‘Frozen’ Musical for California Adventure to be Workshopped in December; Opens Spring 2016


FrozenAccording to a newly published casting call, Disney Creative Entertainment’s production of the staged musical adaptation of Frozen will be workshopped in Anaheim between November 30 and December 19, 2015 with the initial casting session to take place in New York City on October 16.

The recently-announced production will replace ‘Aladdin’ which will end its 13 year run on January 10, 2016 and it appears DCE — a branch of Walt Disney Imagineering — is looking to replace the current production — often considered Broadway-caliber fare — with a well-pedigreed production worthy of taking its place. According to the casting notice, Liesl Tommy is set to direct (Tommy just came off an off-Broadway production titled ‘Eclipse’ starring Lupita Nyong’o) and Millicent Johnnie is set to choreograph.

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WATCH: Disney Parks Launches ‘Unforgettable Happens Here’ Campaign

Disney Parks today launched a new campaign titled ‘Unforgettable Happens Here,’ using a series of commercials that highlight magical moments that take place during family vacations at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts. The campaign is said to remind Guests that ‘around every corner, at any second or minute of every day, there’s a magical moment waiting to happen. Here, moments both big and little become stories that will be forever told and retold. And never, ever forgotten.’

Two of the 30 second spots that will begin airing shortly have been released and are embedded below.

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Tokyo Disney to Celebrate DisneySea Anniversary with New and Updated Shows and More in 2016-17

Tokyo DisneySea Year of WishesOriental Land Company, the owner and operator of the Tokyo Disney Resort, today announced plans to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Tokyo DisneySea as well as present its entertainment events for the upcoming year. To mark the 15th anniversary of the grand opening of Tokyo DisneySea Park, the Tokyo Disney Resort will celebrate ‘Tokyo DisneySea 15th Anniversary: The Year of Wishes,’ from April 15, 2016, through March 17, 2017. For this milestone year, a variety of must-see programs will be presented. Kicking off the celebration will be a brand new show ‘Crystal Wishes Journey.’ And the special events for summer, Halloween and Christmas will be highlighted with elements just for the 15th anniversary.

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Tokyo Disney to Open Celebration Hotel in Summer 2016

Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel Concept ArtOriental Land Company and Milial Resort Hotels Co., Ltd. announced earlier today that they will be remodeling the existing Fountain Terrace Hotel and Palm
Terrace Hotel into the Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel, with an anticipated opening date of June 2016 and Autumn 2016 respectively.

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Disney World to Introduce New Villains-Themed Entertainment Featuring Dr. Facilier

Walt Disney World has recently announced several casting sessions for a brand new villains-themed entertainment offering coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, for which they are seeking to fill both male and female roles.

On the male side, they are looking to cast for Dr. Facilier from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. The role calls for a male in his 20s – 30s, 5’11” and taler. ‘A master of magic and voodoo. Charismatic baritone with pizazz. Sings “Friends On The Other Side.”‘

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SPECULATION: Glidden Paint to Open ‘Colortopia’ Experience at Disney’s Epcot Innoventions

Glidden Colortopia at Epcot InnoventionsA colorful wall blocks off a large section in Epcot’s Innoventions, promising a ‘more colorful world’ to come. While heavily rumored that the new experience will be sponsored by Glidden Paint (who already has a licensing deal with Disney Consumer Products and Interactive), today we received our largest clues to date as to what we may be able to expect when the experience opens.

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‘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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