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As ABC’s smash show “Dancing with the Stars” prepares to kick-off its 21st season next month, more celebrities are being announced as competitors. This morning, Disneyland park was the setting for the latest “cast reveal” on Entertainment Tonight as Alexa PenaVega and Carlos PenaVega were announced as the first-ever married couple to compete for the coveted mirrorball trophy joined by performers from “Paint the Night” parade, as well as Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

Other announced stars are Nick Carter, Victor Espinoza, Bindi Irwin, and Hayes Grier. dwtsjei1389371-613x552

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Jeremy Renner, who portrays Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, revealed some concept art of Captain America: Civil War which appears to indicate which side other Avengers will take in the confrontation. According to the image, it appears that War Machine, Black Widow, Black Panther, and the Vision will side with Iron Man while Hawkeye, Ant-Man, Agent 13, Falcon, and the Winter Soldier will side with Captain America.

Renner also revealed a look at his new costume for the film.

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Fulton’s Crab House, the quintessential seafood restaurant in Downtown Disney, celebrates the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (September 25 – November 16) with a Signature Dinner by Food & Wine on the scenic 3rd deck, Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

With a reception starting at 6:30 p.m. followed by the seated dinner at 7:00 p.m., Executive Chef Mark Boor’s 6-course menu boasts dishes including Oyster Rockefeller, Crab Louis, Dover Sole Florentine and more. Tickets for the signature dinner are $90.00 per person plus tax and gratuity. The entire menu includes:


chorizo stuffed dates

spinach and artichoke tartlets

steak tartare

First Course

Original Oyster Rockefeller

Gulf oyster, herbs, butter, spices

Clam Casino

Cherrystone clams, bacon, bell pepper, parmesan, panko

Forge Cellars Fingerlakes Les Allies, Riesling, Seneca Lake, N.Y.

Second Course

Coquille St. Jacques

gratin of U8 Diver Scallop, mushrooms, gruyere, mashed potato, baked in the shell

Domaine Drouhin, Arthur Chardonnay, Oregon

Third Course

Crab Louis

jumbo lump crab, avocado, capers, hard cooked egg, seasonal baby lettuce, Louis dressing

Neely, Hidden Block Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz, CA

Fourth Course

Dover Sole Florentine

lyonnaise potatoes, hollandaise

Catena Alta, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina

Fifth Course

Beef Wellington

Prime Beef tenderloin, mushroom duxelle, puff pastry, demi-glace

The Scrapper, Cabernet Franc, Vinum Cellars, El Dorado, CA

Sixth Course

Baked Alaska

banana foster ice cream, sponge cake, meringue, Brule banana, caramel

Ca Del Bosco, Cuvee Prestige, Italy

In addition to Fulton’s Crab House’s signature dinner, Chef Mark Boor takes guests around the world throughout the entire duration of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, offering a different seafood-focused special from a different country every week of the festival. With worldly specials including the traditional Brazilian seafood stew of Moqueca, Opah from Hawaii, the English staple offish and chips, and Branzino from Greece, guests can globetrot without leaving their seats.

Reservations for the signature dinner can be made by calling 407.828.8996 or by email here. Guests who mention they’re preferred members will earn double points for their signature dinner experience.


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Today, Instagram announced that – in addition to square posts – you can now share photos and videos in both portrait and landscape orientation on their platform. With this update, Instagram users can upload widescreen video which will be more cinematic than ever.

This morning, @StarWars released an exclusive look at their upcoming film, The Force Awakens, using Instagram’s new landscape orientation. As part of this collaboration, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the very first video content to be showcased in this new format for the Instagram community.

There has been an awakening… #StarWars #TheForceAwakens

A video posted by Star Wars (@starwars) on

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Disney Store is preparing to feel the Force on Friday, Sept. 4, in celebration of the global retail set date for product from the highly anticipated film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Disney Store locations in New York City in Times Square, Chicago on Michigan Avenue, and San Francisco on Stockton Street will participate in midnight madness. Doors will open at 12:01 a.m. local time on Sept. 4, giving fans the first opportunity to see and purchase toys, collectibles, books, apparel and more from the upcoming film. In addition, the first 1,000 guests will receive a free Star Wars: The Force Awakens D23 commemorative fan poster.

Additionally, on Thursday, Sept. 3, the Disney Store on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago will play host to one of the 14 live toy unboxing events happening around the world. Starting at 8:30 a.m. CDT, HobbyKidsTV, a YouTube channel part of the Maker Studios network, will be broadcasting live from inside the Store, unveiling new products from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, available exclusively at Disney Store and

In ALL Disney Store locations throughout North America, doors will open for business on Force Friday with Star Wars-themed opening ceremonies, offering a galactic twist on the traditional “Unlocking Imagination” ritual. Other activities taking place at Disney Store locations (excluding Disney Store Outlets) on Force Friday include:

  • A free commemorative Star Wars: The Force Awakens pin for the first 100 guests who make a purchase on Force Friday
  • Numerous Star Wars events taking place, including:

o   R2-D2 craft activity

o   Ways of the Force

o   Star Wars Story Time

o   Art of Drawing: R2-D2

o   Free Topps vintage trading card giveaway upon completion of an in-store event and while supplies last

  • Epic Star Wars theming that pays homage to both the Dark Side and the Light

On, fans can enjoy special Limited Edition product, as well as free shipping on all Star Wars items from Sept. 4 – Sept. 6.

Additional details about Disney Store’s activities surrounding Force Friday are available at

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Today, Pixar in a Box – a new online resource that explores the academic concepts behind Pixar Animation Studios’ creative process – goes live on Through a series of video lessons, interactive exercises, and hands-on activities, students will discover how the academic concepts they learn in school enable Pixar filmmakers to create new worlds, animate unique characters and tell stories through animation. Although designed especially for students in middle and high school, these resources are available to learners of all ages, completely free of charge.

“Our mission at Khan Academy is a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere,” said Sal Khan, Founder and CEO of the not-for-profit Khan Academy. “Sparking student interest in math and other academic fields is a key part of that, and we’re delighted to collaborate with Pixar to achieve this goal. Pixar in a Box gives students a new way to engage with key academic concepts and see how creative these concepts can be.”

“Learning makes us beginners again,” said Ed Catmull, President of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios.  “In my experience, creativity involves missteps and imperfections, which is one more reason it is important for every one of us to keep learning – in order to remain flexible and keep our brains nimble.   By working with Khan Academy on Pixar in a Box, we hope to encourage the excitement of learning and creative thinking for middle and high school students and to provide the tools to do it.”

“For years, we’ve heard from teachers at every grade level interested in creating animation-based curricula,” said Elyse Klaidman, Director, Pixar University and Archives.  “We’ve wanted to provide free online resources for them, and Pixar in a Box makes that dream a reality. We hope that it not only gives students a behind-the-scenes look at how our movies are made but also gets them excited about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) concepts.”

Khan and Catmull officially unveiled Pixar in a Box at a special event yesterday evening on the Pixar campus in Emeryville, CA. After an introduction from Klaidman, local educators learned the story behind the project and then received a live demonstration of Pixar in a Box from two of its creators – Brit Cruise, Content Producer at Khan Academy, and Tony DeRose, Senior Scientist and Research Group Lead at Pixar. The evening concluded with a question-and-answer session moderated by Klaidman.

“Many students start to lose interest in academics in middle and high school, partly because they don’t see how academic concepts relate to things they care about,” said DeRose. “Pixar in a Box aims to address this disconnect by showing how Pixar filmmakers use these concepts for creative benefit in their everyday work.”

Starting today, students can access Pixar in a Box and learn:

●      How combinatorics are used to create crowds, like the swarm of robots in WALLŸE.

●      How parabolas are used to model environments, like the forest in Brave.

●      How weighted averages are used to create characters, like Buzz Lightyear and Woody.

●      How linear and cubic interpolation are used to animate characters.

●      How trigonometry is used to create the worlds in which Pixar stories take place.

●      How simultaneous equations are used to paint all of Pixar’s images.

“These lessons are the first phase of the project,” said Cruise. “While the first year focuses on math, future Pixar in a Box lessons will explore science, computer science, arts, and humanities.”

All Pixar in a Box resources are available free of charge at The site will be updated as additional lessons become available.


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As part of the ongoing expansion of Walt Disney World and due to increased guest visitation, the Reedy Creek Improvement District approved a $350 million bond issue to focus on roadway improvements at Walt Disney World.

Among the improvements that are part of this project are:

  • A fly-over that bypasses the Magic Kingdom toll plaza for guests visiting Magic Kingdom Resort Area hotels.
  • Reconstruction of the intersection of Osceola Parkway and Victory Way that will replace the traditional intersection with a flyover design.
  • An extension of Western Way to either Avalon Road or County Road 54. Extending the new road past its current Flamingo Crossings terminus.
  • A bypass of Center Drive that will take traffic from Reams Road more directly to Floridian Way

These projects are in part due to development around Walt Disney World which is causing guest and cast member traffic to come to property from more diverse locations. This is particularly noticeable with the residential development north of the Magic Kingdom causing traffic delays at the back end of the Walt Disney World property which often require law enforcement to provide traffic control.

This work, which is scheduled to happen over the next five years is in addition to the roadway enhancements that are occurring as part of the Disney Springs development.

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Walt Disney World has added the Eat to the Beat concert series, which is part of the International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot, to their FastPass+ offerings.

Guest may select the concert series as a “Tier 1” offering of which guests may select one option. The other Tier 1 attractions are IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, Test Track, Soarin’, and Living with the Land.

The Food and Wine Festival will begin September 25. The current lineup of the concert series is:

  • David Cook – September 25-27, 2015
  • Wilson Phillips – September 28-29, 2015
  • Christopher Cross – September 30-October 1, 2015
  • Starship – October 2-4, 2015
  • Smash Mouth – October 5-7, 2015
  • The Pointer Sisters – October 8-9, 2015
  • 38 Special – October 10-11, 2015
  • Rick Springfield – October 12-13, 2015
  • Sugar Ray – October 14-16, 2015
  • The S.O.S. Band – October 17-18, 2015
  • Air Supply – October 19-21, 2015
  • Fuel – October 22-23, 2015
  • Tiffany (NEW!) – October 24-25, 2015
  • Dennis DeYoung – October 26-28, 2015
  • Jo Dee Messina – October 29-30, 2015
  • Everclear (NEW!) – October 31-November 1, 2015
  • Boyz II Men – November 2-4, 2015
  • Sister Hazel – November 5-6, 2015
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – November 7-9, 2015
  • Hanson – November 10-12, 2015
  • Maxi Priest (NEW!) – November 13-14, 2015
  • Chaka Khan (NEW!) – November 15-16, 2015

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Beginning Saturday, Sept. 5, ESPN Radio will roll out a new fall weekend lineup with a focus on the 2015 college football and NFL seasons.  The schedule will feature two new shows, Operation Football and NFL Nation, along with ESPN Radio fall football mainstays,College GameDay, Fantasy Focus and many of the same unique and experienced voices ESPN Radio introduced earlier this year including Robin Lundberg and The Coach & Bretos.The lineup will be in place until the end of 2015.

“Fall is football time, and ESPN Radio is committed to giving its listeners the most comprehensive and informative coverage of the college football and NFL landscape,” said David Roberts, vice president, network audio content.  “The enhanced schedule features some of the most knowledgeable experts in the business.”

Louise Cornetta, program director II, added: “ESPN Radio introduced several new voices to our 2015 weekend lineup. We look forward to having many return this Fall with a mix of additional new talent to deliver all the football content our listeners have come to expect from us.”

ESPN Radio will kick off the weekends with the fourth season of Weekend Blitz withMonday Night Football commentator Mike Tirico and ESPN NFL Insider Chris Mortensen (Fridays at 7 p.m. ET). The show re-airs Saturdays at 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. and on Sundays at 6 a.m.  This year marks Mortensen’s 25th anniversary with ESPN, and show the will celebrate the milestone each week with a look back at Mortensen’s career.

ESPN Radio’s Saturday schedule will focus on college football beginning with:

  • Dari & Mel, a year-round program hosted by SEC Network anchor Dari Nowkhah and ESPN NFL analyst Mel Kiper Jr., kicking off the mornings at 7 a.m. for three hours.
  • Following that, a three-hour simulcast of television’s ESPN’s College GameDay (10 a.m. – Noon) and ESPN Radio’s College GameDay (Noon – 7 p.m.) will provide listeners with previews, news and analysis from around college football and lead into the College Football Game of the Week on most Saturdays.
  • On Saturdays when there is not a game, ESPN Radio will offer editions of espnW Presents: Spain & Prim on ESPN Radio, Dickerson & Hood and Marty & McGee in that window (7 – 11 p.m.) on a rotational basis. ESPN New York 98.7FM’s Robin Lundbergwill close out the night with a recap of the day’s college action and a look ahead to Sunday’s slate of NFL matchups.

Sundays on ESPN Radio will be NFL-centric, including a new show, Operation Football (3 – 7 p.m.), which will offer a recap of the NFL day thus far, provide updates on in-progress games and track fantasy football stats.  SportsCenter anchors Randy Scott and Prim Siripipat will host the show, with former NFLers Eric Allen (first-half of show) and Tim Hasselbeck (second-half of show) offering analysis.  NFL Nation will also make its debut (7 – 10 p.m.) with ESPN New York 98.7FM newcomer Anita Marks, who joined ESPN Radio in May, hosting alongside former NFL executive Vinny Cerrato. They will be joined by ESPN’s NFL Nation writers from game sites.

Also on Sundays:

  • Fantasy Focus is back this year, with ESPN New York 98.7FM’s Dave Rothenberg as host, alongside Fantasy expert Eric Karabell, with weekly contributors ESPN Chicago’s Tom Waddle and Stephania Bell. Focus will offer listeners last-minute lineup suggestions, injury updates and analysis of who is having the best season at each position.
  • The Freddie Coleman Show will close the weekends, airing late night Sundays during football season, from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. to recap the day in the NFL and offer a look ahead to the coming week.

Show details are listed below (start date of fall football coverage in parentheses):

  • Weekend Blitz (September 4) — NFL Insider Chris Mortensen joins Monday Night Football commentator Mike Tirico for the hour-long program to discuss the week’s news and look ahead to weekend matchups.
  • Dari & Mel (September 5) – an NFL- and college football-centric show, hosted by SEC Network anchor Dari Nowkhah and ESPN NFL expert analyst Mel Kiper Jr.
  • ESPN’s College GameDay (September 5) – ESPN’s signature college football pregame show will be simulcast on ESPN Radio. The GameDay crew of new host Rece Davis and regulars Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack and Samantha Ponder, with contributors Tom Rinaldi, Gene Wojchiehowski and George Whitfield will be featured.
  • ESPN Radio’s College GameDay (September 5) – ESPN Radio’s college football show hosted by Doug Kezirian, Brad Edwards and Trevor Matich and featuring Maria Taylor, Joey Galloway and Andrea Adelson as weekly contributors.
  • espnW Presents: Spain & Prim on ESPN Radio (in rotation September 5) – hosted by espnW columnist Sarah Spain and ESPN anchor and analyst Prim Siripipat, the show is a collaboration between espnW and ESPN Radio featuring a distinct perspective on sports that only espnW can provide.
  • Dickerson & Hood (in rotation September 5) hosted by ESPN Chicago 1000 voices Jeff Dickerson and Jonathan Hood, the show brings together listener interaction, previews and reaction to the day’s sporting events.
  • Marty & McGee (in rotation September 5) – previously a podcast, a sports talk show infused with humor and storytelling, hosted by ESPN bureau reporter Marty Smithand ESPN The Magazine senior writer Ryan McGee.
  • Robin Lundberg – a fast-paced show hosted by ESPN New York 98.7FM’s Robin Lundberg that will wrap up the day in college football and look ahead to NFL Sunday with caller and social media interaction.
  • Fantasy Focus (September 6) – ESPN New York 98.7FM’s Dave Rothenberg returns as host, alongside Fantasy expert Eric Karabell, with weekly contributors Tom Waddle and Stephania Bell. The program gets listeners ready for the day in fantasy football with last-minute lineup suggestions, injury updates and analysis of who is having the best season at each position.
  • The Coach & Bretos (September 13) — an opinionated, high-energy talk show hosted by ESPN studio hosts Jonathan Coachman and Max Bretos, with ESPN Chicago 1000 voice Tom Waddle joining for the football season.
  • Operation Football (September 13) – a new program hosted by SportsCenter anchors Randy Scott and Prim Siripipat with Eric Allen and Tim Hasselbeck, recapping the earlier NFL games, updating the current ones and keeping tabs on the fantasy front. Allen will be on the first half of the show with Hasselbeck the second.
  • NFL Nation (September 13 as a podcast, October 4 on Radio) – also a new show, hosted by ESPN New York 98.7FM newcomer Anita Marks and former NFL executive Vinny Cerrato, the program will wrap up the day’s NFL action and feature several ESPN NFL Nation writers who were at the biggest games of the day.
  • The Freddie Coleman Show (September 13) – hosted by ESPN Radio voice Freddie Coleman, the show will recap the day in the NFL and feature caller interaction.

ESPN Audio’s new fall weekend lineup can be heard on ESPN Radio and via the ESPN app,, SiriusXM, Apple iTunes, Slacker Radio and TuneIn.

New weekend schedule:

Day Time (ET) Show
Fridays 7 p.m. Weekend Blitz
Saturdays 7 – 10 a.m. Dari & Mel
  10 a.m. – Noon ESPN’s College GameDay (Television Simulcast)
  Noon – 7 p.m. ESPN Radio’s College GameDay
  7 – 11 p.m. College Football Game of the Week; or rotation of shows:
espnW Presents: Spain & Prim on ESPN Radio
Dickerson & HoodMarty & McGee
  11 p.m. – 1 a.m. Robin Lundberg
Sundays 7 – 9 a.m. Dari & Mel
  9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fantasy Focus
  1 – 3 p.m. The Coach & Bretos (with Tom Waddle)
  3 – 7 p.m. Operation Football **
  7 – 10 p.m. NFL Nation **
  10 p.m. – 1 a.m. The Freddie Coleman Show

**New show

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The Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World have announced Star Wars Force Friday merchandise events concurring at both properties.

On September 4, 2015 at 12:01 AM (Midnight), guests that have purchased tickets will be allowed to enter either World of Disney (Disneyland Resort) or Once Upon a Toy (Walt Disney World) to purchase  new Star Wars and Star Wars: The Force Awakens themed merchandise, including Disney Theme Park Merchandise exclusives and licensed products. Each guest will also receive a special gift.

Purchase limits will apply.

Tickets for the event are $50 and available now at