Disney recording artist and winner of Radio Disney’s Next Best Thing, Allstar Weekend will be on-hand to perform live at Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort in front of Studio Disney 365 on Tuesday, June 22. The band will perform a free mini-concert beginning at 1 PM PT which will be followed by an autograph session from 1:45 PM – 3:45 PM in honor of the band’s new album, Suddenly.
Those wishing to get an opportunity to have a copy of the new CD signed must obtain a wristband which will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis at Studio Disney 365′s opening. CDs can be purchased at the shop with a limit of 2 items being signed per guest. No personal items from home may be brought to be signed.
Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels are giving vacationers another reason to enjoy Summer Nightastic! at the Walt Disney World Resort with special discounts up to 25 percent off regular rates good from now through August 14, 2010 or later.
Summer nights at Walt Disney World Resort enchant theme park guests when the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot present special events designed to add summertime energy to the after-dark theme-park experience. Summer Nightastic! — which runs from June 6, 2010 through August 14, 2010 — lights up the entertainment experience at the Vacation Kingdom with the return of the beloved Main Street Electrical Parade, a fireworks extravaganza, a rockin? dance party, concerts and more.
At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror adds new effects — and a summer-only drop sequence — to the mix for guests daring to step into the attraction?s infamous service elevator. On nearby Hollywood Boulevard, guests are invited to the Rock n? Glow Dance Party, where a DJ and live rock band keep popular tunes coming five nights a week. And at Epcot, live Sounds Like Summer tribute-band concerts rock guests each evening from June 12 to July 31 with familiar tunes ranging from Hotel California to Stayin’ Alive.
Visitors planning a trip to Walt Disney World Resort for Summer Nightastic! will find special savings at Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels. The Royal Plaza is featuring Hot Summer Night values with rates starting at $69 per night, with a free upgrade to deluxe tower rooms. Guests also receive the Royal Savings Passport at check-in, which features up to $275 in additional savings throughout the hotel. Passport offers include: 25 percent off a dinner check at the hotel?s restaurant (up to a $50 value), buy one movie and get one free, buy one 16-inch pizza and get one of equal or lesser value for free, and 50 percent off the second night of a subsequent stay at the property. Guests must reserve a room by June 30, 2010 and travel between now and Sept 30, 2010.
On July 24, 2010, from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. local times, Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can enjoy an early shopping opportunity with incredible discounts of up to 50% off select merchandise items, special doorbusters, surprise markdowns and more at the World of Disney® Store in the Downtown Disney® District. The first 1000 Annual Passholders or Disney Vacation Club Members at the World of Disney® Store on July 24, 2010, will receive a complimentary gift.
A valid Annual Passholder or Disney Vacation Club Member I.D. must be presented to enter the World of Disney® store for the early shopping opportunities and must be presented at time of purchase to receive offers. Merchandise and offers valid while supplies last. Offers not valid on any previous purchases nor for phone, e-mail , on-line, or mail orders. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Other restrictions may apply. Information and offers are subject to change or cancellation without notice.
Just in time for Mother’s Day, Sterling Confections presents its newest creation, this Mickey Mouse-inspired truffle bar.
Jim Martin, President of Sterling Confections will be on hand Saturday, May 8, 2010 from 9 am to 11 am in Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland® park (park admission required) and from 1 pm to 4 pm at Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort to talk about the process of candy making and what makes Sterling Confections and the Truffle Bar such a delectable treat.
Not unlike an original painting, each Sterling Truffle Bar is a one-of-a-kind chocolate experience. Sterling has transformed the common truffle into a distinctive chocolate canvas, hand-painted with vivid and artistic designs that not only entice the eye, but also tempt the palate.
The Mickey Truffle Bars are currently available in only a few flavors including Double Hazelnut Caramel and Pineapple Ginger Macadamia Nut and will be available soon at Disney Parks.
A new store has joined the unique collection of shopping and dining experiences in the Downtown Disney area with the opening of D Street, where urban-inspired product “intersects” with a Disney creative edge.
D Street is located in Downtown Disney West Side and showcases a mix of products for both men and women. Items include cutting-edge apparel, pop culture novelties and Vinylmation™ collectibles. The store offers an unfinished “industrial look” with fun, oversized props adorning the venue.
Product lines feature vintage looks from Disney and urban influences. Vintage apparel includes artwork from classic Disney attractions and characters. D Street also provides a great venue to showcase Disney art created by local artists.
This new urban-style location is the flagship store for Vinylmation serving as the place for launching the latest releases and trading of this new Disney collectible. Designed by artists from Disney Design Group, Vinylmation gives a whole new meaning to creative expression. Disney artists use a blank three-dimensional canvas bringing to life classic characters, attractions or icons inspired by Disney Parks & Resorts from around the world. They also showcase their own artistic styles with edgy and graphic-focused looks. These collectible figures come in a variety of sizes including 1.5- or 3-inch limited-release mystery or open edition boxes, to 9-inch limited-edition figures.
On his blog, photographer William Beem recounts a recent run-in with security at Downtown Disney at the World Disney Resort when he was attempting to photograph the exterior of the House of Blues, specifically experimenting with high dynamic range (HDR) photography which essentially requires a tripod and multiple exposures of the exact same image.
It’s a fascinating tale and one I’m ashamed to say I’m not too unfamiliar with, although my equipment is far inferior and my run-ins have been at the Disneyland Resort where I was once asked why I was taking a photo of the monorail beam (at around 7 am). When I told the inquisitive security guard I wasn’t, he insisted they had me on camera showing that I was, so when I handed over my camera, he could see that I was only trying to capture all of the letters in the CALIFORNIA element outside Disney’s California Adventure. The monorail beam, in fact, wasn’t to be found at all in my photos. The guard smiled, thanked me, spoke into his wrist and then promptly walked away, leaving me wondering so what if I was photographing the beam? Clearly if I had done it at 12:30 pm, they wouldn’t have approached me about it, I was just designating myself as a target. I’ve also had a security host on bicycle ask me my reason for photography as I was strolling between Port Orleans French Quarter and Riverside, but he seemed easily appeased when I responded ‘for myself.’
But Beem’s experience goes far beyond mine and it’s a faithful reminder that Disney is private property, not a public space. All of those fancy addresses one passes as they travel along the long, intertwining roads, simply don’t exist in the real world. Downtown Disney is one giant mall and Disney has the right to eject any one off property for any reason it sees fit, even going as far as banning people and having them arrested for trespassing. It doesn’t need to apply the same rules to every one, it can pick and choose and selectively enforce, even if you (or even Disney) doesn’t see a legitimate reason for doing so. Sometimes you eat the b’ar and sometimes the b’ar eats you.
As for Mr. Beem, while a simple Google search suggests photography may in fact not be his full-time gig, he does make a go at selling his work, but I guess hobbyists have always been entitled to do such things. He has also since provided a follow-up featuring one of the troublesome photos that he apparently wasn’t asked to delete.
On Saturday, April 3, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Passholders will have an opportunity to be among the first guests to experience the opening of D Street, the newest merchandise location where urban inspired product “intersects” with a Disney creative edge. Passholders will also be among the first to catch a glimpse of the new Create Your Own Vinylmation table, have the opportunity to participate in Vinylmation trading activities (trade your own Vinylmation or ones you purchase) and see the Disney Channel Star Celebrity Signed Vinylmation on display at D Street!
In addition to catching a sneak peek of D Street, Passholders will also have the opportunity to purchase new and Oh Mickey, Sports, and Vinylmation Jr. Series releases (and yes, your Passholder Merchandise Discount will apply!). There will also be a purchase with purchase opportunity featuring a Vinylmation Tote Bag for $1.95 when you spend $30 or more at D Street. Plus, the first 500 Passholders at the D Street location on Saturday, April 3, 2010 will receive a complimentary Vinylmation button.
D Street located in the Downtown Disney West Side, will showcase a mix of products for both men and women. Items will include Vinylmation figures and collectibles, cutting-edge apparel, pop culture novelties and more. The store will have a raw, unfinished industrial look and provide a great venue to showcase Disney art created by local artists.
A valid Passholder ID AND government issued photo ID must be presented to enter D Street for the D Street Sneak Peek opportunity and must be presented at time of purchase to receive offers. Qualifying purchase based on pre-tax, post discount single transaction. Purchase with purchase offer not valid on previous purchases. Merchandise and offers valid while supplies last. Not valid with any other offer or discounts. Other restrictions may apply. Information and offers are subject to change without notice.
‘Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow’ Author Ridley Pearson to Make Appearances April 6-7 at Walt Disney World
On Tuesday, April 6, Ridley will be signing at Once Upon a Toy in the Downtown Disney Marketplace from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
On Wednesday, April 7, Ridley will be appearing at MouseGear in Epcot (theme park admission required) from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
About Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadows:
When Disney Imagineers installed hologram guides for the Magic Kingdom, using teenage models they had no idea the technology might backfire. But backfire it did: some nights when the kids go to sleep, they wake up in one of the Disney parks as a hologram.
With the adventures set forth in the first books now behind them, Kingdom Keepers 3: Disney In Shadow follows the five teens, Finn, Philby, Willa, Charlene, and Maybeck as they search to find Wayne, their mentor and head Imagineer who has mysteriously gone missing. Concerned Wayne has been abducted by the Overtakers-Disney villains, who along with other Disney characters, take over the parks when the turnstiles stop spinning, and want desperately to steer the parks to a far darker place-the five kids pick up a major clue from a close friend, Jez, whose dreams (nightmares, really) often accurately predict the future.
The very few clues from Jez’s dream lead the kids into Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot–through imaginary worlds that become real, by imaginary kids who are real. Each clue seems tied to the last, and with the stakes growing ever higher, what starts out as a puzzle ends up as a fight for their lives. Through a transparent paper box, a quest for a sword, rides on Soarin’ and Maelstrom, life-and-death encounters with giant snakes, and a devious Maleficent, the Kingdom Keepers not only begin to decipher deeper meanings to the clues, but discover new truths about themselves and their ever-growing friendships.
AMC Theatres Announces ETX™, an Enhanced Theatre Experience Exclusively at AMC Pleasure Island 24 in Walt Disney World
AMC Theatres® (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, today announces that guests will be able to see movies in a new, entirely superior fashion when the AMC Enhanced Theatre Experience (ETXTM) makes its U.S. debut on March 5 at AMC Pleasure Island 24 at Downtown Disney® Area at the Walt Disney World® Resort.
ETX includes a 20-percent larger screen, 3D technology, digital projection and an upgraded sound system. Specifically, the digital projection system produces images comprised of 2 million pixels, which delivers a higher resolution than HD. This eye-popping image is then showcased on a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling screen that immerses guests in the image.
The ETX auditorium also boasts 12 audio channels fueled by 50,000 watts of power, which is a major upgrade and three times the power of typical auditoriums with six audio channels. As a result of this improved sight and sound experience, guests will not simply watch a movie. They will live it in ETX.
“We are proud to launch our new ETX concept for the first time in the United States at AMC Pleasure Island 24,” said John McDonald, executive vice president, U.S. operations. “We truly believe this premier location at Downtown Disney deserves the absolute best entertainment experience AMC can offer, and ETX is the cornerstone of that experience.”
The high-tech, state-of-the-art ETX auditorium will feature Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures’ “ALICE IN WONDERLAND” in 3D when the movie opens across the United States on March 5.
“With the upgraded screen and sound system, in addition to the premium viewing experience digital cinema offers, we believe our guests at AMC Pleasure Island 24 will walk away with a new perception of how movies should be delivered,” said McDonald.
Movies shown in the ETX auditorium will cost $2 more, while 3D titles such as “ALICE IN WONDERLAND” will cost $4 more to see it in ETX. For more information about ETX and amenities at AMC Pleasure Island 24, please visit www.AMCEntertainment.com.
Events taking place that day include:
- Alice in Wonderland inspired offerings will include the following:
- Tarina Tarantino Trunk Show with Sales Manager, Jennifer Goldstein from 2 pm – 6 pm (Disney Vault 28)
- Mini Makeovers by Sephora from 2 pm – 6 pm (between Disney Vault 28 and D Street)
- Alice in Wonderland Merchandise all day (Disney Vault 28 & D Street)
In addition, Fossil will offer 10% off store items (excluding sale items and battery repairs) with a Downtown Disney AMC 12 Theatres movie ticket stub for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland on March 6th. Note The ticket stub will be honored all day on March 6th.
In other news, Disney Vault 28 has announced that it will begin selling Dooney & Bourke Disney licensed accessories beginning this week.