Aug 12

Disney Wonder Offering Four Limited Pixar Cruises This Fall

Disney Pixar Cruise

A new cast of characters will stroll the decks and visit with guests aboard the Disney Wonder as Mr. Incredible, Remy, Woody, Jessie, Buzz Lightyear and other memorable characters from Pixar Animation Studios’ award-winning films make their shipboard debut during four special Pixar-inspired seven-night California Coastal cruises September 16 through October 14, 2012.

During these voyages, guests will be able to interact with and explore the world of Pixar and their beloved films while the Disney Wonder sails to San Francisco, San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico. Special entertainment and offerings designed for both children and adults include:

  • Pixar Presentations and Sneak Peeks: Artists and filmmakers from Pixar Animation Studios will provide guests with an inside look at the creative process, the making of Pixar’s newest release “Brave” and footage of future Pixar films.
  • The Art of Pixar: Storyboards, character sketches, environment paintings, maquettes and other inspiring concept art used to design Pixar films will be on display in a special art exhibition at sea.
  • Pixar Film Fest: Guests will be able to enjoy the entire Pixar library of films while onboard, including a selection of delightful animated shorts.
  • Pixar Character Encounters: More than a dozen Pixar characters will meet with and greet guests throughout the cruise.

Rates for the voyages start at $799 per person for a deluxe inside stateroom, based on double occupancy. To book, guests can visit Kingdom Magic Vacations or call 1-866-972-6244

Jun 12

Disney Wonderground…Do You Want to Visit?

An Uncommon Art Gallery Makes the ‘Scene’
WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland Resort

Distinctive, eclectic and uncommon, this contemporary setting is, in itself, a blank canvas, providing the ultimate venue where unique art collections, works from a new generation of artists and unexpected finds in home and lifestyle merchandise, take center stage. WonderGround Gallery draws inspiration from Disney’s deeply rooted art and storytelling-driven heritage – especially the idea of stepping through the looking glass, which the greatest of art allows us to do.

Showcasing artwork inspired by Disney-Pixar films, characters and icons, as well as paying tribute to the one and only Mickey Mouse, more than 25 local and domestic up-and-coming artists will have their unique interpretations available for you to add to your Disney collection. This variety of commissioned, original and limited-edition artwork reflecting various styles, techniques and mediums will provide an eclectic environment in this store.

Jun 12

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Lion King Phase Opening Date Released

Disney Art of Animation Resort Lion King Suite

The Pride Lands of Africa is the scenic setting for the “Lion King,” the third phase of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort set to open August 10th at Walt Disney World Resort.  The new Lion King wing celebrates the journey of Simba, with landscapes and theming that reflect playful and poignant scenes from the Academy Award-winning Walt Disney Pictures animated film “The Lion King.”

In the new Lion King wing, guests embark on a journey through Africa with encounters with characters and scenic moments from the film at every turn. King Mufasa towers atop Pride Rock while his evil brother Scar slinks in the shadows beyond the elephant graveyard. There’s Pumba and Timon with a young Simba dancing across a log bridge in true carefree “hakuna matata” fashion. Scar’s crazed and comical hyenas “guard” the elephant graveyard, a play area sure to delight youngsters.

The storytelling comes to life inside the 320 family suites. Zazu takes center stage on the headboards while Pumba and Timon decorate the shower curtain. Youngsters can rest on a leaf-shaped chair or sleep alongside Simba who slumbers at the head of one of the beds.

Earlier this summer Disney’s Art of Animation Resort opened 320 “Finding Nemo” family suites and 480 “Cars” family suites. Opening in phases, each of four distinctly designed wings of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort celebrates rich storytelling, spirited characters, original sketches and playfulness with colorful icons and whimsical theming inspired by classic Disney and Disney•Pixar films.

The whimsical property, situated adjacent to Disney’s Pop Century Resort, offers rates from $248 per night. The 1,120 family suites include two bathrooms, a kitchenette and three separate sleeping areas that can sleep up to six. The 864 standard rooms at the “Little Mermaid” wing, opening in September, sleep up to four, with rates as low as $94.

Jun 11

Video – Disney Universe, I May Die From the Cuteness

Disney Universe Mad HatterDisney Interactive Studios announced that Disney Universe, a fast-paced multiplayer action adventure game, is currently in development for PlayStation3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Wii and Windows PC/MAC. In Disney Universe, players will experience non-stop action through a mix-up of worlds inspired by both animated and live action films from Disney, including titles from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures. Players will suit-up as iconic Disney and Disney•Pixar characters and embark on adventures to power up their hero, battle powerful adversaries and master challenging puzzles to save the universe. Disney Universe is slated for release in fall 2011.

Disney Universe RandalIn Disney Universe, players can select from more than 40 classic and contemporary Disney character costumes, including Alice (“Alice in Wonderland”), Mike (“Monsters, Inc.”), TRON (“TRON: Legacy”) and Stitch (“Lilo & Stitch”) to explore six different worlds inspired by legendary Disney and Disney•Pixar films. Each world will allow players to experience objectives and missions that follow Disney and Disney•Pixar movie storylines. Players will select a character-based costume, with each costume offering a specific tool that changes and grows in power as players adventure through the game. Disney Universe offers frenetic gameplay, multiplayer with up to three friends and slapstick humor that will appeal to players of all ages.

The fun will continue on with plans for Disney Universe to be an expanding universe post-launch with items for download and new content available. Additional worlds, costumes, and more will be available for purchase, giving Xbox 360 and PlayStation®3 system owners an ever-evolving gameplay experience.

May 11

Walt Disney World’s Pixar Weekend is Almost Upon Us

Pixar weekend logoPixar fans can pencil in a little joy on their calendars May 13th-15th. In anticipation of Cars 2 and the 25th Anniversary of Pixar Studios, Walt Disney World is hosting Pixar Weekend.  Activities include:

Special Pixar Meet and Greets

Pixar films come to life! Meet your favorite Pixar characters in exclusive meet-and-greets held throughout Epcot.

Future World

  • Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story at Mission: SPACE
  • Mater from Cars and Cars 2 at Test Track
  • Living Coral Stilt Walkers at The Seas with Nemo and Friends
  • Crush at Turtle Talk with Crush

World Showcase

  • Woody, Jessie and Bullseye from Toy Story at the American Adventure
  • Flick, Atta, Gypsy Moth and stilt walking Slim from A Bug’s Life at the Art of Living Garden
  • Remy and Emile from Ratatouille at France

Pixar Celebration Headquarters

World Showplace, located between the Canada and United Kingdom pavilion, will serve as the celebration weekend headquarters.

Here, you can meet even more Pixar favorites:

  • Mr. & Mrs. Incredible and FroZone from The Incredibles
  • Lotso from Toy Story 3
  • Mike, Sully, Boo and Smitty from Monster’s Inc.
  • Carl, Russell and Dug from Up

PLUS… Browse a photo gallery that reveals some of the best “Easter Eggs” from Pixar films, and explore the art gallery for a behind-the-scenes look at the incredible creative work that goes in to Pixar films.

Presenting Pixar Speaker Sessions

Get the inside scoop from Oscar-nominated Pixar producer Jonas Rivera, Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino and Cars Franchise Guardian Jay Ward at the speaker series held inside World Showplace Saturday and Sunday.

Daily Speaker Session Schedule: May 14 – 15, 2011

  • Noon: Jay Ward “Cars 101 – Inspiration for all of the CARacters you know and love”
  • 2:00 PM: Jonas Rivera “Pixar: Celebrating 25 Years of Animation”
  • 4:00 PM: Michael Giacchino “Behind the Music: A Score is Born”
  • 6:00 PM: Special Presentation by Jay Ward, Jonas Rivera and Michael Giacchino

Be sure and sign up for the speakers that you want to hear!


Fun activities abound, including the Cars 2 Race Around World Showcase. Journey through World Showcase pavilions in search clues that lead to a special reward at the end.

All of these exciting experiences are included with Epcot admission.