Disney Orders ‘Haunted Mansion’ Animated Special, New Animated Pilots and Series (Details)

Disney Television Animation is in development on ‘Haunted Mansion,’ a special for Disney Channel and Disney XD inspired by the popular Disney Parks attraction. Legendary horror genre artist and children’s book illustrator Gris Grimly is attached to executive produce and art direct with Scott Peterson executive producing, story editing and writing and Joshua Pruett consulting producing and writing, both of ‘Phineas and Ferb.’

The television animation studio continues to add to its deep roster of world-class artists and creators with three pilots and a new short-form series from Aaron Springer, Jhonen Vasquez and Jenny Goldberg, Jesse LeDoux and Matt Olsen and Ryan Quincy, all currently in production for Disney XD. The studio has also extended an overall deal with Emmy Award-winning ‘Phineas and Ferb’ co-creator and executive producer Dan Povenmire for development on new projects.

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Disney’s Infrared Projection Stops Ride Photo ‘Theft,’ Adds Haunted Mansion ‘Ghostbusting’

Infrared Imaging Projection by DisneyMore than three years ago, Stitch Kingdom broke the news that Disney was looking into a way to control what it considered a viable threat: abuse of refillable mugs. The news caused an uproar across the internet sparking further debate over a topic that had already been debated immeasurable times before. While some recognized it was a long day coming, many argued that it really wasn’t worth Disney’s time and effort to implement such a system, while others plotted on how to get around it just based on the patent application. Three years later, the Walt Disney World Resort has introduced its ‘Rapid Fill’ program which, in effect, does exactly what the company set out to do.

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‘Haunted Mansion Holiday,’ ‘”it’s a small world” Holiday’ Soundtracks Releasing Digitally in September

'Haunted Mansion Holiday' / 'it's a small world Holiday'After introducing several older (and current) theme park-only albums to the digital download sector this year, Walt Disney Music continues the trend with the soundtracks to two of the Disneyland Resort’s traditions — ‘Haunted Mansion Holiday‘ and ‘“it’s a small world” Holiday.’ Both soundtracks will be available beginning September 10, 2013 and are currently listed on Amazon.

Initially released in 2003, ‘Haunted Mansion Holiday‘ features the vocal talents of Corey Burton. Jack Skellington of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas fame, who temporarily takes up residence in the parks’ classic Haunted Mansion attraction, pays tribute to several classic Christmas carols with a nightmarish twist. The album also features a recorded ride-through of the holiday overlay.

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New Disney Store Arrivals for May 13, 2013 (46 Items) (Haunted Mansion, Monsters University)

New Disney Store arrivals and sales for May 13, 2013 Below is a list of new items and sales now available for purchase at Disney Store. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on Disney Store in another window. Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability. Disclosure: This post includes specially formatted links which allow the site to receive a small percentage of purchases made through them. Using these links does not affect your shopping experience in any way, but it does help the site. Even if you don’t purchase anything, even just sharing products you like through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest using the icons below them will help the site.

Monsters University Deluxe Figure Play Set Monsters University Deluxe Figure Play Set – $19.95Playtime is just ”fur” fun with our Monsters University figurine set featuring 10 monstrous members of the MU community.
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The Haunted Mansion Portrait Frame The Haunted Mansion Portrait Frame – $26.95Leave behind a sweet remembrance of your earthly guise or honor a loved-one forevermore with a portrait displayed in our sculptured filigree photo frame inspired by the delightfully dour décor of The Haunted Mansion.
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Disney Princess Sculptured Photo Frame Disney Princess Sculptured Photo Frame – $26.95Your portrait will be presented within a Magic Mirror and surrounded by no less than six sparkling fairytale beauties with this sculptured bas relief 4” x 5” photo frame designed expressly for table, desk, or shelf display.
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Monsters University Hoodie for Boys Monsters University Hoodie for Boys – $29.50Show your true colors with this Monsters University Hoodie for boys. Sulley and Mike feature on one of the school badges that adorn this too-cool-for-school jacket with sleeves that are as preppy as MU students.
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Monsters University Sneakers for Boys Monsters University Sneakers for Boys – $19.50Perfect his stealth techniques in these slip-on Monsters University sneakers. The top side is all eyes with Mike Wazowski, while pal Sulley softens-up the comfy footbed inside.
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Heather Olson Doll - Monsters University - 11 Heather Olson Doll – Monsters University – 11” – $16.95Tackle the campus games alongside awesome Heather Olson, direct from Monsters University. This PNK sorority sister is one monstrously fun 11” fashion doll.
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Donald Duck Dolci Donald Duck Art Print by Brian Blackmore Donald Duck ”Dolci Donald Duck” Art Print by Brian Blackmore – $39.95Often cranky Donald shows his sweet side as he eyes a delicious cup cake in this fun print by Brian Blackmore. Matted and ready to frame, the vintage styling of ”Dolci Donald Duck” will provide the cherry to top off your park visit.
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Walt Disney World 1971 Tee for Women Walt Disney World 1971 Tee for Women – $24.95Carry images of your memorable trip to Walt Disney World with you everywhere you go in this all-cotton tee featuring four stylized photographs from the park.
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Ramone PokitPal by Olszewski Ramone PokitPal by Olszewski – $19.95Customize your cool with Ramone’s PokitPal by Olszewski. The arty Cars classic takes a showplace on the lid of this pocket keepsake box, which swivels open to hide tiny treasures within.
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Mickey Mouse Flag Tee for Adults - Disneyland Mickey Mouse Flag Tee for Adults – Disneyland – $21.95Mickey shows his true colors on this patriotic tee. His iconic silhoutte flies the Star Spangled Banner on this celebration of two American symbols and one great Disney park.
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Music From ‘Paperman,’ ‘The Circle Sessions’ and ‘Haunted Mansion’ on Digital Download

'Haunted Mansion,' 'The Circle Sessions' and 'Paperman' on Digital DownloadThere’s a definite odd-man-out in this trio of mentions, but as they all came up in one of our routine product reviews, all have the same release date and should all be on most everyone’s wish list this holiday season, here they are all presented as one beautiful-sounding package.

First up is a recent Disney Parks release, ‘The Circle Sessions: The Music of Carthay Circle,’ which was released as a CD not all that long ago exclusively at Disney California Adventure. Already heralded as a must have, the digital album features twelve Disney classics with an all-new jazzy spin as heard at the Carthay Circle Restaurant on Buena Vista Street at the Disneyland Resort theme park.

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New DisneyStore Arrivals and Sales for August 27, 2012 (81 Items)

New DisneyStore.com arrivals and sales for August 27, 2012

Below is a list of new items and sales now available for purchase at DisneyStore.com. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on DisneyStore.com in another window.

Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability.

Disclosure: This post includes specially formatted links which allow the site to receive a small percentage of purchases made through them. Using these links does not affect your shopping experience in any way, but it does help the site. Even if you don’t purchase anything, even just sharing products you like through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest using the icons below them will help the site.

Personalizable Varsity Minnie Mouse Jacket for Toddler Girls Personalizable Varsity Minnie Mouse Jacket for Toddler Girls- $29.50

Join Disney’s winning team in our sparklingly sporty Varsity Minnie Mouse Jacket for Toddler Girls. You’ll cheer for this soft and warm collegiate style coat with Minnie graphics, faceted gemstone snaps and personalizing options.


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Cinderella Party Favor Pack Cinderella Party Favor Pack- $132.00

Make your guests royally welcome with our Cinderella Party Favor Pack. This 16-piece set features a great selection of regal gifts that include a Cinderella Toy Camera, Necklace, Bracelet and Tiara Haircomb.


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The Haunted Mansion Tombstone Set -- 3-Pc. The Haunted Mansion Tombstone Set — 3-Pc.- $22.95

Bury your troubles under our Haunted Mansion Tombstone Set. This set of three miniature headstones featuring amusing epitaphs will make a spooky centerpiece for your Halloween party before they move on to haunt the year ’round Disney curio collection.


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Canvas Disneyland Messenger Bag Canvas Disneyland Messenger Bag- $24.95

Faded artwork gives this compact Disneyland Messenger Bag fashionable vintage styling. Carry memories of your visit to the Happiest Place on Earth wherever you go with this handy-sized canvas bag that has room for all your essentials.


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Walt Disney World Halloween Minnie Mouse Tee for Girls Walt Disney World Halloween Minnie Mouse Tee for Girls- $24.95

Minnie’s masquerade costume looks ”Wicked Cute” on this bewitching Halloween Tee direct from Walt Disney World Resort. Orange glitter and green foil inks create a special touch of magic for the spooky season.


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Canvas Walt Disney World Mickey Mouse Messenger Bag Canvas Walt Disney World Mickey Mouse Messenger Bag- $24.95

Vintage style artwork gives this compact Walt Disney World Mickey Mouse Messenger Bag a fashionably timeless appeal. Celebrating the Park’s 1971 opening, this handy-sized bag is made of sturdy canvas and features plenty of room for all your essentials.


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Storybook Disneyland Mickey Mouse Pin Lanyard Pouch Storybook Disneyland Mickey Mouse Pin Lanyard Pouch- $5.95

Our handy lanyard pouch features Mickey and storybook favorites at Sleeping Beauty Castle. Clip it to the bottom of our lanyard to hold your Disneyland Annual Passport, cards or pin trading essentials while having a ball at The Happiest Place on Earth!


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Personalizable Varsity Mickey Mouse Jacket for Toddler Boys Personalizable Varsity Mickey Mouse Jacket for Toddler Boys- $29.50

Kick back at the Clubhouse in our sporty Varsity Jacket for Toddler Boys, featuring Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto. You’ll cheer for this soft and warm collegiate style coat with ”Fab 4” graphics, soft quilted lining, and personalizing options.


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The Avengers Black Widow Costume for Girls The Avengers Black Widow Costume for Girls- $34.50

Your little Avenger can imagine herself as the all-action member of SHIELD when she wears this Black Widow Costume for Girls. The dynamic design, with its sleek faux leather styling, will make her look and feel like the Marvel superhero!


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Canvas Walt Disney World Messenger Bag Canvas Walt Disney World Messenger Bag- $24.95

Faded artwork gives this compact Walt Disney World Messenger Bag fashionable vintage styling. Carry memories of your visit to the Magic Kingdom wherever you go with this handy-sized canvas bag that has room for all your essentials.


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New DisneyStore Arrivals and Sales for August 22, 2012 (29 Items)

New DisneyStore.com arrivals and sales for August 23, 2012

Below is a list of new items and sales now available for purchase at DisneyStore.com. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on DisneyStore.com in another window.

Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability.

Disclosure: This post includes specially formatted links which allow the site to receive a small percentage of purchases made through them. Using these links does not affect your shopping experience in any way, but it does help the site. Even if you don’t purchase anything, even just sharing products you like through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest using the icons below them will help the site.

Haunted Mansion Hitchhiking Ghost Ezra Figure -- 13 H Haunted Mansion Hitchhiking Ghost Ezra Figure — 13” H – $99.95

If you want to get a-head in life, then Ezra, the Hitchhiking Ghost from the Haunted Mansion can help you. Carrying a head in a hatbox, this spooky sculpture was created by Disney artist Costa Alavezos.


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Light-Up Jack OLantern Mickey Mouse Trick or Treat Bucket Light-Up Jack O’Lantern Mickey Mouse Trick or Treat Bucket – $16.95

Have the happiest candy haul ever this Halloween night carrying our glowing Jack O’Lantern Mickey Mouse Trick or Treat Bucket. The frosted features of Mickey’s pumpkin face light-up in rotating red, green, and yellow tones.


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Snow White Charm Bracelet Watch Snow White Charm Bracelet Watch – $34.50

Keep time in a timeless fashion with this splendid Snow White Charm Bracelet Watch. The gleaming silvertone chain displays four iconic charms centered around an elegant timepiece featuring Walt Disney’s original princess, ever the fairest one of all.


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Advanced Talking Buzz Lightyear Action Figure -- 12 H Advanced Talking Buzz Lightyear Action Figure — 12” HSALE $20.00 — SAVE 18%!

Feel like a trip to the stars? So does Buzz! This Buzz Lightyear action figure talks, which is useful if you’re on a long space voyage together. And if you get in trouble, Buzz’s handy karate chop action will protect you!


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Toy Story Talking Rex Figure -- 12 H Toy Story Talking Rex Figure — 12” HSALE $20.00 — SAVE 18%!

Travel to a primeval world of fun with our Talking Rex toy figure. The delightfully ditzy dinosaur from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story trilogy provides hours of poseable prehistoric play. Press the button on his back to hear 11 film phrases!


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Personalizable Spider-Man Fleece Pullover for Boys Personalizable Spider-Man Fleece Pullover for BoysSALE $15.00 — SAVE 23%!

Let Spidey’s web keep you warm throughout the season. The Personalizable Spider-Man Fleece Pullover for Boys provides a light but effective layer of protection against frosty attacks from chilly villains by day or night.


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Personalizable Mickey Mouse Fleece Pullover for Boys Personalizable Mickey Mouse Fleece Pullover for BoysSALE $15.00 — SAVE 23%!

Let the warmth of our characters keep you cozy throughout the season. The Personalizable Mickey Mouse Fleece Pullover for Boys provides a light and cheery layer of protection against wintry winds, frosty days or chilly nights.


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Personalizable Buzz Lightyear Fleece Pullover for Boys Personalizable Buzz Lightyear Fleece Pullover for BoysSALE $15.00 — SAVE 23%!

Resist the coldness of the cosmos throughout the season in this official Space Ranger gear. The Personalizable Buzz Lightyear Fleece Pullover for Boys provides a light but effective layer of protection against stormy atmospheric conditions.


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Personalizable Tinker Bell Fleece Pullover for Girls Personalizable Tinker Bell Fleece Pullover for GirlsSALE $15.00 — SAVE 23%!

Let the charm of our characters warm hearts throughout the season. The Personalizable Tinker Bell Fleece Pullover for Girls provides a light but effective layer of protection against gray London days or nippy Never Land nights.


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Personalizable Mickey Mouse Fleece Pullover for Girls Personalizable Mickey Mouse Fleece Pullover for GirlsSALE $15.00 — SAVE 23%!

Let the smiles of our characters warm hearts throughout the season. The Personalizable Mickey Mouse Fleece Pullover for Girls provides a light but cozy layer of protection against wintry winds, frosty days or chilly nights.


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Haunted Mansion ‘Room for 1 More’ Merchandise Event at Disney World Announced

Haunted Mansion 'Room for 1 More' EventOn September 30, 2011, the Walt Disney World Resort will honor the Haunted Mansion with a special merchandise event, titled ‘Room for 1 More,’ at the Contemporary Resort, according to the official Disney Parks blog.

Attendees, who will be chosen via a random selection process after applying for tickets here, will have the first opportunity to pre-purchase limited edition event logo products as well as collectibles for Haunted Mansion and Walt Disney World’s 40th Anniversary. In addition, there will be a ‘deadly silent’ auction which will include a performance piece by Disney Fine Artist (and Disney D23 official artist) Noah, meet and greet opportunities with popular Disney artists such as Robert Olszewski, Jim Shore and Greg McCullough, Walt Disney Imagineers and a ‘ghostly dinner feast with haunting sounds and full-bodied entertainment.’ Not to mention, a free ‘de-parting’ gift.

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VIDEO: Behind-the-Scenes with Haunted Mansion’s Hitchhiking Ghosts

Walt Disney Imagineering has released this new video which goes behind the scenes at the most recent additions to Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion attraction: the hitchhiking ghosts.

The video goes into quite a bit of detail and goes behind-the-scenes at the changes which include new audio animatronic figures and the attraction finale which now offers digitally projected animations featuring the beloved Gus, Ezra and Phineas which dynamically detects and interacts with the guest.

Stitch Kingdom first identified and reported on the patent behind this technology over a year ago and on March 12 of this year, nearly one month prior to the unveiling of the new additions, correctly identified that the tech was being applied to the Haunted Mansion.

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Video: Haunted Mansion Hitchhiking Ghosts Interactive Effect is Now Live

InsidetheMagic.net has posted video of the new interactive hitchhiking ghosts at Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion at the Walt Disney World Resort.

As was confirmed earlier this week, Haunted Mansion is now using a technology we first reported more than a year ago in which cameras trained on the guests and recognition software work to dynamically generate images that appear to interact with the guests. From swapping hats (or beards) to experimenting with guests’ heads to just going for a ride, the video provides many of the sample animations which also highlights the virtual limitlessness of the technology in that it’s fully capable of determining how many guests are in the omnimover doom buggy vehicle as well as their physical locations inside the vehicle.

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