2016 D23 Gold Member Gift Comes “From The Office Of Walt Disney”

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D23 Gold Member Gift for 2016 Offers a Rare Glimpse into Disney’s Rich Legacy

Members will receive a collection of 23 items reproduced “From the Office of Walt Disney.”

 

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club didn’t have to look far for inspiration for its 2016 Gold Member gift, “From the Office of Walt Disney.” To celebrate the restoration of Walt Disney’s office suite on the Studios’ Burbank lot, the Walt Disney Archives worked with D23 to meticulously reproduce 23 unique pieces from Walt’s career that trace his path from America’s heartland to the world stage.

Included in the assortment are items from Walt’s early years in business such as his 1923 Laugh-O-gram Films Inc. business card and the famous 1928 “Everything OK” telegram, which Walt cryptically wired his brother Roy when he lost the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Also in the collection are the 1955 Disneyland invitational press preview pass and Walt’s notes on pages from the “EPCOT Film” script from 1966. Pieces representing animation, live action, television, and theme parks—as well as Walt’s own personal life—make up this one-of-a-kind set.

D23 2016 Gold Member Gift

The gift comes in a “book” designed specifically to hold all the items and will be sent to all D23 Gold and Gold Family Members who join or renew from January 1 through December 31, 2016. Guests can see images from the gift—and learn more about the 23 rare items—at D23.com/OfficeOfWaltDisney. As previously announced, D23 Gold Members will have the opportunity to tour Walt Disney’s restored office during tours and select special events throughout 2016.

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. D23 Members save when renewing their membership and may renew up to 90 days prior to their membership expiration.

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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; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Pop Star Minnie On Disney DVD

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Pop Star Minnie

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Pop Star Minnie On Disney DVD Arrives Just in Time for Valentine’s Day on Disney DVD February 2

Hop Aboard The Magical, Musical, Clubhouse Tour Bus!  Minnie’s dream of singing onstage is about to come true — until her Clubhouse back-up band pals discover that their musical instruments are gone! Now, the race is on to track them down and reach Melody Mountain by sunset. But, even if they find the missing instruments in time, should Minnie sing the blues, croon a country tune or boogie to a disco beat? It’s going to take help from YOU – plus a few Mouseketools – to get Minnie in the right groove to totally rock out! Bursting with fun, surprises, and four more exciting adventures, Pop Star Minnie is simply song-sational!

The voice cast for Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Pop Star Minnie includes Bret Iwan as Mickey Mouse, Russi Taylor as Minnie Mouse, Bill Farmer as Goofy and Pluto, and Tony Anselmo as Donald Duck

 

The Disney DVD includes Pop Star Minnie, 4 additional music themed episodes of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and special bonuses for over 2 hours of fun!

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Episodes:

  • Mickey’s Clubhouse Rocks
  • Minnie & Daisy’s Flower Shower
  • Minnie’s Mouseke-Calendar
  • Mickey’s Big Band Concert

Bonus:                                      

  • Minnie’s Bow Toons
  • Rooftop Repair
  • Alarm Clocked Out

And for your own Pop Star there is also an exclusive FREE Inflatable Guitar included with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Pop Star Minnie!

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Our Favorite 2015 Memories #OntheGo

For our final post of 2015, I thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite memories from the year!

On the Go in MCO wouldn’t be what it is without the amazing group of ladies and gents that are with me on this amazing journey! I can’t thank them enough for all of their love, support, and constant dedication to making the site what it is today! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and while we may be looking back today I am looking forward to a 2016 that’s even better!

So enough super sappy stuff…let’s get on to looking back to the fun that 2015 was for all of us On the Go!

Betsy Bates

One of my favorite memories of 2015 in the parks was my August trip to Disneyland for D23 Expo and the 60th Diamond Celebration. The best moment was enjoying the awesome new Paint the Night Parade with my best friend as we both stood there in awe.

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Dana Braukmann

The highlight of 2015 for me was taking my son to Disneyland for the first time!

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Jillian Davis

Taking little man on his first cruise, on the Disney Dream. This picture was taken in the same spot we got married in 2008.

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Kelly Hicks

After a lot of debating with myself, I decided to pick west coast/east coast versions of my favorite parks memory over the past year. I know, it’s kind of cheating, but when a year includes a trip to Disneyland you just can’t really compare it to anything else.
West Coast: This was the year that I finally earned my coast to coast medal. It’s been my goal since I started running and the fact that we chose the year that Disneyland would be celebrating their 60th Anniversary was just perfection.
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2015 Memories On the Go Kelly and Cliff
East Coast: Each year we celebrate my niece’s birthday at the Magic Kingdom. It’s been so fun watching her experiences change as she gets older. Even though she’s almost a teenager now, she still wants to get pixie dusted and turns back into a little girl when a Disney princess speaks to her during the parade. I know that’s a memory that she’ll have forever.

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Cheryl Perlmutter

My 2015 favorite memories included running the Super Heroes 5K during the runDisney Avengers Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland, the last year of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights with Todd, and watching Captain EO for the last time.

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Todd Perlmutter

This year I had a lot of fun with friends at The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights and meeting a Doctor with Cheryl.

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Gail Weafer

My favorite moment in the parks this year was being able to have this amazing family reunion at Magic Kingdom! With family from Panama and England all coming together for the first time ever in a Disney park, then photopass caught this amazing moment! Right as the fireworks were ending we got this amazing keepsake photo that I will cherish forever! It meant so much to me to all be there but this photo was the icing on the cake! Disney is all about making memories and family and friendships, and this photo made me so happy and is my favorite 2015 parks memory!!!

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Shelley

2015 was really an amazing year of great times with family and friends from Coast to Coast and from Park to Park!

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It was a blast riding and tossing beads in the Mardi Gras Parade at Universal Studios Florida.

 

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I had a blast co-planning the Give Kids the World Blogger Bash 2015!

 

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This is the first and last time I jumped for anything at the D23 Expo! LOL!

 

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Sometimes you are at Disneyland for D23 with your Best Friend and you take your first Uber ride to In-N-Out Burger!

 

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The Crayola Experience was really an experience with friends.

 

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For the first time I was on icFlorida Best Bets on WFTV! 

 

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These two lovely ladies let me be their date to the Disney Parks Blog Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights Meet-Up.

 

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While I have had the opportunity to visit Disneyland, this was the first time we went as a family!

 

And with that I thank you for joining all of us on our 2015 adventures, and I look forward to sharing many more with you in 2016!

Thanks for reading!!!

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Bring Home The Lion Guard: Return Of The Roar In February

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Bring Home Bring Home The Lion Guard: Return Of The Roar In February on Disney DVD February 23, 2016

Continuing the Epic Storytelling of “The Lion King,” Join Simba and Nala’s Second-Born Cub, Kion, and His Lion Guard Team as They Embark on Adventures Together throughout the Pride Lands! 

 

Continuing the epic storytelling of “The Lion King,” join Simba and Nala’s second-born cub, Kion, and his Lion Guard team as they embark on adventures together throughout the Pride Lands in The Lion King: Return of the Roar!

Follow him as he assembles a group of unlikely heroes: Bunga the honey badger, Fuli the cheetah, Beshte the hippo and Ono the egret. Join them on a thrilling adventure as they use their unique abilities to defend the Pride Lands from predators and maintain balance within the Circle of Life.

Bursting with humor, music, beloved characters and heart, The Lion Guard: Return Of The Roar is a must-own for the entire family! Bring home this heroic adventure on Disney DVD February 23rd!

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James Earl Jones and Ernie Sabella reprise their roles from “The Lion King” as Mufasa and Pumbaa, respectively, alongside Rob Lowe (“The Grinder”) as Simba and Gabrielle Union (“Being Mary Jane”) as Nala; Max Charles (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) stars as Kion; Joshua Rush (“The Adventures of Puss in Boots”) as Bunga; Atticus Shaffer (“The Middle”) as Ono; Diamond White (“Sofia the First”) as Fuli; andDusan Brown (“Blaze and the Monster Machines”) as Beshte.

Additional cast members include: Eden Riegel (“All My Children”) as Kiara; Sarah Hyland (“Modern Family”) as Tiifu; Madison Pettis (“Jake and the Never Land Pirates”) as Zuri; Khary Payton (“Teen Titans”) as Rafiki; Jeff Bennett as Zazu (“Jake and the Never Land Pirates”); Jonny Rees (“Star Wars Rebels”) as Mzingo; Andrew Kishino (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”) as Janja; Vargus Mason (“Sofia the First”) as Cheezi; and Kevin Schon (“The Lion King 1 1/2”) as Chungu and Timon.

Also included with The Lion King: Return of the Roar is a Digital Copy of the Film, an exclusive talking backpack clip, and “Here Comes The Lion Guard” Music Video Performed by Beau Black.

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Take a Peek at The BFG

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The talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg – finally unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic “The BFG” to life. Directed by Spielberg, Disney’s “The BFG” tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country.

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Walt Disney and Roald Dahl two of the world’s greatest storytellers, in Hollywood in 1942.

“I think it was kind of genius of Roald Dahl to be able to empower the children. It was very, very brave of him to introduce that combination of darkness and light which was so much Disney’s original signature in a lot of their earlier works like in ‘Dumbo,’ ‘Fantasia,’ ‘Snow White’ and ‘Cinderella,’ and being able to do scary, but also be redemptive at the same time and teach a lesson, an enduring lesson, to everyone, it was a wonderful thing for Dahl to have done, and it was one of the things that attracted me to want to direct this Dahl book,” says Spielberg.

The BFG (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the BFG prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle. Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming, and, having never met a giant before, has many questions. The BFG brings Sophie to Dream Country where he collects dreams and sends them to children, teaching her all about the magic and mystery of dreams.

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Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows. But Sophie’s presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome. Says Spielberg, “It’s a story about friendship, it’s a story about loyalty and protecting your friends and it’s a story that shows that even a little girl can help a big giant solve his biggest problems.” Sophie and the BFG soon depart for London to see the Queen (Penelope Wilton) and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary (Rebecca Hall), that giants do indeed exist. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all.

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Ruby Barnhill stars as Sophie in Disney’s fantasy-adventure THE BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl.

Roald Dahl’s “The BFG” (Big Friendly Giant) was first published in 1982 and has been enchanting readers of all ages ever since. Dahl’s books, which also include “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach” and “Matilda,” are currently available in 58 languages and have sold over 200 million copies worldwide. Originally created as a bedtime story, “The BFG” was Dahl’s own favorite of all his stories. “It was very important for us to be loyal to the language,” says Spielberg, “and the great writer Melissa Mathison, who also wrote ‘E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,’ wrote “The BFG.”

“The BFG” opens in U.S. theaters on July 1, 2016, the year that marks the 100th anniversary of Dahl’s birth.

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AMC Sensory Friendly Films – Star Wars #TheForceAwakens

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AMC Sensory Friendly Films – Star Wars #TheForceAwakens

AMC has partnered with the Autism Society to create movie showings for guests and family living with Autism or other special needs where ‘you can feel free to be you’ with their AMC Sensory Friendly Films Program.

During these showings the lights will be turned up while the sound will be turned down, so you can feel free to get up and move about the theater.

Due to the overwhelming response, AMC has expanded the Sensory Friendly Film Program to four showings per month.

  • The second and fourth Tuesday and Saturday.
  • Family-friendly movies will continue to show Saturdays, starting at 10am local time
  • We’ve added Tuesday showings at 7pm local time that may appeal to others on the autism spectrum.

The next film to be featured in this program is Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

And what is even more amazing, is that several AMC theaters in the Orlando area are participating in the Sensory Friendly Film Program!

 

You can find out more about the AMC Sensory Friendly Films and what theaters are participating near you on their official site.

I am so excited that this program exists, and you can share your posts and pics of the family fun with #AMCSensoryFriendly

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Fun December Activities With The Good Dinosaur #GoodDino

I wanted to share a few fun activities from Disney/Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, in theaters now, to help celebrate the beginning of December!

Arlo’s Advent Calendar

Origami Arlo

Make a Dino-Snowflake

If you haven’t seen it yet…

The Good Dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?

The Good Dinosaur

Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

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Directed by Peter Sohn and produced by Denise Ream (“Cars 2”), Disney•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” opens in theaters on Nov. 25, 2015.

For more information, check out http://movies.disney.com/the-good-dinosaur, like us them Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/PixarTheGoodDinosaur, and follow them on Twitter, https://twitter.com/TheGoodDinosaur, and Instagram, https://instagram.com/TheGoodDinosaur.

 

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#GivingTuesday With Give Kids The World & Alex And Ani

Today is #GivingTuesday, and Give Kids the World has a way that you can give back and add a special Alex and Ani to your stack of bracelets.

What is #GivingTuesday? According to GivingTuesday.org

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

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And while Give Kids the World has a special site set up for #GivingTuesday donations, but inside of their Memory Market is a special Alex and Ani bracelet created especially for Give Kids the World.

Give Kids the World Alex and Ani #GivingTuesday

As the heart and soul of Alex and Ani, CEO, Founder and Creative Director, Carolyn Rafaelian, created Charity by Design, which serves as a unique division focused solely on giving and making the dreams of charitable organizations come true.
Carolyn creates customized symbolic charms that capture the essence of a charity making it more accessible to the public while raising awareness and funds. Through December 2015, 20% of the proceeds received by Alex and Ani from selling the “Sweet Treats” Bangle, with a minimum donation of $25,000, will be donated to Give Kids The World.
The Ice Cream Cone not only represents ‘Ice Cream for Breakfast’, but also exudes blissful energy in connection to shared moments with loved ones and is a carefree symbol of the simple enjoyment found in savoring a decadent treat.
The Alex and Ani Sweet Treats Bangle is available in Gold and Silver Tone for $28, and it is a great addition to your Disney stack!
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Take A Peek At The New Disney’s Zootopia Trailer #Zootopia

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Earlier this year at the D23 Expo, I was able to see a sneak peek of Disney’s Zootopia and I am really excited to share one of my favorite clips from the upcoming movie!

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If you don’t know much about Disney’s Zootopia, here’s a look at what it’s about!

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Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin), the very first bunny on Zootopia’s police force, jumps at the opportunity to crack her first case—even if it means partnering with fast-talking, scam-artist fox Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman) to solve the mystery. 

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything.

But when rookie Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery.

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” a comedy-adventure directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”), opens in theaters on March 4, 2016.

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To keep up with Disney’s Zootopia Like Zootopia on Facebook, follow @DisneyAnimation on Twitter, follow @DisneyAnimation on Instagram, and follow Disney Animation on Tumblr.

 

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LEGO STAR WARS: Droid Tales Coming To DVD In March

LEGO STAR WARS: Droid Tales

Your favorite Star Wars heroes are back with five complete episodes that unleash the lighter side of the force in LEGO STAR WARS: Droid Tales on DVD March 1st! As a bonus, it includes an Exclusive trading card set packed inside each DVD! 

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The fun begins following the victory celebration in the Ewok village on Endor, at the end of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. R2-D2 and C-3PO have gathered to regale Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and the other Rebels with the tales of their adventures that led to the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. An accidental kidnapping occurs while the droids are reminiscing, and suddenly you’re taken on a new journey that leads to the retelling of the entire Star Wars saga, as told by R2-D2 and C-3PO! It’s hilarious and playful, packed with all your favorite interlocking characters. LEGO® STAR WARS™: DROID TALES is intergalactic thrills for the whole family!

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New Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War Poster and Trailer

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New Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War Poster and Trailer

Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr surprised the audience with a brand new trailer and poster for Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War!

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Here’s some more information about Captain America: Civil War, which will arrive in theaters May 6, 2016!

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

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Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd and Frank Grillo, with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl.

 

Anthony & Joe Russo are directing with Kevin Feige producing. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore and Stan Lee are the executive producers. The screenplay is by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. Get ready to pick a side and join the nonstop action playing out on two fronts when Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” opens in U.S. theaters on May 6, 2016.

This is a great way to kick off the Captain America: Civil War countdown!!!!

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Celebrate Dino Week With The Good Dinosaur #GoodDino

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All this week, you can celebrate the upcoming release of The Good Dinosaur with Dino Week!

During Dino Week you will see new featurettes, fun activities, clips, information about exclusive Disney Store activities, and more!

But why wait?

Check out these three new clips now!

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“The Good Dinosaur” asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?

The Good Dinosaur

Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

Directed by Peter Sohn and produced by Denise Ream (“Cars 2”), Disney•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” opens in theaters on November 25, 2015.

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While we’ll be brining you even more news, make sure you keep up with the movie on Social Media!

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Artegon Marketplace Celebrates First Anniversary With A Week Of #AntiOrdinary Events

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Artegon Marketplace Celebrates First Anniversary With #AntiOrdinary Events

Free admission festivities include amped up Signature Events, Concert with Superstar Recording Artists, fun for all ages…and a Real Housewife of New Jersey

This week Artegon Marketplace is hosting a week-long line-up of free admission festivities and amped up signature events to celebrate its first anniversary.

They are also celebrating a transformation that has created a unique shopping experience to create Orlando’s most eclectic, diverse and truly original shopping, culinary and entertaining destination.

I had the opportunity to walk around Artegon Marketplace with David Miskin (Chief Creative Officer and mighty fine dancer), Amy Higgins (Vice President, Leasing), and their wonderful team to take in the changes that have taken place since their doors opened last year.

Artegon Marketplace

 

If you haven’t had that chance to visit or haven’t visited in awhile, you will be bowled over by the changes, additions, and re-invention of the Artegon Marketplace.

Artegon’s Anti-Ordinary First Anniversary Spectacular kicks off on Monday, November 16 with a free wine stroll and tasting of more than 10 varieties of vino with a special guest appearance by one of the Real Housewives of New Jersey; continues nightly with special events for every age, from a movie night to family food truck rally; and culminates on Saturday, November 21 with a free live concert hosted by Orlando hometown favorite, Joey Fatone from the legendary boyband N’SYNC.

Here’s the week’s line-up; pop the champagne and let’s get this party started!

Monday, November 16, 6-9 pm    Sip.  Stroll.  Shop. 

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Cheers to Artegon’s anniversary!! During this signature event, Wine Stroll guests will meander by wine tasting stations scattered throughout the entire center. Shoppers can sample more than 10 varieties paired with bite-sized morsels that perfectly enhance each wine – all for free (while supplies last). Sip and stroll through the center while enjoying live Jazz and Flamenco music. As you’re sauntering from station to station, you might just bump into New Jersey Housewife Melissa Gorga! Be among the first 150 shoppers in line at the anniversary edition of the Wine Stroll and receive a commemorative Artegon-embossed stemless wine glass. Do a little shopping. Earn free movie tickets.  See you Monday. Artegon Marketplace

The ARTegon Co-op is popping up at Artegon Marketplace.  6-9 P.M. An anti-ordinary art-oriented pop-up shop is celebrating its arrival at Artegon through an Opening Gala, spearheaded by Orlando’s own Justin Skip Skipper and Chris Tobar Rodriguez. Opening festivities involve appetizing foods and bubbly drinks (while supplies last) plus live music by DJ BMF.  Join the celebration of #AntiOrdinary #art #cooppopupshop

Tuesday, November 17, 5-7 pm    The Art of Beer 

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Craft beers have tapped into America’s love of suds. The celebration continues on Tuesday with the anniversary edition of The Art of Beer. Sample and savor more than 10 styles of Florida craft beers (while supplies last). The first 150 guests in attendance will enjoy their brewskis from a commemorative Artegon-embossed glass mug. Use the mug to try out one, three or all 10 of the craft beers. What else goes well with beer? Food and music! Enjoy discounted meals from Artegon food vendors while kicking back to the Smoking Torpedoes. Real Radio 104.1 talk show host favorite Dirty Jim will make an appearance and give away prizes to local loyal fans. And that’s not all. Former Orlando Magic basketball player Nick Anderson will be there. See you Tuesday. 

Wednesday, November 18, 6:30-10:30 pm    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

Come watch the most eagerly awaited movie of the year and celebrate the Cinemark Theatre’s renovation at Artegon Marketplace. Check out The Hunger Games:Mockingjay: Part 2 at Cinemark Artegon.

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Let the battle commence on an extra-large, ceiling-to-ceiling screen with custom sound, all in the comfort of stadium seating. Stay tuned to see how you can win tickets to a sneak preview of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 before the entire country sees it. (Attendance limited to contest winners.) Visit www.Artegon.com for details.) See you Wednesday. 

Thursday, November 19, 11 am – 8 pm   Prize Day, All Day

Artegon Marketplace

As a “Thank You” to everyone who’s made Artegon Marketplace the area’s most eclectic, diverse and truly original shopping, culinary and entertaining venue, the center is giving away prizes every hour on the hour from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. to lucky shoppers. Prizes include gift cards to a number of Artegon’s new retailers and artisans, free meals at the center’s eateries, free movie passes – and other unexpected surprises throughout the day. In order to win the prizes, shoppers must be present.  See you Thursday.

Friday, November 20, 5-9 pm.    Food Truck Family Night

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Bring the entire family to Food Truck Family Night on Friday and taste the offerings of local gourmet food trucks, with selections cooked fresh right on the spot. Shoppers who spend $20 or more during the event will receive a $5 Food Truck Buck to spend at any food truck of their choice that evening. Enjoy meet-and-greet opportunities with mascots UCF’s Knightro, Solar Bears’ Shades, Orlando Magic’s Stuff, three Orlando Predators dancers, and Orlando City’s street team. See you Friday.

Saturday, November 21 11. am – 9 pm    Artegon’s Festival of Music

The grand finale of Artegon’s Anti-Ordinary Anniversary Week Spectacular is Artegon’s Festival of Music, including all-time favorites and up-and-coming recording artists and entertainers. The entire community is invited to experience the stylings of the following recording superstars and entertainers at this free concert. The celebration kicks off at 11 a.m. with local entertainers, followed by a DJ getting everyone into the groove at 4 p.m. and headliners at 5 p.m. Sample from a variety of food trucks presented by Food Truck Crazy. Shoppers who spend $20 or more during the event will receive a $5 Food Truck Buck to spend at any food truck of their choice that evening. Meet and greets with select artists will be available.

Check out Artegon Marketplace’s website and Facebook events page for dates, times and details.  See you Saturday.

SAMANTHA MUMBA

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Samantha Mumba is an Irish singer and actress whose hit single Gotta Tell You reached the Top 10 in the United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland in 2000.  Her album Gotta Tell You stayed on the charts for six months and is certified platinum with a total of four million copies sold to date. Mumba enjoyed five more Top 10 hits in the UK and her song Baby, Come Over peaked at 50 on the US charts. 

JUDY TORRES

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Judy Torres is known as “The Queen of Freestyle.” She scored club hits with songs such as Please Stay TonightCome into My ArmsLove StoryI Love You, Will You Love MeNo Reason to Cry, and chart- topping remake of Journey’s Faithfully. Torres has performed non-stop to sold out crowds since the release of her first single in 1987. In 1998, Torres joined iHeart Radio’s 103.5 FM KTU in New York as an on-air personality.

AARON CARTER

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Aaron Carter came to fame very early in life at the age of seven and released his first self-titled debut album at the age of 10. He was one the biggest teenage heart throbs in the late 1990’s and in the early 2000’s. Carter’s second album Aaron’s Party (Come Get It) put him on the map, selling 1.5 million copies. He is set to release new music in early 2016. In addition, Carter has recently starred in the Broadway classic Fantasticks, and competed on Dancing with the Stars.

BEFORE YOU EXIT (BYE)

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This Orlando-based band consists of three brothers: Connor, 21 (vocals/guitar); Riley, 19, (lead vocals); and Toby, 17, (vocals, guitar).  They caught the attention of the legendary music manager Johnny Wright, who signed the group. Wright also manages Justin Timberlake and many others. BYE was named the winners of the Macy’s iHeart Radio Rising Star campaign, and performed at the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.  BYE has had three hit singles on the Radio Disney charts.

ROB BASE

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Part of the hip hop duo with DJ E-Z Rock, Rob Base is most famous for his hit single It Takes two.  This song was a Top 40 hit and became platinum, along with their album. They were also known for being pioneers of the crossover success that rap music would have in the popular music mainstream.

JOEY FATONE (HOST)

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Best known as a member of the legendary boyband N’SYNC, Joey Fatone’s current hosting gigs include the announcer on Family FeudFood Network’s Rewrapped; and Live Well Network’s My Family Recipe Rocks. Joey is also guest host of the live version of The Price is Right in Las Vegas.

Artegon Marketplace Check back frequently at Artegon Marketplace’s website and Facebook events page for updates on all anniversary week events dates, times and locations. Talent appearances subject to change without notice.

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About Artegon Marketplace:

Artegon Marketplace Orlando is a 1.1 million-square-foot shopping attraction and artisan marketplace that is reinventing the retail experience for today’s discerning consumer. Located on the north end of International Drive, Artegon caters to both local residents and visitors looking for an eclectic, diverse and truly original shopping, culinary and entertaining adventure. Distinguishing the retail destination is Florida’s largest daily indoor artisan marketplace where over 165 local artisans and crafts people sell one-of-a-kind items. Guests can also discover the area’s only Bass Pro Shops, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Boot Barn and Gods & Monsters, plus blow their own works of art at International Hot Glass, climb a ropes course, take in a movie at Cinemark Theatres, sip craft beers at signature monthly events, and much more – essentially creating their own authentic experience with every visit.

For operating hours, directions and more information, visit Artegon Marketplace Orlando (Artegon.com.) Like on Facebook and Follow on Twitter and Instagram 

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Bond Wishes

BondToday marks the official opening of the latest James Bond film, SPECTRE, in the United States. This 24th installment in the official Bond series has been widely anticipated for months now. U.K. box office records have been smashed with the opening of SPECTRE, and I have high hopes for a very strong performance after following up from Skyfall being a massive hit in 2012. Daniel Craig dons the tux for the fourth times as 007 and I cannot wait to see this movie. As I mentioned previously in our fall round table, this is the second most anticipated film of the year for me, just behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you haven’t already, go back and check out my post on SPECTRE and why I cannot wait for this movie here.

Before I see this movie, probably multiple times in the next few weeks if it is half as good as the trailer seems to be, I wanted to share some of my wishes for this James Bond movie.

SPECTRE is the classic organization featured in Ian Fleming’s original stories as well as most of the Sean Connery era Bond flicks. I hope they reintroduce this group of baddies in a fresh way, but still paying homage to the Bond films of the 60s and early 70s.

To take this one step further, I’d love to learn the connection between SPECTRE and Quantum, and I’m sure Mr. White is somehow involved.

Bring Blofeld back! It doesn’t have to be the Oberhauser character that Christoph Waltz is playing, but I do want to see the return of the criminal mastermind in this or Bond 25 in a couple years.

I need to see a classic M/Q/Moneypenny scene in and around M’s office with the double red quilted leather doors. Ralph Fiennes as M needs to go back to treating Bond like Bernard Lee did back in the beginning. He acts as a scolding father figure who always has his agent’s best interest at heart, but never loses sight of the mission.

A return to the gun barrel opening with Daniel Craig as Bond would be amazing! This is just one of the quintessential Bond elements I would love to see in SPECTRE.

Another element I’ve been missing is a great action skiing scene reminiscent of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, The Spy Who Loved Me, For Your Eyes Only, and The World Is Not Enough. Maybe we can skip the cheesiness of the snowboarding to the Beach Boys’ California Girls in A View to a Kill.

Speaking of music, I’d love to hear more of the James Bond theme used properly at dramatic or action filled moments.

Lastly, I would adore a return to some of the fun, quippy one liners that we got with Sean Connery and Roger Moore. I understand this has been a reboot and was going for a darker tone, but just throw me a couple fun moments and I’d be a very happy Bond girl.

Are you planning on seeing SPECTRE this weekend? Are you one of the lucky ones overseas who has already been to see this new Bond film? What are you most looking forward to?

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Falling in Love with Jane the Virgin

Jane the Virgin
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I have found a new love in my life, and it is a tv show called Jane the Virgin. This fantastically quirky, heartfelt, and humorous show debuted on the CW in 2014 and just started its sophomore season a few weeks ago.

Gina Rodriguez plays the title character whose full name is not really Jane the Virgin, but Jane Gloriana Villanueva. Jane is 23 when we first meet her, and despite the fact she’s in a two year committed relationship with her boyfriend, Michael, she is still a virgin. This is almost completely due to the influence of Jane’s abuela (grandmother), Alba, who Jane lives with, along with Jane’s mother Xiomara. Alba is originally from Venezuela and is a devout Catholic. Xiomara had Jane when she was only sixteen, so it is Alba’s mission to protect Jane’s virtue and to not let Jane follow her mother’s path.

The show is set in Miami and is so delightful with the cast of characters. The best way I have come up with to describe this fantastic show is a wonderful combination of the Gilmore Girls, a Mexican telenovela (soap opera), and the magical realism of author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, infused with the hallucinations of Ally McBeal. For Gilmore Girls fans, there are many similarities between Jane and Rory, and Xiomara is a much looser interpretation of Lorelai. Jane is hardworking, determined, goal oriented, and loves her family. She also longs to know her father, but Xiomara lied to Jane telling her he was a soldier on leave. In reality, Jane’s father was Xiomara’s high school love, Rogelio de la Vega, who turns out to now be a megastar on the Villanueva family’s favorite telenovela, The Passions of Santos.

The premise of Jane the Virgin is tricky, but I’ll try to explain in the least complicated way I can. It is a soap after all, complete with a narrator and captions on the screen. Jane lives at home with her mom and grandma, is in a loving relationship with Michael, is finishing up her undergraduate degree in education with hopes of becoming a teacher. To help pay her way through school, Jane works as a waitress at an upscale hotel on South Beach called the Marbella.

Here is where it starts to get complicated. Jane the Virgin works for the super hot young hotel owner, Rafael Solano, with whom she had shared a kiss five years prior when she was a waitress at the country club where he belonged. Rafael is married to Petra, who wants to have his baby to save their troubled marriage. He previously had cancer, but is now in remission, so Rafael had saved some sperm prior to his chemo with hopes of eventually having a child with Petra after she miscarried a few years earlier.

Petra is now taking Rafael’s sample to her ob/gyn to be artificially inseminated, without his knowledge. It so happens that Jane is at the same doctor for her annual exam. The doctor also coincidentally is Rafael’s half-sister Luisa, who is very upset, having found her wife cheating on her the night before. Even though her nurse tells Luisa correctly that she has an insemination in one room and an exam in the other, Luisa mixes up the rooms and goes into Jane the Virgin’s room. Luisa asks the exhausted and partially sleeping Jane if she’s ready for her insemination and Jane pulls a “what? yeah” out. So Jane is accidentally inseminated with her boss Rafael’s specimen, then Luisa enters the second room to find Petra there waiting to be inseminated. Did I mention this was also Rafael’s only remaining sample?

As you can imagine, hilarity, and a good bit of drama ensues once it is discovered that Jane the Virgin is pregnant with the baby her boss’ wife was trying to surprise him with and it was his half-sister that caused the mix up. Many soap opera tropes appear like hidden identities, twin swapping, unknown parentage, affairs, and of course murder.

Having said all of this, Jane the Virgin is one of the funniest and most lighthearted shows I’ve seen. I highly recommend you check it out. The first season is streaming on Netflix and available on dvd, and the first four episodes of this season are still streaming online at the CW. Jane is one of my favorite characters on tv ever. She is intelligent, independent, loving, and hilarious. Go watch Jane the Virgin now and I bet you’ll fall in love too!

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