Disney Fan Art — Hook, The World’s Most Famous Crook

Time for another great bit of Disney fan art. This time round it's Captain Hook who's getting the treatment. To be honest I've never really looked on him as a crook precisely, though he is clearly a villain. But that's just me and its beside the point. This artwork by ReddyArts gives us Captain Hook in a real swashbuckling pose and with a downright evil look on his face. Source: Deviantart - The World's Most Famous Crook

Do You Want To Build A LEGO Snowman?

So... Frozen. It's a movie. You may have heard of it. Disney... musical? Nothing? Well for the sake of the three people who have managed to completely culturally isolate themselves let me explain that there's a snowman in it by the name of Olaf. And if you'd like to be able to build that LEGO snowman... well perhaps you ought to pop on over to LEGO Ideas and support this particular project. Support incidentally doesn't mean put any money down, just "sign" your name to it and answer a couple of questions. I think Joe Meno and Glenbricker have done  great job of capturing Olaf's likeness with this build. And the fact …Read more  »

Looking At The Design And Technology Of The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

So today is the day that The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train officially opens in the Magic Kingdom. A cause for great excitement amongst Disney Theme Park fans and marking the final completion of the New Fantasyland project after approximately 1 billion years (it's possible I'm exaggerating slightly). All of which is pretty cool in itself. But if, like me, you find the behind the scenes of making these rides interesting then you should check out the article by Jim Hill on some of the technology and design choices behind the animatronic elements of the ride. I think it's possible that Disney may have managed to build a roller-coaster that even …Read more  »

The Frozen / Thriller Mashup You’ve Been Waiting For!

What do you mean you haven't been waiting for it? Oh quit fussing, at least it's not yet another Let It Go parody! Is it just me or is Disney's Frozen generating mashups and parodies and an exceptionally high rate anyway? This time round we get to see Anna, Elsa and co dance to Michael Jackson's Thriller. And really that's all any of us want in life. http://youtu.be/G3bns2s342s

LEGO Disney — Rafiki

Okay here's a clever build that hits both my LEGO and Disney geek spots. It's Rafiki from Disney's The Lion King. And while the body is (as the builder acknowledges) a little minimalist the detail on the head is just perfect. I like the meditation pose that the character has been put in and once again LEGO's Bionicle parts are put to good use for a larger size character build. Source: Flickr - Jean-Pascal Rignault

Disney Fan Art: Gender Switching

Artist Sakimi chan has produced a series of images that reimagine classic Disney characters as the opposite gender  (and sexed up a bit too in most cases). Male Pocahontas and female Hades are pretty awesome but I think my vote goes for the male Cruella Deville as the winner. Which is your favorite? Check out the Facebook page for lots more great art. Some Disney, some anime inspired. Source: Sakimi chan - Facebook [gallery type="rectangular" ids="115598,115599,115600,115601,115602,115603,115604" orderby="rand"]

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train — A First Look At Some Of The Animatronics

It shouldn't be much longer now until the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney Wold opens and completes the New Fantasyland expansion. They haven't officially announced a date, but some time in May is what everyone seems to be expecting. We've see plenty of shots of the outside and some concept art of the inside, but this video released by Disney shows us a bit more about the dark ride portion of this rollercoaster. Disney has experimented with this sort of animatronics before, but there aren't many examples of it in The Magic Kingdom. As well as the traditional animatronic elements, they're able to animate …Read more  »

Disney Characters — Street Fighter Style

Artist Mike V has produced a series of pixel art designs for Disney characters as they would appear in a Street Fighter style game. And as the selection here shows, they're brilliant. Check out his web page for more. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="115143,115144,115145,115146,115147,115148" orderby="rand"] Source: #Mikevdesign

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Photos

The big new thing at Walt Disney World this year is the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train which is the final element of New Fantasyland (the rest of which opened some time ago). By the standards of modern coasters this is a tame ride. It's intended for families and aimed somewhere between the Barnstormer "kiddie" coaster and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. All of which translates to... I might just about be persuaded to get on this one... maybe. And only then because the theming looks to be really cool. It's set up so you go in and out of the seven dwarfs mine. These latest photos show the drop as you …Read more  »

The Festival of Fantasy Parade At The Magic Kingdom

I've been covering the Festival of Fantasy Parade that Disney has been working on for a few months and everything about it promised to be something special. Well it's here and if these photos by Disney Photography Blog are anything to go by, it really is something else. These floats are huge. Far bigger than anything we've seen previously. And you can see the incredible level of detail on them in these photos too. On top of that the creative costuming for the dancers really adds to the overall atmosphere. I can't wait to see it in person in December. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="112523,112529,112528,112526,112525,112524" orderby="rand"]