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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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The Making of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Props and Costumes

One of the many things that impressed me about Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” was the realistic world building. To truly create a believable world out of whole-cloth, the artists behind mega-movies like Guardians must focus on the details. There’s a ton of great detail… Read More »The Making of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Props and Costumes

Pirates League – A Great Experience for Girls, Too.

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If you’re looking for a fun alternative to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in the Magic Kingdom, check out The Pirate’s League, a lessor-known makeover that’s just as fun and costs about half as much.  Prices run from $30 to $80; higher prices include a costume, but that’s optional. Girls can be pirates of any variety they choose, or they can be a dramatic pirate Empress, with elaborate make up and stick-on “jewels” on their faces.  You can also get a mermaid makeover, which is very elaborate and includes scales and a pretty hairdo!

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The Pirate’s League is located right next to Pirates of the Caribbean and it’s open every day of the year from 9:00 am to around 5:00 pm.  You’ll want to make reservations well in advance to get a convenient time that works around your dining and fastpasses. It’s decorated exactly like you would expect–if pirates had a salon they regularly visited for makeovers.

There are lots of pirate “artifacts’ and of course, treasures, decorating the place, as well as a few secrets you’ll have to find out about later (we had to promise, pirate’s honor, that we wouldn’t tell).Read More »Pirates League – A Great Experience for Girls, Too.

Beautiful Disney Child Cosplay at Disneyland

There are few things more fun for a child than to just let your imagination run wild at Disneyland. It’s part of the spirit that I tried to capture in Dispatch from Disneyland, my book about the magic of Walt’s park. But there are other… Read More »Beautiful Disney Child Cosplay at Disneyland

Festival of Fantasy Parade Designer Costumes Preview

Designer costumes from the parade's finale.

Designer costumes from the parade’s finale.

The old saying goes, don’t judge a book by its cover, but when the coverings are amazing designer costumes for the Magic Kingdom’s next parade, I feel okay getting a little excited. Today the media was treated to a sneak peek at a few of the most extravagant and elaborate costume designs in Disney Parks history. Guests will get their first view when the cast of Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade dance through the streets of Magic Kingdom. We were lucky enough to be invited and have a special preview for you today. There is nearly 5 minutes of video and over 15 photos in this update. So strap in and hang on, here we go…

The new daytime parade, Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, is a celebration of Fantasyland. The parade will bring the characters found in this enchanting land to America’s runway – Main Street, U.S.A.. Packed with innovative parade floats; a new soundtrack featuring classic favorites from Disney films and an original theme song; and an impressive array of stunning costumes, Festival of Fantasy is the parade the Magic Kingdom has deserved for well over a decade.

Two costumes from the Steampunk inspired Maleficent float.

Two costumes from the Steampunk inspired Maleficent float.

Costume designer Mirena Rada is no stranger to Disney Parks, as her body of work includes design projects for Disneyland Resort, Tokyo Disney Resort and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. But when she was brought on to create costumes for Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, Rada reached a new milestone – designing for a Walt Disney World Resort theme park.

“This was a personal first and it turned out to be a very different experience from other projects,” said Rada. “Everything here at Magic Kingdom is done on a considerably bigger scale and the resources are aplenty. I took every opportunity to avail myself of these specialties.”

Video of costumes on the runway is best viewed in 720HD on full screen so you can see all the details.

Lots more to see below the jump, including over 15 more photos of Rada’s designer costumes:
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Inside Disney’s The Lion King Exhibit Open at WonderGround Gallery

Go Inside Disney’s The Lion King at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District Have you ever wanted to go behind the scenes of Disney’s The Lion King? The massively popular musical is returning to Los Angeles for a limited time (November 20th—January 12th) and… Read More »Inside Disney’s The Lion King Exhibit Open at WonderGround Gallery