Monday, August 31, 2015

Disney News Aug. 24-30: Celebs with sad faces at Disney Parks, allergy friendly menus now available parks

Take a quick look back at some of the more interesting things around the web dealing with the Disney Universe, such mobile phone security, allergy menus and a new book looking at the wisdom of Disney.

• At Disneyland, even the storefront window displays get a lot of attention, the Orange County Register reports.


• With all the changes taking place at Disneyland, why is there so little love for Marvel? This column in the Orange County Register may help give you an answer.

• New York Magazine put together this slideshow of sad photos of celebs at Disney Parks.

• Disney World could be seeing some roadway enhancement, the LaughingPlace.com reports.

• This college professor is looking at the wisdom of Walt Disney in this new book, according to the Orange County Register.

• NYPD to Disney and Marvel: Get Minnie Mouse and Spider Man out of Times Square, according to CNN Money.

• A new report by mobile security firm Skycure that tested for malicious Wi-Fi hotspots placed various Disney Parks on the list of riskiest place to use a mobile device, with several nefarious networks lurking to tap into your phone’s data, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

•Allergy-friendly menus now available at the majority of Walt Disney World restaurants, wdwmagic reports.

Is this Disney's Ariel gone wild?

Disney bills this mug as a Pirates of the Caribbean keepsake, but to us it looks more like a "Mermaids Gone Wild" version of Ariel. She even looks like she's holding Ursula's shell necklace. Maybe she took that whole "you have your looks, your pretty face" thing to heart.

Or maybe Disney is just trying to get on board the current Internet trend of redrawing Disney princesses without makeup, or plus-size, or in their later years.

Whatever. We're pretty sure King Triton would prefer his little girl to be human than to be a seductress of pirates.


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Disneyland ride closings and refurbishments for Fall and Winter 2015

The holiday season is upon us at Disneyland. That means Halloween and Christmas holidays. There is a lot going on and during this time that means some down time for some of the rides and attractions.

Here is a look at closings coming up from September to December of 2015.

These closings are subject to change, so please, check the Disneyland website before going. (Updated Aug.  30, 2015)


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Now - Oct. 1, 2015: Innoventions is closed for refurbishment.

Now  - Sept. 11, 2015: Haunted Mansion is closed for refurbishment at Disneyland

Now - Sept. 3, 2015: Tower of Terror will be closed for refurbishment at California Adventure.

Sept. 1 - Nov. 1, 2015: Mickey's Costume Party Calvacade is closed in Disneyland for refurbishment.

Sept. 7 - Sept. 12, 2015: Space Mountain in Disneyland is closed for refurbishment in preparation for the holidays.

Sept, 7 - Sept 17, 2015: California Screamin' will be closed for refurbishment at California Adventure.

Sept. 8 - Sept. 18, 2015: It's Tough to Be a Bug at California Adventure is closed for refurbishment.

Sept. 14 -Sept. 30, 2015: Pirates of the Caribbean closed for refurbishment in Disneyland.

Now - Oct. 2, 2015: Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Center at California Adventure.

Dec. 1.- Jan 1, 2016: Character Closeup at California Adventure is closing for refurbishment.

Disney World ride closings and refurbishments for Fall and Winter 2015

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Pirates of the Caribbean will re-open Sept. 26.
The holiday season is upon us at Disney World. That means Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Halloween and Christmas holidays. There is a lot going on and during this time that means some down time for some of the rides and attractions.

Here is a look at closings coming up from September to December of 2015, a little beyond for the water parks.

These change constantly so make sure you check the Disney World site before you head out on your trip. (Updated: Aug. 30, 2015)

Now - December 2015: The Monorail is going through refurbishment and may have modified times during this period. Check the park and transportation schedules.

Now  - Sept. 26, 2015: Pirates of the Caribbean is closed for refurbishment.

Now- Nov. 20, 2015: Liberty Tree Tavern is closed for refurbishment.

Now - Nov 13, 2015: Primeval Whirl at Animal Kingdom is closed for refurbishment.

Sept. 7, - Sept. 10, 2015: Voyage of the Little Mermaid at Hollywood Studios is closed for refurbishment.

Sept. 8 - Sept. 18, 2015: Living with The Land at Epcot will be closed for refurbishment.

Sept. 28 - Nov. 6, 2015: Walt Disney World Main Street, U.S.A., Frontierland and Fantasyland stations and the Walt Disney Railroad will be closed for refurbishment.

Oct. 20 - Oct. 23, 2015: Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Hollywood Studios is closed for refurbishment.

Oct. 25 - Jan. 3, 2016: Blizzard Beach is closed for refurbishment.

Nov. 2- Nov. 8, 2015: Peter Pan's Flight closed at Magic Kingdom.

Dec. 7  - Dec. 11, 2015: Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover at the Magic Kingdom is closed for refurbishment,

Jan. 3, 2016 - March 13, 2016: Typhoon Lagoon is closed for refurbishment.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Yamaha and Disneyland extend music deal

The beat and the music will go on at Disneyland through Yamaha instruments.

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All-American College Band
Yamaha Corporation of America and Disneyland renewed their agreement for Yamaha to remain the official provider of musical instruments to the resort.

Since 2005,Yamaha became the first official supplier of musical instruments for Disneyland in 2005 providing Yamaha Disklaviers, grand pianos, upright pianos, drum kits and sound reproduction and recording equipment.

"In addition to being the official supplier of musical instruments for Disneyland Resort, Yamaha sponsors the All-American College Band and works with the Disney Performing Arts program, something we're very proud of as part of our broader commitment to music education," Tom Sumner, senior vice president, Yamaha Corporation of America, said in a press release.





Disneyland announces September Diamond Celebration pin releases

The 60th anniversary of Disneyland continues with the release of seven Diamond Decades pins in September.

Four of the pins, focusing on Cars, Soarin' Star Tours and Toy Story Midway Mania, will be released on Sept. 10, 2015. On Sept. 17, three pins, Paradise Pier, Grizzly River Run and Fantasmic! will be released.

The price for each pin is $15.95.