You Know Them From Space Buddies and Santa Paws: Golden Meadows Retrievers Dogs Recently Featured on 21st Century Car Insurance Commercial and Conan O’Brien Show

Adding to their already sterling resume of A-list appearances, the owners of Golden Meadows Retrievers breeding kennel are proud to announce that their prized puppies have recently appeared on a national television commercial for 21st Century Car Insurance, as well as, starred in a comedic bit on the popular Conan O’Brien Show.

You Know Them From Disney movies such as Space Buddies and Santa Paws

You Know Them From Disney movies such as Space Buddies and Santa Paws

Yes, having already appeared in high profile photo shoots for Abercrombie & Fitch and alongside famed Dog Whisperer, Cesar Milan, as well as, appearances in multiple Disney movies such as Space Buddies and Santa Paws, the very special golden retriever puppies from Golden Meadows Kennels in Southern California are certainly no stranger to fame.

This time, however, they’re adding television to the list of media.

Recently selected to appear on a 21st Century Car Insurance commercial that aired nationally and then again selected to star in a “Puppy Conan” reenactment on the popular late night Conan O’Brien show, the touted breeder of golden retrievers and vizsla puppies is beyond proud that its prized puppies are being recognized on such a large, public scale.

“We have been very blessed to work with so many wonderful agencies and absolutely enjoy seeing our puppies become movie stars or take part in photo shoots,” says Barbie Hoke, one of the owners of Golden Meadows Retrievers.

Golden Meadows puppies in the 21st Century Car Insurance commercial can be found at:
http://youtu.be/0z5drMf2mv4

Golden Meadows puppies on the Conan Show can be found at:
http://teamcoco.com/video/puppy-conan-makes-a-triumphant-entrance

Minnie’s new full-length adventure: The Wizard Of Diz Coming June 11! Get Your FREE Activites Fun Now!

Minnie's the Wizard of Dizz Coming to DVD on June 11

Minnie’s the Wizard of Dizz Coming to DVD on June 11

All kids love Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and what child doesn’t love Minnie Mouse? And coming to DVD and Digital Download on June 11 is Minnie’s new full-length adventure: The Wizard Of Diz!

“Journey to a wondrous land of enchantment and surprises! The classic tale gets a brand-new twist in Minnie’s new full-length adventure: The Wizard Of Dizz. Before you can say, “pink tornado,” Minnie and Pluto end up in the silly but spectacular land of Dizz. It’s an amazing place, with rainbow trees, butterfly bows, and friendly “Chipmunchkins,” but what Minnie wants most is to get home. Together, Minnie and her new friends Scarecrow Goofy (LISTEN TO OUR INTERVIEW WITH BILL FARMER aka GOOFY on DIZRADIO.COM, Mickey the Tin Mouse, and Donald the Lion,?set off to ask the wonderful Wizard of Dizz to make their dreams come true. But look out! Bad Witch Pete wants Minnie’s magical, sparkly green shoes, and he’s got a few tricks up his sleeve. Overflowing with music and laughter – plus two extra episodes, and ten bonus Minnie’s Bow-Toons – this song-filled celebration of fun and friendship proves there’s no place like the clubhouse!”

This release will add to the wonder and fun in your child’s life and continue to bring adventure and learning to the table only as Mickey and the Gang can do. The DVD comes with a Digital Copy so you can add it to your mobile device, ipad, tablet or computer for them to enjoy on the go.

To make it extra special as we prepare for Minnie we have some special treats for you and your child to enjoy from activities, fun and more.

  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 11, 2013
  • Run Time: 101 minutes

Additional Episodes: “The Golden House” And “Goofy’s Gone”

‘Don’t Take Your Guns to Toontown’ By: D-Team Adam

By: D-Team Member Adam

This week has seen two very disturbing things happen in a Disney Park.

The first was an explosion in Toontown, Disneyland. A 22 year old Castmember created a bomb by placing dry ice inside a glass bottle and stuck it in a trash can in Toontown.  Thankfully, no one was injured, though Disneyland had to be evacuated.

It is unclear if this was a poor attempt at terrorism or just some idiot who thought it would be funny.  Neither thought is comforting.

The other incident occurred on Wednesday.  A guest attempting to ride Dinosaur in Animal Kingdom got onto the ride only to find a loaded semi automatic handgun.

If you love Disney as I do, I can only imagine you feel what I do. Anger.

Disney’s Parks are a world unto themselves.  They are a place of peace and innocence. Whether you’re an 83 year old man or his 3 year old grand daughter, you are welcome there as a place to find joy and refuge from the outside world.

The Disney Parks, Resorts and Areas are always Safe Places and Guests Should Feel That.

The Disney Parks, Resorts and Areas are always Safe Places and Guests Should Feel That.

This is not a place of violence. Or a place for bombs. Or guns.

This isn’t about the merits of the Second Amendment. This is not a place for that discussion.

There is absolutely no reason to bring a gun into Disney. None. No one is going to have a hostage situation in Mickey’s Philharmagic.   No one is going to attempt an armed robbery of the Mexico Pavilion.  If you feel the need to carry your firearm everywhere you go, go somewhere else.  As with the dry ice bomb, only a slight change in circumstances could have ended with someone dead.

The sad thing is, it is unrealistic to believe that nothing like this will ever happen again.  There is only so much Disney can do to stop crazy people from walking through their gates. But I suppose we can hope.

“Leave your guns at home.  Don’t take your guns to town.”

Disney and United Front Design Prepare Exceptional Minds Students with Autism for Careers in Digital Arts

Exceptional Minds Programs Provide Growth For Children

Exceptional Minds Programs Provide Growth For Children

Many young men and women living with autism will never get the chance to show what they can do, but not so for the students at Exceptional Minds, a digital arts academy for young adults on the autism spectrum. These students with autism recently showed off their talent during a made-for-Disney project that demonstrated not only their design skills, but also the soft skills needed to land and retain jobs in their chosen fields of animation, post-production and digital graphics.

“What we’re learning as the first vocational school doing this is that these young people have the creativity and the training to succeed. We just have to give them a chance to show what they can do,” said Exceptional Minds Program Director Ernie Merlan.

Exceptional Minds was started in 2011 by visionaries in the Hollywood and related industries to create a bridge between high school and the working world for young adults with autism. Since then, the vocational school has developed a full curriculum around the special needs of individuals living with autism spectrum disorders, and has gone on to become the first school of its kind to develop an industry accreditation program recognizing the technical proficiency of its students.

Now, in order to fully prepare its students with autism for the socially complex, often collaborative nature of the fields of digital animation and graphics, Exceptional Minds is working with industry professionals like United Front Design of Sherman Oaks, Calif., to provide internships and real-world career experience for its upcoming graduates.

“They are giving us a way to internship our students without leaving the classroom,” said Merlan, referring to a Disney Family Movies poster project managed by United Front Design, an advertising agency that produces on-air spots, print collateral and web content for the entertainment industry.

The project called for creative design of an evergreen Disney Family Movies poster, and was fraught with the challenges typical of a project of this nature – including a major setback due to an unexpected change in design requirements.

Difficulty with adapting to change is one of the hallmarks of autism that could affect the job prospects of an estimated million young adults with autism coming of age in the next decade. Without adequate preparation and training in soft skills such as this, these individuals are statistically at risk for retaining a meaningful career, even though their technical skills may very well exceed others in their age group.

For the project, Exceptional Minds students developed individual design compositions based on strict studio guidelines and later broke out into teams to collaborate on three comps for final submission. Sixteen students initially designed their own posters, and then United Front Design met with them as the “client” to comment and request changes, including removing a certain Disney character central to the design due to newly-imposed restrictions of use.

You can find out more about the programs and how they help at ExceptionalMindsStudios.org

You can find out more about the programs and how they help at ExceptionalMindsStudios.org

“We weren’t sure what to expect but the students met the news the same way we did: disappointed but they took it all in stride,” said Peter Martin, co-founder of United Front Design, which had already completed and delivered the project for Disney-ABC Domestic Television but simulated the real-world challenges for the students. Disney-ABC Domestic Television approved the internship exercise and supplied the style guide stipulating certain colors, fonts and logo usage as well as creative assets such as movie stills and proprietary images from Disney films.

“They (students) were very open to change. I think that speaks to how well this program is working. Exceptional Minds is giving these young people a new set of rules that many of them didn’t get in high school, and we clearly saw the potential as a result,” added Martin.

“You don’t think of someone with autism being creative in a design sense, but these students really educated me in terms of how they’re developing those skills and also how they’re developing as people who can work in this field,” agreed Sergio Cardenas, Martin’s partner and co-founder of United Front Design.

This month, Exceptional Minds also kicked off a job readiness program as another way to address the job retention challenge faced by its students. This is in addition to its ongoing student involvement in a number of work assignments that include projects such as the closing title work for the 2012 major motion picture Lawless.

For More on Exceptional Minds (http://www.exceptionalmindsstudio.org)

‘Thank You Disney’ by: D-Team Lexie

By: D-Team Member Lexie

It’s a cold Autumn morning here in Sydney and I can’t help but think about all of the things I am thankful for. I am so lucky to have such wonderful people in my life, from my family to my friends and especially my sweetheart. These people are incredible and it’s thinking about them that is keeping me warm right now (maybe my coffee is helping a little bit too!).  With thoughts like this, it is pretty obvious that I am a dreamer and a romantic. I always try to see the positives and make sure that both myself and everyone I love, keeps smiling. I cannot deny that I have Disney to thank for this. I’m looking around the crowded University study hall, wishing that everyone here could be as blissful as me on this chilly morning. Everything seems grey outside, but there is no shade of grey in my thoughts. To put it simply, my life revolves around Disney.

Thoughts of all my favorite characters and the lessons they teach tend to hold my life together. I turn to Disney at every occasion. Just ask my friends, its true!

The first life changing character that comes to mind right now, is Ariel. (Even as I am writing this, I have a huge smile on my face and people are looking at me like I’m crazy. It is worth it though.) ‘Part of Your World” has always been my most treasured Disney moment. Ariel’s innocence and passion for life inspires me when I need that extra little pick me up. She is ready to step out into a foreign world and to take on whatever comes her way, all in the name of pursuing her dreams. If I’m weighed down with excessive amounts of study, all I have to do is close my eyes and picture this scene. The gorgeous eyes, the free movement under the water and of course her angelic voice. Ariel keeps me calm and reminds me that if I keep my dream of changing the world in sight, then I too can be as special and kindhearted as her.

The beauty of ‘Part of your world’ is emerged in the stunning melody. I am definitely thankful for the fabulous music of Disney films! The memorable and enchanting tunes are some of the most loved elements of each Disney story. Belle makes us smile with her inquisitive and lighthearted voice, the Lion King makes us dance and have a good laugh, and the Jungle Book takes us back to the bare necessities with a great big smile. Each Disney film has such a colourful spectrum of songs to enjoy, with so many different emotions in each. It is the simplicity, charm and liveliness of each song that makes them so memorable. For me, there is a Disney song to flatter each occasion in life. When I’m sad, Disney songs are the perfect pick me up and when I’m feeling on top of the world, they keep that enthusiasm shinning! No other kind of music has touched my life like Disney has. We can take a Disney moment and reflect it onto our own lives. Aren’t we lucky?

On top of the music, I am thankful for the importance of perspective that Disney films portray. No matter the size of the challenge that our protagonist confronts, there is always a way for it to be overcome. Snow White finds a loving group of friends after her ordeal in the dark forest, and Peter Pan learns maturity in the face of danger from his new British pals. Disney has taught me that obstacles are a part of life. A part of life that needs to be managed with bravery and perspective. We can definitely look to others for help, but it is often what others teach us about ourselves that ends up overcoming the challenge. In saying that, it is clear that the somewhat magical concept of a happily ever after guides Disney films. Even though there are distinct elements of fantasy sprinkling each story, we can still see the importance of looking at difficulties in different lights and remaining positive.  If it weren’t for the magic of Disney, I certainly wouldn’t be a dreamer.

Disney has also shown me the power of an adventurous.

When our favourite characters progress through the ups and downs of their respective journeys, they each learn how to believe in themselves. To me, this is the perfect representation of courage. I see adventure and courage as going hand in hand. Jasmine explores a whole new world, Marlin crosses out of his comfort zone and Mulan goes above and beyond to fulfill her family duties. These characters pursue not only their responsibilities, but also their dreams. As I said before, Disney has been filtered through every aspect of my life and my way of thinking. It is the lesson of adventure and self-determination that informs who I am.  I have to say that it is because of the courageous characters that I had grown up with that I am able to be confident, independent and self-motivated.

Our Sleeping Beauty Meeting The Prince 'Once Upon a Dream'

Our Sleeping Beauty Meeting The Prince ‘Once Upon a Dream’

Finally, I am thankful not only for the day to day and moment making inspiration that Disney gives me but also for the inspiration for my long-term life aspirations. What is it about Disney that guides me? Well, I can’t even find the words to describe how Walt’s work ethic and desire for creativity and innovation inspires me.

It is his wisdom and approach to challenges that have enabled me to put my roadblocks into perspective. After all, Walt once said, “It is kind of fun to do the impossible”.

I only hope that one day, I can follow in his world changing footsteps and achieve something that contributes to someone’s life. It is because of my love for Disney that I aspire to, well, change the world. No, Disney has not made me want to become a global leader, but it certainly has shown me that changing the world can be accomplished in more achievable, personal ways. All you have to do is look at characters like Winnie the Pooh, Pocahontas or Aurora. Just by thinking in a different light, being inquisitive, or simply being a good friend, it is possible to make a difference. This is one of the greatest lessons I think anyone could learn.

First Book, and Disney VoluntEARS: 450,000 New Books for Kids in Need In Los Angeles and Across the Country

First Book

First Book

Almost half-a-million brand-new books are making their way into the hands of kids from low-income families this week, thanks to First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise, and The Molina Foundation.

“Teachers and community leaders are working hard to transform the lives of children in need, and we’re here to ensure that they have the books and resources they need to do it,” said Kyle Zimmer , president and CEO of First Book.

Staff and volunteers from First Book, The Molina Foundation, Disney VoluntEARS and other community partners distributed the books last week from a warehouse in the Los Angeles area. 150,000 books went to schools and programs serving children from low-income families in southern California, while the rest are being shipped to similar schools and programs across the country.

“Books are important for children throughout the year but perhaps especially during the summer,” said Dr. Martha Bernadett , president of The Molina Foundation. “Children who read continue to keep their minds active all summer long and are better prepared for the next school year. We could not do this without great partners like First Book and Disney.”

The new books – more than 450,000 of them – were donated by Disney Publishing Worldwide, which provides millions of new books to kids in need every year through First Book.

Jack, along with Bruce the dog, checks out his brand-new books from First Book and The Molina Foundation. Bruce is from Beach Animal Reading to Kids (BARK), a local nonprofit in Los Angeles that helps reluctant readers improve their skills by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs. BARK is just one of the thousands of local programs receiving new books from First Book. (Photo credit: First Book)

Jack, along with Bruce the dog, checks out his brand-new books from First Book and The Molina Foundation. Bruce is from Beach Animal Reading to Kids (BARK), a local nonprofit in Los Angeles that helps reluctant readers improve their skills by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs. BARK is just one of the thousands of local programs receiving new books from First Book. (Photo credit: First Book)

“Kids need books to become strong readers,” said Terry Downes , vice president of publishing operations at Disney Publishing Worldwide. “We support First Book in a number of ways including the donation of millions of new books each year.  We believe strongly in First Book’s mission of helping all children regardless of their economic situations – have access to the resources they need to succeed.”

Disney Music Group Introduces Disney Music Gift Cards And Launches Disney Digital Music Store

The vast collection of contemporary hits and timeless classics are now available for online shopping with the launch of Disney’s digital music store. Making it even easier to give the gift of Disney music, Disney Music Group also created Disney music gift cards, for sale at Wal-Mart and grocery retailers everywhere. Both the gift cards and the website (www.disneymusicstore.com) launched December 2012.

Disney Music Gift Cards Now Available

Disney Music Gift Cards Now Available

Like gift cards from online retailers such as iTunes and Amazon, Disney music gift cards make music shopping simple and are perfect for graduation, birthdays and other special occasions. Consumers buy the cards, with face values of $15, $25 and custom variable amounts, at stores where cards are activated upon purchase. From there, users may go to the online store, enter a code and shop for instant downloads from a menu of over 12,000 tracks. The Disney digital music store is unique as no other music/entertainment brand offers such a vast array of top quality family-friendly musical entertainment that parents can trust and feel safe about their kids interacting with.

Said Disney Music Group Director of Strategic Marketing, Ray Powell : “The Disney music gift card is a first-of-its-kind product that gives shoppers a great and convenient option for giving the gift of Disney music that fulfills in a trusted digital environment.” All tracks for sale at the easy-to-navigate Disney digital music store website are MP3s, compatible with any computer or digital music device. In addition to the gift cards, music may also be purchased with any major credit card. Unlike other digital music retailers, the Disney digital music store is a platform free of questionable content and safe for shoppers of any age. “Parents have always trusted the Disney brand,” added Powell. “They know their kids love music, and they want to give them access to music that is family-friendly.”

The catalog of music available at the Disney digital music store includes current hit artists ( Selena Gomez , Bridgit Mendler , and Demi Lovato ), Disney Channel series and original movie soundtracks (Shake It UpAustin & AllyLet It Shine), film soundtracks (Brave, The Muppets, TRON: Legacy), inspired-by compilations (Frankenweenie Unleashed!Muppets: The Green AlbumAlmost Alice) plus classic soundtracks (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid), Disney Junior soundtracks (Sofia the First, Jake and the Never Land Pirates), Disney Princess and Fairies compilations, Radio Disney favorites, Spanish language, Songs & Story, and many more.

For more information on Disney music gift cards: www.disneymusicgiftcard.com

To access the digital music store directly:  www.disneymusicstore.com

With New Adventures by Disney Trip, Families Explore the Wonders Of Austria, Germany and Czech Republic

Adventures by Disney, the award-winning leader in guided family travel, today announced a new vacation to Central Europe, adding to its more than 20 destinations across the globe. The 9-day, 8-night vacation invites families to uncover the hidden treasures of Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic, traveling off the beaten path in the enchanting cities of Prague, Salzburg and Vienna and spending three nights at a majestic resort in the Alps. Also new for 2014, Adventures by Disney will enhance its current Italy itinerary and add teen-focused activities to existing journeys.

All-New Destinations from Adventures By disney for 2014

All-New Destinations from Adventures By disney for 2014

Each Adventures by Disney itinerary is crafted with family fun in mind, allowing grandparents, parents and children to focus on creating unforgettable memories together. Two knowledgeable Disney Adventure Guides accompany every group-guided departure, introducing guests to one-of-a-kind experiences, from dining in Europe’s oldest zoo to exploring a salt mine and ice cave in the Bavarian Alps. Guests will uncover hidden treasures throughout Central Europe, crafting marionettes in a localPrague workshop, waltzing in Vienna, touring UNESCO World Heritage Sites and indulging in strudel making. Along the way, Adventure Guides team up with local experts to provide families with unique insights into the cities’ culture and vast history. Combined with VIP tours, incredible hotel accommodations and world-class dining, Adventures by Disney takes care of all the details, allowing families to absorb each moment exploring the world.

“At Adventures by Disney, we make it our priority to provide families with unforgettable adventures across the globe, and especially this year we introduce an incomparable glimpse into some of Europe’s most beloved cities through storytelling and hands-on activities,” said Ken Potrock , Senior Vice President, Adventures by Disney

“The new Central Europe itinerary will send families on a journey through storybook villages, while the updated Italian vacation will immerse them in the stories and traditions that define Italy. Additionally, we are excited to introduce updates to some of our classic trips to include even more activities for teens.”

Adventures by Disney unveils two new European experiences for 2014:
“Austria, Germany, and Czech Republic” Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Berchtesgaden, Salzburg, Vienna – the journey begins inPrague and Cesky Krumlov, where parents and children alike will make their very own marionettes with local craftsmen and embark on a picturesque walking tour of the city’s most historical landmarks. In Germany, soak in the scenic Bavarian Alps and visit the Ice Cave of Eishole before slipping into a village bakery to make pretzels. Guests take in the sights and sounds ofSalzburg with a tour of Hellbrunn Castle and a performance from Duo Mozart Violinists. As the trip concludes in Vienna, families partake in private Quadrille lessons, learning the timeless art of waltzing from those who know it best. Finally, guests will enjoy a private dinner at an emperor’s pavilion in the Vienna Zoo.

“Enhanced Italy” Rome, Florence, Venice, Tuscany – this enhanced Italy vacation for families  is perfect for exploring the splendor of one of Europe’s most iconic destinations, with newly added VIP experiences. The journey begins in Rome with a private experience at the Colosseum and a rare after-hours visit to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel and a stop inTuscany to learn the art of pasta in a private cooking class. Become immersed in the city with a step back in time to the wonders of the Renaissance on a special tour of the secret passages of the Palazzo Vecchio. Finally, unmask the mysteries of Venicewith Carnevale, a mask-making activity and a detective game at the Doge’s Palace.

Adventures by Disney launches special teen-focused departures in 2014:
Peru: Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco & Lima – this South American adventure will now include authentic experiences for teens including taking a spin at salsa dancing with the locals and horseback riding through the rugged  landscape. The tales of ancient civilizations will come alive during a bonfire and stargazing.

Costa Rica: San Jose, Tortuguero, Arenal National Park, and Guanacaste – an exotic journey through the lush rainforests and thrilling wildlife of Costa Rica are enhanced with a teen-centric beach party on the country’s pristine sands. The jungles, volcanoes and waters of the region will be forever with families as teens partake in photography classes.

Arizona & Utah: Sedona, Grand Canyon, Arches National Park and Moab – venture into the heart of the Southwest with a bike ride through Boynton Canyon in Sedona and an exhilarating hike through the Grand Canyon at sunset.

Across six continents, Adventures by Disney takes families on vacations they never dreamed possible, fostering an adventurous environment to build everlasting bonds and heartwarming memories.

About Adventures by Disney
Launched in 2005, Adventures by Disney provides immersive, hassle-free and unforgettable group guided-family vacation experiences to destinations in Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia.  Families traveling withAdventures by Disney receive exceptional service while taking part in extraordinary experiences at locations including: the South African plains, the great cities of Europe, North America’s national parks, the ancient monuments of Egypt, Costa Rica’s rich rainforest, the ruins of Pompeii and Machu Picchu, Australia’s Outback and the Great Wall of China.

Over the past eight years, Adventures by Disney has been recognized by numerous travel organizations for its excellence in family tourism and was named the World’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator in the 2012 World Travel Awards.

With Disney-trained Adventure Guides, engaging activities, VIP experiences and personal touches throughout, Adventures by Disney excites and delights everyone. Visit AdventuresbyDisney.com, call 1-877-728-7282 or contact a travel agent.

Dazzling, New Live Show ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ Opens May 25 in Fantasyland Theatre at Disneyland Park

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Mickey Mouse and a cast of beloved Disney characters will embark on a series of musical adventures through the magical powers of a sorcerer’s map in “Mickey and the Magical Map,” the all-new live show coming to the Fantasyland Theatre in Disneyland Park May 25.

Mickey and the Magical Map

Mickey and the Magical Map

Created by Disney Creative Entertainment, “Mickey and the Magical Map” was conceived for children of all ages and represents the return of Disney storytelling to the newly refurbished Fantasyland Theatre, a venue that merges the tradition of live outdoor performances with theatrical technology.

“We’re very excited to welcome guests to the Disneyland Resort this summer to enjoy all the entertainment and attractions that make this a world-class, family vacation destination,” said Michael Colglazier , President of the Disneyland Resort. “We’re particularly thrilled to debut our captivating new show ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ and to invite guests to experience Fantasy Faire, a new themed area with Disney Princess encounters and two live shows based on favorite princess stories.”

“Mickey and the Magical Map,” which can be experienced only at Disneyland, where the magic began, opens just in time for the family travel season. The Memorial Day weekend launches a Monstrous Summer of fun at the Disneyland Resort, which also features Disney Princesses at the new Fantasy Faire in Disneyland, and the spectacular new Cars Land and Buena Vista Street in the newly expanded Disney California Adventure Park.

Performed in the most magical of lands, Fantasyland, the new show reveals a mischievous Mickey Mouse .

“Each new show we create is a chance to push storytelling in a new direction,” said Michael Jung , Theatrical Development executive, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment. “At Disney, we love the challenge of continuously looking at our classic tales and most recent stories to see how we can bring live entertainment and excitement to today’s audiences.”

“Mickey and the Magical Map” presents Mickey in his timeless role as the sorcerer’s apprentice. Wise sorcerer Yen Sid directs his Mapmakers, a singing-dancing ensemble cast that paints a wondrous map – capable of taking dreamers to any place imaginable and so large it spans the entire stage of the outdoor Fantasyland Theatre.

Apprentice Mickey lets his curiosity get the better of him and he stumbles upon the map’s magical powers, which take him, along with the audience, on a fantastic journey of imagination in the company of the Mapmakers. The journey, presented through theatrical stage wizardry, unveils wonderful worlds of music, color, adventure and beloved characters with each new direction – all set to an original song, “Journey of the Imagination,” and music from classic Disney films.

The show, scheduled for five daily performances this summer, comes alive with appearances and songs by King Louie from “The Jungle Book” (“I Wan’na Be Like You”), Pocahontas (“Just Around the Riverbend”), Mulan (“Reflection”), Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from “Tangled,” (“I See The Light”) Princess Tiana from “The Princess and the Frog” (“Dig a Little Deeper”), and Sebastian from “The Little Mermaid” (“Under the Sea”). Also included is the song “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride” from “Lilo and Stitch.”

The exciting show also complements the extensive variety of theatrical and live entertainment found at Disneyland Resort, including these: “World of Color,”  “Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular,” the Mariachi Divas and “Disney Junior – Live on Stage!” at Disney California Adventure, and “Fantasmic!,”  “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade,” the Laughing Stock Company at Golden Horseshoe Saloon, the Dapper Dans and Disneyland Band on Main Street, U.S.A., and the nightly summer fireworks show “Magical” at Disneyland.

Guests also enjoy nightly dancing to live bands at Tomorrowland Terrace at Disneyland and the “Mad T Party” on the Hollywood Backlot at Disney California Adventure, which also features live street performances with Five & Dime and the Red Car News Boys at Carthay Circle on Buena Vista Street, the “Pixar Play Parade,” “Phineas and Ferb’s Rockin’ Rollin’ Dance Party” at Paradise Pier, “DJ’s Dance ‘n Drive at Cars Land” – and more!

Fantasyland Theatre, a classic Disneyland venue, was inspired by the original Fantasyland Theater (former spelling) which showed Disney cartoons and Mouseketeer footage from 1955 to 1964.  The current theatre debuted in 1985 as Videopolis, a dance location, which quickly drew crowds for stage productions including ” One Man ‘s Dream,” ” Dick Tracy Starring in Diamond Double Cross ,” “Mickey’s Nutcracker,” and one of Disney’s first stage productions of “Beauty and the Beast.”

In 1995, the venue was renamed Fantasyland Theatre with the debut of “The Spirit of Pocahontas.”  “Animazement – The Musical” enjoyed a popular three-year run and “Snow White—An Enchanting Musical” played for two years. The theatre was then converted to an area where guests could meet Disney Princesses.

“Mickey and the Magical Map” has writing by Carolyn Gardner and is directed by Tracy Halas .  The production designer is Steve Bass ; the creative director is Sylvia Hase ; the music is produced by Bruce Healey , supervised and arranged by Timothy Williams and supervised by Matt Walker .  The show producer is Ray Coble .

 

Disney-Pixar’s “Monsters University” Hits Campus with Music from Randy Newman and Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia

Monsters University Soundtrack.

Monsters University Soundtrack.

Disney-Pixar’s “Monsters University” rocks theaters this summer featuring music from award-winning composer Randy Newman and Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia. Filmmakers also tapped the Atlanta-based hard rock band Mastodon to serenade one of the film’s new monsters. Directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae , “Monsters University” hits theaters June 21, 2013, with the short film “The Blue Umbrella,” which features music by composer Jon Brion and vocals by Sarah Jaffe .

“We wanted to capture the college feel in ‘Monsters University,'” said Scanlon, “and music is a big part of that. The score and the inclusion of other great musicians like Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso [of Swedish House Mafia] and Mastodon help us convey a fun, freewheeling college atmosphere.”

Newman Scores!

Oscar®- Grammy®- and Emmy®-winning composer/songwriter Newman is back, marking his seventh Disney-Pixar film. The 20-time Oscar nominee’s wins include “If I Didn’t Have You” for “Monsters, Inc.” and “We Belong Together” for “Toy Story 3.” The recently inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member created a full Alma Mater titled “Monsters University,” establishing a recurring collegiate theme. “We recruited the team at Pixar Canada to record the Alma Mater,” said Scanlon. “We needed a giant crowd of crazy monster students to be singing it and the Canada team was great for this—the end result is sort of perfectly ‘off.’ Actually, the first time we recorded it, it was really good. I had to say, ‘Guys, these are college students at a sporting event, let’s mess it up a little bit.'”

Newman added a unique flair to his score, calling on renowned international drum corps The Blue Devils to contribute a definitively collegiate sound. The composer also incorporated concert band music to exemplify the feeling of being in school. In fact, said Newman, “There’s a little bit of Brahms’ ‘Academic Festival Overture’ when Mike is riding the pig. I like to think Brahms would be extremely flattered by his inclusion in the score.”

The score—recorded with a 112-piece orchestra—features a few character themes, including an accordion tune to help illustrate the less-than-cool status of the Oozma Kappa fraternity; a laidback shuffle to introduce Sulley; and the aspiring Scare student Mike Wazowski is often accompanied by a clarinet that, Newman notes, changes as Mike’s character arc evolves.

Monster Moves

When Mike and Sulley find themselves in the midst of a fraternity party, filmmakers wanted to showcase their monster moves—but first they needed the music. Enter Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia with a party song called “Roar”—of course—featuring an upbeat electronic dance sound that even monsters could appreciate. “We wanted to keep it funny, funky and at the same time a bit cool with a hint of monsters in it,” said Axwell.

Scanlon approved. “It’s really a fun song. I remember watching the animator work on this scene. As he played back the song, the artist at the next desk—who wasn’t even working on the movie—couldn’t help moving his feet. Obviously, that guy had been hearing that song for days, but yet the second he heard it, he just had to move his feet.”

Rock On!

Faced with the question of what a sweet monster might listen to during a free moment, filmmakers decided to push the envelope. “There is a great moment in ‘Monsters University’ when we thought it would be funny if the tunes were some of the most intense heavy metal imaginable. Mastodon was the obvious choice. They show off an unexpected monstrous side for one of our great new characters.”

They chose an existing song from the group called “Island.”

Serenading Umbrellas

Opening in theaters in front of “Monsters University” is Disney-Pixar’s short film “The Blue Umbrella.” Directed by Saschka Unseld and produced by Marc Greenberg , the short features a score by composer Jon Brion , with vocals by singer/songwriter Sarah Jaffe (“The Body Wins,” “Suburban Nature”).

The director was listening to Jaffe’s music when he began work on the short. “There’s such an intimacy to her sound that touches you right at the core,” Unseld said. “I always thought hers would be the perfect voice to make people care deeply about a love story between two umbrellas.”

Brion, whose credits include “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Punch Drunk Love,” created a score that sublimely supports the wide-ranging emotional undertones of the short.

“You can see how Saschka sees things,” said Jaffe. “Everything has this life of its own. Objects in our everyday life are characters too. It’s really beautiful.”

Available Frighteningly Soon

The “Monsters University” soundtrack, set for release from Walt Disney Records on June 18, 2013, is available for pre-order at http://smarturl.it/musAmazona1. On June 4, the label will release the “Roar” digital single, plus remixes by Style of Eye and Yogi. The album’s track listing follows.

1.          Main Title – Score
2.          Young Michael – Score
3.          First Day at MU – Score
4.          Dean Hardscrabble – Score
5.          Sulley – Score
6.          Scare Pig – Score
7.          Wasted Potential – Score
8.          Oozma Kappa – Score
9.          Stinging Glow Urchin – Score
10.        Field Trip – Score
11.        Rise and Shine – Score
12.        The Library – Score
13.        Roar – Performed by Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia
14.        The Scare Games – Score
15.        Did You Do This? – Score
16.        Human World – Score
17.        The Big Scare – Score
18.        Goodbyes – Score
19.        Mike and Sulley – Score
20.        Monsters University

ABOUT “MONSTERS UNIVERSITY”

Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal ) was a little monster, he has dreamed of becoming a Scarer—and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan , “Sulley” (voice of John Goodman ), a natural-born Scarer.  The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right. Screaming with laughter and oozing with heart, Disney-Pixar’s “Monsters University” is directed by Dan Scanlon (“Cars,” “Mater and the Ghostlight,” “Tracy”), produced by Kori Rae (“Up,” “The Incredibles,” “Monsters, Inc.”) and features music from future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and award-winning composer Randy Newman (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Toy Story 3”). Check out disney.com/MonstersU, like us at facebook.com/PixarMonstersUniversity, and follow us on twitter.com/disneypixar. Rated G by the MPAA, the film opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2013, and will be shown in 3D in select theaters.

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