Walt Disney World Christmas Merchandise

Walt Disney World Christmas Merchandise

Christmas has arrived at Walt Disney World, and what better way to bring a piece of the #DisneyHolidays home with you than some of the new Walt Disney World Christmas Merchandise!

John from BigFatPanda.com had the chance to chat with Steven Miller about the new merchandise you will find in the parks and some tips for shopping in the parks.

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If you can’t make your way to Walt Disney World this Holiday Season, you can find these and more goodies online!

Don’t forget to check out the Magical Friday Deals that are available now while you are there!

Walt Disney World Christmas Online Sale

I can’t thank John enough for filming this #DisneyHolidays video for us! Make sure you give his BigFatPanda.com YouTube channel a follow!

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Nickelodeon Suites Resort Debuts TMNT Laser Maze

Nickelodeon Suites Resort

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Laser Maze is newest addition to entertainment line up at Nickelodeon Suites Resort 

Nickelodeon Suites Resort is set to debut an all-new laser maze experience, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Laser Lockdown. The first-of-its-kind experience for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle brand was created exclusively with attraction powerhouse SimEx-Iwerks Entertainment and Nickelodeon. This new offering expands on the typical laser maze model by combining state-of-the-art technology with the highly recognizable Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Laser Lockdown delivers an action-packed adventure, featuring high-visibility lasers and UV lighting, as well as key graphic components, character dialogue and themed music to fully immerse guests into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle universe. The attraction also incorporates a few surprise special effects that further enhances the storyline and overall experience for guests.

“The Nickelodeon Suites Resort is excited to be the first to showcase the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Laser Lockdown laser maze, which will be a tremendous draw for our hotel,” said Louis Robbins, Managing Director, Nickelodeon Suites Resort. “We can’t wait for our guests to experience this new attraction and enter their “mission score” on the leaderboard to see where they rank against their friends and family.”

Nickelodeon Suites Resort

“We are proud to continue our partnership with Nickelodeon by utilizing such a well-regarded brand to deliver a one-of-a-kind experience that enhances the overall stay for hotel guests,” says Mark Cornell, Senior Vice President, Attractions Development, SimEx-Iwerks.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Laser Lockdown is now open at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort, recruiting guests for an epic mission to thwart the Kraang’s diabolical plan for world domination.  With Mikey trapped in a super-secret Kraang Laboratory, it is up to maze participants to disable the security system, all while using their ninja stealth skills to navigate a web of high-tech lasers. The attraction is configured to entertain one or two participants at a time, providing a slightly different experience for guests each time they take on the challenge.

This new attraction marks the second collaboration between SimEx-Iwerks and Nickelodeon Suites Resort. The hotel is also home to a SimEx-Iwerks 4-D Theater that currently features several 4-D Experiences® including SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D: The Great Jelly Rescue and Dora & Diego’s 4-D Adventure.

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About Nickelodeon Suites Resort

Located in the heart of Orlando’s tourism district, Nickelodeon Suites Resort, otherwise known as Nick Hotel, is much more than a place for guests to lay their heads at night. From two over-the-top pool complexes with slides and flumes, to live entertainment and character breakfasts featuring Nickelodeon’s beloved characters, to a multimillion dollar 4-D Experience Theater, to the colorfully themed kid suites and gallons upon gallons of slime, Nick Hotel offers non-stop activity from dawn to dusk for the entire family any time of the year. For more information about the Nick Hotel, visit www.nickhotel.com or call (877) NICK-KID.

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Marvel Universe LIVE! At The Amway Center Giveaway

Marvel Universe LIVE!

Disclosure: I received tickets to attend Marvel Universe Live! in exchange for the opportunity to host this giveaway. All opinions are my own.

Marvel fans, assemble! Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live show experience to a whole new level at the Amway Center December 5-7, 2014.

Marvel Universe LIVE! will take the live show experience to a whole new level with a mind-blowing original story that brings the most Marvel characters together in one new production.

Marvel Universe LIVE!

Watch as 25 of your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Hulk come to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza take on threatening villains! You’ll definitely feel the energy—with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more, it’s being hailed as the most technically advanced live show ever.

Marvel Universe LIVE!

Join Marvel fans of all ages for this once-in-a-lifetime, monumental performance. The fate of the universe depends on it!

Tickets are still available! Prices for tickets are $40, $60 & $120, and you can find more information and purchase them here. It’s important to remember that all tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges.

We are really excited to offer you the chance to win four (4) tickets to see Marvel Universe LIVE! at the Amway Center on December 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm.

Marvel Universe LIVE!

Contest is open to Residents of the United States who are eighteen(18) years and older.  We will be giving away Win four (4) tickets to see Marvel Universe LIVE! at Amway Center on December 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm. Parking at the Amway Center is not included in this giveaway. Void where prohibited by law. We use Rafflecopter to choose one lucky winner at random, and each & every contest entry will be verified. The winner of our contest will be contacted by email (so be sure to double check your entry) and will have 24 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen. The winner will be responsible for picking up their tickets on the day of the show at the Amway Center’s Will Call with a valid photo ID. Good luck!

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Disney Vacation Club Member Exclusive Vera Bradley Tote

Disney Vacation Club

Disney Vacation Club Member Exclusive Vera Bradley Tote

Available December 8, 2014!

With the holidays right around the corner, Members and Vera Bradley fans alike will be excited for the latest Membership Magic merchandise offering: Disney Vacation Club Member exclusive Vera Bradley tote!
Disney Vacation Club Exclusive Merchandise Vera Bradley
Available via the Disney Parks online store, this Cobalt Blue “Vera Tote” features a Disney Vacation Club Member patch embroidered on the outer shell along with a choice of one of two famous colorful patterns lining the inside. Designed with Members in mind, this tote combines the stylish quilted cotton handbags, luggage and accessories the Vera Bradley Company is known for with a touch of Disney Magic!
Disney Vacation Club Exclusive Merchandise Vera Bradley

Look for the Disney Vacation Club exclusive “Vera Tote” to become available in the Member Marketplace beginning December 8, 2014.

Please note: Due to limited quantity, purchases will be limited to 2 bags per customer.

Disney Vacation Club Exclusive Vera Bradley Product Details:

Make a statement by selecting one of two unique designs to add to your accessory collection!

Your Vera Bradley “Vera Tote” features a Disney Vacation Club Member patch embroidered on the outer shell, along with your choice of colorful pattern lining the inside.

How to Order

This tote-ally stylish offer is only available online at www.dvcmember.com starting December 08, 2014 at 11:30 AM (EST). Limited quantities are available at the Disney Vacation Club Member Marketplace for $130.00 each, plus tax. Your Disney Vacation Club Member discount will be applied at check out.

For more information, head to the Special Offers section of DVCMember.com.
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Strange Magic Coming In January 2015

Strange Magic

Strange Magic – January 23, 2015

Strange Magic, a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., will be released by Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015!

Strange Magic is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011’s Academy Award®-winning film “Rango,” bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects.

With a story by George Lucas, Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”), produced by Mark S. Miller (associate producer “Mars Attacks!”) and executive produced by George Lucas, with a screenplay by David Berenbaum (“Elf”), Irene Mecchi (“Brave,” “The Lion King”) and Rydstrom. An extraordinary roster of film, television and Broadway stars lend their voices to “Strange Magic,” including Alan Cumming (CBS’ “The Good Wife,” Broadway’s “Cabaret”), Evan Rachel Wood (“The Ides of March”), Kristin Chenoweth (Broadway’s “Wicked”), Maya Rudolph (“Big Hero 6,” “Bridesmaids”), Sam Palladio (ABC’s “Nashville”), newcomer Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina (“Chocolat”), Elijah Kelley (“Hairspray,” “The Butler”), Bob Einstein (HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Peter Stormare (“Fargo”). Well-known music producer Marius de Vries (“Moulin Rouge”) serves as both the musical director and composer.

I’m looking forward to bringing you more information about Strange Magic soon!

Make sure you keep up with Strange Magic on Facebook and Twitter for more information, too!

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Celebrating #DisneyHolidays: Build Your Own Gingerbread House

One of my family’s favorite ways to celebrate the Holidays at Walt Disney World is by taking a little time away from the parks to explore the resorts and their beautiful decorations.

We especially enjoy touring the five deluxe resorts that create unique holiday displays and sugar shacks that are made of edible ingredients. It is amazing to see the craftsmanship that goes into these creations!

Frozen Gingerbread Holiday Display Walt Disney World Contemporary Resort
Walt Disney World Resort guests can enjoy an all-new Gingerbread Holiday Ice Castle inspired by Disney’s “Frozen” this year on the 4th floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. TheÊ17-foot-tall culinary concoction is adorned with favorite characters from the film including Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven, 1,500 gingerbread shingles, snowflakes and chocolate-covered trees. “Frozen”-themed merchandise, desserts and gingerbread treats also are available for purchase at the ice castle kiosk. (Kent Phillips, photographer)

A great way to bring a piece of the #DisneyHolidays to your home is by building a Gingerbread House of your own!

Gingerbread House Christmas at Walt Disney World BoardWalk Inn
Photo: Kelly Hicks

Just inside of the lobby of Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is the location of a new gingerbread display inspired by the Jersey Shore. This new “Gingerbread Stand” is reminiscent of New Jersey Boardwalk concession stands with wreaths made of ice cream cones, plus Disney whimsy with Mickey and Minnie shaped gingerbread heads surrounding the marshmallow dotted marquee. 

Christmas at Walt Disney World BoardWalk Inn Gingerbread House
Photo: Kelly Hicks
Gingerbread House Christmas at Walt Disney World BoardWalk Inn
Photo: Kelly Hicks

At the Gingerbread Stand, you can purchase a kit to create your own house like a Disney Chef for $14.95, and John from BigFatPanda.com had a chance to create an adorable Gingerbread house with Disney’s BoardWalk Inn Pastry Chef Matt Avery.

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I can’t thank John enough for filming this #DisneyHolidays video for us! Make sure you give his BigFatPanda.com YouTube channel a follow!

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Adds Christmas Shows

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Invites Guests to Celebrate ‘Holidays in Space’ with All-New Light Shows and Laser Spectacular 

Holidays in Space Kennedy Space Center Visitors Center Space Coast

Attraction Celebrates the Season Space-Age-Style Nov. 28 through Jan. 4 with First-Ever 3D Projection Mapping Show Set against a Rocket and Holiday Laser Light Spectacular Visible from Space

Looking for something new and unique to do this holiday season? Start a new tradition at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, where the holidays go high-tech with a first-of-its-kind 3D show “projection mapped” onto a rocket, and a laser and light show so spectacular, astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) should be able to see the beam.

Beginning Friday, Nov. 28, the day after Thanksgiving, the Visitor Complex will be adorned for the holiday season with a stunning array of decorations including a 41-foot Christmas tree, a giant NASA “meatball” ornament, garlands, lights, ribbons, bows and more.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Christmas

As the season progresses, so does the fun. From December 2 through January 4, the Visitor Complex presents the new Holiday Rocket Garden Light Show featuring a choreographed light and music show.

The excitement accelerates Dec. 22 through Dec. 31 when a second element is added to the show: a 3D projection mapping presentations shown on the side of the 223-foot-long Saturn 1B rocket. Also called spatial augmented reality, this technology is used to project images onto irregularly shaped objects, such as bridges, buildings, and now, a rocket. This remarkable presentation, a first at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, features custom animation blended with historic footage of actual launches and awe-inspiring views of Earth from the ISS. The show takes guests on a walk through NASA history, from our first launches to the moon, through the 30-year Space Shuttle Program and the assembly of the ISS, and onto the surface of Mars, thanks to actual images captured by NASA’s Curiosity and Opportunity robotic exploration rovers.

From Dec. 26-Dec. 31, a Holiday Laser Light Spectacular will be added to the festivities, featuring an incredible music and laser light show that will be visible in Orlando and throughout Central Florida. The green rays from the laser show are bright enough for astronauts aboard the International Space Station to see them.

“Many astronauts have told us that they have felt no greater sense of peace and hope for humankind than when looking down on the blue marble of Earth from space,” said Therrin Protze, chief operating officer of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “Through these truly unique and 3D light and laser shows, we hope to share that incredible feeling with all our guests this holiday season.”

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s Rocket Garden features a majestic collection of real and replica capsules and rockets,soaring 80-, 90-, and 100 feet into the sky, demonstrating how manned space flight progressed through the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo eras.

All holiday activities are included with Visitor Complex admission; no advance reservations are required. Light shows begin at dusk each day. The Visitor Complex is open 365 days a year, including Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s holiday hours of operation are:

Nov. 28-Dec. 259 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dec. 26-Dec. 309 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 Space Shuttle Atlantis Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex brings to life the epic story of the U.S. space program, offering a full day or more of fun and educational activities, including the Kennedy Space Center Tour featuring the Apollo/Saturn V Center with an actual Saturn V moon rocket, Shuttle Launch Experience®, 3D IMAX® space films, Astronaut Encounter, Exploration Space®:  Explorers Wanted and many other interactive exhibits. The new $100 million home for Space Shuttle AtlantisSM opened June 29, 2013. Admission also includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, featuring historic spacecraft and the world’s largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia, which opens daily at noon and closing times vary by season. Only 45 minutes from Orlando, Fla., Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. with closing times varying by season.  Admission is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers annual passes starting at $75 + tax for adults and $60 + tax for children ages 3-11. For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.

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Marvel Universe LIVE! At The Amway Center

Marvel Universe Live

Disclosure: I was given tickets to see Marvel Universe LIVE! at the Amway Center in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own!

Marvel Universe LIVE! is coming to Orlando December 5-7 at the Amway Center!

Marvel fans, assemble! Marvel Universe LIVE! Is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new level, with a mind-blowing show unlike anything you’ve seen before.

Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man, and The Avengers (Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk and more) and threatening villains come to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza.

 

Produced by Feld Entertainment, Marvel Universe LIVE! is performing at the Amway Center in Orlando December 5-7 for seven performances. Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original story that brings more than 25 Marvel icons together on one epic quest. The Cosmic Cube, the source of ultimate power and one of the most feared and coveted treasures in the Marvel Universe, has been shattered into pieces by the Mighty Thor in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. With the pieces scattered across the globe, Thor’s villainous brother Loki devises a scheme to clone its powers, inciting a threat that could not only decimate Earth but also obliterate the Universe.

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You’ll definitely feel the energy with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more. It’s being hailed as the most technically advanced live show ever.

Join Marvel fans of all ages for this once-in-a-lifetime, monumental performance. The fate of the universe depends on it!

Marvel Universe LIVE! Orlando Show Information

Where: Amway Center, 400 West Church Street – Suite 200, Orlando, Florida 32801

Show Times:

Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 6 at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 7 at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Tickets: $40, $60 & $120.

*Ticket pricing is subject to change based on market demand.

Buy tickets at amwaycenter.com, Chase Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or at Ticketmaster.com. All dates, act(s) and ticket prices are subject to change without notice. All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling, and facility fee charges.

I am happy that I can share a discount code that will save you 25% on your tickets to see Marvel Universe LIVE! at the Amway Center!

25% off tickets with Discount Code:  SAVE25

 

  • Valid on all price levels and all performances.
  • Not valid on previously purchased tickets. No double discounts.
  • Not valid day of show.
  • Additional fees may apply.

To discover more about Marvel Universe LIVE!, go to www.marveluniverselive.com

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CIRCUS XTREME Coming To The Amway Center

Circus Xtreme Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Amway Center

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents CIRCUS XTREME at the Amway Center

January 8-11, 2015

 
Produced by Feld Entertainment, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents CIRCUS XTREME plays the Amway Center in Orlando January 8-11, 2015 for seven shows.
Prepare to be astonished and amazed by some of the coolest acts that can only be seen at The Greatest Show On Earth. Children Of All Ages can let their imagination go wild in an exhilarating adventure with extraordinary circus artists and exotic animals.
In Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents CIRCUS XTREME, Ringmaster Andre McClain guides audiences on a quest around the world with the help of hilarious adventure seekers, Alex and Irina Emelin.
Circus Xtreme Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
The show will thrill you as the Mongolian riders send arrows flying across the arena sky. This all-female troupe displays their skills in one of the most unique acts this year, performing a series of tricks and maneuvers atop elegant two-hump camels. Jaw-dropping freestyle BMX riders and free running tumblers fill the arena floor performing crazy-stunts mixed with acrobats leaping through a 15-foot transparent tower – and this is just one act!
During this energetic show, personal introductions to our performing pachyderms will allow audiences to be on a first name basis with our magnificent animals. All this and more happens during the most unexpected circus experience at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents CIRCUS XTREME.

Ringling Bros, and Barnum & Bailey CIRCUS XTREME Orlando Details

Where: Amway Center, 400 West Church Street – Suite 200, Orlando, Florida 32801
Show Times:
Thursday, January 8               7:30 p.m.
Friday, January 9                    7:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 10             11:30 a.m.3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 11               1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
 
Tickets: Tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents CIRCUS XTREME start at $16.  All seats are reserved. Purchase tickets and view show times at www.ringling.com or www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amway Center box office (phone: 407-440-7900). For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740.  Ticketmaster service charges and facility fees not included. 
For more information, visit www.Ringling.com or visit us on Facebook.  
 
About Feld Entertainment
 
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Nuclear Cowboyz®, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt, Disney Live!Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt and Marvel Universe LIVE!  More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at www.FeldEntertainment.com.
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D23 Disney Twenty-Three Winter Issue Details

D23 Disney Twenty-Three travels Into the Woods, Featuring Exclusive Interviews with Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, and Chris Pine

Along with a look at the making of this spectacular movie musical, D23 goes ‘Behind the Seas’ on Disney Cruise Line and reveals secrets behind Disneyland’s Holiday transformation

D23 Disney Twenty-Three Winter Issue

To celebrate Disney’s big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Into the WoodsDisney twenty-three, the publication of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, got all the thrilling details from the stars and creative team behind the new breathtaking, upcoming film. In exclusive interviews with Disney twenty-three, stars Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine, along with director Rob Marshall and screenplay author James Lapine, detail the excitement and challenges of bringing the Tony® Award-winning musical to the big screen, including explaining how they played a game of hide-and-seek with some (fake) witchy fingernails and how the team gracefully—and sometimes hilariously—handled Blunt’s pregnancy during filming.

Disney twenty-three’s Winter issue, available exclusively to Gold Members of D23, also includes a fascinating look “behind the seas” at Disney Cruise Line, with dazzling photography that reveals places guests never see while on board, as well as interviews with the people who keep everything shipshape. “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas” unlocks the secrets that enable the creative teams at Disneyland to bring the holidays to life, seemingly overnight. Director Steve Purcell unwraps the newest Disney•Pixar television treasure, Toy Story That Time Forgot, which airs on ABCDecember 2. Star Hayley Atwell and producer Jeph Loeb unleash the action of Marvel’s Agent Carter, also coming to ABC, which brings one ofCaptain America: The First Avenger’s most thrilling stars to the small screen.

Also included in the Winter issue of Disney twenty-three:

  • The fascinating tale of Herman J. Schultheis, whose personal notebooks detailing Disney’s first golden age of animation are showcased in a new book by Disney animation scholar John Canemaker

  • Frozen-influenced Adventures By Disney vacation in Norway

  • Twenty-three reasons fans will love the new Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes game

  • Festive holiday content to kick off D23.com’s “D23 Days of Christmas”

  • Regular columns including A Walk with Walt, D Society, and Ask Dave

All D23 Members are invited to visit D23.com for additional features and members-only content, including our “D23 Days of Christmas” celebration, where members can unwrap stories, videos, printables, and more beginning December 1.

Other features coming to D23.com include:

  • Additional Into the Woods tales including a “character who’s who” and a discussion with James Lapine and Rob Marshall about the changes made in taking the show from stage to screen.

  • A gallery of photos from our backstage exploration of the Disney Dream

  • More about the mysterious tale of Herman Schultheis

Disney twenty-three, which is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps, is offered exclusively to D23 Gold Members as a benefit of their membership. The publication will begin arriving mid-November.

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About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. D23 gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication,Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold, Silver, and General Membership levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow us @DisneyD23 on TwitterFacebookPinterest, and YouTube.

 

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Nickelodeon Every Witch Way Weekend At Universal Orlando

A MAGICAL WEEKEND AWAITS:

Every Witch Way Weekend

Universal Orlando Resort to host Nickelodeon’s Every Witch Way Weekend December 12-13, 2014, Featuring Series Cast Members

Fans of Nickelodeon’s Hit TV Show Can Enjoy Q&A and Autograph Sessions with the Cast, An Exclusive Advanced Screening of the First Two Episodes of  Season 3 and More

 

Universal Orlando Resort will host a fun filled weekend featuring the Nickelodeon hit live action series Every Witch Way on December 12 and 13.

Fans of the hit series will be able to enjoy two days of spellbinding activities featuring some of their favorite cast members, including Paola Andino (Emma Alonso), Nick Merico (Daniel Miller), Paris Smith (Maddie Van Pelt) and Rahart Adams (Jax Novoa).

Nickelodeon’s Every Witch Way Weekend will also give guests the opportunity to:

  • Enjoy an exciting celebration to kick off the weekend, featuring DJ Boogie and the cast of “Every Witch Way”
  • Participate in Q&A and autograph sessions with the cast
  • Access a special viewing party featuring an advance screening of the first two episodes of season 3 of “Every Witch Way”
  • And more!

Every Witch Way Weekend

Every Witch Way is a spell-binding tale that follows teenager Emma Alfonso (Paola Andino) as she moves to Miami and discovers that she isn’t so ordinary—she’s a witch. The series, which recently concluded its second season, is a bona fide hit consistently winning its time period (Mon-Fri, 7:30-8 p.m. ET/PT) with kids 2-11. Season 3 of “Every Witch Way” will premiere in 2015, sparking mystery and adventure with a daily dose of magic that will keep viewers captivated and enchanted.

During the event, guests can also experience one-of-a-kind traditions that the entire family will enjoy at Universal Orlando’s Holidays celebration. Running daily fromDec. 6 to Jan. 3, guests will come face-to-face with The Grinch at Grinchmas, watch majestic Macy’s balloons wind through the streets and hear Christmas music sensation – Mannheim Steamroller – perform beloved holiday classics.

It’s a weekend of bewitching and holiday fun at Universal Orlando Resort—all included with admission to Universal Orlando theme parks.  For more information, visit http://www.UniversalOrlando.com/events/everywitchway.aspx.

 

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: Historic Launch Ticket Information

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Orion

Launch Viewing Tickets On Sale Now at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for Historic First Launch of Orion Spacecraft December 4, 2014

Public Invited to Witness History in the Making as NASA Tests its Deep Space Orion Spacecraft for the First Time, Paving the Way for Manned Flights to Mars and Beyond

 

On Thursday, Dec. 4, NASA is scheduled to launch its uncrewed Orion spacecraft into space for the very first time, making history as the spacecraft travels 15 times farther from the Earth than the International Space Station (ISS). This first flight paves the way for future flights that will carry astronauts to asteroids, Mars and beyond. Now, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is giving its guests the chance to share in this historic mission, called Exploration Flight Test-1, or EFT-1, with a variety of exclusive launch viewing opportunities and special events.

Guests at the Visitor Complex will be able to see the fiery glow and hear the thunderous roar as the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Not only will guests get to experience the sights, sounds and sensations of a rocket launch from within miles of the launch pad, they will also witness firsthand the dawn of the next space exploration program that will one day send humans to and from Mars. The two-orbit, 4.5-hour flight is designed to test the systems that are critical to safely sending humans into deep space – systems including avionics, attitude control, parachutes and the heat shield.

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As guests will see and hear, traveling 3,600 miles into space requires one of the most powerful rockets ever built. The nearly 235-foot-tall Delta IV Heavy is capable of lifting more than 50,000 pounds into low-Earth orbit. After jettisoning its Launch Abort System and making one orbit of Earth, the rocket’s upper stage will fire again, taking the spacecraft farther than any vehicle designed for manned flight has gone in more than 40 years.

During its journey, Orion will twice pass through areas of extreme radiation called the Van Allen Belts. As it reenters Earth’s atmosphere, it will travel at speeds close to 20,000 mph and generate temperatures up to 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, almost twice the temperature of molten lava – putting its heat shield, the largest of its kind ever made, to the ultimate test. Three sets of parachutes are needed to slow the Orion capsule to a gentle 20 mph splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, where the U.S. Navy and NASA’s Ground Systems Development and Operations Program will recover it and the flight data. In the future, Orion will launch on NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS).

The launch window is set for the morning of Dec. 4, beginning at 7:05 a.m. and extending to 9:44 a.m. Guests may choose from two viewing sites: the Apollo/Saturn V Center located within secured areas of Kennedy Space Center or the Space Shuttle AtlantisSMattraction, situated at the main Visitor Complex. The Apollo/Saturn V viewing area overlooks the scenic Banana Creek and offers a lawn area and bleacher seating with a view of Launch Pad 37, just 8 miles away at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This location is accessible only by bus from the Visitor Complex. A limited number of tickets are available for launch viewing from the Apollo/Saturn V Center for $20 plus the cost of admission. Bus transportation to the Apollo/Saturn V Center is available from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Launch viewing, astronaut appearances, live mission control commentary and a variety of Orion-related displays, demonstrations and exhibits by various NASA contractors are available at the main Visitor Complex. Join John Zarrella, former CNN space expert and correspondent, for the Journey with Orion program leading up to launch and the Countdown to Splashdown program later in the day. Prime launch viewing areas, 7 miles from Launch Pad 37, are located on the north side and east side of the Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction, where guests will have a view of the rocket once it clears the tree line. This viewing opportunity is included in regular admission. Admission and launch viewing tickets can be purchased online at www.kennedyspacecenter.com.

“We are excited to share this historic launch with our guests and to give them the chance to see firsthand how NASA continues to push farther into space with the Orion program,” said Therrin Protze, chief operating officer of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “This is only the beginning of the story for Orion and we look forward to sharing many more successful chapters on the journey to Mars.”

Holidays in Space Kennedy Space Center Visitors Center Space Coast

After launch, guests can spend the day exploring Space Shuttle Atlantis, Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted, Rocket Garden and other attractions. At dusk, the Visitor Complex presents its all-new Holiday Rocket Garden Light Show in the majestic Rocket Garden featuring a choreographed light and music program. Guests also will be treated to a stunning array of decorations, including a 41-foot Christmas tree and a giant NASA “meatball” ornament.

 Space Shuttle Atlantis Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex brings to life the epic story of the U.S. space program, offering a full day or more of fun and educational activities, including the Kennedy Space Center Tour featuring the Saturn V Center with an actual Saturn V moon rocket, Shuttle Launch Experience®, 3D IMAX® space films, Astronaut Encounter, Exploration Space®:  Explorers Wanted and many other interactive exhibits. The new $100 million home for Space Shuttle AtlantisSM opened June 29, 2013. Admission also includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, featuring historic spacecraft and the world’s largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia, which opens daily at noon and closing times vary by season. Only 45 minutes from Orlando, Fla., Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. with closing times varying by season.  Admission is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers annual passes starting at $75 + tax for adults and $60 + tax for children ages 3-11. For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.

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Universal Orlando Resort To Celebrate Veterans Day

Veterans Day Parade at Universal Orlando Universal Studios Florida

Universal Orlando Resort to Celebrate Veterans Day with Eighth Annual In-Park Parade, Flag Raising Ceremony, and more!

 

In honor of those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, Universal Orlando Resort’s Veterans Network – comprised of more than 400 team members – will march in a special parade at Universal Studios Florida on Monday, November 10. UOR will also commemorate Veterans Day with a flag-raising ceremony and a private lunch for Veterans and their families.

Members of several local organizations will join Universal Orlando’s veterans to mark the occasion, including representation from all branches of the military, the American Legion, Orlando Police Department, area high schools’ JROTC Multi-Branch Color Guard and the UCF Color Guard. Several of Universal Orlando’s performers will also process through Universal Studios during the parade.

The parade will take place inside of Universal Studios Florida and begin at 11 am in front of Beetlejuice’s Graveyard Revue. The parade will travel throughout the park.

There will also be a Flag-raising ceremony will take place in NY area (Gramercy Park)

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