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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
“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!!!
We are less than a hundred days away from Disney’s live-action movie The Lion King!
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!
Disney’s The Lion King opens in U.S. theaters on July 19, 2019.
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
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.
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
Revel in a midnight countdown to stunning fireworks spectacular.
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
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
Ring in 2019 with Pyrotechnics and a Fountain and Light display
EVE AT UNIVERSAL CITYWALK
Ring in 2019 atEVE, 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.
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.
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!
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?
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hoop Diving is taken onto gigantic treadmills, expanding exponentially the speed and amount of daring leaps executed.
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.
Tickets for Orlando performances of LUZIA start at $54, and are available now online.
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
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 | 8 p.m. | Walt Disney Theater
Start at $49.50
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 Suitcase, Spirit 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.
Dr. Phillips Center in association with Live Nation
Jessie James Decker
Sunday, May 12, 2019 | 8 p.m. | Bob Carr Theater
Start at $29.50. VIP experience available.
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.
Friday, February 15, 2019 | 8 p.m. | Bob Carr Theater
Start at $45.25. VIP experience available.
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.
Dr. Phillips Center
American Girl Live
Saturday, March 16, 2019 | 2 p.m. & 6 p.m. | Bob Carr Theater
Start at $33.75. VIP experience available.
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.
Dr. Phillips Center in association with The Roberts Group
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 email@example.com or 407.455.5550.
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!!!
Gates To Whimsical Village Open December 8 For Give Kids The World Annual Challenge For Hope 5K Run
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.
D23 Announces New Slate of Magical Events to Delight Disney Fans Across the Country
In 2019, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will celebrate its 10th anniversary and, to mark the occasion, D23 is adding extra pixie dust to some of its most popular events while introducing new experiences, as well.
RETURN TO WALT’S BIRTHPLACE
In 2016 and 2017, D23 Members had the amazing opportunity to visit Walt Disney’s birthplace in Chicago. The home, which is being restored, was constructed by Walt’s father, Elias, and designed by his mother, Flora. This June, D23 Members will have the chance to see the incredible progress made on bringing the home back to its initial glory.
SCREENINGS ON THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS LOT AND AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT
Throughout the year, D23 will once again offer special screenings on both coasts of classic Disney favorites. As part of D23’s anniversary celebration, all the films screened will also be celebrating milestones, including Up (10th anniversary), Sleeping Beauty(60th), Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (35th), and The Lion King (25th).
THE OFFICIAL WALT DISNEY STUDIOS TOUR—PRESENTED BY D23
D23 Gold Member-exclusive tours of the historic Studio lot return and, for 2019, the tour—traditionally held four times a year—will run monthly starting in March and will include VIP experiences on select tours. Guests are able to take a look inside the Walt Disney Archives and see Walt Disney’s office suite during the tour, which offers fans a unique perspective on historic moments from Disney films, television shows, and theme parks.
D23’S LUNCH WITH A DISNEY LEGEND
Beginning in January, D23 brings back these exclusive luncheons with Disney luminaries. This year, D23 will be crossing the country so more fans than ever can enjoy the opportunity to meet Disney Legends and hear their fascinating stories, including an intimate lunch with Linda Larkin—the speaking voice of Jasmine in Aladdin—in New York City next April.
D23 HEADS TO THE HOLLOW
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow—and its infamous headless villain—D23 will hold a special event in Sleepy Hollow, New York, with a screening, special guests, reception, and more.
Next year, D23 Members can look forward to a host of exclusive, advance screenings across the country in partnership with our friends from The Walt Disney Studios. This year, D23 brought movie magic to 35 cities across the country, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. Plus, this year D23 Members attended the red-carpet premiere of Disney’s Christopher Robin. D23 Gold Members across the U.S. will once again be selected at random to receive complimentary movie passes, and in honor of D23’s 10 years, 10,000 pairs of tickets will be sent throughout 2019.
D23 will bring back foodie favorite Sip & Stroll during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Walt Disney Imagineering’s exclusive merchandise store, Mickey’s of Glendale, will open its doors to members. Guests at Walt Disney World Resort will once again make the holiday season bright next December, and on the West Coast, members will be invited back to The Walt Disney Studios to Light Up the Season. The Walt Disney Family Museum will extend a warm welcome to Gold Members for an exclusive look at a new exhibit in May. Also, D23’s Behind-the-Scenes Experiences will return, offering exclusive, one-of-a-kind events to D23 Gold and Gold Family Members.
After mixing and mingling at complimentary gatherings in places such as Houston, Seattle, and San Diego in 2018, D23 will bring more mixers to U.S. cities in 2019, including a special San Diego Comic-Con mixer to celebrate Marvel Comics’ 80th anniversary.
D23 EXPO 2019
The Ultimate Disney Fan Event returns. It’s D23’s biggest event of the year, when all of Disney’s wonderful worlds come together once again August 23–25, 2019, at the Anaheim Convention Center for three magical days of once-in-a-lifetime live performances, star-studded presentations, exclusive collectibles, and more celebrating Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars.
Plus, 2019 will mark a year-long Fanniversary celebration for D23’s 10th anniversary. Every year, D23 honors a Disney favorite that has reached a milestone anniversary. And in celebration of a decade of D23, the Fanniversary will continue all year long with additional special events to be announced, new member discounts, and more.
Dates, ticketing information, and more D23 events will be announced throughout the year. Full details on D23’s lineup of 2019 special events can be found on the Fan Club’s website at www.D23.com/events. Additional dates will be posted soon. All events and dates are subject to change.
Current D23 2019 event calendar:
January 25: Lunch with a Disney Legend: TBA, Burbank, Calif.
January 26: The Official Walt Disney Studios Tour—Presented by D23, Burbank, Calif.
February 16: D23’s Magical Screening Series: Sleeping Beauty, Burbank, Calif.
February 16: D23’s Magical Screening Series: Sleeping Beauty, Walt Disney World Resort
April: Lunch with a Disney Legend, Linda Larkin, New York City
April 7: The Official Walt Disney Studios Tour—Presented by D23 (Gold Family exclusive), Burbank, Calif.
May: The Walt Disney Family Museum event for Mickey Mouse Exhibit, San Francisco, Calif.
May 4: D23’s Magical Screening Series: The Lion King, Walt Disney World Resort
May 11: D23’s Magical Screening Series: The Lion King, Burbank, Calif.
June: Return to Walt’s Birthplace: TBA, Chicago
June: Lunch with a Disney Legend: Legend and location TBA
June 22: The Official Walt Disney Studios Tour—Presented by D23, Burbank, Calif.
July 20: D23 Member Mixer celebrating 90 years of Marvel Comics, San Diego, Calif.
August 23-25: D23 Expo 2019, Anaheim, Calif.
September 21: D23’s Magical Screening Series: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Walt Disney World Resort
September 28: D23’s Magical Screening Series: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Burbank, Calif.
October: Lunch with a Disney Legend: Legend and location TBA
October 21: Sip & Stroll, Walt Disney World Resort
October 26: D23 Heads to the Hollow, Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.
November 9: The Official Walt Disney Studios Tour—Presented by D23, Burbank, Calif.
November 16: D23’s Magical Screening Series: Up, Walt Disney World Resort
November 23: D23’s Magical Screening Series: Up, Burbank, Calif.
December: D23 Holiday Event at Walt Disney World Resort
December: Light Up the Season with D23, Burbank, Calif.
Check Out What’s Inside the Winter Issue of Disney Twenty-Three
A Practically Perfect Issue of Disney Twenty-Three Celebrates Mary Poppins Returns
Director Rob Marshall and Stars Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda Take Us Inside The Next Chapter of the Beloved Nanny’s Story
Plus, the Stars of Ralph Breaks The Internet, New Details on Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Coming Next Year to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and All the Enchantment of Kingdom Hearts Iii
The world’s most beloved nanny will fly back into our lives when Mary Poppins Returns lands in theaters this December, and D23: The Official Disney Fan Club gives readers an early look at the next chapter in the lives of Mary and the Banks family.Disney twenty-three was on the London set of the Rob Marshall-helmed movie musical and spoke exclusively with the director as well as the film’s stars, Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Plus, readers will get a look at Practically Poppins in Every Way, a stunning new book that chronicles the character on the page, in song, on the big screen, and on Broadway.
And before Poppins returns, another Disney favorite is returning, when Ralph Breaks the Internet hits screens this Thanksgiving. Directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston and Vanellope herself, Sarah Silverman, guide us through the excitement Wreck-It Ralph will face in the wacky and wild World Wide Web. And the back cover of the new issue features an exclusive image created for D23 of the duo (lovingly) wrecking the Disney twenty-three logo.
The first Mickey Mouse-themed ride-through attraction is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios next year, and the Imagineers behind Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway offer up exciting new details about the exhilarating exploits that will await guests (and the beloved pair) when they climb aboard this thrilling attraction. Plus, the creative minds behind the video game Kingdom Hearts III reveal what’s to come from the latest installment of the epic adventure, which opens up the worlds of Pixar and Frozen in spectacular ways.
And this December, D23.com will once again kick off D23 Days of Christmas, a celebration of the holidays with original stories, videos, crafts, recipes, and downloadables. The theme of this year’s seasonal celebration is the cartoon featurette Mickey’s Christmas Carol, which has its 35th anniversary this year, and to kick off the fun, D23 sat down with animator Mark Henn and Disney Legend Burny Mattinson to talk about the making of the heartwarming classic. Plus, the issue offers a look at how guests can enjoy holiday magic—including unique Christmas trees delivered right to their doors at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts—as well as a photographic journey through the annual Disney Parks Christmas Parade, which has been bringing cheer to fans on ABC for three decades.
Also included in the Winter issue of Disney twenty-three:
Every bit of magic (or just about) coming from Disney in 2019—from theme parks and movies to television and beyond
The rededication of Stage A to Sherman Brothers Stage A, as Disney Legend Richard Sherman reflects on the honor
A reflection on Tinker Bell’s timeless charm and enduring legacy
A close look at Disney Legend Peter Ellenshaw’s background artwork for 1964’s Mary Poppins, which makes an appearance in the new film
From the Desk of: El Capitan Theatre organist Rob Richards
Regular features including By the Numbers, Character Analysis, D Society, and Ask Dave
Disney twenty-three,which is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps, is offered exclusively to D23 Gold and Gold Family Members as a benefit of their membership. The latest issue will begin arriving in mid-November.
Celebrate the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” with Central Florida’s Festival of Trees
‘Tis the season to buy your tickets to the event that kicks off the holidays in Central Florida
Those in Central Florida might already have their minds on gift giving, decking the halls, and warm gatherings with friends and family – but it’s not really the holidays in Orlando without the annual tradition of the Festival of Trees.
Tickets are now on sale for Council of 101’s annual event, which transforms the Orlando Museum of Art into a winter wonderland with sparkling trees, glittering holiday vignettes and stunning décor. Now in its 32nd year, the Festival of Trees is celebrating the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” with the Central Florida community. Visitors can admire designer Christmas trees of all sizes, custom wreaths, a gingerbread village and more, all created by Orlando’s finest designers. Each piece is available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the Orlando Museum of Art.
“The purpose of this event is two-fold,” said Susan Harris, president of the Council of 101. “The Festival of Trees brings joy and holiday spirit to our community, all while supporting the arts. Each handcrafted piece would make an excellent gift for your loved ones and will benefit your community.”
Over the years, the Festival of Trees in combination with other Council of 101 events have raised over $7 million for Orlando Museum of Art’s educational programs and operational expenses.
Festival of Trees General Admission:
Saturday, November 10 – Sunday, November 18 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased in person, over the phone by calling
407-896-4231 ext. 254, or online through Eventbrite.
Festival of Trees Ticket Costs:
$15 for adults
$5 for children ages 3-11
$10 for seniors (65 and over), OMA members, first responders, and military with official ID
Special events at this year’s Festival of Trees include:
Friday, November 9
Tree Lighting, Champagne Reception and Gala, 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
$200 per person
Opening Night Gala, 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
$175 per person, reserved table seating is available for purchase
Saturday, November 10
Breakfast with Santa, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
$30 for all ages
Havana Nights, 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
$45 for adults
Tuesday, November 13
Festival Salutes Seniors, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$10 for seniors
Wednesday, November 14
Rudolph’s VIP Pass, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
$30 for all ages
Reindeer Romp Children’s Party, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
$20 for all ages
Friday, November 16
Ugly Holiday Sweater Date Night, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
$30 for adults
Saturday, November 17
Breakfast with Santa, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
$30 for all ages
Admission to the Festival of Trees includes entry to the current Orlando Museum of Art exhibitions. Parking is available on-site for a fee.
The EXTREMELY popular Broadway Musical Hamilton is coming to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts for 24 performances from January 22 – February 10, 2019.
I had the opportunity, as a partner of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, to find out more about the ticket purchasing process.
Before we get into it let’s go ahead and get this out of the way…I DO NOT have an on-sale date or pricing for the upcoming run of Hamilton at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. But I CAN tell you that the information is coming soon!
Producer Jeffrey Seller and Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announce today that single tickets for HAMILTONwill go on sale to the public on Friday, November 16 at 9 a.m. (ET).
Guests are encouraged to purchase online at drphillipscenter.org. Tickets also may be purchased in person at the Dr. Phillips Center.
Tickets will be available for performances January 22 – February 10, 2019.
There is a maximum purchase limit of four (4) tickets per person for the engagement.
When tickets go on sale, prices will range from $76.50 to $199.50 with a select number of $429.50 premium seats available for all performances.
Online ticket purchases are subject to handling fees.
There will be a lottery for forty (40) $10 seats for all performances. Details will be announced closer to the engagement.
I am just as anxious as you are for this information thanks to my twelve year old daughter who is asking almost every day!!!
However there are some important tidbits I CAN share about the Hamilton ticket buying process at the Dr. Phillips Center to **hopefully** make the endeavor more successful for you.
Understanding the number of Hamilton tickets that will be available for the show’s run at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
The tickets that will be going on sale for Hamilton are for the seats left over after subscribers have chosen their show, and unfortunately it is too late to become a subscriber for the season.
While we didn’t get any official number of seats available, we were told that the first week of the show’s run is subscriber heavy. So that’s something to definitely keep in mind (more on this in a few paragraphs).
Where to purchase tickets for Hamilton at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
A vast majority (they’re aiming for as close to 100% as possible) of the ticket sales for Hamilton will be online.
Please take note that there will be NO ticket sales over the phone for this show.
You could also queue up outside of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, but there are no tickets designated for sale at the venue. So if you choose this option, you’ll be waiting in line to walk up to the ticket window already behind everyone who is in the virtual purchasing waiting room. Not your best option.
The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has instituted a variety of technological checks and balances to help ensure that bots won’t get in & buy all the tickets.
Also, to take things a step further, the facility will be monitoring the process in real time flagging any suspicious sales.
But please be aware of scams!!! You will want to ONLY purchase tickets from drphillipscenter.org to ensure that they are legitimate tickets.
The fine print on Hamilton tickets at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Here are a few things you’ll definitely want to keep in mind when you are planning your Hamilton ticket purchase:
Ticket transactions are limited to one per person,
The ticket limit per purchase is 4 per person, there are no exceptions for larger groups or families,
There will be no ticket discounts,
There will be no ticket presales,
There will be no Student Rush ticket sales,
Tickets will be mailed to your provided address or sent digitally to your phone with a text message, and
If you are using Will Call to pick up your tickets you will be required to show a photo ID (such as a Florida Drivers License).
How the process will work for purchasing Hamilton tickets at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
First things first please know that some of the process to purchase tickets for Hamilton at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is random, so don’t feel like you have to wake up at 3am to log into the online system.
With that in mind, here is an overview of the how the process will go:
First you will log onto to drphillipscenter.org between 15-30 minutes in advance of the sale’s start time,
After logging on you will be placed in a Virtual Waiting room, and
Once the Virtual Waiting room has reached a certain capacity a select number of people will be randomly chosen to be placed into the purchase queue to complete the transaction.
Three things to best position yourself to get Hamilton tickets for the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
From the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, the elegant affair will feature star-studded musical performances, moving tributes and never-before-seen short films. Superstars from music, film and television will join the festivities to celebrate the birthday of the internationally beloved character on “Mickey’s 90th Spectacular”.
One of the most acclaimed producers and directors of television and live events, Don Mischer has signed on to produce and direct the special prime-time event. “I’m delighted to be working on this magical event. Walt Disney was a major influence in my early life and actually inspired me to pursue my life’s work in television,” said Mischer.
Since his big-screen debut in Steamboat Willie on November 18, 1928, Mickey has been the global ambassador for The Walt Disney Company. From the beloved Mickey Mouse Club to today’s Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts, Mickey’s optimistic outlook and endearing personality continue to delight fans around the world every day.
The two-hour television event paying tribute to the True Original will feature appearances by Skylar Astin (“Pitch Perfect” franchise, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”), GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Kelsea Ballerini, actor Miles Brown (ABC’s “black-ish,” “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors”), Anna Camp (“Pitch Perfect” franchise, the upcoming feature film “The Wedding Year”), Josh Gad (Disney’s “Frozen”), Wendi McLendon-Covey (ABC’s “The Goldbergs,” “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween,” “Bridesmaids”) and Sage Steele (host of ESPN’s “SportsCenter”), as well as special musical performances by Luis Fonsi and Tori Kelly.
Previously announced stars include actress, activist and mom Kristen Bell (Disney’s Frozen), actress and Hollywood Records/Republic Records recording artist Sofia Carson (Disney’s Descendants, Freeform’s upcoming Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionist), two-time Emmy Award-winning actor Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development), and actress Sarah Hyland (ABC’s Modern Family), as well as special musical performances by Josh Groban, NCT 127, Leslie Odom Jr., Meghan Trainor and Zac Brown Band. Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger will make a special appearance during the evening’s festivities.
GRAMMY® Award-winning singer, songwriter and TV, film and Broadway actor Josh Groban will be singing his new hit song, “Granted,” from his recently released eighth studio album, Bridges. Groban has sold more than 30 million records over his illustrious music career and has entertained fans across the globe with his electrifying live performances, and comedic film and television appearances. In 2017, he concluded his Broadway run as Pierre in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, which was described as “one of the best musicals of the decade.” He is currently starring on The Good Cop, opposite Tony Danza. Groban is an arts education advocate. Through his own foundation, Find Your Light, he raises millions to help enrich the lives of young people through arts, education and cultural awareness.
Seoul-based global K-Pop powerhouse NCT 127 will perform their popular hit, “Regular.” With 3.3 million Instagram followers and a fanbase that won’t quit, NCT 127 has shaken up the K-Pop world since their 2016 arrival with their unique and conceptually progressive artistry. The breakout boy band of 10 (Taeyong, Taeil, Johnny, Yuta, Doyoung, Jaehyun, Winwin, Mark, Haechan and newly added Jungwoo), has found a unique way to connect with their growing fanbase outside of their Seoul home. Known for mixing genres, NCT 127 combines sounds in pop, R&B, hip-hop and Latin trap. Their first full-length studio album, NCT #127 Regular-Irregular, is out everywhere Oct. 12.
Tony® and GRAMMY Award-winning performer Leslie Odom Jr. will perform the classic “When You Wish Upon A Star” from the 1940 Disney adaptation of Pinocchio. Best known for his breakout role as Aaron Burr in the smash-hit Broadway musical Hamilton, Odom Jr. won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance. He also won a GRAMMY Award as a principal soloist on the original cast recording.
GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Meghan Trainor will perform the Randy Newman hit and Toy Story franchise theme song, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.” Trainor emerged with her 2014 breakout single “All About That Bass” and has cemented her rising status as one of the most prominent artists in popular music by charting seven multiplatinum singles, releasing two platinum albums, selling out three headline tours, writing multiplatinum hits for top pop and country artists, and receiving countless industry awards and nominations worldwide. She is one of only five female artists to receive a diamond certification for her hit single “All About That Bass,” which shares the RIAA Gold & Platinum Awards top honor with only 15 other singles in history. Trainor released her first single, “No Excuses,” from her highly anticipated third studio album, Treat Myself, in spring 2018.
Three-time GRAMMY-winning multiplatinum artists Zac Brown Band will perform “Bare Necessities” from the classic Disney film The Jungle Book. Zac Brown Band have had five consecutive albums reach the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 and four consecutive albums debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart. To date, the group has sold more than 25 million singles and eight million albums. They have achieved 15 No. 1 radio singles and are the second act to top both the Country and Active Rock formats. They have developed a reputation with critics and fans alike for a live show marked by strong musicianship that defies genre boundaries.
Bob Burgess and Sharon Baird from the original Mickey Mouse Club will also be making a special appearance during the evening’s festivities, honoring 90 years of the internationally beloved character.
The 15-time Emmy Award winner and his Don Mischer Productions partners, Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare, combine their extraordinary talents to help bring this once-in-a-lifetime celebration to life. “It’s remarkable how strongly Mickey Mouse connects with people around the world, and it’s an honor for us to help celebrate such a beloved global icon,” said Haykel and Hare.
October 11th is the United Nations’ International Day of the Girl, and you have the chance to help make a difference when you Dream Big, Princess!
The Disney “Dream Big, Princess” campaign encourages kids everywhere to dream big by highlighting key story moments and inspiring qualities that each Disney Princess showcases through her adventures, such as Merida’s bravery, Cinderella’s kindness or Tiana’s perseverance.
And today a new global #DreamBigPrincess video series launched that puts the next generation of female storytellers behind the camera to tell the stories of inspirational role models across technology, entertainment, medicine, law, sports, arts, science, fashion and politics.
This group of 21 talented young women from different corners of the globe captured the stories of these female trailblazers in videos that will be shared across Disney’s global media platforms as part of a campaign to unlock up to a $1 million donation to Girl Up, an initiative of the UN Foundation.
And here is how you can help!
Starting today and continuing through November 20th, each like or share of a public photo or video with #DreamBigPrincess on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter will unlock a US $1 donation from Disney Worldwide Services to Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s program supporting girls’ leadership and empowerment (minimum donation: $500,000/maximum donation: $1 million).
So get out there, and take part in the #DreamBigPrincess movement! Snap a picture of yourself Disney bounding as your favorite princess and share it on social media with the #DreamBigPrincess!
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The search for the next American Idol is beginning once again at Walt Disney World, as the nationwide bus tour for the second season of ABC’s American Idol kicks off on August 25th at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
During the auditions, the 220-acre facility that annually hosts more than 100 events ranging from youth sports to professional sports will also have special appearances by ABC’s American Idol Season 1 winner Maddie Poppe, runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson, and finalist Catie Turner.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning to attend the American Idol auditions at the ESPN Wide World of Sports:
Early arrival is encouraged.
Parking will be available as early as 4 am, but not before.
Registration will begin at 7 a.m. with auditions starting at 9 a.m.
Overnight camping will not be permitted.
Celebrity judges will not be on site.
All singers must be at least 15 years old to audition.
Pre-registration is encouraged. To pre-register and for additional details, full eligibility requirements, submission forms, and terms and conditions, visit www.americanidol.com/auditions.
Those auditioning can bring one guest to accompany them and the guest must be over 5 years old.
In addition to appearing in person, hopefuls can submit audition videos online via www.americanidol.com/auditions or by showing off their talents via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Musical.ly using the hashtag #TheNextIdol.
American Idol returns for its second season on ABC (2018-2019) with all-star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy-winning producer Ryan Seacrest will also return as host.