In a foreshadow of what may be to come with the dueling Dumbos in the new Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, a new queueless system is being tested at Rock’n’Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World as reported today on Twitter by Studios Central and Touring Plans.
You can take the boy out of the Osborne Lights, but you can’t take the Osborne Lights out of former Walt Disney Imagineer Ric Turner who has made it a tradition to turn his home into a lights and musical spectacle for the Christmas season as well as Halloween. (Turner now operates as a consultant for WDI).
Below is a video of Ric’s 2009 holiday display which scales up the popular video game Guitar Hero.
Be sure to check out Ric’s other YouTube videos including his 2009 Halloween spectacle in which onlookers were serenaded by a 12 foot tall jack’o’lantern (face).
To celebrate a significant step in the expansion of Hong Kong Disneyland, a groundbreaking ceremony was held today at the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. John Tsang, Financial Secretary of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, and Jay Rasulo, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts officiated the ceremony with representatives from the Government, The Walt Disney Company and the Hong Kong community in attendance.
The ceremony represents a major milestone in the Resort’s expansion plan. The expansion will bring the total number of attractions, entertainment and interactive experiences at the Park to more than 100, create 3,700 jobs during the construction phase and 600 new full-time jobs after expansion.
“Today marks the beginning of another exciting phase for Hong Kong Disneyland,” said Mr Rasulo. “The new themed areas will showcase the best in creativity, technology and story-telling. The planned attractions and rides will position our youngest Disney theme park for future growth and success.”
Mr. Tsang said that a larger park with more attractions will continue to draw the crowds and provide even more fun and excitement for visitors.
The Style Network is offering a parent/legal guardian of a child aged 12 or under to enter to win a 3 day/2 night trip for four to Los Angeles, California including roundtrip airfare, hotel stay, car rental allowance, meal allowance, Disneyland park hopper tickets, $1000 in cash and a limousine trip to meet Supernanny Jo Frost (or a $1000 gift card if the meeting is unable to take place).
Eligible contestants can enter daily through December 24. For official rules and to enter, see Style’s I Want My Supernanny Sweepstakes.
In honor of the 2010 Honda Crosstour (now on display at the Disneyland Resort for the holiday season), Honda is offering the chance for one person to win a vacation for four to the Disneyland Resort including air travel, hotel stay, park hopper tickets and a $500 Disney gift card.
You may enter once per day up to January 3. For official rules, eligibility information and to enter, visit the Honda Holiday Family Gathering Sweepstakes page.
Two Golden Girls, Betty White a.k.a. Rose Nylund, and Rosebud from Santa Buddies support Morris Animal Foundation at the Eukanuba AKC Long Beach Dog Show on Sunday, December 13, 2009 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. Ms. White accepted a check on behalf of the Morris Animal Foundation, a canine cancer research organization, and a cause close to her heart. The donation from Eukanuba will help fund the research goal to cure canine cancer in the next 20 years!
Photo courtesy of Disney.
The Imagination Movers help baker Ben Boudreaux (Duff Goldman), a.k.a. “the Muffin Man,” remember the secret ingredient for his world famous muffins in a new episode of “Imagination Movers,” SATURDAY, JANUARY 16 (10:00–10:30 a.m., ET/PT).
“I’m in the Band,” a music-filled, live-action comedy series for kids and families about a teenager who realizes his wildest dream when he joins his favorite “vintage” rock band, Iron Weasel, will premiere MONDAY, JANUARY 18 (7:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD and DisneyXD.com. Kicking off the evening is a new episode of the hit series “The Suite Life on Deck” guest starring Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Kurt Warner (6:30 p.m. ET/PT).
BURBANK, Calif. — The digital world of TRON is awaiting a new participant. Disney Interactive Studios today announced the development of TRON: Evolution, the video game. TRON: Evolution is an action/adventure game being created for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC. Developed by Propaganda Games, Disney Interactive Studios’ action and role-playing game studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, TRON: Evolution is scheduled for release in Holiday 2010 before the “TRON: Legacy” film arrives in theaters.
Set during the era between the two TRON films, TRON: Evolution conveys the story of significant events within the TRON mythology. The game features an epic adventure across a massive digital world filled with high-mobility disc-based combat and advanced light cycles.
TRON: Evolution is one of the keys to unlocking the TRON mythology. The game’s story takes place before the “TRON: Legacy” events and provides insight into the film’s past. As an integrated entertainment experience, the film will reference elements of the game’s story. Fans will want to play the game to learn more about the TRON mythology seen in the film, but each entertainment experience will stand on its own.
“We expect TRON: Evolution to be a premier action-focused game that both stands on its own and supplements a major event film,” said Dan Tudge, vice president and general manager, Propaganda Games. “Because Propaganda Games is based in Vancouver, which was the site of the film’s principal photography, we were able to leverage the proximity to continuously collaborate with the filmmakers and ensure authenticity between the two projects.”
“We are thrilled to be associated with such an icon of the Disney experience. At SYLVANIA, we are creating ways to see the world in a new light. Our association with ‘it’s a small world’ is a perfect fit for our own vision,” said Rick Leaman, president and CEO of the Siemens lighting unit, OSRAM SYLVANIA.
“‘it’s a small world’ is a celebration of the hope we all share for peace on Earth,” said Walt Disney Imagineer Tony Baxter, who is the creative lead for Disneyland. “It’s an illuminating global message, so it’s fitting that this classic attraction should be sponsored by a company that literally helps illuminate the world.”