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With Halloween just one day away, Southern California reporter Audra Stafford (@SDentertainment) takes us to the Disneyland Resort for an overview of Halloween Time 2014.

Standing in front of Haunted Mansion Holiday, Audra talks with the attraction’s residents for the holiday season, Jack Skellington and Sally, along with a Disneyland representative about Ghost Galaxy and more spooky fun.


Video: Disneyland Halloween Time 2014 overview with Jack and Sally at Haunted Mansion Holiday


The conversation continues with a crunch as Audra is joined by a Disneyland chef to show you how to prepare a twisted treat, perfect for tomorrow’s eerie evening.


Video: Halloween 2014 cooking tips and recipe at Disneyland


Happy Halloween!


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ParkSpotting at Magic Kingdom – Polynesian Village Resort updates, Memento Mori visit, Halloween Fun

ParkSpotting at Magic Kingdom – Polynesian Village Resort updates, Memento Mori visit, Halloween Fun

Welcome back to another edition of ParkSpotting! Today we will take a look at what is new and happening at the Magic Kingdom with a quick little stop at the Polynesian Village Resort.

Polynesian Village Resort may have received a new name but the resort is still very much a construction zone. The Moana Mercantile recently opened back up again from a basic refreshment refurbishment.

Some new digital screens with park hours also recently showed up and makes the Polynesian look cool and high tech.

This is the current view of the pool area, as you can see construction is in full swing and there isn’t very much to look at right now. Very far in the distance you can still spot Cinderella’s Castle which probably makes the people dining at Ohana very happy.

The new Pineapple Lanai opened in recent months and I finally got a chance to check it out. The locations right now comes across as a little basic in the theming department but will surely look better after the construction is finished.

The popular Dole Whip soft serve is the main star at this spot but regular visitors to the Polynesian will surely miss the days of the Dole Whip self serve they had inside Captain Cooks.

Upstairs at the Kona Cafe, the Kona Island bar has opened up again and is still serving the popular sushi. New on the menu is this Hawaiian Shaved Ice.

Kona Island is always a popular spot at the Polynesian mainly because you don’t need an ADR for enjoying some of their yummy food.

I decided to take the boat over to the Magic Kingdom and take a peek at the ongoing construction of the DVC Bungalows.


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Marvel announces Phase 3 films: Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Inhumans adding to Avengers sequels

Marvel announces Phase 3 films: Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Inhumans adding to Avengers sequels

Marvel held a secret special event at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theater this afternoon to announce their massive lineup of upcoming movies. Moving into Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel revealed 9 new movies planned from 2016 to 2019.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige took the stage to reveal the upcoming line-up…


Video: FULL Marvel Phase 3 announcement with clips, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans


The biggest news of the event was the announcement of a 2-part Avengers movie, “The Avengers: Infinity War” with the first part to be released May 4, 2018, followed by part 2 on May 3, 2019.

Initially announced as “Captain America: Serpent Society” as a teaser/joke, Feige later revealed the real title to be “Captain America: Civil War,” hitting theaters May 16, 2016.

Stars Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man) and Chris Evans (Captain America) took the stage as the title was officially revealed.

Joining them on stage was actor Chadwick Boseman, newly announced to play the lead role in “Black Panther,” due out November 3, 2017.


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Also officially announced, rounding out Phase Three:

Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016 (bringing the supernatural to the Marvel universe)

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017 (moved up)

Thor: Ragnarok – July 28, 2017 (Tom Hiddleston returns as Loki)

Captain Marvel – July 6, 2018 (a female lead superhero!)

Inhumans – November 2, 2018 (with dozens of new characters)

After the main event ended, Kevin Feige joined a small group of reporters for a Q&A session to further discuss Phase 3.


Video: Full Marvel Studios Q&A with president Kevin Feige about MCU Phase 3



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Spooky Empire celebrates “The Nightmare Before Christmas” with voice actor panel during Ultimate Horror Weekend 2014

Spooky Empire celebrates “The Nightmare Before Christmas” with voice actor panel during Ultimate Horror Weekend 2014

Fans of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” were entertained over the weekend by two of the classic film’s stars at Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend 2014.

Voice actors Chris Sarandon (Jack Skellington) and Ken Page (Oogie Boogie) signed autographs, posed for pictures, and took part in a panel discussion and Q&A session to discuss their roles in the movie. Among the topics brought up were how each got the job and where they have voiced the characters since, including Page reprising his role of Oogie for the recent Villains Unleashed event at Walt Disney World.


Video: The Nightmare Before Christmas voice actors panel discussion and Q&A at Spooky Empire 2014


Spooky Empire Ultimate Horror Weekend 2014

Spooky Empire Ultimate Horror Weekend 2014

Spooky Empire Ultimate Horror Weekend 2014


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Walt Disney World has announced two new restaurants opening in 2015 as Downtown Disney transforms into Disney Springs.

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, with Patina Restaurant Group, will open Morimoto Asia in summer 2015 at The Landing. It’s the chef’s first pan-Asian dining experience.

The restaurant will feature a 36-foot tall, two-story layout including a range of areas to explore with open terraces, grand hall, private rooms, long bar, cocktail lounge, waterside seating and more.

“I’m very excited to bring this new concept to Disney, something I’ve always dreamed of,” said Chef Morimoto. “It’s a wonderful chance to share some of my favorite foods from across the Asian continent.”

It will include exhibition kitchens showcasing street-food stalls, Peking duck carving and dim sum.

“We’re thrilled to bring Chef Morimoto’s renowned culinary style to Disney Springs as we expand the range of dining experiences for our resort guests as well as local Florida residents,” said George A. Kalogridis, president, Walt Disney World Resort.

From Schussler Creative, known for Rainforest Cafe and T-Rex at Walt Disney World, The Boathouse will be another new restaurant in Disney Springs.

It will open in Spring 2015, also in The Landing, featuring an upscale, waterfront dining experience with floating artwork and boats from the 30’s, 40’s & 50’s.

Its offerings will include The Captain’s Raw Bar, The Admiral’s Club Bar and The Dock Bar, built over the water. Other nautically-themed rooms include The Runabout, Twin Transoms, and The Lake House. There will also be two private dining rooms for special events, conventions and presentations: The Regatta and The Trophy Room.

Its gourmet menu will be served daily until 2 a.m. featuring steaks, chops, fresh seafood and a raw bar.

On the water, a 40-foot wooden Italian Water Taxi will feature champagne toasts and chocolate-covered strawberries. Guided Amphicar rides will launch from land, taking guests on a 20-minute tour of the landmarks of Disney Springs.

“Combining dining with interactive entertainment, The BOATHOUSE helps bring to life our vision of Disney Springs as a welcoming place for guests of all ages to enjoy with their friends and family amid the charm of a waterfront town center,” said George A. Kalogridis, president, Walt Disney World Resort.

Reservations for both restaurants will be available in the future.


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