D23 EXPO: Overnight Queuing Policy, New StorePass Offers ‘FASTPASS’ For Shopping Opportunities

We’re just about two months away from this year’s Disney D23 Expo and the news and updates are starting to roll in, with two major announcements being made this evening on the Expo’s ‘Things to Know‘ page.

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E3: ‘Kingdom Hearts 3’ Gameplay Trailer Featuring ‘Tangled,’ New Screens

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During its presentation earlier today at E3, Square Enix and Disney Interactive announced the first announcement for the upcoming title ‘Kingdom Hearts III,’ the new world of Tangled, which was developed in direct partnership with Walt Disney Animation Studios. To celebrate the announcement, new screens plus a gameplay trailer was released. Fans of the highly-anticipated title will see Sora and his trusted friends, Donald Duck and Goofy, adventure through the world based on the hit animated feature film, Tangled. The trailer also gives new hints to the storyline and showcases gorgeous visuals, and new gameplay elements.

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Disney ‘Moana’ Updated Concept Art Shows Finer Details (Hi-Res)

Disney 'Moana' Concept ArtEarlier today, Disney D23 made announcements on behalf of Walt Disney Animation Studios for their panels and presentations at the upcoming D23 Expo. Included with the release were several images for upcoming projects, including one for Moana (November 23, 2016). What we unfortunately didn’t realize at first was that the accompanying artwork — while similar to the original concept art released for the film — has been updated with much finer detail with the lead characters, who have been repositioned on the boat. In addition, the artwork displayed on the sails has also been updated. An image showing comparisons between the two is included below.

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D23 EXPO: Disney Animation Announces Panels, Exhibits and More

Walt Disney Animation Studios today announced its most exciting presence at D23 EXPO yet. The event, presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, will take place August 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center.


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LEGO IDeas WALL-EEarlier this year, it was announced that Pixarian and LEGO fanatic Angus MacLane’s WALL-E model, submitted to the LEGO Ideas program, had reached community support and been reviewed and accepted by LEGO to produce the model for mass market. Earlier today, UK retailer Smyths began listing the LEGO model along with some box images and images of the model itself.

While there appears to be no evidence to the number of pieces included with the model, it does contain some basic information about the model itself:

  • Flexible head and hands can open/close
  • Rotating wheels with tracks

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D23EXPO: ‘Frozen Fandemonium: A Musical Celebration!’ Event Featuring Robert and Kristen Lopez

D23 EXPO 2015 attendees are in for a fun-filled musical treat when Frozen FANdemonium: A Musical Celebration! takes over the 7,500-seat Hall D23. The event, presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, will take place at 3:00 pm, Sunday, August 16, at the Anaheim Convention Center.

In what will be a thrilling and fun interactive experience for Disney fans of all ages, join host Chris Montan, president, Walt Disney Music, and the Oscar®-winning songwriting team of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez as they take you on a once-in-a-lifetime musical journey through the world of Frozen. This one-day-only performance features your friends from the Walt Disney Animation Studios film––including Anna and Elsa––with sing-along experiences of your Frozen favorites such as “Let It Go,” “In Summer” and more. Plus, fans can expect special surprises and fascinating stories behind some of your favorite Frozen songs.

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Pixar ‘The Good Dinosaur’ Cast Announcement

'The Good Dinosaur' Teaser PosterPixar Animation Studios has announced the primary voice cast for its upcoming film The Good Dinosaur (November 25, 2015), which you can find below.

The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

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CONFIRMED: Disneynature ‘Monkey Kingdom’ on Blu-ray in September

Disneynature 'Monkey Kingdom' on Blu-rayWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has confirmed our earlier report that Disneynature’s newest release, Monkey Kingdom, will be available to own on Blu-ray combo pack, Disney Movies Anywhere and Digital HD on September 15, 2015. In addition, they have announced that for every digital and Blu-ray combo pack sold during the first week of sales, Disneynature will make a donation to Conservation International to help product endangered species in their natural habitat by supporting conservation projects across Indonesia, Cambodia and Sri Lanka.

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REPORT: Disneynature ‘Monkey Kingdom’ on Blu-ray on September 15

Disneynature 'Monkey Kingdom'Ahead of any official announcements, Amazon has begun listing Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom on 2-disc Blu-ray combo pack for a release date of September 15, 2015.

Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in “Monkey Kingdom, Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is
forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share of colorful personalities — and she’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world. When their longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by powerful neighboring monkeys, Maya’s whole family is forced to relocate, and she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to lead them to untapped resources amidst strange new creatures and unsettling surroundings. Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya can hopefully realize her dreams for her son’s future.

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‘Cinderella’ Live Action on Blu-ray in September with Deleted Scenes, ‘Frozen Fever’ and More

Cinderella on Blu-rayWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment today announced that the live-action reboot of Cinderella will be available to own on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on September 15, 2015. Bonus features will include the Frozen Fever short as well as more than twelve minutes of deleted scenes, including the alternate opening titled ‘Ella’s Childhood’ which we have previously reported. In addition, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released a clip from from the alternate opening, which you can find embedded below. We have also previously shared several clips from additional bonus features, which you can view here.

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