Katy Perry Bringing Tour To Orlando

The Amway Center announced earlier this morning that Katy Perry will be brining her WITNESS: The Tour to Orlando on Sunday, December 17. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, May 22 at 10 am EST.

Katy Perry Witness The Tour Amway Center Orlando Florida

Katy Perry announced the June 9 release of her new album, “Witness” (Capitol Records), and an extensive arena tour. With “Witness,” Perry reflects on the changes in her own life and in the world around her, delivering songs that both challenge and inspire. The singles released thus far – the platinum-certified, “Chained to the Rhythm” featuring Skip Marley and the follow-up single, “Bon Appétit” featuring Migos – hint at the breadth of the musical and thematic elements found on “Witness.”

The WITNESS: The Tour pre-sale, powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fan, begins Thursday, May 18th at 9 am EST. Tickets for the tour will be available through registration using Ticketmaster Verified Fan, an easy to use fan-first technology that helps artists combat bots and get tickets into the hands of fans. Registration is open now and continues until Tuesday, May 16 at 1 pm EST.

“Having just launched a new national advertising campaign with Katy, we’re thrilled to extend our relationship to encompass the upcoming Witness Tour,” said Jennifer Breithaupt, global consumer chief marketing officer, Citi. “Citi card members will have exclusive access to pre-sale tickets for what promises to be one of the biggest and most memorable tours of the year.”

Each ticket purchase for WITNESS: The Tour also includes a pre-order for “Witness: The Album.” All U.S. concerts on WITNESS: The Tour are presented by Xfinity. Additional sponsors are Citi, COVERGIRL and Katy Perry Parfums.

Citi is the official U.S. credit card of WITNESS: The Tour. Citi card members will have access to U.S. pre-sale tickets beginning Thursday, May 18 at 12 p.m. EST through Saturday, May 20 at 10 pm EST through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete pre-sale details visit citiprivatepass.com.

Katy Perry Witness The Tour Amway Center Orlando Florida

Katy Perry | WITNESS:  THE TOUR | Info At A Glance

WHEN:
Sunday, December 17, 2017 | 7 pm

WHERE:
Amway Center | Orlando, FL

On- Sale:

Monday, May 22, 2017 | 10 am

Tickets:

$47.50, $87.50, $147 & $197 (prices subject to change).

Buy tickets at amwaycenter.com, Chase Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or at Ticketmaster.com.

All dates, act(s) and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.  All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges.  For Amway Center box office and ticket information, visit amwaycenter.com (phone purchases are not available through the Amway Center box office).  The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street and the box office is located on the north side of the Amway Center, near the intersection of Church Street and Hughey Avenue.

Shopkins Live! Comes To Dr. Phillips Center

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Koba Entertainment and Moose Toys announced that Shopkins Live!, the first live theatrical production based on the phenomenally successful Shopkins toy brand, will arrive in Dr. Phillips Center’s Walt Disney Theater on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 1 p.m.

Shopkins Live Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Logo 2018

Based on America’s #1 toy brand, YouTube sensation and the international toy phenomenon created in Australia by Moose Toys, Shopkins Live! will feature the Shoppies and Shopkins characters taking the stage with an all-new storyline, original pop music and video highlights as “Jessicake,” “Bubbleisha,” “Peppa-Mint” and friends prepare for Shopville’s annual “Funtastic Food and Fashion Fair.”

“Shopkins is literally on every child’s wish list,” commented Paquin, who also serves as executive producer of Shopkins Live!. “Koba Entertainment’s partnership with an innovative and leading toy manufacturer like Moose Toys allows us to bring one of the most successful toy brands in history to life on stage.”

Since its launch in 2014, the Shopkins brand continues to be a hot ticket item for children worldwide. Shoppies dolls consistently rank as the #1 kids toy in the United States, the first-ever Shopkins movie, “Shopkins Chef Club,” was released last year by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, and numerous dedicated apps continue to expand the brand’s ever-growing world.

Shopkins Live! will run approximately 90 minutes with one 15-minute intermission.

For the ultimate Shopkins collectors, The Shopkins Live! VIP Party package gives Shopkins fans exclusive access to the after-show VIP Party, where they will have the opportunity to meet and take photos with some of the Shoppies from the show.

Each VIP Package includes:

  • One (1) premium ticket in the first ten rows of the theatre
  • One (1) meet and greet photo opportunity
  • One (1) exclusive Shopkins Live! merchandise item
  • One (1) exclusive Shopkins Live! VIP lanyard
  • Access to an exclusive Shopkins Live! themed after-show party room, which includes fun activities for Shopkins fans.

All patrons – adults and children – require a VIP ticket to attend the VIP Party. All children must be accompanied by an adult with a VIP ticket – unaccompanied children will not be permitted into the VIP Party.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, April 28, 2017 at 10 a.m. Tickets start at $30.00 and may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 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.

For more information on Shopkins Live!, visit their official website.

Disneynature Born In China Opens April 21st

Born in China, the seventh theatrical release for Disneynature, is set to open on April 21st, and you won’t want your chance to get a glimpse at China’s vast terrain from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest.

2017 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate - Born in China poster

Narrated by John Krasinski, the Disneynature new True Life Adventure film Born In China follows the stories of three animal families to some of the world’s most extreme environments to witness wildly intimate moments in the lives of these animals, whose day-to-day endeavors are both captivating and comical.

A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence.

"Meet Ya Ya & Mei Mei" Clip – Disneynature's Born in China

A 2-year-old golden snub-nosed monkey, who feels displaced by his new baby sister, joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts.

 

"Meet Tao Tao" Clip – Disneynature's Born in China

And a mother snow leopard—an elusive animal rarely seen by human eyes—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on Earth.

"Meet Dawa" Clip – Disneynature's Born in China

“The film explores the circle of life in a very emotional and uplifting way,” says producer Roy Conli. “Each story depicts a reality of life that is reflective of our own human experience. It’s compelling to see how animals share certain values that we hold dear.”

Born in China is directed by accomplished Chinese filmmaker Lu Chuan, and produced by Disney’s Roy Conli and renowned nature filmmakers Brian Leith and Phil Chapman. The fi lm features an orchestral score composed by Emmy-winner Barnaby Taylor that incorporates authentic Chinese flavors. New York-based band American Authors penned and performed the end-credit song “Everything Everything.”

As a bonus moviegoers who see Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure Born in China during its opening week (April 21-27, 2017) will benefit the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Based on opening-week attendance, Disneynature, via the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, will make a contribution to the WWF to help protect wild pandas and snow leopards.

 

D23 Expo 2017 News: Nine New Disney Legends #D23Expo

For the past 30 years Disney Legends awards have recognized the remarkable contributions that individuals have made to the Disney Legacy, and this year’s ceremony hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger at 10 am on Friday, July 14, in Hall D23 of the Anaheim Convention Center during the D23 Expo 2017 is shaping up to be extraordinary!

“The Disney Legends Award is the highest honor our company can bestow on an individual, reserved for those few who have truly made an indelible mark on the history of The Walt Disney Company,” said Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger. “It’s a celebration of talent, a recognition of achievement, and an expression of gratitude to the men and women whose work has significantly contributed to Disney’s enduring reputation for creative excellence.”

D23 Expo 2017 Disney Legends 30th Anniversary Logo

The 2017 Disney Legends Award honorees (listed alphabetically) are:

CARRIE FISHER became an overnight sensation in 1977 with her iconic performance as Princess Leia in Star Wars. But throughout her career, Carrie took on many roles—as an actress, author, playwright, screenwriter, and outspoken advocate for mental health awareness. For Disney, Carrie appeared in Scream 3 (2000) and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) for Dimension Films, and, in 2015, she returned to the role that made her famous, starring as General Leia Organa in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She reprised the role for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which will be released in December.

CLYDE “GERRY” GERONIMI joined the Disney Studio in 1931. His first assignments as an animator were for several memorable Mickey Mouse, Silly Symphony, and Pluto cartoons, and he eventually contributed to more than 50 of the Studio’s shorts. Gerry made the leap to sequence director with 1943’s Victory Through Air Power, and he subsequently contributed to The Three Caballeros, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Cinderella, Peter Pan, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians. He also directed segments for television’s Mickey Mouse Club and contributed to episodes of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color. The apex of his Disney career came when he served as supervising director for the 1959 masterpiece Sleeping Beauty.

MANUEL GONZALES was one of 33 artists selected from thousands of applicants to join Disney in 1936. In 1938, he took over penciling duties on the Sunday Mickey Mouse comic strip from Disney Legend Floyd Gottfredson. He brought Mickey Mouse to newspapers nationwide for nearly 40 years. At its peak, his Mickey-starring comic strip appeared in 120 newspapers around the world with a collective circulation of more than 20 million readers each week. Manuel was presented a “Mousecar” award by Walt Disney in 1966.

MARK HAMILL began his career in 1970, appearing in numerous television series guest-roles and several TV movies, including a recurring role on ABC’s General Hospital and starring in MTM's acclaimed The Texas Wheelers. He achieved worldwide attention as Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, which included The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. He returned as Luke in The Force Awakens and will appear in the upcoming The Last Jedi. His stage career includes Broadway shows and the first national tour of Amadeus directed by Sir Peter Hall. A prolific voice-over actor, he has performed in countless animated television shows, feature films, documentaries, and video games. He appears on Disney’s Miles from Tomorrowland and Milo Murphy’s Law, and has also provided the voice of The Joker in the Batman animated series, a role that recently earned him a BAFTA Award.

WAYNE JACKSON began his career as a Walt Disney Imagineer in October 1965, and in the decades that followed he would put his technical skills and know-how to great use in the development and installation of Disney attractions around the world. Originally trained in aircraft tooling, he began as a technician and machinist assigned to rebuild the shows from the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair that were slated for installation at Disneyland. Instrumental in the early development of Audio-Animatronics technology, Wayne would go on to help bring Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion to Disneyland. He went on to work on the construction and installation of attractions and show systems at Walt Disney World Resort, Tokyo Disney Resort, and Disneyland Paris.

STAN LEE got a job as an office assistant at a comic publisher in 1939 called Timely Comics—forerunner of the powerhouse we all know as Marvel. Stan made his debut with a Captain America story in 1941, and by the next year, at the age of just 18, he was promoted to editor. In 1961, Stan teamed up with Jack “King” Kirby to create the Fantastic Four and ushered in a spectacular new age of comics. Stan co-created an enormous roster of Marvel characters, including Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, the X-Men, Daredevil, and Falcon. He became Marvel’s editorial director and publisher in 1972, and eventually was named chairman emeritus. His well- known cameos in Marvel films began with 1989’s telefilm The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, and since the release of X-Men in 2000 he has appeared in nearly every Marvel film project. Outside the super-hero realm, he has even popped up as a wedding guest in Disney’s The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.

GARRY MARSHALL began his career in Los Angeles writing for a number of hit shows, including The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Lucy Show. But his big break came in 1970, when he produced The Odd Couple for ABC, the first of many big hits he created for the network. Beginning with Happy Days in 1974, he developed a shared universe of spinoffs including Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, and Joanie Loves Chachi. His other ABC sitcoms during these years included Angie, The New Odd Couple, and Blansky’s Beauties. Garry was also a successful movie director, with 18 films to his credit. At Disney, he made stars of two young actresses: Julia Roberts, in Pretty Woman, and Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries. He directed Bette Midler in Beaches, as well as in The Lottery, a short film that for years was a fixture of the Backstage Tour at the Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park. Garry was known for his acting, as well, and he appeared in Disney’s Race to Witch Mountain, Chicken Little, and as the Devil in Hocus Pocus.

JULIE TAYMOR is a Tony, Emmy, and Grammy winning and Oscar nominated filmmaker who has changed the face of Broadway with her innovative direction. Her adaptation of The Lion King debuted in 1997, becoming the most successful stage musical of all time; 24 global productions have been seen by more than 90 million people. The show has played in more than 100 cities in 19 countries. It received 11 Tony Award nominations, earning Julie Best Director, Costume Designer, and Best Musical for the show. Her production of The Magic Flute is currently in repertory at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Her films include A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Titus, The Tempest, the Golden Globe-nominated Across the Universe, and the Oscar-winning Frida. Taymor is a recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and an inductee into the Theater Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement. She is currently directing M. Butterfly on Broadway, opening Fall 2017.

OPRAH WINFREY is a renowned award-winning producer, actress, talk show host, and philanthropist. For 25 years she was the host of the award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which ran for 25 seasons on hundreds of stations domestically and in more than 100 countries around the world. Oprah is also an Academy Award nominated actress for her role in Steven Spielberg’s 1985 hit The Color Purple. In 1998, she starred in Beloved for Disney’s Touchstone Pictures, a film that she also produced. Oprah also produced and starred in ABC’s 1989 limited series The Women of Brewster Place, and would go on to produce many films for ABC, including Tuesdays with Morrie, Before Women Had Wings, and Their Eyes Were Watching God under the “Oprah Winfrey Presents” banner. She performed as Eudora in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog in 2009 and will co-star as Mrs. Which in Disney’s 2018 film A Wrinkle in Time.

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

Admission to the Disney Legends ceremony will be on a first-come, first-served basis and is included in the price of a ticket to D23 Expo 2017.

Tickets for D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3–9. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53 for children 3–9. Multi-day tickets are also available. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit D23Expo.com.

 

 

Bring Home Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Blu-Ray

Announced today on The Star Wars Show and StarWars.com, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be coming home on Digital HD on March 24th and Blu-ray on April 4th.  This news comes on the heels of the start of production announcement of the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story.  “Rogue One” has established its place within the Star Wars universe and the hearts of moviegoers, becoming the seventh highest-grossing film of all time in the U.S.

Arriving early on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on March 24, and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand on April 4, the release includes never-before-seen Rogue One bonus material that will take fans behind the scenes with the movie’s diverse, dynamic cast and inspired team of filmmakers. An intimate collection of stories reveals how the film came to life, as well as hidden Easter Eggs and film facts that audiences may have missed in the theater.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story In-Home Trailer (Official)

Bonus features (may vary by retailer):

  • A Rogue Idea – Hear how ILM’s John Knoll came up with the movie’s concept – and why it’s the right film to launch the Star Wars stand-alone films.
  • Jyn: The Rebel – Get to know Rogue One’s defiant, resourceful survivor, and hear what it was like for Felicity Jones to bring her to life onscreen.
  • Cassian: The Spy – Diego Luna shares insights into his complex, driven character, who becomes a hero through selflessness, perseverance and passion.
  • K-2SO: The Droid – Explore the development of this reprogrammed Imperial droid, from initial pitch and character design through Alan Tudyk’s performance.
  • Baze & Chirrut: Guardians of the Whills – Go deeper into the relationship between these two very different characters, with Chinese superstars Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.
  • Bodhi & Saw: The Pilot & The Revolutionary – Forest Whitaker and Riz Ahmed reflect on Saw Gerrera, the broken Rebel leader, and Bodhi Rook, the Imperial pilot who defects.
  • The Empire – Meet a dangerous new Imperial adversary…and cross paths once more with the most iconic villain of all time.
  • Visions of Hope: The Look of “Rogue One” – The filmmakers describe the challenges and thrills of developing a bold new look for the movie that can fit within the world of the original trilogy.
  • The Princess & The Governor – See what it took to bring the vibrant young princess of “Star Wars: A New Hope” – as well as one of her most memorable foes– – back to the screen.
  • Epilogue: The Story Continues – Filmmakers and cast celebrate Rogue One’s premiere and look forward into the future, to the Star Wars stories yet to be told.
  • Rogue Connections – Uncover Easter eggs and film facts hidden throughout the movie that connect “Rogue One” to the Star Wars universe.

Creating On the Go: Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Looking to make your Valentines Day (or even Galentine’s Day) special? Chocolate  covered strawberries are easy to make and are absolutely delicious.

Creating On the Go: Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Supplies:

Strawberries- Bigger strawberries tend to work better

Chocolate- any kind; milk, dark, or white (I used Ghirardelli dark chocolate melting wafers and white chocolate)

Cookie sheet

Parchment paper

Spoon

Chocolate warmer- or anything you can use to melt the chocolate in.

Instructions:

1. Place parchment paper on your cookie sheet.

2. Wash strawberries and dry them with a food safe paper towel. Line them up on your cookie sheet. Don’t skip the drying process because your chocolate will slide right off your strawberry if it is still wet and you will also mess with the consistency of the chocolate.

Creating on the Go Chocolate Covered Strawberries

3. Melt your chocolate per the instructions on the package. Since I have a chocolate warmer I used the ceramic dish to microwave the chocolate first and then set it back into the warmer to keep the consistency.

Creating on the Go Chocolate Covered Strawberries

4. Grab a strawberry by the leaves and dip it fully into the chocolate, shaking off any excess chocolate to avoid a puddle of chocolate on the cookie sheet.

Creating on the Go Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Then lay it on the sheet to dry. Continue till all strawberries are covered.

Creating on the Go Chocolate Covered Strawberries

5. Time to drizzle! You can drizzle your strawberries in whatever chocolate you want. I decided to do half in the dark chocolate and the other half in white chocolate. Take your spoon and grab some chocolate with it.

The trick to this, I have found, is to keep the spoon straight up, no angles, as you drizzle the chocolate over the strawberry.

Creating on the Go Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Return to cookie sheet to dry.

Creating on the Go Chocolate Covered Strawberries

You can also sprinkle red or pink sugar over the drizzle for some added color. This works best with the white chocolate.

Creating on the Go Chocolate Covered Strawberries

6. Refrigerate till you’re ready to enjoy!

Helpful hint: Do these the day of or the night before so they are as fresh as possible.

If you decide to make your own and want to share, tag us in your Instagram or Facebook posts so we can see all of your wonderful masterpieces!

Happy Valentines Day!

Walt Disney Studios Round-Up: 2/9/2017

It’s time for another Walt Disney Studios News Round-Up! This week we’ll revisit the extended trailers that aired during Super Bowl 51, find out more about the PIXAR short that will be shown before Cars 3, and how to pre-order the Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack!

Walt Disney Studios Round-Up

February 9, 2017

Walt Disney Studios Round Up February 9 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
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As soon as I heard the music hit for the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 during Super Bowl 51, I was up and out of my seat!

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Marvel Studios

In Baby Groot’s words…Welcome to the frickin’ Guardians of the Galaxy! Only he didn’t use frickin’…

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Extended Big Game Spot

Also, the @Guardians Twitter account is a FANTASTIC follow full of awesome GIFs, photos, and more from the upcoming movie.

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Marvel Studios

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is in theaters on May 5th!

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Pirates of the Caribbean is one of my favorite attractions at both the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland, and the more I hear the more excited I get for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales!

Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales Poster Disney Movie News February 9 2017

Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”

Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales Still Disney Movie News February 9 2017
Walt Disney Studios

The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck 10-10-16 Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: Extended Look

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales sails into theaters May 26, 2017!

Meet Lou

The PIXAR Shorts are always fantastic, and I am excited to share a sneak peek at ‘LOU’!

LOU PIXAR Short Cars 3 Disney Movie News February 9 2017
Disney – PIXAR

When a toy stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box.

From Pixar Animation Studios, director Dave Mullins and producer Dana Murray, “Lou” opens in theaters on June 16, 2017, in front of “Cars 3.”

Pre-Order Information for the Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack

Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack Pre-Order Disney Movie News February 9 2017

Pre-order of the Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and Disney Music Emporium! (Just to let you know, these are not affiliate links! I just wanted to make things easier for you!)

That’s it for this week’s Disney Movie Round-Up but be sure to check out January’s Disney Movie News from 1/17/2017 & 1/27/2017, and make sure to follow @onthegoinmco on Twitter, Facebook, & Instagram for even more fun!

What’s Inside the Spring 2017 Disney Twenty-Three Magazine

2017 Spring Disney Twenty Three D23 Beauty and the Beast
D23

The spring issue of Disney Twenty-Three Magazine looks amazing! Inside you’ll find behind-the-scenes looks at upcoming movies, attractions, television shows, and as always a look back on Disney history!

Transforming one of the most beloved animated films of all time into a live-action feature, complete with elaborate sets, extravagant costumes, vibrant musical numbers, and dazzling special effects, is no easy task. But that’s exactly what director Bill Condon has done with Beauty and the Beast, which arrives in theaters March 17.

“When a musical works and you feel that kind of thrill of taking off, I think it’s like nothing else,” says Condon who, along with stars Emma Watson (Belle) and Josh Gad (LeFou), reveals to Disney twenty-three the unique challenges they faced and the heartfelt moments they experienced when creating this sumptuous new film.

The spring issue, exclusively for Gold Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, also features a look behind the scenes with Chris Pratt and Kurt Russell at the making of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, as well as an interview with Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde, who describes in detail the thrills and excitement that await guests on Guardians of the Galaxy—Mission: BREAKOUT!—coming to Disney California Adventure later this year.

2017 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate - Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 poster

Plus, actors Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi talk exclusively with Disney twenty-three about Tangled: The Series, and the hair-raising good time they’ve had stepping back into the roles of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider (now known as Eugene). Disney twenty-three looks at five incredible decades of Pirates of the Caribbean, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer offers readers a sneak peek at May’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. And the Mouseketeers from The New Mickey Mouse Club come together 40 years later to look back on their fun and funkadelic ’70s-era show.

Tangled the Series Disney Twenty Three Spring 2017 D23

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

  • A celebration of the Main Street Electrical Parade’s 45th anniversary, as it returns to its original home at Disneyland Park
  • The wonder and beauty of Disneynature’s newest film, Born in China
  • A peek at what’s to come during the 25th anniversary of Disneyland Paris
  • Eleven cool experiences you may not have known about at Walt Disney World Resort
  • A look inside the newly renovated Walt Disney Animation Studios headquarters
  • Regular features including A Walk with Walt, D Society, and Ask Dave

And readers will get a look at the 2017 D23 Gold Member Gift, “Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men.” The gift, sent to D23 Gold Members who join or renew for 2017, includes 23 meticulously reproduced items—including beautiful artwork—that represent the work and legacy of the nine animators who created some of Disney’s most enduring characters. More on the gift is available at D23.com/NineOldMen.

2017 D23 Gold Member Gift Disney Twenty Three Spring 2017 D23

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-February.

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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 ($74.99), Gold Family Membership ($99.99), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.

Walt Disney Studios News Round-Up: 1/27/2017

In this week’s Walt Disney Studios News Round-Up we’ve got an Oswald the Lucky Rabbit news (Who else is stoked about this one?), Beauty and the Beast updates, and a Magic Camp announcement!

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Walt Disney Studios News Round-Up: January 27, 2017

Catch a Sneak Peek of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Walt Disney Studios Movie Round Up 1 26 2017 Beauty and the Beast Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney Parks Blog

Beginning February 10th, guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be able to preview a scene from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast that will be arriving in theaters on March 17, 2017!

This advanced look at the segment from the film can be found in the One Man’s Dream attraction, and it will also include a display featuring a collection of props and costume pieces actually used in the film’s production.

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Disney Parks Blog
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit News

A restored print of Poor Papa(1927), the first Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon, will be included when the Walt Disney Signature Collection Presents Disney Pinocchio is available on Blu-ray and DVD on January 31st.

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This amazing restoration is sourced from digital scans of a 16mm silent print that was made in 1930 for home use and discovered in the UK. This is one of only three known surviving prints on this title.

Max Lark on D23.com shared a little bit of the history behind the short.

In 1927, while Walt was wrapping up the “Alice Comedies,” his distributor, Charles Mintz, brokered a deal with Universal for Walt to create a cartoon character. That new character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, would go on to star in 26 cartoons from the Disney studio. The series proved popular, and the character was the first to generate Disney merchandise—a candy bar, a stencil set, and a pin-back button!

Poor Papa was the first Oswald cartoon produced, but Mintz felt that Oswald looked “old” so the short was not released. The next Oswald short Walt and Ub produced, Trolley Troubles on September 5, 1927, debuted a redesigned younger version of Oswald. Given this second short’s positive critical reaction by the public, Universal and Mintz ultimately released Poor Papa on June 11, 1928. In this rather charming story, a bunch of storks bombard Oswald with bunnies until our hero figures out a way to thwart them.

All-New Original Song announced for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack

Five-time Grammy winning and best-selling recording artist Celine Dion will perform an all-new original song, “How Does A Moment Last Forever,” for Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast that is included on the film’s soundtrack.

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Disney Music

Written by eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin”) and veteran lyricist and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (“The Lion King,” “Evita”), “How Does A Moment Last Forever” is an emotional ballad about holding onto life’s precious moments. Portions of the song are performed throughout the film and interpolated into the underscore before Dion’s full-length version debuts in the film’s custom main-on-end title design.

Says Dion, “Being a part of the original ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was such a magical experience in my life, and I’m truly honored to be a part of this film again.”

Character Posters for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

We also got our first look at the character posters for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast from Walt Disney Studios, and they look PERFECT!!!

Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast and as the Prince, Luke Evans as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Josh Gad as LeFou, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Audra McDonald as Garderobe, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts.

Walt Disney Studios Movie Round Up 1 26 2017 Beauty and the Beast Character Posters

Walt Disney Studios Movie Round Up 1 26 2017 Beauty and the Beast Character Posters

And just a reminder of how fantastic Disney’s Beauty and the Beast looks (like anyone needed reminding)…

Beauty and the Beast US Official Trailer

Disney’s Magic Camp in Production

Production has begun on Disney’s Magic Camp, a live-action comedy starring Adam Devine (“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” “Pitch Perfect”), Gillian Jacobs (“Community,” “Girls”) and Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent,” “The Larry Sanders Show”) directed by Mark Waters (“Bad Santa 2,” “Mean Girls”).

Walt Disney Studios Movie Round Up 1 26 2017 Magic Camp Collage

Tambor plays Roy Preston, the owner of a summer camp for aspiring young magicians and Devine is Andy, a former camper whose flailing career as a magician has forced him to return to the camp as a counselor. Also returning to the camp is Andy’s former partner and current nemesis, Darkwood, played by Jacobs, who is now a successful magician. When preparations begin for the end-of-summer magic contest between rival teams of campers, Andy and his team of ragtag misfits must go head to head with Darkwood and her campers. In the process, Andy is inspired by the young campers and rediscovers his passion for magic.

The film is shooting on locations in and around Los Angeles and is scheduled for release in 2017.

That’s it for this week’s Round-Up, but for more Walt Disney Studios news check out our other posts!

  • Check out the last Walt Disney Studios News Round-Up from 1/17/2017
  • Take a peek at what you can look forward to with the 2017 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate here.

 

Lunar New Year At Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets

The Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets are celebrating the Lunar New Year (Did you know that this is the year of the Rooster?) and the coming of spring by inviting Orlando-area residents and visitors to an event full of traditional holiday fun for the entire family and special offers on Saturday, January 28 from 12 – 3 p.m. at the Food Court Patio.

Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets Chinese New Year 2017

Shoppers can enjoy a time-honored Chinese New Year celebration with activities for all ages including traditional performances, delectable cuisines and arts and crafts throughout the event.  The first 150 guests to arrive will receive a special Lunar New Year gift tote with a Savings Passport and exclusive retailer offerings*.

Beginning January 28 through February 5, guests who spend $689 or more at any of our retailers if eligible to receive a special gift** from Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets.

*While supplies last

**Terms and conditions apply. Visit Simon Guest Services in the Food Court to redeem offer.

 Lunar New Year Celebration – Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets 

COST: 

Free and open to the public.

WHEN: 

Saturday, January 28 from 12 – 3 p.m.

Gift with Purchase Promo January 28 – February 5

WHERE:

Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets
8200 Vineland Avenue, Orlando, FL 32821

For more information about the Lunar New Year, upcoming events & sales, and to receive special offers visit the outlet’s website at www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/orlando-vineland.

Walt Disney Studios News Round-Up

The Walt Disney Studios 2017 Motion Picture Slate is awesome, and to keep you up-to-date on the latest news I am launching a Walt Disney Studios News Round-Up with information about Moana, Cars 3, & Beauty and the Beast!

So let the fun begin!

Walt Disney Studios News Round-Up January 17 2017

Walt Disney Studios News Round-Up ~ January 17, 2017

Moana Sing-Along

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Walt Disney Animation Studios says ‘You’re Welcome’ to Moana fans later this month when an all-new sing-along version of the epic adventure will sail in to more than 2,000 theaters nationwide on January 27th and exclusively at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre on January 20th.

The sing-along version of Moana includes the full feature film with on-screen lyrics, so audiences can belt out the words to their favorite songs, such as the Golden Globe®-nominated “How Far I’ll Go.”

Make sure that you check your local listings for showtimes and theaters, because the sing-along run will vary by location.

MOANA home Release date announced 

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Walt Disney Studios

Audiences can soon enjoy the original theatrical version of the film at home and packed with a variety of bonus extras when Moana arrives on Digital HD/3D and Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) on February 21st & on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, Digital SD, DVD and On-Demand on March 7th.

Moana | Gone Fishing Bonus Clip

Cars 3 Extended Look

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Cars 3 is an all-new story that tests the heart of a champion in a high-tech world, and we have learned about two new characters and a new extended look at the movie was released!

It was announced that Cristela Alonzo, as unconventional trainer Cruz Ramirez, and Armie Hammer, as next-gen racer Jackson Storm, will be joining Owen Wilson in the cast of Cars 3.

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Disney | Pixar

Cruz Ramirez is a sunny-but-fierce unconventional trainer at the Rust-eze Racing Center. She expertly arms the team’s talented rookies with cutting-edge tools to tear up the track—but she nearly stalls when her longtime idol Lightning McQueen shows up. While she’d love to help him find his way back to the top, she knows the competition is faster than ever, and victory is all about speed—or is it?

Walt Disney Studios News Roundup 1 17 17 - Cars 3 Jackson Storm
Disney | Pixar

Jackson Storm is fast, sleek and ready to race. A frontrunner in the next generation of racers, Storm’s quiet confidence and cocky demeanor are off-putting—but his unmatched speed threatens to redefine the sport. Trained on high-tech simulators that are programmed to perfect technique and maximize velocity, Jackson Storm is literally built to be unbeatable—and he knows it.

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Disney | Pixar

Lightning McQueen is world champion—a modern-day racing legend who’s riding high with five Piston-Cup wins under his hood. Suddenly, he finds himself faced with a new generation of racers who threaten not only his dominance in the sport—but the confidence that got him there. Determined to get back to the pole position, the #95 must decide if his love for racing is enough to fuel the comeback of his life.

And finally in Cars 3 news, I wanted to share the new extended look!

Cars 3 "Lightning Strikes" Extended Look

Beauty and the Beast Original Motion Picture Soundtrack news

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Disney Music

GRAMMY nominated and multi-platinum selling artist Ariana Grande and 10-time GRAMMY, Oscar-winning and multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/ musician John Legend are set to perform the Oscar and GRAMMY-winning duet “Beauty and the Beast” as the title track for Disney’s upcoming soundtrack to the live-action film adaptation “Beauty and the Beast.”

The original motion picture soundtrack for “Beauty and the Beast” will be released by Walt Disney Records on March 10, 2017. The pre-order is available now at http://disneymusic.co/BeautySndtrkP.

Beauty and the Beast

Earlier in the month during the Golden Globes a new “Beauty and the Beast” spot aired that FINALLY gave us a glimpse at Emma Watson singing as Belle.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast – Golden Globes TV Spot

If you don’t have goosebumps after watching this spot, you’re doing it wrong!!! March 17th can’t get here quick enough!

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Walt Disney Studios

I can’t wait to bring you more Walt Disney Studios news in a new round-up!

Ringling Bros. All-Access Preshow

DISCLOSURE: I was provided with tickets to see Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus XTREME at the Amway Center, however all opinions are completely my own. 

Ringling Bros Circus XTREME - Ringmaster

Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment, announced Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey announced on January 14th (the same day we attended Circus XTREME…gulp) that all shows will end in May of this year.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME will conclude its tour in Providence, Rhode Island, on May 7th and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This World will conclude its tour in Uniondale, New York, on May 21st.

Ringling Bros Circus XTREME - Human Pyramid

 

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey was the original property on which we built Feld Entertainment into a global producer of live entertainment over the past 50 years,” said Kenneth Feld, Chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment. “We are grateful to the hundreds of millions of fans who have experienced Ringling Bros. over the years. Between now and May, we will give them one last chance to experience the joy and wonder of Ringling Bros.

Ringling Bros Circus XTREME - Tight Rope Walkers

For those of you planning on catching the Greatest Show on Earth one last time like we did (You can find the full tour schedule here), I wanted to share with you a **FREE** way to enhance your visit to the circus!

2017 Ringling Bros Circus Xtreme Preshow Video Slide

Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey All-Access Preshow

An hour before the show starts, ticket holders can attend the All Access Pre-Show for Circus XTREME for FREE!

During the party on the show floor families have the chance to meet the international cast, try on costumes, meet the menagerie of animals, and can even be a part of the ‘show’ by learning from the famous Ringling Bros. Clown Alley and jugglers.

During our visit Zoe even got to be a part of a BMX trick! (She is MUCH braver than I am!)

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus XTREME All Access Preshow 2017

The fun ends with a dance party that takes up the entire show floor.

So grab yourself a complimentary red nose and join us for a look at the All Access Pre-Show for Circus XTREME at the Amway Center!

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Present Circus XTREME All-Access Preshow

We absolutely had a blast watching Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME at the Amway Center, and I will cherish all the memories we have made and laughs we have shared as a family with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.

Wearing the Magic: Disney Bambi by LeSportsac #bambixlesportsac

The latest collaboration that I am excited to share with you is Disney Bambi by LeSportac!

Disney Bambi by LeSportsac Spring Collection

Inspired by the original artwork of Bambi that is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the latest collaboration brings the joy of spring and fun of friendship to a group of bags that are perfectly on trend with a charming floral pattern in rich pastel hues.

Let’s take a look at the collaboration’s 20 pieces that are split between a main pattern and five coordinating accent pieces.

Wearing the Magic: Disney Bambi by LeSportsac

Bambi and Friends

Bambi and Friends is the name of the main pattern in the Disney Bambi by LeSportsac line featuring a lovely floral print with Bambi, Thumper, and Flower.

Disney Bambi by LeSportsac Bambi and Friends pattern

There are 15 items from cosmetic cases to weekend bags ranging from $28 to $144 available in this print, and all three of my ‘go to’ LeSportsac bags are here!

Small Cleo Crossbody – $70

Disney Bambi by Lesportsac Bambi and Friends Small Cleo Crossbody

The Small Cleo Crossbody is one of my absolute favorite bags, because it is super lightweight and perfect for a day in the parks!

Deluxe Everyday Bag – $98

Disney Bambi by LeSportsac Deluxe Everyday Bag

The Deluxe Everyday Bag is a bag that has plenty of zippered compartments and is large enough to carry an iPad mini.

Voyager Backpack – $144

Disney Bambi by Lesportsac Voyager Backpack

I have this backpack in another pattern, and it is extremely roomy and a fantastic carry-on or an all day at the parks bag.

Magic Meadow

Disney Bambi by Lesportsac Magic Meadow

The LeSportsac Essential Wristlet ($31) never looked so good! This bag is great for a date night or to keep your chargers and cords together in a larger bag.

Bambi’s Buddies

Disney Bambi by LeSportsac Bambis Buddies Case

Bambi’s Buddies Rectangular Cosmetic Case ($31) is a great case for traveling! I use my LeSportsac Rectangular Cases for traveling with my make-up. But the sweet front and detail of the front and back are lovely.

Thump into Spring

Disney Bambi by LeSportsac Thump into Spring collage

I can’t handle how sweet Thumper’s face is on the Thump into Spring medium cosmetic dome ($31) !

Friendly Frolic

Disney Bambi by LeSportsac Friendly Frolic Collage

This XL Rectangular Cosmetic Case ($40) is the one coordinating accent LeSportsac piece is extremely versatile, and I use the one I have as a packing cube for smaller accessories. It works like a charm!

Bed of Flowers

Disney Bambi by LeSportsac Bed of Flowers collage

The Bed of Flowers Square Cosmetic Case ($28) is the brightest and smallest coordinating accent piece in the line, but don’t let size fool you because you can still pack a lot into this little baby!

I can’t wait to check these bags out in person to choose the perfect one to add to my LeSportsac collection!

You can check out the Disney Bambi by LeSportsac collaboration here to find your favorite pieces!

New in 2017: Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate

The 2017 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate has me giddy to say the least with familiar and favorite stories being re-told and continued, a chance to journey into nature, and to go on a colorful adventure.

I can’t wait any longer…let’s go!

Walt Disney Studios

New in 2017: Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate

March 17, 2017 Beauty and the Beast (Walt Disney Studios)

2017 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate - Beauty and the Beast poster

Every time I see the Beauty and the Beast trailer I have to catch my breath a little, because Belle is one of my top Disney Princesses and I cannot wait to watch Emma Watson as Belle live out the dream of dancing with Beast in the ballroom or to see/hate Luke Evans as Gaston.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs.

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Walt Disney Studios

“Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

Beauty and the Beast US Official Trailer

Seriously…is it May yet???

April 21, 2017 – Born In China (Disneynature)

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Watching Born in China will be the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day this year! With stunning footage of never-before-seen imagery of China’s vast terrain, the movie’s adventure takes us through and above the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest while telling a compelling story.

Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure film “Born In China” takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured.

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Walt Disney Studios

Following the stories of three animal families, the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film. A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard—an elusive animal rarely caught on camera—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet.

Disneynature's Born In China – Earth Day Trailer

It’s been awesome to be able to share the next generation of ‘True Life Adventure’ films that I loved so much with my daughter, and Born in China looks to be an fantastic addition to the Disneynature films.

May 5, 2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Marvel Studios)

2017 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate - Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 poster

The first Marvel Studios release in the 2017 Motion Picture Slate is going to set the bar pretty high for the summer, because I don’t know too many people who aren’t hyped for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Teaser Trailer

Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos.

2017 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate - Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 Baby Groot
Walt Disney Studios

The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.

I. Cannot. Wait. From the moment I saw the first teaser photo, I flipped! Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 seems to be a continuation of the adventures with a perfect combination of action, witty dialogue, & amazing music…and this time we get more Baby Groot!

May 26, 2017 – PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES (Walt Disney Studios)

2017 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate - Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tale

Fans of the Disney Parks can’t help but get excited to hear more familiar words that echo in the caverns of the attraction on the big screen! Dead Men Tell No Tales is a continuation of a story and ride that I have enjoyed most of my life!

Teaser Trailer: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”

2017 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate - Pirates of the Caribbean Jack Sparrow Wanted Poster
Walt Disney Studios

The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.

What could be wrong about having more Captain Jack Sparrow in 2017???

June 16, 2017 – CARS 3 (Disney / Pixar)

2017 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate - Cars 2 Movie Poster

The intensity of the Cars 3 teaser trailer made me realize how emotionally invested I was in Lightning McQueen…A sentence I never thought I would type.

Cars 3 Official US Teaser Trailer

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves.

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Walt Disney Studios

To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!

When Zoe was younger we watched Cars on repeat and then when Cars 2 was released I watched as she enjoyed racing with her friends again, and now I can’t wait to experience Cars 3 with my favorite passenger!

November 3, 2017 – Thor: Ragnarok (Marvel Studios)

2017 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate - Thor Ragnarok Marvel

While Tony Stark is my main man, I can’t help but wait to see one of my other favorite Avengers back on the big screen.

In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!

Thor? Gladiatorial contest? The Incredible Hulk? Evil villain? I’m all in!

November 22, 2017 – COCO (Disney / Pixar)

2017 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate - Coco title image

At the 2015 D23 Expo in Anaheim, I was lucky (lucky = waited in the basement of the convention center for hours with great friends, even better conversation, and mediocre snacks) to snag a seat at the Walt Disney Studios presentation to hear about Coco.

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt).

2017 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate - Coco movie still
Walt Disney Studios

Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

I have always been intrigued by the Día de los Muertos celebrations, so you can only imagine what my excitement level is on a scale from 1 to 10…it’s an 11!

December 15, 2017 –  STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII (Lucasfilm)

2017 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate - Star Wars Episode VIII Title

2017 is going to end in a galaxy far, far away when Star Wars: Episode VIII hits the screen.

Now while we don’t know much about what adventures we will go on, we do know that this journey will push the boundaries of the saga even further.

Is there really a better way to end an amazing year of films?

If you aren’t pumped for the 2017 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate, then I don’t know if we can be friends! This is the stuff that movie dreams are made of, and I can’t wait to share more information and even some fun activities about them this year.

Also check out New in 2017: Walt Disney World ResortNew in 2017: Universal Orlando Resort, and New in 2017: SeaWorld Orlando!

Make sure you follow @onthegoinmco on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to keep up with the latest news and trailers from the amazing Walt Disney Studios 2017 Motion Picture Slate!

Last Minute Walt Disney World Shopping From Home

I hope that you are not in the same boat as I am…The holidays are less than a week away and I am TOTALLY unprepared, because I I have a ton of shopping and decorating left to do!

However if you are looking for a last minute gift from Walt Disney World, the Shop Disney Parks App (available for Apple and Android devices) has your back, because today is the last day you can order goodies from the theme parks with 3-Day Express Shipping!

If you aren’t familiar with the Shop Disney Parks App, you should be! The app is completely free, and allows you to shop for authentic Walt Disney World Resort merchandise some of which has never before been sold outside of Disney Parks and Resorts. Using the app you can:

  • Search and browse thousands of gifts, toys, collectibles, costumes, pins, Mickey ears, and more.
  • Use the map to see what souvenirs and keepsakes are in stock near you in Walt Disney World Resort.
  • Scan an item you love in a Walt Disney World Resort store to view it on the app.
  • Ship your purchase to select Walt Disney World Resort hotels or have your order shipped right to your door! Shipping is available to all 50 states in the U.S., but does not include P.O. boxes.
  • Track your package as they make their way from Cinderella’s castle to yours.

One of my favorite gifts to give are ornaments from Walt Disney World, because they are easy to transport and are extremely personal. Every year the line of ornaments expands, and here are some of my new favorites!

All of these ornaments are extremely affordable (under $20) and are perfect for any Disney fan!

You can find your favorite Disney characters…

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Sven

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Mickey Mouse and Duffy

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Marie

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Lumiere

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Chip n' Dale

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Cheshire Cat

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Baloo and Mowgli The Jungle Book

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - 101 Dalmations

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Lady and The Tramp

Long lost friends…

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Mr. Toad

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Oswald the Lucky Rabbit

Nods to the theme parks and resorts…

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - The Partners Statue

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Figment

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Fort Wilderness

Even some of your favorite Disney villains…

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - The Evil Queen

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Maleficent