Disney Unveils First Latina Princess, Elena of Avalor

Elena of Avalor

Disney has announced a brand new princess who will be coming to Disney Junior in 2016.

Meet Princess Elena of Avalor!

Elena is a “confident and compassionate teenager” who will be joining Sofia the First on the channel aimed towards the 2-7 year old demographic.

Elena seems to be the next effort in diversifying their Princess line.

Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Disney Junior Worldwide announced today:

Our creative team has delivered a universal story with themes that authentically reflect the hopes and dreams of our diverse audience. What excites us most is the chance to use distinctive animation and visual design to tell wonderful stories influenced by culture and traditions that are familiar to the worldwide population of Hispanic and Latino families and reflect the interests and aspirations of all children as told through a classic fairy tale.

So what do you think of Elena of Avalor

“101 Dalmatians” Blu Ray Review

101 Dalmatians Blu Ray

99 puppies bark their way into your home on February 10th with the Diamond Edition Blu Ray release of 101 Dalmatians!

The original film, which was released in 1961, tells the story of songwriter Roger and his dog Pongo. When Pongo starts to feel that both him and Roger need more out of life, he takes it upon himself to find a mate for himself and his faithful owner.

Pongo finds a female Dalmatian by the name of Anita and find themselves with a litter of adorable puppies.

Famed Disney Villain, Cruella de Vil, takes interest in the puppies in her quest to make a Dalmatian coat and the puppies go on a journey of escaping the evil Cruella and having to find their way home.

Cruella de Vil

As with most of the older standard aspect ratio Disney films, the 101 Dalmatians Diamond Edition Blu Ray gives fans the option of using Disney View which hides the side bars with custom art that blends into the film.

101 Dalmatians: Diamond Edition (2-Disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD)

The Diamond Edition includes the Blu Ray, DVD and Disney Movies Anywhere downloadable copy (which works with iTunes, Vudu and through its own iOS and Android apps). The Blu Ray also offers some great bonus features including:

  • The Further Adventures of Thunderbolt
  • Walt Disney Presents The Best Doggoned Dog in the World (1961 Version)
  • Lucky Dogs
  • Dalmatians 101: Hosted by Cameron Boyce (Disney Channel’s “The Descendants”)
  • Plus a Selection of Classic Bonus Features

My personal favorite is The Best Doggoned Dog in the World which features Walt Disney on the 1961 episode of Wonderful World of Color. It’s vintage classic vintage Disney!

Disneyland Announces 60th Anniversary Plans

Disneyland Forever

Disneyland fans anxiously awaited announcements that would shed some light on what the park had planned for their 60th anniversary.

Now that the dust has settled on the event, we are happy to report that Disneyland fans are up for a lot of new treats as the park celebrate their 60th birthday starting on May 22, 2015.

Fireworks, parades and World of Color! Oh my!

The first announcement made tonight was that an all new World of Color show would be making its way to Disney’s California Adventure. The new show will be a history lesson of sorts where images of Walt Disney will be projected on spraying water and telling the tale of how it all started with a mouse:

Both epic and intimate in scope, “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” brings to life the remarkable story of Walt and the Happiest Place on Earth in a first-of-its-kind spectacular, presented on the magic canvas of “World of Color” with compelling animated imagery, live-action footage, fountains, lasers, special effects and a stirring musical score.

Disneyland Paint the Night

As if that wasn’t enough, Disneyland also announced a new parade called “Paint the Night” where your favorite Disney characters will dawn illuminating garb and make their way up Main Street USA in what looks to be a modern Main Street Electrical Parade.

Disneyland Paint the Night

And yes…there’s still more. Disneyland will be introducing a new fireworks display called “Disneyland Forever” which is supposed to be the largest fireworks show ever to grace the park.

Disneyland Forever

“Disneyland Forever” will not only include the normal fireworks display that has lit up face on kids and adults alike for years, but the whole park will be used in the show including projections on attractions and surrounding environments.

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and Carthay Circle will both get makeovers as well in a celebratory fashion.

All of this will begin on May 22nd and parks may likely hit capacity with all of the new going ons.

Harry Potter’s Emma Watson to Play Belle in Disney’s Live Action “Beauty and the Beast”

Emma Watson Belle

With just over a month until Disney’s live-action “Cinderella” hits theaters, it has been announced that Emma Watson, known for her role as Hermione in the film adaptations of Harry Potter, has been cast to play Belle in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast.

Watson stated:

I’m finally able to tell you…that I will be playing Belle in Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast! It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I’ll get to dance to ‘Be Our Guest’ and sing ‘Something There.’ My six year old self is on the ceiling – heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons. I can’t wait for you to see it.

The original Disney classic was released in 1991 so it will be fun to see how Disney brings the characters to life.

Disney Belle

With Cinderella hitting theaters this March, The Jungle Book, which will be directed by Jon Favreau, in 2016 and now the news of Beauty and the Beast going through casting, a Disney fan can only wait and wonder which classic movie they will be bringing to life next.

How do you feel about the casting news? Which Disney animated film would you like to see brought to life?

Disney’s New Inquizitive App Puts All Disney Quizzes in the Palm of Your Hand

 

Disney Inquizitive

Have you ever wondered which Disney character you would be? Which Disney quote should be your life motto? Which Disney song best describes you? Or even which host on Good Morning America you would be?…ok maybe not so much the last one.

Disney’s brand new Inquizitive app is now available on Disney.com and on the iPhone!

Inquizitive gives Disney fans a wide variety of quizzes to choose from and will provide you with answers to some of the age-old questions like: Are you fluent in whale?

The app is a ton of fun for those Disney fans looking to pass the time on those long road trips on their own or even with their friends.

Once a quiz is complete, you’re given the answer and can share it through your social media sites.The app tracks the answers to the quizzes you’ve taken and summarizes your personality as it applies to Disney by creating a personal profile.

The app is completely free and has over 60 quizzes built right in to a sleek user interface.

Download it now and post some of your answers below!

New “Frozen” Books Continue Anna and Elsa’s Story

Frozen Books

Last year, Disney announced that they would be teaming up with book publishers, Random House, to bring new stories featuring our favorite Frozen sisters, Anna and Elsa.

The sisters’ find new adventure in 2 new books, All Hail the Queen and Memory and Magic, with a 3rd title on the way, A Warm Welcome, which features everyone’s favorite snowman, Olaf!

Books 1 and 2 are available now through our Amazon store!

Fan Gets Invited On Stage To Sing “A Whole New World” with Lea Salonga and Shocks the Audience

Aladdin A Whole New World

You may not know Lea Salonga by name but she provided the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in the classic 90s Disney animated film, Aladdin.

During one of her concerts, she invited a member of the audience to come on stage with her to sing the beautiful Alan Menken song, “A Whole New World”.

Nobody expected what would happen next…

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