PHOTO: Idina Menzel Meets Elsa, Anna and Olaf at Walt Disney World

Idina Menzel visits Elsa, Anna and Olaf at Walt Disney World ResortWhile in town for the Orlando stop of her world tour, Broadway veteran and Frozen and Enchanted star Idina Menzel visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World yesterday, July 28, 2015. As part of the Frozen ‘Frozen Summer Fun’ event, Menzel met with Anna, Elsa and Olaf as pictured here.

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SPECULATION: Glidden Paint to Open ‘Colortopia’ Experience at Disney’s Epcot Innoventions

Glidden Colortopia at Epcot InnoventionsA colorful wall blocks off a large section in Epcot’s Innoventions, promising a ‘more colorful world’ to come. While heavily rumored that the new experience will be sponsored by Glidden Paint (who already has a licensing deal with Disney Consumer Products and Interactive), today we received our largest clues to date as to what we may be able to expect when the experience opens.

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Tokyo DisneySea to Celebrate ‘Year of Wishes’ with New and Updated Entertainment

Tokyo DisneySeaYear of WishesOriental Land Company, the owner and operator of the Tokyo Disney Resort, today announced its plans for the 15th anniversary of Tokyo DisneySea: a year-long celebration titled ‘Tokyo DisneySea 15th Annivesrary: The Year of Wishes.’ The event will kick off on April 15, 2016 and continue through March 17, 2017.During the event, crystals of various colors symbolizing individual wishes will decorate the Park. The crystals will even sparkle on the Disney characters’ costumes and merchandise, creating an atmosphere of hope and dreams throughout the Park.Kicking off the anniversary event will be ‘Crystal Wishes Journey,’ a brand new show to be presented at Mediterranean Harbor only during the special event period. The Disney characters, each with their own wish, will appear in this show that celebrates the start of the Guests’ journeys of adventure, sparkling with hope.Also debuting during the event will be a new version of the popular show ‘Big Band Beat,’ featuring new music, costumes and scenes. This will be the first time that the show has been changed since it opened in July 2006. In addition, a brand new musical show incorporating projection mapping will premiere at the Hangar Stage in Lost River Delta in mid-2016.The Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta, where Guests can continue the feeling of adventure, will also be celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2016. Besides the festive decorations around the hotel interior, the hotel will offer special menus at the restaurants and the lounge starting from April 15, 2016.
Tokyo DisneySea opened its doors on September 4, 2001.

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‘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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