May the Fourth Be With You

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Dig out those Chewbacca costumes, grab a lightsaber and cue the Cantina Band. It’s Star Wars Day!

Fans all over the world celebrate the Star Wars franchise today with parties, viewings and organized celebrations. At various Disney Stores, fans will be in the thick of it, with in-store activities, giveaways and promotions.

This year is especially exciting as it coincides with the recent announcement of the new Star Wars Episode VII film and cast including originals Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker).

Star Wars Day has become so popular that the following day (May 5) has been referred to as Revenge of the Fifth. Fans let their evil sides come out by celebrating the villains from the Star Wars series.

How will YOU celebrate Star Wars Day?

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Frozen Grosses $1 Billion at the Box Office

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Disney’s Oscar Award winning animated feature film ‘Frozen’ has grossed more than $1 Billion at the box office in less than four months. This makes Frozen the 18th highest grossing film of all time.

Let’s say that again: OF.ALL.TIME.

And the second highest grossing animated film after Toy Story 3. Not that I’m surprised. I felt the movie was incredible, the scenery was beautiful and the characters left something for everyone to enjoy. Both my kids are still talking about the movie and singing the songs. Ok, I’ll admit it, so am I.

The good news: Disney is already in talks for a sequel and producing a Broadway show based on the film.

The bad news: Merchandise is hard to find at most stores (I am finding, at least). Have you checked e-bay lately? People are selling items for double, triple and even quadruple what they paid for them (not to mention what they’re really worth after the enormous ‘mark up’).

As Elsa would say…..”Let it go”…..

Star Wars Ep. VII Gets a Release Date!

Get those lightsabers ready! Cue the Cantina Band!

It’s official.

Disney has finally announced a release date for the much anticipated next installment in the Star Wars Franchise. Episode VII will be released on December 18, 2015.

That’s pretty much all we know at this point, other than J.J. Abrams being the director and co-writer. No other information on storyline, casting, etc. has been announced. Yet.

Excited?

Disney Classics – New CD Box Set!

photo by Disney Parks Blog

photo by Disney Parks Blog

Spanning nearly 90 years, the Walt Disney Company is releasing a 4 disc compilation box-set featuring all of your favorite Disney songs! Disney Classics will be broken into 4 themes – Modern Classics, Timeless Classics, Theme Park Classics + Television Classics. In total there are 94 songs.

Here are a few from each CD:

Modern Classics – Under the Sea, Be Our Guest, A Whole New World, We Belong Together
Timeless Classics – Little April Showers, Once Upon a Dream, You Can Fly, Whistle While You Work
Theme Park Classics – Yo Ho (A Pirates Life for Me), Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room, It’s a Small World
Television Classics – Mickey Mouse March, Hot Dog, Rockin’ at the House of Mouse

There are so many good songs, it’s hard to just pick a few!

If you don’t like the CD format, or simply can’t wait to get your hands on this box set, you can also head to itunes or the Disney Music Store to digitally download them as well.

Disney Classics will be available worldwide beginning Monday, November 11, 2013.

Let’s Celebrate Dumbo!

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Dumbo, Disney’s fourth animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, was released 72 years ago on October 23, 1941. In addition to the adorable Dumbo (who’s real name was Jumbo Jr.), the film features Mrs. Jumbo, Timothy Q. Mouse, Jim Crow, and Casey Junior.

At the 1941 Oscars, Dumbo won ‘Best Scoring of a Musical Picture”. Not surprising…….how awesome is the song “Pink Elephants on Parade”? or “Baby Mine”?

At 64 minutes, Dumbo is one of Disney’s shortest feature films! It may be short, but it is certainly a classic.

Happy Birthday Dumbo!! 🙂

Happy Anniversary to The Jungle Book!

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Happy Anniversary to Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’, which was released 46 years ago on October 18, 1967.

The film follows Mowgli, the orphaned ‘man cub’, on his adventures with Baloo, King Louie, Shere Khan, Bagheera and Kaa (the python, who can forget that scene! ;)).

Jungle Book is the 19th animated feature film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. It was also the last Disney film to be produced by Walt Disney himself, who died during production.

“look for the bare necessities, the simple bare necessities, forget about your worries and your strife……”

AVATAR coming to Animal Kingdom

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Animal Kingdom is about to get a whole lot cooler….

Disney Parks Blog announced early this morning, that plans for AVATAR at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom are well under way!

At the first ever D23 Expo held in Japan, the first images for the new section of Animal Kingdom were revealed, and to say it’s going to be amazing is an understatement. Check out the photos!

According to the concept renderings, AVATAR will feature floating mountains, allow guests to soar through the sky riding a Banshee, and wander through the nighttime jungle of bioluminescent plants! Gorgeous!

There is no official date on when construction will start or when the project will be completed (right now Disney is estimating sometime in 2017), but I for one think this will be a great boost to an already awesome park in Disney World! Can’t wait!!! 🙂