DISNEY’S “SAVING MR. BANKS” BOOK GIVES FANS
A SUPERCALIFRAGILISTIC BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK
AT THE MAKING OF THE TIMELESS CLASSIC “MARY POPPINS”
Featuring Rare and Exclusive Archival Treasures, Recording Sessions from the Academy Award®–Winning Composers, an Interactive Timeline of Historic Walt Disney Studios Milestones, Storyboards, Video and More
BURBANK, CALIF. (December 10, 2013) — Walt Disney Studios announces the release of SAVING MR. BANKS: The Official Multi-touch Book, based on Disney’s highly anticipated film “Saving Mr. Banks,” in theaters December 20, 2013. Exploring the previously untold story of how Walt Disney worked his magic on author P.L. Travers to secure the rights to her book, “Mary Poppins,” the book includes a foreword by Academy Award®-winning composer Richard Sherman; never-before-seen correspondence between Walt Disney and P.L. Travers; rare storyboards and scripts from the Disney archives; an interactive timeline of historic Walt Disney Studios milestones; original recordings of the Sherman Brothers, performing their “Mary Poppins” hit songs; facts and profiles on the key characters in “Saving Mr. Banks”—all created by Apple’s digital book creation app, iBooks Author.
The “Saving Mr. Banks” book is available for free, exclusively on iBooks at www.iTunes.com/SavingMrBanks.
Using Apple’s iBooks Author, the UK digital agency, Brandwidth was able to include video, audio and multi-touch interaction to create a robust storytelling experience. Readers can watch interviews featuring the cast and filmmakers, browse extensive photo galleries and explore the original storyboards and concept art—all in full retina detail. ‘Mary Popovers’ deliver fascinating facts throughout the book.
Two-time Academy Award®–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen.
When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation.
For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp.
It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.
Disney presents “Saving Mr. Banks,” directed by John Lee Hancock, produced by Alison Owen, Ian Collie and Philip Steuer, and written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith. Executive producers are Paul Trijbits, Christine Langan, Andrew Mason and Troy Lum.
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Like elves from the North Pole, Walt Disney World Resort cast members were busy this past month supporting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots annual drive, reports Disney Parks Blog.
After days of shopping for bicycles, games, books and plush dolls, they donated more than 32,0000 items and spent more than 6,000 hours helping to register families, and sort and pack the toys so that thousands of Central Florida children have at least one gift to open this season.
They even found time to craft small presents such as fuzzy scarves, reindeer candy canes and colorful gift bags made during a special Family Day. The VoluntEAR event was meant to inspire others to give back during this season of sharing.
In addition to the toy drive, Walt Disney World Resort shared some holiday cheer with a local nonprofit that provides services to help homeless families. Prior to a special community performance of the Candlelight Processional at Epcot, George A. Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort announced a surprise gift of $30,000 for the Community Hope Center.
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.
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.
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.
Each year, the elaborate gingerbread creations get bigger and better at Walt Disney World theme parks and resorts. From a 3-foot-tall replica of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall in Liberty Tree Tavern in the Magic Kingdom Park to the life-sized gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, it takes a multitude of dedicated pastry chefs to build each design.
Be sure not to miss the video at Disney Parks Blog. It showcases this year’s new creation at Disney’s BoardWalk, a sweet replica of a Jersey Shore Boardwalk concession stand. By the numbers, it’s 674 gingerbread shingles, 420 marshmallows for marquee lights and 90 pounds of saltwater taffy for the wreaths.
The handiwork starts with a concept and scale drawing, then it takes some serious teamwork to construct the gingerbread designs on stage in front of guests. Most of the displays have delicious sweets for sale, and activities like gingerbread decorating. Here’s where you’ll find other fab holiday treats through January 2, 2014:
A 17-foot gingerbread holiday tree in the Grand Canyon Concourse of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, made with 136 pounds of honey, 211 pounds of flour, 101 eggs and 151 pounds of chocolate!
A life-size, spinning carousel in the lobby of Disney’s Beach Club Resort has ponies made of chocolate fondant and hand-painted chocolate Disney characters – made with 50 pounds of dark chocolate, 100 pounds of confectioners’ sugar and 10 quarts of simple syrup. The lobby at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort features a holiday village with a miniature train surrounded with a sugar rock mountains.
At Epcot, the promenade at The American Adventure is home to Mrs. Claus’ Bake Shop with freshly baked gingerbread, sugar and chocolate cookies, peppermint bark, hot cocoa and ciders.
Also at Epcot, The Land Pavilion showcases gingerbread creations representing icons from Disney parks and resorts around the world.
Starting November 29, Holidays Around the World returns for another festive season at Epcot. Throughout the day, World Showcase comes alive with holiday traditions from around the globe. Visit with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus at The American Adventure, and wish them a “Merry Christmas!” Enjoy tales from kind-hearted witch La Befana in Italy Pavilion, the agile Monkey King in China Pavilion, and Los Tres Reyes Magos in Mexico Pavilion. From celebrations of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa to Japanese customs of the new year, you’ll be immersed in the cultural heritage of each nation.
New to Holidays Around the World this year are the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs. This group, featuring members of the popular Celtic rock band Off Kilter, will take you on a musical journey across the Great White North, exploring unique holiday traditions from the various regions of Canada. It promises to be a rousing, tune-filled good time!
Of course, there’s even more to enjoy at Holidays Around the World. You won’t want to miss the uplifting “Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season” and the inspiring, nightly Candlelight Processional. And cap off your day with a spectacular grand finale to “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” bringing a holiday message of peace and goodwill – along with a ton of impressive fireworks!
See the Holidays Around the World photo gallery at Disney Parks Blog!
From Disney Parks Blog… This December, make the holiday season brighter for children in need throughout Orange County, Calif., by donating a new, unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more at the Disneyland Resort!
Disney was a founding sponsor of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves’ Toys for Tots when the program began in 1947. Disney artists even designed the first Toys for Tots promotional posters and Walt Disney personally supervised the creation of the original Toys for Tots logo, which is still in use today!
Toy collections will take place December 1 – 14 at the World of Disney store, Disneyland Resort hotels and the following locations at the Downtown Disney District:
World of Disney
La Brea Bakery
Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
House of Blues
Earl of Sandwich
Members of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and Anaheim Fire and Rescue will be on hand December 7 and December 14 from 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. to collect toys at the west end of Downtown Disney District, by AMC Theatres and ESPN Zone.