Disneyland 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration Details

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Disneyland it’s where the magic began and where all eyes of Disney fandom will be focused for the coming year. On May 22nd, the park will launch its 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration and tonight we learned exactly what the event will entail.

There will be three new shows to celebrate the magic of Disneyland:

World of Color will add a new show “Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney.” The show will illuminate the night in a moving celebration of Walt and his dream of Disneyland, showing anything is possible if we just keep believing in our dreams.

Disney Paint The Night will be a new nighttime parade similar to the Electrical parade.

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A new fireworks show “Forever” that looks like it will include some digital mapping projections, including on Main Street buildings. The whole park will be used as a canvas to envelope guests in a warm hug.

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Artwork for both Sleeping Beauty Castle and Carthay Circle Theatre reveals how they will both be made to gleam with diamond themed decorations including a diamond medallion featuring the Disneyland ‘D’. Of course, there will be plenty of Diamond Celebration merchandise and specialty food items to for guests to collect and enjoy.

“Sixty years ago, Walt Disney welcomed the first guests to Disneyland. Nearly 3 billion guest visits later, it’s amazing to contemplate all that Disney Parks and Resorts represents to so many people around the world,” said Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “We’ve conceived the Disneyland Diamond Anniversary as a celebration of this special place that started it all. Disneyland was envisioned as a place that encourages all of us to be ‘forever young,’ in part by being forever young itself … so we’re celebrating not just the last 60 years, but all that is yet to come.”

So far not end date has been announced, Disneyland expects it to be a long promotion.

This story has been updated with new details below. Continue reading

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Disneyland 60th Anniversary – Big Announcement Today

Update: big announcement just wrapped up. Get full details here!

Sleeping Beauty Castle is currently all wrapped up in tarps getting reach for a diamond overlay to celebrate the parks 60th anniversary. We will find out today what else Disneyland is planning for the major milestone.

Thanks to Matthew Gottula of @DLthings and an early release of an marketing piece from AAA, we have a preview of what Sleeping Beauty Castle decorations will look like for the 60th.

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For reference, here was the castle during the 50th Anniversary: Continue reading

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Marvel’s Fantastic Four reboot teaser trailer released

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Disney may have bought Marvel studios, but unfortunately it was too late to land the rights to some of Marvel’s biggest properties. Those comics were licensed to other studios, who had previous deals with Marvel. There’s hope that some of these will eventually come back to Disney, but in general, the deals favor the other studios, as long as they continue to make movies using the comic book super heroes.

That explains why 20th Century Fox is rebooting the Fantastic Four series with a new cast and new backstory. Fox also owns the rights to the X-Men in movies. Marvel co-producers, but Fox will distribute.

There was a lot of buzz about the new the teaser trailer which you can watch here. .

It’s definitely darker than the previous two. They’re obviously trying to capture that same feel Christopher Nolan brought to the Batman Begins series. Continue reading

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Imagineer Joe Rohde offers masterclass on storytelling in three Instagram posts

Joe Rohde walks with James Cameron and Tom Staggs (among others)

Joe Rohde walks with James Cameron and Tom Staggs (among others)

Not only has Joe Rohde, imagineer and champion of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, posted a terrific photo of a very hard to get image from Expedition Everest roller coaster, he’s provided something of a master-class on creating a back story for an attraction with just three Instagram posts.

Check out the tale explaining the story of the Forbidden Mountain below: Continue reading

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Frozen composers to help Neil Patrick Harris kick off Oscars in song

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Neil Patrick Harris has made a bit of a name for himself as award ceremony host. Besides his everyman affability, his trademark has been a big show stopping musical opening number. Now that Harris is stepping onto the world’s biggest hosting stage of the Academy Awards, he needs an opening number to match.

Well, good news, tunesmiths Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Academy Award winners and composers of Disney’s “Frozen”, have been tapped to write an original opening number for NPH.

(Copyright © 2014 ABC, Inc. / Adam Taylor)

(Copyright © 2014 ABC, Inc. / Adam Taylor)

According to a release from the award show’s producers, the sequence will be called “Moving Pictures” and will involve some multimedia fun. NHP announced the big news himself on a Twitter Video:

In a statement the songwriting pair said, “We love the Oscars and have always been huge Neil Patrick Harris fans, so when he asked us to write him a song for this year’s show we said, ‘Yes!’ before he could finish the sentence — it’s possible he may have been asking us for something else. We are having so much fun collaborating and have even enjoyed weaving our experience as Oscar nominees into the song.”

Now we’ll have to tune in on Feb 22nd to see if Neil Patrick Harris knows how to “Let it Go”

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