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Hit the Grid in Chevy’s ‘Tron: Legacy’-themed Cruze

Chevrolet Cruze Show Car Inspired by Disney Film TRON: Legacy

Nearly six years after Tron: Legacy raced into theaters, Chevrolet is ready to return to the Grid with car inspired by the Disney sequel.

Unveiled at Auto China 2016 in Beijing, the Tron: Legacy Cruze show car was developed in conjunction with Disney, perhaps answering the question of what Sam Flynn and Quorra are driving around. Y’know, in case you were wondering.

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Tokyo Disney plans ‘Big Hero 6′ ride, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ area

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As we wonder what the future might hold for Marvel characters at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, Tokyo Disneyland and its sister park Tokyo DisneySea have announced five new attractions, including one based on Big Hero 6.

While that may be of most interest to Marvel fans, the biggest news is undoubtedly the Beauty and the Beast-themed area, which Oh My Disney notes will occupy much of Tomorrowland. The area will feature a new shop and restaurant, and a ride in which “guests board enchanted serving dishes that dance in rhythm to the film’s well-known music and follow Belle on a romantic musical adventure inside the enchanted Castle.”

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Rumor: ‘Guardians’ may replace Disneyland’s Tower of Terror

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With the closing of its Marvel-themed Super Hero HQ earlier this month, Disneyland is without a permanent home for its superheroes, leaving Captain America and Spider-Man to wander Disney’s California Adventure. However, that could be changing.

Disney Parks news site WDW News Today reports Disney is looking to opt out of the licensing fee it pays for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and use a Guardians of the Galaxy-themed overlay in its place.

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Disney artist imagines the ‘Totoro’ ride Miyazaki fans dream of

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While there’s a whimsical Ghibli Museum, the chances we’ll ever see a long-hoped-for Studio Ghibli theme park are likely slim, at best. Until that glorious day arrives, we can gaze at this imagined My Neighbor Totoro attraction and dream at what could be.

It’s the work of John Ramirez, a Disney story artist and theme park designer who just happens to be a big Studio Ghibli fan. The ride is like a journey through the 1988 anime classic itself, with guests traveling in large acorn buggies though some of the film’s key moments: from dad’s office, through the bushes, past the turning tree, and so on.

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First look at Disney World’s new Toy Story Land attractions

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With all the focus on the Star Wars theme lands coming to Disney Parks, it’s easy to forget Toy Story Land is also in the works. However, Disney’s Hollywood Studios provided a reminder of its plans this morning with the first look at two new attractions based on the beloved Pixar films.

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Practice your piloting skills with these massive new ‘Star Wars’ kites

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ThinkGeek has unveiled a new wave of extra-large “Star Wars” kites, with designs for R2-D2, the Death Star, an X-Wing, and of course, the Millennium Falcon.

The massive kites are being sold for $40 USD each, and are made up of a nylon sail material with a fiberglass frame.

The largest of the kites, the X-Wing, stands 52-inches tall, and is described as the most difficult to fly.

Check out a video demonstration of ThinkGeek’s “Star Wars” kites below:

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Disneyland and Disney World break ground on ‘Star Wars’ lands

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Disney has officially broken ground on its 14-acre Star Wars-themed lands at Disneyland Anaheim, California, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida.

This announcement this morning was accompanied by a playful 360-degree photo of the Disneyland construction site that reveals BB-8, R2-D2, Stormtroopers, Imperial walkers, TIE Fighters, X-wings and more.

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Disney World’s new solar farm is shaped like Mickey, of course

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The enormous ceremonial switch was thrown Tuesday at Walt Disney World for a 22-acre solar farm near Epcot Center that just happens to be shaped like Mickey Mouse’s head.

As the Tampa Bay Times points out, the array actually began generating power last month, but nothing’s really official until somebody flips that oversize switch.

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ThinkGeek Sheds Light on Its New R2-D2 Lamp

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ThinkGeek is releasing an R2-D2-inspired desk lamp — clearly the greatest use for the galaxy’s favorite astromech droid to date.

The lamp comes with a detailed paint job, using Artoo’s dome head as the design for the shade. It comes with a 60-inch cord — including an inline power switch — and uses 40-watt bulbs.

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‘Star Wars,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ collide in this cosplay mashup

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Elizabeth Rage, whom we previously spotlighted for her Disney/Star Wars mashup Jedi cosplay, struck back over the weekend at WonderCon with a new spin on Beauty and the Beast.

This time, however, Elizabeth’s Belle is no longer a Jedi but rather a gold-clad Mandalorian bounty hunter sent to track down a certain Wookiee — a certain really tall Wookiee. “The bounty said to KILL THE BEAST,” she writes, “but I had other plans …”

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LEGO’s Disney minifigures are every bit as cute as you expected

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Following months of rumors and leaks, LEGO has at long last unveiled its first wave of Disney minifigures, which comes rolling into select retailers in May.

Priced at $3.99 each, the first collection of 18 minifigures features: Disney icons Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck; classic 1950s characters Alice and the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and Captain Hook from Peter Pan and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty; modern classics Ariel and Ursula from The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Genie from Aladdin and Stitch from Lilo & Stitch; and Pixar favorites Mr. Incredible and Syndrome from The Incredibles and Buzz Lightyear and Alien from Pizza Planet from Toy Story.

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World’s largest LEGO store to open at Shanghai Disney Resort

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Artist’s rendering of Disneytown

As if the long-planned opening of the 962-acre Shanghai Disney Resort on June 16 isn’t excitement enough, LEGO has announced it will launch the world’s largest LEGO store there, on the same day.

Measuring more than 10,700 square feet, the store will be located in Disneytown, the new shopping, dining and entertainment district just Disneyland. The flagship store will feature indoor and outdoor play areas, as well as large-scale LEGO models, including a replica of the Oriental Pearl Tower.

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‘Star Wars’ Day at Sea returns in 2017 to Disney Cruise Line

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Disney Cruise Line will once again set sail for a galaxy far, far away next year with the return of Star Wars Day at Sea.

This time around, the celebration will expand to not only include the seven-night Western Caribbean cruise aboard the Disney Fantasy, but also the seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailings. In all, there will be 15 Star Wars Day at Sea sailings in 2017.

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Comics A.M. | Irving Fine, founder of Siegel and Shuster Society, dies

Jerry Siegel's childhood home (courtesy of the Siegel and Shuster Society)

Jerry Siegel’s childhood home (courtesy of the Siegel and Shuster Society)

Passings | Irving Fine, cousin of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel and founder of the Siegel and Shuster Society, passed away March 11 at his home in suburban Cleveland. He was 87. Fine, whose late brother introduced Siegel to Joe Shuster in the 1930s, made preserving and promoting Superman’s ties to Cleveland a priority: During his tenure as co-chairman of the Siegel and Shuster Society, Ohio introduced a Superman-themed license plate, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport installed a Superman Welcome Center, and Siegel’s childhood home was restored. Michael Sangiacomo notes that Fine also played a key role in the plans for a monument to Superman and his creators, set to be unveiled in 2018 near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

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Captain America returning to Disneyland as Super Hero HQ closes

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Marvel’s First Avenger will return next month to Disneyland, just in time for the opening of Captain America: Civil War.

Captain America left the Anaheim, California, resort in October to make room for Spider-Man in Tomorrowland’s newly renovated Super Hero HQ, which houses “Thor: Treasures of Asgard” and “Iron Man Tech Presented by Star Industries.”

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