Unless 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 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.
Imagine 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.
What 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.
Princess 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.
The Disneyland Resort has announced that it will allow a select number of Annual Passholders to attend a preview at Disney California Adventure on June 11, four days before the new Buena Vista Street and Cars Land areas debut to the public on June 15, 2012.
To enter for the opportunity to be one of the lucky previewers, Annual Passes must be valid as of May 1, 2012 (it does not have to be valid at time of preview). Entries must be entered by May 24, 2012 and winners will be notified on or around June 4. Each winner may bring up to five guests to the preview (which promises nothing but long lines) and will receive a blockout pass for those it applies to as well as complimentary 1 day tickets for each of their guests.
The summer 2012 edition of the Mickey Monitor, Walt Disney World’s newsletter for Annual Passholders has announced that ‘The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow’ will be opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in summer of this year. It will be placed in Sound Stage 4 which has historically been known for sharing behind-the-scenes props and footage from films such as Haunted Mansion and films from The Chronicles of Narnia series, but ‘The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow,’ while based on The Pirates of the Caribbean films, is not reported to continue that genre.
In its final incarnation, FASTPASS+ — a subset of the MAGIC+ framework and sometimes referred to as XPASS — will allow eligible guests to reserve ride times in advance, using their MAGIC BAND to access the attraction’s queue. The customizable MAGIC BAND wristband will double as what’s currently known as the Key to the World, allowing guests to use the same magnetic stip card for their resort room key as well as park tickets and more.
Arguably one of the most anticipated titles this year amongst Disney theme park enthusiasts, Poster Art of the Disney Parks by Danny Handke and Vanessa Hunt takes a look at more than five decades of attraction posters and concept art from Disney parks around the globe. Featuring a foreword by the Senior Vice President, Creative Development of Walt Disney Imagineering, Tony Baxter, the 144 page, oversized compendium of attraction posters was written by Danny Handke, who serves as an Associate Show Producer for the Tokyo and Hong Kong Parks as well as Disney Cruise Line where he’s worked on projects such as Tokyo’s Goofy’s Paint ‘n’ Play House and the AquaLab aboard the Disney Fantasy. Also contributing to the book is Imagineer Vanessa Hunt who serves at the Art Library at Walt Disney Imagineering.
Several photos have begun to surface on the interwebs within the past few hours featuring what appears to be the official meet & greet character for Princess Merida from Disney/Pixar’s Brave. While we have found multiple sources of photos for Merida, none of them explain where the photos originated, but it’s likely they came out of the CinemaCon tradeshow currently taking place in Las Vegas, where movie theater exhibitors were treated to the first 30 minutes of Brave last night in addition to a teaser for the Monsters Inc. prequel, Monsters University, and the other news regarding The Good Dinosaur and Lee Unkrich’s project set around the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday.