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[31 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]
Officials Say Tokyo Disneyland to Re-Open in April

Since the horrific earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 12,  Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea have been closed to the public. The operator of both parks, the Oriental Land Company, has now said they expect both parks to be re-opened sometime in April.
Neither park sustained more than minor damage during the devastating quake, but frequent rolling blackouts had prevented the parks from functioning normally. Now, officials are considering which options to take regarding power usage when the parks do eventually re-open. Sources say park officials are considering closing the parks …

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[31 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]
Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed in Disney Monorail Pilot’s Death Dismissed

Two years ago, on July 5 2009, Walt Disney World monorail pilot Austin Wuennenberg was killed when two monorails crashed at the Transportation and Ticket Center. According to official documents from the National Transportation Safety Board, the other pilot stated he never saw Wuennenberg as he backed up the train he was piloting.
However, earlier last year Wuennenberg’s mother filed suit against Walt Disney World Parks and Resort, claiming that her son’s supervisor had left his post, thereby creating a “dangerous situation.” Now, though, the lawsuit has been dismissed. Lawyers for both …

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[31 Mar 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Disney Pixar Confirms Second ‘Monsters Inc.’ Film is a Prequel

News that we first brought to you in January has now been confirmed:  Disney Pixar said Tuesday that their followup to the smash hit Monsters, Inc., originally referred to as Monsters, Inc. 2, will be a prequel.  The title of the new film is Monsters University, the company shared at CinemaCon, held this week in Las Vegas.
The latest installment in the Monsters, Inc. franchise will tell the story of how Sulley and Mike Wazowski forged their friendship while classmates at Monstropolis’ University of Fear, with a few interesting twists thrown in.
Disney’s executive vice …

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[30 Mar 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
New Details Emerge about Disney Pixar’s ‘Brave’

New concept art from Disney Pixar’s upcoming “Brave” was posted at Entertainment Weekly online earlier this week, and gives fans an eyeful of the amazing scenes we can expect to see when the feature arrives June 22, 2012. In addition to the artwork, EW’s piece also mentioned several more details about the film, including the fact that Reese Witherspoon won’t be voicing the lead character Princess Merida. Due to scheduling issues, Witherspoon was replaced with Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald.
We also learn that the story will involve three Scottish nobleman:  ”enormous” Lord MacGuffin, …

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[30 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]
‘Sounds Like Summer’ Concert Series to Begin June 12 at Epcot

Starting June 12, visitors to Epcot will be able to listen to groups play tribute to some of the best bands from around the globe in their annual “Sounds Like Summer Concert Series.” The concerts will be held at the open-air America Gardens Theatre in the World Showcase, and will feature bands cover the music of such legendary acts as U2, Heart, Journey, and others.
The complete schedule includes:
Hotel California – A Salute to The Eagles, June 12-18
Stayin’ Alive – A Tribute to the Bee Gees, June 19-25
Slippery When Wet – The Ultimate …

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[30 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]
Jennifer Garner to Play a Younger, Hipper ‘Miss Marple’ for Disney

Move over, Angela Landsbury:  there’s a new kid in town.
While Jennifer Garner may be best known for fighting crime as svelte spy in ABC’s now defunct TV series Alias, it looks like she’ll be hitting the big screen as Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple in Disney’s reboot of the classic British-spinster-turned-crack-detective.
This is, of course, not the first time that Christie’s heroine has made it to the silver screen.  Previously, she’s been portrayed by Margaret Rutherford during the 60s, and later by Angela Landsbury of Murder, She Wrote (and Mrs. Potts) fame.
Clearly, …

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[29 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]
Bob Iger Addresses Issue with Disney Employee Identification Cards

During a question and answer session at the Walt Disney Company’s shareholder meeting in Salt Lake City last Wednesday, Disney president and CEO Bob Iger responded to a potential problem that was brought up by a representative of the Disneyland Resort’s hotel union.
The problem? Disney employee identification cards are embedded with the employee’s social security number, which some employees are saying puts them at risk for identity theft.
Iger isn’t ignoring these complaints, though; in fact, he made it a point to let everyone know that the company already has plans underway to fix the …

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[29 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]
Get ‘Tangled’ in Great Savings with The Disney Store

To celebrate the release of “Tangled” to DVD and Blu Ray, The Disney Store is giving you a chance to save.  For a limited time, your entire order ships FREE when you include a “Tangled” item!  Just apply promo code TOWER, and shipping and handling is on Disney!  This offer includes toys, clothes, home decor, beach accessories – anything featuring the latest feisty princess, her dashing leading man, Flynn, or the host of beloved characters that we met in Disney’s 50th animated feature.
And don’t forget – customized watches are still …

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[29 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]
Mila Kunis Signed to Play a Witch in “Oz: The Great and Powerful”

Fresh off the success of indie film “Black Swan,”  Mila Kunis will be working Disney into her busy schedule.
Negotiations have been circling for quite some time, but Disney has now officially signed Kunis to play one of three witches in “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” a prequel to the classic 1930′s film “The Wizard of Oz.”
Kunis will play Theodora and co-star opposite James Franco.  The young Oscar nominee takes on the role of a snake oil salesman/illusionist who ends up whisked away by a tornado to Oz, where he will fight …

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[28 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]
Prequel to ‘Peter Pan’ to Hit the Big Screen?

At the company’s annual shareholders meeting last week, Disney president and CEO Bob Iger told those in attendance that the studio is tinkering with the idea of bringing “Peter and the Starcatchers” -a prequel to “Peter Pan” - to the big screen.
Disney went as far as hiring a screenwriter to adapt the book of the same name, written by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson in 2004, but Iger said that while they “considered making it a movie… we haven’t made a decision on that yet.”
Iger did mention, however, that the company …