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Knottâ€™s Berry Farm is filled with the spirit of the holiday season as it transforms into Knottâ€™s Merry Farm featuring new attractions, live entertainment, festive food, and plenty of holiday decorations.
Quite a change from their famous Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt event, Christmas time at the park is naturally a much different experience.
New for 2013, the Ghost Town and Calico Railroad celebrate Christmas on Engine 41. This is a fun train ride around the park on a really authentic train. In each car, theme park guests are joined by a few Ghost Town “residents” decked out in Christmas attire. During the train ride, they interact with the park guests and lead them in Christmas carols. Guests may even witness a marriage proposal followed by a wedding - all in the span of a 10 minute train ride. It’s very cute.
Walt Disney Animation Studios has released online the standout sequence from the film “Frozen” featuring the instant hit song “Let It Go” as performed by Idina Menzel voicing Elsa, whose secret powers have just been revealed, creating a breathtaking ice palace.
But there are two versions of this song and sequence. One is the relatively simple, largely piano-driven musical arrangement as heard in the film and the clip above. The other is a far more orchestral rendition as heard in World of Color - Winter Dreams at Disney California Adventure, seen in the video below from its debut night.
Which do you prefer?
Idina Menzel also performed (and premiered) the song during the 2013 D23 Expo:
“Let It Go” is an original song by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Tony Award-winner Robert Lopez.
What happens when world-renowned chef Gordon Ramsay gets challenged by a Muppet? Food fight. Watch as the Swedish Chef takes on Ramsay by taking his parking spot in this new “Muppisode” promoting the upcoming film “Muppets Most Wanted”:
Today a few new details have been revealed about the mostly secret Shanghai Disneyland currently under construction overseas. The unique theme park will shed the now conventional layout that began when Disneyland first opened in Anaheim, California, largely doing away with the hub-and-spoke design in favor of a more free flowing garden area in front of the iconic castle.
Now Disney has offered a first look at one of the elements contributing to this new layout, an area called the â€śGarden of the Twelve Friends,” part of the Gardens of Imagination that replaces the hub. The area is sponsored by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and will use Disney characters and ornate mosaics to represent the twelve Chinese Zodiac characters.
The whole garden will encompass 11 acres including rows of peach trees.
Little else is known about Shanghai Disneyland outside of this area. At the 2011 D23 Expo, it was revealed that Storybook Castle will be the name of the fantasy-filled structure at the center of the park and will include a Disney first - a ride inside.
Now Disney has also released new overall artwork of the castle forecourt and gardens, showing just a hint of surrounding areas.
Though the details are still vague, it’s easy to see the Garden of the Twelve Friends at the center of this image with a carousel below that and what appears to be a Dumbo attraction to the left. At the bottom of the image also appears to be the end of the Shanghai Disneyland equivalent of Main Street USA, culminating in a building that looks a whole lot like the Carthay Circle Theater, currently represented as a storefront at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and restaurant at Disney California Adventure.
But it’s clear this is not a traditional Main Street, with a couple of side paths running parallel to the “main street” in the middle, all leading to a lake-and-bridge approach to the castle.
The park broke ground on April 11, 2011 with a lavish ceremony:
Shanghai Disneyland is scheduled to open by the end of 2015 and will surely be a stunning sight to see.
Today, Disney Interactive has released the winners of the â€śDuckTales Challengeâ€ť for Toy Box creations in their hugely popular Disney Infinity video game that best capture the look of the classic animated TV series.
The winning submissions are:
Mega Gizmoduck: Blatherskite! Gyroâ€™s robot Armstrong has gone haywireâ€¦ and grown giant! Save or destroy Duckburg in this 1v1 arena.
Safe Cracking: Scrooge has locked himself in his own money bin! Find the combination hidden in Duckburg and return Scrooge to his mansion.
Saving Scrooge: Find all the buttons hidden inside the Money Bins to open the Beagle Boys hideout. Then rescue Scrooge and take him to the castle.
Scroogeâ€™d: One epic Duck Tales race track.
McDuck in Danger: Blast me bagpipes, Scrooge has been captured by robots! Find and rescue five Scrooges. Then a reward awaits near the stadiumâ€¦
All are featured in the latest episode of the web series â€śThe Disney Infinity Top 5 Toy Box Countdown”:
How to download new Toy Boxes within the game:
1. Select “Toy Box” from the Disney Infinity Main Menu
2. Select “Toy Box Share” and “Disney’s Toy Boxes.”
3. There will be a list of all the featured Toy Boxes for players to download.
In honor of Walt Disney's birthday, we take a spoiler-free look at Saving Mr. Banks as it heads into theaters soon. We also learn all about the Walt Disney Birthplace Preservation Project, restoring Walt's birth home.
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