Although the D23 Expo doesn’t officially kick off until tomorrow morning, a private media event was held earlier this evening at the Disney Parks / Walt Disney Imagineering Pavilion. The most notable takeaway from the pavilion, which gives unprecedented looks at how Disney Parks attractions are and have been designed, from concept to realization, is that two hours just wasn’t enough to experience it all.
A few days ago, we reported that Walt Disney World had issued a casting notice for Anna and Elsa from Walt Disney Animation Studio’s upcoming film, Frozen. Those roles, which called for one 5’3” – 5’7”, caucasian, slender, youthful yet regal and confident (Elsa) and one 5’3” – 5’7”, caucasian, slender, a youthful and outgoing free-spirit (Anna) brought joy to many, but ultimately raised more questions than it answered. What about Disneyland, some wondered, while others pondered what about the primary male lead in the film, Kristoff?
The audition will take place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Rehearsal Facility at the Walt Disney World Resort on Sunday, August 18, 2013 beginning at 9:00 AM with a second session beginning at 7:00 PM. Cautioning that performers should be available to begin work within the next four weeks, giving the impression that formal meet and greets may start as early as September, the advertisement suggests only those local to central Florida should consider applying.
The Disneyland Resort has announced that on Tuesday, August 6, it will allow Disneyland annual apssholders to preview ‘Disney Infinity’ from Disney Interactive, almost two weeks before its release on August 18.
Attendees to the event will have the opportunity to experience ‘Disney Infinity’ ahead of its release as well as meet with representatives of the Avalanche Team, the game’s development team. In addition, ‘many surprises throughout the event’ are promised.
As Disney Vacation Club launches its latest venture, the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and begins transitioning Disney’s ‘best kept secret’ to ‘vacations you never outgrow,’ a recent permit application to the South Florida Water Management District appears to outline some pretty large plans for one of Walt Disney World’s original resorts, the Polynesian. In short, permit application ‘130729-2′ seeks to include ‘new parking, vehicular circulation, pedestrian pathways, utilities, and fire access. It also includes the installation of pilings along the neighboring lagoon that will support future structures, redesigned landscaping, and new amenity areas to serve the building expansions for this resort hotel,’ with the final portion of the request pretty much saying it all.
Just earlier today, we shared news of several domain registrations and awareness that Disney Parks and Resorts was potentially introducing a new campaign called ‘Disney Side’ thanks to domain registrations such as disneyside.com (which currently links to the Disney Parks website), mydisneyside.net, showmydisneyside.com, showyourdisneyside.com and miladodisney.com.
While we initially had some speculation (just for fun) that this may have been tied to a Star Was promotion, further investigation has linked it to an upcoming campaign fully titled ‘Share Your Disney Side.’
‘World of Color — Winter Dreams,’ an all-new holiday version of the popular ‘World of Color’ after-dark spectacular, will debut at Disney California Adventure Park, Friday, November 15, adding even more merriment to the holiday season at the Disneyland Resort.
Hosted by Olaf the snowman, from the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated feature Frozen, the ‘World of Color — Winter Dreams’ show combines new animation with classic winter scenes from such beloved Disney films as Bambi, Fantasia and Toy Story. The show will include new special effects and present some new methods for utilizing the massive ‘stage’ of water, color and light on which ‘World of Color’ is presented.
According to a new article from Disney Insider, the Disney Parks pavilion at the upcoming D23 Expo will offer more than just a look back at Walt Disney Imagineering’s 60 year history.
Speaking with the show producer of the D23 Expo Disney Parks pavilion, Dave Fisher, the article mentions many things the pavilion will offer attendees, which include teasers of brand new attractions coming to Disney Parks based on Disney’s Star Wars property as well as Avatar. In addition, the pavilion will be play testing a new project Imagineering is working on titled ‘Adventure Trading Company.’ The pavilion will also offer two virtual ride-throughs using their pre-vis DISH (Digital Immersive Showroom) technology and a meet and greet with Captain America.
AT&T* and Disney Parks today announced an agreement that makes AT&T the official wireless provider for Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.
Through the agreement, AT&T will have various marketing and branding opportunities, including sponsoring Disney-created soccer and runDisney events at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. In addition, Disney will join AT&T to educate Cast Members and guests about “It Can Wait®,” AT&T’s groundbreaking initiative to educate consumers about the dangers of texting while driving. AT&T and Disney will also collaborate to enhance the experience for the growing number of Disney guests using smartphones and tablets during their visit. Furthermore, Cast Members will use new mobile devices on AT&T’s network to help deliver Disney’s legendary guest service.
The Oriental Land Company, owner and operator of the Tokyo Disney Resort, today announced big plans for the popular ‘world famous’ Jungle Cruise attraction located in the Adventureland section of its Tokyo Disneyland theme park.
At an investment cost of 1.6 billion Yen (just over US $16 million), the reimagining of the attraction will ‘offer Guests an adventure that is even more thrilling than before’ and promises ‘a startling encounter with one of the animal spirit guardians in the ruins of a lost jungle temple.’