SPECULATION: ‘Moana’ Themed Show Coming to Walt Disney World in Fall


Moana Teaser PosterWalt Disney World has begun issuing casting notices for open casting calls for female actors to portray Moana, the titular character of the upcoming film from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

While it’s not uncommon for Disney to start casting for performers to fill in the roles of specific characters, particularly those featured in upcoming projects, there are a couple of tip-offs that suggest Disney Parks and Resorts may have something larger for Moana in mind than the typical meet and greet.

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James Cameron, ‘Moana’ Sneak Peek added to D23 Destination D: Amazing Adventures Event

Destination D: Amazing AdventuresThe roster of talent and panels continues to grow for D23 Destination D: Amazing Adventures presented by Ethan Allen | Disney, taking place November 19 and 20, 2016 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World Resort. Avatar creators James Cameron (writer, director, producer) and Jon Landau (producer) will join Imagineer Joe Rohde for Pandora: The World of Avatar, a presentation where they will unveil new details about the immersive, 12-acre land coming soon to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

In addition, the event will include a conversation with Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Plus Moana screenwriter Jared Bush will be on hand to provide guests an exclusive advance look at the making of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ newest animated feature.

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New Muppets Live Entertainment Coming to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Fall 2016

Muppets Live Show Debuts in Fall 2016 at Walt Disney World ResortWalt Disney World has announced that beginning in October 2016, a new live entertainment offering featuring The Muppets will be offered at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. The event, which will occur multiple times per day, is titled ‘The Muppets Present … Great Moments in American History’ and will take place in the Liberty Square section of the park.

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PHOTO: Gwen Stefani Visits Magic Kingdom

Pop star Gwen Stefani vacations at Walt Disney WorldSinger-songwriter and mentor on ‘The Voice,’ Gwen Stefani met up with Mickey Mouse July 25, 2016 at Magic Kingdom Park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Stefani took a break from her ‘This is What the Truth Feels Like’ tour to vacation with family at Walt Disney World Resort.

Photo by Chloe Rice, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

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Walt Disney World to Increase Security at Disney Springs Following Recent Tragedy

Just days after the tragedy in which gunman Omar Mateen opened fire in a crowded nightclub in Orlando, Walt Disney World has filed several notices of commencements with the Orange County comptroller’s office for increased security in the Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) area of the resort. Recent reports have come to light that suggest Mateen had previously spent time — and perhaps scoped out — the club as well as Disney Springs as potential attack sites.

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WATCH: ‘Frozen Ever After’ Attraction at Epcot’s Norway Offers New Details

'Frozen Ever After' Attraction RenderingWalt Disney World has released some new details regarding the ‘Frozen Ever After’ attraction and permanent meet and greet location for Anna and Elsa as well as some additional information from the film’s songwriters, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. The Lopezes speak about the attraction in the video embedded below which also includes appearances by their daughters, Annie and Katie (both of whom had parts in the original film).

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New ‘Star Wars Land’ Concept Art in High Resolution

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Disney Parks has released new art for its upcoming Star Wars-themed lands, coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., transporting guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.

Inside these authentic lands, guests will be able to step aboard The Millennium Falcon and actually pilot the fastest ship in the galaxy, steering the vessel through space, firing the laser cannons, in complete control of the experience. And with the arrival of the First Order to the planet, guests will find themselves in the middle of a tense battle between stormtroopers and Resistance fighters.

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Star Wars-Themed Entertainment Expands in Spring, Summer at Disney World

Walt Disney World Resort SW_Spectacular_Artist ConceptFollowing the extraordinary popularity of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Walt Disney World Resort is unveiling even more Star Wars-themed entertainment at Disney’s Hollywood Studios starting this spring – including one of the most elaborate fireworks and projection shows in the park’s history.

Just in time for spring, that “galaxy far, far away” will be closer than ever with the April 4 arrival of the new Star Wars live entertainment experience Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away and a menacing First Order stormtrooper procession at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And to kick off summer, the park is launching a new nightly fireworks and projection show called Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular that will eclipse anything of its kind in the park’s history.

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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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