“Tamron Hall” Guest List: VanVan and Heiress Harris, Tina Campbell and More to Appear Week of May 27th

This week Tamron Hall welcomes a number of special guests including actors and reality stars. Together they’ll discuss major life events, current projects, and so much more. What’s Happening: Tamron Hall brings a refreshing, relatable and unstoppable voice to the daytime community – talking to the people you are talking about. From the deeply personal to […]

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“Live with Kelly and Mark” Guest List: Ron Howard, Jonathan Groff and More to Appear Week of May 27th

Live with Kelly and Mark has announced their special guests for the week of May 27th. Among the guests joining for a virtual or on location appearance are iconic actors and lifestyle experts. What’s Happening: Every day millions of Americans tune in to ABC’s nationally syndicated, long running morning talk show Live with Kelly and Mark for […]

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“GMA3” Guest List: Leslie Odom Jr., Sarah Paiji Yoo and More to Appear Week of May 27th

GMA3: What You Need to Know has announced their guest list for the week of May 27th-31st. Among those joining for a virtual or in-person visit are chefs, doctors, public figures and more who will discuss current projects, and some of the popular topics facing our nation. What’s Happening: Every afternoon, ABC’s news program, GMA3: What You […]

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“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Guest List: Maya Rudolph, Ke Huy Quan and More to Appear Week of May 27th

This week Jimmy Kimmel Live! will welcome a number of special guests including actors and musical guests who will discuss current projects, business successes, and perform their latest hits. What’s Happening: Every weeknight, comedian Jimmy Kimmel entertains audiences across the nation with his wit and fun take on the world at large. The show features a […]

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“The View” Guest List: Brittney Griner, Cast of “Ezra” and More to Appear Week of May 27th

Next week, The View will welcome special guests to the daily talk show including politicians and authors who will discuss their current and upcoming projects and topics relevant in today’s world. What’s Happening: The View is the place to go for daily conversation about hot button issues including politics, arts and entertainment, business and more. Each day, […]

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FULL SHOW VIDEO: Fantasmic! Returns to Disneyland 1 Year After Dragon Fire With New Finale

“Fantasmic!” resumed performances at Disneyland Park one year after a sudden pause due to a fire that destroyed the show’s Maleficent dragon figure.

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“Fantasmic!” is mostly the same as it was prior to the April 2023 fire but there are two major changes, which Disney previously announced. The “Peter Pan” sequence using the Sailing Ship Columbia was restored. In 2016, the “Peter Pan” section was replaced with a Pirates of the Caribbean sequence.

At the end of the show, Mickey still battles Maleficent. However, she stays in her humanoid form instead of transforming into a dragon. Maleficent is lifted 35 feet into the air by a rising tower, putting her approximately at the same height as her dragon figure.

The exit music that plays after the show is the original from 1992.

Watch our video of the updated “Fantasmic!” at Disneyland below.

“Fantasmic!” History

“Fantasmic!” debuted at Disneyland Park on May 13, 1992. Another version opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida on October 15, 1998. A third version ran at Tokyo DisneySea from April 28, 2011, to February 29, 2020.

During the climactic sequence of “Fantasmic!” at Disneyland on April 22, 2023, the Maleficent dragon burst into flames. The dragon already tended to break down, leading to fans aptly naming it “Murphy” after Murphy’s Law: “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”

Murphy was destroyed by the fire and six Cast Members were treated for smoke inhalation. The show was temporarily suspended as were similar fire effects at Disney Parks worldwide. Disney ultimately announced the show would not return until spring 2024 and that Maleficent would not appear in her dragon form.

Disneyland replaced “Fantasmic!” with temporary entertainment on Rivers of America, including “The Heartbeat of New Orleans — A Living Mural.” In November 2023, they announced the return date for “Fantasmic!” In April 2024, they released “Fantasmic!” showtimes. Earlier this month, reservations opened for “Fantasmic!” dining packages. Days before “Fantasmic!” returned, Disney shared a few clips and photos of the updated show.

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Central Florida Tourism Oversight District Considering Investment in Walt Disney World Roads & More: Daily Recap (5/24/24)

A new sign has been added to The Cake Bake Shop, the droid, Bard, has joined Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for “Fire of the Rising Moons,” an above-normal hurricane season is predicted — all this and more in today’s daily recap for Friday, May 24, 2024.

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Disney Springs

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  • In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, there is a new mural by Emily Ding at the Disney Springs Art Walk.

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  • Work on the Doubloon Lagoon pool, the Aquatic Play Area, and the Mardi Grogs pool bar at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter has completed, and they have reopened.
  • We tried the new espresso croissant available at available at Riverside Mill Food Court and Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort and Intermission Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort.

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Massive Animal Kingdom Overhaul Starting, Fantasmic! is Back!

That’s it for today; we hope you enjoyed this Daily Recap. Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you tomorrow!

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Photos / Video: “Disney Dreams That Soar” Drone Show Debuts at Disney Springs

Drones have finally returned to the skies over Walt Disney World with tonight’s official debut of “Disney Dreams That Soar” at Disney Springs. Let’s take a look at the first official performance of the brand-new show. What’s Happening: “Disney Dreams That Soar” presented by AT&T is an all-new drone show that will continue to light up […]

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‘Embrace the Change’ – Disney CEO Bob Iger Advises People Look on the Bright Side of AI

The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger says people should “embrace” new technologies like controversial artificial intelligence (AI).

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Iger discussed new and changing technologies with Canva co-founder Melanie Perkins on Thursday morning at the Canva Create showcase. Iger is an investor and board member of the graphic design platform.

He praised Canva for incorporating generative AI tools and other cutting-edge technologies.

Walt Disney himself was a big believer in using technology in the early days to tell better stories. And he thought that technology in the hands of a great storyteller was unbelievably powerful.

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Iger said the current anxiety about AI replacing human labor is the wrong perspective.

“Don’t fixate on its ability to be disruptive — fixate on [tech’s] ability to make us better and tell better stories,” Iger said. “Not only better stories, but to reach more people.”

AI was a major issue discussed during last year’s WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Writers and actors demanded safety from being replaced by the technology and their writing/voices/images being used in AI without their consent.

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Disney created an AI task force to evaluate future uses of the technology. Last summer, Disney and Marvel’s “Secret Invasion” caught flak for its AI-generated opening sequence.

At Canva Create, Iger said there is no option but to figure out how to make AI work to enhance movies, TV shows, music, and other content.

“You’re never going to get in the way of it,” he said. “There isn’t a generation of human beings that has ever been able to stand the way of technological advancement. What we try to do is embrace the change that technology has created, and use it as the wind behind our backs instead of wind in our faces.”

Bob Iger told Perkins to stay true to the company’s core ideals of simplifying tech tools and building architecture that helps power creativity. He pointed to Disney and Coca-Cola as examples of companies that were popular in the 1920s and still have recognizable brands.

“There’s this belief sometimes that adjusting your values is necessary to adjust to the world that has changed,” he said, noting he doesn’t subscribe to that. “Think about what Canva is today and the business you have today because of the values that were imbued in the brand and the company culture years ago. That value creation should be ongoing. Abandoning those core values that got you where you are is what, in my opinion, results in the extinction of brands and companies.”

Source: Variety

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