Reuters writes Disney has acquired rights to any future Indiana Jones. Previously, any future films would’ve been released by Paramount. Paramount does retain rights to all previously released films.
Disneyland Resort, Angels Baseball and Anaheim Ducks Launch ACT Anaheim
Three of Anaheim’s largest businesses have committed $3 million over three years to Accelerate Change Together for Anaheim (ACT Anaheim), a new, multiyear grant program to help improve the lives of young people in California’s 10th largest city. The initiative marks a shift toward a more collaborative approach to addressing the challenges and priorities for serving young people in Anaheim, as defined by the Anaheim Youth Services Assessment released earlier this year and funded by the Disneyland Resort. The study identified specific gaps in service including underserved geographic areas and age groups.
The Disneyland Resort led an effort to develop ACT Anaheim after the study was published, garnering support from Angels Baseball and the Anaheim Ducks as founding members. The Orange County Community Foundation, one of the community’s most experienced grant-makers, will serve as managing partner of the initiative. Organizations focused on addressing the needs of Anaheim youth will be eligible to apply for grants ranging from $100,000 to $250,000. The first grant cycle is underway with letters of interest due to the Orange County Community Foundation on December 18, 2013, and grants awarded in spring 2014.
“For nearly 60 years we have been an active part of this great city,” said Michael Colglazier, president of the Disneyland Resort. “Now, armed with these findings, we more deeply understand what is needed to make a real difference in the lives of Anaheim youth. We believe engaging additional partners who share our passion for improving children’s lives will tremendously increase the impact of our outreach, and we invite other organizations, businesses, and individuals to join us.”
For information on how to become an ACT funding partner contact Shelley Hoss at email@example.com. For information on how to apply for ACT grants go to www.oc-cf.org/ACTAnaheim.
Disney VoluntEARS ~ Celebrating 30 Magical Years
I recently traveled to Ecuador with a team of 30 Disney VoluntEARS from across The Walt Disney Company to help build a classroom for a Quichua community in the upper Amazon. Disney teamed up with organizations Me To We and Free The Children to help with the Company’s first-ever Global Service Project in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Disney VoluntEARS.
After a long flight to Quito, we piled into buses for a seven-hour ride down from the highlands and into the Amazonian jungle. At the end of a long, gravel road we finally came to the Napo River where we loaded our gear into motorized canoes and headed down the river. We arrived just before sunset at an open air eco-lodge on the bank of the river that would be our home for the next six days.
The next morning, we headed up river to the community of Belle Vista to begin work on a classroom. The community is a small collection of wooden huts, most without windows and doors, and there is no running water or electricity. We spent the week hauling sand and gravel from the river to make concrete, and cutting and tying steel for footings and columns. All of this work was accomplished without power tools of any kind.
By the end of the week, we had completed much of the foundation, painted an inspiring mural, and learned a lot about the Quichua culture and the community’s desire to get their children the education they need. The experience was truly moving and inspiring, and something I will never forget!
Facilities Program Manager
On what would have been Walt Disney’s 112th birthday today, December
5, 2013, The Walt Disney Family Museum is proud to launch its very own
podcast! This monthly podcast will endeavor to further Walt’s story.
From interviews with people who knew or admire him—such as Disney
Legends, animators, Imagineers, and more—recaps and clips from special
events at the Museum, information about upcoming programs, to tidbits
about Walt himself, will comprise just some of the content for this
WDFM Podcast, Episode 1: Diane Disney Miller and Don Hahn
First aired: December 5, 2013
In our premier episode, we are honored to present, with a heavy heart,
the final interview from the museum’s founder—and Walt Disney’s
daughter—Diane Disney Miller. We also chat with Disney Legend and
acclaimed producer Don Hahn (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King)
about the holiday film he produced and directed exclusively for The
Walt Disney Family Museum: Christmas with Walt.
For more information and to hear the podcast, please visit
DISNEY’S THE PIRATE FAIRY on Blu-ray April 1, 2014
From the world of “Peter Pan” comes “The Pirate Fairy,” a swashbuckling new adventure about Zarina (voice of Christina Hendricks), a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy who’s captivated by Blue Pixie Dust and its endless possibilities. When Zarina’s wild ideas get her into trouble, she flees Pixie Hollow and joins forces with the scheming pirates of Skull Rock, who make her captain of their ship. Tinker Bell (voice of Mae Whitman) and her friends must embark on an epic adventure to find Zarina, and together they go sword-to-sword with the band of pirates led by a cabin boy named James (voice of Tom Hiddleston), who’ll soon be known as Captain Hook himself. With laughter, heart, magic and thrills, “The Pirate Fairy” sets sail April 1, 2014.
The trailer is available at:
Today, WestJet unveiled their newest custom-painted aircraft called the “Magic Plane” featuring Mickey Mouse in his famous role, Sorcerer Mickey. The custom-painted Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 series aircraft was unveiled in Calgary after teams worked around the clock for nearly a month adding 36 different colors to the outside of the “Magic Plane.” The actual design was created by WestJet and Disney Parks & Resorts (Canada) to tell a story from tail to nose.
Sorcerer Mickey is on the tail of the “Magic Plane” with stars swirling around the fuselage and wings to images of fireworks over Cinderella Castle at the Walt Disney World Resort. The two sides of the aircraft are mirror images of each other in all aspects but one – and that’s for you to discover.
Inside the “Magic Plane,” guests receive cookies in the shape of Disney characters on all flights and there are custom star-designed headrest covers to add to the magic inside the cabin.
The “Magic Plane” will make its inaugural flight to Orlando, Fla., on December 3. Following the flight, it will travel throughout WestJet’s domestic, trans-border and international network.
Be sure to see some great ‘Magic Plane’ photos at the Disney Parks Blog.
D23 CELEBRATES “23 DAYS OF DISNEY CHRISTMAS” WITH THE ULTIMATE FESTIVE ONLINE ART EXHIBIT AND SWEEPSTAKES
The Official Disney Fan Club Brings Together Celebrated Artists From Around The Walt Disney Company to Show Their Holiday Spirit—And D23 Members Have a Chance to Win
BURBANK, Calif. – December 3, 2013 – Just in time to celebrate the season, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club has brought back “23 Days of Disney Christmas,” a gorgeous collection of work contributed by artists from nearly every corner of The Walt Disney Company, including Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Disney Television Animation, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts’ Disney Design Group, Disney Consumer Products, and more. Each day, starting today, December 3, D23.com will unveil a new piece of art that celebrates the holidays. The theme for 2013 is “The Ultimate Gift”—and D23 asked Disney artists what their favorite characters would most want for the holiday. The results are just as creative as the talents behind them, and 23 lucky D23 Members now have the chance win a lithograph of the work.
Disney Television Animation character designer Tara Billinger, who works on the new Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts, crafted a colorful holiday scene with the “fab six” (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Pluto, and Goofy—with a “hidden Oswald” thrown in) carting their sleigh through the snow, ready to unwrap some holiday delights. Disney Consumer Products principal artist Steven Thompson presents a delightful illustration of Beast giving Belle her “ultimate gift”: a library card! Other participating creative talents from around the world of Disney include producer Don Hahn (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast), Disney Master Artist Dave Pacheco, Wander Over Yonder executive producer/creator Craig McCracken, Monsters University production designer Ricky Nierva, Disney Consumer Products lead artist Anthony Whitfield, Disney Television Animation’s Andy Suriano (Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts), Cris Bernabe-Sanchez of Disney Corporate Creative Resources, Monsters University character design art director Jason Deamer, and Gravity Falls storyboard artist Sabrina Cotugno—along with more than a dozen other Disney talents.
To add to the fun, D23 has launched the “23 Days of Disney Christmas Sweepstakes,” in which members of the Official Disney Fan Club can enter for a chance to win a lithograph of one of the pieces of artwork. D23 Members legally residing in and physically located within the 50 United States or the District of Columbia may enter the sweepstakes beginning today through 10:00 AM (PT), December 26 at D23.com. Winners will be chosen at random and will receive one (1) lithograph. Only one (1) entry allowed per D23 member. There are only twenty-three (23) prizes available to be won. For complete rules, prize details, and eligibility please visit D23.com. No purchase required. Fans can join D23 at Gold, Silver, and Free Membership levels at D23.com and at www.DisneyStore.com/D23. Void where prohibited.
The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-year history. D23 gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.
To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow us @DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.
America’s Game, Wheel of Fortune will celebrate Disney Cruise Line the week of December 9 – 13, 2013 with all new episodes. Each night viewers will have an opportunity to to enter Wheel of Fortune’s Family Cruise Sweepstakes for a chance to win a cruise for up to four aboard the re-imagined Disney Magic.
To enter the Wheel of Fortune Family Cruise Sweepstakes you will need to write down the bonus round puzzle solutions and log on to WheelOfFortune.com, click on the sweepstakes graphic and complete the entry form. A correct submission will earn one entry into the Family Cruise Sweepstakes.
The daily Family Cruise Sweepstakes prize consists of a choice of a four- or five- night cruise aboard the Disney Magic for up winner and up to three guests. The winner will have a choice of either a Bahamian or Caribbean itinerary between January 15, 2014 and January 31, 2015 and will be subject to final approval by the Sponsor. Round-trip coach-class air transportation from a major airport gateway near daily sweepstakes prize winner’s residence and the major airport closest to the Ship’s homeport (air transportation will not be provided if the winner lives within 200 miles of the Disney Magic’s homeport) as well as roundtrip ground transportation from the airport to Ship’s homeport. The daily prize will also include $500 onboard credit, pre-paid gratuities, and government taxes and fees. The approximate retail value of each daily sweepstakes prize is: $8,694.00.
One of the five daily winners will be selected at random to receive the overall sweepstakes prize packaged consisting of the following Wheel of Fortune prizes valued at $216:
Wheel of Fortune Bathrobe $80
Sherpa Blanket $50
Sheldon Bobblehead (Big Bang Theory) $20
Wheel of Fortune Baseball Cap $20
Pat & Vanna Talking Key Chains (pair) $10
Wheel of Fortune aluminum water bottle $10
Wheel of Fortune Acrylic Tumbler $10
Wheel of Fortune Playing Cards Deck $5
Wheel of Fortune Grocery Tote $5
Wheel of Fortune Flashlight Key Ring $4
Wheel of Fortune Pen $2
The sweepstakes is open to permanent legal residents of the 50 states of the United States and must be 18 years of age or older as of December 9, 2013. Participants will be limited to one entry per day. Although the promotion consists of five separate daily sweepstakes, the wording implies that you cannot enter even if you turn 18 during the week because there is an overall sweepstakes prize awarded to one of the five daily winners. The overall Family Cruise Sweepstakes begins at 3:00 PM PT on December 9, 2013 and ends at 2:59 PM PT on December 14, 2013 with each daily sweepstakes beginning at 3:00 PM PT and ending 2:59 PM PT the following calendar day. All daily sweepstakes drawings will be held on or about December 27, 2013 with the overall prize drawing held once all daily sweepstakes prize winners have been verified and declared official. For more information check out the Official Rules at the Disney Cruise Line Blog.
Disney Parks Blog shares… Holidays Around the World at Epcot brings some delicious treats through January 4, 2014, at Promenade Refreshments (the Dessert and Champagne Marketplace during Epcot International Food & Wine Festival) in the entrance area to World Showcase.
Two waffles, one savory, one sweet, are the stars of this culinary show: a savory turkey waffle made with stuffing batter and topped with turkey, gravy and cranberry relish ($6.39); and a sweet potato waffle made with sweet potato batter and topped with caramel, toasted pecans and marshmallows. ($5.99). Waffles aren’t on the Disney Dining Plan.
Along with the waffles, there’s Twining’s tea (Chai, spice pumpkin, Christmas and peppermint flavors); hot chocolate flavored with toasted marshmallow, salted caramel and peanut butter, and cider flavored with toasted marshmallow, hazelnut and spiced cider with Frangelico.
At the France Pavilion, L’Artisan des Glaces ice cream shop features an over-the-top version of an ice-cream sandwich made with rich brioche and served with chocolate or raspberry sauce ($6.10). The French call it croque glacé, and it’s a warm, chewy pressed sandwich (how do they keep the ice cream from melting in the middle?) that starts with fresh brioche from the bakery next door. You pick the ice cream flavor, then add the sauce before it goes in the press. Voila! It’s genius. And just for the holidays they’ve added glace au pain d’épice (gingerbread ice cream).
And just for fun, check out the new Test Track cone cups at Coolwash – they come with a frozen Coca-Cola or Minute Maid raspberry lemonade for $9.50. A sippable souvenir.
Michelle Harker tells Disney Parks Blog all about the holiday sweets at the Disneyland Resort…
December is right around the corner. Are you curious as to what our Candy Makers or – as I like to call them – magical Candy Elves have been up to? All I can say is, you won’t believe it until you see it! There are over 25 different offerings available this season that are sure to delight the senses.
Kicking off December is our gourmet caramel apple, which has been covered in dark chocolate, infused with peppermint oil. Topping it off are red and green chocolates with the finishing touch of white chocolate drizzle and white sugar.
Fans of peppermint certainly won’t be disappointed! Here’s what else you can expect to find: dark chocolate peppermint bark with white chocolate marbling, topped off with crushed candy canes. I’m pretty sure this is up for consideration of fan favorite this year, so I hope you try it.
Want more? Try the dark chocolate and peppermint marshmallow wand, which I know most consider a decadent bite size treat. Then we have the peppermint topped Mickey Mouse caramel apple that has been covered in chocolate and candy canes. Lastly, don’t miss the traditional and equally delicious creamy chocolate and peppermint fudge.
Other classic choices and festive offerings include snowman-inspired cake pops and gourmet apples, Santa Mickey and Santa Minnie apples, along with this year’s newest addition, Mickey Mouse Ornament apples. Also keep an eye out for holiday-themed pretzel rods, rice crispy treats, plus our handcrafted English Toffee, Pecan and Peanut Brittle and decadent Fudgemallow squares.
A few other quick picks include the Mickey Mouse Trolley Cone which is only available at Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park, and of course, what most Disney fans consider the holy grail of holiday treats, the candy canes. As you know the candy canes are in high demand and only available on select dates at only a couple of locations.
Want to know where you can find all of these amazing treats and more at the Disneyland Resort? Or details on when and where Candy Canes at the Disneyland Resort will be available? Visit the Parks Authentic page of www.DisneyParksMerchandise.com.