‘Frozen’ Musical for California Adventure to be Workshopped in December; Opens Spring 2016

FrozenAccording to a newly published casting call, Disney Creative Entertainment’s production of the staged musical adaptation of Frozen will be workshopped in Anaheim between November 30 and December 19, 2015 with the initial casting session to take place in New York City on October 16.

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WATCH: Disney Parks Launches ‘Unforgettable Happens Here’ Campaign

Disney Parks today launched a new campaign titled ‘Unforgettable Happens Here,’ using a series of commercials that highlight magical moments that take place during family vacations at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts. The campaign is said to remind Guests that ‘around every corner, at any second or minute of every day, there’s a magical moment waiting to happen. Here, moments both big and little become stories that will be forever told and retold. And never, ever forgotten.’

Two of the 30 second spots that will begin airing shortly have been released and are embedded below.

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Tokyo Disney to Celebrate DisneySea Anniversary with New and Updated Shows and More in 2016-17

Tokyo DisneySea Year of WishesOriental Land Company, the owner and operator of the Tokyo Disney Resort, today announced plans to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Tokyo DisneySea as well as present its entertainment events for the upcoming year. To mark the 15th anniversary of the grand opening of Tokyo DisneySea Park, the Tokyo Disney Resort will celebrate ‘Tokyo DisneySea 15th Anniversary: The Year of Wishes,’ from April 15, 2016, through March 17, 2017. For this milestone year, a variety of must-see programs will be presented. Kicking off the celebration will be a brand new show ‘Crystal Wishes Journey.’ And the special events for summer, Halloween and Christmas will be highlighted with elements just for the 15th anniversary.

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Morimoto Asia to Open September 30, 2015 in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World

New Morimoto Asia Restaurant to Open in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World ResortMorimoto Asia, a collaboration between Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Patina Restaurant Group, has announced a scheduled opening date of September 30, 2015 in the Disney Springs district at Walt Disney World. The Japanese master chef’s first pan-Asian dining experience will showcase flavors from across the Asian continent, all with Morimoto’s creative touch.

Morimoto Asia’s eye-catching, 36-foot tall, two-story layout has been designed by STUDIO V Architecture. It includes lounges, dining spaces, and an exhibition kitchen that allows guests a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the culinary action. The second-level sushi bar and lounge have a separate entrance. Morimoto Asia will debut as part of The Landing, one of four neighborhoods in the new Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Tokyo Disney to Open Celebration Hotel in Summer 2016

Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel Concept ArtOriental Land Company and Milial Resort Hotels Co., Ltd. announced earlier today that they will be remodeling the existing Fountain Terrace Hotel and Palm
Terrace Hotel into the Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel, with an anticipated opening date of June 2016 and Autumn 2016 respectively.

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Disney World to Introduce New Villains-Themed Entertainment Featuring Dr. Facilier

Walt Disney World has recently announced several casting sessions for a brand new villains-themed entertainment offering coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, for which they are seeking to fill both male and female roles.

On the male side, they are looking to cast for Dr. Facilier from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. The role calls for a male in his 20s – 30s, 5’11” and taler. ‘A master of magic and voodoo. Charismatic baritone with pizazz. Sings “Friends On The Other Side.”‘

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PHOTO: Idina Menzel Meets Elsa, Anna and Olaf at Walt Disney World

Idina Menzel visits Elsa, Anna and Olaf at Walt Disney World ResortWhile in town for the Orlando stop of her world tour, Broadway veteran and Frozen and Enchanted star Idina Menzel visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World yesterday, July 28, 2015. As part of the Frozen ‘Frozen Summer Fun’ event, Menzel met with Anna, Elsa and Olaf as pictured here.

Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

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SPECULATION: Glidden Paint to Open ‘Colortopia’ Experience at Disney’s Epcot Innoventions

Glidden Colortopia at Epcot InnoventionsA colorful wall blocks off a large section in Epcot’s Innoventions, promising a ‘more colorful world’ to come. While heavily rumored that the new experience will be sponsored by Glidden Paint (who already has a licensing deal with Disney Consumer Products and Interactive), today we received our largest clues to date as to what we may be able to expect when the experience opens.

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Tokyo DisneySea to Celebrate ‘Year of Wishes’ with New and Updated Entertainment

Tokyo DisneySeaYear of WishesOriental Land Company, the owner and operator of the Tokyo Disney Resort, today announced its plans for the 15th anniversary of Tokyo DisneySea: a year-long celebration titled ‘Tokyo DisneySea 15th Annivesrary: The Year of Wishes.’ The event will kick off on April 15, 2016 and continue through March 17, 2017.During the event, crystals of various colors symbolizing individual wishes will decorate the Park. The crystals will even sparkle on the Disney characters’ costumes and merchandise, creating an atmosphere of hope and dreams throughout the Park.Kicking off the anniversary event will be ‘Crystal Wishes Journey,’ a brand new show to be presented at Mediterranean Harbor only during the special event period. The Disney characters, each with their own wish, will appear in this show that celebrates the start of the Guests’ journeys of adventure, sparkling with hope.Also debuting during the event will be a new version of the popular show ‘Big Band Beat,’ featuring new music, costumes and scenes. This will be the first time that the show has been changed since it opened in July 2006. In addition, a brand new musical show incorporating projection mapping will premiere at the Hangar Stage in Lost River Delta in mid-2016.The Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta, where Guests can continue the feeling of adventure, will also be celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2016. Besides the festive decorations around the hotel interior, the hotel will offer special menus at the restaurants and the lounge starting from April 15, 2016.
Tokyo DisneySea opened its doors on September 4, 2001.

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‘Finding Dory’ Attraction to Open at Tokyo DisneySea in 2017; StormRider to Close in 2016

'Finding Dory' Submarine Concept ArtOwners and operators of the Tokyo Disney Resort, Oriental Land Company, today announced they will be opening a new motion simulator attraction set in the world of Pixar’s Finding Nemo and Finding Dory in spring of 2017. The attraction will replace the current StormRider attraction which is set to close in May 2016 to make way for the new attraction. According to Oriental Land Company, Pixar animators from Finding Dory will directly contribute to the ride’s visuals.

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