GROUPON: ‘Characters in Flight’ Balloon at Disney World through May 2013

Characters in Flight

Located in the West Side of the Downtown Disney District at the Walt Disney World Resort, Aerophile’s ‘Characters in Flight‘ balloon takes guests hundreds of feet into the air via a tethered helium-filled balloon, offering a panoramic view of the parks and its surrounding areas.

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Limited Time Magic: ‘Long Lost Friends Week’ at Disney World, January 21 – 27

long-lost-friendsDisney Parks has updated its official Limited Time Magic schedule to include ‘Long Lost Friends Week’ at the Walt Disney World Resorts.

According to the description, ‘for one week—from January 21 to January 27, 2013—some long-lost Disney friends are returning to Magic Kingdom park to meet you and your family! Be sure to have your camera ready, as this is a rare chance to brush shoulders with classic Disney Characters like Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar, Robin Hood, Friar Tuck, The Three Little Pigs and more!’

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‘Iron Man 3′ New Hi-Res Still

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Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios have shared with us a new hi-res still from Marvel’s Iron Man 3, in theaters on May 3, 2013. The new image — which has been added to our gallery below — gives us another look at Iron Man with Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). As always, click on the thumbnail to see a larger version. If the resize arrow appears, you may click it to see the image in its original resolution.

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‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ New Hi-Res Still, Behind-the-Scenes Images

Traveling by bubble is not for the feint of heart if this newly released still from Oz the Great and Powerful is to be believed. The image features Glinda (Michelle Williams) in the forefront and at peace in her travel bubble while Oscar Diggs/Oz (James Franco) seems a tad less enthused about the mode of travel. It’s just the latest in a series of hi-res stills from the film provided to us by Walt Disney Studios.

In addition, we have received a couple of behind-the-scenes images featuring James Franco with director Sam Raimi as well as a wicked peek of a scene highlighting the developing relationship between Diggs and Theodora (Mila Kunis).

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Disney’s ‘Planes’ Will Take Off in Theaters in 3D

Disney's 'Planes'As previously announced, Disney’s Planes has shifted from a direct-to-home-video release to a full blown theatrical release, bowing in theaters on August 9, 2013. Walt Disney Studios has now provided us with an updated synopsis for the film which confirms it will be released in 3D. The full synopsis is as follows:

From above the world of Cars comes Disney’s Planes, an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty, a small-town plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing — and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to naval aviator Skipper, who helps Dusty qualify to take on Ripslinger, the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar.

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REPORT: ‘Disney Infinity’ Will Launch Skylanders Rival June 2013

Disney Infinity - Toy Box Mode

At a launch event held earlier today at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, Disney Interactive Co-President John Pleasants was joined by John Lasseter to announce ‘Disney Infinity,’ a multi-platform experience which will certainly prove to be one of the most ambitious projects to date in the world of video games.

The announcement confirms everything we have reported previously. Using a combination of plastic figures, a ‘Disney Infinity’ reader and more, players will have the ability to allow Pixar and Disney characters to interact with each other directly in a video game, as demonstrated by the screen shot to the left which features Captain Jack Sparrow of Pirates of the Caribbean 5 alongside Bullseye, Mr. Incredible, Mike Wazowski and Sulley.

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VIDEO: ‘Disney Infinity’ Announcement Preview

Disney Infinity Announcement at El Capitan Theatre

As Disney Interactive prepares to introduce the world to its multi-platform ‘Disney Infinity’ video game, Stitch Kingdom continues to be at the forefront of reporting the game news as it develops. Later this morning, Disney and its Avalanche Software developer plan on introducing the game at the historic El Capitan Theatre at an invitation-only event. Presiding over the announcement will be DIMG co-president John Pleasants as well as John Lasseter.

Billed as ‘Toy Box,’ the first video game in which Disney and Pixar characters unite and play together, we are anticipating the announcement to include many features reminiscent of Activision’s popular ‘Skylanders’ franchise, though nothing has yet to be confirmed by Disney.

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‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ Fun Facts (Part Two), Merchandise and New Ad

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Last month, we introduced the official character description as well as several fun facts for Oz the Great and Powerful. You can read that post for the first set of fun facts, but today, we now have several more fun facts about the film courtesy of Walt Disney Studios:

  • Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams play the three witches in Oz The Great and Powerful, respectively: Evanora, Theodora and Glinda. All three have special powers that emanate from natural elements. Evanora has the power to create lightning; Theodora can make fireballs appear; and Glinda commands water.

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‘Muppets 2,’ ‘Maleficent’ and Marvel Films Slated for 2014, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 in 2015

Walt Disney Studios today released an updated schedule of several of its upcoming films, as listed below:

Muppets 2 (rumored to be under the working title of Muppets… Again) is produced by Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman and directed by James Bobin. The screenplay is by Bobin and Nick Stoller, who will also serve as executive producer. The cast includes Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell – and of course, the whole Muppets gang. In theaters March 21, 2014.

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LIVE’s ‘Girls Night Out’ 2013 Contest to Include Trip to Oscars

‘LIVE with Kelly and Michael’ steps up its annual ‘Girls Night Out’ contest this year to include a bi-coastal event, including a five night trip to Los Angeles during the 85th Academy Awards, where the winner and up to four of her friends will receive bleacher tickets for the red carpet arrivals, a night out with Kelly Ripa, VIP tickets to the LIVE after-Oscars show as well as $2500 in spending money.

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