Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Disney planning live stream of 'The Music of Pixar LIVE' on June 29

Disney World is planning another live stream event on the Disney Parks Blog on June 29, 2017.

Disney publicity photo
The Music of Pixar LIVE 
“The Music of Pixar LIVE! A Symphony of Characters” at Hollywood Studios will be live streamed starting at 7:55 p.m. EST

The concert is performed by a live orchestra highlighting music from Cars, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., Toy Story and UP. As the music is played screens feature movie montages, outtakes and interview excerpts with the folks behind Pixar’s music.

The 40-minute concert is performed three times a night. 

Disney will give exclusive look at upcoming slate of films at D23 Expo 2017

The Walt Disney Studios will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at its upcoming slate of animate and live-action movies at this year's D23 Expo 2017.

The movies events will take place July 14-16 in Anaheim, California.

On Friday, July 14, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios will be discuss and show its upcoming releases. On Saturday, July 15, the live action movies will take center stage from Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm.

In addition, a special event will take place Sunday, July 16 at 10 a.m., the Celebration of an Animated Classic: The Lion King with producer Don Hahn, director Rob Minkoff, animators Tony Bancroft and Mark Henn, and special guests.

Here is a schedule of the various panels:

July 14, 2:30 p.m. – Hall D23: Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films, Hosted by John Lasseter
Join host John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, as he presents Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films. Never-before-seen footage from Pixar’s upcoming feature Coco and Disney Animation’s Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 will be unveiled, as well as surprise announcements, musical performances, and appearances by star voice talent. Cell phones, cameras, and all recording devices will be checked for this presentation.

July 15, 10:30 a.m. – Stage 28 :The Power of the Princess
Jodi Benson (Ariel), Paige O’Hara (Belle), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana), and Auli‘i Cravalho (Moana) share stories of making their films and the impact of their characters on people around the world.

July 15, 10:30 a.m. – Hall D23: Disney, Marvel Studios & Lucasfilm – Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios
At this exclusive Hall D23 presentation featuring never-before-seen footage, surprise star appearances, and more, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at an exciting array of spectacular films on the horizon from these world-class studios. Cell phones, cameras, and all recording devices will be checked for this presentation.

July 15, 12:15 p.m. – Stage 28: Creating the Worlds in Pixar’s Universe
Pixar production designers and artists go over the mountain tops, oceans, and “monstropolises” from the Pixar movies.

July 15, 2:30 p.m. – Stage 28: Olaf's Frozen Adventure: A Sneak Peek at the New Frozen Featurette
Exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ newest Frozen holiday featurette, "Olaf's Frozen Adventure."

July 15, 6 p.m. – Stage 28: The Evolution of Pixar’s Characters
Hear from the legendary Pixar artists who have created the most memorable characters in Pixar’s history. 

July 16, 10 a.m. – D23 Expo Arena: Celebration of an Animated Classic: The Lion King
Producer Don Hahn, director Rob Minkoff, and animators Tony Bancroft and Mark Henn, along with some very special guests, reveal the secrets behind the making of the timeless animated classic.

July 16, 11:30 a.m. – Walt Disney Archives Stage: Bambi’s 75th Anniversary
Personal stories from the voice cast, anecdotes behind the making of this film and a look at the hand-drawn artwork.

All Weekend on the D23 Expo show floor

Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios
Artist demonstrations, autograph signings with top filmmakers, fan giveaways and interactive displays featuring the latest films including Cars 3, Coco, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, and Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, make this booth one to visit over-and-over again.

Marvel Studios Pavilion
Up-close look at the costumes and props from Thor: Ragnarok, including photo opportunities with exclusive set pieces from the film, as well as costumes from Black Panther. Marvel Studios will host multiple giveaways and events within its pavilion space in Hall B. Fans will get the chance to meet with Marvel Studios’ filmmakers, development team, and talent. Exclusive artwork will be given away daily, along with other surprises.

Disney Music Emporium – Album Signings and Exclusive Products
Disney Music Emporium, the online destination for collectible Disney music products, returns to D23 Expo 2017 with a pop-up store on the show floor.

Disney Movie Rewards and Disney Movie Club

Anugmented reality photo booth presented by Disney Movie Rewards, the premier loyalty program will be able to earn mystery points which can be used for great rewards like Blu-rays, movie tickets, and exclusive collectibles only available at DisneyMovieRewards.com.

Tickets for D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3–9. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53 for children 3–9. Multi-day tickets are also available. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit D23Expo.com.

Trump will have speaking role in Disney's Hall of Presidents

President Donald Trump will have a speaking role at the Hall of Presidents in Disney World. 

President Trump
Speculation was that Trump would be silent when the attraction at the Magic Kingdom re-opens, but Disney came out with the statement this week: "The same thing that we've done with other presidents, is the same plan we have for President Trump," Jacquee Wahler, vice president of communications, told News 13.

There has been a lot of debate and pushback from some Disney fans not to have Trump - who sparks strong emotions from both sides of the political fence - speak.

In January a petition was created to keep the animatronic Trump silent. It currently has 14,786 supporters.

Disney has not set an opening date yet.

The tradition of Presidents recording speeches for the attraction started with Bill Clinton and has been followed by George W. Bush and Barack Obama. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Original map of Disneyland created by Walt Disney sold for $700,000

A map commissioned by Walt Disney to illustrate his vision for Disneyland was recently sold at auction for $708,000, according to the Associated Press.

The hand-drawn map is the most expense Disneyland map ever sold, Mike Van Eaton of Van Eaton Galleries said in the report.
Disneyland map created to help gain funding.

Disney had an illustrator create the map in 1953 to help get funding for his amusement park idea.

An anonymous buyer from the West Coast purchased the 40-by-68.5-inch map on June 25, 2017, according to the Orange County Register.

While this map was created specifically to court ABC, according to Van Eaton, Disney had previously worked feverishly that year to create the original prospectus containing specifics of his plan to go before three banks in New York. None of the banks would loan Disney the money.

According to the OC Register, ABC gave Disney $5 million for one-third ownership. Disney eventually bought out ABC.

Disney eventually gave the map to his assistant and friend Grenade Curran, who had asked for it. Curran later sold it in the 1980s to an anonymous Disney collector who then sold it at auction.
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