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It’s probably not something most of us think about often, but when rain storms occur (as anyone who has ever visited the Walt Disney World Resort can attest they very much do), the water has to go somewhere. In many places around the world, the water is simply absorbed into the ground, or added to lakes and rivers (and other bodies of water, of course), but in urban areas, where buildings and asphalt covers the natural environment, complications are introduced.
While most of us are accustomed to storm drains found on our local streets which dump water into the sewage system, often times stormwater is just funneled to a water source through an expansive network of pipes. This too has its problems, mostly that contaminants can be picked up as the stormwater runs across asphalt and subsequently pollutes natural water sources, potentially even eroding them.
A couple of years ago, the Disneyland Resort worked with the City of Anaheim to institute a new stormwater management system which earned them accolades as the resort now handles most of its captured stormwater completely on site: capturing it, treating it and recycling it.
Now it looks as though Walt Disney World will be getting into the act. Earlier today, Walt Disney Imagineering filed a notice of commencement with the Orange County comptroller’s office for a project titled ‘BVD Stormwater Preview Center.’ We were able to investigate further and unearthed plans for phase one of the project, which encompasses a large area just outside the Downtown Disney District.
While dissecting the blueprints we have received is far outside our forte, the project also appears to extend beyond Buena Vista Drive to include regions along I-4.
We look forward to learning more about this project in the upcoming months.
There’s no maybe about it, music sensation Carly Rae Jepsen is getting ready to ‘Shake It Up’ with Rocky and CeCe on the Disney Channel smash series.
Disney Channel has shared with us these hi-res stills from the episode titled ‘My Fair Librarian It Up’ which will premiere on Disney Channel at 9:00 pm ET/PT on Sunday, February 24. Click on either thumbnail to see it in its larger version.
In the episode, which also guest stars Tyra Banks and Alfonso Ribeiro (who also directed it), CeCe and Rocky help Miss Burke (Banks) win over the heart of her crush, Mr. Zigfeld (Ribeiro), while Logan, Ty and Deuce help Flynn build a soapbox car. Carly Rae Jepsen will appear in the episode as herself.
Photos by Eric McCandless for Disney Channel. Photos © and courtesy of Disney Channel. All rights reserved.
The Russo family of the award winning Disney Channel favorite, ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ return to television in an all-new epic special event and Disney Channel has provided us with a sneak peek!
In the special reunion episode, the Russo family and friends to Tuscany, Italy to meet their long lost relatives but when Alex (Selena Gomez) tries to prove she’s more than a seemingly carefree young Wizard, she inadvertently conjures a spell that creates a Good Alex and an Evil Alex. When Evil Alex gets roped into a charming young wizard’s foreboding plan to take over the world, Good Alex must find a way to save her family and humankind, which leads to a monumental battle between the two versions of herself — all atop the Tower of Pisa.
Below are several stills featuring the cast of ‘The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex.’ Click on any of the thumbnails to view a larger version of the image:
Written by Vince Cheung & Ben Montanio and Dan Berendsen, ‘The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex’ also stars Jake T. Austin as Max Russo, Jennifer Stone as Harper Finkle, Maria Canals-Barrera as Theresa, David DeLuise as Jerry, Gregg Sulkin as Mason and Beau Mirchoff as Dominic.
‘The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex’ will premiere on Disney Channel on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 8:00 pm ET/PT.
All photos © and courtesy of Disney Channel. All rights reserved.
Set to be released on February 5, 2013, alongside the Peter Pan: Diamond Edition blu-ray, Walt Disney Records is continuing its fabulous ‘The Lost Chords’ series, featuring demos and fully produced new editions of songs that never made it into the film along with a digital booklet that adds additional insight into their history.
Included in the Peter Pan entry into the series are four songs: ‘When the Bos’n Pipes a Tune (AKA The Boatswain’s Song),’ ‘Beyond the Laughing Sky,’ ‘The Pirate Song’ and ‘Never Land’ with demos by noted songwriters Frank Churchill, Sammy Fain and Richard Sherman.
For more information and to hear samples and purchase the music when available, visit Amazon.com.
The Disneyland Resort has announced that it will allow its annual passholders to experience Cars Land up to two hours after the Disney California Adventure theme park closes to day guests on Thursday evenings throughout February 2013.
All participating Annual Passholders and their Guests (ages 3 and older) must be valid Annual Passholders on the day of entry for admission to the Park, for check-in and admission to the Annual Passholder Extended Hours event.
Wristbands, which will be required for the event, will begin distribution at 12:00 pm the day of the event inside the park’s main entrance, to the right of the turnstiles. All attendees over the age of three must be present to register and possess an annual pass. Passholders with wristbands may enter the event until thirty (30) minutes prior to the end of the event.
Via its official blog, Disney Parks and Resorts today unveiled a new Disney Parks dream portraits by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, this one portraying Taylor Swift as Rapunzel from Disney’s Tangled.
Featuring a tagline of ‘where a world of adventure awaits,’ the image will make its publication debut in upcoming issues of Vanity Fair, InStyle and People.
The images have been added to the beginning of our gallery of Disney Dream portraits below:
Disney Theatrical today officially confirmed what we have been reporting for some time — a staged musical adaptation of Aladdin is headed to Broadway for the 2014 season.
We have been talking about a staged adaptation by Disney Theatrical for nearly three years now, prior to its original incarnation at the 5th Avenue Theater in 2011. Since then, it has had several runs around the world and has consistently been edited as it continued to meet mixed reviews. Its reported lackluster performances fueled doubts when we relayed composer Alan Menken’s informal announcement last summer that it would in fact be headed for Broadway. Even after a reported leak which led to confirmation that ‘Mary Poppins’ would see its final Broadway curtain call on March 3, Disney Theatrical was slow to acknowledge that ‘Aladdin’ was waiting impatiently in the wings.
The show will feature music by Alan Menken; lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin with a book by Beguelin. Casey Nicholaw will direct and choreograph.
This will be the first staging of this full-length two-act ‘Aladdin.’ Nicholaw and the writers had previously collaborated on a pilot production of the musical at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre in summer 2011, mounted for a limited run with the goal of trying out new material and structure. The Broadway version will be an entirely new production featuring a new script, tunestack and a wholly original design scaled to the Broadway stage and an epic story. ‘Aladdin’ will feature a full Broadway score including the five beloved songs from the film.
Aladdin will be designed by six-time Tony® winning scenic designer Bob Crowley, three-time Tony winning lighting designer Natasha Katz, two-time Tony winning costume designer Gregg Barnes and sound designer Ken Travis.
The production team also includes illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer and hair designer Josh Marquette. The music team is headed by music supervisor and music director Michael Kosarin, who will also create the vocal and incidental music arrangements, joined by orchestrator Danny Troob and dance music arranger Glen Kelly.
Before it opens on Broadway in spring 2014, however, it will play in Toronto for nine weeks at the Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly the Canon) November 13, 2013 to January 12, 2014 and will open at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre in 2014.
Fans are encouraged to sign up up for email alerts at www.aladdinbroadway.com.
New Disney Store arrivals and sales for January 21, 2013 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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Ahead of the 2013 American International Toy Fair in New York City, Hasbro has shared this first look at the first wave of their ‘Iron Assemblers’ collection of 3.75″ action figures in support of Marvel’s Iron Man 3.
Each figure in the series includes an Interchangeable Armor System, allowing for more than 25 possible combinations. In addition, each figure’s armor pieces are compatible with other figures, allowing for hundreds of combinations of customizable play.
There are 16 figures in the collection, with the first wave being released soon (see hi-res images below) including Iron Patriot, War Machine and the classic Gold/Red Iron Man suit. Each figure will retail for $9.99 each and is recommended for children ages 4 and up.
New Hot Topic arrivals for January 19, 2013 Below is a list of new items now available for purchase at Hot Topic. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on Hot Topic 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.