Author Archive: Shaun Thompson

I'm the Assistant Webmaster and Designer for The DIS and the Associate Producer for The DIS Unplugged podcast. I've lived in Florida for almost three years after graduating from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania in 2010. I am a former Walt Disney World Cast Member and spent almost four years on Main Street U.S.A.

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Review (SPOILERS): “Maleficent” or How Disney Unintentionally Made a Hilariously Bad B-Movie

Review (SPOILERS): “Maleficent” or How Disney Unintentionally Made a Hilariously Bad B-Movie

Maleficent has been highly anticipated by Disney fans since it was first announced and after the first clips of Angelina Jolie in the title role were released the hype started to grow increasingly. Throw in a re-imagined version of “Once Upon A Dream” sung by pop artist Lana del Rey in a haunting style along [...]

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Brand New Photos Released From Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley

Brand New Photos Released From Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley

| May 16, 2014 | 1 Reply

This morning, USA Today gave an exclusive first look at some of the upcoming details inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley. Earlier this week we got a sneak peek at some of the animatronics, ride vehicles, and some of the special effects coming to Diagon Alley’s star attraction, Harry Potter and [...]

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios 25th Anniversary

Disney’s Hollywood Studios 25th Anniversary

| May 1, 2014 | 1 Reply

May 1st 2014, marked the 25th anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Walt Disney World’s third theme park opened on May 1st 1989 as Disney•MGM Studios, and in 2008 was renamed to its current Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Take a look below at some of the special events Disney hosted to celebrate the anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood [...]

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VIDEO: Disney reveals first look at animatronics and scenes inside Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

VIDEO: Disney reveals first look at animatronics and scenes inside Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

| April 11, 2014 | 6 Replies

Over the past several months, Disney has slowly been releasing sneak peeks of its upcoming Magic Kingdom attraction, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (more here and here). However, today is the first time we’ve seen the advanced new animatronic characters that will be part of the interior of the ride. In a short video released at [...]

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Review: “Muppets Most Wanted” Now Touring Worldwide and in Theaters!

Review: “Muppets Most Wanted” Now Touring Worldwide and in Theaters!

and | March 21, 2014 | 2 Replies

Back in 2004, Disney bought the Muppets from Jim Henson leaving many fans with high expectations for the future. Previously in the 80′s, Disney was close to purchasing the Muppets, but after Jim Henson passed away in 1990, the future of the Muppets was put in jeopardy. Luckily, Disney didn’t give up completely. MuppetVision 3D [...]

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Five Reasons You Should Go See ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ This Weekend

Five Reasons You Should Go See ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ This Weekend

and | March 21, 2014 | 1 Reply

The Muppets are back in theaters after three years! And they fully admit “the sequel’s never quite as good.” 1. You’ll find out that a mole can make your best friends completely unrecognizable. 2. Celine Dion makes everything better. Especially overly-dramatic black and white musical numbers. 3. Tina Fey proves she’s an expert at playing [...]

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Review: Disney’s ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Now Available On Blu-ray, DVD, & Digital Download

Review: Disney’s ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Now Available On Blu-ray, DVD, & Digital Download

and | March 18, 2014 | Reply

On March 18th, Saving Mr. Banks arrived on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download in stores and online. While seemingly overshadowed by the overwhelming success of Disney’s animated blockbuster hit Frozen, Saving Mr. Banks is quite frankly one of Disney’s best films – telling the legendary story of Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) attempting to get the [...]

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Top 10 Reasons Why March 18th Is The Best Day Ever For Disney Fans

Top 10 Reasons Why March 18th Is The Best Day Ever For Disney Fans

and | March 18, 2014 | 12 Replies

When two of the best Disney movies in recent history are released, it’s bound to be a great day for Disney fans all over the world! 1. The long-awaited Disney movies Frozen and Saving Mr. Banks both come out on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download today! 2. Which means you can now record your own [...]

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Sneak Peek at Magic Kingdom’s New ‘Festival of Fantasy Parade’ Coming Next Month

Sneak Peek at Magic Kingdom’s New ‘Festival of Fantasy Parade’ Coming Next Month

| February 10, 2014 | 4 Replies

Update:Disney has announced that the Festival of Fantasy Parade will debut at Magic Kingdom on Sunday, March 9th, 2014. Festival of Fantasy will be the afternoon parade and run through the park daily at 3pm. Next month will mark the debut of a brand new afternoon parade coming to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park, [...]

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‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’ Brings Stars, Sorting Hat, and Wizard Duels to Universal Orlando

‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’ Brings Stars, Sorting Hat, and Wizard Duels to Universal Orlando

| January 24, 2014 | 2 Replies

Right on the heels of Thursday’s webcast, which brought us some new details about the upcoming Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley expansion, Universal Orlando hosted A Celebration of Harry Potter. The three day event was completely devoted to the magical world of Harry Potter and featured a series of special events, involving both [...]

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