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November 8, 2014

Disney News This Week: 'Toy Story 4' Announced, New 'Into the Woods' Trailer, 'Star Wars': Episode VII Gets a Title—'The Force Awakens'

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
Nearly two decades after Pixar Animation Studios created the world’s first computer-animated feature film with Toy Story, it revealed plans for Disney•Pixar’s "Toy Story 4," an adventure that returns audiences to the world of the studio’s signature characters. John Lasseter, director of the original "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2," will direct the film, which opens a new chapter in the lives of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the "Toy Story" gang. The story was dreamt up by Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich, the storytellers who have been the driving force behind all three Toy Story films. Writing team Rashida Jones and Will McCormack joined the project, and Pixar veteran Galyn Susman is producing. The film is slated for release on June 16, 2017.
September 19, 2014

Disney News This Week: 'Frozen' Attraction Coming to Epcot, 'Into the Woods' One-Sheet Released, 19th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Begins, New 'Star Wars'-Themed College Apparel Launches

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs recently announced that construction is starting at Walt Disney World Resort on a brand-new "Frozen" attraction at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot. The new attraction replaces "Maelstrom" and will take guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film. In addition, the pavilion will include a royal greeting location where Anna and Elsa can meet guests. For more on this story, visit the Disney Parks Blog.
August 11, 2014

'Star Wars': Force for Change Raises $4.26 Million for UNICEF

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios
With an exciting initiative that offered a chance to win unique rewards and prizes, including a once-in-a-lifetime grand prize, "Star Wars": Force for Change raised $4.26 million for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Contributions were received from citizens of 125 countries and enough money was raised to support the equivalent of seven to eight new UNICEF Innovation Labs. The grand-prize winner was D.C. Barns of Denver, Colorado, who will enjoy a trip to London for himself and a guest, a behind-the-scenes visit to the Star Wars set and will be fitted with a costume and filmed for a scene in "Star Wars": Episode VII.
June 19, 2014

Jump Into the Directors Seat With 'Star Wars Scene Maker'

By Amelia Lukiman, Disney Consumer Products
Innovative storytelling has always been at the heart of the Disney brand. Today, Disney Publishing Worldwide presents "Star Wars" fans the opportunity to re-imagine the epic narrative with "Star Wars Scene Maker." Through filmmaking tools and mechanics, this app gives users the creative space to re-create iconic scenes from the Saga.
June 13, 2014

Disney's 'The Lion King' Coming to Shanghai Disney Resort, ESPN and Google Collaborate for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Josh Trank to Direct Stand-Alone 'Star Wars' Film

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
Shanghai Disney Resort and Disney Theatrical Productions announced today that Disney’s landmark musical event, "The Lion King," is coming to the Walt Disney Grand Theatre—a new, world-class, 1,200-seat Broadway-style theater, to be located at Shanghai Disney Resort’s retail, dining and entertainment area—currently under construction adjacent to Shanghai Disneyland park. This will be the world’s first production of "The Lion King"—Julie Taymor's production, exactly as seen on Broadway and in productions around the world—performed in Mandarin.
May 31, 2014

Disney News This Week: 'Maleficent' Multi-Touch Book, 'Star Wars' Half Marathon Weekend, Disney Cruise Line Announces Fall 2015 Itineraries

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
"Maleficent: The Official Multi-Touch Book," based on Disney's highly anticipated film Maleficent (now playing in theaters), is now available for free exclusively through iBooks. The book explores both the legacy of Disney's classic animated film, Sleeping Beauty—which first introduced the iconic villainess Maleficent—and the making of the all-new live-action film, "Maleficent," starring Angelina Jolie. Features of the book include an interactive timeline of the origins of the timeless Sleeping Beauty tale with rare content from the Disney archives; rich and explorable environments filled with fantastic creatures from the world of Maleficent; interviews with Angelina Jolie and the film's cast and crew; an afterword by director Robert Stromberg; exclusive behind-the-scenes photo galleries and video featurettes; never-before-seen concept art, storyboards and sketches from pre-production; fun facts from the set; and profiles of the characters from the film.
May 8, 2014

International Roundup: Disney in China and Hong Kong

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
Hot on the heels of "Star Wars" Day, the legendary saga was celebrated in a very unique and trendy way overseas. Head down the catwalk with "Star Wars," and hear several other exciting updates from Disney in China in our international roundup below.

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