OLC Announces Major Expansion for Tokyo Disney Resort
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Oriental Land Co., Ltd. announced that plans for the further development of Tokyo Disneyland® and Tokyo DisneySea® Parks have been decided. The plans, outlined in the Oriental Land Group’s “2016 Medium-Term Business Plan” (for the period of March 2015 through March 2017) announced on April 28, include a 500 billion yen level of investment in the theme park business over the next ten years.

The plan for Tokyo Disneyland Park centers on the redevelopment of Fantasyland, which will nearly double the size of
the themed land. Work on implementing this large-scale area development has already begun. In addition to the renovation of the existing Fantasyland, major new attractions, restaurants and shops are being considered for installation in the expansion site.

Under consideration for Tokyo DisneySea Park is the development of a new themed port in the expansion site located south of Lost River Delta. This eighth themed port will include major new attractions, restaurants and shops.

Oriental Land will also further invest in the two Parks in multiple ways: renovation or creation of attractions and entertainment programs; development of hardware that will enhance the Guest experience in the Parks; further improvement of restaurants; easing of congestion; development of measures to protect Guests from hot and cold weather; and other ways of to make a more comfortable environment for all Guests. Furthermore, investment will be made to strengthen the theme parks’ “backstage” support functions and operational base.

In addition to the above investment in infrastructure, Oriental Land will continue to raise the level of hospitality provided by Cast Members, which is vital to the Disney theme parks, by strengthening human resources development and raising employee satisfaction to an even higher level.

Smithsonian To Present Traveling Exhibit Of Star Wars Costumes
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Iconic costumes from “a galaxy far, far away” are presented in the Smithsonian traveling exhibition, Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume. The exhibition will begin a 12-city national tour at EMP Museum in Seattle where it will be on view Jan. 31 through Oct. 4, 2015.

Culled from the collection of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume is a partnership of the museum, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and Lucasfilm. George Lucas imagined and created a fantastical world filled with dynamic characters who told the timeless story of the hero’s journey. The costumes shaped the identities of these now famous characters, from the menacing black mask of Darth Vader and the gilded suit of C-3PO, to the lavish royal gowns of Queen Amidala and a bikini worn by Princess Leia when enslaved by Jabba the Hutt.


“Craftsmanship and artistry in costume design are valued creative components in the Star Wars saga,” said Lucas. “The detailed precision of a design can be as bold a measure of storytelling as words on a page, leading to truths at the core of a character, situation or shared history. From initial concept drawings to complex physical constructions, the costumes featured in this exhibition serve to further define crucial aspects of worlds created to move, educate and entertain us—to inspire the imagination.”


Presenting 60 of the finest hand-crafted costumes from the first six blockbuster Star Wars films, the exhibition uncovers the challenges, the intricate processes and the remarkable artistry of Lucas, the concept artists and costume designers. The costumes reflect an eclectic mix of cultural, historical and mythical sources that add rich texture to the story. Through nine presentational “chapters”—Introduction: Dressing a Galaxy; Jedi versus Sith: Form, Function and Design; Concept and Design for Royalty and Beyond; Symbolism and Military Power; Outlaws and Outsiders; All Corners of the Galaxy: The Galactic Senate; After the Throne: Padmé’s Journey; Darth Vader: Iconic Villain; and Droid™ Design: C-3PO and R2-D2—visitors will explore the creative process from Lucas’s vision through concept drawings by artists such as Ralph McQuarrie and Iain McCaig, to the final costume designs of John Mollo and Trisha Biggar, among others.

Featured costumes include the:

  • Monk-like robes of Jedi masters Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker
  • Intimidating suit and complex breathing apparatus of Darth Vader
  • Military-influenced uniforms of the Imperial Stormtrooper, Senate Guard and TIE Fighter Pilot
  • Yak hair and mohair costume of the towering Wookiee Chewbacca
  • Intergalactic outfits of Senators Bail Organa, Mon Mothma and Mas Amedda
  • Fierce armor of mercenary bounty hunters Jango Fett, Boba Fett and Zam Wesell
  • Elaborately detailed gowns of Queen Amidala, Queen Jamillia and their handmaidens


Short films in Star Wars and The Power of Costume provide a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process and include interviews with artists, designers and actors. The visitor experience will be enhanced by interactive flip books featuring sketches, photographs and notes that capture the creative team’s inspiration and vision.

Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume is the third exhibition on which SITES has collaborated with Lucasfilm. Previous projects were Star Wars: The Magic of Myth and Star Wars: The Art of the Starfighter.

First Disney Springs Parking Structure Set To Open
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According to the Orlando Sentinel, the first guests are scheduled to park in the first of two Disney Springs parking structures on November 20. Cast Members will park in the structures prior to this as the structure ramps up capacity. This news has been much anticipated as the parking situation in Disney Springs has become quite difficult once construction began.

Marvel Teases Future Imperfect
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The latest Marvel teaser is here. The next story teased for Summer 2015 is Future Imperfect. The image teases a storyline involving the Hulk in the future. This is the latest Summer 2015 teaser in a long line of images whose connection has yet to be revealed.

Disney and GameMill Release Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay for Nintendo 3DS and DS
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Disney Interactive teamed up with GameMill Entertainment to bring together the unlikely, unstoppable champions of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ upcoming superhero film, “Big Hero 6,” for a new video game adventure. Set outside the events of the movie, Disney Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay is a side-scrolling action and platforming experience launching on the Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ handheld systems today.

Disney Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay assembles every member of this team of misfits to thwart a battlebot invasion in their hometown, SanFransokyo. The game features four playable characters – robotics whiz kid Hiro Hamada and his friends, GoGo Tomago, Wasabi and Fred – with fellow squad mates Baymax and Honey Lemon appearing along the way for support. Each level is designed to show off their unique powers, from Hiro’s platforming prowess to GoGo’s speed and more, providing varied approaches to navigating hazardous environments, discovering hidden items, and surviving showdowns against enemy bosses. The full adventure contains 20 story levels across the city, with a special Challenge Mode version of each stage available for a true test of superhero skill.

Disney Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay is now available on Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS for $29.99 each. This title is rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and Up) by the ESRB. Disney’s “Big Hero 6” movie arrives in theaters on November 7. For more information on GameMill’s published products, please visit www.game-mill.com.

Disney Interactive and GOG.com Release Classic Lucasfilm Games
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Disney Interactive is teaming up with the DRM-free digital distributor to bring more than 20 classic Lucasfilm titles to GOG.com. To kick off the collaboration, six titles from the Star Wars™, Indiana Jones, Monkey Island and Sam & Max franchises are now available on the site, including:

Star Wars™: X-Wing Special Edition

Star Wars™: TIE Fighter Special Edition

Sam & Max Hit the Road

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

Indiana Jones® and the Fate of Atlantis™

Star Wars™: Knights of the Old Republic™

By joining forces with GOG.com, Disney Interactive is making numerous Lucasfilm titles available digitally, including three games from the launch lineup for the first time: Star Wars: X-Wing Special Edition, Star Wars: TIE Fighter Special Edition, Sam & Max Hit the Road. Gamers can also look forward to more Lucasfilm titles coming to GOG.com in the future.

Disney’s Aladdin to be Performed in Germany
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Disney Theatrical Productions and Stage Entertainment announce the European premiere and second international production of Disney’s Aladdin, the smash Broadway musical comedy.  Performances will begin fall 2015 at The Stage Theatre Neue Flora in Hamburg, Germany

“The tale of Aladdin, the Genie and those three famous wishes is beloved around the world and we are incredibly proud of Casey Nicholaw’s spectacular new production which brings the story to vivid theatrical life.” said Thomas Schumacher, President and Producer Disney Theatrical Productions. “Following in the footsteps of our record-breaking productions of The Lion King andTarzan, we look forward to another partnership with Stage Entertainment and can’t wait to share the heart and wit of this timeless tale with German audiences.”

Uschi Neuss, Managing Director Stage Entertainment Germany: “We are delighted to bring the next smash-hit musical from Disney to Germany in addition to the enormously successful productions of The Lion King and Tarzan®. Hamburg, with its reputation as Germany’s musical-capital, is the perfect city to host the European premiere. More than 14 million people have seen and enjoyed The Lion King and Tarzan®  to date in Germany, and there are many more to come. Aladdin will be a fantastic addition to our portfolio in Hamburg.”

The Hamburg production will be cast locally in Germany and will be performed in German.

The first Disney Theatrical Production production in Germany,  The Lion King, is now in its 13th year in Hamburg, and the second show, Tarzan, is currently playing in Stuttgart, following an extraordinary 5 years in Hamburg.

Recently, Disney and Shiki Theatre Company announced the Japanese language production of Aladdin will open in May, 2015 at The Dentsu Shiki Theatre Umi in Tokyo.

Produced on Broadway by Disney Theatrical Productions, Aladdin opened to critical acclaim at the New Amsterdam Theatre on March 20th, 2014.  The show features music by Tony Award®  and eight-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act), lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman(Beauty and the BeastThe Little Mermaid), three-time Tony Award and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (Evita,Aida) and two-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Beguelin, and is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon).

Disney Infinity 2.0 Toy Box Starter Pack To Be Released Early at Once Upon a Toy
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The Disney Infinity 2.0 Starter Pack containing Merida and Stitch will be available to purchase early at Walt Disney World’s Once Upon a Toy store on November 1-2. In addition, guests will receive one complimentary Disney figure with the purchase of a Disney Infinity Toy Box Starter Pack at Once Upon a Toy.