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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SPECULATION: Shellie May to Visit Disney Parks Beginning in 2015

'Mickey & Duffy’s Spring Voyage'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.

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‘Cinderella’ Exclusive Look During ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ Plus Disney Parks Announcement?

'Cinderella' Teaser PosterWalt 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.

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Disney to Give Away Full Disney World Vacations w/Cinderella Castle Stay Every Day in January

Walt Disney World has announced its ambitious ‘Disney Flip Side’ Sweepstakes all month long in January 2015. Inspired by the  ‘Disney Side’ campaign, ‘Disney Flip Side’ will introduce site visitors to ‘Sam,’ a self-proclaimed ‘Disney Parks Insider with all-Parks access, an arsenal of cameras, crafty disguises and a love for everything Disney. Join me during the month of January as I go behind the scenes to show you never-before-seen Disney Sides.’

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RUMOR: Disneyland to Get Tokyo’s ‘Happiness Is Here’ Parade, Plus Hong Kong’s ‘Paint the Night’

Disneyland Resort Diamond CelebrationYesterday we provided official confirmation that the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim will in fact be getting a new night-time parade to coincide with the park’s 60th diamond celebration in 2015. As a result, we have seen tons of additional, unofficial information, including the following from people who have evidence of things as well as claims of information coming second-hand from parade head honcho Steve Davison:

  • While Disneyland will be getting a variation of ‘Paint the Night’ from Hong Kong Disneyland, it will not likely be called that — current name is unknown.

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CONFIRMED: Disneyland to Get Night-Time Parade for 60th Anniversary

'Paint the Night' Concept ArtShortly after the holiday pixie dust settles and Main Street, USA sparkles from being thoroughly cleaned by soap snow, the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California will begin prepping for a brand new night-time parade to begin during its 60th anniversary year.

The confirmed news comes way of two recently posted casting calls for both male and female dancers with auditions taking place the second week of January, 2015 (a start date for the parade itself was not provided). Although vague on details, the notices are looking to find ‘performers with strong dancing skills for an exciting and high-energy nighttime parade that winds its way through the heart of Disneyland Park.’ ‘Strong movement and dance skills’ are required.

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