Thursday, November 09, 2006

Finding Nemo.

‘Finding Nemo-The Musical’ to Make Splash In Live Stage Spectacular at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The undersea world that charmed audiences around the world in the Disney•Pixar smash-hit film "Finding Nemo" will come to life in an all-new musical stage show at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Preview performances begin in November with the premiere set for January 2007.

Featuring original songs by Tony Award-winning "Avenue Q" co-composer-creator Robert Lopez and a cappella musical "Along the Way" composer Kristen Anderson-Lopez, "Finding Nemo-The Musical" will immerse Walt Disney World guests in the story of Marlin and Nemo -- an overprotective clownfish father and his curious son -- through a dazzling production that combines puppets, dancers, aerialists and animated backdrops.

The visually inventive show represents the first time Disney has taken a non-musical animated feature and transformed it into an original musical production. It will be presented in the newly enclosed 1,500-seat Theater in the Wild, completely redone to accommodate first-class theatrical productions.

"In 'Finding Nemo,' directors Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich and the talented team at Pixar created a film filled with unforgettable characters and a story rich with honest emotions that resonated with audiences everywhere," said Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. "The movie was a worldwide box-office success and an Academy Award winner.

"We are truly excited to bring this beloved story to life at Disney's Animal Kingdom in this live musical spectacular."

During "Finding Nemo-The Musical," Theater in the Wild will become a magical undersea environment through innovative lighting, sound, special effects, animated projections, and the theatrical puppetry of Michael Curry, who co-designed the richly detailed character puppets seen in the Broadway version of Disney's "The Lion King."

Principal characters such as Marlin, Nemo and Dory will be represented by live performers operating animated puppets. Some puppets are larger-than-life -- such as Crush, the cool sea turtle, who is nearly the size of a Volkswagen, and Nigel the pelican, who stands 22 feet tall.

Other characters will be portrayed by a diverse array of puppetry styles, including rod, bunraku and shadow. Tap dancing sharks, puppets riding bicycles, and a punk rock routine by Bruce the shark create theatrical magic and fun throughout the big blue world.

"It is our goal to bring the undersea 'Nemo' characters to Disney's Animal Kingdom in a live setting in a way that captures what is truly special about the film," Rasulo continued. "This production will meet that challenge in a dynamic and wholly original way to bring us into the fantastic ocean world."

The director for the new show, Peter Brosius, is artistic director of The Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis, winner of the 2003 Regional Theatre Tony Award. The Broadway show "A Year with Frog and Toad," nominated for the Best Musical Tony Award, originated at The Children's Theatre Company.

"Finding Nemo-The Musical" is the first major musical produced for Walt Disney World Resort by Disney Creative Entertainment, which has received acclaim for its productions around the world, including "Disney's Aladdin" (at Disneyland Resort in California), "Festival of the Lion King" (at Hong Kong Disneyland), "Twice Charmed" (on the Disney Cruise Line) and "The Golden Mickeys" (at Hong Kong Disneyland and on the Disney Cruise Line).

"It's exciting to be involved in projects that introduce a new generation of future theatergoers to the work of internationally recognized creative talent through Broadway-caliber short-form shows that all audiences can appreciate," said Anne Hamburger, executive vice president of Disney Creative Entertainment. "Millions of children experience live theater for the first time during a visit to a Disney park."

"Finding Nemo-The Musical" tells the story of a father clownfish, Marlin, and his son, Nemo, each on a separate journey that ultimately teaches them how to love and understand each other. The two have been separated -- and Marlin will stop at nothing to get his son back, facing undersea challenges with his new friend Dory, who swim with the sharks, take on the jellyfish, and ride the current with Crush the turtle. Meanwhile, Nemo, relocated to a fish tank in Sydney, makes new friends who teach him that he's stronger than he thinks. When news of his father's heroic journey reaches the tank, Nemo is inspired to do whatever is necessary to escape the tank and see his father again.

"Finding Nemo-The Musical" will be performed several times daily. Admission to Theater in the Wild is included with regular Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park admission. Guest information is available by calling 407/824-4321 or by visiting

Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park celebrates one amazing adventure after another with wild animals, exciting attractions, lavish stage shows and lovable characters. Highlights include a runaway train adventure, an authentic African safari and a thrilling race back in time to prehistoric worlds.

Innovative new attractions, shows and dreams-come-true for guests are part of Disney’s “Year of a Million Dreams,” a 15-month, first-of-its-kind celebration that began Oct. 1, 2006. During this celebration of the dreams of Disney Parks guests, more than one million very special dreams will be granted to guests visiting Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts. The celebration features Disney cast members, famous for guest service every day of the year, creating even more special dreams, personal interactions and many money-can’t-buy experiences for guests.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Man Jumps

October 31, 2006

Man hurt in jump from tram at Disney

Visitor suffers head injuries

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Florida Today really needs to get the whole story straight before publishing something, their previous article claimed that the man was trying to retrieve a stroller that had fallen off the tram, now its a camera, which is it?
Don't you people have editors? Or even a half decent reporter to actually report the news correctly. Geesh!

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A 49-year-old man was hospitalized Monday, after he jumped from a moving tram at Walt Disney World when trying to retrieve a camera he dropped, according to Walt Disney World officials.

The man, whose identity and hometown were not disclosed by Disney or emergency personnel, was transported by helicopter to Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment of head injuries, Reedy Creek Emergency Services spokesman Bo Jones said.

Walt Disney World spokesman Jacob DiPietre said the man was on a transportation tram going from the Magic Kingdom parking lot to the Transportation and Ticket Center when his camera fell off the vehicle. The man injured his head when jumping off the tram to retrieve the camera.

Jones said, when emergency personnel arrived at the scene shortly after 9:30 a.m., they found the man on the ground bleeding from the head.

The man was conscious and answering questions, Jones said.

Jacquee Polak, a Walt Disney World spokeswoman, said Disney made its staff available to the injured man's family for any special needs or questions they had.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Disney DVD

Walt Disney Home Entertainment's acclaimed WALT DISNEY TREASURES series continues with WAVE 5, four new, separate limited-series DVD sets that include more of Walt's greatest wonders. Available in time for the holidays on December 6, these rare marvels from the vault of The Walt Disney Studios are each hosted by noted film historian Leonard Maltin. Each of the amazing 4 volumes are 2 disc sets, packaged in a collectible tin, and full of supplemental features such as rare archival material, still-frame production art galleries, and more. An exclusive lithograph is included in each collectible tin. The four new (2 disc) volumes are:
THE CHRONOLOGICAL DONALD, VOLUME 2, 1942-1946 a compilation of Donald Duck's shorts from 1942 to 1946.
THE ADVENTURES OF SPIN AND MARTY, THE MICKEY MOUSE CLUB showcases the entire first season of the beloved series that ran on the original Mickey Mouse Club television show during the 1955-56 season. Tim Considine and David Stollery star as Spin and Marty, two summer campers who share adventures together at a boys ranch.
DISNEY RARITIES, CELEBRATED SHORTS 1920s–1960s features a dazzling array of Walt's rarest gems, including his historic 'Alice' comedies; the Academy Award®-winning short "Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom" (Best Short Subject (Cartoon) 1953) - the first cartoon produced in Cinemascope, and one that established a completely new animation style for the Studio; and more.
ELFEGO BACA and THE SWAMP FOX, LEGENDARY HEROES collects two of Walt's adventure television series, "Elfego Baca" and "The Swamp Fox."
The Chronological Donald, Volume Two, 1942-1946
Celebrating the career of the one of the most prolific of Walt's "Fabulous Five" classic characters, this volume features Donald's shorts from 1942 to 1946. These short subjects, brilliantly animated, cover the WWII years and includes the Academy Award®-winning short "Der Fuehrer's Face" (Best Short Subject (Cartoon) 1943).
Plus, there are bonus materials on Donald Duck including a chat with the current voice of Donald; the vintage Disneyland TV show "A Day In The Life of Donald Duck;" "The Art and Animation of Carl Barks," a new featurette about Disney's legendary Donald Duck artist; "The Volunteer Worker," starring Donald; a timeline of the Walt Disney Studios during the World War II years 1941-1945, and Donald-themed still frame art galleries. Introductions by Leonard Maltin. (NOTE: ALL the volumes contain intros by Leonard Maltin.)
The Chronological Donald Volume One was released on May 18, 2004.
The Adventures Of Spin And Marty, The Mickey Mouse Club
"The Adventures of Spin and Marty" ran on Walt's original The Mickey Mouse Club television program. This beloved series follows two boys (David Stollery and Tim Considine) who meet at a summer boys ranch and share adventures together. Marty (Stollery) is a wealthy city kid who meets Spin (Considine), the most popular camper from the previous summer. The two don't get along at first, but over twenty-five exciting episodes and many escapades, the boys become friends. The series also starred Harry Carey, Jr., Roy Barcroft and J. Pat O'Malley.
Bonus features include the complete episode of the Mickey Mouse Club that first introduced the series; Tim Considine's never-before-seen, original screen test; "Return To The Triple R" where Tim Considine and David Stollery give an exclusive interview and tour the location that was the original "Triple R Ranch" filming site; "Back In The Saddle With Harry Carey Jr." where the actor reminisces with Leonard Maltin; and a gallery of still frame images from the "Spin and Marty" series.
Disney Rarities, Celebrated Shorts 1920s-1960s
This fascinating volume features some of Walt's most unique animated triumphs. Included are several of Walt's "The Alice Comedies," a pioneering series of early short films that combined live-action and animation. These wonderful, lesser-known unique films pre-date much of the work that would make him world-famous. "Alice's Wonderland" is one of Walt's very first films.
Fans will enjoy the unique animation of "Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom," which won an Academy Award® (Best Short Subject (Cartoon) 1953) and was the first cartoon produced in Cinemascope. This short film established a completely new animation style for the Studio. DISNEY RARITIES, CELEBRATED SHORTS 1920s-1960s showcases a large collection of Walt's outstanding animated shorts that fans may not be aware of. Bonus features include: "Alice's Cartoon World" in which Leonard Maltin discusses Disney's historic "Alice" shorts with Virginia Davis who played the original Alice when she was 4-years old; "From Kansas City to Hollywood" – a timeline of Walt's silent era; "A Feather In His Collar" - a commercial made for the Community Chests of America; audio commentary for "A Symposium On Popular Songs" by composer Richard Sherman, and still frame galleries.
Elfego Baca and The Swamp Fox, Legendary Heroes
Inspired by true life heroes, these are two of Walt's most exciting television shows, ELFEGO BACA and THE SWAMP FOX. Elfego Baca is a gunfighter (Robert Loggia) in the old west who changes his ways to become sheriff and then a lawyer. Elfego deals with rampaging cowboys, outlaws and more in this exciting series about law and order on the frontier. The Swamp Fox stars Leslie Nielsen (who starred in the classic film "Forbidden Planet," and would later become famous for the "Airplane" and "Naked Gun" movies) as Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion. This patriot fought the British using unusual methods, and became known as "The Swamp Fox." In this superb series, Marion matches wits with the Tories in a story of adventure and action

Monday, November 21, 2005

A picture of mychildren at o'hana's character breakfast. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Me and my son waiting for the monorail on 11/08/2005 Posted by Picasa

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