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.

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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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Tokyo Disneyland to Add Donald Duck ‘Junior Woodchucks’-Themed Restaurant, Meet and Greet Area in 2016

Westernland Meet and Greet, Restaurant Concept ArtThe 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.

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Disneyland Announces 60th Anniversary Event Plans; New Fireworks Show, ‘Paint the Night’ Parade Begin May 22

Disneyland 60th AnniversaryAt 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.

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‘Stitch Encounter’ to Open at Tokyo Disneyland in July

'Stitch Encounter' at Tokyo Disney Resort Concept ArtOriental 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.

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Disney Publishes Plans for New Arendelle ‘Pavilion’ at Epcot (Frozen)

'Frozen Meet & Greet Building' at EpcotThe 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.’

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