Disney Casting Opportunity – Separated Families

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Disney is doing some last minute casting for the upcoming Frozen Christmas Celebration that will air on ABC. They are seeking deserving families who want to reunite with their loved one(s) for an inspirational holiday special.

Have life’s circumstances and finances made it extremely difficult for you to visit members of your family for years? Does part of your family live far away, making it challenging for you to ever see them during the holidays? Is your spouse or other member of your family serving in the Military or stationed far away?

If you, or someone you know, is struggling and unable to visit long lost family (or even best friends) for any reason, send the story to the casting agency. The worst they’re going say is no, the best, you’ll great free Disney Vacation and a chance to reunited with loved ones. All kinds of stories are welcome.

To submit, send an email right now to frozen@gmvsound.com with the story you want to tell, along with the names, ages, locations, and at least one photo of the family you wish to reunite. Also include your contact information. But keep it a secret from your family, as they plan to make this an incredible surprise!

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Gingerbread Castle at Contemporary Resort Combines it’s a small world and Frozen

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While Christmas decorations won’t officially be complete until November 21st at the Walt Disney World Resorts, there is a new Gingerbread castle already installed at the Contemporary Resort. Yes, you’ve guessed it — it’s Frozen themed. We stopped by for quick visit over the weekend.

Set in the resort’s Grand Canyon Concourse, in front of one of Mary Blair’s world famous mosaic installations, this 17-foot tall gingerbread ice castle takes its inspiration from another of Blair’s iconic designs – “it’s a small world.”

The castle architecture and characters from the film closely resemble Blair’s style, but I think I also see a little Stave church influence in there as well. The Gingerbread Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven all look like they just marched off the set of “its a small world.”

Created by the Contemporary Resort Bakery Team, the castle is made of over 311 lbs of honey, 514 pounds of flour, 212 eggs, 222 lbs of icing, and 423 pounds of chocolate. There are more than 1500 gingerbread shingles, 14 hidden Olafs and at least one hidden Mickey. The construction took five days to complete.

Watch this time-lapse video of the castle’s construction:

Touring the resorts is one of my favorite activities during the holidays. I can’t wait until everything is set up for this season.

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Ten Years of Stitch’s Great Escape

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I really can’t believe it, but it has already been 10 years since the Magic Kingdom installed the little blue alien creature Stitch in Tomorrowland and the former home of Mission to Mars and Alien Encounter.

Foxfurr at Passport to Dreams blog is out with the definitive retelling of what led up to the creation of “Stitch’s Great Escape” and the result of Disney’s missed forecast of the attraction’s popularity.

You have to remember than this was going down in 2002 and 2003. The internet was rapidly populating, but was nowhere near the levels its at today. Movie Studios were still ossified in hidebound tradition – there was no concept of “Viral” marketing and the technology was not yet in place to count things like internet hits on videos that could be shared in controlled ways. Lilo and Stitch was a physical media phenomenon. For fairly little money you could go out and buy the movie your friends had told you about, or they could give it to you and then you could go out and buy it and keep the cycle spinning. The drumbeat was increasing right under Disney’s noses. The old guard, in retrospect, over reacted. They ran predictions that, if things continued the way they were, Stitch would overtake Mickey Mouse in popularity.

I think we can all say we’re happy that never happened.

As Foxfurr says, you’re either a fan of Stitch or you put him on the list of all the things that are wrong with modern Disney theme parks. There’s hardly any room in the middle on this one.

Myself, I don’t mind the character, and I think the movie was a gem, but I hate the attraction. I hate all the toon based attractions in Tomorrowland, and I’m glad to know there just might be a solution out there, if Disney ever loosened the purse strings a little bit.

Go read FoxFurr’s excellent blog post, then come back and watch this fan created trailer from 2010. It re-cuts “Lilo & Stitch” into a trailer for a horror movie. How apropos.

What would you do with the space currently occupied by Stitches Great Escape?

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7 Walt Disney World Upgrades I would like to see.

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There’s a lot of talk about a major upgrade coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom is getting a whole land based on James Cameron’s Avatar. Both big projects that will help Disney stay relevant for another generation. But there are some smaller projects Disney could implement on a shorter timescale that would also have a big Impact.

1. Night time parade at the Magic Kingdom - With “Festival of Fantasy,” the Magic Kingdom finally has a modern day parade, now it’s time to re-light the night. It’s time to ditch the 70s era tech of the Electrical Parade and paint the street and sky with a parade as-yet unseen in the states. There are a couple candidates out there in Asian parks, but I’d also be happy to see something original.

2. Rivers of America – First, Disney needs to bring back more boats to the river, something like a steamboat from “The Princess and the Frog” would do nicely. Then they need to upgrade existing show scenes and add more to make a cohesive story. Ideally, the River would transform at night into a dinner or dessert cruise with a Jazz Band aboard the new ship.

3. Conservation station/ Rafiki’s Planet Watch – Update the animal care message, include more success stories (Disney has a ton of them), remove train and add more up close animal encounters with new-to-the-park animals. I suggest animals from Polynesia / Australia to capitalize on upcoming movies and Finding Nemo. Continue reading

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Marvel Fans: Here are the next five years of your life

If you’re one of those Marvel fans who likes to camp out to be first in line at the next big movie release, I’ve got your next five years planned out for you. Marvel have published the slide from their Phase 3 presentation that shows the timeline of releases from now until May of 2019.

Read it from left to right:

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In the meantime, to help with the waiting, you can now pre-order the Guardians of the Galaxy DVD/Blu-ray. Check out this clip from the special features that shows Director James Gunn talking about the design of Baby Groot, possibly the movie’s most popular character:

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