Freshly baked and opened at the Walt Disney World Resort’s Contemporary Resort is their annual gingerbread display, this year dedicated to the phenom Frozen. The gingerbread ice castle stands 17 feet tall and is located on the 4th floor Grand Canyon Concourse. In addition to Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven, the display features 14 ‘hidden Olafs.’ Frozen-themed merchandise, desserts and gingerbread treats also are available for purchase at the ice castle kiosk.
Last weekend, Frozen songwriters Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez held a benefit show for the lower school at Poly Prep in Brooklyn. Joined by stage veteran Kerry Butler and her husband — and ‘Sesame Street’ head writer and puppeteer — Joey Mazzarino, along with a spectacular Olaf puppet, the Oscar Award-winning pair led an audience of mostly students through the process of writing the music for one of the most successful animated films in history.
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.
Hallmark has recently released its 2015 Itty Bittys checklist (PDF), featuring all the existing open edition plush plus upcoming seasonal limited editions. While there appears to be nothing new for the DC and Marvel licenses, Hallmark has plenty of plans for other existing licenses as well as adding additional licenses such as Peanuts (Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus and Lucy) as well as Halloween versions of Shaggy and Scooby-Doo and, of course, Disney’s Muppets.
UPDATE: After Stitch Kingdom’s reporting on Disney’s myserious Strange Magic project, news has finally come to light. Lucasfilm has announced that Strange Magic is its own title which will be distributed through Disney’s Touchstone label with a slated release date of January 23, 2015.
Strange Magic is a ‘madcap fairy tale musical inspired by ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011’s Academy Award-winning film Rango, bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down.’
If you have your DVR set to record the ‘Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade,’ you may want to take a few minutes to reprogram it. ABC has confirmed what has already been reported at both the Walt Disney World Resort via it’s Very Merry Christmas Party map and the Disneyland Resort — which is filming its half today — that the annual holiday program will in fact be dubbed the ‘Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration.’ The official program description is as follows:
Season four of ABC’s fairytale drama ‘Once Upon A Time’ has been boasting the tagline ‘Once has been Frozen‘ as it already introduced several mainstays from the popular Disney animated film – Elsa (Georgina Haig), Anna (Elizabeth Lail), Kristoff (Scott Michael Foster), Hans (Tyler Jacob Moore) — and even Sven.
When the all new Frozen short, ‘Frozen Fever,’ was announced at the tail end of the tail end of the television special, ‘The Story of Frozen: Making An Animated Classic,’ speculation ran rampant that it would be attached to Disney’s live action Cinderella despite only being told it would arrive in ‘spring 2015.’ It was always our assertion that not only this would not be the case, but it hinted at a still possible home video release of a 3D Blu-ray for Frozen which we originally anticipated for this month (prior to the Sing-Along edition announced for November). While we were put on blast for being the site that cried wolf, new evidence points to this possibility.
Amazon has begun listing Disney Frozen CineStory Volume One with a release date of November 25, 2014. The 376 page softcover title is being published by Joe’s Books and is one of several new titles featuring Disney characters. The official publisher’s description is as follows:
Accompanied by a performance of ‘Let It Go’ by 12 year old YouTube sensation and One Voice Children’s Choir member Lexi Walker, the Elsa bridal gown by Alfred Angelo made its worldwide debut at an intimate runway show yesterday in New York — and yes, it even snowed. We were fortunate enough to have been invited to the event and you can find our exclusive photos and video below.