In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of March 20, 2015

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It’s finally spring! Yippee! Bye, bye crummy weather…well for the most part. Are you as happy as I am that spring is here?

This week, I’ve got some very interesting pieces to share, including a look at the artwork on the Disney Dream, lots of good old fashioned Muppet fun, and much more!

In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors

 

While it was all started by a mouse…the parks may have never happened if it weren’t for Walt’s love of trains. Find out why.

Ever wonder what the Utilidors (the tunnels beneath the Magic Kingdom) looked like…in the 1970s? See the fun details and some fantastic graphics that I wish would be used today to represent the different lands in the park.

Do you ever wonder why Disney is getting an Avatarland? See the whole unofficial story of how the chips all likely fell they way they did.

If you’ve ever been on-board a Disney Cruise Line ship, you’ll know that the artwork scattered throughout the ships is fantastic. Today we’ll head to the Disney Dream with this post that takes a detailed look at some of the great pieces you’ll find, as well a peek into The Midship Detective Agency’s unique artwork (And if you want to spoil the “scavenger hunt” aspect of the game, where the enchanted artwork can be found! This will help me in July when I’m sailing on the Dream. I’ve always wanted to find every piece of this very cool art.)

D23 is holding another D23 Expo in Japan this year! It will certainly be interesting to see what news comes from that event.

Are you a fan of The Muppets? (Um…who am I kidding…of course you probably are!) Well then I have some good news! The Muppets are back on Disney Junior as a part of new shorts called Muppet Moments. This series will teach kids through amusing conversations about things like manners, apologies, and more. It’s good to see that The Muppets are being used in such a fun educational way!

Speaking of The Muppets, they recently took over at a Clippers vs. Rockets game and, well, mayhem ensued.

We have lots of news regarding the upcoming, live-action Beauty and the Beast, including more casting information, as well as an official release date. It looks like we’ll have to wait until 2017 to see this one come to fruition.

Cinderella ruled at the box office this past weekend. See just how well it did. Also, it ruling at the theaters proved one more thing…the live action fairy tale is certainly not going anywhere. (I still don’t know if feel that’s good or bad…) Did you see the movie yet? If so, what did you think?

Speaking of Cinderella, did you know that the animated classic helped to save Disney feature animation? This article explains how Walt Disney was really taking a huge chance with this film.

Big news…Big Hero 6 just became the top grossing animated film for 2014 worldwide!

Well this one is new…did you know that Penn Jillette from Penn and Teller was the voice actor for the Buzz Lightyear commercial in Toy Story?

Entertainment Weekly takes a look at the best and worst Disney live action films. Do you agree with their list, and which do you think is the best and which is the worst?

In Case We Missed It

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Rikki Niblett

I am a co-host of the Be Our Guest Podcast and do lots of other fun Disney stuff all around the interwebs! You can follow me on Twitter or Instagram at @RikkiNibs or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/rikkinibs

5 thoughts on “In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of March 20, 2015

  • March 21, 2015 at 1:00 am
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    At kennythepirate.com, Kenny mentioned that Anna and Elsa could possibly be joining Akershus. It’s just a rumor that he’s been given; I was hoping to hear this from you, too, as I feel somehow that if I read something in multiple places it’s more likely to come true….. Here’s hopin’!

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    • March 21, 2015 at 1:04 pm
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      I’ve always thought it would be a no-brainer for Anna and Elsa to begin greeting guests at Akershus. I’ve actually wondered why it hasn’t already happened.

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  • March 21, 2015 at 12:08 pm
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    I loved the new Cinderella movie!!! I saw it twice and would like to go see it again!! I think they did such a fantastic job with it, it may even be one of my favorite Disney movies of all times!! Thanks for this round up, I love reading all these stories and tidbits and I would never have found them if you didn’t lay them all out neatly in one place for me, thanks Rikki!!

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    • March 21, 2015 at 1:05 pm
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      I still need to see the movie! It’s been a very busy couple of weeks here! I’ve heard great things about it though!

      So glad to hear you love the round up! 🙂

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