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Baymax & Hiro fist bump their way into Walt Disney World as “Big Hero 6″ characters begin meeting theme park guests

Baymax & Hiro fist bump their way into Walt Disney World as “Big Hero 6″ characters begin meeting theme park guests

With the smash opening of Disney’s “Big Hero 6″ in theaters, the animated film’s stars are now meeting and greeting with theme park guests.

At Walt Disney World, Hiro and Baymax can be found at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the Magic of Disney Animation attraction. Their meet-and-greet is set up like Hiro’s garage, where he developed his microbots and upgraded Baymax and the rest of his superhero friends.

On their debut day, we chatted with the pair about their adventures and now-famous fist bump.


Video: Baymax & Hiro fist bump in Big Hero 6 meet and greet at Walt Disney World


Ba la la la la…

The area is filled with familiar elements from the movie scattered throughout the queue and meet-and-greet, including Hiro’s original fighting robot and Baymax’s rocket fist. Instead of signing autographs, guests are given PhotoPass cards that double as autograph cards as well. Lots of hugs are given to Baymax, who is just as squishy as you might imagine – and he blinks!

Big Hero 6 meet and greet at Walt Disney World

Big Hero 6 meet and greet at Walt Disney World

Big Hero 6 meet and greet at Walt Disney World


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Disney celebrates 30 years of TV animation with the talent behind gummi bears, ducks, a platypus, and more

Disney celebrates 30 years of TV animation with the talent behind gummi bears, ducks, a platypus, and more

Last week, Walt Disney Studios hosted a celebration of the last 30 years of Disney Television Animation. The event was co-sponsored by ASIFA, The International Animated Film Society, and D23.

Guests featured at the special event were a who’s who of Disney TV, including:

Jymn Mason
(Co-Creator of Gummi Bears; Writer, DuckTales, Darkwing Duck, A Goofy Movie)

Rob LaDuca
(Executive Producer of Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Mickey Mouse Club house; Storyboard Artist on Gummi Bears, Chip‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers, Muppet Babies)

Paul Rudish
(Executive Producer, Mickey Mouse Cartoon Shorts)

Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh
(Co-Creators and Executive Producers of Phineas and Ferb)

Mark McCorkle
(Co-Creator of Kim Possible; Writer, Producer, Disney’s Aladdin, Disney’s Hercules)

Bob Schooley
(Co-Creator, Writer, Executive Producer of Kim Possible)

Bill Farmer
(Disney Legend, Voice of Goofy)

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The event was a relaxed hour and a half panel discussion moderated by D23′s Jeffrey Epstein. Attendees were taken on a journey starting with the creation of Gummi Bears and on up through sneak peaks of upcoming shows.

Speaking of Gummi Bears, Jymn Mason was able to shed some light on how a show about candy came to exist. It was very simple. Michael Eisner’s kids loved Gummi Bears and so he gave a directive – make a show about them. They scratched their heads for a while and eventually decided to figure it out. They took the world design from the candy wrapper. Originating from Germany, it had a look similar to Snow White or Pinocchio so they went with it.

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The panel talked about the change within the company regarding the freedom to use Disney characters. In the early days, Duck Tales had a tough time getting the approval to use Donald for just one scene as he drops off the nephews on his way to the Navy. The fab five were off limits for the most part. Now things have relaxed considerably.

Paul Rudish, the creator of the new Mickey shorts, shared a brand new Minnie Mouse short that should be out soon. It was very good with the same visual style as the recent Mickey shorts but focusing entirely on Minnie. It’s about time she got her own short!

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Bill Farmer was on hand to talk about playing Goofy, primarily in Goof Troop and also in Mickey Mouse Club House. He’s always a crowd favorite as he slips in and out of Goofy’s voice. At one point, Bill Farmer and Dan Povenmire did a few minutes of improv between Goofy and Dr. Doofenshmirtz. Goofy needs to guest star on Phineas and Ferb!

To finish up the night, the audience was treated to clips from three upcoming Disney animated shows.

Star Vs. The Forces of Evil
A princess from a magical universe is sent to live on non-magical Earth with a normal family. Of course things get crazy when monsters and such show up. She has to fight them off with her magic wand and the help of her Earth friend, Marco. Star shows up on Disney XD in 2015.

The Lion Guard
I didn’t get a good sense of what the show is about from the short clip that was screened. From what I could tell, it’s about Simba and Nala’s cub, Kion. The animation looks great. It is slated to air on Disney Junior so naturally I assumed it would be African animals counting bugs over and over but this seems like it may actually have a plot that parents would enjoy as well. We’ll have to wait until 2016 to find out.

Penn Zero, Part time Hero
This show is the one I’m really excited about. It seems to be heavily inspired by Quantum Leap and I love that. Every week, three friends enter a machine and “leap” into a new story. The clip we saw showed them leaping into an Aladdin inspired story. The characters assumed roles in that new world, even changing their shapes. One character assumed the role of a monkey (similar to Abu). Once inside these worlds, they must figure out why they are there and work together to stop the bad guys.

I spoke with the co-creators Jared Bush and Sam Levine before the event and they seem to be having a fun time coming up with new adventures for the characters to jump into every week. The voice cast includes Alfred Molina, Adam Devine, Thomas Middleditch, and Larry Wilmore. Penn Zero debuts sometime in 2015.

Overall, it was a very enjoyable evening. If you ever have a chance to attend one of these D23 celebrations, I highly recommend it. The panelists stuck around after for quite a while and fans were able to get pictures, autographs, and chat about their favorite shows with the creators of those shows.

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Jack Skellington returns as Sandy Claws for Walt Disney World meet and greets at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Jack Skellington returns as Sandy Claws for Walt Disney World meet and greets at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Halloween may be over but that hasn’t stopped the Pumpkin King from sticking around Walt Disney World for the holiday season. During Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2014, Jack Skellington from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is meeting with fans while dressed as Santa Claus – or as he and fellow Halloweentown residents call him, Sandy Claws.

But he doesn’t have claws at all. While he has his iconic skeleton face and bony fingers, he’s certainly not-so-scary, while still bringing a bit of both holidays to this frightfully festive event.


Video: Jack Skellington meet and greet as Sandy Claws at Walt Disney World


Jack meets during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in Storybook Circus on select nights, tonight through December 19th.


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D-Tales #7: Backstage Magic with Mickey Mouse displays hidden Disney history in Town Square Theater

D-Tales #7: Backstage Magic with Mickey Mouse displays hidden Disney history in Town Square Theater

There are few treasure troves of hidden secrets, inside jokes, and tributes more rich than Backstage Magic with Mickey Mouse, the meet and greet in the Town Square Theater of Main Street at the Magic Kingdom.

The references seem to never stop!

Right at the entrance, look for Walt Disney’s birth year, 1901, in the tile floor.

The same year is repeated in one painting in the FASTPASS queue.

Back in the main queue, watch for references to Fred and Ward. That would be Fred Moore and Ward Kimball, two animators who also star as themselves – very unusual – in a Disney cartoon named the Nifty Nineties, which fits the theme of this location.

S.A. Tilley refers to someone in the actual WDI publicity department.

Bill Justice was an animator with Disney. But his also created the giant mural of Disney characters which once graced this spot of the Main Street Theater, before it was remodeled for a meet-and-greet, and you can see his mural here in small format, rolled up.



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Universal Orlando Resort has announced a special weekend featuring stars from the Nickelodeon live action series “Every Witch Way” on December 12 and 13.

Fans of the series will be able to take part in two days of activities featuring some of their favorite cast members, including Paola Andino (Emma Alonso), Nick Merico (Daniel Miller), Paris Smith (Maddie Van Pelt) and Rahart Adams (Jax Novoa).

Nickelodeon’s “Every Witch Way” Weekend will also feature a celebration to kick off the weekend with DJ Boogie and the cast of “Every Witch Way,” Q&A and autograph sessions and a special viewing party with an advance screening of the first two episodes of season 3 of the show.

“Every Witch Way” follows teenager Emma Alfonso (Paola Andino) as she moves to Miami and discovers that she isn’t so ordinary—she’s a witch. The series, which recently concluded its second season. Season 3 of “Every Witch Way” will premiere in 2015, sparking mystery and adventure with a daily dose of magic that will keep viewers captivated and enchanted.

For more information, visit http://www.UniversalOrlando.com/events/everywitchway.aspx.


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