CONCEPT ART/VIDEO: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT’ Attraction at Disney California Adventure

Beginning in summer 2017, the outrageous and irreverent gang will appear in Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT—a comically high-energy, rocking new adventure. Guests will be right in the mix with characters from the blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy films.

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Disneyland Announces ‘Happiest Class on Earth’ Program to Reward Local Students

Happiest Class On EarthEarlier today, the Disneyland Resort announced that as its Disneyland Resort’s Diamond Celebration draws to a close and it begins its 61st year in Anaheim, it has introduced a ticket donation program for sixth grade students in Anaheim, recognizing student actions to improve their homes, schools or communities.

Titled ‘Happiest Class on Earth: Anaheim 6th Graders Making a Difference,’ Disneyland has committed to offer every sixth grade student in Anaheim Elementary schools the opportunity to receive a Disneyland Resort Park Hopper ticket after completing a project that enriches their home, school or community. The program, which will continue for at least the next ten years, will also be extended to schools located outside the city of Anaheim whose student body consists of at least 50% who live in Anaheim.

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FAA Postpones Disney’s Drone Exemption Request Response in Wake of New Regulations

Disney Drone ProposalsAlthough 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.

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FAA Quizzes Disney on Proposed Drone Exemption

Disney Drone ProposalsThe 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:

  1. Will flight operations be conducted at night only? After twilight? Will the hours of operation coincide with the fireworks display?

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‘Phantom Radio’ App ‘Haunted Mansion’ Experience at Disneyland, Plus ‘Artifact’ Subscription

Haunted Mansion Ghost Post SubscriptionDisney today announced it has offering a line of exclusive Haunted Mansion-themed app-cessories for iPhone owners. Titled ‘Ghost Post,’ the $199.95 package consists of three separate monthly shipments beginning at the end of this month, shipping included. Each box will consist of 7-9 physical props inspired by the popular attraction, which will interact with the ‘The Haunted Mansion: Phantom Radio’ app.

The app’s official description reads:

‘The Haunted Mansion: Phantom Radio’ gives you the power to tune in to the ghosts of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion. Separate their spectral mutterings from the static as you wander across the radio dial.

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‘Frozen’ Musical to Debut at Disney California Adventure May 27

Frozen Live at the Hyperion“Frozen – Live at the Hyperion,” a new musical based on Disney’s animated blockbuster film, will open at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure Park on May 27, 2016. Audiences will be immersed in the emotional journey of Anna and Elsa with all of the excitement of live theater, in an entertaining musical adaptation that includes elaborate costumes and sets, stunning special effects, show-stopping production numbers and unique theatrical surprises.

“Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” is based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ film Frozen, which is the No. 1 animated feature of all time and among the most critically acclaimed animated films. It is the winner of two Academy Awards (2014), for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song.

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New ‘Star Wars Land’ Concept Art in High Resolution

Disney Parks has released new art for its upcoming Star Wars-themed lands, coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., transporting guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.

Inside these authentic lands, guests will be able to step aboard The Millennium Falcon and actually pilot the fastest ship in the galaxy, steering the vessel through space, firing the laser cannons, in complete control of the experience. And with the arrival of the First Order to the planet, guests will find themselves in the middle of a tense battle between stormtroopers and Resistance fighters.

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WATCH: ABC’s ‘Disneyland 60’ Special Clips Featuring Tori Kelly with Kermit and Derek Hough

The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60ABC continues to ramp up its promotion of its the upcoming television special, ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,’ this time releasing two ‘magical moment’ videos which highlight performances from the show. Embedded below are sneak peeks of Tori Kelly performing ‘Rainbow Connection’ with Kermit the Frog and Derek Hough performing ‘Step in Time’ from Mary Poppins. The special will air on the ABC television network this Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 8:00 pm ET/PT.

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VIDEO SNEAK PEEK: ABC’s ‘Disneyland 60’ Anniversary Special

The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60ABC has released a few video clips from the upcoming television special, ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,’ which you can find embedded below. The clips include performances of Fall Out Boy, Derek Hough and the show’s opening number, as well as Josh Gad’s tours of Walt Disney’s private apartment above the Main Street firehouse and the Disneyland Dream Suite (which was originally intended to be a permanent Disney residence). The special will air on the ABC television network this Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 8:00 pm ET/PT.

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PHOTOS: Idina Menzel Performs ‘Let It Go’ at Disney California Adventure

Last night at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort, Idina Menzel performed ‘Let It Go’ from Frozen to a sold-out crowd. The performance was taped for ABC’s upcoming television special, ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,’ airing February 21 at 8:00 pm. ABC has released photos from the taping which have been added to our gallery of images from the special below.

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