Club Penguin Hosts Pirate Party
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Avast! Pirates needed on Club Penguin island!  Captain Rockhopper, our favorite penguin pirate, arrived on his ship, the Migrator, with a big problem–there are swashbuckling pirate crabs all over! Not only have they done a lot of damage to the ship, they’ve stolen all his rare items and buried the loot all over the island. During the Pirate Party, players will battle pirate crabs, become better pirates, and get all the loot back! Everyone can find special items like Golden Pirate Hat and The Deserted Island Slingshot. Members can even get special swords (like the Stinky Cheese Sword!) to have duels and battle the boss crab! ARRR! Battle the crabs and get the treasure during the Pirate Party on Club Penguin through Dec. 3.

 

 

Marvel Announces Avengers: Ultron Forever
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This April, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes from across the time stream collide to take on the greatest threat to our past, present and future in AVENGERS: ULTRON FOREVER #1NEW AVENGERS: ULTRON FOREVER #1 and UNCANNY AVENGERS: ULTRON FOREVER #1 – a trio of oversized specials coming in 2015! Written by fan-favorite scribe Al Ewing (Captain America & The Mighty Avengers, Loki: Agent of Asgard) and drawn by legendary artist Alan Davis – prepare for a new team to assemble!

Peer into the future of the Marvel Universe as seen in the pages of Avengers. Ruled by the maniacal Ultron, no heroes remain alive. To save our future, Avengers plucked from all eras of the Marvel Universe must come together!

Now – the present day Vision and Black Widow, James Rhodes, the Incredible Hulk, two generations of Thor and Danielle Cage, the Captain America of the future must join forces if we are to have any hope for tomorrow! Yet as they travel into the future to defeat Ultron and his servants, even they will not be prepared for what they find.

“If I had to pick one word to describe this story, ‘epic’ would be it,” says Avengers: Ultron Forever writer Al Ewing, speaking with Marvel.com. “It sort of builds and builds, until by the third issue you’re experiencing cosmic-scale war between…but that would be spoiling it.”                                                                                                                                                  

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In the shadows of a nightmarish future, a new team of Avengers will rise to show the world that heroes can come from anywhere and anytime. It all happens when Ewing and David unite for AVENGERS: ULTRON FOREVER – coming to comic shops and digital devices this April!

For more on Avengers: Ultron Forever, please visit Marvel.com and check back later today for the full interview with writer Al Ewing.

Disney Posts Two New Big Hero 6 Videos
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Watch Hiro teach Baymax how to fist bump in this clip from Big Hero 6. Post and pass along your own “Bah-a-la-la-la” now using #BaymaxFistBump!

Watch Stan Lee discuss his animated cameo in Big Hero 6.

Disney and TCM Announce Partnership Which Includes Sponsorship of Great Movie Ride
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Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced new strategic relationships withWalt Disney World Resort and The Walt Disney Studios to broaden its reach in family entertainment with joint efforts centered on classic film.

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the “The Great Movie Ride” Attraction highlights some of the most famous film moments in silver screen history and is set to receive a TCM-curated refresh of the pre-show and the finale. TCM branding will be integrated into the attraction’s marquee as well as banners, posters and display windows outside the attraction. In the queue line, families will enjoy new digital movie posters and will watch a new pre-ride video with TCM host Robert Osborne providing illuminating insights from the movies some of which guests will experience during the ride. The finale will feature an all-new montage of classic movie moments. After guests exit the attraction, they will have a photo opportunity with a classic movie theme. The TCM-curated refresh is set to launch by spring.

Treasures from the Disney VaultAs part of the relationship with The Walt Disney Studios, TCM will launch Treasures from the Disney Vault, a recurring on-air showcase that will include such live-action Disney features as Treasure Island (1950),Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959) andPollyanna (1960); animated films like The Three Caballeros (1944) and The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949); classic nature documentaries, including The Living Desert (1953) and The African Lion (1955); made-for-television classics, such as theDavy Crockett series; special episodes from Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color; documentaries about the studio, including Walt & El Grupo (2009) and Waking Sleeping Beauty(2010); and animated shorts, such as 1932′s Oscar®-winning “Flowers and Trees.

Treasures from the Disney Vault is scheduled to premiere on TCM Sunday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. The opening night will include the holiday and winter animated shorts “Santa’s Workshop, “On Ice”and “Chip An’ Dale, followed by The Disneyland Story. The night will also include The Reluctant Dragon, Disney’s 1941 film that combined a live-action tour of the Walt Disney Studios facility with animated shorts; Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (1955), a compilation of the first three episodes of the iconic series starring Fess Parker; the Oscar®-winning documentaryThe Vanishing Prairie (1954), part of Disney’s True Life Adventure series; the rarely seen Third Man on the Mountain (1959), an Alpine tale starring Michael Rennie and James MacArthur; andPerilous Assignment (1959), a documentary about the making of Third Man on the Mountain.

“At TCM, it’s our mission to share and celebrate the greatest films of all time,” said Jennifer Dorian, general manager of TCM. “Disney provides the perfect relationship through which we can share the magic of the movies with every generation, not only through an amazing new showcase on TCM, but also through  newly refreshed components of ‘The Great Movie Ride’ Attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.”

“We are looking forward to this collaboration, which complements Disney’s commitment to telling great stories and immersing our guests in family entertainment,” said Tiffany Rende, senior vice president of Disney Corporate Alliances and Operating Participants. “Through this alliance, we are able to share more classic Disney stories with TCM audiences, while further enhancing the guest experience by showcasing TCM content and talent.”

This marks an expansion of TCM’s already robust relationship with the family entertainment and media enterprise. TCM set sail on its fourth TCM Classic Cruise in October 2014, the second aboard the Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic. In addition, TCM has collaborated with Buena Vista Home Entertainment on various initiatives, including the 2008 documentary The Age of Believing: The Disney Live-Action Classics, which premiered in conjunction with a 25-movie showcase of family classics. The 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood featured a multi-film collection of Disney classics presented in collaboration with D23, The Official Disney Fan Club. And the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival featured the 50th Anniversary screening of one of Walt Disney’s most successful films Mary Poppins (1964) at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre.

Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney To Introduce Designated Smoking Areas
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Effective November 27, Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney will introduce designated smoking locations following the lead of the theme parks. The locations are:

  • On the West Side behind Cirque du Soleil
  • By the water between Wolfgang Puck Grand Café and Bongos Cuban Café
  • Near T-REX
  • By the Marketplace restrooms by stroller rentals.
  • Some restaurants with outdoor seating may offer additional smoking locations.
Four Seasons Orlando Celebrates Its First Holiday Season
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This holiday season, for those willing to trade shovels and snow boots for palm trees and infinity pools, the first festive season at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is destined to be an unforgettable experience.  From a decadent gingerbread display in the lobby, holiday décor throughout the main resort areas, cooking and mixology classes, and many fun activities in Kids For All Seasons, Four Seasons offers something for everyone this holiday season.    

Lobby Décor
The lobby will feature glorious holiday décor in elegant colors of plum and gold, complete with a grand 12-foot-tall Christmas tree in the lobby, wreaths and columns wrapped with garland, holiday inspired floral arrangements, and more.  A gingerbread creation made by 
Executive Pastry Chef Rabii Saber will be a fun conversation starter, and resort guests will enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and cider daily from 2pm to 5 pm.   The holiday décor will be in place from Dec. 6 through Jan. 3. 

Sweet Treats
From peppermint bark to gingerbread cookies, and even 
Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi’s holiday gelato flavors of chocolate peppermint, cranberry and gingerbread, the holidays are the perfect time to indulge.  At The Hideout, ice cream will be offered each afternoon and complimentary cookie decorating with Chef Rabii will be offered to resort guests on Dec. 23, Dec. 30 and Jan. 2 at 2pm. 

Kids For All Seasons
The Kids For All Seasons (KFAS) complimentary kids camp, open daily for ages 4-12 from 10 am to 6 pm, has an array of organized activities planned for resort guests throughout the festive season.  From candy cane scavenger hunts, animal visits, timed races in the lazy river, balloon art, face painting, and much more, the KFAS team has a thoughtfully orchestrated schedule to provide fun for all ages.   Kids will love the weekly holiday movies, from classics like The Grinch Who Stole Christmas to Home Alone and Elf¸ plus making jingle bell necklaces and writing letters to Santa.  

Adults Only
The young, and young at heart, surely love classes like candy making and cookie decorating. But, Four Seasons has not forgotten about those who would love more of an “adult” class—hence, the Mixology Classes led by the resort’s team of master mixologists. Guests ages 21 and older can enjoy how to mix up cocktails guaranteed to spread the holiday cheer.  Classes include: Dec. 21: PB&G Cocktails of the South; Dec. 26: Capa’s Spanish Sangria; Dec. 28: Ravello’s Cocktails of Northern Italy; Dec. 30: Plancha’s Rum Based Cocktails; and Jan. 2; PB&G’s Cocktails of the South.  All classes take place in the resort’s demonstration kitchen in Ravello, from 3 pm to 4 pm. 

Additionally, for resort guests who don’t want to miss out on NFL games, during football games the Ravello Bar will turn into the “Cigar City Brewery’s Fan Cave.”  Table tennis and other games will be available in Ravello Bar and a themed bar menu will be offered during the games. 

Guests will also enjoy playing 18 holes on the picturesque Tranquilo Golf Club or unwinding with a Spa treatment at the 18-treatment room Spa. 

Special Dinners
In the spirit of the season, several of the resort restaurants will be offering special dinners. PB&G is offering a “Craft Beer & Holiday Cheer” event on Dec. 19 from 6 pm to 8 pm. The event is USD 49.00 per person and includes small bites and an unlimited tasting of more than 20 different seasonal beers from around the country.  The cost of this event includes parking, and a souvenir 5-ounce tasting glass.  Plancha, the resort’s Cuban American restaurant at the Tranquilo Golf Clubhouse, will offer a family style dinner on Dec. 22, from 7 pm to 10 pm, featuring the best of Latin American cuisine with Chef Pedro Sanchez Negron. Chef Pedro will share some of his family’s favorite recipes as well as a taste of Plancha. This event is USD 55.00 per adult and USD 22.00 per child. Additionally, on Dec. 29 from 7 pm to 10 pm, Plancha will offer the best of Turkish cuisine with Chef Erhan Kor.  Chef Erhan will share some of his family’s recipes in traditional Turkish flavors rich in vegetables, herbs and fish.  The Turkish dinner is USD 75.00 per adult and USD 26.00 per child.  Non-resort guests are welcome; reservations are required for these special dinners and can be made by calling 407-313-6161.

Holiday Dining
The resort offers several options for holiday dining.  For Christmas Eve, Ravello is offering a five-course pre-fixe dinner, for USD 95.00 per person.  Additionally, Capa is offering a prix-fixe dinner menu for USD 95.00 per person.

For Christmas Day, Ravello is offering a buffet brunch for USD 95.00 per adult/ USD 35.00 per child. Capa is offering a pre-fixe dinner menu for USD 95.00 per person. 

For New Year’s Eve, Ravello is offering a holiday buffet for USD 115.00 per adult/ USD 45.00 per child.  Additionally, Capa is offering a dinner with two seating options: a three-course pre-fixe seating between 5pm to 7 pm, available for USD 145.00 per adult/ USD 65.00 per child; or a second seating, a five course pre-fixe menu, between 8 pm to 11 pm, at USD 295.00 per adult or USD 95.00 per child.  Both Capa seatings include access to the New Year’s Eve “After Party” in the Grand Ballroom, which will feature a DJ, dance floor, balloon drop and more. Desserts and appetizers are included and there is a cash bar available.  Admission to the after party, available exclusively for resort guests and guests with restaurant reservations, is available for USD 65.00 per adult and USD 35.00 per child.   Kids For All Seasons is open on New Year’s Eve for children ages 4-12 for USD 95.00 per child (resort guests only). 

For all holiday dining options and special events, space is limited and reservations are based on availability; for reservation inquiries, call 407-313-6161

Festive Reservations
For guests’ convenience, Four Seasons now offers a 
Disney Ticket Package, available for stays beginning December 19, 2014 and beyond. The package includes Disney park tickets for the guests’ park of choice (Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios), available for a 4-7 night stay; pricing varies by number of tickets needed.  A four-night stay includes two days of park admission; a five-night stay includes three days of park admission; a six-night stay includes four days of park admission and a seven-night stay includes 5 days of park admission. The package ensures guests have the flexibility of choosing which parks they would like to experience, while also allowing for two days of free time to enjoy the amenities of the resort, the Downtown Disney area, and more. Additional tickets, or Park Hopper Option upgrades, can easily be added to the guests’ ticket arrangements through the resort’s lobby level Disney Planning Center.

Guests of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort enjoy complimentary transportation in Four Seasons’ motor coach to Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In addition to enjoying all the nearby Disney attractions, a highlight of Four Seasons Resort Orlando is the five-acre (two hectare) “Explorer Island” water park, including a winding lazy river complete with a rapids section, two water slides, an interactive splash zone with water cannons, and much more.  The Kids For All Seasons program offers organized activities for children ages 4-12, and is complimentary.  Adults will enjoy the adult-only pool, 18-hole Tom Fazio-designed Tranquilo Golf Club, and The Spa at Four Seasons. Recreational pursuits for guests of all ages are sure to provide ample entertainment.  

Gifts 
Four Seasons’ lobby level boutiques, Wardrobe and Fable, offer an array of options perfect for gift giving.  From fabulous outfits, chic accessories, Four Seasons logo apparel and more, there are numerous choices at all price levels. In addition, gift cards are available for purchase at the resort’s front desk in any dollar amount.  Gift cards can be redeemed at Four Seasons Resort Orlando for overnight stays, at The Spa, at Tranquilo Golf Club, at the boutiques or any of the resort’s dining outlets.

Puppies Dressed as Disney Characters
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Disney.com’s Oh My Disney blog is giving the internet one more thing to be thankful for by releasing a new video of adorable (and adoptable) puppies dressed as Disney characters. Watch as the puppies recreate your favorite scenes from Frozen, Pirates of the Caribbean, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Winnie The Pooh, and Tangled. All of the puppies in our video are rescue puppies available for adoption in Los Angeles at Hands, Paws & Hearts.

Aladdin to Sponsor NYE Confetti in Times Square
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Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, co-organizers of Times Square New Year’s Eve, announced today that Disney’s Aladdin, the new, Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical comedy based on the Academy Award®-winning animated film, will partner with the acclaimed New Year’s Eve celebration to welcome 2015.  As the official sponsor of the evening’s annual confetti wishes tradition Aladdin stars, Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), James Monroe Iglehart (Genie), and Courtney Reed (Jasmine) will take part in the Ball Drop celebration, and events leading up to the big night

“The story of Aladdin is a great match for Times Square New Year’s Eve, as both involve big magical moments, wishes coming true, striving to be better and finding love and friendship in unlikely places,” said Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance. “Aladdin, Jasmine and the Genie will be a magical addition to the program.”

“Who better than Aladdin, Jasmine and the Genie to lead our Confetti Wishes tradition joining the millions of New Year’s Eve revelers hoping to make their wishes come true in 2015,” added Jeff Straus, President of Countdown Entertainment. “We’re thrilled that the cast of this phenomenal show will be joining the Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebration this year.”

“It’s a wish come true for the entire company of Aladdin to play a special role in New York City’s iconic New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square.  Partnering with The Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment allows us the opportunity to take part in a special tradition that perfectly aligns with the feel-good spirit at the heart of our show,” said Andrew Flatt, Senior Vice President Marketing and Sales, Disney Theatrical Group.

At midnight on New Year’s Eve, as the Ball Drop signals the start to 2015, 3,000 pounds of confetti will flutter down on revelers in Times Square.  The confetti will include wishes shared by people from around the globe.  For the weeks leading up to the Ball Drop, these wishes will be collected and displayed at the first ever Mobile Wishing Wall set to be presented throughout Times Square during the month of December.  Fans and revelers in New York are invited to write their wish on a piece of confetti when they visit the Wishing Wall in person, and wishful followers throughout the world can participate by submitting their wish online at www.TimesSquareNYC.org/NYEWishes.

For information on when and where you can find the Wishing Wall, details about New Year’s Eve in Times Square or to make your own wish online, visit www.TimesSquareNYC.org.


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