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August 01 2014

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Television's Kid Issue: Secrets And Lies And Dance Moms - Forbes

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It obviously tickled some funny bones at NBC but its hard to see how, especially, it must be said, in a post-Newtown world. Portraying the juggle risks glib mischaracterization all around. Thats what makes Louie all the more miraculous. By embracing the main characters rootedness in the juggle in all its ambiguity, creator Louie C.K. mines a rich vein and can take it in surprisingly rich and rewarding directions. Sometimes it plays as comedy; other times, as with this past seasons separated-on-the-subway passage, heartrending drama. 3. It Lightens Up And Shows How Wacky They Can Be.
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135075_2UPr2cr Its unique offerings go well beyond that, however. Here are some unique things that you never thought you'd find at an amusement park. 1. Central Florida's only AAA Five-Diamond restaurant Believe it or not, you can dine at a AAA Five-Diamond restaurant in the middle of a theme park resort. A huge departure from the usual theme park restaurant, the super upscale Victoria & Albert's offers a rotating menu and a posh chef's table, from which you can observe the inner workings of the kitchen. Of course, all the fanciness comes at a price. A prix fixe dinner starts at $135 per guest. 2. A ride with motion sickness bags Can your stomach handle going to infinity and beyond?
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Window Shopping At Disney Parks Around The World: Meet Gelatoni And More!

DAG808041 Have you ever wanted to take a trip around the world to visit our Disney Parks & Resorts ? Join me on a whirlwind shopping trip as we take a continue reading this.. look at what is happening in the world of Disney Theme Park Merchandise as we continue the ? Window Shopping at Disney Parks Around the World ? series! The mystery of who has been painting the art in the Mediterranean Harbor area of Tokyo Disney Sea has finally been solved. Tokyo Disneyland Resort recently introduced Gelatoni, a Disney friend of Duffy . This cool cat has an artistic flair for creating new masterpieces for all to enjoy. Our Disney fans were very eager to scoop up anything with Gelatoni on it including a tote, shopping bag, memo pad, writing pen and more. Those of you visiting the Tokyo Disneyland Resort will even find a special Gelatoni plush to add to your collection. As you may know, Hong Kong Disneyland celebrates its 9th anniversary this year. Here?s a look at some of the commemorative merchandise that has been created in honor of this special celebration including souvenirs, apparel, memorabilia, accessories, dolls, limited edition pins and more. This month Disneyland Paris introduces PhotoPass+ containing everything you need to access high resolution digital image files of your vacation memories. All of the photos taken by our Disney PhotoPass photographers, or on attractions equipped with Image Capture, may be linked to your PhotoPass+. In addition, for the first time at Disney Parks, Disneyland Paris has debuted a new Disney PhotoPass App that allows you to download all of the pictures taken by our photographers and attractions photos directly to your mobile device. Where will our next shopping trip take us? Keep watching the Disney Parks Blog to find out. For more from the ?Window Shopping at Disney Parks Around the World? series, visit the posts below:
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July 30 2014

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Sea Rescue And The Wildlife Docs Are New This Weekend!

Sea Rescue and The Wildlife Docs are New this Weekend! by Staff Sea Rescue and The Wildlife Docs are new this weekend! On the Emmy-nominated Sea Rescue, after saving a sick sea lion from a rocky beach in San Diego, the SeaWorld rescue team finds her strong maternal instincts provide comfort to younger sea lions in its care. Then, a dehydrated and malnourished dolphin strands on a beach near the U.S.-Mexico border and the SeaWorld rescue team springs into action to help. On The Wildlife Docs it?s a busy day at Busch Gardens Tampa. Vets make an early morning house call on the Serengeti Plain to aid a gazelle. Then they give a check-up to a Golden Conure back at the Animal view Care Center. Training sessions are going on with the lions, elephants, hippos and orangutans. The educators are making enrichment items for the gorillas. Back at the ACC, Dr. Dominique and Dr. Nancy are trying to decipher if a grey kangaroo has pneumonia while Dr. Pete is performing surgery on an owl. Sea Rescue and The Wildlife Docs air nationally on ABC on Saturday mornings during ?Litton?s Weekend Adventure? and are among the most popular Saturday morning shows. Sea Rescue has been rated #1 in its timeslot in a number of major US markets and the shows have surpassed viewership of over 180 million. Time is subject to change so be sure to check your local listings*. For more information aboutSea Rescue and The Wildlife Docs visit www.seaworldkids.com . *The Wildlife Docs airs on Sunday in some markets.
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Italy Opens Theme Park In Tribute To Film Industry - Yahoo News

These marines bark orders and frantically spin valves, trying to avert an impending disaster. Fans of Sergio Leone spaghetti Westerns will delight in the Western set, which features an Ennio Morricone soundtrack for make-believe cowboy showdowns. A 1920s New York set is inspired by Dante Ferretti's set work for the Martin Scorsese film, "Gangs of New York." Ferretti actually designed all the sets for the park. But beyond the lights, camera and action, no amusement park is complete without some wild rides. Cinecitta World mixes roller coasters with the pleasure of cinematic recreation: a futuristic corkscrew roller coaster connected to a spaceship and a water coaster in an ancient Rome set. Italy is not exactly known for its amusement parks most tourists come to Rome to view real ancient ruins, like the Colosseum. But Cinecitta World's creators hope this park will coax tourists to tack an extra day onto their itineraries. View gallery In this July 10, 2014 photo, a member of the staff of the Cinecitta World theme park checks his phon "The average tourist spends five days in Paris but two and a half days in Rome," said Luigi Abete, president of the Italian Entertainment Group. "After they opened the Disney theme park outside Paris, the average stay went up." And Cinecitta World does stand out among theme parks in several ways. For one thing, the food is better.
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Crayon-maker Crayola to open family attraction in Orlando, Florida; more could be on the way | Star Tribune

Crayon manufacturer Crayola is building a family attraction in Florida. The company said Tuesday that Crayola Experience Orlando will open next summer at The Florida Mall. It will be similar to the attraction Crayola now operates in its eastern Pennsylvania hometown of Easton. Crayola Experience Orlando will feature 25 hands-on activities in 70,000 square feet of space. One attraction will let children create their own unique crayon with a personalized wrapper. Another will let kids appear on their own coloring page. Crayola is a subsidiary of Kansas City, Missouri-based Hallmark Cards Inc. It says it chose Orlando because its a top family destination. The area has three major theme park resorts, Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld. But it has many more specialty parks and attractions, some built around childrens go here brands.
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Crayola to build family attraction in Florida | New York Post

Crayon manufacturer Crayola is building a family attraction in Florida, similar to the one it operates in its home state of Pennsylvania, and more could be on the way around the country. The company said Tuesday that Crayola Experience Orlando will open next summer at The Florida Mall. Crayola Experience Orlando will feature 25 hands-on activities in 70,000 square feet of space. One attraction will let children create their own unique crayon with a personalized wrapper. Another will let kids appear on their own coloring page. "We definitely feel like there's an opportunity to expand in major markets around the country," said Crayola CEO Mike Perry in an interview before the announcement. Crayola, a subsidiary of Kansas City, Missouri-based Hallmark Cards Inc., said it chose Orlando for its second venue because it's a top family destination. The area has three major theme park resorts Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld and many more specialty parks and attractions, some built around children's brands, such as Legoland Florida in nearby Winter Haven.
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Dole Whip Swirls Up Excitement At Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Dole Whip 1Great news, Dole Whip fans! I am very pleased to announce that the iconic Disney Parks treat is now available at the Lava Shack at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa ! You and your ?ohana can visit the Lava Shack (visit site) in the Waikolohe Valley from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and order a pineapple, vanilla or swirl Dole Whip. My favorite part ? it?s self-serve! The Lava Shack also offers pool and beach gear, in case you need to pick up any before your daily adventures. What is your favorite treat to enjoy at Aulani? Leave your answer in the comments below! Dole Whip Swirls Up Excitement at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa by Tyler Slater: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
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July 28 2014

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First Look At New Haunted Mansion Merchandise Appearing This Fall At Disney Parks

hmmmmm5378931At the beginning of June, I shared with you a first look at artwork created for a whole new line of Haunted Mansion authentic merchandise coming this fall to Disney Parks . Today, I?m beyond excited to give you a look at actual items we?ve created using that artwork. home page The toughest part for me was selecting which of the more than 100 new items to showcase in this story. Here is a look at some of my favorite things. I?ll start with apparel which will include both long and short-sleeved options for women, men and children. I think my favorite new shirts are the ones that resemble the Cast Member costumes from the attraction. Some of the shirts will also include a glow-in-the-dark element. For accessories, Guests will soon find several new jewelry items including awesome bat stanchion earrings. I particularly like the women?s shoes that use the infamous purple wallpaper pattern from the attraction. That wallpaper pattern will also be used on three new Dooney & Bourke items. You may recall the first Dooney & Bourke handbag we released last fall as seen in this story . That original handbag will return with the three new items this fall. All the new items will have a purple colored liner not red like the first incarnation. The home décor team will add to their assortment of amazing things I first shared in February 2013 . The original nine items were incredibly detailed and these new items follow in that tradition. This fall, Guests will find new drinkware, dinnerware (plates, bowls, wine glasses), figurines, bookends, cloth napkins, tablemats, and much more. I love the beautiful urn, and the bat stanchion ice cube tray will soon be making ice cubes in my freezer at home. Look for these items in select locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts in the coming months. Select items will also be carried on our Disney Parks online store . Which items do you want to follow you home? Please share in the comments below. First Look at New Haunted Mansion Merchandise Appearing This Fall at Disney Parks by Steven Miller: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
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Disney Getaway Doubles As Baseball Mega-challenge For Saginaw Bay Riverdawgs | Mlive.com

The Best of Walt Disney World - Disney's Animal Kingdom (That's My Opinion) by Steve Russo

Now we're winning tournaments I never imagined winning." The competition is expected to reach an all-time high at Disney. Krzysiak said the top travel programs in the country routinely gather at this World Series for the ultimate challenge. "Some of these organizations are breeding grounds for the SEC and Pac 10," he said. "It's Step 1 in where these college and MLB players come from." Krzysiak, who operates the Peak Performance Baseball training facility , said the opportunity to face that competition is what it's all about. "Regardless of how we do, it will do something for the culture of our kids," he said. "After seeing some of the great players from across the U.S., they leave knowing 'How good am I?' and 'What do I need to do to reach that level?' "Once they see that level, the kids start raising the bar. We've seen it happen before." The 32-team tournament features three games of pool play, which seeds teams for the double-elimination portion of the event which runs July 25-Aug. 2. The 10U Riverdawgs roster features Jack Bakus, Tyler Brill, Cater Campau, Troy France, Avery Goldensoph, Brody Krzysiak, D.J. LaBean, Logan McCoy, Brady Mieske, Blaise Millar, Jacob Morrison, Cole Prout, Collin Sackrider, Nolan Sanders and Tommy Szczepanski.
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As do these useless-yet-undeniably-adorable MagicBand attachment thingies (scientific name): Other ideas for wedding-related things to do at Walt Disney World: Get Happily Ever After, Just Engaged, and/or Im Celebrating! buttons from Guest Services for free Wear Mr. and Mrs. shirts Paint your faces in your wedding colors (just not in the summer) Do whatever you feel like doing to combine your matrimonial bliss with a visit to your favorite mouse. Just be prepared to either awkwardly say, Its coming up! or lie through your teeth to everyone who congratulates you and asks when you got married. Back in March when Josh and I got our wedding ears, we had a cast member announce to the entirety of the Liberty Inn restaurant that we were on our honeymoon. He also said Joshs last name wrong. I also tried to run away and was thwarted. But I did get a free brownie, so thats something. Ive considered not wearing the ears again but they arent cheap so Im getting full use out of them, damn it. Related posts: These ideas are awesome! So creative!
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MagicBands The decision then was to hold off repairs until a major refurbishment was required. Kilimanjaro Safaris It looks home page pretty real to me. Photo by Steve Russo. I really enjoy attractions that change a bit each time you ride them. I know purists sometimes scoff at a natural habitat that includes a cement baobab tree, ersatz termite hills and ostrich eggs that never seem to hatch but this is as close as Im going to get to a tour through an African savanna and I love the close up views of the animals. Festival of the Lion King New location; same show. Photo by Steve Russo. Im not sure how many times Ive seen this show but it never fails to entertain.
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July 26 2014

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A Journey Through Wandering Oaken?s Trading Post At Disney?s Hollywood Studios

froooo8490011null Have you had a chance to experience the ?Frozen? Summer Fun at Disney?s Hollywood Studios yet? Earlier this month, we shared a look at the new ? Frozen Fireworks ? show that light up each night. This week we?re taking a look inside Wandering Oaken?s Trading Post , a location set web link up adjacent to Toy Story Mania! that offers ?Frozen? merchandise, ice skating, a snow play area for kids, themed treats, and fun photo ops. Gallery
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Mymagic+: 3-d Flyovers Of Resorts Added To My Disney Experience

If you?ve been following our MyMagic+ updates , then you know My Disney Experience is the key to personalizing your visit. It?s one of several MyMagic+ benefits and tools now available to guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort . Recently, the team working on My Disney Experience added some new features, including amazing flyovers of our resorts that we wanted to share with readers. null The 3-D modeling and a ?camera view? from inside the animation gives you a great perspective ? from birds eye to 360-degrees ? at resort features (pools, recreation, monorail, amenities) and proximity to our parks. Ken Oelerich, a design director on the project, was able to layer creative over Walt Disney World Resort maps and create a 3-D environment with the unique ?camera? view. Ken says the team was not limited by where a helicopter could fly to bring the resorts to life for My Disney Experience. Currently, the new flyovers are for Disney?s Wilderness Lodge , Disney?s http://travelingepcot.tumblr.com/ Contemporary Resort and Disney?s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa with Disney?s Polynesian Resort coming soon. Go see the flyovers and other new features at My Disney Experience . MyMagic+: 3-D Flyovers of Resorts Added to My Disney Experience by Thomas Smith: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
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[watch] Debby Ryan On ?jessie?: She Travels To Outer Space In New Episode - Hollywood Life

How To Save 50% On Your Fave Beauty Brands & Give Back To Charity On July 25, Jessie, Ravi and the rest of the gang will travel to outer space for an extraordinary adventure WATCH the exclusive clip right here! When Ravis (Karan Brar) parents give him a special birthday trip to outer space with Jessie (Debby Ryan) and the rest of the Ross kids, hes over the moon! But things take an unexpected turn when Ravi changes his mind about the cosmic getaway! The July 25 episode ofJessieis a part of Disneys Out of This World Weekend, which will air from July 25 to July 27 on the Disney Channel. Click to WATCH our exclusive clip! Debby Ryan On Jessie: She Travels To Outer Space In New Episode WATCH Ravi is super excited to travel to outer space, and hes even more thrilled when Jessie announces that the rest of the gang gets to go too! When some of the kids have their doubts, Jessie assures everyone that theyre going with a highly trained astronaut. But then Ivan the astronaut (played by special guest star John Rubinstein) reveals that he wont be going on the trip and that the spacecraft will instead be piloted by state of the art artificial intelligence. But not to worry, he says its been tested many, many times by monkeys only some of which have come back alive. This is sounding worse by the minute, and Jessie knows it! Your parents couldnt have just given you a bicycle? she jokes to Ravi in the clip. DisneysOut Of This WorldWeekend This isnt the only otherwordly fun Disney has in store for us this weekend!
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Star Wars Rebels: SDCC 2014 Exclusive Clips - Mania.com

and Disney XD have released two new clips from Star Wars Rebels. Yesterday at Comic Con 2014 they unleashed their Star Wars Rebels: First Look ( seen here ). Check out "Kanan vs. The Inquisitor"and Were Even. The choice of music, for both pieces, is perfect! Press Release: In this San Diego Comic-Con 2014 exclusive Star Wars Rebels clip, Kanan squares off against the Empire's powerful Inquisitor, who seeks to destroy the Jedi and Ezra. Press Release: In this San Diego Comic-Con 2014 exclusive Star Wars Rebels clip, Ezra is on the run from the Empire until a friend appears to rescue him...with a rather surprising getaway vehicle. Scheduled to premiere in October 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, Star Wars Rebels will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels .. [read more] around the world.
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July 25 2014

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Spotlight On New Pins Arriving In July 2014 At Disney Parks

pinnnn689322 This summer, the Disney pin team is releasing about 250 new items for guests to collect or trade at Disney Parks . It?s time to turn the spotlight once again on some new pins coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts this month. I spoke with Erin Catalano , the merchandiser behind many of these pins, about some of her favorite selections. ?There are so many favorite pins we are releasing this month,? exclaimed Erin. ?I love the new four-pin chalkboard art set featuring characters from Walt Disney?s ? Alice in Wonderland .? The set reminds me of the chalkboard art-inspired home goods found in the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida. I also like the vintage Mouseketeer logo as it recall watching the Mickey Mouse Club when I was younger. Finally, Disney?s ? Hercules ? is one of my favorite animated films, so I included a pin with Hercules and Meg.? I was happy to see that Blank and Bow , the adorable Vinylmation figures from Valentine?s Day this year, will come to life in pin form. I also recently spotted the Anna and Elsa pins at Wandering Oaken?s Trading Post & Frozen Funland in Disney?s Hollywood Studios for the Frozen Summer Celebration . Those pins are also available in a handful of other locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. Speaking of Anna and Elsa, their shoe-inspired ornaments are visit the site included in a multi-pin set that contains other character-inspired shoes. Finally, I pulled together an image of Chip ?n? Dale pins as I thought my fiancée would enjoy seeing them (she?s a super fan of those chipmunks). I also know there are a few fans that will be delighted to see a new ? Chip ?n? Dale Rescue Rangers ? pin (sing along with me ? Ch-ch-ch-ch-Chip?). Look for these pins in a variety of Disney pin locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. Spotlight on New Pins Arriving in July 2014 at Disney Parks by Steven Miller: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
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July 23 2014

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20 Facts For The Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror?s 20th Anniversary

TOT112269Today we?re celebrating a special milestone on the Disney Parks Blog ? it?s the 20th anniversary of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ! In honor of today?s milestone, here are 20 fun facts about the attraction. Our Walt Disney Imagineers viewed 156 episodes of ?The Twilight Zone? for inspiration when creating The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. The ride vehicle is an elevator car. The storyline of the attraction sets the date as Halloween night ? October 31, 1939. The architecture of the tower was inspired by multiple Southern California landmarks, such as the Biltmore Hotel and the Mission Inn. The building features 27,000 roof tiles. The outdoor queue area features the songs ?Inside? by Fats Waller and ?Mood Indigo? by Duke Ellington. The grounds of the Hollywood Tower Hotel were inspired by the look of California?s Griffith Park and Elysian Park. The lobby of the Hollywood Tower Hotel was outfitted with antiques and furniture purchased at Los Angeles-area auction houses. Some of the sculptures featured in the lobby are the work of 19th century sculptor Auguste Moreau. A copy of ?Four Pages of Hilarious Star Caricatures by Walt Disney? is featured in Photoplay Magazine on the lobby?s concierge desk. The Library room features a hidden nod to Mickey Mouse in this sheet music, which is for the song ?What! No Mickey Mouse?? The clip of film in which Rod Serling introduces the attraction was taken from a ?Twilight Zone? episode called ?It?s a Good Life.? While actor Rod Serling appears in the film in the Library room, the voice you hear is actually voice actor Mark Silverman. The young girl who disappears in the elevator carries a Mickey Mouse doll. The attraction?s ?Fifth Dimension? scene was inspired in part by the ?Little Girl Lost? episode of ?The Twilight Zone.? The attraction offers a 13-story drop. The drop sequence for each elevator car is selected at random by the attraction?s computer system. Measuring 199 feet tall, Tower of Terror is one of the tallest attractions at Walt Disney World Resort . There are now four Tower of Terror attractions at Disney Parks: Disney?s Hollywood Studios (Walt Disney World Resort), Disney California Adventure park (Disneyland Resort), Walt Disney Studios Park (Paris), and Tokyo DisneySea (Tokyo ? pictured above) each have their own version. The attraction will take center stage during runDisney?s Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend this fall, which will feature a The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler, a 5K fun and disney packages kids races. The Twilight Zone® is a registered trademark of CBS, Inc. and used with permission pursuant to a license with CBS, Inc. 20 Facts For The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror?s 20th Anniversary by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
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July 22 2014

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Comic-con Offers Toy Designers A Chance To Go Wild - Yahoo News

Kerry Washington Holds Hands With Husband Nnamdi Asomugha on Trip to Disneyland With Their Baby Girl: See the PDA Pic! | E! Online

Kerry Washington, Nnamdi Asomugha . LOS ANGELES (AP) When it comes to designing the highly coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the designers at Mattel. Fittingly, the building where Mattel's dreamers conceive of their limited-edition playthings is just down the street from the Los Angeles International Airport. Inside the colorful design center a Hot Wheels-themed shuttle bus transports employees from Mattel's parking garage the designers have spent the past year working on 10 toys created especially for the Comic-Con crowd, including a replica of the Batmobile from the game "Batman: Arkham Knight" and a 9-inch-tall action figure of Superman killer Doomsday. "It's one of the coolest things we do," said Doug Wadleigh, Mattel's senior vice president of global brand marketing for boys and entertainment. "We don't have to worry about retail. We don't have to worry about margins. We don't have to worry about operational efficiencies. We only have to worry about creating the coolest toys for our fans.
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by Natalie Finn Today 7:28 PM PDT Loading... Sharpshooter Images/Splash A place is only as happy as the company you bring with you tothat place. So "happiest place on Earth" it was for Kerry Washington , husband Nnamdi Asomugha and their baby girl, Isabelle, when they spent the afternoon and evening at Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure on Saturday. The proud parents, their daughter, a nanny and a number of family members arrived at the Anaheim, Calif., theme park at around 4 http://dismerch.weebly.com p.m. and stayed until 10 p.m., crashing at the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa before making the drive back to L.A. in the morning. PHOTOS: Kerry Washington's best looks While at the park, their nanny watched Isabelle while Kerry and Nnamdi got their thrill on at California Adventure, riding theCalifornia Screamin' roller coaster, taking the plunge from the Tower of Terror and motoring the Radiator Springs Racers. The couple, who celebrated a year of marriage in June, also enjoyed classics like Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion and Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland. They didn't appear to have extra bodyguards wtih them but the family did take VIP tours around the park. We're told that Kerry looked very happy and healthy and seemed to be in good spirits around the inevitable throng of fans around her, but as far as an eyewitness could tell she didn't stop to take pictures with anyone. She and Nnamdi, a Cal Berkeley grad and former cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers, indulged in churros and cotton candy and purchased some mugs and shirts for souvenirs.
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July 21 2014

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The Magic Of Disney Parks Storytelling: Splash Mountain At Disneyland Park

Jacqueline BracamontesIn my opinion, Splash Mountain at Disneyland park is the quintessential E-ticket attraction. There is something about plunging down Chick-A-Pin Hill that has made it my ?laughing place? for as long as I can remember. Yesterday was not only the 59th anniversary of Disneyland park, it also marked the 25th anniversary of this beloved attraction. Today, I?m positively thrilled to continue ? The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling ? series with an article from Critter Tales, a newspaper created by the animals of Critter Country, about the story of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and Brer Bear. In honor of the anniversary, enjoy this excerpt by Jasper P. Woodchuck about the story behind my favorite attraction, Splash Mountain. Towering up and above everything hereabouts is Splash Mountain. Used to be that once upon a time, Splash Mountain was called Chick-A-Pin Hill ? Nowadays, Brer Rabbit?s been living in a briar patch, deep in the heart of Splash Mountain. And not so long ago, old Brer Rabbit took it into his head that if he?d just up and leave his prickly home in the briar patch, then he?d be able to leave all his troubles behind, as well. As soon as Brer Fox and Brer Bear got wind that Brer Rabbit was leaving his briar patch and setting out for an adventure, they decided to trap and catch him. Luckily for Brer Rabbit, he was able to trick Brer Bear into springing Brer Fox?s hastily devised rabbit trap. This made Brer Fox so furious that Brer Rabbit decided to play another trick on the two, and he began to tell them about a secret ?laughing place? that only he knew about. Sure enough, Brer Bear and Brer Fox followed that rabbit right to the foot of a twin oak tree ? But instead of finding a laughing place, all Brer Bear found was honeybees. Suddenly, the rotted old tree gave way with a snap and pitched Brer Fox and Brer Bear into a darkened, water-filled cavern, buzzing with hundreds of angry bees. Brer Rabbit laughed and laughed at the prank he?d played on the two scoundrels. Unfortunately for Brer Rabbit, however, he tended to laugh just a little too long at his own joke and before he knew what was happening, Brer Fox captured that hapless hare. Brer Rabbit was dragged by the ears up to the top of Chick-A-Pin Hill, where Brer Fox?s lair was hidden in a hollowed log that jutted out over the mighty Splash Mountain waterfall. Brer Fox threatened to skin Brer Rabbit, and then to roast and eat him. But thinking quickly, Brer Rabbit told Brer Fox to go ahead and do anything with him he wanted, so long as he didn?t throw him over the waterfall into the Briar Patch. Slow-wittted Brer Bear liked the idea and decided that flinging Brer Rabbit into the briar patch was the best thing to be done. Brer Fox tried to prevent him, and in the struggle, all three went over the falls and into the briar patch. The briar patch is, of course, Brer Rabbit?s home sweet home. All the critters hereabout turned out to congratulate clever Brer Rabbit on having universal studios packages gotten away once again. And while Brer Fox and Brer Bear tried unsuccessfully to untangle themselves from the sharp, prickly briars, Brer Rabbit promised his friends that once and for all he had learned his lesson about leaving home, and that he is going to stay here forever and ever ? at least until the urge to go adventuring strikes him once again. Your obedient reporter, Jasper P. Woodchuck What is your favorite memory on Splash Mountain? Leave your response in the comments below! The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Splash Mountain at Disneyland Park by Tyler Slater: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
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July 20 2014

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Disney Reaches Tentative Deal With Unions For Starting Wage Increase | News - Home

Breaking News - Disney Television Animation Develops "Haunted Mansion" Special Inspired by Popular Disney Theme Parks Attraction | TheFutonCritic.com

visit site style='float:left;padding:5px' /> - Walt Disney World reached a tentative agreement for a contract with six unions representing thousands of employees, Disney officials said on Friday. The contract would include wage increases, raising the starting wages to $9 an hour once the agreement is ratified. Disney officials said wages will go up to $9.50 an hour in 2015 and to $10 an hour in 2016 as part of a contract that will run through 2020. Quick Clicks The agreement with the Services Trades Council Union will affect more than 20,000 cast members. Cast members will vote on the agreement before it is ratified, Disney officials said. Copyright 2014 by ClickOrlando.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Disney takes unusual promo route with Japanese 'Big Hero 6' animation | Boston Herald

With more than 5,000 fans expected to attend, Disney is teasing several of the studio's upcoming animated movies at the D23 Expo, a three-day celebration of all things Disney at the Anaheim Convention Center. On the animation front, the studio will showcase Walt Disney Animation Studios' computer-generated adventure "Frozen" and Pixar's prehistoric comedy "The Good Dinosaur" during a Friday presentation, as well as the "Finding Nemo" sequel "Finding Dory," the manga-style Marvel adaptation "Big Hero 6" and the new Mickey Mouse short film "Get a Horse!" (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) 1 Mark Schilling TOKYO -- As a tie-in to "Big Hero 6," the first-ever Disney-Marvel animated feature, Disney is collaborating with the release of a manga in Japan based on the pic's story. Called "Baymax" -- the pic's Japanese title -- the manga will be serialized in Magazine Special monthly comic mag starting on Aug. 20. A prequel, "Episode 0," will appear in Weekly Shonen Magazine on Aug. 6. Both comics are the work of Haruki Ueno, who is also responsible for "Phi Brain: Saigo no Puzzle" ("The Last Puzzle"), a popular mystery manga that debuted in Magazine Special. The comic features the title robot, Baymax, and its boy companion, Hiro, whose adventures unfold in the fictional city of San Fransokyo. The Disney pic will be released on November 7 in the U.S.
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The studio has also extended an overall deal with Emmy Award-winning "Phineas and Ferb" co-creator and executive producer Dan Povenmire for development on new projects. Recently nominated for its ninth Emmy Award, "Phineas and Ferb" currently airs on Disney Channel and Disney XD with the television special "Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars" set to debut later this month. The news was announced today by Eric Coleman, Senior Vice President, Original Series, Disney Television Animation. Coleman said, "Over the past few years we have focused our strategy on making Disney Television Animation the home for the strongest talent in the business. We have steadily built our roster with both animation veterans and fresh voices, and have fostered an environment where artists support and inspire one another. This group will help us continue to deliver the great storytelling and beloved characters that the Disney animation legacy is known for." New pilots in production are: "Billy Dilley's Super Duper Subterranean Summer" Creative Talent: Director Aaron Springer, whose credits include the Emmy Award-winning "Mickey Mouse" cartoon shorts and "SpongeBob SquarePants," is creator. Synopsis: Summer break takes an unexpected turn when Zak and Marsha end up stuck in uncharted land at the center of the earth with eccentric classmate Billy Dilley. "Very Important House" Creative Talent: Jhonen Vasquez, creator of cult favorite "Invader Zim" and character designer Jenny Goldberg ("Rick and Morty," "Bravest Warriors") are co-creators. Synopsis: 11-year-old Frolie moves into the Very Important House and suddenly finds herself in the role of caretaker of the universe. "Douglas Furs" Creative Talent: Highly-regarded illustrator and former Sub Pop Records art director Jesse LeDoux and actor/writer Matt Olsen ("Sly Cooper") are co-creators.
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July 18 2014

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Five Things You Might Have Missed In Critter Country At Disneyland Park

Making the Magic Tomorrow is the 25th anniversary of Splash Mountain at Disneyland park. When the attraction opened on July 17, 1989, the surrounding area transformed into Critter Country , the woodland home of many favorite critters. Today, we?re celebrating the 25th anniversary of this land with five fun details you may have missed while exploring this shaded corner of Disneyland park. 1. Fowler?s Harbor - Near the entrance of Critter Country, you?ll find Fowler?s Harbor ? named for Admiral Joe Fowler, who oversaw the construction of Disneyland park in the 1950s. This small harbor is home to the Sailing Ship Columbia or the Mark Twain Riverboat when they are not cruising the Rivers of America . 2. Max, Buff & Melvin from Country Bear Jamboree - Deep in the Hundred Acre Wood, you can find a tribute to former Disneyland park attraction, Country Bear Jamboree. I don?t want to visite site give it away completely, but Max, Buff & Melvin, the three talking trophy heads from the show, have taken up residence inside The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh . Look for these beloved characters in the scene where Winnie the Pooh enjoys his favorite treat, honey. 3. Pooh Corner ? As you exit The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, follow the pathway straight into Pooh Corner. Here you?ll see the story of the attraction continues into the shops of Critter Country! Banners celebrating Pooh?s birthday are hung from the ceiling, and other elements from his fantasy decorate the location. Don?t forget a Tigger Tail on your way out! 4. Rufus the bear in Bear Country - Before Critter Country opened, this area of Disneyland park was known as Bear Country (and before that, it was part of Frontierland). Near the entrance, you could hear Rufus the bear snoring inside a cliffside cave just past the Haunted Mansion . When Splash Mountain opened in 1989, there was a small nod to this sleeping bear inside the attraction, right before the first waterfall. Today, listen for Brer Bear snoring in the same spot and it might sound vaguely familiar ? 5. America Sings cast at Splash Mountain - Some of the characters from the former America Sings attraction have been re-cast to play supporting roles in Splash Mountain! Look for some of the characters welcoming Brer Rabbit home and singing about a ?zip-a-dee-do-dah? day. What is your favorite detail in Critter Country? Leave you answer in the comments below! Five Things You Might Have Missed in Critter Country at Disneyland Park by Tyler Slater: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
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Outage: Monorail Train Evacuated At Disney In Fla - Yahoo News

Disney's The Jungle Book Casts Mowgli - Mania.com

Please enter a valid phone number. Please enter your Phone Number. Send Thanks! A link has been sent. Done Outage: Monorail train evacuated at Disney in Fla Disney: Dozens evacuated from http://elvirechantal.blog.com/ monorail train at Fla theme park after power outage; no injuries 7 hours ago Content preferences Done LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- A Walt Disney World spokeswoman says dozens of passengers were safely evacuated from a monorail train halted by a power outage during bad weather at its central Florida amusement complex. She says no one was hurt. Spokeswoman Jacquee Wahler told The Associated Press there were thunderstorms around Walt Disney World when the elevated train stopped Sunday afternoon.
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Passengers Left Stranded on Disney World Monorail

Walt Disney A newcomer has been cast as Mowgli in Jon Favreaus upcoming The Jungle Book. Walt Disney has released an official press release to introduce to the world to Neel Sethi. Outside of this casting news, the other big news is that Sethi will be the only physical actor on screen. Sethi will join Ben Kingsley, Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, and Lupita Nyong'o in the film. Press Release: After an extensive worldwide search ranging from New York to New Zealand, London to Canada, and all throughout the United States and India, The Walt Disney Studios is pleased to announce that 10-year-oldNeel Sethi will play the part of Mowgli in Disneys The Jungle Book. Neel is a newcomer from New York picked from among thousands of auditions, and his role in The Jungle Book marks his first foray into acting. Casting is the most important element of any film and finding the right kid to play Mowgli was imperative, said director Jon Favreau. Neel has tremendous talent and charisma. There is a lot riding on his little shoulders and Im confident he can handle it. Neel embodies the heart, humor, and daring of the character, adds casting director Sarah Finn. Hes warm and accessible, yet also has an intelligence well beyond his years and impressed us all with his ability to hold his own in any situation.
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More than 100 passengers had to be evacuated by emergency crews. Travell Eiland reports (WESH) A monorail line at Walt Disney World was disabled after it became stuck with 120 passengers on board Sunday night. Disney officials tried to restart the train, but were unable to restore power. All of the passengers were evacuated and there were no reports of any injuries, according to Reedy Creek fire officials. Many of the passengers had to climb through an emergency hatch on the roof of the train where they were strapped into a safety line and walked out through another train car and down an escape stairwell. Read More: http://bit.ly/1nnL6vo Copyright 2014 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
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July 16 2014

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A Peek Inside ?frozen Fireworks? At Disney?s Hollywood Studios

hghghg834991 One of my favorite new offerings that just launched as a part of Frozen Summer Fun at Disney?s Hollywood Studios have to be the ? Frozen Fireworks ,? which light up the sky at 9:45 p.m., nightly. Gallery view all What I enjoy about this fireworks show is that it combines elements of a stage show, complete with moments of narration with Anna, Kristoff and Elsa, with fireworks and songs from the soundtrack to ? Frozen .? Disney Parks Blog author Bob Hitchcock recently headed out to the park to take a look and find out what guests ? and even some of the creators of the show ? think view of the new nighttime spectacular. Check it out below. ?Frozen Fireworks? will run nightly through September 1, as a part of the park?s Frozen Summer Fun celebration and viewing is available throughout the park. See the posts below for more ?Frozen? Summer Fun:
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July 15 2014

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Sandcrabs Youth Baseball Team Ranked No. 3 In Nation, Heads To W - Kiiitv.com South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

After they took the title, Baseball Youth Magazine ranked the Sandcrabs No. 3 in the country, and No. 1 in Texas for ages nine and younger teams. The team is a non-profit dedicated to teaching youth baseball and respect on and off the field. To support the team or donate, check the website: www.sandcrabsbaseball.com Updated: Monday, July 14 2014 8:42 AM EDT2014-07-14 12:42:25 GMT The Sandcrabs nine and under baseball team has been ranked No. 3 in the country and will head to the Elite 32 World Series in Disney World. More >> The Sandcrabs nine and under baseball team has been ranked No. 3 in the country and will head to the Elite 32 World Series in Disney World. More >> Fly me to Asia!
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Disney approach about going ?extra inch? not extra mile at UIHC - TheGazette

Morelli, The Gazette Photos Medical Assistants Maria Luna (left) and Cynthia Chavez work on official site the medical professional's side of the exam rooms at the University of Iowa Healthcare Clinic at the Iowa River Landing in Coralville on Thursday, July 03, 2014. The clinic was designed with Disney Institute principles of customer service. One of these design features means patients do not come into contact with medical professional work stations and only interact with doctors and nurses in the exam room. (Adam Wesley/The Gazette-KCRG) A Giraffe-shaped scale is shown on the pediatric floor at the University of Iowa Healthcare Clinic at the Iowa River Landing in Coralville on Thursday, July 03, 2014. (Adam Wesley/The Gazette-KCRG) A hallway of exam rooms on the pediatric floor at the University of Iowa Healthcare Clinic at the Iowa River Landing in Coralville on Thursday, July 03, 2014. (Adam Wesley/The Gazette-KCRG) IOWA CITY After three years, the Disney Institute approach has filtered across the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Big and little changes can be seen in the design of new buildings, new roles called service ambassadors, a recognition and reward approach to management and a lowering of decision-making authority closer to the front line of service. Its the little things that make the difference, said Michael Brownlee, UIs chief pharmacy officer, who serves as chairman of UIHCs service and operational excellence council. If you think you have to (go) the extra mile all the time, theres cases where thats too much.
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July 14 2014

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New Merchandise On The Horizon For Fall 2014 At Disney Parks

othtra443244 One of my favorite articles to write for the Disney Parks Blog gives readers a glimpse into future merchandise development (who wouldn?t want to travel through time?). Introduced in early 2012 , these semi-regular stories are filled with things that make me beyond happy. Here is a look at some of my favorites coming to Disney Parks later this year. I still remember the day that Aaron Babcock, merchandiser for home and decorative goods, showed me the two metal trays pictured above. I did a double take as I thought they were vintage finds from some antique shop. Aaron is the developer behind those amazing items found in Disney Centerpiece at the Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida. He stepped up his game with these trays that will be placed next to my vintage EPCOT Center trays from the early 1980s. Look for them this fall at the respective Resort destinations in California and Florida . I think I found the next two shirts that I will be getting for my fiancée and me. They were inspired by the popular ?I?ll Be Your? Mickey and Minnie companion T-shirts released in 2012 . The shirts are coming this October to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. I fell out of my chair when I saw the new Vinylmation ? Eachz set coming this fall featuring Mabel from the hit Disney XD show ?Gravity Falls.? I wasn?t surprised to learn that Thomas Scott was the Disney Design orlando vacation Group artist behind these limited edition figures. Thomas, who once dressed up as the character Uncle Stan for Halloween, recommended I watch the show. I?m now hooked and can?t wait for season two, which debuts on Disney Channel on August 1 at 9:00 p.m. Presented in a mystery box (how fitting), the figure on the left will be more common to find (edition size 1,350), while the figure on the right is more rare (edition size 150). Finally, I spotted these adorable new Disney Villains baby plush. Maleficent will be joined by baby Cruella de Vil this November, while Ursula will be released early next year. Which things are you most excited to see? Please share in the comments below. New Merchandise on the Horizon for Fall 2014 at Disney Parks by Steven Miller: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
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