Disney Cancels Low Occupancy Star Wars-Themed VoyagesIf you’re ever planning to book a stay in this cabin in Disney World, you’d better try the other hotels. In an interesting turn of events, the company has been canceling reservations made to their Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, a recently-opened cabin where fans and enthusiasts could experience what it could be like living inside a spaceship.This move by the corporation is not surprising though, as the accommodation is known for how expensive it is. People who wish to get the experience of being immersed in the sci-fi world were treated to a three-day, two-night adventure on a fictitious cruise ship, called The Halcyon, as they become part of the conflict between the Resistance and the First Order. For a whopping $5000 per cabin, guests were treated to an excursion to Batuu, themed meals, and live entertainment, including a climactic battle for the galaxy. It was still expensive for the price, though, as the demand for the themed experience fell significantly. Some of the voyages included in the Starcruiser were operating at only 25% capacity. Image credit: Disney via WDW News Today#Disney #WaltDisneyWorld #themeparks #hotels #accomodations #StarWars
Move Over, Pokémon! Here Comes Lorcana, Disney's New Collectible Trading Card GameWhen you hear the words "trading card game," there might be three things that might come to your mind: Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic: The Gathering, and The Pokemon Trading Card Game (TCG). (And before you ask, the answer is yes. Pokemon has a trading card game). The TCGs listed above were the top 3 best-selling for over a few years.Now, a new competitor is coming to town, and it's someone you least expect. That someone is Disney.The company recently released its own trading card game called Lorcana. Like trading card games before, Lorcana features its own cast of characters from its source, in this case, Disney lore.The first seven cards of the game were revealed at the D23 convention in Anaheim, California. The release featured Elsa from Frozen, Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, and Stitch from Lilo & Stitch.The first set of cards will be released in the fall of 2023, under the name "Disney Lorcana: The First Chapter."Will it be a successful competitor to the likes of Magic: The Gathering and Pokemon? Only time will tell.(Image Credit: Ravensburger/ Disney)#Disney #TradingCardGames #Games #Cartoons
It Now Will Cost You Even More To Visit a Disney Park in CaliforniaIt seems that you will need to save a few more dollars if you want to visit the Disneyland California Adventure Park. Disneyland officials have recently confirmed that they have increased ticket prices at an average of 8%. One-day tickets now range from $104-$179, compared to the previous range of $104-164. The theme park have also added a "Tier 0" in their tier scheme. This ticket will be valid "on the least crowded days of the year."The last price increase in years also happened on the same month last year. It would seem that this ticket-price increases have already become an October ritual.Hopefully the prices don't increase much next year.(Image Credit: CrispyCream27/ Wikimedia Commons)#Disneyland #Disney #Parks #Cartoons
Pet Disneyfication: Dutch Illustrator Turns Pets Into Disney CharactersAccording to Oxford Languages, to Disneyfy something means to cause it to become reminiscent of a film or theme park created by the Walt Disney Company. More specifically, in causing it to be especially sanitized or romanticized.Isa, a Dutch illustrator who goes by the Instagram handle, @pet_disneyfication, disneyfies pets. This 2D art style became the center of Isa's illustration business after she quit her old job. Her Instagram already shows 262 posts and almost 300 thousand followers.If you long to have your pet disneyfied, her work will currently set you back about $85 US. This includes full color and shading, but without a background. Want to add an additional pet? That will be another $85. A background, that is from a reference picture, is an additional $35. Isa surely has a lot of Disney-loving clients. As of today (July 12, 2022), she has already closed for commissions until August of 2022. ​Image credit: @pet_disneyfication on Instagram#Art #Disney #PetPortraits #Illustrations
How World War II Saved DisneyWhile Walt Disney Studios had a huge hit with its first full-length animated feature Snow White and Seven Dwarfs in 1937, subsequent movies such as Fantasia and Dumbo didn't do so well. Labor disputes plagued the company, and theaters in Europe were closed due to World War II. When the US entered the war in 1941, Disney was close to financial ruin. However, the US government saw the company as a resource. First, their studio lot in Burbank was commandeered as a new military base. That gave Disney Studios a lot of background characters for their new role as government propaganda producers. Disney produced training films for the military, educational films for schools, and patriotic cartoons to encourage citizens to buy war bonds and conserve resources. They also lent their characters to the military for everything from insignias to war bond certificates. By 1943, 90% of the studio's output was government funded. Although Disney does not toot its own horn about their World War II work, due to the racist caricatures depicted in their films, a new exhibition at the Museum of Flight in Seattle called The Walt Disney Studios and World War II is open until February. It examines the wide range of work Disney did to promote the war effort both inside and outside the military. Read an overview of Disney's World War II work and the effects it had at Smithsonian. -via Damn Interesting #Disney #WorldWarII #propaganda #wareffort
Disney Theme Parks' Splash Mountain Gets a New NameThe Walt Disney Company has announced its vision for the rebranding of the Splash Mountain attraction at its California and Florida theme parks. We knew since 2020 that it would turn to a theme based on the 2009 movie The Princess and the Frog, and now we get a name and a description. The water ride will be named Tiana's Bayou Adventure, and will feature a musical story in which Tiana and other characters from the movie host a Mardi Gras celebration. The announcement was made at Preservation Hall in New Orleans during ESSENCE Fest.Picking up where the film left off, guests will join Princess Tiana, Naveen and jazz-loving alligator Louis on an adventure through the bayou as they prepare to host a one-of-a-kind Mardi Gras celebration where everyone is welcome. Along the way, guests will encounter familiar faces, make new friends and travel through the bayou to original music inspired by songs from the film as they are brought into the next chapter of Tiana’s story.Tiana's Bayou Adventure is scheduled to open in 2024. The rebranding of Splash Mountain came about in response to criticism over the the attraction's previous theme featuring the 1946 film Song of the South, which was pulled from circulation in 1986 due to its overt racism. You can read the history of Splash Mountain and how it became untenable at Smithsonian. #Disney #SplashMountain #rebranding #TianasBayouAdventure #ThePrincessandtheFrog #DisneyThemePark
Disney's New Cruise Ship Offers a $5,000 CocktailDisney is launching a new cruise ship called the Disney Wish. It's a fantasy experience in every way. The Disney Wish has a couple of themed restaurants called Avengers: Quantum Encounter and Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge. In the Star Wars lounge, one cocktail called the Kaiburr Crystal will cost $5,000! No, it's not served by George Lucas or even Harrison Ford. But it does come with a splashy presentation.
How Disney Screwed Up the Merchandizing of Toy StoryPixar's first feature film was Toy Story, released in 1995. The movie was distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, eleven years before they bought Pixar. It was a somewhat hesitant collaboration, and it seems truly weird 27 years later that Disney did not have much faith in Toy Story. And neither did their usual merchandise vendors. You would think that a movie about toys would have plenty of toys available for kids by Christmas, but thousands of children who had asked Santa Claus for a Buzz Lightyear doll were disappointed when the only manufacturer willing to make toys for Disney couldn't fill the demand. Disney lost millions in potential toy sales because the upper echelon suits thought Toy Story would be a flop. Of course, Disney came out okay in the long run, as they always do. They bought the Pixar company in 2006, and now have three sequels and a prequel to Toy Story. But why did they think Toy Story would be a flop in 1995? The merchandizing mistake is explained in detail at Slashfilm.#ToyStory #merchandizing #Disney #Pixar
Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey is a Horror Film Starring Pooh and PigletWinnie the Pooh has long been everyone's favorite bear due to his cute and huggable physique, friendly personality, and warm story. However, for some, childhood was ruined when it was revealed that their favorite bear will be in an upcoming horror film called Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey.The first look at the horror film directed by Rhys Frake-Waterfield shows an opposite image of Winnie the Pooh: a scary, honey-guzzling bear in a morbid and bloody storyline.  There was also a snapshot of the bear with another person in a mask that looks remarkably like Pig or Piglet Piglet, as most are aware,  is another sweet and loveable character related to the original Winnie the Pooh. Winnie the Pooh first appeared in 1926, will it be possible for their now grownup fan base to be old enough to embrace this new frightening frontier? Or will they run screaming from this 100-acre of woods right back to the warm embrace of their soft and squishable teddy?   ​Image credit: LAD Bible​#WinnieThePooh #BloodAndHoney #Movie #Film #Childhood #Disney
Disney Parks, Resorts, and Cruises in the United States to Bring Back Meet-and-Greet of CharactersAs early as April 18,character greetings will return to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, as well as aboard Disney Cruise Line. Very soon, guests will once again be able to hug Mickey Mouse, get an autograph from Mulan, and share a laugh with Goofy. Following two years of strict health and safety protocols, declining cases and refined guidance have provided opportunities to bring back some of the much missed activities, like character greetings and dining experiences. The reopening will be enacted in phases throughout the spring and early summer.This milestone continues the recent, powerful momentum of returning entertainment across the Disney parks and resorts. Disney parks have welcomed back shows such as “Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire” and “Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular,” along with the Disney “Festival of Fantasy” Parade and new experiences like “Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade”, with many others to come.#Disney #Disneyland #cruise
The Ganachery at Walt Disney World Resort is Making a Special Boozy Chocolate Bunny for EasterA new treat called “Boozy Bunny” was made available at The Ganachery at Walt Disney World Resort just in time for Easter!Boozy Bunny is drink-and-snack-in-one. It is made by putting chocolate in half of a bunny mold. Then, the edges are melted to make sure that the two halves will smoothly stick together. Once the whole bunny-shaped chocolate is completed, a hole is made at the back. The hole is used to fill it with a drink and also becomes a place to insert the straw. Just like all other Disney treats, this surely looks just as amazing as it tastes. This hop-tastic Easter treat is available to try from April 1st  to April 17, 2022. ​Image credit: @disneyparks on TikTok#Disney #Food #Chocolate #WaltDisneyWorldResort #TheGanachery
Disney Villains EyeglassesWatching Disney movies, you cannot deny they wouldn’t be half as fun without the villains. However, these iconic characters often get left behind when it comes to merchandising. The Japanese eyewear brand Zoff is here to correct that. Zoff is launching an eyeglasses collection dedicated to Disney villains.The four devilish darlings featured on the Villains collection are Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, The Wicked Queen from Snow White, Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmations, and Ursula from The Little Mermaid. Each design bears iconic details inspired by the character that fans will surely be thrilled to notice. The Maleficent eyewear has horns in the corners of its frame. The Wicked Queen glasses draw inspiration from 1930s crown panto style specs, a nod to its 1937 release date. Another key detail is the temples adorned with images of the Magic Mirror. The Cruella edition is definitely unmistakable - its half white and half black visage totally gives it away. Lastly, the Ursula version, sporting gorgeous light purple shade with its temples studded like tentacles and temple tips shaped like her shell necklace. Each pair of the glasses retail at 13,300 yen (US$ 112.72). Evil never looked so good!via SoraNews24​#Disney #villain #DisneyVillain #exeglasses #eyewear #Zoff #WickedQueen #SnowWhite #CruellaDeVil #101Dalmatians #Ursula #TheLittleMermaid
Reports from Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at Disney WorldWalt Disney World's newest attraction opens on March first, an entire theme park dedicated to an immersive Star Wars adventure. The package deal of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser includes two nights at the Halcyon and participation in an outer space mission in which the guests are characters in a storyline. The cost is $5,000 for two adults, or $6,000 for two adults and one child. So what do you get for that? A preview run for journalists and influencers is yielding reviews.
Father and Son Created an Epic Projection of Disney's Encanto for Their HouseDisney’s latest chart topping movie, “Encanto,” seems to have hit home for many. One father and son duo, from Lehi Utah, loved the film so much that they literally projected an image of the film’s magical casa onto their own home. The projection transformed their real life house into the Magical Casa Madrigal. Jeff Baird, however, didn’t stop there. He also projected the film onto parts of the house. The end result is a fictional Disney home brought to life.Jeff Baird and his son created a truly enchanting and immersive experience. One can’t help but feel part of the film and present with the characters. This Encanto house lived up to its name. It was truly charming and enchanting.  Image Credit: GMA; Jeff Baird#encanto #family #movie #projector #Disney
Mistakes Parents Make at Disney ResortsA trip to Disneyland or Disney World is a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage for many families with young children. You want to give them a good time and memories that will last forever. But sometimes parents leave children with a sour taste in their mouths when they remember that family trip. Abelina Sabrina was a cast member for Disney, which means she worked at a Disney theme park. Here she cautions parents about things she's seen that can ruin those memories. Sabrina's stories range from clear cases of abuse to tips you'll want to remember for your own trip.There's a one-minute skippable ad in the middle.
How the Opening Song in Encanto was AnimatedOn Instagram, Disney animator Jonah Sidhom revealed his process of animating the famous family scene in the opening song of the Disney film "Encanto."To avoid getting overwhelmed, he started with the most basic cubes to represent the various family members. Then, he figured out poses for everyone to land in. He emphasized the shape of the letter M to represent the Madrigal family. He mentioned that his reference is never 1:1 with timing, but he used it to determine movement and foot placements. At the end of his post, Sidhom gave a shout out to dance consultant Kai Martinez who helped him with the dance elements. Martinez also suggested the amazing idea of revealing Abuela with the mom's skirts which was immediately approved by the directors.Video credit: jonahsidhom on Instagram#Encanto #Animation #Disney #Movie
2-Year-Old Boy Looks Exactly like a Character from Disney's Encanto“Representation matters” and in this case, it is also very cute!Kenzo, 2, recently became viral for his adorable reaction to watching his lookalike in Disney’s animated film, “Encanto”.The young lad was blown away when he discovered that Antonio, one of the characters in “Encanto”, appeared bearing an uncanny resemblance to him. His parents were quick to document his precious reaction which has since gone viral.His mom shared how much it meant for her little boy to have found someone on screen who he could identify with. Seeing inclusive portrayal in the media is something she didn’t have growing up and she is hopeful that representation like this will empower the next generation of young black and brown children.#Encanto #Disney #inclusivity
The Sources of Old School Sound Effects May Surprise YouAdding sound effects to cartoons is fairly easy in the age of computers. Sound effects are recorded, used, shared, archived, sold, and used again. But in the early days of animation, production crews had to use whatever they could to reproduce the sounds they wanted. And they could get pretty creative! See Disney foley artists making sound effects and then be surprised at how they were used in the finished product.
The Little Mermaid Crazy Hair Day HairstyleA lot of children dream of being a Disney character, or at least, being named after one.Ariel's sister, Atlantis, whose names are both inspired by The Little Mermaid, had a crazy hair day at school. Their mom made extra effort in creating her hairstyle which literally has an Ariel (the character, not the sister) doll stuck inside her braid. After the crazy hair day photo went viral on social media, they received a lot of inquiries about how they did the hairstyle. This pushed them to post a tutorial. In a nutshell, the hairstyle is done by first doing a regular French braid, and then inserting the little mermaid doll on top. Finally, temporary green hair coloring is applied on top of the braid. The green makes the braid look like the doll's tail. After a few touches, the final look of Atlantis' hair reveals The Little Mermaid, Ariel.Image credit: Ariel Romero (@aireuhl on Twitter) #Disney #Princess #Ariel #TheLittleMermaid #Hairstyle #CrazyHairDay
Disney's Holiday Film for 2021: EncantoDisney's new movie Encanto is set in the mountains of Colombia, featuring songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda. It's the story of a family who has been blessed with a magical house and superpowers. Each of the family's siblings has a "special gift," all different so they are useful to the group, except Mirabel. Mirabel suffers from her sense of ordinariness, so you can guess that the plot revolves around her. Mirabel must be the one to save the day when it all starts to fall apart.
X-Men Princesses: Disney Princesses and Marvel's X-Men Mash Ups by Marcus The VisualWe are in love with these X-Men and Disney Princess mash up artwork drawn by illustrator and comic artist Marcus Williams (AKA Marcus the Visual).Back in September 2019, Williams wrote on Instagram, "I remember watching Frozen with my kids when it came out in theaters and saying to myself, 'so ... Elsa is pretty much an ice wielding mutant.'"And that gave him the seed of an idea. " Seeing as how Disney now owns the rights to the X-Men, it's only natural that some of the more "magically" adept Disney princesses would pull a crossover with the famed team of mutants...eventually," Williams added.Williams started releasing his mash-up artwork of Disney Princesses and X-Men characters, titled "X-Men Princesses," and we don't need to tell you that they are Marvel-ous (hah). Take a look below.#XMen #Disney #DisneyPrincesses #XMenPrincesses #MarcusWilliams #MarcusTheVisual #superhero #mashup