SPECULATION: ‘Moana’ Themed Show Coming to Walt Disney World in Fall

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Moana Teaser PosterWalt Disney World has begun issuing casting notices for open casting calls for female actors to portray Moana, the titular character of the upcoming film from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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.

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New Muppets Live Entertainment Coming to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Fall 2016

Muppets Live Show Debuts in Fall 2016 at Walt Disney World ResortWalt 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.

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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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SNEAK PEEK: ‘Frozen – Live at the Hyperion’ at the Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Resort has released several sneak peek photos from the premiere performance of ‘Frozen – Live at the Hyperion’ which officially debuts tomorrow, May 27, 2016, at the Hyperion Theatre located in the Disney California Adventure. You can find the images in our gallery embedded below.

This new theatrical interpretation for the stage immerses audiences in the beloved world of Frozen and takes audiences on the heartwarming journey of Anna and Elsa, with all of the excitement of live theater. Under the direction of Tony Award® nominated Director Liesl Tommy, the show features elaborate costumes and sets, stunning special effects, and show-stopping production numbers. An exceptionally large production, the show features an opening cast and crew of more than 200, six full musical numbers and a 2,200 square foot video wall which combine for an unforgettable theatrical experience.

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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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Star Wars-Themed Entertainment Expands in Spring, Summer at Disney World

Walt Disney World Resort SW_Spectacular_Artist ConceptFollowing the extraordinary popularity of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Walt Disney World Resort is unveiling even more Star Wars-themed entertainment at Disney’s Hollywood Studios starting this spring – including one of the most elaborate fireworks and projection shows in the park’s history.

Just in time for spring, that “galaxy far, far away” will be closer than ever with the April 4 arrival of the new Star Wars live entertainment experience Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away and a menacing First Order stormtrooper procession at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And to kick off summer, the park is launching a new nightly fireworks and projection show called Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular that will eclipse anything of its kind in the park’s history.

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‘Frozen’ Musical to Replace ‘Toy Story’ on Disney Cruise Line’s Wonder in 2016

FULL DISCLOSURE: Although Disney Cruise Line has stopped short of outright saying so, recent casting calls have announced a new show coming to the Disney Wonder (presumably to replace ‘Toy Story’ whose closure has already been announced). The ‘new’ roles, described below, are scheduled to begin in late summer of 2016.

The following has been officially announced: the new show will be directed by noted Broadway director Sheryl Kaller (‘Mothers and Sons’ and ‘Next Fall’) and choreographed by Joshua Prince (Carole King’s ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Shrek’).

The Frozen roles and descriptions are as follows (in the event you are the one single person who hasn’t yet seen the film):

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PATENT: Disney’s Drones Will Be Self Sustaining

Drone Autonomous Charging StationIt’s become one of the world’s worst kept secrets that Disney Parks has devised of a way to use drones in its nighttime entertainment offerings and is currently lobbying the FAA to allow them to do so. Almost on a weekly basis now, we are learning more and more of just how Disney is attempting to accomplish such a feat, pioneering methods and technology to do so.

Exactly one week ago, we covered a patent application that demonstrates the ‘flixel’ system being composed of a pico-projector and a mesh screen and now Disney has potentially revealed plans on how the system will sustain itself.

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