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Tribeca: Disney Chief Offers Updates on ‘Frozen,’ ‘Pirates’ Sequels at Bloomberg Breakfast

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Harvey Weinstein, former mayor Michael Bloomberg and other New York media power players gathered over baked eggs to hear Disney chairman Alan Horn speak at the Bloomberg Business of Entertainment Breakfast on Tuesday morning. In a far-ranging conversation, Horn touched upon a number of Disney’s most prized franchises. At the top of that list was Disney’s breakout Frozen, now the highest-grossing animated film of all time. Horn told his audience that Disney’s sole focus at the moment was getting the Frozen musical ready for Broadway and that a sequel hadn’t even been discussed.

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Disney Planning Movie Based on ‘It’s a Small World’

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Disney is ramping up a movie version of its venerable “It’s a Small World” theme park ride with Jon Turteltaub directing.

Jared Stern is writing the script and will produce with Turteltaub and “The Lego Movie” producer Dan Lin.

The ride was created by WED Enterprises and debuted at the New York World’s Fair in 1964. It was rebuilt after the fair, installed in Disneyland and now operates as a boat ride in five Disney parks.

“It’s a Small World” features over 300 audio-animatronic dolls from all over the world singing the upbeat title song, which promotes peace and understanding. The song was written by Disney’s staff songwriters Robert S. Sherman and Richard B. Sherman after  Walt Disney had told the brothers to craft a tune that could be easily translated into multiple languages.

Turteltaub recently directed “Last Vegas” for CBS Films and the two “National Treasure” movies for Disney. Stern’s credits include “The Watch” and “The Internship”; he’s also working with Lin as a writer on the “Lego” sequel.

Stern is repped by WME, managers Marc Provissiero and Helena Heyman and attorney Karl Austen. Turteltaub is repped by WME, managed by David Lonner at Oasis and attorney Steve Warren.

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Disney Channel Is TV’s #1 Total Day Network for 149th-Consecutive Week

channelFor the week of April 14, 2014, \Disney Channel stood as TV’s #1 Total Day network for the 149th-consecutive week among Tweens 9-14 (374,000/1.5 rating) and for the 148th time in the prior 149 weeks in Kids 6-11 (457,000/1.9 rating) – dates back to week of 6/13/11.

Disney Channel defeated Nickelodeon by 16% in Kids 6-11 (457,000 vs. 395,000) and by 48% in Tweens 9-14 (374,000 vs. 252,000).

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All in the Details: Glittering Gems Light Up Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Queue at Magic Kingdom Park

This week, Disney Parks Blog received some of their most exciting “sneak peek” photos yet from within Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. As they previously shared, the attraction features an interactive queue with a few different elements guests can look forward to.

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One interactive opportunity, according to our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering, is the chance to sort gemstones at a 15-foot digital sluice box. Here, guests can drag gems into different trays and match them by color and shape.

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Buckets of glittering gems also highlight the area – simply gorgeous props!

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