Wednesday, August 22, 2018

As shared by Disney Parks Blog. Wildlife Wednesday: Happy 1st Birthday, Anala & Jeda!


Disney’s Animal Kingdom is celebrating the first birthday of the first Sumatran tiger cubs born at the park, Anala and Jeda. To mark the special occasion, our animal care team created a birthday-themed enrichment treat – a “cake” made for them to gnaw and paw. Enrichment is an important part of their care and is stimulating and fun for the animals.
The cubs have had a momentous first year. Both are thriving and have made significant growth in size and skills, as they stay close to their mom Sohni and learn from her lead.

Born weighing roughly three pounds each, Anala and Jeda have grown into robust young cubs. Today, Anala weighs 160 pounds, and Jeda is 167. For the sake of comparison, their father Malosi weighs 290 pounds.

(Cubs shown in photos above at one-month old on left and about seven months old on right.)
The cubs continue to hit all their development milestones and enjoy learning to be tigers – they practice hiding, creeping and pouncing on mom and each other.
As you might expect, Anala and Jeda act like siblings. They have a special bond but differ in many ways. Anala is feisty and independent in spirit. Jeda is more laid back. Both are incredibly intelligent, and guests continue to enjoy watching the tiger family play and explore their habitat on the Maharajah Jungle Trek.

Anala and Jeda have also learned, like their parents, to participate in their own medical care. For example, they respond to certain hand signals or verbal cues by voluntarily opening their mouths or standing on a station for routine weight checks. They also present their tails and paws for inspection on cue.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is proud to play an important role in the worldwide conservation and understanding of Sumatran tigers, a critically endangered species. The birth of these Sumatran tiger cubs was a remarkable event that took nearly three years of planning through the Species Survival Plan (SSP), which is overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and ensures responsible breeding.

Fewer than 500 Sumatran tigers are left in the wild due to threats such as habitat loss, poaching and the illegal wildlife trade. Since 1995, the Disney Conservation Fund has provided more than $2.5 million to 14 nonprofit organizations working to protect tigers and their habitats in the wild. As a part of its focus on saving wildlife, the DCF is also helping the Wildlife Conservation Society and its partners protect tigers in Sumatra, Indonesia, by building support for tiger conservation, combating illegal wildlife trade and supporting community rangers who walked more than 5,600 miles in the last year to patrol 1,700 square miles of tigers’ forest habitat.

You can see Sohni, Malosi and their cubs on the Maharajah Jungle Trek and learn more about tigers by visiting DisneyAnimals.com.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Returns to Magic Kingdom Park Saturday 8-18-18


Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, a special event that scares up tons of fun, returns to Magic Kingdom Park
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During the event, which takes place on select nights August through October, guests can trick-or-treat throughout the park, enjoy attractions, spy spooky d├ęcor and visit Disney characters dressed in their very own Halloween costumes. Special event-exclusive entertainment includes “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade,” the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” stage show and “Happy Hallo Wishes” fireworks. Special fall and Halloween-themed treats also takeover (check Alex’s post for the delicious details).
This year, guests attending a Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party can expect a few new “treats” during the event. The Mad Tea Party will offer a colorful ride as new lighting and effects give a new spin on the night.
At Pirates of the Caribbean, new pirates invade the classic attraction to interact with sailing guests who will join their search for “Gunpowder Pete.”
At Space Mountain, explorers will hurtle through deep space as a new soundtrack and special effects transform the adventure.
And Storybook Circus will welcome the Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam, a dance party featuring some of your favorite Disney Junior Characters, including Doc McStuffins.
Advance tickets start at $75 for adults and $70 for children ages 3-9 (plus tax). Day-of tickets start at $85 for adults and $80 for children ages 3-9 (plus tax). For more, visit MickeyHalloween.com. Guests visiting in August or September can take advantage of a Walt Disney World Resort hotel room offer with discounts of up to 25%. For details visit DisneyWorld.com/enchanted-escape/. Guests visiting in October can take advantage of resort hotel discounts of up to 20%. For details visit DisneyWorld.com/magical-holidays-room/. I want to thank Disney Parks Blog for sharing this. I cant wait!!

Disney Doodle: Jane Visits ‘it’s a small world’


In our Disney Doodle series, different Disney artists take turns imagining what different Disney characters would do or see first if they had the chance to visit a Disney Park.
In today’s Doodle, artist Ashley Taylor envisions what Jane, the adventurous heroine from “Tarzan,” would do if she could visit a park.
According to Ashley, this budding artist may seek out a new “jungle” for some artistic inspiration.
“Jane loves drawing in the jungle, so it’s easy to imagine her sketching the animals inside of ‘it’s a small world‘!” Ashley said.

Shared by Disney Parks Blog. by,Jennifer Fickley-Baker.

Limited-Time Celebrations Planned for the 90th Anniversary of Mickey Mouse as shared by the Disney parks blog

It was all started by a mouse. Now 90 years later, we are in party-prep mode for the birthday of the one and only Mickey Mouse. With a milestone as big as 90 years, one party simply will not do! That’s why Mickey’s birthday celebration will span across the globe with a series of events at all Disney Parks sites around the world, including the previously announced World’s Biggest Mouse Party – a limited-time, global celebration of Mickey and Minnie – as well as ‘Mickey: The True Original Exhibition’ in New York City.
  • Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will celebrate Mickey’s birthday from November 16-18 with special merchandise and food & beverage items as well as the chance for guests to celebrate at Magic Kingdom Park during the “Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!” Street Party, sing “Happy Birthday” along with the Dapper Dans on Main Street, U.S.A., and join in a special birthday dance party at Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland. Then in 2019, Walt Disney World will continue celebrating when World’s Biggest Mouse Party comes to the resort.

  • Disneyland Resort in California will host a celebration cavalcade for Mickey Mouse on November 18, featuring some of his special friends and the Disneyland Band, starting at “it’s a small world” and pausing for a special moment at Sleeping Beauty Castle before continuing down Main Street, U.S.A., to Town Square. The party continues when World’s Biggest Mouse Party begins at Disneyland Resort in 2019.
  • Disney Cruise Line will join the celebration when World’s Biggest Mouse Party takes to the seas in 2019.
  • Shanghai Disney Resort will be the first to kick off World’s Biggest Mouse Party with a brand-new Mickey-themed float at the opening ceremony of the Shanghai Tourism Festival on September 15 to commemorate the Shanghai launch of World’s Biggest Mouse Party. At Shanghai Disneyland, a giant birthday card will be installed next to “Storytellers” statue, featuring birthday wishes from Mickey’s pals. From November 16-18, guests will enjoy themed food and merchandise offerings as well as the opportunity to sing “Happy Birthday” to Mickey just before the nighttime spectacular show each evening, all culminating with a special nighttime birthday spectacular at Enchanted Storybook Castle on November 18.
  • Hong Kong Disneyland will begin its World’s Biggest Mouse Party activations on Mickey’s birthday, November 18, with commemorative park tickets, special food & beverage and merchandise, a hotel room overlay and “We Love Mickey” projection show through February 2019. And Hong Kong Disneyland guests will receive special birthday stickers, available only on November 18.
  • Tokyo Disney Resort will join the celebration this fall with special decorations and merchandise.
  • Disneyland Paris will celebrate the World’s Biggest Mouse Party this fall and into winter with new holiday season entertainment and special surprises.
“Mickey: The True Original Exhibition,” an interactive art exhibit, will open in New York from November 8, 2018 – February 10, 2019. This immersive, pop-up art exhibition is inspired by Mickey’s status as a ‘true original’ and his global impact on popular culture and art. From his beginning in black and white in Steamboat Willie to the technicolor world of more than 100 cartoon shorts, exhibition guests will step into an unforgettable journey of Mickey moments reimagined.
“As Walt said, ‘I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing—that it was all started by a mouse’,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products. “From ‘The True Original Exhibition’ to a year-long celebration in our parks around the world, we are honoring the deep connection that families and fans have made with Mickey and Minnie Mouse for nearly a century.”
Mickey’s 90th is definitely a “mouse”-do this fall! With so many birthday parties to choose from, one question remains: which will you be a part of?

Thursday, August 16, 2018

TICKETS FOR D23 EXPO 2019: THE ULTIMATE DISNEY FAN EVENT GO ON SALE THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018


Perfect Birthday Present Yes!! D23 Expo 2019 Tickets go on sale a day before my birthday


Actress Yvette Nicole Brown and Fashion Designer Ashley Eckstein Return to Judge the Mousequerade Costume Contest
 
D23 Gold Members Enjoy Additional Savings and Member-Only Benefits
 
Plus, D23 Expo 2019 Design Challenge Themed to Haunted Mansion
 
BURBANK, Calif. – August 16, 2018 – On Thursday, August 23, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will begin selling tickets for the next D23 Expo, which will take place August 23-25, 2019, at the Anaheim Convention Center. The largest Disney fan event in the world, D23 Expo celebrates all the wonderful worlds of The Walt Disney Company under one roof, including the best of Disney, Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars across film, television, theme parks, products, online, music, live entertainment, and more. D23 Expo 2019 marks the sixth biennial Expo held in Anaheim.
 
Once again, the Expo will celebrate the past, present, and future of Disney with signature entertainment, celebrity appearances, panels, presentations, sneak peeks, and immersive experiences. A massive show floor will feature exhibits, shopping, and photo opportunities from all across Disney and its partners. D23 Expo 2019 marks the return of fan favorites, including the Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, honoring the talented men and women who have made indelible contributions to the Disney legacy; an all-new exhibit from the Walt Disney Archives; Talent Central, where fans can meet their favorite Disney stars; and a daily parade on the show floor.
 
Plus, the Mousequerade costume contest is back with actress Yvette Nicole Brown and fashion designer Ashley Eckstein returning as judges for the popular event, which includes dozens of eye-popping creations from fans around the world.
 
In addition, the D23 Expo 2019 Design Challenge will be themed to the popular Haunted Mansion, which first opened at Disneyland in 1969 and will be celebrating its 50th anniversary next year. Fans are encouraged to create ghoulishly delightful designs, from paintings and drawings to sculptures and models, inspired by the beloved attraction and its 999 happy haunts. Twenty-three pieces of finalist artwork will be on display throughout the D23 Expo weekend at a gallery on the show floor. The winning artist will be chosen prior to the start of the D23 Expo and will receive a cash prize of $2,300. Details for Mousequerade and the Design Challenge will be revealed this fall.
 
D23 Expo 2019 will showcase all of the latest stars in the Disney universe. In 2017, celebrity appearances included Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Whoopi Goldberg, Jordan Fisher, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Hamill, Kristen Bell, Chris Hemsworth, Mandy Moore, and the stars of Disney’s Descendants. Additionally, Disney executives and creative talent came together to deliver special presentations, announcements, and experiences to Disney fans throughout the three-day extravaganza.
 
This year, discounted single-day and multi-day tickets for D23 Expo 2019 will be available exclusively to D23 Gold Members, and Gold Members who purchase their tickets from August 23–November 20, 2018 will enjoy an additional special “Early Bird” discount. D23 Gold Family Members can save as much as $288 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Gold Member “Early Bird” rate. General admission tickets are $89 for a one-day adult admission and $69 for children. Three-day money-saving tickets are also available. Discounted hotel and Disneyland Resort park tickets are available to all Expo ticket purchasers. For more information on tickets and the ticket prices for Gold Members and general admission, visit D23expo.com.
 
A limited number of VIP Sorcerer Packages for D23 Expo 2019 will be available exclusively to both D23 Gold and Gold Family Members at $2,500 per ticket. The Sorcerer Package includes a three-day admission ticket with a commemorative Sorcerer credential; reserved seating at presentations; a preview day with a tour of the show floor and advance shopping opportunities; a Haunted Mansion-themed welcome reception; a packed D23 Expo gift pack, including an exclusive bag provided by D23 Expo 2019 sponsor American Tourister, and more. Members can purchase up to two Sorcerer tickets. Additional details and a complete list of Sorcerer Package benefits are highlighted at D23expo.com.
 
D23 Gold and Gold Family Members will also be entitled to special benefits throughout the weekend including exclusive discounts and offers at select Disney retail and partner locations; a commemorative gift; and limited priority queueing for Hall D23 and the Expo Arena. Look for announcements about these opportunities in the coming months. To join D23 and enjoy these benefits, visit D23.com/join.
 
For the latest news and updates about D23 Expo 2019, visit D23expo.com.
 
 
About D23
The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.
 
Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($79.99), Gold Family Membership ($104.99), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com and at shopDisney.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
 
Be sure to follow our blog for more upcoming news on D23 Expo and Galaxy's Edge Star Wars Land at Disneyland.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

DAY 2 AT COMIC CON REVOLUTION IN ONTARIO CALIFORNIA

Hello Again! We decided to do a blog about our visit to the Comic Con Revolution at the Ontario Convention Center this past weekend. We enjoyed Saturdays event so much, we came back for more on Sunday.
When we last left you hanging, I believe there was a Spidey Cosplayer on the last picture. I had asked one of the Cosplay people as we were entering the convention if we could take her picture for our blog. Sadly I did not catch her real name. I hope she will see this blog. I believe her character was Spiderwoman Gwendolyn.
 
What a great way to start the day off with the Amazing Spiderman cosplayers. Thank you mystery girl.
Once we went inside we visited as many booths as possible, hoping to meet the voice of the Batman animated series (Kevin Conroy).
Well no such luck, as he was either at lunch or on a panel.
It felt as if I had jumped into Doc Brown's time machine and went back to the 1980's.


 
The Flux capacitor was Fluxing.
 
We started seeing Cosplay characters from those great 1980's movies like Ghostbusters, Space Balls and The Empire Strikes back.
 

 Who you gonna call?

She was a long lost sister of Barf half- Dog half Woman= Wog?
 
As we jumped forward we ran into a couple of science officer Vulcans. as we went on our way, they said in unison "Live long and Prosper"
 
 
 
We stopped somewhere in the 90's and caught up with a Stormtrooper and the Dalek and Big Foot.



Upon re-entry to the convention center we were back!!

 
As I had mentioned in part one of the blog, (If you are reading this first, you need to read part 1 to know what we are talking about.) The people who have this amazing ability to create a costume from cloth, plastic, and rubber is truly cool. Cosplay can be for any age. I saw tiny Darth Vader's kids all the way to the elderly, boys and girls, women and men. I saw Pixar's Mr. Carl Fredricksen, complete with his cane with tennis balls and Dug the Dog.




 
Please remember you can click on our pictures to make them larger.
It seemed that Marvel and DC ruled the Cosplay fashion.
There were a few Dark Horse comic characters as well as Harry Potter.
There were a few of our friends that were here, and we made new ones. I want to thank Bri_Firefly and Harleyquinn_penguin for allowing us to take their pictures. you can find them on Instagram.


 
We ran into Negan from The Walking Dead  and TRON Legacy's Daft Punk among others. One of my wife's favorites was Newt Scamander from Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.





 
And call me nostalgic but I liked the Captain America and the other Marvel characters and Batman and Wonder Woman.

 

 
 
Lets not forget Star Wars Characters.



Boba fett
 
Yes there were all types of costumes and even art from Disney artists. TV characters from shows like Science Fiction Theater 3000. Joker and D&D is coming out with movies next year. The Cosplayer couldn't tell me much only that he is some kind of a pirate. Yes, Thor and the Green Lantern were there as well. And speaking of children, how about seeing ET in a milk crate. The theme music played as he walked!









 
Well, We hope you enjoyed our blog and once again I want to thank IE Explorer for the tickets, and our friend who is an Uber Driver.
UberMan with Eleven from Stranger Things.
 And to all of our followers, thanks and keep watching for more to come.
 
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Yes we saved the best for last. As we started our blog for Sunday with a Spider-Man Universe, We are ending it one too. Actress Maitland Ward.
Thank you so much, I know it was a long day and I had asked you for a picture. She very nice and funny, and at the time I thought she was just another Cosplayer. I found out later she is a Actress.
 

 
 
See you at the next Con or Disney event!