‘Finding Dory’ Attraction to Open at Tokyo DisneySea in 2017; StormRider to Close in 2016

'Finding Dory' Submarine Concept ArtOwners and operators of the Tokyo Disney Resort, Oriental Land Company, today announced they will be opening a new motion simulator attraction set in the world of Pixar’s Finding Nemo and Finding Dory in spring of 2017. The attraction will replace the current StormRider attraction which is set to close in May 2016 to make way for the new attraction. According to Oriental Land Company, Pixar animators from Finding Dory will directly contribute to the ride’s visuals.

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Hong Kong Disneyland to Introduce New Entertainment with Singing Characters

Hong Kong Disneyland has issued a casting call for what it is simply calling a ‘new show’ for fall, with many roles calling for Disney characters. The positions/descriptions are as follows:

Merida
Height: 5’5 -5’8
Performer traits: Strong dynamic and expressive presence with Principal qualities
Mover with strong upper body / arm presence
Vocal range: A (below middle C) to C# (octave above middle C). Pop Sound

Rapunzel / Elsa
Height: 5’6 -5’9
Performer traits: Strong dynamic and expressive presence with Principal qualities
Mover with strong upper body / arm presence
Vocal range: G (below middle C) to E (10th above middle C)

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Craving a Snack at Fantasmic? There’s an App for That!

'Express Order' App for Walt Disney WorldFinding just the perfect seat at Fantasmic! at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios can be a daunting task. And what if — after battling the crowds to find it — your family decides their hungry and want some popcorn and soft drinks, or even ‘Made with Magic’ merchandise? Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was an app for that? Oh, but there is! And guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios between today and May 12, 2015 have the opportunity to try out the new pilot program.

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Disney California Adventure to Get New Parade for Resort Anniversary

The Disneyland Resort has already announced its ambitious plans for new entertainment to commence with its 60th Anniversary celebration that commences on May 22, 2015, but as it turns out, there may be some cards up its sleeve. While we did previously report a rumor that there would be a new parade for Disney California Adventure, nothing has yet to be officially announced.

A new listing on the Disney Auditions web site, however, appears to promise a new entertainment offering, not unlike how a prior listing confirmed a new night-time parade at Disneyland, which indeed turned out to be the Resort’s version of ‘Paint the Night’ from Hong Kong Disneyland.

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Epcot to Introduce Streetmosphere Actors to Japan Pavilion

Walt Disney World has begun aggressively casting women for a new entertainment offering to take place at Epcot’s Japan pavilion in its World Showcase. According to the casting notices, Disney is seeking to fulfill roles that celebrate Tokyo’s Harajuku, a neighborhood known for attracting Japanese teens and young adults sporting unique fashions. Harajuku was popularized in the United States several years ago by ‘Tragic Kingdom’ alum Gwen Stefani, who popularized it in a song and accompanying music video and stage tour.

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

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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