Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New version of Soarin' planned for California Adventure

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A new version of Soarin' will be unveiled at California Adventure at Disneyland Resort in the next couple of years.

Soarin' Over California will change to a world outlook, according to cast members. The ride is being re-themed to Soarin' Over The World, although it is not known if the attraction will take that name.

The ride is now themed as if it was in a hanger at the original Edwards Air Force Base testing facility with an area paying tributes to California's aviation history. The ride opened on Feb. 8, 2001

The entryway will be changed will be changed to reflect the new ride. No more official information on available on the change is available, but should be taking place in the next 18 months or so, according to various cast members.

There are no changes yet scheduled or announced for the attraction currently at Epcot in Disney World.

Filming has already taken place at California Adventure.

Now, what are the other places around the world? Unknown, but wouldn't it be cool if the attraction had the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, The Great Wall of China and the Grand Canyon. Can't wait for an official announcement.

Four new books based on original Star Wars film trilogy being released

Four books based on the original Star Wars film trilogy will be released starting in October 2014, according to Disney Publishing Worldwide.

Bestselling children's authors Tom Angleberger, Tony DiTerlizzi, Adam Gidwitz and R.J. Palacio will each write one of the books with a multi-arc storyline, leading up to the Star Wars: Episode VII in December 2015.

"We continue to explore ways to introduce new fans to Star Wars," Carol Roeder, director of Lucasfilm Franchise Publishing, Disney Publishing Worldwide said on starwars.com. "By publishing dynamic interpretations of classic saga stories written by authors who speak directly to this generation, we will give young readers a great entry point into this universe."

The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight, a picture book written by Tony DiTerlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles) will be the first book, illustrated with concept art created by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars: A New Hope by R.J. Palacio (Wonder) will follow with Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back by Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark and Grimm) and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi by Tom Angleberger (Origami Yoda series).


New limited-edition t-shirts celebrate two classic Disney rides

To mark the 50th anniversary of it's a small world and Carousel of Progress, Disney is selling limited-edition t-shirts based on vintage posters for the two rides.

Both rides debuted 50 years ago this week at the 1964 New York World's Fair. Two years later, it's a small world moved to Disneyland in California. It was followed a year later by Carousel of Progress. which ran at Disneyland until 1973. It later moved to Disney World in Florida.

The limited-edition shirts are $21.95 for kids' sizes and $24.95 for adults, or two for $40 if you mix-and match. They are available to order online only from April 22-27. Delivery should take 6-8 weeks.

The t-shirts are part of a series inspired by "the overwhelmingly positive responses" to the poster art calendars released for 2014 and the "Poster Art of Disney Parks" hardcover book, according to the Disney Blog.

So far, the series has included Space Mountain and the Disneyland railroad. As the year unfolds, look for designs based on attraction posters for Dumbo, the Country Bear Jamboree, the Enchanted Tiki Room -- and more.

Here are the links to the newest offerings at the Disney Store online:
And you can read more about the colorful history of it's a small world.


Festival of Fantasy Parade Photo Tour: Tangled float

Rapunzel and Flynn Rider are the focus of the second float in The Festival of Fantasy Parade.

The parade, which debuted at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World in March features seven floats. Here is a look at the second float - Tangled.

This 36-foot long long ship has Rapunzul riding it with some acrobats on the ship swaying back and forth on pendulums.

Festival of Fantasy - Mime
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Festival of Fantasy - Mime
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Festival of Fantasy - Tangled
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Festival of Fantasy - Tangled
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Rapunzel
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Festival of Fantasy - Tangled
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Festival of Fantasy - Tangled
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Festival of Fantasy - Tangled
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Festival of Fantasy - Tangled
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Festival of Fantasy Parade: Princess float

The Festival of Fantasy Parade debuted at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World in March. There are seven floats in the parade.

We are going to take a closer look at the parade one float at a time.

Here is the first of the floats, the Princess Garden: This pageantry of princesses celebrates Disney royalty. Belle leads the way with Cinderella and Tiana all accompanied by their respective princes. The float is 50 feet long.


Festival of Fantasy - Beauty and The Beast
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The Beast and Belle.
Festival of Fantasy - Beauty and The Beast
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Festival of Fantasy - Belle
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Festival of Fantasy - Cinderella and The Princr
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Cinderella
Festival of Fantasy - Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen
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Tiana

Festival of Fantasy - Cinderella's mouse
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'Frozen' ranks sixth on all-time movie box office earnings

"Frozen" now ranks sixth on the all-time movie box office earnings and is number three on the all-time Disney box office release list.

The movie, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen" is about Anna teaming up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.

The movie stars Kristen Bell as Anna and Idina Menzel as Elsa.

Here are the top six movies:

1. "Avatar" - $2.782 billion

2. "Titanic" - $2.186 billion

3. "Marvel's The Avengers" - $1.518 billion

4. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" - $1.314 billion

5. :"Iron Man 3" - $1.215 billion

6. "Frozen" - $1.129 billion





Anna and Elsa from 'Frozen" move to Fairytale Hall at the Magic Kingdom

Anna and Elsa have now completed their move from the Norway Pavilion in Epcot to Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World.

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The two have moved to the Princess Fairytale Hall, located in the Castle Courtyard in the center of Fantasyland. In addition to seeing Anna and Elsa from "Frozen," guests can also visit
Cinderella and Rapunzel.

At times other princesses such as Aurora, Snow White, Tiana, Jasmine or Mulan may be available for a visit.

Each chamber in the hall features a large framed painting of a fairytale landscape and a table with a set of bound leather storybooks that bear the titles of fairytales in the language of the original tale, including Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” with the title in Danish, “Snedronningen.”

“Through the years dating to Walt’s time, fairy tales have always been a rich cornerstone of Disney storytelling,” Chris Beatty, Creative Executive Director of Walt Disney Imagineering, said in a news release. “Princess Fairytale Hall carries on our tradition of bringing classic Disney fairy tales to life in new and unexpected ways.”