Monday, July 11, 2016

Countdown to 'Beauty and the Beast' #15

Magical Monday- Mickey's PhilharMagic at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
When trying to keep up with the hustle and bustle of Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, it is easy for smaller attractions to take a back seat to the park's E-Ticket attractions. However, if you are a fan of Disney animated films, especially those released in the 90s, then Mickey's PhilharMagic is a must-see during your visit to the happiest place on earth!

Opening in October 2003, Mickey's PhilharMagic is located just behind Cinderella's castle in the Fantasyland area of Magic Kingdom. The 4D attraction features classic Disney characters, like Mickey and Donald, as well as characters from Aladdin, Fantasia, The Lion King, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast. In the Beauty and the Beast sequence, Donald Duck takes Belle's place as the castle's hungry visitor, complete with a performance of "Be Our Guest" from Lumiere.

Throwback Thursday: “I have spent a lot of time considering the emotional life of crockery.”
Emma Thompson is no stranger to stepping into Angela Lansbury's shoes. Not only has Emma Thompson worked with the legendary actress on 2005's Nanny McPhee, but she also played Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd in 2014, a role originated by Lansbury in 1979 on Broadway. As Mrs. Potts in the live-action Beauty and the Beast, Emma Thompson is once more stepping into one of Angela Lansbury's iconic roles and I'm sure we can all agree it will be marvelous!

Thompson spoke with Vulture last fall about Beauty and the Beast and following in Lansbury's footsteps:
“Imagine walking once more into Angela’s shoes!” Thompson mused. So, how did she inhabit Lansbury’s famous teapot? “I think I just had to make her as warm and round and scouting as possible,” Thompson said, adding with a laugh, “I have spent a lot of time considering the emotional life of crockery.”
Watch: Emma Thompson honors Angela Lansbury at the 2013 Governors Awards

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