‘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.

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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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PATENT: Disney’s Drone ‘Flixels’ System to Incorporate Video Projections

Disney Drone Payload Patent ApplicationWe have been following Disney Theme Parks’ plans to incorporate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — or drones — into its nighttime entertainment experiences for years, beginning with the initial patent application through their recent filing to actually seek FAA permission to use drones at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts.

The filing revealed that Disney plans on using 3DR quadcopters with a ‘flixel’ payload of no more than five pounds in weight, but until now, it was more or less assumed that it would be a simple screen, consisting of simple elements that would combine with other drones’ payloads to develop a larger picture, such as what Intel had recently shown, which was effectively simulating fireworks.

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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’s ‘Rivers of Light’ Additional Show Details; Opening Spring 2016 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Rivers of Light Concept ArtCalling for ‘contemporary and Bollywood’ dancers, Disney Parks and Resorts today unveiled additional details about its upcoming night-time spectacular, ‘Rivers of Light,’ coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort next year.

Choreographed by Ulka Simone Mohanty, these ‘silent narrators orchestrate all the action to convey the spirit of an ancient and timeless celebration.’ The event begins with the arrival of a pair of Shamans, two complementary forces who come to the river bearing gifts of light. Along with their Acolytes, or assistants, the Shamans set out from the shore on elaborate lantern vessels, engaging in a dramatic dance of water and light to summon the animal spirits.

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Disney World to Introduce New Villains-Themed Entertainment Featuring Dr. Facilier

Walt Disney World has recently announced several casting sessions for a brand new villains-themed entertainment offering coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, for which they are seeking to fill both male and female roles.

On the male side, they are looking to cast for Dr. Facilier from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. The role calls for a male in his 20s – 30s, 5’11” and taler. ‘A master of magic and voodoo. Charismatic baritone with pizazz. Sings “Friends On The Other Side.”‘

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Hong Kong Disneyland to Introduce New Entertainment with Singing Characters

Hong Kong Disneyland has issued a casting call for what it is simply calling a ‘new show’ for fall, with many roles calling for Disney characters. The positions/descriptions are as follows:

Merida
Height: 5’5 -5’8
Performer traits: Strong dynamic and expressive presence with Principal qualities
Mover with strong upper body / arm presence
Vocal range: A (below middle C) to C# (octave above middle C). Pop Sound

Rapunzel / Elsa
Height: 5’6 -5’9
Performer traits: Strong dynamic and expressive presence with Principal qualities
Mover with strong upper body / arm presence
Vocal range: G (below middle C) to E (10th above middle C)

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