What do Disneyland, the Monorail and Richard Nixon have in common? Rob Plays has just released a video about the development of the Monorail and the problems Bob Gurr faced during the opening. Rob Plays always has well edited and researched videos about Disney’s history, detailing specific events. Of all the videos he has released in the past month, this one is my favorite.
You can watch the video here:
Inside The Magic reports on this fundraiser from Omaze and the Florida Hospital for Children:
Donating just $10 will earn you 10 entries into this raffle with a very magical grand prize. The winner and five friends will receive:
A one night stay in the famed Cinderella Castle Suite
2-day Disney Park passes
Breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table
Round-trip flights to Orlando
Omaze uses a tiered donation system that allows you to donate anywhere from $10 to earn 100 entries to $5,000 to earn $50,000 entries.
The donations will benefit the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children, one of the premier children’s hospitals in the nation. Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children is designed to keep children comfortable, with a staff of world-class doctors, specialists, nurses and healthcare professionals.
Source: Inside The Magic
The Hollywood Reporter has new details on the star that has the role for the live action remake of Mulan:
After a yearlong worldwide search, Mulan has been found.
Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, is set to star as the title woman warrior in Disney’s live-action adaptation of the classic Chinese tale.
A team of casting directors visited five continents and saw nearly 1,000 candidates for the role, which requires credible martial arts skills, the ability to speak English and the most ineffable requirement of all: star quality. In deference to cultural accuracy, the studio focused on locating an ethnically Chinese young woman to play Hua Mulan, who disguised herself as a man to take her father’s army conscription in fifth-century China.
A Chinese actress was always the ideal candidate for this film. With China representing an important international audience for Disney, they finally opted for an actress that stays true to the culture and character it represents.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
On this episode of The Tiara Talk Show, Tammy interviews Benny Wasserman, known as Albert Einstein in Ellen’s Energy Adventure. The interview brings some details about the filming process and fun facts about the attraction. Also, one of the funniest bits during the Albert Einstein part was improvised.
Source: The Tiara Talk Show
As part of the holidays, Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar is releasing a new Jingle Cruise mug, featuring the elephant from the beloved attraction. The mug is very detailed and somehow reminiscent of Dumbo’s mother-son relationship.
Grab this mug if you’re fortunate. It looks great for the holidays and any mug collection.
Source: WDW News Today
A TRON: Legacy Lightcycle figure has been approved via the LEGO Ideas program. Inside The Magic reports:
The “TRON: Legacy” Light Cycle project was submitted by LEGO Ideas users (and LEGO YouTube personalities) BrickBros UK, who describe the set as follows:
The “TRON” Light Cycle cycle is based on the Disney “TRON: Legacy” film and consists of a TRON Light Cycle with a user minifigure Sam Flynn. It also comes with a Grid base to mount the Light Cycle on for display.
The Light Cycle allows a minifigure to easily fit into and clip onto the handles. The light cycle itself has a console in front of the user, two handle bars, and detailing down the sides. There is also a power stream behind connected to the light cycle. The Sam Flynn minifigure comes in a TRON suit with helmet and disc connected on the back of the minifigure for added detail. The Light Cycle can easily be mounted on to the Grid base with two connection points and the base has the Grid effect with black and trans-blue tiles creating a TRON feel and has a medium azure trim for finish.
TRON’s cult fan following has made this figure come true, as well as many LEGO sets from other films.
Source: Inside The Magic
The song “How Far I’ll Go” has been nominated as Best Song Written For Visual Media category in the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. WDW Info reports:
The 60th Annual Grammy Awards will be hosted by James Corden, and will air on January 28, 2018 on CBS.
“How Far I’ll Go” was nominated as Best Original Song in both the 89th Academy Awards and the 74th Golden Globe Awards, but lost to “City of Stars” from La La Land both times.
Source: WDW Info, Variety