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

IASW Google Hangout

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.

‘Frozen’ is Officially the Biggest Animated Film…Ever

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Boosted by opening in the movie’s final overseas market of Japan over the weekend, Disney’s “Frozen” has just become the biggest animated film ever.

“Frozen” — which already has set sales records and won Oscars in March, ends the month by bringing its global gross total to $1.072-billion, according to box-office trackers.

The box-office record for an animated film had been held by Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story 3” (2010), which grossed $1.063-billion “Frozen” has grossed more than $398-million in North America and $674-million in international markets.

“Frozen’s” $50-million-plus box office in Japan also helped the mega-musical crack the list of Top 10 films ever (not adjusted for inflation), according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. (Next in its sights: No. 9 “The Dark Knight Rises,” at $1.084-billion.)

The “Snow Queen”-inspired 3D musical, directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, began the month by winning Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Song, for Idina Menzel’s omnipresent “Let It Go.”

On March 18, the film — on its debut day of home-video release — sold 3.2-million Blu-rays and DVDs. The previous month, “Frozen” had the biggest digital release ever.

Mickey Edition Nintendo 3DS and Magic of Disney Game Coming April 11

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Disney Interactive and Nintendo will be launching a Disney Magical World-inspired Nintendo 3DS XL,  alongside the game on April 11 at Walmart.

The Mickey Edition 3DS XL is already available in Japan as the Disney Magical World3DS XL. A price for the system, which typically runs at $199, has not been announced.

Disney Magical World will combine characters from different universes into one cohesive experience. Players will be able to pick from a selection of characters and can customize characters with Disney-themed outfits and accessories while managing a cafe and planting crops and collecting Disney character cards

The game, released last August in Japan, will be available for $29.99 in stores and through the Nintendo eShop.

GameStop is selling a “Peach Pink” Nintendo 2DS, priced at $129.99, that includes a freeDisney Magical World carrying case.

An Evening at Markham’s – Tables in Wonderland Exclusive

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An Evening at Markham’s – Tables in Wonderland Exclusive

Thursday, May 1st, 2014, 6:00pm

$195.00 per person, plus tax, gratuity included

You are cordially invited to join us at the über exclusive, Markham’s restaurant, located at Disney’s Golden Oak Club, for an unparalleled culinary experience highlighting not only the esteemed talents of Chef Christian Rumpler and Chef Michael Gonsalves, but also select culinary personalities from across Walt Disney World® Resort.  Sommeliers Melissa Schreiber and Wayne Rigsby have paired exceptional beverages with the 8-course menu for a true epicurean evening.

The event is limited to 30 guests and is exclusive to Tables in Wonderland members.  Park admission not required.

Since Golden Oak is a private residential community, guests attending this event will be provided with security clearance.  Upon reservation confirmation, information will be sent providing additional details about your Golden Oak experience.

Also, please note that Walt Disney World® Resort transportation to Golden Oak is not available and, as such, personal transportation is required.

Menu

In keeping with our desire to leave some things to the imagination, the menu below is meant to provide only a glimpse into the evening you will enjoy as our guest.  We hope to deliver on the promise of surprising you with the creations prepared by our special guest chefs, providing an experience you will not soon forget.

Reception-Chef-Cítricos

Wild-caught Octopus, Focaccia Crostini, Preserved Lemon Chicken

Appetizer-Chef-California Grill

Pork Belly

1st Course-Chef-Walt Disney World Global Food & Beverage

Lobster

2nd Course Chef-Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

Duck Breast

Intermezzo-Pastry Chef-Walt Disney World Resort

Cucumber Sorbet

Entrée-Chef-Disney’s Golden Oak

Bison Loin

Cheese Course-Chef-Victoria & Albert’s

Stilton Cheesecake

Dessert-Pastry Chef-Walt Disney World Resort

Opera Cake

For reservations, please visit the following website www.disneyurl.com/TIWGoldenOak for self-booking and instant confirmation. The website will go live and begin taking reservations on Monday, April  7, 2014 at 10:00am.

Please have the following information ready:

Tables in Wonderland Ticket Number starting with the “W” (i.e. if you purchased your Membership at Epcot®  your card number would begin WEC)

First and Last Name of everyone in your party (maximum is Party of 4)

Home address

Phone number

Credit Card Number

Billing Address of the Credit Card (Your credit card will be charged at the time of booking, and you will receive an immediate confirmation email.)

Personal Email Address (Please use a personal email address as many work email addresses think the confirmation email is spam.)

Special Dietary Needs (if any)

 

Guest Policies

The event is limited to 30 Guests, and is exclusive to Tables in Wonderland members.

You must show your valid Tables in Wonderland ticket to gain entrance into the event.

 

Disney Plans to Increase Number of FastPass+ Entitlements Per Day and Include Park Hopping

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Tom Staggs, Chairman Walt Disney Parks and Resorts said in a blog post –

“When we first shared a glimpse into our plans to take the Disney guest experience to the next level, we had just begun to unveil MyMagic+ at the Walt Disney World Resort. Our goal from the beginning has been to enhance the guest experience and make it even more immersive, seamless and personal than ever before.

Now, nearly 3.5 million guests have participated in testing, and the vast majority are telling us that MyMagic+ has made their trip even better. This is a big step forward in the evolution of our guest experience, and what we’re seeing in early returns is fantastic.

Guests are telling us that they really like being able to arrange the day the way they want to, with the flexibility to make changes on the go. They also are particularly excited about their experience with the MagicBand. They love the convenience, and we have received a lot of photos from guests showing the fun ways they are wearing them even before they arrive on property or after they return home.

As expected, most of our guests think that securing times to ride our attractions is one of the best ways to maximize the fun of a Walt Disney World Resort vacation. We’ve heard from a number of guests that they would like the opportunity to add additional FastPass+ entitlements during their visit, in addition to the three they can plan in advance. So, we’re working on providing them with the ability to add and enjoy additional entitlements on the day of their visit. Once they’ve used the three they’ve booked, we’ll enable them to select another at kiosks in the parks. And once they’ve used the fourth, they can select another, and so on. We also heard that other guests liked the fact that with the FastPass+ service they could use FASTPASS when they park hopped. So we’re working on a service enhancement to add that feature to FastPass+ as well.

One of the best aspects of MyMagic+ has always been that our guests can relax and better enjoy their time with us, all the while knowing that the attraction they want to ride, or the moment they want to experience, will be there, waiting for them.

And isn’t that what a vacation is all about? The more we can have everyone that goes to our parks feel like a VIP, the happier we’ll be with the experience we’re giving them. And that’s exactly what we’re striving for with MyMagic+.”

Disney Parks Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of ‘It’s a Small World’ Invites the World to Join a Global Sing-Along

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In a historic, global event, guests and cast members at Disney Parks around the world will unite in song to celebrate the 50thanniversary of “it’s a small world,” the classic Disney Parks attraction that opened as a tribute to peace and hope at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Fans from around the world can join the festivities in a first-of-its-kind, online global sing-along atSmallWorld50.com.

On Thursday, April 10, 2014, hundreds of voices from Disneyland Resort in California, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan, Disneyland Paris in France and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort will sing the unforgettable theme song of the “happiest cruise that ever sailed the seven seas.”

Fans around the world also are invited to join the global sing-along virtually. SmallWorld50.com launches today as 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 (United Nations Children’s Fund). UNICEF provides health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more to children around the world.

” ‘it’s a small world’ has inspired hundreds of millions of people through its timeless theme,” said Tom Staggs, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “Every moment of every day there are Disney guests enjoying ‘it’s a small world’ somewhere around the globe.  The 50th anniversary of this attraction represents a celebration of the shared optimism, hope, and humanity of people throughout the world.”

New Video Features People Around the World Singing “It’s a Small World”

To help announce the celebration, Disney Parks released a video featuring people around the world singing, dancing to and playing “It’s a Small World.” Filmed across six continents in more than 25 countries, the video features international “performers” – including bagpipers in Scotland, Bollywood movie actors in India, a firefighter in New York City, and members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir – to create one worldwide video.

That video and others will be part of the launch of SmallWorld50.com, the global website for the attraction’s anniversary. Fans around the world are encouraged to participate online by recording on the Small World 50 website videos of themselves singing “It’s a Small World” and by creating virtual “it’s a small world” dolls to share with their friends through social media.

The Walt Disney Company will donate $150,000 to benefit UNICEF in honor of the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world,” plus $1for every sing-along video recorded on SmallWorld50.com and another $1 for every virtual doll created on the website, up to$100,000. Disney began its relationship with UNICEF in 1964 with the debut of “it’s a small world” at the New York World’s Fair. More recently, Disney and UNICEF have worked together to create a brighter tomorrow for thousands of children through programming that helps foster imagination and creativity.

Throughout the day, Disney Parks also will sponsor Google Hangouts that invite people from around the world to participate in the anniversary events. Fans are encouraged to visit SmallWorld50.com for details.

Disney Store adds to the Golden Anniversary celebration with the “it’s a small world” doll collection, inspired by the original Fantasyland attraction, and stores nationwide will offer fans a chance to celebrate at “it’s a small world” events. From Thursday, April 10, to Sunday, April 13, children are invited to visit a participating Disney Store to take a journey on an imaginary boat ride around the globe, learning how to say “hello” in various languages and singing “It’s a Small World” along the way. Guests are encouraged to call their local Disney Store or visit DisneyStore.com to confirm participation and details.

The Creation of a Classic 

One of the most beloved attractions in the history of Disney Parks, “it’s a small world” is featured at all five Disney Resorts around the world. The original attraction premiered at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City, created by Walt Disney himself and WED Enterprises, which eventually became Walt Disney Imagineering (the creative masters behind Disney theme parks and attractions).

The attraction features a gentle boat ride through a Lilliputian land populated by colorfully dressed Audio-Animatronics dolls representing children from many regions of the world singing a simple song about universal harmony. A team of WED artistic geniuses, including Disney Legends designer Mary Blair and costumer Alice Davis, created its now iconic style.

In 1963, Walt Disney was asked to create an exhibit for the 1964 World’s Fair to salute UNICEF and children around the world. With Walt’s blessing, Marc Davis, one of the original Disney animators, designed the boat ride attraction through the regions and countries of the world. The first version of “it’s a small world” entertained and thrilled more than 10 million visitors in New York from 1964-65. In 1966, after some major enhancements, including an enlargement of approximately 33 percent, the attraction found a permanent home at Disneyland in California.

In the attraction, hundreds of dolls “sing” the familiar song, “It’s a Small World,” in five languages (English, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Swedish). Academy Award® winning composers Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, who won two Oscars® for their work on Disney’s feature film “Mary Poppins,” were asked by Walt Disney to create a simple, yet catchy piece that could be sung in many different languages while guests traveled by boat through the attraction. The resulting song, “It’s a Small World (After All),” became one of the most well known and happiest of all Disney tunes.

Walt Disney Records To Release Aladdin Original Broadway Cast Recording Featuring Exclusive Bonus Content

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The cast of the new Broadway smash, Disney’s Aladdin is currently in the studio laying down tracks for the Original Cast Recording of the show, to be released by Walt Disney Records digitally on Tuesday, May 27th.  The physical album is set for release on Tuesday, June 17th and will also be available for purchase in-theater.  The Aladdin Original Broadway Cast Recording will be produced by Alan MenkenMichael KosarinFrank Filipetti and Chris Montan and executive produced by Kurt Deutsch.

Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, Aladdin features music by Tony Award® and eight-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken(Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act), lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), three-time Tony Award and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (Evita, Aida) and two-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Beguelin, and is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon).   This new production features a full score, including the Oscar and Grammy® winning hit “A Whole New World,” and four other cherished songs from the film and multi Grammy-winning original motion picture soundtrack.  The cast album also includes four Menken/Beguelin songs written especially for the stage and three Menken/Ashman songs that were cut from the original film, plus exclusive bonus content created especially for the album.

Disney’s Aladdin, the new musical comedy based on the Academy Award®-winning animated film, opened to critical acclaim onMarch 20th, 2014 at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre. USA Today raves, “Pure GENIE-US! Aladdin delivers a rush that will surprise you.” The Associated Press exclaims, “Disney hits magic again…a wonder to behold!” while The New York Times hails the show as “Fabulous… Extravagant!” and the Daily News declares, “Seriously, it’s amazing!”

Aladdin stars Adam Jacobs (Les MiserablesThe Lion King) in the title role, Courtney Reed (In the HeightsMamma Mia) as Jasmine, James Monroe Iglehart (MemphisThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) as Genie, and, as Jafar, Tony Award nominee Jonathan Freeman (Mary PoppinsThe ProducersShe Loves Me) brings to the stage the role he indelibly created in the animated film.  The show also stars Brian GonzalesBrandon O’Neill and Jonathan Schwartz as Aladdin’s sidekicks Babkak, Kassim and Omar, Clifton Davis as Sultan and Don Darryl Rivera as Iago.