Videos – Meet the Characters of Disney-Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’

Disney-Pixar have released videos for the characters of ‘Inside Out’ which will be in US theatres in 3D on June 19, 2015.

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Annual Disney Parks Moms Panel Search is Underway

Autumn has fallen upon us in Indiana. In our home that means field trips to the pumpkin patch and apple orchard, fall parties, cooler jogging weather, Notre Dame Football, and a seasonal craziness that overtakes mom (me) known as the Disney Parks Moms Panel Search. Both exciting and anxiety producing, the results of the process can either mean a coveted spot on the panel of pixie dusted planners, or an evening of crying into your homemade faux Dole Whip.

Since 2007, each fall the several month process begins to choose 10-20 new panelists from among thousands of hopeful applicants. Those that are chosen for the coveted spots will spend time each week answering trip planning questions from guests around the world! You can visit the panel at http://disneyparksmomspanel.disney.go.com/. While the majority of the panelists answer inquiries about Walt Disney World, there are also panelists who specialize in Disneyland, Disney Vacation Club, Disney Cruise Line, Disney’s Wide World of Sports, and runDisney events. Questions can also be asked and answered in Spanish, and it is hoped that more languages will be added in the future. And while the name suggests a group of ladies, the “Moms” part of the title is more for fun and tradition. Moms, dads, grandparents and even kid-less Disney experts are welcome to be on the panel!

The process begins in early September with the Round 1 application opening on a set day and time. Any guest who has visited within the previous 12 months, and meets the eligibility requirements (no Disney employees or travel agents or their families, etc…) may apply. This year the process opened on the Tuesday after Labor Day, and interested guests had until noon on Friday of that same week to submit their application. Round 1 usually consists of some general background questions, followed by secondary essay questions based upon the specialty that you choose to apply for. While no one knows for sure exactly what the selection committee is looking for, it is generally accepted that applicants should have excellent writing skills, a good basis of Disney planning knowledge, research ability, and should be able to show these with some fun and creativity! For example, the one question that all Round 1 applicants had to answer this year, in 100 words or less, was, “How many frozen fractals did Elsa have all around?” While there is no incorrect answer to the question, the idea was to do a little creative writing, and show a bit of your “Disney Side” to the selection committee.

To make the process even more fun, Managing Editor for Disney Social Media, Gary Buchanan heads up the application processes and is the liaison between the applying guests and the selection committee. This year he has been exceptionally engaging with rhyming riddles, haiku’s and photoshopped clues to keep us guessing! Even if you did not apply, but would like to check in on the fun, follow #DisneyMP on twitter for a view of the “wildest ride in the wilderness (or in social media as the case may be)!”

After 6 long weeks, applicants were notified via email if they would be moving onto the second stage of the process. Known as R2 (Round 2), even advancing to this second stage is a huge accomplishment. While Disney likes to keep a little fun and mystery in the process, and actual numbers are not known, it is estimated this year that 400-500 applicants are in this round. R2 again had a set number of days to submit your application. It consisted of several more essays, and everyone’s favorite part of the application, the video. Similar to previous years, you had a single question to answer, via a video, within a set time limit. While in the past it has always been 60 seconds, to add a little fun and Disney World flair, this year we had 71 seconds. Having done two 60 second videos in the past, having those extra 11 seconds was a treat!

In previous years, third round has been phone interviews, and the final panel has been selected at that point. This year however, we have been promised an additional 4th round, so the next step is a bit of a mystery to this year’s hopefuls. The final panel will be notified no later than November 22nd, so the next two rounds will likely happen very quickly. What will that mystery extra round entail? Skype interview? Trivia round? Online scavenger hunt? With Gary Buchanan’s penchant for fun and creativity, it could be anything!

Congrats to all our readers and writing staff who have moved on to R2. And for those that are lucky enough to make the cut to R3, good luck! Remember to have fun and put your best (giant yellow) foot forward! Above all, as Gary says, HAVE FUN!

Disney on Broadway special to air on ABC this December

Disney celebrates 20 years on Broadway with a one-hour special airing on ABC this December featuring performances and behind the scenes looks at your favorite productions.

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‘Magic is the new black’ at Disney Store This Holiday Season

Disney Store is making the holiday shopping season merrier than ever with ‘Magic is the new black,’ a celebration of the most magical time of the year. To take the stress out of holiday shopping, Disney Store is making special pricing available early, both in-store and online, allowing guests to take advantage of great deals 24/7.

Beginning today and through the weekend (Nov. 21-23), a selection of Magical Friday (Black Friday) deals can be shopped exclusively online at DisneyStore.com. On Monday, Nov. 24, all of Disney Store’s promotions will be available in-store and online, giving guests the opportunity to shop whenever and wherever. An additional discount will be unveiled online at 12:30 a.m. PST on Thanksgiving (Nov. 27) and when stores open on Thursday (Nov. 27) and Friday (Nov. 28).*

“As holiday shopping patterns continue to change and Black Friday evolves into more than just a singular shopping day, Disney Store is focused on offering great deals in-store and online throughout the entire season to make shopping as easy as possible for our guests,” said Elissa Margolis, senior vice president of Disney Store North America. “Only Disney can offer the hottest toys from Frozen to Star Wars to Disney Junior and beyond, while delivering a truly magical experience worthy of the Disney heritage.”

Toys and more featuring the hottest characters, including those from Frozen, Star Wars and Marvel

At Disney Store, guests will be able to shop an impressive selection of holiday gifts that can only be found at the specialty retailer. From toys and collectibles to clothes and accessories, Disney Store’s assortment features the most popular stories and hottest characters at the top of everyone’s list, including sisters Anna and Elsa from the hit film Frozen, classic Mickey Mouse and friends, and iconic Marvel super heroes.

Additionally, this is the first holiday season that Disney Store will offer an exclusive assortment of Stars Wars merchandise, including all-new intricately detailed die cast vehicles inspired by the original Star Wars saga. Disney Store also carries a wide assortment of favorite Disney Junior characters, including Doc McStuffins, which was recently ranked one of the 13 most influential toys of all time by toy experts1.

Gifts at price points of $8, $10, $15 and $20**

Gift-givers will find a wide selection of merchandise at a range of prices that work with any budget, including holiday ornaments for $8, classic Disney Princess dolls for $10 and Toy Story Talking Action Figures for $20 (see link below for listing of deals). For guests looking for extra special gifts, Disney Store also offers deluxe items, such as a line of beautiful costumes featuring Elsa, Anna, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and others ($89.95 – $99.95).

Complementing the great selection of items in stores, DisneyStore.com offers an expanded collection of more than 10,000 products, including Disney Parks merchandise, an expanded adult apparel selection and personalizable options. DisneyStore.com remains the only online retail destination to find Disney Parks products.

Experience the holidays at your local Disney Store

Disney Store truly is the most magical place this time of year with festive holiday décor featuring everyone’s favorite couple, Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Cast Members have decked the halls and stocked the shelves with toys and more, and are at the ready to assist with holiday gift ideas and to share in the magic of storytelling.

In the Disney Store Theatre, guests can enjoy holiday-themed entertainment, as well as sing-alongs to new and classic Disney favorites including, “Only One More Sleep Til Christmas” from A Muppets Christmas, “Jingle Bells” with Winnie the Pooh, and “Let It Go” from Frozen. For the first time ever, visitors will hear “Share the Magic,” a holiday song composed especially for Disney Store. Kids are invited to color holiday masks in the Disney Store Theatre, while supplies last.

Magic behind the scenes

Disney Store has taken new measures in an effort to keep stores fully stocked through the busy holiday shopping season so that guests can get the product they want in a timely fashion. Establishing forward stocking locations in strategic areas, and converting one into an omni-channel distribution facility, makes it easier for local stores to restock inventory and reduces transit time for online orders.

For additional assistance, shoppers can also interact with Disney Store’s Guest Services team via telephone and email channels listed on DisneyStore.com.

Convenient shopping features in-store and online

To add an additional level of convenience for online shopping, the top growth channel for holiday purchases2, Disney Store is piloting a new feature this season, giving guests the flexibility to reserve gifts online and pick-up in-store. Guests can also take advantage of Disney Store’s free ‘buy in-store, ship to home’ service, available at all locations.

In stores, shoppers can use Apple Pay, a new payment service that allows for a faster and more convenient way to pay. With just the touch of a finger, using the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Pay simplifies the check-out process for guests and Cast Members alike. For online and mobile shopping, Disney Store also updated its free mobile app to include Apple Pay as a payment option, allowing for a faster check-out experience.

Guests who prefer to shop online or via mobile will find a streamlined and user-friendly experience on Disney Store’s Mobile Site and App, and can browse the Holiday Gift Guide on DisneyStore.com for holiday gift-giving inspiration. Through the Mobile Site, users can receive timely message alerts for new arrivals, in-store events and promotional offers.

Commitment to sharing the magic

Disney Store is proud to help Share the Magic this Holiday season with its commitment to Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). For each identified Holiday Wish Gift purchased at Disney Store and DisneyStore.com this holiday season between 11/3/14 and 12/7/14, Disney Store will donate $1 to BGCA (up to $100,000).

To view Disney Store’s week of Magical Friday deals and download images, visit http://bit.ly/magicalweekimages.

1Source: TIME Magazine, The 13 Most Influential Toys of All Time

2Source: 2014 Nielsen Holiday Spending Forecast

*No store will be open prior to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 27. Check disneystore.com/storelocator for specific holiday hours.

**All offers are available while supplies last.

To find a local Disney Store, guests can visit www.DisneyStore.com/storelocator or call (866) 902-2798. For more information, please visit www.disneyconsumerproducts.com. Guests can also sign up for email alerts at www.DisneyStore.com/Updates, become a fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to stay connected to your favorite destination.

Video – Imagineers Install Springs Bottling Co. Marquee | Downtown Disney

Walt Disney Imagineering recently installed a Springs Bottling Co. Marquee, which helps weave the turn-of-the-century theme of Disney Springs through the area.

New Year’s Eve Dining All Across Walt Disney World Resort

Guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort can ring in the new year with special holiday meals at more than a dozen spots within the theme parks and resorts.

At Epcot World Showcase, Biergarten Restaurant in Germany is offering both lunch and dinner celebrations; La Hacienda de San Angel in Mexico is offering a New Year’s Eve dinner; Le Cellier Steakhouse in Canada has three seatings, and Monsieur Paul in France starts celebrating at 11:45 a.m. with seatings throughout the day and evening.  The World ShowPlace pavilion also will host a custom dinner package.

In the Magic Kingdom, Tomorrowland Terrace will feature a New Year’s Eve fireworks dessert party twice nightly on December 30-31. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Hollywood & Vine will host a special holiday dinner buffet.

In the resorts, special dining for ringing in the New Year is planned at Flying Fish Café at Disney’s BoardWalk; Victoria & Albert’s and Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa; The Wave…of American Flavors and California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort; and Trail’s End Restaurant at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground (lunch and dinner).

For information and reservations, 407-WDW-DINE.

Around the World of Disney in 4 days by Morgan Turner

Over the years my parents and I have taken many trips to Walt Disney World. Our trips usually consisted of watching the parade, shopping, and me refusing to talk to any of the characters, but being so excited to see Cinderella Castle that it didn’t matter. This is my really nice way of saying, we didn’t do a lot in the parks but by jingo I was happy as a clam and to them it was worth it. Now I live and work at Walt Disney World I got to treat my parents to a Disney trip and let me tell you it was a whirl wind adventure!! It is our first year being the parks for the Food and Wine festival so we decided eating around the world was a must do! I was lucky because right before my parents arrived I was able to book fastpasses and we wanted to try out a few rides while we were in Epcot so with everything all set up we were ready to go!

We were up early on Friday morning and headed into Epcot. Our first stop was Spaceship Earth. I took my dad the last time he visited and he insited that we take my mom on it too. They loved the attraction and their video into the future was one of the most entertaining things I’ve ever seen. We then headed off to hang out with Nemo and his friends and then visited with Figment. All of these rides were new to my parents and they had a nice time getting to try them out for the first time. We started getting hungry so we made a pit stop to get cronuts. We made the mistake of getting 2 of them, we could’ve easily shared 1 of them between the three of us, but we survived. Before we headed to ride Soarin’ we visited Living with the Land. My parents both LOVED it! Even I learned something new riding it this time around and we got to sit down for a little bit which was an added bonus! Then it was off to Soarin’! My parents loved it and were sad it was over. I personally was shocked they even rode it with me but I was so happy they had fun!

Finally…it was time for the main event—THE FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL!!! We had intended to eat the whole way round the world that day, little did we know that our plans would change halfway through the day. I had already gotten their passports and maps so we were fairly ready going into the World Showcase. We started at Hawaii with the pork sliders, and then made our way to Patagonia for a beef empanada, and then mexico for ribeye tacos and sweet corn cheesecake. At this point I was starting to get a little bit full so we took a break and went to visit the three caballeros and take a little trip around Mexico. It was fun to take my parents on that ride, since they didn’t even know it was there; and we had the song stuck in our heads for the whole rest of the day. We kept making our way around, stopping to try food at farm fresh, Singapore, china, and Africa. It was at this point that we realized…we were not going to make it around the whole world that day. Since we were coming back again on Sunday we decided to call at the halfway mark and very slowly made our back to the front to go home.

Round one was a great success and we had a blast. I’ll tell you all about round 2 next time, but before you go here’s a little bit of what we got to try while we were on our trip :D

Anna and Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen” join Code.org

Code.org is expecting more than 15 million kids to participate in its “Hour of Code” programming event this December. It may get even more with help from Anna and Elsa, the heroines of Disney’s mega hit “Frozen.”

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The Walt Disney Company & Shanghai Media Group Expand Strategic Entertainment Alliance in China

At a meeting in Shanghai this week, The Walt Disney Company in Shanghai and Shanghai Media Group (SMG) announced they would expand their strategic relationship to include television content development, movie co-production, content distribution, and co-operation on marketing. The series of projects represents another significant step by both organizations to develop a vibrant creative content industry and connect with audiences in China and globally.

“The strength of this deepening relationship with Disney, and the volume and diversity of the initiatives that we are pursuing, helps set the foundation of a multi-faceted strategic alliance with Disney,” said Mr. Li Ruigang, Chairman, Shanghai Media Group.

“The series of projects we are announcing today represents an exciting new phase in our long-term alliance. We believe that they will serve as the cornerstone of actualizing SMG’s vision in applying world-class creative process; contribute towards the success of local content creation for international markets and create new business models across both digital media and traditional spaces. The endeavors will help us to transform the organization and accelerate its path towards digital success,” Mr. Li added.

“Disney is committed to providing high quality entertainment experiences to audiences worldwide,” said Mr. Robert Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “SMG’s spirit of innovaton, diverse platforms, digital destinations and assets provide unparalleled access to that entertainment in China.”

Disney and SMG enjoy a long-standing relationship that would be expanded to include television content development, movie co-production, content distribution and marketing cooperation.

  • Born in China, a new Disneynature film currently in production in China, will showcase to the world the spectacular wildlife and natural beauty of China when it opens at the global box office in 2016.  Disneynature today revealed that the movie includes rare footage of endangered snow leopards. This film is in addition to the previously announced multi-year studio movie script and talent development fund between The Walt Disney Studios and Shanghai Media Group Pictures (SMG Pictures) with the ultimate goal of co-developing Disney-branded movies for US-China co-productions.
  • Disney is in active discussion with Toonmax to produce a kids’ animation series that centers on one of China’s most popular cultural icons. By combining the best talent, creative processes, and cultural insights from both sides, Disney and Toonmax will set out to create a top quality show for kids and families with an ambition for global distribution.
  • In 2013, Disney and BesTV New Media Company Limited (China’s number one IPTV operator and the digital media subsidiary of the Shanghai Media Group) agreed to form, and today are in the final steps of registering, a joint venture company in Shanghai that will expand families’ and kids’ digital choices.
  • SMG and Disney intend to work closely on a number of marketing initiatives, expanding on their prior collaborations in television and film.

“This unique and far reaching cooperation between Disney and SMG is testimony to the strength of our 15-year relationship and commitment to serving audiences with world class family entertainment,” said Mr. Stanley Cheung, Chairman, The Walt Disney Company Greater China.

Disney reveals plans to build a Toy Story hotel

Disney has unveiled plans to build a Toy Story themed hotel  – but you’ll have to travel to over 5,500 miles across the globe to stay there.

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