Top Posts of the week on The Disney Blog

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Believe it or not, we’re already at the end of February and spring Break is almost upon us. But before we break out the swimsuits and sunglasses, here are the top 5 posts from last week.

  1. We looked at seven attractions that Disney wouldn’t build today.
  2. Disneyland and Walt Disney World raised ticket prices with the Magic Kingdom breaking the $100 barrier.
  3. Planet Hollywood shared concept art for its Disney Springs look and new name Planet Hollywood Observatory.
  4. Seven new stores recently opened in Downtown Disney in the area that will become “The Landing” in Disney Springs.
  5. A trailer for the new Disney animated short “Frozen Fever” was shared. It will open for Cinderella on March 13.

Although they didn’t make the top five list, many people also enjoyed reading about:

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“Secrets and Lies” Review

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Secrets and Lies, or “Juliette Lewis Stares,” as I call it, is a new ABC limited series premiering this Sunday. Starring Ryan Phillippe as Ben Crawford, it follows as he goes on a morning run to find a local boy dead in the woods. What follows is a whirlwind or questioning, and the titular secrets and lies.

Juliette Lewis plays Detective Andrea Cornell, who is on the case, and the woman LOVES to stare. Creepily, eerily, and oddly…she stares. A lot. Through windows, at Ben, in his home…she stares. Ben talks monotone the entire time, so you don’t really care for him, and then Andrea is just so creepy, so you don’t care for her. It is weird to come out of a pilot without someone to root for.

The show dragged on for me, without any real movement. Andrea was weird, Ben was angry he was seen as the main suspect for the child’s murder, especially when the child was so beloved in his family, and Ben and his wife, played by KaDee Strickland, fight over the case at hand, and other turmoil that occurred before the pilot. Also featured is Ben’s friend who lives with them/in a house in the backyard. His purpose is to seem like a schlub, and he does and it makes no sense. Why is he there? Should I care? Because I don’t.

An underlying moral of the story is how the media is awful, which is weird for a network series as…um…they are part of the media with their news (as opposed to someone like HBO having a “media is awful” undertone, since they don’t have a dog in the fight). They tackle Ben and is family over and over again, ad it makes you never want to watch the news again.

The thing that has me hooked and ready to watch for more, however, is the cliffhanger, which comes out of nowhere, makes complete sense, and hits you with a steel bat. I’m interested to see where it takes the show, and if it can exit monotone land into quality ABC programming. I’ll be watching more to see if that journey is possible.

Secrets and Lies premieres March 1st at 9pm EST, only on ABC.

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Leonard Nimoy, dead at 83, voiced Kida’s father in Disney’s Atlantis: The Lost Empire

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It’s sad day for Star Trek fans everywhere. Leonard Nimoy has died at the age of 83 after a battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was well known for his iconic role of Mr. Spock, but as a child who grew up after Star Trek first aired, I knew him mostly from his job hosting the “In Search Of” TV series.

Among his many roles, Nimoy voiced Atlantean King Kashekim Nedakh in Disney’s 2001 animated feature Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Even in a relatively minor part, he was much loved by the production team of Atlantis for his voice acting range.

We all prosper from his talent as an artist and his work will live long. Our condolences to his friends and family, he will be missed.

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Planet Hollywood begins its Disney Springs Transformation

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It’s long been one of the most popular and iconic elements of Downtown Disney, but the giant Planet Hollywood globe will soon be transformed into an elegant looking observatory that harkens back to the golden age of Hollywood with its classic forms.

Concept art for the renamed “Planet Hollywood Observatory” was just released and it shows how the restaurant exterior will be transformed to match the style of Disney Springs. The transformation will also add outside seating.

“Disney is turning it into a turn-of-the-century Central Florida mining town, and the observatory was a feature at the time,” said Robert Earl, founder & chair of Planet Hollywood International. “We’ve gone back to that look for Planet Hollywood.”

For the interior, the props and costumes will remain but the design will be updated to match a planetarium feel with stars and constellations on the ceiling.

Construction has already begun and is planned to be completed in 2016.

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Art of Animation Resort Tour – Cars

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Today we complete our tour of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. We had our first glimpse at the Finding Nemo section when the resort first opened. Recently we returned for a walking tour of the three other sections, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid and today we’ll visit Cars.

The Cars section is by far my favorite at the resort. It feels the most like you’re in the movie with life-size sets right out of Radiator Springs and nearly life-size cars right out of the movie. That probably explains why I took a ton of photos. There are just so many details, it takes a lot of photos to capture them all:

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