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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 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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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® (, 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


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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.

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The Team Mickey All-Star Baseball Tour kicked off this weekend at the St. Louis Cardinals vs Atlanta Braves game. Mickey lead the crowd in a sing-along of “Take me out to the ballgame” in addition to other Disney fun. There are two more opportunities to meet Mickey at baseball games this summer:

  – Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers – August 9

  – San Diego Padres at Colorado Rockies – August 16

For more information on the Team Mickey All-Star Baseball Tour and the opportunity to enter the national sweepstakes, visit Team Mickey’s official website.

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Final L+3 Ratings for Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Disney XD’s Wednesday Crushes Ratings Records with Premiere of “Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything,” “Kirby Buckets” and Special Crossover “Lab Rats vs. Mighty Med”

“Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything” (9:30 – 10:00 p.m.)

The premiere of “Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything” was Disney XD’s #1 series debut in the network’s over 15-year history (includes Toon Disney) among its primary demographic, Boys 6-11 (398,000/3.3 rating), the network’s #2 live-action series premiere ever among Boys 2-11 (442,000/2.2 rating) and its #3 live-action launch of all time in Total Viewers (976,000), Kids 6-11 (522,000/2.2 rating) and Kids 2-11 (583,000/1.5 rating). “Gamer’s Guide” won its half hour among target Boys 2-11 and Boys 6-11 and placed a solid #2 in Kids 2-11 and Kids 6-11.

“Gamer’s Guide” grew by solid margins in Live + 3 ratings: +9% in Total Viewers (976,000 vs. 898,000), +10% in Kids 6-11(522,000 vs. 473,000) and +9% in Kids 2-11 (583,000 vs. 534,000).

“Kirby Buckets” (8:00 – 8:30 p.m.)

“Kirby Buckets” kicked off the night hitting over 8-month highs in Kids 6-11 (292,000/1.2 rating) and Kids 2-11 (319,000/0.8 rating) – since 11/3/14, 11/17/14 and 11/24/14, respectively – and garnered near 8-month highs in Total Viewers (542,000) and Boys 6-11 (204,000/1.7 rating – since 12/1/14.

“Lab Rats vs. Mighty Med” (8:30 – 9:30 p.m.)

The premiere of crossover special “Lab Rats vs. Mighty Med” ranked a dominant #1 in the hour across target Kids 6-11(589,000/2.5 rating), Boys 6-11 (370,000/3.1 rating), Kids 2-11 (658,000/1.7 rating) and Boys 2-11 (420,000/2.1 rating)demographics and was the #3 original scripted cable TV series telecast in Total Viewers (1.247 million).

“Lab Rats vs. Mighty Med” delivered a 1-year “Lab Rats” high in Total Viewers and was the series’ highest-rated telecast in close to 6 months across Kids 6-11, Boys 6-11, Kids 2-11 and Boys 2-11 – since 7/28/14 and 2/4/15, respectively.

The special stood as “Mighty Med’s” #1 telecast of all time in Total Viewers and was its #2 telecast on record in Kids 6-11 and Kids 2-11.

“Lab Rats vs. Mighty Med” surged in Live + 3 ratings across the board, including by 16% in Total Viewers (1.247 million vs. 1.071 million), by 19% in Kids 6-11 (589,000 vs. 497,000) and by 17% in Kids 2-11 (658,000 vs. 561,000).

Disney XD is a basic cable channel and multi-platform brand showcasing a compelling mix of live-action and animated programming for kids age 6-11, hyper-targeting boys and transporting them into worlds full of humor, unexpected fun and inspiring action-filled adventures. Disney XD-branded content spans television, online, mobile and VOD platforms. The programming includes series, movies and short-form, as well as sports-themed programming developed with ESPN. In the U.S., Disney XD is seen on a 24-hour, advertiser-supported network that reaches nearly 80-million households via its basic cable and satellite affiliates. In total, there are 31 Disney XD channels available in 25 languages around the world.

Source: NTI, U.S. ratings, 7/22/15, Live + 3. Series premieres ranked among all Disney XD/Toon Disney premieres (10/2/00-7/22/15).