While 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.
Although 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.
Even 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.’
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.’
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.”
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 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.’
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.