Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Disney receiving 3 Themed Entertainment Awards in 2015

Disney will be receiving there of the 17 Thea Awards next year from the Themed Entertainment Association, including the Classic Award, Attraction Limited Budget Award and Themed Restaurant Award.

Disney's "it's a small world" will receive the Thea Classic Award. “ ‘small world’ stands as a timeless classic – and a metaphor for our increasingly global industry," Steve Birket, incoming president of the Themed Entertainment Association said.

The 21st Annual Thea Awards Gala, set for March 21, 2015, will be held at the Disneyland Resort.

In addition to "it's a small world" at Disneyland, Wilderness Explorers, at Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney is receiving the Award for Outstanding Achievement for Limited Budget. 
Small World ducks
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it's a small world
"Following in the footsteps of Russell and his faithful dog, Dug, from Disney-Pixar’s film ‘Up!’ the entire family can now enjoy a technology-free interactive experience within Disney’s Animal Kingdom that combines personal guides, active guest engagement, and collectible badge rewards with learning more about the wonderful live animals and habitats throughout the park," according to the award description.

And, the Bistrot Chez Remy at Walt Disney Studios Park in Disneyland Paris received the Award for Outstanding Achievement Themed Restaurant.

"Bistrot Chez Remy, inspired by the scenes and recipes of the Disney-Pixar film Ratatouille, is a 370-person table-service restaurant that greets guests as they exit the ride, Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy. The family restaurant, which serves French bistro cuisine, has been built by the lovable rat Remy and his friends, so that the guests are rat-sized when they dine.

The complete list of winners and attractions descriptions can be found at the Themed Entertainment Attraction site. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Happy Birthday Mickey: 12 surprising things you might not know about Mickey Mouse

Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse!

One of the world's most beloved cartoon characters (and corporate icon) celebrates his 86th birthday on Nov. 18, 1928.  And this young mouse is still going strong, today the Mickey Mouse will star in a new birthday-themed episode of "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse."

Here are 12 things you might not know about Mickey Mouse.

Mad T Party show closing at Disneyland Resort's California Adventure on Nov. 30, 2014

Disneyland is closing the Mad T Party at the California Adventure at the end of this month, the Disney Parks Blog announced.

Photo by Walt Disney Company

The Mad T Party show unveiled June 15, 2012. The centerpiece of the show is a wildly themed, oversized tea table set under a canopy of fanciful lanterns. The Mad T Party band consists of stylized characters inspired by “Alice in Wonderland,” including the Mad Hatter as lead vocalist, Dormouse on lead guitar, March Hare on bass, Cheshire Cat on drums, Caterpillar on keys, and even a special appearance by Alice herself.

The last performance is Nov. 30, 2014. No announcement has been on any replacement show.

Disney announces unprecedented Broadway ticket exchange program for 'Aladdin' and 'The Lion King'

Disney Theatrical Productions has announced an unprecedented ticket exchange program for two of its Broadway musicals "Aladdin" and "The Lion King."

According to the policy ticket holders for "The Lion King" at the Minskoff Theatre and "Aladdin" t the New Amsterdam Theatre may exchange their tickets for another single performance provided the exchange is made no later than two hours prior to the performance for which they are holding tickets. There is a $12 per ticket exchange fee will be charged for this service.

“Attending a Broadway show is about escaping, so ticket-buying should accommodate people’s hectic, unpredictable schedules. Our aim is to empower guests with an unprecedented level of flexibility so that they can make their plans in advance knowing there are options if they need to change their schedule,” David Schrader, executive vice president and managing director of Disney Theatrical Productions, said in a statement.

Here are the specifics of the policy: 

  • Tickets may be exchanged for any single performance on sale at the time the exchange is made with the exception of the performance currently being held. 
  • Blackout dates may apply and offer may be revoked without notice. Ticket exchanges will only be made through the original point of purchase: Ticketmaster Customer Service for phone and on-line orders, Ticketmaster retail outlet locations, or the applicable theatre Box Office. Exchange requests for tickets purchased at the Box Office must be accompanied by the original tickets and a receipt. 
  • Exchanges for tickets purchased via 3rd Parties may be made at the discretion of the original 3rd party provider. 
  • Exchanges will be valued at the same price as the original face value of the ticket purchased; a guest may chose a performance or section that costs more than their original purchase and pay the difference; originally discounted tickets being exchanged into a non-discounted performance may require additional cost. 
  • Special Offers, Discounts and Promotion Codes may not be applied retroactively and are subject to the same restrictions of the original purchase. 
  • No full refunds will be allowed. 
  • Exchanges may not be made to change the number of tickets. 
  • Exchanges for equal or greater value in the same performance are not covered under this policy but may be permissible based on availability. 
  • Complimentary tickets are not eligible for exchange. 
  • Other restrictions may apply.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

7 cool Disney ice sculptures

Forget Disney on Ice. This is Disney in Ice.

The Disney Dreams Art Festival in Belgium brings ice sculptors together to take large blocks of ice and turn them into favorite Disney characters.

This year the characters range from Captain Hook, to Baloo from "The Jungle Book," to a reproduction of the famed "Partners" statue at Disney World.

Photos: Disney clothes unveiled at the 5th annual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Days Zurich

As we all know, Disney is high fashion.

And at the 5th annual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Days Zurich some of the biggest international designers gathered to unveil some of the latest Disney, Marvel and Star Wars products. Here's a look at some home goods, dresses, t-shirts and other Disney items presented at the Open House.