I’ve had this video in my open tabs for a few days waiting for the perfect time to spring it. With San Diego Comic Con dropping loads of exciting merchandise upon the reverent masses, now’s a great time to go behind the scenes and meet some of the people and processes that bring that merchandise to reality.
Check out this peek at upcoming merchandise from Disney, Marvel and Star Wars films and TV shows:
Has Disney done a good job bringing you the toys and collectibles you want for your favorite movies?
Thanks to the panel at San Diego Comic-Con and a recent issue of Entertainment Weekly we get to see some of the first images from “Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron” and a fantastic panel of the stars of the movie.
EW journeyed to the set on a day they filmed a pivotal early scene. The cover even offers the world its first look at Ultron, and inside you’ll find a brief synopsis on how he became the bad guy.
There’s also a nice sidebar about how director/writer Joss Whedon creatively worked around Scarlett Johansson’s pregnancy, which was announced just prior to filming.
This issue of Entertainment Weekly is in stores now, or you can read parts of it and view never-before-seen photos online at ew.com.
From the Marvel panel at San Diego Comic-Con we were also treated to more photos from the movie.
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is due in US theaters May 1, 2015.
If you missed SDCC, like I did, you can watch the full panel from the con courtesy of Marvel
A quick look at some of the balloons for sale on Main Street USA.
I’ve often thought of ESPN Wide World of Sports complex as Walt Disney World’s unheralded fifth gate. Many guests spend at least part of their Orlando vacation there either participating in or watching a sport. We also know that EPSN is a huge part of the Walt Disney Company, often driving around 1/3rd of its revenue for the year. So the ties between the parks and ESPN are there.
In the video below, Disney asked Faith, a runDisney Moms Panelist, to share how she discovered the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex during a runDisney Health & Fitness Expo and what it means to her family.
Between MLB Spring Training and the recent Orlando City Lions soccer season home games, there have been a lot of opportunities to come and support your favorite professional stars, I’d like to see that grow.
I also think that with just a few changes, ESPN WWOS can become a larger part of many more guest experiences. First, they need to build that 102 lane bowling alley. That would be the first facility where any guest can stop by and join in a sport to get the ESPN experience. Second, they need to identify 5 to 6 other sports that offer the same thing. Maybe it’s taking batting practice with an MLB coach, battling against a video gamer who plays the pro-gamer circut, or a sanitized ABC Wipe-out obstacle course. I don’t know, but figure out how to give the athletic minded guest an opportunity to share in the ESPN Spotlight along with the amateur competitor.
Would you like for there to be more ways for non-competition guests to enjoy ESPN WWOS
Awkward is a great trait to have if you are a Disney character nowadays. I don’t mean that as an insult, as I am awkward, too! It is a trait that is becoming more and more popular amongst characters in films and TV shows as not only a humor mechanism, but also as something viewers can latch onto and relate.
Take for example Anna in Frozen. Kristen Bell has been adamant about saying she IS Anna and she wanted to make her just as awkward as she is, because when she was younger, the princesses all had this “perfect” quality she couldn’t relate to as much as just think about. She wanted Anna to have the qualities she could have related to as a kid.
Then you have the fantastic Dipper from Planes: Fire and Rescue who stole the show. Julie Bowen was the perfect choice for the awkward and way too sincere character who just LOVES Dusty Crophopper…maybe a little too much. Her last line in the movie killed me, “I like watching you sleep” took her kindness (SPOILER ALERT) of watching Dusty during his “plane coma” and made the moment super awkward, which is probably something I would’ve done in the situation. Dipper sometimes doesn’t know what to say or when to say it, even though her intentions are there.
Riley over on Girl Meets World is built around her awkwardness. The whole premise of the show, amongst things like family and friendships, is about her navigating middle school and the world while having an awkward persona. The show has me hooked, 4 episodes in. Her personality is sweet and kind, while also being wacky and unpredictable, thanks to that awkward gene.
What do you think of the awkward trend? Do you think it’s overplayed? Can you relate? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time…have a magical day.