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Disney’s “Descendants,” a modern-day, coming-of-age adventure about the teenage sons and daughters of Disney’s most infamous villains, delivered an enchanting 6.6 million Total Viewers, including 3.0 million Kids 2-11 with its television premiere, Friday, July 31, (8:00 p.m., ET/PT), on Disney Channel, and posted 1.4 million record-setting views on the WATCH Disney Channel app since Friday, July 24. Its soundtrack (also released Friday, July 31 on Walt Disney Records) is currently at #1 on the iTunes soundtrack chart and #2 on the iTunes album chart, and its prequel novel, The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz from Disney Publishing Worldwide, maintains its 10-week stronghold at #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List (Children’s Middle Grade).

Disney Channel’s “Descendants” now ranks as the #1 cable TV movie of 2015 in Total Viewers and the #1 cable TV telecast among Kids 2-11 (3.0 million/7.6 rating) and Tweens 9-14 (2.3 million/9.5 rating), and along with “Teen Beach 2,” gives Disney Channel the Top 2 rated cable TV telecasts in two years among these targeted youth demographics.

On Twitter, “Descendants” on Disney Channel was the #1 most social non-sports program on Friday, July 31, as topics from nearly half-a-million users produced over 2 million impressions.

In North America, the movie is also now available on DVD at retailers on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. Beginning in October, it will be presented on Disney Channels in 162 countries and territories around the world.

Disney’s “Descendants” also ushered in Disney Channel’s new comedy series “BUNK’D” (10:00 p.m.), which delivered a 4.2 million Total Viewers and 2.0 million Kids 2-11.

The original movie “Descendants” – directed, choreographed and executive-produced by the Emmy Award-winning Kenny Ortega (“High School Musical”) and Wendy Japhet (“An Education,” “The Italian Job”) – is a live-action, music-filled, dragon-sized adventure starring Dove Cameron (Disney Channel’s “Liv and Maddie”), Cameron Boyce (Disney XD’s “Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything,” Disney Channel’s “Jessie”) as Carlos, Booboo Stewart as Jay, Sofia Carson as Evie, Mitchell Hope as Ben, Tony Award-winning Kristin Chenoweth as Maleficent, Wendy Raquel Robinson as Cruella de Vil, Maz Jobrani as Jafar, Kathy Najimy as the Evil Queen, Melanie Paxson as Fairy Godmother, Brenna D’Amico as Jane, Sarah Jeffery as Audrey, Zachary Gibson as Doug, Jedidiah Goodacre as Chad Charming, and Dianne Doan as Lonnie.

Paul Becker (“So You Think You Can Dance Canada”) is the co-choreographer. The script was written by Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott (creators and Emmy and WGA Award-nominated writers on “The Starter Wife”; writers of “Runaway Bride”), who are also co-producers. Tracy Jeffrey is the producer. Mark Hofeling (“Teen Beach Movie,” “High School Musical”) is the production designer and Kara Saun (“Project Runway”) is the costume designer.

Source: NTI, U.S. Live + Same Day early ratings, 7/31/15. 2015 to date: 12/29/14-7/30/15. Social Media: Nielsen, Live/New, ranked on Unique Audience or Impressions.

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Raven-Symoné, iconic star of the long-running Disney Channel hit “That’s So Raven” and co-host of ABC’s “The View,” will guest star in Disney’s newest hit series – the spy comedy “K.C. Undercover” – alongside series star Zendaya. The special one hour episode featuring a tour de force of audacious physical comedy, imagination and unexpected disguises, premieres MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7(7:00 p.m., ET/PT).

The storyline finds K.C. Cooper enlisting the help of former spy and computer engineering expert Simone Deveraux (Raven-Symoné) when her family’s sophisticated robot, Judy, runs away and is captured by enemy agents. “K.C. Undercover” also stars Kadeem Hardison, Tammy Townsend, Kamil McFadden, Trinitee Stokes and Veronica Dunne.

Zendaya is a co-producer on “K.C. Undercover,” which was created by Corinne Marshall and is executive-produced by Rob Lotterstein.

Since its January premiere, “K.C. Undercover” is TV’s #1 series in Kids 6-11 (1.2 million/5.1 rating) and the #1 live-action TV series in Kids 2-11 (1.4 million/3.6 rating).The series is a production of It’s A Laugh Productions, Inc. and carries a TV-Y7 FV parental guideline. New episodes of “K.C. Undercover” regularly air SUNDAYS on Disney Channel (8:00 p.m., ET/PT).

Disney Channel is a 24-hour kid-driven, family-inclusive television network that taps into the world of kids and families through original series and movies. Currently available on basic cable in over 96 million U.S. homes and to millions of other viewers on Disney Channels around the world, Disney Channel is part of the Disney ABC Television Group.

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miyazaki box setDisney will release The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki in a Blu-Ray box set on November 17th as an Amazon.com exclusive. The box set will feature 11 of the master animation director’s films as well as a bonus disc with exclusive content and a book. The following films are included in the set:

  • Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
  • Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986)
  • My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
  • Porco Rosso (1992)
  • Princess Mononoke (1997)
  • Spirited Away (2001)
  • Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
  • Ponyo (2008)
  • The Wind Rises (2013)

The exclusive bonus disc will feature a five-minute pilot for an unproduced television series from 1972 called Yuki no Taiyō that Miyazaki made by himself. Three episodes of an animated series called Akado Suzunosuke (Little Samurai) that were storyboarded by Miyazaki (episodes 26, 27, and 41) and a recording of Miyazaki’s retirement press conference round out the disc. The book included with the set is called The Great Dichotomy: Looking at the Works of Hayao Miyazaki  by Tomohiro Michiyama.

The animated music video On Your Mark is not included with this release. A similar box set was released in Japan last year and while the music video was absent there as well, Studio Ghibli corrected the error by mailing it on a separate disc to fans who purchased the set.

The set is not yet available for preorder and Disney hasn’t released pricing information.

 

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Leading into its television premiere FRIDAY, JULY 31 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT), Disney Channel’s Original Movie “Descendants” hasposted more than 1 million views on the WATCH Disney Channel app in just five days, setting records for engagement and viewingfor the app which allows consumers to watch programming anytime and anywhere via their desktop, smartphone, tablet and connected TV devices.  WATCH viewers who verify with a pay TV service can also watch a live 24-hour feed of the network and access exclusive content, including the premiere of “Descendants.”

A modern-day coming-of-age adventure, “Descendants” stars Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart and Sofia Carson as the teenage sons and daughters of Disney’s most infamous villains.  With a knowing wink at traditional fairy tales, the original live-action movie fuses castles with classrooms to create a contemporary, music-driven story about the challenges in living up to parental and peer expectations.  As these sons and daughters of evil meet the children of goodness, their story incorporates empowering themes about self-confidence, finding the beauty within, freedom of choice, personal responsibility, teamwork, justice and empathy. The notable cast also includes Mitchell Hope, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Maz Jobrani, Kathy Najimy and the Tony Award-winning Kristin Chenoweth.

Disney’s “Descendants” will also usher in Disney Channel’s new comedy series “BUNK’D,” premiering immediately after the movie.

Emmy Award-winning Kenny Ortega (“High School Musical”) directs, choreographs and executive-produces Disney’s “Descendants.”  Wendy Japhet (“An Education,” “The Italian Job”) is also an executive producer.  Paul Becker (“So You Think You Can Dance Canada”) is the co-choreographer.  The script was written by Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott (creators and Emmy and WGA Award-nominated writers on “The Starter Wife”; writers of “Runaway Bride”) who are also co-producers.  Mark Hofeling (“Teen Beach Movie,” “High School Musical”) is the production designer and Kara Saun (“Project Runway”) is the costume designer.

Disney Channel is a 24-hour kid-driven, family-inclusive television network that taps into the world of kids and families through original series and movies. Currently available on basic cable in over 96 million U.S. homes and to millions of other viewers on Disney Channels around the world, Disney Channel is part of the Disney ABC Television Group.

 

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unnamedFULTON’S CRAB HOUSE LAUNCHES KID COOKING CLASSES FOR AUGUST

The seafood-centric restaurant offers hands-on experience for the little ones to learn about cooking in the kitchen

(BUENA VISTA, FL; July 30, 2015) – Fulton’s Crab House (1670 Lake Buena Vista Drive) located in the vibrant Downtown Disney, takes their kiddie clientele back to school, with Kid Cooking Classeson Saturday, August 22 and Saturday, August 29 for children ages 5 to 12.

An interactive opportunity for young ones to learn their way around the kitchen and create a meal all their own, Executive Chef Mark Boor will work alongside attendees to create a 2-course meal. TheSaturday, August 22 class menu will include Mac & Tree’s, a baked macaroni and cheese with broccoli “trees”, and on Saturday, August 29 kids will learn how to make No-Fry Chicken Tendersand Fries. The full class schedule includes:

Saturday August 22nd 2015

First Course

Mac & Tree’s

baked mac & cheese with broccoli “trees”

Second Course

ice cream sandwich

Toll House chocolate chip cookie, vanilla ice cream

Saturday August 29th 2015

First Course

no-fry chicken tenders and fries

honey mustard dipping sauce

Second Course

build your own hot fudge sundae

homemade chocolate sauce, whipped cream, cherries, sprinkles

For a fun keepsake, kids in the class will receive an apron and chef hat to take home. The classes are offered for $25 per person plus tax and gratuity and reservations are required. For reservations please call 407.934.6728.

About Fulton’s Crab House

Located in Downtown Disney, Fulton’s Crab House serves exceptional seafood and shellfish ranging from Alaskan king crab, snow crab, blue crab and more. The restaurant space boasts a nautical dining room with an eclectic mix of folk art and seafaring history as well as three outdoor decks for guests to enjoy. Since opening on March 8, 1996, Fulton’s Crab House has been awarded an eleven-time winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Fulton’s Crab House is open for lunch daily from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and for dinner from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Reservations are accepted and can be made by calling 407.934.2628.

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Disney Pixar’s newest short LAVA, will be available to watch exclusively on digital on the Disney Movies Anywhere app for iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch® (http://di.sn/6001BD2Mh), for a limited two week window starting July 30th (7/30/15 – 8/12/15).   Currently in theaters with “Inside Out,” Disney Movies Anywhere offers the only place where you can fall in “lava” with LAVA from the comfort of your own home!

LAVA is inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes, and is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years.

 

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Idina ElsaIdina Menzel, voice of Elsa in Frozen, stopped by Disney’s Hollywood Studios while on her world tour. Her Orlando concert sold out, but the star took time to celebrate Frozen Summer Fun and got her picture taken with Elsa, Anna and Olaf.

 

Source: E Online

 

 

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Disneyland Paris is in trouble for offering discounts to residents of France and Belgium, but not all European countries. The park has received many complaints and their ticket policies are being investigated because it goes against Europe’s Single-Market rule that ensures all customers in the European Union receive the same deals and prices. In addition to pricing promotions based on country of residence, Disneyland Paris’ website also goes against EU rules as the deals are not transparent during online ticket purchases.

A Disneyland Paris spokesperson said that prices fluctuate based on holidays in certain countries. Domestically, Disney Parks lower prices for residents living close to the parks to encourage them to visit more often during slower seasons. EU investigators say Disneyland Paris is the only European theme park that sells tickets this way. The BEUC is quoted as saying ““Unjustified price differences violate single market principles and restrict consumer choice. Under EU law consumers have a fundamental right not to be discriminated on the basis of their nationality or place of residence.”

Source: WTVR

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The famous El Capitan Theater in Hollywood will host three of Disney’s spookiest films this October to celebrate Halloween.

Hocus Pocus – October 8th – 11th

The Black Cauldron – October 15th – 18th

The Nightmare Before Christmas 4D – October 22nd – November 1st

To celebrate the premier of each film, the theater will host an “Exclusive Spooctacular Soiree.” These special parties are held on October 8th, October 15th and October 22nd. The soiree includes early entrance to the 8pm movie for a tour of the theater and a private exhibit viewing with sweet & savory treats, beer, wine, soft drinks and a souvenir photograph.

Pricing for these limited engagements are:

Adults: $14 Child (3-11): $11, Senior (60+):$11, VIP: $23, Group (20+): $10

As a special promotion, fans can save 30% when buying tickets to all three films. For more info, visit elcapitantheater.com.

 

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When Marvel first announced their agreement with Netflix, Jessica Jones was expected to debut in 2015. However, Netflix later gave indications that the premier would be delayed to 2016. At a press conference today, Netflix confirmed that Jessica Jones will launch during their fourth quarter of 2015. IGN expects the series to debut in November or December.