Tokyo Disneyland Adding Beauty and the Beast Land, Big Hero 6 Attraction

Tokyo Disneyland’s newly announced attractions might bring new people in to be their guests.

The Oriental Land Company, which owns the whole Tokyo Disney Resort, announced expansions for Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea Parks that would be completed by the end of 2020.

The big highlight is a revamped Fantasyland centered around a new area with a heavy Beauty and the Beast theme.

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Expected to arrive in Spring 2020, visitors will be able to experience the Beast’s legendary castle and Belle’s bucolic village. The main ride in the castle puts riders on “enchanted serving dishes that dance in rhythm to the film’s well-known music and follow Belle on a romantic musical adventure inside the enchanted Castle where she dances her way into the heart of the Beast, just in time to break the fateful spell,” according to a press release.

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Big Hero 6 lovers also received good news. Baymax will accompany riders on a 90-second whip ride set to music. Like Beauty and the Beast, it’s estimated to open in Spring 2020.

From Entertainment Weekly

Baymax is Back! Big Hero 6 Gets Its Own TV Show on Disney XD

No one’s putting “Big Hero 6” into the Disney Vault.

Walt Disney’s TV-animation unit will create a TV series based on the 2014 film about an inflatable robot named “Baymax” and the young prodigy it befriends. Production has begun for a 2017 debut on Disney XD cable networks around the world, the company announced Wednesday. Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley, creators and executive producers of the Disney Channel series “Kim Possible,” are the executive producers.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to further develop these characters into a world-class animated series — full of fun, action and the kind of endearing storytelling that only Mark, Bob — and  Baymax — can deliver,” said Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, in a prepared statement.

In decades past, a Disney property might surface only occasionally after its first run. And indeed, some of the company’s older classics turn up in the marketplace only every few years, as anyone who might want to go to the store and buy a copy of  the 1953 animated showcase “Peter Pan” might tell you. But in recent years, the company has found new ways to burnish some of its biggest figures and films. “Tangled,” the 2010 riff on the Rapunzel fairy tale, is slated to return as a series on Disney Channel in 2017. “The Lion Guard,” a TV-series reboot of sorts of 1994’s “The Lion King,” debuted on Disney Channel and Disney Junior last year. And the company has placed more importance on new live-motion versions of animated favorites like “Cinderella” and “The Jungle Book.”

Disney is unveiling the new “Big Hero 6” series as part of its activity around the annual TV-upfront, when U.S. TV networks try to sell the bulk of their advertising inventory for the coming year. Unlike Disney Channel and Disney Junior, which limit advertising to tie-ins and sponsorships, Disney XD runs commercials regularly. The network skews toward boys between the ages of 6 and 11, and does not have blocks of programming meant expressly for pre-schoolers.

Disney is touting 17 new series, 28 current series, the Radio Disney Music Awards and two new original movies to advertisers, all part of what is known in the industry as the “kids’ upfront. Disney will vie with Viacom’s Nickelodeon, Time Warner’s Cartoon Network and Boomerang, NBCUniversal’s Sprout and Discovery Communications’ Discovery Family Channel, among others, for a slice of what is estimated to be $800 million in advance commitments from advertisers.

“Big Hero 6” was inspired by a comic from Disney’s Marvel subsidiary. The film tells the story of Baymax 6, tech-savvy 14-year-old Hiro and their friends as they try to solve a mystery that threatens the city of San Fransokyo. The movie took in over $657 million worldwide.

From Variety

Baymax Now Greeting Guests at Newly Expanded Epcot Character Spot

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Epcot’s Character Spot happily welcomes Baymax to the lineup in a newly expanded space in Future World.

Guests can now meet the squeezable character at the Epcot Character Spot in Innoventions West. In even more good news is that guests will also still be able to interact with Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy too! They will be located on the opposite side of the breezeway.

Baymax, Star of Disney’s “Big Hero 6,” Named Most Huggable Character of 2015 on National Hugging Day™!

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After much deliberation and even more hugging, Baymax, the lovable, personal companion robot and star of Walt Disney Animation Studio’s action-packed comedy adventure and Academy Award® Nominated film “Big Hero 6,” was today named Most Huggable Character of 2015 on National Hugging Day™!

The coveted award was presented by the Ambassador of Hugs, Kevin Zaborney, founder and creator of National Hugging Day™. Baymax humbly accepted the award from his residence in San Fransokyo where he attributed the honor to his “non-threatening, huggable design” and said he looks forward to spending the upcoming year giving and receiving hugs from all.

The Most Huggable Character Award coincides with this month’s National Hugging Day™ held annually on January 21. National Hugging Day™ was created to encourage people around the world to show more affection in public. There is only one way you are supposed to celebrate the holiday: offer a hug to anyone and everyone you want.

Past winners of the Most Huggable Awards have included Joan Rivers who wrote after receiving her award, “I’m tempted to start saying ‘Can we hug?’ instead of ‘Can we talk,'” alluding to her participating in a telephone company ad; Jeff Ondash (aka Teddy McHuggins); Tessla Queen (bingtopia.com); and Mata Amritanandamayi (Kerela, India known as the “Hugging Saint”).

Disney’s “Big Hero 6” will be available nationwide on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere February 3 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack February 24.

Disney Films Receive Nine Oscar Nominations

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Nominations in all 24 categories of the Academy Awards® were announced today, and Disney films garnered nine nominations:

Actress in a Supporting Role
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Animated Feature Film
Big Hero 6, Don Hall, Chris Williams, and Roy Conti

Costume Design
Into the Woods, Colleen Atwood
Maleficent, Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive,

Makeup and Hairstyling
Guardians of the Galaxy, Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White

Production Design
Into the Woods, Dennis Gassner (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)

Short Film—Animated
Feast, Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed

Visual Effects
Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick
Guardians of the Galaxy, Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould

For the full list of Oscar® nominations and more details about this year’s telecast, visit Oscar.com.  Sunday, February 22, 2015 is Oscar Sunday, when the awards are presented live on ABC (7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT).

Big Hero 6 Meet and Greet Opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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The Big Hero 6 character meet and greet has now opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Inside the park’s ‘The Magic of Disney Animation,’ you can find Hiro Hamada and Baymax in Hiro’s garage workshop.

The new meet and greet replaces the Wreck It Ralph meet and greet, although both Vanellope and Ralph continue to appear in Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at the Magic Kingdom.

Sneak Preview of ‘Big Hero 6’ Coming to Disneyland

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We still have a couple more months before “Big Hero 6” hits theaters, but soon guests at Disneyland park will get to see an exclusive sneak preview of the film. For a limited time starting September 26, the “Big Hero 6” Sneak Peek will be presented in 4D with special in-theater effects at the Magic Eye Theater in Tomorrowland.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between young prodigy Hiro Hamada and his closest companion, a robot named Baymax. When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and a group of friends, whom he transforms into a band of high-tech heroes, to help uncover a mystery and save the day.

Disney’s “Big Hero 6” opens in theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014.

Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Paul Briggs Signing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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On Friday, August 29, 2014, meet Paul Briggs, Head of Story for Disney Frozen as well as the voice of Marshmallow. Paul’s other recent works include Big Hero 6Tangledand Mulan.  Paul will be on hand to sign Frozen inspired merchandise, etc. from 4 – 5p.m. at Oaken’s Trading Post in Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.

Limit TWO (2) items signed per Guest per Artist. We ask that you bring no personal items to be signedAppearances are subject to time and availability and are not guaranteed. Restrictions apply. Event and information are subject to cancellation or change without notice including but not limited to dates, times, release dates, appearances and retails. A valid Walt Disney World® Resort receipt may be required. ©Disney

D23 Holding Big Hero 6 Red Carpet Sweepstakes

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On November 7, Disney fans will get to meet Hiro, Baymax, and all their super friends in the fast-paced world of San Fransokyo, but one lucky D23 Member and their guest will get to see Big Hero 6even sooner!

One lucky winner will win tickets for him or herself and guest to attend the red- carpet premiere of Big Hero Six on November 4, 2014, in Hollywood, California (accommodations and/or transportation between winner’s home and the premiere not included)! Not only will the winner get to be among the first to see the movie, but they’ll get to see the stars of the film arrive in style and walk the red carpet. Plus, the prize pack includes a full set of seven Big Hero 6 action figures from Disney Store!

With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Big Hero 6 is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action, Big Hero 6 is directed by Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh) and Chris Williams (Bolt), and produced by Roy Conli (Tangled).

NOTE: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Sweepstakes began on 8/21/14 and ends at 10 a.m. PT on 9/5/14. Open to all D23 Members, in good standing, in the 50 U.S. including DC, ages 18 and older. Only one entry allowed per D23 Member. There is only one prize available to be won. Winner must be able to attend the premiere taking place on November 4, 2014. Prize does not include accommodations or transportation between winner’s home and the premiere. Winner 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.

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‘Big Hero 6’ Characters Coming to Disney Parks

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With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who’s catapulted into the midst of a dangerous plot and must transform his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—and a diverse group of friends into a band of high-tech heroes.

Disney announced today that Hiro and his huggable buddy Baymax will be flying to Disney Parks this fall, visiting both the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort to greet fans. Look for more details in the coming weeks on where and when you’ll be able to meet these new Disney heroes! And look for “Big Hero 6” to hit theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014.