First Act of Season Premiere of Once Upon a Time Now Available in WATCH Apps
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In an unprecedented move for Disney/ABC Television Group’s WATCH services, the first act of next Sunday’s highly anticipated premiere of “Once Upon a Time, ” featuring the chilly debut of Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen,” is live now for authenticated viewers on WATCH ABCWATCH Disney Channel and WATCH ABC Family. It will be available to all viewers on each platform beginning FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26. This is the first time all three networks have debuted content from the same show on their WATCH services.

Disney/ABC Television Group’s WATCH services enable fans to watch their favorite ABC, ABC Family and Disney Channel programming whenever and wherever they are on desktops, smartphones, tablets and connected TVs. Authenticated subscribers of Comcast, Cablevision, Cox Communications, Charter Communications, DISH, Midcontinent Communications, Verizon FiOS, Google Fiber and AT&T U-verse, among others, can also watch a 24-hour live stream of each network, as well as access advantaged window episodes.

In the season premiere episode “A Tale of Two Sisters,” a scared and confused Elsa finds herself in Storybrooke and, fearful of the intentions of its residents, creates a powerful snow monster for protection. With Robin Hood’s wife, Marian, back in the picture, Regina wonders if her “happily ever after” with the former thief has been completely quashed — while on their honeymoon, Mr. Gold finds an intriguing object that makes him question whether or not he should officially give Belle control over the dagger that makes him The Dark One, and Hook is dismayed to discover that Emma seems to be avoiding him while she tries to help comfort Regina after being the one responsible for bringing Marian back from the past and into Storybrooke. Meanwhile, in Arendelle of the past, as Elsa’s sister Anna’s wedding to Kristoff nears, Anna discovers that their parents – who died on-ship during a violent storm – were heading to a mysterious destination in a quest that may have held the secret to containing Elsa’s out of control Ice powers. And against Elsa’s wishes, Anna wants to finish their journey to find out what they were looking for, on “Once Upon a Time,” SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Once Upon a Time” stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as the Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David Nolan, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Colin O’Donoghue as Hook, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry, Michael Socha as Will Scarlet and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold.

Guest starring are Lee Arenberg as Leroy/Grumpy, Faustino Di Bauda as Walter/Sleepy, Giancarlo Esposito as Sidney/Magic Mirror, Sean Maguire as Robin Hood, Georgina Haig as Elsa, Elizabeth Lail as Anna, Scott Michael Foster as Kristoff, Oliver Rice as noble man, Pascale Hutton as regal woman, Raphael Alejandro as Roland, Jason Burkart as Little John, Christie Laing as Maid Marian and John Rhys-Davies as Grand Pabbie.

Free Download of Songs From ABC’s Nashville Kicks Off Third Season on “On the Record”
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Fans can obtain a free download of the live songs performed tomorrow night by Chris Carmack and Charles Esten through www.abc.com/musiclounge between EST and PST airing for a 24 hour period. After that window, the songs will be available for purchase through ITunes and ABC Music Lounge!

ABC Music Lounge’s “Nashville”-inspired docu-web series, “On the Record,” is live at www.abc.com/musiclounge with the original song, “I Know How To Love You Now,” written by Deana Carter and Charles Esten. The song, which is also available now on iTunes and ABC.com/MusicLounge, is featured in the season three premiere of “Nashville,” WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMEBER 24 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

In a very special “On The Record” Charles Esten and fellow singer/songwriter, Deana Carter (“Strawberry Wine”, “We Danced Anyway,” and “How Do I Get There”) get together for an intimate  discussion on the song they co-wrote for “Nashville’s” season premiere, “I Know How To Love You Now.” During this week’s OTR, the artists and friends talk about how they came up with the song, how the lyrics were initially introduced during a pivotal moment during the season two finale, and how the song ultimately ended up contributing to the overall story line.

“Co-writing, you don’t always know if you’re going to get with the person someone you can really trust to lay your deep secret stuff out there with,” said Carter.

“Sometimes you find out ‘Well, I’m not sure how safe or how much I want to lay bare.’ And I remember very well you started talking about that concept of a relationship that had not been working for the longest time,” added Esten.

“I wanted the love of my life to say this song to me,” shared Carter.

“On the Record” is a documentary web series that follows the life of original songs performed on “Nashville” written by singer/songwriters in the music scene, from the songs’ inception to on-air premiere. The series offers an intimate look into the songwriting process, from guitar demo to music video and all the steps in between.

 

La Nouba Currently Offering Dinner Package Deal
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For a limited time, you can purchase the special Dinner & A Show package, which includes a meal at a popular restaurant in Downtown Disney area—plus a ticket to La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil®.

Explore ticket prices per person:

  • $99 plus tax for a Category 2 ticket ($89 plus tax for children ages 3 to 9)
  • $119 plus tax for a Category 1 ticket ($109 plus tax for children ages 3 to 9)

The package includes 1 ticket to a 6:00 PM performance Tuesday through Saturday nights on the following dates:

  • September 30 through November 1, 2014
  • November 6 through November 22, 2014

Before or after the show, enjoy dinner at Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe, Planet Hollywood or Splitsville Luxury Lanes. The offer includes one entrée, dessert and a non-alcoholic beverage.

To purchase, visit DisneyWorld.com

Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic Returns for Fifth Year
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The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic returns for the fifth year to the Epcot Resort Area hotel October 31 – November 1, featuring more than 40 food and wine stations; 10 food and wine seminars and the opportunity to meet the masters behind the culinary magic.

Amidst a backdrop of live entertainment, celebratory surprises and even some spooky fun on Halloween night, guests will enjoy numerous opportunities to sip and savor all weekend as they stroll along the hotel’s causeway.

The two-night event offers an enticing array of culinary options from the hotel’s award-winning signature restaurants:  Il Mulino New York Trattoria, Shula’s Steak House and Todd English’s bluezoo, as well as wine and spirits sampling from around the globe.

The food selections are as innovative as they are enticing, ranging from Italian arancini, marrying Carnaroli rice, Osso Buco and spicy tomato sauce, and the Asian-inspired grilled scallops with puffed rice, edamame and ponzu jelly; to barbeque handcrafted bacon, accented with sweet potato puree and caramelized onions. And, the hotel’s World Champion Pastry Chef, Laurent Branlard, provides intrigue on the sweeter side with finishing touches like a chocolate crunch Napoleon with hazelnut daquoise and chocolate whipped cream, and a lemon peel mousse dome with blueberry cream and lemon angel food cake at its center.

“We’re excited about the fifth annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic,” said the hotel’s Director of Food & Beverage, Tony Porcellini. “This year, we’ll present even more intriguing wine selections from around the globe; showcase our culinary creativity with exciting new dishes; expand on our seminar offerings, and introduce a beer garden! Our goal is to make this event bigger and better each year and have fun doing it!”

New to the event this year are:

  • A beer garden, featuring a variety of local and seasonal brews from around the world, alongside homemade bar snacks made by the hotel’s culinary experts. An upgraded ticket option provides guests access to the beer garden.
  • The Cheese Course seminar, which pays homage to fromage with a unique look at the art of wine and cheese pairing.
  • The Fine Art of Sushi and Sake seminar, which will teach guests how to identify quality sushi and sake flavor profiles and pair the two.
  • A hands-on Caipirinha seminar, where guests will learn both the traditional recipe and try some unique twists to this ever-popular Brazilian cocktail.
  • Tequila University, offering an in-depth look at tequila, its different styles, the artisans who make it and the secrets to making the perfect margarita.

Returning seminars include: pasta-making, Italian wines, modern mixology, beer, wine-blending and champagne.  All seminars require separate tickets in addition to the causeway tickets, and space is limited.

To add to the event’s appeal, guests can enjoy a meet and greet with celebrity chef Todd English, the namesake of the hotel’s Todd English’s bluezoo restaurant. Guests can also meet and enjoy world-class desserts from the hotel’s very own executive pastry chef, Laurent Branlard, the world’s only two-time World Champion Pastry Chef.  Barbeque fans shouldn’t miss the Cib’s Smoke House station for signature barbeque dishes from the hotel’s executive chef Robert Ciborowski.

With 17 restaurants and lounges, a distinguished culinary and beverage team and unmatched customer service, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel continually receives national recognition for its food and beverage program. The hotel boasts more than 70 certified wine sommeliers and 1,400 wine selections, including organic and rare vintages.  The hotel’s restaurants are annual winners of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence including Shula’s Steak House, a three-time recipient of the exclusive Best of Award of Excellence.

Tickets to the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic are available as part of a hotel package or individually.  For more information or to book, please visit www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com or call 1-800-227-1500.

 

What:              Fifth Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic

 

Info:                The Fifth Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel returns October 31 – November 1, showcasing a vast array of food and beverage options along with informative seminars conducted by members of the hotel’s award-winning food and beverage team. Highlighting the event is the appearance of celebrity chef Todd English.

The Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic consists of 10 food and beverage seminars, live entertainment, a new beer garden and more than 40 food and beverage stations, featuring appetizing selections from the hotel’s signature restaurants: Shula’s Steak House, Il Mulino New York Trattoria and Todd English’s bluezoo, as well as wines, beers and cocktails from around the world.

 

When:             Friday, October 31, and Saturday, November 1

5:30–9 p.m. (for seminar schedule, check www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com)

 

Where:            Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Causeway

1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd.

Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830

 

Ticket Information:   – One and two-night packages, including tickets to the outdoor festival for two and overnight accommodations, are available starting at $315 per night

- Advance purchase event-only tickets are available for $95 per person, including taxes and include unlimited food and beverage samples on the causeway

-Upgraded tickets that include the beer garden are $115 per person, including taxes

- Beverage seminars are $45 per person, per class including taxes

- Pasta making and pairing seminars are $60 per person including taxes

- For more information or to book, please visit www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com or call 1-800-227-1500

ESPN Digital Has Record Breaking August
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Coverage of the NFL pre-season, the start of College Football, the FIBA World Cup, and MLB’s pennant race propelled ESPN to a record-setting August in the digital sports category, according to comScore’s multi-platform report. ESPN reached 82.4 million unique users across computers, smartphones and tablets, the largest total for a single month in category history and an increase of 42 percent from a year ago.

On mobile devices alone, 61.3 million unique users accessed ESPN content, setting a category record for mobile reach, fueled by 42.2 million people visiting ESPN.com via smartphones and tablets.

Fans spent 5.5 billion minutes using ESPN digital properties, a category record for the month of August and up 8 percent from a year ago. Overall, ESPN accounted for 25.4 percent of all sports category usage on digital platforms, more than the Nos. 2 and 3 properties combined (Yahoo! Sports-NBC Sports Network had 12.9 percent, Fox Sports Digital-Sporting News Media 10.8 percent.)

More results from the August comScore multi-platform report:

  • In the average minute throughout August, 123,160 people used ESPN digital properties on computers, smartphones and tablets – a larger total day audience than Fox Sports 1 (106,704) and NBC Sports Network (74,058) on television. Among males 18 to 49 ESPN digital properties had a larger average minute audience than every Nielsen-measured national cable sports network aside from ESPN and NFL Network.1
  • ESPN was the eighth most-used digital property in the U.S. by males 18-49, more than Twitter, Amazon, eBay and Wikipedia, among others.
  • An average of 17.8 million people in the U.S. accessed ESPN content across devices on a daily basis in August, up from 12.3 million a year ago.
  • August was the 12th consecutive month in which more unique people visited ESPN on smartphones and tablets than on desktop and laptop computers (35.1 million uniques, 2.5 billion minutes of usage.)  74 percent of ESPN’s total users accessed content on mobile devices, which generated 3.0 billion minutes of usage.
  • August was the fifth straight month in which more than half of ESPN’s unique digital users (57 percent, 47.3 million people) exclusively accessed ESPN content on smartphones and tablets.
  • 55 percent of all time spent with ESPN digital content was consumed by mobile device users, the seventh time in the past 10 months that smartphones and tablets contributed a larger share of usage to ESPN’s digital total than desktop and laptop computers.
  • ESPN accounted for three of the top four sports apps on smartphones and tablets in August in terms of unique users, with SportsCenter (12.0 million) topping the category, accompanied by No. 2 WatchESPN (5.7 million) and No. 4 ESPN Fantasy Football (5.1 million).  ESPN’s portfolio of apps generated 1.5 billion minutes of usage, more than any other sports media property.

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Additional results from ESPN Research & Analytics:

  • 5.35 million unique devices streamed WatchESPN and ESPN3 content in August (up 61 percent from a year ago), as viewers spent 766 million minutes with programming across all platforms (up 101 percent).  WatchESPN experienced it’s most-viewed non-FIFA World Cup month since June 2013.2
  • Fans watched 404.1 million ESPN digital video clips in August, the fifth highest monthly total ever, and up 48 percent from a year ago.  August marked the fourth straight month with more than 400 million clips viewed.  100.8 million video clip views came from mobile phones, a new record.  64 percent of all clips were viewed on computers, 28 percent on phones and tablets, and 7 percent on connected TVs.2

ESPN networks and ABC sports television content generated 9.4 million tweets in August, accounting for 15 percent of all TV-related activity during the month. ESPN itself was the third most-social TV network (broadcast or cable) in August, with 1.4 million unique authors sending 4.5 million tweets about ESPN programming.2 Other key social media metrics:

  • ESPN’s top Twitter accounts were retweeted or favorited 7.7 million times, up 150 percent from a year ago.4
  • 7.1 million people engaged with the ESPN Facebook page (liked a post, shared a story, left a comment) up 195 percent from last year, and 11.5 million also engaged with the SportsCenter page (+500 percent).5
  • There were 35.9 million views of ESPN video on Twitter in August, a new record. 2

Source: Nielsen Media Research, 8/1-8/31/14
2 Source: Adobe Analytics
3 Source: Nielsen SocialGuide
4 Source: Twitter
5 Source: Facebook

Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Launches Today
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Disney Interactive and Marvel today launched Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes – the follow up to last year’s #1 best-selling new hybrid toy / video game of 2013 (according to the NPD Group’s video games retail sales data). The game is available for the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and the Wii U™ system from Nintendo.

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The Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack features the 2.0 game software, the Disney Infinity 2.0 Base, Marvel’s The Avengers Play Set with three character figures (Iron Man, Black Widow and Thor), two Toy Box Game Discs, a web code card and countless hours of creative play in the all-new Toy Box 2.0.  Marvel’s Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy Play Sets, along with additional figures from those worlds, will be sold separately. All characters and Power Discs from last year’s release of Disney Infinity are compatible with Toy Box 2.0.

“With the launch of Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition), we’re delivering fresh storylines – for some of Marvel’s most iconic characters – to one of the biggest video game franchises on the market,” said Peter Phillips, EVP and General Manager, Interactive & Digital Distribution at Marvel Entertainment. “This is one of the most important game launches in Marvel history, and we believe that fans and collectors of all ages will be wowed by the experience.”

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The new game introduces interactive Super Hero figures from across the Marvel universe with original Play Set storylines written with the help of award-winning Marvel comic writer Brian Michael Bendis. Each new character brings a variety of super-powered and unique gameplay mechanics such as flying, web slinging, wall crawling, wall smashing and more.

An improved Toy Box 2.0 mode makes it easier for players to create and share their one-of-a-kind levels and games with family and friends using their favorite Marvel and Disney characters, vehicles, settings and items. New and enhanced Toy Box tools and toys will make the groundbreaking game mode even more accessible for players of all ages. Toy Box Game Discs deliver new structured gameplay modes to the Toy Box where players can engage in classic Dungeon Crawler and Tower Defense gameplay using any character from across the Disney Infinity universe.

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“For the 2.0 version of Disney Infinity, we’ve re-tooled nearly every aspect of the game to ensure it matched the epic expectations of Marvel Super Hero fans around the world,” said John Blackburn, SVP and General Manager of Avalanche Software. “Whether they’re playing with the entirely new character skills and combat systems, exploring Play Sets four times larger than the original version, or building worlds in the new Toy Box, we hope fans will be blown away by the evolution of Disney Infinity.”

Community continues to play an important role in Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, with the availability of new Toy Boxes created by the recently hired Avalanche Software Community Team. These super-fans turned level designers will be designing immersive, themed Toy Boxes and episodic content for Disney Infinity players to download for free at launch and beyond. Also available at launch will be select Toy Boxes designed by Toy Box Artists from around the world at the inaugural Disney Infinity Toy Box Summit this past August.

Developed by Avalanche Software, the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack carries a suggested retail price of $74.99 and all versions are rated “E-10+” by the ESRB. The Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy Play Sets are available separately for a suggested retail price of $34.99. Individual character figures are available for a suggested retail price of $13.99 and blind Power Disc packs for $4.99.

 

Review: Olaf’s Adventures App
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Olaf is our fun, friendly snowman that loves warm hugs, so who wouldn’t love going on an interactive adventure with him? Join him with the new Olaf’s Adentures app as he completes tasks in Winter, Spring, and Summer to earn snowflakes that lead to snow-globes to give to his friends at the end of each level. There are mini games in each level and familiar faces in each season that make this game fun and unique. One moment, you see the Evil Snowman and the next, you see Sven hiding behind a pillar. Exploring the wintery cliffs as well as Arendelle will definitely bring a smile to your face.
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This is such a fun addition to the catalog of Frozen games out there! Olaf is probably my favorite character from the movie, so completing tasks with him is so much fun. Josh Gad, who originally did the voice for Olaf in the film, returned and voiced him in the app, so the realistic voice made it so much fun- not only to hear the voice, but to hear phrases that were originally in the movie. However, what really made this game stick out for me were the mini-games. Each level included at least two short games including characters from the movie as well. At the beginning of the game, you are instructed to collect ten snowflakes that are redeemed for snowglobes to give to your friends from Arendell and to achieve this, you can press on different items in the world. You can have Olaf smell the flowers, play a little tune on the icicles, or sled down a hill, collecting a snowflake each time. One thing that I found particularly helpful was the small magnifying glass in the bottom left corner. It’s fun to press things and try to find snowflakes, but after I completed a level and had only found 9/10 snowflakes, I could press on the magnifying glass at the bottom of the screen and it would highlight where each snowflake would be. I don’t want to give it away, but be sure to keep an eye out for two snowflakes in one game. It’s a fun little surprise!
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I really enjoyed this app, but my daughter, like every other kid that’s familiar with Frozen, absolutely loved it! As a parent, I appreciate the simplicity of the game and if you’re looking for a fun app that is pretty easy to navigate, this is the app for you. There is an option to make purchases in this app, however, so if you choose to download this app, make sure that you have disabled your in app purchases just to make sure that little fingers don’t wrack up a big bill.
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Right now, you can purchase this app for $1.99 from the Apple app store and for a limited time only, you can get the next level for free! I’m all for deals like this, and with the nature of this app, two levels for $1.99 is a good price! Enjoy your adventures in Arendelle!
Mighty Ducks 20th Anniversary Reunion
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Marguerite Moreau, who played Connie in the first two Mighty Ducks films, shared pictures on Instagram of a 20th anniversary reunion held with some of her fellow cast members. Check them out to see what the cast looks like today.


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