Elizabeth Mitchell Joins ‘Once Upon a Time’ in Mysterious ‘Frozen’ Role

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TV geek goddess Elizabeth Mitchell is coming to Storybrooke.

Entertainment Weekly revealed today that Mitchell has joined the cast of ABC’s Once Upon a Time for a season 4 arc as part of the much-anticipated Frozen-inspired storyline. The move marks Mitchell’s return to ABC, where she became a fan favorite on Lost. Since then, she’s starred in ABC’sV and was most recently on NBC’s Revolution. Only this time, we hear Mitchell might be playing a villainous character.

Mitchell’s Once Upon role isn’t being revealed yet, but we’re told she is “possibly malevolent” with ties to royalFrozen sisters Anna (newcomer Elizabeth Lail) and Elsa (Fringe familiar Georgina Haig) as well as to Storybrooke and Arendell. The events in Once Upon are expected to take place after the events in last year’s animated Disney hit. Let the speculation begin!

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Epcot Open Wonders of Life this Week for World Cup Viewing

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The old Wonders of Life Pavilion, currently called ‘Festival Center’ will be opening this week to show the final four games of the 2014 World Cup.  Disney also announced that Restaurantosaurus at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is also offering World Cup viewing.

The Festival Center and Restaurantosaurus locations opening are in addition to the existing viewing areas in the Odyssey Restaurant and Walt Disney World Resort hotels and Downtown Disney.

Wednesday July 9 – Netherlands vs. Argentina at 4pm.

Saturday July 12 – Third place game at 4pm.

Sunday July 13 – World Cup Final at 3pm.

Disney Developing Live-Action Version of ‘Dumbo’

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Get ready to see some elephants fly.  Disney has begun developing a live-action adaptation of the 1941 animated classic Dumbo about a baby circus elephant who magically learns to fly with the help of his jumbo ears. The movie will be penned by Transformers writer Ehren Kruger and will add an additional family story line to the film that parallels Dumbo’s in the original tale.

Dumbo is just the latest live-action adaptation of a Disney animated classic to come from the Mouse House after Maleficent opened last month and upcoming titles like CinderellaThe Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast all currently being adapted. One would assume though that the character of Dumbo itself is still likely to be created with the help of CG animation technology.

Packages for 2014 Candlelight Processional On Sale Today

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Today, guests can start booking their Candlelight Processional Dining Packages. This is great for you early planners since the event starts the night after Thanksgiving (November 28) and runs through December 30.

Disney has a partial list of celebrity narrators including Candlelight veterans Whoopi Goldberg and Jodi Benson, and two fabulous new narrators – Academy-Award-winning actress Sharon Stone and Saturday Night Live alum Ana Gasteyer.

For those of you unfamiliar with the event, it’s a gorgeous re-telling of the Christmas story with a celebrity narrator each night and seasonal music from a massed choir and huge orchestra. The event started at Disneyland park in the 1958 with Walt Disney himself. At Walt Disney World Resort, it’s presented at the America Gardens Theater at Epcot, a beautiful venue, especially when all decked out for the holidays.

Here is a partial list of celebrity narrators:

  • Jodi Benson – 11/28 – 11/29
  • TBD – 11/30 – 12/2
  • TBD – 12/3 – 12/4
  • Whoopi Goldberg – 12/5 – 12/6
  • TBD – 12/7* – 12/8
  • TBD – 12/9 – 12/11
  • TBD – 12/12 – 12/14
  • Sharon Stone (New) – 12/15 – 12/17
  • Ana Gasteyer (New) – 12/18 – 12/20
  • Marlee Matlin – 12/21 – 12/23
  • TBD – 12/24 – 12/25
  • TBD – 12/26 – 12/27
  • Steven Curtis Chapman – 12/28 – 12/30

Narrators are subject to change without notice. – Show Times are at 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m. & 8:15 p.m. each night. *Show Times on December 7 are 6:45 p.m. & 8:15 p.m. only

Candlelight Processional Dining Packages, available on select days, start at $35 for lunch and $50 for dinner for adults, include a delicious meal at an Epcot restaurant and a guaranteed seat for one of the Candlelight Processional performances and pre-arranged fireworks viewing. Note: Availability is limited. Guests can call 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463) or book online at www.disneyworld.com/holidays.

Walt Disney World Railroad Closing for Refurbishment this Fall

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According to WDWMagic.com – 

The Walt Disney World Railroad is currently scheduled to be closed for refurbishment this fall.

The railroad will be closed September 28 – November 8, reopening to guests on November 9 2014. Emails are being sent to guests who had booked the ‘Disney’s Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour’ indicate that the closure is due to “unforeseen track maintenance.”

Kristoff Makes Debut in Inaugural ‘Anna & Elsa’s’ Royal Welcome Parade

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Earlier today, Anna and Elsa, the royal sisters from “Frozen” were officially welcomed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, well, for the first time in forever!

“Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome” is a new daily procession that gives everyone a chance to enjoy the pageantry and cheer of the grand arrival of the royal sisters of Arendelle. Stepping off at the front of the park, Anna and Elsa proceed through the parade route in a royal horse-drawn sleigh, while their friend, Kristoff, travels on a Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post float. Our “Frozen” friends are flanked by plenty of royal entertainers, including a flag corp twirling the flag of Arendelle, a troupe of ice men performing a routine with ice picks, sliding skiers, skating snowflakes, and more. Upon arriving at the stage in the center of the park, the sisters receive their official welcome to “Hollywoodland” before returning to their carriage and completing the rest of the parade route, ending just before the Star Tours – The Adventures Continue attraction.

Each day, 20-30  young park guests will be randomly invited to become honorary royalty of Arendelle and march along in the parade. Although these children are randomly selected to appear in the procession, word on the street is that one way to increase your chances of being selected is to dress and be seen in your Arendelle best!

“Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome” is one of many “Frozen”-inspired offerings that guests can enjoy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios through September 1, which also include a new fireworks spectacular, ice skating, a singalong, dance party, merchandise opportunities and more.

Flying Fish Cafe Offering Breakfast This Fall

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The Flying Fish Cafe at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort will be offering breakfast for a limited period this fall.

Guests can now make reservations for breakfast between October 1 and December 7, with seating from 7:30am to 11am.

Menu items will include dishes such as waffle with tiramisu mascarpone, soft polenta with fennel sausage, and frittata with roasted red pepper and prosciutto

New Wonders Added to Alice in Wonderland Dark Ride at Disneyland

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The long planned update to Alice in Wonderland debuted at Disneyland Thursday. Part of the update was to deal with safety issues raised in 2010 when a worker slipped on the outside portion of the upper track. After that incident, temporary safety rails were put in place while Disneyland and Walt Disney Imagineering worked to resolve the safety issues to the satisfaction of all parties, and make the end result a design worthy of Walt Disney’s original Magic Kingdom.

Besides the safety enhancements, WDI took the rehab time to install several new Alice figures and many new digitally projected effects. New effects can be seen immediately as one rides down the rabbit hole into the attraction. A fully animated scene from the movie is projected onto a set piece showing Alice chasing after the White Rabbit. There are several more projected animated bits in the flower section and in the Queen of Hearts section.

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None of the figures feature video-projected heads, like those seen in the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, despite the rumors on other Disney fan sites.

The newly rebuilt down ramp still features the twists and turns regular Disneyland visitors remember, albeit on a wider track. The new rails on the exit (left) side of the vehicles reflect the vine architecture of the exterior. There is also a digitally projected animated tea party seen when entering the final scene at the bottom of the down ramp.

As to why it took so long to come up with this design and more, no one will talk on the record.

Disney to Release Frozen Themed iPhone Cases and MagicBands

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Disney will be releasing a new D-Tech on Demand cases for iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5/5S on Saturday at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This artwork will also be added to the D-Tech on Demand boutique inside the recently opened Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney Marketplace. The Marketplace Co-Op location will have a few designs not found anywhere else, while the “Frozen Summer Fun” design will only be found at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Next week Disney will release three open edition, retail MagicBands at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with pre-printed images of Elsa, Anna and Olaf. As with all retail MagicBand purchases, guests must present one of the following for the MagicBand to be linked to at the time of purchase: valid theme park admission, Memory Maker card or another MagicBand. These items will not be available for purchase online or via Merchandise Guest Services.

Disney Confirms ‘Enchanted 2’ – Main Actors Expected to Return

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Enchanted 2” is back on track by securing two writers to pen the script drafted by Jessie Nelson.

J David Stern and David N Weiss (“The Smurfs” movies, “Shrek 2” and “The Rugrats Movie“) are booked to write a follow-up for the 2007 musical fantasy, reported Ace Showbiz.

Anne Fletcher (“The Proposal“) is confirmed to sit behind the lens for the sequel.

The first film followed Princess Gisele (Amy Adams) who is exiled from her fairytale world of Andalasia and ends up in the modern-day New York City.

James Marsden played Edward, her initial Prince Charming, while Patrick Dempsey portrayed her true love in the real world of Earth.

Directed by Kevin Lima, the Disney movie which was also supported by Idina Menzel and Susan Sarandon grossed over USD 340 million worldwide. The main actors are expected to return.