Earlier this year, we shared news that 2016 would be a good year for fans of Disney’s Haunted Mansion as Disney is preparing to launch a brand new novelized series based on the attraction as well as a new theme park exclusive series of book/cd inspired by classic attractions. In addition, Marvel today announced it too will be representing the Haunted Mansion as the next chapter in its Disney Kingdoms saga.
Although we’ve known the title for a while, Random House released the cover art earlier today for the upcoming Frozen chapter book, Anna & Elsa #7: The Secret Admirer (on sale January 5, 2016, now available for pre-order), which we shared this morning on our social media channels.
While we have no synopsis for the title, it seems clear from the cover that Elsa is on the receiving end of some affection from the titular secret admirer. Who the secret admirer is and whether the admiration is requited remains to be seen, but our followers have some strong ideas on both Twitter and Tumblr where the image has gone viral.
Addressing an at-capacity (and then some) crowd at the 2015 New York Comic-Con, ‘Gravity Falls’ creator Alex Hirsch shared a sneak peek and additional details for the upcoming Gravity Falls Journal 3 replica book currently slated to be released on July 26, 2016 (available for pre-order).
In conjunction with Walt Disney Studios’ remake of Pete’s Dragon (August 12, 2016), Disney Editions will be releasing a 128-page volume dedicated to Elliott and all of the other famous — and infamous — dragons from Disney’s films and theme parks. Among the iconic dragons in the book are: Mushu from Mulan, Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, Madam Mim from The Sword in the Stone, the Jabberwocky from Alice in Wonderland, Queen Narissa from Enchanted, Hades’ hydra from Hercules, the Reluctant Dragon, Figment from Disney’s Epcot and more. The publisher’s description is as follows:
Ever pass by the well stocked library of first edition ghost stories and wish you could pluck one of the books from the shelves to peruse? If so, you just may get your wish next summer. Announced in the new book catalog for spring/summer 2016, Disney Press will be introducing a new series of books titled ‘Tales from the Haunted Mansion.’
Although ABC’s ‘Once Upon A Time,’ has already enjoyed a previous book release, Reawakened, which is essentially a retelling of the popular fairy tale series’ first season, it’s Ruby/Red who will receive the spotlight for the new original novel inspired by the series. Once Upon A Time: Red’s Untold Tale will provide some backstory to the character based on the traditional Little Red Riding Hood. The official publisher’s description is as follows:
A new publisher’s description for Isle of the Lost, the prequel novel for the Disney Channel Original Movie ‘The Descendants,’ penned by Melissa de la Cruz, has been released. In addition, Amazon has provided what appears to be official character descriptions for the offspring of the famous Disney villains. The book’s description is as follows:
Evil Tree. Bad Apple?
Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. Life on the island is dark and dreary. It is a dirty, decrepit place that’s been left to rot and forgotten by the world.
While Random House will continue the adventures of Anna and Elsa in a series of new stories, Disney Press will continue to examine the events of Frozen in new lights, this time from the perspective of Hans — and Anna. Due out May 26, 2015, A Frozen Heart is a 304 page novel for young adults that explores what’s going on inside the minds of Anna and Hans and explore their inner emotions as the events of the film unfold. It is written by Elizabeth Rudnick, who has not only written several junior novelizations, but most recently explored the inner thoughts of Aurora and Maleficent in her Maleficent adaptations.
Set in outer space, the series charts the missions of the Callisto family – 7-year-old Miles, big sister Loretta and their scientist parents Phoebe and Leo, who work for the Tomorrowland Transit Authority. Each episode features two 11-minute adventure-filled stories as Miles and his family explore strange new worlds, taking young viewers and their families on a journey that fuels kids’ natural interest in the universe, and at the same time reminding them that what matters most is what lies closer to home – the family bond.
Amazon has begun listing Disney Frozen CineStory Volume One with a release date of November 25, 2014. The 376 page softcover title is being published by Joe’s Books and is one of several new titles featuring Disney characters. The official publisher’s description is as follows: