“Strange Magic” trailer a wild fairy tale

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The trailer for “Strange Magic” has been released. With a story by George Lucas and animation from Lucasfilm in Singapore, it delivers a wild fairytale ride ands songs to boot.

“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects. Directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”) from a story by George Lucas, “Strange Magic” will be released by Touchstone Pictures on Jan. 23, 2015.

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2014 Holiday Merchandise Roundup at Walt Disney World

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Writing your list for Santa? Trying to decide if you’ve been naughty or nice? You might want to wait until you’ve watched the following video.

Steven Miller, Merchandise Communication Manager, walks us through a selection of holiday themed items along with some great stocking stuffers and other gifts to give or receive during the holidays.

You can find some of the items in the video online at The Disney Store, but a lot of it is Park’s Exclusive. You’ll just have to make a trip down to Orlando. A tough job, but someone has to do it, right?

Thanks again to Michelle Snow for filming the interview.

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“Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast” to feature music from KT Tunstall

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British singer/songwriter/musician KT Tunstall will be helping the fairies of Pixie Hollow tell the story of “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast.” Tunstall performs three new songs in the film, including “Float,” “Strange Sight” and “1000 Years.”

“KT is a celebrated songwriter and musician,” says director Steve Loter. “She reminds me of Fawn in a way with her big heart and this amazing voice that has a little bit of edge and a tremendous amount of appeal.”

The all-new Tinker Bell film is about the relationship that develops between Fawn, a compassionate animal fairy who thinks with her heart, and Gruff, a massive beast with glowing green eyes who seems to be on a mission. “It’s a real action-adventure movie,” says Tunstall. “The characters are so cool. I was over the moon to take part. Disney Animation has such an incredible heritage of work, spanning decades, and it’s really special to be part of that.”

Tunstall had fun channeling the film’s heroine. “‘Float’ is Fawn’s opening theme,” she says. “It’s fantastic how she spends her days looking after all the animals around Pixie Hollow. The song says, ‘I’ll just float.’ She doesn’t have to have a reason, she just really loves having a pair of wings, so she’s going out for a fly, getting into trouble and mischief.”

“Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast” clip featuring KT Tunstall’s “Float”:

The artist also helped introduce the NeverBeast. “‘Strange Sight’ is heard when Fawn discovers this beast living in the woods near Pixie Hollow,” says Tunstall. “He’s a huge, scary-looking guy, but she isn’t afraid. She wants to help him and make friends with him, but can’t work out what he is or what he’s doing with the rocks he’s collecting.”

The third song in Tunstall’s lineup, which she sings with singer/songwriter Bleu, is an emotional song that can be heard during the film’s end credits.

Pre-order “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast” today for delivery in March. Your pre-order through this link helps The Disney Blog.

Previously: Tinker Bell series continues on Direct to DVD Neverbeast.

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Harambe to expand with Africa Marketplace at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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The keen folks over at WDW Magic have gotten their hands on a piece of concept art for a new expansion coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Africa Marketplace will open in Spring of 2015 in the Harambe area of the park. It will be part of a new walkway linking Africa to Asia and contain a new quick service restaurant and additional merchandise locations.

The construction has been occurring mostly backstage for about a year. Overhead shots match up with the concept art and reveal how it will vastly increase the size of Africa. Here’s the new entrance to the area from the walk-way to Asia.

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This side will eat a lot of the traffic exiting from Kilimanjaro Safari.

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The new restaurant will feature multiple windows and a variety of African inspired dishes. With it’s food options, Harambe Marketplace will add some much needed dining capacity to Africa. When Tusker House converted to buffet, that left Africa without a real casual dining location.

Hopefully, the new Africa Marketplace will reduce congestion in the crowded walkways of Harambe. Flame Tree BBQ is geting an expansion. There’s also a rumor that part of Pizzafari will be converted to a sit-down restaurant, so having another counter-service will help.

Avatar-land, Rivers of Light, tons of work on Discovery Island, and an expanded Harambe. There’s a lot going on a Disney’s Animal Kingdom. All it needs now is a lot more ride capacity. Definitely a park to keep an eye on.

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Spring Will Bring 75-day International Flower & Garden Festival to EPCOT

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Winter isn’t even technically here, but already I can smell the faint aroma of fresh flowers and giant topiary. It will all snap into place on March 4-May 17, 2015 as EPCOT blooms with a fresh take on lush gardens, inspired flavors and lively entertainment during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. At 75-days, the festival is nearly as long as Spring itself.

This year there will be new Disney character topiary, including a nod to the blockbuster animated film, “Frozen,” which will offer colorful #selfie and family photo ops. Outdoor Kitchens will serve a fresh take on sweet and savory noshes. And guests can get “hands-on” with festival fun during Disney-led gardening seminars.

More details are below the jump: Continue reading

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