Back 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.’
Rapper, actor, and filmmaker Ice Cube kicks back with Mickey Mouse Dec. 29, 2015 while vacationing with his family at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort.
Photo by Kent Phillips, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort
Earlier today, actor Josh Gad met up with Gaston outside Gaston’s Tavern in the New Fantasyland area of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Gad, who provides the voice of Olaf for Frozen, also took on the role of Gaston’s sidekick, LeFou, in the live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast (March 17, 2017).
Photo by Kent Phillips, courtesy Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World has released initial details for its additional Star Wars-themed entertainment slated to begin December 1, 2015 with additional items beginning in January 2016 at its Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park.
The Star Wars themed entertainment will include new experiences as well as reimagined elements of popular Star Wars attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, starting December 1, just ahead of the December 18 movie premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. These new experiences involve the creation of Star Wars Launch Bay, a central locale for fans to celebrate all things Star Wars; Star Wars: Path of the Jedi, a cinematic overview of the Star Wars saga; and cool, new enhancements for Star Tours – The Adventures Continue and Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple.
Yesterday, Walt Disney World taped several performances for its upcoming ‘2015 Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration’ annual parade special which will air on ABC on December 25 at 10 am ET, 9 am all other time zones. Disney Parks has provided us with several photos from the taping which included performances by Reba McEntire, Seal, Charlie Puth, Tori Kelly, David Foster and the cast of ‘Descendants’ (Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart and Sofia Carson), along with appearances by ‘Pretty Little Liars’ star Janel Parrish. You can find all of the photos in our gallery below.
Calling for ‘contemporary and Bollywood’ dancers, Disney Parks and Resorts today unveiled additional details about its upcoming night-time spectacular, ‘Rivers of Light,’ coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort next year.
Choreographed by Ulka Simone Mohanty, these ‘silent narrators orchestrate all the action to convey the spirit of an ancient and timeless celebration.’ The event begins with the arrival of a pair of Shamans, two complementary forces who come to the river bearing gifts of light. Along with their Acolytes, or assistants, the Shamans set out from the shore on elaborate lantern vessels, engaging in a dramatic dance of water and light to summon the animal spirits.
The tail of the aircraft features Anna and Elsa celebrating sisterhood and the magic of snow. Moving along the aircraft from back to front, the magic travels to warmer climes where Olaf can be found enjoying a summer day on the beach. The theme carries through to the interior of the aircraft with images on the overhead bins, bulkheads, lavatory mirrors and headrests.
Morimoto 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.
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.”‘
While 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.