Saturday, September 20, 2014

Inside The Mouse Castle 09-19-2014 - Talking Like Pirates, Epcot Food & Wine and Disney Sing-Alongs

Walt Disney's "Treasure Island"
Aye, matey, this be a shot from
Disney's original pirate film, Treasure Island.
Hoist the sails and shiver me timbers!

Anthony and I mark International Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19) by, well, talking like pirates and celebrating the great buccaneers of Disney films from Long John Silver (Robert Newton) to Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). We also look back at the origins of this offbeat piratical observation, tracing it to two guys playing raquetball and humorist Dave Barry. No, really.

We also honor iPhone 6 day (well, I do--Anthony's loyal to Android) and reveal where to find cool Disney covers for you new Apple device online and in the parks.

We also talk about these other fascinating items in the latest episode of Inside The Mouse Castle:
  • The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is going on right now and we cover some of the tasty treats you need to be trying. We also have our suggestions of what wine goes best with Inside The Mouse Castle (hint: it's not wine).
  • The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is January 7-11, 2015 and runDisney is offering a "Goofy Giveback" to allow more runners the opportunity to participate in the marathon and half marathon. Is it a clever promotion or is Disney covering for an event that may not be selling as well as they hoped?
  • On the Marvel front, Dr. Strange will go into film production next spring and may or may not have Joaquin Phoenix playing the title role. Also, TNT has secured the broadcast rights to at least five future Marvel films. And, even though it's Marvel, but has nothing to do with Disney, we're excited about 20th Century Fox's long-awaited Deadpool which may finally become a reality starring (we hope and pray) Ryan Reynolds in 2016.
  • Will Frozen ever run out of steam? From speculation on who will say (or sing) what when Anna and Elsa join Once Upon a Time to a contest where you can sing "Let it Go" to your heart's content, the animation blockbuster still refuses to slow down.
  • Are you a Disneyland APer who wouldn't mind taking part in a more laid back sing-along? You can do just that at special screenings of The Jungle Book and The Lion King at Disney California Adventure. Visit for details.
Sleeping Beauty Castle
Sleeping Beauty Castle
  • Safety regulations are requiring Disneyland to make some repairs and enhancements to the Sleeping Beauty Castle drawbridge that could prevent it from ever raising and lowering again. Is this really a big deal or is Cal/OSHA out to destroy Disney aesthetics?
  • We can't wait to get our hands on the new book Marc Davis: Walt Disney's Renaissance Man. It won't be available to the general public until October 7, 2014, but poke around the parks now and you might be able to find an early copy available for purchase.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Just Let it Go for a Chance to Appear in a Kohl's Commercial

Anna sings "Let it Go" in "Frozen"
Let it go!
If it's always been your ambition to belt out "Let it Go" while appearing in a Kohl's commercial, well now's your chance.

Disney Interactive and Kohl's are inviting Frozen fans to sing the Oscar-winning tune, shoot a video of it and submit it for a chance to appear in a Kohl's holiday commercial airing on ABC during the 2014 Amercian Music Awards on November 23. First prize includes air travel and hotel accommodations for five days and four nights in Los Angeles.

Music and lyrics (and contest rules) are online at You can also enter by downloading the free Disney Applause app for iOS and Android. All entries must be received no later than September 29th, 2014.

'Batman' Meets 'Star Wars' Aboard the Millennium Falcon

So, did you hear the one about the new mashup (literally) between Star Wars and Batman? In this Episode VII video tease from J.J. Abrams, it appears a prime piece of Bat-hardware has gotten itself stuck to the Millennium Falcon. I've got a bad feeling about this.

This is just the latest in a series of silly exchanges Abrams is having with Batman v. Superman director Zack Snyder where Gotham collides with the galaxy far, far away. With Star Wars: Episode VII not opening until December 2015 and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice following four months later, you know this is only going to get better. Light speed, gentlemen!