Theme Park Tips: Making the Most of a Rainy Day

Florida weather can be rather unpredictable and wet, so to help make your rainy day more bearable here are my top theme park tips for a rainy day.

Watch the weather while you are on the go (no pun intended)

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Make sure you have a reliable weather app to use while you’re in the parks.

My favorite is the Channel 9 Severe Weather App, because you can sign up for custom alerts in your area, stream live radar, and get an accurate hour-by-hour forecast.

Keep an eye out for temporary closures or delays

Some attractions and transportation options may shut down temporarily during heavy rain, wind, or lightning.

To be safe, check the park’s official app for any notices before you head towards an attraction or ask an attendant about any closures or delays before you hop in line.

Think ahead for meals

Mobile Ordering Theme Park Tips

On rainy days quick service and full-service dining locations tend to get really crowded and unable to accommodate walk-up seating requests, so it is always best to try to make a reservations in advance.

At Walt Disney World you will want to use the My Disney Experience App and at the Universal Orlando Resort you can use Open Table to make restaurant reservations.

If you are at Walt Disney World in a quick service dining location, consider using the Mobile Ordering option on the My Disney Experience App to cut your wait down!

Park bag hack for rain jackets and umbrellas

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When going to the parks with a backpack, keep your rain jacket or umbrella inside of a zip top bag so when you take the jacket out you can put your keys or cell phone inside to keep them dry.

Then when the rain stops, you’ll have a handy place to put your wet jacket.

Choose the right shoes

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Choosing the right shoe is super important for surviving a rainy day in the theme park.

Pick a shoe that is comfortable with a non-slip sole and plenty of tread.

You also may want to consider leaving the rain boots at home, because they tend to fill up with water during heavy storms and get quite heavy.

Wear clothes that dry quickly

When it is going to be a wet day in the park choosing to wear lightweight and quick drying clothing will definitely make you more comfortable, and as a bonus when it gets hot again it will wick away the sweat to help keep you cool!

Don’t pass up a good show or movie

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When the sun is out you might be quick to pass up a show or movie, but they are the PERFECT activity for a rainy day because they are shown in huge venues making them walk-up friendly.

One of my ABSOLUTE favorites is First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration at Disney’s Hollywood Studios…hear me out…there’s nothing like hearing a Dad belt ‘Let it Go’!!!!

Don’t let the rain give you the blues

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Even though it’s raining, remember that your day isn’t ruined!

You’re still in a theme park with your family and friends, so just let go and splash in a puddle or two!

I hope that you’ve enjoyed these rainy day theme park tips!

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Dream Big, Princess Movie Series Returns to AMC this Fall

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AMC Movie Theatres have once again partnered with Disney’s Dream Big, Princess program this Fall to bring four beloved Disney princess feature films to the big screen for audiences to enjoy. 

Some of these haven’t been shown on the big screen in ages, meaning it might be a first-time viewing for young Disney fans.

While we are still months away from Walt Disney Animation whisking audiences back to the mythical land of Arendelle for the further adventures of Anna and Elsa in FROZEN II, this is a great way to get excited for the new film coming to theaters on November 22nd!

The schedule for the 2019 Dream Big, Princess program will be as follows.

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The Little Mermaid: September 6–12

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Soon to be made into a live-action feature starring Halle Bailey, THE LITTLE MERMAID follows a restless mermaid who dreams of one day living on the surface. To get there, Ariel trades her greatest gift — her beautiful singing voice — for a pair of legs. Come for the music, including brilliant songs like “Under the Sea,” which won a Best Original Song Oscar in 1989.

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Beauty and the Beast: September 13–19

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A tale as old as time … and one that always warrants a big-screen viewing. The 1991 animated version translates the classic romance for a contemporary audience, riding on the coattails of some incredible songs, such as “Be Our Guest” as well as the title track.

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Tangled: September 20–26

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Rapunzel may have let down her hair, but TANGLED did not let down animation audiences looking for a new winner from Walt Disney Animation. Mandy Moore plays the fiery Rapunzel, and she is no damsel in distress. But the true star of TANGLED is the animators who turned Rapunzel’s flowing blonde hair into its own character.

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The Princess and the Frog: September 27–October 3

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Relatively new compared to the other titles on this list, though PRINCESS has built up a steady fan base over the years, and we expect them to turn out to see this one on the big screen once again. FROG has a distinct New Orleans flavor to it, tapping into the music and cuisine of the Bayou. But it also has star power, with Anika Noni Rose, Keith David and Oprah Winfrey all lending their voices.

Each film in the series will get a one-week run in participating theatres. 

It’s worth noting that this will be the animated version of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST — the one that was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars— and that warrants a big-screen revisiting every chance we get.

Advance Purchase tickets for the Dream Big, Princess series at AMC Movie Theatre are available now using the links under each movie title (which, BTW, are NOT affiliate links), and if you are looking to visit the AMC at Disney Springs showings are at 2pm and 6pm at the AMC DINE-IN Disney Springs 24.

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D23 Expo News: Were your Epcot Predictions Correct?

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At the D23 Expo held in Anaheim, California, over the weekend Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products Chairman Bob Chapek led a presentation on the new additions coming to the Disney Parks around the world.

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While there were several large announcements, Walt Disney World’s Epcot received the most attention as it continues to undergo the biggest transformation of any Disney park in history including the addition of several new attractions, restaurants, and experiences.

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Starting with the news that Epcot will be organized into four neighborhoods that each speak to important aspects of the world and its people: World Showcase, World Celebration, World Nature and World Discovery. 

Let’s start our look at the new additions coming to Epcot in World Showcase where new magic will join the celebration of World culture, cuisine, architecture, and traditions.

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The United Kingdom pavilion will welcome the first attraction inspired by Mary Poppins. We don’t have an opening date yet, but we do know that it will include a step in time down Cherry Tree Lane past Admiral Boom’s house before entering Number 17, the home of the Banks family, where an adventure will begin.

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In 2020, following the limited-time run of the nighttime spectacular “Epcot Forever,” the new “HarmonioUS” will debut as the largest nighttime spectacular ever created for a Disney park.

It will celebrate how the music of Disney inspires people the world over, and it will feature familiar Disney tunes reinterpreted by a diverse group of artists from around the globe as well as massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, lasers, and so much more.

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In summer 2020, the France pavilion will be home to the much-anticipated attraction Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure where you’ll shrink to the size of Chef Remy and race through Gusteau’s restaurant on a wild adventure

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Also debuting in 2020 is a new restaurant called La Crêperie de Paris featuring a menu from celebrity chef Jérôme Bocuse that can be enjoyed as a table or quick-service dining location.

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And the last bit of news in the France pavilion, is that the classic Impressions de France film will be joined by the new “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along,” debuting in January 2020 that is directed by Don Hahn, producer of both the animated and live-action versions of this tale as old as time. 

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“Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360” will debut in January 2020 in the Canada pavilion with new scenes and a new story.

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In the China pavilion, “Wondrous China” will take guests on a spectacular journey across the country, filmed, and presented in a completely seamless 360-degree digital format.

Over in World Celebration new enhancements and additions will be focused on connecting individuals to the the world around them.

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Iconic Spaceship Earth will remain a voyage through time, but soon it will transform to reflect the power of storytelling and its ability to unite the human experience.

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The re-imagined attraction will feature new narration, an entirely new musical score, and a magical “story light” that will lead guests on a journey through history focused on the moments and ideas that define “our” story.

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At the exit to Spaceship Earth, a new post-show experience will lead guests to discover a breathtaking new view of World Showcase from Dreamers Point. 

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A new three-level Celebration Pavilion will be home to live events, serve as the center of Epcot’s signature festivals, and will provide a stunning elevated view of the entire park and an ideal spot to witness Epcot’s nighttime spectacular. 

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Epcot’s entrance plaza will welcome guests with a reimagined fountain, new pathways, and sweeping green spaces that beautify the entryway to the park paying homage to the origins of Epcot. 

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The natural environments of the World Celebration neighborhood will have global design elements filled with Disney magic and surprises, including a wishing tree in an enchanted forest and a story fountain celebrating the power and music of iconic Disney storytelling.

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World Celebration will also feature a new statue celebrating the legacy of the original dreamer, Walt Disney.

The World Nature neighborhood is dedicated to understanding and preserving the beauty, awe, and balance of the natural world that will include  the existing The Land and The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilions.

World Nature

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Journey of Water, inspired by the Walt Disney Animation Studios film “Moana” will lead guests down a lush exploration trail to meet and play with magical, living water.

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The water will have a life of its own – just like Moana’s friend, the ocean – and you’ll learn about the importance of the natural water cycle.

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The Land pavilion’s new film, “Awesome Planet,” will debut in January 2020 and will showcase the beauty, diversity, and dynamic story of the planet.

And finally the In World Discovery neighborhood will focus on science, technology, and intergalactic adventures.

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Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will be the first “other-world” showcase pavilion at Epcot.

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The adventure starts in the “Galaxarium,” a planetarium-like exhibition that explores the similarities and mysteries of the formation of Earth’s galaxy and Xandar. Guests will learn more about the treasures Xandar has to share – until the moment when the Guardians of the Galaxy arrive, and adventures across the cosmos ensue.

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The attraction will also feature a new innovation from Walt Disney Imagineering – a storytelling coaster that rotates 360 degrees to focus your attention on the action, including the first reverse launch on a Disney coaster.

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This winter guests with reservations can board a special elevator in the Mission: SPACE pavilion for a journey to a space station high above the ground that offers both a celestial panorama of daytime and nighttime views of Earth as well as an out-of-this-world dining experience at restaurant Space 220. 

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The PLAY! pavilion, in the former Wonders of Life pavilion, will be a digital metropolis filled with games, activities, and experiences that connect guests and Disney characters – both real and virtual – like never before.

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As part of this new pavilion guests will have the chance to help legendary fashion icon Edna Mode on her quest to rid the world of uninspired style or make a splash competing in a water-balloon fight hosted by Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby.

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To help guests get ready for all of these new additions, on October 1, 2019, Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience in the Odyssey Events Pavilion will invite guests to discover interactive exhibits that showcase the relentless innovation, energy, and excitement driving the park’s future throughout this unprecedented period of transformation.

With so much going on in the theme parks of Central Florida, make sure you follow @onthegoinmco on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more details.

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10 Disney Plus Original Programs I Can’t Wait to Watch

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DISCLOSURE: I was invited by the Walt Disney Company to attend the 2019 D23 Expo, however all opinions and over-use of exclamation points are 100% my own. Also I purchased the Disney Plus Founders Circle, so I have put my money where my words are. 

Disney Plus is making its debut at the 2019 D23 Expo, and the response to the new streaming service has been incredibly positive as excitement builds for its November 12, 2019, launch.

During its first-ever showcase presentation stars, directors, and writers filled the D23 Hall stage as announcements on new series in development were made and key details were revealed. 

“With less than three months until launch, Disney+ will soon entertain and inspire audiences of all ages for generations to come, and we’re excited to preview some of the amazing original content being created for the service exclusively from our world-class brands today at the D23 Expo,” said Kevin Mayer, chairman, Direct-to-Consumer & International. “Storytelling is the cornerstone of The Walt Disney Company and we’re thrilled to unveil a new slate of original shows from the Star Wars and Marvel cinematic universes, along with popular television franchises set to return with all-new series streaming only on Disney+.”

With that in mind let’s look at ten of Disney Plus’ slate of originals from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic programs that I can’t wait to watch (in no particular order) with details from the 2019 D23 Presentation!!!!

Disney Plus Original Programs I Can’t Wait to Watch

Marvel Studios’ What If…?
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For Marvel Studios’ “What If…?” Hayley Atwell was on hand to greet the audience. Atwell will voice Peggy Carter in Marvel Studios’ first animated series that focuses on different heroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and imagines what would happen if the events in the films worked out differently.

Kevin Feige also introduced director Bryan Andrews and head writer Ashley Bradley to the crowd.  

“What If…?” premieres on Disney+ in 2021.

Muppets Now
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Forty years after leaving the swamp in his big screen debut in “The Muppet Movie,” Kermit the Frog is heading upstream with Miss Piggy, and the gang, bringing a new kind of mayhem and laughter to Disney+ with their first-ever unscripted short-form series, “Muppets Now.”

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. 

At the Disney Legends Awards Ceremony during the 2019 D23 Expo, 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. 

Wanda Vision
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Stars Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen were on hand for their new series, Marvel Studios’ “WandaVision.” Bettany returns as Vision and Olsen as Wanda Maximoff—two super-powered beings living their ideal suburban lives who begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.   

Kevin Feige surprised the audience by bringing to the stage Kat Dennings and Randall Park who will reprise their roles from “Thor” and “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” and then he introduced Kathryn Hahn who has been cast as a new character in the series. Director Matt Shakman and head writer Jac Schaeffer joined everyone on stage to reveal that the streaming series will blend the style of classic sitcoms with Marvel Cinematic Universe.  

“WandaVision” premieres on Disney+ in 2021.

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, gave fans a peek inside the series including a new trailer for the show. Through Goldblum’s always inquisitive and highly entertaining mind, nothing is as it seems in this new 12-episode series. 

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,” premiered the first short (“What is Money?”). 

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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“Noelle” stars Anna Kendrick and Billy Eichner joined Sean Bailey to announce their film will premiere on Disney+ on November 12 before sharing a new trailer. In the upcoming holiday comedy, Kris Kringle’s daughter is full of Christmas spirit and holiday fun, but wishes she could do something “important” like her beloved brother Nick, 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. 

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Stars Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk joined Kathleen Kennedy to introduce the audience to the second Lucasfilm live-action series for Disney+, which is now in development.  

Both actors are reprising their roles from “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” and the stories follow Cassian Andor’s adventures as a rebel spy during the formative years of the Rebellion, before the events of “A New Hope.”

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier 
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Director Kari Skogland introduced Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, the stars of Marvel Studios’ ”The Falcon and The Winter Soldier,” which finds Falcon and the Winter Soldier teaming up after “Avengers: Endgame.” 

Emily VanCamp came on stage and Feige revealed that she will reprise her role as Sharon Carter. 

Then, he introduced the crowd to Wyatt Russell who will play John Walker—a character from the comics coming to the screen for the first time. 

Head writer Malcom Spellman was also on hand to greet the crowd. 

“The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” will launch on Disney+ in 2020.

Monsters At Work
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“Monsters At Work” stars Ben Feldman and Aisha Tyler unveiled the latest design of their characters Tylor and Millie. Inspired by Disney and Pixar’s Academy Award-winning feature film “Monsters, Inc.,” the new series from Disney Television Animation returns to Monstropolis and follows a new cast of monsters with special appearances from Mike and Sulley (voiced by Billy Crystal and John Goodman).

And I mean I can’t not have an honorable mention for just one more…

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Ewan McGregor made a surprise appearance to announce his return as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a new untitled series from Lucasfilm.

I HAVE NO CHILL ABOUT DISNEY PLUS, AND YOU SHOULDN’T EITHER!!!

I’ll be bringing you more Disney Plus details soon!!!

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FIRST LOOK – 2019 D23 Expo Disney Parks Pavilion

DISCLOSURE: I was invited by the Walt Disney Company to attend the 2019 D23 Expo, however all opinions and over-use of exclamation points are 100% my own.

Inside the Disney Parks “Imagining Tomorrow, Today” Pavilion at the 2019 D23 Expo, visitors will be able to see what is coming next to the Disney Parks around the world.

While there are a lot of cool things to share, in this post we are going to focus on the additions coming to Walt Disney World with information from the Disney Parks Blog!

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Let’s start with an all-new Star Wars vacation experience coming to Walt Disney World!

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be a new, first-of-its-kind vacation experience where guests will check in for a two-night adventure aboard a glamorous starship.  

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Once onboard, guests will interact with characters and become active participants in stories that unfold around them on their galactic journey. 

We were able to see a new model and incredible visuals of the starcruiser – called the Halcyon

And then my heart stopped as we were shown a model of the multi-year transformation of Epcot complete with new experiences, “that will make the park more Disney, more family, more timeless, and more relevant” was unveiled.

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The reinvention of Epcot will include several new additions, and the first one we learned about was Journey of Water, Inspired by “Moana.” 

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This first-ever attraction based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios hit film, “Moana,” will let guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting.

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And this October, guests will be able to visualize all of the exciting plans for Epcot at a new experience center in the Odyssey Events Pavilion, called Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience.

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Inside this first-of-its-kind offering within a Disney park, guests will discover engaging and interactive exhibits that allow you to step inside the relentless innovation, energy and excitement, and see some never-before-revealed details driving the future of Epcot all throughout this unprecedented period of transformation.

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The Disney Parks pavilion also features other upcoming Walt Disney World attractions including TRON Lightcycle Run coming to Magic Kingdom Park as well as Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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If you’re excited about today’s announcements, there is still more to come!

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On Sunday, August 25, we’ll find out more details on these and other announcements during the Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products presentation at D23 Expo 2019!

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D23 Expo 2019 News: Disney Music Emporium Exclusive Offerings

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Oscar-winning Composer and Disney Legend Randy Newman, Composer Tyler Bates, Matthew Morrison, and Anthony Gonzalez to meet fans and first-to-market products to debut including Avengers: Endgame 12” vinyl picture disc at the Disney Music Emporium Pavilion during D23 Expo 2019, August 23–25

Disney Music Emporium, the online destination for collectible Disney music products, returns to D23 Expo 2019 with a pop-up store on the show floor.

Over the three-day Ultimate Disney Fan Event, the Emporium will feature album signings by artists and award-winning composers.

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Limited quantities of a wide assortment of music products will be available, including new releases from Marvel and Lucasfilm, vinyl albums, die-cut picture disc vinyl, cassettes, Crosley turntables, cassette players, posters, and more. Additionally, visitors to Disney Music Emporium will be able to pre-order the Matthew Morrison Disney album.

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In addition to the 23 new offerings available at D23 Expo 2019, 10 titles are first-to-market, including Avengers: Endgame (12” picture disc), Aladdin: The Songs (vinyl album), “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” (12” vinyl single from The Lion King), “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Symphonic Suite” (12” picture disc),  “Married Life”/”Carl Goes Up” (12” vinyl from Up), The Princess and the Frog: The Songs (12” picture disc), and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (12” single from Fantasia).

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Album signings at the Disney Music Emporium shop include Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer and Disney Legend Randy Newman (Toy Storyfilms, The Princess and the Frog, Cars films); composer Tyler Bates (Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1); actor Anthony Gonzalez (voice of Miguel from Coco); singer-songwriter, actor, and dancer Matthew Morrison (Glee); plus Hollywood Records artist JD McCrary (voice of young Simba in The Lion King). Scheduled artists subject to change.

Randy Thornton, Disney Music Group’s Supervising Producer and Music Historian, will present “Great Moments with Walt Disney,” on Friday, August 23, at the Archives Stage from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The Grammy-winning producer will present audio recordings of Walt Disney as he recalls developing the first cartoon with synchronized sound, creating Disney’s first hit song, and meeting Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev.

About Disney Music Group and Disney Music Emporium

Disney Music Group is home to Walt Disney Records, Hollywood Records, Disney Music Publishing, Buena Vista Records, and Disney Concerts.

The labels’ genre-spanning rosters include (Grammy nominated) Demi Lovato, Queen (in the U.S.), Sofia Carson, ZZ Ward, Breaking Benjamin, Bea Miller, Sabrina Carpenter, Joywave, morgxn, Tini Stoessel, Dreamers, JD McCrary, and more. DMG also releases family music and film and television soundtracks such as the chart-topping Guardians of the Galaxy, Beauty and the Beast, Descendants, Oscar-winning Coco and Moana soundtracks, and the Oscar and Grammy-winning Frozen soundtrack. Recent releases include Toy Story 4, Aladdin, Avengers: Endgame, and Captain Marvel. Upcoming soundtracks include The Lion King, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and Frozen 2. 

DMG has a rich catalog with a lasting legacy that has impacted pop culture globally, including music from films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio and Star Wars, artists like Annette Funicello, and beloved classics like “It’s a Small World.” Disney Concerts licenses and produces hundreds of shows around the world, including Star Wars in ConcertDisney On ClassicBeauty and the BeastSoy Luna, and many more. 

Honoring the continuing legacy of the Disney music catalog, Disney Music Emporium (DME) is the destination for collectible Disney music products. For more information and product offerings, visit DME at www.disneymusicemporium.com.

To stream classic Disney hits, please visit:  http://disneymusic.co/DisneyHits

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About D23 Expo 2019

D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. For the latest D23 Expo 2019 news, visit D23expo.com. Presentations, talent, and schedule subject to change. To join the D23 Expo conversation, be sure to follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, and use the hashtag #D23Expo.

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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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MEGACON Orlando 2019

Know Before You Go: MEGACON Orlando 2019
Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunities with Cast Reunions from Back To The Future, Boy Meets World, The All New Mickey Mouse Club to Cosplay Red Carpet, Photo Shoot Sessions, all-new programming, and more Thursday, May 16 to Sunday, May 19, 2019

MEGACON, the Southeast’s largest fan convention returns to the Orange County Convention Center Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, May 19, 2019. This year, the show expects to welcome more than 100,000 fans throughout the weekend joined by a star-studded line up. Recently added celebrities include: 

  • Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman)
  • Zachary Levi (Shazam!)
  • David Tennant and Billie Piper (Doctor Who)
  • John Barrowman and Stephen Amell (Arrow)
  • Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric and Corey Feldman (The Lost Boys)
  • Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld, Family Guy and The Tick)
  • Peter Weller (Robocop)Patricia Summersett (Legend of Zelda)
  • Rose McIver (iZombie)
  • Jason David Frank (Power Rangers)

In addition to over 400,000 square feet of shopping and an incredible celebrity line up, MEGACON Orlando 2019’s programming highlights include: 

MASTERS OF COSPLAY INTERNATIONAL 

MegaCon Orlando 2019 Masters of Cosplay
MegaCon Orlando

Masters of Cosplay International unites cosplayers from all around the world including invited guests from Canada, Italy and Argentina with an all-new cosplay programming track. Practice the art of cosplay in the Masters of Cosplay Grand Prix, a cosplay competition created by FAN EXPO HQ in 2018. Competing with five other shows in five different cities, Orlando’s regional champion will win a trip to FAN EXPO Canada and go to head to head to claim the title of Master of Cosplay. New this year, fans can also stroll through Cosplay Alley, book a personal photo shoot with a cosplay photographer, strut your cosplay on a red carpet and more.

MICKEY MOUSE CLUB 30TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION PANEL

MegaCon Orlando 2019 MMC30
MegaCon Orlando

The Mickey Mouse Club celebrates its 30th anniversary of its debut episode with a once-in-a-lifetime reunion of the Mouseketeers. On Saturday, May 18, *NSYNC Artist and childhood friend of the Mouseketeers Joey Fatone will host a special reunion panel at MEGACON™ Orlando starting at 12 p.m. followed by a photo and autograph session from 1-4 p.m. The Mickey Mouse Club reunion show is included in a Saturday MEGACON ticket and the panel is on a first-come first-served basis.

CAST REUNIONS

MegaCon Orlando 2019 Back to the Future
MegaCon Orlando 2019

Fans will be amazed by very rare reunions throughout the weekend including Back To The FutureBoy Meets WorldThe GooniesLost BoysSmallville and more.Stars appearing from the Back To The Future cast include Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Tom Wilson and James Tolkan. Danielle Fishel, Ben Savage, Will Friedle and Rider Strong from Boy Meets World will be joining Thursday through Sunday. From The Goonies, Sean Astin, Corey Feldmna and Ke Huy Quan will all appear. 

CELEBRITY PHOTO AND AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS

MegaCon Orlando 2019 Back to the Future
MegaCon Orlando

Capture the ultimate fan memory with a photo taken with a celebrity guest of choice. Professional photographers are on-site to capture the special moment in the Photo Op studios. Then, have your photo or favorite memorabilia signed during various celebrity autograph sessions throughout the weekend.  

ARTIST ALLEY

MegaCon Orlando 2019 Artist Alley
MegaCon Orlando

Fans can meet the rising stars behind the hottest comics, graphic novels, limited edition prints and original art and sketches at Artist Alley. Highlights include Batman’s Greg Capullo, Amazing Spider-Man’s Tim Townsend, Wonder Woman’s Cary Nord among others.  

FAMILY FUN

MegaCon Orlando 2019 Floor
MegaCon Orlando

With Family Passes available, MEGACON Orlando is fun for all ages! Families can enjoy costume contests, crafts, group celebrity photo sessions, cosplay meetups and more. Head to www.megaconorlando.com to download a free kids coupon for children 12 and under.

MEGACON Orlando’s four-day passes and single-day tickets are available for purchase at http://www.megaconorlando.com/tickets starting at $20. For a complete list of programming, guest announcements, and tickets, visit: www.megaconorlando.com and for information in Spanish visit: www.megaconorlando.com/en/attractions/ven-a-megacon.html.

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2019 Walt Disney World Easter Egg Displays

2019 Walt Disney World Resort Easter Egg Displays YouTube

Happy Easter to everyone celebrating today!!!

Join us for a look at some of the amazing Walt Disney World Resort Easter Egg Displays expertly modeled out of chocolate & other edible treats!

This annual traditions is one of my absolute favorites at Walt Disney World!!!

In this video we take you (in order of appearance) to the Easter Egg Displays at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, & finally Disney’s Beach Club Resort.

Photos in this video are by Betsy (www.instagram.com/floridamingo) & Kelly (www.instagram.com/kellbelle), so make sure to give them a follow!

And while you’re in the following spirit… Please make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel & follow our social media channels listed below!

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Want to take a look back in Walt Disney World History?

Check out the 2013 Easter Egg Display at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa here.

Thanks so much for watching & we’ll see ya real soon!!!

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Dear Evan Hansen Digital Lottery Details

Dear Evan Hansen Digital Lottery Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts April 2019

Dear Evan Hansen Announces Digital Lottery for Discounted Tickets for Orlando Engagement

Dear Evan Hansen will host a digital ticket lottery offering fans the chance to purchase a limited number of $25 tickets available per performance. 

Dear Evan Hansen, part of the Fairwinds Broadway in Orlando series, opens at Dr. Phillips Center on April 16, 2019 and runs through Sunday, April 21, 2019.

HOW TO ENTER THE DIGITAL LOTTERY

Dear Evan Hansen Digital Lottery Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts April 2019
  • The digital lottery will begin accepting entries 48 hours prior to the first performance in Orlando and will be accepted until 9 a.m. local time the day before the performance.
  • Visit https://www.luckyseat.com/dearevanhansen/ to register.
  • Fans who have been selected will be notified daily via email and can then purchase up to two (2) tickets at $25 each.
  • The ticket lottery will continue on a rolling basis for every performance in the engagement.
  • All entrants are encouraged to follow Dear Evan Hansen on Instagram (@dearevanhansen), Twitter (@dearevanhansen) and Facebook (@DearEvanHansen) for additional lottery news and information.
  • Entrants must be 18 years or older. A valid, non-expired photo ID that matches the name used to enter is required for pickup.
  • Seat locations awarded by the lottery are subject to availability.
Dear Evan Hansen Digital Lottery Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts April 2019
Ben Levi Ross as ‘Evan Hansen’ and the Company of the First North American Tour of Dear Evan Hansen. Photo by Matthew Murphy. 2018

The winner of six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen features a book by Tony Award-winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy®, Tony® and Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal).

Declared “One of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history” by the Washington Post’s Peter Marks, Dear Evan Hansen opened at the Music Box Theatre to rave reviews on December 4, 2016, where it’s broken all box office records and struck a chord with critics and audiences alike.

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Star Wars Episode IX Trailer and More

Today at the kickoff of the Star Wars Celebration weekend in Chicago, Director/Writer J.J. Abrams and Producer Kathleen Kennedy were joined by stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Kelly Marie Tran, Oscar Isaac, Billy Dee Williams, Naomi Ackie, Joonas Suotamo, and Anthony Daniels, and droids BB-8 and D-0, for a panel discussion on Star Wars Episode IX moderated by Stephen Colbert.

Star Wars Episode IX Poster

“This movie, it’s about this new generation, and what they’ve inherited, the light and the dark,” Abrams said, seeming to reference Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Poe (Oscar Issac) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), CNET reported.

The film takes place well after the events of “The Last Jedi,” but Abrams said they were able to include Carrie Fisher’s Leia as part of the “Episode IX” story.

I am BEYOND excited that the title of the final installment of the Skywalker saga has been revealed, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and a brand-new teaser poster!

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens on December 20th!

May the Force Be With You, and…LET THE COUNTDOWN BEGIN!!!

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Check Out New Trailer & Images from The Lion King

We are less than a hundred days away from Disney’s live-action movie The Lion King!

The Lion King Poster

This time around Disney’s The Lion King, is directed by Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book), and if you aren’t familiar with the story let me give you the short-short version!

Disney’s The Lion King journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

Staying true to the classic story, director Jon Favreau utilizes pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring the iconic characters to the big screen in a whole new way. 

The Lion King features the voices of Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, and Billy Eichner as Timon.

Enough talking…let’s take a look at the new trailer!

THE LION KING
© 2019 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
THE LION KING
© 2019 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Disney’s The Lion King opens in U.S. theaters on July 19, 2019.

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New Year’s Eve in the Theme Parks of Central Florida

New Year’s Eve in the Theme Parks of Central Florida 2018

New Year’s Eve in the Theme Parks of Central Florida

If you are ready to countdown to 2019 in the theme parks of Central Florida, here is all the fun that you can have!

Walt Disney World

New Year's Eve Theme Parks
Photo: Walt Disney World

MAGIC KINGDOM

Boogie down at a pair of DJ dance parties and catch the Fantasy in the Sky fireworks display.

  • Frontierland and Tomorrowland New Year’s Celebration Dance Parties : Grab your partner and spin around the dance floor to toe-tappin’ tunes. Or blast into the new year at an upbeat gathering featuring futuristic beats. Both parties will take place on December 31, 2018 from 7:00 PM until midnight.
  • Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks: Head to your favorite viewing spot to watch this beloved, fan-favorite light up the night sky— December 31, 2018, beginning at 11:50 PM. Additional shows will take place both nights at 6:30 PM.

EPCOT

Illuminations New Year's Eve
Photo: Walt Disney World

Anticipate an evening chock-full of activities—from revelries across the nations to live music to fireworks shows.

  • Celebrations Around the World Showcase: Who says you can’t ring in the new year more than once? As the clock strikes midnight in each country’s respective pavilion, listen for a festive announcement and gaze skyward for a colorful burst of fireworks to appear.
  • If you’re looking for lively dance parties, be sure to take a stroll around the World Showcase to encounter a variety of themed events in several country pavilions.
  • Live Music at the America Gardens Theatre: Delight in live music at this al fresco venue, located near the lagoon.
  • Fireworks Shows: Gather around the World Showcase Lagoon to see Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at 11:40 PM, followed by a countdown to 2019 and a special New Year’s Eve display one last time.

DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

Flurry of Fun Disney's Hollywood Studios Walt Disney World New Year's Eve
Photo: Walt Disney World

Revel in a midnight countdown to stunning fireworks spectacular.

DISNEY SPRINGS

Raglan Road Disney Springs Mighty St Patricks Day Festival New Year's Eve

  • Epic New Year’s Eve at Raglan Road: Two rousing New Year’s Eve countdowns.  Two blockbuster 10-minute medleys of Irish, holiday and New Year’s tunes.  Thirty musicians and dancers, audio and light technicians.  And don’t forget the complimentary Champagne for all legal imbibers during both countdowns.
    • An Epic New Year’s Eve at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs will be an unforgettable kickoff to 2019 when the clock strikes midnight in Ireland at 7 p.m. (Eastern Time) and again at midnight (ET) says the pub’s production manager, David Hayes, a Dublin native and multi-instrumentalist who’s directed Irish television and musical productions for decades.
    • No Cover Charge

Universal Orlando Resort

NEW YEAR’S EVE IN UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA

Mardi Gras Universal Orlando Concert Universal Studios Florida Music Concert Plaza Stage New Year's Eve

  • Universal Studios Florida will host its biggest New Year’s Eve celebration yet – complete with rockin’ party zones at the Music Plaza Stage and Central Park areas of the park, live upbeat music, appearances by some of guests’ favorite characters, party favors, confetti and – of course – pyrotechnics. It’s fun for the entire family and it’s included with theme park admission, or with a Preferred or Premier Annual Pass.
  • New Year’s Eve at the Music Plaza Stage December 31 from 6:15 p.m. to 1 a.m.
    • Holiday Parade Character Dance Party
    • Live Band and DJ
    • Ring in 2019 at Midnight with Pyrotechnics and Confetti
  • New Year’s Eve in Central Park December 31 from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
    • All-New Cinematic Celebration
    • Character Dance Party
    • Live DJ
  • Ring in 2019 with Pyrotechnics and a Fountain and Light display

EVE AT UNIVERSAL CITYWALK

CityWalk New Year's Eve Celebration

  • Ring in 2019 at EVE, Universal CityWalk’s ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration. Guests 21 and up will enjoy signature drinks, feast on unlimited gourmet cuisine, revel in six CityWalk clubs with live bands and DJs – including DJ M-Squared – and rock out on Orlando’s biggest outdoor dance floor.
  • EVE takes place from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • For tickets and event details, visit www.CityWalk.com/EVE.

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT’S HOTELS

Loews Portofino Bay 2017 Harbor Nights Dates New Year's Eve

The party continues at Universal Orlando’s hotels.  All six will feature special New Year’s Eve festivities for hotel guests to ring in 2019.  See below for details:

LOEWS PORTOFINO BAY HOTEL

  • NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY ON THE PIAZZA: New Year’s Eve Party on the Piazza will kick off at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 and run through a midnight toast on the hotel’s Harbor Piazza. The party includes a DJ, face painter and balloonist, in addition to family fun with dancing and children’s crafts. For tickets and details, call 407-503-1200 or visit HarborNights.tix.com.

HARD ROCK HOTEL

  • NEW YEAR’S EVE BUFFET: Hard Rock Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Buffet is from 5 to 11 p.m. on Dec. 31 at The Kitchen restaurant. Buffet includes access to ROCK-in 2019! New Year’s Eve Lobby Party. For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463).
  • ROCK-IN 2019! NEW YEAR’S EVE LOBBY PARTY: Rock the night away at Hard Rock’s ROCK-in 2019! New Year’s Eve Lobby Party on Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. The event’s entertainment will include a DJ, Magic Man, face painter, balloonist and appearances by Universal Orlando characters. Around midnight, enjoy a countdown live from Times Square along with a balloon drop and champagne toast. For tickets and details, call 407-503-2200 or visit bit.ly/ROCK-in2019.

LOEWS ROYAL PACIFIC RESORT

  • NEW YEAR’S EVE BUFFET: Loews Royal Pacific Resort’s New Year’s Eve Buffet will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 31 in Islands Dining Room. Guests will enjoy face painters, balloonists, musicians and hula dancers. Buffet includes access to the New Year’s Eve Dessert Buffet in the Tahitian Room. For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463).
  • JAKE’S “BEST OF 2018” BEER DINNER: The highly anticipated Jake’s “Best of 2018” Beer Dinner will return from 7 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 31 in the Clipper Room. Dinner tickets include access to the New Year’s Eve Dessert Buffet in the Tahitian Room. For tickets and details, call 407-503-3200 or visit JakesBeerDinner.tix.com.
  • NEW YEAR’S EVE DESSERT BUFFET: The hotel’s New Year’s Eve Dessert Buffet will be on Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to midnight in the Tahitian Room. Enjoy a DJ, dancing, party favors, champagne toast and balloon drop. For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463).
  • WANTILAN NEW YEAR’S EVE LUAU: A special New Year’s Eve presentation of the Wantilan Luau will take place on Dec. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. under the hotel’s outdoor Wantilan Pavilion. The evening’s entertainment will include live music, as well as hula and fire dancers. For tickets and details, call 407-503-DINE (3463) or visit WantilanLuau.tix.com.
  • NEW YEAR’S DAY BREAKFAST BUFFET: Royal Pacific’s New Year’s Day Breakfast Buffet will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Jan. 1 in Islands Dining Room. For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463).

LOEWS SAPPHIRE FALLS RESORT

  • NEW YEAR’S EVE BUFFET: Loews Sapphire Falls Resort’s New Year’s Eve Buffet will be from 5 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 31 at Amatista Cookhouse. Guests will enjoy appearances by beloved Universal Orlando characters, a face painter and a balloonist. For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463).
  • NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION: This New Year’s Eve Celebration at the hotel’s Strong Water Tavern begins at 10 p.m. on Dec. 31 and goes until 2 a.m. This 21 and up event includes live music, dancing, a champagne toast and balloon drop. For tickets and details, call 407-503-5200 or visit StrongWaterTavern.tix.com.
  • NEW YEAR’S DAY BREAKFAST BUFFET IN AMATISTA COOKHOUSE: The New Year’s Day Breakfast Buffet in Amatista Cookhouse will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Jan. 1. For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463).

UNIVERSAL’S CABANA BAY BEACH RESORT

  • NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY SPECTACULAR: This Cabana Bay guest-only New Year’s Eve Party Spectacular begins at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31 and goes until 12:30 a.m. at the Bayliner Diner. The event will feature a carving dining special, face painters, balloon artists and a midnight balloon drop.

UNIVERSAL’S AVENTURA HOTEL

  • NEW YEAR’S EVE IN URBAN PANTRY: Universal Orlando’s newest hotel is featuring a special New Year’s Eve menu at its Urban Pantry from 5 to 11 p.m. on Dec. 31. There will also be special appearances by Universal Orlando characters in Urban Pantry and the hotel lobby from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information on the menu, call 407-503-DINE (3463).
  • NEW YEAR’S EVE AT BAR 17 BISTRO: On Dec. 31, Bar 17 Bistro will feature a DJ during the evening, as guests enjoy spectacular views from this rooftop location. Times for entertainment will soon be shared on the Universal Orlando website.

LEGOLAND Florida

New Year's Eve CHRISTMAS BRICKTACULAR Legoland Florida Resort
PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group, Chip Litherland)

From December now until December 31st, enjoy the holiday décor and more! LEGOLAND Florida’s ‘Kids’ New Year’s Party’ features an amazing nightly fireworks show, dance parties, special building activities, and a brick drop at a kid-friendly hour!

  • Countdown to the New Year Scavenger Hunt: Celebrate jumping into a new year by finding all the LEGO clocks in MINILAND USA and filling in the times on each clock. Here’s a hint: Think about the time zone each city is in!
  • Celebration Mosaic Build: Up for some building? Help build a giant LEGO mosaic to celebrate the New Year!
  • New Year’s Goals: Set some goals for 2019! Draw or write a goal you want to accomplish in 2019 and then display it in the park.
  • Club Brixx Presented by Perfetti Van Melle: Ready to get groovy and dance the night away? Join the brick-tastic dance party with DJ Brixx!
  • New Beginnings Celebration – a Firework Spectacular: End your evening with a brick-tastic bang as LEGO bricks fill the sky during a can’t-miss firework show! On December 31st count down to 2019 with LEGOLAND Florida with some help from our giant LEGO ball! This celebration includes special effects, lights and fireworks viewing glasses and is sure to be a memory you won’t forget!

SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando Fourth of July Summer Nights 2015 New Year's Eve

Celebrate SeaWorld’s connection to the sea, sea life, and the world they share as you ring in the New Year, SeaWorld style.

A spectacular musical celebration and bold fireworks display will fill the night sky and festive entertainment will take place throughout the park.

Want to stay home?

New Year's Eve live stream magic kingdom 2018

The #DisneyParksLIVE will share the New Year’s Eve fireworks live from Magic Kingdom Park on Monday, December 31 at 11:45 p.m. ET on the Disney Parks Blog.

The celebration at Magic Kingdom Park will feature a special performance of “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks that includes songs from some of the most beloved Disney films, including “Peter Pan,” “Pinocchio” and “Aladdin,” plus tunes from “it’s a small world” and the Haunted Mansion. Be sure to be on the lookout for a special New Year’s Eve finale.

Want to be a part of the broadcast? Share your family’s Disney Parks “vacation pic of the year” with us on Twitter using the hashtag #DisneyParksLIVE, and you just may be included in the live stream!

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Cirque du Soleil LUZIA coming to Orlando

Cirque du Soleil LUZIA Orlando 2019

Cirque du Soliel brings its iconic Big Top experience to Orlando for the first time with LUZIA

The astounding production LUZIA opens on March 7, 2019 under the white-and-gold Big Top at The Florida Mall

Orlando, Fla.

Cirque du Soleil is coming to Orlando with its delightfully-imaginative and visually-stunning Big Top production LUZIA, a waking dream of Mexico.

From March 7 – 31, 2019, local audiences are invited for the first time ever under the Cirque du Soleil Big Top at The Florida Mall to escape to an imaginary Mexico – a sumptuous world suspended between dreams and reality.

Cirque du Soleil LUZIA Orlando 2019
Photo: Cirque du Soleil

In a series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA takes audiences on a surrealistic journey through a vibrant world filled with wonders, playfulness and striking artistry. Smoothly passing from an old movie set to the ocean to a smoky dance hall or an arid desert, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. Rich in awe-inspiring moments, LUZIA enchants by incorporating rain into acrobatic and artistic scenes – a first for a Cirque du Soleil touring production.

Cirque du Soleil LUZIA Orlando 2019
Photo: Cirque du Soleil

Written and directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, in association with Brigitte Poupart, LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul.

With mesmerizing and refreshing acrobatic performances, LUZIA brings traditional and contemporary circus disciplines to a whole new level.

Cirque du Soleil LUZIA Orlando 2019
Photo: Cirque du Soleil

Cyr Wheel artists perform the unprecedented feat of rolling and spinning under the rain, while an aerialist suspended from a Trapeze flies and twirls through pouring showers.

Cirque du Soleil LUZIA Orlando 2019
Photo: Cirque du Soleil

Hoop Diving is taken onto gigantic treadmills, expanding exponentially the speed and amount of daring leaps executed.

Cirque du Soleil LUZIA Orlando 2019
Photo: Cirque du Soleil

Jaw-dropping highlights include a male contortionist skillfully twisting his body in the world’s most unimaginable positions, a powerful Aerial Straps specialist defying the laws of gravity at the center of a cenote (natural sinkhole), a juggler tossing seven pins at breakneck speed, and two football (soccer) freestylers deftly mixing street dance with mind-blowing ball manipulation.

Since its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil has been presenting traveling Big Top shows all around the world. The overall excitement of going to the circus, the otherworldly atmosphere of the Big Top, as well as its intimate setting elevate the Cirque du Soleil experience. LUZIA is the company’s 17th show to be presented under a Big Top.

Cirque du Soleil LUZIA Orlando 2019
Photo: Cirque du Soleil

Tickets for Orlando performances of LUZIA start at $54, and are available now online.

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What’s New At Dr. Phillips Center – December 3, 2018

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The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is always bustling with activity, and here is the latest news on shows you won’t want to miss!

What’s New At Dr. Phillips Center – December 3, 2018

Tom Jones Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Tom Jones

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 | 8 p.m. | Walt Disney Theater

Tickets

Start at $49.50

Description

Tom Jones’ 50-year career has remarkably gone from strength to strength. Along with sustaining his popularity as a live performer and recording artist for five decades, he has garnered—at the age of 76—the best reviews of his career for his most recent albums, Long Lost SuitcaseSpirit In The Roomand Praise & Blame (Island/Universal). Critics across the world are unanimous in their approval and admiration for both the recorded work and the performance of it in concert.

Jones has a fundamental interest in a wide range of music. Although he is well known for hits including “It’s Not Unusual”, “Kiss”, “Delilah”, “What’s New Pussycat”, “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” and “If I Only Knew”, he is first and foremost an artist with a true rhythm and blues soul. He has remained a vital recording artist, with his 1999 album Reload the biggest selling (5m) of his then 35-year career. Tom was a key player in Martin Scorsese’s Red White & Blues series, and in 2004 released an album of roots rock n roll with Jools Holland. In 2008, 24 Hours, was a critical career highlight with many of the self-penned tracks being an insightful and evocative reflection of his spirited and rich life.

Tom was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen in 2006, an honour he deeply cherishes. An honour he was able to celebrate once again in 2012 when he performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace. Other highlights of his long career include receiving a BRIT Awards for Best Male and Outstanding Contribution to Music, a Silver Clef Award and a Silver Clef Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Hitmaker Award from the [US] Songwriters Hall of Fame, GQ Man Of The Year, and the prestigious [UK] Music Industry Trust Award. He has been animated as himself in The Simpsons, Duck Dodgers, The Emperors New Groove; other film roles include Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks. In 2012 he landed his first acting role not playing himself, alongside Brenda Blethyn and Alison Steadman, in “Playhouse Presents: King of The Teds” for Sky Arts.

Presented by

Dr. Phillips Center in association with Live Nation

Jessie James Decker

Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Jessie James Decker

Sunday, May 12, 2019 | 8 p.m. | Bob Carr Theater

Tickets

Start at $29.50. VIP experience available.

Description

Jessie James Decker is a country music singer/songwriter, style entrepreneur, television personality and New York Times bestselling author. Her album, Southern Girl City Lights, debuted at number one on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart in October 2017 following the success of her gold certified single “Wanted.” A star of the hit reality show Eric and Jessie, she is the creator and designer of Kittenish, a playful fashion line inspired by her personal style. Decker’s first book, the New York Times Bestseller Just Jessie, is her guide to love, life, family and food, and was released in October 2018 from Harper Collins Publishers.

Presented by

Outback Concerts

Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Jo Koy

Jo Koy

Friday, February 15, 2019 | 8 p.m. | Bob Carr Theater

Tickets

Start at $45.25. VIP experience available.

Description

Jo Koy tours around the world and is currently on his Break The Mold World Tour. He can be heard as a weekly guest on the popular podcast, The Adam Carolla Show. He also hosts the weekly podcast The Koy Pond with Jo Koy on Podcast One. Additionally, Koy can be seen on the Kevin Hart’s LaughOutLoud.com as the host of Inglorious Pranksters. For more info on the podcast and tour dates, please visit: Jokoy.com.

Koy has had two highly rated and successful comedy specials on Comedy Central, Don’t Make Him Angry and Lights Out. In 2017, Koy released his 3rd stand-up special, Jo Koy: Live from Seattle as a Netflix Original.

Koy has appeared on over 140 episodes of Chelsea Lately as a season regular roundtable guest. Other appearances include: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, @Midnight with Chris Hardwick, Spike TV’s Adam Carolla & Friends Build Stuff Live, Celebrity Page TV, VH1, World’s Funniest Fails, Sean In The Wild, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Last Call with Carson Daly. 

Presented by

Dr. Phillips Center

Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts American Girl Live

American Girl Live

Saturday, March 16, 2019 | 2 p.m. & 6 p.m. | Bob Carr Theater

Tickets

Start at $33.75. VIP experience available.

Description

Experience American Girl® in an all-new musical, coming to Bob Carr Theater! American Girl Live is a premiere stage production, featuring all-original songs and unforgettable experiences. Come along to sleepover camp with some new friends for an exciting summer away from home. As bold tales of bravery and friendship come to life, iconic American Girl characters lend a hand through story and song. Join your favorite American Girl characters and the campers as they follow their hearts, share their dreams, and learn the power of friendship.

Presented by

Dr. Phillips Center in association with The Roberts Group

Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Courtesy of Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Bill and Mary Darden Box Office in person at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday.

Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees. Prices, shows, artists, dates and times are subject to change at any time without notice. Groups of 10 or more contact groups@drphillipscenter.org or 407.455.5550.

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Give Kids the World Challenge for Hope 5K Run

I am BEYOND honored to be one of this year’s Give Kids the World Challenge for Hope 5K Ambassadors, and I hope that you will join me on December 8th!!!

Give Kids The World Challenge For Hope 5K Run 2018
Photo: Give Kids The World

Gates To Whimsical Village Open December 8 For Give Kids The World Annual Challenge For Hope 5K Run

Orlando, Fla.

There’s excitement in the air as Give Kids The World Village prepares to open its gates. On December 8, 2018 the public will have a rare opportunity to see inside GKTW during its annual Challenge For Hope 5K Run taking place from 7 to 9  a.m.

Families, wish family alumni, volunteers and the public can walk, run, roll or stroll along a 5K course, while being immersed in the wonder, happiness and hope that happens every day in the Village. A highlight of the event is the opportunity to experience the seven themed nights of entertainment and characters that families enjoy during their wish trips.  Those registered for the Challenge For Hope 5K will be cheered on by Village guests, along with wish families who have stayed in the past and are coming back in support with fond memories.

“We love that all kinds of groups in Central Florida are making the Challenge For Hope an annual tradition,” said Pamela Landwirth, President & CEO of Give Kids The World. “This is such a special event for us, because it gives people a chance to experience the Village – to really see what we do and connect with our mission. We’re so grateful to everyone who comes out.” said Pamela Landwirth, President & CEO of Give Kids The World.

“What makes this particular event so special for us is that it allows us to share our mission and our hope right here with the community where we reside, and beyond.”

Residing in Kissimmee, Fla., this magical resort can be a mystery to Floridians who have heard of but never had the chance to see the fairytale Village where wishes come true. It’s the magic that provides weeklong, cost-free wish vacations to critically ill children and their families from all over the world

General Registration for the Challenge For Hope 5K is $35 per person online at www.ChallengeForHope.org or $50 per person on event day.  Children five years and under are free.  Safe and comfortable costumes welcome! Free off-site parking with shuttle service will be provided at Plaza Del Sol, 3831 W. Vine Street, Kissimmee, FL 34741 and at Medieval Times, 4510 Street, Kissimmee, FL 34746, starting at 5 a.m.  Strollers and wheelchairs acceptable.  Bicycles, roller skates, in-line skates, skateboards and dogs not permitted. Registration opens onsite from 6 to 7 a.m.  Shuttles return to parking lot 9 to 10 a.m.

With the help of many generous individuals and corporations, Give Kids The World serves close to 8,000 families each year.  Truly, there’s only one Give Kids The World Village in the world.

Give Kids The World is an 84-acre, nonprofit resort that offers weeklong, cost-free vacations to critically ill children and their families. The Village provides families accommodations in fully-furnished villas, transportation, tickets to theme parks, meals, daily entertainment and much more. Since 1986, more than 165,000 children and families from all 50 states and over 75 countries have had their dreams fulfilled at a whimsical Village unlike any other place on earth.

For more information on Challenge For Hope, contact Omar Elkalyoubie at Omare@gktw.org or (407) 396-1114, ext. 4540.

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