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Watch: Time-Lapse Video Shows Construction of Disneyland Park in One Minute...

Despite all the Disney coverage I post here on this site... and all of the trips to Los Angeles, it often surprises people when I reveal that I've never been to Disneyland. In fact, I've only visited Disney World and Epcot Center once - and that was back in 1988. One day, though - when my girls are a tad older, I will take them to these places, and I'll be just as excited as they are when we finally get to visit Disneyland as a family for the very first time. For now, there's a new bit of history that's arrived as part of the #Disneyland60 celebration that shows the construction of the park in just one minute thanks to some time-lapse video. Check it out below...

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Lucasfilm's STRANGE MAGIC comes home this May...

When Lucasfilm released STRANGE MAGIC (via Disney/Touchstone) this past January, it didn't exactly set the box office on fire, which on one hand is surprising given it's "from the mind of" STAR WARS creator George Lucas, but on the other is to be expected of a movie that seemingly came from out of nowhere. While audiences have not yet discovered the musical fairy tale, that could change on May 19th when Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment brings the film home on DVD and Digital HD. Yes, you read that correctly... as of now, no Blu-ray has been announced.

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Review - SOFIA THE FIRST: THE CURSE OF PRINCESS IVY

Don't let jealousy consume you. Don't lie. Don't steal. Again, don't let jealousy consume you... in fact, don't be jealous of others at all. That's how I would interpret the lessons taught in SOFIA THE FIRST: THE CURSE OF PRINCESS IVY, the latest adventure from Enchancia to make it's way home on DVD. Included along with the hour-long special are three additional episodes of the Disney Junior hit - with "The Amulet of Avalor," "Princess Butterfly" and "The Emerald Key" each adding to the value of the disc. Having already had THE CURSE OF PRINCESS IVY stored on the DVR for a few months, my girls were already well-versed in her sinister intentions long before the DVD arrived here at Rock Father HQ, but a physical copy has already proven to be an invaluable addition to our SOFIA THE FIRST library.

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STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE and STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII get dates and details...

When it comes to STAR WARS, there was huge news this morning out of the Disney Annual Meeting of Shareholders led by Bob Iger. As posted on STARWARS.comROGUE ONE has been revealed as the title for the first "standalone" STAR WARS adventure that moves beyond the core STAR WARS Saga. Filming begins this summer under the direction of Gareth Edwards (MONSTERS, GODZILLA) from a screenplay by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz (CINDERELLA, ABOUT A BOY, ANTZ). The first actress to be announced for the cast is Academy Award-nominee Felicity Jones (THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING) The idea for the story of ROGUE ONE came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic. He will executive produce along with Simon Emanuel (The Dark Knight RisesFast & Furious 6) and Jason McGatlin (TintinWar of the Worlds). Kathleen Kennedy and Tony To (Band of BrothersThe Pacific) are on board to produce and John Swartz (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will co-produce. The film is slated for release on December 16, 2016.

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FROZEN FEVER is Just the Tip of the Iceberg... FROZEN 2 is Happening!

The first official follow-up to Disney's FROZEN arrives in theaters this weekend as FROZEN FEVER plays opener to the live-action CINDERELLA. While kids like my own have been repeatedly tantalized by a 40-second trailer, the 10-minute short film is just an appetizer - FROZEN 2 is officially official.  The announcement was made this morning at Disney’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders by Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company; John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios; and actor Josh Gad, who provides the voice of Olaf.

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JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS to offer up more than 20 STAR WARS Book Titles (Pre-orders live)!

And here I thought I had no time before...

Yesterday, Disney Publishing Worldwide and Lucasfilm announced JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, a hugely ambitious publishing program that will bring forth more than 20 new titles in print and digital, "and will feature new narrative stories for middle grade and young adults as well as comics, illustrated reference, Look and Find, and sticker book formats. Stories are set to star characters old and new, and retell classic STAR WARS tales from new perspectives."

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STAR WARS REBELS Darth Vader and Ahsoka Tano Figures on the way...

When the Season One finale of STAR WARS REBELS - Fire Across the Galaxy aired Monday night, fans were treated to some big surprises. When we got to view it on the DVR at lunchtime on Tuesday, one thing was very clear - my little girls were quite pleased to see "another girl Jedi" saving the day. Having missed much of THE CLONE WARS (we'll catch up), they weren't familiar with Ahsoka Tano (voiced by Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein), and that doesn't matter. What does matter is that there's now a trio of powerful girls at the forefront of STAR WARS REBELS, with Sabine Wren, Hera Syndulla and Ahsoka fighting the good fight. While we're still on the hunt for the elusive Sabine/Stormtrooper Mission Series two-pack, Hera is shipping soon packed with a "Stormtrooper Commander" (who we used to call a "Sandtrooper" back in the day), and now Ahsoka will be joining the 5POA (five points of articulation) action this fall. But she's not alone. In fact, she'll be packed with her former Master, the one who used to be called Anakin Skywalker before fully turning to the Dark Side and becoming Darth Vader...

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Strange Sounds: The Music of TINKER BELL AND THE LEGEND OF THE NEVERBEAST...

Since the release of TINKER BELL back in 2008, music has played an important, and increasingly prominent role in the Tinker Bell/Disney Fairies series of films. While none can be considered a true "musical," like the JAMES BOND series, each of the seven films has featured at least one prominent theme song, with artists such as Natasha Bedingfield, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and Zendaya stepping up to contribute. For the latest film, TINKER BELL AND THE LEGEND OF THE NEVERBEAST, KT Tunstall contributes not only the film's opening theme ("Float"), but also  two other songs - "Strange Sight," and "1000 Years." For the latter, Tunstall pairs with Bleu, whose stamp is all over NEVERBEAST in the unique position of "featured instrumentalist" throughout Joel McNeely's well-thought cinematic score. For my final piece of in-depth coverage on the latest effort from DisneyToon Studios, I joined a group of writers for a musical workshop with Bleu and Music Supervisor Brett Swain inside a screening room at DisneyToon Studios in Glendale, California.

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The 3rd Trailer for MARVEL's AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON has Arrived...

On May 1, MARVEL Studios and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures will unleash AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON onto screens in theaters everywhere (Buy Tickets now via Fandango), and today fans helped to "unlock Ultron" by tweeting to reveal the third full trailer for the latest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The new trailer can be seen below, so check it out and share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Review: TINKER BELL AND THE LEGEND OF THE NEVERBEAST (Blu-ray)

If you'd have asked me six years ago what my knowledge of the Disney Fairies was, I would've said "zero." Fast-forward to 2015, and two daughters and a rekindled Disney love later, I'd say "Tinker Bell, Silvermist, Iridessa, Zarina, Queen Clarion, Periwinkle, Fawn, Fairy Mary, Fairy Gary - who do you want to know about?" Truth is, I've seen all of the Disney Fairies movies now, and not just in a casual manner, either. I like them a lot, and they've gotten increasingly better over the years, moving far beyond some simple stories set in the world of Pixie Hollow long before the timeline explored in the 1953 classic, PETER PAN.  Last year, I found myself in a screening room at DisneyToon Studios to catch an advance screening of 2014's THE PIRATE FAIRY (coverage here), and this year I was fortunate enough to be invited back to check out TINKER BELL AND THE LEGEND OF THE NEVERBEAST, filmmaker Steve Loter's follow-up, which was actually 4 ½ years in-the-making. In the past, I've often given my wife a hard time about crying during movies... but... NEVERBEAST got me misty-eyed. It's a touching story, and one that continues the tradition of "getting better."

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