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.
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.
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.
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.
TRANSFORMERS will now be developed as a new theme park mega-attraction in a partnership between Universal Parks & Resorts, Hasbro, Inc. and DreamWorks Pictures.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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!
Issuing a dare to "Live Your Worst Nightmare," Universal Studios Hollywood has ratcheted up the intensity level to present a new "Halloween Horror Nights" for 2008.
Beginning September 26 and continuing through Sunday, November 2, Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure parks become a one-stop destination to experience spook-tacular entertainment, whimsical decor, a lively mix of Disney characters in Halloween costumes and a variety of festive foods.
Epcot guests at Walt Disney World Resort will be treated to a brand new, highly interactive attraction inspired by Disney Channel's Emmy Award-winning animated series, Disney's KIM POSSIBLE. The new experience is slated to premiere in late 2008.
Using the latest technology, DISNEY'S KIM POSSIBLE WORLD SHOWCASE ADVENTURE invites guests of all ages to become secret agents, teaming up with members of Team Possible to save the world from various comical villains and their mad inventions.
The 1973 Best Picture Oscar statuette for THE STING arrived via armored truck with police motorcycle escorts as Universal Studios Hollywood inaugurated its new movie memorabilia attraction, THE UNIVERSAL EXPERIENCE: BEHIND THE SCENES OF UNIVERSAL PICTURES, celebrating the Studios' historic movie heritage and the first-ever public Oscar display at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.
Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind SESAME STREET, and the USO (United Service Organizations) announced THE SESAME STREET EXPERIENCE FOR MILITARY FAMILIES: a free traveling tour to military installations across the country. The tour, produced by VEE Corporation, is part of Sesame Workshop's TALK, LISTEN, CONNECT initiative, a military outreach program which launched in 2006.
In a ceremony featuring sky divers, fireworks and Disney executives, along with NASA Astronauts and Buzz Lightyear on board the International Space Station, the new TOY STORY MANIA! attraction premiered Tuesday in Disney's California Adventure as part of Disney's "Year of a Million Dreams."
Imagine a home so perfectly attuned to the needs of a family that it can anticipate and fulfill them, virtually without anyone lifting a finger. Now imagine that the home offers family members high-tech connectivity, not just with one another but with people, entertainment and information in the world at large.
Guests at Disneyland can soon do more than imagine it. Beginning June 17, the Innoventions Dream Home in Tomorrowland is bringing that world to life as a limited number of guests have the opportunity to preview the home.
Leading independent producer Novel Ent. is taking its hit show HORRID HENRY from the TV screen to the stage with Watershed Productions in association with Sheffield Theatres. This announcement comes on the back of a recent second series commission for HORRID HENRY from CITV.
For the first time ever on stage, Henry takes his rightful place in the spotlight. Along with Mum, Dad, Perfect Peter and Moody Margaret -- only they're not going to be in the spotlight, of course, not if Henry's got anything to do with it.
Universal Studios Hollywood is paying tribute to the firefighters who recently helped save the historic Universal studio with a "Salute to Firefighters," offering badged fire department personnel a free One Day General Admission throughout the month of June. Up to three family members or friends accompanying an eligible firefighter will also receive 50 percent off a One Day General Admission.
To obtain free admission, firefighters may show current photo employee identification at the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park box office.
Thomas Town, a newly created children's area based on the popular THOMAS & FRIENDS brand, opened today at Six Flags Magic Mountain.