Bob Chapek Named As Disney Parks Chairman

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Bob Chapek has been named Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, it was announced today by Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Thomas O. Staggs, Chief Operating Officer, The Walt Disney Company.

A 22-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company, Mr. Chapek has served since 2011 as President of Disney Consumer Products, driving a technology-led transformation of the Company’s consumer products, retail and publishing operations. He assumes his new role effective immediately.

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‘World of Color’ Anniversary Program to Feature Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris will be joining Mickey Mouse as host of the all-new “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney,” opening May 22 at Disney California Adventure park as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Harris, a fan of Disney Parks, will bring his unique style of humor and charm to this special edition of the popular “World of Color” show.

“World of Color – Celebrate!” illuminates the night in a celebration of the unparalleled imagination of Walt Disney. Mickey Mouse and Harris will take guests on a fun-filled and inspirational journey, exploring Walt Disney’s decades-long legacy of memorable animated moments and his dream of Disneyland park, all culminating in a madcap musical tour of Disneyland Resort attractions as never seen before.

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‘Elena of Avalor,’ Latin-Inspired ‘Sofia the First’ Spin-off to Debut in 2016

(Disney Junior) PRINCESS ELENA OF AVALORInspired by Latin cultures, Princess Elena of Avalor, a confident and compassionate teenager in an enchanted fairytale kingdom inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore, will be introduced in a special episode of Disney Junior’s hit series ‘Sofia the First’ scheduled for a 2016 premiere. That exciting story arc will usher in the 2016 launch of the animated series ‘Elena of Avalor,’ a production of Disney Television Animation. The announcement was made today by Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide.

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‘Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything’ Comedy Series Coming to Disney XD

Disney XD has ordered “Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything,” a new live-action comedy series starring the popular Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce of the hit series “Jessie” and the upcoming movie event Disney’s “Descendants.” The series, which centers on a teenage professional video game player who circumvents life’s challenges using his gaming acumen, will begin production in Los Angeles this spring for a summer 2015 premiere on Disney XD. The announcement was made today by Adam Bonnett, Executive Vice President, Original Programming, Disney Channels Worldwide.

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New Disney Store Arrivals and Sales for December 17, 2014 (23 Items)

New Disney Store arrivals and sales for December 17, 2014 Below is a list of new items and sales now available for purchase at Disney Store. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on Disney Store in another window. Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability. Disclosure: This post includes specially formatted links which allow the site to receive a small percentage of purchases made through them. Using these links does not affect your shopping experience in any way, but it does help the site. Even if you don’t purchase anything, even just sharing products you like through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest using the icons below them will help the site.

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‘Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens’ Trademarks Reveal New Character, Captain Phasma

Star Wars: The Force AwakensLucasfilm and Walt Disney Studios recently announced the names for several of the characters featured in the trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (December 18, 2015). On December 11, Lucasfilm went ahead and registered several related applications for several of these characters, including: BB-8, the ball-droid; Kylo Ren, the sith; and Poe Dameron, the X-Wing Fighter pilot.

Among the registrations, however, were many for a ‘Captain Phasma,’ for which we were unable to find any previous documentation outside of an extensive fan-fiction titled Tarkin’s Fist and random usernames.

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‘Maleficent,’ ‘Guardians’ Shortlisted for Hair and Makeup Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that seven films, including ‘Maleficent’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ have been shortlisted for consideration for Oscar nominations in the Hair and Makeup category. The remaining five shortlisted are: “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Foxcatcher,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel, “Noah” and “The Theory of Everything”

On Saturday, January 10, 2015, all members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films. Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration.

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‘Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy’ Featuring Rapunzel on DVD in February

'Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy'Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment today announced that ‘Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy,’ featuring Disney Princess Rapunzel, will be available to own on DVD on February 24, 2015 (now available for pre-order).

The revelation of a spellbinding secret sets in motion the most thrilling adventure in the history of Sofia the First! After learning that the Amulet of Avalor is magical, Amber snatches it while Sofia is sleeping. Unfortunately, she unwittingly unleashes a curse that summons evil Princess Ivy, who threatens to destroy the amulet, seize the crown and turn the entire kingdom black-and-white! Amber and Sofia soar through the skies on a flying dragon — aided by special guest Rapunzel — as they embark on a daring quest to defeat Ivy, break the curse and save Enchancia. Packed with high-flying excitement, plus three more song-filled episodes, The Curse of Princess Ivy shows how love, trust, and unselfishly putting others’ needs first can truly work magic!

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CONFIRMED: ‘Alexander’ on Blu-ray in February @bellathorne

br />IMG_0214.JPGWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment today confirmed that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day will be available to own on Digital HD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, Disney Movies Anywhere and On-Demand on February 10th, 2015.

Disney’s heartwarming comedy will have your entire family laughing out loud. Based on the best-selling book, it follows the exploits of Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life and wonders if bad things only happen to him. But he discovers he’s not alone when his dad (Steve Carell), mom (Jennifer Garner) and family live through their own terrible – and hilarious – day. It will tickle everyone’s funny bone, and warm their hearts as they discover how even on rotten days, families can grow closer.

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‘Backstage with Disney on Broadway’ to Air on ABC December 14

In celebration of Disney Theatrical Productions’ 20 years on Broadway, the ABC Television Network will air “Backstage with Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years,” airing SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14 at 7:00 p.m., ET and hosted by Broadway veteran Jesse Tyler Ferguson, star of ABC’s Modern Family. This one hour special, produced by Lincoln Square Productions, takes viewers on a journey through the creation of Disney’s eight Broadway musicals: “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “AIDA,” “Tarzan,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Mary Poppins,” “Newsies” and “Aladdin.” The special features new commentary and revealing anecdotes by the stars and theatre professionals about the creation and long runs of these beloved titles.

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