While it’s not uncommon for Disney to start casting for performers to fill in the roles of specific characters, particularly those featured in upcoming projects, there are a couple of tip-offs that suggest Disney Parks and Resorts may have something larger for Moana in mind than the typical meet and greet.
The roster of talent and panels continues to grow for D23 Destination D: Amazing Adventures presented by Ethan Allen | Disney, taking place November 19 and 20, 2016 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World Resort. Avatar creators James Cameron (writer, director, producer) and Jon Landau (producer) will join Imagineer Joe Rohde for Pandora: The World of Avatar, a presentation where they will unveil new details about the immersive, 12-acre land coming soon to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
In addition, the event will include a conversation with Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Plus Moana screenwriter Jared Bush will be on hand to provide guests an exclusive advance look at the making of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ newest animated feature.
Walt Disney World has announced that beginning in October 2016, a new live entertainment offering featuring The Muppets will be offered at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. The event, which will occur multiple times per day, is titled ‘The Muppets Present … Great Moments in American History’ and will take place in the Liberty Square section of the park.
Stefani took a break from her ‘This is What the Truth Feels Like’ tour to vacation with family at Walt Disney World Resort.
Photo by Chloe Rice, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort
Magic mirror on the wall, what’s the coolest LEGO playset of them all? Without a doubt, it has to be the upcoming LEGO 71040 The Disney Castle set. With 4,080 pieces, this magnificent and faithful reproduction of Walt Disney World’s Cinderella Castle stands a whopping 29″ in height, is 17″ wide and 12″ deep. Indescribable feelings just doesn’t begin to.. well, describe it.
Although it appears that the FAA has not yet made Disney’s response to its latest round of questions public, it sent notification to the company yesterday advising that new regulations require the FAA to be delayed in responding to the original request. At issue is that the request was made as an exemption to Rule 333 under the now-ironically named ‘FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012,’ or FMRA. According to the notice, the portion of Rule 333 that governed the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) — or vehicles (UAVs) as the industry often refers them to as — was a stopgap until more permanent regulations were in place. Enter Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 107.
The Federal Aviation Administration has responded to Disney’s request for an exemption under Section 333, permitting the company’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for theme park entertainment. After a period of time soliciting comments from the public — 12 in all, most decidedly against granting Disney the exemption — the FAA has responded, but with a series of questions seeking more clarification on Disney’s intents and implementation. The list of questions the FAA is requiring answers for before making a final determination are as follows:
- Will flight operations be conducted at night only? After twilight? Will the hours of operation coincide with the fireworks display?
Walt Disney World has released some new details regarding the ‘Frozen Ever After’ attraction and permanent meet and greet location for Anna and Elsa as well as some additional information from the film’s songwriters, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. The Lopezes speak about the attraction in the video embedded below which also includes appearances by their daughters, Annie and Katie (both of whom had parts in the original film).
Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG and People’s Choice award-winner Tina Fey poses with Disney’s original mean girls, Cinderella’s wicked stepmother and stepsisters, March 25, 2016 at Magic Kingdom Park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Fey vacationed at Walt Disney World while on break from working on the musical adaptation of the 2004 hit film, Mean Girls.
Photo by David Roark, courtesy Walt Disney World
An unbeatable lineup of blockbuster attractions will debut at Walt Disney World Resort this year starting with the April 4 launch of a new live stage show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. On Earth Day, April 22, a sweeping immersive, animal-themed theatrical production, ‘Rivers of Light,’ will premiere as the first-ever nightly show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.