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Three sensational new nighttime spectaculars will dazzle guests at the Disneyland Resort when the Diamond Celebration begins Friday, May 22, 2015. Nighttime will glitter as never before when the latest technology and immersive special effects lift the “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular beyond anything seen in the past at Disneyland Park. In Disney California Adventure Park, a new “World of Color” show featuring Mickey Mouse will tell the story of Walt Disney and the Happiest Place on Earth through fountains, film, animation, a stirring musical score and amazing visual surprises.

The electrifying new shows will take guests into the worlds of Disney stories like never before, celebrating 60 years of magic with a nighttime parade that shines with more than 1.5 million individually controlled lights – the first all-LED parade at the resort; a reinvention of the classic fireworks that adds projections to transform the park experience; and a moving, new version of “World of Color” that celebrates Walt Disney’s dream for Disneyland.

In addition, the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland and Carthay Circle Theatre in Disney California Adventure will glisten and gleam for the celebration, each with its own diamond medallion. The Disneyland Resort and surrounding streets will sparkle with Diamond Celebration décor and festive banners in shades of Disneyland blue. Also bearing the diamond anniversary theme, creative merchandise and food items will be designed to complement the celebration.

“Sixty years ago, Walt Disney welcomed the first guests to Disneyland.  Nearly 3 billion guest visits later, it’s amazing to contemplate all that Disney Parks and Resorts represents to so many people around the world,” said Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.  “We’ve conceived the Disneyland Diamond Anniversary as a celebration of this special place that started it all.  Disneyland was envisioned as a place that encourages all of us to be ‘forever young,’ in part by being forever young itself … so we’re celebrating not just the last 60 years, but all that is yet to come.”

Innovation Inspires Exciting Future

When Walt Disney opened Disneyland on July 17, 1955, he inaugurated a tradition of innovative, immersive storytelling that inspired classic theme park attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, Star Tours, Soarin’ Over California, Toy Story Midway Mania and Radiator Springs Racers. The Diamond Celebration will continue this tradition with three fantastic new shows that expand the boundaries of after-dark entertainment – Disney’s signature “kiss goodnight.”

  • “Paint the Night” parade – New technology and unleashed imagination permeate this after-dark parade, flooding Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland with vibrant color and more than 1.5 million, brilliant LED lights that flash and glow as they bring Disney stories to life. The luminescent parade introduces a new era of magical entertainment, as Mickey Mouse uses his imagination to harness the power of Tinker Bell’s pixie dust and “Paint the Night” in dazzling Disney dreams. Those dreams include special appearances by Mickey’s pals and beloved characters from tales such as “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Toy Story” and “Frozen.” The parade features special effects, unforgettable music, energetic performances, fun surprises and spectacular floats, with Mickey leading the grand finale.
  • “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular – The Disneyland Resort tradition of creating big, dazzling fireworks shows will soar to new levels as “Disneyland Forever” immerses guests in stories from the tips of their toes to the sky high above. Thanks to the largest installation of projection mapping technology in a Disney park and surprising special effects, guests will find themselves transported into the worlds of beloved Disney and Disney●Pixar films, including a dance with King Louie from the “The Jungle Book” and a flight over London with characters from “Peter Pan.” Showing just how magical the Magic Kingdom can be, the fireworks “stage” will extend to Main Street, U.S.A., “it’s a small world,” Rivers of America and the Matterhorn as projections transform familiar park icons into stunning story scenes. Two original songs also will be featured, the theme “Live the Magic,” and the inspiring closing song “Kiss Goodnight,” written by Disney Legend Richard Sherman. “Disneyland Forever” will be visible from Main Street, U.S.A., and several Disneyland locations.
  • “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney”  – Mickey Mouse will entertain guests as mischievous host of this fun-filled new presentation of the popular, nighttime “World of Color” spectacular in Disney California Adventure. Illuminating the night in a contemporary and moving celebration of Walt Disney and his dream of Disneyland, Mickey Mouse will take guests on an inspirational journey through the unparalleled imagination of Walt Disney, exploring his decades-long legacy of memorable animated moments and the dream of Disneyland Park. Both epic and intimate in scope, “World of Color – Celebrate!” brings to life the remarkable story of Walt and The Happiest Place on Earth with animated imagery, live-action film, fountains, lasers, special effects and a stirring musical score, all on the magical water canvas of “World of Color.”

A Source of Joy and Inspiration to the World

The popularity of Disneyland through nearly 60 years celebrates Walt Disney’s dream of a place where family members of all ages can have fun together in an atmosphere that emphasizes imagination, fantastic storytelling and extraordinary guest service. Since 1955, dignitaries, heads of state, celebrities and more than 700 million guests have passed through the gates of a place that Walt imagined as “a source of joy and inspiration to the world.”

Disneyland transformed the amusement industry with an entirely new concept in family entertainment: a “theme park” where rides, shows, characters, merchandise and cast members in costume become part of a total storytelling environment. In the nearly six decades since it opened, the Disneyland Resort has continued to use creativity, technology and innovation to bring stories to life, while fulfilling Walt’s promise that “Disneyland will never be completed … as long as there is imagination left in the world.”

The success of Disneyland Resort also has resulted in immense growth for the city of Anaheim, Calif. The resort’s workforce of 27,000 cast members makes it the largest single-site employer in Orange County. From the original Disneyland Park, the entertainment concept has expanded worldwide and is enjoyed by guests at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla, Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan, Disneyland Paris in France, Hong Kong Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club, Adventures by Disney and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii. Shanghai Disney Resort is now under construction in China.

– See more at: http://disneylandnews.com/2015/01/28/disneyland-resort-adds-dazzling-new-nighttime-spectaculars-for-its-diamond-celebration-beginning-may-22/#sthash.CervPtOt.dpuf

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Deadline is reporting that Disney will be airing a 30-second ad for their upcoming film Tomorrowland during the Super Bowl on February 1. The report implies that there will not be an ad for Avengers: Age of Ultron or Ant-Man, but that has not been confirmed.

Tomorrowland, which stars George Clooney will be released May 22.

UPDATE: The word has come out that there will not be an Avengers: Age of Ultron ad during the Super Bowl.

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The EMP Museum in Seattle is hosting an opening night party for the Star Wars and the Power of Costume Exhibit.

During the party, explore the exhibition, traverse the iconic worlds, and discover which side of the Force calls to you along the way! Featuring:

• Special guests Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian)
• Spotlight talks with Academy Award nominee and costume designer Aggie Guerard Rodgers (Star Wars™: Episode VI Return of the Jedi), and author Brandon Alinger (Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy)
• DJ set by Vox Mod, and live performances by D20 Brass Band and Passenger String Quartet
• Fan-centered activities like costume contests, photo ops, gaming and trivia, drink specials, as well as other star-hopping surprises!

Attendees are encouraged to arrive in costume and pay tribute to their favorite characters across the Galactic Empire.

Tickets are available at the EMP website.

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Disney has confirmed to Central Florida News 13 that they have pulled the Epcot Starbucks mug that featured a purple monorail. Monorail Purple was involved in a crash with Monorail Pink in 2009 that resulted in the death of Monorail Purple’s pilot. Disney then retired the colors purple and pink from the fleet, replacing them with teal and peach.

Disney confirmed this is the reason the mug was pulled.

The Starbucks mug is part of their “You are Here” collection that feature iconography of the location where the Starbucks is located. Mugs are currently available at Magic Kingdom and at the Disneyland Resort.

 

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ABC Family today announced the second season of hit comedy series “Young & Hungry,” along with the season premiere of the funny, scary prank show “Freak Out,” will premiere on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015.

“Young & Hungry”’s second season picks up with Gabi (Emily Osment) surprised by the return of ex-boyfriend Cooper (guest star Jesse McCartney), just as her boss, Josh (Jonathan Sadowski), has called off his wedding due to his feelings for her. “Young & Hungry” executive producer Ashley Tisdale will reprise her guest role as formidable magazine editor Logan Rawlings in Season 2, and Jesse McCartney will return as tech genius Cooper in several episodes. “Young & Hungry” will premiere Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 at 8:00 PM ET/PT.

“Young & Hungry” ranked as basic cable’s #1 telecast in its time period in Adults 18-34 and Women 18-34, as well as other key demos during its debut season. The show was recently nominated for two Teen Choice Awards for Choice Summer TV Show and Choice Summer TV Star – Female for Osment, as well as a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Comedy.

“Young & Hungry” is produced by David Holden, Ashley Tisdale, Jessica Rhoades, Caryn Lucas, and Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum in association with CBS Television Studios. Gabi Moskowitz, a San Francisco-based food blogger, of BrokeAssGourmet.com, contributed to the development of this project. The show stars Emily Osment, Jonathan Sadowski, Aimee Carrero, Kym Whitley, and Rex Lee.

Then, ABC Family scares up some fun frights with all-new episodes of “Freak Out,” the funny, scary hidden-camera prank show. “Freak Out” will premiere Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 at 8:30 PM ET/PT.

Each episode of “Freak Out” will feature an unsuspecting mark whose worst fears come to life before their eyes through elaborate special effects, intricate makeup, twisted actors and multiple cameras capturing the scenario from every angle. Every frighteningly hilarious prank is tailored with the help from the victim’s friends and family, to turn an everyday situation into someone’s nightmare. Viewers will find themselves “sclaughing” (screaming and laughing) over the mark’s reaction, until the victim realizes – they’ve been pranked.

495 Productions, with Founder and President SallyAnn Salsano, is the creative force behind numerous successful reality television series, including MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” “Snooki & JWOWW” and “FriendZone,” CMT’s “Party Down South,” SPIKE’s “Tattoo Nightmares,” VH1’s “Tool Academy,” TV Guide’s “Nail Files,” Oxygen’s “Dance Your Ass Off,” several seasons of HGTV‘s “Design Star,” and many others. Salsano serves as Executive Producer on “Freak Out,” along with Joel Zimmer of 495 Productions and Mark Herwick.

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Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders can celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Pinocchio and the Blu-Ray release of One Hundred and One Dalmatians with special film screenings on February 10th and 11th from 7-9pm. Each screening will be preluded by a panel discussion.

For complete event details and registration information: http://di.sn/6006Iwon

2/10 – Pinocchio
2/11 – 101 Dalmatians

Advanced registration and valid AP are required. Space is limited. Subject to restrictions and change.

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The skies fracture. The ground trembles. The end of all they know is coming. Heroes, Gods of Mischief and Masters of Magnetism who have faced annihilation more times than they could count and walked away. Only this time, there is no walking away. Today, Marvel is pleased to present the first issues of three blockbuster LAST DAYS stories, leading in to the highly-anticipated Secret Wars. Beginning in May, be there as your favorite Marvel heroes face their final hours, and the obliteration of the Marvel Universe!

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First, Al Ewing and Luke Ross bring you a story of the people who faced the end of the world together, shoulder to shoulder in the face of destruction in CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE MIGHTY AVENGERS #8. Some of them wore costumes, and some of them didn’t. Some of them had super-human powers, and all some had were each other. Yet they were all Mighty Avengers in the end. And this is how they spent their last day.

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Then, ask yourself – what will your legacy be when it’s all over? Cullen Bunn and Javi Fernandez have the answers in MAGNETO #18. The Mutant Master of Magnetism has learned his time is all but spent. A life of struggle and torment brought to a cataclysmic end at the destruction of all things. With everything he’s fought for his whole life brought to its unavoidable ending, how will he cope? Will he celebrate his legacy – or be tormented by it?

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Finally, the end of the Marvel Universe extends into Asgard and beyond as all the Ten Realms face their final hours in LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD #14. Al Ewing and Lee Garbett bring you the curtain call of the God of Mischief. Ancient enemies march on Asgardia seeking their final vengeance – including King Loki, meaner, madder and more dangerous than before. Where is our Loki? What tragedy has befallen him, here at the end?

Before Secret Wars can begin, the Marvel Universe must end. And it all starts this May as the LAST DAYS story arcs begin in Captain America & the Mighty Avengers #8, Loki: Agent of Asgard #14, and Magneto #18!

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The Walt Disney Company announced that it is accepting applications for its second Disney Accelerator program powered by Techstars. Disney Accelerator will select a class of 10 startup companies for a three-month mentorship and investment program beginning July 6, 2015 and concluding with a Demo Day on October 6, 2015.

The program is open to technology-based startups with a vision for making an impact on the world of media and entertainment. Participants will be offered $120,000 in investment capital along with mentor support from top Disney executives, entrepreneurs, investors and other notable business leaders from the entertainment and technology communities.

In 2014, Disney launched its first Disney Accelerator with companies focused on a range of products including connected toys, mobile video, STEM applications, social media, advertising technology and more. Disney continues to work with many of the alumni from the inaugural class, which included Choremonster, Codarica, Jogg, Naritiv, Sidelines, Smart Toy, SnowShoe, Sphero, Twigtale and TYFFON.

The 2014 Disney Accelerator class reached a number of significant milestones during the program. SnowShoe secured $2.2 million in seed financing; ChoreMonster and Codarica both launched mobile apps; Sphero introduced its new Ollie product and Smart Toy was acquired by Cartwheel Kids, a Los Angeles-based manufacturer of children’s products.

“The Disney Accelerator was born of Disney’s long term commitment to innovation and its position at the intersection of technology and entertainment,” said Kevin Mayer, Disney’s Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development. “The 2014 Disney Accelerator demonstrated that pairing Disney’s creative and business talent with entrepreneurs can produce an energizing and valuable exchange of ideas and promote tremendous innovation. We look forward to working with a new group of start-ups in the months to come.”

For more information, please go to www.DisneyAccelerator.com.