Disneyland Dispatch: Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! and Pandora: The World of Avatar

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. and ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 17, 2017) – Anchored by two amazing new experiences ­– one an alien planet where mountains float and Banshees fly, the other an epic adventure inviting a breathtaking drop into the world of Super Heroes – Disney parks on both coasts are poised to make summer 2017 a season like none other. It all begins May 27, with the debuts of Pandora ­– The World of Avatar at Walt Disney World Resort and Guardians of the Galaxy ­– Mission: BREAKOUT! at the Disneyland Resort.

With a supporting cast of even more new events and great attractions at both resorts, there’s plenty of fun in the sun for Disney Parks guests in California and Florida.

“In the U.S. and around the world, Disney parks are making new magic for our guests,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “With an irreverent and rockin’ new attraction at Disneyland Resort and an entire never-before-seen world at Walt Disney World Resort opening this May, there are fantastic experiences in store for our guests. Starting this summer they will be able to step into the worlds of their favorite stories and characters like never before.”

Throughout the season, guests at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts will experience the kind of sensational adventures only Disney can create.

At Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, opening May 27: Pandora – The World of Avatar, an all-new land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, will transport guests to a mystical world of bioluminescent rainforests, floating mountains and soaring banshees. In collaboration with filmmaker James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment, Disney is bringing to life the fantasy world of Pandora, inspired by Cameron’s epic film AVATAR. Guests will fly above the jungles of Pandora while riding on a mountain banshee on the thrilling Avatar Flight of Passage. And they’ll board reed boats for Na’vi River Journey, a family-friendly excursion down a rainforest river to see the Na’vi Shaman of Songs.

At Disneyland Resort in California, opening May 27: Outrageous and irreverent characters from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, comics and animated series lead guests on a high-energy adventure in Guardians of the Galaxy ­– Mission: BREAKOUT! at Disney California Adventure Park. The chaotic and hilarious adventure combines a breathtaking free-fall sensation with all-new visual and audio effects, plus the attraction’s “awesome mix tape” of music inspired by the films’ soundtracks. Guests will board a gantry lift for multiple, random ride experiences in a pulse-pounding rise and fall as they join Rocket, one of the most unusual heroes a guest will encounter, in a daring plan to free the captive Guardians from The Collector’s Fortress. Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! is the cornerstone of the summertime celebration, Summer of Heroes, where guests will enjoy Super Hero encounters; an awesome dance-off featuring Star-Lord and Gamora; and, for a limited time, a challenging “Avengers Training Initiative” for young recruits.

The two, all-new experiences are just the beginning of the fun at Disney Parks on both coasts this summer:

AT DISNEYLAND RESORT

As Disney California Adventure unveils the sensational new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! and Summer of Heroes, exciting experiences will be found all across the Disneyland Resort this summer. Specific dates for some will be announced soon.

  • Guests have a chance to be dazzled by the beloved and iconic “Main Street Electrical Parade,” with an extended run through Aug. 20.
  • The spectacular nighttime “Fantasmic!” show re-opens at Disneyland this summer, and the classic Disneyland Railroad and Rivers of America attractions return to delight park guests.
  • Also in Disneyland, Star Wars and Disney fans will step into out-of-this-galaxy adventures at Star Wars Launch Bay, meeting some Star Wars characters and getting an up-close look at replica props and models from “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”
  • Across both parks, guests will meet characters familiar and new – from Moana and Chewbacca to the stars of Summer of Heroes, including Groot, Captain America and Spider-Man. Photos with Groot are sure to be a big hit as he makes his first appearance in a Disney park.
  • “Disney Junior Dance Party” debuts Friday, May 26, at Disney California Adventure, creating a fun concert experience where adults and kids can sing and dance along to the music. Popular Disney Junior characters from Disney Junior TV shows “Doc McStuffins,” “Sofia the First” and “The Lion Guard” will be joined by characters from the new series “Mickey and the Roadster Racers.”

AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT

The stunning world of Pandora headlines a full lineup of new attractions at Walt Disney World Resort.  From theme parks to water parks to resorts to Disney Springs, there’s something new in every corner of this world.

  • A dazzling new after-dark show, Rivers of Light, treats Disney’s Animal Kingdom guests to a celebration of nature in an experience that features water, floats, projections, fire and light choreographed to an original musical score.
  • A new nighttime experience premieres at Disney’s Hollywood Studios May 26. A full orchestra will provide the soundtrack for a 40-minute visual journey into The Music of Pixar LIVE!
  • Additional movie replicas from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story welcome guests to Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • A new family-friendly raft adventure, Miss Adventure Falls, recently debuted at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park.
  • A May 12 opening is set for “Happily Ever After,” the most spectacular fireworks display in the history of the Magic Kingdom.
  • Disney Springs rocks out with more new, food and beverage locations to complete its transition from Downtown Disney.

All of these new experiences add up to a thrilling summer at Disney Parks, with blockbuster excitement awaiting guests at parks on both coasts

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Two nighttime favorites return to Disneyland and DCA in September

13887095_10154779797232580_2084710989821429472_nAs the 60th Anniversary Celebration winds down, (officially ending on September 5), two favorites return to the Disneyland Resort in September.

First, the original version of ‘Disney’s World of Color’ returns to DCA starting September 6. Recent updates to the show including Frozen (Winter Dreams), holiday and anniversary versions make the return of the original show a welcome addition to the Fall for a limited time.

Next, ‘Fantasy in the Sky’ will return September 9 for a limited time, being replaced in early November by another holiday inspired fireworks spectacular. ‘Fantasy in the Sky’ originally began in 1958 and has played throughout Disneyland’s history.

Digital Scavenger Hunt Update

imageUnfortunately, there will be no springtime Digital Scavenger Hunt in 2016. The following was posted by Don Shively:

Due to many circumstances, there will not be another VF Hunt next spring. It takes lots of work and many volunteers to put on these events and right now, it’s just not in the cards.

We are hoping for a possible event in September, 2016. Watch our website and Facebook for details.

Disney ESPN remark causes stock market panic

Disney remark on TV viewing sends industry into tailspin

A ‘media meltdown’?

by Meg James at Los Angeles Times

Walt Disney Co. warned investors late Tuesday that profit from ESPN and other cable channels would not be as robust as initially thought because fewer consumers are subscribing to full pay-TV packages.

The admission rattled Wall Street. The thinking was that if the world’s largest entertainment company, Disney, and television’s most profitable channel, ESPN, were not immune, then weaker companies and channels were vulnerable too.

In a massive sell-off — one analyst called it “the media meltdown” — over the last two days, Time Warner slid 10%, Disney shares dropped 11%, Fox fell nearly 13% and Viacom plunged 21%.

“One sentence from Disney and nearly $60 billion in market value gets wiped out,” Doug Creutz, media analyst with Cowen & Co., said Thursday. “Can you say panic?”

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Walt Disney’s birthplace children’s museum

A Cinderella story for Walt Disney’s childhood home

Walt Disney’s childhood home may open soon

by John P Owens at Chicago Tribune

It is a modest, two-story frame house, sitting on the corner of Tripp Avenue and Palmer Street in Chicago’s working class Hermosa neighborhood. A young itinerant contractor named Elias Disney built it with his own hands in 1891. His wife, Flora gave birth to Walter “Walt” Elias Disney in a second-floor bedroom on Dec. 5, 1901.

Brent Young and Dina Benadon, the current owners of the house, want to slowly open the property to the public, starting with the neighborhood kids where the house is located. “We believe there’s a lot of parallels between Walt and Roy’s story and what kids in Hermosa go through today. This was a humble, working-class home and these are working-class homes today. But this house is a symbol of the American Dream,” Young said.

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Disney’s new Hyperion animation renderer

Disney’s Hyperion Renderer

How does Hyperion produce images?

by The Hyperion Team at Walt Disney Animation Studio

In our movies, we encounter very large and complex settings that would present a challenge to any renderer striving to simulate realistic lighting. Hyperion is our in-house renderer. Specifically, it is a physically based path tracer.

A renderer is the software that takes a complete virtual scene composed of models, animations, textures, lights, and other objects and produces the final images that make up an animated movie. It does this by calculating how light bounces around the scene and interacts with objects.

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