The Jungle Book and Sleeping Beauty Coming for the First Time Ever as Part of Disney’s Blu-Ray Diamond Edition Collection

Get ready D-Heads™ because all us fans of Disney classics are getting more added to our collection of Hi-Def fun! From one of my personal favorites of animation glory “Sleeping Beauty” to Walt’s last animated film before his death, “The Jungle Book”. The music, animation, and legacy of these films continue on for generations and I pass them down to my children as well. And SOON we can enjoy them fully restored!

Walt Disney's Classic 'The Jungle Book'

Walt Disney’s Classic ‘The Jungle Book’

The Walt Disney Studios is pleased to announce the addition of animated classics THE JUNGLE BOOK and SLEEPING BEAUTY to its prestigious Blu-ray™ Diamond Edition Collection. Released from the Disney vault for a limited time only, THE JUNGLE BOOK opens to colorful new life on Blu-ray Diamond Edition in February 2014, while SLEEPING BEAUTY awakens on stunning Blu-ray Diamond Edition in October 2014.

Released from the Disney vault for the first time in almost seven years, THE JUNGLE BOOK swings onto Blu-ray Diamond Edition in the U.S. on February 11, 2014. Based on Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel, this song-filled celebration of friendship, fun, and adventure was Disney’s 19th animated masterpiece and the last animated feature to have Walt Disney’s personal touch. Now, viewers can experience its lush and colorful world and jazzy, toe-tapping songs – including the “I Wan’na Be Like You” and Academy Award®-nominated classic “The Bare Necessities” – with the ultimate in high definition picture and sound clarity. Also featuring thrilling new bonus features, THE JUNGLE BOOK is next winter’s must-own Diamond Edition Blu-ray! (YOU CAN LISTEN TO OUR INTERVIEW WITH BRUCE REITHERMAN (Voice of Mowgli) CLICKING HERE

The Walt Disney Masterpiece 'Sleeping Beauty'

The Walt Disney Masterpiece ‘Sleeping Beauty’

The ultimate Disney fairy tale, SLEEPING BEAUTY, once again awakens to exquisite new picture and sound on Blu-ray in the U.S. in October 2014. Heralded by audiences and critics alike, SLEEPING BEAUTY was one of the final fairy tales to be that Walt Disney himself worked on. Fully restored with revolutionary Blu-ray technology, this animated classic’s dazzling colors, spectacular action, and Academy Award®-nominated orchestration (for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture) shines brighter than ever. With wondrous new bonus features families will love, SLEEPING BEAUTY charms like never before on Blu-ray Diamond Edition!

Todate, Disney has released seven Diamond Edition titles – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast, Bambi, The Lion King, Lady and the Tramp, Cinderella and Peter Pan – with The Little Mermaid scheduled for release on October 1, 2013. Each Diamond Edition title boasts the highest level of picture and sound; features groundbreaking, state-of-the-art immersive bonus content; and in some cases second screen interactivity, made possible because of Blu-ray technology.

So Get ready for these Masterpieces to come to your shelves in 2014! Mark the dates!

Real life Griswold Family builds a Truckster and road trips to Walt Disney World

Every Christmas Steve and Lisa Griswold would get a chuckle when they went to pay for something with their credit card.  “Griswold? Ha!  I remember those Vacation movies.  Is that really your name?”

The Griswold Family takes a road trip to Walt Disney World.

The Griswold Family takes a road trip to Walt Disney World.

“Everyone remembers Clark Griswold from the 1983 movie National Lampoon’s Vacation, and, of course, we have heard every joke in the book, having the last name Griswold.”  Being huge fans of the Vacation movies, one day Steve and Lisa decided to build their very own Family Truckster.  So with the help of the internet and several thousand dollars later, Steve and Lisa Griswold were the proud owners of a 1984 Ford Country Squire LTD station wagon.   It’s not the most glamorous car.  James Bond and all the other action movies in the 1980’s got those.  For the Griswolds, it’s a Metallic Pea Green, wood paneled, over the top station wagon with eight headlights and the gas cap installed in the hood.

“Being a fan of the movie, we wanted a vehicle that would make people smile when they saw it, and having the last name Griswold, it was only a matter of time,” said Steve.  It even has the vintage Samsonite luggage on top and dog leash on the rear bumper.

Even more ironically, Steve and Lisa are the owners of Pixie Vacations.  They cannot book you a vacation to Wally World, but they can take care of a vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort, a Caribbean cruise, or almost any vacation destination you can imagine.

“We have always loved to travel,” says Steve Griswold, “and helping plan fun family vacations was something we always did for friends, so Pixie Vacations was born.”

“You think you hate it now, but wait till you drive it” is the famous quote from the movie, but Steve says people love to come up and seeing the Truckster when he stops for gas or is just out for a drive around town.  It’s a fun family vehicle, and for us it is a perfect fit.

The Truckster took over six months to complete to get ready for its inaugural trip to Walt Disney World.  Be sure to see the photos of the Ford LTD Country Squire transformed into the Griswold Family Truckster showcased in the photo gallery.

You can follow the Griswolds on their road trip to Walt Disney World on Twitter and Instagram @GriswoldVac.

What’s next for the Griswolds?  “We will be back to Walt Disney World and I am sure we will be taking many more exciting road trips across America.”

Walt Disney Records Celebrates The Upcoming 35th Anniversary Of The Muppet Movie Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

35th Anniversary Of The Muppet Movie Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

35th Anniversary Of The Muppet Movie Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The Rainbow Connection is going digital, as Walt Disney Records celebrates the upcoming 35th Anniversary of the classic frogs-to-riches story, “The Muppet Movie,” with the re-release of its Grammy-winning soundtrack album. Originally produced by Paul Williams and executive produced by late Muppet creator Jim Henson, the album features eleven timeless songs by Williams and Kenny Ascher. The release, for the first time in both digital and physical formats, coincides with the Blu-ray™ release of the classic 1979 film. Featuring new liner notes by Oscar® and Grammy®-winning composer Paul Williams, the album arrives in stores and at online retailers August 13.

From the opening strum of Kermit the frogs banjo on “The Rainbow Connection” (a 1979 Oscar¨ nominee for Best Original Song) to the dazzling Hollywood sound stage finale featuring the entire Muppet cast singing “The Magic Store,” the songs of “The Muppet Movie” make up the most memorable movie score ever written for a frog, pig, dog and whatever The Great Gonzo is.

As Williams writes in his liner notes, Henson set out to not make a children’s film but rather one “for the child in all of us.” 
The Muppets creator gave Williams and Ascher total freedom to write songs they felt suited the story and characters. That they did with tunes like Kermit’s touching and world renowned “Rainbow Connection,” Miss Piggy’s dulcet “Never Before, Never Again” (the sweetest pig-frog love song ever) and the rockin’ “Can You Picture That” by the legendary band, The Electric Mayhem, featuring Animal on drums.

The film takes Kermit on the ultimate road trip, as he travels from his home in the swamp to Hollywood in search of his dream to entertain. Along the way he makes new friends, from Fozzie Bear and Gonzo to the sultry femme fatale, Miss Piggy. Unfortunately the evil frogs-leg restaurant magnate Doc Hopper (played by the late Charles Durning) keeps trying to kidnap and fricassee Kermit’s legs at every turn. All’s well that ends well, when the gang finally makes it to Hollywood, where a studio chief (played by a glowering Orson Welles) issues them “the standard rich and famous contract.”

Many celebrities made memorable cameo appearances in the film, including James Coburn, Milton Berle, Madeline Kahn, Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Bob Hope, Richard Pryor, Cloris Leachman and Elliot Gould. The real stars are the Muppets themselves, who went and made seven more feature films. “The Muppet Movie” was added to the National Film Registry in 2009 for being “culturally, historically and aesthetically” significant.

Multi-Grammy®, Golden Globe and Oscar®-winning composer Paul Williams is best known for writing hits such as “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Rainy Days and Mondays” and the Oscar-winning “Evergreen,” and having worked with stars such as Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Willie Nelson and Jason Mraz. He writes in his liner notes that working on “The Muppet Movie” was “a high point of my career,” adding “To me the film suggests that we are all capable of more than we’d imagined; that the key ingredients are kindness and belief in ourselves.”

Songs featured on The Muppet Movie soundtrack are:

  1. Rainbow Connection” – The score’s most enduring song, performed in the opening scene by Kermit, alone in the swamp, and reprised at the end by the entire cast.
  2. “Movin’ Right Along” – Kermit and Fozzie leave behind the treacherous El Sleezo Cafe, hop in the Studebaker and sing this upbeat song while criss-crossing America.
  3. Never Before, Never Again” — Miss Piggy sings this romantic torch ballad just after being named Miss Bogen County and spying the love of her life, Kermit, from across a crowded fairground.
  4. “Never Before, Never Again” — an instrumental version.
  5. I Hope That Somethin’ Better Comes Along” – Kermit and Rowlf the Dog sing this wistful lounge ballad after Miss Piggy dumps her “short, green and handsome” beau.
  6. “Can You Picture That?”  – Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem rock out this fun rocker as they turn Fozzie’s drab Studebaker into a Haight-Ashbury love bug.
  7. “I Hope That Somethin’ Better Comes Along” — an instrumental version.
  8. I’m Going to Go Back There Someday”  – Gonzo sings this hopeful tune sitting around a campfire with the Muppets gang, as their Hollywood dreams seem lost for good.
  9. America” – Fozzie’s feeling patriotic as he sings the hymn while driving past Mount Rushmore, Yosemite Valley and the Grand Canyon.
  10. “Animal…Come Back” — Animal, carries the day after downing Insta-Grow pills, rising 50 feet and dispersing the bad guys for good.
  11. “Finale: The Magic Store” – The Muppets sing their memorable finale on an empty Hollywood sound stage, decorating it with movie magic, and then singing the unforgettable lyric: “Life’s like a movie, write your own ending.”

The Muppet Movie soundtrack will be available wherever music is sold on August 13. 

For more information on Walt Disney Records’ releases, please visit Disney.com/music, become a fan at Facebook.com/disneymusic or follow us at Twitter.com/disneymusic.

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #42 w/ Special Guest J. PAUL ZIMMERMAN (Halloweentown, Very Bad Things) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu's Disney on Demand Podcast Show #42 w/ Special Guest J. PAUL ZIMMERMAN (Halloweentown, Very Bad Things) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #42 w/ Special Guest J. PAUL ZIMMERMAN (Halloweentown, Very Bad Things) on DizRadio.com

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July 30, 2013 – Show #42

It’s Time D-Heads! In the heart of summer what can you do to cool off, why head to Halloweentown! You may recall our first trip there last year and now we have J. PAUL ZIMMERMAN stopping into the show! You may recall J. Paul from every Halloweentown film as the fun brother Dylan as well as films like Very Bad Things. He is going to stop in and talk about getting into the business, halloween, the shining, what he’s up to now and more!

In addition we have the D-Team back as Erin stops in answering more of your questions in I Want To Know. And our Aussie Lexie comes back with more on our special guest this week as she heads to Hollywood and Randy is here with more on Disney’s latest Multi-Media.

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Could the Magical Express be Coming Downtown? by: D-Team Adam

by: D-Team Member Adam

We’ve all been there… that agonizing last day in Walt Disney World.

Your bags are packed. You’ve had breakfast.  Maybe you’ve gone for a swim. But your flight isn’t until 3pm.  The last thing you want to do is wait around, but if you go take one last spin around, you’re risking missing the Magical Express pick up.  Of course, you risk it anyway and run to Downtown Disney, but you can’t relax and enjoy it because you need to keep checking the time.

On those days, most of us wonder why we can’t do a Magical Express pick up from someplace other than our hotel.

Disney might just have an answer for that.

Downtown Disney to get a Makeover

Downtown Disney to get a Makeover

Disney is spending the next month testing an additional Magical Express pick up system at the Pleasure Island parking lot near Raglan Road.  The option is only available to guests staying at one of the Port Orleans Resorts.  Guests will check their bags at the hotel Magical Express desk.  They then have the option of going out for a few hours.  They wouldn’t specifically need to go to Downtown Disney, as every Park and Hotel has direct and frequent service to Downtown. Of course, Downtown is your safest bet.  As usual, there is a specified pick-up time when you can board the Magical Express and claim your luggage.

If it works out, this will be a nice addition to Disney’s airport transportation service.  There is a question of when this service could begin if the testing proves successful.  Downtown Disney is in the beginning stages of construction as it begins its transformation into Disney Springs.  Construction isn’t due to be completed until 2016 and space is at a premium.  Much of the Disney Springs expansion will be moving into parking areas. During that time, some guests will be asked to park in other areas, with Disney shuttling them back and forth to Downtown.

Should Disney choose to make permanent a Downtown Magical Express pick-up station, it may not be enacted until construction is complete on the Disney Springs parking structure.

Whatever Disney has planned, this will surely improve guests’ stays in Walt Disney World, making that last day that much less stressful.

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