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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).

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Luigi

Disney Parks Blog has revealed a sneak peek at a new attraction that is replacing Luigi’s Flying Tires in Cars Land, which will be called Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters. The post explains that Luigi’s cousins have traveled to Radiator Springs to visit Casa De La Tires and to celebrate Race Day. The post doesn’t give any information about what kind of ride system the attraction will use.

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Marvel’s Ant-Man took the top spot at the box office in its second weekend, beating out competition from newcomer Pixels from Sony. Ant-Man made $24.7 million, while Pixels opened to $24 million. In it’s first weekend, Ant-Man opened at number 2, losing out to MinionsAnt-Man has now crossed the $100 million mark domestically..

Source: Market Watch and Box Office Mojo

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Entertainment Weekly has the scoop on a mini High School Musical reunion that occurred this weekend at the Disney Channel Descendants red carpet premier. The film is directed by HSM director Kenny Ortega. Ashley Tisdale (Sharpay), Luca Grabeel (Ryan), Corbin Bleu (Chad), Monique Coleman (Taylor) and Olesya Rulin (Kelsi) all came out to show their support.

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Disney Consumer Products (DCP) is unveiling a new product line inspired by Disney’s “Descendants” which premieres July 31 on Disney Channel. The live-action movie is a music-driven story, set in the idyllic kingdom of Auradon, which follows the sons and daughters of evil on their journey as they meet the children of goodness. Choose your favorite Descendants fashion with this product line inspired by this modern-day coming of age adventure featuring both Auradon Prep and Villain inspired styles.  The collection includes colorfully bold apparel, accessories, DIY beauty products, dolls, consumer electronics and more from Hasbro, Jaya, Mad Engine, Innovative Designs, Markwins, KIDdesigns, as well as items from Disney Store.

In addition, Disney Publishing Worldwide’s prequel novel, The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel, is a #1 New York Times bestseller, written by award-winning author Melissa de la Cruz and is available now.

Most “Descendants” products are available now with additional items setting at mass and specialty retailers nationwide on August 1.

Dolls

Books

Fashion

Necklace

Necklace

Jacket

Mal’s Jacket

Fairest

Evie Shirt

Auradon Prep

Auradon Prep Shirt

Mal Costume

Mal Costume

Evie Costume

Evie Costume

About Descendants

With a knowing wink at traditional fairy tales, Disney’s “Descendants” fuses castles with classrooms to create a contemporary, music-driven story about the challenges adolescent offspring face in living up to parental and peer expectations. With unexpected characterization, plot twists and turns, and dashes of wry humor, the movie is designed to appeal to kids and grownups alike as its story playfully presents the possibilities of what happened after the “happily ever after.” Driven by exciting music and performance, the story is set in the idyllic kingdom of Auradon where Ben, the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from “Beauty and the Beast”), is poised to take the throne. His first proclamation: offer a chance at redemption to Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay, the trouble-making offspring of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Cruella de Vil and Jafar, who have been imprisoned on the forbidden Isle of the Lost for 20 years. These villainous descendants are allowed into Auradon for the first time to attend prep school alongside the teenage progeny of Fairy Godmother, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Mulan. Only time will tell if these evil teens follow in the footsteps of their wicked parents!

Kenny Ortega, the Emmy Award-winning director and choreographer of Disney’s “High School Musical” franchise, directs, choreographs and executive-produces the movie.

Starring are: Dove Cameron (“Liv and Maddie”) as Mal, the daughter of Maleficent; Booboo Stewart (“X-Men Days of Future Past”) as Jay, the son of Jafar; Sofia Carson as Evie, the daughter of the Evil Queen; and Cameron Boyce (“Jessie,” “Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything”) as Carlos, the son of Cruella de Vil. The notable cast also includes Mitchell Hope, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Maz Jobrani, Kathy Najimy and the Tony Award-winning Kristin Chenoweth.

Disney’s “Descendants” is part of the blockbuster Disney Channel Original Movie franchise, which delivered five of the top six movies in cable TV history in Total Viewers.

About Disney Consumer Products
Disney Consumer Products (DCP) is the business segment of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) that delivers innovative and engaging product experiences across thousands of categories from toys and apparel to books and fine art. As the world’s largest licensor, DCP inspires the imaginations of people around the world by bringing the magic of Disney into their homes. DCP is comprised of three business units: Licensing, Publishing and Disney Store. The Licensing business is aligned around five strategic brand priorities: Disney Media, Classics & Entertainment, Disney & Pixar Animation Studios, Disney Princess & Tinker Bell, Lucasfilm and Marvel. Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) is the world’s largest publisher of children’s books, magazine, eBooks and apps. DPW is also committed to the educational development of children around the world through Disney Learning, which includes our flagship learning brand, Disney Imagicademy, as well as Disney English and other Disney-themed learning products. The Disney Store retail chain operates across North America, Europe and Japan with more than 350 stores and provides high-quality, unique products. Disney Store also operates ecommerce sites in several countries, which can be found here. For more information, please visit www.DisneyConsumerProducts.com.

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Phil Holmes, Vice President of Magic Kingdom since 2001 and a Cast Member since 1971, is switching places with Dan Cockrell, Vice President of Disney’s Hollywood Studios since 2011. This leadership change comes at a time when Disney’s Hollywood Studios is expected to go through a series of changes.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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More details have been announced about the Disney Parks & Resorts offerings at the D23 Expo. The pavilion on the show floor will give guests an expanded view of Shanghai Disney Resort and Pandora, the Avatar themed land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Mickey’s of Glendale will return for unique Imagineer shopping opportunities. For more information and a full list of presentations from Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, check out D23.com.

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Luke Skywalker’s Journey Continues – Your First Look at STAR WARS #8!

This August, the next arc of the chart-topping hit series begins! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at STAR WARS #8 – as blockbuster writer Jason Aaron is joined for the first time by new series artist Stuart Immonen (All-New X-Men, All-New Captain America)! After discovering the journals of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, more determined than ever continues his quest to learn about the history of the Jedi. A quest that will take him to the center of the galaxy – to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant! But what he and R2-D2 uncover on their journey to the massive city-planet may be more than he bargained for. Meanwhile, at the far end of the galaxy, Han Solo & Princess Leia are confronted by a most unexpected foe! Don’t miss the start of a brand-new arc as critically acclaimed artist Stuart Immonen joins the Rebellion this August for STAR WARS #8!

STAR WARS #8 (MAY150780)
Written by JASON AARON
Art & Cover by STUART IMMONEN

Variant Cover by JOHN CASSADAY (MAY150781)

Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (MAY150782)
Sketch Variant by STUART IMMONEN (MAY150783)

On-Sale – 08/19/15

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is ready to celebrate its first anniversary on August 3, 2015, and what an incredible first year it’s been! The Resort recently received confirmation it has received the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award ranking for the second year in a row, still the first and only resort in Central Florida to receive the designation.   In its first year of operation, the Resort received accolades including:

  • Named to Robb Report magazine’s annual list of the Best of the Best Awards in the Best Hotels & Resorts category
  • Named the #1 hotel in Orlando by US News & World Report magazine, the only hotel in Central Florida to make the list of US News Best Hotels in the USA list
  • Named to the 2015 Travel + Leisure magazine It List: Best New Hotels in 2015
  • Named to the 2015 Conde Nast Traveler magazine Hot List of Best New Hotels and Resorts

There’s never been a better time to experience Central Florida’s first Five Diamond property.   On the anniversary of the Resort’s opening day on August 3 Four Seasons is offering five ways to join in the celebration:

Special Anniversary Dinner at Ravello  

Enjoy a delicious three-course meal at the Resort’s Italian restaurant, helmed by Torino, Italy native Executive ChefFabrizio Schenardi.  All of the pasta, breads and pizza dough at Ravello are made fresh in-house daily, and many recipes Schenardi uses are from his grandmother’s kitchen, bringing an authentic taste of Italy to diners at Ravello.  The Ravello dinner on August 3 is offered at USD 33 per person.

The three-course dinner menu includes:

  • First Course – Beef carpaccio with cured mushrooms, pickled radish and watercress; or Cesare with hearts of romaine, Parmigiano, anchovy and focaccia croutons; or grilled calamari with orange, fennel, arugula and capers
  • Second Course – Veal Milanese with oven-roasted tomatoes and herb salad; or grilled chicken with EVOO and herb crushed potato, seasonal vegetables and natural jus; or pan seared salmon with string beans, pancetta and fregola
  • Third Course – Fabrizio’s tiramisu and gelato duo

Special Anniversary Dinner at Capa

Celebrate with a three-course dinner at Capa, the Resort’s signature rooftop steakhouse, featuring prime meats, fresh seafood, and an array of Basque-inspired Spanish tapas. Capa features an open kitchen and stunning views of the lakes and woodlands.  Diners can also step outside onto the terrace to watch the nightly Magic Kingdom Park fireworks. The Capa dinner on August 3 is offered at USD 55 per person.

The three-course dinner menu includes:

  • First Course – Fideos – smoked mussels with saffron and fennel; or albóndigas – lamb meatballs with plum and goat cheese
  • Second CourseCarnebavette, foie, sunchoke and radicchio; or eschabache – tuna, tomato, saffron and potato
  • Third Course – Churros de Madrid with chocolate sauce; or crema Catalana with cinnamon hojaldre

Spa the Day Away

Spend the day at The Spa at Four Seasons and enjoy a glass of complimentary sparkling wine with any treatment.  Guests who opt for an 80-minute treatment can use the Resort’s pools for the day, including the tranquil adult-only pool, aptly named The Oasis.  The Spa offers 18 treatment rooms including six couples’ suites, a separate hair and nail salon, and sumptuous relaxation areas including a co-ed indoor and outdoor relaxation lounge, and his-and-hers locker rooms complete with an experience shower, steam room and outdoor whirlpool.  Each guest who experiences a treatment on August 3 will be entered to win prize drawings, including a gift from Natura Bisse, Turo Men’s Skincare products, Amala Beauty products, a Rishi Tea set, Innovative Skincare products and much more.

Wardrobe and Fable

The Resort’s lobby level boutiques, Wardrobe and Fable, have become well-known for the vast assortment of everything from special gifts to designer outfits and one-of-a-kind custom jewelry.  Everyone who takes time to pop into the boutiques on August 3 can have the opportunity to register to win one of several fashionable prizes.

Fore! Experience Tranquilo Golf Club.

Summer rates are in full swing at Tranquilo Golf Club, where during July and August 2015, afternoon rates for 18 holes of golf are as low as USD 55 per person.  Take advantage of playing on one of Central Florida’s premier courses.  With varying elevation, protected wetlands, and abundant wildlife, the course is picturesque and also challenging. Four sets of tees accommodate all skillsets.

For dinner reservations, Spa appointments, or tee times, call 407 313 7777.