Tusker House to Feature Character Dinner

The Tusker House restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be extending its character dining program through dinner. This means that the restaurant will be character dinning all-day. The African-inspired buffet will feature Donald Duck, Daisy, and Goofy. The character dinner will begin March 8, 2015.

Breakfast is 8 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and dinner starts at 4 p.m. The cost is $29.99, $16.99 ages 3 to 9 for breakfast, $34.99 and $17.99 for lunch and $41.99 and $19.99 for dinner. For reservations, call 407-WDW-DINE or visit disneyworld.com/dine.

Disney Releases Poster for “Strange Magic”

Disney has released the poster for the upcoming film Strange Magic.

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“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects. Directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”) from a story by George Lucas, “Strange Magic” will be released by Touchstone Pictures on Jan. 23, 2015.

Marvel Announces Exclusive Agreement with Writer G. Willow Wilson

Marvel Entertainment is excited to announce the exclusive agreement with the groundbreaking Ms. Marvel and X-Men writer, G. Willow Wilson.

Reflecting on the pantheon of talent who has shaped her childhood growing up reading comics, Willow says, “I’m thrilled to be working more closely with Marvel. I’ve been reading the works of Mark Waid, Brian Michael Bendis and Rick Remender since I was a nineteen-year-old college kid, so to be part of that collective creative effort is really very special to me. I’m excited to move forward and see what the future brings.”

After finding critical acclaim with her previous works Cairo and the Eisner Award nominated series Air, Wilson dove into the Marvel Universe, and the international spotlight, with the debut of Marvel’s first solo series featuring a teenaged Pakistani-American Muslim,Ms. Marvel, helmed by Editor Sana Amanat who recounts what a creative thrill it has been to work with Wilson, “Working on Ms. Marvel with Willow has been one of the highpoints of my career, so of course I couldn’t be more thrilled to have her onboard.  I know she will further enrich the spirit of Marvel storytelling with her captivatingly unique and gifted voice. ”

And even as G. Willow Wilson pursues new creative endeavors with the House of Ideas, she promises to keep the adventures of Marvel’s latest breakout Super Hero continuing.

“In the next couple of months, there are going to be big things happening for Ms. Marvel–tougher choices, bigger obstacles, more tension as her personal life and her role as Jersey City’s own Super Hero come into conflict,” says Wilson. “And not to go spreading rumors, but a certain team up that fans have been begging for may be in the works!”

Coming to the end of her first year with Marvel, Wilson has already set records with Ms. Marvel and moves on to her next assignment on a big Marvel Comics property: the all-female team of mutants in X-Men! Excited for the inclusion of G. Willow Wilson’s exceptional interpersonal scripting, series editor Daniel Ketchum says, “Not only is Willow an adept storyteller and collaborator, but she also brings to the table so much enthusiasm for the characters. Her arc of X-Men is set up as a mystery, one that will take the team to corners of the Marvel Universe outside of the X-Men’s usual purview, as well as into their own past.”

Wilson continues to expand on her upcoming run, which starts in January 2015 with X-Men #23, by saying, “Writing the X-Men has been a unique challenge–it’s the team book that got me into comics as a kid, and they have so much history. I wanted to get them out of their element–quite literally–and tell a story that was unexpected and fresh. How do you challenge some of the most powerful mutants on the planet? Put them up against the planet itself. That was the genesis of my upcoming arc on X-Men, ‘The Burning World.’”

Once again, Marvel is excited to welcome G. Willow Wilson’s award winning and exceptionally crafted writing style exclusively to Ms. Marvel, X-Men, the Marvel Universe and all Marvel Properties.

When news breaks of Wilson’s latest projects, you can be sure to find it at Marvel.com. Please also visit G. Willow Wilson’s own website, gwillowwilson.com, and follow her on Twitter @gwillowwilson.

Hulu Announces New Agreement with Disney/ABC

From Hulu’s Rodrigo Mazon Director, Content Acquisitions:

As 2014 starts to come to a close, we are not slowing down at Hulu. We are continuing to add even more premium titles to the service that we know our viewers love to watch.

Today, we are excited to announce a new licensing agreement with the Disney-ABC Television Group that will give Hulu the exclusive subscription video on-demand rights to all episodes of Resurrection and Mistresses, as well as prior episodes of Lifetime’s Devious Maids.

ABC Studios produces some of the most compelling stories on television today, and its sophomore drama series,Resurrection, is a perfect example. With compelling mysteries woven into each episode, Resurrection is an addictive show and we are proud to be able to offer all episodes of the series exclusively to our Hulu subscribers.

Episodes of the critically acclaimed series Devious Maids are also now available to stream on Hulu with your Plus subscription. Subscribers can watch the entire first season, and all episodes from the second season will become available to stream next year ahead of its season three premiere on Lifetime in Summer 2015. In the category of soapy dramas—which our viewers love—this Eva Longoria-produced series hits the mark.

Hulu is also now your exclusive streaming destination to watch and catch up with all episodes of Mistressesahead of its season three premiere on ABC. The thrilling drama series was just picked up for its third season, which will premiere in Summer 2015 on ABC. All episodes from season one are available to stream now and season two will become available for Hulu subscribers to stream ahead of the season three premiere. New episodes will be available to stream on Hulu the day after they air on ABC.

We are also thrilled to announce that we’re adding over 750 library episodes from ABC Studios and ABC Family to Hulu, providing full seasons of a variety of popular series. Titles now available to stream include Melissa & JoeyAlias, Army Wives, Body of Proof, Twisted and Make It or Break It– and, for our younger viewers, we are adding Marvel animated series such as Spider-Man, X-Men and Iron Man: Armored Adventures.

This new licensing agreement with Disney-ABC Television Group brings even more great shows to Hulu’s growing library of content and we are proud to add an array of exclusive & hit titles to the platform for our subscribers to enjoy this holiday season.

Luxo Jr to be Preserved by National Film Registry

The National Film Registry of the Library of Congress has selected the Pixar short “Luxo Jr.” as one of 25 films to be preserved as part of the annual selection. Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the Librarian of Congress names 25 films that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically”  significant. The films must be at least 10 years old.

The moving desk lamp that now begins every Pixar film has its genesis in this charming, computer-animated short subject, directed by John Lasseter and produced by Lasseter and fellow Pixar visionary Bill Reeves. In the two-minute, 30-second film, two lamps—one parentally large and one childishly small (the “Junior” of the title)—interact with a brightly colored ball. Nominated for an Oscar in 1986 for animated short, “Luxo Jr.” was the first three-dimensional computer-animated film ever to be nominated for an Academy Award.

 

 

Four Seasons Orlando Announces Royal Suite

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There’s always an allure to a Presidential Suite, the most coveted, premiere accommodations offered at a property.  At Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, there’s not just one top suite – there are two – and one suite can be configured up to a nine bedroom residence, creating the ultimate penthouse retreat.

The stunning Royal Suite and Presidential Suite on the Resort’s top guestroom floor are similar in size, with differences in view and select design features.  Both of the suites feature state-of-the-art audio/visual integration, including a concealed media screen and projector that drops down from the ceiling in the master bedroom, and in-mirror televisions in the master bathroom.  Both suites feature motorized draperies controlled from a central touchpad system, to conceal or expose the expansive views.  The Royal Suite offers views of the nightly Magic Kingdom Park fireworks display, while the Presidential Suite offers views of the nightly Epcot park fireworks display.

From the spacious, open layout to the opulent design features and breathtaking views, guests will definitely feel like royalty in one of the premier suites at Four Seasons Resort Orlando.

“We’re seeing a lot of multi-generational travel, especially here in Orlando,” says Thomas Steinhauer, General Manager of Four Seasons Resort Orlando. “It’s unique to have a suite that connects to as many as nine bedrooms.  There’s always demand for a presidential suite, and we are proud to be able to offer two top suite options.”

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The Royal Suite

The sumptuous Royal Suite offers 3,300 square feet (306.5 square metres) of living space presented in a contemporary, sophisticated look in a chic colour palette of taupe, ice blue, cream and truffle. The suite includes a vaulted great room, a master bedroom, a media room, a private office, and a pantry kitchen. The main suite entry features an espresso granite and French blue limestone patterned floor with white Venetian plastered walls and modern crystal lighting.  The great room provides a spacious living space with floors of polished espresso granite and wool and silk custom area rugs flanked by a dining area and family room with fireplace surrounds in granite and black mosaic glass.  Jewel-like crystal bangle lighting elements combine with modern furnishings in cream and taupe to create a sophisticated aesthetic.  Expansive 16th floor views are framed with electronically-controlled ice blue silk drapery opening out onto a 1,000 square-foot (93 square metre) wrap-around terrace with lounge seating and exterior dining table.  The outdoor living space is ideal for viewing the Magic Kingdom Park fireworks, which typically occur nightly.

The striking master bedroom has an ebony oak wood floor border and wool and silk area rug.  The headboard accent wall is appointed in wood veneer with a repetitive ebony stained starburst pattern, with crystal accents and a decorative glass inset.  The walk-in closet and mirrored vanity separate the bedroom and master bathroom, which features decorative stone and glass Italian mosaics, an elegant freestanding tub, sumptuous marble walk-in shower and separate vanities. The Royal Suite features a media room with sound absorbing panels in a black and taupe palette.  A silk and wool hand knotted shag carpet in a lineal pattern provides a luxurious touch.  The audio/visual system is fully integrated into the design of the media room.

Additional coordinating bedroom suite units and as many as six additional connecting guestroom suites provide the ability to expand the Royal Suite to a nine bedroom residence.

The rate for a one-night stay in the one-bedroom Royal Suite is USD 14,000.

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The Presidential Suite

Designed to evoke a Mediterranean villa, the spacious 2,750 square-foot (255.5 square metre) Presidential Suiteincludes a great room, master bedroom, master bathroom, private office, and pantry kitchen.  The main suite features a terracotta and limestone entry with creamy Venetian plastered walls contrasted with rich walnut accents.  A wide plank, hand-planed American walnut floor grounds the patterned plaster. A highlight is the vaulted living space with expansive views to three sides of the building, and an 800 square-foot (74 square metre) wrap-around exterior terrace with lounge seating and a dining table.  The suite is furnished in contemporary décor in a light cream and beige palette, with highlights of peach and terracotta.  The open floor plan has a dining room and family room with two marble fireplaces flanking the living area.

The walnut wood floor extends into the master bedroom where it borders a plush area rug.  The bed extends from an organic bronze plaster feature wall with intricate crystal sconces.  The walk-in closet and mirrored vanity separate the bedroom and master bathroom, which features decorative stone and glass Italian mosaics, an elegant freestanding tub, sumptuous marble walk-in shower and separate vanities.

Two additional coordinating bedroom units and one guestroom suite enable the Presidential Suite to expand to a four bedroom residence.

The rate for a one-night stay in the one-bedroom Presidential Suite is USD 12,000.

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The Ultimate Suite Experience

For those seeking the ultimate in privacy, and the comfort and convenience of having family and/or friends all on the same floor, the Ultimate Suites Experience & Top Floor Buyout is available.  This includes the nine-bedroom Royal Suite with three luxurious living rooms, and the four-bedroom Presidential Suite. In addition, there are eight guestrooms beyond the suites that are included in the buyout. The entire floor can be privately keyed off at the elevator, providing exclusive access only to guests of the 16th floor. This is ideal for parties requesting additional security. Inquiries regarding The Ultimate Suite Experience can be directed to the Sales Department at 407 313 6734.

Marvel to Release King-Size Kirby Hardcover

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He’s the King of Comics. A man who left an indelible mark upon the medium, using his peerless imagination to create some of the greatest stories and characters ever told. In 2015, celebrate Jack “King” Kirby’s incredible contribution to comic book history in the monumental, decades-spanning KING-SIZE KIRBY HARDCOVER collection!

Presented in Marvel’s Adamantium-sized format, this titanic tome clocks in at more than 800 pages of Kirby’s finest stories and stands more than a foot tall! For the first time ever, fans will be able to experience these truly genre-defining stories in a format that complements Jack Kirby’s unsurpassed art and storytelling abilities.

“If there were a Mount Rushmore of American comic book artists, Jack Kirby would be front and center,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso.

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Whether it was westerns, romance, war, horror, sci-fi, humor or super heroes – Jack Kirby could do it all! From Captain America punching Adolf Hitler to the super heroic creation of the Fantastic Four, X-Men and Avengers on to the far-out space opera of the Eternals, savor Jack Kirby’s most iconic comics in this one, unforgettable collection.

“Fans should reinforce their bookshelves and coffee tables,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “This one is going to be huge – literally! We’re aiming to bring fans the ultimate collection, the ultimate collectable and the definitive Jack Kirby experience. The King of Comics deserves no less.”

This summer, experience the work of Jack Kirby brought to life like never before. A collection for the ages, experience the groundbreaking storytelling of one of the medium’s greatest pioneers when the KING-SIZE KIRBY HARDCOVER hits stores in July! Hail to the King.

KING-SIZE KIRBY collects material from RED RAVEN #1; MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #13; CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS (1941) #1, 7; TALES TO ASTONISH #5; RAWHIDE KID #17; AMAZING ADVENTURES (1961) #1, STRANGE TALES #89, #94 and #114; TEEN-AGE ROMANCE #84; FANTASTIC FOUR #1, #48-51, #57-60 and ANNUAL #5; INCREDIBLE HULK #3; TWO-GUN KID #60; LOVE ROMANCES #103; AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #8; SGT. FURY #6 and #13; AVENGERS #4; TALES OF SUSPENSE #59; X-MEN #9; THOR #134-136 and #155-157; NOT BRAND ECHH #1; AMAZING ADVENTURES (1970) #1-2; CAPTAIN AMERICA’S BICENTENNIAL BATTLES; CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #200; ETERNALS #7; DEVIL DINOSAUR #1; and WHAT IF? #11

The ONE Group to Open STK Orlando at Disney Springs

The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. (“The ONE Group”), known for developing upscale, high-energy restaurants, today announced plans to open a STK in Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. STK Orlando is expected to open in The Landing at Disney Springs in 2015, with the full completion of Disney Springs expected in 2016.

The new STK will be located within the waterfront setting of The Landing at Disney Springs, a completely re-imagined shopping, dining and entertainment complex that will double the number of shops and restaurants currently found at Downtown Disney. The Landing is the first phase of Disney Springs and will be home to unique and memorable dining experiences such as STK, Morimoto Asia and The BOATHOUSE, plus a number of still-to-be-announced innovative restaurants and boutique shops.

STK’s unique ambiance blends the elements of a modern steakhouse with a sleek lounge, including a DJ, emphasizing a social, fun environment. At approximately 14,000 square feet, the Orlando outpost will be one of the largest STK locations. STK Orlando will have two dining floors—including a main level and the only rooftop dining venue in Disney Springs.

“We are thrilled to join the Disney Springs family with the launch of STK Orlando,” said Jonathan Segal, CEO of The ONE Group. “The combination of an innovative menu and high-energy atmosphere has driven the success of STK, and we believe it will be an ideal addition to Disney Springs, and will help further cement its status as a place for friends and family to gather for fine dining and entertainment.”

Segal added, “Our entrance into the Orlando market represents another example of our continued growth strategy. We remain on track with our expansion plans for 2015 and hope to continue to partner with exciting world-class brands like Walt Disney Parks and Resorts moving forward.”

“STK Orlando is a welcome new addition to Disney Springs.  With its innovative, high-energy atmosphere, STK is the perfect complement to our growing array of dining, entertainment and shopping offerings,” said George A. Kalogridis, president, Walt Disney World Resort.

 

Walt Disney World Cast Members Participate In Toys for Tots

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When it comes to the holidays, Cast Members from Walt Disney World Resort know it’s better to give than to receive. Inspired by that belief, they’ve donated 36,000 new toys for nearly 30,000 children through the annual U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. Along with Mickey Mouse, Disney VoluntEARS recently transformed an empty warehouse into a merry toy land as they unloaded truckloads of Toys for Tots donations.

The new toys, games, books and plush dolls will help spread the spirit of the season to thousands of children throughout Orange and Seminole counties. In addition to bringing holiday cheer, the gifts have inspired Disney Cast Members and their families to remember kids of all ages on their holiday shopping lists.

“Nothing makes Disney Cast Members happier than bringing a smile to a child’s face,” said Nancy Gidusko, director of corporate citizenship for Walt Disney World Resort. “With these gifts, we’re sharing the fun of the season and sending a message of hope to children in our community.”

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Besides adding “Toys for Tots” to their shopping lists, Disney VoluntEARS also provided more than 6,000 hours to help representatives of the U.S. Marine Corps organize the toys and sort the donations. This year, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve registered nearly 30,000 children to receive holiday gifts. During a special Family Disney VoluntEAR day, Cast Members shared this volunteer opportunity with family and friends, hoping to inspire the next generation to give back to the community.

“In Central Florida and communities across the country, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve is working to bring the joy of the holidays to the kids who need it most,” said Sargent Jose Rodriguez. “Thanks to donations from Disney VoluntEARS, we’re able to ensure that thousands of children in our community have at least one new present to brighten their holiday season.”

Donations from Walt Disney World Resort and Cast Members help carry on a tradition that began more than 60 years ago, when Walt Disney and his animators designed the original Toys for Tots logo that is still used today. As a company with 74,000 Disney Cast Members who live and work in Central Florida, Walt Disney World Resort focuses focusing its approach to charitable giving on children, as a way to invest in the future of Central Florida.

Star Wars Christmas Light Show

Check out this house who created a Christmas light show featuring the music of Star Wars. Here is the description from YouTube:

Here’s my tribute to my favorite songs on Star Wars! Featured on ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight and twice on ABC’s Good Morning America. This is my second year decorating. I built all the props using wood, metal, acrylic and corrugated plastic. I am a music/teacher director for a living (COVA Conservatory in Oakland and Centerville Presbyterian Church in Fremont), hence the massive instruments! The guitar is 17′, the piano is 19′ and the drums are standard. About 12,500 channels running around 100,000 lights. Come by and see it in person on the corner of Lafayette and Ruschin in Newark most nights from 6-10pm. Because of the light beams on the roof, I turn off the display in heavy rain. Fair use for educational purposes. Merry Christmas everyone!

 


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