Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Saying Goodbye to Snow White's Scary Adventure (New Fantasyland Update)

With construction about to begin on Princess Fairytale Hall, a royal meet-and-greet area in New Fantasyland, we unfortunately will be saying goodbye to another "Opening Day Attraction."  The Princess Fairytale Hall will be located on the site that has been a home to the Snow White’s Scary Adventures attraction since October 1, 1971.  Snow White's final day of operation will be May 31.  But before the Princesses move into their new home, let's take a look back at the departing attraction.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Tarantino might be calling in some favors on Django Unchained

Several minutes of Quentin Tarantino's 8th directorial effort, Django Unchained, were shown at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.  As if we all weren’t already excited enough for Quentin's first film since Inglorious Basterds, many of the press who got to see the footage from the movie have been saying that it's Tarantino at his finest.

That’s all well and good, but it seems like ol' QT might have a few tricks up his sleeves as well.  In a conversation with Deadline following the screening of the footage, Harvey Weinstein said that Django Unchained will be in production for another month and "may be adding a couple of 'surprise' co-stars."  Let the speculation begin!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

New Fantasyland Update: Beauty and the Beast's Areas

I recently revisited the 1991 Disney Animated Classic, Beauty and the Beast, by adding the 3D Blu-ray set to my film library.  I'll be doing a detailed review at a later time.  But I can tell you this, it looks absolutely beautiful.  The entire time I was watching the movie I kept thinking about the Fantasyland expansion happening over at the Magic Kingdom.  Specifically whenever the Beast's castle would appear on screen, since that was the most prominent object I could see over the construction walls when I last visited Disney World back in February.  The likeness is uncanny to it's animated source material.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

TRON: Uprising - Prelude Episode: "Beck’s Beginning” from Disney XD

Disney XD is continuing the TRON saga in the upcoming series TRON: Uprising.  The show will follow the adventures of a young program named Beck, determined to take up TRON’s cause of restoring order, as the menacing dictator Clu and his henchmen begin to take over The Grid.  The series will officially premiere next month on Disney XD.  However they are getting viewers ready to be able to jump right into the story, by giving us a special prelude episode called "Beck’s Beginning."

The time frame that the show is set in is between the original TRON film and the 2010 sequel TRON: Legacy.  The visual style and music cues are more along the lines of the latter.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

“Carbon-Freeze Me” comes to Walt Disney World for Star Wars Weekends 2012

Let me just start by saying... THIS IS AWESOME!

As a kid, and still as an adult, I'm a huge Star Wars fan.  I've seen the movies countless times, had a army of toys when I was younger, and was even C-3PO for Halloween when I was six-years-old (home-made costume, not some cheaply made store bought one).  My favorite of the films always has, and always will be The Empire Strikes Back.

So naturally I was overly excited to here of the possibility of having my own likeness frozen in carbonite, like Han Solo in the film.  Well I have the fine folks at Disney to thank for making it a reality.

Beginning May 18, 2012 guests attending the Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World will have a chance to be captured by Darth Vader, frozen in carbonite, and mounted inside Jabba the Hutt’s palace.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

New Fantasyland Update: "Beauty & The Beast" Inspired Be Our Guest Restaurant at Magic Kingdom

As the song goes... “Be our guest! Be our guest! Put our service to the test!”  Who doesn’t love this playful scene from “Beauty and The Beast,” in which the enchanted staff welcomes Belle to the castle in grand style?

Well "grand style" is exactly what the Walt Disney Imagineers are going for with the Beauty and The Beast section of New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tutto Gusto & Tutto Italia have Opened in Italy at EPCOT

The construction walls have come down, and I'm sure the reservations are pouring in for Tutto Italia Ristorante, one of the most popular restaurants in EPCOT.  Joining this beautiful restaurant is the Tutto Gusto wine cellar, where more than 200 Italian wines, beers, grappas and coffee drinks are featured on the menu.