PHOTOS: Disney Celebrates 90 Years of Animation

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 Executive director John Lasseter, President, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios Ed Catmull, General Manager, Walt Disney Animation Studios Andrew Millstein amongst Disney Legends, Frozen filmmakers, voice talent and artists onstage during the 90 Years of Disney Animation celebration at Walt Disney Studios on December 10, 2013 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney Animation)

With its 53rd animated feature, Frozen, under its belt and resting comfortably at the top of the box office, Walt Disney Animation Studios held a private party honoring 90 years of animation in the Walt Disney Studios’ Legends Plaza last night. Kicking off with a screening of Frozen, the cocktail reception was hosted by Robert Iger, John Lasseter, Alan Horn and Ed Catmull and counted numerous Disney legends, filmmakers, artists and voice talent amongst its guests.

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‘Disney Infinity’ Preview Event for Disneyland Passholders, August 6

The Disneyland Resort has announced that on Tuesday, August 6, it will allow Disneyland annual apssholders to preview ‘Disney Infinity’ from Disney Interactive, almost two weeks before its release on August 18.

Attendees to the event will have the opportunity to experience ‘Disney Infinity’ ahead of its release as well as meet with representatives of the Avalanche Team, the game’s development team. In addition, ‘many surprises throughout the event’ are promised.

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PHOTOS: Annette Funicello Memorialized at Walt Disney Studios

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On Monday afternoon, original Mouseketeer and Disney Legend Annette Funicello, who passed away earlier this year, was memorialized during a private ceremony held at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. As part of the occasion, which brought together Annette’s surviving family members as well as many of her previous co-workers, Soundstage One — where ‘The Mickey Mouse Club’ was filmed — was dedicated to her memory.

In attendance were fellow: Mouseketeers Bobby Burgess, Doreen Tracey, Tommy Cole, Lonnie Burr, Sherry Alberoni, Cubby O’Brien, Sharon Baird and Darlene Gillespie; ‘Spin & Marty’ co-stars Tim Considine and David Stollery; theatrical co-star Frankie Avalon; and songwriter Richard Sherman of The Sherman Brothers who referred to Annette as their ‘lucky star,’ crediting her for bringing them to the attention of Walt Disney.

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D23 Members Invited to Old Navy ‘Mickey through the Decades’ Launch Event

'Mickey through the Decades' Old Navy LaunchD23, the official club for fans of the Walt Disney Company has announced it has received a limited number of invites for its members to attend the launch of Old Navy’s new ‘Mickey through the Decades’ vintage-style tees collection at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California on July 13, 2013. Tickets are free for silver and gold level members (plus up to two guests), available on a first come, first serve basis beginning June 28 at 10 am PT. The event itself will take place on July 13, 2013 from 12 – 3 pm PT.

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‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ Screening and Panel for Disneyland Passholders

The Disneyland Resort has announced it will be hosting a 25th Anniversary screening and panel for Who Framed Roger Rabbit for its Annual Passholders at the AMC Theatre located in its Downtown Disney district on Tuesday, June 18 at 8:00 pm PT.

The panel will be moderated by associate producer Don Hahn and is expected to include Director of Special Projects at Walt Disney Feature Animation, Dave Bossert, Visual Effects Animator on Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Charles Fleischer, the voice of Roger Rabbit.

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‘Monsters University’ NASCAR Experience by Lowe’s at Dover This Weekend

Lowe's NASCAR #48 with 'Monsters University' Paint SchemeIt’s been a monstrous year for NASCAR racer Jimmie Johnson who will be heading to Delaware this weekend after recently helping distribute supplies to victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes. Johnson will be racing to break records at the Sprint Cup’s Dover International Speedway, aka ‘The Monster Mile.’ When it comes to the Sprint Cup, the future NASCAR Hall of Famer has at least tied, if not holds all the records at all seven tracks and this weekend could make Johnson Dover’s winningest driver yet.

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PHOTOS/VIDEO: Merida Royal Coronation Event at Magic Kingdom

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Hundreds of fans gathered early this morning at the Magic Kingdom theme park in Walt Disney World to celebrate the induction of Princess Merida from Disney/Pixar’s Brave into the Disney Princess Royal Court. An honor bestowed to just ten before her, Merida arrived at Cinderella Castle in style atop her faithful steed Angus before receiving the crown from none other than her own mother, Queen Elinor, who made an exceptionally rare appearance. The pair were joined by the other members of the Disney Princess Royal Court along with emcee U.S. Gymnastics 2-time Olympic champion, Gabby Douglas, who was joined on stage by her own mother, Natalie Hawkins.

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Disney Animator Eric Goldberg to Present ‘Animation Academy’ to Disneyland Passholders

Advertised as one of its Limited Time Magic events exclusively for Passholders, the Disneyland Resort has announced that it will be offering annual passholders to attend a special presentation of the Animation Academy, located at the Animation Building at Disney California Adventure, hosted by animator Eric Goldberg, best known for characters such as Genie, Phil, Louis and Rabbit.

Goldberg will offer four presentations to passholders for free on May 17, each lasting approximately 45 minutes. Registration is required to receive a wristband for admission and can be obtained on May 17 at the Animation Building beginning at official park opening.

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Merida Coronation Ceremony at Magic Kingdom in May

After officially inducting Tiana into the royal Disney Princess family in New York City in 2010 and Rapunzel at London’s Kensington Palace in 2011, Disney Consumer Products is preparing to shine the spotlight on its first official Pixar princess, Merida, from Disney/Pixar’s Brave. This time around, the ceremony will be held at 9:30 am on May 11, 2013 at Cinderella Castle located in the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort. The occasion will mark the first time that the ceremony itself is open to anyone visiting the theme park that day.

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Dave Smith to Offer Presentations to Disneyland Passholders on March 22

The Disneyland Resort has announced that Disney Legend and Chief Archivist Emeritus, Walt Disney Archives, Dave Smith will offer two special sessions for annual passholders at the the Disneyland theme park on March 22, 2013, titled ‘Disneyland: The Way We Were.”

The event promises to take guests on a ‘photographic journey through the attractions, shops, restaurants and other pieces of Disneyland history.’

The events will take place at 5 and 7 pm at the Main Street USA Opera House. Wristband distribution will begin at 11:30 am on March 22 at the Opera House.

For more information, visit the official event page.

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