February 20, 2015: Disney News Roundup

* Disney Princess Half Marathon is this weekend on 2/22/15.  A live stream will be available starting at 5 a.m. on runDisney and Disney Parks Blog.  The race passes through both Magic Kingdom and Epcot.

*  Epcot is set to introduce “Streetmospheres” actors to the Japan pavilion celebrating Tokyo’s Harajuku neighborhood where young adults wear unique fashions.

*  More details of Disneyland’s 60th anniversary festivities have been released.

–  Sleeping Beauty Castle and Carthay Circle Theater will have sparkling , diamond makeovers.

–  A new Disneyland fireworks show, “Disneyland Forever” will combine fireworks with the largest installation of mapping technology at any Disney Park.

–  Disneyland “Paint the Night Parade,”  like at Hong Kong Disneyland, will premiere featuring 1.5 million LED lights, with Disney and Pixar characters.

–  At Disney’s California Adventure starting on May 22, a special World of Color, called Celebrating the Wonderful World of Walt Disney” will premiere.

*  Hong Kong Disneyland’s phase 2 will soon be started and is estimated to be completed in 2020.

*  Sanuk, a division of Decker’s brand, has opened at Downtown Disney at WDW.

*  DVC properties, Disney’s Beach Club Villas and Disney’s Boardwalk Villas will undergo refurbishments and improvements this year.

*  Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff from “Frozen” will join passengers from Disney Cruise Line’s Magic for on-shore excursions to Alesund, Norway.

*  “McFarland USA,” the true story from Disney movies  of a 1987 high school cross country team opens today.  It rates 77% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

*  “Pirates of the Caribbean:  Dead Men Tell No Tales” begins production.

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