Moana – Disney’s New Polynesian Princess

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Lost in the success of Elsa & Anna’s “Frozen,” was the announcement of a new Disney heroine who hails from much warmer climates – the polynesian isles to be exact. “Moana” is a computer animated comedy coming from Walt Disney Animation in 2018.

Moana will follow a polynesian princess named Moana Waialiki. Set 200 years ago, it will introduce Moana as she visits a series of islands in the South Pacific. When her family needs her aid, she sets off on a journey to help.

This will be Directors Ron Clements and John Musker’s first computer animated film for Disney. Ron and John previously collaborated on “Aladdin,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “The Princess and The Frog.” Music will be composted by Mark Mancina.

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Concept art for Moana was released in December of 2013, but then withdrawn by Disney. The final film is expected to include a very painterly look and feel enabled by some new animation software Disney has developed.

There is already a ton of fan art out there. So it’s getting hard to figure out what is the official stuff and what is just fans dreaming, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Disney has announced films before and then taken them off the slate, I’m looking at you “King of the Elves,” so I wouldn’t get my hopes up 100% for Moana. But it sounds promising.

Before that we still have Big Hero 6 in 2014, then a break in 2015. In 2016, two films are scheduled from Walt Disney Animation Studios – “Zootopia” in March and “Giants” in November. Moana would likely come out in the first half of 2018.

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Disney Villain Obits

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College Humor, one of the internet’s leading sources of fantastic funnies, wondered how the obituaries would read for some of Disney’s greatest villains. Gaston is my favorite, but they also take on Ursula, Scar, and Charles Muntz, to name a few.

I like this idea. How would you write the obituary for classic theme park attractions that have now passed on to yesterday-land.

Rocket Rods Race Off Track

The sometimes zooming, but never getting anywhere, Rocket Rods have ended their noisy run across the skyways of Tomorrowland. While the idea to re-animate former Peoplemover track with a new attractions was good at its heart, the racy rocket version failed to account for the main charm of the original attraction — that not really going anywhere was okay, because the journey itself was relaxing. It’s hoped that Disneyland will figure out how to bring some of that charm back with an updated version the people mover in Anaheim.

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Eulogize your favorite former attraction in the comments below.

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Disney’s American Idol Experience Ends August 30th

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If you haven’t heard, sinking interest in American Idol sunk the American Idol Experience attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Disney previously said it would close in January 2015, but news is out from cast members that they’ve been told Saturday August 30th will be their last performance.

Word on the street is that Disney wants to move the Frozen Sing-A-Long from the Premier theater to the location formerly known as the “Superstar Television Theater.” Disney recently extended the Frozen Summer Fun an extra 4 weeks and this move signals that elements of it are likely to stick around for much longer than that. No official word though. You can, however, start reserving Fastpass+ for the sing-a-long experience beginning September 2nd.

Nonetheless, it’s a sad time for the talented cast and crew that brings you The American Idol Experience. The grand opening in February 2009 was as star studded an affair as Disney World has seen in years. Although the show never made a big deal of it, many of the TV show’s finalists got their ‘dream ticket’ in Walt Disney World and all the winners have visited the park at some point or another.

Indigo at the American Idol Experience.

Indigo at the American Idol Experience.

Last year, The American Idol Experience had a special week dedicated to junior performers. They weren’t eligible for a dream ticket, but did earn the admiration of the audience with their performances. Our son passed the audition and event made it into the day’s finale performance. He didn’t win, but he had a fantastic time. We had hoped that Disney would return the Junior Edition one more time before shuttering the show. Oh well.

Did you ever audition for the show and/or even perform? Share your experiences in the comments below.

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Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Offering Deals for Grandparents Day

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Some of my best times at Walt Disney World have been when my parents have had the chance to see Walt’s world through their grandchild’s eyes. It really does make them feel young again. If you’re lucky enough to have a multi-generational family, you’ll be happy to hear that the Swan & Dolphin hotel wants to make it more affordable for you to enjoy the same sort of magic.

In recognition of Grandparents Day, September 7, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel will offer grandparents and their families vacationing at the Epcot Resort Area hotel a discount when they add a connecting guest room — just $109 per night – up to a 50-percent savings off standard rates – when booking one room at the standard price. Book now for a stay anytime in September.

Connecting guest rooms provide the space, privacy and access ideal for multi-generational families as well as for grandparents traveling alone with grandkids. They’re the perfect space for making priceless memories like sharing a bedtime story with grandma or sneaking a midnight snack with grandpa.

Whether grandparents want to enjoy nearby theme parks with their grandchildren or escape for a couples massage, the hotel offers a variety of amenities for each generation and activity level, including: 17 world-class restaurants and lounges, five pools, two health clubs, tennis, nearby golf, a Balinese-inspired spa and complimentary transportation throughout the Walt Disney World Resort.

For additional information, or to make reservations,  visit www.swandolphin.com/offers

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Guardians of the Galaxy: Dancing Groot Video, Plus More Behind the Scenes Clips

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This is a bit of a spoiler for those who have not yet seen Marvel’s hit blockbuster space adventure “Guardians of the Galaxy,” but it’s one of the most wonderful parts of the movie, so I’m sharing it. This “dancing Groot” clip original airs during the credit sequence:

Also released by Disney as part of the promotion was another behind the scenes look at how the props and costumes for the film were created.

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