The holidays are a special time around Disney parks and the schedule of events planned for The Walt Disney Family Museum is no exception. “Christmas With Walt Disney,” “A Tribute to Art Linkletter” and “Artists’ Vocal Ensemble: A Candlelight Christmas”are just a few of the special events that will take place during the month of December at the museum.
Shanghaî Daily is reporting that the construction of Disneyland Shanghai, China’s second Disney theme park, will kick off next month, following the closure of the Shanghai World Expo on October 31. The land for phase one is ready for use and two of the total of seven roads planned for the project have passed checks, according to yesterday’s National Business Daily.
Disney/Pixar Animation Studio’s “Toy Story 3D” has crossed the $1 billion threshold at the global box office making it the first animated film to ever reach such a feat. In fact, this is Disney’s second film this year to reach the $1 billion mark -Tim Burton’s “Alice In Wonderland” being the other film to reach the astounding number. If that wasn’t marvelous enough, Disney is now the only studio in history to have two films beyond the $1 billion mark in a year.
Tickets for the 2nd D23 Expo to be held in August 19-21, 2011 in Anaheim, California go on sale tomorrow. You may be thinking that it’s a bit premature to buy tickets for an event that is still a year away but if you buy now, you can not only get tickets at a discount price, you can also assure that you’ll get tickets at all!
Last year’s first ever expo was extremely crowded so if you want to attend, I’d advise that you get tickets now. I’m sure the event will sell out quickly.
Guillermo del Toro’s is developing a film based on Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion attraction. Del Toro surprised over 6,000 fans at a panel at San Diego’s comic book convention Comic-Con with the announcement that he is teaming up with Walt Disney Studios to produce a film based on the classic theme park ride, built in 1969.
On July 18, 1955, Disneyland officially opened its doors in southern California. Now, fifty-five years later, a rare gathering of Disney Legends, family members, former executives (2 Disneyland Presidents), Imagineers and other special guests will be gathering in San Francisco at the new Walt Disney Family Museum – many of whom will share their personal stories about working with Walt.
Walt Disney has acquired startup iPhone app developer Tapulous, as the company continues its push into mobile games. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. This acquisition will help Disney in its continuous drive to be the leader in mobile entertainment.
Having see a full-length version of Disney’s Wonderful World of Color as captured by a park guest who then so graciously posted the footage on YouTube, I can say that the show is quite impressive. At just under 27 minutes, the attraction uses water, special lighting, fire, video and more to bring a variety of Disney characters to life in stunning color.
Disney/ABC Television Group will launch “Disney Junior”, a new multiplatform brand and 24-hour basic cable/satellite channel and online site devoted to preschool-age children. Scheduled to debut in the U.S. in 2012, Disney Junior will invite mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, both classic and new, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for kids age 2-7.
Walt Disney World is planning the construction of a new 2,000-room resort that will open in 2012. “Disney’s Art of Animation Resort” will feature 1,120 suites with room for as many as six people per room and another 864 traditional rooms, with a design theme based on four of the company’s most popular animated movies.