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This Sunday, October 12, 2014, one of the most famous thoroughfares in the world will become the starting point for an impressive procession of joy, thanks, remembrance and giving. Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, will be filled with thousands of people coming together in support of Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children’s) and the health and well-being of children near and far.

CHOC “Walk in the Park,” presented by Disneyland Resort, is the largest and most unique single pediatric walk event in the nation. Among the event’s estimated 15,000 walkers are participants from across the U.S. and around the world, including walkers from Canada, Mexico, Australia and South Korea.

“CHOC Walkers” come together to celebrate the lives of children saved by CHOC Children’s, and to honor the memory of those children who bravely lost their battle against serious disease or illness. Nearly 800 teams are expected, and include current and former patients and families, as well as doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. Last year’s event raised $2.1 million, and since its inception 24 years ago in 1990, the Walk has raised more than $22 million.

The 2014 walk covers three miles through Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park where “CHOC Walkers” get a special peek at the magic of the Disneyland Resort before the parks open to the general public. At the end of the 5k walk, the event continues in the resort’s Downtown Disney District where event sponsors, hospital support groups, shops and restaurants have special offers for Walk participants.

“The Disneyland Resort has been a proud supporter of Children’s Hospital Orange County for the past 50 years,” said Michael Colglazier, president of the Disneyland Resort. “CHOC ‘Walk in the Park’ is a very special event for our Cast Members, and we look forward to hosting it for the 13th straight year.”

The popular event is the biggest annual fundraising effort for CHOC Children’s, a regional pediatric health care system (serving children and families in Southern California and beyond) that includes two hospitals, many primary and specialty care clinics, and four clinical centers of excellence – the CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes. Monies raised support a variety of patient and family programs, as well as education, research and the development and adoption of the latest technologies to advance the health of patients at CHOC Children’s.

In order to help CHOC reach its goal of providing quality healthcare to the region’s two million children (and beyond), CHOC Walkers must raise a minimum of $50 to participate in the Walk. Everyone can register at www.chocwalk.org and receive up-to-date event information from the CHOC Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.


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Today at New York Comic-Con, the first teaser trailer for the highly anticipated film “Tomorrowland” debuted, starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson, adding some sci-fi flair to Disney’s upcoming slate.

The trailer prominently features a pin design previously given out during The Optimist interactive experience in Los Angeles, taking fans around the city to many of Walt Disney’s own old hangouts. The movie ties directly into some of Disney’s history, including Disneyland and the 1964 World’s Fair.

New York Comic-Con attendees also received “Tomorrowland” and “Big Hero 6″ swag including the pin:

From Disney comes two-time Oscar winner Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award¼ winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.


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SeaWorld Orlando Halloween Spooktacular Is back offering family friendly Halloween fun for everyone

SeaWorld Orlando Halloween Spooktacular Is back offering family friendly Halloween fun for everyone

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular is back with better candy and for the first time ever, a passholder exclusive area. Between 12-8pm during weekends in October guests can get immersed in an underwater “fantasea” and compared to other parks here in Orlando it’s all included with regular park admission.

For the first day of Halloween Spooktacular there was a lot of guest lined up for its opening with many kids dressed up in costumes and some adults too.

Throughout the event you can do some trick-or-treating, dancing with sea fairies and other sea creatures and the kids can create sea-themed arts and crafts.

Trick or treat bags are handed out to guests for free.

There is multiple candy stations throughout the area and you can pick up a special Halloween Spooktacular map to guide you to each one.

 Most of the candy they hand out at Spooktacular was brand name candy like Twizzlers, Jelly Belly, Mentos and Lemon Heads.


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ParkSpotting at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Frozen Fun winds down, Big Hero 6 on display, One Man’s Dream changes

ParkSpotting at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Frozen Fun winds down, Big Hero 6 on display, One Man’s Dream changes

 Welcome back to another edition of ParkSpotting. Today I will take a trip around Disney’s Hollywood Studios and say farewell to some of the Frozen Summer Fun Event additions.

 The Frozen presence is strong as soon as you walk into the park.

I arrived just 10 minutes before the last “Anna’s and Elsa’s Royal Welcome” parade and apparently so did everybody else.

This was the last chance to see the Frozen sisters parade down Hollywood Blvd and a large crowd showed up for the occassion.

The Frozen parade was one of my favorite parts of the Frozen Summer Fun event, especially as you got to see the real life Kristoff for the first time.

Most of the parade floats are being moved back to Magic Kingdom for the addition of the Frozen characters in the Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade.

At the end of the parade Anna and Elsa greet their fans on the way to the stage. The screams from the excited kids reached a fever pitch.

The little “Let it Go” sing along together with the Frozen sisters is a cute end to the parade.

The most popular girls in the Disney world right now.

After the heavily attended Frozen stage ceremony I took cover behind the Sorcerer hat to wait for the crowds to disperse and spotted some other Disney friends.

Daisy and Donald was out greeting in their dapper best!

They may not be the Frozen sisters but Donald and Daisy still had a line of excited kids and adults waiting to meet them.

 

The ABC TV show Once Upon A Time is making sure to take advantage of the Frozen hype.

My next stop was the “For the First Time In Forever” Frozen Sing-Along Celebration. This is one of the Frozen experiences that will continue being around in the park but rumors is that the show will be moved to the now empty American Idol building.

All FP+ were gone for the day and it was a full house for the show.

It may just be a simple retelling of the movie but with the added comedy of the hosts and the live singing finale this is absolutely something you should at least see once.

Some Disney Bounding Frozen girls were waiting excitedly in line for the sing along.

After the Frozen Sing-Along I took a stroll down the Streets of America to check out the progress of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights being put up.

Osborne Lights is always a great Christmas event to go to so I’m really happy to see that it will be back this year.

Decided to make a quick stop into the Honey, I Shrunk The Kids play area as I have never been in there before.

Lots of kids enjoying themselves in there but I succeded in grabbing some cool pics of the over sized decor.

Spotted large crowds in front of Muppet Vision 3D. Don’t think I have ever seen so many people outside Muppets before. Either it became really popular since my last visit or maybe it could be the affect of FP+.

The popular Jedi Training Academy is still going strong with many volunteers wanting to defeat Darth Vader.

The rain clouds slowly rolling in made the perfect backdrop for the Tower.

The now empty American Idol Experience show building is just waiting to get its makeover.

Some new Mickey Halloween and Toy Story Mania mugs available at the snack carts.

A yummy Mickey pretzel is always a perfect snack.

Frozen Photopass “Magic Shots” is now a common sight in the park.

Your only opportunity to meet Sven is in these shots.

Every time I go to the park I have to check out this oldie but a goodie, One Man’s Dream.

The very large New Fantasyland model they had in this room is now gone and has been replaced with some other Disney models and props.

You can now check out a miniature Dipmobile from “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”.

A classic Tron helmet on display.

This Tower of Terror model is very impressive. Wish they had models like this for sale.

Took another AC break inside The Magic of Disney Animation.

Wreck it Ralph and Vanellope is still entertaining guests inside.

The Production Gallery had gotten a new “Big Hero 6″ overlay.

On Nov 7 Baymax and Hiro will be household names.

The art office also got the Big Hero 6 treatment.

I love checking out the art store at the exit of The Magic of Disney Animation. Spotted this new cool Jack Skellington figurine.

Next up I had a FP+ for the Great Movie Ride and I got on the ride in 5 minutes even though it was a 45 min standby line. Moments like this is when you really appreciate FP+

Cowboys and Forbidden Stones everywhere. My favorite part of the Great Movie Ride is the Indiana Jones sections.

So another Frozen Summer Fun addition that is changing is Wandering Oaken’s Frozen Funland. The Funland is changing locations to the exit of the now closed up Backlot Tour and the ice rink is unfortunately not surviving that move. Though Oaken’s will still have a snowy playground for kids to build Olaf’s in.

Frozen merchandise and treats will still be apart of the new Oaken’s.

Backlot Tour had its last day on Sept 27 and CMs were now stationed outside its entrance informing guests about its closure.

You could spot the new Oaken’s already in construction at the old AFI Showcase exit of Backlot Tour.

I heard news of another new area in the park getting a Frozen overlay, the Legend of Hollywood shop on Sunset Blvd.

Frozen movie posters outside the shop.

The store is now packed with Frozen merchandise that according to the CMs is flying of the shelves.

That’s it for this weeks Park Spotting. Come back next week for another trip around the parks.


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VIDEO: Maelstrom tribute final ride at Epcot as “Frozen” takes over Walt Disney World

VIDEO: Maelstrom tribute final ride at Epcot as “Frozen” takes over Walt Disney World

Yesterday hundreds of fans poured into Epcot to become the last to pass through Maelstrom, the classic Norway boat ride attraction that is now closed forever to make way for an upcoming “Frozen” attraction.

With wait times stretching in excess of two hours on its final night, Maelstrom proved to be popular in its last weekend as those who had ridden it since 1988 said their final goodbyes.

We were there to capture the entire ride experience as a tribute to this now extinct attraction, seen in the POV multi-angle video below.


Video: Maelstrom Tribute Full Ride POV before Frozen moves in to Epcot, Walt Disney World


The majority of Norway will remain open for now, but Maelstrom’s sign has already been taken down and its ever-cascading waterfall stopped pouring, leaving us to only assume it’s been iced over as Elsa and her “Frozen” friends move in.

Epcot isn’t the only Walt Disney World spot for more “Frozen” entertainment. Disney’s Hollywood Studios continues to hold daily sing-along stage show performances and Magic Kingdom will soon receive a Christmas makeover, “Frozen” style with Elsa illuminating Cinderella Castle and appearing in the Christmas parade along with Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf.


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