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29 de septiembre de 2017

DisneyVersary 2017 — Disney releases DisneyNow, a new app that combines live TV, on-demand, games and music

Disney’s streaming service may still be years away, but the company this week has launched a new app for streaming Disney’s series, Disney Channel movies, live TV and music all under one roof, with the release of DisneyNow. The app is designed to consolidate Disney’s existing “Watch” streaming apps into one, including Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior and Radio Disney.

That suite of TV apps, aimed at kids 2 to 14 years old, have been downloaded over 40 million times since 2012, the company says. To some extent, it made sense to keep them as separate properties – after all, what a 2-year old wants to watch will be very different from a young teenager.

But times are changing. While it made sense for each property to have its own space on linear TV, it’s more cumbersome to have multiple apps installed on our devices for access to content from a single provider.

To address this problem, Disney has added personalization features within the new DisneyNow app so kids (or parents) can customize the app to their programming interests. In addition, there’s a “Disney Junior Only” mode that parents can enable if they want to keep the app focused on preschool-appropriate programming.

What’s also interesting about the new app is that it gives you an idea of how Disney’s forthcoming streaming service may work.

In DisneyNow, for example, each user can set up a profile for themselves, and select from over 180 Disney Emoji avatar character poses to associate with their account. Kids can then customize their setup by choosing their favorite characters and shows, and then receive recommendations about what to watch next.

The app will also remember where users left off, so they can resume watching the next time they log in.

And like Disney’s upcoming streaming service has planned, DisneyNow app offers a combination of content – not just shows and movies. There are also games, music, and special performances available, too.

The app will include the ability to watch live, linear TV channels, as well as on-demand, in-season TV shows from its networks, like: “Andi Mack,” “Raven’s Home,” “Bizaardvark,” “Stuck in the Middle,” “Tangled: The Series”; Disney Junior’s “Vampirina,” “Elena of Avalor,” “Mickey and the Roadster Racers,” “The Lion Guard,” “Puppy Dog Pals” and “PJ Masks”; and Disney XD’s “DuckTales,” “Star Wars Rebels,” “Walk the Prank,” “MECH-X4” and “Milo Murphy’s Law.”

A selection of Disney Channel TV movies, curated from over 100 titles, will also be available, along with over 60 games featuring Disney characters, like the “DuckTales” adventure game “Duckburg Quest,” Princess Elena of Avalor in “Flight of the Jaquins” and the Villain Kids in the “Descendants 2 Wicked Style” activity.

Disney says it will release new games to the platform on a monthly basis.

Radio Disney performances and in-studio appearances will be added to this app, as well, including those from Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and Camila Cabello, and others. The app is ad-supported via sponsorships, traditional or interactive TV commercials and sweepstakes, as there’s no subscription fee to use it.

However, DisneyNow is not an over-the-top streaming service, like the one Disney has planned for its 2019 release, nor will it include any theatrical movies, like those from big brands such as Pixar, Marvel, or Star Wars. Those are being saved for Disney’s big Netflix competitor. (It does have sections for Marvel and Star Wars though, for their TV cartoon series.)

While some content in DisneyNow available for free, to watch the full lineup, users will need to authenticate using their pay TV credentials from a supported cable, satellite or digital programming distributor.

The good news for cord cutters is that DisneyNow does work with your YouTube TV, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV Now, or Hulu credentials.

Of course, you could just watch Disney via those streaming apps’, but it’s better to install the DisneyNow app for the kids, so they don’t have to stumble through adult programming to find their favorite shows.

DisneyNow is a free download on iOS, Apple TV, Android, Fire tablets, and Roku. A version for Fire TV, Android TV and the web will arrive next year.

19 de mayo de 2017

Disneyland Resort Hotels offers summer vacation savings

If you’re planning to visit the Disneyland Resort this summer and enjoy the new, action-packed attraction, Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: Breakout! inside Disney California Adventure, you might want to consider staying at one of the Disneyland Resort’s three on-property hotels for the ultimate vacation experience, totally enveloped in the magic.

Whether you’re interested in the original Disneyland Hotel, upgraded with the latest modern facilities but infused with nostalgia, or Disney’s Paradise Pier hotel with its view over the iconic Paradise Pier section of the park, or or the arts & crafts style Disney’s Grand California Hotel & Spa you’ll find a a price point to fit your family’s needs. As we’ve reported the Grand Californian is currently in the middle of a hotel-wide renovation which includes new rooms and upgrades to the public areas. The most extensive refurbishment since the hotel’s opening in 2001.

“While each resort hotel offers something unique for guests, what remains consistent is Disney’s exceptional guest service, famed hospitality and of course, magic,” said Elliot Mills, vice president, Hotel Operations, at the Disneyland Resort. “At our three hotels, you are just footsteps from everything, making it easy to play at both theme parks and to explore Downtown Disney. When you extend your stay at the Disneyland Resort, you are sure to create unforgettable memories.”

For a limited time, a special hotel offer is available for guests looking to stay in the middle of the magic. Guests may save up to 20 percent on premium rooms for select nights at Disney’s Grand Californian or the Disneyland Hotel, for travel from now through June 15, 2017, if booked by June 15. Call your authorized Disney travel agent for booking assistance (see below for The Disney Blog’s in house agent details).

Superb Disney Dining and New Experiences

The Hotels of the Disneyland Resort offer delicious dining options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests will find special character dining experiences at each hotel:

Surf’s Up! Breakfast with Mickey & Friends in Disney’s PCH Grill at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel
Chip ‘n Dale Critter Breakfast in Storytellers Cafe at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel buzzes with character encounters throughout the day, including the new Disney Dinnertime Magic with Chef Mickey.

Also at the Disneyland Hotel, the vintage Hollywood-inspired Steakhouse 55 recently developed a new menu filled with indulgent breakfast items—and creative cocktails.

In the afternoons, guests will experience Classic Afternoon Tea at Steakhouse 55. The mid-day tea service offers sweets, savories and an exquisite selection of specialty teas. At Disney’s Grand Californian’s signature restaurant, Napa Rose, Disney’s expert staff of sommeliers have curated a special menu during the new Napa Rose Food and Wine Pairing Experience. Offered on weekend afternoons, guests will indulge in hand-selected wine tastings in the lounge.

For delicious dinners in a casual setting, guests will enjoy meals at Disney’s PCH Grill at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and Storytellers Café at Disney’s Grand Californian. Fine dining is available at the award-winning Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian and at Steakhouse 55 in the Disneyland Hotel.
Ideal Daytime Activities

Guests will enjoy sunny summer days at any of the distinct pools found at the on-property hotels. The Disneyland Hotel pool and water play area feature waterslides reminiscent of the original Mark I Monorail trains from Disneyland Park in the early ‘60s. The boardwalk-inspired, rooftop pool at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel features a 186-foot slide resembling a classic, beachside roller coaster.

At Disney’s Grand Californian, the recently refreshed pool deck includes new hardscape reinforcing the resort’s Craftsman design. A variety of natural stones were chosen to create a warm and welcoming environment at each pool. The 90-foot-long Redwood Creek waterslide curves around a giant Redwood tree stump, inviting guests to come and splash into the Redwood Pool.

The pools at each of the hotels come to life during energetic afternoon pool parties. These parties throughout the summer include games, music, dancing and more.

Guests who enjoy lounging by the pool may consider reserving a private, poolside cabana, available at the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian for a half-day or full-day rental. Guests will stretch out under a shaded cabana equipped with everything they need to relax.

Special Evening Experiences

On select summer nights, guests also will enjoy movie screenings at all three hotels. During Magical Night at the Movies, guests are encouraged to kick back on beach chairs and towels to watch a Disney movie under the stars.

Guests with concierge-level reservations may take advantage of evening desserts and after- dinner beverages in the three hotels’ concierge lounges. For guests staying at the Disneyland Hotel, the E-Ticket Club is ideal for viewing the nighttime fireworks spectacular with a corresponding soundtrack piped in throughout the lounge.

Extra Magic Hour at the Theme Parks

Guests also enjoy many extras when they stay at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort. Registered Disneyland Resort hotel guests with admission tickets may take advantage of Extra Magic Hour, which allows them access to select theme park attractions, stores, entertainment and dining locations for one full hour before the parks open to the general public (available on select mornings; theme park admission and valid hotel key card required**). In addition to being steps away from Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, the hotels are a short walk from the eclectic mix of dining, shopping and entertainment features of the Downtown Disney District.

15 de julio de 2016


Known Disney fan Ariana Grande recently celebrated her 23rd birthday, and Teen Vogue ‘grammed an image of the singer from a 2013 photoshoot with the magazine. In it, Grande is lounging in a pink dress while a green chameleon casually sits on her knee.

Una foto publicada por Teen Vogue (@teenvogue) el

Is it just us, or did you immediately think of Rapunzel and Pascal from Tangled, as well?

With their pretty pastel dresses, chameleon confidants, and great hair, we think both Rapunzel and Ariana Grande are Disney Style approved. What do you think of Ariana’s Rapunzel vibes? Tell us in the comments!

16 de junio de 2016


The Orlando nightclub shooter reportedly eyed Walt Disney World in Florida as a potential target before deciding to walk into a gay club with an assault rifle and kill as many people as he could. According to People Magazine, gunman Omar Mateen was at Disney World in April, scouting the area, this according to his wife, Noor Zahi Salman.

The report indicates that Salman spoke with the FBI after the tragic shooting at Pulse Nightclub, telling them that her husband was considering an attack at Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney). The area is more wide open with thousands of visitors each day, and there is no way for anyone to really be screened before entering.

For those that haven’t visited Disney Springs in Orlando, it’s basically like a big shopping center filled with stores and restaurants. It provides a bit of a change of pace for Disney visitors who may need a break from standing in line at Space Mountain. From just about every Walt Disney World Resort, there is a bus that will take guests to Disney Springs. At any one time, there can be thousands of people there from all different parts of the world.

The Walt Disney World amusement parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom) all have security set up, checking the bags of each guest before they are permitted to enter the park. In addition, these four parks have installed metal detectors over the past few months. While not every guest must go through a metal detector, there are random screenings.

There have been reports that Disney World will implement more metal detectors over the next few months and that by the end of 2016, every Disney guest will be required to take this extra security measure. While this does create longer lines, most people realize that this extra step is necessary to ensure the safety of all theme park guests.

Walt Disney World has beefed up security since the deadly attack. Several Disney goers have taken to social media to comment on the long lines to get into the parks, many confirming that every Disney guest has been required to go through the metal detectors since the nightclub shooting. The extra security precautions will be in effect for days, presumably, or may even force the company to bring in additional metal detectors and change their security routine sooner than the end of the year, as previously scheduled.

According to AL.comDisney security is also being extra thorough while searching people’s bags and other belongings.

“We are all heartbroken by the tragic and horrific events in Orlando, and offer our thoughts, prayers and support to everyone in our community affected by this senseless act,” said Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company.

The Orlando nightclub shooter ultimately decided to carry out his attack at Pulse Nightclub in downtown, the authorities saying that he had developed a hatred toward the LGBT community in recent months. It may have been this reason alone that Omar Mateen chose Pulse over Disney Springs.

[Photo by Matt Stroshane/Getty Images]

28 de abril de 2016

Photo: Jenna Ortega Having Fun On The Disney Dream April 25, 2016


Stuck in the Middle actress Jenna Ortega is enjoying her time on a Disney cruise. The Disney starlet shared this photo above via her Instagram on Monday, April 25, 2016, and she said that she was on the Disney Dream. Such a nice photo of Miss Jenna standing in front of a picture of Walt Disney at the theater on board the ship!

She typed:

At the Walt Disney Theatre onboard the Disney Dream! This cruise is gorgeous😍#DisneyCruise

We hope that she continues to have a great time on her trip!


26 de abril de 2016

Disney D23 News: Jodie Benson Performing in The Little Mermaid: Live in Concert

Earlier this month it was announced that there will be an incredible event at the Hollywood Bowl. “The Little Mermaid: Live in Concert“, starring Sara Bareilles as Ariel, Rebel Wilson as Ursula, Titus Burgess as Sebastian, John Stamos as Chef Louis, Norm Lewis as King Triton, Darren Criss as Eric, and Joshua Colley as Flounder. It was scheduled just for June 4th, but shortly after advanced ticket sales began a June 3rd date was added.

We now just got word that a third concert date was added for Monday, June 6th! The even bigger announcement? The June 6th performance will feature Jodi Benson reprising her role as Ariel! The performance will have additional special guest stars Susan Egan (Meg from “Hercules”, the original Belle on Broadway’s “Beauty and the Beast”), and Brad Kane, who did the singing voice of Aladdin in “Aladdin”.

Benson couldn’t be happier to get to re-visit the role of Ariel, which she originated. She had this to say about the concert:

“I’m so thrilled and incredibly blessed to be invited once again to sing at the Hollywood Bowl—and this time as my beloved Ariel during this unique commemoration of our movie, The Little Mermaid,” said Benson. “It’s such a special honor to celebrate my 30th anniversary with the Walt Disney Company by standing on the Hollywood Bowl stage and singing the beautiful music of the brilliant Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. I am truly honored and eternally grateful to Howard and Alan and our directors, Ron Clements and John Musker, for allowing me to bring Ariel to life and to be ‘part of your world’ for all of these many amazing years.”

The concert will accompany the celebrity singers with a live orchestra, with “The Little Mermaid” movie playing on the Hollywood Bowl screens. Tickets go on sale to the general public April 27th at 10am at for the June 6th concert, the June 3rd & 4th concert tickets are already available.

3 de abril de 2016

Descubre el verdadero origen de Doomsday pasado por alto en la película

Doomsday, hace su primera aparición en Superman: The Man of Steel #17, creado por Dan Jurgens en 1992.

Su origen (relatado en los cómics años más tarde) se da en Krypton, pero en tiempos prehistóricos. Y, por lo contrario a la creencia popular, no se trata de un kryptoniano en sí, sino de un ser creado por el despiadado genetista llamado Bertron.

El científico expone al bebé (recién creado), a la hostil superficie de Krypton. Obviamente, el bebé muere de forma inmediata, la atmósfera venenosa lo aniquila; pero Bertron recoge sus restos y nuevamente lo expone a la superficie kryptoniana... una y otra vez.

A medida que el niño muere y es revivido por su creador, su ADN cambia, generando la habilidad de supervivencia que lo caracteriza y le brinda su inmenso poder.

Luego de 10 años de experimentación, el "ser" creado por Bertron podía sobrevivir largos períodos de tiempo en la superficie (más de dos años), e incluso era capaz de exterminar a las bestias salvajes presentes en la zona.

Pero, como era de esperarse, el experimento se rebela y la creación asesina a su creador, destruyendo todo el lugar. Finalmente, queda libre, llevando destrucción a todo lugar donde iba, poniendo al universo en gran peligro.

Tras varios encuentros de relevancia (Darkseid y Green Lanterns), arriba a un planeta conocido como Calaton, en donde luego de años de destrucción representantes reales de dicho planeta crean a Radiant, dando su vida para ello.

Radiant consigue derrotar a Doomsday, destruyendo gran parte del planeta en consecuencia. El cuerpo de Doomsday no podía ser enterrado en Catalon debido a los graves crímenes cometidos, así que lo envían sin destino, a la inmensidad del espacio.

La nave que contenía su cuerpo (a modo de ataúd y prisión), luego de un largo viaje, se estrella en La Tierra, y la facultad en el ADN de Doomdsday lo revive nuevamente, después de un gran letargo.

Ya consciente, explora la Tierra destruyendo todo a su paso, expresando así su odio hacia el concepto de la vida; ese es su instinto natural.

Gran parte del equipo de Justice League comienza a investigar lo concerniente al tema y, uno por uno, cada miembro que se enfrentaba a Doomsday era derrotado. Incluso Supergirl fue vencida de un solo golpe.

El único capaz de detenerlo era Superman, quien se involucra en una titánica batalla en el centro de Metropolis, mostrando una de las peleas más épicas en la historia de los cómics.

Doomsday y Superman se golpean brutalmente hasta la muerte. Superman consigue detenerlo, pero a costa de su propia vida.

Luego de eso su cuerpo es usado como sujeto de estudio y más tarde es llevado nuevamente hacia el cosmos por Hank Henshaw, donde eventualmente resucita.

En Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice la concepción de Doomsday está bastante lejos de lo que es la historia original y, personalmente, considero este personaje uno de los peores en la película (a pesar de que a mí me fascinó el film).

Lex Luthor se hace con el ADN de Zod y lo utiliza para crear una antigua deformidad kryptoniana, gracias a los conocimientos proporcionados por la nave y su inteligencia sin igual (recordemos que Lex es el humano más inteligente del planeta).

El error aquí es que Doomsday en esencia no es kryptoniano, y que es un ser (aunque efectivamente nacido a partir de un experimento) que obtiene su poder a través de la evolución y las repetitivas muertes. Su ADN modificado le permite ser más fuerte cada vez que muere, y por más que en la película su poder iba creciendo a medida que era herido, no se trata de eso, sino que desde su introducción en el film su poder ya rivalizaba con el de Superman, sin explicación aparente.

A pesar de lo dicho anteriormente, existen otras versiones de Doomsday que se ajustan o acercan un poco más a lo visto en BvS; y por lo tanto, justifican lo sucedido en la película. Por ejemplo: los clones creados por Darkseid en Superman/Batman #10 - The Supergirl from Krypton, Part Three: Warrior, los cuales eran menos poderosos pero igual de conflictivos; el Doomsday concebido por Amanda Waller en Superman/Batman #47 - K, Chapter 4: WSDs, llamado All-American Boy.

Y por último, pero no menos importante, los clones creados por Lex Luthor. Sí, Lex Luthor (en los cómics), fascinado por el poder de Doomsday, crea clones a partir de su material genético, por lo menos, en cuatro oportunidades.

Además, la versión de Doomsday de New-52, trata de un Doomsday que ha existido por mucho tiempo dentro de Phantom Zone, y se muestra un poco más lógico y malvado.

Por lo que la versión de Batman v Superman no parece tan descabellada ni incoherente comparándola con estos ejemplos, solo hubiera sido agradable que explicaran un poco más antes de alterar el canon establecido popularmente.

7 de enero de 2016

#UltimaHoraDisney -- Famed Disney Artist and The Jungle Book Illustrator Frank Armitage Dies at 91

Frank Armitage, Disney Artist & Jungle Book Illustrator, Dies

Frank Armitage, who contributed artwork to Disney classics like The Jungle Book and Mary Poppins, has died at the age of 91.

The famed illustrator died on Monday of age-related causes at his home in Paso Robles, California, Disney Animation Studios VP of Communications Howard Green announced, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In addition to his work in animation, Armitage contributed to murals and theme park designs around the world along with his wife, Karen Connolly Armitage, according to their website Armitage Images.

The Melbourne, Australia, native began working for Disney in 1952 and his first project involved working on animation for Lady and the Tramp. He then transitioned into background art for films such as Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins and the Disneyland episode Man in Space.

He became an Imagineer in 1977 and worked on Disney theme parks, including the design of anatomical figures used to create the Wonders of Life Pavillon in Epcot. He also made production illustrations and Academy Award-winning set designs for Fantastic Voyage in 1966.

"Frank's artistic skills were excellent – but I loved having him on our Imagineering team because he knew so much about art and life," Marty Sklar, former Disney Imagineering creative executive, said in a statement to THR.

After retiring from Disney in 1989, Armitage took courses in Eastern medicine, including acupuncture, and is noted for his contributions to medical illustrations.

He is survived by his daughters Nicole Armitage Doolittle, who works at Disney, and Michelle Armitage, an artist in the entertainment industry.

VIDEO: Emma Stone is in Talks to Play the Iconic Role of Cruella De Vil

28 de noviembre de 2015

"Disney en Familia" - 16 Amazing Times Female Cartoon Characters Threw Shade

Shade: To publicly humiliate another person. To hate on someone for acting a fool. To insult someone so badly that they have a third degree burn. Ouch. The key to throwing shade is to say it in such a way that the other person doesn’t even realize they’re being “shaded.” Whenever you sling a back-handed compliment, you’re throwing shade.

NOW YOU KNOW. Though the phrase is new, the concept is not. Women have been throwing shade at each other since the dawn of time. Even Shakespearean characters did it. Women are experts at throwing shade regardless of age. Case in point:

Now that we’ve brought the concept of throwing shade to your attention, you’re going to see examples of it everywhere — even examples with fictional characters who aren’t even humans! Here are some of your favorite female cartoon characters throwing shade like it’s nobody’s business:

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26 de noviembre de 2015

Disney Days of Past: Happy Thanksgiving!

It is a favorite Thanksgiving Day tradition of mine to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Here we take a look at the Mickey Mouse balloon that paraded its way down the streets of New York City in the early 1970’s. I hope this photo brings many happy memories of your Thanksgiving traditions.

Source: Disney Parks Blog

31 de octubre de 2015

Disney Halloween, Be Inspired — 10 Adorable Disney Pet Halloween Costumes to Make You Smile

‘Twas the day before Halloween and we really like looking at adorable pets dressed up as our favorite Disney characters. So we’re not going to sully the wonder with a lot of words, let’s just collectively squeal with delight over these cute pets and their genius owners:

These are human kids, and not pets, but they’re so adorable we couldn’t leave this out:

Source: Oh My Disney and Instagram

29 de octubre de 2015

“Disney Halloween, Be Inspired”: This Amazing, Homemade Villains-Themed Light Show Wins at Halloween

When you stumble upon true greatness, you have a responsibility to share it with the world. So, we’re doing just that. Check out this video made by Tom BetGeorge of his absolutely amazing light show set to the chilling tunes of your favorite Disney Villains. While we wouldn’t want to be his neighbor, we do want to be his friend. Watch:

Which part of the amazing show was your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

Courtesy of Oh My Disney

10 de octubre de 2015

Fanclubdis, Be Inspired: Celebrity Chef Art Smith Opening “Homecoming” Restaurant at Disney Springs in 2016

Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine, Chef Art Smith’s new restaurant concept, will open in Summer 2016 at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort.

You might know Chef Smith from his years as Oprah’s chef, or for his appearances in “Iron Chef America,” “Top Chef” and “Top Chef Masters.” The James Beard Foundation award winner was born and reared in the town of Jasper, Fla., on the Florida-Georgia border, where his family still raises cattle, pecans and heirloom vegetables. And after 25 years of preparing award-winning meals for celebrities and heads of state and appearing on television, he is making Florida his home once again.

The Homecoming menu will feature Southern favorites like homemade pimento cheese, Church Lady deviled eggs, low country shrimp and grits, kale salad with Sweet Grass Dairy cheese and spiced pecans and a grilled Blackstrap pork chop with sawmill gravy. “Each dish has a little Florida twist and make guests feel like they’re on the back porch with me for every meal,” says Smith. Desserts will be a specialty, with cakes, pies and delectable sweets made daily and shipped from a bakery in Hamilton County, including the restaurant’s signature Mockingbird Cake.

The “rustic-chic” restaurant has a glass-walled show kitchen and the Southern Shine bar, featuring whimsical cocktails, punches and coolers that celebrate an era where characters might have created some homegrown spirits on their homesteads just beyond the springs.

If you are wondering why the restaurant is called Homecoming, well, Chef Smith attended Florida State University and did a culinary internship with the Walt Disney World College Program many years ago.

Post Courtesy of: “WDW News World”

7 de octubre de 2015

Fanclubdis, Be Inspired: VIDEO: Walt Disney Animation Reveals Voice Of “Moana”; First Images And Casting Video

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Moana” has found her voice following a worldwide search to cast the film’s title character. Native Hawaiian newcomer Auli’i Cravalho, 14, joins Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the big-screen adventure about a spirited and fearless teenager named Moana (voice of Cravalho) who, with help from demi-god Maui (voice of Johnson), sets out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder.

While hundreds of talented people from across the Pacific Islands were eager to try out for the role, Cravalho set her sights firmly on her sophomore year of high school. “I didn’t think I would have a chance,” she said. “When I was little, I used to dance around the house singing at the top of my lungs. In my mind, that was performing and I loved the feeling of it. But I never imagined being in a Disney movie, being Moana—representing my culture in that way.” Fortunately, the film’s Hawai’i casting director remembered an unrelated audition Cravalho did as part of an a cappella group, which had been submitted for a talent showcase for a charity. Feeling the local teen would be perfect for the Disney role, she tracked her and her mother down and invited Cravalho to audition. “Her audition was fantastic – she was such a raw talent,” said producer Osnat Shurer. “Auli’i was among a small number of girls we brought back for a second round of auditions. Then we flew her and her mom over to audition at our studios in Burbank.”

“Auli’i demonstrated a certain fearlessness in her auditions and call-backs,” said director John Musker. “She has a playful, mischievous wit. She can project vulnerability, she doesn’t seem intimidated at all by the challenges ahead, and her Polynesian background has helped shape her connection to family, hard work and music. These are all qualities she shares with Moana.”

“Moana is a vibrant, tenacious 16-year-old growing up on an island where voyaging is forbidden,” added director Ron Clements. “But Moana has been drawn to the ocean since she can remember and is desperate to find out what’s beyond the confines of her island.”

Cravalho has already started recording for the role.

“Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.

Courtesy of “WDW News Today”

6 de octubre de 2015

Fanclubdis, Be Inspired - Editor’s Picks: Our 5 Favorite Merchandise Items from Epcot Food and Wine Festival

There are many things to do at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, and most of them involve tasting delicious foods with reckless abandon. (This is how we spent our very first Food and Wine Festival last week.) The 20th anniversary festival, running until November 16, also offers much in the way of exclusive merchandise that you can only buy on site. These are our favorite items:

Chef’s Hat With Remy

There are other, subtler chef hats available at this year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival (many featuring the 2015 logo), but none of them have a tiny stuffed rat sticking out of the brim. Remy makes a perfect mascot for Food and Wine, since he loves to cook and lives in France (one of the countries in World Showcase and home to one of our favorite Food and Wine treats–the escargot-stuffed croissant). This year’s Food and Wine is even more suited for Remy, since he’s the star of his own interactive game: Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak (more details to come), which has turned out to be one of our favorite aspects of Food and Wine. All of the above is why the Chef’s Hat with Remy is one of the premiere collectables from this year’s Food and Wine Festival.

Plastic Tray

When you walk around to the different kiosks in World Showcase, sampling the region-specific delicacies, they hand you an individual platter or plate. But sometimes it’s hard to find a table (especially during the busier phases, like around dinner or lunch), which means you have to be an excellent improviser or a tidy eater-on-the-go. If you are neither, you might want to invest in the awesome plastic tray that allows you to walk and chomp with confidence and pride. It’s really sturdy, with an additional cup holder that allows for you to calmly place your beverage of choice down while eating, and is embossed with the logo for this year’s Food and Wine Festival. It’s all around a no-brainer, especially since it’s compact enough to fit in most bags and incredibly affordable.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Cook Book

For the 20th anniversary of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, the yearly cookbook got a little heftier, with 50 pages of history, photos and memories from the entire run of the festival. The recipes included in the book go all the way back to the 1996 inaugural Food and Wine Festival and features many of the signature dishes from the Festival’s history (the book is credited to Pam Brandon and the Disney Chefs, including Epcot Executive Chef Gregg Hannon).

Chef Figment Plush

In many ways Figment is Epcot’s signature character. The adorable purple dragon originally debuted in the Journey into Imagination ride on March 5, 1983, and unlike other original Epcot mascots (like SMRT-1 or Gyro), Figment has stuck around and still resides within the Imagination Pavilion (in a different, but thematically similar, attraction). So it makes sense that he would be seen as the symbol for Food and Wine. We love his little chef’s hat and apron and we’ll happily jump on any reason to get another Figment plush.

Reusable Cutlery

This, along with the tray, is something that is practical and fun, which means that it’s totally essential. While the festival has made the plastic cutlery available at Food and Wine wonderfully eco-friendly (the forks and knives are made out of recycled materials and then will be recycled once the trash is sorted), you can go one step further and buy your own cutlery to use during your time at Food and Wine. The set includes a fork, knife and spoon and is housed in a nifty plastic container (embossed with the Food and Wine logo for 2015), so that means your cutlery will be protected when you throw them back in your bag. They’re easily washable, stylish, and cool. If you’re serious about Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, then this is a must-get.

Post and Photos courtesy of “Disney Insider”

30 de julio de 2015

You’ll Always Have Something to Say With These Disney and Disney•Pixar Quote Shirts

When you’re a fan of Disney and Disney•Pixar, half of the time you speak only in film quotes. Sometimes, you don’t even realize it and then you’re suddenly saying things like “clean cup, clean cup, move down, move down” when your friend wants to switch chairs at the lunch table. If you love a good quote as much as we do, then you have to see these tees from one of our go-to stores, Hot Topic. From the sarcastic, to the thoughtful, there’s a quote shirt here for everyone.


Lanterns + Rapunzel and Flynn Rider = most romantic Disney scene ever. (via Hot Topic)


An important reminder from the first born of DunBroch. (via Hot Topic)

Alice in Wonderland

We feel you, Alice. (via Hot Topic)

The Jungle Book

One of the simple bare necessities? Friendship. (via Hot Topic)

The Princess and the Frog

We love the typography style of this Tiana tee. (via Hot Topic)

The Lion King

We hear this phrase is no passing craze. (via Hot Topic)


This is our favorite scene in WALL•E and we will now proceed to play the soundtrack immediately. (via Hot Topic)

Big Hero 6

Who wouldn't want a hug from Baymax? (via Hot Topic)


Like Genie, you are one of a kind. (via Hot Topic)


It's hard not to be inspired by Dumbo. (via Hot Topic)

The Aristocats

You tell 'em, Marie. (via Hot Topic)

The Lion King

Scar's sarcasm will never not amuse us. (via Hot Topic)

Lilo & Stitch

We love this cute 'ohana tee. (via Hot Topic)

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