Did I Just See & Hear Mermaids on the Pirates of the Caribbean Ride?

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I went on one of my favorite rides and as I went along, somehow I had forgotten the news that mermaids had been added to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride – and I am hearing most people did not know either. So, I wanted to share with you my experience so you can be better prepared and on the lookout for the mermaids on your next “POTC” trip.So, there I was riding along with my group and I began to hear the voices of mermaids singing. I thought to myself, is … [Read more...]

Preview Period Has Begun for Fantasyland

The day we all have been waiting for is finally here...in a bit controversial and different from announced way. The new Fantasyland is open! Though scheduled to open on December 6th, they have begun what is being called a "preview period".  Disney Parks Blog reports that the new expansion’s “Preview Period” began on Nov. 19, which means the new rides, experiences and restaurants are accessible to all Magic Kingdom guests with some limitations such as limited operation hours.The new areas … [Read more...]

‘Celebrate the Magic’ Debutes at Magic Kingdom Park

As you probably already know, Walt Disney World has been busy at work creating an all new "Celebrate the Magic" nighttime projection show at the Magic Kingdom since it's last showing on Labor Day when it was previously presented as "The Magic, The Memories, and You!". Well the time has come to "Celebrate the Magic" in a whole new way!“Celebrate the Magic” is a nighttime projection show that displays on Cinderella Castle and pays tribute to your favorite Disney stories and movies both past … [Read more...]

Final Phase of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort “The Little Mermaid” Opens September 15

Guests are invited to slumber in Ariel’s colorful retreat at “The Little Mermaid” wing at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, opening Sept. 15 at Walt Disney World Resort.Themed to one of the most celebrated animated films of all time “The Little Mermaid” will feature 864 standard hotel rooms that can sleep up to four guests. With a sea-inspired color palette and an aquatic motif, guests become part of her world as they plunge “under the sea” into Ariel’s secret grotto.  Playful film-inspired … [Read more...]

Top 5 Most Crucial Disney Movies

Who doesn't enjoy a good Disney movie? Disney movies give us memorable characters, terrific music, fantastic stories, and happy endings! Disney films are integral to the Disney company; and over the years, several Disney movies have been crucial to the company's success! Interested? Check out my Top 5 list of the most crucial Disney movies!1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs-I know, I know, Snow White's kind of an obvious pick; but this film was so crucial to the future of Disney and the film … [Read more...]

‘Treasure Planet: 10th Anniversary’ Blu-ray Review

One of my all favorite animated Disney films since it came out has been 'Treasure Planet'. The film, an adaptation from Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Treasure Island', landed in theaters with nothing more than a dull thud when it was originally released. But those who saw it seemed to fall in love with this new, futuristic telling of Stevenson's classic tale, myself included. Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, the directors of 'Aladdin',  'The Little Mermaid', and 'Princess and the Frog', and … [Read more...]

‘Treasure Planet’ Comes to Blu-ray July 3, 2012

What I consider one of the most underrated animated Disney films of all time is finally coming to blu-ray on July 3. 'Treasure Planet' is a futuristic steam punk version of the Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Treasure Island', which follows the adventure of Jim Hawkins who sets out on adventure across the universe as he sets out to find the fabled Treasure Planet. It's a fun, and sadly overlooked, film from Disney's nineties filmography, which is directed by Ron Clements and John Musket, who also did … [Read more...]

Video: Art of Animation Finding Nemo Family Suite

A very cool look inside the Art of Animation Finding Nemo Family Suites. This video was shot on opening day of the new Art of Animation Resort at WDW, May 31, 2012.Related articlesFinding Nemo 3D Coming to Theaters this fall! (chipandco.com) Disney's Art of Animation Resort Opens offering jobs to Central Floridians (chipandco.com) … [Read more...]

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Opens offering jobs to Central Floridians

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort opened its doors for the first time yesterday as hundreds of Cast Members welcomed guests and community leaders from across Central Florida who shared in the historic moment.Disney’s Art of Animation Resort supported 800 jobs during construction and once completely open later this year, will employ 750 Cast Members.“Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is part of our continued investment in Central Florida and helps keep our region squarely on the map as the … [Read more...]

International Tastes with Creative Flair At ‘Landscape of Flavors’ Food Court in Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

With tandoor ovens and a 3-foot-wide Mongolian grill for onstage cooking and made-to-order dishes, Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is the next generation of food courts, keeping pace with the increasingly sophisticated palates of Walt Disney World guests.Guests can play it safe with a create-your-own burger or try something unusual, such as tandoori shrimp with naan bread, or a Mongolian grilled fish with basmati rice.“When we thought about our talented animators, … [Read more...]