The Oriental Land Company, owner and operator of the Tokyo Disney Resort located in Chiba, Tokyo announced entertainment additions, changes and termination of several entertainment opportunities in both its Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea theme parks.
Following in the footsteps of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland’s Cinderella Castle will become the focal point of a new night-time projection-mapping show titled ‘Once Upon A Time.’ With an investment of approximately 2 billion yen (US $21.1 million), the fifteen minute show will open mid-2014 and will include special effects such as on-stage pyrotechnics while using music and imagery from many of Disney’s animated classics such as Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland.
Via the unofficial Funko fan forum, Funko recently previewed all of its characters for its upcoming series 4 of the popular Disney POP! line. Included in this set are: Sorcerer Mickey and Chernabog from Disney’s Fantasia; Goofy and Tigger; Oogie Boogie and the Mayor from Nightmare Before Christmas; Cinderella; Evil Queen and Grumpy from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; Wall*E and EVE; and Captain Jack Sparrow from The Pirates of the Caribbean.
When the Disney D23 Expo comes to the Anaheim Convention Center from August 19-21, it will include a substantial presence by Disney Store, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012 and it’s inviting all the D23 Expo attendees to join in the celebration a bit early with the opportunity to purchase items exclusively available at the Expo.
Below is a gallery of item as well as pricing and edition sizes (usually some multiple of 25) which is sure to offer something for everyone, as long as they love the color silver, and don’t mind shelling out a few bucks (anywhere from $19.95 – $2,000.00).
The spotlight will shine on Disney Store’s spectacular product lines at the D23 Expo, held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Calif. from August 19-21. Disney Store will treat fans to a sneak peek of its fall and holiday 2011 products, as well as offer them a chance to meet and hear from the artists and designers who created them.
In addition to Robots, Villains #2 and Jingle Smells which we first shared in our 2011 Disney Store holiday preview, the official Vinylmation blog has revealed today that Disney Store will be offering a complete set of 3″ figures inspired by The Lion King on August 29.
The blog has shared artwork for the Mufasa figure, but has promised additional artwork and other reveals in the near future.
Later this week, we’ll be spending some time with Disney animator Mark Henn who has served as supervising animator for most of Disney’s most memorable characters over the past few decades, including all of the modern Disney princesses through Tiana. Now Henn, along with Glenn Keane, who was supervising animator for Rapunzel, have teamed together to design a brand new of collectible dolls available exclusively at Disney Store and DisneyStore.com, appropriately titled the ‘Disney Animators’ Collection.’
In doing some routine research for our upcoming conversation with Henn, we managed to stumble upon this photo of the collection recently posted on Flickr, where the poster also mentioned the dolls have a price tag of $24.50 each.
Arguably one of the more successful of the recent Disney franchises, was the nerdification of the Fab Five by Disney Parks and its theme park merchandise. Riding the waves of the relatively recent rise in celebration of the ‘nerd culture,’ new heights of cuteness have been achieved using nothing more than a pair of thick-rimmed eyeglasses, pocket protectors and a catchy tagline.
Disney Store has grabbed on to the trend itself, offering limited merchandise which even spans across a broader range of Disney toons, including Stitch. For the back to school season in 2011, look for even more ‘Disney Nerd’ merchandise from Disney Store including the Mickey and Minnie 11″ beanies pictured above.
For his first birthday, Christopher Robin Milne received a stuffed teddy bear from Harrods of London named Edward. The bear, later rechristened Winnie the Pooh — in honor of a real bear at the London Zoo and a real swan named Pooh — was a gift from his father, author A.A. Milne, and was soon joined by a stuffed tiger, donkey, pig and a kangaroo and her joey. With the help of Christopher Robin’s imagination, they inspired a series of stories and were joined by Owl and Rabbit, both entirely A.A. Milne’s creations. Today the stuffed versions of Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet and Kanga reside in the care of the New York Public Library where they are on permanent display to the public.