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Disney News Round-up: Happily Ever After Debuts May 12, ‘Cars 3’ Preview, and More

Happy Monday! We're starting the week off with a few news tidbits including an extended sneak preview for the new Disney/Pixar film Cars 3 and the debut of the Magic Kingdom's new nighttime spectacular.

Disney and Pixar Win Big at the Annie Awards

The Walt Disney Studios and Pixar were the big winners at this year's International Animated Film Society's Annie Awards. Overall, Disney and its related companies picked up 17 Annie Awards. The Annie is the animation industry's equivalent of an Academy Award.

The Magic of Disney Animation at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Closing this Month

You can add The Magic of Disney Animation to the growing list of extinct attractions at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The attraction, which has been at the park since 1989, is set to close forever on July 12 to make way for a new guest experience.

John Lasseter Says Pixar and Disney are Working to Tell Stories with Diverse Characters

Disney/Pixar's newest animated feature Inside Out arrives in movie theaters next month and during a recent press junket studio chief John Lasseter said the animation studio is working hard to create stories about more diverse characters.

Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Named Best Animated Featured at 41st Annual Annie Awards

Earlier this month Disney's animated hit film Frozen took top honors at the 41st Annual Annie Awards when it was named Best Animated Feature.

The Annie Awards honor excellence and individual achievement in 30 categories including best feature, production, design, character animation, effects animation, writing, music, storyboarding, editing, and voice acting.

The awards are often considered a predictor for which film will win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Hand Drawn Animators Included in Layoffs at The Walt Disney Company

During the past couple of weeks reports began surfacing about impending staff cuts at The Walt Disney Company, and by the end of the week the cuts became official as nine veteran animators from the hand drawn animation team were let go.

Tom Bancroft, a former Disney animator, tweeted out the names of the animators from his personal account on April 11. Several online sites also listed the names. The veteran hand drawn artists who lost their jobs are: Nik Ranieri, Ruben Aquino, Frans Vischer, Russ Edmonds, Brian Ferguson, Jamie Lopez and Dan Tanaka.

"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" To Mark 75 Years With Showing at New York Film Festival

"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" will be marking its 75th anniversary with a "state-of-the-art digital presentation" at this year's New York Film Festival. The beloved Disney animated film is set to light up the big screen on Saturday, September 29 at the Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.

Those lucky enough to attend the festival's screening of the Disney classic will also be treated to a sneak peek of the newest Disney animated short, "Paperman."

'Poster Art of the Disney Parks' Book Coming to Disney Parks Soon

It's a book that's been four years in the making, and now it's almost ready to make its debut in Disney Parks Stores. "Poster Art of the Disney Parks," the creation of Disney Imagineers Vanessa Hunt and Danny Handke, showcases posters utilized by Disney to convey the essence of its theme parks and attractions.

The book includes over 300 posters and concepts, including some "never before seen" prints and almost all of the original 1950's Disneyland posters. Says author and Imagineer Hunt about her book:

Disney's Art of Animation Resort Opening First Phase in May

It's good news for Disney Resort enthusiasts! Earlier this week, Disney Imagineers made the announcement that the newest resort, Disney's Art of Animation, is expected to open in phases beginning May 31, 2012.

Tour Walt Disney Studios and Archives With D23 This Summer

D23, the official Disney fan club, has a nice opportunity for members this summer. On Saturday July 23, they are hosting a special tour for D23 members of Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Archives located in Burbank, California.

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Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Toy Story and Star Wars aren't the only franchises at in Disney's Hollywood Studios that are getting a lot of love right now. This weekend at the D23 Expo it was announces that Mickey Mouse, and his best girl Minnie are getting a brand new attraction all their own. Get ready for a new dimensional experience on Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway.

Exciting New Additions Coming To Walt Disney World

There was a ton of exciting news that came out of the D23 Expo as Bob Chapeck hosted the Disney Parks & Resorts Panel today. While the press releases haven't yet hit the streets, I'm going to give you a quick recap of the news, before digging into the details in coming days. Just like our speculation post, we'll break it down by Park Let's Go!

The First Trailer Is Out For Disney's The Jungle Book 2016

Disney's Motion Pictures machine is on the ball again turning one of its beloved animated classics into a brand new, star studded, live action blockbuster. The latest familiar childhood tale to get a make-over of epic proportions is The Jungle Book, based on Rudyard Kipling's timeless stories and inspired by Disney's classic animated film, about the unique adventures of Mowgli the man-cub.

Disney•Pixar’s New Film “Inside Out” Opens This Weekend

Are you looking for something fun to do with the family this weekend? A fun romp for kids of all ages is set to hit the theaters. Disney*Pixar's brand new film "Inside Out" ventures inside the mind where we find some very distinct emotions hard at work. Deep in Headquarters, five Emotions control our reactions to the world around us, and this story takes us to into the world of 11-year-old Riley just after her family has relocated to a new city.

14 Insider Tips for Touring Disney's Hollywood Studios

There have been a lot of closures happening and a lot of rumors swirling around Disney's Hollywood Studios Theme Park over the past year, but that shouldn't keep you from making the most of a fun day! This Park was built on the magic of movies and old Hollywood glamour, it's the perfect place to indulge your secret longings to be a Jedi, your love for classic animation. We've got 14 insider tips to make your day a perfect take.

Disney Fairy Tale Weddings Introduces Cake Mapping Technology

Disney has always been known for it's innovative design and unique product offerings, and whether you're planning a vacation for one, or a wedding attended by one thousand Disney can make your dreams come true. Last week Disney's Fairytale Weddings Expo they debuted a fantastical new product that's been in the works for quite some time. It's called cake mapping, and it's a new way to make your wedding cake come alive.

The Story of Dinosaur Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

If you have ever wondered why there is a large, green dinosaur at the edge of Echo Lake at Disney's Hollywood Studios, we have the inside scoop.

The dinosaur's name is Gertie and while it's a great place to find soft serve ice cream and other snacks at the park, there's also historical significance attached to Gertie.

5 Things We Love About Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Disney's newest Resort Hotel is a fun romp through the world of animation. The wildly popular Disney's Art of Animation Resort at Walt Disney World opened up in May 2012 and has been already gained a following of dedicated fans. Here are five reasons that we think this could be the hotel for you.

Explore Days Gone By On Tom Sawyer Island

Sitting across the Rivers of America lies what could be one of the most overlooked attractions in the Magic Kingdom, Tom Sawyer Island. It opened in 1973 and has stood the test of time. To get there, guests must take one of four a jaunty rafts named Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher, Injun Joe, or Huck Finn. They run from a dock nestled on the riverbank in Frontierland across to the island where on Tom's Landing the ageless adventure begins.

Learn About Conservation with the Cast of ‘The Lion King’ at ‘The Circle of Life’

If you find yourself with an extra 20 minutes or so to spare before your Soarin' FastPass can be turned in, take a short walk upstairs to the Harvest Theater in The Land Pavilion and catch a showing of The Circle of Life.