PHOTOS: Idina Menzel Performs ‘Let It Go’ at Disney California Adventure


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Last night at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort, Idina Menzel performed ‘Let It Go’ from Frozen to a sold-out crowd. The performance was taped for ABC’s upcoming television special, ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,’ airing February 21 at 8:00 pm. ABC has released photos from the taping which have been added to our gallery of images from the special below.

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‘Frozen’ Musical to Replace ‘Toy Story’ on Disney Cruise Line’s Wonder in 2016

FULL DISCLOSURE: Although Disney Cruise Line has stopped short of outright saying so, recent casting calls have announced a new show coming to the Disney Wonder (presumably to replace ‘Toy Story’ whose closure has already been announced). The ‘new’ roles, described below, are scheduled to begin in late summer of 2016.

The following has been officially announced: the new show will be directed by noted Broadway director Sheryl Kaller (‘Mothers and Sons’ and ‘Next Fall’) and choreographed by Joshua Prince (Carole King’s ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Shrek’).

The Frozen roles and descriptions are as follows (in the event you are the one single person who hasn’t yet seen the film):

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PATENT: Disney’s Drones Will Be Self Sustaining

Drone Autonomous Charging StationIt’s become one of the world’s worst kept secrets that Disney Parks has devised of a way to use drones in its nighttime entertainment offerings and is currently lobbying the FAA to allow them to do so. Almost on a weekly basis now, we are learning more and more of just how Disney is attempting to accomplish such a feat, pioneering methods and technology to do so.

Exactly one week ago, we covered a patent application that demonstrates the ‘flixel’ system being composed of a pico-projector and a mesh screen and now Disney has potentially revealed plans on how the system will sustain itself.

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PATENT: Disney’s Drone ‘Flixels’ System to Incorporate Video Projections

Disney Drone Payload Patent ApplicationWe have been following Disney Theme Parks’ plans to incorporate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — or drones — into its nighttime entertainment experiences for years, beginning with the initial patent application through their recent filing to actually seek FAA permission to use drones at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts.

The filing revealed that Disney plans on using 3DR quadcopters with a ‘flixel’ payload of no more than five pounds in weight, but until now, it was more or less assumed that it would be a simple screen, consisting of simple elements that would combine with other drones’ payloads to develop a larger picture, such as what Intel had recently shown, which was effectively simulating fireworks.

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ABC’s Disneyland Anniversary Special Adds Kelsea Ballerini to Line-up; Additional Details Released

The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60ABC and the Disneyland Resort have released additional details for the upcoming Disneyland 60th Anniversary special, ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,’ with Master of Ceremonies Derek Hough, airing Sunday, February 21 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network. The new information both confirms earlier reports by Stitch Kingdom as well as new details regarding performances, which are detailed below:

  • Elton John will perform ‘The Circle of Life’ from The Lion King as well as debut his new song, ‘Wonderful Crazy Night’

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ABC’s Disneyland Anniversary Special to Detail Star Wars Lands with Harrison Ford

The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60Acclaimed actor Harrison Ford, who portrays Han Solo in the Star Wars film franchise, gives viewers an exclusive preview of Star Wars-themed lands being developed at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. New details of the ambitious plans to bring Star Wars to life at both resorts will be revealed during ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,’ with Master of Ceremonies Derek Hough, airing Sunday, February 21 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by music and artistic director Gustavo Dudamel, will join the celebration performing The Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Walt Disney’s acclaimed animated film Fantasia.

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Tokyo DisneySea Outlines Plans for ‘The Year of Wishes’ 15th Anniversary in 2016

Tokyo DisneySea Year of WishesTokyo Disney Resort announced today that to mark the 15th anniversary of the grand opening of Tokyo DisneySea Park, a major celebration will be held at the Park from April 15, 2016, through March 17, 2017, entitled ‘Tokyo DisneySea 15th Anniversary: The Year of Wishes.’

During the anniversary celebration, crystals of various colors symbolizing individual wishes will decorate the Park. The ‘Crystals of Wishes,’ will also be worn by Mickey Mouse and the Disney Friends. For example: the crystal worn by Minnie Mouse is red which represents her wish for love; the crystal worn by Donald Duck, which symbolizes friendship, is blue; and Goofy’s wish for energy is represented by a green crystal. The various wishes represented by all the crystals form a clear crystal worn by Mickey Mouse.

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Disneyland Shanghai Resort to Open June 16, 2016

Shanghai Disneyland CastleThe Walt Disney Company and Shanghai Shendi Group announced today that Shanghai Disney Resort will host a multi-day, grand opening celebration, culminating in a spectacular welcoming ceremony for the resort’s first official guests on June 16, 2016. The world-class resort, located in the Pudong District of Shanghai, will be Disney’s first destination resort in mainland China, featuring classic Disney storytelling and characters with all-new experiences tailored for the people of China.

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ABC’s ‘Disneyland 60’ Special to Feature Elton John, Pentatonix; Interactive Experience Available for At-Home Viewers

The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60ABC and the Disneyland Resort have announced that Elton John will debut his title track ‘Wonderful Crazy Night’ during the two-hour special ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,’ premiering Sunday, February 21 on the ABC television network at 8:00 pm ET/PT. Although ABC has yet to announce other appearances on the show, audience ticketing company 1iota is currently offering free tickets to those wishing to attend a taping for the special on Tuesday, January 12 at the Disneyland Resort. According to 1iota, those performing during the taping including Pentatonix, and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ professional dancers Derek Hough and Witney Carson.

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UPDATE: Disney Seeks Permission to Use Drones for Nighttime Entertainment at Theme Parks

Disney Drone ProposalsBack in summer of 2014, Stitch Kingdom broke news that Walt Disney Parks and Resorts was working on an intricate system using controlled drones to supplement its nighttime entertainment, proposing to: use drones to control massive marionettes (such as an exampled Jack Skellington) and/or use drones to carry screens that could act as what they dubbed ‘flixels,’ or ‘floating pixels.’

In late October of 2015, Disney decided to move ahead with these plans by filing an exemption from the FAA under section 333 which governs the commercial use of drones. The application was published on December 31 and has not yet been answered by the FAA.

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