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Disney In Depth: An Awesome Disney News Month
Brett Nachman   |  

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For years we have awaited 2015, a period that would produce so much awesome entertainment unlike no other. With Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tomorrowland, Pixar’s Inside Out and Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the short-term horizon on the film side, Disneyland’s 60th on the theme park side, and a variety of exciting television/digital projects to debut, Disney continues to demonstrate its power in the media world.

Last week’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders revealed a few upcoming plans, complemented by a slew of headlines that have rocked the industry — and, most of all, rocked in a great way. Needless to say, there is likely no better time to be a Disney fan. At the very least, divisiveness acknowledged on some issues, we can have more substantial and more frequent discussions on Disney’s entertainment dominance and interesting avenues for extending its branding reach.

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Universal Studios’ ‘Fast & Furious – Supercharged’ Super Bowl Spot
Empress Eve   |  

Universal Studios Fast & Furious Supercharged theme park attraction

Universal Studios has released the Super Bowl TV spot for Fast & Furious — Supercharged, the theme park’s new thrill ride based on the Fast and Furious film franchise. The 30-second clip aired on television this afternoon during NBC’s Super Bowl Pre-Game coverage and is now online.

Watch the new TV spot here below!

The new Fast & Furious — Supercharged feature, which will debut at Universal Studios Hollywood this Summer, will be the new grand finale for the California theme park’s popular backlot Studio Tour attraction and feature Fast and Furious franchise stars Vin Diesel (Dominic “Dom” Toretto), Michelle Rodriguez (Letty Ortiz), Dwayne Johnson (Luke Hobbs), Tyrese Gibson (Roman Pearce) and Luke Evans (Owen Shaw).

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Disney In Depth: Epcot’s Evolution, A One-Year Thesis Project
Brett Nachman   |  

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Twelve months in the making and one unforgettable experience, in November 2014 I completed an enriching project that catapulted my Disney fervor into something quite scholarly. As a student of Arizona State University’s Barrett, The Honors College, I was to spend two semesters developing a thesis on a subject of my choosing. What better way to combine entertainment and education than to add some fantastic flavor to an academic endeavor?

An Epcot enthusiast, I realized I could translate my passion for the community-turned-theme park into a piece of research that would explore its evolution. More specifically, I wanted to identify the interrelations between technology and culture in this artificial, yet awesome environment. Thus I set off on a one-year journey that would be as amazing and personally fulfilling as venturing to Epcot for the first time some 15 years ago.

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Disney In Depth: Disney’s 2014 Hits and Misses
Brett Nachman   |  

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2014 may be complete, but the year’s impact will continue to mark all facets of The Walt Disney Company. The corporation’s hands in nearly all aspects of entertainment (film, television, theater, merchandise, theme parks, and music, among other forms) has experienced its shares of highs and lows. Let’s reflect on where and how Disney succeeded in 2014, as well as analyze components it could have improved.

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Check Out Disney World’s ‘Frozen’ Gingerbread Display (Video)
Empress Eve   |  

Frozen gingerbread display at the Walt Disney World Resort

Disney’s animated feature Frozen has taken the world by storm since its 2013 theatrical release, so it’s not surprising that the company is doing everything possible to populate the world with more Frozen. For example, there’s already plans for a new theatrical short, Frozen Fever; a Broadway musical; and a new attraction at Disney World’s Norway Pavilion at EPCOT to replace The Maelstrom.

The Frozen characters already have a huge presence at Disney World, and now, they’ve been incorporated into Disney World’s Contemporary Resort’s massive Gingerbread display. Check out the video here below that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the Frozen display, which is just one of many Gingerbread showcases throughout the Florida theme park.

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Disney In Depth: Studio Backlot Tour Closes At Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Brett Nachman   |  

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“Hooray for Hollywood” was once the signature tune of the then-named Disney-MGM Studios. For the past seven years the park has existed under Disney’s Hollywood Studios label. After more than 25 years, the park’s original main attraction quickly closed.

The end of the Studio Backlot Tour mirrors the major changes irrefutably in store for the park in the near future. Let’s remember the attraction and imagine the possibilities in store for the park with this newly available space.

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Disney In Depth: 10 Most Overlooked Walt Disney World Attractions
Brett Nachman   |  

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If you have the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World, you must know which rides and shows everyone queues up for at the start of the day. At Epcot, all race toward Soarin’ or Test Track. For Animal Kingdom, Expedition Everest, and Kilimanjaro Safaris bring the longest lines. But many attractions are often unfortunately overlooked, namely because many other spectacles distract guests’ attention.

The purpose behind this Disney In Depth is to honor the many shows, exhibits, films, and rides that may be forgotten in the mix of the most popular attractions at Walt Disney World. Here are my 10 Most Overlooked Walt Disney World Attractions.

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‘Frozen’ Attraction To Replace Maelstrom Ride In Disney World’s Norway Pavilion
Empress Eve   |  

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Since its 2013 release and subsequent smash success at the box office, Disney’s Frozen has had a presence in its Disney World theme park. There’s the “Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome” meet and greet with Queen Elsa and Princess Anna in EPCOT; the “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” singalong in Disney’s Hollywood Studios; the “Frozen Fireworks Spectacular” at the Magic Kingdom,” and much more, all of which has been met with great reception. So, it’s no surprise that Disney has plans to expand the world of Frozen further into their theme park.

Disney has announced plans for a Frozen attraction at the Norway Pavilion in the World Showcase portion of Disney World’s EPCOT park. Construction will begin soon to refurbish the current Maelstrom ride, which will close after October 5, 2014. The new Frozen attraction is said to bring guests to Arendelle, immersing them in moments and music from the film.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Awesome Mix Tape Dance Party Added To Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ ‘Villains Unleashed’
Empress Eve   |  

Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has not only smashed box office records, its soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (which we went over in detail here), hit Number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart last week. So, it goes without saying that people love Guardians and want more of it.

Now, Guardians is infiltrating one of the Disney theme parks when the “Awesome Mix Tape Dance Party” segment comes to “Villains Unleashed,” a separate ticketed event taking place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for one night only — August 23, 2014.

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‘Dracula Untold’ Coming To Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights
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Universal Studios continues to announce their new theme park attractions for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights, the annual horror-themed ticketed event. Along with attractions like The Walking Dead: The End of the Line, From Dusk Till Dawn, Face Off: In the Flesh, The Purge: Anarchy, and the recently announced AVP: Alien vs. Predator, comes word of Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood.

The new maze attraction is inspired by Universal Pictures’ upcoming film Dracula Untold starring Luke Evans that tells the tale of Vlad Tepes, the real-life 13th century ruler and inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Starting Friday, September 19, 2014, guests who enter the maze in either California’s Universal Studios Hollywood in California or Florida’s Universal Orlando Resort theme parks will witness the “atrocities Dracula imposed on his victims in the most frightening and immersive way possible.”

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