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Pixar Wizards Leave Their Signatures on Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

posted on January 11th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


If you’ve had the chance to stop through Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, you may have noticed the impressive Storyboard Chandelier that serves the lobby’s centerpiece. Since the resort opened in 2012, it has become tradition for film contributors – both voice actors and those working behind the scenes – to add their autograph to a sketch appearing on the chandelier.

Over the years, many artists, filmmakers and actors have stopped by to autograph panels on the chandelier, including Jodi Benson and Pat Carroll from “The Little Mermaid,” John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney & Pixar Animation Studios, as well as Josh Cooley from “Inside Out” and writer Robert Baird from “Big Hero 6” and “Monsters University”.

Recently Pixar’s Pete Docter, Jay Ward & Jerome Ranft, who have contributed to blockbusters like “Inside Out,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Up,” “Cars,” “Brave,” and more, stopped in to make their mark.

Check out the video above that details this latest legendary autograph session.

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‘Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival’ to Debut Today At Epcot

posted on December 23rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


We recently shared plans for a new “Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival” experience to open in Future World at Epcot, and we’re happy to announce that this new offering will officially open its doors today.

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This new experience will feature a look into the visionary minds behind some of the world’s most iconic animated films today. Once inside the theater, guests can put on their 3D glasses and enter the imaginative worlds of three animated shorts – “Get A Horse,” “For The Birds” and “La Luna” – which will burst to life on the big screen (and in the theater) like never before.

“Get a Horse” stars Mickey Mouse and features Walt Disney himself as the voice of the iconic character. This black-and-white, hand-drawn short follows Mickey, his favorite gal pal Minnie Mouse and their friends Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow as they delight in a musical wagon ride — until Peg-Leg Pete shows up and tries to run them off the road.

“For The Birds” opens to show one by one, a flock of small birds perch on a telephone wire. Sitting close together has problems enough, and then along comes a large dopey bird that tries to join them. The birds of a feather can’t help but make fun of him—and their clique mentality proves embarrassing in the end.

And lastly, “La Luna” is the timeless fable of a young boy coming of age in the most peculiar circumstances. Tonight is the very first time his Papa and Grandpa are taking him to work. In an old wooden boat they row far out to sea, and with no land in sight, they stop and wait. A big surprise awaits the little boy as he discovers his family’s most unusual line of work. Should he follow the example of his Papa or his Grandpa? Will he be able to find his own way amidst their conflicting opinions and timeworn traditions?

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#DisneyKids: Meet Disney Superfan Giselle from Giselle’s Garden

posted on December 11th, 2015 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Today, for our continuing #DisneyKids series, I want you to meet an adorable little princess named Giselle. Giselle loves coming to Walt Disney World Resort, especially if it means she can wear one of her Disney Princess dresses or even other costumes like Tinker Bell from “Peter Pan,” or Russell from “Up.”

Giselle’s magical Disney Parks experiences began last year when she made her first visit at the age of 4, wearing a dress that her mom, Kristina, made for the occasion. According to Kristina, Giselle, who has Down Syndrome, comes alive with happiness when interacting with Disney characters – creating moments that Kristina loves capturing on camera. Each time they plan a return visit to Walt Disney World Resort, Kristina creates new costumes for photos and fun.

Kristina eventually posted a few photos online and the popularity of the images grew so much that Giselle’s Walt Disney World Resort photos became an internet sensation. These days, you can Giselle’s latest magical adventure on Facebook at “Giselle’s Garden.”

Here’s a video from Giselle’s most recent visit when the family visited some favorite characters, including Merida from Disney•Pixar’sBrave,” Anna and Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen,” and, of course, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

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Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration Taping Continues!

posted on November 11th, 2015 by Anne Macklin, Talent Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Today we met up with four more outstanding musicians performing in this year’s Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration including country music’s beloved, Reba McEntire. Reba couldn’t resist a quick photo with Woody from Disney•ŸPixarToy Story” during a break from taping. Reba sang one of her favorite Christmas tunes, but you’ll have to tune in Christmas Day to find out which one!

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The Christmas celebration wouldn’t be complete without a visit from Santa Goofy! Check out British soul and R&B singer/songwriter Seal’s close-up. I wonder if he shared his Christmas list with Santa Goofy?

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Breakout artist Tori Kelly snaps a quick pic with Chip and Dale as she steps off stage following her performances for this year’s Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration. Tori is also a featured artist on the “We Love Disney” album which was released last month by Walt Disney Records.

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Janel Parrish, one of the stars of “Pretty Little Liars” on ABC Family (soon to be Freeform), also met up with Stitch during a break from taping. Janel is serving as the music correspondent for the show.

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YouTube singer, songwriter Charlie Puth also performed for the Christmas celebration today!
Check out the 32nd annual holiday telecast where will air nationwide on Dec. 25 at 10 a.m. ET and 9 a.m. CST, MST and PST on ABC-TV.

Thanks to photographers Mark Ashman and Mariah Wild for the photos!

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‘Chef Remy’ Audio-Animatronics Figure Remains in Epcot

posted on October 14th, 2009 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


Judging by online conversations, there’s some question about whether Chef Remy, one of our newest Audio-Animatronics characters, can still be seen in Epcot. The answer is, yes, you can still enjoy Chef Remy’s culinary talents.

“Bon Appetit from Chef Remy” at Les Chefs de France at Epcot was initially scheduled to end in September but his appearances have been extended.

If you haven’t experienced Remy’s hijinks, you should. The rat-turned-chef made famous in the Academy Award-winning film Ratatouille flirts, dances and entertains several times a week at the France pavilion in Epcot.

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Excitement around Chef Remy begins with his presentation — how he’s revealed. He travels table-to-table on a rolling gourmet food cart. Then a Maitre d’ lifts the lid off a silver-domed cheese platter to begin the show and the smallest Audio-Animatronics character ever created by Walt Disney Imagineering doesn’t disappoint. When Remy recently visited our table at Les Chefs de France restaurant, he didn’t leave until the entire group was laughing.

Check out Chef Remy for yourself in a video we recently created at Disney Parks.

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