Disney Resorts Pulling Refrigerators from Hotels; Replacements Months Away

Disney Parks and Resorts today advised it has begun pulling the complimentary mini-fridges from all of its hotels at Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Aulani Resorts due to a possible manufacturer’s defect. The only locations unaffected by this move are DVC rooms, the cabins at Fort Wilderness and family suites at Disney’s Art of Animation and All-Star Music resorts. The replacement of said refrigerators is expected to take upwards of four months or more by rough estimation.

In response to the maneuver, Walt Disney World will make available a limited number of refrigerators that may be requested in advance, but cannot be guaranteed.

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WATCH: ‘Kingdom Hearts 1.5 ReMIX HD’ Game Trailer

'Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Remix' for PlayStation 3Walt Disney Studios UK has published a new trailer (titled ‘Introduction to Kingdom Hearts’) for Square Enix’s upcoming release of ‘Kingdom Hearts 1.5 ReMIX’ available September 10, 2013, exclusively for the Sony PlayStation 3 (now available for pre-order). You can find it embedded below.

This 1.5 ReMIX collection con tains the classic original game redone in HD along with the immediate continuation of ‘Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories’ and HD-enhanced cutscenes from ‘Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days’ in addition to the enhanced, original ‘Kingdom Hearts’ title. The new edition comes complete with additional weapons, enemies, skills, scenes, trophy support and more.

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D23 Expo: Disney Legends to Include Tony Baxter, Steve Jobs, Dick Clark, Glen Keane and More

Disney Legends AwardThe Walt Disney Company today announced the recipients of its Disney Legends award for 2013, each of whom will be honored at the biennial ceremony taking place on Saturday, August 10 at 2:00 pm in the Anaheim Convention Center Arena. The event will once again be emceed by television personality Tom Bergeron and is open to all those attended the Disney D23 Expo (on a first come, first serve basis).

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VIDEO: ‘Monsters University’ Animation Progression Reel

'Monsters University' Character PosterIn honor of Monsters University hitting the $400M worldwide mark at the box office, Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios have provided us with this amazing video which takes the Archie the scare-pig scene and shows how the CG animation process progresses, from storyboards to layout to crowd simulation to animation to the final lighting.

Check out the embedded video below:

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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Teaser Poster (Hi-Res)

'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Teaser PosterWalt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios have provided us with this teaser poster for Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4, 2014), which we gladly provide in high resolution (click on the thumbnail to the left).

Captain America: The Winter Soldier will pick-up where Marvel’s The Avengers left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.

Our gallery of concept art from the film follows:

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D23 EXPO: Disney Consumer Products Announces Exclusives, Presentations

Disney Consumer Products (DCP) will give Disney’s most loyal fans an up close look at an extensive collection of interactive experiences and merchandise that celebrate Disney, Marvel and Star Wars timeless characters during the bi-annual D23 Expo, the ultimate Disney fan event. Held at the Anaheim Convention Center from Aug. 9-11, 2013, Disney fans will have the chance to follow their favorite products from “sketch to shelf” and learn how Disney Consumer Products extends storytelling from character and content extension to product development through featured discussions, art and sculptures and final product displays.

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D23 EXPO: Disney Consumer Products to Bring Star Wars, Marvel to Mix

Disney Consumer Products (DCP) will give Disney’s most loyal fans an up close look at an extensive collection of interactive experiences and merchandise that celebrate Disney, Marvel and Star Wars timeless characters during the bi-annual D23 Expo, the ultimate Disney fan event. Held at the Anaheim Convention Center from Aug. 9-11, 2013, Disney fans will have the chance to follow their favorite products from “sketch to shelf” and learn how Disney Consumer Products extends storytelling from character and content extension to product development through featured discussions, art and sculptures and final product displays.

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D23 EXPO: ‘The Optimist’ Alternate Reality Game Announced Ahead of Expo

Disney D23 today announced a new alternate reality game (ARG) dubbed ‘The Optimist,’ as a joint venture between Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development and the Walt Disney Studios. The game focuses on a young undergrad named Amelia (on Twitter as @storyorbit) who is working on a documentary about her grandfather, Carlos. Recently deceased, Carlos was a writer who would inspire a young Amelia with his stories. After his passing, Amelia stumbled upon many of his old documents and began compiling everything she could find for her documentary as a tribute to him.

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DLR Updates: Attraction Closures for August through October 2013

The Disneyland Resort has recently updated its list of upcoming refurbishments for the Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks, the highlights of which we are passing on below:

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  • Big Thunder Mountain is scheduled to remain closed until October 31
  • Starcade upper floor is scheduled to remain closed until January 2014
  • Mad Tea Party is scheduled to close on August 19 and re-open on August 30
  • Haunted Mansion is scheduled to close on August 26 and re-open on September 13, presumably with its traditional Nightmare Before Christmas overlay

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Winnie the Pooh Storyteller of the Year Named; Pooh Prize Pack Giveway

Winnie the Pooh Storyteller of Year winner Steven PrusakowskiSteven Prusakowski of New Jersey was named the ‘Winnie the Pooh Storyteller of the Year’ last month at the industry’s Posh Little Urbanites Show (PLUSH) in Los Angeles, California. By submitting a video that ‘best showcases creativity, integrates Pooh items and captures the essence of Winnie the Pooh,’ Steven won himself a vacation for four to Los Angeles as well as the opportunity to be showcased in the Winnie the Pooh Wonder and Wander app, available free for Apple iPhone and iPad devices. Steven’s winning video can also be viewed online at the contest’s official page at DisneyStore.com/PoohStoryteller.

Being recognized as the ‘Winnie the Pooh Storyteller of the Year’ was just one of the many activities Disney Consumer Products brought to the attendees of PLUSH this year. In addition to showcasing many of the Disney Baby lines of products featuring Winnie the Pooh and friends, the event also included a fashion show as well as a storytime session with winner Steven. In addition to members of the public, the event was also attended by celebrities and personalities such as Lisa Rinna, Garcelle Beauvais, Jason Kennedy and  ‘Cold Case’ star Kathryn Morris, who is currently expecting twins.

Below is a photo gallery from the event provided to us by Disney Consumer Products:

To commemorate the event, Disney Consumer Products and Stitch Kingdom are teaming up to offer one of our lucky readers an amazing gift package featuring many of the products featuring Winnie the Pooh and his friends, as seen here. The entry period runs though July 20, 2013. See the entry form below to how to enter on Facebook and/or Twitter. Enter daily through Twitter (see below for details). One lucky winner will be chosen at random.

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