UPDATED: Disneyland Casting for Special Show on June 13 (Newsies?)

Newsies! the MusicalWhile it survived a near-hostile takeover from ‘Toy Story,’ Disney Creative Entertainment has now set its sights on the magnificent staged production of ‘Aladdin’ at Disney California Adventure’s Hyperion Theater (albeit more magnificent when the flying carpet scene isn’t deemed a safety hazard). And that, dear readers, brings us to speculate what will follow in Aladdin, Genie and Jasmine’s footsteps.

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Disneyland Passholders Offered ‘Cars Land,’ ‘Buena Vista Street’ Preview, Early Entry; Tix Now Available

Radiator Springs Racers Concept ArtAlthough we just shared the news that Disney D23 members will have the opportunity to preview the ‘Cars Land’ and ‘Buena Vista Street’ districts at Disney California Adventure before they open to the public on June 15, we have learned that Disneyland Annual Passholders will also be invited to join in on the fun as part of Disneyland’s ‘The happiest place on Earth just got happier’ campaign.

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Disney D23 to Offer ‘Cars Land,’ ‘Buena Vista Street’ Previews

Radiator Springs Racers Concept ArtEven before Annual Passholders who were selected get to experience the all new Cars Land and Buena Vista Street districts at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort on June 11, Disney D23 members are invited to experience ‘The Happiest place on Earth’ ‘becoming happier.’

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Disney Dishes Details on New Carthay Circle, Cars Land Dining and Entertainment

Yesterday, the Disneyland Resort offered up new details on its offerings in the new Buena Vista Street and Cars Land areas which will make their public debut on June 15.

ON BUENA VISTA STREET
‘If Main Street, U.S.A., is the romanticized version of Walt Disney’s hometown, Buena Vista Street is the next chapter of Walt’s life when he came to California,’ said Ray Spencer of Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI). ‘It’s an extension of where we started at Disneyland park… and now our guests can step across the plaza and get the rest of the story.’

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Photo: White Rhino Calf Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

White Rino with Calf at Disney's Animal KingdomMother’s Day may be a little more memorable this year for a Disney “mom” that recently gave birth to a white rhino calf at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

After a 16-month gestation period, Kendi delivered her fourth calf Friday, May 4. The healthy male, which has not yet been named, is the ninth white rhino born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom; his mother, 13-year-old, Kendi, was the first.

“The birth of a white rhino calf is certainly something to celebrate since the population of this species is endangered in the wild,” said Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., vice president of Animals, Science and Environment for Disney Parks. “It’s encouraging that with protection and careful management, the global population of white rhinos continues to grow.”

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Climbers Wanted: Classic Matterhorn Show to Return to Disneyland

Mickey Mouse climbs the Matterhorn for Disneyland's 50th AnniversaryUnless they’re rising to the Grizzly Peak challenge, it appears that when the Matterhorn at Disneyland returns from its lengthy refurb/overhaul on June 14, the alpine climbers won’t be far behind. The on-again, off-again crowd favorite in which cast members scale the mountain throughout the day, along with occasional fab five favorites, are reportedly returning according to a casting call recently placed by the Disneyland Resort.

The notice is calling for males and females, with a minimum of three years experience in ‘mountaineering, rock climbing, and rappelling. Able to comfortably lead climb traditional 5.8/5.9 routes. Good understanding of hanging belays and strong rope management skills. Good upper body strength and ability to work at substantial heights. SPRAT Certification a plus. Especially seeking Climbers with daytime availability Monday through Friday.’

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Cars Land Attractions Get Web Pages, New Details

Cars Land at Disney California AdventureThe official Disneyland web site is being updated with new information and photos on the new areas opening on June 15, 2012 at Disney California Adventure, including Cars Land. Sampled here are just a few of the photos featured on the website, plus the official descriptions for the new attractions and dining options coming to the area. Each section is linked to its respective page on the official site.

RADIATOR SPRING RACERS (Height requirement 40″; Child Swap, FASTPASS and Single Rider enabled)
Start your engines! The ride of your life is about to begin! Rocket through the desert landscape of Ornament Valley in a thrilling auto racing competition that includes some of your favorite locations and characters from the Disney/Pixar movie Cars.

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Disney Parks Patent to Automate Character Meet & Greets Personalized Photos, Video

Disney's Automated Personalized Imaging SystemImagine walking into a room, running up to and hugging Donald Duck, turning to face an unmanned camera and walking out with a unique QR code stamped in your autograph book next to the ‘Donald Duck #1’ signature, referencing it later to not only access hi-res photos on your phone, but a fully edited video package of your character experience — and not a single Cast Member had a hand in the process.

With motion capture (MoCap) technology setups and video analytic software becoming more and more commonplace and more cost effective, it’s only a matter of time before their applications go beyond the norm of filmmaking and security.

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Carbonite Experience to be Offered at Star Wars Weekends 2012

Custom Carbonites by Paul PapeWhat do you get the Star Wars fan that has everything? Studios Central is reporting that Star Wars Weekends (weekends May 18 through June 10, 2012 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios) will be offering a ‘Carbon Freeze Me’ opportunity in which guests can be digitally scanned to produce a likeness of themselves frozen in carbonite.

The site reports the experience will be offered inside ‘Sounds Dangerous’ and will cost $99.95. The final product will be delivered via mail within 3 – 4 weeks.

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Photos/Videos: Merida Character Begins Testing at Epcot in Walt Disney World

Princess Merida at Epcot in Walt Disney World. Photo by abelle2 / FlickrPrincess Merida, the heroine of Disney/Pixar’s Brave, made a surprise appearance in Future World at Epcot yesterday. Although she will officially begin meeting guests in a play and greet environment at the Magic Kingdom starting later this month, she is apparently making random appearances as she gets acclimated to the harsh Orlando weather.

A batch of photos have appeared on Flickr from abelle2, although it appears more photos can be seen currently on this tumblr post (via @DisneyProjects).

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