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News Briefs: October 29, 2013

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Jungle Cruise Goes “Jingle Cruise” for the Holidays at Disneyland and Magic Kingdom
Beginning in early November, Jungle Cruise at both Disneyland Park and Magic Kingdom Park will temporarily transform into “Jingle Cruise” for the holiday season. In this new seasonal storyline of the attraction, the Skippers have grown homesick for the holidays, so they’ve added holiday cheer to the Jungle Cruise queue and boathouse with decorations that have been mailed to them from home (plus a few they’ve created themselves). The Skippers have also added a slew of new jokes to their tours that are the perfect way to get guests in the holiday spirit. Additionally, Jungle Cruise boats have been renamed with the holidays in mind, and if guests listen carefully, they may hear a holiday-themed radio broadcast playing in the background.

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The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Grand Open
Disney Vacation Club welcomes its 12th resort to its portfolio of vacation destinations with the opening of The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, located within walking distance of a monorail ride to Magic Kingdom Park. The resort—reminiscent of the golden age of a bygone Victorian era—resides alongside the picturesque shores of Seven Seas Lagoon, steps away from the myriad world-class dining and recreation offerings available at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the flagship Walt Disney World resort experience.

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Guests Can Now Meet and Chat with Mickey Mouse at Magic Kingdom
Announced by the Disney Parks Blog on October 21, when Magic Kingdom guests visit Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater he’ll have a little extra magic in store. Sporting a new magicians look, Mickey Mouse now speaks with guests before helping them create even more memories with photos, autographs and hugs. While this opportunity to have conversations with Mickey Mouse is unique to Town Square Theater, it joins other interactive experiences across Walt Disney World Resort including Turtle Talk with Crush and the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor.

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New Winter Soldier Trailer
The new trailer for Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier premiered last week along with a brand-new poster for the film. Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier. The film releases in theaters on April 4, 2014.

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Master Filmmaking Team Announced for Star Wars: Episode VII
It was announced last Thursday on StarWars.com that Lawrence Kasdan and director J.J. Abrams have assumed screenwriting duties for Episode VII, which is currently in preproduction. Kasdan, who has been serving as a consultant on the film, is a veteran of several classic Lucasfilm productions, writing the screenplay for Raiders of the Lost Ark and serving as co-screenwriter for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Acclaimed director and screenwriter Abrams’ credits include Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Fringe, and Lost. Shooting is scheduled to begin Spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios for an expected 2015 release.

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Disney Classics Box Set Released
Walt Disney Records recaptures favorite Disney musical memories in a four-volume collection. Available at digital and physical retail on November 12, the box set features 94 original recordings from Disney and Disney-Pixar movies, television shows and theme parks celebrating nearly 90 years of Disney musical magic. The all-new “Disney Classics Medley” (featuring songs from The Lion King, Aladdin, Pocahontas,” The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast), performed by YouTube a capella sensations Alex G and Peter Hollens, will be available as a free download when the box set is pre-ordered at iTunes and Amazon.

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Marvel Announces Creativity Studio Stylus and App for iPad
Last week, Disney Consumer Products and Marvel Entertainment announced the launch of the Marvel Creativity Studio Stylus and App, created by eKids, exclusively for iPad. The app delivers a creative space for kids to learn to draw, color and animate their favorite Marvel Super Heroes and villains from Avengers Assemble, The Ultimate Spider-Man, and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., while the stylus adds special and enhanced play value.

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Bring Watson on the Go with Disney Words of Wonder for Mobile
Words of Wonder, the exciting Facebook game where players match letters, complete words and overcome a variety of challenges, is now available on mobile devices! Journey to a storybook universe with the trusted owl guide, Watson, and use the power of words to break a curse and bring color back to the storybook world. In over 70 levels of fun-filled word scrabbling, players can unlock new power-ups and gameplay advantages that will help them crush their high score! Continue the fun and puzzling gameplay of Words of Wonder online by connecting and syncing to Facebook. Enter Words of Wonder by downloading the game here at for iOS and soon Android devices!

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