Universal Studios Opening a New Theme Park in China


Hey all you Universal Studios fans. I have some really cool news to report, so listen up! Universal Studios is planning to open it's first Chinese theme park after 13 years of trying to break into China's entertainment market. The company reported on Monday that Hollywood Director Steven Spielberg is set to help design the Beijing Universal Park. WOW!Looks like Universal is giving The Walt Disney Company and Dream Works Animation a little competition with being the latest US firm to enter … [Read more...]

Shanghai Disneyland is Coming in 2015


Disney is continuing it's plan of World Domination with it's newest park opening in China. Shanghai Disneyland is slated to open in 2015 with a Magic Kingdom style park. Disney currently has International Parks (with partners or other owners) in Paris, France; Tokyo, Japan and Hong Kong, China.Shanghai Disneyland will offer many of the authentic Disney features we love, as well as make sure the park honors the Chinese culture. While this park is designed specifically for the people of China, … [Read more...]

Man gets Jail Time for Selling fake Disney Pins

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A Southern California man was sentenced to eight years in state prison for illegally importing counterfeit Disney merchandise from China and selling it over the Internet.Larry James Allred, 58, pleaded guilty to a court offer of one felony count of trademark infringement, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office.Prosecutors said Allred, had two previous strikes: a 1975 rape conviction and a 1978 conviction for rape and kidnapping.As part of his … [Read more...]

LucasFilms Donates $1 million to Chinese Earthquake Victims

The Walt Disney Company has announced that it will donate $1 million in humanitarian aid for the areas affected by a recent deadly  earthquake in southwestern China's province of Sichuan. The president of LucasFilm, Kathleen Kennedy, made the announcement in China on Saturday where she made two appearances. She also used this time to discuss two recent deals in China.Kennedy offered her condolences to the individuals affected by the natural disaster which killed over 150 people and injured … [Read more...]

Disney Confidential – Bus Times and Dragon Boats

Hey there guys and gals! It is Moi…Anonymouse and I have some news that I think we can all jump up and down for joy with!Anyone who has ridden the Disney buses has asked the age-old question (and no it isn't why that young strong teenager is not giving his seat up to the older woman with a cane)...it's why can't Disney come up with a decent way to let its resort guests know when my resort bus will be here!  Never fear help is on the way!Over at the Grand Floridian a new monitor is up at … [Read more...]

The Attractions of of Epcot’s World Showcase

I'll say this once again, the World Showcase is magnificent in its scope and splendor even if you just look at the buildings. There are also a lot of entertainment opportunities that I, like a lot of other folks, call attractions which are family friendly. These are as follows:Mexico - The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros (formerly El Rio del Tiempo - The river of time) A charming little adventure starring Donald, Jose Carioca, and Panchito Pistoles. Norway - Maelstrom. An … [Read more...]

Drink Around the World Showcase – China Pavilion

China's Joy of Tea at Epcot

If you’re touring Epcot for Chip & Co.’s Drink Around the World Showcase (DAWS) challenge, China is a promising quick drink stop. China provides two convenient locations for drinks and a nibble, the Lotus Blossom Café, the pavilion’s counter-restaurant, and the Joy of Tea stand.While either place works well for DAWS, I’m partial to China’s Joy of Tea stand. Not only is it one of the most attractive kiosks in the World Showcase, with a picturesque view of both the lagoon and the China … [Read more...]

Disney Publishing Worldwide Releases “Learn Chinese: Toy Story 3” for iPad

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LEARN CHINESE: TOY STORY 3 TEACHES KEY VOCABULARY IN ENGLISH AND MANDARIN THROUGH DISNEY STORYBOOKSDisney Publishing Worldwide (DPW), the world’s largest publisher of children’s books and magazines, will increase its presence in the digital learning space with its first language learning product. Learn Chinese: Toy Story 3 will expand DPW’s existing base of educational products with an innovative approach based on the company’s long history of teaching English. The app will be available in … [Read more...]

Disney teams up with You On Demand Video Service in China


YOU On Demand Holdings, Inc.'s PRC joint venture, a leading Pay-Per-View (PPV) and Video On Demand (VOD) content service provider, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Disney Media Distribution, a distribution arm under The Walt Disney Company , to distribute officially approved Disney films for both Transactional Video On Demand (TVOD) and Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) throughout the People's Republic of China.As a result of this deal, YOU On Demand will now be adding … [Read more...]

Restaurants that Need Updating – Epcot’s China Pavilion

The China Pavilion has some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Epcot.  The Pavilion is a great visual representation of China, complete with a replica of the Temple of Heaven, ponds, bridges, and artwork representing the country of China.  Unfortunately, there is one thing completely lost in translation: the food.From reputation alone, I have avoided the Nine Dragons.  Reviews call it "flavorless" and recommend stopping pretty much anywhere else.   If you have a good … [Read more...]