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For lovers of fashion, history, and a bit of good fun, there are plenty of "throwback" events in the year's social calendar. These primarily happen on the east coastfor example there are vintage baseball games and NYC's summer-favorite Jazz Age Lawn Partybut sometimes the west coast gets in on the retro fun as well.
Case in point: Dapper Day at Disneyland. The event began in 2011, with a few hundred amusement park-goers donning their best vintage duds to enjoy Disneyland the way Walt Disney envisioned it: with families dressed in suits and skirts instead of fanny packs and cargo shorts. Now, Dapper Day attracts around 20,000 (the "dapper" folk nearly outnumber regular visitors) in the one day, and it's spread to include the Disney parks in Orlando and Paris.
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The real star of Saving Mr. Banks is actually Disneyland.
The modern day park was transformed back to 1961 for the film which follows Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) on his quest to convince Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) that she should let him turn her beloved book into a movie.
Through costumes, exact replica poster art, balloons, and the famous retro Floral Mickey that once greeted visitors, Disneyland was brought back to its early days just for the film.
Adventures by Disney has announced a new itinerary inspired by the film Frozen, in theaters this weekend.
Norway: Fjords, Bergen & Oslo is a seven-night, eight-day vacation that revolves around hands-on experiences. Travelers of all ages will be immersed in the culture that inspired the setting of Disney's Frozen.
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There's no hiding the fact we are really excited for Disney's newest animated feature, Planes; after all, it is about planes! Valuable life-lessons, star-studded voice-overs and cute talking airplanes, what more can you ask for?
The creative minds at Disney have drawn up Rochelle, a spitfire little racing plane determined to win any race she enters. Acting as the heroine of the story, she is painted pink, hails from Quebec, and voiced by Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Here's the twist, she is only French-Canadian for the North American release of the movie and will take on different names and sport a different paint job in different countries. For example, in the Russian release she's red, white and blue and in Australia and New Zealand, she is the Aussie 'Shiela' with a kangaroo painted near her tail.
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Here's a film we can really get into; 'Planes'! In what could be a modern day twist on the retro animated favorite, Pedro, the newest full-length film from Disney features cute little planes, complete with a heart-warming story conveying a very valuable life lesson. Pay close attention when the movie debuts later this summer (August 9) and you'll notice there's a character we're all familiar with: American Airlines' shiny new 777-300ER.
The widebody goes by the name of Tripp and is (of course) painted in AA's fresh livery as an homage to the newest aircraft in the family. Tripp only has a cameo as a flashy commercial aircraft who motivates the misfit crop-dusting plane, Dusty, to fly higher and achieve greatness. Genius brand placement.
August 9. Mark it in your iCal right now.
That's the release date for Disney's newest animated film, one based on the winning formula of "Cars," but featuring AIRPLANES. And, just as you'd expect, the title of the film is to be "Planes." The story follows the struggles of Dusty, a single-engine plane from a pastoral background who dreams of hitting the big time in air races.
Even cooler still:
We first reported on the development of Planes way back in August 2011 when some initial sketches were released,but recently Disney not only introduced the whole cast of cutesy flying machines, but also announced the celebrities lending their voices to the film.
Without further ado, meet the Planes:
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We’ve seen hints of the warmer weather here and there, but it must already be heating up at a couple of the country’s theme parks. Spring has arrived, as tulips and daffodils begin to dot the landscape that’s usually filled with rollercoasters and corn dogs. Not everyone gets in on the spring fun, but here’s a few amusement parks doing the spring thing:
Knott's Berry Bloom
They don’t exactly close for the winter, after all the southern California weather can’t be beat. However, Knott’s Berry Farm does welcome the change of seasons as only a theme park can. Beginning on March 23 they’re upping the ante on the existing offerings, as they’re promising a boost in live entertainment, plenty of games, and even a bunch of food and wine events.
They’ll be taking down the seasonal decorations from the attic as well, as the place gets “spring-i-fied”—their words not ours. Knott’s Towering Topiary Tasting Garden mixes oversized garden sculptures with some adult sips and samples, and the kids get in on the fun as they look for Snoopy and his friends during the park’s Search for the Easter Beagle. Most of the seasonal stuff is included in your admission—around $60 per person.
Marvel’s superheroes are about to descend on Hong Kong. Disney has just announced they will soon begin building the first ever Marvel “Themed Area” within their Hong Kong Disneyland Park.
The plan isn't a total surprise to comic fans. Disney has been open about the fact that they've planned to introduce more Marvel elements into their theme parks since they acquired the company in 2009. It also makes sense to launch the new enterprise in Hong Kong since it will be a big draw to tourists visiting from the mainland.
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Disney Adventures is hosting its first expedition inspired by a Disney-Pixar film this summer with “Scotland: A Brave Adventure.”
Travelers will have the opportunity to immerse themselves into the world of Brave. On this 9-day, 8-night trip, guests will visit Edinburgh, the Isle of Skye, the Isle of Lewis and Inverness in Scotland, just as Merida does in the upcoming film.
The real-life "Up" house in Herriman, Utah has found permanent owners.
The house, which is a full-scale replica of the home in the Disney/Pixar movie "Up", located at 13222 Herriman Rose Boulevard, was originally built by Bangerter Homes to be part of the 2011 Salt Lake City Parade of Homes but became a tourist attraction that has brought more than 1000 people a week through suburban Herriman.
The builders had to get special permission from Disney to recreate every detail of the cartoon house, from Carl's chair in the living room to the mailbox outside, and that is exactly what appealed to the home's new owners.
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From the people who brought you the movie Cars (ah hem Pixar) now comes Planes! It's trueDisney is rehashing the storyline that made them million upon millions in Cars and giving it wings, literally. Just announced this weekend, Pixar's Planes won't be available until spring 2013, when it goes straight to DVD.
The story follows a cropduster plane"Dusty" voiced by Jon Cryerwho leaves his little town of Propwash Junction (sound familiar to Cars already?) with a courageous spirit and a longing to join the ranks of faster planes, like air racers and military jets.
Check out the trailer (yes, there's already a trailer):
Jennifer Lopez took advantage of a little downtime over the weekend and spent the day with her family at Disneyland. On Saturday she was spotted on the Dumbo Ride at the Anaheim, California theme park with her three-year-old daughter Emme. Her son Max, mother Guadalupe and sisters Lynda and Leslie also tagged along for a day of Disney magic.
Of course Jennifer wouldn't be expected to walk through the park on her own, so Disney accommodated the Lopez family by providing them with a personal escort for the day who kept fans at bay.