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Disneyland’s Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree Adds “Character” and More in News Briefs for February 4

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Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree Adds Character Roundup
Disneyland Resort invites Guests to visit with some of their favorite Disney Characters every Friday through Sunday at the new Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree Character Roundup in Frontierland. Learn rope tricks, dance to the sounds of a live piano, and meet some of the famous Disneyland Resort horses.

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Frozen‘s Josh Gad Surprises Audience at Sing-A-Long Screening
Frozen audiences were invited to join the act–literally–this past weekend as more than 2000 theaters nationwide introduced an all-new sing-a-long version of Disney’s Oscar®-nominated, Golden Globe®-winning big-screen adventure. Josh Gad, who voices the character Olaf, surprised audiences at the Sing-A-Long Screening this Sunday at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood.

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Super Bowl XLVIII MVP Malcolm Smith “Goes to Disney World”
The victory atmosphere moved south from New Jersey to Walt Disney World Resort Monday where Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith celebrated his team’s stunning Super Bowl XLVIII championship win as thousands of fans lined Main Street, U.S.A. Just hours after his title win against the Denver Broncos, Smith was riding high atop a convertible smiling and waving to guests at Walt Disney World Resort. Flashing lights, a whirlwind of fluttering confetti, balloons and Mickey Mouse himself accompanied the Super Bowl MVP down the famous street at the Magic Kingdom. It was a remarkable dream come true for Smith, who went from being the last player the Seahawks drafted in 2011 (No. 242 overall) to the hero of the Super Bowl. In the frenzied moments following his team capturing the National Football League championship Sunday night in New Jersey, Smith stood in front of a TV camera and shouted five words that have become an almost iconic reaction to milestone achievement: “I’m going to Disney World!”

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The Jungle Book Swings onto Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on February 11, 2014
Now for the first time ever on Blu-ray with glorious digital high definition, Disney’s Jumpin’ Jungle Classic has never looked so lush or sounded so good! Beloved characters, swinging music and new behind-the-scenes bonus features make this Diamond Edition Blu-ray a must-have for every family’s classic collection.

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THOR: The Dark World Released on 3D and HD Digital
Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. To defeat an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor sets upon his most dangerous and personal journey yet, forced into an alliance with the treacherous Loki to save not only his people and those he loves… but our universe itself.

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Frozen Tops Annie Awards
Disney’s “Frozen” took five honors at the annual Annie Awards this weekend, including best animated feature and directing, music, production design, and voice acting in an animated feature. Pixar’s Monsters University earned two awards for editorial and storyboarding in an animated feature, while Disney’s Get A Horse won best animated short subject.

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Muppets Most Wanted Super Bowl Ad
“Muppets Most Wanted” debuted a new trailer and the Muppets were also featured in a special Toyota integration including a Big Game ad that debuted last week. The film opens March 21.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Super Bowl Ad
A tease for the all-new Captain America: The Winter Soldier aired in the pre-game show in an unprecedented cross-platform partnership with Fox and Marvel. Fox broadcaster Joe Buck introduced the special look to the Big Game spot, which directed viewers to FoxSports.com for a complete Captain America takeover and the brand new full-length trailer.

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Singer Natasha Bedingfield Takes Flight With The Pirate Fairy
Disneytoon Studios’ new adventure The Pirate Fairy features Zarina, a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy whose wild ideas get her into trouble. And according to filmmakers, a fairy with such an outgoing personality called for a very special musical accompaniment. “We are lucky enough to have award-winning Natasha Bedingfield serve as the inner voice of Zarina through her songs,” says Peggy Holmes, director of The Pirate Fairy. “Zarina is a little offbeat and contemporary and these songs showcase her personality so well. We used one of Natasha’s songs, ‘Weightless,’ as a temp track and fell in love with it—so much so, we decided to use it in the final film. We felt Natasha’s voice so perfectly spoke to Zarina’s character, we asked her to also perform our original song ‘Who I Am,’ which was written for The Pirate Fairy.” Bedingfield was equally thrilled to join the production. “Being part of The Pirate Fairy was fantastic,” Bedingfield says. “I like pirates and I really love fairies, so I could think of nothing better than working on a song for the movie that brings these things together. It really has everything I love in it.” “Who I Am” (written by Adam Watts and Andy Dodd and produced by Watts, Dodd, and Bedingfield) “Weightless” (Less Is More Version; written by Bedingfield, Stephen Kipner, Wayne Wilkins, and Andre Merritt)

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Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood
At last year’s D23 Expo, we gave you a peek into the stop-motion world of Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story, and now you can be the first to see the short film in its entirety on the big screen at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood just in time for Valentine’s Day. From February 14–20, Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story will play for a limited run at the theatre following each showtime of the classic Disney animated film, Lady and the Tramp. And if you can’t wait until Valentine’s Day, you can catch Blank from February 3–5 after the 4 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Frozen Sing-A-Long screenings. Surprise the Blank or Bow in your life with tickets by visiting http://elcapitan.go.com/, calling 1-800-DISNEY6, or going to the El Capitan Theatre box office at 6838 Hollywood Blvd. Daily showtimes are at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., and 7:15 p.m.

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Disney Infinity‘s Rapunzel Saves the Day Sweepstakes
Rapunzel is letting down her long hair and using her frying pan to save the day in Disney Infinity! Disney Interactive is giving away Disney Infinity‘s first princess in the Rapunzel Saves the Day Sweepstakes. For the entire month of February, fans can enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win a grand prize of a videogame console, Disney Infinity Starter Pack and Rapunzel character figure. A different game system will be given away each week! No Purchase Necessary. Entry/Rules: princess.disney.com/rapunzel-saves-the-day-sweepstakes

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Happy Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure Park
Since 2014 is the Year of the Horse, it’s only fitting that one of Circle D Ranch’s own steeds, Finn, was featured in the procession of performers through Paradise Gardens at Disney California Adventure park for the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration. In addition, guests who visited the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration saw a variety of performers as well as Disney characters.

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Spice Road Table Now Open in Morocco Pavilion at Epcot World Showcase
Spice Road Table is now open in Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort, offering a variety of Moroccan small plates and specialty drinks. Regional flavors from the Mediterranean are highlighted, along with a scenic view of the World Showcase lagoon in front of the Morocco pavilion. Perfect for “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” viewing or relaxing with a selection of Moroccan flavors and cocktails along World Showcase Lagoon, Spice Road Table is a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds, say the restaurant’s designers. There’s an array of small plates: zesty harissa chicken drumettes; a Mediterranean omelet with sausage, potatoes and caramelized onion; mussels with preserved lemons and tomato sauce baked in an earthenware tagine pot; Moroccan merguez sausage with a fresh tomato salad; garlicky jumbo shrimp in a spicy chile pepper sauce. Inspired by the outdoor cafes along the Mediterranean, the whitewashed façade of Spice Road Table is accented in icy shades of blue from the famous “Blue City” of Chefchaouen in Morocco’s Rif Mountains. A collection of shops in the colorful style of a Moroccan “souk,” or marketplace, stretches along the front of the building – a henna tattoo artist will create temporary body art from traditional and modern designs.

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