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Early this week it was announced by John Tsang (Hong Hong Financial Secretary) that Disneyland Hong Kong would be the first Disney Park to receive a Marvel themed area.
It has yet to be reveled whether or not the Marvel expansion will be an entire land within the park, or if it will just remain a small area for character meet and greets, however it will be the first Disney park to make use of Disney’s 2009 acquisition of Marvel.
No mention of a Marvel themed area has yet been suggested for the original Disneyland Park. In addition, due to an agreement with Universal Orlando, Walt Disney World will not be able to feature Marvel characters in any of its six parks.+1 noteDisneyDisney NewsDisneylandWalt Disney WorldThe Walt Disney Co.MarvelDisney UpdatesDisney ParksWalt DisneyHong Kong Disneyland
The Beast’s Library in the Disney Animation Building (California Adventure) has updated it’s character personality survey’s with more questions and available characters, providing a more in-depth experience for park guests.
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Concept art released by Walt Disney Imagineering offers a look into the new Royal Hall at the Fantasy Faire in Disneyland.
The new addition, which will open in the spring of 2013, will serve as a location for guests to meet various Princesses throughout the day.
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Disneyland has provided a brief update, through several photos, on the status of the new permanent home of the Disney princesses (the Fantasy Faire expansion) being built outside of Sleeping Beauty’s castle in Disneyland.
The Creative Entertainment team at Disneyland is working on producing a new live entertainment experience for the Fantasyland Theater, which is anticipated to open in the Summer of 2013.
As a result of the construction, the existing Princess Fantasy Faire will be closing on August 12, however park guests will still be able to meet the various princesses on the path leading to “It’s a Small World,” beginning August 13 until the new expansion opens in the Spring of 2013.
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Disney Parks has released several photos from their Disney Dream Portrait series, photographed by Annie Leibovitz. The series will feature celebrities in various Disney scenarios, and will be featured as an insert in the fall issues of “GQ,” “O,” “The Oprah Magazine,” “People,” “People En Espanol,” “Vanity Fair,” “Real Simple,” “Essence,” and “InStyle” to promote visitation to the Disney theme parks.
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The Disneyland Resort Gallery recently opened “Crowning Achievements: Creating Castles for Magical Kingdoms,” which features art work and items that inspired the castles used in the Disney theme parks and films.
Included in the exhibit is concept art for the castles, contemporary art inspired by the castles, and various pieces that explore the interiors of the iconic structures.
Reprints of most of the items are available through Disney’s Art on Demand program.
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Disney has announced plans to introduce various Marvel characters into a theme park setting for the first time since Disney acquired Marvel in 2009. Characters suggested to be included would be The Avengers, X-Men, Spider-Man, and various other prominent figures.
The Marvel Adventure family entertainment center, an eight-acre indoor park, is expected to open in the United Arab Emirates in late 2013, and will feature super-hero themed attractions, restaurants and shops.
The park has been scaled down a considerable amount from the original concept art that was shown in 2007, due to an economic downturn in the Middle East. However, the scaled down park is still hoping to have interactive experiences with Marvel characters through smaller rides and attractions.
Bob Iger, Disney’s CEO, also suggested that Walt Disney Imagineering artists were working on preliminary designs and attraction ideas for theme parks in various locations. So while Marvel Adventure will be the first Disney Park to feature Marvel characters, Disneyland Paris executives have suggested that Marvel themed attractions may be joining their park in the near future. If Marvel were introduced into the United States, realistically it would be restricted to the California parks, as Universal’s Island of Adventure has exclusive rights to Marvel characters in Florida, which prohibits Disney from introducing Marvel characters in their four Florida parks.
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Disneyland’s Matterhorn Bobsled attraction reopened last week after a five-month refurbishment project had it closed. The primary change to the ride includes the newly redesigned vehicles, which feature three individual seats per bobsled instead of the original two seats per sled (which provided the opportunity for two riders to sit in a seat in single file). The new seat design has bumped up the minimum height requirement from 35 inches to a 42-inch minimum. In other news, the mountain climbers have returned to the Matterhorn as well, however they currently are not listed on the park’s entertainment schedule, so be sure to listen for those announcements if you are visiting Disneyland in the near future.
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“Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives”
On the 26th of July, the D23 sponsored Disney exhibit, will be opening at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Ventura, California.
The exhibit will host over 500 artifacts from across Disney’s history (many never seen by the public), the largest exhibit of Disney artifacts to be hosted to date, and will include such items as the original script from “Steamboat Willie.” More modern displays will include props from recent films, such as the Pirates of Caribbean and Avengers movies. The oldest pieces in the exhibit date back to 1923.
The exhibit will be replacing the current George Washington display and is expected to have over 350,000 visitors within the fiscal year.
Treasures of the Walt Disney Archive will be open until April 2013.+5 notesDisneyDisney ArchivesDisney FilmsDisney MoviesDisney NewsDisney ParksDisney UpdatesDisneylandMuseumsWalt DisneyWalt Disney WorldVenturaCalifornia
Disney Pixar’s Merida (Brave) will be joining the cast of characters that can be found at Disneyland and Walt Disney world in mid-May. An official date has not been released.+19 notesMeridaBravePixarDisneyDisney MoviesDisney FilmsWalt DisneyDisney ParksWalt Disney WorldDisneylandFilmsMoviesDisney NewsDisney Updates
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Disneyland will be opening the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree in Frontierland on May 3rd. The Thunder Ranch will feature dancing, crafting, pin trading, iconic Disney characters in western wear, etc.. Frontierland will also feature a Hoedown every night on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.+7 notesDisneyDisneylandWalt DisneyDisney ParksDisney UpdatesDisney News
Recent rumors have suggested that Disney will be working on creating a full length feature film of the Disneyland ride Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, which was originally inspired by The Wind and The Willows. Pete Candeland is scheduled to direct the film. More information will come as it is released!+6 notesMr Toads Wild RideDisneyWalt DisneyDisneylandFilmsMovies