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Report: Disney Moving Ahead With Star Wars Land In Florida

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Robert Niles of Theme Park Insider is reporting that a long-rumored Star Wars park during Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida is now past a “serious consideration” theatre and into a formulation phase:

Multiple sources have told me a long-awaited dream of thesis park geeks everywhere is indeed happening. Disney’s relocating forward with both Cars Land and Star Wars Land during a Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World.

Rumors of such an further to a Disney World site in Florida have been swirling for years, and they strong to a heat representation when The Walt Disney Company bought Lucasfilm final October. But now it seems like I’s are being dotted and T’s are being crossed.

I spoke to a Disney Cast Member who not usually reliable Niles’ report, though combined some new information. This Cast Member listened directly from Disney supervisors that Disney is deliberating building a Cantina-themed grill in a new Hollywood Studios Star Wars area. Last April, a blog Disney and More reported that a grill modeled after Chalmun’s Cantina in Mos Eisley was being deliberate for Disneyland Paris. It creates clarity to move a vital restoration like a Cantina grill to mixed locations, in a same approach that Star Tours: The Adventures Continue non-stop during several Disney parks around a universe in 2011.

Speaking of Star Tours, it seems like that captivate will be receiving upgrades as partial of a Star Wars land. “Expect to see new levels combined to Star Tours and some some-more interactive attractions, presumably an additional ride,” my Disney source said. However, my source combined that “most of a enlargement will be environments and impression meet-and-greet areas.”

Given a volume of work concerned in this project, it’s no warn that Disney skeleton to accelerate their higher-profile additions (the Cantina restaurant) and modifications (the new Star Tours content) with simple, easy-to-add facilities like new meet-and-greet opportunities and additional “environments” (e.g. a life-size speeder bike with Endor backdrop).

Stay tuned and we will move we updates as we get them.

Disney’s ESPN to tighten 3D wire TV network this year

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(Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s TV sports network, ESPN, pronounced it will tighten a 3D wire channel in a United States, finale a three-year examination after sports fans unsuccessful to welcome a record in their homes.

ESPN launched a 3D wire channel in 2010 and will tighten a channel by a finish of a year, pronounced ESPN mouthpiece Katina Arnold. It presented 3D broadcasts of college football games and a Masters golf tournament, among other offerings.

Despite disappearing costs for 3D televisions and widespread use of 3D in movies, consumers have not rushed to move a record into their homes.

ESPN 3D was autocratic monthly fees on normal of $2.79 per subscriber from wire and satellite operators this year, among a top for a wire channel, according to investigate organisation SNL Kagan. Pay TV providers also compensate $5.54 on normal for a flagship ESPN network.

The network was carried by vital operators such as DirecTV, Time Warner Cable Inc and Comcast Corp in several programming packages.

“They were only too early,” SNL Kagan researcher Derek Baine said. “This record is not prepared for primary time.”

ESPN will continue to examination with other technologies including Ultra High Definition, or ultra HD, for a programming on ESPN and a sister channels, Arnold said.

“We are committing a 3D resources to other products and services that will improved offer fans and affiliates,” she said.

The network could lapse to 3D programming “if or when 3D does take off,” she added.

ESPN, a widespread U.S. sports network and a vital motorist of Disney’s earnings, operates a flagship ESPN channel and others, including ESPN2 and Spanish denunciation ESPN Deportes.

Disney shares were down 0.5 percent during $63.45 on Wednesday afternoon on a New York Stock Exchange.

(Reporting by Lisa Richwine and Liana B. Baker in Washington; modifying by Ronald Grover and Matthew Lewis)

Exclusive: Disney XD Rolls Out a "Non-Stop Summer"

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Disney XD is giving kids tons of action-packed reasons to contend indoors this summer with a network’s many desirous programming line-up yet. The young, male-driven network will betray a slew of array and specials this deteriorate including Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, premiering Sunday Jul 7, and Marvel’s Hulk and a Agents of S.M.A.S.H., premiering Sunday, Aug. 11. The network has also partnered with a X Games for 4 apart specials, airing nightly Jul 22-25. All of a “Non-Stop Summer” fun strictly creates a dash on Monday, Jun 17. Here are a highlights:

Chicken…I Dare You, Jun 17-Aug. 26
NBA star Dwight Howard joins Disney XD’s fan-favorite dress duck and a networks’ biggest names in this campaign, that lets viewers opinion online to brave their favorite stars to go head-to-head with The Chicken. Voting beginnings on Jun 17, and a waggish hijinks will atmosphere on Monday nights commencement Jun 24.

Truckasaurus Monday Mayhem, Jul 8, 8:30/7:30c
Get prepared to start your engines with all-new episodes of Lab Rats, Kickin’ It and Crash Bernstein for a night of monster-truck themed programming. Viewers can also competition over to disneyxd.com to play a racing diversion Titans on a Track.

Randomation Animation, commencement Jul 13, 8:30 a.m./7:30c
Need a reason to arise adult on Saturday morning? Spankin’ new cartoons! The animation block, that will atmosphere via a season, facilities beginner array Packages From Planet X and Camp Lakebottom as good as returning favorites Max Steel and Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja and a Phineas and Ferb low-pitched countdown hosted by Kelly Osbourne.

Monday Night Overdrive, Jul 22, 8:30/7:30c
Lab Rats and Crash Bernstein kick-off this luminary sports-themed night. Athletes from a NFL, NASCAR and a X Games will join in on a fun – NASCAR’s Joey Logano and a Philadelphia Eagles’ DeSean Jackon are set to make cameo appearances.

Crash Bernstein, one-hour special, Jul 29, 8:30/7:30c
The live-action puppet uncover will atmosphere a one-hour special episode, that has tapped Tony Award-winning singer Andrea Martin and The Waterboy‘s John Farley as guest stars.

TRYathlon, Aug. 12 and 19, 9/8c
Kids fans join a favorite Disney XD and Disney Channel stars in this special event, that a network says, “inspires kids and families to try a accumulation of new foods, fun moves, and elementary ways to be your best.”

Check out this disdainful summer footage in Disney XD’s “Non-Stop Summer” remix video. The song video will strictly premiere during a telecast of Kickin’ It on Monday, Jun 17, 8:30/7:30c.

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‘Disney Infinity’ a practical playground

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As video diversion players schooled from Activision’s Skylanders franchise, a multiple of toys and games can infer utterly renouned and lucrative.

So what happens when we mix that character of diversion with characters from Toy Story, Pirates of a Caribbean and other informed names? Players get Disney Infinity, that launches after this year for a PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and Wii U.

Several of Disney’s important franchises will be represented, such as The Incredibles and just-announced Lone Ranger. Each authorization will have a possess play set, featuring several hours of story-driven action. The diversion includes figurines that players move to life within a video diversion regulating a special portal, that accommodates adult to dual characters during a same time.

During a demo of a Pirates of a Carribean play set, Jack Sparrow fights off a accumulation of rivalry turtles en track to his bandit ship. Midway by a stage, Sparrow’s movement figure is pulled from a portal in preference of Davy Jones, who is immediately bearing into diversion action.

The theatre we confront facilities a bandit boat players contingency drive in a fun naval conflict suggestive of Assassin’s Creed. Along with a primary storyline, players will have other mini-games sparse via a level. To say a virginity of a storyline, usually characters tied to a playset will work in that world. So, we can’t move The Incredibles into a land of Toy Story.

However, there is a Toy Box mode that creates Infinity generally intriguing. Players will be means to emanate any playset they can imagine. They can start from blemish with a array of templates or use a vacant canvas. They can adjust terrain, supplement elements like water, or obstacles to emanate their possess digital diversion level. It’s identical in some ways to PlayStation 3 strike LittleBigPlanet.

Players can mingle characters from all universes into a Toy Box, as good as use Power Discs that supplement special rigging such as vehicles or themes. But here’s where Infinity shows a lot of promise: these player-created levels can be uploaded and common with friends. So, there is intensity for large hours of movement by simply exploring other players’ worlds.

Disney has nonetheless to exhibit sum on how most a diversion or apart movement total will cost, though it appears Disney Infinity could be a large strike among kids when it launches this August.

Follow Brett Molina on Twitter: @bam923.

Saving Money At Disney

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(STLMoms) Disney announced that it would be lifting sheet prices.  That’s got some folks in a tizzy.  But no fear, Margie and Vera have found some ways for we to save during Disney.

Here are a few things to remember:

1. Disney is Expensive — Once we accept that fact, you’ll have a improved time.

2. Use online sites to assistance we devise your cost-savings:  Here are a few sites that have money-saving tips as good as forums where we can see what tips other Disney visitors have.
WDWinfo.com
WDWmagic.com
Check out Free and Cheap Stuff to Do during Disney World
Disney World.com/Special Offers — Go true to a source. Disney frequently offers deals on their website and generally during down seasons.

3. Bring your possess food — visitors are authorised to move their possess food into Disney parks. You will save a ton of income if we container a lunch and copiousness of snacks! You only need to go by bag inspection. NOTE — Food contingency be in a soft-sided cooler.

**There are also several giveaway dining promotions in a delayed deteriorate (Aug – Sept/Oct or Jan – Feb).

Extra Tip: Disney parks apparently offer giveaway H2O cups to any guest who asks during any dining facility.  Use those small Kool-Aid singles or fist bottle flavors to liven adult your giveaway water!

4. Use a time-share review – these are good options since they tend to offer bonus tickets or vouchers for other activities though we do have to lay by a timeshare presentation. But if that doesn’t worry we and you’re looking into a probability of a time-share, go for it!

5. Active Military Personnel with a correct ID are eligible for Disney Discounts

6.  Stay on Property:  The some-more days we stay, a cheaper it is. Disney also customarily offers dining dish packages for extended stays.

disneybag7.  BYO — Bring your possess Disney rigging (i.e., bags, ponchos, toys, etc.): We found Disney themed bags nearby checkout lanes in Schnucks stores for only $1! They’re a grocery totes, though they’re ideal for a trip. And for only $1, everybody in a family can have one!

Pick adult small plaque books and crayons, things that can simply fit into bags for those waits in between impression greetings or in line for rides.

Some Disney Do’s and Donts
1. Have A Plan
2. Do Order a Planning CD from Disney Vacations.com
3. Have your kids save their possess money
4. Drink lots of water
5. Don’t forget your sunscreen

Apps:
Go to your Play or App store and download anything free!
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Disney Says No Bundling In Carriage Deals, DirecTV Claims A la Carte Isn’t …

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A tip Disney executive told a
Congressional subcommittee Wednesday that a association does not need distributors to lift low-rated networks in sequence to benefit entrance to renouned ones. But a DirecTV executive pronounced there is an
element of bundling concerned in negotiations, including with invasion requirements.

“I’ve sealed 3 affidavits attesting to a fact that we do not occupy what is commonly
known as tying,” pronounced Ben Pyne, boss of tellurian placement during Disney Media Networks.

Without referring to Disney in particular, DirecTV Executive Vice President Mike Palkovic
said vast programmers offer a satellite user a singular cost for all of their channels (including internal stations). If it wanted to lift comparison ones, it would not be economical, he said.

“I consider that’s dictated … we finish adult with situations where even if we could emanate a package for consumers that was affordable, that usually had in that package enough
programming to support a cost indicate they would want, we’ll run afoul of invasion obligations in those agreements,” Palkovic told a subcommittee. “So we can do it, though we end
up possibly carrying to stop offering that package, or we have to compensate by a nose to a programmers for violating those terms.

“It’s not usually a restraining of all a channels. There [are]
penetration obligations on a some-more renouned channels that accumulate to a rest of a apartment of services. It’s a tough conditions currently to understanding with.”

The conference by a House Energy
Commerce subcommittee was directed during exploring reauthorization of legislation that impacts satellite operators DirecTV and Dish Network, though dealt with a accumulation of issues.

Amy Tykeson,
the CEO of a most smaller Oregon distributor BendBroadband, told a subcommittee that programmers are requiring operators to place networks on tiers that lift prices for customers. “I have
to put these channels in these wide-penetrated tiers, and business don’t wish them,” she said. “My packages are apropos approach too expensive, and it’s usually not satisfactory for my
customers.”  

As justification that is does not bundle, Pyne offering that 15% of wire systems usually lift ESPN and ESPN2, dual of Disney’s some-more renouned networks. (He might have
been referring usually to networks within a ESPN family, that also embody ESPNU and ESPN News, given a association also operates a Disney Channel, ABC Family and internal ABC stations.)

Disney’s ESPN deals abrasive blow to nascent 3D TV market

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Walt Disney‘s (DIS) ESPN skeleton to pause a 3D sports radio channel by year’s end, traffic a abrasive blow to a nascent 3D TV market.

ESPN announced a preference in a Twitter post on Wednesday.

“Due to singular spectator adoption of 3D services to a home, ESPN is discontinuing ESPN 3D,” ESPN mouthpiece Amanda DeCastro pronounced in a statement. “Nobody knows some-more about sports in 3D than ESPN, and we will be prepared to yield a use to fans if or when 3D does take off.”

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ESPN is changeable a resources to other services, including experimenting with ultra high-definition or 4K TV, she says.

The sports network launched a ESPN 3D channel 3 years ago this month, with a live broadcast of a opening compare of a 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The dwindle dispatcher for 3D radio now is 3net, a corner try of Discovery Communications (DISCA), Imax (IMAX) and Sony (SNE). It distinguished a second anniversary in February and is carried by DirecTV (DTV) and Comcast (CMCSA).

But it’s expected to be subsequent on a chopping block, says Phillip Swann, boss of TVPredictions.com.

“Discovery’s not unequivocally doing most (with 3D) anymore and now ESPN, that pronounced they were going to be in it for a prolonged haul, is gone,” Swann told IBD. “So what does it all mean? 3D was 3DOA. It was passed on attainment day one. Anyone with any common clarity knew it, given no one was perfectionist it.”

3D TV was pushed by a TV makers, not a video calm and use providers, Swann said. TV makers simply wanted to sell new high-end sets with a latest technology, he says.

Consumer wiring companies were prohibited for 3D TV in 2010 and 2011, though their unrestrained cooled as manufacturers fought over opposing record standards (active vs. pacifist glasses) and bemoaned a miss of 3D calm for home viewing. Hollywood studios eventually offering 3D cinema on Blu-ray Disc. But sales of 3D TV sets unhappy as consumers resisted carrying to wear special eyeglasses to watch TV and compensate some-more for content.

TV manufacturers such as Samsung, LG and Sony have given incited their courtesy to ultra high-definition television, that is 4 times a pixel fortitude of today’s HD video, and to Internet streaming video. It’s still early days for ultra HDTV, and there’s no calm for such sets yet. Streaming video use Netflix (NFLX) recently pronounced it’s operative on 4K TV.

Ultra HDTV expected will attain eventually given consumers have always elite a sharper, some-more picturesque picture, Swann says.

The shutdown of ESPN 3D is associated to Disney’s new operational examination of a sports programmer, that resulted in ESPN expelling scarcely 400 jobs, Variety reported.

ESPN 3D is carried by Cablevision Systems (CVC), Comcast, Cox Communications, DirecTV and Verizon (VZ) FiOS, among others.

E3 2013: Star Wars, Marvel Universes Could Collide in Kingdom Hearts 3

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The proclamation of Kingdom Hearts III during Sony’s press discussion on Monday (June 10th) left many vehement to see that new Disney Universes Sora co. would be exploring this time around, and array creator Tetsuya Nomura has now appearance a seductiveness by not statute out a probability of a Star Wars and Marvel Universes both appearing in a arriving game.

As Disney now owns a rights to Star Wars and Marvel, it wouldn’t be too formidable to suppose Sora winding adult in an journey on Tatooine, or even apropos an titular Avenger.  

Speaking to IGN, Nomura said: “Whenever we hear of a news [of a new Disney acquisition], we always say, ‘woah…they’ve finished it again.’”

“The initial thing we do when we find out this news is hit Disney and see if it’s something we can use [in Kingdom Hearts].”

When asked whether Disney pronounced that they would concede him to embody their new acquisitions in KH3, Nomura replied: “Disney’s companies are all unequivocally different. Sometimes a answer is ‘absolutely no,’ and infrequently a answer is, ‘…hmm, we don’t know…’

“Disney’s flattering honest. If a conditions is unequivocally difficult, they’ll say, it’s unequivocally difficult. If it’s impossible, they’ll contend it’s impossible.”

Kingdom Hearts 3 is now in growth and will be released on both a PlayStation 4 and a Xbox One. Watch a entrance teaser trailer below.

 

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David Does It: Star Wars Weekends during Disney’s Hollywood Studios – FOX 35 …

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Disney World guest are speedy to dress adult as their favorite Star Wars impression during a thesis park’s Star Wars Weekends, kicking off this weekend.

More than 60 Star Wars characters, including stormtroopers, annuity hunters and insurgent fighters will debate and correlate with guest during Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Friday by Sunday by Jun 9.

The eventuality includes a “Legends of a Force” parade, behind-the-scenes shows and, of course, a Star Tours attraction.

Celebrity guest embody Ray Park, who played Darth Maul, and other “Clone Wars” voice actors.

Star Wars Weekends is May 7-June 9 and enclosed in thesis park admission. For some-more information, go to disneyworld.disney.go.com.

Flyers’ "Star Wars"-crazed goalie speckled on a new Disney cruise

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Ilya Bryzgalov’s “Star Wars”-inspired hockey mask. 

You never know who you’ll run into during a Disney cruise.

Case in point: We recently sailed on a Disney Dream and who should we mark among a thousands of people queuing adult for a imperative reserve drill?

Philadelphia Flyers’ goalie Ilya Bryzgalov and his family.

It unequivocally isn’t that tough to skip someone who stands 6-3 and weighs 213 pounds. Still, he did arrange of mix in with everybody station on Deck 4 for a drill, dressed in a prosy immature polo shirt.

Several hockey fans in a masses did commend him.

“Yeah, we saw him during a airport,” reported a immature father who pronounced he was a Boston Bruins fan, though nonetheless seemed vehement to see a National Hockey League star.

We have no approach of meaningful for sure, though there’s a good possibility Bryzgalov and his family done their approach to Walt Disney World for Star Wars Weekends during Disney’s Hollywood Studios after a cruise.

In further to being a good goaltender, Bryzgalov is a outrageous “Star Wars” fan.

To uncover his adore of a film franchise, a local of Togiatti, Russia, had his goalie helmet specifically embellished with “Star Wars” characters as an embellishment.

He introduced it behind in March.

Beloved Yoda was a featured impression on a helmet.

In box we see this, Ilya, make it a indicate to get on one of a Disney cruises that cruise to a Eastern Caribbean. There, on a island of St. Maarten, is one of a artists who helped move Yoda to life for “Star Wars.”

Appropriately enough, he’s famous as That Yoda Guy.