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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Disney’s Animal Kingdom construction continues to reshape the park

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Walt Disney’s Imagineers are busy remaking large swaths of one of the world’s most beautiful theme parks – Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Not only is James Cameron’s Avatar project coming to the park, but Africa’s Harambe Village is expanding, the Discovery Island hub is getting a variety of improvements (and a new Starbucks), and the river between Asia and Dino-land is becoming a stage for “Rivers of Light.”

Can’t watch the video? More photos below:

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