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it's a small world Returns to Disneyland With New Magic

A beloved Disneyland attraction returns to Fantasyland on Friday, Feb. 6, when "it's a small world" opens with some new storytelling magic. With the premiere of a new "Spirit of America" scene, new musical enhancements, and a new look for some of the attraction's familiar child dolls, "it's a small world" will once again take guests of all ages on "the happiest cruise that ever sailed."

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Autodesk Technology Brings Magic Mirror to Life For Shrek

In the new Broadway hit SHREK THE MUSICAL, DreamWorks Animation is relying on Autodesk's 3D character animation technology. A customized system based on Autodesk MotionBuilder software is being used to generate a digital face in the Magic Mirror, which speaks to Lord Farquaad in real-time for every show.

Disney Headline News

Plans Submitted for Disney Shanghai

Disney has confirmed that it is submitting plans to the Shanghai government for a new joint-venture theme park, according to VARIETY.

"Discussions have been ongoing about the feasibility of a theme park project in China," according to the statement from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. "We worked on a joint application report with the Shanghai government which will be submitted to the central government for review. No deal has been signed, no project has been approved."

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Dedicated Nintendo Department Opens at Toys"R"Us Times Square

Holiday shoppers visiting Toys"R"Us Times Square will find a new surprise waiting for them -- a new Nintendo department offering an interactive way to have fun, while experiencing the wide range of Nintendo products available this holiday season and beyond.

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Disney Offers Funds to Struggling Hong Kong Disneyland

Disney has made an offer to fund expansions at the Hong Kong Disneyland theme park, which is operating at a loss, per VARIETY.

Plans to develop the site have yet to be approved by the Hong Kong government, the park's majority owner. The expansion may demand changes be made to the shareholding structure. Disney's commitment to the floundering park was made public Monday in a submission to Legco, the territory's equivalent to a parliament, by HKDL managing director Andrew Kam Min-ho.

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Muggles Invited: Harry Potter Exhibition Comes to Chicago

HARRY POTTER fans will have a chance to get a first-hand look inside the famous wizard’s magical world through "Harry Potter: The Exhibition," which will open at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago on April 30, 2009.

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Christian Lorenz Scheurer at Gnomon Gallery

Christian Lorenz Scheurer at Gnomon GalleryProcessions: The Art of Christian Lorenz ScheurerOpening Party: December 5, 2008

Christian Lorenz Scheurer has worked on some of the most innovative movies, games and theme parks of the past decade.

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SpongeBob To Fly Across U.K. In Stage Show

SpongeBob SquarePants, his best starfish buddy and all their fun friends from Bikini Bottom are going on tour across the U.K. in a live action show. The adventure packed musical will premiere at the Hackney Empire on February 3, 2009 and tour the U.K., taking in major cities and theatres from Brighton to Glasgow.

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Bob the Builder 4-D Movie Debuts at LEGOLAND Parks Worldwide

HIT Ent. and Merlin Ent. Group have commissioned SD Ent. and Threshold Animation Studios to bring the innovative movie, BOB THE BUILDER AND THE ROLLER COASTER in 4-D exclusively to LEGOLAND family theme parks worldwide beginning in March 2009.

The never-before-seen movie in 4-D debuts at LEGOLAND California and LEGOLAND Windsor in the United Kingdom in March followed by the other two LEGOLAND parks in Denmark and Germany as well as LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in April. BOB THE BUILDER AND THE ROLLER COASTER will air in LEGOLAND theaters daily during normal operating hours.

Disney Headline News

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Teams Up with Verizon

Marking a first in both the travel and mobile industries, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and Verizon are teaming up for a multi-year relationship designed to enhance the guest experience -- before, during and after guests arrive at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. This alignment allows guests to have a personal tour guide right in their wireless phones along with reliable new services at the parks.

Blogs

Autumn in Turin

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 10:44am

Here at the VIEW Conference there is another vapor in the air besides water: a palpable sense of worry. You can see it on the faces of the digital hipsters listening attentively to representatives of Pixar and DreamWorks, consigning their show reels with all the courtesy and ceremony of a Japanese businessman presenting his business card.

Holiday Headline News

Knott's Merry Farm Hosts A Charlie Brown Christmas

Knott's Berry Farm will magically transform into Knott's Merry Farm this holiday season as they present "A Charlie Brown Christmas" with seasonal entertainment, spectacular decorations including a 65 foot tall Christmas tree, and a colorful Christmas parade starting Thanksgiving day and running through December 30, 2008.

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LEGOLAND California Brings RealD 3-D to Guests

In its first alliance with a theme park, RealD, the world's largest digital 3-D experience provider, and LEGOLAND, California have partnered to present the LEGOLAND 4D presentations SPELLBREAKER 4D and LEGO RACERS 4D, powered by RealD PRO technology at the theme park's Show Place Theater. This new partnership harnesses the most advanced digital 3-D technology and offers a unique sensory experience for LEGOLAND guests. An exciting new film will launch in early 2009.

Disney Headline News

Disney's California Adventure Goes Back To 1920s

Previewing an estimated $1 billion expansion and remodel (per LOS ANGELES TIMES) of Disney's California Adventure, the Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar will give park guests an idea of what's to come.

Beginning October 20, guests will be able to view working models as well as dozens of concepts and sketches from Disney Imagineers, the creative minds behind the design and construction of Disney theme parks and attractions.

Autodesk Headline News

Autodesk Introduces Digital Stone Exhibition to China

Digital Stone, a contemporary art exhibition touring three cities in China, has opened at the Today Art Museum in Beijing. The exhibit, sponsored by Autodesk, features the work of four American stone sculptors who use 3D software to create sculpture and represent the surprising intersection of art and technology.

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Backyardigans Live! Tale of the Mighty Knights Stages New Performances

Nickelodeon and Broadway Across America have announced additional performances of THE BACKYARDIGANS LIVE! TALE OF THE MIGHTY KNIGHTS throughout 2008 and into 2009. The national touring production will visit 30 new venues beginning October 7 in Champaign, Illinois, USA and stopping in Los Angeles; St. Louis; Salt Lake City; and Seattle; among other top markets.

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A Grand Day Out For Aspiring Young Inventors

Aardman's Oscar winning WALLACE AND GROMIT will be at the heart of a major government-backed exhibition at the Science Museum designed to inspire a new generation of British innovators.

The exhibition, due to open in spring 2009, will tap into WALLACE AND GROMIT's famous flair for invention with interactive exhibits, creative activities and animated displays, all of which will be themed around the fictional characters' house.

Halloween Headline News

Universal Studios Offers Look At The Wolfman

A first look at Universal Pictures' re-imagining of the genre classic, THE WOLFMAN, will debut at Universal Studios Hollywood's "Halloween Horror Nights" as part of the theme park's "Terror Tram."

The "Terror Tram: The Nightmare Tour" -- which expands this year to double the length of previous Halloween tram experiences -- will offer an exclusive preview of THE WOLFMAN on the tram's LED screens.

Blogs

Coming Attractions: Ottawa International Animation Festival

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at 10:20pm

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is trying out some new elements this year, including a new venue (the Canadian Museum of Civilization), a new free shuttle bus between venues and new additions to programming, like a live art presentation by Daniel Barrow, who uses an overhead projector and narration to create something called "manual animation."

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Anima Mundi 2008: The Warmth of Brazil

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at 9:59pm

From the shores of enchanting Rio to Sao Paulo’s urban hustle and bustle, I was lucky enough to attend Brazil’s 2008 Anima Mundi festival. This is the only festival I know about that starts in one city for a week and then moves to another town for another week of festivities. While this makes it one of the longest festivals, I think most people would want it to last even a little longer.

Digital Headline News

Total Immersion Brings Augmented Reality To Arizona Science Center's New Exhibit

Fireworks aren't just for the Fourth of July. Total Immersion has created an augmented reality experience for a new permanent gallery called "My Digital World," which opened on September 1 at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. And for the engaged visitor, the payoff is almost incendiary.

Blogs

Help Save Totoro's Birthplace!

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 10:33pm

If you haven't heard about the amazing Totoro Forest Project fund-raising exhibition/auction, which will be held Sept. 6th at Pixar, then you are missing out on some fabulous artwork being sold for a great cause. Spearheaded by Pixar art director Dice Tsutsumi, the event features artwork from some the top animators and illustrators working today. Check out this artwork!

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