For those wondering whatever will become of Disney’s Pop Century: The Legendary Years — the proposed second phase of the popular value resort – wonder no more. The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that the site is now the future home of a brand new resort, Disney’s Art of Animation.
Construction on the second half of the Pop Century resort halted after 9/11 as the travel industry took a huge hit and appeared to keep the resort in limbo since. Some rumors of the structures’ integrity being violated by weather (as well as YouTube videos showing the buildings in disarray) had the buildings eventually being torn-down and re-built should the development go forward while others said construction was simply on hold. One speculation that proved to be true is that the resort will be composed mostly of family suites, following up their roll-out at All Star Music.
Pending specifics, the layout of the new resort appears to be relatively consistent with that of Pop Century except that sections will be divied up between The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Finding Nemo and Cars as opposed to decades. As is the tradition with the value resorts, section courtyards will be flanked with giant figures, such as King Triton, helping to re-create iconic scenes from the film.
The 2,000 room resort will break ground this summer and open in phases throughout 2012.
Effective February 21, there will no longer be a bus available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to take guests to the ESPN Wide World of Sports facility. Instead, guests can catch a bus to/from Disney’s All-Star Resorts, Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Buses are expected to operate between 7 am and 11 pm daily, but will change times and frequency as dictated by sporting events occuring that day.
BURBANK, Calif. — The digital world of TRON is awaiting a new participant. Disney Interactive Studios today announced the development of TRON: Evolution, the video game. TRON: Evolution is an action/adventure game being created for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC. Developed by Propaganda Games, Disney Interactive Studios’ action and role-playing game studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, TRON: Evolution is scheduled for release in Holiday 2010 before the “TRON: Legacy” film arrives in theaters.
Set during the era between the two TRON films, TRON: Evolution conveys the story of significant events within the TRON mythology. The game features an epic adventure across a massive digital world filled with high-mobility disc-based combat and advanced light cycles.
TRON: Evolution is one of the keys to unlocking the TRON mythology. The game’s story takes place before the “TRON: Legacy” events and provides insight into the film’s past. As an integrated entertainment experience, the film will reference elements of the game’s story. Fans will want to play the game to learn more about the TRON mythology seen in the film, but each entertainment experience will stand on its own.
“We expect TRON: Evolution to be a premier action-focused game that both stands on its own and supplements a major event film,” said Dan Tudge, vice president and general manager, Propaganda Games. “Because Propaganda Games is based in Vancouver, which was the site of the film’s principal photography, we were able to leverage the proximity to continuously collaborate with the filmmakers and ensure authenticity between the two projects.”
Bring Home the Beauty and Adventure of ‘The Princess and the Frog’ with New Video Games Made for the Entire Family
BURBANK, Calif. — Video game players of all ages can now embark on an exciting, immersive journey through New Orleans, inspired by the highly anticipated Disney animated musical film “The Princess and the Frog.” The Princess and the Frog for Wii™, Nintendo DS™, and Windows-based PC are available today in retail stores nationwide. This holiday season, families everywhere will be able to live out their own fairytales when they join Disney’s newest princess, Tiana, as she, along with familiar characters from the movie and new friends, takes on challenges and pursues adventures in the vibrant settings of New Orleans and the bayou.
“The Princess and the Frog will bring families together as they celebrate memorable moments from the movie and interact with its beloved characters,” said Craig Relyea, senior vice president of global marketing, Disney Interactive Studios. “Young girls everywhere will feel empowered and inspired to dream just like Princess Tiana.”
The Princess and the Frog for Wii allows girls to be a Princess and experience Tiana’s magical world together with family and friends. In the game, players can explore more than 25 engaging mini-games designed for up to four players to join the fun and interact. From playing as a princess and mixing and matching outfits, to playing as frogs and racing each other, to numerous mini-games, there’s something for everyone.
The existing scheduled refurbishments for the Bowling and Computer pools at Pop Century have been swapped with the dates remaining the same.
Additionally, the Luna Park pool at the Boardwalk Inn will close on January 18 and re-open on February 6. At this time, the leisure pools will remain open and guests of the Boardwalk Inn may access Stormalong Bay at the Beach & Yacht Club (shuttle service provided).
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