And the nominations are…

The nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards, presented by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences better known as the Oscars were announced yesterday and a number of Walt Disney films have been nominated. 

With five nominations for Toy Story 3 and three for Alice in Wonderland, Walt Disney Pictures should be in a chance of picking up a few Oscars on the 27th February.

Best Picture
Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3 is up against some very strong opposition this year with the Kings Speech and Black Swan being the bookies favourite to win.

Best Adapted Screenplay
Toy Story 3 – Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
Again Toy Story 3 faces some stiff opposition against 127 Hours by Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin for The Social Network.

Best Animated Feature
Toy Story 3 – Lee Unkrich
The opposition for Best Animated Feature comes from another fantastic film with a wonderful story line How to Train Your Dragon by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois. 

Best Animated Short
Day & Night – Teddy Newton I think the The Gruffalo by Max Lang and Jakob Schuh might win this one.

Best Original Song
“I See the Light” from Tangled – Alan Menken and Glenn Slater
“We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3 – Randy Newman

Best Sound Editing
Toy Story 3 – Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
Tron: Legacy – Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague

Best Art Direction
Alice in Wonderland Art Direction: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara
The big competition for this award comes from Inception.

Best Costume Design
Alice in Wonderland – Colleen Atwood

Best Visual Effects
Alice in Wonderland Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
Again the big competition for this award comes from Inception

The full list of nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards can be found here.

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Sequoia Lodge Refurbishment Continues

Here is a sneak peak of the newly refurbished rooms at the Disney’s Sequoia Lodge Hotel at Disneyland Pairs.  As part of the year long refurbishment of the hotels 1,011 bedrooms, they are being given a Bambi themed makeover.

The rooms have gone from this…

To this much lighter colour scheme.

Pin Trading Meets

For those Disney Pin Traders out there we thought you might be interested to know about a few forthcoming Pin Trading events being held in the United Kingdom.

Sunday 30th January 2011
10am – 12 noon
Disney Store Cardiff,
St Davids Shoping Centre, Cardiff.

Saturday 5th Febuary 2011
9am – 1 pm
Disney Store Southampton
Unit 17, The Marlands Centre, Southampton.

Saturday 30th April – Sunday 1st May 2011
Mousemeets 2011
Copthorne Hotel Birmingham, Paradise Circus, Birmingham, B3 3HJ

Tickets for this years Mousemeets, the UKs only  Disney fan convention cost £20 for adults and are available from the Mousemeets web site.

Disneyland Paris visitor left needing surgery after attack in car park

A father-of-four has been attacked by a ticket tout while on a dream holiday with his family.

Daran Jarman from Gosport, and his 29-year-old wife Gemma, took their four children on a trip to Disneyland Paris on 4th January
 
But on their last day at the resort, the 39-year-old was punched in the face by a thug who demanded his used tickets.
The attack left him needing surgery for a fractured jaw and broken teeth.
Mr Jarman was carrying gifts to his car near the resort’s main shopping area when the man approached him.
‘He wanted my used park tickets but I said “no” and walked off,’ said Mr Jarman, of Dayshes Close, Gosport.  ‘On the way back he was waiting for me.’
When the 39-year-old refused a second time, he was punched repeatedly in the face. Afraid his children might see his wounds, Daran dashed into a nearby train station for help.
‘My wife was in a lot of distress,’ he said.
‘She came in and saw me covered in blood and my children started crying. It trashed the whole holiday.  ‘My daughter went to school and told them not about the good things but about her dad getting hurt.’
Mr Jarman underwent emergency surgery to have his two front teeth removed and a piece of his jaw bone.
He now wants to warn other travellers to watch out for ticket touts.  ‘These people come over every day and try to take your tickets,’ he said. 
 His wife Gemma said the ordeal was horrendous.  She returned to their log cabin at the resort after Mr Jarman left in an ambulance.
When he had not returned after several agonising hours, Mrs Jarman decided to ask park staff to find her husband. ‘We had to walk for half an hour through the forest where the log cabin was,’ she said.
‘You can only get there by car but I can’t drive. We had a taxi take us there.  ‘I cried. The children were braver than me.
Resort staff were able to find the hospital where Mr Jarman was being treated.
He was discharged later that evening.
Disney spokeswoman Jo Preston said: ‘We were sorry to hear about the problems Mr Jarman had with an illegal ticket tout.
‘Touts are not permitted to operate at Disneyland Paris and it is our policy to remove them from the resort. This incident took place on public land, which Disneyland Paris security is not permitted to police.
‘We continue to work closely with the authorities to ensure an incident like this does not happen again.

 
Source: The News

Deposed Tunisian leaders relatives take refuge in Disneyland Paris

A group of relatives of deposed Tunisian leader Zine Abidine Ben Ali have taken refuge in a hotel at Disneyland Paris, a security source told AFP on Saturday.
Ben Ali fled Tunisia on Friday as he and members of his family and inner circle escaped a street uprising against his 23 years of authoritarian rule. He is himself now in Saudi Arabia after France refused to allow him entry.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a French security official said that a group of his relatives accompanied by their own security detail had taken VIP accommodation at the Disneyland Paris resort.
They had been there for “several days” before Ben Ali’s flight.

Disneyland Paris and Disney Stores Europe Sign Deal With MasterCard

The Walt Disney Company, Euro Disney Associés S.C.A. and MasterCard this week announced a six-year strategic corporate alliance across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Russia & CIS.
The agreements make MasterCard the official partner in the payment services category of The Walt Disney Company EMEA & Russia and of Euro Disney Associés C.S.A.. As a result, this provides MasterCard with opportunities to create and deliver unique promotional opportunities for its cardholders across the breadth of Disney including motion pictures and the more than 100 Disney Stores across the region and in Disneyland Paris, Europe’s number one tourist destination.
The agreement, which covers business-to-consumer and business-to-business initiatives provides the scope for considerable consumer benefits, which will include special advantages and discounts for all MasterCard cardholders. The partnership will also develop:

• New “Priceless” MasterCard cardholder experiences, including Disney Store shopping events and offers as well as Disneyland Paris events and hospitality benefits

• Opportunities for innovative payment solutions to support consumers at both Disneyland Paris and for in-store purchases in Disney stores

• Opportunities for MasterCard to secure further marketing and promotional opportunities across Disney’s branded businesses, providing unique business building opportunities for MasterCard customers

• The chance for Disney to develop promotional programs to reach MasterCard’s customer-base across the region and to leverage MasterCard’s payment services technology expertise

• Permanent MasterCard signage at Disneyland Paris and Disney Stores in the region, underlining the importance of the partnership with MasterCard.

Javier Perez, President, MasterCard Europe said: “I’m excited that we are going to work so closely with Disney. We know that the magic that Disney provides will create numerous priceless opportunities for all our cardholders including families with young children, the larger youth segment, our corporate customers and our own employees. This new partnership fits seamlessly within our existing strategy in which our sponsorship activities, be it sports sponsorship through to entertainment, should always aim to deliver a rewarding experience for today’s cardholder.”