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D23 Expo Mousequerade and Design ChallengeDisney D23, the official club for fans of The Walt Disney Company, today announced details for two of its upcoming events at the 2015 D23 Expo: the Mousequerade costume contest and the return of the fan art contest, now called the ‘D23 Expo Design Challenge.’

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WATCH: ‘Star Wars’ Snow Sculpture Time Lapse Video, or ‘Vader? Do You Want to Build A Death Star?’

'Snow Star Wars'Walt Disney Studios Japan has recently released this time lapse video showing the construction of an enormous Star Wars themed sculpture made of snow which recently made its debut as part of the annual Sapporo Snow Festival. WDS Japan also considers the event as the kickoff to Star Wars: The Force Awakens which opens in theaters on December 18, 2015.

The festival’s official website, where the photo pictured here originated, says the sculpture was made by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force: the 11th Brigade; the 1st Snow Sculpture Producing Unit, the 11th Artillery Unit, the 11th Reconnaissance Company, and the 11th Antiaircraft Artillery Company.

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Disneyland Announces 60th Anniversary Event Plans; New Fireworks Show, ‘Paint the Night’ Parade Begin May 22

Disneyland 60th AnniversaryAt a private media event held at the Disneyland theme park earlier tonight, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts announced initial plans for the 60th anniversary of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.

Announcements for the year-long celebration, which officially kicks of on May 22, 2015,  included:

  • An update to Disney California Adventure’s ‘World of Color,’ dubbed ‘World of Color: Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney ‘ and will pay homage to the legacy of Walt Disney. In the new show, Mickey Mouse will take guests on a fun-filled and inspirational journey through the unparalleled imagination of Walt Disney, exploring his decades-long legacy of memorable animated moments and the dream of Disneyland park. The show will combine animated imagery, live-action footage, fountains, lasers, special effects and a musical score.

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Epcot Gets ‘Frozen’ in Spring for International Flower and Garden Festival

Walt Disney World today unveiled some of its plans for the 2015 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (March 4 – May 17, 2015).

  • New topiaries include Anna and Elsa re-recreating the finale scene from Frozen, while other brand-new Disney character topiaries will include Chip and Dale taking a star turn in two whimsical front-entrance ‘Goofy About Spring’ floral vignettes. Topiary Goofy and friends will be in on the fun.
  • Fresh new menu items will debut at the festival’s Outdoor Kitchens where, for the third festival year running, guests can taste garden- and spring-inspired tapas-sized food and beverages and have their complimentary Garden Passports stamped as they stroll the World Showcase promenade.

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The Academy ‘Animation Masters’ Program to Salute Winsor McCay, Walt Disney

'Animation Masters' EventThe 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.’

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‘Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Fantasy’ Event at Tokyo Disneyland in 2015

'Anna and Elsa's Frozen Fantasy'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.’

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D23 Expo 2015 Tickets on Sale August 14, 2014; Sorcerer Level Details

D23 Expo 2015D23, 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).

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Disney Junior ‘Pirate and Princess: Power of Doing Good’ Event Tour Kicks Off in July

Disney Junior 'Pirate and Princess: Power of Doing Good'‘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.

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D23’s Fanniversary Event to Tour 11 Cities; ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Lost Song to be Previewed

D23 Fanniversary 2014Disney’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.

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‘Star Wars’ Replica Costumes by ANOVOS to Debut at C2E2

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.

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