Mulan added to Disney’s live-action remake lineup

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With Cinderella continuing to soar at the box office, Disney has gone ahead and announced another live-action adaptation. That’s right folks, Mulan is coming!

To give you a quick update, by my count this makes three recently announced adaptations. Beauty and the Beast (March 17th, 2017), Dumbo (TBA), and now Mulan (TBA). This does not include The Jungle Book which releases on April 15th of next year.

This is very exciting and so many levels for me. Most importantly, I hope that Ming-Na Wen either reprises her role (a long shot I know) or makes a cameo appearance. I think it just needs to happen. I would not be opposed to George Takei reprising his role as the ghostly ancestor either.

What do you think?

Via THR.

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Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny Meet & Greet at Magic Kingdom

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Now through April 5 you can meet Mr and Mrs Easter Bunny in Town Square at the Magic Kingdom. They’ll be hopping into town daily from 9am to 5pm.

We stopped by for a visit and a brief dance while the ‘Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play It!’ Street Party passed by.

What characters do you like to see when you’re at the parks?

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Cinderella Box Office Continues to Soar

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Disney’s live action remake Cinderella continues its box office success this weekend with $17.5 million earning it a strong fifth place at the box office. The film has now brought in $150 million domestically. Throw in a number one $38.7 million showing internationally, and the movie has now surpassed $336 million overall.

This weekend also moved Cinderella into the 3rd spot for all movies released in 2015 behind Spongebob and Fifty Shades of Grey. Not exactly a ritzy neighborhood, but it’s all we’ve got this year.

I predict we will see many more of these live-action remakes. Disney already has The Jungle Book, Dumbo, and Beauty and the Beast lined up.

Let me suggest one more that may seem odd. It’s my least favorite of any Disney animated film (although Home on the Range gives it a run for its money), but The Black Cauldron might fit the bill. “The Chronicles of Prydain” novels by Lloyd Alexander could potentially be the next Lord of the Rings.

Yes, I know Disney tried this once with The Chronicles of Narnia. The might be feeling a little burned after that effort. Plus Disney has pretty much buried The Black Cauldron deep in the vault. But there are those who say Disney really didn’t do the novels justice with the movie. If they still have the rights, it would be worth another crack. With today’s special effects and an audience primed for great epics by the Lord of the Rings movies and Harry Potter, it could work.

What Disney animated movies would you choose for a live-action remake?

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Celebrity Spotting: Steve Carell meets Minnie Mouse at EPCOT

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Actor and comedian Steve Carell visited EPCOT on March 28, 2015 where me met with Minnie Mouse and enjoyed the sights, smells, and tastes of the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival. Carell was visiting Walt Disney World on a family vacation.

That’s the one thing about Orlando, sooner or later, everyone comes to visit. Which celebrities have you spotted in the parks?

(Photo courtesy Disney. Chloe Rice, photographer)

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Star Tours gets a new sponsor and some cool headphones

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SMS Audio, LLC, an audio headphone brand, and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts have entered into a multi-year strategic alliance naming SMS Audio the official headphones of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. As part of this partnership, the Star Tours attraction at Walt Disney World will get a new sponsor.

You’ll also find SMS Audio products, including Star Wars First Edition SMS Audio headphones available for purchase now at select locations throughout Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. In the spring, the Second Edition Star Wars SMS Audio headphone collection will be available depicting fan favorite themes such as Tie Fighter, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and Darth Vader.

The sponsorship program will also The Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend and Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend, both at Disneyland Resort in California.

In addition, SMS Audio has been named the Official Headphones of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club. Along with product opportunities for D23 Members, SMS Audio will be a part of this year’s D23 EXPO 2015: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event, taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center August 14–16, 2015.

“This alliance brings together two companies who share a commitment to providing high-quality entertainment experiences,” said Tiffany Rende, senior vice president of Disney Corporate Alliances and Operating Participants. “We’re thrilled to have SMS Audio join us as we continue to enhance our guest offerings.“

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