Time-Lapse Video: Magic Kingdom Christmas Tree goes up

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While the Magic Kingdom is the first park to get decorations for Christmas (the first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party comes early in November now), it’s always the last park to finish decorating. That’s because the giant Christmas tree can not be added to Town Square until after the parade television special is finished filming.

The tree itself goes up over night and this year Disney captured it in marvelous time-lapse video:

Another great job by the Holiday Services department.

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A Marvel-ous Guide to Holiday Shopping

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Still looking for some gift ideas for the Marvel fan in your life? Marvel’s got you covered.

Last week’s episode of The Watcher featured gift ideas ranging from the obvious (like Guardians of the Galaxy on video) to the unique (like getting a personalized item from the Marvel store). Also recommended is the Guardians of the Galaxy: Art of the Movie book and the season 1 DVD for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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There are also some new clothes from the Her Universe line (I really like the shirt that shows the SHIELD logo in the light but the Hydra logo is revealed in the dark).

They also showcased some comics that are available in trade paperback including various Guardians of the Galaxy titles, a 75 Years of Marvel Omnibus (collecting 75 of the best story arcs in Marvel history) and the latest iteration Ms. Marvel in her debut collection.

Really, the only thing that’s missing from this list is a baby Groot (which you can get (here)).

What’s on your Marvel Must-Have List?

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First Poster for Lucasfilm’s Strange Magic

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From the mind of George Lucas comes “Strange Magic,” a new animated film that tells the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. It is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The first poster for “Strange Magic” was just released. I like the tagline, everyone deserves to be loved.

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The existence of this movie was a bit of a surprise, in part due to production being done largely out of Lucasfilm Animation Singapore. It is directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”) with well-known music producer Marius de Vries (“Moulin Rouge”) serving as both the musical director and composer.

“Strange Magic” will be released by Touchstone Pictures on Jan. 23, 2015.

Previously: First Trailer for “Strange Magic.”

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Into The Woods clip – Go To The Wood

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The events of the new Disney musical Into the Woods are set in motion when The Witch attempts to end a curse. She needs some very specific items to break the spell, but she can’t gather them herself. In this clip from the movie, the witch motivates the Baker and his wife to head into the woods to find those articles for her.

Meryl Streep tears through the role of The Witch and is great in the movie. The movie also stars Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine and Johnny Depp. Into the Woods is a humorous and heartfelt musical, based on the original stage version from Stephen Sondheim, that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his Wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the Witch who has put a curse on them.

On December 25, 2014 you’ll find yourself wanting to go into the woods without delay yourself. Bring your whole family.

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8-Bit Fantasmic

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Walt Disney World’s digital team has created this great video game trailer for an 8-bit version of the epic battle between Mickey Mouse and Maleficent in Disney’s Hollywood Studios popular night show Fantasmic.

If only this was a real game. Sadly, it’s just vaporware.

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