In the spring of 2009, The Walt Disney Family Museum approached veteran filmmaker Don Hahn with a proposal to create a film that would celebrate the holidays through the eyes of Walt Disney. Under the direction of Diane Disney Miller, her husband Ron, and executive director Richard Benefield, the genesis of this idea became Christmas with Walt Disney, an enchanting fifty-one minute film filled with the joy and merriment of the holidays.
Title: Prep & Landing (link)
Publisher: Walt Disney
Released: November 19, 2009
iTouch?: Yes (WiFi/Internet required for some)
Pros: A couple of entertaining games/features
Cons: Long, frustrating gameplay with little payoff, promoted items missing
Review: On December 1, ABC will air its first ever original holiday special produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. That’s the good news. The bad news is they want to charge you for downloading the promotional app and it falls way short on expectations and even promises.
After watching a surprisingly brief promo for the special, you are presented with two menu options. Kringle Academy is where you’ll find 3 mini-games and P&L Specialized Equipment is where you’ll find the ‘extras,’ which are often more entertaining than the games themselves, unfortunately.
As a general rule with the game, sound effects are nil (Christmas carols are your only source of audio candy) and gameplay is exceptionally long with repetitive movements. There’s also no scoring system so you’re really only competing for ‘distance’ and colored rewards such as gold, silver and red (and other, ‘lesser’ colors) which seem to offer no benefit other than a virtual pat on the iBack.
ORLANDO, Fla. (November 18, 2009) – Universal Orlando Resort will soon kick off the largest Holidays celebration in the event’s history, featuring more entertainment than ever before. This year, Universal Orlando adds a brand-new Holiday Concert Series, featuring three chart-topping holiday musical acts – Mannheim Steamroller, Chris Isaak and Natalie Cole – to the already beloved Grinchmas celebration and the Macy’s Holiday Parade.
Holiday celebrations at Universal Orlando Resort begin Dec. 5 and run through Jan. 1, and all entertainment is included in the price of regular admission. Mannheim Steamroller – the iconic holiday music masters who have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide – performs at Universal Studios on Dec. 5. Chris Isaak performs on Dec. 12 and Natalie Cole performs on Dec. 19. Each concert begins at 7:00 p.m.
The Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios features the world-renowned balloons and floats from Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. At Islands of Adventure, the popular Dr. Seuss book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” is brought to life in Grinchmas, a live stage show featuring an original recorded musical score by Mannheim Steamroller.
The celebration continues at the three on-site hotels at Universal Orlando– Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort – all of which will glisten with holiday decorations. Hotel guests will be immersed in the spirit of the season with tree-lighting ceremonies, special musical performances, holiday “dive-in” movie presentations and holiday dining events.
Guests can bid an exciting farewell to 2009 while rocking into 2010 at Universal CityWalk. Tickets are on sale now for one of Orlando’s hottest New Year’s Eve parties – featuring live performances by Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Temptations and The Four Tops.
Tickets are on sale now for one of Orlando’s hottest New Year’s Eve parties – featuring live performances by Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Temptations and The Four Tops. The Temptations and The Four Tops are two of the most popular R&B/soul groups of all time. Both have sold tens of millions of albums worldwide. Some of The Temptations’ most popular hits include “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone;” The Four Tops are known for such hit songs as “Baby I Need Your Loving,” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” and “Reach Out I’ll Be There.”
This gorgeous lapel watch commissioned from Cartier by Walt Disney to commemorate the release of Fantasia will be going up for auction on December 6. With an estimate of $16,000 – $24,000 and inspired by the ‘Dance of the Hours’ segment, the piece features diamond pave elephants with ruby eyes and features Swiss movement.
Bids will be accepted in person, in advance, by phone or online.
For more details, see the lot’s page at Rago.
As of Friday, November 20, locker prices at the theme parks will increase by $2 for both small lockers (new rate $7) and large lockers (new rate $9). The water parks will see a $3 increase to $8 and $10 respectively. The refundable deposit for the key will remain at $5.
In addition, wheelchair rental will increase to $12 per day or $10 per day for length of stay and Electronic Convenience Vehicles (ECVs) will be rentable for $50 per day ($20 deposit).
With the aid of his legions of followers, the Mad Hatter recently unveiled a series of images on his Facebook page that — when combined — presented a mural featuring many of the characters that will appear in Tim Burton’s version of Alice in Wonderland next March. Incidentally, this image represents the first time the Caterpillar (Alan Rickman) has been pictured.
Open to residents of the US and Canada, one grand prize winner will receive a 4 day / 3 night family vacation for four to Walt Disney World including round-trip flight, airport transportation, hotel stay and 4 day park hopper tickets.
Enter automatically by buying or renting a Disney video or video game in version or online for free. See here for full details and to enter. Sweepstakes ends January 13, 2010.
HINT Water is giving away 50 vouchers in an online instant-win sweepstakes, each good for a pair of movie tickets to see The Princess and the Frog or any other Walt Disney Studios or Touchstone Pictures release.
Entries are being accepted daily through December 28.
Visit http://www.drinkhint.com/princess to view additional details and to enter.
The first in a new line of paintings from Thomas Kinkade titled ‘Disney Discoveries,’ this painting inspired by Disney’s The Princess and the Frog is soon to make its debut. While the film represents quite a few firsts for Disney, it also represents some firsts for Kinkade as well. Below the image is Kinkade’s description of the painting from his blog.