Friday, September 19, 2014

Disney planning to remake 'Pete's Dragon'

Walt Disney Studios is planning on remaking "Pete's Dragon" the 1977 live-action/animation movie.

The new film will star Oakes Fegely and Oona Laurence. Fegely will portray the title character, and Laurence will portray Natalie, a new role created for this new version.

The 1977 musical focused on Pete, an orphan, and his best friend Elliot, "an invisible green dragon, who wander into the seaside village of Passamaquoddy, the townspeople think he's behind a slew of hilarious mishaps. But after a daring rescue, they change their tune and believe in Pete's fire-breathing buddy," according to the official synopsis.

No release date has been announced on this new version.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

iPhone 6 cases coming to Disney World this weekend

If you're taking your brand new iPhone 6 to Disney World this weekend -- and if you are, you might be the luckiest person we know -- you can pick up a case for your new phone right away.

iPhone 6 cases will be available at the D-Tech on Demand at the Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney Marketplace beginning Saturday, the Disney Parks Blog announced today. Cases for the larger iPhone 6+ will be available later this fall.

Disney Parks Blog

The D-Tech On Demand boutique allows you to choose from among 170 images and even personalize your case. Custom cases will cost each $36.95, while personalized cases sell for $44.95. 

For now, the cases will only be available at Disney Parks. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Do you want a Frozen wedding dress? Disney is working with Alfred Angelo to create one based on Elsa's gown

There's no concealing this, Disney is working with well-known wedding dress designer Alfred Angelo to make a "Frozen"- inspired bridal gown based on Queen Elsa.

Alfred Angelo is the home to all of the Disney Fairy Tale Bridal with dresses inspired from all the Disney Princesses.

This latest creation based on the Snow Queen from the highest-grossing animated film in history (see the drawing below) is expected out in January 2015.

“A character like Elsa is a huge inspiration for any designer,” Alfred Angelo’s Chief Creative Officer Michele Piccione, told InStyle.

The dress will be available in both ivory and pale blue options.

Fun facts about the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival kicks off on Friday at Disney World with wine, beer, cocktails, for from 25 international regions, acrobats, a concert series -- well, you get the point, lots of food, drink and entertainment.
Disney publicity photo

This is the 19th year the event is taking place and has been expanded to 53 days.

Here are some facts about the event, by the numbers:

1,200-plus: Fireworks which explode each night over World Showcase Lagoon in “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.”

400: Culinary demos, beverage and mixology seminars taking place.

300-plus: National an international wines.

250: Food-and-beverage menu items at the event.

200-plus: Chefs who will will present culinary demonstrations and cook for festival events.

159: Eat to the Beat! concerts performed

60-plus: Wineries represented at festival marketplaces.

53: The number of days of the event. In 1996, the event ran 30 days.

40-plus: Breweries represented at festival market places.

35: New marketplace dishes this year.

5: Bands appearing for the first time at the Eat to the Beat! concert series.

Coming soon to Epcot: Food & Wine Festival bags from Dooney & Bourke

Clear out another shelf in your closet, purse collectors. Disney is introducing two new patterns at the parks this month, including a special Epcot International Food & Wine Festival collection from Dooney & Bourke.

The D&B collection debuts Sept. 29 and will be sold only at the Festival Center at Epcot. It will not be offered online. It includes a tote ($278), satchel ($268), crossbody bag ($198) and wristlet ($98).

As you can see from the pictures, a leather tag on the three larger bags is embossed with the Food & Wine logo on it, and is dated 2014.

In other bag-collecting news: It has been a year since Disney introduced its first line of Vera Bradley bags, and the patterns just keep on coming.

A new, vivid blue pattern will debut at the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace Sept. 19. They will be available online in October. Not all of Vera's traditional styles below will be available immediately; the duffel and backpack will be introduced early next year. Here's a peek at the pattern:

Marvel releases official 'Avengers: Age of Ultron" synopsis

Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel have released the official synopsis of the Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" scheduled for release on May 1, 2015.

According to the official synopsis: "When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure."

The movie reunites all of the favorites from the original Marvel's Avengers, Robert Downey Jr., as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill.

Three new superheroes make their debut - Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff (The Scarlett Witch), Aaron Taylor-Johnson, as Pietro Maximoff (Quicksilver) and Paul Bettany as Vision.

James Spader plays the big bad - Ultron,. a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction.