In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of March 7, 2014

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In Case You Missed It!

In Case You Missed It!

Come on…admit it, this week you were likely trying to figure out what your John Travolta inspired name is (mine is “Ruari Nicheems”). Here is some interesting content you may have missed thanks to all the name mispronouncing fun. Let me know your favorite in the comments!

In Case You Missed It – Disney News and Rumors

First up, this week I found four different and interesting history articles:

Did you know that at one point, Epcot was going to have an Equatorial Africa Pavilion? It was quite far along in development, which allows us the chance to find out more in this fantastic and in-depth article that takes a look at what would have been included in the area, as well as showing some wonderful pieces of some of the models that were built.

I love this so very much! Here are 18 Rarely Seen Color Photographs of Disneyland…my favorite is the one with Walt sitting around his apartment with his family.

Here’s another article that when I found it, I devoured it! It’s all about the Monsanto House of the Future that was previously located at Disneyland. Such a weird thing to stand alone, but so neat that it was once found in Tomorrowland.

Interested in the story of how Star Tours (and eventually the whole Star Wars galaxy) ended up at Disney? Part one in this multi-part article by Imagineer Jason Surrell talks about how Disney (namely Michael Eisner) got George Lucas on board in creating attractions for the House of Mouse.

Floyd Norman is a former animator for the Walt Disney Company and has his own blog where he likes to share stories and musings. I found one about a lunch with Roy E. Disney fascinating and I wanted to share it with you. I love getting the chance to learn things about the company from the people who lived it.

Have you ever wondered what the magic number is for booking a flight? How many days out you should wait? We seem to now have an answer, according to The Huffington Post. What is it? You’ll just have to read to find out.

Thanks to Frozen‘s success, iTunes Radio has released a station called “Frozen Radio.” Not only does it play songs from the hit film, but other songs from Disney/Pixar animated movies! This is so much fun! I am in love!

Frozen passes huge milestones this past weekend. First, of course, it wins the Oscar for Best Animated Film and Best Original Song. But that very same day, the movie crossed over the $1 Billion mark worldwide. It is only the second animated feature to do so, behind…Toy Story 3.

Everyone is doing a cover of “Let It Go”…even Jimmy Fallon. It’s been everywhere this week, but in case you missed it, check out this fun-tastic version of the song, in a way that only Jimmy would do…with the use of classroom instruments, The Roots, and Idina Menzel herself. (Or is that Adele Dazeem?)

Speaking of the Late Night circuit…this week on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Gonzo the Great appeared to promote Muppets Most Wanted. It’s a fun little interview, found in two parts. Check out part one and part two. Gotta love Gonzo!

But that’s not all, because lately it seems like The Muppets have been everywhere promoting their upcoming movie. They have been in a countless number of commercials, from car ads, to Lipton tea…but I have to say, my favorite ad that I’ve seen is this one for Subway. I just love the Swedish Chef!

 

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Posted on March 7, 2014

2 Responses to “In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of March 7, 2014”

  • by Greg Monroe on March 7, 2014, at 4:49 pm EST

    I love to see the old pictures of Walt in his park! I am heading there in June. I’ve never been to Disneyland, but been to WDW many times. I am looking forward to walking in Walt’s footsteps!

  • Great news! I’m loving these little tidbits and look forward to them every week!

    Also, there was a new Muppets Most Wanted ad released right after the Oscars. It played off of the whole Adele Dazeem thing, and it is pretty funny:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFv2c9Lq_yk