ATTENTION DISNEY FANS: SNOW WHITE INSPIRED COTTAGE FOR SALE

Disney fans are some of the most loyal, passionate fans around, and some of them have taken their fandom to extreme heights. Case in point: One Disney loving family in Olalla, Washington was so enchanted by the seven dwarfs’ cottage from Walt Disney’s classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs that they reproduced it as a family residence, where they lived until 2005.

The person to which they sold it kept going with the Disney theme, and continued to enhance the interior. Thanks to Top Ten Real Estate Deals, we’ve learned that after 12 years of whistling while she worked, she is now offering her Snow White cottage for sale.

The so-called “Snow White home” is located on five wooded acres on a dead-end street behind a gated entry. The sprawling main house consists of 2,800 square feet with extreme high pitched and deeply sloped roofs, reminiscent of those in the classic film.  The four bedroom, five bath house also has a walk through indoor tree trunk, a twisted wooden bridge, and a tree house in the garden that has a small room with its own fireplace.

So, tell us magic mirror, just how much will it set you back to live in the ultimate Disney fan’s dream home? If you have $775,000 to spare, the Snow White house can now be yours. Assorted adorable woodland creatures eager to help out with chores are not included–you’ll have to find those on your own. You can check out images of the Snow White house in our gallery below.

Would you be down to live the fairy tale life in the ultimate Disney fan’s dream home?

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DISNEY recently opened its second store in Shanghai, at the Taikoo Hui Mall. A wide range of Disney products are available at the store, including its first China-exclusive bag collection, the M28 Mickey Collection.

Featuring black as the theme color, the series includes tote bags, wallets and backpacks, adorned with elements of Mickey’s iconic white glove.

To celebrate the opening, the store has set up a Mickey-themed wall, featuring 888 limited edition metallic-color Mickey plush key chains hung from ceiling to floor. Each has a code of its own, and can be pre-ordered during the opening.

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It’s Halloween time at the Disneyland Resort – and Disney California Adventure will be ‘darker and edgier’

Jack Skellington from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is back at the Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain has become the Ghost Galaxy coaster, and a giant Mickey Mouse jack-o’-lantern is glowing on Main Street, U.S.A.

It’s officially Halloween time at the Disneyland Resort.

For the first time, from now through Halloween, Disney California Adventure is getting the Halloween makeover, too, and it’s much “darker and edgier” than its Disneyland counterpart, said Charlie Kowalski, art director at Disneyland Resort.

An 80-foot-long, 35-foot-tall, six-ton Oogie Boogie looms over the Disney California Adventure entrance. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” villain beckons visitors with one-liners and his booming laugh travels across the park, said Dave Caranci, manager of creative development at Disney Imagineering Anaheim.

“While Disneyland has a family friendly and pumpkin theme, we wanted DCA to feel different in sound and look,” he said. “Bats are the main theme for DCA.”

  • Skeleton pops available inside Disney California Adventure on Friday, September 15, 2017. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

DCA has never fully received the Halloween treatment. In the late 2000s, for a few years, the park had an overlay called Candy Corn Acres.

“But that was nothing compared to what we are doing now,” Caranci said.

On Buena Vista Street, black and purple banners and bat displays on windows dominate. The sound of bats can be heard fluttering and at dusk – or what they call the “witching hour” – the bells toll for the first time at the Carthay Circle. The music is much darker, a mix of “Tim Burton and Danny Elfman,” Caranci said.

At the hub, there’s a custom-made 13-foot-tall Headless Horseman sculpture. The horse’s eyes glow red, its nose snorts smoke and the horseman’s pumpkin head flares with flame.

Nearby restaurants are offering special Halloween-themed treats such as a Sleepy Hollow red velvet cupcake, cake pops that look like Snow White’s poisoned apple, and ghostly pepper nachos.

Once the sun sets, the new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction also transforms. The elevator free-fall ride will feature a new song and video called “Monsters After Dark.” Workers wear first-responder gear as guests are given the task of rescuing Groot.

Cars Land, a major part of Disney’s $1 billion park expansion in 2012, received a fun and impressive overlay called Haul-O-Ween.

On opening night Friday, Sept. 15, thousands flocked to the entrance of Route 66 and Radiator Springs — now Radiator Screams — to see what was new.

The town’s courthouse comes to life. The windows have eyes and stare at passersby. Popular “Cars” characters dress up for Halloween, with Mater as a toothy villain and Lightning McQueen in superhero gear, among other surprises.

Two rides have been changed. Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree becomes Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree and Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters turns into Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween with new dance steps.

Caranci said the new Halloween decorations at DCA are just a snippet of what’s to come.

“This is a whole new overlay and part of a multi-year plan to develop more,” he said.

The decorations stay up until Oct. 31.

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Disney Maintains Grip on DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sales Charts

Disney Maintains Grip on DVD, Blu-ray

 

‘Megan Leavey,’ four other new releases bow in top 10

Walt Disney Studios continued to dominate disc sales the week ended Sept. 9, with the studio once again snagging the two top spots on both the NPD VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” remained No. 1 on both charts for the third consecutive week. And Disney’s “Signature Collection” release of “The Lion King” remained at No. 2, the same spot in which it debuted the prior week.

Paramount’s “Baywatch,” based on the 1990s lifeguard series, also remained at No. 3 on both charts. Beyond those three titles, five of the seven remaining films in the top 10 on the overall disc sales chart are new releases, only one of them, however, debuting in the top five.

That honor goes to Universal Pictures’ “Megan Leavey,” a redemption story based on the true story of a young Marine corporal whose bond with her military combat dog saved many lives. The film, which only grossed $13.4 million, debuted at No. 4 on the overall disc sales chart as well as the Blu-ray Disc chart.

The four other new releases that made it into the top 10 their first week in stores: Lionsgate’s “All Eyez on Me,” No. 5 (No. 10 Blu-ray); Sony Pictures’ “Rough Night,” No. 7 (No. 6 Blu-ray); Paramount’s “PAW Patrol: The Great Pirate Rescue,” No. 8 (no ranking on the Blu-ray Disc chart); and another Lionsgate title, “First Kill,” No. 9 (No. 12 Blu-ray).

NPD data shows that “Megan Leavy” generated 49% of its total unit sales during the week from the Blu-ray Disc version, compared to 22% for “All Eyez on Me,” 45% for “Rough Night,” and 28% for “First Kill.” “PAW Patrol was only issued on DVD.”

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week ended Sept. 10, “Baywatch” remained No. 1 for the second consecutive week. “Rough Night” debuted at No. 2, bumping “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” back down to No. 3.

“All Eyez on Me” and “First Kill” bowed at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

 

Top 20 NPD VideoScan First Alert, powered by Nielsen, chart for the week ended 9/9/17:

1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
2. The Lion King: Signature Collection
3. Baywatch
4. Megan Leavey (new)
5. All Eyez on Me (new)
6. Alien: Covenant
7. Rough Night (new)
8. PAW Patrol: The Great Pirate Rescue (new)
9. First Kill (new)
10. The Boss Baby
11. Descendants 2
12. Beauty and the Beast (2017)
13. Guardians of the Galaxy
14. It
15. Kong: Skull Island
16. The Fate of the Furious
17. Batman and Harley Quinn
18. Moana
19. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
20. Supernatural: The Complete Twelfth Season (new)

Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week ended 9/10/17:

1. Baywatch
2. Rough Night (new)
3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
4. All Eyez on Me (new)
5. First Kill (new)
6. Snatched
7. Megan Leavey (new)
8. Alien: Covenenant
9. The Boss Baby
10. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

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The Broadway Production of Disney’s Frozen Looks Predictably Beautiful

All Images: Deen van Meer/Disney

Kids everywhere have imagined what Anna, Elsa, and the rest of the Frozencrew would look like if they were real. And soon, thanks to a new Broadway production, they can find out.

The first production photos of Disney’s upcoming Frozen musical were recently released, and the stage show looks very much as you’d expect. Beautiful costumes, big sets, and lots of smiling faces. Basically, the huge, real life Frozen of you (or your kids’) dreams played out on stage. Check out these new photos.

The company of the show
Jelani Alladin (Kristoff) and Patti Murin (Anna)
Patti Murin (Anna) and Caissie Levy (Elsa) with Jacob Smith
Jelani Alladin (Kristoff) and Andrew Pirozzi (Sven)
Patti Murin (Anna) and John Riddle (Hans)

The show will open on Broadway in February and will probably remain there for a long, long time. Find out more on the official site.

  

And don’t forget, Frozen will also return to the big screen—first, in short form this November with Pixar’s Coco, and then with Frozen 2 on November 27, 2019. The ordeal of having “Let it Go” stuck in your head may have ended for a few months, but it’s definitely coming back.

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KaBoom!, Disney community building playground in Queens

A new playground is about to open in Queens, made possible by our parent company Disney and 100 volunteers.

The KaBOOM! build is happening at the Samuel Field Y on 52nd Avenue in Little Neck, where the ESPN and ABC community is helping give more than 2,000 area kids the childhood they deserve.

Nearly 85 such playgrounds have been built by the Disney volunteers.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to get out in the community,” ESPN senior vice president of marketing Chris Brush said. “It’s a great team building thing for our group. And it’s really super for us to support the youth to get out there and be active. So it’s just a great day for everybody.”


Bill Evans interviews Chris Brush, Senior Vice President, Affiliate Marketing at ESPN as he helps build the playground in Queens.

 

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Disney delays Star Wars, JJ Abrams onboard

Walt Disney has delayed the release of the ninth instalment of the Star Wars saga to December 20, 2019 after announcing the return of filmmaker JJ Abrams to the franchise to write and direct the movie.

Disney pushed back Star Wars: Episode IX from its initial May 2019 release date after Abrams replaced filmmaker Colin Trevorrow, who parted ways with Disney last week citing differing creative visions with the studio.

Abrams launched Disney’s reboot of the Star Wars franchise with 2015’s box office hit The Force Awakens, which reunited original 1977 stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill and introduced a new generation of characters. The film made more than $US2 billion ($A2.5 billion) at the global box office.

“With The Force Awakens, JJ delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy,” Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement.

Episode IX faced creative challenges after the sudden death of Fisher, who plays the franchise’s Princess Leia, last year. Her character, now called General Leia Organa, has a central role in the upcoming December film Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the eighth instalment in the saga written and directed by Rian Johnson.

Episode IX was the second Star Wars project to lose a director this year. Disney said in June that filmmakers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller had left the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars spin-off movie due to creative differences. They were replaced by Hollywood veteran Ron Howard, the Oscar-winning director of A Beautiful Mind.

Star Wars: Episode IX is part of Disney’s expanding slate of Star Wars films that continue George Lucas’ Skywalker saga as well as introducing standalone spin-off films set within the galaxy far, far away.

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X Atencio, Disney Animator and Imagineer, Dies at 98

Xavier X Atencio Dead

 

X Atencio, the legendary Disney animator and Imagineer who worked on “Pinocchio” and “Fantasia” and helped bring the Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion attractions to life at Disneyland, died on Sept. 10. He was 98.

Atencio worked for Disney from 1938 through 1984. He left the studio temporarily during World War II to join the Army Air Corps. He was inducted as a Disney Legend in 1996.

Atencio was a favorite of Walt Disney’s for his versatility as an animator, tunesmith, writer, and innovator who brought indelible touches to some of Disneyland’s best-loved attractions.

“X was an enormous talent who helped define so many of our best experiences around the world,” said Bob Weis, president of Walt Disney Imagineering. “Some may not know that when he wrote the lyrics for ‘Yo Ho’ he had never actually written a song before. He simply proposed the idea of a tune for Pirates of the Caribbean, and Walt told him to go and do it. That was how X worked—with an enthusiastic, collaborative attitude, along with a great sense of humor. His brilliant work continues to inspire Imagineers and bring joy to millions of guests every year.”

Born in Walsenburg, Colo., Atencio shortened his first name from Francis Xavier to the more distinctive “X.” He moved to Los Angeles in 1937 to attend the Chouinard Art Institute and eagerly sought a job at Disney’s original Hyperion Avenue studio. His first work appeared in 1940’s “Pinocchio.”

After the war, Atencio spent eight years working on short subjects. He gravitated to Disney productions dedicated to music including 1953’s “Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom” and 1962’s “A Symposium on Popular Songs.” He worked on the “I’m No Fool” series of informational shorts for the original “Mickey Mouse Club” TV series. And he produced stop-motion sequences for 1961’s “The Parent Trap” and “Babes in Toyland” and 1964’s “Mary Poppins.”

At Walt Disney’s behest, Atencio transferred to WED Enterprises (the forerunner of Disney Imagineering) and was assigned to write the script for the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland, which led him to pen the ride’s memorable song, “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me).” He also co-wrote the “Grim Grinning Ghosts” song for the Haunted Mansion. Later, Atencio worked on attractions at Walt Disney World and Epcot Center in Florida.

Atencio’s survivors include his wife Maureen, six children and stepchildren and eight grandchildren.

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Walt Disney World Is Hoping to Reopen Pretty Quickly After Hurricane Irma

Disney is hoping that good luck and a healthy helping of fairy dust protected the company’s Orlando theme parks from the thrashing Hurricane Irmadelivered to Florida.

Damage assessments are underway at Walt Disney World, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And while the parks remained closed on Monday, there was some good news from the Magic Kingdom: Officials said the parks did experience high winds and rain, but that power remained on throughout the storm.

Hurricane Irma forced the shutdown of the Disney parks on Sunday. It was just the sixth shutdown in their 45-year history, but the second one in less than a year after Hurricane Matthew also forced the parks to close their gates last October. An initial notification about the closures indicated the parks would reopen Tuesday, though the company hedged that a bit Monday, saying it was working with local officials before making any further operational decisions.

Walt Disney World is the world’s most popular theme park. It employs 73,000 people in the Orlando area and was visited by 20 million people last year.

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LET IT SNOW!Disney’s Frozen returns with three new songs ahead of Olaf’s Frozen Adventure festive special – and they are VERY catchy!

THE most successful animated film of all time has returned with three very catchy new singles that have been exclusively released on social media.

The stars of Frozen shared snippets of their songs from the highly anticipated short film.

 Teenage Elsa the Snow Queen, voiced by Idina Menzel, in a scene from the animated feature

Teenage Elsa the Snow Queen, voiced by Idina Menzel, in a scene from the animated feature
 Three voice stars from Frozen's festive special shared snippets of their new songs

Three voice stars from Frozen’s festive special shared snippets of their new songs

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is a festive special of Frozen in which  the movie’s main characters -princesses Anna and Elsa – reunite with Olaf the snowman, Kristoff and Sven the reindeer.

Olaf who is voiced by Josh Gad will be closely followed throughout the movie – which shows his quest to find the perfect Christmas tradition for the two princesses.

Frozen is the most successful animated film of all time – it raked an astonishing $1.219 billion (£950 million) at the worldwide box office.

Josh Gad along with his other voice starts Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel all shared different clips of the new music.

Bell, who voices Princess Anna, unveiled the song “Ring In The Season” on Instagram alongside the caption: “Just a little tasty frozen treat to carry you into the weekend!”

The 21-minute festive film will be screened ahead of Disney’s new film Coco at UK cinemas on 25 and 26 November.

Gad shared a clip of “That Time Of Year” while Menzel who voices Princess Elsa, released “When We’re Together”.

 Olaf's Frozen Adventure will see the movie's main characters reuinite with the Olaf (the snowman), Kristoff and Sven the reindeer

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure will see the movie’s main characters reuinite with the Olaf (the snowman), Kristoff and Sven the reindeer
 Frozen is the most successful animation film of all time

Frozen is the most successful animation film of all time

But the Frozen 2 plot is being kept under wraps, according to reports.

Producer Peter Del Vecho said his team are in the “development writing process”.

Let It Go, from the first Frozen film, won a best original song Oscar for Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

The film also won the best animated film prize.

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