Disney Studio Head Says “Star Wars VII” Casting Almost Complete….and Film is Already Shooting

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From The Hollywood Reporter

The new Star Wars — episode 7 in the nine-picture franchise — has already begun filming and most of the cast is now in place for the movie, Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn revealed April 2. “We have a lot of them [in place],” he said about the main actors, whose names have not been disclosed. “We’re just not completely done yet.”

Horn acknowledged there had been some problems getting the script right. “It’s all about the screenplay,” he said. “It has to be screenplay, screenplay, screenplay.” Asked if the screenplay was fully where it needed to be, he added: “It actually is now.” The script has been co-written by Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams, following an early draft by Michael Arndt.

The executive said the movie would be released in December 2015 and that the story would pick up “where 6 left off — and where 6 left off is 35 years ago by the time this is released.”

Horn was interviewed by THR’s Stephen Galloway at Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television in Los Angeles, as part of the ongoing Hollywood Masters series. Others in the series have included Alfonso CuaronDavid O. RussellJudd ApatowJohn SingletonSherry Lansing and William Friedkin.

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Disney’s Dwarfs Mine Train Preview Celebrates the Last Gem in New Fantasyland’s Crown

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From the Orlando Business Journal

Hi, ho, it’s off to work we go — literally.

The press has been invited to get a look April 30-May 2 at the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster at Walt Disney World’sNew Fantasyland, set to open this spring.

It’s hard work covering theme parks, we know.

But, seriously: New attractions like the mine train are important to Orlando’s growing economy, as they help bring more visitors to local theme parks, who will spend at Central Florida businesses — including hotels, restaurants and more — helping fuel Orlando’s $50 billion tourism industry.

The ride is the last attraction of the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland expansion — the largest expansion since the park’s opening in 1971.

There’s no official opening date for the ride just yet.

Springtime Roundup Being Held at Disneyland

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Hop to It! – Spring has sprung at Disneyland Park with the new Springtime Roundup, presented March 28-April 20 at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree in Frontierland. Guests of all ages may celebrate the season with live entertainment, dancing, springtime décor, crafts and yummy treats. Several times each day, a lively country band takes center stage, inviting guests and dancing cowboys and cowgirls to come together for a hoedown and “bunny hop.” Mickey and Minnie, dolled up in their Easter best, meet guests, along with famous Disney rabbits that hop in for the occasion. Guests may watch demonstrations on egg art and decorate their own bunny-shaped sugar cookies throughout the day. Special snacks include apple pie burritos and cotton candy swirled in lovely springtime pastels.

Walt Disney World’s Four Seasons Resort to Hold Career Fair

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort will host a career fair in preparation for its August 2014 opening.  Interview opportunities will be available for front desk, recreation, spa, pool, restaurant/culinary, security, engineering and more.  Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is seeking passionate, energetic, service-driven employees who enjoy exceeding guests’ expectations.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is a world-renowned company dedicated to perfecting the travel experience through continual innovation and the highest standards of hospitality. Opening this August 2014, lakesideFour Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is located just five miles (eight kilometres) from theMagic Kingdom® Park and four miles (six and half kilometres) from Epcot®. Accommodations include 444 guest rooms, including 68 suites. In addition to its five restaurants, the Resort will include a Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole golf course; an 18-treatment-room Spa; a five acre (two hectare) water park complete with lazy river, two water slides, and an interactive splash pad; an adult-only pool; three Har-tru tennis courts; and much more

When: 

  • Monday, April 28, 2014 and Tuesday, April 29, 2014
  • 8:30 am to 5:30 pm each day

On Monday, April 28, 2014 the Career Fair will focus on the following positions:

  • Cooks
  • Bartenders
  • Restaurant Servers
  • Pool Servers
  • Restaurant Assistant Servers
  • Restaurant Hosts/Hostesses
  • In-Room Dining Servers
  • Banquet Servers
  • Banquet Set-Up Staff
  • Purchasing/Receiving Staff

On Tuesday, April 29, 2014 the Career Fair will focus on the following positions:

  • Call Center Specialists
  • Front Desk Agents
  • Concierge Staff
  • Bell Staff
  • Door Staff
  • Recreation/Pool Attendants
  • Children’s Program Attendants
  • Spa Therapists
  • Spa Attendants
  • Salon Attendants
  • Fitness/Yoga Instructors
  • Pool Attendants
  • Engineering Staff
  • Security Staff

Note: Applicants should attend the career fair only on the day for which position/department they are interested in interviewing for.  Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will not be accepting applications for general housekeeping, transportation, valet or laundry positions.

The career fair will be held at the Orange County Convention Center, North Concourse (facing Universal Boulevard) which is located at 9400 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32819. Parking is available; note the Convention Center charges USD 9.00 per car.

No appointments are required or are being accepted; applicants will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis upon arrival at the Career Fair.  Applicants are encouraged to have a minimum of 18 months’ hospitality experience and to bring with them a current resume and a list of work-related references.  Following the career fair, follow-up interviews will be extended to a pool of selected candidates.  Telephone inquiries pertaining to the career fair are not being accepted by the Resort.  If an interested applicant cannot attend the Career Fair, jobs that are not filled will be posted online at www.jobs.fourseasons.com. Applicants are encouraged to follow the Resort’s social media platforms for postings related to the Career Fair: Facebook  and Twitter @FSOrlando.

For 17 years in a row, Four Seasons has been named by its employees to FORTUNE magazine’s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For.  It is one of only 13 organizations to have the distinction of being recognized every year since the list’s inception in 1998. The deeply instilled Four Seasons culture is personified by its employees – people who share a single focus and are inspired to offer great service.

In total, after the approximately 500 people to be hired through the job fair and taking into consideration management transfers and employees sourced from local staffing agencies, Four Seasons Resort Orlando will employ more than 900 team members.

 

D23 Unveils Destination D Sweepstakes

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To celebrate D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind, D23 is giving away a special prize pack that includes tickets to the event, hotel accommodations, and awesome extras.

The prize includes:

  • Two general admission tickets (good to attend both days of the event) for D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind, November 22 and 23, 2014 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, located withinWalt Disney World® Resort
  • A five-night stay at Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort, located near Downtown Disney® Area (must book hotel stay occurring between November 19-26, 2014)
  • Roundtrip transfers provided by SuperShuttle in an ExecuCar Private Sedan, valid for up to two (2) passengers for airport or point to point service
  • A deluxe tandem parasail flight from Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre at Disney’s Contemporary Resort marina, valid through July 27, 2015
  • Two ice cream sundaes from Ghirardelli® Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop, valid at any participating location

Good luck, and we hope to see you soon at Destination D!

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How to Enter

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Enter for the chance to win tickets, hotel accommodations, and more for D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind (airfare not included)! Click here to enter Winner will be notified via email within 48 hours after the end of the sweepstakes. Click here for complete legal rules.

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends 4/15/14. Open to all D23 Members in the U.S. and DC, in good standing, ages 18 and older. Only one (1) entry allowed per D23 Member during the sweepstakes period. There is only one (1) prize pack available to be won. Prize elements must be redeemed by dates specified in the official rules, some restrictions apply. Winner must be available to travel to Orlando, FL, to attend the event, and prize does not include airfare. Some elements of the prize may not be suitable for all ages. D23 Members will be required to provide their D23 Membership number when accepting their prize. Click here for official rules, including full entry requirements and prize limitations. Void where prohibited. If you have any questions regarding this sweepstakes, please contact GuestRelations@D23.com.

Walt Disney Bans Imports from Pakistan

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From Business Standard

Walt Disney has reportedly removed Pakistan from its list of ‘Permitted Sourcing Countries’ from April 1, sources have revealed.

Following Pakistan’s failure to convince Walt Disney of its intentions to improve poor governance standards, the US licensor has banned any import from the country.

According to the Dawn, Azhar Majeed Sheikh, the chairman of Arzoo Textile Mills said that there is no ambiguity in the position taken by Disney and no shipment is permissible to any certified agent or vendor dealing in the brand of Walt Disney merchandise after April 31.

He said that anyone found violating the ban will be liable to heavy penalties besides being blacklisted.

While the US company’s decision has stripped Pakistan of 200-million dollar exports of textile products, the firm issued stiffer warning to Bangladesh when it decided to put Pakistan on its watch list because of repeated incidents of factory fires in textile garment units, the report added.

Disney Parks Hosts: Richard M. Sherman Performance and Q&A

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Join other Disney fans on April 10th at 1:00pm PT, for a very special Google+ Hangout On Air with Academy Award® winning composer and Disney legend Richard M. Sherman in celebration the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world,”® the classic Disney Parks attraction that opened as a salute to UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) and children around the world at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

Want a chance to appear in the Hangout as a featured participant? Ask your question in the Q&A app and we may pick you!

Feeling a bit camera shy but still have a great question to ask? No problem! You can still ask it in the Q&A app or Tweet it using #SmallWorldHangout – our moderator will be asking Mr. Sherman a selection of the best fan-submitted questions during the Hangout!

Fans around the world are also invited to join the global sing-along by visiting www.SmallWorld50.com – a “global hub” of music and harmony where guests may record videos of themselves singing the classic song and create virtual “it’s a small world” dolls to benefit UNICEF.

Disney Reveals First Family Pic of Girl Meets World Cast

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If you’re like many people that grew up in the late 1980′s or early 1990′s, you’ll remember ABC’s TGIF and the multiple popular shows that debuted during that time (Family MattersStep by Step, etc).One of the favorite programs was Boy Meets World, a series featuring Ben Savage and Danille Fishel, which documented the trials and tribulations of growing up young in a Philadelphia neighborhood.

The series turned out to be the most watched during ABC’s TGIF slate and attracted a cult following because Disney decided to bring back a spin-off of the series late in 2013.

The show given the title Girl Meets World, will again feature Savage and Fishel, this time though as parents as they raise son Auggie and Riley.

Outside of both Savage and Fishel, little was known – even about the cast. That lead to Disney finally releasing the first cast photo which includes actors August Maturo (who plays their son) and their daughter, played by Rowan Blanchard.

In addition, Sabrina Carpenter, Corey Fogelmanis and Peyton Meyer round out the main cast members.

The show has been in production for the last few months and is set to debut on Disney at some point this Summer.

 

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Opens This Weekend in US and Canada

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Captain America, one of our favorite Avengers, is already taking the world by storm. Captain America: The Winter Soldier debuted in 32 overseas markets last weekend and took the No. 1 box office spot in all but two. You can see Cap (played again by Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) battling a mysterious force in Washington, D.C. in theaters near you (including IMAX) here in the U.S. and Canada this Friday, April 4

Newsies Celebrates Second Anniversary on Broadway

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Newsies, the Tony Award-winning musical based on the Disney feature film, celebrated two years on Broadway on Saturday, March 29, at the Nederlander Theatre in New York. The musical was originally announced for 101 performances in 2012, and is now approaching its 900th performance.Newsies, which embarks upon a national tour in Fall 2014, won Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Score and Choreography.