Disney Being Sued by Stan Lee Media

Recently, Stan Lee Media has filed a suit against the Walt Disney Co. seeking "billions of dollars of profit" while claiming they own the rights to Marvel characters such as Iron Man and Spider Man.

Stan Lee, creator of many of the popular Marvel characters, no longer is associated with Stan Lee Media. That company says Lee gave it the rights to the characters back in 1998, but then assigned the same rights to Marvel about a month later.

In this latest suit, Stan Lee Media states:

'Limited Time Magic' Planned for Disney Parks in 2013

Got plans to visit Walt Disney World in 2013? You may want to take note of this: Disney recently announced (with a huge ice castle in New York City's Time Square) they will be adding something called "Limited Time Magic" to their parks next year. Disney describes this new bit of magic as "unexpected experiences with an extra sprinkle of Pixie Dust . . . that'll appear, then disappear when the next debuts."

Here are just a few of the things Disney has in store for next year:

Fairy Periwinkle To Join Tinker Bell at Meet and Greet

Tinker Bell will soon have a new friend helping her meet guests at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Periwinkle, a frost fairy Tinker Bell meets in the Disney Fairies movie, "Secret of the Wings," will be joining Tinker Bell to greet guests at Disney parks in Florida and California.

New Phineas & Ferb Experience Coming to Downtown Disney

Calling all Phineas and Ferb fans: Downtown Disney will be the site of a new, all-ages experience featuring the braniac duo starting next month. "Phineas & Ferb & YOU: A Brand New Reality" is set to start September 1 in DD.

This new experience will let guests step in and interact virtually with Phineas, Ferb, Dr. Doofenshmirtz and Agent P. To do so, guests will step onto a platform and then be able to see themselves ineracting with the characters on a screen. There will be twenty different interactions, including "The Platypus Walk" and experiencing Dr. Doofenshmirtz's Freeze-inator.

Disney Characters Take the Stage in North Korea

A concert held in North Korea for that country's new leader, Kim Jong Un, featured a few well-loved Western characters. Mickey, Minnie, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger took to the stage during a recent concert in Pyongyang while clips from Disney films played in the background.

New Character Meet and Greet in Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World has designated a new space for meeting characters within the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland. Guests can now catch up with their favorite personalities from the Hundred Acre Wood next to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

Pooh and his friends used to greet guests near the Splash Mountain exit, but now make their greeting home near Pooh's attraction. In addition, Woody and Jessie of "Toy Story" fame will now be meeting up with guests at the Splash Mountain exit location (they were previously at the upper Splash Mountain gate).

New Meet and Greet Planned for Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney is planning a new character meet and greet to debut at its Animal Kingdom park. The site of the new meet and greet will be Beastly Bazaar; that store is set to close August 12 to undergo its transformation to the character-guest meet up space.

Guests who liked the Beastly Bazaar's bulk candy purchasing option will be happy to note this feature will still be offered within the park after the store's closing - at Chester and Hester's in the Dinoland, U.S.A. section.

New Pixar Stamps Available Now

Got a letter to send? How about sending a bit of Disney and Pixar charm along with it? Late last week, the United States Postal Office debuted a series of new stamps featuring popular characters from several Disney Pixar films.

Pixar-Themed Cruises Coming This Fall

The folks at Pixar have given us many of our favorite characters, and now some of that same magic will be found at sea. Recently, the Disney Cruise Line announced a series of Pixar-themed cruises planned for this fall.

Cruises set to offer the Pixar theme are seven-night costal California cruises aboard the Disney Wonder. A variety of activities centered around Pixar characters are planned for each cruise and will include:

  • Artist and filmmakers giving an inside look into the making of the newest Pixar film, Brave.
  • Sneak peeks of upcoming Pixar films

Meet Merida From 'Brave' At Walt Disney World

While her movie isn't set to hit the big screen until next month, the heroine from Disney-Pixar's latest animated movie is ready to meet guests at Walt Disney World.

Merida, the flame-haired female lead from the flick "Brave," has taken over the Fairytale Garden for "Tangled" characters Rapunzel and Flynn in her own meet and greet. Guests can experience this new enhanced version of a meet and greet with Merida at the garden near Cinderella's Castle in the Magic Kingdom. The experience features an archery component as well as bear cubs from the movie.

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Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away Comes To Life at Disney's Hollywood Studios

While dedicated Star Wars fans wait with baited breath for the debut of a fully immersive new land at Disney's Hollywood Studios, the powers that be have seen fit to integrate as much galactic fun as possible into the Park. Most of this, so far, has come in form of new entertainment, and Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away is one such show.

Disney History: Song of the South

Despite earning a seemingly permanent home in the famed "Disney Vault" due to its reliance on racial stereotypes to tell a story, Song of the South has an enduring legacy in Walt Disney World, even if many guests don't recognize the origin of some of Disney's most iconic elements. The Reconstruction Era film centers on Uncle Remus, a black man who is presumably a recently freed slave, telling stories to the children.

Top Five Walt Disney World Character Meals for All Ages

When my kids were younger (think: toddlers) we enjoyed a lot of character meals at Walt Disney World. Some were good, some were not-so-good, and one we did because we felt like it was our duty as parents to take the kids to breakfast inside Cinderella Castle. Three times on three different vacations. Thanks, Cinderella.

The Best Things About Epcot’s Norway Pavilion

The Norway pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase has long been one of my favorite pavilions, and not just because it used to be home to Maelstrom. I love the pavilion for several other reasons and even now that Maelstrom has been replaced by all things Frozen the pavilion still holds a special place in my Disney heart.

Alternative Ideas To Autograph Books at Walt Disney World

Carrying an autograph book with you on your Walt Disney World Vacation is a fun activity for Guests of all ages. Many Disney fans enjoy working their way through Character Meet-and-Greets where they can collect the autographs of their favorite Characters, or even try to collect them all. If you enjoy collecting Disney autographs but have been thinking about ways to add some creativity to your signature hunt, we've got some fabulous alternatives to the classic Disney autograph book for you.

Discover Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire Castle Show

Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy invite friends from enchanted lands far and wide to celebrate with them at the Royal Friendship Fair. The new show playing on the Cinderella Castle forecourt stage brings to life the more recent Disney stories in a performance featuring an original song, memorable movie music, lively dancing and even a few special effects. 'Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire' invites all those assembled to come together on this day and celebrate friendship.

When The World Needs Magic

I'll admit it; I'm having a rough time writing this week. The day-to-day world is not a nice place, and Orlando, Florida has had much more than its share of tragedy for the time. Yesterday, I called my boss to ask how I was supposed to write happy Walt Disney World stories amidst all the pain and horror the past week has held. In a calm and reassuring way, I was told that it was all right for me to take time to grieve, but reminded that the world still needs magic.

The 10 Top Things To Do At Walt Disney World According To My 21 Year Old

I will admit right now, I got a little help with this article from my son, who has been dragged by his Mother on Disney vacations his entire life. As he's mentioned recently, I'm old, so I enlisted his expertise (read - guilted him into helping) on sharing what he thinks is the best of Walt Disney World for young "hip" adults. I don't know, for me being so old, the list doesn't seem all that much different than what I like to do. So - here we go - take it away Kirk!

100+ Topiary On Display At The 23rd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

One of the things that the Walt Disney World horticulture team is known for is the more than 200 opulent topiary that can be found across property. During the 23rd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, guests will be able to view these magnificent living sculptures, and wonder at the skill and craftsmanship that goes into creating them. While the creation of topiary has been around since ancient Rome, over the years Disney Imagineering has put its own unique stamp on the art we see today.

Breakfast With Character At The Garden Grill

Want to start off your day with a hearty breakfast at Epcot? How about a breakfast that is all you care to eat (served family style), has great character interaction, AND rotates? Then itis time to head on over to the Garden Grill located in the Land pavilion. Chip and Dale's Harvest Feast features a delicious variety of breakfast foods, beverages, and even a visit from the hosts themselves! On most days you can expect to have Chip, Dale, Pluto and Farmer Mickey drop by your table (usually more than once).