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A Disney cruise ship called the Disney Dream has a new play area that’s designed to look like the interior of the Millennium Falcon. The play area, which members of Disney’s Oceaneer Club can access (ages 3-12), allows guests to pretend that they’re actually everyone’s favorite scruffy smuggler. From the press release:

Kids will be transported to a far away galaxy at Star Wars: Millennium Falcon, a Force-filled play area inspired by the spacecraft from the legendary saga. Upon entering the spaceship, younglings will join the Rebel Alliance in the epic battle of good versus evil by assisting with the navigation of this powerful space vehicle. Sitting in the cockpit, children can pilot this super-cool spaceship through hyperspace and trigger lightspeed jumps to different locations around the galaxy.

See Also: Disney Cruise Lines Announces Star Wars Day At Sea

But the upgrades don’t stop there. The Disney Dream will also add the Jedi Training Academy experience, which includes Star Wars-themed games, crafts and activities.

The new features are expected to debut after the Disney Dream undergoes dry dock Oct. 4-24, 2015, in Freeport, Bahamas.

(via Cnet)

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Okay so maybe this isn’t the exact bunny you want to cuddle with, but it represents the first step towards the ability to 3D print plush toys. The printer was developed by Disney’s research lab and it uses an adhesive felt material which is heated as each layer is drawn. The printer works layer-by-layer, trimming fabric in each layer as it goes. When the extra fabric is peeled away, the result is a carved out-looking bunny, but it is soft and squishy.

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Of course, Disney still has a long way to go in development, but their innovation is not just for making huggable toys. The research team explained that these printers can use two fabrics in one job, and is capable of integrating conductive materials (like wiring) into the sheets, which gives this device a much broader range of applications.

Check out the video and some more pics after the break.

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This hand sculpted door knob looks just like the one from Alice In Wonderland, and you won’t have to drink any potions to use it. Etsy shop Pop Sculptor custom sculpts, hand molds, and paints this limited edition Disney-themed decor. The sculpt comes in two pieces, plus the doorknob and hardware.

With such expression, this one of a kind decorative door knob would be perfect for a kids room or movie room.

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I was never much of a Disney princess person. My favorites from the Mouse House were more along the lines of Aladdin and The Lion King than Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and Sleeping Beauty. This isn’t one of those horribly misogynistic Not Like Those Other Girls rants–“Disney princesses are for girly girls who only care about dresses and makeup and hair, ewwwwwww“–just a simple statement of where I was coming from when I went to a screening of Disney’s live-action Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring IRL Disney princess Lily James. The story of Cinderella, my inner child told me, is OK if you’ve misplaced your Mulan* VHS, but it’s kind of bland and, really, I’m only watching for Gus Gus.**

Thank you, Cinderella, for opening my eyes. Spoilers follow…

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Lucasfilm and Disney Worldwide Publishing announced their plan to release 20 new books devoted to Star Wars between now and December 18th when Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters.

Yes…20.

All of these books will be set between Return of The Jedi and the new film. They are being released under the “Journey To Star Wars: The Force Awakens” moniker and will offer everything from novelizations, to YA fiction, to sticker books. And don’t forget that it’s all canon.

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Disney has brilliantly retold their most magical winter story ever with emojis. It’s so darn cute I just want to start belting out “Let it Go” while watching this.

The entire story takes place on a cell phone. It’s literally every scene from the movie Frozen staring Elsa, Anna and the gang as adorable little bouncing emojis.

The emotions, the songs, the triumphs, and sisterhood; this short will melt your heart all over again.

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Can Rescue Rangers and Darkwing Duck be far behind? We hope not.

Major nostalgia alert for people in their thirties. Disney XD is bringing back DuckTales for a 2017 launch! From Deadline:

The new series will follow Scrooge McDuck, his curious and mischief-making grandnephews — Huey, Dewey and Louie — and the optimistic yet temperamental Donald Duck as they embark on high-flying adventures worldwide. Other beloved characters slated to be in the new stories are: Duckworth, Gyro Gearloose, Launchpad McQuack, Flintheart Glomgold, Magica DeSpell & Poe, Ma Beagle and the Beagle Boys (Burger Beagle, Bouncer Beagle), Mrs. Beakley and Webbigail Vanderquack.

That’s awesome and everything, but seriously. We need more Gadget Hackwrench and Darkwing Duck.

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When Brian Flynn wanted to give his girlfriend Manini the perfect gift for Valentine’s day, he enlisted the help of illustrator Dylan Bonner.

I want our relationship to be as epic and timeless as the animations we grew up on, so I decided to have us painted into some famous Disney scenes and surprise her for Valentines Day. It’s been a secret for 3 months, and I can’t wait to show her!

Bryan shared the drawings, along with real life pictures of he and Manini to show off just how great Dylan’s work is. The results are gorgeous.

I’m pretty sure his girlfriend is going to be thrilled. I know I would be.

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Disney Cruise Lines has just announced Star Wars Day at Sea which will be a special one-day celebration held on eight different sailings of the Disney Fantasy in the Western Caribbean. The event will start in 2016 and be the first time the Star Wars characters have officially taken to the seas with Disney Cruise Lines. According to StarWars.com, the event will include:

  • Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Boba Fett, stormtroopers, and other characters from across the Star Wars galaxy will be onboard for scheduled meet and greets, as well as roaming on deck and elsewhere around the ship. Guests also are encouraged to dress up in their own stellar costumes.
  • A shipboard version of the popular Jedi Training Academy experience invites young Padawans to learn lightsaber moves from a Jedi Master. They can then use the Force and face off in a final test against the evil Darth Vader.
  • Kids and families enjoy friendly competition during Star Wars trivia games, covering fun facts from the film and television sagas.
  • For younglings, Star Wars-themed arts and crafts, games and activities will be offered throughout the day in Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab youth clubs.
  • In the evening, adults entering the night club will feel like they stepped into the Mos Eisley cantina scene. Characters and cantina music set the mood as Star Wars-themed specialty cocktails are served.

Guests will also be able to watch screenings of the movies and Star Wars: Rebels, experience an on-deck party, and meet celebrities and insiders from the world of Star Wars.

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Disney / Marvel mashup art by Robby.

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(via The Mary Sue)