Monthly Archives: July 2013

Star Wars Celebration coming to Anaheim in 2015

Star Wars Celebration

At the end of Star Wars Celebration Europe’s closing ceremonies this weekend, Lucasfilm officially announced the details of its next official convention: Star Wars Celebration 2015 will be held in Anaheim, California, from April 16-19, 2015. Timed with the release of Star Wars: Episode VII, this promises to be a Star Wars Celebration like no other.

The move to Anaheim makes perfect sense because the Convention Center is all but attached to Disneyland. It’s also the site of the D23 Expo. Being that Disney now owns Lucasfilm, it would be surprising to see these events anywhere but Anaheim and Orlando when they take place in the U.S., according to IFilm. Continue reading

Reviewers: Mickey and the Magical Map isn’t very magical

Prices at Disneyland are higher than ever – most passes are blocked now and there are many rides that either are not working or are working but are not in great shape.

So to distract us from all of these negatives, Disneyland recently launched a new live show – “Mickey and the Magical Map.”  The reviews are now in – and for the most part they aren’t good. Continue reading

World of Color – Winter Dreams to debut at DCA on November 15

World of Color

Disneyland Resort Debuts ‘World of Color — Winter Dreams,’ a Merry New Spectacular for 2013 Holiday Season

Holiday Season begins Nov. 15 with Christmas Parade, ‘Holiday Magic’ Fireworks and Snowfall in Disneyland Park, Plus Seasonal Decor for Cars Land and Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure Park

ANAHEIM, Calif., July 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — “World of Color − Winter Dreams,” an all-new holiday version of the popular“World of Color” after-dark spectacular, will debut at Disney California Adventure Park, Friday, Nov. 15, adding even more merriment to the holiday season at the Disneyland Resort. Continue reading

Blown Disney marriage proposal pic goes viral

Blown Disney proposal

When a fellow tried to propose marriage to his bride, at Disneyworld, the moment was captured on film – but some dude walked through the picture, blowing it and providing vast fodder for the Reddit community.

Folks have taken to spoofing the moment by superimposing the awkward interloper in other settings, such as these: Continue reading

Disney’s arch-enemy, Universal Pictures, launches a big dud in R.I.P.D.

Disney had to suffer a few weeks ago while their Lone Ranger movie flopped and their arch-enemies at Universal Studios raked in the cash from their summer blockbuster, Despicable Me 2.

Now the shoe is on the other foot as Universal Pictures has launched perhaps the biggest dud of the summer – R.I.P.D, the $130-million action-comedy grossed just $12.8 million, only good enough for a seventh-place finish, according to the Los Angeles Times. Continue reading

Disney’s Alauni Resort appears to be too expensive and not satisfying

Disney's Alauni Resort

Aulani, in Hawaii, is “A Disney Resort & Spa is a family paradise with a touch of magic—where everyone can enjoy amazing adventures, both together and on their own,” according to Disney’s resort website.

The Aulani ressort is supposed to be “a Hawaiʻi Resort that celebrates Hawaiian culture, history and traditions.”  And their service is supposed to be “first-rate” and “impeccable.”

But the reality is far from that, if you are to believe the many comments found on Yelp and on Trip Advisor.  Here are a few examples: Continue reading

Woman dies after falling out of a roller coaster at a Six Flags amusement park in Texas

A woman died Friday evening in an accident while riding the Texas Giant roller coaster at a Six Flags amusement park in North Texas, authorities said, according to Fox News.

The accident happened just after 6:30 p.m. CT on Friday at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. Park spokeswoman Sharon Parker confirmed that a woman died while riding the Texas Giant roller coaster but did not specify how she was killed. However, witnesses told local media outlets that the woman fell, according to USA Today. Continue reading

Disneyland celebrates 58 years since Walt Disney opened the resort

Guests apparently celebrated Disneyland’s 58th birthday yesterday by dancing with costumed cast members, on Main St., according to the O.C. Register.

It was 58 years ago, on July 17, 1955, that Walt Disney stood inside the entrance to Disneyland, welcoming “all who come to this happy place” for the first time, according to Sherry Barkcas at Mydesert. Continue reading

Man gets 8 years for illegally importing fake Disney pins from China to sell online

Larry James Allred

Larry James Allred

Orange County District Attorney Press Release
For Immediate Release, Case # 11NF1191: July 15, 2013


*Co-defendant was sentenced to one year in jail and three years formal probation

SANTA ANA – A man was sentenced today to eight years in state prison and ordered to pay $201,000 in restitution for illegally importing counterfeit collectible Disney pins from China and selling them over the Internet. Larry James Allred, 58, Walnut, pleaded guilty to a court offer to one felony count of trademark infringement with sentencing enhancements for property loss of over $200,000. He has a 1975 prior strike conviction for rape and a 1978 prior strike conviction for kidnapping and rape. Continue reading

Tom Hanks stars as Walt Disney in “Saving Mr. Banks”

What?  Tom Hanks as Walt Disney?  You bet.  And as usual he absolutely owns the part, as seen in the trailer above, for “Saving Mr. Banks,” a touching movie “inspired by true events, the extraordinary, untold story of how the classic ‘Mary Poppins’ made it to the screen – and the testy relationship that the legendary Walt Disney had with author P.L. Travers that almost derailed it,” according to the official Disney movie website. Continue reading