After starting the roll out of FASTPASS+ technology at the Magic Kingdom, which not only included the installation of temporary (and subsequent permanent) RFID readers at return lines at select attractions, along with limited tests, as well as pilot programs to enter the theme parks via RFID and — most recently — pay for purchases and unlock hotel rooms using embedded RFID chips in the Key to the World (KTTW) cards at the Contemporary Resort, it appears Walt Disney World (NYSE:DIS) is steadily pushing on to establish its NextGen technology at the Resort, this time at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Via its official blog, Disney Parks and Resorts today unveiled the first few of a new series of portraits by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz portraying celebrities in iconic classic Disney roles.
The new images feature Russell Brand poised as Captain Hook facing his nemesis, the crocodile known as Tick-Tock with the caption ‘Where every moment leaves you hungry for more’ and Jack Black, Will Ferrell and Jason Segel as the Haunted Mansion ghosts, Phinease, Ezara and Gus with the caption ‘Where you can go on the ride of your afterlife.
New DisneyStore.com arrivals and sales for July 27, 2012
Below is a list of new items and sales now available for purchase at DisneyStore.com. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on DisneyStore.com in another window.
Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability.
|Sterling Silver Disneyland California Charm– $20.00|
Our Sterling Silver Disneyland California Charm is the perfect memento of her trip to Disneyland and the Golden State. A crystal Mickey Mouse icon sparkles where Disneyland beckons and other points of interest are etched into the vintage-inspired charm.
|Sculptured Spider-Man Mug– $12.50|
Why swing down to your friendly neighborhood coffee shop when you can hang around the house with our amazing Spider-Man coffee mug? This sculptured ceramic mug is shaped just like Spider-Man’s own masked mug!
|Vinylmation Animation 2 Series 9” Figure — Roger Rabbit– $44.95|
P-p-p-please consider our Vinylmation Animation 2 Series 9” Roger Rabbit. Who Framed Roger Rabbitfans will be frantic for the big time Toon Town star in his latest role as a crazy cartoon collectible. Just keep him clear of the ”dip.”
|Vinylmation Park 9 Series 9” Figure — Epcot The Land Balloons– $44.95|
Fly up, up and away with our beautiful Vinylmation Park 9 Series 9” Figure inspired by the ”hot air balloon” designs that decorate Epcot’s The Land pavillion at Walt Disney World Resort.
|Disney Princess Sunglasses for Girls – SALE $2.99 — SAVE 34%!|
By royal command, the sun will always shine when little ladies wear our Disney Princess Sunglasses for Girls. Our 100% UV protection lenses help cut the glare on a bright day in her courtyard or faraway kingdom.
|Personalizable Jake and the Never Land Pirates Beach Towel – SALE $9.99 — SAVE 39%!|
Avast there me hearties! If ye be after drying off, then your little pirate will treasure this Jake and the Never Land Pirates Beach Towel. Jake and his feathered friend Skully are all over this colorful towel that can be personalized.
|Personalizable Toy Story 3 Beach Towel – SALE $9.99 — SAVE 39%!|
The stars of Toy Story 3 make guest appearances on this colorful Toy Story 3 Beach Towel. Lotso joins Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Rex, Mr Potato Head and all your favorites who ”Came to Play” as you take them to the beach or pool with you.
|Minnie and Mickey Mouse Wallet – SALE $12.99 — SAVE 10%!|
Snap your valuables in our gleaming Minnie and Mickey Mouse Wallet. Disney’s classic sweethearts sparkle with pop art fun. This sturdy, secure billfold case with padded cover fits all your carry along needs, cash and cards.
|Minnie Mouse Pen Set – SALE $9.99 — SAVE 31%!|
When your young one wants to do a spot of art, this collection of 10 different colored gel pens and the fun Minnie Mouse case is perfect. A glittering bow adds sparkle to this shiny zip case with its thoroughly modern Minnie polka dot design.
|Cars 2 Sunglasses for Boys – SALE $2.99 — SAVE 34%!|
Cut the glare on your little racer’s windshield with our Cars 2 sunglasses for boys. Our 100% UV protection lenses keep drivers looking cool on hot days at the track.
Right now, Disney D23 Expo 2013 is gearing up to be the biggest and best ever. Being held August 9-11, 2013 at the Anaheim Convention Center near the Disneyland Resort, D23 Expo unites The Walt Disney Company with fans and fans with other fans. More than 40,000 fans congregated in 2011 to explore the past, present and future of Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Disney Interactive Studios, Disney/ABC Television and more, with the third expo promising even more.
Disney D23 has provided us with just some of the returning favorites as well as new additions to provide a more enjoyable experience for attendees.
Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort has already released an innovative flash app to promote its new Cars Land expansion, allowing online guests to virtually tour the new land (by car, of course), visiting each of the residents of Radiator Springs to see their wares and learn more about the new shopping, dining and attraction experiences. Guests can even create, customize and share their own virtual Cars-inspired avatar for the virtual road trip.
Disney Legend Dave Smith, founder of the Disney Archives and Chief Archivist Emeritus, will be making a special appearance at the Disneyland Resort on July 14, 2012 to sign his new book, Disney Trivia from the Vault.
Beginning with the July 1983 issue of Disney Channel Magazine, Dave Smith began answering Disney trivia questions from viewers of the Disney Channel. In the ensuing thirty years, his column has continued through multiple publications, including Disney Magazine, the on-line Disney Insider, and most recently the Disney D23 website. ‘Ask Dave’ questions have come from Disney enthusiasts the world over, and have covered topics ranging from Cinderella’s last name (Tremaine) to the number of triangles covering the surface of Epcot’s Spaceship Earth (11,324 facets comprising 954 triangles.)
From the initial announcement of the expansion at Disney California Adventure in 2007, through the opening of Cars Land and Buena Vista Street today, the ‘sizzle reel’ video we are pleased to share with you below takes a look at the announcements and changes that have helped shape Disneyland’s second gate into what it’s become.
Disney’s PhotoPass has quietly made its all-inclusive PhotoPass+ service available for pre-purchase at $30 off the retail price for both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts when purchased at least fourteen days ahead of the scheduled vacation.
Good for a period of two weeks once the mailed voucher is redeemed on site, the PhotoPass+ card allows Guests to take complete advantage of the Disney’s PhotoPass system at no additional charges which includes all dining and ride photo opportunities, including Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure.
With the grand opening of Cars Land and Buena Vista street at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort rapidly approaching, Walt Disney Imagineering has put together this video package of titled ‘what guests can expect.’
Imagineer Kathy Mangum takes us through the final testing and preview stages of Cars Land which includes a look at the stunning audio animatronics used in Radiator Springs Racers as well as a look at other attractions such as Luigi’s Flying Tires and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, and dining option Flos V-8 Cafe.
In honor of Secret of the Wings, which debuts on 3D Blu-ray on October 23, Disney Parks has officially confirmed it will be introducing Tinker Bell’s new wintery friend, Periwinkle, as a meet & greet character at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom theme parks. No specific date has been given other than her appearances will begin in October.
For Tinker Bell and the other warm season fairies, the Winter Woods remains a mysterious and forbidden place. Secret of the Wings takes audiences on an amazing journey of discovery with Tink, into this forbidden world where she discovers a magical secret that changes her life forever.