‘Finding Dory’ Attraction to Open at Tokyo DisneySea in 2017; StormRider to Close in 2016

'Finding Dory' Submarine Concept ArtOwners and operators of the Tokyo Disney Resort, Oriental Land Company, today announced they will be opening a new motion simulator attraction set in the world of Pixar’s Finding Nemo and Finding Dory in spring of 2017. The attraction will replace the current StormRider attraction which is set to close in May 2016 to make way for the new attraction. According to Oriental Land Company, Pixar animators from Finding Dory will directly contribute to the ride’s visuals.

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Hong Kong Disneyland to Introduce New Entertainment with Singing Characters

Hong Kong Disneyland has issued a casting call for what it is simply calling a ‘new show’ for fall, with many roles calling for Disney characters. The positions/descriptions are as follows:

Merida
Height: 5’5 -5’8
Performer traits: Strong dynamic and expressive presence with Principal qualities
Mover with strong upper body / arm presence
Vocal range: A (below middle C) to C# (octave above middle C). Pop Sound

Rapunzel / Elsa
Height: 5’6 -5’9
Performer traits: Strong dynamic and expressive presence with Principal qualities
Mover with strong upper body / arm presence
Vocal range: G (below middle C) to E (10th above middle C)

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Craving a Snack at Fantasmic? There’s an App for That!

'Express Order' App for Walt Disney WorldFinding just the perfect seat at Fantasmic! at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios can be a daunting task. And what if — after battling the crowds to find it — your family decides their hungry and want some popcorn and soft drinks, or even ‘Made with Magic’ merchandise? Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was an app for that? Oh, but there is! And guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios between today and May 12, 2015 have the opportunity to try out the new pilot program.

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Tokyo Disney to Get Areas Based on Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland

Scandanavia Port at Tokyo DisneySea (Concept Art)The Oriental Land Company, the owner and operator of the Tokyo Disney Resort, has announced plans for development in both its Disneyland and DisneySea theme parks focusing on Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland and Scandinavia, with a focus on Frozen.

Frozen will be highlighted in a brand new port of Tokyo DisneySea focused on Scandinavia. The port will be approximately the size of the Arabian Coast port and will be located south of the Lost Delta port. Tentative plans for the area, which are expected to be finalized in 2015, call for multiple new attractions, shops, dining and other facilities.

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Disneyland Files Permit for Work on ‘Luigi’s Festival of the Dance’ in Carsland

'Luigi's Festival of the Dance' Concept ArtThe Disneyland Resort has officially filed for permits for construction on what it is indeed calling ‘Luigi’s Festival of the Dance,’ the new attraction set to replace the troubled ‘Luigi’s Flying Tires’ attraction in the Carsland section of Disney California Adventure.

Available for viewing online here, the permit is seeking permission for an underground electrical conduit for the attraction. The permit’s description reads as follows: Electrical for DCA – Carsland – Luigi’s Festival of the Dance – Area Development, Architectural, Structural, and Electrical Work for Luigi’s Attraction – Ride Vehicle Maintenance Building 779 s.f., Attraction Slab, Modified Exit Queue, New Ride Cabinets and Systems, and Provide Revised Barriers and Gates

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Disneyland Casting Puppeteers for New Parade Offering

The Disneyland Resort has announced it will be casting both male and female ‘hand-and-rod puppeteers’ for a ‘new exciting and high-energy parade that winds its way through the heart of the Disneyland Park.’ While it has already been announced that Disneyland will be getting its own signature version of Hong Kong Disneyland’s ‘Paint the Night’ parade for the 60th Anniversary, that parade does not make use of hand-and-rod puppets, which are the type of puppets most associated with ‘Sesame Street’ and ‘The Muppets.’

Requirements for the positions are that the puppeteers are 5’6″ – 5’10” in height and possess excellent hand-eye coordination as well as ‘various levels of skill.’

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SMS Audio Announces Partnerships with Disney Parks, D23, ‘Star Tours’ Sponsorship

SMS Audio Star ToursSMS Audio today announced it has entered a multi-year strategic alliance with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, naming SMS Audio the official headphones of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. In addition, SMS Audio will be a sponsor of ‘Star Tours – The Adventures Continue’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and will feature their products at the park’s annual Star Wars Weekends. SMS Audio will also be a sponsor of the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend and Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend, both at Disneyland Resort in California.

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Tom Bergeron to End ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ Career at Disneyland in April

TOM BERGERON (ABC/Kevin Foley)Earlier this evening on Twitter, we shared that ABC plans on videotaping an episode of ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ at the Disneyland theme park on April 18, 2015, with a planned audience of 400 (though according to the permit itself, it’s actually 399). Shortly thereafter, host Tom Bergeron responded back to us noting that it will be his last time hosting the show and that ‘those will be a very special 400 to me!’

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Disney California Adventure to Get New Parade for Resort Anniversary

The Disneyland Resort has already announced its ambitious plans for new entertainment to commence with its 60th Anniversary celebration that commences on May 22, 2015, but as it turns out, there may be some cards up its sleeve. While we did previously report a rumor that there would be a new parade for Disney California Adventure, nothing has yet to be officially announced.

A new listing on the Disney Auditions web site, however, appears to promise a new entertainment offering, not unlike how a prior listing confirmed a new night-time parade at Disneyland, which indeed turned out to be the Resort’s version of ‘Paint the Night’ from Hong Kong Disneyland.

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Epcot to Introduce Streetmosphere Actors to Japan Pavilion

Walt Disney World has begun aggressively casting women for a new entertainment offering to take place at Epcot’s Japan pavilion in its World Showcase. According to the casting notices, Disney is seeking to fulfill roles that celebrate Tokyo’s Harajuku, a neighborhood known for attracting Japanese teens and young adults sporting unique fashions. Harajuku was popularized in the United States several years ago by ‘Tragic Kingdom’ alum Gwen Stefani, who popularized it in a song and accompanying music video and stage tour.

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