Nearly three years ago I rode Seven Dwarfs Mine Train for the first time – Exciting stuff! I wouldn’t say this makes me weird or anything but I’m kinda loud on my first try on this amazing attraction. It remains one of my favorite rides; click on the video to see why!
From the recording: Come Together, Track #11.
Sing praises to our King, sing praises
Let all the nations sing
Let all the nations sing of His love
Oh, sing praises
So shout for joy all of His children
Let all the people sing
Let all the people sing of His love
Oh, sing praises
Of all our lives and all our praise
And so we sing to the Most Holy
The Lord, our God
The Lord, our King
Sing praises to our King, sing praises
For He alone is God
For He alone is worthy of praise
Oh, sing praises
Original article by Jennifer Fickley-Baker
Pandora - The World of Avatar, which is set to open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in summer 2017, will transport guests to a visually stunning world complete with floating mountains, bioluminescent plants and all kinds of immersive adventure.
Walt Disney Imagineering just shared the first in a series of videos in which Portfolio Creative Executive Joe Rohde (who played a major part in the original development for Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the 1990s) explains the overall design philosophy of Pandora – The World of Avatar and how that fits into the theming of the rest of the park.
According to Joe, the themes in both the film AVATAR and the values the designers of Disney’s Animal Kingdom had in mind when planning the park are the same: Emphasizing the intrinsic value of nature; Exploring the idea that guests can be transformed through adventure; And inspiring guests to understand and respect the nature that exists in our world.
Check out the video to learn more about what to expect when Pandora – The World of Avatar comes to life in just a few months.
Crewing the ship will be some of the industry’s top talent, including Director of Photography Bradford Young (Academy Award® nominee for his work on Arrival), Editor Chris Dickens, SFX Supervisor Dominic Tuohy, VFX Supervisor Rob Bredow and Action Designer Brad Allan.
They will be joining returning Star Wars veteran crew members Neal Scanlan (Creature & Droid FX creative supervisor), Neil Lamont (production designer), Dave Crossman and Glyn Dillon (co-costume designers), Jamie Wilkinson (prop master), Lisa Tomblin (hair), Amanda Knight (make-up) and Nina Gold (UK casting director).
The untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story is slated for release on May 25, 2018.
Original article by Jennifer Fickley-Baker
For more than a year, Disney’s Animal Kingdom has continued its evolution to a day-to-night park by introducing a rich variety of new nighttime experiences – from Kilimanjaro Safaris after sunset and fine dining at Tiffins, to the vibrant entertainment at the Harambe Wildlife Parti and Discovery Island Carnivale. And when the Tree of Life awakens after dark, it is truly a sight to behold!
Today, we’re happy to announce one of the park’s newest nighttime experiences, “Rivers of Light,” will make its official debut on February 17.
Continuing the grand Disney tradition of innovative, after-dark entertainment, “Rivers of Light” combines live performance, floating set pieces, a soaring musical score, fountains and more in a celebration of animals and nature. The story magically unfolds on the broad natural stage of the Discovery River, conveying the uplifting spirit of an ancient and timeless lantern ceremony and filled with symbolism, storytelling and plenty of heart.
And don’t forget that the next step in the expansion of Disney’s Animal Kingdom – the grand debut of Pandora – The World of Avatar – will take place on May 27, 2017.
article by Jennifer Fickley-Baker
If you caught the “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration” on ABC earlier this week, you may have seen this amazing sneak peek into one of Walt Disney World’s most exciting expansions: the construction of Pandora – The World of Avatar, which will open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom this summer.
As you can see, Pandora – The World of Avatar will transport guests to a visually stunning world complete with floating mountains and bioluminescent plants. Here, guests will be able to experience two expeditions that will truly push adventure to the next level. The family friendly Na’vi River Journey will send guests down a sacred river hidden within a bioluminescent rainforest. Their journey will end in an unforgettable encounter with a Na’vi shaman, a figure who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora. And second, the Avatar Flight of Passage excursion will offer the jaw-dropping experience of riding on a Banshee over the world of Pandora.
Check out the video above, in which the project team shares how this new land has already exceeded even their own imaginations.
VIDEO – The Disney Castle by LEGO Now Available At Disney Parks
The Disney Castle by the LEGO Group is now available in select merchandise locations at Disney Parks. This highly detailed model contains over 4,000 pieces and comes with an array of exciting Disney-themed features and functions. We recently used some Disney magic to see how quickly we could build this incredible new model.
Elements from this new model were inspired by the iconic Cinderella Castle, including an intricately detailed facade and towers.
The Disney Castle includes five Minifigures: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and Tinker Bell. You may recall we released other LEGO Minifigures featuring Disney characters earlier this year. These Minifigures can now be combined with the new Minifigures from The Disney Castle.
Each accessible castle room includes special features inspired by some of Disney’s greatest animated feature films. You can remove part of the roof section to discover the glass slipper element and fairy-tale book element with printed cover. Another room in the Castle features a nod to Walt Disney’s “Fantasia” with a chest containing a book of spells, and a mop and bucket elements.
The Disney Castle measures over 29” (74cm) high, 17” (44cm) wide and 12” (31cm) deep.
article by Daniel Miller, LA Times
Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger has been named to a new policy forum created by President-elect Donald Trump.
The President’s Strategic and Policy Forum includes several business heavyweights, among them JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Jamie Dimon, General Motors Chief Executive Mary Barra and IBM Chief Executive Virginia Rometty.
The nonpartisan, 16-person forum will be chaired by Stephen Schwarzman, the chief executive of private equity firm Blackstone. The group will frequently meet with Trump to directly offer its knowledge and perspective to the president, according to a news release issued by Trump’s transition team on Friday.
“My administration is committed to drawing on private sector expertise and cutting the government red tape that is holding back our businesses from hiring, innovating, and expanding right here in America,” Trump said in a statement.
The forum’s first meeting will be held in February at the White House.
“The forum provides a nonpartisan approach to key economic policy issues, reflecting an array of individual perspectives from a cross-section of industries,” Iger said in a statement. “I welcome the chance to be part of the important discussions about the most effective ways to grow jobs and expand economic opportunity in America.”
Iger, a Democrat who supported Hillary Clinton, won’t be the only Hollywood player offering counsel to Trump. His incoming administration will include executives with deep ties to the entertainment industry.
On Nov. 13, Trump picked Stephen K. Bannon as his chief strategist. Bannon worked in Hollywood in the 1990s, helping to finance films including Sean Penn’s “The Indian Runner.” Bannon also was previously the executive chairman of Breitbart News, and both he and that news organization have been vociferously criticized by groups such as the Anti-Defamation League for promoting white nationalism.
And on Wednesday, Trump selected Hollywood financier and Wall Street executive Steven Mnuchin to be the next Treasury secretary. Mnuchin spent 17 years at Goldman Sachs before starting a hedge fund that invests in films. He has cut large financing deals with 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros., leading to his executive producing credits on movies such as the summer hit “Suicide Squad.”
Iger was asked how the Trump administration might affect Burbank-based Disney during a conference call with analysts held two days after the Nov. 8 election.
“I think it’s really too early to speculate about what the changes in Washington are going to mean for our business or for businesses,” he said on the call held to discuss the company’s fiscal fourth quarter earnings.
Iger, however, noted that Disney has made an effort to encourage the federal government to look at tax policy — and has sought the closing of loopholes and also the lowering of the corporate tax rate.
“We are no longer competitive with the rest of the world in that regard and that must be addressed,” he said. “It’s possible that given what’s going on this week that that’s likely to be addressed sooner rather than later.”
He added that it was a “good thing” that the transition of power was off to a “fairly smooth start.”
Iger also said that a bust of Trump was being prepared for the Hall of Presidents attraction at Walt Disney World.
Article by James MacDonald, Walk in the Word
“I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word” (John 17:6, esv).
Could life really be as simple as keeping His Word?
Sometimes when our spiritual life doesn’t seem to be moving fast enough for us, when it’s not going in the direction we want it to go, we can end up trying too hard to make it work. We can start exploring other options besides the simple faith of just keeping His Word.
You’ll recognize when this is happening. Times when you’re feeling tired and spent more than peaceful and contented. Times when you’re losing joy over one thing God hasn’t done for you yet, rather than rejoicing in all the awesome things He’s already accomplished. Times when your praying is characterized more by telling God how He should fix this situation than by believing He’s fully aware of what your need is.
But when Jesus transitioned from praying for Himself in verses 1–5 of what’s commonly called His “high priestly prayer” (John 17), into praying for His disciples in verse 6, He characterized them to the Father by saying, “They have kept your word.”
What a great summary of what Christians do! We keep His Word. It’s what we as His followers are called to do.
But is it really what we do? If Jesus was giving a general accounting to the Father today of your life and mine, would His report include what He said about His first disciples? Does this same basic requirement and privilege—steadfastly keeping His Word—accurately describe how you choose to respond to your daily challenges, questions, temptations, and responsibilities?
You’ll know God’s Word is the authority in your life when it can stop you in your tracks. You’ll know you’re someone who keeps His Word when, instead of heading down whatever mindless path your emotions or traditions are taking you, the Spirit of God can suddenly remind you of Scripture. And as soon as you hear it, the truth of that Word causes you to reverse direction and do something other than what you were heading toward doing.
If God’s Word does not have this effect on you, you need to ask yourself what role it really plays in your life.
If you love studying it but don’t do what it says, the Bible is only affection for you.
If you love having it around the house and on the coffee table for all to see but you don’t do what it says, the Bible is only a decoration for you.
If you believe you’re advancing God’s purposes by hearing the Word taught and proclaimed at church but you have no real intention of getting up from your seat to go do what it says, the Bible is actually a deception for you. “Be doers of the word,” James said, “and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22).
Hear Jesus’ prayer to the Father again: “I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.”
May He always be able to say the same of us.