If you’re like us, your workweek is a crazy busy one, full of dashing to and fro (hither and yon), and you end up missing out on things that you really should be enjoying. So we thought we would start recapping things that you could have (possibly) missed throughout the week. Without further ado, here’s our first entry in the Things You Might Have Missed.
The First Six Minutes of Descendants
Tonight is the world premiere of Disney’s Descendants, a charming and fun Disney Channel original movie that takes place in a world where various villains (including Maleficent, Jafar, Cruella de Vil, and the Evil Queen) have spawned equally rotten children. These children are given the chance to go to school with the more goodly inhabitants of this fairy tale realm, and as you can imagine, complications ensue. It’s got a great spirit and the young actors (Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart, and Sofia Carson) do a terrific job at playing the conflicted youth. Kenny Ortega, who directed the three High School Musical films (as well as Newsies and Hocus Pocus), energetically stages the musical numbers and is great at tipping his hat to past Disney classics. And you can watch the first six minutes now (try getting this song out of your head).
Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters Comes to Disney California Adventure
If you’ve been to Cars Land at Disney California Adventure recently, you’ve noticed that the former site of Luigi’s Flying Tires (which opened with the rest of the land in June of 2012) has been under construction. There’s new magic being revved up behind those walls. And thanks to the official Parks Blog, we now have a better idea of what’s in store come early 2016. The new ride will be called Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters and features a storyline involving Luigi, the most famous tire salesman in Cars Land, returning from a vacation in Italy with some special guests. As the Parks Blog states: “Luigi has invited all of his cugini (cousins) from his hometown of Carsoli, Italy, to visit his Casa della Tires. To help celebrate Race Day in Radiator Springs, they will demonstrate the dances of their village with Cars Land guests.” Um, yes please. The car in the image above is actually a photo of the new ride vehicle, which is pretty exciting too. We can’t wait to take a spin on Cars Land’s newest ride, in early 2016.
The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki Is Coming
Chances are that if you love animation, you love the work of filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. The filmmaker has a gorgeous style and a unique point of view, finding magic in the ordinary and the emotion in fantasy. If Terrence Malick made cartoons, he’d be Hayao Miyazaki. And his lyrical, gently surreal animated features have been hugely influential on Disney and Disney•Pixar artists. At John Lasseter’s urging, Disney has released a number of films by Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli animation studio. So the just-announced Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki box set, an Amazon exclusive being released on November 17, has us over the moon. The 12-disc collection includes all 11 of Miyazaki’s feature-length masterpieces (including My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away and The Wind Rises) as well as rare extras like Yuki no Taiyo, a 1972 TV pilot directed by Miyazaki and Akado Suzunosuke, three episodes of an anime series storyboarded by Miyazaki. Maybe most devastatingly, it also has the entire, uncut press conference where Miyazaki announced that he would be retiring from filmmaking. Sob.
Tangled As Told By Emoji
If you loved the oh-so-adorable Frozen as Told by Emoji video, get ready, because Tangled is getting the same treatment and the results are just-as-adorable. Experience the tale of Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, and the burly patrons of the Snuggly Duckling, in easily text-able form. It’s a riot.
Food and Wine and Not-So-Scary Tickets Available Now
Two huge events make Walt Disney World even more magical every fall, and they are the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Presented by Chase (September 25 – November 16), and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (select nights from September 15 – November 1). Tickets are now on sale for the premium events at Food and Wine (you only need a ticket to EPCOT to participate in the festival and the amazing Eat to the Beat concert series) and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween. You can also buy your tickets for the West Coast version of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween, at Disneyland. So go get your tickets and you too can eat, drink and be (not-so) scary.
Inside Out Thought Bubbles
If you aren’t already playing the Inside Out Thought Bubbles mobile game (available now on Android and iOS devices), then you really should. This highly addictive bubble-popping game is a total hoot and is wonderfully themed around the Disney•Pixar film that we can’t stop thinking about. As you progress through the game, you’ll get additional custom animations that could have been right out of the movie, with different levels themed around the different emotions (and different parts of the mind). There are even Easter eggs for keen-eyed gamers, because, hey, what’s a Disney•Pixar product without Easter eggs?
Did we skip a Disney event that made your week? Tell us in the comments.