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Disney Junior’s Sofia the First will introduce Elena of Avalor, a 16-year-old princess who hails from a kingdom inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore and then will be spun off into her own series.

Aimee Carrero of ABC Family’s Young & Hungry will voice Elena, who will debut on Sofia the First in 2016.

“What excites us most,” Disney Junior Worldwide EVP Nancy Kanter said in a statement, “is the chance to use distinctive animation and visual design to tell wonderful stories influenced by culture and traditions that are familiar to the worldwide population of Hispanic and Latino families and reflect the interests and aspirations of all children as told through a classic fairy tale.”

Princess Elena’s fairytale tale, simply told: In the course of protecting her family from the evil sorceress Shuriki, Elena was pulled into and imprisoned inside an enchanted amulet. Decades later, Princess Sofia discovers the truth about the amulet she has worn since joining her own royal family and sets out to restore Elena to human form and help her return to Avalor. There, Elena’s magical sidekicks will include Mateo, a wizard-in-training, and Skylar, a flying creature.

The spinoff Elena of Avalor, premiering in 2016, will be presented in 25 languages on Disney Junior channels and daily programming blocks for kids age 2-7 on Disney Channels, among other platforms, in 154 countries around the world.

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Radio Disney has announced that the Radio Disney Music Awards are back. They will be held live at the Nokia Theater on Saturday April 25. More details such as ticket information and scheduled artists will be released at a future date. Nominees will be announced on February 27.

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Funko and Marvel have collaborated on a subscription box service, Marvel Collector Corps. Each box will feature 100% exclusive collectibles, apparel and accessories from some of the biggest events in the Marvel movie and comic book universe. The first box ships in April and will feature items from Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ including an exclusive 6” Iron Man Hulkbuster Pop! vinyl collectible which is only available through Marvel Collector Corps. The box also includes a T-shirt featuring one of four exclusive designs, an additional stylized vinyl collectible and two premium accessories which represents over $50 of value.

Boxes will ship every two months with Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ being featured in the June box. The service includes two levels — the basic Collector level and the Founder level. Customers who sign up for the Founders program, which includes a six-box subscription, will also receive an exclusive Founder Statue on the 12-month anniversary of their first box shipment. As long as their membership does not lapse, Founders will continue to receive a new exclusive figure every year on their anniversary.

The Marvel Collector Corps service from Funko is available for $25 per box, and fans can signup now at www.collectorcorps.com.

 

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This Valentine’s Day, couples are invited to fall in love with the romance and luxury of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort.  Offering special prix-fixe dining, luxurious spa treatments, and gift options to spoil that special someone, couples can create the perfect date night experience or enjoy a romantic weekend getaway just for two.

Enjoy a Romantic Dinner

Indulge in the ultimate dining experience this Valentine’s Day with two unique prix-fixe dinner menus at Ravelloand Capa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando.

At Ravello, couples will sip and savour a three-course prix-fixe menu for USD 60 per adult. Offering dishes such as traditional bruschetta and choice of filet of beef, pan seared golden tile or ossobuco risotto, feast on Italian delicacies while spending time with loved ones.

Set the mood for a romantic evening at Capa, the 17th floor Spanish-influenced steakhouse, offering a five-course prix-fixe menu for USD 85 per adult. Delectable dishes include fresh oysters, wagyu beef, and a choice of veal, arctic char or an expertly cut filet. Top off the night with a glass of Champagne and toast to love while watching the Wishes nighttime spectacular at Magic Kingdom Park from the terrace of Capa.

For reservations to these special dinners at Capa and Ravello, call 407 313 6161.

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Love Is In The Air at The Spa

For couples who plan to spend time relaxing with their sweetheart, The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlandooffers a luxurious Valentine’s Day package for two to enjoy.

From Friday, February 13 to Sunday, February 15, 2015 connect with a couples’ massage performed by one of The Spa’s expert team of therapists in a beautiful candlelit couples’ suite. Each couples’ massage also includes a two-ounce custom aromatherapy oil to enjoy at home, plus two glasses of rosé to sip, and Valentine truffles from local chocolatier Norman Love Confections. This couples’ experience is USD 365 for a 50 minute massage, USD 525 for 80 minutes or USD 695 for 110 minutes.  Non-Resort guests who experience an 80-minute treatment receive day access to the Resort’s exclusive pools.  To reserve an appointment at The Spa, call 407 313 6970.

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Find the Perfect Gift For Valentine’s Day

Surprise a loved one with a treasure from Wardrobe, the Resort’s lobby level boutique offering gifts sure to spoil that special someone. For him, Johnnie-O Polos are a classic choice to add to his collection, in various bright colours priced at USD 79.  Ladies will love a chic shoulder bag from designer Tory Burch with a red floral pattern coated on canvas, for USD 295.

For the lady who has everything, give the gift of opulence from jewelry designer Kimberly McDonald. She’ll fall in love with the designer’s breathtaking 18-karat white gold teardrop earrings striped with chalcedony and bordered with diamonds, priced at USD 11,220.

Gift Cards are also available for purchase at the Front Desk, in any dollar amount, and can be redeemed toward an overnight stay, dining, The Spa and golf.

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The Ultimate Romantic Getaway

Those escaping for the entire weekend will love the Bed and Breakfast package, which includes a full breakfast for two to enjoy in-room or at Ravello. Additionally, the Resort boasts a variety of offerings for couples to enjoy.  At The Oasis, the Resort’s adult-only pool, lounge poolside while sipping on a Mojito and soaking in the Florida sun. Or, surprise him with a round of golf for two at the Resort’s own Tranquilo Golf Club, a Tom Fazio designed championship golf course and certified Audubon Nature Sanctuary. For reservations, contact Four SeasonsResort Orlando at 407 313 7777.

Top Five Reasons Four Seasons Resort Orlando Appeals to Couples

  1. Sumptuous Guestrooms and Suites: The Resort’s guestrooms are the largest in Orlando, and the Park View Deluxe spacious suites exude luxury, featuring a separate living area plus bedroom with a quilted headboard and 5-piece master bath with deep soaking oval tub, in-mirror TV, and Bose surround sound. The terrace of Park View guest rooms and suites and the perfect spot to unwind and enjoy a romantic view of the nightly fireworks. Plus, the legendary Four Seasons Beds assure a restful night’s sleep.
  2. Adult Only Pool:  Enjoy lounging by the palm-tree-lined adult-only pool, The Oasis, which caters to adults 21 and older. Guests enjoy complimentary hourly amenities, such as frozen grapes and Evian spritzes, and the lakeside, infinity edge pool is the ideal environment to unwind and spend the day.
  3. The Spa:  Indulge with a treatment at The Spa, featuring 18 treatment rooms including six couples’ suites. The Spa offers a co-ed indoor and outdoor relaxation lounge, plus separate his-and-hers locker rooms featuring a steam room and experience shower.
  4. Gourmet Dining: With five dining options on property, the Resort offers something to satisfy all palates. Savour delicious dining at Capa, the Resort’s Spanish-style steakhouse; Ravello, modern Italian; Plancha, Cuban American; and PB&G, Southern rotisserie. Plus don’t miss the gelato and iced coffees at Lickety-Split.
  5. Tee Time for Two, or Doubles Tennis:  The 18-hole Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons offers a chance for couples to escape on the greens. The three Har-Tru tennis courts, and a partnership with Peter Burwash International, present the perfect opportunity for couples to experience a match.

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Disney Interactive today announced the launch of the free Disney Infinity: Toy Box 2.0 app for iPad and – for the first time – iPhone. The app, which is a new addition to the Disney Infinity game universe, features all of the tools and enhanced features of Toy Box 2.0 from Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition), as well as all-new multiplayer functionality so mobile gamers can create one-of-a-kind Toy Boxes together using their favorite Marvel and Disney characters, vehicles, settings and items. The game also utilizes the iOS 8 Metal graphics engine’s processing power to deliver a seamless play experience across console and iOS devices.

“With the Disney Infinity: Toy Box 2.0 app, we wanted to give our fans the chance to build and play console-quality Toy Boxes on their tablets and smart phones, and Metal allows us to offer the highest-quality Disney Infinity experience, whether players are already on console or coming to the game exclusively through their mobile devices,” said John Blackburn, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Disney Infinity. “Disney Infinity’s mobile players have been some of our most engaged in our community, with iPad users downloading and uploading more Toy Boxes than all other platforms combined over the past year.”

Following is a detailed list of game features:

  • Toy Box 2.0 anywhere – Ability to transfer creations cross-platform for further editing and play
  • Bring on the Super Heroes – Marvel Super Heroes come to Disney Infinity: Toy Box 2.0with some of Marvel’s most memorable characters from The Avengers, Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy universes.
  • Optimized for Metal – Full Metal optimization provides higher quality graphics and gameplay performance to near-console quality on compatible iOS devices.
  • Multiplayer functionality – Players can now build and play simultaneously in a Toy Box on their mobile devices online with Wi-Fi connection.
  • Toy Box Games – Gamers can now play the included, fast-paced Toy Box Games or even create their own games to share with friends.
  • New features in Disney Infinity: Toy Box 2.0– New tools that make it easier to create and customize worlds and games, daily challenges, and the ability to customize INteriors

 

 

Disney Infinity: Toy Box 2.0 for iOS is available now as a free download from the App Store. Three characters are always free to play at any one time and will rotate often. All of the characters from across the Disney Infinity universe, which includes Disney Infinity and Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, are playable in Disney Infinity: Toy Box 2.0 for iOS. Purchases from Disney Infinity: Toy Box for iPad will carry forward into Disney Infinity: Toy Box 2.0 for iPhone and iPad with the player’s DisneyID.

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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.