Thomas Kinkade has debuted his newest entry into his ‘Disney Dreams’ collection, The Little Mermaid. The painting features Ariel, Prince Eric, Flounder, Scuttle, King Triton, Ariel’s sisters, Sebastian, Ursula, Flotsam and Jetsam and many more, including hidden appearances by characters featured in previous entries in the series as well as several hidden Mickeys.
Guests will enter the enchanting story of “The Little Mermaid,” complete with characters and songs from the Academy Award-winning Disney animated motion picture, when they board The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, premiering Friday, June 3, in Disney California Adventure park at the Disneyland Resort.
Set in and around Ariel’s underwater world and located inside a new space on Paradise Pier, the new attraction combines the enduring appeal of a classic Disney “dark ride” with wonderful technological innovations to offer guests a personal journey into the scenes of the film. The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure adds to the excitement of Disney Soundsational Summer, June 3 through Sept 5, a season that offers guests even more ways to make special memories at the Disneyland Resort.
In celebration of the grand opening of Disney Store Times Square and the magic’s return to New York City, we are pleased to team up with Disney Store to offer one of our extremely lucky readers this Disney Store Singing Ariel Doll signed by the original voice of Ariel herself, Jodi Benson. Jodi was recently on hand at the all new Disney Store Times Square in Manhattan to celebrate with a small group of Disney D23 members and we were there to bring you news of the exciting event. Only a few of the dolls were signed by Jodi and we were very fortunate to be able to share one of them one of our readers. Note that the doll pictured here with Jodi is not the actual doll we are giving away. The winner will receive the doll new-in-box, never-opened, with the box signed as shown below.
Aimed at girls ages 5 – 8, the Princess & Me dolls (Tiana, Aurora, Cinderella, Ariel, Belle and Rapunzel) measure a whopping 18″ in height and seek to engage the child into exploring a whole new world of play beyond the cardboard box. Their unique facial features as the classic Disney Princesses are re-imagined as how they might appear if they were tweens. Each retails for $49.99 and includes a booklet filled with Disney Princess fun facts and activities and the opportunity to register so the child receives a special letter on their birthday from their favorite Princess.
After a recent update, the Blue Sky Cellar at Disney California Adventure re-opened today and we got a first look before the park opened at some of the new and exciting attractions coming to the Disneyland Resort within the next couple of years and here’s what we have learned of the upcoming additions:
Ariel’s Undersea Adventure – This attraction, which is slated to open in 2011 is also coming to the Magic Kingdom in 2012. Boarding what looks at first to be a clammobile from the Nemo & Friends attraction at Epcot (the vehicles here are simply called clamshells), guests actually enter the doorless vehicles from the sides (as the vehicle will be perpendicular to the guest at loading). A vehicle identified as Triton’s Chariot will be able to directly support a wheelchair. In the loading area will be a mural telling the story of The Little Mermaid and measuring in at an amazing 86 foot length and 12 foot height.
On display is a layout of the attraction at 1:96 scale and maps out all of the defined areas of the attraction. After boarding the vehicle (Scene 1): the guest will travel to see Scuttle and Sebastion (Scene 2); descend (Scene 3) into Ariel’s Grotto (Scene 4) where the guest will encounter an audio animatronic of Ariel holding a chest in her lap and a figure of a dancing couple as she sings ‘Part of Your World.’ According to the plans on display, Ariel will be capable of almost 30 separate functions including full control of her pupils (as well as blinking) and full mouth movement. Guests will then continue on to journey under the sea which includes new effects to enhance the sensation (Scene 5); Travel to Ursula’s Lair (Scene 6); ascend (Scene 7) to the ‘Kiss the Girl’ scene (Scene 8); journey on to Love’s First Kiss (Scene 9); and finally live Happily Ever After (Scene 10) before unloading (Scene 11).
Interestingly enough, the attraction’s ride system and vehicles are being constructed in Japan.
Goofy’s Sky School – A redo of Mulholland Madness and also expected to open in 2011, Goofy’s Sky School is based on the classic ‘how to’ cartoons featuring every one’s favorite talking dog. Although it looks like the billboards will remain (but re-themed), the facades will all be lowered to ground level, opening the attraction up. Guests will enter the queue through a ‘control tower’ designed to fit in with the early seaside attraction theming of Paradise Pier. The vehicles will also remain the same but will receive a paint and decal makeover as well as a hood ornament of sorts.
Red Car Trolley – Probably one of the more highly anticipated new attractions of the park makeover is the addition of the Red Car vehicle system for moving around the park. At a height of 10’4″ and approximate length of 26′, the ‘butterfly-wing’ grilled cars are reminiscent of their inspiration from the 1920s and 30s. They are battery powered despite the presence of overhead wires which exist only for show. As they are shown, the cars will seat 20 guests as well as one guest with a wheelchair/ECV in addition to the vehicle operator. There are four stops connecting Buena Vista Street with Hollywood (where tracks have already been embedded into the streets). A map shows proposed wig wag locations for the system: Buena Vista, Carthay Circle and Tower/Bugs. As a sidebar, concept art reveals that the vehicles (or perhaps specially designed ones) can serve as entertainment vehicles as the Omnibus has at Magic Kingdom for example.
Although most character meet & greets at the Walt Disney World Resort are fairly standard from day to day, there are a couple of times per year when there are significant changes. These changes usually occur in April/May and September/October. In 2010, these changes are further complicated by the closure of Toontown and the Fantasyland expansion in the Magic Kingdom. Since we’re already getting into April, it’s time to take a look at some of the expected upcoming changes.
Bring home Ariel.. and Snow White.. and Cinderella with the Madame Alexander Disney Princess Tote. Available exclusively at FAO Schwarz, the Disney princessses-in-a-box is currently available for pre-order with an expected shipment date of November 25, just in time for the holidays and can be yours for $54.99
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Join Master Sculptor Hiko Maeda as he introduces an all new theme park exclusive Precious Moments sculpture for the holidays along with a brand new series of your favorite Disney Princesses celebrating the season in their own unique way.
On September 11, Hiko will be at Uptown Jewelers in the Magic Kingdom from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm and at the Animation Gallery in Disney’s Hollywood Studios from 3:00 – 5:00 pm.
On September 12, he will be at the Art of Disney in Downtown Disney’s Marketplace from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.