Disney’s Aladdin flies into Orlando

Disney’s Aladdin has entertained audience members around the world, and beginning January 22 the show will begin a 24-performance run on the Walt Disney Theatre stage at Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Disney's Aladdin Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts January 2020

Disney’s Aladdin brings the timeless Disney animated feature film to life with fan-favorite songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken with lyrics penned by the legendary Howard Ashman, Tony Award winner Tim Rice and book writer Chad Beguelin.

I am beyond excited to see “Friend Like Me”, featuring the Genie and all his antics!

If you have a little Disney’s Aladdin fan in your family, don’t feel intimidated about bringing them to the theatre! Check out my past post where I share tips and tricks for bringing them!

Tickets for Disney’s Aladdin at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts from January 22 to February 9 are on sale now and start at only $31.

Here are a few thing to keep in mind if you are planning on attending Disney’s Aladdin at the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts:

  • Parking can be purchased in advance for valet and two garages, Seaside Plaza and City Commons, online before you arrive to make parking a breeze.
  • All persons entering the theater, regardless of age, must have a ticket to enter the theatre.
  • Only purchase tickets directly from the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in person or online at Drphillipscenter.org.
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Disney+ January 2020 Additions

Disney+ January 2020 Additions Disney Plus

January is the perfect month to Disney+ and chill after the hustle and bustle of the holidays, and this month the streaming service will be adding to the hundreds of titles already available with selections from the past as well as original content.

D23.com shared a list of all the confirmed film, television, and shorts titles coming to Disney+ in January , and I am super excited to share it with you!

Take a look at the list and let me know what you’re most excited to watch in January!

Wednesday, January 1:
America’s National Parks (Season 1)
Austin & Ally (Season 1–4)
Billy Dilley’s Super-Duper Subterranean Summer (Season 1)
Bugged (Short)
Continent 7: Antarctica (Season 1)
Cool Runnings
Dog: Impossible (Season 1)
Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER (Season 8)
Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet (Season 7)
Dr. T, Lone Star Vet (Season 1)
Drain Alcatraz
Drain the Bermuda Triangle
Drain the Great Lakes
Drain the Ocean: WWII
Drain the Oceans (Season 2)
Drain the Sunken Pirate City
Drain the Titanic
El Materdor (Short)
First Class Chefs: Family Style (Season 1)
Hacksaw
Holes
Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors—Battle of the Bands
Marvel Super Hero Adventures (Shorts) (Season 2–3)
Marvel: 75 Years, From Pop to Pulp!
Moon Mater (Short)
Muppet Babies Show and Tell (Shorts) (Season 2–3)
One Strange Rock (Season 1)
Out There with Jack Randall (Season 1)
Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja (Season 1–2)
Red Tails
Rescue Squad Mater (Short)
Soy Luna (Season 1)
Spinning (Short)
Super Rhino (Short)
The Golden Touch (Short)
The Lodge (Season 1–2)
The Proud Family (Season 1–2)
The Super Hero Squad Show (Season 1–2)
Time Travel Mater (Short)
Tokyo Mater (Short)
Unidentified Flying Mater (Short)
Vaprinia Ghouls Girls Rock! (Shorts) (Season 1)
Wild Russia (Season 1)
Year Million (Season 1)

Disney+ January 2020

Thursday, January 2
Life Below Zero (Season 13)

Friday, January 3
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Episode 109—“Opening Night”)
Encore! (Episode 109—“Pippin”)
Marvel’s Hero Project (Episode 109—“Radiant Jayera”)
The World According to Jeff Goldblum (Episode 109—“Coffee”)
One Day at Disney (Episode 105—“Bob Iger: CEO”)
Pick of the Litter (Episode 103—“Training Begins”)
Forky Asks a Question (“What Is Cheese?”)

Wednesday, January 8
Aladdin (2019)

Disney+ January 2020

Friday, January 10
Destino (Short)
Marvel’s Runaways (Season 3)
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Season Finale: Episode 10—“Act Two”)
Encore! (Episode 110—“High School Musical”)
Marvel’s Hero Project (Episode 110—“Spectacular Sidney”)
The World According to Jeff Goldblum (Episode 110—“Cosmetics”)
One Day at Disney (Episode 106—“Modern Family: Cast & Crew”)
Pick of the Litter (Episode 104—“Next Level Training”)
Forky Asks a Question (Finale—“What Is Reading?”)
SparkShorts (“Loop”)

diary of a future president

Wednesday, January 15
America’s National Parks (Season 1)
Continent 7: Antarctica (Season 1)
Dog: Impossible (Season 1)
Marvel Super Hero Adventures (Shorts) (Season 2-3)
Muppet Babies Show and Tell (Shorts) (Season 1)
Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja (Season 1-2)
The Lodge (Season 2)
Wild Russia (Season 1)

Friday, January 17
Diary of a Future President (Episode 101—“Hello World”) (Series Premiere)
Encore! (Episode 111 – “Ragtime”)
Marvel’s Hero Project (Episode 111 – “Thrilling Tokata”)
The World According to Jeff Goldblum (Episode 111 – “Pools”)
One Day at Disney (Episode 107 – “Jose Zelaya: Character Designer”)
Pick of the Litter (Episode 105 – “Meet Your Match”)

Wednesday, January 22
Bluey (Season 1)

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Friday, January 24
Diary of a Future President (Episode 102 – “The New Deal”)
Encore! (Finale – Episode 112 – “Anything Goes”)
Marvel’s Hero Project (Episode 112 – “High Kickin’ Izzy”)
The World According to Jeff Goldblum (Finale – Episode 112 – “Jewelry”)
One Day at Disney (Episode 108 – “Este Meza: Lucasfilm Events”)
Pick of the Litter (Finale – Episode 106 – “Together at Last”)
Short Circuit (Full Collection Available – Episode 101 to 114)

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M&M’s Orlando Store Coming to Disney Springs

The M&M’s Orlando Store is coming to Disney Springs’ West Side, near the NBA Experience, in 2020 bringing sweet treats and merchandise to Walt Disney World!

M&M's Orlando Store Coming to Disney Springs

Disney Springs West Side is already bustling with excitement as it is home to the recently opened NBA Experience and will also open the new Cirque du Soleil show (slated to premiere on April 17, 2020) and Beatrix Neighborhood Restaurant in 2020.

Merchandise at M&M’S Store Orlando

According to the Disney Parks Blog Post…

The new state-of-the-art store will offer an immersive experience that combines the colorful fun that fans of the M&M’S brand enjoy with lasting memories.

“Guests will be fully immersed into an interactive chocolate experience that will create more moments and more smiles through the colorful fun of M&M’S,” said Patrick McIntyre, director of global retail at Mars Retail Group.

M&M’S store Orlando

Currently The M&M’s Orlando Store is open at the Florida Mall.

Keep an eye out for more details about the M&M’S Orlando Store and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel and following @onthegoinmco on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

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Disney’s Riviera Resort Merchandise

Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise

DISCLOSURE: I was an invited guest of the Walt Disney World Resort to tour Disney’s Riviera Resort, but all opinions and overuse of exclamation marks are all my own.

Disney’s Riviera Resort, the newest Disney Vacation Club resort, has some amazing resort specific merchandise that you can find inside of the Resort’s gift shop called La Boutique.

What makes the merchandise so special is that it marks a return to Walt Disney World creating Resort specific merchandise, which makes my heart super happy!!!

From plush inspired by the character breakfast at Topolino’s Terrace to rose-gold ears with fabric featuring the Resort’s iconic double R, you can find something for everyone in your family.

What is also unique is that you can purchase pieces from the curated collection of art that you see throughout Disney’s Riviera Resort with a kiosk inside of La Boutique.

Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise La Boutique

Let’s take a look at some of my favorite Disney’s Riviera Resort merchandise pieces!

My Favorite Disney’s Riviera Resort Merchandise

La Boutique Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise

The Loungefly backpack was SUPER popular with guests at Disney’s Riviera Resort the day I went. These backpacks are a great size for the park with padded shoulder straps. If there is a selection available, make sure you take a moment to find a placement of the pattern that you love!

La Boutique Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise

So this woven fedora with blue and white stripe band matches the vibe of Disney’s Riviera Resort perfectly! Also, how perfect is the Double R logo on the gold button???

La Boutique Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise

I am calling it now…these rose gold ears are THE piece of Disney’s Riviera Resort merchandise that will be the most sought after! The pattern on the bow’s fabric feels very Lilly Pulitzer, but the colors are more Tory Burch…I hope that makes as much sense as it did in my mind!

La Boutique Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise

The Disney’s Riviera Resort luggage features two patterns. On the front you can find the Resort’s name with a vintage steamer feel, and on the back you will find a Hidden Mickey pattern that is similar to those found around the Resort.

La Boutique Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise

Topolino’s Terrace at Disney’s Riviera Resort has a character breakfast and the characters wear Resort exclusive costumes, so of course Disney’s Riviera Resort sells plush with the same costumes for you to take home.

La Boutique Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise

Make sure you check out the Pandora charms for two Disney’s Riviera Resort designs!

This pillow is similar to those found in the rooms at Disney’s Riviera Resort.

La Boutique Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise

Okay guys…Can we just take a moment to completely appreciate this Disney’s Riviera Resort themed autograph book that also features coloring pages? Thank you!

La Boutique Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise

This long dress is perfection! The fabric is buttery soft with a natural waist detail that is flattering for most if not all body shapes. I LOVE IT!!!!

La Boutique Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise

This trio of travel bags featuring the Disney’s Riviera Resort logo and color scheme are fantastic, because they are the right size for bringing jewelry, toiletries, or even phone cables on the go.

While we are talking about Disney’s Riviera Resort, make sure to check out our YouTube channel for room tours of the Grand Villa and brand new Tower Studios!

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Jurassic World Live Tour Roars into the Amway Center

Jurassic World Live Tour Amway Center January 2020
DISCLOSURE: I am a Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and other exclusive opportunities.

2020 will bring a lot of new things to Orlando, and one that I am really excited about is the Jurassic World Live Tour that is coming to the Amway Center January 17-20, 2020!

Jurassic World Live Tour Amway Center January 2020
Photo Courtesy: Feld Entertainment

The Jurassic World Live Tour is your chance to step into an exhilarating and unpredictable live, family entertainment experience that will bring the wonder and thrills of Jurassic World to generations of fans.

During the show, Jurassic World comes to life against a backdrop of captivating scenery where dinosaurs from the iconic franchise, including fan-favorite Velociraptor Blue and a Tyrannosaurus rex more than 40 feet in length, take center stage. 

Jurassic World Live Tour Amway Center January 2020
Photo Courtesy: Feld Entertainment

The production features more than 24 film-accurate, life-sized dinosaurs, each custom built with the latest technology, scientific precision and Hollywood studio quality. With scale, speed and ferocity, the animatronic and performer-operated dinosaurs deliver colossal, edge-of-your-seat, live entertainment unlike any other dinosaur experience. 

Jurassic World’s unmistakable score adds to the larger-than-life, immersive journey that will captivate fans of all ages.

Jurassic World Live Tour Amway Center January 2020
Photo Courtesy: Feld Entertainment

Through a combination of projection and practical scenery, the arena will transform into the dense jungles of Isla Nublar, where real Gyrospheres roll through the valley and scientists work to unravel a corrupt plan and save an all-new dinosaur from a terrible fate. With pulse-pounding stunts and an original, authentic storyline, this show is guaranteed to make memories that will last another 65 million years. 

“Working with a world-class production team and Universal filmmakers, we have extended the Jurassic World canon with a new story that can only be told through this live, arena spectacular as we bring full-scale dinosaurs to generations of fans around the globe,” said Juliette Feld Grossman, Chief Operating Officer of Feld Entertainment, the worldwide leader in live, touring family entertainment.

Jurassic World Live Tour Amway Center January 2020
Photo Courtesy: Feld Entertainment

“We have maximized the power of everything we do at Feld Entertainment, pushing the boundaries of technology and innovation to ensure audiences have an authentic, awe-inspiring experience. Fans will leave with a sense of wonder, as if they’ve boarded the boat to Isla Nublar and literally stepped into Jurassic World.”

Jurassic World Live Tour Amway Center January 2020
Photo Courtesy: Feld Entertainment

Tickets are now on sale for Jurassic World Live Tour, and I am stoked to share with you an opportunity to save on your tickets just in time for the holidays!

Use code ORJW20 to save up to 20% on tickets to the show at JurassicWorldLiveTour.com

The Jurassic World Live Tour sounds like it is going to be an epic adventure for the entire family, so don’t wait to get your tickets and save!

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The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando Introduces New Treatments

The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando

The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is Central Florida’s premier spa offering both high-tech, innovative results-driven therapies, combined with traditional body and facial therapies, for the ultimate in rejuvenation and restoration. Exclusive in Central Florida to Four Seasons Orlando, The Spa now offers the Parisian line Biologique Recherché and its array of remarkably effective facials. Additionally, The Spa is now offering several cryotherapy treatments for body contouring, using a high-tech Cryoskin machine.

The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Biologique Recherché

Esteemed skin care line Biologique Recherché of France is known for its high concentrations of botanical, marine and biological extracts. Cold-made formulations that preserve the structure of active ingredients are applied to “recondition” the skin and help activate regeneration properties and balance the skin. 

The Spa now has the Biologique Recherché Remodeling Face Machine, a non-invasive machine that uses electrical currencies at three different frequencies, aimed to stimulate tissue, plump the skin, and create a radiant, refreshed look.

The following new treatments are offered incorporating this premium line:

  • Hyper Customised Facial – 50 minutes, USD 210; 80 minutes, USD 310 – A bespoke facial designed to show instant results for all ages and skin types, this facial includes a thorough skin consultation, deep cleanse, exfoliation, delightful and effective lifting and contouring facial massage, and a curated skin cocktail of serums and masks.
  • Lift & Remodel Facial – 80 minutes, USD 395 – Define and sculpt facial contours while stimulating underlying tissue with three currents. Galvanic, medium and high Ffrequency are utilised to lift the face, neck and décolleté. Remodeling Face Machine revitalises the skin, restores elasticity and reduces puffiness around eyes while improving the penetration of active ingredients for the ultimate anti-ageing experience.
  • Regenerating Micro Puncture Facial – 50 minutes, USD 350; 80 minutes, USD 445 – This facial is an intensive treatment that increases collagen production through intra-epidermal micro stimulation combined with a serum skin cocktail of highly active amino acids and vitamins.  Micro Puncture Lab activates the skin’s natural repair and regenerative process.  A remarkably effective treatment to illuminate the complexion, improve firmness and elasticity and combat premature signs of ageing.  The 80 minute treatment includes cocktails d’actifs and specialty collagen mask.Biologique Recherché Touch Therapies for the Body
  • Tone & Lift – 50 minutes, USD 190; 80 minutes USD 285 – A restorative body treatment featuring an exfoliating session followed by a bio-reflex massage using a moisturising and dermo-protecting complex, followed by the application of firming cream that prevents against skin slackening.  This treatment offers a full body toning of the epidermis while refining skin’s texture. 
  • Detox & Slim – 80 minutes, USD 285 – This treatment aims to improve circulation, blood flow, eliminate toxins and fats responsible for localised weight gain and help to regenerate body tissue.  This treatment is ideal for combating water retention and bloating while naturally encouraging slimming.Cryotherapy
    Exclusive to Four Seasons Resort Orlando in Central Florida, the cryotherapy treatments involve a technique to slim the body with a three-phase thermal shock system that destroys fat cells, followed by a lymphatic massage.  The Spa uses the Cryoskin machine, in which the therapist uses a wand to apply temperatures of negative two degrees Celsius to negative four degrees Celsius, to trigger the death of fat cells and achieve results.  An immediate slimming in the targeted area, such as the stomach, thighs, arms, or back, is often experienced as a result of localised exposure to sub-zero temperatures. Longer lasting results will be seen at the end of three to five sessions.
    Cryo toning sessions aim to eliminate cellulite, slow the skin’s ageing process and improve tone and appearance to areas lacking elasticity. This cold therapy treatment advances oxygenated blood flow, speeds up cellular metabolism and helps to yield higher collagen production.
  • Cryo Slimming – USD 350 for a 50 minute treatment; USD 325 per treatment for a series of three; or USD 300 per treatment for a series of five – Naturally slim the body with this remarkable treatment consisting of a three-phase thermal shock to destroy fat cells and lose inches on the stomach, thighs, arms, and back.  Results are immediate after one session and best results occur between three and six sessions.
  • Cryo Toning – USD 350 for a 50 minute treatment; USD 325 per treatment for a series of three; or USD 300 per a series of five – Eliminate cellulite, slow the skin’s ageing process and improve tone and appearance with this cold therapy treatment that improves microcirculation, speeds up cellular metabolism and helps to yield higher collagen production.
  • Cryo Facial – USD 250 for a 50 minute treatment; USD 225 per treatment for a series of three; or USD 200 per treatment for a series of five – For the face, cryo techniques can also assist with diminishing fine lines, boosting collagen production, improving elasticity, and feeling a tightening of the skin with advanced oxygenated blood flow from cold therapy.  Immediate enhancements in the tone and appearance of skin, as well as a refreshing lift and firmness, are experienced after one session.  The Cryo Facial stimulates major collagen production for a firmer, more radiant glow.
    With all cryo therapies, optimal results are seen with multiple sessions. Cryo Toning benefits are not permanent and are cumulative with regular sessions and healthy lifestyle choices. Cryo treatment results can last for several weeks after the treatment, and best results are typically seen between fifteen days and three weeks.

For appointments, call 407 313 6160.

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D23 Announces 2020 Event Slate

D23 2020 Events
D23 Destination D returns to Walt Disney World Resort with an all-new theme. Plus, more tours of The Walt Disney Studios than ever before, additional magical screenings, a visit to Walt’s hometown of Marceline, Mo., and more

In 2020, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is bringing back many of its most popular events, adding incredible new experiences, and putting new twists on fan favorites.

D23 2020 Events
Photo: D23.com

D23 DESTINATION D: FANTASTIC WORLDS: Returning to Walt Disney World Resort next November 20–22, Destination D will honor Disney’s many magical places, from the extraordinary to the fantastical. In addition, the Walt Disney Archives, which turns 50 next year, is creating an all-new exhibit that will include 50 iconic treasures, representing the 50 years of the Archives. And Walt Disney Imagineering’s store, Mickey’s of Glendale, will once again open a pop-up shop featuring exclusive items, just for the weekend. Additional details, including special hotel rates and ticketing information, will be announced in late spring.

D23 2020 Events
Photo: D23.com

D23 CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF THE WALT DISNEY ARCHIVES: In addition to the new exhibit coming to Destination D, D23 Members will be invited to a special Grand Opening Preview of Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, Calif., on Saturday, March 4, 2020. Plus, on June 22, the actual anniversary of the founding of the Archives, D23 will hold a special “birthday party” at the Bowers Museum. And next year, D23 will offer two exclusive D23 Behind-the-Scenes Experiences: A Day at the Studio Lot, for an exciting look behind the incredible work that goes on every day at the Walt Disney Archives.

D23 2020 Events
Photo: D23.com

WALT’S MARCELINE: Walt frequently cited this charming Missouri town, where he spent his early childhood, as one of his greatest influences. In fact, its lovely main thoroughfare was an inspiration for Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A. D23 Members will have a chance to explore the Walt Disney Hometown Museum, enjoy local treats, and mingle with special guests during this full-day event.

D23 2020 Events
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SCREENINGS ON THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS LOT, AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT, AND ON THE ROAD: For years, D23 Members have enjoyed private screenings of beloved classics on The Walt Disney Studios lot and at Disney Springs with special guests and exclusive gifts. This year, for the first time ever, D23 is taking the show—and the movies—on the road, bringing the joy of Disney films to members in select cities around the country. Next year, D23 will more than double the number of its Magical Screenings, celebrating the milestone anniversaries of such films as The Three Caballeros, A Goofy Movie, PocahontasThe Emperor’s New Groove, and The Aristocats.

D23 2020 Events
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THE OFFICIAL WALT DISNEY STUDIOS TOUR—PRESENTED BY D23:In 2019,for the first time ever, D23 hosted monthly Gold Member-exclusive tours of the historic Studio lot. In 2020, due to overwhelming demand, we are adding additional tours, offering them more often so more guests can take a look inside the Walt Disney Archives and see Walt Disney’s office suite. These tours offer fans a unique perspective on historic moments from Disney films, television shows, and theme parks.

ADVANCE SCREENINGS OF NEW FILMS: In 2020, D23 Members will once again enjoy exclusive, advance screenings across the country in partnership with our friends from The Walt Disney Studios. This year, D23 brought movie magic—including Toy Story 4 and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil—to more than 35 cities across the country, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, New York City, Phoenix, Seattle, Salt Lake City, and Toronto. D23 Members also attended the red-carpet premiere of Disney’s Aladdin.

D23 2020 Events
Photo: D23.com

SIGNATURE EVENTS: D23 will invite guests to enjoy Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival this spring, as well as foodie favorite Sip & Stroll during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival next fall. Walt Disney Imagineering’s exclusive merchandise store, Mickey’s of Glendale, will once again open its doors to members for shopping days. And seasonal favorites will return, including a new Halloween event and the holiday favorite Light Up the Season with D23 at The Walt Disney Studios, as well as a special event next December at Walt Disney World Resort. Members will also be able to attend special events at The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco and D23 will continue to offer unique experiences across the country, giving members the opportunity to meet our Disney Legends and luminaries.

D23 2020 Events
Photo: D23.com

MEMBER MEET-UPS: In 2020, D23 will bring its popular Member Mixers and meet-ups to cities across the United States including Anaheim, New York City, San Diego, and Seattle, as well as to Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa.

Dates, ticketing information, and more D23 events will be announced throughout the year. Additional details on D23’s lineup of 2020 special events can be found on the Fan Club’s website at www.D23.com/events. Many of these events are exclusively for D23 Gold and Gold Family Members. Be sure to check the full listings when events post for details. All events and dates are subject to change.

About D23

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The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It 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 Membership ($99.99), Gold Family Membership ($129.99), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Epic Character Race Weekend Details

Universal Orlando Epic Character Race 5K 10K Running Universal

RRunning Universal’s inaugural Epic Character Race 5K and 10K weekend will take off at Universal Orlando Resort on February 1 & 2, 2020 – but it wouldn’t be complete without a gaggle of larger-than-life characters cheering on the runners along the way. 

The first-ever Epic Character Races will give participants ages five and up the unique opportunity to run surrounded by some of the most beloved characters in pop culture. Runners will be championed by mischievous Minions from Illumination’s Despicable Me and Minions franchises, Velociraptor Blue from the Jurassic World franchise with her Raptor Expert, the world’s favorite ogre Shrek and his friends from the DreamWorks Animation films, the heroic Autobots and villainous Decepticons from Transformers and more. If runners need a pit-stop along the routes, many of these characters will be available for fun photo opportunities – making Running Universal’s Epic Character Race both an entertaining event and a race to remember.

Runners will also experience the exhilaration of running within the immersive theme park environments of Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure – recently named TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice for #1 Amusement Park in the World for the fifth year in a row.

5K runners will make their way through the Universal Studios Florida theme park – including the iconic scenery of New York, San Francisco and other areas of the park – as well as areas located toward the front of Islands of Adventure, including the mystical Port of Entry and Seuss Landing.

Runners of the 10K will experience a route that takes them throughout both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure theme parks, including the sprawling lands of Jurassic Park, Toon Lagoon and more.  

A full course map will be available on www.UniversalOrlando.com/RunningUniversal in the weeks ahead.

Registration is open for Running Universal’s Epic Character Race, with standard pricing beginning at $82 per person (plus tax). Runners can choose from multiple options for an unforgettable weekend, including 5K or 10K race registration, VIP race upgrades – which includes an extra-special character meet-and-greet and a triumphant post-race breakfast – and weekend package options exclusive to race participants, featuring hotel accommodations at the all-new Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites. Runners can also save on admission to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure to celebrate their racing achievement with their friends and family within the most entertaining theme parks in the Universe.

Training continues but the only way to lose this race is to not show up. For more information and to register for Running Universal’s Epic Character Race 5K and 10K weekend at Universal Orlando Resort, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/RunningUniversal

Universal Studios Hollywood is also hosting its next “Running Universal” race featuring DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls on Sunday, April 26, 2020 with a 5K, a Kids’ 1K and a 10K run. For information about “Running Universal” events in both Orlando and Hollywood, go to www.RunningUniversal.com.

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Amway Center Welcomes Jason Aldean Tour in 2020

Jason Aldean We Back Tour 2020 Amway Center

Reigning American Country Music (ACM) “Artist of the Decade” Jason Aldean announced his 2020 We Back Tour, which includes supporting artists Morgan Wallen, Riley Green and Dee Jay Silver on the first leg of the tour. Produced by Live Nation, the 20-city trek launches January 30 in Columbia, SC and spans across the U.S. including Orlando’s Amway Center on Friday, January 31, 2020.

Aldean is a member of country’s elite headliners whose incendiary tours are nearing legendary status as he has sold over 10 million tickets and is one of the first few acts in the genre to sell out multiple stadiums. Known to “immediately turn up the velocity” (Calgary Herald), Aldean continues to make “fan fervor reach a roar” (Times Colonist).

After almost 15 years at the top of his format, the three-time ACM “Entertainer of the Year” has seen trends come and go. He has helped bring a few out of the shadows, like a country-music Christopher Columbus making the mainstream’s first contact with hard rock (“Hicktown”), hip-hop (“Dirt Road Anthem”) and R&B (“Burnin’ It Down”). After all that time, he continues to hold his ground making modern albums with an old-school soul. With the upcoming release of his ninth studio album, “9,” as the album’s fiery lead single, “We Back” rounds out the first-released songs, and in characteristic Aldean fashion, it explodes into a hard-rock country anthem” (Rolling Stone).

As a dominant force on the charts, Aldean has scored 23 number ones  and is the only country act in history to top the all-genre Billboard 200 chart four times in a row, while racking up 15 billion streams and more than 18 million albums sold.

Morgan Wallen’s debut album, “If I Know Me,” (Big Loud Records) delivered back-to-back platinum-certified number ones including “Up Down” featuring Florida Georgia Line; the multi-week chart-ruler “Whiskey Glasses;” the gold-certified lead, “The Way I Talk” and current single, “Chasin’ You.” With over one billion total streams to his credit, he received his first-ever Country Music Award (CMA) nomination for “New Artist of the Year,” after earning a Country Music Television (CMT) “Breakthrough Video of the Year” award nomination for “Whiskey Glasses.” The breakout star was chosen as a MusicRow 2019 “Next Big Thing” artist, spotlighted in CMT’s Listen Up “18 for 2018” class, and named a 2018 Taste of Country “Riser” among other accolades. Wallen has co-penned hits for Aldean (platinum-certified multi-week number one, “You Make It Easy”), Kane Brown, A Thousand Horses and Dustin Lynch, and garnered critical acclaim for his cover of Jason Isbell’s, “Cover Me Up,” while Diplo collaboration, “Heartless,” continues to gain momentum nationwide. 

Riley Green released his full-length debut album, “Different ‘Round Here” (BMLG Records) September 20, which has already produced the number one hit, “There Was This Girl.” Highlighting his southern roots and relatability, he co-wrote each track offering a perspective that Rolling Stone describes as, “drinks-in-the-air nineties country at an Alabama vs. Auburn tailgate.” The 14-track project, recorded alongside producer Dann Huff and executive producer Jimmy Harnen, features his new single, “I Wish Grandpa’s Never Die.” Green has been named an “Artist To Watch” by Rolling Stone Country, Taste of Country, Whiskey Riff, Sounds Like Nashville and iHeartRadio and selected as a CMT “Listen Up Artist” as well as MusicRow’s 2019 “Next Big Things.”

Jason Aldean // 2020 We Back Tour With Special Guests Morgan Wallen And Riley Green

When: Friday, January 31, 2020 // 7:30 P.M.

Where: Amway Center // Orlando, Florida

Tickets: $25.50, $51.75, $81.75 & $101.75 (prices subject to change). 

All tickets are reserved. Buy tickets at Amway Center box office 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.  

For Amway Center box office and ticket information, visit amwaycenter.com (phone purchases are not available through the Amway Center box office). 

 The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street and the box office is located on the north side of the Amway Center, near the intersection of Church Street and Hughey Avenue. 

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Now Snowing in Celebration Celebrates 21 Years

Now Snowing, Central Florida’s original and premier “Snowing” event, offers one of the area’s only synthetic ice rinks, special community performances by some of the area’s top young talent, and special concert events throughout the season. Now Snowing is a month-long Winter Wonderland Spectacular featuring strolling Charles Dickens style Carolers**, photos with Santa**, horse drawn carriage rides, ice skating, train rides, and nightly snowfall at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 PM. It’s a true throwback to the traditional family style holiday.

In addition to the everyday fun at Now Snowing Nightly, you can catch a A Countdown to Christmas on December 14th – an evening filled with young talent from across the United States and featuring talent seen on national television and radio, and more. These free concerts are in addition to the everyday fun already a part of Now Snowing. Past performances include Justin Bieber, Keke Palmer, Mitchell Musso and many more.

The event is brought to you by Lexin Capital, and sponsored in part by the Celebration Town Tavern, and Experience Kissimmee. Now Snowing Nightly parking and admission are free. Celebration is conveniently located between Highway 192 and interstate 4 near Walt Disney World.

Parking is Free in Open Lots. The town will enforce parking laws, and tow vehicles illegally parked or parked in unauthorized areas at owner’s expense. Please pay close attention to parking and street signs.

*weather permitting. Inoperable during periods of heavy rain or temperatures below 34 degree (F)
** on select nights through December 24th

Free Nightly Snowfall at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 PM
everyday November 30th-December 31st *

*weather permitting. Inoperable during periods of heavy rain or temperatures below 34 degree (F)

ICE SKATING

Cost to Skate*: $10.00 (ice skates included) for 30 minutes of skating

Hours:  4:00 pm-10:00 pm Nightly November 30th -December 31st.

For more Information: 407-566-2526

*Synthetic ice rink

CELEBRATION EXPRESS TRAIN

Cost: $5.00

Hours:  5:00 pm-close Nightly November 30th-December 31st.

For more Information: TBA

HORSE AND CARRIAGE RIDES

Cost:

Cinderella Carriage $65.00 for up to four riders, $10 each additional

Christmas Sleigh: $65.00 for up to four riders, $10 each additional

Vis a Vis (Small Carriage): $45.00 for up to four riders, $10 each additional

Wagon Rides: $5.00 per person

(infants under 1 year of age-no charge)

Hours:  5:00 pm-close Nightly November 30th-December 31st.

For more Information: 321-624-6380

SANTA PHOTOS

Cost: Depends on Package Purchased

Hours:  5:30-9:00 PM Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturday and Sunday through December 24th
6:00-9:00 PM Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through December 24th

For more Information: 407-512-0662 or on the web at towncenterphotos.com

Wednesdays  December 4th, December 11th, and December 18th.
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What I’m Watching: Disney Plus


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Disney Plus launch day is here, and the highly anticipated streaming service is rolling out an absolutely jaw dropping catalog of movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, as well as original programming.

If you have been living under a rock…here is what you need to know about Disney Plus streaming service.

Disney Plus is available for a monthly price of $6.99 or an annual rate of $69.99 in the U.S. (pricing varies outside U.S.), and the app is available for mobile and streaming devices.

The Disney Plus app experience features:

  • Unlimited Downloads: Subscribers have access to unlimited downloads of shows and movies on the Disney+ app to watch offline later on up to 10 mobile or tablet devices, with no constraints on the number of times a title can be downloaded per year. Once downloaded, subscribers can watch on the go and without an internet connection. The number of titles stored at one time on a device is dependent upon the available storage space on a subscriber’s device.
  • High-Quality Viewing: Subscribers will enjoy an ultra-high-definition viewing experience with up to 4K Ultra HD video playback in Dolby Vision ultra-vivid imaging, HDR10, and Dolby Atmos immersive audio on supported devices for available programming.
  • Commercial-free Viewing: Subscribers can access unlimited viewing of Disney+ content without having to watch a single commercial.
  • Profile Customizations: Subscribers can set up to seven different profiles and choose an avatar tailored to their favorite Disney, Pixar, Marvel or Star Wars characters, with over 200 avatars available. 
  • Concurrent Streaming: Disney+ allows subscribers to concurrently stream video content on up to four registered devices with no up-charges.
  • Multiple Languages: At launch, Disney+ will offer support for English, Spanish, French and Dutch languages, including both user interface as well as audio support and/or subtitles for library content, with additional languages available for Disney+ Originals.
  • Accessibility: The app offers support for closed captioning, descriptive audio, and navigation assistance to help subscribers with disabilities discover and enjoy their favorite stories.

As I was preparing for today’s Disney Plus launch, I made a list of what I’m looking forward to the most…and I’m warning you now…it’s random!

The Mandalorian 

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For Lucasfilm’s “The Mandalorian,” executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni joined series stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers and Giancarlo Esposito, along with Taika Waititi, who brings the droid IG-11 to life, to premiere the teaser trailer for the first Star Wars live-action series. 

Robert A. Iger, chairman and chief executive officer, The Walt Disney Company, announced that new Disney Legend Ming-Na Wen will join the cast of the series. 

Set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order, “The Mandalorian” follows the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic. 

The Imagineering Story

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The Imagineering Story is a docuseries fromfilmmaker Leslie Iwerks that pulls back the curtain on the work of Imagineers who have made real-life magic at the Disney Parks for decades. Narrated by Angela Bassett, the six-hour series chronicles the history of the Imagineers, beginning with the inception of Disneyland and tracing the development of all the of the Disney parks and all of the fantastical lands within them (yes, including Galaxy’s Edge) to the present day.

The World According to Jeff Goldblum

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Jeff Goldblum, who stars in and hosts “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” from National Geographic, gives fans a peek inside the series that takes viewers inside Goldblum’s always inquisitive and highly entertaining mind.

Nothing is as it seems in this new 12-episode series…and I am all in!

Forky Asks a Question 

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Tony Hale, who reprises his craft project turned toy role from “Toy Story 4” in the new collection of Pixar animated shorts “Forky Asks A Question.” 

In the 10 shorts, Forky explores important questions about how the world works, such as: What is love? What is time?

Noelle

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In this holiday comedy, Kris Kringle’s daughter, Anna Kendrick, is full of Christmas spirit and holiday fun, but wishes she could do something “important” like her beloved brother Nick, Bill Hader, who will take over from their father this Christmas. 

When Nick is about to crumble like a gingerbread cookie from all the pressure, Noelle suggests he take a break and get away…but when he doesn’t return, Noelle must find her brother and bring him back in time to save Christmas. 

Herbie Goes Bananas

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This movie is just the best for when you are having a down in the dumps day and you need a giggle!

Swiss Family Robinson 

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FUN FACT: I got in trouble when I was younger, because I watched this video tape so much it broke in the VCR. My Dad was pretty angry. 

The Apple Dumpling Gang 

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When we would go to the local video store, this was my go-to rental. 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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My favorite Star Wars Movie…fight me!!!

Recess 

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Can you go wrong with this cartoon series?

No. 

No you cannot. 

Phineas and Ferb

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If your aren’t singing, you aren’t watching this series correctly. 

And that’s just a fact. 

I am so ready to not leave my couch, but before I really get binging I have to start where it all started…with a Mouse!

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What will you be watching on Disney Plus?

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Disney Twenty-Three Winter Issue Sneak Peek

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In the new issue of Disney twenty-three, available exclusively to Gold Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, writer/director Jennifer Lee and stars Kristen Bell (voice of Anna) and Josh Gad (voice of Olaf) share a peek at the incredible journey all of the characters must take to save the kingdom of Arendelle in the new movie.

After the phenomenal success of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen in 2013, the filmmakers knew they had more stories to tell. Why does Elsa have powers? And why doesn’t Anna? These questions—and many more—will be answered when Frozen 2 opens on November 22.

The issue also features a gorgeous wrap-around cover created exclusively for D23.

Also coming to theaters soon is Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the 42-years-in-the-making thrilling climax to the Skywalker saga. Star John Boyega and director J.J. Abrams talk about reaching this cinematic apex to the nine-film saga. Plus, Boyega shares some amusing on-set stories, including what his final on-set meal was with fellow cast members Daisy Ridley and Naomi Ackie (spoiler alert: “burgers and donuts”).

And Toy Story 4’s breakout spork gets his own collection of 10 shorts on Disney+ when Forky Asks a Question debuts this month. The creative team discusses bringing the hysterically frustrating character to the streaming service and reveals some of the big-name comedy stars lending their voices to the show including Carol Burnett, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, and Betty White (who play the hilariously named Chairol Burnett, Melephant Brooks, Carl Reinosceros, and Bitey White, respectively).

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

  • The author of One Day at Disney reveals the stories behind some of his favorite interviews in the dazzling new book
  • Lea Michele takes a Hawaiian holiday for the new ABC movie Same Time, Next Christmas
  • A look at the new Disney+ series The Imagineering Story from award-winning documentarian Leslie Iwerks
  • Stars Billy Campbell and Kathy Najimy preview the new animated series The Rocketeer
  • The stars and creative team behind Togo—about a man, a dog, and an unbelievable adventure—talk about the real-life inspiration for the new Disney+ film
  • Kristen Bell enjoys an Encore!, her delightful unscripted series that reunites the casts of high school musicals for one more unforgettable performance
  • Stunning concept art from beloved films celebrating milestone anniversaries, including Cinderella, Fantasia, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • The cast of the new Frozen on Broadway national tour takes a bow
  • A peek at all of the incredible Star Wars content and experiences on the way
  • Every exciting announcement from D23 Expo 2019
  • From the Desk Of: Disney store’s Jonathan Storey
  • Regular features including By the Numbers, Character Analysis, D Society, and Ask Dave 

Disney twenty-three, which is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps, is offered exclusively to D23 Gold and Gold Family Members as a benefit of their membership. The latest issue will begin arriving in 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 first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It 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 Membership ($99.99), Gold Family Membership ($129.99), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com

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Three Disney Holiday Specials You Won’t Want to Miss

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ABC officially kicks off the holidays with “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration,“ Thursday, Nov. 28 (8-10 p.m. EST.) on ABC; followed by “Disney Channel Holiday Party at Walt Disney World“ premiering Friday, Dec. 13 (8-8:30 p.m. EST) on Disney Channel and in the DisneyNOW app. Then, the “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade” airs Christmas morning, Wednesday, Dec. 25 (10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EST, 9:00-11:00 a.m. CST/MST/PST); airtimes vary, check listings, on ABC and on the ABC app. (Disney Parks/ABC)

This holiday season, ABC and the Disney Channel will transport the magic of Disney Parks and Disney Cruise Line to viewers with three magical Disney Holiday Specials featuring star-studded performances, merry entertainment and more.

During the Disney Holiday Specials, viewers will get exclusive looks at upcoming Disney Parks attractions, including Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, opening soon at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at both Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. 

ABC officially kicks off the holidays with “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration,THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC; followed by “Disney Channel Holiday Party @ Walt Disney World,“ premiering FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on Disney Channel and in the DisneyNOW app. As part of the annual tradition, the “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade” airs Christmas morning, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25 (10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EST, 9:00-11:00 a.m. CST/MST/PST; airtimes vary, check listings, on ABC and on the ABC app). 

“The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” kicks off the holiday seasonThursday, November 28, from 8:00-10:00 p.m. EST, on ABC and on the ABC app. 

Join hosts artist Matthew Morrison, singer-songwriter and TV host Emma Bunton, and TV host Jesse Palmer as they present the two-hour prime-time special on Thanksgiving night from Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Resort in California. 

This magical celebration will feature celebrity musical performances among a flurry of Disney holiday entertainment. During the prime-time special, viewers will be treated to several Disney Parks sneak peeks, including a behind-the-scenes look into Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, opening in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on December 5, 2019, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and January 17, 2020, at Disneyland Park in California. 

Musical performances include the following: 

  • GRAMMYAward-winning icons Sting and Shaggy perform duets and solo numbers from Walt Disney World Resort, including a new festive reggae version of “Silent Night (Christmas is Coming).” 
  • GRAMMY Award-winning rock band Portugal. The Man performs “Happy Christmas” and “Merry Christmas Everybody” from Disneyland Resort.
  • Three-time GRAMMY Award-winning group Pentatonix will sing a cappella renditions of “Deck the Halls” and “Here Comes Santa Claus” from Walt Disney World Resort.
  • Singers Ingrid Michaelson and Andy Grammer perform an all-new original holiday song from Disneyland Resort.
  • International pop star Ally Brooke sings “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” from Walt Disney World Resort.
  • Singer-songwriter and TV host Emma Bunton (Baby Spice) performs “Santa Baby” from Walt Disney World Resort.
  • The Tony, Emmy, and two-time Golden Globe-nominated artist Matthew Morrison performs a medley from Walt Disney World Resort of “When You Wish Upon A Star” from the upcoming album “Disney Dreamin’ with Matthew Morrison” and the classic “Let it Snow.”
  • Acclaimed two-time Billboard Award-winning electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling pulls all the strings for “Carol of the Bells” from Walt Disney World Resort. 

Disney Channel Holiday Party @ Walt Disney World“ airs Friday, December 13, from 8:00-8:30 p.m.  EST/PST, on Disney Channel and in the DisneyNOW app. Disney Channel’s “ZOMBIES 2” stars Meg Donnelly and Milo Manheim will co-host this holiday party with artist Matthew Morrison, treating fans to a magical holiday celebration featuring performances from Shaggy,  Pentatonix andDisney Channel stars Issac Ryan Brown (“Raven’s Home“), Ruby Rose Turner (“Coop & Cami Ask the World”), and Kylie Cantrall (“Gabby Duran & The Unsittables”) broadcast from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and aboard the majestic Disney Fantasy – part of the Disney Cruise Line fleet. 

During the special, viewers will enjoy exclusive Disney Parks sneak peeks, including a first look at Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida in spring 2020 and Disneyland Park in California in the future. Viewers will also get an exclusive look at the Disney Channel Original Movie sequel “ZOMBIES 2,” premiering on Disney Channel in 2020. 

Additionally, “BUNK’D” stars Scarlett Estevez and Israel Johnson will host a special family segment highlighting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program.

Musical performances include the following: 

  • Disney Channel’s “ZOMBIES 2” star Meg Donnelly sings “Home for the Holidays” from Walt Disney World Resort.
  • Disney Channel stars Issac Ryan Brown (”Raven’s Home”) and Ruby Rose Turner (”Coop & Cami Ask the World”) perform “12 Days of Christmas” from Walt Disney World Resort.
  • Disney Channel’s “Gabby Duran & The Unsittables” star Kylie Cantrall performs “Santa Claus is Coming to Town“ aboard the Disney Fantasy.
  • Three-time GRAMMY Award-winning Pentatonix performs an a cappella renditionof “Here Comes Santa Claus” from Walt Disney World Resort.
  • Two-time GRAMMY Award-winning reggae star Shaggy sings “Jamaican Drummer Boy” from Walt Disney World Resort.

“Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade” airsWednesday, December 25, from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EST, 9:00-11:00 a.m. CST/MST/PST; airtimes vary, check listings, on ABC and on the ABC app. 

Disney’s annual Christmas celebration airs Christmas morning on ABC hosted by artist Matthew Morrison,singer-songwriter and TV host Emma Bunton, and TV host Jesse Palmer. Joining as co-hosts are ABC’s “black-ish” star Marsai Martin with Hollywood Records Artist and Disney’s “The Lion King” star JD McCrary, who voiced young Simba in the live-action film.

Presented from Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Resort in California, the show features the Christmas Day Parade down Main Street U.S.A., heartwarming stories and amazing celebrity performances. Among the exclusive Disney Parks sneak peeks planned for this special are Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida in spring 2020 and Disneyland Park in California in the future, plus Avengers Campus coming to Disney California Adventure Park in California in 2020. 

Viewers will also get a special look at “the most magical flight on earth”: the newly opened Disney Skyliner gondola system, connecting Walt Disney World Resort guests to two Disney theme parks and four resorts, including the new Disney’s Riviera Resort, opening December 16.

Musical performances include the following: 

  • Seventeen-time GRAMMY Award-winning Sting performs “Soul Cake” off his platinum-selling album “If On A Winter’s Night…” from Walt Disney World Resort.
  • Two-time GRAMMY Award-winning reggae star Shaggy sings his new Caribbean-flavored original song “Christmas with Friends” from Walt Disney World Resort 
  • Three-time GRAMMY Award-winning a cappella group Pentatonix performs “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” from Walt Disney World Resort. 
  • Singers Ingrid Michaelson and Grace VanderWaal sing “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” from Disneyland Resort.
  • GRAMMY Award-winning rock band Portugal. The Man performs “White Christmas” and “Feel it Still” from Disneyland Resort. 
  • International pop star Ally Brooke performs “Christmas Through Your Eyes” from Walt Disney World Resort.
  • The cast of the new Disney+ original “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” performs a high-energy medley from Disneyland Resort. 

The Disney Holiday specials are a collaboration by Disney Parks, ABC, Disney Channel and Endeavor Content, and I can’t wait to tune in!

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SeaWorld Orlando host Praise Wave 2019

Praise Wave 2019 at SeaWorld Orlando

Praise Wave is SeaWorld Orlando’s popular Christian music event that continues their year long celebrations every weekend in the park!

During the event guests can enjoy live musical performances by some of the hottest names in Christian music and celebrate in an atmosphere filled with Christian friendship, thrilling rides, and inspiring animal attractions.  

The uplifting live concert event series takes place Saturdays, November 2 – November 16 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. each Saturday in the park’s Nautilus Theater and are included with park admission. 

The SeaWorld Orlando Praise Wave 2019 musical performances include:

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Rend Collective – Saturday, November 2
Amidst so much heaviness consuming events of today’s world, Rend Collective is sharing good news as a response to that brokenness. The Ireland-hailing Rend Collective is harkening back to their roots-y, unique sound – originally birthed out of Bangor, Ireland – for their sixth studio album, Good News. Taking on the moniker “Purveyors of Good News,” Rend Collective is barreling down the road of authenticity, and simple old-fashioned Gospel. Grown away from industry or formula, each song from Good News is deeply connected to the band’s roots in missional community – a group of people, or extended family, who are united through Christian community around a common service and witness to a particular neighborhood or network of relationships – much like the band themselves.

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Francesca Battistelli – Saturday, November 9
Two and a half years ago, the singer/songwriter set out to create the follow-up to 2014’s If We’re Honest. She intended to make a worship record. It seemed like a logical artistic direction following a string of critically-acclaimed collaborations with Bethel Music and the massive success of her version of “Holy Spirit,” which earned Battistelli her first GRAMMY® Award. However, as she and her husband, Matt, began to pray before each co-write, what emerged wasn’t congregational worship anthems. Instead, empowering pop songs started surfacing, and track-by-track, Battistelli began to build her fourth studio LP, Own It.

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Natalie Grant – Saturday, November 16
Seven-time GRAMMY nominated Natalie Grant is known for her powerful, soaring vocals, heart-gripping lyrics, passionate performances, and has remained one of the top-selling Christian & Gospel artists since, her 2005 breakout RIAA Gold certified album, Awaken. She has since gone on to have nearly 4 million in career sales. The Gospel Music Association has named her Female Vocalist of the Year 5 times and she has had multiple number 1’s on the Billboard singles and albums charts, including her most recent record titled, Be One.

Reserved seating packages for all performances are available online at SeaWorldOrlando.com and start at $15.

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Praise Wave 2019 at SeaWorld Orlando

Praise Wave 2019 at SeaWorld Orlando

Praise Wave, an annual SeaWorld Orlando event, brings popular Christian Music acts to Orlando

This year SeaWorld Orlando is hosting special celebrations every weekend, and this November their popular Christian music event, Praise Wave, returns.

During the event guests can enjoy live musical performances by some of the hottest names in Christian music and celebrate in an atmosphere filled with Christian friendship, thrilling rides, and inspiring animal attractions.  

The uplifting live concert event series takes place Saturdays, November 2 – November 16 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. each Saturday in the park’s Nautilus Theater and are included with park admission. 

The SeaWorld Orlando Praise Wave 2019 musical performances include:

Rend Collective – Saturday, November 2

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Amidst so much heaviness consuming events of today’s world, Rend Collective is sharing good news as a response to that brokenness. The Ireland-hailing Rend Collective is harkening back to their roots-y, unique sound – originally birthed out of Bangor, Ireland – for their sixth studio album, Good News. Taking on the moniker “Purveyors of Good News,” Rend Collective is barreling down the road of authenticity, and simple old-fashioned Gospel. Grown away from industry or formula, each song from Good News is deeply connected to the band’s roots in missional community – a group of people, or extended family, who are united through Christian community around a common service and witness to a particular neighborhood or network of relationships – much like the band themselves.

Francesca Battistelli – Saturday, November 9

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Two and a half years ago, the singer/songwriter set out to create the follow-up to 2014’s If We’re Honest. She intended to make a worship record. It seemed like a logical artistic direction following a string of critically-acclaimed collaborations with Bethel Music and the massive success of her version of “Holy Spirit,” which earned Battistelli her first GRAMMY® Award. However, as she and her husband, Matt, began to pray before each co-write, what emerged wasn’t congregational worship anthems. Instead, empowering pop songs started surfacing, and track-by-track, Battistelli began to build her fourth studio LP, Own It.

Natalie Grant – Saturday, November 16

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Seven-time GRAMMY nominated Natalie Grant is known for her powerful, soaring vocals, heart-gripping lyrics, passionate performances, and has remained one of the top-selling Christian & Gospel artists since, her 2005 breakout RIAA Gold certified album, Awaken. She has since gone on to have nearly 4 million in career sales. The Gospel Music Association has named her Female Vocalist of the Year 5 times and she has had multiple number 1’s on the Billboard singles and albums charts, including her most recent record titled, Be One.

Reserved seating packages for all performances are available online at SeaWorldOrlando.com and start at $15.

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