Disney’s dastardly villains are ready to unleash some Limited Time Magic at Disney Parks on September 13 — Friday the 13th..
Both Disneyland Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort will stay open until the 13th Hour (1 a.m.). To celebrate the momentous evening, notorious Disney villains like Maleficent, Capt. Hook, Hades will host a wicked dance party, plus lots more spooky fun.
The “Lord of the dead,” Hades, will host spine-tingling fun while his henchmen, dancers, interactive DJ and hot house band keep the nighttime activities on fire. Hades’ 13 devilish Disney brutes will be waiting in Villain Encounters surrounding Hades’ Hangout for greetings and autographs with guests.
To celebrate the imminent arrival of the midnight witching hour “Villainy in the Sky” will set the sky ablaze with spectacular fireworks, and keep the party going until the 13th hour.
It’s all happening for a limited time only from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. on Friday, September 13, 2013 as part of Limited Time Magic at Disney Parks. Limited Time Magic features 52 weeks of magical experiences — big and small — ranging from park-wide events to special culinary treats to special moments of surprise and delight.
On this spooktacular evening, villains will take over Disneyland as well. Town Square is transformed for the party where guests may see villains like Captain Hook, the Queen of Hearts, Judge Frollo and Lady Tremaine. Cobwebs and vines, Halloween-themed projections, lighting effects and an eerie fog set the tone for the evening. Witches and warlocks will get the dance party started, spinning a mix of upbeat Halloween tunes and Disney-friendly Top 40 hits.
Later in the evening, the twisted celebration spills over to New Orleans Square Train Station with lurking Disney villains ready for the Unleash the Villains Dance Party featuring a lit-up dance floor and raised platforms, spooky décor and lighting effects. A mischievous station master DJ conducts this party — announcing the arrival of a different ghoulish Disney villain at the 13th minute after every hour. Villains will be on the prowl after dusk for photo ops and character greetings, plus a few special surprises.
Ridley Pearson’s New York Times bestselling Kingdom Keepers series continues with the thrilling sixth book: Kingdom Keepers VI: Dark Passage!
The Kingdom Keepers (young teens who were tapped as models for holographic Disney theme park “guides”) and their friends have uncovered a startling truth: Maleficent and the Overtakers (Disney villains) are plotting a catastrophic event that could have repercussions far beyond the world of Disney. Aboard the Disney Cruise Line‘s inaugural passage through the new Panama Canal, the Keepers and their holograms uncover a puzzle hidden within the pages of a stolen journal. The point of that puzzle will reveal itself in the caves of Aruba, the zip lines of Costa Rica, and the jungles of Mexico. A destructive force, dormant for decades, is about to be unleashed—and the Kingdom Keepers are to be its first victims.
Now, for the first time, readers get the chance to help write the seventh and final book in the series via the Kingdom Keepers Insider app! Available on all mobile devices, e-readers and online, the app will provide a groundbreaking interactive fan experience for readers of the Kingdom Keepers series, allowing them to follow along as Ridley Pearson writes, voting on plot points, character involvement, and locations—even contributing ideas for dialogue! Plus, there will be writing contests based on the previous book in the series and judged by Ridley Pearson, promoting writing and literacy in a safe environment with characters readers already know and love! Learn more at www.kingdomkeepersinsider.com.
Last week Disney Interactive gathered a handful of media for a first look at the spankin’ new Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion video game for Nintendo 3DS. We were treated to a presentation by Junction Point’s Warren Spector and DreamRift’s Peter Ong.
Warren took the floor first and detailed his conversation with Peter about the creative process behind the game’s creation. In Warren’s account, Peter approached him and said, “How about we do video game history in wasteland.” To which Warren replied, “Oh my gosh, I’m the guy who makes video games. I created a world called Wasteland for forgotten and rejected Disney history and it never occurred to me to include video game history in Wasteland. Like, duh!”
Spector goes on to give all the credit to the DreamRift guys for coming up with the 16-bit throwback to Sega Genesis Castle of Illusion.
Peter gives us the skinny on the intro to the story. The “Once Upon a Mouse” theme is the intro into the original Castle of Illusion video game. Here we find Mickey in the cartoon world watching TV similar to the original Epic Mickey video game.
Oswald has bad news for Mickey and lets him know that the Castle of Illusion has mysteriously appeared in Wasteland as a forgotten object and within it, Minnie has been sighted!
Mickey then rushes off to Wasteland to save Minnie from the clutches of Mizrabel who has disguised herself as Maleficent. But not before making a quick pit stop at Yensid’s lab where he picks up his fabled brush to use the power of paint and thinner to create and erase things in his environment.
Upon his arrival in Wasteland Mickey meets up with a familiar friend, Oswald, at the gates of the castle.
Within the castle, one of the first characters Mickey meets is Jiminy Cricket. Jiminy quickly jumps in Mickey’s pocket and acts as his guide throughout his quest.
The witch Mizrabel is the same villain Mickey battles in the original Castle of Illusion game. In Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion she is able to take on the shape of many Disney villains but her favorite form is Maleficent.
Mickey travels through many wings and halls within the castle, each of which has its own classic Disney movie theme. The 1st level is themed to Peter Pan.
and another sequence of Alice in Wonderland
As part of the game play, users can use the bottom touch screen of the 3DS to select objects that they can either paint or thin in order to create more on the fly.
Another big feature of the game is the fortress. The fortress is another level of the game where Mickey can rescue characters. When you interact with characters in the fortress you can perform different quests for them and in return they will give you rewards and help you back into your platforming level quest. As you interact with these characters, their once empty rooms will change and evolve into fully filled and recognizable scenes from their Disney Movie. Here is a very small sampling of the multitude of characters you will find within the game…
Ong broke news that the levels on the second part of the game are going to be based on Aladdin.
DreamRift talked Disney Animation into turning over source working file images from the movie to get the graphics as close to the original as possible!
We got a chance to play!
I wish y’all didn’t have to wait until November 18th!