The Euro Disney S.C.A. Group today officially announced that it will be introducing a new attraction based on Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille at its annual shareholder meeting. The new attraction is slated to open in 2014 at the Walt Disney Studios Park. According to the announcement, the attraction promises that ‘Disney storytelling and state-of-the-art technology will come together in this romantic, larger-than-life, Parisian experience.’
Also confirmed was an extension of 20th anniversary festivities until September 30, 2013 and the addition of scenes from The Lion King and Brave to its award-winning ‘Disney Dreams!’ night-time entertainment. In addition to the new scenes, Disneyland Paris will also be introducing what it is calling Light’Ears (a play on Lightyear), their counterpart to ‘Glow with the Show’ as featured primarily at the Disney California Adventure Park. The interactive ears will be available at select retail and online locations beginning this summer.
The timeless classic from Walt Disney, Sleeping Beauty, is captured here in the newest entry in the Disney Dreams collection by Thomas Kinkade. As Aurora and Prince Philip frolic in the foreground with Flora, Fauna and Merryweather as danger looms in the background. Clearly any owner of this painting will find themselves in the pink! No, blue! No, pink!
The painting marks the 8th (of potentially 12) entry into Kinkade’s ‘Disney Dreams’ series which includes previous releases Snow White Discovers the Cottage, Pinocchio Wishes Upon A Star, Tinker Bell and Peter Pan Fly to Neverland, Cinderella Wishes Upon A Dream, Bambi’s First Year, Beauty and the Beast Falling in Love and The Lion King.
Credit for the find goes to World Wide Art, Inc. who also feature a larger version of the painting on their site.
The painting marks the 7th entry into Kinkade’s ‘Disney Dreams’ series which includes previous releases Snow White Discovers the Cottage, Pinocchio Wishes Upon A Star, Tinker Bell and Peter Pan Fly to Neverland, Cinderella Wishes Upon A Dream, Bambi’s First Year and Beauty and the Beast Falling in Love.
Kinkade’s tributes to Disney will also be featured in a 2012 wall calendar now available for pre-order on Amazon.com.
Admittedly we’re a little late to the party, especially since we’ve traditionally been so good at revealing Thomas Kinkade’s newest Disney paintings before he does, but as we always say, if it’s not Baroque, don’t fix it.
Enter the sixth and newest entry to Kinkade’s Disney Dreams collection, Beauty and the Beast Falling in Love.
According to the official description for the painting:
Thomas Kinkade has spent over 700 studio hours on this painting which is the most he has ever spent on any painting (Cinderella and Pinocchio had about 300 hours each).
Thomas Kinkade has once again captured an entire Disney story in one image. You’ll find Belle and the Beast on the balcony overlooking the castle which Thomas Kinkade painted with tremendous detail. In addition you’ll find the Beast’s servants Lumiere (as the candlestick), Mrs. Potts (as the candlestick), Cogsworth (as the clock) and Chip (as the teacup) enjoying the love affair brewing between the two.
To the left of the painting you’ll find the infamous rose and above the rose you’ll find Gastone with his torch, leading the mob in search of the Beast. Towards the upper left corner you’ll find Belle’s village and her father’s cottage. Flying in the sky you’ll see Belle’s father and inventor Maurice, flying in his newest bicycle/baloon invention.
You may notice some items in the painting which were not in the movie. Remember, Walt Disney gave Thomas Kinkade full access to the original Disney Archives which means Thom was able to observe Disney works which were not included in the movie.
Kinkade’s Beauty and the Beast Falling in Love is currently accepting pre-orders at Thomas Kinkade galleries and is expected to ship in late October.
OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the leading global distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, and digital content to libraries and schools, today announced a preliminary agreement with Disney Digital Books (www.disneydigitalbooks.com) that will enable libraries to offer access to Disney’s comprehensive library of books online. Young library patrons and their parents will be able to enjoy — for the first time — unlimited access to over 600 new and classic Disney books for kids of all ages with just an Internet-connection and library card. The extensive library features hundreds of digital books available at the click of a mouse, including favorites from popular Disney franchises such as Mickey Mouse, Toy Story, Disney Princess, Cars, and Hannah Montana, along with many other classic and contemporary Disney stories.
“Disney Digital Books subscriptions allow libraries to provide instant, simultaneous access to Disney’s magical reading experience through their existing OverDrive-powered website,” said Erica Lazzaro, licensing counsel for OverDrive. “This interactive, browser-based service is the first multimedia offering of its kind for libraries and will enable them to reach more young readers with premium content.”
“Disney Digital Books takes innovation and technology and merges it with Disney characters and stories for a revolutionary experience,” said Yves Saada, vice president, Digital Media, Disney Publishing Worldwide. “We are thrilled to help libraries continue to provide children with new ways to experience books and foster a love of reading.”
Disney Digital Books is an innovative way for children to experience the joy of reading in a robust and safe online environment. The site offers children of all ages, reading levels, and interests a broad selection of books and features including Look and Listen titles that allow children to hear a story read aloud; a Story-Builder feature so kids can create and share their own stories; and an age-appropriate dictionary that lets children click on any word to hear it read aloud, select unfamiliar words, and read simple definitions.
Libraries will be able to add a subscription to Disney Digital Books using their OverDrive Content Reserve account. Users will authenticate on the existing OverDrive-powered library website, and then the Disney Digital Books website will launch in their browser. The service is PC and Mac® compatible and does not require a download.
OverDrive provides digital distribution services for more than 10,000 libraries, retailers, and schools worldwide with support for Windows®, Mac, iPod®, iPhone®, iPad™, Sony® Reader, nook™, Windows Mobile®, Android™, and BlackBerry®. To see if your public library is a member of the OverDrive network, visit http://search.overdrive.com.
OverDrive also operates the Digital Bookmobile (www.digitalbookmobile.com), a high-tech 18-wheeler traveling North America on behalf of public libraries to raise awareness about free library downloads.
If you’re an enthusiast of Thomas Kinkade, the painter of light, you probably know he’s getting ready to hint about the next entry in his Disney Dreams collection. We are thrilled and fortunate enough to be able to bring you this first look before it’s even announced: Bambi’s First Year.
Bambi, Thumper, Flower and the rest of his friends are gathered in the forest on a beautiful day.
It didn’t take long before Thomas Kinkade hinted at the subject of his next entry into his Disney Dreams series on his blog that we were treated to a look at his newest painting titled Cinderella Wishes Upon a Dream featuring Cindy and her Prince Charming taking a leisurely stroll with Cinderella Castle in the background.
Below are previous entries in the Thomas Kinkade Disney Dreams series (and other Disney paintings). Click on any thumbnail to see a larger version:
Thomas Kinkade is offering the opportunity to win a 12″x18″ limited edition canvas of his newest entry into the Disney Dreams series, Tinker Bell and Peter Pan Fly to Neverland. To enter for a chance to win the painting valued at $750, complete this entry form on the official website. Entries must be received by August 31.
Here I was thinking I was being the coy and clever one when all along, it turns out that Thomas Kinkade’s newest entry into the Disney Dreams collection has already made its debut on the net. A couple (and I stress a couple) of art dealers offering Kinkade’s work have published the latest entry which you’ll find pictured below, titled Tinker Bell & Peter Pan Fly to Neverland.