Destination D: Attraction Rewind Tickets Now Available

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Destination D: Attraction Rewind tickets are now available.  Join us in celebrating Disney park favorites at Walt Disney World November 22-23.

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Walt Disney World Expands Luxury Home Sites

Golden Oak Summerhouse

From The Hollywood Reporter

Golden Oak at Walt Disney World and Resort  — a 980-acre, VIP gated residential community located inside the iconic theme park’s massive 40-square-mile land (about the size of San Francisco) — is expanding its neighborhood. Debuting in 2010, it marked the first time Disney offered its longtime fans the opportunity to live inside the park in million-dollar homes. When fully completed in the next few years, Golden Oak will comprise of eight neighborhoods with approximately 400 home. 40 of the current 100 available home sites have already been purchased by residents that include CEOs and professional NBA athletes (Disney declined to comment on names.)

The development, sprawling with parks, gardens, priceless sculptures and nature preserves, offers homes that range from $1.8 to $6 million. All are custom built, and new residents can choose from a select group of seven homebuilders to customize their homes from existing templates (or they can hire their own architect and designers to build a home ground-up). Homes can also come fully furnished. While the first home was purchased in 2011 and only a handful were available since debuting in 2010, the resort community now offers 100 homes in four neighborhoods.

The newest area, called Marceline (named for Walt’s Missouri hometown) is coming to the market with 56 home lots that average one-quarter acre. The homes are built with stone, copper and clay (there’s no faux or veneer), and the styles range from Mediterranean to Caribbean themed. Most homes include an outdoor space with plunge pool and built-in hot tub, in addition to a separate guesthouse. There are subtle design nods to Disney characters, like a Mickey Mouse head marked into stonework, which avoids overt branding.

Golden Oak homeowners have a dedicated service team like concierge and security and access to the recently opened Summer House ($15,000 annual fee). The clubhouse is designed to feel like a Tuscan villa with clay-tile roof, fountains and plenty of low-key outdoor space. Also included is a bar, restaurant, lounge with high ceilings and 103-inch TV screen, outdoor pool courtyard with wetlands backdrop and 17,000-square-foot fitness center. Residents will also have privileges at Disney attractions, including a family pass for the first three years, door-to-park transportation services and additional guest passes.

Golden Oak residents will also have access to the new, 440-room Four Seasons Orlando, specifically the four restaurants and the Tom Fazio-designed golf course. Slated to open this summer, Four Seasons Orlando will be the resort’s most luxurious hotel option (currently it’s Grand Floridian) and, at 23 acres, it will also the be the biggest resort at Walt Disney World. The outdoor pool area will include an adults-only pool and a five-acre “island” with a lazy river, recreational facilities like a climbing wall and a 3,000-square-foot game building. The 17th floor bar and Spanish-style steakhouse will sport the best views for Walt Disney Resort’s legendary fireworks. August bookings are now available.

D23 Announces Free Early Screenings of Million Dollar Arm

Million Dollar Arm

D23 Members are invited to screenings of Million Dollar Arm in Anaheim, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Orlando, San Diego, and San Francisco on April 30, over two weeks before its release on May 16!

See Million Dollar Arm early at the following locations:

  • Anaheim, CA- AMC Downtown Disney 12, 7 p.m.
  • Atlanta, GA- AMC Phipps Plaza 14, 7 p.m.
  • Chicago, IL– Regal Webster Place 11, 7 p.m.
  • New York, NY- AMC Loews Village 7, 7 p.m.
  • Orlando, FL– AMC Downtown Disney 24, 7 p.m.
  • San Diego, CA- ArcLight UTC, 7 p.m.
  • San Francisco, CA– AMC Metreon 16, 7 p.m.

As a reminder, you will be asked to show your D23 Membership Card as proof of Gold or Silver Membership when checking in. You can pre-register with SeeItFirst.net to expedite the process of reserving your tickets once they become available.

In Walt Disney Pictures’ drama Million Dollar Arm, the fate of JB Bernstein’s career as a sports agent rests with finding an exceptionally gifted young cricket pitcher in India, who can be trained for an American major league baseball team.

Based on a true story, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) finds that business has changed and things aren’t going well for his career. In a last-ditch effort to save his livelihood, he concocts a scheme to find baseball’s next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called “The Million Dollar Arm.” With the help of cantankerous-but-eagle-eyed retired baseball scout Ray Poitevint (Alan Arkin), he discovers Dinesh (played by Madhur Mittal from Slumdog Millionaire) and Rinku (played by Suraj Sharma from Life of Pi), two 18-year-old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to sign them to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys home to America to train. While the Americans are definitely out of their element in India, the boys—who have never left their rural villages—are equally challenged when they come to the States. As the boys learn the finer points of baseball, JB—with the help of his charming friend Brenda (Lake Bell)—learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment, and what it means to be a family.

Carousel of Progress and Tough to Be a Bug Closing for Refurbishments This Summer

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s 3-D show “It’s Tough to be a Bug” is scheduled to be closing for refurbishment in July.  The refurbishment will begin on July 7 and last through August 11, reopening to guests on August 12, 2014.

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress is scheduled for a refurbishment later this summer.  The classic attraction will be closed from August 25 through September 4, reopening to guests on September 5, 2014.

Sunrise Safari Now Open to All Guests at Animal Kingdom Villas

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One exclusive savanna experience which was previously offered only to club level guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Villas will soon be expanding to all Disney Vacation Club members staying at the resort beginning April 20, 2014.

The safari features 45 minute tour on Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Kilimanjaro Safaris in a smaller group.  With a departure time of 7:30 AM, guests enjoy leisurely access to the safari along with access to an informative tour guide.  Because of the more personal nature of the Sunrise Safari, vehicles are able to make frequent stops along the safari route for photographs while participants ask questions and gain a better understanding of the animals and their enviornment.

The tour also includes a private breakfast buffet at the Pizzafari restaurant.

Tours are offered only on Sundays and Thursdays with limited availability.  The cost is currently $40 for children age 3-9 and $75 for adults.  Admission to Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park is also required.

Full payment is due at the time of the reservation.  Reservations can currently be made for dates through August 2014 by contacting Disney Vacation Club Member Services.

Disneyland Resort Restaurants Win Big at Southern California Writers Awards

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Sometimes we all want a little advice when we’re making a dinner reservation, and often it’s food writers and critics that send us to the best restaurants. That’s why we enjoy seeing the annual awards from the Southern California Restaurant Writers Inc., a group formed nearly 40 years ago to keep a finger on the pulse of the region’s dining. This year the group awarded Disneyland Resort a dozen awards to eight restaurants – two in Disneyland park, two in Disney California Adventure park and three in Disneyland Resort hotels.

Here are the awards:

Golden Bacchus Wine Award (the highest wine award):
Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge (Disney California Adventure park)
Napa Rose (Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa)
Steakhouse 55 (Disneyland Hotel)

5 Stars (the highest award):
Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge
Napa Rose
Steakhouse 55

4 Stars:
Ariel’s Grotto (Disney California Adventure park)
Blue Bayou Restaurant (Disneyland park)
Café Orleans (Disneyland park)
Storytellers Cafe (Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa)

3 Stars:
Goofy’s Kitchen (Disneyland Hotel)

Manager of the Year:
Jose Barragan – Barragan has been with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts for 17 years and manages Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at Disney California Adventure park.

To make reservations at any of the Disneyland Resort restaurants, visit www.disneyland.com/dine or call 714-781-DINE (3463).

runDisney Reveals New Anniversary Medals

As runners start to plan their fall and winter race schedules, we thought it would be fun to provide some extra motivation and reveal a little “bling.” Disney Yellow Shoes Art Director David Brotherton has been busy designing two amazing finisher medals to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Wine and Dine Half Marathon and the 10th anniversary of the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge.

Wine & Dine Half Front       Wine & Dine Half Back

The Wine and Dine anniversary medal captures the essence of the race with color and design, and features a spinner at the heart of the medal. One side represents the tradition of past medals and is inspired by Spaceship Earth, while the other side showcases chef Mickey on the run. A fitting reward to those taking on the sold-out half marathon in November.

Goofy Front    Goofy Back

Registration for the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon presented by Cigna opens on April 22 and we are thinking this Goofy Challenge anniversary medal might be just enough to get some people thinking a little, well, Goofy. After all, running a half marathon on Saturday and a marathon on Sunday puts you in a unique category. Looking at the medal there is no doubt we are celebrating the 10th anniversary. Featuring traditional Goofy colors, this medal also has a spinner in the middle. One side celebrates the accomplishment of the half marathon, and when you spin it, Goofy turns upside down and lets you know you added on another 26.2 miles, a grand total of 39.3 miles over two days. Goofy.

 

DODOcase Celebrates Earth Day with Limited-Edition Collection of Disneynature “Bears” Cases

Disneynature Bears Cases

 DODOcase, the creator of the original book-bound iPad case, announced today its collaboration with Disneynature for the upcoming film “Bears,” a new True Life Adventure about a year in the life of a bear family in the Alaska Peninsula. Featuring unique graphics from the movie, the limited-edition iPad Air cases, iPad mini cases andiPhone 5/5S cases launch on the DODOcase website today. DODOcase will contribute 20% of every sale to the National Park Foundation.

“Nature has always been a huge source of inspiration for all the craftsmen here at DODOcase,” said DODOcase CEO Craig Dalton. “So creating a custom DODOcase to celebrate the ‘Bears’ movie and support the National Park Foundation was a lot of fun.”

Like all DODOcase products, the exclusive Disneynature iPad Air cases, iPad mini cases and iPhone 5/5S cases are handcrafted at the DODOcase workshop in San Francisco. They are made using traditional bookbinding techniques featuring high quality book cloth exterior and a sustainable, strength-tested bamboo tray on the interior. The “Bears” iPad Air cases and iPad mini cases include scenes and graphics directly from the movie, which opens in theaters on April 18th, 2014.

“The DODOcase design allows moviegoers to bring ‘Bears’ with them wherever they go,” said Paul Baribault, vice president, marketing, The Walt Disney Studios. “It also gives fans of nature another opportunity to contribute to the conservation of these animals and their habitats in a fun, unique way.”

Disney & Marvel to Unveil Disney Infinity Collaboration

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Disney and Marvel Entertainment will unveil a collaboration on a Disney Infinity project later this month, according to an invitation the companies sent today.

The invitation, which is for a media event scheduled to take place April 30 that will show off “the latest edition of Disney Infinity.” There’s no word on whether that refers to a new game or an add-on to the existing title, which launched last August.

Walt Disney Family Museum Presents – Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis

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The Walt Disney Family Museum is excited to present the exhibition Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis. On view in the museum’s Theater Gallery from April 30 to November 3, 2014, this exhibition co-curated by the museum’s director of collections and exhibitions, Michael Labrie, and animator Andreas Deja spotlights some 70 original pencil animation drawings, conceptual artwork, paintings, cels, and photographs from animator and Imagineer Marc Davis (1913–2000). Davis, who was named a Disney Legend in 1989, was assigned and executed some of the most difficult animation for Walt Disney’s leading ladies and femmes fatales from classics such as Peter Pan(1953), Sleeping Beauty (1956), and One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961). It was Davis’ mastery of the human form and authority on anatomy and movement that brought these iconic female characters to life and made them believable.

Although his work and accomplishments could fill a much larger gallery, selected artworks mainly from Davis’ personal collection, Walt Disney Imagineering, several private collectors, and the Walt Disney Family Foundation’s collection, intend to focus on a part of Davis’ life and career with his mastery of the human form. Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales highlights Davis’ female characters in film—such as Peter Pan’s Tinker Bell, Sleeping Beauty’s title heroine Aurora, its villain Maleficent, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians’ Cruella de Vil—as well as in live entertainment, his fine art, and through his beloved wife Alice Davis.

“If you can’t draw it, you can’t animate it,” Marc Davis once told an interviewer. He was proud of his drawing ability and had all the reasons for being so. Basically a self-taught artist, he honed his skills through a lonely childhood, and from his life experience he developed a keen sense of observation and ultimately became an excellent draftsman. Davis’ gift for dramatic storytelling coupled with his ability to inject humanity, humor, and emotion into his drawings is what made him stand out.

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“Marc can do story, he can do character, he can animate, he can design shows for me. All I have to do is tell him what I want and it’s there. He’s my Renaissance Man,” said Walt Disney of Davis.

Davis’ sense of style and ability commanded admiration and respect. Employed at The Walt Disney Studio for forty-three years, Marc Davis was a master whose skills proved essential to a wide variety of projects both in film and live entertainment. As one of Walt’s renowned “Nine Old Men,” Davis was the only of the nine whom Walt asked to help in the planning of attractions at Disneyland the 1964/1965 New York World’s Fair. His creative contributions include attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbeanit’s a small world, and the Haunted Mansion, to name a few.

“Marc Davis became the most prolific Imagineer of his time in developing ideas and drawings for Disney Park attractions. There is a treasury of some of the world’s best-known and most humorous characters,” said Disney Legend and Imagineer Marty Sklar.

In 1947, Alice Estes—a promising artist from Long Beach, California—received a scholarship to the prestigious Chouinard Art Institute—a training ground for many Disney artists. With Alice’s goals of becoming an animator crushed because of the male-dominance in the field at that time, Mrs. Chouinard herself assigned Alice to become a costume designer, and gave her the added task of assisting the new animation teacher, Marc Davis.

Marc Davis:Alice Davis

After her graduation, Alice married Davis, eventually working with him at The Walt Disney Studios and becoming one of the first female Imagineers. She designed costumes for a number of Disneyland attractions, including Pirates of the Caribbean and Carousel of Progress—many based on her husband’s whimsical drawings.

Both Alice and Marc worked with a team of Disney artists and engineers to design and dress the Audio-Animatronics® figures for it’s a small world, including famed artist Mary Blair, one of Walt’s most recognizable leading ladies.

The exhibition is aptly timed with MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair, on view from March 13 through September 7, 2014 in the Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall.

Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis is organized by The Walt Disney Family Museum.

HOURS

10am to 6pm, Wednesdays through Monday; closed on Tuesdays and the following public holidays: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

TICKETS:

$20 adults, $15 seniors and students, and $12 children ages 6 to 17.
Admission is free for members.
Admission to this exhibition is free with paid museum admission or for members.

WHERE:

The Presidio of San Francisco, 104 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94129

CONTACT:

415-345-6800