SMS 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.
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!’
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.
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.
The Oriental Land Company, the owners and operators of the Tokyo Disney Resort, today announced plans for a new character meet and greet facility and restaurant for its Westernland area of the Tokyo Disneyland theme park. Construction is set to begin at the end of 2015 with the closure of the Lucky Nugget Cafe, with a planned opening in late 2016.
At a private media event held at the Disneyland theme park earlier tonight, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts announced initial plans for the 60th anniversary of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.
Announcements for the year-long celebration, which officially kicks of on May 22, 2015, included:
- An update to Disney California Adventure’s ‘World of Color,’ dubbed ‘World of Color: Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney ‘ and will pay homage to the legacy of Walt Disney. In the new show, Mickey Mouse will take guests on a fun-filled and inspirational journey through the unparalleled imagination of Walt Disney, exploring his decades-long legacy of memorable animated moments and the dream of Disneyland park. The show will combine animated imagery, live-action footage, fountains, lasers, special effects and a musical score.
Oriental Land Company, owners and operators of the Tokyo Disney Resort, have announced that their newest Tokyo Disneyland attraction, ‘Stitch Encounter’ is scheduled to make its debut on July 17, 2015, which is also the official 60th anniversary of the original Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.
Set up in Tomorrowland is the Stitch Monitoring Station. Guests visiting the Stitch Monitoring Station can communicate with Stitch in real time over the theater’s large screen. The entire family will enjoy the fun-filled conversations with the mischievous Stitch.
The perpetual hot button topic of Walt Disney World fans is what the next pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase will be. Will it be Australia? Brazil? Russia? Israel? One of the marvels of the existing World Showcase is just how much space is available for development on property for additional pavilions. Now thanks to filings with the South Florida Water Management District office, we have our answer: Arendelle. Of course this doesn’t mean that Norway has been saved from handing over its Maelstrom attraction to Anna and Elsa of Disney’s Frozen, rather Queen Elsa has annexed the current ‘vacant’ lot located between the Mexico and and Norway pavilions for a project titled ‘Frozen Meet and Greet Building.’
It’s not much to go on and we have admittedly jumped the gun before, but an announcement by Disney Publishing Worldwide has renewed our speculation that Duffy’s gal pal, Shellie May, may finally be coming stateside to join the original Disney bear. Since our original speculation — based on trademarks — she has in fact shown up in the United States in the form of merchandise sold at the Aulani resort in Hawaii. Oddly enough, Duffy has found an additional new friend at the Tokyo Disney Resort in the form of an art-loving cat by the name of Gelatoni.
Walt Disney Studios has announced via a teaser video (embedded below) that shortly before midnight ET on New Year’s Eve 2014, it will be sharing a brand new exclusive look at its upcoming film Cinderella (March 13, 2015), the live-action adaptation of the classic Disney animated film. The sneak peek will air during ‘Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve’ on the ABC television network.
Disney Parks is also sharing in the Cinderella celebration as part of the #Midnight campaign. Visitors to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World today are receiving a button featuring the film and we are also told displays — complete with video screens — promoting the film are flanking Cinderella castle.