Things to do for Easter while at Walt Disney World Resort

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While you’re out hopping around Walt Disney World this week, check out these egg-cellent Easter Festivities

  • Delectable chocolate Easter eggs are on display for the fourth year in a row at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The springtime edible works of art are enormous eggs (16 to 20 inches tall) hand-painted, hand-carved and decorated with Disney themes by Disney pastry chefs and then displayed for guests to enjoy inside the resort’s lobby.
  • At Epcot, the Disney Egg-stravaganza Easter egg hunt hatches March 27 through April 5. With a specially themed map in hand, guests may scramble for decorative eggs themed to Disney Characters and place the corresponding sticker on the map to represent that location. Maps and stickers may be purchased for $4.95 (plus tax) at Heritage Manor (American Adventure Pavilion), Pin Central, Plaza Towers (Port of Entry), and World Traveler (International Gateway). Guests may return the map (complete or incomplete) to one of the designated retail locations claim a surprise gift.
  • At Magic Kingdom, Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny will be greeting guests in Town Square Courtyard March 22 through April 5.

Although it hasn’t been announced yet, there is usually a small pre-parade on Easter featuring some southern belles and various bunny characters.

This year Easter is very close to Spring Break, which means it will be pretty crowded. Have you ever attended Walt Disney World for Easter?

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Star Vs. The Forces of Evil – Introducing A New Animated Show on DisneyXD

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Daron Nefcy is the creator, executive producer, and an animator of a new show for Disney Television Animation. “Star Vs. The Forces of Evil” started as a sketch during her third year of CalArts and now it’s an animated series premiering on DisneyXD in just a few days.

“Star vs. The Forces of Evil” follows Star Butterfly, a fiercely awesome teen princess from another dimension. After receiving an all-powerful magic wand for her 14th birthday, Star is sent by her Royal Parents to live with the Diaz family and their responsible son, Marco, on Earth where she brings along her own unique inter-dimensional style to her new home. Together with Marco, they navigate high school and embark on dimension-hopping adventures across the multiverse while keeping her wand out of the clutches of arch-nemesis Ludo and his monstrous forces of evil.

Acclimating to life on a new planet with a new family can be challenging, but fortunately for Star, karate-loving Marco acts as her guide, helping her adapt to her new planet. In return, Star helps Marco come out of his shell, teaching him to take chances and make the most of every day, even if that means living a little too close to the edge. Although opposites in many ways, Star and Marco become fast friends and rely on each other as they experience new adventures and challenges across a variety of exciting dimensions. Along her journey, Star must learn how to use her powers responsibly and stay out of trouble, or risk being shipped off to St. Olga’s Reform School for Wayward Princesses on her home planet while she waits to inherit the throne.
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Marvel Avengers Rumors: Captain Marvel vs. Ultron?

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*Warning: will talk about new Marvel characters and their potential role in the MCU. All of you spoiler purists have been warned!

There are some interesting rumors floating around that Captain Marvel may be getting a guest appearance in the upcoming film Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. These are intriguing rumors because Captain Marvel, aka Ms. Marvel otherwise known as Carol Danvers will be starring in her own Marvel film in 2018. Now there haven’t been any announcements about casting, screenwriter, or confirmed director. There was one rumor that Angelina Jolie may direct but I find that very unlikely.

Now it would seem a pipe-dream that Marvel fans would get to see Captain Marvel this early in the MCU game, but there is an intriguing piece of evidence that has a Marvel fan like myself reeling. If you were to walk into a Disney Store or head to DisneyStore.com then you would find this toy.

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Now let me explain what we you are seeing here. This is a Marvel Figurine pack with 6 figurines inside. Now we can see some familiar faces such as, Hulk, Captain America, and Iron Man. We can also see some new faces such as, Ultron, Vision, and finally Captain Marvel. Now I am sure you’re thinking “so what?”, but that’s where you are wrong. Disney is known for interconnectivity, especially with the Marvel franchise. Disney could have used any character as a toy, Quicksilver or Falcon. Let’s not forget Disney could have used a different female figure such as, Scarlet Witch or Black Widow, who by the way is now appearing in her 4th Marvel film.

Why wouldn’t a veteran in the Marvel game be chosen over a newbie who isn’t even in the posters or trailers? Seems awfully suspicious to have Captain Marvel in a toy set linked with the new movie Age of Ultron. Now I hate to spin rumors, but it seems likely that we are going to get a little preview of Captain Marvel. Now where or how is still a mystery. Remember in Captain America: Winter Soldier we heard Doctor Strange’s name, Stephen Vincent Strange very, very briefly. But since there is already a toy I have assume we will get a visual glimpse.

Also let us look at DisneyStore.com’s description of the toy; “Amp-up the playtime action with this set of six fully-sculpted figurines featuring a new assortment of Marvel Super Heroes teamed against Ultron under the the Avengers umbrella.” Wait, what?!?! It is looking pretty definite that Captain Marvel will be getting an appearance in Age of Ultron.
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Interview with Pixar’s Lava director Jim Murphy

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This last week at SXSW in Austin, Pixar screened its new animated short Lava. There is, of course, a huge connection between technology and Pixar who developed their own animation system to help make their award winning animated films.

After the screening The Celebrity Cafe was able to sit down with Lava’s director Jim Murphy for a wide ranging interview.

On the evolution of the animated short:

I’ve always had this fascination with the Hawaiian islands, the Hawaiian people and the Hawaiian culture. The more I got into it… My wife and I took our honeymoon to the big island and it’s the only island that still has an active volcano. As I was putting ideas [together], I was just looking for ideas that really captivated my imagination and touched me emotionally.

So I had this Hawaiian thing, volcanoes and then I heard Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole’s “Over the Rainbow” and just thought, “Wow, the third component is music. If I could just put in all these ideas together and be inspired by the geology of Hawaii with the volcanoes… What if you told a love story through the mountains.” So, it kind of evolved. It’s just these ingredients that got me excited.

On Pixar’s unique choices for animation subjects:

That’s what I think Pixar does so well, is use the medium of animation to go to worlds where no other medium can go. But to also tell stories with fundamental emotions that we can all identify with and when you put them into the context of these other worlds, it really transfixes you to another place. I feel like that’s what Pixar has done, doing what Disney started.

What it’s like working with John Lasseter:

He’s the greatest collaborator in the world. When he greenlights something, he has a vision of the potential. It may not be a fully realized vision, but I think he knows what the potential is. And he constantly reminds you of that. He really inspires you to improve upon that and to really run with it.

Read the rest of the really great interview over at TheCelebrityCafe.com. Do you have a favorite animated short from Pixar?

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ABC’s Forever “Dead Men Tell Long Tales” with guest star Cuba Gooding Jr.

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I watched the first few episodes of ABC’s Forever and really fell in love with the concept and the characters. Ioan Gruffudd convincingly plays Dr. Henry Morgan, a NYC Medical Examiner who discovered he can never die. Alana De La Garza plays Jo Martinez, the capable NYPD Detective that pairs up with Henry to solve crimes. The supporting cast includes Judd Hirsch, Lorraine Toussaint, and Joel David Moore.

Henry’s long life has allowed him to gain certain skills valuable to survival. These including amazing observational skills and a rich depth of personal experience from which to draw on. The show has a lot of Sherlock Holmes elements to it, which I like, but also works as a police procedural. Finally, there is that ultimate mystery to solve. Why did Dr. Morgan develop his ability to life Forever?

Alas, a busy schedule caused me to fall behind on the series, but I just caught up with the last few episodes in time for the series to return from a short break.

In the newest episode “Dead Men Tell Long Tales,” we discover that when the owner of a treasure hunting salvage company is murdered, the investigation leads Henry and Jo on a chase to find the missing ship’s gold and the killer, but they unearth a lot more than they bargained for. Ironically, the ship is the one where Henry was first killed. Continue reading

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