D23 Expo Day One: Stan Lee, Chadwick Boseman, and more!

Day one of D23 Expo started off strong, full of surprises, announcements, and even an appearance on the con floor by Stan Lee, himself!

All day there were opportunities for fans to enjoy Marvel fandom: whether it was learning about the art of “Thor: Ragnarok” with Marvel Studios Visual Development Supervisor & Concept Artist Andy Park or shopping for limited edition items in the Disney Store, there was something for everyone.

The Marvel booth had a full display of costumes and props for “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Black Panther.” Lucky fans caught a glimpse of Chadwick Boseman and director Ryan Coogler as they stopped by the booth for a signing and to meet with fans.

During the afternoon our very own Disney Legend Stan Lee served as Grand Marshall of the Ultimate Fan Street Party, along with fellow newly inducted Disney Legend, Mark Hamill.

 

The day was filled with Marvel news and excitement and that was only day one! Follow along on @marvel on twitter to catch up to date D23 Expo news throughout the weekend!

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Jack Kirby and Stan Lee join Carrie FIsher, Mark Hamill, Oprah Winfrey and more as Disney Legends.

Every two years, at the biennial D23 Expo, The Walt Disney Company honors the most remarkable contributors to the Disney legacy, recognizing them as official Disney Legends. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Disney Legends Awards. The first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987. Today Disney proudly announced the names of the nine gifted individuals who will be joining past Disney Legends such as Julie Andrews, George Lucas, Alan Menken, Dick Van Dyke, Barbara Walters and Robin Williams.

Founding fathers of the Marvel Universe Jack Kirby and Stan Lee were honored this past weekend along with the following honorees of this year’s Legends Award: Carrie Fisher, Clyde “Gerry” Geronimi, Manuel Gonzales, Mark Hamill, Garry Marshall, Julie Taymor, and Oprah Winfrey.

Pioneering comic creator Jack Kirby, known as “the King,” created new characters who leapt from the page and defined the Marvel comic style. His son, Neal, represented his late father, and said he “didn’t create super heroes or super humans. He created super people.” Neal accepted the Disney Legends Award at the D23 Expo on his father’s behalf. Watch the video above.

Stan Lee was honored for his remarkable accomplishments over his enduring career with a Disney Legends Award at D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA. Watch Stan accept his Legends Award below.

A visibly moved Stan Lee shared with the crowd how much it meant to him to save up to buy the book The Art of Walt Disney. He explained, “I loved Walt Disney. He was more than a man, he was an inspiration. He was something to reach for, to be like him. To think that today I’m standing here in the house that Disney built, that paid tribute to Jack [Kirby] and all things Disney—it is so thrilling, I can’t tell you.”

For more information about the Disney Legends and D23 Expo, visit D23expo.com.

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Avengers and more assembled on the Hall D23 stage at D23 Expo!

Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios President, took the stage at the Disney Live Action Films panel in Hall D23 at D23 Expo where he shared he’s a massive Disney fan and has been a card-carrying D23 charter member who has been attending D23 Expo since the very first Expo in 2009.

Feige shared that 2018 will be a year of celebration as Marvel Studios celebrates its 10th anniversary. Headlining the big year will be Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War,” which Feige called “the biggest production in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

“Avengers: Infinity War” has been in production the entire year so far, and has only hit the half-way mark! Feige invited all your favorite super heroes — and the biggest villain the MCU has seen so far — to take the stage with him. The Marvelous gathering included Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Paul Bettany (Vision), Benedict Cumberbatch (Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange), Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Don Cheadle (James Rhodes/War Machine), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier), Dave Bautista (Drax), Karen Gillan (Nebula), and Pom Klementieff (Mantis), as well as half of the film’s directors, Joe Russo. Take a look at the gallery above!

Robert Downey Jr. demanded, “Let’s see it!” The audience saw highlights from the unprecedented cinematic journey spanning 10 years before being treated to an early glimpse of “Avengers: Infinity War.”

“Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on May 4, 2018.

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Thanos stands triumphant at the D23 Expo Marvel Studios booth.

After a full first day of D23 Expo you’d think we couldn’t follow it up with more, but Saturday was even bigger, and much, much, badder as Josh Brolin held court at the Marvel booth.

Fresh off his surprise appearance with the cast “Avengers: Infinity War” at the Disney, Marvel Studios & Lucasfilm- Live Action panel, Josh Brolin met with fans for a signing in front of his children — the Children of Thanos! The maquettes were unveiled for his appearance and fans were excited to get an up close look at Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Ebony Maw, and Cull Obsidian.

Brolin even had an encounter with a real life Avenger, although this one was considerably shorter and much more adorable.

On the show floor the Disney Consumer Products Pavilion showcased new and exciting home products for fans to live their best Marvel life. On display were backpacks, workout gear, and if you’re worthy enough, a Mjolnir pendant made to compliment the mightiest of outfits. Even the greatest superhero would be exhausted from all that shopping, luckily free coffee was up for grabs adorned with the face of a familiar looking webslinger.

One more day to go! Follow @marvel on twitter to get all the up to date D23 Expo news throughout the weekend! 

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'Guardians of the Galaxy,' 'Avengers,' and more heading to your favorite parks soon!

True Believers! At D23 Expo today, Disney Parks Chairman Bob Chapek announced that a ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ attraction was coming to Epcot in Florida. Looking ahead to the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, a brand-new E-ticket attraction based on the rockin’ and action-packed world of Guardians of the Galaxy will be among their exciting plans. The Guardians-inspired attraction will be added to Future World.

The Marvel love isn’t just limited to Disney Parks in the United States. The Walt Disney Parks & Resorts panel revealed a new hotel called Disney’s New York Hotel – The Art of Marvel will be coming to Disneyland Paris!

Chapek announced the “reImagination” of the Disney’s Hotel New York into a new Marvel-themed wonderland filled with all your favorite Marvel characters, including Iron Man, The Avengers, Spider-Man and more. Located steps from the Disney Village and theme parks at Disneyland Paris, Disney’s New York Hotel art deco style and contemporary décor will be the perfect place to spotlight favorite Marvel heroes and villains.

“We’re going to create a hotel at Disneyland Paris that would make Tony Stark proud,” Chapek said. “I’m thrilled to announce that Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel will transport our guests to the action-packed, inspiring world of superheroes including Iron Man, The Avengers, and Spider Man among others!” Disneyland Paris is currently in the midst of a stunning 25th Anniversary Celebration.

Lastly and certainly not least, we’ve teased it before, but Chapek gave a hint at what’s to come next for some of your favorite Super Heroes at Disney California Adventure park. Soon, the Guardians of the Galaxy will be joined by Spider-Man and the Avengers in what will become a completely immersive super hero universe at the park!

These new stories will build on the success of the new and already popular Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: BREAKOUT! and create a place where you can team up with your favorite Super Heroes like never before.

Stay tuned to Marvel.com and the Disney Parks Blog for more updates on new happenings from our colleagues at Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, Disney California Adventure park and more!

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Brian Crosby talks about his inspiration for this 'Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! piece!

Downtown Disney’s WonderGround Gallery is a great place to find beautiful art pieces featuring your favorite characters and attractions. I was surprised to happen upon a fun print featuring none other than Taneleer Tivan, The Collector—clearly inspired by the new Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction at Disney’s California Adventure Park.

It turns out the artwork was created by Creative Director of Marvel Themed Entertainment, Brian Crosby who also worked on the attraction. I spoke to Crosby about his inspiration for the piece and the possibility of an Easter Egg hidden with the art. When it comes to Marvel, you never know when a character might pop up!

You can find Brian Crosby this weekend at D23 Expo at the Marvel booth for How To Draw Marvel!

Marvel.com: Having worked on Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! Was this piece inspired by the design of the ride or perhaps used as inspiration during the creative process?

Brian Crosby: This piece was actually used as a Disney Parks exclusive variant cover for the Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: Breakout! Comic book. The Disney Merchandising team at the Disneyland Resort liked the piece and decided to make it available, not only as a comic book, but also as a digital print. What’s really cool about the book is that it’s a completely new story that brings icons, like The Collector’s Fortress, into the Marvel comic book continuity. So, the cover is certainly inspired by the ride in that the Guardians are now being held captive by The Collector, but the costumes the characters are wearing are from the book. So, it is a bit of a mashup.

I was flattered that the Jordan D. White, the Editor of the book, asked me to be a part of it and create a cover.

Marvel.com: What medium did you use to create this piece?

Brian Crosby: The original drawing was done traditionally, good ol’ pencil and paper and then it was painted digitally.

Marvel.com: I like that you incorporated Tivan’s feathers, the man definitely has style. What made you go with the Contest of Champions outfit rather than the original Don Heck tie belt and big collar, or even the onscreen fur cape version? I would really like to see the Collector’s entire cape collection.

Brian Crosby: Props for your attention to detail and your sense of Marvel history!! The costume was chosen for me, actually. This is the costume that Tivan wears in the book so I was matching that.

Marvel.com: There are so many Easter Eggs on the attraction, did you decide to add any into your artwork?

Brian Crosby: There are two. The first one is pretty simple. The one deviation I made from the comic book look of the characters was Groot. Groot is seen in my piece in his “Baby Groot” incarnation as he appears in the attraction and in Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2. And the other is really obscure and actually isn’t in the final colored piece at all. The original drawing was sold at Disney California Adventure and it featured one other character in a vitrine. None other than…..Howard the Duck!

Marvel.com: Are there certain subjects you are drawn to more than others?

Brian Crosby: Typically, I draw super heroes. It’s just always been my favorite thing to draw. Sometimes out of necessity I’ll draw normal stuff like people, cars, etc. But nothing beats super heroes in my book for pure joy and escapism. I guess that’s why I do what I do!

Marvel.com: Will we be seeing any more of your work popping up at WonderGround Gallery?

Brian Crosby: Most likely. I’ve done quite a bit of work for the Disney Parks over the years even going back to my days as a Walt Disney Imagineer. I’ve done illustrations of the Haunted Mansion, the Enchanted Tiki Room, Alice in Wonderland, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Rocketeer (to name a few) and now I can add the Guardians of the Galaxy to that list! I did a painting of Groot himself last year for the gallery.

Keep an eye out for more of Brian Crosby’s artwork in the WonderGround Gallery at Downtown Disney.

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Museum curator Amanda Slack-Smith lays out the new MCU exhibition!

On May 27, ’Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe,’ the epic new museum exhibition, opened at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art in Queensland, Australia! And over 6,000 visitors lined out the door to experience the exhibition in the opening weekend alone!

A journey through the Marvel Cinematic Universe – from “Iron Man” to “Thor: Ragnarok” – the collection chronicles the entire filmmaking process, showcasing rare comic books and early concept art to screen-used props and wardrobe. ’Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’ is a look at the craft and care in every line drawn, seam stitched, and shot filmed that’s sure to fascinate Marvel fans and art lovers alike.

We spoke with Amanda Slack-Smith, Curator of ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe,’ about the thousands of pieces on display now at QAGOMA.

Marvel.com: How did this exhibition come to QAGOMA? Where did it all start?

Amanda Slack-Smith: Our state’s film industry body, Screen Queensland, were in negotiations with Marvel to shoot “Thor: Ragnarok” here in Queensland, and they suggested that Queensland also has an art museum that’s uniquely suited to film-related projects. QAGOMA is the only facility in Australia to specialise in the presentation of film as an art medium within an art museum environment, setting it in a small group of international market leaders, alongside the Centre Pompidou (Paris), Museum of Modern Art (New York) and Tate Modern (London).

The idea grew from this initial meeting, and it firmed up once we were able to meet the Marvel teams in Los Angeles and visit a number of their storage facilities to see the incredible props and costumes available. The filming of “Thor: Ragnarok” at the Gold Coast, very near the Gallery, was also important particularly when we were able to visit the sets and speak with some of the creative people working there, such as Brad Winderbaum (Executive Producer) and Dan Hennah (Production Designer) and were really able to connect with their passion for filmmaking and the franchise. Dave Bushore, Vice President, Franchise Creative and Marketing, from Marvel Studios also visited during this time and was enthusiastic about the idea of showing these objects and artworks within a museum framework.

Marvel.com: After the decision is made to take on such a major multimedia showing, what happens next? What’s your process for choosing the items to display?

Amanda Slack-Smith: We were in discussions with the Marvel team from the beginning about what was available from their extensive archives—and it was a lot—and then thinking about how we could present it in an art museum context. What were the thematic ideas we could draw from the films and what stories could we tell about the technical elements of filmmaking that would really make sense in an exhibition like this?

The Marvel teams were fantastic and really open to how we were wanted to tell these stories. They were supportive to our requests to the point that 50% of elements in the exhibition have never been seen outside of the set or archives. Nearly everything in the exhibition has come from Marvel with the exception of a few pieces from private collectors—such as the first issues of comics from the 1960s, which depict the debut appearances of all the MCU characters in the exhibition—and to be able to show authentic set-worn props and costumes alongside working drawings and artworks really set the tone to for the exhibition experience.

Marvel.com: As opposed to presenting a piece of artwork that has a self-contained process and construction, this exhibition illustrates the development of a film across disciplines and media—from comic book, to storyboard, to production design, to costuming, to film. How did you tell that story with this show? What was your vision for the layout and presentation of these pieces?

Amanda Slack-Smith: The exhibition is divided into three thematic strands, each allocated to a Gallery space. “The Cinematic Assembled” is very much the in-universe look at the characters and teams, breaking down the demarcations between individual films to explore the larger narrative arcs at play. It begins with a nod to Marvel’s comic book roots, with original appearances of MCU characters, as well as contemporary comic book narratives that have inspired the films.

This is followed by a focus on the Avengers, looking at the group coming together and pulling apart on ideological grounds as seen in “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Avengers Age of Ultron,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Captain America: Civil War.”

Next is Captain America, a space featuring elements from “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” with a particular nod to the feel of the Smithsonian exhibition seen in the latter film. It’s followed by our “Alternate dimension” space, which brings together the film featuring human characters that venture into other worlds through the quantum realm (“Ant-Man”), astral projection and mirror dimensions (“Doctor Strange”) and the intergalactic (“Guardians of the Galaxy”). This area wouldn’t be complete without The Collector and the five infinity stones which underpin the universe. The last space in this strand is the Asgardian throne room which features the amazing set pieces from “Thor: Ragnarok,” including the throne, columns, murals and floor tiles directly from the set as well as elements from “Thor” and “Thor: The Dark World.”

“Decoding the Universe,” in our second Gallery, starts to deconstruct things a bit more, with a deep dive into the character of Iron Man and Tony Stark’s evolution across “Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2” and “Iron Man 3,” as well as an opportunity to explore all of the character across the films through comic books and interactive experiences.

Finally, “Behind the scenes” breaks down some of the filmmaking process with a closer look at storyboarding, animatics, previsualisation, keyframe artwork, costumes and props, make-up and prosthetics, post-production techniques such as computer generated imagery (CGI) and some awesome interactives. This space is a celebration of the artists, artisans and creative people working to bring these ideas together, under the guidance of the film makers, producers and production designers, to create the seamless films we enjoy in the cinema.

Naturally, we are also screening a retrospective of all of the films, from “Iron Man” to “Spider-Man: Homecoming” in the cinema during the exhibition.

Marvel.com: As a museum curator, you might see these items differently than even the biggest Marvel fan does. What stands out to you about these individual works?

Amanda Slack-Smith: I think fans and I are looking for the same thing, to find transformative and meaningful experiences told through creativity and passion. All of the works in the exhibition are a celebration of this, evident in the care and craftsmanship shown by the many artists involved from comic books to feature films.

A comic book highlight would have to be the original first page of Amazing Fantasy #15 featuring the first appearance of Spider-Man in 1962 drawn by Steve Ditko on loan from the Library of Congress in Washington. It’s a cultural treasure and a really important component of Marvel’s history. The throne room of Asgard, as drawn from the set of “Thor: Ragnarok,” is a definite highlight as its grandeur and scale allows visitors to experience what it might feel like to be on a film set. I think everyone seems to stand a little straighter and walk more purposefully when in the space!

Marvel.com: What are the differences between viewing these items up close in a museum versus viewing them on screen?

Amanda Slack-Smith: You get to see incredible detail! The costumes and props are so painstakingly crafted, but on screen they are a whirl of colour and movement. To be able to take the time to appreciate the leathery skin texture of the Thanos bust or the intricate use of materials in the costumes of Doctor Strange are experiences that are rare and fascinating. The attention to detail is something to behold and a testament to the craftsmanship and care taken in all aspects of their creation.

Marvel.com: What do you want visitors to take away from this experience?

Amanda Slack-Smith: The world of filmmaking is rich and complex, hopefully we’ve been able to not only let visitors experience the joy of seeing the physical elements they’ve loved seeing on screen in-person, but also pulled aside the curtain enough for them to see how these seamless cinematic experiences are created by the passionate and creative people involved.

“Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe” is open through September at QAGOMA in Queensland, Australia!

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Have you spotted these rare Easter Eggs in the Tivan Collection?

Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! recently opened in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure, and fans have been lining up for hours to get a peek inside the Collector’s fortress! Taneleer Tivan has amassed a large collection of unique objects from the Marvel Universe—over 2200 that are ever changing—Marvel and Disney fans will be surprised to know there are also some very rare hidden gems.

While many Easter Eggs have already been revealed, here are a few more you might have missed. From retro Disneyland artifacts to homages to the attraction that came before, the Tivan Collection is filled with ancient artifacts that fans will fondly remember. We’ll keep some of these locations a secret so you can treasure hunt for yourselves—just be forewarned there are spoilers ahead!

EXTERIOR

Hidden Mickey
Hidden Mickeys are a natural part of the Disneyland environment. Concealed amongst the details, Imagineers always have a lot of fun adding the tiniest features to the attractions—Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! is no exception.

On the front of the building you’ll notice a series of bolted plates. If you look closely to the right of the Tivan logo and the left of the satellite dish, you’ll see one plate is not like the others. In fact—it’s upside down—creating the ideal Hidden Mickey. Once you see it, you won’t forget it.

The Avengers Hatch
It was the tweet heard ‘round the world when our own Marvel twitter account directed our attention to a well bolted hatch that was in plain view, directly to the right of the attraction entrance. But what could it be? You’ll have to stay tuned…

THE COLLECTION

Asgardian War Hammer
A nod to Beta Ray Bill, the Stormbreaker is an Asgardian War Hammer was given to him by Odin after being worthy by lifting Thor’s hammer Mjolnir. Who knows how the Collector came to possess such a treasure—so far no sight of the mighty Korbinite in the collection.

Celestial Masks
Celestials were a big part of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and these masks are part of their armor. It should be noted that no Terran has seen a Celestial without their armor so just how did Tivan come to collect such rare pieces?

Figment
Hidden inside one of the terrariums, high up near the top of the room is Figment—the mascot of Walt Disney World’s Journey Into Imagination pavilion at Epcot. Since the loveable fellow is the physical embodiment of a figment of the imagination, it will make you wonder if that’s really him high up in the box.

Painting of the Grandmaster and the Collector
Brothers, you can’t live with them, you can’t beat them at board games. The Grandmaster is an Elder and brother of the Collector and in this portrait you can see that he loves a good game. As in the painting he is played by Jeff Goldblum, and will appear in the upcoming “Thor: Ragnarok.” You can see the Grandmaster isn’t taking his loss lightly.

Stan Lee
Stan Lee has made many Marvel cameos over the years and now it seems he’s become a permanent part of Tivan’s collection, as he shows up on the video screen asking about parking validation.

TIVAN’S OFFICE

Golden Apples of Idunn
In another reference to Thor, Tivan’s office holds a bowl of the Golden Apples of Idunn, which only grow in Asgard on a tree and can only be picked by the goddess Idunn, the Goddess of Immortality.

Hydra
Hydra is everywhere, including Tivan’s collection. Inside his office you’ll not only find a Hydra gun and helmet, but a rare red and black Hydra symbol.

X-S Tech Invoice
The Collector is nothing if not organized. On his desk by his log book there’s an invoice from X-S Tech. This is a reference to the Magic Kingdom attraction The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter. It makes sense that Tivan would want to collect as much old Disney tech as possible to create his fortress.

Letter to Jeutar Morat
Directly on top of that invoice is a letter to Jeutar Morat. Morat is a bounty hunter from the Guardians of the Galaxy comics who was hunting down Gamora. In the letter Tivan refers to a mysterious stranger. Hmm…

Loki’s Shackles
Yet another nod to Thor artifacts, you’ll see the shackles worn by Loki Laufeyson worn by in “Thor: The Dark World.”

Loki’s Optical Torture Device
As seen in “The Avengers,” Loki used this device to remove the doctor’s eye in Germany. And now sits on Tivan’s shelves. Here’s to hoping it got a good cleaning.

Original 1955 Disneyland maps
In addition to Tivan’s penchant for collecting old books he has also has stockpiled tons of old maps. You’ll notice a few of them have familiar faces. Is that Lady I see? Could that be Peter Pan? That’s definitely Tinkerbell. These maps of the original 1955 layout of Disneyland are a must have for any Disney fan or—immortal Elder of the Universe.

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Tin Toys
The only thing better than hidden Mickey symbols are hidden Mickey toys. Inside the Collector’s office you’ll find an abundance of collectibles, including some very familiar friends. Obscured from view behind several objects you’ll be able to spot two Disney Schylling wind up tin toys. You’ll find a retro Mickey in one room and his companion Minnie in the other.

Tower of Terror Books
You can’t build a new attraction without an homage to its predecessor and inside the Collector’s fortress there are a ton of familiar nods to Tower of Terror. Tivan’s office is filled with books leftover from the Tower lobby.

Tower of Terror luggage tag
Tivan must love to read, as books upon books fill his office shelves. You’ll find he has a penchant for unusual bookmarks as luggage tags leftover from the Tower days, keep his place in some of the tomes. You’ll see a noticeable Hollywood Tower Hotel logo peeking out from the pages.

Tower of Terror bellhop hat
A keen eye will find an homage to the original cast member outfits from Tower of Terror. Look closely and you’ll may be able to spy a rogue bellhop hat—an essential part of the Hollywood Tower of Terror costume.

GANTRY LIFT

F’Saki Chow
In “Guardians of the Galaxy,” inside the bar Boot of Jemiah on the planet Knowhere, gamblers are betting on Orlonis while they try to survive being eaten by F’saki. Here Tivan finds a more humane way to feed the fierce creatures, with bags of F’saki Chow.

Animatronic Dolores the Octopus
Disneyland devotees remember the Country Bear Vacation Hoedown. Terrance the bear (clad in swim trunks, no less) and his octopus girlfriend Dolores sang the fitting duet, “Two Different Worlds.” In the end things didn’t work out between the two, with Terrance declaring, “This just ain’t working out, Dolores.” Now she’s found a new home in the Tivan Collection, pink bow atop her head and all.

 

Harold the Matterhorn Yeti
The Matterhorn was home to Harold the Yeti for 37 years, surprising riders as they turned the corner on the coaster. For the 60th anniversary of the park Harold was replaced with a new animatronic monster. Now you can find him hanging out in the rafters of the fortress queue.

Howard the Duck
While waiting in the queue not only can you spot Howard the Duck in Tivan’s welcome video, but you can hear his voice if you listen closely. If you still need more Duck-Man in your life you can pick up a Howard the Duck plush in the Collector’s Warehouse.

Kamar-Taj Dragon
Uncovered and ready to display is a Kamar-Taj dragon statue. Kamar-Taj as referenced in “Doctor Strange” was the Himalayan home of the Ancient One and the Sorcerer Supreme of Earth.

Tower of Terror Painting
It makes sense that Tivan would want to keep some souvenirs from the Hollywood Tower Hotel, after all the lobby was filled with rare antiquities. One of which you’ll find while heading towards the gantry lift.

Have you spotted any other rare artifacts amongst the Collector’s treasures? Make sure you keep an eye out at the ever-changing Tivan Collection the next time you’re on Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT!

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The Guardians of the Galaxy join more than 20 heroes and villains for the Age of Heroes!

Super hero action, thrills and drama will soar, smash and burst into arenas across the country starting this summer with the debut of Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes. The iconic Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man and the Avengers are joined by the Guardians of the Galaxy, including Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Rocket and Drax, in a legendary battle to defend the universe from evil.

The newest production from Feld Entertainment, the world’s leading producer of live touring family entertainment, will premiere at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on July 7, 2017. Tickets go on sale tomorrow for all 2017 shows, including dates in Anaheim, Denver, Indianapolis, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.

“Our tremendously talented creative team and a nearly super human cast, have created a show that brings the grandeur of Marvel to life,” said Juliette Feld, producer of Marvel Universe LIVE! “Age of Heroes creates an experience that immerses families in non-stop action, creating movie-style thrills and jaw-dropping stunts that showcase the powers of your favorite Super Heroes right before your eyes.”

Called on by Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy join Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes on a momentous crusade against the scheming Nebula who teams up with the conniving and loathsome villains Loki and Green Goblin. The incredible superhuman forces of Iron Man, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk and Black Widow will unite in clashes that pit student against mentor, sister against sister and brother against brother.

Immersive video projection and cutting-edge special effects will captivate and transport audiences across the universe from the fantastical Savage Land to New York City and beyond. Spider-Man and Wasp’s dynamic aerial stunts along with Captain America’s daring motorcycle skills will be on display in the ultimate race against time to save mankind.

“I’m extremely excited to work on Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes and bring the talents and powers of these amazing characters with such dimensionality to life,” said Marvel’s chief creative officer, Joe Quesada. “Audiences will be on the edge of their seats as they witness the outrageous stunts and fight sequences in truly a unique experience that puts fans at the center of the action.”

Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes will travel throughout North America on a multiyear tour, including stops in Atlanta, Dallas, Miami and New York. After North America, the show will embark on an international tour in 2019. For a complete list of North American tour dates, locations and to purchase tickets, please visit the Marvel Universe LIVE! website. Stay current on the latest developments and tour dates nearest you by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube — @MarvelOnTour.

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It’s time to Hero Up at Disney California Adventure Park beginning May 27!

Last weekend, “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2” blasted its way to the top of the box office charts, and now the cosmic heroes are getting ready to land at Disney California Adventure park. The action kicks off in a big way May 27 with the opening of the all-new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! and the launch of Summer of Heroes which includes Super Hero fun for everyone!

During “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!” Star-Lord and Gamora return to the Collector’s Fortress to retrieve a special artifact … Star-Lord’s precious boom box. Looking to avoid discovery, they ignite a lively party vibe, enlisting everyone gathered around to help out and show off your favorite dance moves in a rockin’ Dance Off.
And for the first time on Terra (that’s Earth to you and me) you’ll encounter the one-and-only Groot. He arrives on the scene just as the Dance Off is wrapping up, but is happy to stay for a while and visit with everyone as Star-Lord and Gamora make their escape.

Summer of Heroes also brings more excitement across Hollywood Land, including the Avengers Training Initiative featuring Black Widow and Hawkeye and heroic encounters with Black Widow, Captain America and your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. This summer is going to be epic!

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