Walt Disney World Chefs VoluntEAR at Homeless Facility
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Chefs from Walt Disney World Resort whipped up some delicious meals and were among the first to pepper their culinary expertise with the residents of the new Men’s Service Center at the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.

The Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida is the largest provider of homeless services in Central Florida and the largest residential facility for children. The Coalition provides a broad range of services to help deal with the root causes of homelessness, including job training and educational programs to over 600 men, women and children. The new Men’s Service Center offers community meals every night and provides supportive services for up to 250 men.

With 100 pounds of meat malls, 1,000 dinner rolls, 300 pounds of tortellini, 1500 corn dogs, 200 pounds of bread pudding and 750 cupcakes, the Disney chefs prepared enough food to feed 1,000 people during their latest bi-weekly visit to the nonprofit.

Disney’s involvement was not limited to the kitchen. Earlier this summer, other representatives from Disney volunteered time to unload trailers full of furniture, move them into the building and assemble the unfinished pieces. In addition, Disney has supported the Coalition through Disney Grants. As a top recipient of the grants, the Coalition receives ongoing comprehensive support from Disney, through volunteer board service, assistance in the maintenance and improvement of Coalition facilities and through the donations of more than 18,000 meals annually and warm clothing in the winter.

“Walt Disney World has been a long-time supporter of the work and mission of Coalition for the Homeless,” said Brent A. Trotter, president and CEO of the Coalition for the Homeless.  “Because of their generous support of our children’s programs, the donations of in-kind goods and services, and the hundreds of VoluntEAR hours given by so many Disney Cast Members on countless projects, we are able to provide crucial services to those experiencing the crisis of homelessness.”

In addition to supporting the Coalition for the Homeless, Disney is actively involved in helping address homelessness in Central Florida by working with community programs and partnerships to reduce the number of homeless people in the community and prevent more people from being at risk

Disney Recycling Mattresses By Donating To Local Non-Profit
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Walt Disney World Resort recently started donating mattresses and box springs to The Mustard Seed of Central Florida, which will recycle the materials, creating jobs for clients they serve.

Starting with 50 mattresses and box springs from Disney’s All-Star Resort in August, the project will expand to other Disney resort hotels later this year. When complete, Mustard Seed is expected to receive more 5,000 mattresses and box spring sets.

“Since receiving these donations from Walt Disney World Resort, we have been able to hire more employees and provide job training services to help those less skilled,” said Kathy Baldwin, executive director of The Mustard Seed of Central Florida. ”

The Mustard Seed of Central Florida hopes to rebuild the lives of families by providing furniture and clothing while also being environmentally responsible. For more than 25 years, the nonprofit has helped families climb out of crisis situations by collecting donated furniture and household items and granting them to pre-qualified families to help them reestablish a home.

The Mustard Seed of Central Florida’s Mattress Recycling Center provides a sustainable alternative to disposing of unneeded mattresses and box springs. Because these materials do not decompose, they place a burden on landfills. For every mattress or box spring deconstructed at The Mustard Seed, 23 cubic feet of landfill is saved and about 85 percent of the material is recycled.

With a strong commitment to minimizing its overall impact on the environment, Walt Disney World Resort encourages and inspires environmentally responsible behavior from its Cast Members, guests and business partners. Recycling is a big part of waste management at Walt Disney World Resort. In 2013, more than 125,000 tons of materials were recycled.

First Look Inside Avengers & X-Men: AXIS
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This October, the Marvel Universe prepares for the biggest battle its ever faced, and today Marvel is proud to present your very first look inside the highly anticipated AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #1! Blockbuster writer Rick Remender is joined by the star-studded artist line up of Adam Kubert, Leinil Yu, Terry Dodson and Jim Cheung for an epic conflict that will require the Avengers and the X-Men to stand together like never before!

From the ashes of Avengers vs. X-Men, rises a new threat. the Red Skull – a monstrous force of evil, now possesses the extraordinary mutant gifts of the late Charles Xavier. Exploiting the powers of the world’s most powerful telepath, he has amassed an army and broadcasts his message of hate across the globe. Residing in the once proud Mutant nation of Genosha, he has enslaved thousands of mutants in his bid for world domination.

“This is the big one,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “Super hero comics at their biggest and boldest. With the powers of Charles Xavier, the Red Skull is the biggest, baddest villain in the Marvel Universe. Rick’s story is massive and will touch all corners of the Marvel Universe in new and interesting ways.”

All that stands in the Red Skull’s path is the fragile alliance of Avengers and X-Men. Even united, they may not be enough to stem the coming darkness. Earth’s last hope hinges on these fractured squads fighting as one. But as the Age if Inversion looms upon us – have they already lost?

There’s a fine line between good & evil. Find out how thin as the battle commences in AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #1!

Plus, before Avengers & X-Men: AXIS kicks off, follow the events leading up to the blockbuster comic event of the year withAvengers & X-Men: AXIS – The Story So Far. Relive the war between Avengers and X-Men over the Phoenix Force, the Avengers Unity Squad’s first battle with the Red Skull in the pages of Uncanny Avengers and more.

For more on Avengers & X-Men:AXIS, please visit www.marvel.com. Join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #MarvelAXIS and don’t forget to follow us at @Marvel [www.twitter.com/Marvel]!

Disney Cast Members, HBCU Advocates Provide Higher Ed Insight to Local Students during HBCU College Information Fair
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As they look to the future, 100 students from Edgewater High School see the college experience through a new lens following today’s HBCU College Information Fair. As part of the 10th annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge Presented by Disney, the college fair was designed to familiarize students with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the world of opportunity higher education presents.

Held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, the event included presentations by United Negro College Fund Development Director Sherry Paramore, who outlined the value of an HBCU education, as well as how to prepare for college and secure financial aid. Students later mingled with Cast Members from Walt Disney World Resort who attended HBCUs. Representing ten HBCU alma maters, Cast Members shared how their college experiences prepared them for Disney careers.

“As HBCU alumni, the Disney Cast Members who attended today’s event have a unique perspective to share with our community’s high school students,” said Belinda Frazier, Manager of Corporate Citizenship for Walt Disney World Resort. “As our Cast Members discussed preparing for college, the HBCU experience and career opportunities, the students were inspired to dream and envision a successful future.”

The college fair is one of the highlights of a weekend of events and activities that showcase the diversity, higher education and contributions of HBCUs.

The centerpiece of the MEAC/SWAC Challenge Presented by Disney is the annual football game that matches up teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Nearly 20,000 fans come to Orlando for the yearly event. The game shines a national spotlight on the region and the University of Central Florida through broadcasts on ESPN.

The game, scheduled for Sunday at UCF’s Bright House Networks Stadium, will feature the North Carolina A&T Aggies and the Alabama A&M Bulldogs. With their teams in town for the game, representatives of North Carolina A&T and Alabama A&M took a break from the rivalry to speak to students at today’s event.

“It’s gratifying to see the HBCU community come together to inspire our next generation of students and leaders,” said Sherry Paramore from the United Negro College Fund. “These students represent the future of higher education and institutions like ours.”

Next El Cap Throw Back Is The Parent Trap On October 9
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The next edition of The El Capitan Throwback Friday will be The Parent Trap on October 9.

THE PARENT TRAP was originally released on June 19, 1961. This Walt Disney film which stars Hayley Mills, Maureen O’Hara and Brian Keith is a story about teenage twins on a quest to reunite their divorced parents. The screenplay by the film’s director David Swift was based upon the book LOTTIE AND LISA (Das Doppelte Lottchen) by Erich Kastner.

Identical twins Susan Evers and Sharon McKendrick (both played by Hayley Mills) meet at summer camp, unaware that they are sisters. Their identical appearance initially creates rivalry, and they continuously pull pranks on each other, which ultimately leads to the camp dance being crashed by their mischief. As punishment, they must live together in an isolated cabin for the remainder of their time at summer camp. After both admit they come from broken homes, they soon realize they are twin sisters and that their parents, Mitch (Brian Keith) and Maggie (Maureen O’Hara), divorced shortly after their birth, with each parent having custody of one of them. The twins, each eager to meet the parent she never knew, switch places. Learning the news that their father is planning to marry a gold digger, the twins scheme to sabotage their father’s marriage plans and get the former spouses back together.

General: $10 Includes: General Admission seat, 39oz popcorn, 12oz twist top soda.

VIP: $20 Includes: VIP seat, 64oz El Capitan souvenir popcorn bucket with lid, 20oz twist top soda.

Enver Gjokaj and Chad Michael Murray Join the Cast of Marvel’s Agent Carter
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Enver Gjokaj and Chad Michael Murray have joined the cast of Marvel’s Agent Carter. Enver is perhaps best known for his role in FOX’s Dollhouse, but he also played “Young Cop” in Marvel’s The Avengers. Chad Michael Murray is best known for his role of Lucas Scott on The CW’s One Tree Hill.

Agent Carter will air on ABC this Winter.

First Look at Marvel’s Inhuman #6
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This September, the residents of New Attilan face a new challenge in INHUMAN #6 – from blockbuster writer Charles Soule and Marvel All-New Young Gun artist Ryan Stegman! Medusa has poured the blood, sweat and tears of her people into rebuilding her civilization and protecting her people. Residing in the waters of the Hudson River, New Attlian stands as a shining beacon of Inhuman reconstruction. And she will not see it taken from her so easily! The Unspoken, former ruler of the Inhumans, has invaded the sovereign Inhuman nation and taken it by force! With all the Inhuman royal family held captive, it’s up to the new Inhumans to test their mettle! Young and inexperienced with powers yet beyond their control, what hope do the NuHumans have against the Unspoken’s forces? Find out when the rookies cut loose this September in INHUMAN #6!

Josh Gad to Host The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic
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“The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic” is an all-new, original special in a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Lincoln Square Productions and Walt Disney Animation Studios. The special ventures behind-the-scenes for an exclusive look at the origins and evolution of the Academy Award®-winning film “Frozen,” now the biggest animated feature of all time.   A breathtaking and fantastic saga, the special tells the real story of making a modern movie based on a timeless tale that nearly overnight became a cultural touchstone for legions of fans.

“The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic” airs TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 (8:00 -9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Viewers will get a rare look inside Walt Disney Animation Studios and unprecedented access to the creative team that brought “Frozen” to life. Throughout the one-hour special, the audience will hear from “Frozen” stars Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, the directors, songwriters, producer, artists and chief creative officer John Lasseter—the team who dreamed of making a cherished Hans Christian Andersen story into a big-screen animated musical.   Viewers will take a journey to the beautiful Norwegian villages and landscapes that inspired the look of the fictional kingdom of Arendelle  and see images and footage from the research trips to Norway, Quebec and points beyond that helped create the film’s unforgettable look and feel.

This special will also include some exciting announcements about the next chapter of “Frozen” and a never-before-seen preview of “Frozen” characters Anna, Elsa and Kristoff on an upcoming episode of ABC’s smash-hit “Once Upon a Time.”

The program will culminate in an exclusive sneak peek at the action-packed comedy-adventure “Big Hero 6,” currently in production at Walt Disney Animation Studios –under wraps until now – as the team prepares their next big-screen epic.

“The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic” is hosted by star Josh Gad (voice of Olaf) and features interviews with “Frozen” stars Kristen Bell (voice of Anna) and Idina Menzel (voice of Elsa) as well as Walt Disney Animation Studios’ chief creative officer and “Frozen” executive producer John Lasseter, Academy Award®-winning filmmakers, including directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, producer Peter Del Vecho, and songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. This one-hour special will also feature exclusive insights and commentary from art director Mike Giaimo and talented artists from the art direction, animation and effects teams. The exclusive sneak peek of “Big Hero 6” is presented by the film’s directors, Don Hall and Chris Williams.

“The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic” is produced by Lincoln Square Productions. Jeanmarie Condon is senior executive producer and Rudy Bednar is director of “The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic.”

Click here for an interactive experience:

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The Lion King to Celebrate 7,000 Broadway Performance
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Disney’s landmark musical event, THE LION KINGwill play its 7,000th Broadway performance at 7:00pm on Wednesday, September 3rd.  Only three shows in Broadway history have reached this milestone.

As it approaches its 17th anniversary on Broadway, THE LION KING finds itself in a position unprecedented in the history of Broadway.  Already the highest-grossing show in Broadway history, the show was the highest-grossing of 2013 and is routinely the #1 Broadway show in a given week, a feat previously unimaginable for a show at this stage in its life.

Rafiki (Nteliseng Nkhela) visited the New York Stock Exchange this morning to ring The Opening Bell in celebration of the Broadway milestone.

THE LION KING was the first show in Broadway history to pass $1 billion in cumulative gross, a threshold also crossed by the North American tour and most recently the Hamburg production.

There are ten concurrent worldwide productions of THE LION KING, the highest number of productions running at any one time in the show’s history.  Five of those productions have been running for 10 years or longer, an accomplishment shared by only one other show in history.  Two new productions have recently been announced for Mexico City’s Telcel Theatre and the new Walt Disney Grand Theatre at Shanghai Disney Resort.

Among the most successful titles in entertainment history, THE LION KING’sworldwide footprint is remarkable.  With a cumulative gross approaching $6 billion, the title has already earned more than the biggest hit films in movie history: more than the Lord of the Rings trilogy combined, more than all 23 James Bond films combined, and more than Avatar and Titanic, the two highest-grossing films in movie history, combined.

Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 22 global productions have been seen by more than 75 million people and, cumulatively, run a staggering 112 years.  Translated into eight different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Mandarin, Spanish and Portuguese), productions of THE LION KING can currently be seen on Broadway and on tour across North America, in Tokyo and on tour in Japan, in London’s West End and on tour throughout the UK, and in Hamburg, Madrid, Sao Paolo, and on tour in Australia.  To date, THE LION KING has played 21 countries on every continent except Antarctica.

The show’s director, costume designer and mask co-designer Julie Taymor, the first woman to win a Tony Award® for Direction of a Musical, continues to play an integral part in the show’s ongoing success.

Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, THE LION KING is playing at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre (200 West 45th Street). For tickets, show information and performance schedule, call Ticketmaster’s Disney on Broadway hotline at 866-870-2717 or visit online, LionKing.com.


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