If anybody told somebody from videogame developer Square Enix that the Marvel Cinematic Universe was the greatest crossover franchise ever, they might politely ask the speaker to hold whatever beverage they had on hand. That’s because Disney and Square Enix have been working on the Kingdom Hearts game series, crossing characters from the House of Mouse and S-E’s Final Fantasy games, for many years now.
And the long-arching saga of King Mickey Mouse and the Keyblade wielders is set to continue in Kingdom Hearts III arriving January 2019. To whet gamers’ appetites however, Disney and Square Enix will be opening a limited-time attraction and exhibit at Disney Springs, Walt Disney World: the Kingdom Hearts Experience.
Said Kingdom Hearts Experience will be centered around one thing fans of the RPG franchise have been clamoring for: a playable demo of the game featuring Sora, Donald and Goofy on their cross-dimensional adventures in the worlds of Frozen, Big Hero 6, Toy Story and more, as promised in the official Kingdom Hearts Twitter page.
But that’s not all. We’re making a list of what the whole Experience can offer.
Kingdom Hearts IIIdemo
Keyblade replica exhibit
Game artwork gallery
Preorder digital kiosks
Kingdom Heartsmerchandise booth
The Kingdom Hearts Experience will run from December 14 to January 31, making the holidays the perfect time to visit Disney World if you’re a console RP-gamer. The Kingdom Hearts III game from Square Enix will be released on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on January 25.
Even in theme park complexes like Walt Disney World there are companies doing business performing necessary services for the endless number of guests coming every day. That includes banks, shops, and even some rental services that provide strollers for parents with young children. And Fantasy Stroller Company has a way to stand out from others.
Though not affiliated to Disney itself, Fantasy Stroller has created two Disney-inspired designs for their children’s strollers that will tickle the fantastical or sci-fi fancies of very young fans. Here’s a list of themed strollers they have to offer guests going to Walt Disney World
Cinderella Carriage – for the little Princesses ($132)
Millennium Falcon – for the young heroes of the Rebel Alliance ($130)
The prices quoted above will make the strollers available to guests for 8 hours, to be delivered by Fantasy Strollers to Disney World upon request. For more details, visit their official Facebook page and official website now.
One major concern whenever a large company acquires another company is the potential for antitrust issues. No exception was given to Disney when it expressed its interest in the major media assets of 21st Century Fox, such as the 20th Century Fox film studio. But buying up another media company raises questions on whether it might lead to unbalance completion or even an illegal monopoly.
That’s why the Disney-Fox deal was subjected to intense scrutiny of antitrust and trade regulators not only in its home country but also abroad. The following are the agencies that have examined the acquisition plan and given it their respective approval, along with whatever conditions they might have given Disney:
Department of Justice – Antitrust Division (US) – approved June 2018, on the condition that Disney sell the 22 regional Fox sports networks that were originally packaged with the offered assets
European Commission (EU) – approved November 6, on the condition that Disney divest itself of its stakes in Europe for A&E Networks, parent company of cable documentary channels History and Lifetime
China regulatory board – approved on November 18 with no conditions; remarkable considering the People’s Republic is in a trade war situation with the US, making Disney a prime target for obstruction in doing business in China
It may not be easy to save a kingdom from an evil, magical sorceress, but it is far more difficult to rule and govern it especially if you’re a 16-year old like Elena. Other than being Avalor’s crowned princess, Elena must learn that it takes more than courage to be a just, compassionate and thoughtful leader. Her adventures throughout the kingdom with the help of her loved ones and magical spirit creatures, will enable her to understand what it truly means to serve as the kingdom’s ruler.
Season 2 of Elena of Avalor is currently running on the Disney Junior Channel and to relive the magical adventures of our heroine, be sure to download these free coloring pages by clicking on the links below. These new coloring pages feature the show’s main cast including Elena, members of the Grand Council, and of course Zuzo and Luna.
This may be the last time that we’ll be seeing Dottie as the lil’ Doc McStuffins since her show debuted in March, 2012, but it doesn’t mean that the fun, entertaining lessons that we’ve learned from its episodes will be forgotten. Since April of this year, it was already announced that the fifth and final season of Doc McStuffins will be aired on Disney Junior bringing one of the channel’s longest running series to its conclusion.
The series are created with 2 to 7 year old kids in mind, and it even won a Peabody Award for Excellence in the Children and Youth category in 2015. In fact, the Disney Junior show is one of the channel’s most viewed programs, reaching more than 150 million viewers worldwide.
The fifth season of Doc McStuffins: Pet Rescue may inevitably come to an end, and this season might as well be the last time that we will be seeing Dottie and the rest of the Pet Rescue team. So before the final episode of the show airs on Disney Junior, allow us to share our latest free and printable Doc McStuffins Coloring Pages. Featuring some of your favorite Pet Rescue characters and toys, these coloring pages are yours for free, and to share to other little, magical would-be-pet doctors. Just click on the links below.
Ever since Disney announced that they would launch their own streaming service for their media library and new original exclusive content, a platform that now has the name Disney+, they have also given a lineup of all those original movies and series they plan to debut with the service’s launch.
Among the many general franchises we can expect to be found on Disney+ in 2019 is of course, the space opera saga of Star Wars from Lucasfilm. The initial content announcement had one live-action Star Wars series to be written by Jon Favreau. We now know its title, and that it’ll also be accompanied by two more Star Wars shows.
These are the current Star Wars exclusive content to expect on Disney+ in the future:
The Mandalorian – Star Wars series written by Favreau; about the titular member of the Galaxy’s bounty hunter society
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (season 7) – revival of Cartoon Network and Netflix 3D-animated spinoff series between Episodes II and III of the prequel trilogy; set for 12 episodes
untitled Rogue One prequel series – proposed espionage thriller set before the Rogue One spinoff film; starring Diego Luna reprising his role as Rebel Alliance intelligence officer Cassian Andor, who would eventually die delivering the Death Star plans during the Battle of Scarif
All three series are thus far still on the order phase, with no word yet on full production will begin.
When Disney began pulling out its streaming content from Netflix, binge-watchers waited with bated breath for what would happen next. Disney then announced its own in-house streaming service, to be launched in 2019, featuring both existing media library and original content to really draw in subscribers to check them out.
Recently Disney has finally given a name to their in-development platform that has been referred to only as their “streaming service” over the past few months. Now fans can look forward next year to the opening of Disney+ (pronounced “Plus”), with its content falling under five particular Disney sub-brand labels.
Here are the label subcategories for all content old and new that would be found in Disney+ upon its launch:
Disney – Animated Canon, classic family-oriented films, beloved Disney Afternoon and later animated series
Pixar – their animated films and shorts
Marvel – Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, TV series, Marvel Animation content, new programs
Star Wars – all films in the saga, all Star Wars Story anthology spinoffs, Lucasfilm animated series, new programs
National Geographic – documentaries and reality programming
Christmastime is almost upon us, and already the holiday decorations are coming out everywhere even this early. Walt Disney World is no exception, as it has started to pretty up its Disney Springs outdoor commercial and entertainment complex with a yuletide motif that’s still unmistakably of the House of Mouse.
To wit, one of its central attractions is the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail. Set up at the area that was once the Marketplace bus loop, it features a score of Disney-themed Christmas trees with favorite characters from popular movies either inside lantern-like ornaments or decorating the branches by themselves.
The trees are laid out in an easily followed path that’s also dotted with stores selling specialty drinks, snacks and merchandise, and other photo-op spots aide from the trees themselves.
Here’s a list of the featured Disney themed Christmas trees:
Alice in Wonderland
The Jungle Book
The Haunted Mansion
The Princess and the Frog
The Little Mermaid
Beauty and the Beast
The Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail is open seven days a week, from 11 AM to 11 PM, for all the Holiday Season.
Subscription boxes have been one of the most convenient marketing strategies and product distribution methods ever devised to deliver merchandise for brands with niche customers. A lot of companies like vinyl figure manufacturer Funko are really into it. And Disney’s not going to be left behind with this popular gimmick.
Their online store shopDisney has recently launched the Disney Princess Enchanted Collection, promising subscription boxes for little girls filled with a magical merchandise experience themed around one particular Disney Princess per box in the series.
Available in regular and deluxe editions, each Disney Princes Enchanted Collection subscription box contains a video greeting from the featured Princess, one authentic princess costume from the Disney Store, a read-along storybook with CD, stickers and activity materials, and a Special Offer voucher for $10 off on a minimum $50 purchase either on Disney Stores or shopDisney itself. The deluxe box ups the number of extra Princess treats and activities.
The first subscription box for the Disney Princess Enchanted Collection, starring Belle from Beauty and the Beast, is now up for preorder at shopDisney, with a delivery date of December up to the 25th. Here’s a list of Princesses featuring in the series so far:
Belle: Don’t judge a book by its cover (Beauty and the Beast)
Moana: Find your own way
Ariel: Explore new worlds (The Little Mermaid)
Jasmine: See the good in others (Aladdin)
Aurora: Always wonder what’s possible (Sleeping Beauty)
Cinderella: Never give up
These subscription boxes are priced as low as $49.99 each ($79.99 deluxe) which includes shipping and handling costs.
In just a matter of weeks, before this month is out, Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet – sequel to the surprise animated hit Wreck-It Ralph in 2012 – will arrive in cinemas with more adventures for Ralph and friends as they leave the arcade to explore the internet in order to fix one of their faulty games.
One of the major draws of the Ralph movies was the sheer amount of cameos that populated the background of their respective stories. The first was limited to videogames while “Breaks the Internet” had them expanded to media properties under the Disney umbrella: Star Wars, Marvel, and the Disney Princesses.
The release of the official cast for Ralph Breaks the Internet by Disney again shows that there are yet more cameo characters than just the Princess heroes from Disney (voiced by their original talent where possible). Here’s an updated list:
Played by Original Talent
Baby Groot (Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy) – Vin Diesel
Buzz Lightyear (Toy Story) – Tim Allen
Eeyore (Winnie the Pooh videogames and Christopher Robin film) – Brad Garrett
C-3PO (Star Wars) – Anthony Daniels
FN-3181 (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) – Michael Giacchino
Sonic the Hedgehog (games since 2010) – Roger Craig Smith (returning from Wreck-It Ralph)
Iron Man (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
A cameo with Kylo Ren from the Star Wars sequel trilogy was planned, but dropped due to the character supposed to act like a spoiled child in film.
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 will premiere in two weeks, this November 21.