The Oriental Land Company, owner and operator of the Tokyo Disney Resort, today announced big plans for the popular ‘world famous’ Jungle Cruise attraction located in the Adventureland section of its Tokyo Disneyland theme park.
At an investment cost of 1.6 billion Yen (just over US $16 million), the reimagining of the attraction will ‘offer Guests an adventure that is even more thrilling than before’ and promises ‘a startling encounter with one of the animal spirit guardians in the ruins of a lost jungle temple.’
While expected changes include new lighting effects as well as unspecified ‘special show effects,’ the big addition will be an original musical soundtrack that will play throughout the attraction, a first for the Jungle Cruise in any of the Disney theme parks. In addition, the attraction will offer a special ‘night cruise’ version of the attraction after the sun goes down.
Tokyo’s Jungle Cruise will close on January 6, 2014 and is expected to open in fall of 2014.
Via Yahoo, Walt Disney Animation Studios has released character poses for several of the known characters from its upcoming feature, Frozen, along with some new fresh faces. Character descriptions as well as the photo gallery can be seen below.
Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) Anna is more daring than graceful and, at times, can act before she thinks. But she’s also the most optimistic and caring person you’ll ever meet. She longs to reconnect with her sister, Elsa, as they were close during their childhood. When Elsa accidentally unleashes a magical secret that locks the kingdom of Arendelle in an eternal winter, Anna embarks on a dangerous adventure to make things right. Armed with only her fearlessness, a never-give-up attitude and her faith in others, Anna is determined to save both her kingdom and her family.
Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) From the outside, Elsa looks poised, regal and reserved, but in reality, she lives in fear as she wrestles with a mighty secret—she was born with the power to create ice and snow. It’s a beautiful ability, but also extremely dangerous. Haunted by the moment her magic nearly killed her younger sister Anna, Elsa has isolated herself, spending every waking minute trying to suppress her growing powers. Her mounting emotions trigger the magic, accidentally setting off an eternal winter that she can’t stop. She fears she’s becoming a monster and that no one, not even her sister, can help her.
Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) Kristoff is a true outdoorsman. He lives high up in the mountains where he harvests ice and sells it to the kingdom of Arendelle. Rough around the edges, Kristoff’s the strong, no-nonsense type, who follows his own set of rules. He may seem like a loner, but he always has his best friend by his side—a loyal and extremely mangy reindeer named Sven.
Hans (voice of Santino Fontana) Hans is a handsome royal from a neighboring kingdom who comes to Arendelle for Elsa’s coronation. With 12 older brothers, Hans grew up feeling practically invisible—and Anna can relate. Hans is smart, observant and chivalrous. Unlike Elsa, Hans promises he’ll never shut Anna out; he just might be the connection she’s been waiting for all these years.
Sven A reindeer with the heart of a Labrador, Sven is Kristoff’s loyal friend, sleigh-puller and conscience. He makes sure his mountain-man companion is the stand-up guy Sven knows and loves, and does so without saying a word. A few emphatic snorts usually get his point across. Life would be perfect if only Kristoff would lose that ridiculous reindeer voice he likes to use when speaking for Sven (as if reindeers really talk that way).
Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) He’s Olaf and he likes warm hugs. Sprung from Elsa’s magical powers, Olaf is by far the friendliest snowman to walk the mountains above Arendelle. His innocence, outgoing personality and uncanny ability to disassemble himself at good and not-so-good times lead to some awkward, albeit laughable moments. He may also have the world’s most impossible dream, but what he doesn’t know won’t melt him—or will it?
Duke of Weselton (voice of Alan Tudyk) What the Duke of Weselton lacks in stature, he makes up for in arrogance and showboating. He’s determined to get close to the new queen—that is, until Elsa’s magical secret is revealed. Then he’s the first to call her a monster and try to turn her own kingdom against her—anything that might help him exploit Arendelle’s tradable goods.
Marshmallow Marshmallow is an enormous icy snowman born from Elsa’s powers. He serves as a brute bodyguard charged with keeping intruders away from her ice palace. The menacing white beast doesn’t say much, but he packs a powerful punch.
Oaken (voiced by Chris Williams) Oaken runs Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and Sauna. But since Elsa’s massive winter storm hits in mid-July, he finds himself with a surplus of summer supplies. Deal-seekers beware: though he’s good-natured and helpful, if you cross him, Oaken won’t hesitate to throw you out of his humble establishment.
Walt Disney Studios has just released its first official trailer for Saving Mr. Banks, the account of Walt Disney’s twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to P.L. Travers’ popular novel, Mary Poppins, and the testy partnership the upbeat filmmaker develops with the uptight author during the project’s pre-production in 1961. You can watch it embedded below.
Two-time Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks (Philadelphia, Forrest Gump) will essay the role of the legendary Disney (the first time the entrepreneur has ever been depicted in a dramatic film) alongside fellow double Oscar®-winner Emma Thompson (Howard’s End, Sense and Sensibility) in the role of the prickly novelist. Before actually signing away the book’s rights, Travers’ demands for contractual script and character control circumvent not only Disney’s vision for the film adaptation, but also those of the creative team of screenwriter Don DaGradi and sibling composers Richard and Robert Sherman, whose original score and song (Chim-Chim-Cher-ee) would go on to win Oscars® at the 1965 ceremonies (the film won five awards of its thirteen nominations).
When Travers travels from London to Hollywood in 1961 to finally discuss Disney’s desire to bring her beloved character to the motion picture screen (a quest he began in the 1940s as a promise to his two daughters), Disney meets a prim, uncompromising sexagenarian not only suspect of the impresario’s concept for the film, but a woman struggling with her own past. During her stay in California, Travers’ reflects back on her childhood in 1906 Australia, a trying time for her family which not only molded her aspirations to write, but one that also inspired the characters in her 1934 book.
None more so than the one person whom she loved and admired more than any other—her caring father, Travers Goff, a tormented banker who, before his untimely death that same year, instills the youngster with both affection and enlightenment (and would be the muse for the story’s patriarch, Mr. Banks, the sole character that the famous nanny comes to aide). While reluctant to grant Disney the film rights, Travers comes to realize that the acclaimed Hollywood storyteller has his own motives for wanting to make the film—which, like the author, hints at the relationship he shared with his own father in the early 20th Century Midwest.
Colin Farrell (Minority Report, Total Recall) co-stars as Travers’ doting dad, Goff, along with British actress Ruth Wilson (the forthcoming films The Lone Ranger, Anna Karenina) as his long-suffering wife, Margaret; Oscar® and Emmy® nominee Rachel Griffiths (‘Six Feet Under,’ Hilary and Jackie, The Rookie) as Margaret’s sister, Aunt Ellie (who inspired the title character of Travers’ novel); and a screen newcomer—11-year-old Aussie native Annie Buckley as the young, blossoming writer, nicknamed ‘Ginty’ in the flashback sequences.
The cast also includes Emmy® winner Bradley Whitford (‘The West Wing,’ The Cabin in the Woods) as screenwriter Don DaGradi; Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore, Moonrise Kingdom) and B.J. Novak (NBC’s ‘The Office,’ Inglourious Basterds) as the songwriting Sherman Brothers (Richard and Robert, respectively); Oscar® nominee and Emmy winner Paul Giamatti (Sideways, Cinderella Man, HBO’s ‘John Adams’) as Ralph, the kindly limousine driver who escorts Travers during her two-week stay in Hollywood; and multi-Emmy winner Kathy Baker (‘Picket Fences,’ Edward Scissorhands) as Tommie, one of Disney’s trusted studio associates.
Saving Mr. Banks will be directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, The Rookie) based on a screenplay by Kelly Marcel (creator of FOX-TV’s ‘Terra Nova’), from a story by Sue Smith (Brides of Christ, Bastard Boys) and Kelly Marcel. The film is being produced by Alison Owen of Ruby Films (the Oscar®-nominated Elizabeth, HBO’s Emmy®-winning Temple Grandin), Ian Collie of Essential Media (the Aussie TV documentary The Shadow of Mary Poppins, DirecTV’s ‘Rake’) and longtime Hancock collaborator Philip Steuer (The Rookie, The Chronicles of Narnia trilogy). The film’s executive producers are Ruby Films’ Paul Trijbits (Lay the Favorite, Jane Eyre), Hopscotch Features’ Andrew Mason (The Matrix trilogy, Dark City) and Troy Lum (Mao’s Last Dancer, I, Frankenstein) and BBC Films’ Christine Langan (Oscar® nominee for The Queen, We Need to Talk About Kevin).
Hancock’s filmmaking team includes a trio of artists with whom he worked on his 2009 Best Picture Oscar® nominee, The Blind Side—two-time Oscar® nominated production designer Michael Corenblith (How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Apollo 13), Emmy®-winning costume designer Daniel Orlandi (HBO’s Game Change, Frost/Nixon) and film editor Mark Livolsi, A.C.E. (Wedding Crashers, The Devil Wears Prada). Hancock also reunites with Academy Award®-nominated cinematographer John Schwartzman (Seabiscuit, Pearl Harbor), with whom he first worked on his inspiring 2002 sports drama, The Rookie.
Saving Mr. Banks will be released in theaters domestically on December 20, 2013 with a limited release beginning December 13.
New Hot Topic arrivals for July 11, 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.
Disney Alice In Wonderland Book Zip Wallet – $19.50 Disney; Alice in Wonderland; zip wallet from Loungefly. Interior includes two main pockets, one zipper pocket and lots of slots for your ID and cards.; 7 1/4″ x 4″; Imported share this item
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Capcom has advised us that ‘DuckTales” Remastered’ will start releasing domestically on August 13, 2013. On that date, it will be available as a digital download on Sony PlayStation’s PSN, Nintendo’s eShop for Wii U and for PC; the Microsoft Xbox 360 XBLA edition will be available for download on September 11. Additionally, on August 20, a boxed version (with download code and exclusive DuckTales Disney collector’s pin) will be offered on PlayStation 3 at retailers across the country. DuckTales: Remastered is priced at $14.99 for the digital version and $19.99 for the retail version on PS3.
To help celebrate this quack-tastic news, the team has released the very first ‘Duckumentary’ video, which goes behind the scenes with the talented developers at WayForward. The series of videos (beginning today and released every other week until the game’s launch) chronicles the creative process of bringing back Scrooge McDuck and one of the most cherished 8-bit titles of all time to current generation gaming platforms. Additional ‘Travel Tip’ videos from Launchpad McQuack will begin releasing next week and up until ‘launch,’ so be on the lookout for those as well!
UPDATE: Capcom has graciously provided us with artwork for the exclusive ‘DuckTales: Remastered’ pin that wil come with the boxed collector’s edition.
There’s no telling how the two are connected just yet, but for those who just can’t wait any longer, we’d like to introduce you to Wallace, the newest person of intrigue in Disney’s alternate reality game (ARG), ‘The Optimist.’
We’ve already meat Amelia (@storyorbit) who is on a quest via Twitter and her blog at storyorbit.com to learn more about her grandfather Carlos and the stories he would regale her with about his experiences with Walt Disney and the 1964-65 World’s Fair in New York City and his short story, ‘Orbit’s Story’ which was possibly optioned for a film and theme park rights.
Now there is Wallace (@dcartography), the unofficial cartographer of Disneyland. Wallace describes his art as depicting ‘Disneylands past, Disneylands future, and Disneylands that never were or might have been.’ And to be blunt, his work is downright beautiful (you can see his gallery here). As luck would have it, prints of his art are all sold out, but you can still view his images which seem to be limited to portraits of attractions Disney developed for the 1964 World’s Fair in addition to a portrait of Walt with other Imagineers going over plans for the attractions at his table 31 at the Tam O’Shanter.
As beautiful as his art is (and I would seriously love the opportunity to purchase a print or two), it’s the Carousel of Progress (or Progressland as it would have been known at the fair) that’s the most intriguing. At the top of the poster reads an intriguing little caption: ‘Three Bells Start Our Revolution.’ A Google search turned up completely empty on the phrase so I’m beginning to think there’s just a bit more to it. For example, if you take the first letter of each word, you almost have ORBIT. Perhaps it’s an anagram, a fancy clue, or just nothing at all — just one more element in the intriguing game leading up the Disney D23 Expo.
And speaking of the D23 Expo, Wallace says he will be there and invites everyone to say hello. For those not going or wanting to get an extra moment of Wallace’s time to see what he can share, he’ll be holding a live chat on August 6 at 9:30 pm ET/6:30 pm PT which can be accessed by link he will share via Twitter.
As far as progress on the game goes, speculation continues to be rampant, although there’s a lot of focus on many anachronisms being spotted. That said, one popular theory is that the game is leading up to promotion for Disney’s Tomorrowland film which is said to involve a strange event at the 1964 World’s Fair introducing a parallel universe and perhaps alternate timelines, which may lead to these apparent anachronisms. Given that The Optimist is a joint venture between Walt Disney Imagineering and Walt Disney Studios, it may very well be that Disney is taking the term ‘alternate reality’ a bit more literal than originally thought.
New Junk Food Clothing arrivals for July 10, 2013 Below is a list of new items now available for purchase at Junk Food Clothing. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on Junk Food Clothing 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.
Mickey Yin & Yang Scoop Tank – Junk Food – $32.00 Womens; Rule the Magic Kingdom in this Mickey Mouse Yin & Yang Disney tee by Junk Food Clothing! This Mickey shirt is perfect for Disney fans who want a touch of West Coast. This retro Mickey tee is a special, limited-edition release from Junk Food Clothing from the Disney collection. Our Disney tee features soft fabric, vintage inspired graphics, and a relaxed stylish fit. Made in the USA; Bikini; 50% Cotton 50% Polyester. Fit Comments: Oversized muscle tee with deep scoop neckline and high/low hemline. See models dimensions for proper size selections. share this item
Mickey Yin & Yang Vintage Triblend – Junk Food – $35.00 Mens; Rule the Magic Kingdom in this Mickey Yin & Yang Disney tee by Junk Food Clothing! This Mickey shirt is perfect for Disney fans who want a touch of West Coast. This retro tee is a special, limited-edition release from Junk Food Clothing from the Disney collection. Our Mickey Yin & Yang Disney tee features soft fabric, vintage inspired graphics, and a relaxed stylish fit. Import; Steel; 37% Cotton 50% Polyester 13% Rayon. Fit Comments: Relaxed fit tee. True to size. share this item
Wolverine Party Animal Night Rebel Tank – Junk Food – $32.00 Womens; It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s an awesomely vintage Wolverine Party Animal tank by Junk Food Clothing! Part of the Junk Food Comics collection, this retro Marvel Comics tee honors one of our favorite superheroes, Wolverine! This limited-edition superhero shirt is made from soft fabric, vintage inspired graphics, and a relaxed stylish fit. Made in the USA; Blackwash; 100% Cotton. Fit Comments: Sleeveless racerback tank with gathered drape front and raised back for flattering fit. See models size dimensions for appropriate size selection. share this item
Star Wars Never Go Solo Vintage Triblend – Junk Food – $35.00 Mens; Fit for another galaxy! You’ll be the talk of Tatooine in this Never Go Solo tee from Junk Food Clothing, part of our Star Wars t-shirt collection. This limited-edition Never Go Solo tee is a throwback to our favorite sci-fi trilogy. Our Star Wars shirt features soft fabric, vintage inspired graphics, and a relaxed stylish fit. Import; Liberty; 37% Cotton 50% Polyester 13% Rayon. Fit Comments: Relaxed fit tee. True to size. share this item
Star Wars Leia Me Alone Vintage Inspired Solid Tee – Junk Food – $34.00 Mens; Fit for another galaxy! You’ll be the talk of Tatooine in this Leia Me Alone tee from Junk Food Clothing, part of our Star Wars t-shirt collection. This limited-edition Leia Me Alone tee is a throwback to our favorite sci-fi trilogy. Our Star Wars shirt features soft fabric, vintage inspired graphics, and a relaxed stylish fit. Made in the USA; Blackwash; 100% Cotton. Fit Comments: Relaxed fit tee. True to size. share this item
As per a thread located on DisneyInfinityFans.com, a French etailer had temporarily listed several ‘Disney Infinity’ items that had long been suspected, but had not been formally announced.
Among the items listed were toys (figures) featuring the likenesses of Elsa and Anna of Disney’s Frozen, Mickey Mouse (which we believe will be a Sorcerer’s Apprentice inspired item) and Jack Skellington. Also identified are toy packs branded for Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph (both consisting of perhaps just two characters based on the pricing). Oddly enough, a separate toy listing for Woody existed, casting doubts on the figures expected to be included in the Toy Story Space play set. An oddly named ‘girls’ pack of figures was also listed.
Perhaps even more interestingly enough comes potential confirmation of variants as several of the known figures were listed as ‘crystal’ versions with a release date at the end of October and including versions of figures included with the starter pack, indicating that these are very likely to be variants of some sort.
Disney Parks and Resorts today advised it has begun pulling the complimentary mini-fridges from all of its hotels at Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Aulani Resorts due to a possible manufacturer’s defect. The only locations unaffected by this move are DVC rooms, the cabins at Fort Wilderness and family suites at Disney’s Art of Animation and All-Star Music resorts. The replacement of said refrigerators is expected to take upwards of four months or more by rough estimation.
In response to the maneuver, Walt Disney World will make available a limited number of refrigerators that may be requested in advance, but cannot be guaranteed.
UPDATE: Corrected scope of advisory to include Disneyland and Aulani
UPDATE #2: Suites at Disneyland Hotel are unaffected. Also, Disney has clarified to explain they are only removing refrigerators as room becomes unoccupied. Therefore those currently on site with a refrigerator won’t lose it.
Walt Disney Studios UK has published a new trailer (titled ‘Introduction to Kingdom Hearts’) for Square Enix’s upcoming release of ‘Kingdom Hearts 1.5 ReMIX’ available September 10, 2013, exclusively for the Sony PlayStation 3 (now available for pre-order). You can find it embedded below.
This 1.5 ReMIX collection con tains the classic original game redone in HD along with the immediate continuation of ‘Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories’ and HD-enhanced cutscenes from ‘Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days’ in addition to the enhanced, original ‘Kingdom Hearts’ title. The new edition comes complete with additional weapons, enemies, skills, scenes, trophy support and more.
In ‘Kingdom Hearts,’ Sora wields the magical keyblade in search of his lost friends, making new ones with Disney’s Goofy and Donald along the way. The story continues through classic Disney stories like Aladdin, Hercules, Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio, and The Nightmare Before Christmas! Utilizing RPG mechanics and gaining new exploratory powers throughout his adventure, Sora solidified himself as a starry-eyed hero that bridged Disney classics with a unique overarching story of friendship and courage. ‘Final Fantasy’ fans can expect appearances by famous characters such as Cloud, Selphie, Aeris, and Cid, or even the infamous fan favorite Sephiroth.