SPECULATION: ‘Moana’ Themed Show Coming to Walt Disney World in Fall

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Moana Teaser PosterWalt Disney World has begun issuing casting notices for open casting calls for female actors to portray Moana, the titular character of the upcoming film from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

While it’s not uncommon for Disney to start casting for performers to fill in the roles of specific characters, particularly those featured in upcoming projects, there are a couple of tip-offs that suggest Disney Parks and Resorts may have something larger for Moana in mind than the typical meet and greet.

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James Cameron, ‘Moana’ Sneak Peek added to D23 Destination D: Amazing Adventures Event

Destination D: Amazing AdventuresThe roster of talent and panels continues to grow for D23 Destination D: Amazing Adventures presented by Ethan Allen | Disney, taking place November 19 and 20, 2016 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World Resort. Avatar creators James Cameron (writer, director, producer) and Jon Landau (producer) will join Imagineer Joe Rohde for Pandora: The World of Avatar, a presentation where they will unveil new details about the immersive, 12-acre land coming soon to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

In addition, the event will include a conversation with Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Plus Moana screenwriter Jared Bush will be on hand to provide guests an exclusive advance look at the making of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ newest animated feature.

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New Muppets Live Entertainment Coming to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Fall 2016

Muppets Live Show Debuts in Fall 2016 at Walt Disney World ResortWalt Disney World has announced that beginning in October 2016, a new live entertainment offering featuring The Muppets will be offered at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. The event, which will occur multiple times per day, is titled ‘The Muppets Present … Great Moments in American History’ and will take place in the Liberty Square section of the park.

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WATCH: Shanghai Disney Resort Grand Opening Gala

Following the official grand opening gala of the Shanghai Disney Resort which aired on YouTube live, Disney has made the entire event available, which you can find embedded below.

As previously reported, Disney will welcome viewers from around the world to experience an authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese celebration — the spectacular one-of-a-kind grand opening celebration of Shanghai Disney Resort, the first Disney resort in mainland China. Showcasing the beauty of Chinese art and tradition, and bringing magical Disney stories and characters to life for kids and families, the music-filled television special, “Grand Opening Celebration of Shanghai Disney Resort,” will be presented THURSDAY, JUNE 16 (8:00-8:30 p.m.) simultaneously on Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD and each channel’s App, and FRIDAY, JUNE 17 (10:00-10:30 p.m.) on Freeform, without breaks or commercials.

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PHOTOS: Disney Channels to Simulcast ‘Grand Opening Celebration of Shanghai Disney Resort’ Live

Disney will welcome viewers from around the world to experience an authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese celebration — the spectacular one-of-a-kind grand opening celebration of Shanghai Disney Resort, the first Disney resort in mainland China. Showcasing the beauty of Chinese art and tradition, and bringing magical Disney stories and characters to life for kids and families, the music-filled television special, “Grand Opening Celebration of Shanghai Disney Resort,” will be presented THURSDAY, JUNE 16 (8:00-8:30 p.m.) simultaneously on Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD and each channel’s App, and FRIDAY, JUNE 17 (10:00-10:30 p.m.) on Freeform, without breaks or commercials.

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Book to Chronicle History of Disney Parks Worldwide Via Guide Maps

'The Disney Parks Maps' For many visitors to Disney resorts around the world, the free guide maps provide an extremely useful way to orient themselves within the parks, with many even considering them inexpensive souvenirs. But as the parks change, so do the maps, and so they also provide historical documentation, tangible evidence of what actually was and what will always be.

On October 18, Disney Editions is slated to release The Disney Parks Maps, a compendium of Disney theme park maps from around the world, documenting the history of each park as it made its own transitions throughout the decades. The 144 page book is written by Kevin Neary, who has also authored the official Hidden Mickeys of Walt Disney World book due out in June.

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Disney Announces Casting Roles for ‘Frozen’ Musical for Theme Park

FrozenEarlier this year, we shared news that Imagineering’s Disney Creative Entertainment (DCE) division had made plans to workshop the upcoming staged production of ‘Frozen,’ which is set to replace ‘Aladdin’ at Disney California Adventure’s Hyperion Theatre in spring of 2016.

Casting calls have now been published for the production itself, which will be directed by stage veteran Liesl Tommy. The roles, descriptions and requirements are as follows:

  • Elsa: Princess who becomes Queen; fearfully plagued by powers she hasn’t yet learned to control; lives a life of isolation separated from society and those she loves, including her sister. All Ethnicities. Vocal Range: Mezzo Soprano; mix/belt

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Star Wars ‘Season of the Force’ Details for Walt Disney World, Beginning December 1

Walt Disney World has released initial details for its additional Star Wars-themed entertainment slated to begin December 1, 2015 with additional items beginning in January 2016 at its Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park.

The Star Wars themed entertainment will include new experiences as well as reimagined elements of popular Star Wars attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, starting December 1, just ahead of the December 18 movie premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. These new experiences involve the creation of Star Wars Launch Bay, a central locale for fans to celebrate all things Star Wars; Star Wars: Path of the Jedi, a cinematic overview of the Star Wars saga; and cool, new enhancements for Star Tours – The Adventures Continue and Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple.

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Disney’s ‘Rivers of Light’ Additional Show Details; Opening Spring 2016 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Rivers of Light Concept ArtCalling for ‘contemporary and Bollywood’ dancers, Disney Parks and Resorts today unveiled additional details about its upcoming night-time spectacular, ‘Rivers of Light,’ coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort next year.

Choreographed by Ulka Simone Mohanty, these ‘silent narrators orchestrate all the action to convey the spirit of an ancient and timeless celebration.’ The event begins with the arrival of a pair of Shamans, two complementary forces who come to the river bearing gifts of light. Along with their Acolytes, or assistants, the Shamans set out from the shore on elaborate lantern vessels, engaging in a dramatic dance of water and light to summon the animal spirits.

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‘Frozen’ Themed Plane Unveiled by WestJet and Walt Disney World

'Frozen' Plane from WestJetWestJet and Walt Disney World today announced the addition of a Frozen inspired airplane with decorations taking cue from the animated film, both inside and out.

The tail of the aircraft features Anna and Elsa celebrating sisterhood and the magic of snow. Moving along the aircraft from back to front, the magic travels to warmer climes where Olaf can be found enjoying a summer day on the beach. The theme carries through to the interior of the aircraft with images on the overhead bins, bulkheads, lavatory mirrors and headrests.

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