'Brave' princess' sexy makeover not permanent, Disney says

(Photo: A Mighty Girl)

It’s the before-and-after makeover heard around the world.

When Princess Merida of “Brave” was crowned the 11th princess at Walt Disney World this weekend, she had a new look that included not only a tiny waist, sultry eyes, and cleavage but also the teal gown that the feisty tomboy so detested in the Oscar-winning movie.

Read the complete story.

'Brave' director takes aim at new depiction of heroine princess Merida

(Photo: A Mighty Girl)

Brenda Chapman, director of “Brave” prior to being replaced during production, doesn’t like how Disney has redesigned the film’s main character Merida to better fit its line of princesses.

Read the complete story.



What do you think of Merida’s new look?

Fantasyland’s massive expansion set to open at Disney World

(Photo: Ali Nasser / Disney)

After several years of planning and construction, Disney World officially opens a much larger and updated Fantasyland on Thursday.

The multi-phased project more than doubled the attraction’s size to 21 acres, and company officials hope the changes will excite even the most ardent Disneyphile.

$4.2 million for Christmas tree? This one’s made of gold, and Disney characters

(Photo: Kazuhiro Nogi / AFP - Getty Images)

For those seeking a glow to their Christmas this year, a jewelry store in downtown Tokyo has just the answer: a pure gold revolving “tree” covered in Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Tinker Bell and Cinderella.

Read the complete story. 

George Lucas donating Disney sale billions to charity

(Photo: Chris Pizzello / AP file)

By the end of the year, the $4.05 billion sale of Lucasfilm to Disney should be finalized. And since George Lucas owns 100 percent of his company - which has little to no debt — all that money goes to him.

After that, Lucas plans to quickly put the bulk of the money into a foundation which will primarily focus on educational issues, a spokesperson for Lucasfilm tells THR.

Disney: Our first Latina princess isn’t actually Latina

(Photo: Disney trailer)

When an executive producer for Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess said that Sofia is Disney’s first Latina princess, he was, unbeknownst to him, setting in motion a multi-layered discussion on Latina identity, what constitutes “Latina looks” and a crush of celebration and criticism.

As the story took on a life of its own, Disney felt they had to come out with a statement clarifying what their make-believe princess is — and isn’t. The end result is that Sofia is not actually Latina.

Read the complete story from NBC Latino.

Disney set to unveil first Latina princess, Sofia

(Photo: Disney)

There has been Jasmine and Belle, Mulan and Pocahontas, but never before has there been a Latina Disney princess.

Until now.

Read the complete story from NBC Latino.

Is Minnie too skinny? Disney icons go on a diet — for fashion

(Photo: Disney Junior, Barney’s)

Minnie, Goofy, Daisy – timeless, complete characters who don’t need to change a thing, right? Unless you talk to the fashion industry.

What do you think of this campaign? Is it sending the wrong message?

Cars Land revs up California Adventure

Some die-hard fans of Florida’s Walt Disney World might ask, “Why would I go to Disneyland when Orlando has all of the same stuff and then some?”

I’ll tell you why: Cars Land.

Cars Land, opening Friday in Disney’s California Adventure park next door to Disneyland, marks the grand finale of a five-year expansion of the Anaheim, Calif., theme park. Disney has upped the amusement ante to lure more visitors and to get those who do visit “The Happiest Place on Earth” to stay longer.

Read the complete story.