Walt Disney World today unveiled some of its plans for the 2015 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (March 4 – May 17, 2015).
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that animation historian John Canemaker will be paying tribute to animation pioneers Winsor McCay and Walt Disney in a three part program that ends with a screening of Disney’s Fantasia. All three events will take place on Saturday, September 13 the Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
‘Gertie the Dinosaur and the Birth of Personality Animation’ will commemorate Gertie the Dinosaur’s 100th birthday with a ‘salute to Gertie and her creator, the prolific comic strip artist and animation pioneer Winsor McCay. This richly illustrated look at McCay’s life and work includes four of his animated shorts, and a re-creation – with audience participation – of the legendary routine that introduced Gertie in McCay’s 1914 vaudeville act.’
The Oriental Land Company, owners and operators of the Tokyo Disney Resort have announced that they will be honoring the success of Disney’s Frozen with a special event, titled ‘Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Fantasy,’ to be held at the Tokyo Disneyland theme park starting January 13, 2015 and ending on March 20, 2015. According to the press release, ‘guests will find opportunities to experience the beautiful world of Frozen, with family and friends.’
Celebrating at the park during the winter season, guests are promised ‘a lovely world of ice and snow created by Elsa’s magical power.’ The park will feature special menus and approximately 25 specially themed merchandise as well as decorative snow and ice crystal, ‘reminiscent of the film’s atmosphere.’
D23, the official community for fans of The Walt Disney Company, today announced that tickets for its biennial D23 Expo — to take place August 14-16, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center — will go on sale on August 14, 2014 at 1 pm ET / 10 am PT. For the third time, a premiere Sorcerer level package will be available for purchase in limited quantities.
From August 14 through December 31, 2014, single day admission tickets for the public will be available for $61 per adult and $42 per child (3-12) while D23 members are $52 per adult and $37 per child, with additional savings with purchasing multi-day admission (full ticket details and pricing will be available at D23Expo.com).
‘Pirate and Princess: Power of Doing Good,’ a pro-social touring event to introduce kids age 2-7 to the value of doing good, including caring for nature and animals and helping others, will begin Thursday, July 17 in Philadelphia before carrying on to Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Designed for kids and families, the tour is sponsored by Disney Junior, ASPCA, Youth Service America (YSA), National Wildlife Federation and First Book. Although the event is free, tickets are required and are available now at disneyjunior.thundertix.com.
Disney’s D23, the official club for fans of The Walt Disney Company, today announced plans for its third annual Fanniversary event tour which kicks off on August 9, 2014 in Burbank, CA and will make stops in San Diego, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., New York City, Boston and Orlando. This year, the event will be sponsored by the new Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection which launches in June with its release of The Lion King, featuring thirty minutes of its previously unreleased score by Hans Zimmer.
ANOVOS Productions LLC has announced it will be revealing its replica costumes based on Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back at Chicago’s C2E2 Expo (April 25-27).
Based on original costume designs and patterns used for the films, the collection will kick off with Luke Skywalker’s Bespin uniform as well as Han Solo. A full-length Darth Vader costume is expected to be released later in the summer. ANOVOS also plans to build on the line with what it calls its ‘Kamino Armor Works’ which will include a Jango Fett costume and Clone Troopers costumes. Future plans also include costumes for Sandtroopers, Biker Scouts, Stormtroopers and other variants of Clone Troopers.
Nintendo of America and Disney Interactive have announced that they will be holding a launch event for ‘Disney Magical World‘ for the Nintendo 3DS at Nintendo’s Nintendo World in New York City’s Rockefeller Center. The event, which will feature ‘Dog with a Blog’ star G Hannelius, will take place on Saturday, April 12 from 12 pm – 3 pm.
For the event, the popular destination for Nintendo fans will be transformed into a Disney paradise and include festivities such as the ability to play the new game, a Disney themed photo booth, Disney sketch artists, a giant AR card that players can scan in to download an outfit for the game and access to the Disney Cafe for cupcakes and beverages (while supplies last).
The Walt Disney Family Museum has announced it will present the exhibition ‘Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis’ from April 30 through November 30, 2014. On view in the museum’s Theater Gallery, the exhibition — co-curated by the museum’s director of collections and exhibitions, Michael Labrie, and animator Andreas Deja — spotlights some 70 original pencil animation drawings, conceptual artwork, paintings, cels, and photographs from animator and Imagineer Marc Davis (b. 1913). Davis, who was named a Disney Legend in 1989, was assigned and executed some of the most difficult animation for Walt Disney’s leading ladies and femmes fatales from classics such as Peter Pan (1953), Sleeping Beauty (1956), and One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961). It was Davis’ mastery of the human form and authority on anatomy and movement that brought these iconic female characters to life and made them believable.
Walt Disney once said, ‘We keep moving forward — opening up new doors and doing new things — because we’re curious. And curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.’ It’s in that spirit that guests this fall will have the opportunity to visit — or revisit — some of the most beloved Disney attractions of yesteryear. D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind presented by H2O Plus will take place November 22 and 23 at Walt Disney World Resort. D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will bring Disney archivists, Imagineers, Legends, and luminaries together to celebrate fan favorites such as Adventure Thru Inner Space, If You Had Wings, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with rarely seen concept art and images; vintage video clips; and hours of revealing stories. In addition, there will be a full day of presentations dedicated to the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair, which debuted beloved attractions like ‘it’s a small world’ and Carousel of Progress (Progressland).