Saturday, December 20, 2014

How to draw 10 of your favorite Disney characters

Disney has a done a great job in creating a Disney Animation Academy, posting videos to help you learn how to draw various Disney characters.

Here are a number of those videos in one location. So grab a piece of paper and a pencil, or a your tablet and a drawing program.

Enjoy.

HOW TO DRAW STITCH


HOW TO DRAW WINNIE THE POOH
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HOW TO DRAW JACK SKELLINGTON


HOW TO DRAW DONALD DUCK


HOW TO DRAW ANNA  

HOW TO DRAW OSWALD THE LUCKY RABBIT


HOW TO DRAW MINNIE MOUSE


HOW TO DRAW GRUMPY



HOW TO DRAW RAY THE FIREFLY

HOW TO DRAW HIRO

Top 10 most read stories on Disney Diary in 2014

"Frozen," eating, shopping and some cool Disneyland facts are all part of the top 10 stories read on this site.

Let's take a quick look at what stories you read the most:

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10. Disney Facts: 5 quick facts about Frontierland in Disneyland - Learn about one of the original five lands opened at Disneyland on July 17, 1955.

9. Inside Memento Morti, he new Haunted Mansion gift shop at Disney World.

8. Star Wars maquettes depicting Darth Vader as part of artist Jeffrey Brown's book are released.

7. "Frozen" heads to the Broadway stage is our first Frozen story in the 10 that was popular.

6. Our review of the Villains Unleashed weekend at Hollywood Studios at Disney World. A good idea but needs some work.

5. "Frozen" is now in the 2015 Guinness World Records book. Find out why.

4. More shopping news. This time a look at Dooney & Bourke bags featuring 'it's a small world.'

3. Learn more about Disneyland with these 7 quick facts about Disneyland's landscaping.

2. More "Frozen:" The popular  Keep Calm and ... Let it Go Disney shirt.

1. The top story is a Guide to vegetarian and vegan foods at Disneyland resort.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Disney Diary's holiday shopping guide

Still looking for that special something for your fellow Disney fan? There's only one week left until Christmas, so time is running short.

Here's a compilation of some of the gift ideas we've written about this holiday season:


  • Jewelry: So many earrings, so few ears. We collected a few of our favorite ideas for the jewelry-lover. 
  • Frozen fans: See the Kay Jewelers collection of Frozen charms (which, incidentally, fit Pandora and Chamilia bracelets). 
  • Stocking stuffers: Because it's not very budget-friendly to fill a stocking with jewelry, is it? 
  • Men: They're so hard to shop for, but with the Disney universe now including Star Wars and Marvel, well, that helps a lot. 
  • Star Wars fans: Speaking of Star Wars, here are a few of our favorite finds for both men and women. 
  • Crafters: A few ideas to inspire your Disney-fanatic crafter. 


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A first look at the new Marvel comic featuring Princess Leia is released

StarWars.com has provided all a sneak peak at the second new Marvel comic focusing on Star Wars to be released in 2015.

The five-issue miniseries called Star Wars: Princess Leia follows her exploits after "Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope as she comes to terms with the destruction of her home planet.

Marvel is releasing three series in 2015. Star Wars follows all after the end of the fourth Star Wars movie. This comic will be released Jan. 14, 2015.  The third comic will be Star Wars: Darth Vader.

Disney announces STK Orlando restaurant opening at Disney Springs in 2015

Disney has announced a third new restaurant for the new Disney Springs at Walt Disney World.

STK Orlando, a steakhouse will open in The Landing area of the new Disney Springs in 2015. Disney World is transforming Downtown Disney into a new shopping and entertainment area which should be complete in 2016. The 14,000 square foot location will be one of the largest STK locations.

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"We are thrilled to join the Disney Springs family with the launch of STK Orlando," Jonathan Segal, CEO of The ONE Group, said in a news release. "Our entrance into the Orlando market represents another example of our continued growth strategy. We remain on track with our expansion plans for 2015 and hope to continue to partner with exciting world-class brands like Walt Disney Parks and Resorts moving forward."

George A. Kalogridis, president, Walt Disney World Resort, added, "With its innovative, high-energy atmosphere, STK is the perfect complement to our growing array of dining, entertainment and shopping offerings."

In addition to the STK Orlando at The Landing, Morimoto Asia and The BOATHOUSE will also be opening.






Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Marvel unveils new Big Thunder Mountain Railroad comic cover

Marvel and Disney has released the cover of the upcoming Big Thunder Mountain Railroad comic scheduled for release in March 2015.

The new five-issue series is based on the popular Disney attraction is based on the how Big Thunder Mountain gold mine became haunted.

According to Marvel.com: “Our hero is Abigail Bullion, the teenage daughter of Big Thunder Mining Company owner Barnabas T. Bullion. . . Abby moves to Big Thunder after her mother’s death and finds her gold-obsessed father locked in battle with a mountain. Winner keeps the gold. Abby will have to pick a side before her father’s greed and nature’s fury conspire to destroy the town and everything in it.”

The series is created by Dennis Hopeless and Tigh Walker.