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Entering the World of Tron

Disney has released a short featurette that goes behind the scenes on TRON: Legacy and looks at how the world of Tron was created for the film: TRON: Legacy opens nationwide December 17, 2010

Disney Brings Magic Back to the East Coast with new Disney Store

Please welcome guest author Daniel Wanderman and photographer Liz Degen. All photos are from Liz unless otherwise noted. A big thanks to them both.

As a Disney aficionado and frequent visitor to the parks, I jumped at the chance to experience the grand opening of the freshly redesigned Disney Store at my local mall.

Over 80 years ago, Roosevelt Field was the site of an airfield where Charles Lindbergh took off in the Spirit of St. Louis for his historic transatlantic flight to Paris. Today, the area is home to the eighth largest shopping mall in the country and the first Disney Store on the East Coast to undergo this magical makeover.


Disney Store North America General Manager Molly Adams

Our day started with a tour of the store led by Molly Adams, Vice President and General Manager of Disney Store North America. She showed us around the 4,500 square foot facility and reminded us that it’s “not just another place to buy Disney products; it’s really about being immersed in the Disney experience and feeling the magic.” This became apparent as she led us down a trail of pixie dust, one of the signature icons of the new stores.


Photo by Daniel Wanderman

Lots more below the jump:

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Disney’s Unbuilt Steampunk Roller Coaster

Designer Thom Shillinger worked at Walt Disney Imagineering during an exciting time. Unfortunately most of the excitement came from layoffs and projects that were blue-sky and never greenlit. One of those projects was known ans Project Meadow and Shillinger has put up some of his… Read More »Disney’s Unbuilt Steampunk Roller Coaster

Alice In Wonderland Inspired Fashion

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“Alice in Wonderland” Tim Burton’s highly anticipated film, featuring favorite characters from the classic Lewis Carroll tales, hits the big screen on March 5, 2010. Fans of the movie can join in the magical fun with clothing and jewelry from designer Sue Wong whose Alice in Wonderland-Inspired fashion collection “Sue Wong for Walt Disney Signature” line launches nationwide February 2010.

Sue Wong - The Red Queen - Alice in Wonderland - Tim Burton

The full press release is below the cut:

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T-shirt Spotting

One of my little hobbies at Walt Disney World is to find the latest T-shirt designs they’re hoping the public will buy. Today there is a wider selection than ever before even to the point where you can customize your own tee right at Downtow Disney.

Here are a few that stood out to me this Sunday at Downtown Disney:

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I like this design a lot. I had a cheesy non-Disney shirt with that saying on it in high school. Mi Casa Es Su Casa. Thanks Mickey!

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I’m continually astounded by the drug culture influenced designs they find for Tinker Bell. This isn’t one of the worst, in fact, it’s part of a new line of Tees that are inspirational in nature. But on the other hand this would fit in well in the 70s too.

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This is a design from street artist Bloc28. Previously there had been a line of baseball caps from Bloc28, but I never saw those for sale at the parks. There’s a little Steamboat Willy going on (although it should be all black and white). Frankly, I’m amazed that they’re selling this design since it appears to show Mickey Mouse being violently torn in two by a sea creature of some sort. That’s about as off-model as I’ve ever seen.

Two more Bloc28 designs below the cut:

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Finding Inspiration for Pixar’s ‘UP’

The countdown to Pixar’s next film ‘UP’ is on. It opened Cannes film festival to much praise, the Hollywood premiere was this weekend, and the reviews are coming in (so far 100% positive on Rotten Tomatoes). Meanwhile, the rest of us wait until May 29th… Read More »Finding Inspiration for Pixar’s ‘UP’