New Fantasyland Concept Art Vividly Features Princesses in Enchanted Forest

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New Fantasyland Concept ArtVia an email to Disney Travel Agents regarding the newly made announcements regarding the Enchanted Forest portion of the New Fantasyland Expansion at the Walt Disney World Resort on December 6, 2012 (soft opening November 19), a few pieces of concept art were released. They appear to be new, but it is quite possible they’ve been released previously and we just missed them, but even if they are old news they are beautiful enough to warrant sharing again.

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‘Bambi,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ to Return to Disney Vault April 30

Disney's 'Bambi' on Disney Blu-ray/DVD © WDSHETime is running out for fans to own two of Disney’s beloved animated hits on Blu-ray ™ and DVD Combo Pack. Beauty and the Beast: Diamond Edition and Bambi: Diamond Edition will return to the Disney Vault on April 30, 2012.

One of the most critically acclaimed animated films of all time, Beauty and the Beast is a favorite for all ages. The Diamond Edition was spectacularly restored using the latest digital technology, including the release of the film on spectacular Disney 3D, bringing the characters, sound and storyline to a whole new immersive dimension. The ‘tale as old as time,’ Beauty and the Beast continues to resonate with millions of adoring fans around the world, and is a story to be enjoyed time and time again.

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Photo: Kelly Clarkson, Juanes at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

Kelly Clarkson with Belle and Beast (Todd Anderson/Disney)Singer and former ‘American Idol’ champion Kelly Clarkson poses with Princess Belle and Beast from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast yesterday in the Rose Garden area of the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Photo by Todd Anderson, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

Juanes with Minnie Mouse (Preston Mack/Disney)Also visiting the Magic Kingdom was Grammy Award- and seventeen-time Latin Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Juanes who received a special welcome to the theme park from Minnie Mouse on Feb. 18, 2012.  Juanes is expected to release a new album in May 2012, and he will be featured on MTV’s Tr3s network on March 6, 2012.  During his career, the Colombian-born performer has sold more than 12 million albums. He was named Latin music’s “Artist of the Decade” by Billboard and one of TIME Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People in the World.’

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Photo: Beast’s Castle in New Fantasyland Expansion at Magic Kingdom

Beast's Castle © Matthew Cooper. All Rights Reserved.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.

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RealD to Offer Special Edition 3D Glasses for ‘Beauty and the Beast 3D’

Special edition 'Beauty and the Beast' 3D glassesRealD 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.

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‘Tangled Ever After’ to Play Before ‘Beauty and the Beast 3D’

'Tangled Ever After'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.

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‘Little Mermaid,’ ‘Finding Nemo,’ ‘Monsters Incorporated’ to be Released in 3D in 2012/13

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)

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‘Beauty and the Beast 3D’ to Have Limited Engagement at El Capitan

'Beauty and the Beast 3D' at the El CapitanPrior 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.

 

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Disney On Ice to Revive ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Show

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.

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Although the announcement still has yet to be made, both the Disney Live! and Disney On Ice Facebook pages recently teased the following:

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ 3D Blu-ray 5-Disc Set to be Released in October

'Beauty and the Beast' on Disney 3D Blu-rayAhead 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.

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