FamilyFest Orlando 2023 at Dezerland Action Park

FamilyFest Orlando 2023

Start the new year with a day full of family fun at the FamilyFest Orlando at Dezerland Action Park.

FamilyFest Orlando will take place at Dezerland Action Park on Saturday, January 28, from noon to 6 p.m.

The annual event will be in Orlando for the first time and features dozens of displays with family resources promoting helpful parenting goods and services, along with the latest “mompreneur” products.

Attendees can check out a special exhibit from the Orlando Science Center, or take part in The Diaper Derby, a “crawling race” for babies 12 months and younger, a very popular tradition for all FamilyFest events, or the Toddler Derby, a walking or running race for toddlers 12 to 24 months. 

Other activities include corn hole, sand art, ring toss, and the chance to win 90 days of martial arts classes or a $125 spa certificate.

FamilyFest Orlando 2023

When guests enter the event, they’ll receive a FamilyFest passport with a special task as a reward!

When visitors get their event passport stamped by all the FamilyFest Orlando vendors, they’ll be able to redeem it at the registration desk for up to $80 in BOGOS that can be used at Dezerland Action Park’s attractions including Jump Start trampoline park, the Orlando Auto Museum, and more. 

Dezerland Action Park’s attractions are the perfect way to keep the family fun going after visiting the expo.

Dezerland Park Orlando

Kids will love the action park’s 30,000-square-foot trampoline park, glow-in-the-dark mini golf, and Florida’s longest indoor go-kart track with four skill and speed levels.

The whole family can compete with more than 300 arcade skill games, including vintage pinball machines and modern video gaming consoles, at Gamrz Delight or on the lanes of Dezerland Action Park’s boutique bowling alley.

Everyone can enjoy exploring the Orlando Auto Museum and taking photos with famous vehicles from Scooby Doo, Batman, Spiderman, Ghostbusters, The Fast and the Furious, and more.

And if visitors need a meal after all this exploration, they can stop by Dezerland Action Park’s food hall to sample cuisines from a variety of cultures. 

Guests can enter for FamilyFest for free and will be limited to five tickets.

A VIP package can be purchased online for $25 and offers guests early entry to the expo at 11 a.m., six admission tickets, and a digital copy of “Extraordinary Parenting “How To Raise Kids To Become Geniuses.”

To learn more about Dezerland Action Park, visit https://dezerlandparkorlando.com/

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Silver Spurs Rodeo Celebrates 79 Years of Tradition

Silver Spurs Rodeo

The Silver Spurs Rodeo is a staple of Central Florida history, and the Silver Spurs Riding Club will host Monster Bulls & Parade on February 11, 2023, followed by the 150th Silver Spurs Rodeo on February 17 – 19, 2023!

The Silver Spurs Riding Club will host the 12th Monster Bulls on Saturday, February 11th. They’re fierce. They’re feisty. They’re bred to buck! The 12th Monster Bulls is a one-night-only event featuring the biggest and baddest Silver Spurs bulls as they go head-to-head with local cowboys hoping for a big payout.

In addition, on the morning of February 11th, the Silver Spurs Riding Club will host the Silver Spurs Rodeo Parade in downtown St. Cloud.

Silver Spurs Rodeo 2020

Then the following weekend, the Silver Spurs Riding Club will host the 150th Silver Spurs Rodeo on February 17-19, 2023! 

For the second year, fans can now experience all Silver Spurs Rodeo events with an annual pass! Fans don’t have to miss a single buck while saving their bucks, with a savings of $45 in admission per person! Annual passes are available for purchase online at www.SilverSpursRodeo.com.

During the performances, rodeo fans will watch contestants from all over the nation compete in rodeo’s seven traditional events: bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, women’s barrel racing, steer wrestling, and team roping for an entire year of bragging rights and $52,500 in cash. 

Silver Spurs Rodeo

Plus, rodeo fans will be entertained by our rodeo clown and talented Silver Spurs Quadrille team, who perform a square dance on horseback, something the club has performed since its inception over 79 years ago.

“I couldn’t be more honored to be the Big Boss as we celebrate our 150th Silver Spurs Rodeo. For over 79 years, we have been providing family-friendly entertainment while simultaneously supporting our local community. I’m very proud to be a part of that,” said Clifton Chapman, Silver Spurs Riding Club. “Help us do more for Osceola County by coming to support the 12th Annual Monster Bulls and end the week with the big 1-5-0 as we close out with the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi River.”

Silver Spurs Rodeo Schedule

Saturday, February 11, 2023, at 10:00 a.m.

  • Silver Spurs Rodeo Parade at 10:00 a.m. in downtown St. Cloud
  • Free, celebrates heritage and tradition of rodeo in Osceola County

Saturday, February 11, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.

  • Monster Bulls, extreme bull riding at the Silver Spurs Arena
  • $20, children ten years and under are free with a paying adult

Friday, February 17, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.

  • Silver Spurs Rodeo at the Silver Spurs Arena
  • Rodeo Day, all Osceola County School District students receive free admission.
  • $25, children ten years and under are free with a paying adult

Saturday, February 18, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.

  • Silver Spurs Rodeo at the Silver Spurs Arena
  • $25, children ten years and under are free with a paying adult

Sunday, February 19, 2023, at 10:00 a.m.

  • Special Rodeo, where children with special needs experience the rodeo at its finest with cowboys & cowgirls on the dirt floor of the Silver Spurs Arena. Club members and rodeo queens show the children a kid-friendly circuit of rodeo activities.

Sunday, February 19, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. 

  • Silver Spurs Rodeo at the Silver Spurs Arena
  • $20, children ten years and under are free with a paying adult
Silver Spurs Rodeo

To minimize touchpoints and guarantee seats, the Silver Spurs Club encourages fans to buy tickets online in advance.

Advanced tickets will be available at the door two hours before each event. All rodeo tickets include free admission to the Osceola County Fair.

Donations to further support the Silver Spurs Riding Club’s community efforts are being accepted online. Proceeds will support organizations in Osceola County for scholarships, cancer support, veteran needs, and more. You can go to  https://www.silverspursrodeo.com/silver-spurs-in-the-community/ to make donations.

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25 Things to Know About Rock the Universe

On the Go in the Parks Rock the Universe 2022

Rock the Universe at Universal Orlando Resort is back for its’ 25th anniversary on January 27-29, 2023.

Here are 25 things to know about the Rock the Universe event.

  1. Rock the Universe is Florida’s biggest Christian music festival!
  2. Hosted at Universal Studios Florida, Rock the Universe is a separately ticketed event held every winter.
  3. The event began in 1998 and is celebrating its 25th anniversary of faith, fun, and fellowship.
  4. There are endless musical and worship experiences with three stages: Music Plaza Stage, Hollywood Stage, and the Coca-Cola FanZone Stage.
  5. This year’s headline acts, performing on the Music Plaza Stage Friday night, include Tauren Wells, Skillet, and Rend Collective.
  6. Artists performing on the Hollywood Stage Friday night are Bethel Music, Evan Craft, and Katy Nichole.
  7. Saturday’s headlining acts on the Music Plaza Stage are Zach Williams, Matthew West, and Anne Wilson.
  8. Hollywood Stage’s musical acts on Saturday night include Dante Bowe, We Are Messengers, and CAIN.
  9. Our musical guests love Rock the Universe! This year, Zach Williams, Tauren Wells, Skillet, Matthew West, Bethel Music, and Rend Collective are returning acts.
  10. GRAMMY-nominated rock band, Skillet first performed at the event in 2001 and has returned 11 times since.
  11. Christian rock band, Newsboys holds the record for the most Rock the Universe performances; they have performed 12 different years.
  12. In total, this year’s headline acts have 14 nominations for the Grammy Awards, 74 nominations, and 19 awards for the GMA Dove Awards.
  13. Located in the New York section of the park, the FanZone Stage, presented by Coca-Cola, will feature live performances from up-and-coming acts, plus DJ Promote, who will be playing both nights.
  14. Performers on this stage include Ryan Ellis, Jordan St. Cyr, Gable Price & Friends, Ben Fuller, and Stephen Stanley.
  15. Keep the party going – Electronic dance music will continue at the FanZone Stage after the live performances.
  16. Fans can meet performers each night during the Coca-Cola FanZone Autograph Sessions.
  17. Beyond the main stage performances, festival attendees can enjoy worship experiences – including a powerful, non-denominational Sunday morning worship service at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. to wrap up the weekend. 
  18. The Mosaic Church Band from Winter Garden, FL, leads the worship service’s musical direction.
  19. Youth Leaders can relax during the event in select lounges throughout the park, located at Lombard’s Seafood Grille and the Pantages Theatre.
  20. Rock the Universe attendees have exclusive access to thrilling Universal Studios attractions during event hours. Rides include Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Transformers: The Ride – 3D, and Revenge of the Mummy, to name a few.
  21. Rock the Universe supports youth group ministries at the heart of the event.
  22. Universal Orlando offers special pricing, exclusive vacation packages, benefits, and opportunities for groups of 10 people or more.
  23. For group rate tickets, chaperones get in for free for every ten tickets purchased.
  24. A Rock the Universe 3-park Rock Your Weekend Ticket includes entrance to both Rock the Universe events plus three days of admission to one theme park per day at Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay.
  25. To purchase Rock the Universe tickets and vacation packages, visit www.RocktheUniverse.com.
Rock the Universe at Universal Orlando Resort
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Drawn to Life Presented by Cirque du Soleil 2023 Performance Schedule

Drawn to Life Finale Bow

Drawn to Life, the dazzling live theatrical production presented by Cirque du Soleil and Disney has released its schedule for 2023 and will include new matinee show times on Sundays. Tickets for next year’s performances are available for sale now at cirquedusoleil.com/drawn-to-life.

Beginning January 4, 2023, guests will be able to enjoy Drawn to Life with two performances daily, Wednesdays through Sundays, at Disney Springs. Wednesday through Saturday showtimes will be 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., and two Sunday matinees at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

“Based on feedback from guests, we determined this new schedule will offer great daytime opportunities for travelers and locals to see the show, especially those with children,” said Heather Reilly, Drawn to Life Company Manager.

Drawn to Life has been delighting audiences at Disney Springs West Side since its November 2021 premiere with an imaginative blend of timeless Disney magic and remarkable Cirque du Soleil artistry.

The family-friendly show tells the story of the love between a father and a daughter, drawing inspiration from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 100-year heritage of storytelling.

The show celebrates iconic Disney stories and characters through innovative design, acrobatic performances, dazzling choreography, musical scores, and brand-new animation lovingly created by Disney Animation artists.

Haven’t had the chance to see the show? Here’s a little background…

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Photo: Walt Disney World

Set your imagination in motion and get ready for a first-of-its-kind creative collaboration between iconic memory-makers Cirque du Soleil and Disney.

Drawn to Life invites you into an astounding world where the art of Walt Disney Animation is experienced like never before. Gather your whole family for an unforgettable leap into this amazing new show—a live acrobatic journey where the stage is transformed into a giant animation table. The art of classic Disney animation is reinterpreted through Cirque du Soleil’s innovative design, acrobatic performances, dazzling choreography, and eclectic costuming alongside all-new Disney animation and an original score inspired by timeless Disney music. The show is absolutely alive with all the high-flying, mind-blowing exuberance that Cirque du Soleil is famous for.

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Photo: Walt Disney World

This love letter to the art of Disney Animation celebrates life in all its motions and emotions. The show tells the story of a determined girl who discovers one last gift left by her animator father: a sequence of unfinished drawings. Guided by a magical pencil and a quirky troupe of imaginative muses, she embarks on an inspiring quest filled with her childhood Disney memories. We’ll follow her as she leaps into a whimsical world of animation and discovers new possibilities that animate the story of her future. 

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Drawn to Life Prix Fixe Dining

Drawn to Life is one of my favorite additions to Disney Springs, and now you can take your experience to the next level with special prix fixe dining packages.

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Photo: Walt Disney World

During your Animated evening, you can feast your eyes on a spark of creativity with Drawn to Life—a love letter to the art of Disney animation – and then enjoy a prix fixe dinner from one of 13 participating locations at two price points.

Participating Drawn to Life Animated Evening Locations

As part of your Animated Evening, you can choose from a wide range of restaurants throughout Disney Springs.

Raglan Road 2018 Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival

Prix fixe menu priced at $45 per person (tax and gratuity not included):

  • City Works Eatery & Pour House
  • Enzo’s Hideaway
  • House of Blues Restaurant & Bar
  • Jaleo by José Andrés
  • Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante
  • Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant
  • Splitsville Luxury Lanes
  • Terralina Crafted Italian

Prix fixe menu priced at $65 per person (tax and gratuity not included):

  • The Edison
  • Paddlefish
  • Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

You can find the full prix fixe menus for each location online.

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Photo: Walt Disney World
How to Purchase Drawn to Life Animated Evening Packages
  1. Purchase tickets for Drawn to Life presented by Cirque du Soleil and Disney. Purchase tickets from Cirque du Soleil or call Cirque du Soleil at (877) 924-7783. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call. By selecting “Cirque du Soleil” above, you will be directed to the Cirque du Soleil ticket website, where a different privacy policy and terms of use will apply.
  2. Book dining reservations for Animated Evening by calling (407) 587-5981 between 10:00 AM EST and 10:00 PM EST daily. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.

All dining reservations must be scheduled 2.5 hours before or 2 hours after the Guest’s ticketed showtime.

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Disney Plus Day 2022 Subscriber Offers

Disney Plus Day 2022

It’s Disney Plus Day and you KNOW I had to share a recap of the special experiences for guests and Disney+ subscriber perks that may seem too good to be blue

From the early entry at theme parks that took place this morning at Walt Disney World Resort to character greetings, fa-blue-lous Disney+-themed entertainment, unique Disney+ inspired treats, and celebratory photo ops at Disneyland Resort theme parks and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it’s a plussed-up day to remember at our Disney parks and resorts.

And, with subscriber offers from Disney Cruise Line, Walt Disney World Resort, and shopDisney, there are even more ways to celebrate!

Disney Plus Day 2022 Subscriber Offers

Pixar Day at Sea Disney Cruise Line

There is an all-new and unbelievable Disney Cruise Line offer for Disney+ subscribers.

Third and fourth guests can sail free with two full-fare guests in the same stateroom – for up to two staterooms booked by Disney+ subscribers.

The offer is available on select sailings aboard the Disney Magic, Disney Dream, and Disney Fantasy cruise ships from January – April 2023 in select stateroom categories. See important details below.*

https://www.disneyplus.com/

For Disney+ subscribers planning to visit Walt Disney World Resort, the celebration continues with up to 20% savings on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels, for stays most nights December 11- 25.

Check www.disneyworld.com/disneyplus.com for offer details. 

For all guests staying at a Disney Resort hotel, you’ll enjoy 30 minutes early entry to every theme park every day.

** Plus, when you stay at a Disney Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resort, you can also enjoy extended evening hours**, in select parks, on select nights – now including Disney’s Hollywood Studios on December 15 and 22!   

Disney Plus Day 2022

The Disney+ Day celebration continues today as subscribers have the opportunity to receive special access to a curated collection of shopDisney merchandise that includes designs inspired by favorite Disney+ Day premieres, Disney+ originals, and more. shopDisney will also offer free shipping*** in the U.S. for all guests on September 8.

* Excludes Taxes, fees and port expenses of approximately $89–$202 per person depending on the itinerary selected (all amounts subject to change). Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses for all guests are not included and are due at the time of final payment. Offer excludes suites and categories with restrictions (VGT, OGT and IGT). Offer only available to Disney+ subscribers who are residents of the U.S. and Canada. Disney+ subscriber can book up to 2 staterooms with this offer; 2 full-fare guests must stay in each stateroom. The Disney+ subscriber must be the primary guest on the reservation and must sail in one of the staterooms booked with the offer. Proof of Disney+ subscription required. If Disney+ subscription cannot be verified, reservation will be cancelled with applicable cancellation fees. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotions.Valid on new and existing reservations. Offer is subject to Disney Cruise Line Terms and Conditions. The number of staterooms allocated for this offer is limited. Stateroom accommodations for four or more Guests are limited and based on availability at the time of booking. Offer valid through March 1, 2023.

**Valid admission, a park reservation and resort id are required.

***shopDisney Free Shipping Promotion Restrictions: Valid September 8, 2022 (12:00 am PT) through September 8, 2022 (11:59 pm PT) on select, in-stock items purchased via phone orders and orders placed online at shopDisney.com. Not valid on purchases made at Disney Store retail and outlet locations or Disney Parks and Resorts locations. Free Shipping applies to Standard Delivery on orders sent to a single shipment address in the United States. Offer excludes Additional Shipping & Handling charges, D23 Memberships, gift wrap & gift boxes. Additional Shipping & Handling applies for select items or shipments to more than one shipment address. Merchandise subject to availability. Valid packing slip required for returns and exchanges. Offer subject to restrictions and change without notice. Void where prohibited.

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D23 Expo News: DISNEY’S Epic Entertainment Showcase

d23 Expo 2022 Entertainment Showcase

Disney Branded Television, home to some of the most iconic stories and characters in the Disney canon, is bringing its Disney magic to kids and families and Disney fans of all ages with its first-ever D23 Expo showcase, “Disney’s Epic Entertainment Showcase: The Musical: The Extravaganza!,” hosted by Raven-Symoné (@ravensymone) and Lilly Singh (@lilly) on Saturday, September 10, at 3:30 p.m. in Hall D23.

This fan extravaganza will feature big news, big stars, big musical performances, and big previews of upcoming series, movies, and specials across Disney+, Disney Channel, and Disney Junior.

D23 Expo, the ultimate event for Disney fans, presented by Visa, takes place September 9 through 11 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Plus, this epic presentation will also be available as part of D23 Expo [LIVE], which will live stream many of the biggest D23 Expo panels and presentations throughout the weekend.

Scheduled to appear during “Disney’s Epic Entertainment Showcase: The Musical: The Extravaganza!” are the stars and creative teams of some of the biggest upcoming titles from Disney Branded Television across Disney+, Disney Channel, and Disney Junior.

D23 Expo is sold out. Select presentations will be streamed for guests at D23 Expo [LIVE]. For more information, visit D23Expo.com.

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D23 Expo 2022: Disney Legends Announced

D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event presented by Visa will kick off Friday, September 9, with a fantastic spectacle that includes the Disney Legends Awards ceremony and an early look at Disney 100 Years of Wonder—an extraordinary celebration 100 years in the making.

The opening ceremony will occur at 10:30 a.m. in Hall D23 inside the Anaheim Convention Center.

“For nearly a century, Disney has been entertaining and inspiring people around the world,” said Bob Chapek, CEO, The Walt Disney Company. “I can’t wait to give fans a first look at what we have in store for our hundredth anniversary, and how we’re using this occasion to celebrate all the fans and families who have welcomed Disney into their lives.”

The incredible opening event, which will be streamed as part of D23 Expo [LIVE], will feature musical performances, special guests, and surprises for the audience, including a special performance by cast members from Disney On Broadway’s productions of Aladdin and The Lion King, and The North American Tour of Frozen.

The Disney Legends Award is given to an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to the Disney legacy, and this year’s honorees include Anthony Anderson, Kristen Bell, Chadwick Boseman, Rob’t Coltrin, Patrick Dempsey, Robert Price “Bob” Foster, Jonathan Groff, Don Hahn, Josh Gad, Doris Hardoon, Idina Menzel, Chris Montan, Ellen Pompeo, and Tracee Ellis Ross. Emmy® Award winner Tamron Hall will host, bringing her signature warmth and humor to the fan-favorite ceremony.

The Disney Legends Awards program is a 35-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, which began when Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy DogThe Absent-Minded ProfessorThe Happiest Millionaire) was honored in 1987. The awards ceremony is just one of the many spectacular events fans can enjoy during the three-day D23 Expo.

The D23 Expo 2022 Disney Legends Award honorees (listed alphabetically)

D23 Expo 2022 Disney Legends

Anthony Anderson grew up in Los Angeles. While pursuing his acting career, he continued his education by attending the High School for the Performing Arts, where he earned first place in the NAACP’s ACT-SO Awards. His performance, along with a dedication to his craft, earned him an arts scholarship to Howard University. Anthony has appeared in more than 20 films, and his performance on Law & Order earned him four consecutive NAACP Image Award nominations for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series. He starred in and executive produced ABC’s Emmy-nominated sitcom black-ish, winning seven NAACP Image Awards and earning seven Emmy and three Golden Globe® nominations for his role as Andre “Dre” Johnson in the series. He also executive produced and appeared in the black-ish spinoff series grown-ish and mixed-ish. His recent credits include ABC’s Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’(2019), host of ABC’s game show To Tell the Truth (2016–), and Detective Kevin Bernard in Law & Order. In 2020 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

D23 Expo 2022 Disney Legends

Kristen Bell is an award-winning actor, author, and producer, who landed her first role with Disney by lending her voice to Hiromi in the Studio Ghibli classic The Cat Returns, for the U.S. DVD release in 2005. Her voice-acting expertise would soon come in handy once again, for the two highest-grossing animated features of all time, Frozen (2013) and Frozen 2 (2019). Anna, the optimistic, comical, fearless princess (who became Queen) of Arendelle, was a spot-on role for the seasoned actor, whose singing talents and personality effortlessly shines through her performance of the character. Kristen reprised the role in Frozen Fever (2015), Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (2017), Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018), and Once Upon a Snowman (2020), along with numerous video games, theme park experiences, and consumer products. Kristen also voiced Priscilla the sloth in 2016’s Oscar®-winning Zootopia and in the upcoming Disney+ series Zootopia+. She has also starred in several Disney live-action films, such as When in Rome (2010) and You Again (2010), TV specials such as Lady Gaga & The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular (2013) and Mickey’s 90th Spectacular (2018), and myriad series from 20th Century Fox, including The Simpsons and Family Guy.

D23 Expo 2022 Disney Legends

Chadwick Boseman was fueled by purpose and sought to fulfill that through writing, directing, acting, and activism. His breakout performance came playing Jackie Robinson in 42, followed by his next role as James Brown in Get On Up. He then starred in the title role of Marshall, which followed a young Thurgood Marshall. Boseman joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the African Super Hero Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War before bringing the character to the forefront of his own solo film, Black Panther, which received critical acclaim, broke global box office records, and had a social and cultural impact felt globally. The film received seven Academy Award® nominations, including Marvel’s first-ever Best Picture nomination. Boseman won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture alongside the film’s ensemble. In 2019, Boseman starred in 21 Bridges. In 2020, he appeared in Da 5 Bloods, directed by Academy Award winner Spike Lee. In Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, his captivating performance as “Levee” garnered an Academy Award nomination, and he won the NAACP Image Award and the Critics Choice and Screen Actors Guild awards, among numerous others. On television, he most recently received an Emmy nomination for his work in the Disney+ animated series What If…?

D23 Expo 2022 Disney Legends

Rob’t Coltrin joined Walt Disney Imagineering in 1990 in the Show Set Design group and over time progressed through multiple disciplines—including show design, concept design, and art direction—before landing in his final role as an executive creative director. Early in his career he had a hand in the creation of several attractions that have delighted Disney fans for decades, such as Mickey’s PhilharMagicMuppet*Vision 3D, and Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin. More recently, he was a major creative force behind some of our most ambitious projects, including Radiator Springs RacersMickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, and recent expansions at Tokyo Disney Resort. In addition to his boundless creative talents, Rob’t is also well known for his passion to elevate the work of fellow Imagineers and help further their careers. Even following his retirement in 2019, he continues to keep in touch with and inspire many of his friends and colleagues at Imagineering.

D23 Expo 2022 Disney Legends

Patrick Dempsey is a two-time Golden Globe® nominee and SAG Award® nominee for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series. Early in his career he appeared in 1980s nostalgia films such as Touchstone’s Can’t Buy Me Love (1987) and has since become a Hollywood star with numerous iconic television and film roles. Other Disney credits include an appearance on The Magical World of Disney as Kellin Taylor in A Fighting Choice (1986), the Hollywood Pictures film Run (1991), Touchstone’s Sweet Home Alabama (2002), Brother Bear 2 (2006) as the voice of Kenai, Enchanted (2007), and the upcoming Disney+ film Disenchanted (2022). He is perhaps best known to fans as Dr. Derek Shepherd in ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, a role he portrayed for 11 seasons. Grey’s Anatomy won the 2007 Golden Globe for Best Television Series–Drama as well as the 2007 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. In addition to acting, Patrick is an avid racing enthusiast, participating in sports car events and produced the film The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019). In 2008, with the intention of giving back to the community where he grew up and where his mother first received cancer treatment, Patrick founded the Dempsey Center to help make life better for people managing the impact of cancer.

D23 Expo 2022 Disney Legends

Robert Price “Bob” Foster began his Disney career in 1956, joining the Walt Disney Productions legal department. He later served as a member of the Park Operations Committee for Disneyland and was promoted to Corporate Secretary and Legal Counsel in 1958. Two years later, he was named Assistant Secretary, Walt Disney Productions, and Resident Counsel for Disneyland. In 1963, Walt and Roy O. Disney selected Bob to head the land search for their top-secret “Florida Project.” Bob took extraordinary measures to ensure that the identity of Walt Disney Productions remained classified while initiating and executing the property research and acquisition effort. He acquired 43 square miles of land for what would eventually become the Walt Disney World Resort. Bob was later named Vice President (Legal), Secretary, and General Counsel for the Walt Disney World Co. and in 1970 was promoted to President of the Buena Vista Land Company. In this role, Bob was responsible for overseeing development of the resort community of Lake Buena Vista. In 1974, Bob retired from Walt Disney Productions as Vice President, Real Estate.

D23 Expo 2022 Disney Legends

Josh Gad is a Tony Award®-winning actor and singer who has warmed the hearts of countless viewers around the globe as Olaf, the loveable snowman from the 2013 box office hit Frozen and its popular follow-up, Frozen 2 (2019). To audiences’ delight, Gad has reprised the role numerous times, each time sharing more of the sun-loving character’s endearing personality and vivacious songs. Olaf has appeared in Frozen Fever (2015), LEGO® Disney Frozen: Northern Lights (2016), Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (2017), At Home with Olaf (2020), Once Upon a Snowman (2020), and Olaf Presents (2021). Gad’s memorable performances in Frozen and Frozen 2 earned him two Annie Awards for Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production. In 2017, Gad starred as LeFou, the memorable and iconic sidekick to Gaston, in the live-action Beauty and the Beast, and in 2020, he portrayed Mulch Diggums in Artemis Fowl. Some of his other notable Disney credits include Mickey’s 90th Spectacular (2018), The Disney Family Singalong (2020), Murder on the Orient Express (2017), Modern Family (2011), and Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom (2020). Gad’s Broadway talent is also showcased as both a creator and star of the Emmy-nominated 20th Television Animation musical series, Central Park (2020–).

D23 Expo 2022 Disney Legends

Jonathan Groff has made memorable performances in theater, film, and television since his award-winning breakout performance in Broadway’s Spring Awakening (2006). Popular with Disney fans the world over, Jonathan voiced the character of Kristoff in both Frozen (2013) and Frozen 2 (2019)—the top two highest-grossing animated films of all time—as well as in Frozen Fever (2015), LEGO Disney Frozen: Northern Lights (2016), Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (2017), Once Upon a Snowman (2020), and numerous video games, consumer products, and theme park experiences. He also appeared as Jesse St. James on the Emmy- and Golden Globe-award-winning television series Glee. Additional notable Disney television credits include The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic and Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2. Groff originated the role of King George III in the Pulitzer Prize-winning production of Hamilton on Broadway, receiving a Tony Award nomination for his performance, and was part of the featured cast immortalized in the Emmy-winning Disney+ Original release of the hit show. Groff also received an individual Emmy nomination for his performance in the filmed production.

D23 Expo 2022 Disney Legends

Don Hahn joined The Walt Disney Studios in 1976 in the Art Props Morgue. His animation career took off when he worked as an inbetweener on Pete’s Dragon (1977), and later as assistant director on The Fox and the Hound (1981). He was Production Manager of The Black Cauldron (1985) and The Great Mouse Detective (1986), then turned to producing on Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Beauty and the Beast (1991), and The Lion King (1994).  His other credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), The Emperor’s New Groove (2000), Maleficent (2014), and the live-action Beauty and the Beast (2017). He executive produced the Disneynature films Earth (2009), Oceans (2010), African Cats (2011), and Chimpanzee (2012). Don is also the author of several Disney Editions books, including The Alchemy of Animation, Before Ever After, and Yesterday’s Tomorrow: Disney’s Magical Mid-Century. As director, Don has helmed such acclaimed documentaries as Waking Sleeping Beauty (2010) and Howard (2020). His most recent Disney credits include hosting the documentary Adventure Thru the Walt Disney Archives (2020).

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Doris Hardoon joined Walt Disney Imagineering in 1979 as a junior designer, then quickly rose through the ranks to lead designer, art director, and producer on a variety of groundbreaking projects around the globe. Included were EPCOT Center, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, as well as Disney Cruise Line and Disney entertainment centers nationwide. She additionally served as executive art director, producer, and creative portfolio lead for projects including Hong Kong Disneyland, the proposed-but-never-built WESTCOT Center in Anaheim, and the unbuilt DisneySea in Long Beach. Doris left the Company in 2000 to pursue other innovative projects but returned in 2009 to help conceive, design, and build Shanghai Disney Resort. In her role as executive director and producer, Doris provided overall creative direction to her design and production teams, while establishing culturally relevant, “authentically Disney, distinctly Chinese” elements in all aspects of her assignments. Doris is the 2022 recipient of the THEA Buzz Price Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements Award.

D23 Expo 2022 Disney Legends

Idina Menzel is an accomplished actor, singer, songwriter, and philanthropist, who rose to fame on the Broadway stage. Winning a Tony Award in 2004 for her legendary performance as Elphaba in Wicked, she famously went on to voice Queen Elsa in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen (2013) and reprised the role in Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) and Frozen 2 (2019), along with numerous animated shorts, theme park experiences, and consumer products. Idina’s performance of the Oscar- and Grammy®-winning song “Let It Go” became an international phenomenon, reaching No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and helped launch Frozen and Frozen 2 on their way to becoming the two highest-grossing animated movies of all time. Idina also appeared as Nancy Tremaine in Enchanted (2007) and is soon to reprise the role in the Disney+ sequel, Disenchanted. As a songwriter, Idina’s original song “Dream Girl” (from 2021’s Cinderella) made it to the Academy Awards’ Best Original Song short list. Some of her notable Disney TV credits include Lisa King in ABC Studios’ Private Practice (2009), Disneyland 60: The Wonderful World of Disney (2015), Mickey’s 90th Spectacular (2018), and The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II (2020), as well as the recurring role of Shelby Corcoran in Glee for 20th Century Television.

D23 Expo 2022 Disney Legends

Chris Montan joined The Walt Disney Company in 1984, and within three years was named vice president of music for motion pictures and television. In 1997, Variety named him “musical supervisor of the decade” after he oversaw such classic and best-selling film soundtracks as The Little MermaidBeauty and the BeastPretty WomanSister ActAladdinThe Lion KingPocahontasThe Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Hercules. Chris was named President of Walt Disney Music in 1999 and was responsible for overseeing music for Disney and Pixar animated feature films, Disney Theatrical stage productions, and Disney Parks and Resorts, worldwide. He served as executive music producer for all of the Studios’ animated features during his tenure, working closely in the story development process as well as helping to select musical talent. His work has been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, winning Best Original Cast Recording for Aida and Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media for Frozen, with additional films receiving 45 musical Academy Award nominations and 16 Academy Awards in the Best Original Song and Best Original Score categories.

D23 Expo 2022 Disney Legends

Ellen Pompeo leads the longest-running primetime medical drama in television history, Grey’s Anatomy. As one of television’s most beloved actresses, Ellen’s turn in the title role continues to help elevate the series as ABC’s highest-rated drama and earned the actress a Golden Globe nomination in 2007. Audiences remain glued to screens week after week watching Dr. Meredith Grey and her colleagues face relatable and emotional hardships. In real life, Ellen similarly confronts adversity and works for positive change both on and off the screen. Whether it is encouraging women to pursue their dream careers—medical or otherwise—or advocating for normalizing gender and racial equality in the workplace, the actress has inspired generations. Some of Ellen’s other notable credits include Moonlight Mile (2002), Old School (2003), and Daredevil (2003). Next up, Ellen will star in and executive produce an eight-episode Hulu Original limited series currently titled Untitled Orphan Project through her production banner Calamity Jane, which she launched in 2011.

D23 Expo 2022 Disney Legends

Tracee Ellis Ross starred in the groundbreaking ABC comedy series black-ish. The Emmy-winning show ran for eight seasons, during which she also served as a producer and director. For her role as Dr. Rainbow “Bow” Johnson, Tracee was nominated five times for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and won the 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2020 NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. In addition, Tracee was honored and acknowledged at the 2016 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, receiving the Fierce and Fearless award. Her other Disney television credits include roles on grown-ish and mixed-ish—the latter of which she was both co-creator and executive producer—The Premise, and Private Practice. Tracee is the founder and CEO of PATTERN, a haircare brand that launched in 2019.

Honorees receive a two-foot-tall bronze Disney Legends sculpture that signifies the imagination, creativity, and magic they have brought to the Company. Disney Legends Award recipients will also participate in a handprint ceremony at the end of the event, and their bronzed prints will be displayed in the Disney Legends Plaza at the Company’s Burbank headquarters.

Admission to the ceremony will be on a first-come, first-served basis and is included in the ticket price to D23 Expo 2022.

Including this year’s honorees, a total of 304 Disney Legends have been named. Past Disney Legends include Tim Allen, Julie Andrews, Howard Ashman, Robert Downey Jr., Annette Funicello, Whoopi Goldberg, Sir Elton John, Angela Lansbury, George Lucas, Steve Martin, Alan Menken, Hayley Mills, Fess Parker, Robin Roberts, Marty Sklar, Dick Van Dyke, Barbara Walters, Ming-Na Wen, Betty White, and Robin Williams, among many others. Beginning with the inaugural D23 Expo in 2009, thousands of Disney fans have been able to enjoy the Disney Legends Awards ceremony in person.

D23 Expo is sold out. Select presentations will be streamed for guests at D23 Expo Live! For more information, visit D23Expo.com.

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D23 Expo News: Disney Bundle Pavilion

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Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ make their return to D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event, showcasing the ultimate streaming lineup of live and on-demand content.

During the three-day Ultimate Fan Event, presented by Visa, attendees can enjoy immersive experiences, talent appearances, and photo opportunities at The Disney Bundle Pavilion, along with live demos of the latest features on Disney+, special perks for Disney+ subscribers across the show floor, and much more.
 
This year, the global celebration of Disney+ Day returns on Thursday, September 8, leading into D23 Expo from Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11.

To continue the festivities, attendees can look forward to news, first looks, and talent appearances from upcoming Disney+ Originals as part of the highly anticipated Hall D23 showcases, including the Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Disney Live Action presentation on Friday, September 9, and the Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Studios, and Disney Branded Television presentations on Saturday, September 10.

Throughout the weekend, Disney+ subscribers attending D23 Expo will be able to unlock special giveaways or promotions at Offer Spots on the show floor when they present their Disney+ subscriber pass, which can be picked up at D23 Expo starting on Thursday, September 8.
 
In honor of Dancing with the Stars’ new home, Disney+ ​​invites guests to step back into the ballroom for a special celebration on the Backlot Stage on Sunday, September 11. Co-hosts Tyra Banks and Alfonso Ribeiro will be joined by a panel of executive producers and judges to share their favorite memories from the show and reveal new details about Season 31, premiering Monday, September 19 on Disney+.
 
The Disney Bundle Pavilion
On the show floor, The Disney Bundle Pavilion will showcase the unprecedented collection of entertainment and sports content offered across Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ with special programming and experiences.
 
Disney+ will exhibit two unique installations for fans to experience. A lenticular installation offers guests an opportunity to look for their reflection among the moving images, while a Disney+ holographic display will surprise guests with beamed-in appearances by their favorite characters.
 
Hulu invites guests to “Check in to Their Obsessions” as they walk through the iconic Hulu green vessel and are transported to a world filled with all their Hulu favorites, offering something for every type of viewer— whether they’re a pop culture aficionado or reality TV buff, or if their watch list is filled with adult animation or critically-acclaimed dramas. They will be able to join the Belchers for a Bob’s Burgers family photo opportunity and put themselves in the hot seat of a confessional from their favorite reality TV shows as they navigate a variety of immersive experiences. 
 
ESPN+ offers fans a backstage pass that will give them a close-up look at some of the most iconic memorabilia in sports, including the College Football Playoff trophy, the UFC Championship belt, an El Clásico game ball, and more. Then, fans can complete their VIP fan experience by snapping a photo sitting behind a sports news desk.
 
The Disney Bundle Pavilion Stage Programming
Additionally, The Disney Bundle Pavilion stage will host three full days of panels, trivia, activities, fan-favorite screenings, and more, highlighting the diverse offering of shows, movies, and sports from Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+.
 
Highlights of the tentative schedule are as follows, with times subject to change (all times PT):
 
Friday, September 9
11:35 a.m. – Pixar’s Onward Story Presentation by Story Supervisor Kelsey Mann
12:00 p.m. – To the Edge of the Unknown from National Geographic with Jimmy Chin and Alex Honnold
12:35 p.m. – Sketch with an Animator: Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Eric Goldberg
1:55 p.m. – The History of Cars: Road Trip from the Original Film to New Series Cars on the Road with Creative Director Jay Ward
3:50 p.m. – Across the Bundle Spotlights: Hispanic Voices Panel
6:25 p.m. – Hulu Dance Party
 
Saturday, September 10
12:10 p.m. – A Conversation with Frozen Filmmakers with Academy Award® Winners Chris Buck (Director) and Peter Del Vecho (Producer)
1:10 p.m. – Sketch with an Animator: Solar Opposites’ Lindsay Carrozza
3:50 p.m. – Across the Bundle Spotlights: Made by Her Panel
4:50 p.m. – Meet the Muppets: The Muppets Mayhem Conversation Hosted by Tahj Mowry
6:25 p.m. – Hulu Dance Party
 
Sunday, September 11
10:00 a.m. – A Conversation with Encanto Filmmakers with Academy Award Winners Jared Bush (Director/Writer), Clark Spencer (Producer), and Yvett Merino (Producer)
3:50 p.m. – Across the Bundle Spotlights: Black History Always Panel
6:25 p.m. – Hulu Dance Party
 
Stage Presentations featuring Disney+ Content
Continuing the Disney+ Day celebration, fans will be treated to exclusive first looks at some of the new movies, series, specials, and shorts coming to Disney+ in 2023 and beyond during the following panels, including the newly announced Dancing with the Stars 31st Season Celebration on September 11:
 
Friday, September 9
10:45 a.m. – The Simpsons! (Premiere Stage)
3:30 p.m. – Studio Showcase, Day 1: Celebrate the Magic of Disney and Pixar (Hall D23)
5:45 p.m. – National Geographic and Disney+ Special Screening: Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory (Hyperion Stage)
 
Saturday, September 10
10:00 a.m. – Studio Showcase, Day 2: Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, and 20th Century Studios (Hall D23)
3:30 p.m. – Disney’s Epic Entertainment Showcase: The Musical: The Extravaganza! (Hall D23)
5:45 p.m. – National Geographic and Disney+ Special Screening: Limitless with Chris Hemsworth (Hyperion Stage)
6:00 p.m. – The Santa Clauses: Conversation with Cast and Creators (Premiere Stage)
6:00 p.m. – Sneak Peek at Zootopia+ from Walt Disney Animation Studios (Backlot Stage)
 
Sunday, September 11
10:00 a.m. – Disney Original Documentary’s Sneak Peek of Mickey: The Story of a Mouse (Backlot Stage)
10:30 a.m. – The Cast and Creators of the Disney+ Series The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder (Premiere Stage)
6:00 p.m. – Dancing with the Stars’ 31st Season Celebration (Backlot Stage)
 
Disney+ Innovation Lounge Presented by IMAX® Enhanced
The Disney+ Innovation Lounge, Presented by IMAX Enhanced, will feature innovations from partners and products in a dedicated space to learn and explore the streaming service’s future. Fans can stop by the lounge to see demos of new Disney+ product features and get an inside look at how IMAX comes to life on Disney+ with IMAX Enhanced.
 
In the Disney+ Innovation Lounge, Disney+ subscribers and D23 Gold Members will receive a Disney+ Collectible Card pack featuring custom illustrations celebrating some of the most popular current and upcoming Disney+ movies and shows.
 
D23 Expo is sold out. Select presentations will be streamed for guests at D23 Expo Live! For more information, visit D23Expo.com.

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ICON Park Children’s Birthday Party Package

ICON Park Children’s Birthday Party Package

Are you looking for a unique place to host your child’s next birthday party? ICON Park has you covered with a brand-new children’s birthday party package. All you need to do is send out the invitations and sit back and enjoy while ICON Park handles the rest.

For each guest, ICON Park’s birthday party package includes:

  • Ride on The Wheel
  • One slice of cheese or pepperoni pizza from Brick & Fire
  • One soft drink
  • $20 In The Game arcade credits
  • Group photo with unlimited digital downloads

Get your little one’s special day started off on a high note with a ride on The Wheel. In your private, air-conditioned capsule, you can play your own playlist full of your child’s favorite tunes.

ICON Park Children’s Birthday Party Package

After getting the best view of the City Beautiful, party guests can each enjoy a refreshing soda and a slice of cheese or pepperoni pizza from The Wheelhouse Market’s Brick & Fire Pizza.

Level up the party with a trip to In The Game ICON Park. All party guests will receive $20 in arcade credits to play the latest arcade games, compete for prizes and set new records.

ICON Park Children’s Birthday Party Package

No special day would be complete without a group photo. One memorable group photo is included with the birthday party package and can be downloaded as many times as you’d like.

The ICON Park birthday party package was designed for children ages three to 17 and their adult chaperones. Cost is $35 plus tax and offers up to 60 percent savings. The package is only available to groups of 10 or more people, and the party typically lasts up to 90 minutes, depending on the number of attendees.

Birthday party reservations must be made at least two business days in advance. To book a party, call 407-601-7907, email Groups@ICONParkOrlando.com or click here.

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10th Annual Great Irish Hooley Music Fest

Raglan Road Great Irish Hooley 2022

Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant will host the 10th annual Great Irish Hooley boutique music festival Labor Day weekend, September 2 through September 5.

The Great Irish Hooley is one of my FAVORITE events at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant because it is filled with amazing Irish bands performing traditional Irish tunes, Celt grass, folk, and blues. 

This mix of music will have you dancing between bites!

This year’s Great Irish Hooley features a first-rate lineup of luminaries from the traditional Irish music world, including: 

  • Téada – This leading Irish traditional band will headline the Hooley lineup. Dubbed “invigorating” by the Washington Post, the band just released their sixth album.  Don’t miss them!
  • One for the Foxes – An exciting new transatlantic trio merging backgrounds in Irish and American folk music for an eclectic vibe.
  • Celtic Croí (Heart) – Talented trio from Dublin, Belfast, and Glasgow pump up the Hooley volume.
  • Gobhán – Dynamic duo from County Down, Ireland, playing guitar, fiddle, and vocals.
Raglan Road Great Irish Hooley 2022

When you hear the word “Hooley,” you know to expect a good time!

It’s a Gaelic term for a lively party with music, entertainment, and fun for everyone in the family.

When the spirit moves you, be ready to kick up your Hooley heels -the talented Raglan Road Irish Dancers will lead guests through a lively Ceili. The Ceili step dances, dating back to the Celts and Druids who inhabited Ireland in the 1500s, are usually the main event of local celebrations in Irish and Celtic communities.

Raglan Road Great Irish Hooley 2022 Raglan Road Irish Pub Disney Springs

It all begins Friday afternoon, Sept. 2, and continues through late-night Monday, Labor Day. Celtic face painting is complimentary, and the pub will feature new whiskeys and a special Hooley brew, the De Fesht, that brings an Oktoberfest-like spirit to the late-summer festivities.

The best part is that there’s no cover charge to join the Raglan Road fun featuring top Irish bands with high-voltage entertainment!!!

In addition to the pub’s All-Day Menu, the delicious Rollicking Raglan Brunch will be served throughout the weekend, including Labor Day Monday, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  

Reservations are recommended; call 407/938-0300. Check out raglanroad.com, and plan to join us for the Great Irish Hooley!  

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Disney Twenty-Three Magazine: Fall 2022 Preview

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The Fall 2022 issue of Disney twenty-three magazine, available exclusively to Gold Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, is filled with treats for movie and theme park fans!

After Hocus Pocus arrived in theaters in the summer of 1993, the film developed a massive following, and in the ensuing years, its stars would sometimes hint to eager fans that a sequel was a possibility.

That possibility has become a reality with Hocus Pocus 2 debuting on Disney+ on September 30, and no one is more excited than the film’s original trio of spirited sorceresses: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy.

“Kathy, especially, acted as the keeper of the Black Flame Candle, forgive my pun,” Midler says when speaking exclusively to Disney twenty-three. “She was adamant about what the fans would and wouldn’t accept, and we sort of followed her lead.”

The stars and creative team break down the magic in store for viewers this fall, and the spellbinding cover was created exclusively for the publication.

The magic of Pinocchio has enchanted audiences since the animated film’s debut in 1940. Director Robert Zemeckis and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Keegan-Michael Key discuss creating the dazzling, new live-action imagining of the film, which also stars Tom Hanks as Geppetto and arrives September 8 on Disney+.

Diego Luna talks about reprising his role as Cassian Andor from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in the new Disney+ series Andor

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law star Tatiana Maslany reveals what it took to get green for her hilarious new Marvel Studios series coming to Disney+.

And Larry the Cable Guy takes readers on a cross-country trip, unveiling the freewheeling adventures in store for Mater and Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) in Pixar’s new series for Disney+, Cars on the Road.

Plus, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor-like stamina is put to the test in the new Disney+ series from National Geographic, Limitless with Chris Hemsworth, which explores human endurance and longevity.

And the unofficial “Queen of Disney+”—Yvette Nicole Brown—takes us on a ride through her Disney favorites in a story shot by our photo editor, Derek Lee, at Disneyland Park for Disney twenty-three.

The issue also celebrates the 40th anniversary of the groundbreaking film TRON with stars Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner and the original film’s writer-director, Steven Lisberger.  

Also, in the Fall 2022 issue of Disney twenty-three:

  • The sky-high journey of Walt Disney’s private plane, which will be on display and an exhibit presented by Amazon this September at D23 Expo in Anaheim, California
  • Four decades of EPCOT—from Walt’s initial vision to the astounding achievement it is today
  • A sneak peek at the upcoming Disney+ documentary Mickey: The Story of a Mouse, which chronicles the adventures of one of the world’s most recognizable icons.
  • Regular features include By the Numbers, D Society, Character Analysis, and Ask the Walt Disney Archives.

Disney twenty-three is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps and is offered exclusively to D23 Gold Members as a benefit of their membership. The latest issue will begin arriving before the end of August.

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 nearly 100-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic year-round through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive offers and discounts; and special experiences for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($99.99), Gold Duo Membership ($129.99), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com

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D23 Expo 2022: Marvel Panels Announced

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With just over a month until Disney’s highly anticipated D23 Expo 2022 presented by Visa in Anaheim, California, kicking off September 9, Marvel is unveiling a can’t-miss lineup of panels, stage events, guest appearances, exclusive merchandise, giveaways, and more!

Fans can explore the Marvel Studios Pavilion on the show floor to experience an awesome costume display, exclusive giveaways, a photo activation, and other surprises. Elsewhere on the show floor, the shopDisney booth will spotlight exciting Marvel merchandise featuring the Avengers, Spider-Man, and the Guardians of the Galaxy, along with various other products at retailer booths during the show.

Throughout the weekend at D23 Expo, fans won’t want to miss Marvel’s panels and stage events diving into what’s next for Marvel Studios, a celebration of 60 “Beyond Amazing” years of Spider-Man, an exciting current look at Marvel Games, and more! These include:

Marvel DRAW Live!
Friday, September 9, 2–2:30 p.m. PT and Saturday, September 10, 1:30–2 p.m. PT | D23 Expo Live! Stage
Join Brian Crosby, Marvel’s Director of Themed Entertainment, for a real-time, step-by-step tutorial session on how to draw some of Marvel’s most iconic heroes and villains!

Hall D23 Presentation
Saturday, September 10, 10 a.m. PT | Hall D23
As previously announced, filmmakers, celebrity talent, and surprise guests from Marvel Studios will join Lucasfilm and others onstage in Hall D23 to showcase theatrical and Disney+ titles. Going behind the scenes of these studios’ highly anticipated films, specials, and series, attendees will see exclusive footage and be among the first to learn what’s in the works.

Marvel Comics: Celebrating 60 Years of the Amazing Spider-Man
Saturday, September 10, 2–3 p.m. PT | Backlot stage
Celebrate sixty spectacular, sensational, web-slinging years of Spider-Man! From his humble debut in 1962’s Amazing Fantasy #15, he wall-crawled his way to international super-stardom. Now, join Marvel’s Executive Spider-Editor Nick Lowe and Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski as they team up to trace the comics history of the web-head across six decades—and BEYOND! Tantalizing trivia about the webbed wonder will be shared in this can’t-miss panel, so be sure to swing by! Fans attending will also receive a special exclusive giveaway (while supplies last), to be revealed in the coming weeks!

Signings with Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski and Executive Editor Nick Lowe
Saturday, September 10, 5:30–6:30 p.m. PT | Talent Central
Swing by Talent Central to meet Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski and Executive Spider-Editor Nick Lowe for a signing opportunity!

D23 Expo is sold out. Select presentations will be streamed for guests at D23 Expo Live! For more information, visit D23Expo.com.

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D23 Expo 2022: Disney General Entertainment

D23 Expo 2022 Disney General Entertainment

Disney General Entertainment is bringing more than 30 fan-favorite programs under one roof at this year’s D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event presented by Visa.

Through interactive activations on the convention floor as well as shows, panels, and talent appearances, fans will immerse themselves in the wonders of storytelling from some of the most iconic and culture-defining shows across every genre on television and streaming, created by content brands ABC Entertainment, ABC News, Disney Branded Television, Freeform, FX, Hulu Originals, National Geographic Content, and Onyx Collective.

The three-day extravaganza kicks off September 9 in Anaheim, California, and includes immersive activations in the Disney General Entertainment “Journey Into Storytelling” pavilion, along with a dynamic schedule of exciting announcements, sneak peeks, engaging panels and special appearances by the stars from some of today’s most cherished shows today.

Through the “Journey Into Storytelling” experience on the show floor pavilion, there is a story for everyone. Fans are invited to immerse themselves in the various worlds of their favorite programming, or perhaps even discover their new favorites, with interactive experiences from “Abbott Elementary,” “American Born Chinese,” “American Horror Story,” “Cruel Summer,” “Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory,” “Fire of Love,” “Good Morning America,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Kardashians,” “Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers,” “Limitless with Chris Hemsworth,” “National Treasure: Edge of History,” “Only Murders in the Building” and “ZOMBIES 3.” There will be photo and video activations along with gamification throughout the pavilion.

Fans of daytime television favorites “Live with Kelly and Ryan” and “Tamron Hall” can take center stage for a photo and video moment where they will feel like they’re part of the show at these fun photo booth opportunities — located in Hall B of the D23 Expo floor. In addition, fans can see Tamron Hall in-person moderating various panels across D23 Expo.

The Ultimate Disney Fan Event will also feature panels, shows and talent appearances across its five stages: Hall D23, Premiere Stage, Backlot Stage, Walt Disney Archive Stage and Hyperion Stage. Exciting panels include a sneak peek into ABC Entertainment’s upcoming special “Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration” and a special fan experience celebrating “The Simpsons” reign as the longest-running animated series of all time. Additional programming will take place on the Disney Bundle Stage. More details to come.

Show Floor Pavilion — “Journey Into Storytelling” Immersive Experiences:

ABC News:

“Good Morning America” (ABC and Hulu) TSS Shot
Begin the journey seeing your name in lights on the famed ABC News’ “Good Morning America” marquee — a must-have photo op.

Disney Branded Television:

American Born Chinese” (Disney+) – Mythical Staff Maneuvers
Learn how to master the staff alongside the mythical Chinese heroes featured in Disney Branded Television’s “American Born Chinese.”

“National Treasure: Edge of History” (Disney+) – Clue Room Zoom
Gear up for an archeological adventure by searching for clues in the secret tunnel of the pyramid with Disney Branded Television’s “National Treasure: Edge of History.”

ABC Entertainment:

Abbott Elementary” (ABC and Hulu) – Sub for a Day
Step into a day in the life of a substitute teacher at “Abbott Elementary” and see how you would respond in some iconic scenes!

Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC and Hulu)
Do as the world-class staff of Grey Sloan Memorial do when they need a boost: strike a superhero pose or dance it out!

Freeform:

“Cruel Summer” (Freeform and Hulu) – Y2K Room
Enter this experience to take a turn on “Dance Dance Revolution” to your favorite throwback hits, pose in the Y2K-era bedroom and get a glimpse at the lake life in a cool airstream photo op from the upcoming season of “Cruel Summer.”

FX:

“American Horror Story” – Horror Scare Moment (FX and Hulu)
Be the star of your own nightmare while celebrating 11 award-winning seasons of FX’s “American Horror Story.”

Hulu Originals:

“Only Murders in the Building” – Arconia Silhouettes
Become a resident of the famed Arconia with your very own Mabel Mora-style portrait with Hulu Originals’ “Only Murders in the Building.”

“The Kardashians” – 7th Sister
Think you have what it takes to be a Kardashian? Give it your best strut.

“Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers” – Skyhook Slo Mo
Fulfill your Laker’s legacy with your very own attempt at the skyhook inspired by Lakers legends.

National Geographic Content:

“Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory” (Disney+); “Fire of Love” (Disney+); “Limitless with Chris Hemsworth” (Disney+)
Push your own limits by becoming an explorer at some of the most stunning environmental settings around the world with National Geographic.

D23 Expo is sold out. Select presentations will be streamed for guests at D23 Expo Live! For more information, visit D23Expo.com.

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Celebrate the Opening of Lightyear Around WDW

Lightyear Walt Disney World June 2022

Star Command, do you copy? Lightyear experiences mission log commences – now!

To celebrate the official release of Lightyear you can find merchandise, food offerings, and more at the Walt Disney World Resort and beyond.

Lightyear Collectibles and Games

If you can’t hit the parks, shopDisney is the place to go for all things “Lightyear.”

Laser Blade Buzz Lightyear Talking Action Figure Lightyear

Starting off with the hero himself, on shopDisney, and coming soon to Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, you will find the Laser Blade Buzz Lightyear Talking Action Figure! Featuring lights, motion, and more than 30 sounds, this action figure brings the excitement of the film wherever you go.

Girl with Sox plush

Sox plush

Beep, boop! Buzz’s adorable, robotic companion, Sox, has been transformed into a cuddly plush. Complete with poseable features, this plush can also be found on shopDisney.

Lightyear Belt Bag

Inspired by IVAN, Buzz’s autopilot computer system, the Lightyear Belt Bag will assist you on all your missions while making you look super out-of-this-world.

Zurg

XL-15 rocket ship from LEGO Lightyear

But wait – there’s even more merchandise to complete your mission. Also available on shopDisney are Buzz’s ultimate foe, Zurg, and Buzz’s XL-15 rocket ship thanks to our licensed retail partners, Mattel and LEGO (make sure to stop by the LEGO Store at Disney Springs to also find the XL-15 rocket ship).

FUNKO Pop Izzy Hawthorne

And of course, who can forget Buzz’s friend, Izzy Hawthorne, found in FUNKO Pop form on Amazon!


Speaking of friends: You’ll absolutely fall in love with our new friends and fellow heroes, Izzy and Mo, featured in the Disney Pixar Lightyear Core Figure Assortment by Mattel. Draw inspiration for imaginative play by following the 3-part video series where the action figures participate in out-of-this-world Space Ranger Training activities.

Disney Mirrorverse Lightyear

Want to experience all the action firsthand? Walt Disney Games has got you covered! The much-anticipated mobile game Disney Mirrorverse is launching on June 23, just as Zurg crushes his way into the new, divergent universe!

Massive and imposing, Zurg is amplified to formidable levels within the Mirrorverse. Complete the second stage of Chapter 2 in the Mirrorverse story to play the exciting in-game event “Fractured Infinity.”

The event features Zurg as a fearsome foe for your Mirrorverse Guardians and is available for a limited time from June 23 through July 31.

Prepare to enter new worlds with evolved Disney and Pixar characters like you’ve never seen them before when Disney Mirrorverse launches on mobile on June 23 – don’t miss it!

Minecraft "Lightyear" DLC

Are you ready for the mission, Space Ranger?

Follow Captain Lightyear through his blockiest intergalactic adventure, telling the tale of his origin. Play the Minecraft “Lightyear” DLC to take on five galactic missions, use nifty gadgets, and drive awesome vehicles.

Minecraft "Lightyear" DLC

Team up with friends and go deeper into space than ever before! Launch into the Lightyear Item Event featuring Captain Lightyear and Sox now until June 19th in Disney Emoji Blitz!

"Lightyear a Little Golden Book"

“The Art of Lightyear”

If curling up with a good book is more your style, hang on to your helmets! Our friends over at publishing have a whole library full of amazing “Lightyear”-themed books, including the classic telling of the tale, “Lightyear a Little Golden Book,” and “The Art of Lightyear” which provides a behind-the-scenes look at art from the film.

Swirl Into Space with Yummy Treats

Buzz Lightyear Star Commander Cone from Disney Springs

Swirls on the Water at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World Resort is where you’ll find exactly that with the Buzz Lightyear Star Commander Cone!

Purple cheesecake soft-serve, adorned with chocolate wings and space sprinkles, this treat will take your tastebuds on a journey.

But hurry on over as the cone is only available till June 30, 2022.

Watch “Lightyear,” Out in Theaters Now

Are you ready to go explore the great beyond with Buzz Lightyear – the hero that inspired the toy?

Watch “Lightyear” now out in theaters!

To infinity, and beyond!

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