Disney to Make It’s a Small World Movie

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According to the Orlando Sentinel

According to several published reports, Jon Turtletaub, the producer and director behind the “National Treasure” film franchise, will helm the project.

Reportedly, writer Jared Stern, who has been associated with the movies “Bolt,” “Wreck-It Ralph” and “The Lego Movie 2” will be working up the script and helping Turtletaub produce the movie.

There has been no word on who would be involved in working on the film’s musical score that would play atop the famous Sherman brothers’ famous tune.

The iconic ride is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year after debuting at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.  Disney park guests can find the attraction at five Disney parks.

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Walt Disney World to Test Mobile Phone Charging Lockers at the Magic Kingdom

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From our friends at WDWMAGIC.com –

Beginning April 25th the Magic Kingdom will begin testing mobile phone charging lockers for use by guests.

The secure lockers will be located inside Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe and the Tomorrowland Light and Power Company.  These lockers will be available to guests free of charge.

In order to use the charger, guests will need to swipe a credit credit card.  This will act as an ID for the locker.  The locker door will open and inside there will be a number of charger cables.  The phone gets hooked up to the appropriate cable and the guest closes the door.  When the charge is completed the door will glow green.  In order to open the locker the same credit card will need to be used.

With the increased use of My Disney Experience and the reliance of guests using their smartphones for part of the park experience seems to be driving Disney to help guests keep “powered up”.

Sleeping Beauty Heading to Blu-Ray

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Sleeping Beauty, the enchanting Disney masterpiece, is going to be re-issued on Disney Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital Download on June 2, 2014.

The breathtakingly beautiful and timeless fantasy, which took nearly a decade to produce, was initially released in 1959.  Sleeping Beauty was the studio’s final animated film that was lovingly and attentively handcrafted using ink.  The wonderful stereophonic musical score, based on Tchaikovsky’s titular ballet, earned the film a prestigious Academy Award®.
With Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, hitting cinemas on 28th May, this is a timely release to revisit one of Disney’s must-own classics.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to Embark on International Tour

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In celebration of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast‘s 20th anniversary on stage, Disney Theatrical Productions, NETworks and Broadway Entertainment Group will present the first international tour of the title, which will open at Istanbul’s Zorlu Center in October 2014.

The English-language tour — which will play diverse international markets including Kazakhstan, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia, marking the first time the musical will have been seen in these territories—will reunite the musical’s original Broadway creative team.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with NETWorks and Broadway Entertainment Group, to launch this first-ever international tour,” said Ron Kollen, senior vice president, international, for Disney Theatrical Productions, in a statement. “To premiere Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in these cities throughout the Middle East and Asia, is a perfect way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our beloved stage musical.”

Beauty and the Beast is directed by Rob Roth and choreographed by Matt West, with Tony Award-winning costume design by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting design by Natasha Katz, scenic design by Stanley A. Meyer, sound design by John Petrafesa Jr. and music supervision by Michael Kosarin.

Auditions are currently underway in the U.S., and casting will be announced in the coming months.

Liz Koops, producer for Broadway Entertainment Group, added, “The world of touring entertainment is constantly evolving and we wanted to begin an international circuit to bring top quality entertainment into emerging markets. What better way to start than with one of the world’s most beloved and successful musicals, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.”

Based on the 1991 Academy Award-winning animated feature film of the same name, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast premiered on Broadway in 1994, where it was nominated for nine Tony Awards and ran for 13 years.

Since its debut, the title’s visibility and success has expanded globally with subsequent productions produced around the world. Since licensing of the title began in 2004, there have been productions in 22 countries, seen by more than 35 million people, translated into 8 different languages with over 28,000 performances — equivalent to a run of 67 years, generating over $1.7 billion in revenue.

In the U.S., Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has been licensed to over 6,000 individual theatres including professional, community and school productions. It was the first Disney Theatrical Productions title in countries across Scandinavia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Russia, among others.

Currently, there are four productions of Disney’s Beauty and the Beastplaying around the world, including Paris and tours in North America, Japan and Germany.

Beauty and the Beast, according to Disney, “is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.”

The musical boasts music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs with music by Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The book is written by Linda Woolverton.

Disney Infinity Correction

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Disney has issued a statement on the D23 website correcting the information that appeared on their site on April 15th and then was removed….

From D23 –

“In D23′s News Briefs published April 15, 2014, we erroneously reported about the launch of the next chapter of Disney Infinity. This information was incorrect. More news about Disney Infinity will be shared on April 30, and we hope you will check back for that update. “

Join Disney’s Digital Easter Egg Hunt

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Are you a fan of the Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort on Facebook? If so, you can join in on a digital Easter egg hunt across a variety of Disney Parks Facebook pages this Sunday, April 20. Simply visit different pages to collect different Disney Parks-themed Easter graphics. Each “found” Easter egg will also offer you a hint as to where you can find another one.

The “hunt” starts will begin on the Disneyland Facebook page. Happy hunting!

Disneyland Resort Celebrates Earth Month at Downtown Disney

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Guests coming to Disneyland Resort  on April 19, and on Earth Day, April 22, can celebrate Earth Month at the Downtown Disney District! Be sure to check out the Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Experience, where guests can participate in a Clean Water Challenge and solve disturbances to the nation’s water habitats via a 4D theater experience. DJ Wendy also will provide “atmosphere” music.

On April 19, learn about the environment with our friends from Inside the Outdoors Foundation, Bolsa Chica Conservancy, Orange County Water District, and more. On April 22, guests can interact with an exhibit hosted by the Disneyland Resort about reducing, reusing and recycling, clean commuting and connecting with nature, paint an environmental mural with the Wyland Foundation and participate in interactive demonstrations with the Southern California Edison Mobile Energy Unit. MUZEO also will display art made completely out of recycled materials.

All offerings take place near the main stage by ESPN Zone from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on April 19 and 2 – 6 p.m. on April 22.

Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny to Visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Easter Sunday

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Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny will be visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Easter Sunday, April 20th.

The meet and greet opportunity will be taking place on Discovery Island 9 AM to 2 PM.

Downtown Disney Food Truck Moves to Epcot’s World Showcase This Weekend

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Epcot guests will see the “World Showcase of Flavors” food truck from Downtown Disney visiting this weekend.

The food truck to be parked near World Showcase Plaza at the entrance to World Showcase.  The truck will be serving food from 11 AM until park closing from April 18 through to Sunday April 20 2014.

Easter Egg Hunt to be Held at Epcot’s United Kingdom Pavilion

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Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny will be hosting Easter Egg Hunts and Egg Relays on Easter Sunday April 20th at Epcot’s United Kingdom Pavilion.

All guests ages 3-9 will be able to participate in the Easter Egg Hunt, while the Easter Egg Relay will be open to all children ages 8-12.  There will be a smaller Easter Egg Hunt available for children 3 and under.

The Egg Hunts will be held every 10 minutes from 11 AM until 3:30 PM and the Egg Relay will be held every 40 minutes from 11:40 AM until 3:40 PM

Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will also be available fore meet and greet pictures from 11:30 AM until 3 PM.