PATENT: Disney’s Plans to Make ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Safer

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Dynamic Roll/Pitch Stabilizer for Use During Loading and Unloading of Small Passenger BoatsAfter highly (and not-so-highly) publicized events in which at Walt Disney World’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ both a man and a child suffered finger lacerations/partial loss and even going back to an incident in 2005 where a child lost part of his thumb on Disneyland’s ‘Storybook Land Canal Boats,’ a patent application has been published that hopes to reduce — if not eliminate — such injuries. The unfortunate aspect, however, is that the original filing date for the application, titled ‘Dynamic Roll/Pitch Stabilizer for Use During Loading and Unloading of Small Passenger Boats’ is February 12, 2013 — long before the recent ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ incidents.

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REPORT: WDW ‘Villains Unleashed’ Party in August, Potentially with Star Wars and Marvel Villains

As a follow-up to last year’s Friday the 13th ‘Limited Time Magic’ ‘Unleash the Villains’ promotion, Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando Florida will play host to ‘Villains Unleashed,’ a hard-ticketed event. According to WDWMAGIC, the event will take place on Saturday, August 23. An accompanying thread notes that tickets are expected to go on sale tomorrow for Annual Passholders and DVC members for $67 (A)/$62 (C)  in advance or $71 (A) / $66 (C) day of — though it’s quite expected the one time event will sell out far in advance. Remaining tickets will be made available for purchase by the general public on June 9.

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VIDEO: ‘Ratatouille’ Attraction Opens at Disneyland Paris on July 10

Via its YouTube channel, Disneyland Paris has announced that its widely anticipated attraction for Disney/Pixar’s ‘Ratatouille’ will make its official debut on July 10, 2014. The official description of the attraction, is as follows:

A totally immersive experience awaits guests in a brand new rat-traction, Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy. Once shrunk to the size of a rat, families will be whisked off for a culinary adventure in the company of Remy and his friends. After scurrying across Parisian rooftops, guests will tumble down into the busy kitchens and dining room of Chef Gusteau’s prestigious eatery. Keeping out of Skinner’s reach has never been so much fun.

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PHOTO: Jessica Chastain as Merida in Annie Leibovitz Disney Dream Portrait

Jessica Chastain as Merida in Disney Dream Portrait by Annie LiebovitzWhere your destiny awaits. That’s the tag line used in the newest ‘Disney Dream Portrait’ series entry by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz. As we previously shared, the image features actress Jessica Chastain tackling the role of Merida from Disney/Pixar’s Brave. Chastain is the next in a long list of celebrities who have posed as popular Disney characters for Liebovitz.

Embedded below is a behind-the-scenes video courtesy of ‘Entertainment Tonight’ which shares some of the ‘Disney Dream Portrait’ photo session:

According to the official Disney Parks blog, the new image will appear in the February issue of O – The Oprah Magazine.

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Jessica Chastain as Merida is Annie Leibovitz’s Newest Disney Dream Portrait Muse

Jessica Chastain as Merida in Disney Dream Portrait by Annie LiebovitzAlthough we will have to wait until tomorrow to see the actual portrait, ETOnline has announced that actress Jessica Chastain is the next to be the subject in the ‘Disney Dream Portrait’ series by Annie Leibovitz for Disney Parks and Resorts.

In the portrait, for which ET has already shared a behind-the-scenes video look (embedded below), Chastain assumes the role as Merida from Disney Pixar’s Brave. Chastain joins a long line of celebrities who have assumed the roles of Disney heroes and heroines and even figures from theme park attractions.

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Jennifer Hudson as Tiana in Latest Disney Dream Portrait by Annie Leibovitz

Jennifer Hudson as Tiana in Disney Dream Portrait by Annie LeibovitzVia its official blog, Disney Parks and Resorts today unveiled the first few of a new series of portraits by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz portraying celebrities in iconic classic Disney roles.

The new image features Jennifer Hudson as Tiana from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ feature film, The Princess and the Frog.

The image has been added to the beginning of our gallery of Disney Dream portraits below:

The image will be included as a special inserts in upcoming issues of Vanity Fair, O – The Oprah Magazine, and People.

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Tokyo Disney Announces New Castle Projection Show, Reimagined ‘The Little Mermaid’ Show

Mermaid Lagoon Theater Concept ArtThe 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.

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Disney Increases Ticket Prices at Theme Parks; Charges More for Magic Kingdom

Effective tomorrow, June 2, 2013, your Disney Parks vacation is likely to get a bit more expensive, particularly if you haven’t yet purchased tickets. That’s because — as it should come as little surprise — the theme parks are once again raising the price of its admission.

Different this year, however, is that for a single day ticket, admission to the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort is now more expensive than at its other three parks, at $95 per adult as opposed to $90 for the latter.

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‘Monstrous Summer’ Event at Walt Disney World Details

Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan from Monsters UniversityIn addition to some of the upcoming additions to the Disney Cruise Line Disney Magic that we reported earlier today, we have some details on Walt Disney World’s ‘Monstrous Summer’ that are expected to be confirmed/announced later this week during a press event.

To confirm reports from other sources, on May 24, 2013, the Magic Kingdom will play host to a 24 hour party, which will feature appearances by Mike Wazowski and James P. ‘Sulley’ Sullivan as their Monsters University meet and greet persona, as pictured here.

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Disney Seeks to Patent Live Action Role Play for Theme Parks

ROLE-PLAY SIMULATION ENGINE With a patent application titled simply ‘Role-Play Simulation Engine,’ Disney Parks may be looking to use its NextGen technology base and cash in on the CosPlay/LARPing — that’s Live Action Role Play — crazes and bring a brand new experience to its theme parks.

The patent allows for guests to participant in ‘long-form role play’ events in which they interact with performers that are employed by the park to engage the guest in the role-playing activities. The performers don’t even need to be humans either. They can be audio animatronics, for example, or something as simple as a video screen that triggers in response to the guest’s arrival.

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