SPECULATION: ‘Moana’ Themed Show Coming to Walt Disney World in Fall

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Moana Teaser PosterWalt Disney World has begun issuing casting notices for open casting calls for female actors to portray Moana, the titular character of the upcoming film from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

While it’s not uncommon for Disney to start casting for performers to fill in the roles of specific characters, particularly those featured in upcoming projects, there are a couple of tip-offs that suggest Disney Parks and Resorts may have something larger for Moana in mind than the typical meet and greet.

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James Cameron, ‘Moana’ Sneak Peek added to D23 Destination D: Amazing Adventures Event

Destination D: Amazing AdventuresThe roster of talent and panels continues to grow for D23 Destination D: Amazing Adventures presented by Ethan Allen | Disney, taking place November 19 and 20, 2016 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World Resort. Avatar creators James Cameron (writer, director, producer) and Jon Landau (producer) will join Imagineer Joe Rohde for Pandora: The World of Avatar, a presentation where they will unveil new details about the immersive, 12-acre land coming soon to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

In addition, the event will include a conversation with Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Plus Moana screenwriter Jared Bush will be on hand to provide guests an exclusive advance look at the making of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ newest animated feature.

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CONFIRMED: ‘Frozen, A Musical Spectacular’ Coming to Disney Cruise Line Wonder

"Frozen, A Musical Spectacular"Confirming a report by Stitch Kingdom made in February, Disney Cruise Line today confirmed that it will be replacing ‘Toy Story’ with a Frozen themed production titled ‘Frozen, A Musical Spectacular’ which will debut on the Disney Wonder beginning November 10, 2016, along with additional enhancements to the ship.

The story will be presented like never before, with an innovative combination of traditional theatrical techniques, modern technology and classic Disney whimsy, completely unique to the Disney Wonder production.

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New Muppets Live Entertainment Coming to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Fall 2016

Muppets Live Show Debuts in Fall 2016 at Walt Disney World ResortWalt Disney World has announced that beginning in October 2016, a new live entertainment offering featuring The Muppets will be offered at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. The event, which will occur multiple times per day, is titled ‘The Muppets Present … Great Moments in American History’ and will take place in the Liberty Square section of the park.

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PHOTO: Gwen Stefani Visits Magic Kingdom

Pop star Gwen Stefani vacations at Walt Disney WorldSinger-songwriter and mentor on ‘The Voice,’ Gwen Stefani met up with Mickey Mouse July 25, 2016 at Magic Kingdom Park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Stefani took a break from her ‘This is What the Truth Feels Like’ tour to vacation with family at Walt Disney World Resort.

Photo by Chloe Rice, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

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CONCEPT ART/VIDEO: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT’ Attraction at Disney California Adventure

Beginning in summer 2017, the outrageous and irreverent gang will appear in Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT—a comically high-energy, rocking new adventure. Guests will be right in the mix with characters from the blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy films.

Deep inside his fortress-like collection, the mysterious Taneleer Tivan (aka The Collector) is displaying his newest acquisitions. “Now he has imprisoned the Guardians of the Galaxy and they’re hanging in display cases over a giant abyss,” reveals Joe Rohde, portfolio creative director, Walt Disney Imagineering. “The captor doesn’t know it but Rocket Raccoon has escaped and is enlisting our aid—all the guests—to help the Guardians in a breakout scheme. And the rest is comical chaos; a very funny, very irreverent story and a really wonderful addition to Disney California Adventure.”

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Disneyland Announces ‘Happiest Class on Earth’ Program to Reward Local Students

Happiest Class On EarthEarlier today, the Disneyland Resort announced that as its Disneyland Resort’s Diamond Celebration draws to a close and it begins its 61st year in Anaheim, it has introduced a ticket donation program for sixth grade students in Anaheim, recognizing student actions to improve their homes, schools or communities.

Titled ‘Happiest Class on Earth: Anaheim 6th Graders Making a Difference,’ Disneyland has committed to offer every sixth grade student in Anaheim Elementary schools the opportunity to receive a Disneyland Resort Park Hopper ticket after completing a project that enriches their home, school or community. The program, which will continue for at least the next ten years, will also be extended to schools located outside the city of Anaheim whose student body consists of at least 50% who live in Anaheim.

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FAA Postpones Disney’s Drone Exemption Request Response in Wake of New Regulations

Disney Drone ProposalsAlthough it appears that the FAA has not yet made Disney’s response to its latest round of questions public, it sent notification to the company yesterday advising that new regulations require the FAA to be delayed in responding to the original request. At issue is that the request was made as an exemption to Rule 333 under the now-ironically named ‘FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012,’ or FMRA. According to the notice, the portion of Rule 333 that governed the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) — or vehicles (UAVs) as the industry often refers them to as — was a stopgap until more permanent regulations were in place. Enter Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 107.

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WATCH: Shanghai Disney Resort Grand Opening Gala

Following the official grand opening gala of the Shanghai Disney Resort which aired on YouTube live, Disney has made the entire event available, which you can find embedded below.

As previously reported, Disney will welcome viewers from around the world to experience an authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese celebration — the spectacular one-of-a-kind grand opening celebration of Shanghai Disney Resort, the first Disney resort in mainland China. Showcasing the beauty of Chinese art and tradition, and bringing magical Disney stories and characters to life for kids and families, the music-filled television special, “Grand Opening Celebration of Shanghai Disney Resort,” will be presented THURSDAY, JUNE 16 (8:00-8:30 p.m.) simultaneously on Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD and each channel’s App, and FRIDAY, JUNE 17 (10:00-10:30 p.m.) on Freeform, without breaks or commercials.

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Walt Disney World to Increase Security at Disney Springs Following Recent Tragedy

Just days after the tragedy in which gunman Omar Mateen opened fire in a crowded nightclub in Orlando, Walt Disney World has filed several notices of commencements with the Orange County comptroller’s office for increased security in the Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) area of the resort. Recent reports have come to light that suggest Mateen had previously spent time — and perhaps scoped out — the club as well as Disney Springs as potential attack sites.

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