The Oriental Land Company, the owners and operators of the Tokyo Disney Resort, today announced plans for a new character meet and greet facility and restaurant for its Westernland area of the Tokyo Disneyland theme park. Construction is set to begin at the end of 2015 with the closure of the Lucky Nugget Cafe, with a planned opening in late 2016.
Walt Disney Studios Japan has recently released this time lapse video showing the construction of an enormous Star Wars themed sculpture made of snow which recently made its debut as part of the annual Sapporo Snow Festival. WDS Japan also considers the event as the kickoff to Star Wars: The Force Awakens which opens in theaters on December 18, 2015.
The festival’s official website, where the photo pictured here originated, says the sculpture was made by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force: the 11th Brigade; the 1st Snow Sculpture Producing Unit, the 11th Artillery Unit, the 11th Reconnaissance Company, and the 11th Antiaircraft Artillery Company.
While it’s still too early for any announcements regarding bonus materials, Disney’s Diamond Editions generally include brand new bonus features in addition to classic features from previous releases.
As usual, we will provide more information as it becomes available to us.
Note: Artwork pictured above is for the UK Blu-ray release of Aladdin and should not be considered an accurate representation of the upcoming Diamond Edition.
(via Press Release)
Thomas O. Staggs has been named Chief Operating Officer of The Walt Disney Company, it was announced today by Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
A 25-year Disney veteran, Mr. Staggs is Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, overseeing the strategy, operations and creative development of the company’s iconic travel and leisure businesses. He will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer immediately, while continuing to lead Parks and Resorts until a successor is named. Disney’s senior management team, including all business segment leaders, will report jointly to Mr. Iger and Mr. Staggs, with the exception of the Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel, Chief Communications Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer, who will continue to report directly to Mr. Iger.
Disney Interactive announced the final two characters for the Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) line up – Tron’s Sam Flynn and Quorra. The characters are now available as digital exclusives for Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) via the Disney Infinity: Toy Box 2.0 iOS app for $2.99 each, and will be available for PC in March 2015. Both will join all of the previously announced Disney and Marvel characters in the Toy Box mode.
Key highlights include:
- Sam Flynn: Son of brilliant videogame creator Kevin Flynn, Sam is ready for action. His skilled Lightcycle maneuvers make speeding around the Grid and outsmarting his foes a breeze. Wielding his Identity Disc, he battles his way to become a User that Programs revere.
Ahead of any official announcement, the British Board of Film Classification has enumerated the bonus features we can expect to see on Into the Woods when it hits Blu-ray and DVD, although to those following news closely, there won’t be too many surprises, just a few new details. Amazon had begun listing Into the Woods with a release date of March 24, 2015 on Blu-ray and DVD, but has since backed off that date. An official announcement from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has yet to be made regarding the release.
Earlier today, LEGO Ideas announced that the LEGO version of Wall-E that was submitted to its community for consideration to become an actual LEGO production set has been approved. After reaching 10,000 community supporters back in July of 2014 — which in it of itself is no small feat — the proposed model was then passed on to the review board to consider the feasibility of the project, which of course would include Disney’s own blessings. The announcement today, which also included a ‘Dr. Who’ themed set among several other applicants that didn’t make the cut, confirmed that LEGO Wall-E will soon find its way on the shelf, although LEGO says it’s too soon to share any further details about the project. Hopefully the model will be on display at LEGO’s collector’s event at New York Toy Fair which takes place later this month as they did with the Ghostbusters Ecto-One set, another LEGO Ideas graduate.
Marvel has provided us with a trailer for its upcoming event, Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex, of which the first issue is now on stands. In the new series, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the All-New X-Men, Nova, Captain Marvel, Cyclops and more team up for a cosmic throwdown the likes of which have never been seen. On sale this week, the highly anticipated first issue in the upcoming crossover from fan-favorite writer Sam Humphries and blockbuster artist Ed McGuinness.
Walt Disney Studios has provided us with several new hi-res stills from Cinderella (March 13, 2015), which you can find added to our gallery embedded below.
Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios have provided us with high resolution versions of recently released stills and behind-the-scenes images from Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1, 2015), including Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaw. You can find the newly released stills added to our galleries embedded below.