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June 12, 2015: Weekly Disney News Roundup

*  Disney now states that MagicBand+ will not be coming to Disneyland in Anaheim anytime soon.  They say it doesn’t fit the demographics with most guests being local or staying off property.

*  The new Starbucks in Animal Kingdom will open on June18 in the prior location of Creature Comforts on Discovery Island.

*  Frozen Summer Fun at Hollywood Studios will return on July 17 featuring Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf.

*  The animated short, ‘Frozen Fever‘ will be shown in the ABC Sound Studio at Hollywood Studios twice every hour from 10 a.m till closing starting on June 17 and running through September 7.

*  Registration for Star Wars Half Marathon will open on June 16, 2015.  The race is held on January 17, 1016 at Disneyland in California.

*  New merchandise is now available in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure.

*  A world class lounge from Los Angeles will be opening a sister location in 2016 at Disney Springs  in WDW to be called ‘The Edison’ .  It will feature American food, craft cocktails, live cabaret and live music.

*  Tokyo DisneySea‘s 15th anniversary will be celebrated from April 15, 2016 through March 17,2017 with “The Year of Wishes,” and will feature a new harbor show called “Crystal Wishes Journey,” an updated Big Band Beat, and a new projection show in the Hangar Stage in Lost River Delta.

*  Mickey‘s Backyard BBQ at Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground at WDW has expanded from 2 to 4 days per week.

*  Walt Disney Animation Studios has released a trailer for the film ‘Zootopia‘ which is be released next.  It looks promising!

*  A preview for ‘Frozen Ever After,” the attraction set to replace Maelstrom in the Epcot Norway pavilion has been released.  I miss Maelstrom.

*  DisneyXD will premiere ‘Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything’ on Wednesday, July 22.  Cameron Boyce of Disney Channel‘s ‘Jessie will star.

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June 5, 2015: Weekly Disney News Roundup

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*  Disney and the NBA are developing a new attraction for Disney Springs at WDW to be called the “NBA Experience at Walt Disney World.”  It will offer hands on interactive experiences to help bring the game to life.

*  WDW is testing new pricing on Rapid Refill Mugs at Pop Century, the All Star Resorts, and Port Orleans-Riverside.  There will no longer be 1,2, or 3 day options, only the length of stay option.  The price of the length of stay option has been decreased from $17.99 to 16.49 (plus tax).  It is anticipated that this will be employed at all WDW resorts later this year.

*  The 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival  will have a new experience for this fall:  Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt.  Special maps will be given to lead you through the World Showcase in search of hidden Remy statues.

*  Epcot is now showing sneak peaks of Disney/Pixar‘s ‘Inside Out’ at the Imagination pavilion, former home of Captain Eo.

*  New DVC member merchandise can be purchased at DisneyStore.com.

*  The Emotions from the upcoming Disney/Pixar movie ‘Inside Out’ will precede the Pixar Play Parade at Disney California Adventure beginning on June 19.

*  Harambe Market in the Africa area of Animal Kingdom is now open.

*  The annual attendance report from the Themed Entertainment Association shows that Disney parks are the 6 busiest parks in the U.S.: 1. Magic Kingdom 2.  Disneyland  3. Epcot  4. Animal Kingdom  5. Hollywood Studios  6. California Adventure.  Attendance rose from 2%(Animal Kingdom) up to 4% (Magic Kingdom).  Universal Studios Orlando followed at #8, but had an attendance increase of 17%.

*  The D23 Expo 2015, at the Anaheim Convention Center, will feature a new concert, Silly Symphony Celebration, on Sunday August 23 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  It will feature a 32 piece band playing songs from the Silly Symphonies while showing clips from the shorts.

*  Disney Channel has announced that a new series based on “Tangled” and with the voice talents from the movie (including Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi) will premiere in 2017.

*  Disney will be making a live-action film based on the ‘Night on Bald Mountain’ scene from “Fantasia.”

*  Tron 3 has been canceled.

*  In October, Disney will release a new high-tech toy, Playmation, that is somewhat different in that it hopes to get kids away from the computer and out moving about.

May 8, 2015: Weekly Disney News Roundup

*  Kali River Rapids at Animal Kingdom malfunctioned on May 7, and 12 guests had to be removed by firefighters.

*  International Migratory Bird Day will be celebrated at Animal Kingdom tomorrow, May 9.

*  Harambe Marketplace will open in Animal Kingdom later this month.

*  The Rebel Hangar:  a Star Wars Lounge Experience, a new dining spot on Echo Lake in Hollywood Studios will open for Star Wars Weekends beginning on May 15.

*  The 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon is this weekend at Disneyland in California.

*  Disneyland will re-open the Main Street animated windows as part of the Diamond Celebration with new technology and effects.

*  Grizzly Peak Airfield at Disney’s California Adventure opens on May 15.

*  Attendance at Disneyland in California has been lower than normal so far this year.  It is thought that it is due to the many attraction closings in preparation for the Diamond Celebration.

*  A sneak peak of Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ will replace ‘Tomorrowland’ in the Imagination Pavilion Theatre (formerly Captain Eo) on May 30.

*  American Music Machine, an a cappella group performing American pop music, can now be heard at the American Garden Theatre in Epcot’s World Showcase Wednesdays through Saturdays.

*  Disney Cruise Line’s entire fleet were named to the “Top 10 Cruise Ships for Families” by USA Today with the Disney Dream taking top honors.

*  The Florida House and Senate are backing a bill which would affect Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members.  The bill would eliminate the current  cap on tax increases on timeshare owners.  Also, developers would be allowed to extend or terminate a timeshare plan at any date.  For full details, check out DVCnews.com.

*  Sounds from Aulani, featuring music from the resort and the resort clubs, is now available on Pandora.

*  Bilbo (a.k.a. Martin Freeman) has been added to the cast of “Captain America:  Civil War.”

*  Phineas & Ferb on Disney XD comes to an end with the airing of its final episode, “The Last Day of Summer,” on Friday, June 12.

*  “Teen Beach 2” premieres on Friday June 26 on Disney Channel.