Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!

Guardians of the Galaxy Ð Mission: BREAKOUT! -- Debuting in summer 2017, Guardians of the Galaxy Ð Mission: BREAKOUT! will take Disney California Adventure park guests through the fortress-like museum of the mysterious Collector, who is keeping his newest acquisitions, the Guardians of the Galaxy, as prisoners. Guests will board a gantry lift which launches them into a daring adventure as they join Rocket Raccoon in an attempt to set free his fellow Guardians. The new attraction will transform the structure currently housing The Twilight Zone Tower of Terrorª into an epic new adventure, enhancing the breathtaking free fall sensation with new visual and audio effects to create a variety of ride experiences. Guests will experience multiple, random and unique ride profiles in which the rise and fall of the gantry lift rocks to the beat of music inspired by the filmÕs popular soundtrack. (Artist Concept/Disneyland Resort)
Guardians of the Galaxy Ð Mission: BREAKOUT! — Debuting in summer 2017, Guardians of the Galaxy Ð Mission: BREAKOUT! will take Disney California Adventure park guests through the fortress-like museum of the mysterious Collector, who is keeping his newest acquisitions, the Guardians of the Galaxy, as prisoners. Guests will board a gantry lift which launches them into a daring adventure as they join Rocket Raccoon in an attempt to set free his fellow Guardians. The new attraction will transform the structure currently housing The Twilight Zone Tower of Terrorª into an epic new adventure, enhancing the breathtaking free fall sensation with new visual and audio effects to create a variety of ride experiences. Guests will experience multiple, random and unique ride profiles in which the rise and fall of the gantry lift rocks to the beat of music inspired by the filmÕs popular soundtrack. (Artist Concept/Disneyland Resort)

Via Disneyland News:

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (July 23, 2016) – The Guardians of the Galaxy are coming to the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.

Beginning summer 2017, guests at Disney California Adventure Park will join in a daring confrontation with one of the most unusual characters in the park’s history: Tanaleer Tivan, the Collector. He has opened his unique collection of fauna, relics and species to guests for a special tour culminating with his latest prized possessions: the Guardians of the Galaxy, themselves! Fortunately, Rocket has a plan to free his friends­ – and that plan includes recruiting Disneyland Resort guests in a sensational rescue effort.

This comically cosmic, rocking new adventure, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! is the result of a collaboration between the creative minds behind the comic books, the films and Walt Disney Imagineering. The attraction will drop guests directly into the story alongside characters from the comic books and the blockbuster films.

Joe Rohde, Portfolio Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering, is leading the project. He shared this preview of the new attraction: “The setting is a kind of fortress that’s owned by the mysterious Collector and it’s packed with creatures and his latest acquisitions from across the universe. Now he has imprisoned the Guardians of the Galaxy and they’re hanging in display cases over a giant abyss. The captor doesn’t know it but Rocket Raccoon has escaped and is enlisting our aid—all the guests—to help the Guardians in a breakout scheme. And the rest is comical chaos; a very funny, very irreverent story and a really wonderful addition to Disney California Adventure.”

“It’s such a thrill to be working alongside a true visionary like Joe Rohde and the entire Walt Disney Imagineering team,” said Joe Quesada, Chief Creative Officer, Marvel. “Like our stories and characters, projects led by Joe are the stuff of legend, so Marvel fans rejoice! The universe couldn’t be in better hands! Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! is going to be an out of this world experience and what has me even more excited are Joe’s ‘secret’ plans for the future. We’re just getting warmed up.”

The announcement was made today at San Diego Comic-Con by Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, who said: “The incredibly talented Disney Imagineering team has found a way to harness the spirit which drove Guardians of the Galaxy’s success to create this immersive experience. With its debut timed to the release of the film’s sequel, we are eager to present the attraction to the millions who visit Disney California Adventure and place them in the center of the action as they join in a mission alongside our audacious Guardians of the Galaxy team.”

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! takes place in the fortress-like museum of the mysterious Collector, who has trapped his newest acquisitions, the Guardians of the Galaxy. One member of the group, the intrepid Rocket, has escaped, and he calls upon brave visitors for help. Guests board a gantry lift which launches them into a daring adventure as they join Rocket in an attempt to set free his fellow Guardians.

The new attraction will anchor a broader universe of Super Heroes that will grow over time in Disney California Adventure Park. Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!  will transform the structure currently housing The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ into an epic new adventure, enhancing the breathtaking free fall sensation with new visual and audio effects to create a variety of ride experiences. Guests will experience multiple, random and unique ride profiles in which the rise and fall of the gantry lift rocks to the beat of music inspired by the film’s popular soundtrack.

Fans of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror will want to experience the attraction from now until its final “drop day,” which will be celebrated in true Disney fashion in early January.

The Twilight Zone® is a registered trademark of CBS, Inc. and is used with permission pursuant to a license from CBS, Inc.

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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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