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The new trailer for Disney’s “Descendants” movie shows off a first full look at both the Disney Villains and their kids as they will appear in the upcoming Disney Channel movie:

The air date of this film has not yet been released.


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Earlier this month the Production Gallery inside the Magic of Disney Animation building at Hollywood Studios did another movie switch up and is now featuring  artwork and models from the upcoming Pixar movie Inside Out.

Inside Out is about a young girl named Riley and the different emotions that live in her head: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear.

 

 

 


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Date Nite at Disneyland: 10 lesser-known spots where you can be alone in a crowd

Date Nite at Disneyland: 10 lesser-known spots where you can be alone in a crowd

Dating at Disneyland is fun because of all the dreamy details that make up the parks. Lights, sounds, music, and vistas all set the scene for romance – but you make it memorable by being there. Especially if you know exactly where “there” is. Here’s some help: ten stunning spots where you and your date can be alone in a crowd this weekend. Need more ideas? Check out the rest of our Date Nite series.

Overlooking the Nemo Lagoon from the Monorail Queue

Start your tour by taking the monorail into Disneyland. After disembarking, loop around back into the boarding area, but stop short of the train platform. Instead, take a look. This beautiful and quiet view overlooks the submarine lagoon with its waterfall, fizzing pools, and fake marine life – not to mention the mighty Matterhorn.

Riding the monorail into the park gives that bonus date-night feeling of doing things just slightly out of the ordinary.

Pixie Hollow Gardens

Next make your way through Tomorrowland, up toward the hub. Just to the right of the Astro Orbiter, hang a right through the jutting rocks into Neverland. When the fairies are nestled away in their homes after dark, Pixie Hollow gardens light up with magic. Fountains spray, green sparkles glitter on tree trunks, and music plays in a kind of mini World of Color. There are even bridges and enchanted pathways that wind around plants.

See if you can spot the tiny fairy houses along the shores of this little pool.

Castle Bridge

You’re now in the shadow of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Though it’s a little bit more difficult to linger on the drawbridge than in days past, you can still make it work. Just step to the side while all the tourists are scrambling for pictures that won’t work with a flash, and enjoy the beauty and romance of a night in front of the castle. Look for sleeping ducks in the moat. Talk. Follow the line of the castle spires all the way to their soaring tips. Imagine what it would look like inside the castle if it were really a residence. Pick a window that would be yours. When you’re ready, walk under the castle arch and stop. “When You Wish Upon a Star” plays on repeat, and it is pretty darn magical.

Classic for a reason!

Passage from Fantasy to Frontier
When you come through the castle, grab your date’s hand and dart left through the secret passage to Frontierland. Disneyland is sprinkled with tunnels and archways, and this one-two punch is the best. Start through the cozy darkness of the wooden passageway and finish out with a stroll under the canopy of flowers and lanterns.

Love how the sound is dampened inside this soft, wooden hideout.

Plants, a path, lights, flowers, a fountain, solitude – this tiny walkway has it all.

Inside the Golden Horseshoe

Now cut across the trail road and over to the Golden Horseshoe. It’s time for a date-night treat! May we suggest: a slice of chocolate cake that is big enough for even the biggest sweet tooth to share. The hot fudge sundae isn’t bad either. Four words: two chocolate chip cookies! Take your dessert to one of the box seats that borders the stage. The singing and dancing will be done for the night, but private dining is fun no matter what.

Bonus date-night points: knowing where to warm up if your date is cold on a springtime night.

Aladdin’s Oasis

On your way out of the park, stop in Adventureland at Aladdin’s Oasis. It’s off the beaten path and late at night is filled with unused seating. And, you can just never go wrong with dramatic tenting and exotic lighting.

Even more fabulous before it was being used as a picnic location.

Wine Country

Now take a trip across the esplanade to California Adventure. You and your date are doing quite a bit of walking to get from beautiful place to beautiful place. You probably need some refreshment. Take a stroll all around the Golden Vine Winery, starting with the back hill up behind the Blue Sky Cellar. You’ll hear lovely music and see the golden lights illuminating a tiny vineyard. From there you can grab a taste of the wine at Mendocino, head upstairs for a drink and a cheese plate at Alfresco, or just wander back to Sonoma for some romantic seclusion.

Don’t worry, they’ve got beer and cocktails, too.

A Bug’s Land at Night

Across from the Golden Vine area, step into A Bug’s Land. In the evening hours, this part of the park is devoid of crowds and kids, and the illusion of being smaller than life is at its best. With the tall grasses and plants lit from underneath, you’ll feel like you’re lost at play.

Hello, enormous leaf veins!

Back of Grizzly River
Exit A Bug’s Land the same way you came in, and curve back into the front of the park (via San Francisco street) before you reach Paradise Pier. At the mill, head right instead of your usual left. Like nobody goes back here, even in the daytime. Sometimes, in those least-travelled spots in the parks lies the easiest suspension of disbelief. You really ARE in a national park. The bird and cricket noises are REAL and not piped in. That rushing waterfall IS naturally flowing down from a rock bear. Enjoy the fantasy. Also, follow the ride viewing platform all the way to its end for a deserted deck clouded in night mist. Wonderful.

Why does nobody go back here? It’s awesome.

A favorite place to stop and feel alive.

Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
Here’s a challenge. Before it closes, circle around to the other side of Grizzly Peak and see how many caves you can find on the Redwood Creek Trail. You know what caves are good for? Kissing. There are lots of them, so you do the math. The best one is near the front and off to the side. Happy dating!

When your date is done, leave the park through the convenient side exit to the Grand Californian, located just a few paces from here.

Photo credits: toursdepartingdaily.com. Nemo Lagoon, Pixie Hollow, Castle, Rancho, and Grizzly Bridge  by Kevin Crone; Frontier Passage, Golden Horseshoe, A Bug’s Land, Eureka Mining, and Challenge Cave by Matthew Hansen.


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TCM Classic Film Festival 2015 featured a little Disney with “Pinocchio” screening, but no Great Movie Ride talk

TCM Classic Film Festival 2015 featured a little Disney with “Pinocchio” screening, but no Great Movie Ride talk

The TCM Classic Film Festival descended upon Hollywood again this year March 26 – 29.  I had the privilege of attending for the 6th year in a row.  The central theme of this year’s festival was History According to Hollywood.  Movies like The Sound of Music, Patton, Apollo 13, and Malcolm X were screened throughout the four day event.  The line-up of classic films did not disappoint.

Friday afternoon brought the highlight of the festival for Disney fans. Pinocchio screened at the Walt Disney Studio’s premiere cinema, the legendary El Capitan Theatre. Walt Disney’s second feature-length animated film has never looked better with a glorious restoration projected on a giant screen as it was originally intended to be seen.

The film was introduced by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg of Moonbot Studios. The two directors clearly have a huge appreciation for Pinocchio calling it “the greatest animated film of all time.” They shared some interesting tidbits before the screening. Check out the audio of their introduction here: AUDIO: Introduction of Pinnochio by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg of Moonbot Studios

The festival also screened “So Dear to my Heart” without any fan fair or introduction.  The Disney element was lighter this year than previous years at the TCM Classic Film Festival.  This is rather surprising since Disney recently announced a partnership with TCM — TCM will be sponsoring updates to The Great Movie Ride at Disney Hollywood Studios in Orlando.  When I asked someone in the press room about this, they had no idea what I was talking about.  Not an official statement of course, but it does give some indication about how involved TCM is in the process.  Very little, I’d say.

At the end of the festival, Ben Mankiewicz, on-camera host for TCM, announced that there would indeed be a 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival.  I’m already anticipating the total immersion into classic cinema next year!  Check out filmfestival.tcm.com for more information on this year’s festival and for news about next year.


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An assortment of Marvel-ous items arrived in my mail box yesterday as the first Marvel Collector Corps Mystery Box has begun to ship.

There’s no mistaking this shipment on the outside, clearly marked with the subscription program’s logo along with “Avengers” and Captain America imagery. But what lies inside this mystery box? Watch below to find out.

The first Marvel Mystery Box comes with a nice introductory assortment of goodies. From Funko, a large Pop! Vinyl Hulkbuster and an Age of Ultron “Dorbz” vinyl figure are included – both exclusive to this box. An embroidered patch and lapel pin allow collectors to show off their membership status. An exclusive comic teams up the Avengers with the Guardians of the Galaxy. And a T-shirt completes the set.

For Marvel fans, it’s a nice assortment of items, though somewhat expected in variety. Future shipments will hopefully feature a wider array of surprises beyond the usual apparel and standard collectibles. But for an introduction to the series, this first Mystery Box is a fun one to open.

More information and subscriptions can be found at CollectorCorps.com.


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