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Disney and Marvel surprised the world when they announced “Seekers of the Weird” in October 2013 as the first of a series of comics inspired by theme parks, all under the name Disney Kingdoms.
That story is still unraveling with two of five issues released so far. But today Marvel has provided Inside the Magic with an exclusive teaser for the next series in the Disney Kingdoms line to follow the end of “Seekers of the Weird” in May.
The teaser features the word “SPARK!” written in big purple letters with an even bigger number “1″ behind it. (Disney theme park fans should be able to guess this new comic’s main character pretty easily, and might just start humming a familiar tune while thinking about it…)
â€śDisney Kingdoms is the ultimate team-up for fans of Disney and Marvel,â€ť said Editor Bill Rosemann. â€śWorking hand-in-hand with the world-famous Walt Disney Imagineers, Marvelâ€™s best and brightest creators will unleash entire worlds inspired by and built around the attractions and characters that youâ€™ve always knownâ€”but will experience for the very first time!â€ť
The new comic is being produced by writer Jim Zub and artist Felipe Andrade.
Comment below with your guesses as to what comic idea this “spark” has inspired at Marvel.
In the VIP area of Orlando’s Firestone Live nightclub and bar over the weekend, cosplayers and Tim Burton fans were invited to join in an evening tribute to the dark director’s early works.
Inspired by films “Batman,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” and “Beetlejuice,” Florida-based performers Vita Devoid, Lisa Ann, and Matt Havoc took to the stage to put on a brief but entertaining cosplay-infused burlesque show featuring two strip teases followed by a group singalong to “Day-O.” Several attendees showed up in their best Burton-inspired outfits, from an elaborate showman Beetlejuice to equally elaborate costumes of Lock, Shock, and Barrel, along with an impressive stilt-walking Jack Skellington (portrayed by “Face Off” and “Naked Vegas” star Nix Herrera).
The event was for ages 18 and up and, naturally, so are the photos below.
The photos embedded in this post are largely family-friendly but the full slideshow at the bottom definitely requires viewer discretion. You’ll never look at Sally and Pee-wee the same way again.
LEGOLAND Florida today brought back old areas of the location’s former Florida attraction, Cypress Gardens, but with a LEGO twist. The Florida Pool and Oriental Gardens have returned to the center of the park, making their debut in a ceremony led by LEGOLAND general manager Adrian Jones along with Bob Gernert, former Winter Haven Chamber Executive Director and Cypress Gardens historian.
â€śWe have taken great care to restore and maintain the historic Cypress Gardens since our opening in 2011 and we are thrilled to reopen such beloved areas as the Florida Pool and the Oriental Gardens for guests of all ages to enjoy,â€ť said Jones
Former Cypress Gardens southern belles posed alongside LEGO belles alongside the Florida Pool, now filled with floating LEGO brick. Cypress Gardens was one of Florida’s oldest attraction dating back to the 1930s.
The new areas open to all park guests tomorrow, March 6. The Cypress Gardens areas are included with park admission.
It’s been more than three years since Disney opened Aulani, their first resort in Hawaii. After debuting in phases, Aulani received its share of requests for changes from its many visitors to the sprawling waterfront destination hotel. Among the most common complaints were a need for more dining options, particularly poolside, and even more room to do.
Disney listened and quickly responded with an expansion project that lasted more than a year, finally wrapping up in late 2013. It included a bigger pool area with a family pool, kids’ cove, adult-exclusive pool, and more space, cabanas, and other areas to lounge around. New poolside and beachside dining options were also added as well as more shopping opportunities.
Southern California reporter Audra Stafford (@SDEntertainment) recently seized the opportunity to explore these new features, bringing back a video update to show it all off, including interviews with Aulani spokespersons - and a even bit of live music.
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Fans still lamenting last year’s cancellation of “Tron: Uprising” on Disney XD will be excited to learn that the show’s music composer Joseph Trapanese has made previously unreleased promo music available to download for free. Users can simply visit and “like” his Facebook page to receive access to an EP filled with 9 new MP3 songs:
01 Saving The Grid
02 A Hero’s Challenge
03 Tessler’s Twist
04 The Games
05 Lost Cause
06 Club Infestation
07 Zed Dances
08 Tessler’s Party
09 Program vs Program (BAYONNE REMIX)
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