Amazing Pumpkin Carving at Disneyland for Halloween

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Pumpkin carvers use the tools of a sculptor to bring an extra dimension of magic to the traditional Jack-o-Lantern carving. This year Disneyland has a pumpkin carver doing their thing every day at the Halloween Carnival in Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. Check out some of their work:

Disney Channel star Olivia Holt (“I Didn’t Do It”) teams with one of Disneyland’s pumpkin carvers at the Big Thunder Ranch to deliver some tips for carving your own perfect Disney themed jack-o-lantern at home.

Oh yeah, there’s a pretty cool contest at DisneySideContest.com. Upload your own Disney Side pumpkin for a private party at the Haunted Mansion and a stay in Cinderella Castle Suite:

Follow us below the jump for a collection of jack-o-lanterns carved at the Halloween Festival at Disneyland.

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Moana – officially announced by Disney animation

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Moana will be the 57th animated film from the Mouse House and the second film of 2016 from Disney Animation! The comedy adventure will take place in the South Pacific about 2000 years ago and follows the adventures of Disney’s first Polynesian Princess — Moana. A tale of mythic proportions that could very well delve into the mythic history of the South Pacific. It looks like the film will be partly hand-drawn in conjunction with the new tradition of CGI style.

Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker (The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin Hercules, Treasure Planet, The Princess and the Frog), it is expected to be a musical film which will be a great balance to their other film coming earlier that year Zootopia which will be more of an action adventure flick.

Plot synopsis:

in the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.
“John and I have partnered on so many films—from ‘The Little Mermaid’ to ‘Aladdin’ to ‘The Princess and the Frog,’” said Clements. “Creating ‘Moana’ is one of the great thrills of our career. It’s a big adventure set in this beautiful world of Oceania.”

“Moana is indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself,” Musker said. “She’s the kind of character we all root for, and we can’t wait to introduce her to audiences.”

With two Pixar films coming in 2015 and two Disney films coming in 2016, we simply can’t wait!

Moana will be coming to theaters late 2016.

Previously: Moana concept art preview of future Disney film?

Note: Peter Orrestad contributed to this post.

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Instapic: This is a magical place. #tangled #rapunzel #filter


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If Christopher Nolan directed Wall-E, A mashup trailer

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When Disney’s Big Hero 6 opens on November 7th, it’s going to have some big competition from the latest Christopher Nolan film – Interstellar, which opens on the 5th. Pre-saging that encounter a little bit, video mashup artist Bobby Burns has created a new trailer for Pixar’s Wall-E as if it were a film by Christopher Nolan.

I think that worked pretty well. I’d actually be interested to see an animated film from Christopher Nolan one day. (Not that the 3D digital animation required to make Inception wasn’t impressive.)

Do you think Disney and Christopher Nolan could ever collaborate on a feature film? Maybe he belongs with Pixar. Head below the jump for Burns’ take on The Incredibles as if it were one of the Dark Knight movies from Nolan:

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Meet Disneyland’s first Ambassador – Julie Reihm

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The Disneyland Resort recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Disney Ambassador program and the very first ambassador, Julie Reihm (now Casaletto), was able to return to help crown the newest honorees. While at the park, she reflected on her time as an Ambassador, what Walt was like, and her place in history.

A lot has changed in the parks since 1965, not the least of which was the loss of Walt himself. But it’s great to know that the Disneyland Ambassador program is still thriving.

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