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September 12, 2014

Frozen Attraction to Replace Maelstrom Plus More!

Tom Staggs, Chairman, Disney Parks and Resorts has announced a Frozen Attraction will be coming to Epcot and replace the current Maelstrom. Plus MORE!

According to Staggs:

"The new attraction, which replaces Maelstrom, will take our guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film. The pavilion will also include a royal greeting location where Anna and Elsa can meet our guests. We think these “Frozen” elements are great compliments to the Norway Pavilion, which showcases the country and region that inspired the film."

“Frozen’s” popular characters will also have a bigger presence at Magic Kingdom Park this holiday season. In addition to the ongoing character appearances, Queen Elsa will use her powers to transform Cinderella Castle into an ice palace every night starting in early November. And Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party-goers can see Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf in “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.”

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We’re extending some favorite elements of Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!, too, so that guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios can continue singing along to “Frozen” songs with Queen Elsa and Princess Anna. Wandering Oaken’s will set up shop closer to the show through the holiday season and will feature a larger play area with real snow (in Florida!).

From the moment we screened the film several months before its release, we were inspired by the possibility of bringing this great story to life for our guests. Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! has been extremely popular, and now we’re looking forward to doing even more to allow our guests to experience the “Frozen” phenomenon.

September 9, 2014

Trattoria al Forno Costumes - Lakeside Casual

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In July, 2014, Disney announced that Trattoria al Forno (Italy) would replace Kouzzina (Greece) at Boardwalk.

Today Disney shares the costume designer renderings of the costumes for the cast members. These were designed by Walt Disney Imagineer Celina Lung. Lung has also designed costumes for Epcot's Coral Reef restaurant as well as various locations in Disney parks around the world.

The attire is "charming, casual, a little upscale", said Lung, and will match the restaurant color palette.

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Burgundy shirts and blouses will be paried with khaki-colored pants. To provide a more refined finish the bladed leather belt will have an antique brass buckle. Serves will also wear bistro aprons.

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A classic tweed jacket will complement the outfits in the colder months.

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The restaurant is scheduled to open in December 2014. Kouzzina closes at the end of September. While Kouzzina is closed, breakfast will be offered at the Flying Fish Cafe.

September 8, 2014

SeaWorld Orlando's Halloween Spooktacular

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SEAWORLD ORLANDO’S HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR® FEATURES AN OCEAN OF HALLOWEEN FUN

ORLANDO, Fla. – (September 5, 2014) – Join SeaWorld Orlando weekends in October for silly and spooky fun at Halloween Spooktacular. During this daytime event, families will be immersed in an underwater "fantasea" filled with trick-or-treating, whimsical pumpkin fish, sea-themed arts and crafts and up-close, amazing animal encounters SeaWorld is known for.

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular takes place from 12 to 8 p.m. October: 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26, leaving the littlest of trick-or-treaters wide-eyed for all of the fun-filled activities. Like all special events at SeaWorld, Halloween Spooktacular is included with park admission or any Pass product.

Spooktacular Highlights Include:

Waves of Trick-or-Treat Fun - Offering many kinds of sweet treats, costumed youngsters can trick-or-treat “under the sea.” Each sea-themed trick-or-treat station features an assortment of ghoulish goodies, including Tootsie Roll, jelly beans, Airheads and other candy favorites.

Penelope’s Party Zone - Located at SeaWorld’s Bayside area, this dynamic “underwater” environment comes to life each weekend with a live DJ encouraging kids to dance and sing along, a variety of interactive crafts for the kids to choose from, countless bubbles floating overhead and colorful pumpkin fish and other sea-themed characters gliding around for great photo opportunities!

Spooktacular Dance Party - End each weekend with Princess Penelope, and her undersea friends, as they invite guests to join the Spooktacular Dance Party, where children (and adults, too) can dance along to a Spooktacular mix of line-dancing favorites as clouds of bubbles fill the evening air. The party will kick off at the Village Square in the front of the park every event night an hour before park closing.

Also........

Sweet Treat Decorating - Kids and parents alike can have a "splash" creating their own sweet treats at the cookie decorating station. Kids will be able to decorate and devour their spooky cookie when they purchase a kit that comes equipped with a cookie, frosting and toppings. Nominal fee.

NEW!! Dine With Shamu Halloween Spooktacular Brunch - Celebrate SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular with an immersive and memorable brunch experience - Dine With Shamu®. Enjoy a delicious menu of seasonal items while sitting at a reserved table that brings you up close to majestic killer whales and Halloween surprises -- a family photo with a Halloween Spooktacular frame, a free cookie decorating kit and a trick-or-treat bag with goodies.

Special Offer Starting September 15:

The best way to experience SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular and all of SeaWorld’s year-round events, as well as exclusive savings and perks, is with an Annual Pass. Starting September 15 and for a limited time, when parents purchase a full-priced annual pass, they will receive 50 percent off an annual pass for their child. For more details and to purchase, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com.

September 6, 2014

The Walt Disney Family Museum September 2014

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THE WALT DISNEY FAMILY MUSEUM SEPTEMBER 2014

Programs, Activities, Screenings, and Special Events


SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS

Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis

Now through November 3, 2014 | Theater Gallery
FREE for members or with museum admission | $20 adults | $15 seniors and students
$12 children (ages 6 to 17)

The Walt Disney Family Museum is excited to present the exhibition Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis. On view in the museum’s Theater Gallery from April 30 to November 3, 2014, this exhibition co-curated by the museum’s director of collections and exhibitions, Michael Labrie, and animator Andreas Deja spotlights some 70 original pencil animation drawings, conceptual artwork, paintings, cels, and photographs from animator and Imagineer Marc Davis (1913–2000). Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales highlights Davis’ female characters in film—such as Peter Pan’s Tinker Bell, Sleeping Beauty’s title heroine Aurora, its villain Maleficent, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians’ Cruella de Vil—as well as in live entertainment, his fine art, and through his beloved wife Alice Davis. Both Alice and Marc worked with a team of Disney artists and engineers to design and dress the Audio-Animatronics® figures for it’s a small world, including famed artist Mary Blair, one of Walt’s most recognizable leading ladies.


SCREENINGS

FILM OF THE MONTH

One Hundred and One Dalmatians
Screens through Sept, daily at 1:30 & 4pm (except Tuesdays—check our calendar online for exceptions)
Free with museum admission
Join us for this fur-raising adventure featuring one of Disney’s most outrageous villains.

DISCUSSIONS

SPOTLIGHT TALKS |

A Glimpse into the Art of Marc Davis
Every Friday, Saturday, & Sunday in September | 11am, 1 & 3pm | Theater Lobby
Free with museum admission

Learn more about one of The Walt Disney Studios’ most celebrated artists as we look closer at one aspect of Marc Davis’ multifaceted career.

Marc Davis: Walt’s Renaissance Man — SOLD OUT

Saturday, September 13 | 3–4:30pm | Theater
$18 members | $20 general |$15 youth (17 and under)

During his 43 years at The Walt Disney Studios, Disney Legend Marc Davis was assigned and produced some of the most difficult animation requested by Walt and his directors. Join master animator Andreas Deja and Bob Kurtz, former Davis student and founder of the Burbank-based animation studio Kurtz and Friends, for a discussion of Davis’ far-reaching talents and considerable influence on the field of animation. Offered in conjunction with the special exhibition, Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis.


Over There with Steve Pilcher

Saturday, September 20 | 12:30–5:30pm | Lower Lobby & Theater
Premium package (members only—includes reserved-seating, copy of Over There, and entry into reception): $36 general, $10 child | Program only: $12 member (general), $5 member (child); $20 general, $9 child.

Join Pixar artist Steve Pilcher for a reading, presentation, and book signing for his newest book Over There. Museum members who purchase the premium package are invited to a private reception (12–2pm) with the author before the program (2:30–3:30pm), followed by a book signing (4–5:30pm).


CLASSES & ACTIVITIES

OPEN STUDIO | Armature Building for Animation
Saturday & Sunday, September 6 & 7, September 13 & 14 | 1pm – 4pm | Learning Center
Free with museum admission

The armature is a crucial structural piece of any sculpted character or stop motion puppet. Learn the essentials of armature-making to help build and bring your own original character to life!


LITTLE OPEN STUDIO | Summer Fun!

Every Saturday in September | 10am – Noon | Lower Lobby or Front Porch
Free with museum admission

Designed for ages 7 and under, Little Open Studio is a place where young ones and their families can put small hands to work creating artwork inspired by what they see here at the museum.


September 5, 2014

Walt Disney Animation Studios Announces "Frozen Fever" New Animated Short in 2015

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BURBANK, Calif. (Sept. 2, 2014) From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes the new animated short “Frozen Fever,” welcoming back to the big screen Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and, of course, the one-and-only Olaf.

Directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and produced by Peter Del Vecho, with an all-new original song by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, “Frozen Fever” marks the first project reuniting the Oscar®-winning original team from Disney’s “Frozen.”

The announcement was first made within the ABC Television Network special “The Story of Frozen: Making an Animated Classic,” which aired September 2. The special also featured the world television debut of a scene from the new action comedy adventure from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6,” as well as a sneak peek at the upcoming season of the ABC series “Once Upon A Time.”

In “Frozen Fever,” it's Anna's birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but Elsa's icy powers may put more than just the party at risk.

The short debuts Spring 2015.

Big Hero 6 Sneak Peek!

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From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”

Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014.

September 4, 2014

Destination D: Disney Legend Tony Baxter, Discovery Bay and Tomorrowland Sneak Peak

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DISNEY LEGEND TONY BAXTER AND A TOMORROWLAND SNEAK PEEK ADDED TO DESTINATION D: ATTRACTION REWIND AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT NOVEMBER 22–23

GUESTS WILL ENJOY A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT DISNEY’S UPCOMING FILM TOMORROWLAND, A DIVE INTO THE NEVER-BUILT DISCOVERY BAY EXPANSION AT DISNEYLAND, AND MUCH MORE DURING THE TWO-DAY MEMBER EVENT.

BURBANK, Calif. – September 4, 2014 – D23: The Official Disney Fan Club has unveiled more of the experiences in store for members at what is sure to be the can’t-miss Disney event of the year—D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind presented by H2O Plus. Taking place November 22 and 23 at Walt Disney World Resort, the event will bring Disney Legends, archivists, Imagineers, and luminaries together to celebrate fan-favorite attractions of years past, including Adventure Thru Inner Space, If You Had Wings, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, with rarely seen concept art and images, vintage video clips, and hours of revealing stories. In addition, there will be a full day of presentations showcasing Disney’s contributions to the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair.


Tomorrowland supervising art director Ramsey Avery
(Star Trek Into Darkness, Minority Report) will give members a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at the making of the upcoming release from Walt Disney Pictures. Avery will detail how the production team reconstructed elements of the World’s Fair for the upcoming film, which stars George Clooney. “I had a great experience working on Tomorrowland and recreating some of the very iconic environments from the 1964 World’s Fair, especially it’s a small world, and am excited to share some of that behind-the-scenes process with Disney fans,” says Avery.

During the panel “Rediscovering Discovery Bay,” Disney Legend Tony Baxter will take guests on an in-depth tour of the never-built themed expansion for Disneyland through rarely seen concept artwork and models that he worked on during his time at Walt Disney Imagineering. Discovery Bay, as an early press release stated, was intended to “bring to life a time and place that climaxed an age of discovery and expansion.”

Additional panels have just been announced.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22

Disney Goes to the World’s Fair: Historian Bill Cotter looks at Disney’s massive influence on the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair.

A World’s Fair of Disney Legends: Marty Sklar, Alice Davis, and Bob Gurr discuss their contributions to the Fair.

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln: Historian Michael Kelley and Disney Legend Bob Matheison take a behind-the-scenes look at the groundbreaking attraction.

Ford’s Magic Skyway: Bill Cotter and Disney Legends Bob Gurr and Bill Sullivan reveal some of the secrets behind one of the Fair’s most innovative attractions.

Carousel of Progress: Disney Legend Marty Sklar and Imagineer Gary Landrum talk about the creation of this one-of-a-kind show.

it’s a small world: Disney Legend Alice Davis discusses working on the beloved attraction with her husband Marc and artist Mary Blair.

Lost on the Way to the World’s Fair:
Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline reveals some of the proposed creations that didn’t make it to New York.


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23

Widen Your World: Tony Baxter, Imagineer Jason Grandt, and Disney Legend Charlie Ridgway revisit popular attractions from the early years of Walt Disney World.

Disneyland: Fond Memories of the Past: Becky Cline and historian Stacia Martin journey through some of Disneyland’s most beloved attractions of yesteryear.

Retro Rewind References: Imagineers Wyatt Winter and Jason Grandt reveal some of the hidden references to past attractions in today’s theme park creations.

Rediscovering Discovery Bay

An Evolution of Make Believe Made Real: Imagineers Dave Minichiello and Pam Rawlins detail the creation of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and explore its roots, which began in 1937.

That Was Entertainment!: Disney Legend Ron Logan lifts the curtain on some of the most fondly remembered events and entertainment from Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Plus, Mickey’s of Glendale, the famed Walt Disney Imagineering store, is setting up a pop-up shop, which will open Friday, November 21 and run through the weekend, offering a selection of exclusive Imagineering merchandise as well as limited-edition pins, T-shirts, and collectibles themed to the event. Mickey’s of Glendale will also carry an exclusive collection of items themed to Pleasure Island, including pins, pin sets, T-shirts, and glassware.

In addition to more than a dozen panels and presentations, the weekend will include:

A special weeklong exhibit designed by the Walt Disney Archives in honor of the event.

Pleasure Island: Rewind presented by Twinings of London, a closing-night celebration themed around the former Downtown Disney nightlife district.

The weekend event will take place in the convention center at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Tickets are currently available to all D23 Members, and D23 Gold and Silver Members receive special ticket pricing. All guests will receive a gift created just for the event.

More details about the program and tickets for D23 DESTINATION D: ATTRACTION REWIND presented by H2O Plus, as well as a special offer just for members of D23, can be found at D23.com/Events.

* Events, panel order, and talent are subject to change.

September 2, 2014

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit Coming to Disney California Adventure

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Beginning September 14th, guests will start seeing Oswald the Lucky Rabbit on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure.

Oswald made his first Disney park appearance in Tokyo DisneySea earlier this year.

In case you aren't familiar with Oswald, he made his debut in the cartoon short Trolley Troubles back in September 1927. The following year, the company lost the rights to Oswald but his creation was the inspiration for Mickey Mouse. The Disney company welcomed Oswald back officially in 2006.

August 29, 2014

Starbucks Coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios in 2015

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The former LA Prop and Cinema Storage Shop at the corner of Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards in Disney's Hollywood Studios will reopen in early 2015 as The Trolley Car Cafe, a new food and beverage location serving Starbucks coffee and Disney favorites. Cast members at this new location will wear costumes themed to blend with the classic look and feel of Hollywood Boulevard and its surroundings. The Trolley Car Cafe will serve Starbucks coffee and espresso beverages, frappuccino blended beverages and signature breakfast sandwiches and Starbucks La Boulange pastry items along with other Disney baked goods. The location will accept Starbucks gift cards.

Adventures by Disney Introduces New Nashville Long Weekend Trip

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BURBANK, Calif., (Aug. 28, 2014) – Adventures by Disney, a leader in guided group travel, has brought families together while touring exciting destinations on six continents since 2005. Now Adventures by Disney offers a new Nashville vacation, exploring the best of what Music City has to offer.

Starting in 2015, Adventures by Disney is heading south to the home of country music and classic southern cuisine, as well as the setting for the critically acclaimed television show Nashville on ABC. This new 4-day/3-night adventure will allow guests to immerse themselves in a one-of-a-kind vacation experience as they explore such sites as the Grand Ole Opry, the famous Bluebird Cafe and the original RCA/Studio B recording studio.

Nashville, Tennessee is the latest in the lineup of new Adventures by Disney Long Weekend trips, offering shorter getaways to places such as New York City and San Francisco & Napa. These four-day weekend adventures allow guests to enjoy exclusive experiences in some of America’s most iconic locations while making the most out of their free time. The new Nashville Long Weekend vacation offers experiences for foodies, music lovers and family travelers to enjoy.

From delighting in a backstage experience at the Grand Ole Opry to savoring delicious BBQ, this new Adventures by Disney Long Weekend trip captures the spirit of Nashville. Trip highlights include:

-- Embark on a backstage experience, including a private dinner and live show at the Grand Ole Opry

-- Record a song at the famed RCA/Studio B

-- Enjoy a private backstage tour at the Ryman Auditorium (original home of the Grand Ole Opry), including stepping onstage at what’s been called the “Mother Church of Country Music”

-- Savor an exclusive dining opportunity at the legendary Bluebird Cafe, complete with a special musical performance and an inside look at the art of songwriting

-- Explore the traditions of southern cuisine with a hands-on biscuit-making activity and a BBQ sauce-making activity

-- Make and take home your very own Hatch Show Print

-- Enjoy a private after-hours evening with a ghost tour, dinner and entertainment at The Hermitage, former estate of PresidentAndrew Jackson

With Adventures by Disney, all the details are taken care of, allowing families to relax and enjoy private experiences throughout their vacation.

For more details and to book reservations, call 1-866-543-0865 or contact a travel agent. For more information on the incredible itineraries offered and activities included on an Adventures by Disney vacation, visit AdventuresByDisney.com.

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