UPDATE: We dug up the patent that Disney has held for YEARS that makes this technology possible. Read more!
The day of reckoning has come, dear readers.
A friend sent us a link to these YouTube videos showing Mickey Mouse greeting a couple of fans at Toontown in Disneyland a couple of days ago and it appears that the technology first used in the character heads of the Dream Along with Mickey Castle show at Magic Kingdom may very well have found its way into the meet & greet scenario in a huge way (and with some further enhancements).
If you can’t wait for the Main Street Electrical Parade and the rest of Summer Nightastic at Walt Disney World this year, or if you can’t go, here’s a little taste to help bring the magic home to you.
The theme is titled I Want to Go and it pretty much explains it all, although I must confess it ends up sounding more like a commercial for Coney Island to me, if not Dave & Buster’s.
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And just for kicks, I’ve opted to transcribe the lyrics (as I hear them):
In honor of the June 1 release of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland on Blu-ray and DVD, Walt Disney Studios is asking fans to submit video performances of their own individual takes on the Mad Hatter’s Futterwacken.
For some inspiration, they’ve provided the following clip from the home video release in which David ‘Elsewhere’ Bernal talks about how the dance came about:
Entries should be no longer than 40 seconds in length and include your first name and the state where you reside. It only takes three easy steps to enter — record your video, add music (your favorite Almost Alice is encouraged but not required) and upload to the contest website.
No matter how old you are, you never get over high school. Successful PR pro Marni (Bell) heads home for her older brother’s (Jimmy Wolk) wedding and discovers that he’s marrying her high school arch nemesis (Odette Yustman), who’s conveniently forgotten all the rotten things she did so many years ago. Then the bride’s jet-setting aunt (Weaver) bursts in and Marni’s not-so-jet-setting mom (Curtis) comes face to face with her own high school rival. The claws come out and old wounds are opened in this crazy comedy about what happens when you’re reunited with the one person you’d like to forget.
Bristol Palin, the eldest daughter of Todd and Sarah Palin, who has often been a topic of conversation among the hosts of ABC’s “The View,” is confirmed to make her first guest appearance on the show, live, WEDNESDAY, MAY 5 (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET) on the ABC Television Network. In July Palin will play herself during a guest spot on ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.”
Ali Fedotowsky, the beautiful, energetic and charismatic career-oriented woman from San Francisco is back. She has re-prioritized her life – and now is ready to find her soul mate. Ali will have her own opportunity to find true love, as the sixth edition of “The Bachelorette,” the female version of ABC’s hit romance reality series, premieres MONDAY, MAY 24 (9:02-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Ali, 25, has been a fan favorite from the moment she stepped out of the limo to meet Jake Pavelka on the last season of “The Bachelor.” She became the front-runner for Jake’s heart, but in a shocking turn of events, she was forced to make a heartbreaking choice between her dream job and continuing her relationship with Jake. Ali surprisingly chose her career – a decision she still regrets. But it’s not too late for Ali now. She’s left her home, her job, her stability behind – letting go of everything this time — to really make a life-changing commitment to put her heart first and take a second chance at finding true love.
This season’s premiere, “Episode 601,” begins with 25 eligible men arriving from all over the country to try and win Ali’s heart, including a real estate investor, a lawyer, a TV weatherman and even a professional wrestler. Each is more handsome than the next, with standout personalities. Tonight, as she returns to the mansion, nothing can prepare Ali for the lengths the guys will go to for her attention: one outdoorsman literally tries to reel her in, a hunky skier does a death-defying back flip off the limo and a one man even gets down on one knee and proposes.
Inside, the men are blown away about how incredibly gorgeous Ali looks in her slinky black dress – and the battle of the bachelors begins, as each tries to make the best first impression on the stunning Bachelorette. An aspiring writer is the first to snag some alone time with Ali, sharing his very inspiring story. One man scores some points with a sentimental scrapbook he made for her, but one clever guy steals the show and Ali’s attention with a heart-felt, hilarious song, accompanying himself on a ukulele.
The competition heats up when Chris Harrison brings out the first impression rose. A sexy Latin bachelor seizes the moment to take Ali outside and teach her some salsa steps. Another handsome suitor rips his shirt open to reveal his professional wrestler alter ego, and a rugged country guy gives Ali a beautiful hand-crafted wood necklace to make his point.
But Ali grows concerned when one of the men uses his one-on-one time to warn her – already – that there may be some men here for reasons other than love. Chris comes to the rescue as he brings in a ballot box and instructs the men to each write down the name of a guy they feel isn’t here for the right reasons. Tensions rise and tempers clash as the men size each other up and call each other out. As the men battle, Ali scoops up the first impression rose and offers it to someone who swept her off her feet. When the votes are tallied, one bachelor gets an overwhelming number of votes. But even though he is a marked man, Ali gives him some private time to convince her that his intentions are sincere. But will he have done enough to get a rose?
MINDStyle revealed on its blog earlier today that the first stop on the Alien Invasion tour will take place in Hong Kong this summer. In addition to acknowledging the inclusion of artist Secret Base, the new announcement notes that the re-imagings of the Toy Story alien will include offerings from Disney and Pixar artists.
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Ever wonder what it would be like to parallel park an AT-AT Walker, how Disney’s horticulturists really create all those neat character topiaries for the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival or what benefits having a couple of extra arms yields you at the parks?
Then look no further at the new batch of Orlando International Airport posters promoting this year’s Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. Studios Central has them all which also includes a makeover for Darth Maul (pictured) and Chewbacca along with Yoda, General Grievous and Darth Vader.
As a follow up to a recent press event at Walt Disney Imagineering, previewing some of the new tech-driven entertainment features to be offered on the Disney Dream, Disney Cruise Line has just released the following video demonstrating some of the new and exciting items.
Included in the video demo are the interactive magic play floor, the Finding Nemo experience at the Animator’s Palate, the inside staterooms’ virtual porthole (featuring the house from UP and Peach from Finding Nemo) and the enchanted art which plays home to the detective adventure game as well as other innovative interactive experiences.