‘The Mandalorian’ Racked Up 33M Demand Expressions In Europe After Disney+ Launch, Says Parrot Analytics

EXCLUSIVE: There is little doubt that The Mandalorian was one of Disney+’s star attractions when it launched in Europe earlier this month, and now TV research company Parrot Analytics has provided some insight on its performance.

Parrot collects data from across social media, video streaming, photo sharing, blogging and research platforms to produce “demand expression” figures — putting a number on the total audience demand for a particular TV program.

The analytics company said there were 33M demand expressions for The Mandalorian on March 24, when Disney+ launched in seven countries across Europe loaded with the first two episodes of the Star Wars spin-off. This made it the most in-demand streaming original in each market.

Demand was highest in Germany, where there were more than 12M demand expressions. The UK was next in line with 7.9M expressions, followed by Italy (6.5M), Spain (5M), Switzerland (723,629), Austria (535,771) and Ireland (396,099).

Disney has not revealed how individual shows are performing on Disney+, but the streaming service has amassed 28.6M subscribers in the U.S. since its launch in November last year. Disney chairman Bob Iger said it had “exceeded even our greatest expectations.”

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Meghan Markle Narrates Disneynature's 'Elephant' Documentary

Documentary hits Disney+ for streaming on April 3

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, is the narrator of the upcoming Disneynature documentary “Elephant” that will hit streaming on Disney+ on April 3.

Disney+ announced the news on a poster for the film on Thursday saying that the film is narrated by “Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex.”

The film will also hit the streaming service alongside another Disneynature movie called “Dolphin Reef,” and you can watch a joint teaser trailer for both films as released on the web Thursday, but Markle’s narration does not appear in the trailer.

The Times UK reported in January that Markle had signed a voiceover deal with Disney in exchange for a contribution to the wildlife charity Elephants Without Borders, which protects the animals from poaching. The news came shortly on the heels of Markle and Prince Harry’s announcement that they would “step back” as senior members of the Royal family. Video had even surfaced of Prince Harry pitching Markle’s voice talents to Bob Iger at the red carpet UK premiere of “The Lion King” last year.

“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen,” Markle said in an Instagram post at the time.

“Elephant” follows an African elephant named Shani and her spirited son Jomo as their herd make an epic journey hundreds of miles across the vast Kalahari Desert. Led by their great matriarch, Gaia, the family faces brutal heat, dwindling resources and persistent predators, as they follow in their ancestor’s footsteps on a quest to reach a lush, green paradise.

The Evolution of Meghan Markle, From 'Suits' Star to Real-Life Princess (Photos)

  • Meghan Markle was an actress before marrying Prince Harry and becoming the Duchess of Sussex. With the couple stepping back from their royal duties and seeking to become “financially independent,” could we see Markle back on the small screen? Check out her previous roles.

  • “A Lot Like Love” (2005) 

    Markle literally played a “hot girl” in this romantic comedy starring Ashton Kutcher. Markle was seated next to Kutcher’s character on a plane. And that was pretty much it.  

  • “CSI: NY” (2006) 

    Before Meghan landed a series regular role, she had a small bit in this crime procedural, playing a maid who cleaned up for businessmen while dressed in lingerie.  Spoiler alert: She didn’t commit the murder.

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  • “Remember Me” (2010) 

    One of Markle’s first roles was a small part in this romantic drama starring Robert Pattinson and Emilie de Ravin. Luckily, Markle’s career took a better turn than the end of this film.  

  • Markle met her first husband, Trevor Engelson, when he was a producer on “Remember Me.” The two divorced in 2013 after two years of marriage.

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  • “Suits” (2011 – 2018):  Meghan starred on this USA legal drama from its premiere as Rachel Zane, a paralegal who eventually goes to law school herself.

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  • “Horrible Bosses” (2011) 

    Markle had a teeny, tiny bit in this raunchy comedy, but managed to steal a scene with Jason Sudeikis, who told her she was far too cute to be a FedEx girl. “You’ve got to be an actress or a model or something,” he said. Try royalty, Sudeikis.

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  • “Castle” (2012)  

    Markle actually played a princess once. Well, kinda. The actress starred in an episode of this ABC drama as Sleeping Beauty, or a woman who is dressed up like her before she is almost murdered. Markle turned out to be the one who hatched the entire scheme and was killing off her friends. 

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  • “Dater’s Handbook” (2016) 

    Yes, Markle has even done a Hallmark channel movie. She played Cass, a successful businesswoman who had some trouble finding love. But don’t worry, she did after using a dating manual, and then throwing it out entirely.  Soon after wrapping this made-for-TV movie, Markle truly found love with Harry.

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  • Markle told Vanity Fair that she met Prince Harry in July 2016 — and the two first made an official joint public appearance at the Invictus Games in September 2017 in Toronto, a multi-sport event launched by Harry for wounded, injured and sick military servicepeople to compete.

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  • In November 2017, Harry and Meghan announced their engagement.

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  • On May 19, 2018, Markle and Prince Harry wed in a star-studded ceremony at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. She holds the title Duchess of Sussex as well as Princess Henry of Wales (Henry is Harry’s real name).

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  • In May 2019, Markle took on a new role: mom. The Duchess welcomed son Archie on May 9. 

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  • In January 2020, the Duke and Duchess announced they would be stepping back from their royal duties and splitting time in North America. The also plan on launching a new charitable endeavor.

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Markle has played everything from a “naughty” maid on CSI to a whip-smart paralegal

Meghan Markle was an actress before marrying Prince Harry and becoming the Duchess of Sussex. With the couple stepping back from their royal duties and seeking to become “financially independent,” could we see Markle back on the small screen? Check out her previous roles.

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Disney Pixar’s ‘Onward’ To Be Released Online Early

Onward, the Disney Pixar animated feature, is being made available online ahead of schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on cinemas.

The studio will make the film available to buy digitally and on Movies Anywhere for $19.99 today at 5:00PM PST, and it will be released on Disney+ on April 3 in the U.S.

It had grossed $62M domestic and $103M global before cinemas around the world shuttered due to the spread of COVID-19. With no confirmed date in place yet for theaters to re-open, and many people stuck at home, more films are heading online.

Earlier this week, Universal opted to release Blumhouse’s The Invisible Man and The Hunt, and Focus Features’ Emma online early, breaking the theatrical window. Warns Bros made a similar move with its Ben Affleck-starring The Way Back yesterday.

Onward‘s director Dan Scanlon and Kori Rae said they hoped the film would be back in theaters when they reopen.

“While we’re looking forward to audiences enjoying our films on the big screen again soon, given the current circumstances, we are pleased to release this fun, adventurous film to digital platforms early for audiences to enjoy from the comfort of their homes,” the pair commented.

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Disney World slammed for holding 'farewell' party before shutdown

Disney World is slammed for holding a huge ‘farewell’ party before coronavirus shutdown – and critics include Walt Disney co-founder’s GRAND DAUGHTER

  • Abigail Disney wrote ‘are you f****** kidding me’ in response to pictures of party
  • Disney closed the Orlando, Florida, resort as US tackles spread of coronavirus
  • Coronavirus killed 69 and infected 3,774 in the US alone and is highly contagious
  • Disney has closed all its parks in US, Europe and Asia in a bid to slow the spread 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Disney World has been slammed for holding a huge ‘farewell’ party with hundreds of visitors before the park shuts over coronavirus fears.

Critics included Abigail Disney, the grand daughter of Walt Disney Co’s co-founder Roy Disney. 

Disney shut its flagship theme park resort in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday night as the country tackles the spread of coronavirus, which has killed 69 and infected 3,774 in the US alone.

Florida currently has around 130 of those cases.

Disney World has been slammed for holding a huge ‘farewell’ party with hundreds of visitors (pictured) before the park shuts over coronavirus fears

Huge crowds gathered to see the Disney characters on a balcony shortly before the theme park closed

Ms Disney wrote ‘are you f****** kidding me’ in response to pictures of massive crowds at Sunday night’s showing of ‘Happily Ever After’, a fireworks show in Florida’s Magic Kingdom. 

The deadly bug – which has killed 6,000 people and infected more than 169,000 worldwide – has forced the closure of all Disney parks in the US, Europe and Asia.

Last night’s celebrations were held in Magic Kingdom in the Orlando resort which had 20 million visitors in 2018 making it the most-visited theme park in the world.

Walt Disney World News Today – who are unaffiliated with the actual resort – first shared the images of the night with the caption: ‘A whole cast of characters, from Mary Poppins, to Stitch and even Cinderella were at the special farewell at the Magic Kingdom.’

Disney shut its flagship theme park resort in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday night (pictured: revelers at the park before its closure) as the country tackles the spread of coronavirus

Critics of the event – where Mickey and Minnie Mouse characters gathered on a balcony – included Abigail Disney, the grand daughter of Walt Disney Co’s co-founder Roy Disney

People flocked to Twitter to slam the park.

Nicole wrote: ‘Disney was irresponsible for doing this, they should’ve closed Friday morning.’

John Iglesias added: ‘It’s irresponsible. I just can’t believe we can’t come together on something so basic.’

And Peter Crowley added: ‘This irresponsibility is disgusting. If Florida’s healthcare system is overwhelmed, Mickey will have blood on his gloves.’

Ms Disney wrote ‘are you f****** kidding me’ in response to pictures of the ‘farewell’ party at Disney World

Disney World has been approached for comment. 

It comes as Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure both shut their gates on Saturday morning and remained shuttered at least through the end of the month, the company said.

The move comes as leadership change leaves investors unsure of the company’s long term potential. 

After 15 years, Bob Iger announced the decision to step back and handed over the reins to Bob Chapek.

People flocked to Twitter to slam the park. Disney World has been approached for comment

Its stock has fallen 28 per cent since the leadership change was announced.

Disney said that there have been no reported cases of coronavirus at Disneyland Resort, but that the parks were being shut down in accordance with an executive order from California Governor Gavin Newsom banning large public gatherings.

Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are next door to each other in the Los Angeles suburb of Anaheim.

It will only be the sixth time in history that Disneyland Park has made an unscheduled closure.

The resort says hotels will remain open until Monday so guests can make travel arrangements.

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Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure CLOSE over coronavirus

Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure CLOSE due to the coronavirus outbreak

  • Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will both close starting Saturday
  • No coronavirus cases were reported at the parks, but closure is a precaution
  • It is only the sixth unscheduled closure in Disneyland Park’s history 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Walt Disney Co has announced that it is closing its parks in California due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure will both close starting on Saturday morning and remain shuttered at least through the end of the month, the company said on Thursday.

Disney said that there have been no reported cases of coronavirus at Disneyland Resort, but that the parks were being shut down in accordance with an executive order from California Governor Gavin Newsom banning large public gatherings. 

Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are next door to each other in the Los Angeles suburb of Anaheim. 

Disneyland Park in California is seen in a file photo. Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure will both close starting on Saturday morning

It will only be the sixth time in history that Disneyland Park has made an unscheduled closure. 

The resort says hotels will remain open until Monday so guests can make travel arrangements. 

Previous unscheduled Disneyland closures 

Disneyland has previously had only five unscheduled closures:

California on Thursday joined Washington and Oregon in banning non-essential public gatherings of more than 250 people.

Newsom said smaller events could proceed, but only if attendees distance themselves from each other by at least six feet.    

‘Changing our actions for a short period of time will save the life of one or more people you know,’ Newsom said. 

‘The people in our lives who are most at risk – seniors and those with underlying health conditions – are depending on all of us to make the right choice.’ 

More than 1,480 coronavirus cases have been reported in the US as of Thursday morning, prompting the cancellation of festivals, conferences, political rallies and other events across the nation.

Disney’s move was just the latest high-profile closure as authorities raced against time to contain the spread of the deadly virus.

The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure is seen in a file photo at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim

Across the country, the entertainment industry prepared for an unprecedented shutdown, canceling upcoming movies, suspending all Broadway performances and eliminating live audiences from television shows until it’s safe to welcome crowds back.

To accommodate calls for social distancing, Hollywood moved to pause the normal hum of TV productions and the bustle of red-carpet movie premieres. 

After New York Goveror Andrew Cuomo banned gatherings of more than 500 people, Broadway theaters announced that they would close immediately and remain dark through April 12.

The closures amount to a nearly complete halting of the industry, from Lincoln Center to Hollywood, and the largest-scale shutdown of many of the country’s major arteries of culture.

The upcoming ‘A Quiet Place 2’ and the latest ‘Fast & Furious’ movie joined the many postponements that have erased much of the upcoming movie release calendar. The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall all canceled events through March 31.

The dawning awareness of the virus’ reach had already forced the cancellation or postponement of all major imminent events on the calendar, including the sprawling South by Southwest conference and festival in Austin, Texas and Hollywood’s annual movie expo CinemaCon, in Las Vegas.

Also shuttered were this month’s Kids Choice Awards in Los Angeles; the sunny California music festival Coachella, which was put off until October; and big television events like the NBA season, which was put on hiatus after a player tested positive for the virus. The NHL also suspended its season.

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Are We Sure Coronavirus Fears Will Benefit Netflix and Other Streamers?

Coronavirus Movie Theater Closures Hit Half of the World’s Top 10 Box Office Markets

We’re not saying this is inspired by recent events that fill us with terror and insomnia, but we are saying that if you happen to relate to that feeling, here’s a list of very cathartic movies about virus outbreaks to get you through it. Whether you want realism, fantasy, horror or maybe computer stuff, we have you covered. Feel free to take a personal day and not leave the house while you watch. And, before you ask: This whole gallery could have been nothing but zombie movies, so we decided to limit things to just Zombie movies that make the disease aspect front and center.

  • “The Seventh Seal” (1957) – If you haven’t seen Ingmar Bergman’s masterpiece, drop everything and do it now — if only so you can finally understand the context for half the jokes in “Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey.” Set during the Black Death plague of the 1300s, the film centers on a knight who encounters the angel of death, and the game of chess they play for his soul.

  • “The Last Man on Earth” (1964)/”The Omega Man” (1971)/”I Am Legend (2007)” – Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel “I Am Legend” inspired three very different adaptations. All they have in common is that a plague wiped out most of humanity and the survivors, save the main character, have been turned into (essentially) vampires. Will Smith’s 2007 film kept the title but removed pretty much everything related to the book’s big twist. Vincent Price’s charming 1964 film preserves the plot best but has the lowest budget. But we’re most partial to Charlton Heston’s ultra-hammy 1971 film.

  • “The Andromeda Strain” (1971) – Based on the Michel Crighton novel, the film follows scientists investigating an infectious organism that fell to Earth from space. We’ll spoil the ending by telling you they mostly save the day, so relax. Notable for some very innovative cinematography.

  • “Dawn of the Dead” (1978/2004 remake) – George A. Romero’s 1978 classic isn’t just a clever satire of consumerism. It’s also a look at how the zombie apocalypse functions like a plague. And while Zack Snyder’s action-packed remake ditched the satire, it actually expanded the disease element. Both are perfect to watch when you want your global pandemics fictional instead of so IRL you can’t sleep.

  • “Outbreak” (1995) – When a new viral hemorrhagic disease breaks out in a small American town, CDC scientists race against time to stop it from spreading. Unfortunately, they also have to deal with a bloodthirsty Army general who wants the virus for a bioweapon and is determined to prevent a cure. This absurd plot was inspired by a celebrated nonfiction history of viruses like ebola because ah, Hollywood. But at least it’s directed by the great Wolfgang Petersen.

  • “12 Monkeys” (1995) – Terry Gilliam’s sci-fi classic stars Bruce Willis as a time traveler sent back to the 1990s to identify the origin of a global pandemic that nearly wiped out humanity. The portrayal of our world just before, and long after, the (near) end of civilization is harrowing. Luckily, the crazed ecoterrorist wannabe played by Brad Pitt provides much needed comic relief.

  • “Cabin Fever” (2002) – Eli Roth’s directorial debut follows a group of recent college graduates who become infected with a flesh eating virus during a camping trip. It was remade in 2016 but neither version makes camping look any more appealing. 

  • “Resident Evil” Series (2002-2017) – The only things you need to know about this multifilm franchise based on the Capcom video games is that an evil corporation creates a virus that turns most of humanity into zombies, Mila Jovovich kicks a lot of ass, and it’s a go-to for seriously awesome actors looking for paycheck jobs they don’t have to be embarrassed about. It’s great. 

  • “28 Days Later” (2003)/”28 Weeks Later” (2007) – In Danny Boyle’s excellent 2003 original, and its very superior sequel directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, the world is beset by a viral pandemic that turns anyone infected into permanently enraged monsters. Don’t call them zombies but, uh, they totally are. 

  • “Carriers” (2009) – In this postapocalyptic drama, four friends who survived a global pandemic road trip to a place they can hopefully live in peace. Spoiler: Things don’t really work out. But it has Chris Pine, Emily Van Camp, Christopher Meloni and Piper Perabo, plus Kiernan Shipka in one of her earliest pre-“Mad Men” roles. 

  • “Blindness” (2008) – Based on the Portuguese novel by José Saramago, the film looks at what happens when the world is hit by a pandemic that renders people blind. Worth it for the cast alone, which includes Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Gael García Bernal, Danny Glover and Alice Braga.

  • “Black Death” (2010) – Sean Bean gets in a warm up session for his career-defining role as Ned Stark here as a leader of a group of knights searching for a heretic during the 14th-century plague. Eddie Redmayne plays a monk who accompanies the knights. Fun fact: Carice van Houten also gets in a “Game of Thrones” warm-up, playing a scheming maybe-maybe-not witch. 

  • “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (2011) – The reboot of the 1960s-70s “Planet of the Apes” series is anchored by a truly exceptional mo-cap performance from Andy Serkis as the super-intelligent chimp Caesar. It’s in this list because Caesar gets his brainpower from an experimental viral-based Alzheimer’s treatment, which unfortunately mutates into a deadly pathogen that kills billions of humans. Whoops.

  • “Contagion” (2011) – You might recognize this as the Steven Soderbergh film where Gwyneth Paltrow dies horribly from a deadly new virus. It’s also a smart thriller about how diseases spread, the difficulty in finding a cure and the way conspiracy theorists and incompetent or malicious authorities can make it worse. Uh, excuse us we need a drink this is too real.

  • “World War Z” (2013) – If you loved the fictional oral history (written by Max Brooks) of how humanity narrowly survived a zombie apocalypse, you’ll kind of like this in-name-only adaptation directed by Marc Forster. Brad Pitt plays a UN worker racing against time to discover the origins of a sudden global zombie pandemic — who still takes time to make damn sure product placement contracts are fulfilled.

  • HONORABLE MENTION: “Hackers” (1995) – We saved the absolute best for last. It’s not just a surprisingly great ’90s artifact about computer geeks fighting an evil corporate techie. With a dope soundtrack. And a cast packed with virtual unknowns who would go on to huge fame and acclaim, including (no, really) Wendell Pierce, Lorraine Bracco, Matthew Lillard, Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie. (Plus the criminally underrated Laurence Mason, and the villain played by Fisher Stevens.) It’s also a movie about a virus outbreak. OK, OK, a computer virus. But after all the death you saw in those other movies, “Hackers” is a welcome and much needed fun time. You’re in the butter zone now, baby.

  • Netflix and chill?

    We’re not saying this is inspired by recent events that fill us with terror and insomnia, but we are saying that if you happen to relate to that feeling, here’s a list of very cathartic movies about virus outbreaks to get you through it. Whether you want realism, fantasy, horror or maybe computer stuff, we have you covered. Feel free to take a personal day and not leave the house while you watch. And, before you ask: This whole gallery could have been nothing but zombie movies, so we decided to limit things to just Zombie movies that make the disease aspect front and center.

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    Disneyland Resort and Theme Parks to Close as Coronavirus Spreads

    Closures will begin March 14

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    Disney said on Thursday that it will close its Disneyland resort and theme parks in Anaheim, Calif. amid concerns of the novel coronavirus spread in the U.S.

    “While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Disneyland Resort, after carefully reviewing the guidelines of the Governor of California’s executive order and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, beginning the morning of March 14 through the end of the month,” a Disneyland spokesperson said in a statement. “The Hotels of Disneyland Resort will remain open until Monday, March 16 to give guests the ability to make necessary travel arrangements; Downtown Disney will remain open. We will monitor the ongoing situation and follow the advice and guidance of federal and state officials and health agencies. Disney will continue to pay cast members during this time.”

    The last time Disney shut down the park was after the terrorist attacks on September 11, and Disneyland has only close two other times prior: The national day of mourning after the JFK assassination and after the Northridge Earthquake in 1994, which was one of the most powerful ever recorded in North America.

    More to come…

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    Disneyland's Avengers Campus will have 3 places to eat, from an 'Ant-Man'-themed restaurant to a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' food cart

    • A Marvel-themed land is coming to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, this summer.
    • Insider received a sneak peek at Avengers Campus on March 6 as part of a press preview.
    • In addition to a new Spider-Man ride featuring Peter Parker, there will be three places to eat: The Pym Test Kitchen, Shawarma Palace, and Terran Treats.
    • There's also a bar called the Pym Tasting Lab.
    • Food options range from a chicken sandwich to mini pasta and meatballs. Avengers Campus will also offer two Impossible meat dishes.
    • Avengers Campus will open July 18, 2020.
    • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

    Terran treats is another cart inspired by the park's "Guardians of the Galaxy" ride that will sell two different dessert treats.

    If you're familiar with California Adventure, Terran Treats will be located right next to Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: Breakout attraction and has a humorous backstory connected to Avengers campus. 

    Terran Treats is centered around the "Guardians of the Galaxy" character Taneleer Tivan, the Collector. As his name suggests, he likes to collect rare and unusual things. A bunch of them are on display on the "GotG" California Adventure ride, but he's always looking to add to that collection. That's where the park guests come into play.

    Terrans is another word for humans. So Tivan is essentially running a "human treats" cart to try and add park guests to his growing collection inside the Guardians' attraction.

    "[Tivan] has his Terran Treats cart to lead us towards his fortress," said Avengers Campus story development lead, Jillian Pagan, of how the cart is tied into the "Guardians" attraction. 

    The cart's food options are an extension of Tivan's character theme.

    "They have this crazy, alien-looking food that you think is going to taste like one thing and tastes like something totally different," said Pagan, who clarified the food isn't creepy like Tivan.

    One of the items is the sweet spiral ration, which is essentially a churro. Six different colors were shown off to press — red, blue, purple, orange, yellow, and red. If they remind you of the Infinity power stones from the Marvel movies, that's the idea. Each color donates a different flavor churro.

    The cart will also have a crispy cream puff called the Cosmic Cream Orb.

    The cream puff has a whipped raspberry cheesecake mousse and is meant to look like the purple power Infinity stone seen in "Guardians of the Galaxy."

    Shawarma Palace brings a moment from the end of 2012's "The Avengers" to life.

    "At the end of the first 'Avengers,' the battle-weary Avengers went to the local shawarma joint and tried it," said Pagan.

    "In our fiction, they loved that shawarma so much, it became a tradition for them," Pagan continued. "Naturally, when they crafted their Avengers Campus, they invited their friends from New York to open a second cart here so they and their fellow recruits could get shawarma whenever they want."

    The cart will have two shawarma options. The first is a chicken shawarma wrap called New York's Tastiest. The second, the Impossible Victory Falafel, is a plant-based option with Impossible falafels and a wrap made from crusted cauliflower.

    You can read more on the Shawarma Palace cart here.

    The main food location in Avengers Campus will be the Pym Test Kitchen.

    "Superheroes don't normally open restaurants, but what they would do, is use their technology to help the world," said Pagan of the story behind the "Ant-Man and the Wasp"-inspired eatery.

    "In our story, they are using their shrinking and growing technology to create new innovations in food science," Pagan added.

    The Pym Test Kitchen will play with combinations of large and small-sized food, ranging from chicken sandwiches to pasta dishes with large and small meatballs.

    The inside of the Pym Test Kitchen shows food going through a quantum tunnel.

    "Of course, you can feed much more people if you can run a normal-sized pretzel through this quantum tunnel machine, hit it with some Pym Particles, and make it grow to a giant size," said Pagan. "Our food and beverage team has done an amazing job extending that story-telling to the food. So you will be able to buy a giant pretzel."

    Each food item at the test kitchen is labeled as an experiment number. One of the main items you can order is the "Not So Little Chicken Sandwich."

    It comes with an overly large piece of fried chicken breast on a regular-sized bun. Some members of the press didn't seem too happy about that since it made it tougher to pick up the sandwich. You could easily chop up the chicken with a fork and knife, but some didn't seem to see the humor in the sandwich to the "Ant-Man" story-telling.

    The sandwich is topped with teriyaki and red chili sauces, pickled cabbage slaw, and crispy potato tots. A children's version of this is called the Subatomic chicken sandwich (experiment No. SE91).

    Instead of the chicken sandwich, I got to try the test kitchen's version of caesar salad with a colossal crouton (experiment No. EE92). It felt like a stretch to call it a caesar salad, though.

    I wasn't too impressed with it and definitely would not pay Disney prices for, what seemed like, a giant piece of romaine lettuce adorned with caesar dressing, kalamata olives, pickled onions, and parmesan crisp. This would not fill me up. Disneyland Resorts didn't provide a photo of that menu item. 

    I did get to try the Impossible Spoonful, which came with large and small pasta and a small and large plant-based meatball and cheese.

    I enjoyed this dish for the playful aspect of how it looked when served. Regular-sized rigatoni was mixed in with smaller ditalini pasta. The meatballs are made using Impossible meat.

    There's also a children's version of this meal called Mini Pasta & Meat-balls (Experiment No. SE47). 

    For the press event, a tiny fork came with my giant meatball, which I personally got a kick out of. We were told tiny silverware will not be available at the test kitchen. Upon hearing that, I stowed my tiny fork to bring home as a souvenir.

    One of the other main dishes here is a family-sized Pym-ini. It can also be ordered in individual servings called the Teeny Pym-ini.

    The Pym-ini sandwich is served on toasted ciabatta with salami, rosemary ham, provolone, sun-dried tomato mayonnaise, arugula, and marinara dipping sauce.

    The PB³ Superb Sandwich is an adult peanut butter and jelly sandwich with bacon.

    It comes with peanut butter, banana, smoked bacon, and strawberry jelly. It's served with a shot of a banana smoothie and crispy potato tots. 

    That blue swirl on the bread? That's supposed to resemble blue PYM particles that have hit the bread and enlarged it slightly.

    Here are the rest of the menu items guests can choose from.

    Experiment No. IP42: Quantum Pretzel
    396 Grams Bavarian-style with mustard and Beer Cheese Dipping Sauce

    Experiment No. SE40: PB & J Flavor Lab (kids meal)
    Smooth peanut butter, strawberry jelly, and PYM particle bread 

    Experiment No. SC1: Candy Bar
    It's a giant candy bar filled with caramel, nougat, peanuts, chocolate brownie. It's covered in dark chocolate. 

    Guests will be able to purchase Pingo Doce soda, a nod to Bruce Banner's time in Rio de Janeiro when he worked at the soda company's bottling plant.

    "As you are moving through the space, we are bringing that fun and humor and whimsy to the space itself," said Pagan.

    Inside the kitchen, you'll also be able to see giant soda cans in the ceiling along with giant ketchup and mustard bottles. Pingo Dolce soda (above on the right) and Proton PB&J Punch (above left) are both non-alcoholic beverages. 

    The Proton and PB&J Punch is made with Odwalla lemonade with strawberry and peanut butter flavors. It comes topped with housemade infused peanut butter whipped cream and is covered with tiny peanut butter-covered pretzel bites. 

    We tried and enjoyed both beverages. The Pingo Dolce reminded us of a Mountain Dew/Sprite beverage (it's a Coca-Cola product). As for the Proton and PB&J, the peanut butter flavor wasn't overwhelming at all. It tasted like a refreshing lemonade. We tried the beverage without the whipped cream. 

    If you want to get real fancy, the Test Kitchen will be selling glowing Pym particle discs and particle capsules for adults and kids to drop in their drinks to light them up.

    For the big Marvel fans, Disneyland will also be selling a large novelty cup that resembles an enlarged Pingo Doce soda can inside Avengers Campus.

    If you're an adult, you may want to check out the Pym Tasting Lab where there will be several alcoholic beverage offerings.

    "There is also, at the Pym Test Kitchen, our Pym Tasting Lab, which is our outdoor seating area," said Pagan of the area which is marked by an oversized beer can. "We don't just want to experiment on food, we also have to, in the name of science, make sure that Pym particles can work on beer [and] cocktails."

    Eight different beers will be on tap, including a domestic beer, a hazy IPA, a blood orange hefeweizen, a wheat ale, and an amber lager. Wine will also be available, including a cabernet and a chardonnay.

    For fans of Doctor Strange and Thor's encounter in "Thor: Ragnarok," they'll get a kick out of beers being poured from a reverse draft system where the glass fills from the bottom up — Strange refilled Thor's large glass with beer in the same way. Four of the eight beers will be available to order this way.

    "We're excited to be able to put a reverse tap system in," said director of food and beverage experience integration for Disneyland Resort, Michele Gendreau. "That magic will be able to be seen from our guests at the counter when they come up to the Pym Tasting Lab."

    A pint-sized beer flight will be available that will come on a ruler that will be available for collectors to take home. The four beers will come in mini beer steins on an oversized ruler.

    I was able to try one of the beer cocktails called The Regulator.

    The drink is made with Patron silver tequila, lime juice, habanero and mango syrups, Golden Road Mango Cart Wheat Ale, and is garnished with mango-flavored popping pearls. 

    If you're a fan of tequila and mango, then you're probably going to like this. 

    There are four cocktail choices to choose from, including the Molecular Meltdown, which was described as an adult root beer float.

    Each drink will be served in a Pym Technologies beaker seen above. Here are the drinks you see above from left to right:

    X-Periment has the same ingredients as the Regulator without the beer.
    It's made with Patron silver tequila, lime juice, habanero and mango syrup. It's garnished with mango-flavored popping pearls. 

    Molecular Meltdown is an adult root beer.
    A Garage brewing marshmallow milk stout is combined with vanilla ice cream and topped with mini marshmallows.

    Honey Buzz comes with an edible straw.
    This drink is made with Plymouth gin, lemon juice, honey premium syrup, Elysian space dust, IPA, and a honey edible straw.

    Particle Fizz is made with hard seltzer.
    This is made with Endless Summer hard seltzer and comes with cherry flavored pearls. A variety of seasonal hard seltzers will be available at the Testing Lab. 

    In addition to beverages, a snack mix will be available at the testing lab called Snack Molecules.

    The dish consists of popped sorghum with mini pretzels and honey roasted peanuts. 

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    Critics Are Calling the New ‘Mulan’ Disney’s ‘Best Live-Action Remake’

    Disney’s highly anticipated live-action remake of Mulan hits theaters on March 27, and if early reviews are any indication, it may just be one of the best movies of the year.

    The film’s Los Angeles premiere went down on Monday, March 9, and from the looks of Twitter, critics dug it. Like, really dug it. As in, some are saying it’s Disney’s best-ever live-action remake. That’s quite the compliment, seeing as how Disney is rebooting just about every single one of its classic animated films.

    Movie journalists are shouting out the film’s star, Yifei Liu, and director, Niki Caro, specifically. “I’ve seen MULAN twice now and I must say it is grrrreat,” Yahoo! Entertainment’s Kevin Polowy tweeted. “Easily Disney’s best live action reboot. I think it’s also Disney’s first battle epic? It is beautiful & absorbing & rich & empowering. The cast is excellent and Niki Caro’s direction is just breathtaking.”

    Mashable’s deputy entertainment editor Angie J. Han added, “#Mulan is the best of the Disney live-action remakes since Cinderella—I didn’t even miss the songs. Finds new notes in a story we already know while delivering gorgeous action, heart, and humor. Liu Yifei is 🌟💥.”

    See some more reactions from industry people who have checked out the movie, below.

    Pop singer Hayley Kiyoko also saw the movie in advance—and loved it. “I LOVEEDDDD MULAN!!!!! It’s very different but it’s just as good I promise!!! So empowering and so important for the newer generations to see it,” she tweeted.

    Fans of the 1998 animated movie were sad to hear that this live-action remake wouldn’t be a musical (though Caro did tell BuzzFeed the original music will be honored in a “significant” way). On this decision, Mulan producer Jason Reed told Collider, “It will not be traditional ‘break into musical’ [songs]. They’re not going to stop their workouts to do a big musical number to camera. However, there are a number of songs that are iconic for the movie and tell a great version of the story, and they are very helpful to us in how we’re putting the movie together.”

    He continued, “It gets a little easier in animation to keep the tension and the reality in place and still have people break into song and sing to camera. We made the decision that we wanted to keep the world—even though it’s a fantasy—more grounded, more realistic so those emotions really played and the threat is very real. So we are using music in a slightly different way.”

    It seems this movie is superb, music or no music. I can’t wait to check it out.

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    UK’s Dagenham Studios Project Submits Planning Application & Unveils New Designs

    Dagenham Studios, the major film and TV studio development being propositioned for East London, has taken a step forward with the official submission of a planning application to the local council.

    New designs for the facility have been drawn up by Be First, Barking and Dagenham Council’s regeneration organization, which is overseeing the project. They feature six large sound stages, equivalent to 140,000 sq ft, offices totalling 85,200 sq ft, and workshops totalling 174,500 sq ft.

    The project has been in the works for a number of years, part of the UK’s ‘space race’ to build new facilities to cater for surging demand. Inward investment reached a new peak last year, with $4bn spent on UK shores by foreign companies across film and TV. The trend has seen a scramble by the U.S. majors to tie up studio space: last year, Netflix signed a long-term deal to make Shepperton Studios its de facto UK production hub, while Disney entered a similar deal at Pinewood.

    The Dagenham project hit a bump after U.S. entertainment real estate outfit Pacifica Ventures, which was named the partner back in March 2018, let its exclusive option to develop the site lapse last year, citing Brexit concerns. The Creative District Improvement Company (TCDI Co), which is currently on a PR offensive in the UK touting a $640M war chest to invest in the UK’s studios scene, has an offer on the table for Dagenham. Be First told Deadline today that it is speaking to a range of interested parties.

    Plans for the site are expected to be considered by the Council’s Planning Committee in July this year.

    “This is a crucial stage in our ambition to make Dagenham London’s Hollywood. Our dream of making the area as famous for films as it was for Fords is very much on track,” said Councillor, Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council.

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