by -

Today, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club announced additional special member events in the Orlando area, adding even more exclusive experiences for fans in Central Florida. On the heels of a D23 Member-exclusive screening of Walt Disney Studios’ live-action Cinderella, the fan club is slated to bring more magic to the Walt Disney World Resort area throughout the rest of the year, including—for the first time—intimate events celebrating classic Disney films similar to what members enjoy at The Walt Disney Studios lot with guest speakers, screenings, and other surprises.

WAKING UP WITH SLEEPING BEAUTY: On the morning of Saturday, April 18, D23 Gold and Silver Members will be able to enjoy this animated classic on the big screen. Special guest, animator and Walt Disney World Creative Designer Lon Smart, will explore the film’s numerous landmark achievements including its unique artistic style and groundbreaking visual effects. Plus, all members will receive a special journal designed to look like the ornate storybook at the beginning of the film.

MICKEY’S OF GLENDALE ORLANDO SHOPPING EVENTS: The Walt Disney Imagineering store is opening up a pop-up shop for D23 Gold and Silver Members. On Saturday, June 6, guests will be able to peruse and purchase signature items from the store’s unique collection. And on Saturday, November 14, members will be able to pick up some key holiday gift items for the Disney fans in their lives—and for themselves.

LET’S GET TOGETHER WITH THE PARENT TRAP: Celebrate this beloved film—starring Hayley Mills in dual roles—with D23 as we present the 1961 hit on the big screen Saturday, June 6. D23’s Steven Vagnini will present a look at the making of the movie with rarely seen photographs and imagery. All attendees will receive a special gift. Plus, guests who attend the screening will receive priority admission on that day to D23’s shopping event with Mickey’s of Glendale.

SIP AND STROLL: D23 brings a new twist to a fan favorite, as members gather in celebration of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival on Saturday, October 3. Attendees will enjoy a continental breakfast, guest speakers, and an insider look at this annual event, now in its 20th year, before sipping and strolling around World Showcase—with some delectable surprises.

Calendar (all events and dates are subject to change):

• April 18: Waking Up with Sleeping Beauty—AMC Downtown Disney 24, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

• June 6: Let’s Get Together With The Parent Trap—AMC Downtown Disney 24, Lake Buena

• June 6: Mickey’s of Glendale Orlando Shopping Event—Location TBA, Walt Disney World

• October 3: Sip and Stroll—Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, Fla.

• November 14: Mickey’s of Glendale Orlando Shopping Event—Location TBA, Walt DisneyDisney

by -

To celebrate their 28th anniversary, Disney Store has announced a special celebration on Saturday March 28. In addition to special one-day savings online and in-store, the celebration will include:

  • A super exciting opening ceremony
  • 28 great gifts: One for each of the first 28 guests who make a purchase in-store
  • 28th minute of every hour, dance & sing during Cast Member JAMboree
  • Awesome activities throughout the day

 

by -

unnamed (13)

Join the expedition into the Wilds! An unexpected event at the new lodge creates excitement on Club Penguin island. PH’s Puffle Guides were going to kick off the Puffle Party with a special celebration, but a mysterious creature has broken into the lodge, eaten their fish cake, and run off! On March 26, players can explore the untamed Wilds and quest to find out who – or what – caused this havoc. Members can adopt wild puffle creatures and earn special wild puffle-themed hoodies. Everyone can earn wild puffle hats. Check out the Puffle Party March 26-April 8.

What’s in the Wilds? To find out, join the Puffle Party expedition in Club Penguin March 26-April 8.

by -

Multi-talented actress and recording artist Zendaya will serve as host of the 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMA), music’s biggest event for families, taking place SATURDAY, APRIL 25 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. It was announced today by Phil Guerini, Vice President, Programming and General Manager, Radio Disney.

Guerini said, “On stage and off, Zendaya brings intelligence, thoughtfulness and honesty – and an effortless cool factor – to everything she does, all qualities that are appreciated by generations of kids and tweens, and especially their parents.  We join her legion of fans in welcoming her back to the RDMA stage.”

“We’re going to have a great show… a lot of fun and get to watch amazing performances, so I’m very, very excited,” Zendaya said about being named this year’s host. “Plus, I’m nominated again for artist with the best style (You’re So Fancy! – Artist With The Best Style), so I better wear a good outfit!”

Already an RDMA winner, Zendaya won the “You’ve Got Swag! – Artist With the Best Style” award at the 2014 RDMAs. She currently stars in Disney Channel’s hit series “K.C. Undercover,” which she also co-produces. Her 2013 self-titled debut album on Hollywood Records yielded the platinum single “Replay” and earned her the 2014 BMI Social Star Award, as well as an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding New Artist. Zendaya was recently chosen as a member of People Magazine’s StyleWatch Celeb Style Council. Additionally, Zendaya captured the hearts of audiences when she danced her way to the finals in season 16 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” She also starred in Disney Channel’s global hit comedy “Shake It Up,” for which she received multiple NAACP Image Awards nominations.

Zendaya’s Radio Disney Take Over, where she gets behind the boards to answer listener calls and play her favorite songs, airs today, March 26 (5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT).

The 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards, music’s biggest event for families, is set for SATURDAY, APRIL 25 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. The show will feature performances by some of the biggest artists in music and the presentation of the uniquely Radio Disney “ARDY” statuette winners, as voted on by fans globally. Walt Disney Records will release a compilation album of 15 tracks featuring nominees and nominated songs on Tuesday, April 21. A 90-minute televised special “Disney Channel Presents the Radio Disney Music Awards” and 30-minute pre-show including red-carpet arrivals, will be presented SUNDAY, APRIL 26 on Disney Channel. Highlights will also be available on Radio Disney, the Radio Disney App, the WATCH Disney Channel app and RadioDisney.com.

by -

Disney has announced that a sneak-peek of Tomorrowland is coming to Disneyland and Epcot, both at the former homes of Captain EO. While the Tomorrowland Theater at Disneyland has been used for sneak peeks for some time, this is the first announced closure of Captain EO at Epcot.

The sneak peek will include in theater effects and will begin Mid-April and run for a limited time. There is no word what will be shown at the respective theaters.

A closing date for Captain EO has not been announced. There is also no word if FastPass+ will be available at Walt Disney World for the Tomorrowland sneak peek.

by -

Inspired by the upcoming Disney movie “Tomorrowland,” The Walt Disney Studios, Disney Citizenship, and XPRIZE announce a nationwide challenge for young innovators.

Beginning April 22, 2015, Disney’s Create Tomorrowland – XPRIZE Challenge invites kids to imagine themselves in the future and report back to the present through video, imagery or stories about one new and amazing invention or innovation they encounter, how it works, and the impact it has on the future.

In June, six winners will have a once–in-a-lifetime mentorship experience with a leader in their area of interest. In addition, each winner will receive a $3,000 check, a 3D Printer from 3D Systems, and registration for FIRST® LEGO® League for the competition season 2015-2016 in the U.S.

“‘Tomorrowland’ has always been a place of possibility in our parks and for the creative team behind our new film,” said Sean Bailey, President, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production. “The future will be steered by the imaginations of our young people, and Disney is thrilled to work with XPRIZE to encourage and inspire the next generation of thinkers and dreamers to build the future they imagine is possible.”

“We are excited to launch the Create Tomorrowland XPRIZE Challenge, which gives young people a platform to voice and depict their creative, bold and imaginative problem-solving inventions of the future,” said Trish Halamandaris, Senior Vice President Marketing & Communications at XPRIZE. “At XPRIZE we believe that solutions to the problems facing humanity can come from anyone, anywhere and one of these young innovators just might come up with an idea that can truly turn Tomorrowland into reality.”

Participants will compete in two divisions: Junior Division (8-12 years old), and Senior Division (13–17 years old). All entrants must have prior consent from their parent or legal guardian in order to participate in the challenge. Official Rules and details about the Challenge are available at http://XPRIZEchallenge.org/CreateTomorrowland. Official registration and submission period starts April 22, 2015, and runs through May 17, 2015.

Submissions will be judged on innovation, creativity and presentation. XPRIZE will provide a panel of judges who will evaluate and score all submissions, and six (6) winners will be chosen.

Supporting XPRIZE Partners include FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), 3D Systems and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

by -

Various reports have indicated that Ben Mendelsohn, the Australian star of “Bloodline,” is being considered for a leading role in Rogue One.

The film stars Theory of Everything actress Felicity Jones.

The Star Wars spinoff film, directed by Gareth Edwards, will be released in theaters on Dec. 16, 2016.

by -

SMS-Press-Release_Star-Tours (1)

SMS Audio, LLC (www.SMSAudio.com), a premier audio headphone brand, and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts have entered into a multi-year strategic alliance naming SMS Audio the official headphones of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California.

SMS Audio products, including Star Wars First Edition SMS Audio headphones are available for purchase now at select locations throughout Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. In the spring, the Second Edition Star Wars SMS Audio headphone collection will be available depicting fan favorite themes such as Tie Fighter, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and Darth Vader.

sms-starwars-press (1)

“Establishing an alliance with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is consistent with our strategic goal to build SMS Audio into a premiere global audio brand,” said Brian M. Nohe, president of SMS Audio. “We look forward to building upon this alliance even further.”

As part of this agreement, SMS Audio will be a sponsor of Star Tours – The Adventures Continue attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and will feature their products at the park’s annual Star Wars Weekends. SMS Audio will also be a sponsor of the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend and Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend, both at Disneyland Resort in California.

In addition, SMS Audio has been named the Official Headphones of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club. Along with product opportunities for D23 Members, SMS Audio will be a part of this year’s D23 EXPO 2015: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event, taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center August 14–16, 2015.

“This alliance brings together two companies who share a commitment to providing high-quality entertainment experiences,” said Tiffany Rende, senior vice president of Disney Corporate Alliances and Operating Participants. “We’re thrilled to have SMS Audio join us as we continue to enhance our guest offerings. “

by -

As part of their ongoing series of art exhibitions, Disney TV Animation is celebrating Disneyland 60th Anniversary. According to the report in Variety, the topic really resonated with the artists:

“Among those contributing to the show was Eric Coleman, senior VP of Original Series, at DTV, who made a special trip to Disneyland to capture his photograph of a youngster encountering the park’s Evil Queen. “I was looking for a bigger picture that would capture the environment, and then I saw the Evil Queen and I knew a good moment was about to happen,” he said. The little girl came up to meet the queen with equal parts nervousness and excitement. “It reminded me a lot of what I felt like when I was at Disneyland as a kid; how everything felt just a little bit bigger than me.

Daron Nefcy, one of Variety’s 10 Animators to Watch and the artist behind Disney XD’s upcoming new series “Star vs. the Forces of Evil,” said her drawing of a tattooed and pierced girl enjoying fireworks celebrates the park’s inclusiveness. “I feel like everyone can go in and enjoy Disneyland, and I really enjoy seeing these people who are punked out or kind of gothy going there and having a great time like they’re a little kid. You can be super gangster and still go to Disneyland.”

“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero” co-creator Sam Levine’s offering shows his love not only for Disneyland but for 8-bit art, with a collection of Disney cast members that look a bit like old-school video game characters. “I love the different costumes of the different cast members. … I wanted to reduce them to their simplest essence and color, and see who people can recognize.” “