D23 Hosting Early Member Screening of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
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D23 Gold and Silver Members are invited to screenings of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day in Anaheim, Chicago, Orlando, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City on October 2, a week before its release on October 10. Each member can signup for themselves and up to three guests

See Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day early at the following locations:

  • Anaheim- AMC Downtown Disney 12, 7 p.m.
  • Chicago- AMC River East 21, 7 p.m.
  • Orlando- AMC Downtown Disney 24, 7 p.m.
  • Phoenix- Harkins Fashion Square 7, 7 p.m.
  • Salt Lake City- Megaplex Valley Fair, 7 p.m.

Tickets will be available at noon pacific time on September 17. For tickets, go to the D23 Events page at D23.com

Walt Disney Studios Main Theater Reveals Frozen Marquee
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At a ceremony with Bob Iger and Walt Disney Studios head Alan Horn on the Walt Disney Studios today, a new marquee was unveiled for the main theater. The new marquee features Anna and Elsa from Frozen. Previously, the marquee had featured Snow White.

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While the theater is normally closed to the public, D23 often hosts events at the theater such as their 50 and Fabulous screening series.

Today was a big day for Frozen as Tom Staggs also announced an increased presence for the franchise at Walt Disney World including turing the Maelstrom attraction at Epcot into a Frozen themed attraction.

Maelstrom is Officially Being Turned into Frozen Attraction at Epcot
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After months of rumors, Disney is confirming that the Maelstrom attraction at Walt Disney World is turning into a Frozen experience.

Maelstrom originally opened with the Norway Pavilion on July 5, 1988. The last day of the attraction’s operation is reported to be October 4. Disney has confirmed that the new attraction will open in early 2016.

The Norway pavilion will also include a royal greeting location where Anna and Elsa can meet guests.

In addition, Elsa will replace the Fairy Godmother as the character that transforms Cinderella Castle each night during the holiday season.

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During Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas parties guests can see Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf in “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade”

Also, several events from Frozen Summer Live have been extended at Walt Disney World.  “For the First Time in Forever: A ‘Frozen’ Sing-Along Celebration” will continue indefinitely.  Also, Wandering Oaken’s will move to a location closer to the sing-along through the holiday season, featuring a larger-than-ever play area with real snow but the ice skating element will be retired

More to come.

Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas Returns to El Capitan Theatre
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Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas returns to the El Capitan Theatre from October 24 through November 2.

First released in 1993, Tim Burton’s THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS was directed by Henry Selick (JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH), and based on a story and characters by Tim Burton. The film follows the earnest-but-misguided adventures of Jack Skellington, Halloween Town’s beloved Pumpkin King, as he attempts to take over the Christmas holiday. Against the advice of Sally, a lonely rag doll who has feelings for him, Jack enlists three mischievous trick-or-treaters – Lock, Shock, and Barrel – to help him kidnap Santa Claus.

Jack eventually realizes his mistake but has to contend with the evil Oogie Boogie before he can make things right and restore the Christmas holiday. Fueled by an unforgettable Grammy-nominated soundtrack featuring songs by Oscar® nominee Danny Elfman, Tim Burton’s THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS in spine-tingling 4-D (interactive sensory effects including lights, scents, wind, snow and fog) promises to be fun for the whole family.

There will be a special opening night showing on October 23 at 7pm. In addition, following the movie on select dates, The El Capitan is offering a Treat-Tastic Dessert Party. Following the movie enjoy desserts and activities plus receive a souvenir photo. Advance reservations are required with purchase of a movie ticket.

For tickets visit www.elcapitantickets.com
Movie Price: Adults: $12*/ $14, Child (3-11): $11, Senior (60+):$11, VIP: $23, Group (20+): $10

*Matinee Price: Matinees are Mon-Fri before 6PM

Movie Plus Treat-Tastic Party Price: Adults: $34, Child (3-11): $31, Senior: $31, VIP: $43

Planes: Fire & Rescue Comes to Home Video November 4
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Disney’s Planes are back in the high-flying comedy adventure “PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE,” landing on Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand platforms Nov. 4, 2014. In this heart-pumping, laugh-filled follow-up to last year’s smash hit “PLANES,” world famous racer Dusty Crophopper joins an elite fire and rescue unit and learns what it takes to be a true hero. Featuring non-stop action, memorable characters and never-before-seen bonus features, “PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE” is this fall’s must-own animated family film!

 

After flying to the top of the box office this summer as the #1 animated movie in America three weeks in a row, “PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE” soars to spectacular new heights on Blu-ray and Digital HD, featuring wondrous high definition picture and sound, plus thrilling bonus features, including the all-new exclusive short “Vitaminamulch: Air Spectacular;” the mock-umentary promotional piece “Welcome to Piston Peak;” “CHoPs” TV Promo and “Air Attack:  Firefighters From The Sky,” an exciting inside look at the making of the film featuring real-life smoke jumpers and firefighters. Additional bonus features include Spencer Lee’s “Still I Fly” music video, deleted scenes with filmmaker introductions, and two “PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE” shorts: “Dipper” and “Smokejumpers.” Exclusively available on Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) are the bonus shorts “Blade Ranger” and “Piston Peak.”

“PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE” is fueled by a star-studded voice cast that includes Dane Cook (“Planes”) as Dusty, Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”) as Dipper, Ed Harris (“Gravity”) as Blade Ranger, Captain Dale Dye (“Saving Private Ryan”) as Cabbie, Cedric the Entertainer (“Ice Age”) as Leadbottom,           Erik Estrada (“CHiPs”) as Nick “Loopin” Lopez, Brad Garrett (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) as Chug,     Teri Hatcher (“Desperate Housewives”) as Dottie, John Michael Higgins (“Pitch Perfect”) as Cad, Hal Holbrook (“Into the Wild”) as Mayday, Stacy Keach (“Planes”) as Skipper, Regina King (“Ray”) as Dynamite, Anne Meara (“Night at the Museum) as Winnie, Jerry Stiller (“The King of Queens”) as Harvey and Wes Studi (“Avatar”) as Windlifter. It was directed by Roberts Gannaway (“Secret of the Wings”) and produced by Ferrell Barron (“The Fox and the Hound 2”).

Bonus Features:

Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD/SD & Disney Movies Anywhere

  • Exclusive Animated Short – “Vitaminamulch: Air Spectacular”
  • “Welcome to Piston Peak! – This mock-umentary promotional piece shows off all the highlights of the acclaimed Piston Peak National Park and its aerial firefighting team.
  • “CHoPs” TV Promo – An in-world TV promo with announce.
  • Air Attack:  Firefighters From The Sky – This high-energy, music-driven behind-the-scenes piece takes an inside look at the real smoke jumpers and firefighters who attack wildfires from the air as Director Roberts Gannaway and Producer Ferrell Barron take us through their journey in making the film.
  • Spencer Lee Music Video “Still I Fly”
  • Deleted Scenes with Filmmaker Introductions:
    • “Honkers”
    • “Dusty’s Dream No More”
  • Animated Shorts:
    • “Dipper”
    • “Smokejumpers”

*Digital bonus offerings will vary per retailer

 

DVD 

  • Spencer Lee Music Video “Still I Fly”

Exclusive DMA Discover Content:

  • Animated Shorts:
    • “Blade Ranger”
    • “Piston Peak”

Disc Specifications:

Feature Run Time:                         Approximately 83 minutes

Rating:                                                 Feature Film: “PG” in U.S.; “G” in Canada (CE + CF)

Additional Bonus Features Not Rated

Aspect Ratio:                                     Blu-ray Feature Film = 2.39:1

DVD = 2.39:1

Audio:                                                  Blu-ray Feature Film = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, French & Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English DVS 2.0 Dolby

DVD = English, Spanish, & French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English DVS 2.0 Dolby

Languages/Subtitles:                     English, Spanish, & French

Disney Ending Support for Story App
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Disney has announced that support for their Story App will be ending September 26, 2014. Disney launched the photo app May 8, 2013. They posted the following FAQ on their website:

When is support for the Story App and Story.us ending?
After September 26, 2014, the Story App and Story.us will no longer be supported and will have limited functionality.

What will happen to all my stories on my device?

Any story created on your device will continue to be viewable on your device.

What about stories that I have shared? Can people still view those stories?
No. Any shared story (through email, Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter) will no longer be viewable on Story.us or Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter.

Can I download my stories?
No. The Story App created stories in a special format that cannot be downloaded like a photo or video.

Will I be able to access new themes?
After September 26, 2014 no premium theme can be purchased and only the themes that you have previously accessed will be available.

Disney Retires Several Apps
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The message below was posted on Disney.com:

The following Disney Interactive games have been retired. Although the decision was difficult to make, this will allow us to focus on building new and more engaging games. Some of these titles may still be available for download and playable; however there are no plans for future updates and active product support will no longer be provided. We appreciate your support and understanding.

Please note that Disney Interactive is not responsible for providing refunds or credits for any virtual items, in-game currency, or other items that may no longer be available once a game is shut down. For more information, please see Disney Terms of Use.

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  • Avengers Initiative Lite
  • Captain America Live Wallpaper
  • Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty
  • Fix-it Felix Jr.
  • JellyCar 2
  • JellyCar 3
  • JellyCar 3 Lite
  • Lone Ranger
  • Marvel Run Jump Smash!
  • Mittens
  • Mittens HD
  • Monsters, Inc. Run
  • Monsters U: Catch Archie
  • Phineas and Ferb Arcade
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Master of the Seas
  • PIXEL’D
  • PIXEL’D Plus
  • Stack Rabbit
  • Thor: Son of Asgard
  • Toy Story Live Wallpaper
  • Winnie the Pooh Wallpaper
  • Wreck-it Ralph
Olaf’s Adventures App Now Available
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Join everyone’s favorite snowman in “Olaf’s Adventures” released today! No matter what season, Olaf is always ready to explore the world around him. Join him through winter, spring and summer as he searches for gifts for his friends!

Features include:

  • Three different environments to explore alongside Olaf
  • Collectible magical snowflakes leading to beautiful snowglobes as gifts for Anna and Elsa
  • Several mini-games throughout each season
  • Humorous animations and reactions from Olaf
  • The original voice of Josh Gad from the award-winning box office hit, Frozen

Both winter and spring are free with download, and the summer season will be soon available through in—app purchase this fall. Whether users are on a sled playing in the snow or stopping to smell the dandelions in the Arendelle market during spring, kids and families won’t want to miss out on joining Olaf on this fun adventure.

Miss America Contestants Visit Walt Disney World
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Recently, all 53 of the 2015 Miss America contestants visited Walt Disney World Resort and celebrated their adventure side, their goofy side, their happily ever after side – their Disney Side.

Miss America returns to Atlantic City’s famous Boardwalk Hall, with live coverage of the final night of competition airing Sunday, September 14th on the ABC Television Network.  The pageant which started in 1921 in Atlantic City, NJ, will again be hosted by Chris Harrison (The Bachelor) and Lara Spencer (Good Morning America).


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