PATENT: Disney’s Plans to Make ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Safer

Dynamic Roll/Pitch Stabilizer for Use During Loading and Unloading of Small Passenger BoatsAfter highly (and not-so-highly) publicized events in which at Walt Disney World’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ both a man and a child suffered finger lacerations/partial loss and even going back to an incident in 2005 where a child lost part of his thumb on Disneyland’s ‘Storybook Land Canal Boats,’ a patent application has been published that hopes to reduce — if not eliminate — such injuries. The unfortunate aspect, however, is that the original filing date for the application, titled ‘Dynamic Roll/Pitch Stabilizer for Use During Loading and Unloading of Small Passenger Boats’ is February 12, 2013 — long before the recent ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ incidents.

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CONFIRMED? Tower of Terror PhotoPass Video First Step in MyMagic+ Video/Photo Story Packages

Over two years ago, we first talked about a ‘Story Telling’ patent application that would integrate with Disney Parks and Resorts’ MyMagic+ system and today we are getting our first hints of it becoming a reality. The official Disney Parks blog has shared news that Disney Photo Imaging’s PhotoPass system will now allow guests who have purchased the Memory Maker package to automatically receive video of their journey — or drop — on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort via their linked MagicBand.

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Haunted Mansion ‘Mayhem at the Mansion’ AR Game Coming to Walt Disney World

Mayhem at the Mansion AR GameIt was just a matter of time. With so much going on outside those walls that house 999 happy haunts for more than four decades, some of them are bound to  get restless and seek some time away and now they’ve managed to do just that. And now, now it’s up to you, the foolish mortals, not only to find them, but to capture them — capture them and return them to the Haunted Mansion before it’s too late! And if you happen to grab a souvenir photo along the way, all the better.

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Disney Parks Announces Casting Sessions for ‘Big Hero 6′ Hiro Hamada Role

Hiro Hamada from 'Big Hero 6'Just a few hours after officially confirming meet and greet character appearances by Hiro and Baymax from Disney’s upcoming animated feature Big Hero 6 (November 7, 2014), Disney Parks and Resorts has issued casting call notices to fill the role of Hiro.

Although the characters are expected to begin making in-park appearances beginning in the fall, the casting notices fail to mention approximate start dates for the roles, but also note that all look-a-likes (face characters) are expected to perform meet and greets in full costumes as well, so the start date of the position does not appear to directly reflect that of the Big Hero 6 meet and greets.

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‘Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!’ Event Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in July

OLAF. ©2013 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has announced that it will be offering a special event at Walt Disney World’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios in honor of Frozen, titled ‘Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!’  and will feature the following events, included with park admission:

  • Olaf on Summer Vacation – Olaf the snowman is having the time of his life on his very first summer vacation! He chimes in throughout the day to keep everyone updated on all his adventures. Plus, you can pick up your very own Take-Along Olaf from locations in the park, so he can join you on your summer vacation. And when you share your photos with Olaf on social media, be sure to tag them with #OlafSummerVacation. They may just get selected to appear in that day’s grand finale!

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PHOTO/VIDEO: Ariana Grande Celebrates ‘Problem’ Free Birthday with Mickey Mouse

Ariana Grande wih Mickey Mouse (Chloe Rice/Disney)Actress/singer Ariana Grande celebrated her 21st birthday with family and friends yesterday at the Magic Kingdom theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., as seen here posing with Mickey Mouse in front of Cinderella Castle.

Grande also met with Cinderella and Prince Charming in between enjoying a private ride down Main Street USA in the fire truck and celebrating with her Cinderella-themed birthday cake, all of which can be seen in the video embedded below.

Photo by Chloe Rice. Photo and video courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

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SPECULATION: ‘Stories in the Sky’ to Replace ‘Wishes’ Fireworks at Magic Kingdom

Although the Walt Disney World Resort differs in its philosophy for entertaining guests than its west coast counterpart, Disneyland — as the latter relies far more heavily on locals and keeping them amused — the Magic Kingdom’s nighttime fireworks program remained mostly unchanged for over a decade. Conversely, within that same time period, Disneyland has had three different shows debut. In other words, it may just be time for ‘Wishes’ to be retired.

While rumors have circulated for about a year regarding a replacement for ‘Wishes’ in either 2015 or 2016, one of the strongest pieces of evidence may in fact be one of the least reliable: domain names.

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PHOTO: ‘Snooki’ vs Wookiee at ‘Star Wars Weekends’

Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi (David Roark/Disney)Reality television star and former ‘Dancing with the Stars’ contestant Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi posed earlier today with Chewbacca, the famous Wookiee from the Star Wars series, during the final ‘Star Wars Weekends’ event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort.Photo by David Roark, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

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‘The Lion King’ to Open Productions at Shanghai Disney Resort, Mexico City

Disney Theatrical Productions has announced that it will be bringing two brand-new productions of its long-running Broadway smash musical, ‘The Lion King’ to both the Shanghai Disney Resort and Mexico City, in partnership with Disney Parks and Resorts and OCESA respectively. The announcement was made today by Thomas Schumacher, president and producer, Disney Theatrical Productions. The two productions will be the 23rd and 24th mounted around the world since the show’s Broadway debut in 1997.

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REPORT: WDW ‘Villains Unleashed’ Party in August, Potentially with Star Wars and Marvel Villains

As a follow-up to last year’s Friday the 13th ‘Limited Time Magic’ ‘Unleash the Villains’ promotion, Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando Florida will play host to ‘Villains Unleashed,’ a hard-ticketed event. According to WDWMAGIC, the event will take place on Saturday, August 23. An accompanying thread notes that tickets are expected to go on sale tomorrow for Annual Passholders and DVC members for $67 (A)/$62 (C)  in advance or $71 (A) / $66 (C) day of — though it’s quite expected the one time event will sell out far in advance. Remaining tickets will be made available for purchase by the general public on June 9.

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