This summer’s hit Disney-Pixar movie has hit the ice. After a stop in Lakeland and Orlando, Toy Story 3 presented by Disney On Ice, is skating through its two-year, 75 city tour. [Read more…]
Column by Andy Guinigundo
As Pixar favorites have continued to grow in popularity, they have been taking up an increasing amount of real estate in the Disney Parks. Toy Story Midway Mania has been in place in Florida and California for a few years now. Pizza Planet has been dishing out the slices of pie for probably over a decade at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Work continues at Disney California Adventure on the new Cars Land. It should be completed in 2012. This Pixar popularity crosses over internationally too. This week at Disneyland Paris, the new Toy Story Playland officially debuted. [Read more…]
At the Disney D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif. on Sept. 13, 2009, Disney/Pixar’s John Lasseter gave a presentation in which he revealed new clips and information from upcoming films including “Toy Story 3”, “Rapunzel”, and the now-announced new hand-drawn “Winnie the Pooh” movie.
Following his presentation, Lasseter met with the media in a press conference to answer further questions. We wondered if elements from the new “Winnie the Pooh” film or “Rapunzel” would make their way into the Walt Disney World Fantasyland expansion announced by Disney Parks & Resorts yesterday. Here is Lasseter’s response:
The “Winnie the Pooh” film is due out in 2011 and “Rapunzel” will be released at the end of 2010. Most of the Fantasyland expansion will be complete in 2012, which leaves ample time for either to be integrated, if only in part, into the Magic Kingdom addition. It has been said that Pooh’s Playful Spot will likely be disappearing from the Magic Kingdom as part of the Fantasyland expansion but Imagineers are still designing the Pooh-themed replacement.
Recent rumors that have circulated online point to a new “living” animatronic character that may be showing up soon at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Luxo Jr., the mascot of Pixar Animation Studios, is rumored to be the next installment in Disney’s ongoing Living Character Initiative, joining the company of Lucky the Dinosaur, the Muppet Mobile Lab, and Remy from Ratatouille. Luxo Jr. is the hopping lamp seen in the Pixar logo (pictured above) and in one of their early short films.
A recent construction permit (download here) filing from Disney’s Buena Vista Construction Co. lists an upcoming project as “DHS Luxo at Mania Building,” likely referring to the Toy Story Midway Mania attraction, which opened last year. The attraction is housed in the Pixar Place area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park, so Luxo Jr. would certainly fit in with the theme.
Back in Orlando Attractions Magazine Volume 1, Issue 4 (which featured the opening of Toy Story Midway Mania) we offered readers a hint that something like this would be coming soon:
In talking about Pixar Place, Creative Director for Pixar’s Theme Parks Group [Roger Gould] said “And then we have another thing that’s getting added later that will be even more fun. It’s kind of a companion to Mr. Potato Head, but I really can’t say more now.” When asked it it was another Audio-Animatronic, Gould just laughed.
It now appears that Luxo Jr. is likely what Gould was referring to in our interview.
Update 6/1/2009: The Orlando Sentinel newspaper has confirmed with Disney, Luxo Jr. is coming to Hollywood Studios.