7 Ways Marvel Studios Rewarded Comicbook Fans’ Loyalty

Marvel Studios has rewarded the loyalty of its fans in a lot of ways (chief among them the simple fact that they produce consistent, quality content), but here I want to specifically highlight the way they reward loyalty to fans of the comicbooks, to people…

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron Teases Hulkbuster Armor

The small tidbits of one of the most anticipated movies keep on coming. One of the most anticipated elements of the upcoming “Avengers: Age of Ultron” will be the debut of the ‘Hulkbuster Armor,’ a new Iron Man suit creation of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) designed to take on Mark Ruffalo’s Incredible Hulk when he gets out of control.

Fantasyland at Disneyland Park Fact Sheet

Walt Disney on Fantasyland: “Here is the world of imagination, hopes and dreams. In this timeless land of enchantment, the age of chivalry, magic and make-believe are reborn and fairy tales come true. Fantasyland is dedicated to the young at heart — to those who believe that when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.”

Overview: Fantasyland, dubbed “The Happiest Kingdom of Them All,” opened as one of five original lands at Disneyland Park on July 17, 1955. The fairytale village brings to life the wonder and magic of Disney’s animated stories and characters. While the land has grown and evolved, with a significant redesign in 1983 and additions in 2013, its magic continues to attract guests of all ages. Journeys include adventures with Snow White, Peter Pan and Pinocchio; a race down the icy slopes of the Matterhorn mountain; sailing to visit children around the globe on “it’s a small world” and more.

What’s new: Guests of all ages have the opportunity to meet Anna and Elsa, the royal sisters from Disney’s newest animated film “Frozen,” at a snowy spot in Fantasyland. Look out for Olaf the snowman, too. All three appear in a pre-parade on most afternoons in Disneyland Park.

Don’t miss: Fantasyland has 13 attractions, including such updated classics as Matterhorn Bobsleds, where sleek new bobsleds glide down and around the mountain and “it’s a small world” which has been delighting children of all ages at Disneyland since 1966. Guests also will find live shows, eight shops and five dining locations in Fantasyland.

Attractions:

  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Snow White’s Scary Adventures
  • Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
  • Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • King Arthur Carrousel
  • Casey Jr. Circus Train

Entertainment: The dazzling stage show “Mickey and the Magical Map” plays at the Fantasyland Theatre. Mickey learns some valuable lessons on a musical odyssey that features classic tunes from beloved Disney movies. Fantasy Faire invites guests to visit Disney princesses at the Royal Hall, and enjoy live stage shows with Rapunzel from “Tangled” or Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” at the Royal Theatre. The Royal Hall is the home of Princesses Cinderella, Ariel and Aurora. Guests may find some of their favorite characters throughout Fantasyland, including Tinker Bell at Pixie Hollow.

Dining: Fantasyland has a variety of unique and tasty treats. The most recent addition to the culinary landscape is Maurice’s Treats in Fantasy Faire where guests may enjoy delicious pastry twists and the very popular Boysen Apple Freeze. Troubadour Tavern offers pretzels and bratwurst. Adventurous eaters will enjoy the jumbo turkey legs and chimichangas from Edelweiss Snacks while Village Haus offers the more traditional fare of burgers, pizza and salads.

Imaginative landscaping: From topiaries to fanciful colors in the flowerbeds, the enchantment of Fantasyland is created with soft landscape based on classic European gardens. The trees provide shade while drawing attention to the architecture and floral tapestries. All the plants appear to have been “miniaturized” at the Storybook Land Canal Boats attraction, while the art of topiary transforms hedges into animals and geometric designs at “it’s a small world” all part of the living design.

Did you know?

  • Fantasyland has the most “dark rides” of any land in the park. They are called “dark rides” because they feature brilliantly painted show scenes that are illuminated by black light inside the darkness of the attraction. Dark rides on opening day were Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, and Peter Pan’s Flight. Alice in Wonderland was added in 1958 and Pinocchio’s Daring Journey in 1983.
  • Clopin’s Music Box in Fantasy Faire was inspired by the characters in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and features a unique arrangement of the song “Topsy Turvey” from the film.
  • There are more than 60 horses on King Arthur Carrousel, no two of them alike.
  • During a 16-hour operating day in the park, the “It’s a Small World” song is played, on average, 1,200 times.
  • The Matterhorn Bobsleds was the first tubular steel roller coaster in the world when it opened in 1959. It set the standard for modern-day roller-coaster design

Cast member tips:

  • For children, buy princess dresses a half-size larger than normal for extra comfort in the parks.
  • For a spectacular view or a shorter wait time, ride the Matterhorn Bobsleds during the fireworks or late at night.
  • Get a good seat at The Royal Theatre in Fantasy Faire by arriving 30 minutes before show time.
  • Consider this the ultimate summer cooler: On a hot day, “it’s a small world” is a 15-minute ride through an air-conditioned building.
  • Attention Pin Traders: Small World Toy Shoppe has a large selection of cloisonné pins.

Orlando Classic Returns to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex November 27-30

Eight of the top men’s college basketball teams in the country will compete in the Orlando Classic over Thanksgiving weekend, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Nov. 27, 28 & 30, at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The 2014 Orlando Classic features 12 games over the three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in the championship game Sunday, Nov. 30. For more information, visit www.espnevents.com/orlando-classic, or www.disneysportsnews.com.

Will Warwick Davis Appear in Star Wars: Episode VII?

Warwick Davis, who played Wicket the Ewok in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, as well as Weazel and Wald in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace­, presents a special video concerning his possible appearance in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII.

New Disney Kingdoms Series to feature Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Disney Parks Blog has revealed that Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, is set to be the focus of a new Disney Kingdoms series.

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A Third-Consecutive Year of Disney XD’s “Pranksgiving,” a Cornucopia of Fun-Filled Programming, Is Set for November

For the third-consecutive year, a cornucopia of prank-themed storylines so plentiful that they merit their own programming event, namely the popular “Pranksgiving,” will be presented NOVEMBER 1-30 on Disney XD. Geared towards kids age 6-14, the programming event includes the premiere of an interstitial series created by acclaimed animation producers The Brothers McLeod (“Pedro and Franksheep,” BAFTA winners for their work with BBC Learning) and will introduce the comical adventures of one clever turkey outsmarting one unsuspecting pilgrim.

Disney’s Blockbuster NBA Deal Will Likely Raise Your Cable Bill

Recently, Disney ‘s ESPN and Time Warner ‘s Turner Sports signed a massive nine-year extension to keep the NBA on TNT, ABC, and ESPN. And while the terms of the deal were not publicly stated, The New York Times reported the contract totaled $24 billion — $2.67 billion per year.

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Robert Downey, Jr. is proud owner of the letter A from the Stark Tower

According to Mirror on Friday, “The Judge” and “Avengers 2″ actor Robert Downey, Jr. is currently in possession of the 30 feet tall “A” letter from Tony Stark’s Stark Tower as seen in the “Avengers” comic book movie.

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Adam McKay Talks Adding Action Sequences to ‘Ant-Man’ With Paul Rudd

The new “Ant-Man” is now “a little bigger, a little more aggressive” thanks to Adam McKay and Paul Rudd.

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