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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PHOTO: Gwen Stefani Visits Magic Kingdom

Pop star Gwen Stefani vacations at Walt Disney WorldSinger-songwriter and mentor on ‘The Voice,’ Gwen Stefani met up with Mickey Mouse July 25, 2016 at Magic Kingdom Park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Stefani took a break from her ‘This is What the Truth Feels Like’ tour to vacation with family at Walt Disney World Resort.

Photo by Chloe Rice, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

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FAA Postpones Disney’s Drone Exemption Request Response in Wake of New Regulations

Disney Drone ProposalsAlthough it appears that the FAA has not yet made Disney’s response to its latest round of questions public, it sent notification to the company yesterday advising that new regulations require the FAA to be delayed in responding to the original request. At issue is that the request was made as an exemption to Rule 333 under the now-ironically named ‘FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012,’ or FMRA. According to the notice, the portion of Rule 333 that governed the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) — or vehicles (UAVs) as the industry often refers them to as — was a stopgap until more permanent regulations were in place. Enter Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 107.

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Walt Disney World to Increase Security at Disney Springs Following Recent Tragedy

Just days after the tragedy in which gunman Omar Mateen opened fire in a crowded nightclub in Orlando, Walt Disney World has filed several notices of commencements with the Orange County comptroller’s office for increased security in the Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) area of the resort. Recent reports have come to light that suggest Mateen had previously spent time — and perhaps scoped out — the club as well as Disney Springs as potential attack sites.

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FAA Quizzes Disney on Proposed Drone Exemption

Disney Drone ProposalsThe Federal Aviation Administration has responded to Disney’s request for an exemption under Section 333, permitting the company’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for theme park entertainment. After a period of time soliciting comments from the public — 12 in all, most decidedly against granting Disney the exemption — the FAA has responded, but with a series of questions seeking more clarification on Disney’s intents and implementation. The list of questions the FAA is requiring answers for before making a final determination are as follows:

  1. Will flight operations be conducted at night only? After twilight? Will the hours of operation coincide with the fireworks display?

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WATCH: ‘Frozen Ever After’ Attraction at Epcot’s Norway Offers New Details

'Frozen Ever After' Attraction RenderingWalt Disney World has released some new details regarding the ‘Frozen Ever After’ attraction and permanent meet and greet location for Anna and Elsa as well as some additional information from the film’s songwriters, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. The Lopezes speak about the attraction in the video embedded below which also includes appearances by their daughters, Annie and Katie (both of whom had parts in the original film).

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D23 Destination D: Amazing Adventures Announced for November 2016

Destination D: Amazing AventuresSince Walt Disney first brought his groundbreaking True-Life Adventures to the big screen, adventure has played a pivotal role in Disney entertainment, from the Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean to the new planet of Pandora, which will soon be unveiled at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This year, members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are invited to join the excitement at D23 Destination D: Amazing Adventures, a celebration of these landmarks of the past, present, and future. The two-day event will take place November 19 and 20, 2016 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World Resort.

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PHOTO: Tina Fey Plays Queen Bee to Cinderella’s ‘Mean Girls’ at Magic Kingdom

Tina Fey with Lady Tremaine, Drizella and Anastasia at Magic KingdomEmmy, Golden Globe, SAG and People’s Choice award-winner Tina Fey poses with Disney’s original mean girls, Cinderella’s wicked stepmother and stepsisters, March 25, 2016 at Magic Kingdom Park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Fey vacationed at Walt Disney World while on break from working on the musical adaptation of the 2004 hit film, Mean Girls.

Photo by David Roark, courtesy Walt Disney World

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