Earlier this year, we shared news that 2016 would be a good year for fans of Disney’s Haunted Mansion as Disney is preparing to launch a brand new novelized series based on the attraction as well as a new theme park exclusive series of book/cd inspired by classic attractions. In addition, Marvel today announced it too will be representing the Haunted Mansion as the next chapter in its Disney Kingdoms saga.
A sequel script to Disney’s Descendants (working title: Descendants 2) has been commissioned from the first movie’s screenwriters, Sara Parriott and Josann McGibbon, who will also serve as executive producers on the project. The announcement was made today by Gary Marsh, President and Chief Creative Officer, Disney Channels Worldwide. Descendants is cable television’s fifth highest-rated movie of all-time.
On Saturday, October 17, the stars of Disney’s Descendants, including Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart and Sofia Carson, and Kenny Ortega will celebrate with fans during an on-stage, music and dance-filled event at Downtown Disney District, Disneyland Resort, in Anaheim, California.
Although we’ve known the title for a while, Random House released the cover art earlier today for the upcoming Frozen chapter book, Anna & Elsa #7: The Secret Admirer (on sale January 5, 2016, now available for pre-order), which we shared this morning on our social media channels.
While we have no synopsis for the title, it seems clear from the cover that Elsa is on the receiving end of some affection from the titular secret admirer. Who the secret admirer is and whether the admiration is requited remains to be seen, but our followers have some strong ideas on both Twitter and Tumblr where the image has gone viral.
Addressing an at-capacity (and then some) crowd at the 2015 New York Comic-Con, ‘Gravity Falls’ creator Alex Hirsch shared a sneak peek and additional details for the upcoming Gravity Falls Journal 3 replica book currently slated to be released on July 26, 2016 (available for pre-order).
In conjunction with Walt Disney Studios’ remake of Pete’s Dragon (August 12, 2016), Disney Editions will be releasing a 128-page volume dedicated to Elliott and all of the other famous — and infamous — dragons from Disney’s films and theme parks. Among the iconic dragons in the book are: Mushu from Mulan, Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, Madam Mim from The Sword in the Stone, the Jabberwocky from Alice in Wonderland, Queen Narissa from Enchanted, Hades’ hydra from Hercules, the Reluctant Dragon, Figment from Disney’s Epcot and more. The publisher’s description is as follows:
Ever pass by the well stocked library of first edition ghost stories and wish you could pluck one of the books from the shelves to peruse? If so, you just may get your wish next summer. Announced in the new book catalog for spring/summer 2016, Disney Press will be introducing a new series of books titled ‘Tales from the Haunted Mansion.’
Marvel recently filed a trademark application for ‘Guardians of Infinity,’ for purposes it describes as ‘comic books; printed periodicals in the field of comic book stories and artwork.’ A cursory Google search failed to show anything remotely close to that title save for a completely unrelated computer game from the 190s in which the objective was to save President Kennedy from assassination — obviously.
At BookCon earlier this year, New York Times best-selling author and author of Disney Descendants prequel, Isle of the Lost, Melissa de la Cruz, announced that there would be a sequel to the book, expected in May of 2016.
Today, additional details of the upcoming title have been released. Return to the Isle of the Lost is now slated for publication on May 10, 2016, presumably aligned for a sequel to the telefilm for summer 2016 as well. Like the original book, Disney is listing a pagecount of 320 pages for the upcoming sequel. The preliminary publisher’s description is as follows:
We have already reported on a mysterious title currently known only as Winter Tales Book and Magnetic Play Set — which many are assuming is tied to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens — but now Disney Publishing has announced plans for four novels to be published a month earlier, all on the same date.
Known only as Autumn Travels #1, Autumn Travels #2, Autumn Travels #3 and Autumn Travels #4, all four titles are slated to be released on September 4, 2015. The first three titles are listed as having a page count of 240 pages each and recommended for readers aged 8-12, while the fourth skews slightly older at 10-14 and clocks in at 304 pages. All titles are described as hardcover titles, measuring 5.5″ x 8.5″.
Marvel has provided us with a trailer for its upcoming event, Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex, of which the first issue is now on stands. In the new series, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the All-New X-Men, Nova, Captain Marvel, Cyclops and more team up for a cosmic throwdown the likes of which have never been seen. On sale this week, the highly anticipated first issue in the upcoming crossover from fan-favorite writer Sam Humphries and blockbuster artist Ed McGuinness.