This week on Daycation Kingdom with Mike and Frauke: [Read more…]
This week on Daycation Kingdom with Mike and Frauke: [Read more…]
The 2015 D23 Expo was held Aug. 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. Let’s take a look at some of our coverage as well as videos released by Disney to highlight some of the many events of the ultimate Disney fan event. [Read more…]
Ever wanted to relive your favorite Disney or Pixar animated film on the big screen? Starting this month, you can – if you live in Orlando or five other U.S. cities. [Read more…]
By Matt Roseboom
If you’re like my family, you may not be too excited about seeing Marvel’s “Ant-Man”. You may have never even heard of Ant-Man. You may be thinking Ant-Man sounds like a silly name for a superhero and Paul Rudd a silly choice to play him. But put all that aside and go see it, because you’re going to have a great time. [Read more…]
The Walt Disney Company has unveiled key elements of Shanghai Disneyland, including its six themed lands and live entertainment, many of which are a first for a Disney park. [Read more…]
By Gavin Hatch
This week we take one last look around The Magic of Disney Animation. [Read more…]
Star Wars creator George Lucas, composer Danny Elfman, All My Children star Susan Lucci, Disney Animator Andreas Deja and more will be named and honored as official Disney Legends during the 2015 D23 Expo next month. [Read more…]
Hosts Banks Lee and Elisa Goldman bring you this week’s theme park and attraction news from the new Tom+Chee restaurant at Crossroads. On this week’s episode: [Read more…]
Disney’s D23 Expo official fan event is returning to the Anaheim Convention Center in California in just about a month, Aug. 14 to 16, 2015. The Expo brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, sneak peeks, shopping and more. [Read more…]
First they banned them on rides, now Disney has taken it a step further and will ban all selfie sticks from Disney World theme parks, water parks and DisneyQuest. [Read more…]
By Matt Roseboom
“Inside Out” is the newest movie from Disney•Pixar. It’s definitely not one of their best, but it’s certainly enjoyable and worth seeing.
The movie is about Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), an 11-year-old who unwillingly has to move to another state because of her dad’s new job. But Riley isn’t really the main character. The emotions in her head are the real stars.
According to Inside Out, each of us are controlled by our emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith), and the movie portrays them as actual characters inside the movie characters’ heads. These personified emotions control the day-to-day actions inside their headquarters. But that’s just one small part of our huge brains. There’s a lot more to explore out in the long term memory area. Each memory rolls through headquarters as a glowing ball. Some are filed away in long term and a few become core memories that power personality islands that, of course, make up your personality. If all that sounds a bit complicated, it is. But you don’t really need to fully understand it to enjoy the movie.
For Riley, Joy has always been the lead emotion, but things start to change when Riley moves away from her friends and old home to a new one. Sadness starts to become more dominate. Through a mishap, Joy and Sadness get sucked out of Headquarters and into Long Term Memory. The majority of the movie is about their journey to find a way back, the characters they meet along the way, and how it affects Riley in her new life.
Although it may go over young kids’ heads, older kids and adults will notice how the film touches on some serious topics such as depression. It may lead to some grown-up discussions after the movie is over.
There are some very funny moments and some sad scenes in this fun journey of a little girl dealing with some serious issues, from inside her head. It wasn’t one of Pixar’s best movies, but it’s enjoyable and worth seeing.
• “Inside Out” runs about an hour and a half long and is rated PG for some adult issues and mildly scary scenes. It’s available in 3D, but it doesn’t really add a lot to it. There’s no after-credits scene, but there are some funny moments at the start of the credits.
Before you see “Inside Out”, you’ll see a new Pixar short called “Lava”. It’s a cute love story with a catchy tune about two volcanos’ life near each other. Like the feature, “Lava” is good but not great.
In The Parks
“Inside Out” doesn’t have a big presence in the Disney theme parks yet. Besides merchandise, and seeing a preview of the movie at the Magic Eye theater at Epcot (with effects), there’s a production art gallery in the Art of Animation at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (below).
We’ve seen walk-around characters of Joy and Sadness at a Disney Parks Blog Meet-up and at the movie’s Hollywood premier (below). But there are no plans for them at Walt Disney World right now.
Here’s a look in the Animation Gallery:
Here are the Joy and Sadness characters at the Hollywood Premier:
Here’s our interview with Phyllis Smith, who plays Sadness:
Here’s the latest movie trailer:
Here are some Easter Eggs to look for when you see the film:
PICTURE THIS – The background memories on shelves inside or outside of Headquarters are shots from the Married Life scene in “Up.”
ROAD TRIP – As Riley and her parents trek to San Francisco, they come across birds on a telephone wire from production designer Ralph Eggleston’s 2000 short film “For the Birds.”
GLOBAL DÉCOR – The globe in the Riley’s classroom has been used in all the “Toy Story” films.
FAMILIAR FASHION – One of Riley’s classmates is wearing a camo pattern made up of “Toy Story” characters.
STUCK ON YOU – Some of the background city cars of San Francisco have bumper stickers from “Cars.”
TECH SAVVY – Dad’s company, Brang, is a nonsense word intended to sound like a startup that would fit in in the San Francisco tech scene.
SIGN HERE – A sign on a parking meter in San Francisco reads, “Quarters and Dollar Coins or Barter During Burning Man.”
IT’S ALL ABOUT LOCATION – As a tribute to the Walt Disney Family Museum, the filmmakers set Riley’s hockey rink in the exact spot the museum is located in San Francisco.
By Banks Lee
A look back at the week of Tweeted photos from @Attractions Twitter feed [Read more…]
An article in “The Wall Street Journal” has presented the first piece of concept art for the new “Frozen” ride at Epcot, “Frozen Ever After”.
The article, entitled “How Disney Milks its Hits for Profits Ever After” includes these other details about the ride, which will open early next year:
Disney Imagineers who designed the ride recently got a virtual-reality tour at a warehouse in Glendale, Calif., wearing 3-D glasses while watching high-definition images of Olaf and Sven horsing around, Grandpappy Troll telling a magical story and Elsa belting out her song “Let It Go.” They will become animatronic characters that Epcot visitors float by on a log after “Frozen Ever After” opens next year.
The ride is replacing the former Maelstrom ride in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot. The concept art seems to represent the portion of the ride where the forward motion of the ride changes to going backwards. This area of the ride used to feature a three-headed troll sending riders “back back, over the falls”.
New construction is also taking place in the Norway pavilion for a Frozen character meet and greet and more.
UPDATE: June 9, 2015 – The Disney Parks Blog has given a few more details about the ride:
Guests will be transported to the Winter in Summer Celebration where Queen Elsa embraces her magical powers and creates a winter-in-summer day for the entire kingdom. They will also visit Elsa’s Ice Palace and the ice-blue world of the North Mountain along with other locations before returning to the Bay of Arendelle. Of course, favorite “Frozen” characters, including the Snowgies from the animated short “Frozen Fever,” will be part of this new attraction, along with the spectacular sights inspired by the film.
The Norway Pavilion’s exterior will be expanded with many unique Norwegian architectural features and the interior design of the “Royal Sommerhus” will reflect the cultural arts and crafts of Norway, providing a charming setting for guests to meet Elsa and Anna.
UPDATE 2: June 9, 2015 – The Speakeasy blog on The Wall Street Journal website has provided even more details about the ride:
While it doesn’t feature any new songs, there are several new lyrics to existing melodies written for “Frozen Ever After” by movie composers Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson Lopez.
While the logs and the path will remain the same, everything you see along the way is being replaced.
While waiting on line … visitors will walk by Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post. The trader with the thick accent will occassionaly clear steam on the windows to utter a hearty “yoo-hoo!” to people walking by.
Once they board their logs, “Frozen Ever After” riders will first see goofy snowman Olaf and equally goofy reindeer Sven setting up the Winter Festival premise.
Next is a stop at Troll Valley, where Grandpappy Troll tells a gathering of children the story of how Anna and Kristof met, before the log goes up a ramp to find Olaf again, singing a song while ice skating, right next to Anna and Kristof, who are singing with their friend Sven.
Behind a set of doors is the moment any visitor is sure to be waiting for: Elsa, on a balcony, singing “Let It Go” in her ice castle. … it features elaborate effects to create simulated snow crystals soaring around the room.
Visitors will next ride by Marshmallow, the giant, formerly evil snowman from “Frozen” and his miniature Snowgie pals, who show up in the short “Frozen Fever,” …
Marshmallow himself yells “Let It Go” in time with Elsa’s song before the log travels through a mist cloud and reaches the final scene, which includes fireworks and a wave from Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Sven and Kristof.
The audio-animatronic characters will be cutting edge … using a new technology that includes projectors behind the faces to enable more lifelike animation.
Here’s a full ride-through of Maelstrom, including the over the falls part:
The Sanderson Sisters from the Disney film “Hocus Pocus” are ready to put a spell on you during a new show at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party this fall. [Read more…]
Hosts Banks Lee and Elisa Goldman bring you this week’s theme park and attraction news. On this week’s episode: [Read more…]
It’s another week of the Magic City Mayhem crew hopping back and forth from Disney and Universal. [Read more…]
D23, the official Disney fan club, is celebrating the 60th anniversary of Disney’s classic Lady and the Tramp by bringing their Fanniversary event into the homes of members and Disney fans around the world. [Read more…]
Disneyland Resort has begun their “Disneyland Diamond Celebration,” marking 60 years of the Happiest Place on Earth with new entertainment and experiences. [Read more…]
By Matt Roseboom
I really wanted to love Disney’s new “Tomorrowland” movie, but it didn’t meet my expectations. Although it had some great moments, it left me unsatisfied and a bit confused. [Read more…]