Walt Disney Records Announces Plans For Disney Music Emporium

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As the market for physical copies of music (sadly) continues to shrink, Rob Sourial, VP of Gloabl Marketing for Walt Disney Records, took to the Disney Music Emporium website to explain the company’s plans for phase one of the site. In his statement, Sourial explains:

” As the traditional physical music retail world continues to shrink, DME.com represents our “Field of Dreams” — A destination to house and showcase beautiful, elegant, & collectible Disney music products. Our genuine hope is that this digital global storefront becomes more than just a place to find and buy amazing Disney music not available anywhere else, but also a robust community of like-minded Disney music fans who want to engage with us in conversation. We are excited to announce that Greg Ehrbar and Randy Thornton will be contributing monthly columns addressing a wide array of topics pertaining to the history of the the Disney Music Catalog.”

The Disney Music Emporium also offers information on the current wave of collectible Compact Discs, The Legacy Collection, including the latest release, Mary Poppins.

The Legacy Collection includes book-bound CDs including extra features beyond the movie soundtrack, accompanied by artwork and behind the scenes footage.

The Legacy Collection includes book-bound CDs including extra features beyond the movie soundtrack, accompanied by artwork and behind the scenes footage.

As for the future of the Emporium, Sourial also gives us this tease:

“Got an idea for a product you wish we would release, DME is the place where you can share these ideas. In fact, we will even be introducing a “kick-starter/Groupon-like” functionality to the site in the near future, that will allow new product ideas to come to life with limited production runs….

…. Over the next 6 months we will have several updates adding more and more content, products and functionality to DME.com.  We look forward to engaging with you, (the fans), to build DME into something really special that honors the continuing legacy of the Disney Music Catalog.”

As a fan of music, Disney in particular, it’s sad to see another physical form becoming more limited in availability. As one that loves cover art and liner notes, it’s hard to sometimes embrace the digital side of things. However, I applaud Walt Disney Records in this venture. With people such as Sourial, Randy Thornton and historian Greg Ehrbar aboard, I look forward to some possibly amazing limited releases in the future as well.

Have any thoughts on this new direction? I’d love to hear them – sound off below!

(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday: Patriotic Evening at The Cinema

Happy mid-week, all! We’d like to welcome you to a new feature here at Confessions: (Nearly) Wordless Wednesday. Every Wednesday, we will be sharing a picture. Whether from the park, from daily life (related to Disney) or possible interesting finds, we plan on sharing, along with a few brief words to accompany the photo. Hope you enjoy!

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Surrounded by patriotic flags and bunting, the cinema is one of America’s classic icons, especially along old Main Street U.S.A

This week is a shot I took on the Fourth of July. My wife and I had decided almost last minute to go down to the parks, since we had no plans, and enjoy the patriotic fireworks. While camping out for our spot on Main Street, I wandered around and took some photos of the buildings. This one really turned out the best of them all, because I feel like if you really didn’t know this was Disneyland, you could almost see it being a film set for something like ‘Hello Dolly!’.

New Disneyland Website Offers New Features

As a self-proclaimed tech-geek, I always love hearing about cool, savvy new things in the tech world. When that is combined with Disney, it’s perfection for me. That said, Disney is rolling out their brand new, redesigned mobile website, with a variety of really great new features, and it doesn’t even require an app download! Erin Glover wrote up her article about all the new offerings on the Disney Parks Blog site:

 

 Have you checked out the new Disneyland.com on your mobile phone? This all-new mobile experience puts your entire Disneyland Resort visit right in the palm of your hand with features like dining reservationsattraction information and – my favorite new features – the new Disney eTicket and even prepaid parking. This complete planning tool is accessible through your device’s web browser; there are no apps to download.     

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Let’s start with planning. The new Disneyland.com mobile site allows you to book hotel rooms, make dining reservations, and purchase park tickets right on your mobile device. You can even add options like transportation and other area attractions. Driving to the Disneyland Resort? You can also purchase pre-paid parking vouchers to make your arrival even easier.

Once your travel dates are selected, you can research park hoursentertainment schedules and even find height requirements and information on your favorite Disneyland Resort attractions.

 

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And here’s the best part. Once your tickets are purchased and you’re ready to begin your Disneyland or Disney California Adventure park visit, you simply scan your Disney eTicket directly from your mobile device right at the park turnstile. No need to print anything or visit the ticket booth!

So get started planning your next Disneyland Resort visit on your mobile device today!

 

 

It’s a great start to offering more information, and park ticketing options online. Plus, it’s always a good thing to save on paper costs and be a bit more ‘green’, too! Now, the next question is, will this be a slow rollout of other features as well? What if there was a way to scan your fast passes on your phone as well? Or reservations for World of Color, too? I suppose time will tell with those potential features, but for now, we can all enjoy this awesome new site Disney’s come out with, and make our stay at the resort a bit easier.

It’s a Jolly Holiday For Mary!

Love this poster. Looks like it’s staring Gene Van Kelly And Cyd Andrews.

Happy Birthday, Mary Poppins! You’ve aged quite gracefully!

Today, Walt Disney’s masterpiece (and this DisNerd’s favorite Disney live action movie) turns 50, and we celebrate all things Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious in honor of its release.

Instead of posting every reason I love this movie (including the Sherman Brothers’ most amazing score), I thought I’d share my absolute favorite part of the movie, then open it up to you, dear readers, to share with the DisNerd community your favorite part as well!

As magical as Mary Poppins is in the movie (in no small part to the amazing performance of Julie Andrews), the defining moment for me comes from a scene where Ms. Poppins is absent. After an incredibly and understandably frazzled Mr. Banks (David Tomlinson) has returned from a career defining (and not in a good way) day at work, after chasing off countless chimney sweeps, and seeing the one person he blames for all of his problems, George Banks is left to reflect on his misfortunes as he sees them while Bert the chimney sweep (Dick Van Dyke) finishes up his job. His utter disappointment in anyone but himself is quite clear, and Bert is all too understanding. Watch the look in his eyes as he hears Mr. Banks pour out his frustrations. He realizes the problem of a man not being able to see past himself, and figures out a way to reverse the tables, allowing George to take a long look at himself. Mary may have come to save the family, but in no small way, it’s Bert who helps to “save Mr. Banks.” There is some true magic in that as well, and this scene and song have helped me to shape my life philosophy, especially when it comes to spending time with my family. I don’t think there will ever be a time when it won’t get to me.

Now it’s your turn, friends! Do you have a favorite scene or song from Mary Poppins? Sound off below – we’d love to hear and discuss! In turn, your pick may be featured on our Facebook page, as we continue to celebrate this motion picture achievement over the next couple days!

Happy birthday, Mary Poppins! No wonder that it’s you (along with Bert, the Banks family, Uncle Albert, Admiral Boom and so many others) that we love!

‘Cool’ New Boutique Coming to Downtown Disney

Being a big brother to a little sister, I’ve got a feeling I’ll be dropping some cash here soon. Recently announced on the Disney Parks’ blog, the current ‘Studio Disney 365′ is getting a re-theme this September to welcome two of Disney’s hottest, and yet at the same time, coolest princesses and their new boutique. From the Disney Parks Blog:

Like Olaf, I’m a big fan of summer. However, like you, I also enjoy experiencing “Frozen” fun all year long. That’s why I’m thrilled to announce the introduction of the newest location to the Downtown Disney District, Elsa & Anna’s Boutique. Currently home to Studio Disney 365, this location will undergo a transformation starting August 25, and will re-open in mid-September. I’ll be back soon with details on the new transformations, inspired by beloved characters like Anna, Elsa and Olaf, as well as details on some of the product offerings that will be available. In the meantime, here’s a look at the art for the logo that will grace this “cool” new location. – See more including information on this as well as Halloweentime transformation offerings here.

Such a neat and retro logo!

Such a neat and retro logo!

 

It’s going to be a great, and more than likely very busy addition to the already bustling Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort. What do you think of Disney’s addition and redesign? Are you planning on taking your little ones to check it out?

D23 Expo Tickets On Sale Today (8/14/14)

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Disney’s premiere event may be a year away, but that doesn’t mean you cant start planning now! Tickets for the bi-annual convention of all things Disney, the D23 Expo go on sale today at 10am PST. Held at the Anaheim Convention Center, next year’s Expo will run from August 14-16 2015, and if anything like past years, will sell out certain days before it starts.

From the D23 website:

“The largest Disney fan event in the world, the D23 Expo celebrates all the wonderful worlds of Disney entertainment, uniting all parts of The Walt Disney Company under one roof, including The Walt Disney Studios (including Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm); Walt Disney Parks and Resorts; Disney Consumer Products; Media Networks (including ABC, Disney Channel, and Radio Disney) and Disney Interactive. D23 Expo 2015 marks the fourth bi-annual event held in Anaheim.

More than 65,000 Disney fans from around the world gathered at the Anaheim Convention Center in 2013 for the third D23 Expo. Once again, the Expo will celebrate the past, present, and future of Disney with live events, celebrity appearances, panels, presentations, sneak peeks, and immersive experiences.”

Ticket prices for next years event are as follows:

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Courtesy D23

*Note: The D23 member prices include the free membership level; however, Gold and Silver (paid memberships) members are given early entrance to the Expo all three days.

As well, for Gold and Silver members willing to spend the extra money, there is also a very limited quantity of Sorcerer’s Package tickets available for $2000 per ticket (limit 2 per member). The package includes:

  • Three-day admission ticket and commemorative Sorcerer credential
  • Reserved seating at all presentations in the main hall, Stage 23, and Stage 28 (must sign up for presentations in advance)
  • Commemorative Sorcerer level access credential
  • Exclusive D23 Expo 2015 Samsonite luggage piece
  • Pre-Expo tour of the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit
  • Special tour of the Walt Disney Imagineering Pavilion
  • Exclusive shopping time in the D23 Expo Dream Store, Disney Store, and Mickey’s of Glendale
  • Tour of the D23 Expo show floor the day before the Expo opens to the public
  • Welcome Reception on Thursday evening
  • Exclusive entrance to the Expo each morning
  • First opportunity to pre-purchase D23 Expo Dream Store select themed merchandise
  • Exclusive D23 Expo gift pack including gifts from D23 and the rest of The Walt Disney Company
  • Saturday morning Meet and Greet Coffee with a special Disney guest
  • “Fond Farewell” reception on final day of Expo
  • Plus, daily access to the Sorcerer Member Lounge
  • Complimentary snacks throughout day (11a.m. – 6 p.m.)
  • Cash Bar (noon – 6 p.m.)
  • Access to purchase food in Lounge
  • Archives exhibit
  • Dedicated Sorcerer Concierge desk
  • Baggage Check area
  • Masseur on site (for pay) (10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.)
  • One voucher for 20­-minute free massage

While event details and schedules have yet to be announced, you can be assured we here at Confessions will keep you up to date as new additions are added. As well, we are planning to attend next year’s Expo to bring coverage to those who cannot make it! So, dear readers and fellow DisNerds… are you excited for the Expo? Planning to attend? Have any tips you’d like to share?

“The Story of Frozen” to Air on ABC in September

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Copyright The Walt Disney Company

 

Ready for more Frozen? Disney has announced a new hourlong special, “The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic,” which is set to air on the ABC network on September 2nd at 8pm.

The special will air interviews with the cast and crew, behind the scenes footage, and possible hints of what’s to come next in the Frozen universe, including a peek at the new season of ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” (In which Anna and Else are prominently featured). Also featured in the special will be a sneak peek of Walt Disney Animation’s latest release, “Big Hero 6.”

Considering the closest we got to a “making of” feature we’ve gotten is a (quite fun and entertaining) musical number on the film’s DVD and Blu-Ray release, are you looking forward to seeing more on the actual making of the film?