Admittedly I don’t make it a habit to check out every over-the-fence type shot of the work being done on the New Fantasyland Expansion at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, but when I came across this photo as it was posted on Tumblr, I knew it was something worth sharing.
The photo of Beast’s Castle was taken earlier this month by Matthew Cooper and shared on his Flickr account which shares additional images from Walt Disney World and other locations worth taking a look at.
The weenie of the New Fantasyland Expansion at the Magic Kingdom, the Beast’s Castle sits atop the Be Our Guest Restaurant which will be the first eatery to offer counter service for lunch while being a full reservation service dinner and will feature three rooms representative of the castle plus many special effects including a 1:1 scale fully articulated audio animatronic Lumiere, part of the Disney living character initiative (LCI). Weenies were so named because the large, fanciful objects help draw the attention of the guests further into the park. The term was said to be coined by Walt Disney himself who took the namesake from the ability to coax his dog into doing things in exchange for a hot dog.
Beast’s Castle also makes use of another Walt Disney Imagineering staple, forced perspective. For example, the windows gradually become smaller and closer together (smaller floors) as your eyes scale up the building, helping to give the impression that it is taller than it really is.
The Beauty and the Beast portion of New Fantasyland which includes a story time meet and greet with Belle that takes you from Maurice’s cottage through the magic mirror to the castle to meet Belle and Gaston’s village featuring Gaston’s tavern will open beginning fall of 2012. Thanks to Matthew Cooper for allowing us to share his photo.
RealD has announced that when Beauty and the Beast 3D launches in theaters nationwide on January 13, that it will release special edition 3D glasses for children. Featuring movie-themed colors and images of the film’s characters, including the beloved Chip, Mrs. Potts and the Beast, these collectible RealD 3D glasses will be distributed at theatres free of charge with the purchase of a child’s ticket to see Beauty and the Beast 3D. They will be available exclusively at RealD 3D-equipped theatres in North America while supplies last. RealD had also issued special Simba-inspired 3D glasses for children for The Lion King 3D.
Sealed in individual packaging to ensure they are sanitary and of high quality, limited-edition, Beauty and the Beast themed RealD 3D glasses are designed to fit children 8 years of age and younger. Standard adult and kids’ RealD 3D glasses are also available at theatres throughout North America. Visit www.RealD.com/Beauty3D to find a RealD 3D-equipped theatre playing Beauty and the Beast 3D beginning January 13.
The Walt Disney Studios proudly announced today that directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, the talented team behind Disney Animation Studio’s global blockbuster Tangled, will premiere a delightful new animated short film spotlighting the royal wedding of Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) and Flynn Rider – a.k.a Eugene – (Zachary Levi) in front of each screening of Beauty and the Beast in 3D, which opens on January 13, 2012.
By popular demand, Greno and Howard are bringing back some of Disney’s most beloved characters when Tangled Ever After picks up where Tangled left off. The Kingdom is in a festive mood as everyone gathers for the royal wedding of Rapunzel and Flynn. However, when Pascal and Maximus, as flower chameleon and ring bearer, respectively, lose the gold bands, a frenzied search and recovery mission gets underway. As the desperate duo tries to find the rings before anyone discovers that they’re missing, they leave behind a trail of comical chaos that includes flying lanterns, a flock of doves, a wine barrel barricade and a very sticky finale. Will Maximus and Pascal save the day and make it to the church in time? And will they ever get Flynn’s nose right?
Tangled Ever After is the perfect accompaniment to Beauty and the Beast, which is returning to the big screen in Disney Digital 3D™ and introducing a whole new generation to the Disney classic with stunning new 3D imagery. Beauty and the Beast was nominated for six Academy Awards®, winning Oscars® for Best Song, by the renowned Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, and Best Original Score (Menken).
On the heels of the phenomenal success of The Lion King 3D – which will cross the $80 million mark at the domestic box office today – The Walt Disney Studios has announced limited theatrical engagements for four of its classic films for the first time in 3D. The following titles from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios will be released in 2012 and 2013:
- Beauty and the Beast – January 13, 2012
- Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo – September 14, 2012
- Disney/Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. – January 18, 2013 (Monsters University, a prequel to the original film, arrives in theaters in Disney Digital 3D on June 21, 2013)
- The Little Mermaid – September 13, 2013
“Great stories and great characters are timeless, and at Disney we’re fortunate to have a treasure trove of both,” said Alan Bergman, President, The Walt Disney Studios. “We’re thrilled to give audiences of all ages the chance to experience these beloved tales in an exciting new way with 3D – and in the case of younger generations, for the first time on the big screen.”
Originally released in 1991, Beauty and the Beast is a classic “tale as old as time” that follows the adventures of Belle, a bright young woman imprisoned in the castle of a mysterious beast and his enchanted staff, who must learn the most important lesson of all – that true beauty comes from within. Beauty and the Beast was the first animated film ever nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Picture, earning an additional five Oscar® nominations and winning two. It has grossed $380.4 million worldwide.
First released in 2003, Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo takes audiences into a whole new world in this undersea adventure about family, courage and challenges. When Marlin, an overly cautious clownfish living in the Great Barrier Reef, helplessly watches his son get scooped up by a diver, he must put aside his fears of the ocean and leave the safety of his coral enclave to find Nemo. Buoyed by the companionship of Dory, a forgetful but relentlessly optimistic fish, Marlin finds himself the unlikely hero in a seemingly impossible land-and-sea rescue. Finding Nemo won an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature and was nominated for three others. With a total of $867.6 million worldwide, it was the second highest-grossing film of 2003.
In 2001, Disney/Pixar released Monsters, Inc. Lovable Sulley and his wisecracking sidekick Mike Wazowski are the top scare team at Monsters, Inc., the scream-processing factory in Monstropolis. But when a little girl named Boo wanders into their world, it’s up to Sulley and Mike to keep her out of sight and get her back home. Monsters, Inc. shattered every DVD-era home entertainment sales record when 11 million DVD/VHS copies were sold during its first week of release. It won an Academy Award® for Best Song and has grossed $526.9 million worldwide.
Released in 1989, The Little Mermaid, stars Ariel, a fun-loving and mischievous mermaid, off on the adventure of a lifetime with her best friend, the adorable Flounder, and the reggae-singing Caribbean crab Sebastian. But it will take all of her courage and determination to make her dreams come true and save her father’s beloved kingdom from the sneaky sea witch Ursula. One of the most celebrated animated films of all time, The Little Mermaid was nominated for three Academy Awards®, winning two. It has grossed $228.9 million worldwide.
Prior to its release on 3D Blu-ray on October 4 and the limited engagement of The Lion King 3D, the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California has announced that it will host an exclusive limited run of Beauty and the Beast 3D from September 2, 2011 and end on September 15, followed immediately by The Lion King 3D on September 16.
Tickets for both films are currently available online at the El Capitan’s website.
In addition to confirming our report last month on the October 4, 2011 release of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Disney 3D Blu-ray/DVD, it was also announced through multiple channels that the direct-to-home video films in the series will also be released from the vault: Beauty and the Beast:The Enchanted Christmas, which makes its debut on Disney Blu-ray, and Belle’s Magical World on DVD. Both Special Edition releases will be available to own on November 22, 2011.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: THE ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS
Celebrate the most magical time of the year with this Special Edition of the irresistible holiday movie inspired by Disney’s beloved classic. For the first time in spectacular Blu-ray High Definition this captivating gem reunites the original voice cast!
Share the wonder as Mrs. Potts recounts another “tale as old as time” about a Christmas past that almost wasn’t – thanks to the scheming of former court composer Forte, who is determined to keep Belle and Beast apart forever.
This enchanting adventure boasts exciting bonus features, delightful songs, spellbinding visuals and enduring themes of hope, friendship and love. Your family will enjoy the spirit of the season all year long with the timeless magic of Beauty and The Beast: The Enchanted Christmas.
Blu-ray Bonus Features:
- Disney’s sing me a story with Belle “Stick To It”
- Behind the scenes featurette
- “As Long as There’s Christmas” Music video
- Disney Sing-a-long mode
- Disney’s song selection
- Enchanted environment
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- Disney’s sing me a story with Belle “Stick To It”
- Disney Sing-a-long mode
Join Belle, Disney’s spirited princess, Beast, Cogsworth, Lumiere, plus some charming new friends, as they discover how teamwork and friendship can turn a once-gloomy castle into a dazzling palace fit for a princess! Adorned with delightful bonus features, your favorite characters and enchanting songs, this fun-filled, instant classic proves that true beauty shines from within!
DVD Bonus Features:
- Disney’s Sing Me a Story with Belle “What’s Inside Counts”
- Belle’s Delightful Dinner Game
- Disney Song Selection
- Enchanted Environment
Shortly after our pre-announcement of the Phineas and Ferb Live! Tour, Exceutive VP Nicole Feld of Feld Entertainment (the producers of Disney Live! and Disney On Ice touring shows), offered us her appreciation on Twitter and also clued us in on an upcoming Disney On Ice announcement.
Although the announcement still has yet to be made, both the Disney Live! and Disney On Ice Facebook pages recently teased the following:
‘Disney Live! has another great announcement to make. For now, we’ll give you a hint: The first animated feature to win a Golden Globe for Best Picture – Musical or Comedy, features a girl dreaming of “adventure in the great wide somewhere” and unbeknown to her, her story has become a “tale as old as time.”’
According to Wikipedia, the Disney On Ice production of Beauty and the Beast first ran from 1997 – 1997 and returned 2000 – 2004, making this the third time the show has been performed if it indeed turns out to be the case.
Ahead of any official announcement, we have learned that the 5-disc edition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: Diamond Edition (now available for pre-order) will be released in 3D Blu-ray format on October 4, 2011, alongside The Lion King.
At first glance, it does not not appear that the 3D Blu-ray edition of Beauty and the Beast will contain any content not already released in the 2D Diamond Edition released last year. Barring any additional information, the only difference appears to be the inclusion of the 3D version which, of course, will require the use of a Sony PlayStation 3 or 3D blu-ray player, a converter and a 3D capable television.
The 3D edition of the film was originally planned for a theatrical release on Valentine’s Day in 2010 but was postponed until 2011 until it was eventually removed from the slate.
We will provide more information on the home release as it becomes available to us.
The Walt Disney Company announced plans today to release at least fifteen of its films on Disney 3D Blu-ray throughout 2011. Among the titles scheduled to be released are: The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and new films TRON: Legacy and Tangled.
Bolt, which has already been released as part of certain 3D Blu-ray packages, will also be available for everyone to own in 3D, as will Meet the Robinsons, G-FORCE, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Chicken Little which has been available in 3D via on-demand services.
In addition to the film being in 3D, each disc will include thematically linked 3D menus, 3D previews of coming-attractions trailers and an introduction to the eye-popping world of Disney Blu-ray 3D featuring beloved characters Timon and Pumbaa from The Lion King.
“As our contemporary library of 3D content continues to grow, and the original artists and filmmakers meticulously ‘dimensionalize’ their work for release on the Blu-ray 3D format, we will be offering movie-lovers the most incredible in-home entertainment experience they will ever have,” noted Lori MacPherson, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. “In addition to offering new releases day-and-date in 3D and further cementing our leadership in the marketplace, we’re thrilled that consumers will have the exclusive Blu-ray 3D experience of two of the most celebrated Disney animated features, The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast in their homes.”
No announcement of Toy Story 3 has been made as of yet, although the company made intentions last year of releasing it in 2010 and even gave hints at its release although it never materialized.
Interestingly enough, word was that Beauty and the Beast 3D, while released internationally, failed to see its release in 2010 because consumer demand for 3D at home was still considered in its infancy. This move suggests the feelings were quite the opposite, that a home video release appeared to be the wiser financial investment for the company.
A red-carpet premiere for the Beauty and the Beast sing-along limited theatrical release was held yesterday at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, California yesterday. Attending celebrities and their families included Marcia Cross, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Andrea Bendewald, Kevin Nealon, Ali Landry, Shanna Moakler, Zane Holtz, Stephanie Pratt, Daphne Blunt, Ryan Newman, Jadin Gould, Chelsea Hobbs and many more. In addition, special appearances were made by the movie’s lead actors, Robby Benson and Paige O’Hara along with composer Alan Meken and Belle and Beast themselves.
In addition to the sing-along event, which included a live performance from Alan Meken himself, guests were invited to attend a tea party that was held at the Hollywood and Highland Ballroom.
All photos by WireImage for Walt Disney Studios. Photos courtesy of Walt Disney Home Studios Entertainment.