ABC’s ‘Disneyland 60’ Special to Feature Elton John, Pentatonix; Interactive Experience Available for At-Home Viewers

The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60ABC and the Disneyland Resort have announced that Elton John will debut his title track ‘Wonderful Crazy Night’ during the two-hour special ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,’ premiering Sunday, February 21 on the ABC television network at 8:00 pm ET/PT. Although ABC has yet to announce other appearances on the show, audience ticketing company 1iota is currently offering free tickets to those wishing to attend a taping for the special on Tuesday, January 12 at the Disneyland Resort. According to 1iota, those performing during the taping including Pentatonix, and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ professional dancers Derek Hough and Witney Carson.

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UPDATE: Disney Seeks Permission to Use Drones for Nighttime Entertainment at Theme Parks

Disney Drone ProposalsBack in summer of 2014, Stitch Kingdom broke news that Walt Disney Parks and Resorts was working on an intricate system using controlled drones to supplement its nighttime entertainment, proposing to: use drones to control massive marionettes (such as an exampled Jack Skellington) and/or use drones to carry screens that could act as what they dubbed ‘flixels,’ or ‘floating pixels.’

In late October of 2015, Disney decided to move ahead with these plans by filing an exemption from the FAA under section 333 which governs the commercial use of drones. The application was published on December 31 and has not yet been answered by the FAA.

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Disney Announces Casting Roles for ‘Frozen’ Musical for Theme Park

FrozenEarlier this year, we shared news that Imagineering’s Disney Creative Entertainment (DCE) division had made plans to workshop the upcoming staged production of ‘Frozen,’ which is set to replace ‘Aladdin’ at Disney California Adventure’s Hyperion Theatre in spring of 2016.

Casting calls have now been published for the production itself, which will be directed by stage veteran Liesl Tommy. The roles, descriptions and requirements are as follows:

  • Elsa: Princess who becomes Queen; fearfully plagued by powers she hasn’t yet learned to control; lives a life of isolation separated from society and those she loves, including her sister. All Ethnicities. Vocal Range: Mezzo Soprano; mix/belt

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Star Wars ‘Season of the Force’ Additional Details for Disneyland Released

The Disneyland Resort has released additional details for its Star Wars ‘Season of the Force’ event which kicks off November 16, 2015 at the Disneyland Resort, which pays homage to The Force Awakens.

Full details for Star Wars Launch Bay, Star Tours, Hyperspace Mountain, Jedi Training Academy, Path of the Jedi and food options follow after the preview image gallery below:

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‘Frozen’ Musical for California Adventure to be Workshopped in December; Opens Spring 2016

FrozenAccording to a newly published casting call, Disney Creative Entertainment’s production of the staged musical adaptation of Frozen will be workshopped in Anaheim between November 30 and December 19, 2015 with the initial casting session to take place in New York City on October 16.

The recently-announced production will replace ‘Aladdin’ which will end its 13 year run on January 10, 2016 and it appears DCE — a branch of Walt Disney Imagineering — is looking to replace the current production — often considered Broadway-caliber fare — with a well-pedigreed production worthy of taking its place. According to the casting notice, Liesl Tommy is set to direct (Tommy just came off an off-Broadway production titled ‘Eclipse’ starring Lupita Nyong’o) and Millicent Johnnie is set to choreograph.

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WATCH: Disney Parks Launches ‘Unforgettable Happens Here’ Campaign

Disney Parks today launched a new campaign titled ‘Unforgettable Happens Here,’ using a series of commercials that highlight magical moments that take place during family vacations at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts. The campaign is said to remind Guests that ‘around every corner, at any second or minute of every day, there’s a magical moment waiting to happen. Here, moments both big and little become stories that will be forever told and retold. And never, ever forgotten.’

Two of the 30 second spots that will begin airing shortly have been released and are embedded below.

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Disneyland Files Permit for Work on ‘Luigi’s Festival of the Dance’ in Carsland

'Luigi's Festival of the Dance' Concept ArtThe Disneyland Resort has officially filed for permits for construction on what it is indeed calling ‘Luigi’s Festival of the Dance,’ the new attraction set to replace the troubled ‘Luigi’s Flying Tires’ attraction in the Carsland section of Disney California Adventure.

Available for viewing online here, the permit is seeking permission for an underground electrical conduit for the attraction. The permit’s description reads as follows: Electrical for DCA – Carsland – Luigi’s Festival of the Dance – Area Development, Architectural, Structural, and Electrical Work for Luigi’s Attraction – Ride Vehicle Maintenance Building 779 s.f., Attraction Slab, Modified Exit Queue, New Ride Cabinets and Systems, and Provide Revised Barriers and Gates

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Disneyland Casting Puppeteers for New Parade Offering

The Disneyland Resort has announced it will be casting both male and female ‘hand-and-rod puppeteers’ for a ‘new exciting and high-energy parade that winds its way through the heart of the Disneyland Park.’ While it has already been announced that Disneyland will be getting its own signature version of Hong Kong Disneyland’s ‘Paint the Night’ parade for the 60th Anniversary, that parade does not make use of hand-and-rod puppets, which are the type of puppets most associated with ‘Sesame Street’ and ‘The Muppets.’

Requirements for the positions are that the puppeteers are 5’6″ – 5’10” in height and possess excellent hand-eye coordination as well as ‘various levels of skill.’

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Disney California Adventure to Get New Parade for Resort Anniversary

The Disneyland Resort has already announced its ambitious plans for new entertainment to commence with its 60th Anniversary celebration that commences on May 22, 2015, but as it turns out, there may be some cards up its sleeve. While we did previously report a rumor that there would be a new parade for Disney California Adventure, nothing has yet to be officially announced.

A new listing on the Disney Auditions web site, however, appears to promise a new entertainment offering, not unlike how a prior listing confirmed a new night-time parade at Disneyland, which indeed turned out to be the Resort’s version of ‘Paint the Night’ from Hong Kong Disneyland.

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SPECULATION: Shellie May to Visit Disney Parks Beginning in 2015

'Mickey & Duffy’s Spring Voyage'It’s not much to go on and we have admittedly jumped the gun before, but an announcement by Disney Publishing Worldwide has renewed our speculation that Duffy’s gal pal, Shellie May, may finally be coming stateside to join the original Disney bear. Since our original speculation — based on trademarks — she has in fact shown up in the United States in the form of merchandise sold at the Aulani resort in Hawaii. Oddly enough, Duffy has found an additional new friend at the Tokyo Disney Resort in the form of an art-loving cat by the name of Gelatoni.

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