Although there were perpetual rumors stemming from hope when the Disneyland Resort first announced the return of Captain EO for a limited time engagement, Disney Parks and Resorts successfully blindsided everyone this morning when they announced that it would not only return to Epcot this summer but would also return to Disneyland Paris, completing the circle of life.
Even the experts who transcribed the paranormal activities chronicled in the Time-Life Mysteries of the Unknown series of books would clearly have trouble explaining this one.
Since the early 80s commercial for Lots-o-Huggin’ Bear found its way to the net, dozens of confused individuals are now congratulating Pixar on job well done, touting the ad as a fake — a viral video created in modern-day times designed to generate buzz for Toy Story 3 and its so-called ‘new’ stars.
If indeed this advertisement was somehow faked — and logic clearly points to it wasn’t — we’d love to know how the exact same hoax was pulled off at around the same time, half a world away.
Perhaps carying on a new tradition we experienced with UP, we also get our first look of a new ‘webisode’ titled Mission I: Buzz and Woody in which our heroes are re-introduced along with their first mission. The teaser also features a tad of never-before-seen footage from the film, in stark contrast to the infamous Japanese trailer which plays more like a Reader’s Digest condensed version of the film.
The first Saturday in May is Free Comic Book Day in which thousands of comic book shops around the globe offer the opportunity for fans and enthusiasts to pick up a free edition of new and old favorites.
With Marvel joining the Disney family, the Disney offerings have tripled this year as Buzz and Woody join Iron Man, Thor and Nova with each defending the universe in their own special way.
In Toy Story FCBD 2010 Edition from BOOM! Studios, the Pixar pals rally together when a new present for Andy makes an unexpected appearance. Good news and a temporary reprieve for the toys when Andy announces it’s a dupe, but what great unknown will he replace it with?
What happens when a half a dozen cars taking part in an illegal street race find themselves rolling through an exploding power plant at full speed? Such is the common-place, ordinary, humdrum scenario explored in the following new video featuring gameplay footage from Split/Second from Disney Interactive Studios and Block Rock Studio.
Available to own on Xbox, PS3 and Windows platforms on May 18, Split/Second is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com.
That’s the conclusion of a team of researchers from Save the Elephants, Oxford University and Disney’s Animal Kingdom who have discovered a new alarm call made by elephants in response to the threat of bees. Working with herds of elephants in Kenya, scientists theorize that this unique rumble may warn other herd members of the bees’ presence, prompting pachyderm retreats even when no are bees present.
“The purpose behind these studies is to find a novel way of keeping elephants from raiding the crops of local communities, and thereby reducing “human-elephant conflict,” according to Joseph Soltis, Ph.D., research scientist at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. “As human populations expand, they move into elephant territory and elephants and people end up sharing the same space. One of the consequences is that elephants start raiding crops, which can end up harming both people and elephants.”
Using an array of microphones hidden in the bush, scientists first recorded the vocal reaction of the elephants to bees and then replayed these elephant rumblings without bees present. When elephants heard this recording through wireless speakers, they behaved the same as they did when bees were present; they shook their heads, threw dust in the air, and ran away from the area. These very low-frequency “rumble” vocalizations are apparently different from other rumbles, leading researchers to believe that that elephants may use their voices to communicate threats to each other.
It’s On! Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato will rock the summer in “Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam,” a full out rock ‘n roll musical that celebrates music, dance and the freedom of summer and reminds viewers to ‘enjoy the journey.’ Part of the blockbuster Disney Channel Original Movie franchise that introduced a generation to contemporary movie musicals, “Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam” premieres FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. It will be ushered in by the biggest summer-long experience ever presented by the channel, the industry leaders in providing world-class content for kids, tweens and families.
This summer of fun opens on a high-pitched Camp Rock reunion. All the Camp Rockers have returned, eager to tune up and rock out. Nobody’s more excited than Mitchie, who anticipates more than a summer of music. Fresh from a world tour, the rock band Connect 3 are hanging all summer – Shane to pursue last summer’s crush on Mitchie, his band mates as moral support. Guitar legend Brown Cesario, Camp Rock’s owner, is ready to rock ‘n roll.
But all is not copasetic at this rocking teen paradise. Across the lake glistens the new Camp Star: a high-tech, big-money music camp funded by Brown’s former band mate-with-a-grudge, Axel Turner. Down-to-earth Camp Rock may have passion, talent and commitment, but Camp Star boasts resources, infrastructure and money – enough money to poach Camp Rock’s counselors and put Camp Rock out of business.
But Axel isn’t counting on a natural born leader named Mitchie, who vows to save her beloved camp and her friends’ summer. Clipboard in hand, she organizes the older Camp Rockers into counselors and keeps the camp running. Then Mitchie steps it up again… by challenging the egocentric Camp Star to a Final Jam – an end-of-summer performance duel, may the best camp win.
Disney Interactive Studios has recently released a trailer for its upcoming Toy Story 3 video game for most gaming platforms. The video, seen below, includes some gameplay as well as an exclusive look at the all-new innovative ‘toy box’ mode in which players can build their own Toy Story world.
The game, which will be released on June 15, is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com for all platforms.
Despite a weakened economy and virtually all other parks in North America seeing a decline in attendance in 2009, most of Disney’s 11 theme parks worldwide saw improvement in performance according to the 2009 annual TEA/AECOM theme park attendance report issued today. All totaled, approximately 119.1 million guests visited Disney Parks worldwide last year.
Ranking the top 25 parks worldwide, the top 8 spots went to Disney Parks, with number one being — with no surprise — the Magic Kingdom with an annual attendance of about 17.2 million, a relatively minor increase over 2008. Ten of Disney’s theme parks ranked in the top 25, the only absentee being the Walt Disney Studios at the Disneyland Paris Resort.
“Good Morning America” today announced its sizzling 2010 Summer Concert Series lineup with the hottest chart-topping acts in the country, including mega-watt stars Rihanna, Black Eyed Peas and Alicia Keys; pop sensations the Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus; country superstars Sugarland and Lady Antebellum; and the best nostalgia as The GO-GO’s perform for the final time on television. The 2010 Summer Concert Series returns for the second straight year to the Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, where music’s biggest names will perform live every Friday. The Summer Concert Series is sponsored by Walgreen’s (first seven concerts) and John Frieda(r) Frizz-Ease(r) Hair Care (final eight concerts).
“GMA’s Summer Concert Series” kicks off on May 21 with the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato performing songs from the highly anticipated “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.”
Viewers interested in joining “GMA” in Central Park are encouraged to arrive at Rumsey Playfield via the 69th street entrance on Fifth Avenue at 6:00am when the park opens to the public. For more information on how to attend a summer concert in Central Park, click on the “GMA” web site at www.abcnews.com.
All concerts are free and open to the public and will take place live during “Good Morning America,” Fridays from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. ET. Additional dates and acts will be announced throughout the summer. Concerts scheduled-to-date include the following: