The Force Awakens
Tech giants will allow movie buyers to watch on devices running rival’s OS
by Ben Fritz at MarketWatch
Walt Disney Co. has achieved something that many in Hollywood—and Silicon Valley—have been attempting for years: Getting Apple Inc. and Google Inc. to play nicely together. In an unprecedented agreement to share rights to digital content, the two tech giants will allow consumers who buy a Disney movie from either of their online stores to watch it on smartphones, tablets and other digital devices that run their rival’s operating system. Starting Tuesday people who register with the Disney Movies Anywhere app and buy a copy of “Frozen”, for instance, from the Google Play store on an Android tablet, can later watch the film on an Apple TV through their iTunes library.
But can they recapture the old magic?
by Patrick Grafton-Green at The Independent
In order to be artistically worthwhile, a remake needs to offer a fresh take, a different perspective on an old tale. In getting the green light, the general hope is they’ll recapture the magic that made the original a success. Throw in a couple of big stars and, commercially speaking, you’re on to a winner. It’s telling, however, that neither Alice in Wonderland nor Maleficient were lavished with praise.
It wouldn’t be fair to completely write off this Disney phenomenon at such an early stage – the prospect of introducing these stories to new generations of cinema-goers isn’t necessarily a bad thing, while the switch from animation to live action leaves room for new vision and invention. Revisiting films that have formed an important part of so many childhoods is dangerous, if probably wildly lucrative, ground.
Sources told News 13 the hat will be removed in early 2015
Megan Ribbens at Orlando Business Journal
t’s time to take your final photos and say your goodbyes, as the iconic Mickey’s sorcerer’s hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be removed. Walt Disney World confirmed to Orlando Business Journal on Oct. 24 that the 122-foot-tall hat, which has been the centerpiece of the theme park since 2001, will be removed. “Work continues on bringing new experiences to life at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and we look forward to sharing more information at a later date,” said Disney spokesman Bryan Malenius, who declined to provide more details.
Get ready for another Disney heroine to obsess over
by Esther Zuckerman at Entertainment Weekly
Disney Animation will release its 56th animated feature, Moana, in late 2016. Moana is described as a “a sweeping, CG-animated comedy-adventure,” and takes place in ancient Oceania in the South Pacific. The film will tell the story of its titular character, a teenage girl and “born navigator” who “sets sail in search of a fabled island,” according to a summary from Disney. “During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore,” Disney reveals. Continue reading
Make the Magic Easy with Disney eTicket and More
by Erin Glover at Disney Parks Blog
Have you checked out the new Disneyland.com on your mobile phone? This all-new mobile experience puts your entire Disneyland Resort visit right in the palm of your hand with features like dining reservations, attraction information and – my favorite new features – the new Disney eTicket and even prepaid parking. This complete planning tool is accessible through your device’s web browser; there are no apps to download.
And here’s the best part. Once your tickets are purchased and you’re ready to begin your Disneyland or Disney California Adventure park visit, you simply scan your Disney eTicket directly from your mobile device right at the park turnstile. No need to print anything or visit the ticket booth!
complete article at Disney Parks Blog