Disney to launch Theme Park mobile game.

Disney Interactive and game publisher Gameloft are set to develop Disney Magic Kingdoms, an interactive experience for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android and Windows Phone.

The game will reimagine Disney Parks for mobile devices, letting fans build the theme park of their dreams by recreating and placing rides in an animated landscape.

With influence from the Disneyland Resort in California, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Paris and more, the game will feature attractions such as Space Mountain and California Screamin’.

Users will also be able to interact with characters from more than 90 years of Disney history, including Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, Buzz Lightyear, Mike Wazowski and countless others. Additionally, players can undertake various quests to save the park from villains including Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent, Toy Story’s Emperor Zurg and Tangled’s Mother Gothel.

Banksy opens Dismaland Bemusement Park in Weston-super-Mare.

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Graffiti artist Banksy has announced the opening of The Dismaland Bemusement Park exhibition at a derelict seafront lido in Weston-super-Mare, England.  The exhibition is his first in the UK since 2009’s Banksy v Bristol Museum show which drew huge crowds.

Banksy has described Dismaland as a “family theme park unsuitable for children”. The Dismaland Bemusement Park will feature work from Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer , Jimmy Cauty and Banksy.

Artist Banksy is notorious for his secretive and subversive stunts.  In 2006 he placed a life-size replica of a Guantanamo Bay detainee inside the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride at the Disneyland park in California.  It remained in place for 90 minutes before the ride was closed down and the figure removed.

The Dismaland Bemusement Park is located at the former Tropicana, on Marine Parade, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1BE.

The park will be open everyday between 11 am – 11 pm from 22nd August – 27th September 2015.   Admission costs £3 and under 5’s are free.

The following are strictly prohibited in the park – spray paint, marker pens, knives and legal representatives of the Walt Disney Corporation.

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Disney Dreams! Pin Event 19 September 2015

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There will be a Disney Dreams! themed pin event held at Disneyland Paris on Saturday 19 September 2015 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Coliseum Ballroom at Hotel New York.

The price per person is 45 euros and brunch is included.  The event is limited to 300 people.

Reservations are available from Thursday 20 August  from the Disneyland Paris reservations centre on 00 33 1 60 30 60 53.

Brown Bag Films creators of Doc McStuffins acquired by 9 Story Media Group

260px-Doc_McStuffins_logoThe award winning Irish animation studio Brown Bag Films the creators of Disney’s Doc McStuffins  has been bought by Toronto based 9 Story Media Group, owned by media entrepreneur Neil Court.

Following the acquisition, Brown Bag Films founders Darragh O’Connell and Cathal Gaffney and senior management will remain on to head up  Disney’s Doc McStuffins, the company said today.

Based in Dublin, Brown Bags Films also has a base in LA as well as a studio in Manchester, England.

“I am truly excited about this opportunity that we have worked so hard on and I look forward to continuing to produce the best animated content for children across the globe with 9 Story long into the future,” Cathal Gaffney said.

“Over the past 21 years, Brown Bag Films has constantly evolved its business model, always keeping quality at the forefront of everything we do”.

“This new chapter is the next logical step for us in our ongoing evolution and will ensure that audiences around the world get to watch more of the great shows they have come to expect from Brown Bag Films.”

Brown Bag Film said the decision was taken to press ahead with the deal after Gaffney and fellow co founder Darragh O’Connell, explored a range of options to take the company to the next level.

Vince Commisso, 9 Story Media Group chief executive, said they were thrilled to be joining forces with Brown Bag Films.

“Cathal, Darragh and their team in Ireland have a well established track record and an outstanding reputation for producing high quality animation,” Mr Commisso said.

“This transformative transaction, which extends our footprint into Europe, broadens our content offering to distribution partners and audiences worldwide, combines best in class CGI and 2D, and optimally positions the company for tremendous growth.”

A fourth series of ‘Doc McStuffins’ is now in production and the show is aired around the world.  It has been a major factor in the expansion of the company over the last few years.

This year, Brown Bag Films won Outstanding Children’s Programme for ‘Doc McStuffins’ at the 46th National Association for Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) Awards.

The Dublin-based creators of Give Up Yer Aul Sins, Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty, Octonauts and Henry Hugglemonster continued to expand this year after securing a major deal with Amazon Prime resulting in the creation of 40 more jobs after the green-lighting Brown Bag Films’ ‘The Stinky and Dirty Show’ which began  production in March.

 Source: independent.ie

Disneyland Paris gets a mention at this years D23 Expo.

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Disneyland Paris got a quick mention at this years D23 Expo being held at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.  The forthcoming 25th Anniversary was mentioned and so was Ratatouille and the Star Wars Jedi Training Academy.

Bob Chapek, Chairman Walt Disney Park and Resorts said “In Europe there’s a whole lot in store as we lead up the 25th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris in 2017”.

“As you may know, the recently openend Ratatouille  themed area includes an attraction that takes Guests on a cullinary adventure through Remey’s Paris and a resturant that shrinks our Guests down to Remey’s size – guests are loving it”.

“And we launched Jedi Training Acadeny earlier this summer, and it’s been a big hit”.

You can watch the a video of Bob Chapek’s presentation below.

Alice Through the Looking Glass posters.

Here are the first posters for ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ due for release in cinemas May 2016. 

 

It is a sequel to the 2010  Alice in Wonderland and will be directed by James Bobin and written by Linda Woolverton.  

Tim Burton who directed the previous film will produce it. 

  

The film stars Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen and Rhys Ifans. 

It is scheduled to be released by Walt Disney Pictures on May 27, 2016.

London’s hidden Disney Store

 
Here are some photos I took yesterday while wandering around London’s hidden Disney Store.

The store is discreetly located on the 4th floor of Harrods department store in Knightsbridge, London.

The store also includes a Disney’s Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique where children are invited to step into the world of their favourite Disney fairy tale characters. 

Guests can choose from five different experiences including a Fairy Godmother-in-Training to dashing Prince or dazzling Princess transformations. 

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

Disney Shares Slide Over 6% On Revenue Miss

  
Sky News reported on Wednesday that Walt Disney shares fell by more than 6% after-hours after the entertainment firm’s latest revenues came in below market forecasts.

Disney’s third-quarter numbers, for the three months to 27 June, showed growth in both sales and profits but it also warned over the future growth of subscriber numbers in its media networks business, which includes the sports network ESPN and ABC (KOSDAQ: FED642.KQ – news) .

Profits rose 11% to a record quarterly figure of $2.48bn (£1.6bn) while revenues climbed 5% to $13.1bn (£8.4bn) during the period.

The company said its movie studio boosted earnings once again, with the debut of Avengers: Age of Ultron proving the continued strength of the Marvel superhero brand despite it achieving slightly weaker box office sales than earlier releases.

Disney said its parks and resorts business was hurt by weakness in the euro, which damaged revenue at Disneyland Paris – recently subjected to an EU pricing probe.

It also cited higher operating costs at the Paris park and at Disneyland in California alongside lower customer numbers at its Hong Kong resort.

Operating profits for the division still rose 9% to $922m (£593m) but revenue missed the expectations of analysts – apparently contributing to the share sell-off.

Sales of consumer products, including Star Wars and Frozen merchandise, rose 27% on a year earlier.

The company’s shares, which had risen almost 30% over the year to date, lost 6.5% of their value in late trading following the release of the results and Disney’s conference call with analysts.