) they take us on a tightly scripted stroll down memory lane making stops at Disney milestones that are celebrating landmark anniversaries this year.
    by Published on 03-06-2013 01:20 PM
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    Earlier today at the Walt Disney Company Annual Meeting of Shareholders, Disney CEO Bob Iger unveiled the first official image of a model of the upcoming Shanghai Disneyland park. Details thus far have been very sparse and even the new model reveals very little about the brand new Chinese Park that we haven't already seen.

    This will be the first park to not feature a Main Street USA. Instead, it will feature an 11-acre green space with water features welcoming guests up to the Storybook Castle icon of the park.
    by Published on 03-06-2013 10:42 AM
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    Back by popular demand once again, D23 presents D23 Day at the Walt Disney Studios and Archives. On May 4, 2013 8 tours of approximately 25 participants will be led on a two-and-a-half-hour tour across the studio lot to the ultimate destination of the Walt Disney Archives.

    As a special perk, a brand new exhibit will be available containing nine archival assets from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs that have never been displayed by the Archives until now.

    Tickets are available now for $60 per D23 member.
    by Published on 03-05-2013 09:00 PM
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    World of Color is more popular than princesses. At the very least, it's seemingly more profitable when it comes to Disney California Adventure.

    We're received word that Ariel's Grotto Restaurant is set to undergo a few operational changes on March 22 which may please some and annoy others: World of Color Dinner Packages are returning but Princess greets for dinner are being removed.
    by Published on 03-05-2013 08:31 PM
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    At a press event for OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL a few wees ago, we had the chance to take an up-close look at some of the costumes from the film; gowns worn by Glinda and Evanora plus the Wizard's suit and the Wicked Witch of the West's leathery ensemble.

    Oscar-­nominated costume designer Gary Jones (“Spider-Man 2,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,”) was on hand to discuss the pieces for the film that he created in collaboration with Michael Kutsche. Jones' enthusiasm is evidently clear for his work. The way he talked about the costumes showed not just all the thought and care that went into the creations, but also the attention to detail and devotion to the craft.

    After the jump, we'll take a closer look at some of these beautiful costumes created for the big-screen!
    by Published on 03-05-2013 07:40 PM
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    The March 12 official opening of Fantasy Faire is just around the corner and the AP Previews begin even sooner than that.

    As part of the new Fantasyland expansion, the stories of Beauty and the Beast and Tangled will come to life with new storytelling shows coming to the Royal Theatre. Today, Disney unveiled a look at the new offerings with these two great new publicity shots.

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