• 24Jun

    The popular, affable co-hosts of ABC’s “ The Chew ” are returning to Epcot International Food & Wine Festival to tape a week’s worth of shows October 5-7 – look for Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz at Walt Disney World Resort as they explore the festival and beyond for the Emmy-Award-winning series. (The taped shows will air on ABC October 10-14 at 1 p.m. EST, 12 p.m. PT — check local listings).

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  • 03Aug

    Bless Fantagraphics for publishing Carl Barks' duck comics. One of the three original inductees into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame (along with Eisner and Jack Kirby), Barks was known for many years only as the? …

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  • 29Apr

    A behind the scenes look at the Muppets Bohemian Rhapsody video that is up for a Webby Award right now. I love the Muppets videos, they are all very funny! Monsters, Muppets, and other Disney News … Tour Jim Henson’s Fantastic World exhibit in Orlando … The Muppets: Stand By Me … Behind The Scenes: New Disney Dream Experiences …

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  • 27Apr

    Thanks to /Film for sharing some really cool Marvel Fan Made Movie trailers from a YouTube user, who goes under the name EditNinja . Films include: Thor, Wonder Woman (starring Angelina Jolie), Spider-Man 6 (A Bourne-style take starring Julia Stiles), Spider-Man (A bubblegum pop reboot from Disney), Black Widow (Starring Scarlett Johansson), Marvel 1910 (HBO Television series opening), and The First Avenger: Captain America (starring Chris Pine and Hugo Weaving) just to name a few. Here are a couple I liked

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    Must See Fan Made Marvel Movie Trailers

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  • 21Apr

      Did you know that Disney World is a top destination for weddings?  Hundreds of couples tie the knot in Disney World every year in weddings that range from simple, intimate affairs to elaborate celebrations.  If you’ve ever  taken the monorail or ferry to the Magic Kingdom, you’ve gone  past the Grand Floridian and probably seen the Wedding Pavilion, a beautiful white building on the far end of the resort property.  Maybe you’ve seen a happy couple riding in Cinderella’s glass coach or walked by an outdoor wedding at Sea Breeze point, a charming outdoor location on Disney’s Boardwalk.   Catching a glimpse of a newly married couple walking around Disney World in their wedding day finery is a treat; their happiness and optimism is contagious.  I had the opportunity to talk with Carly from The Disney Wedding Blog about misconceptions, benefits, and joys of having a Disney wedding. For Carly, who met her husband while participating in the Walt Disney College Program in 2002, having a Disney wedding meant they could incorporate something that played a big part in their lives into one of the biggest days of their lives.  It also meant they could share that connection with others.  To them, there was no better place to celebrate their marriage than at Disney World.   Still, planning a wedding long-distance had its disadvantages.  Notes Carly, most brides will travel to Disney for one, possibly two planning sessions that involve visiting multiple locations and making major decisions. Oh, and cake testings.  She only had a few hours to meet face to face with her wedding coordinator, so this meant relying a lot on emails and phone contacts.  It also helped to be a very organized bride.  Rather than just sending out “save the date” cards, Carly sent out newsletters and information packets detailing everything her guests would need to do.  “If we had been closer, it would have been much easier to take care of a lot of the little things and I think our event would have been better for it. I’m just glad that Disney’s FairyTale Weddings has such a wonderful staff, because I never could have done it without them!” Think Disney weddings are all Mickey and Minnie?  This couldn’t be farther from the truth.  In fact, some weddings have no Disney references at all.  Says Carly, the biggest misconception of Disney weddings is that people think they are “all juvenile, cookie-cutter events that look a lot like children’s birthday parties.  I think people have an image of what a day int he park is like and they just stick a bride and groom into all of that chaos.  In reality, most Disney weddings are increidbly elegant and stylish and many don’t have any Disney elements at all, other than the location.  The weddings that do incorporate the characters or other Disney touches, do so in a way that fits the feel of the wedding, so guest never feel that the couple isn’t taking the event seriously or that the couple is focusing more on Disney than they are on their own wedding. Disney weddings are handled in such a professional way, it really is a picture-perfect wedding celebration every time.” Disney Fairy Tale Weddings supplies  much of the vendors a couple will use, athoughsome outside vendors are allowed. For example, a bride can use her own photographers in most Disney locations, although you must use Disney photographers in the parks.  You need not worry about variety available from Disney vendors; they generally can make anything you want happen.  Call it Disney magic, if you will, but the creative minds behind DFTW can turn out lovely weddings, even on a budget.  Couples can choose from various ceremony locations, from white sand beaches to the more formal Wedding Pavilion at the Grand Floridian.  Nearly all Disney restaurants are available for receptions, depending on the size of the party, but couples can also choose certain locations in the parks as well as formal resort ballrooms.  Many couples choose to hold extra events on property, like a rehearsal dinner or a dessert party at Epcot during Illuminations.   All of these events count towards a couple’s minimum costs. Disney weddings and vow renewals start at around $5000 for an Escape wedding, a smaller event  (under 20 people) that takes place at several outdoor sites around Disney World.  Wishes weddings start at around $15,000 and offer brides more elaborate venues, food, floral and photo choices.  Prices vary depending on the day of the week and time of the year.  Disney couture weddings are “the sky’s the limit” type of affairs designed by famed wedding designer David Tutera.   While $15,000 may seem like a great deal of money to spend on a wedding, it’s actually on the lower end of what the average U.S. couple spends and for that you get an elegant, unforgettable setting in what many of us think is the happiest place on earth.  Whatever wedding a couple chooses, they’ll have the opportunity, as noted by Carly, to “share the excitement of getting married at Disney with each other” and “with all of  (your) guests as well!”  Planning a Disney wedding?  Check out the The Disney Wedding Blog for gorgeous photographs and tips.  You might also like the wedding boards at Disboards where you’ll find advice and planning journals from Disney brides.  Passporter also has a forum for Disney weddings …

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  • 14Apr

    Joss Whedon is in final negotiations to direct the movie version of Marvel’s all-star super-hero team “The Avengers.” Whedon’s name first surfaced on Web site iesb.net in early April as being on the shortlist of directors Marvel was considering for the gig. He quickly and quietly became the only candidate, with reports surfacing Tuesday he was in talks. Marvel had no comment. “The Avengers” is the culmination of Marvel’s movies and the storylines featuring the company’s individual heroes: Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man and Thor; other Marvel comic book mainstays include the Wasp, the Scarlet Witch, the Vision and Hawkeye although it remains to be seen which of those characters will make the cut. Marvel’s dealmaking with its main actors in those previous movies provided for their inclusion in starring roles in “Avengers.” That means Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evan (Captain America) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) are expected to take part. The involvement of Ed Norton, who portrayed Bruce Banner/Hulk, is less clear; the last Hulk movie, released by Universal in 2008, saw the actor clash with the company during post-production, leaving future association in doubt. Marvel executives have a busy time ahead: “Iron Man 2″ opens May 7; they are in production on “Thor” in New Mexico; and “Captain America” begins shooting in England this summer. “Avengers” is expected to begin shooting in early 2011. Paramount, which has handled several of the company’s recent pictures, presumably will distribute, though Marvel itself is now wholly owned by Disney. Whedon is well-regarded in the comic community for creating “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” spin-off show “Angel,” and cult sci-fi show “Firefly,” and he directed many of the shows’ episodes. The one feature he directed — the big-screen version of “Firefly” called “Serenity” — received good reviews but failed commercially. Hiring Whedon as the director of “Avengers” would continue Marvel’s out-of-the-box thinking when choosing directors (and actors, for that matter). Jon Favreau, now a superstar director thanks to the first “Iron Man,” was considered a fish-out-of-water choice for that movie, having previously shot the well-reviewed box-office bomb “Zathura.” Is it Joss Whedon Or Peter Sollett To Direct ‘Runaways’ For Disney Marvel … Marvel still looking for the right Captain America … Will Chris Pine be Marvel’s Captain America? … ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ Animated Series Swings To Disney XD In Fall 2011! … Share the Magic:

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  • 13Apr

    This question come from Stephanie G., who asks “I heard the Star Tours ride at Hollywood Studios is under construction. When is it scheduled to open again? Stephanie, thanks for reading Chip and Co and for your question.  Star Tours is scheduled to close for refurbishment in October 2010.  It will be reopened in 2011.  There is no official date for the reopening.  We’ll keep everyone posted, but projections are pretty far out at this point, so don’t count on it being open in early 2011.  Star Tours, which debuted in 1987, will be redone in a high definition, Disney Real-D 3D screen, with an improved motion simulator.  It will feature Jar Jar Binks and a podracing scene similar to that shown in the Phantom Menace. Christmas at Walt Disney World 1978 – Attack of the giant babies … It’s more fun time with Jonas Sweepstakes … The Muppets: Stand By Me … Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Starts Soon … Share the Magic:

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