The Spring issue of Disney Twenty-Three magazine, offered exclusively to D23 Gold and Gold Family Members as a benefit of their membership, is set to be arrive mid-February, and it is chocked full of amazing content.
Inside of the issue there’s a closer look at Black Panther that hits theaters on February 16th, and director Ryan Coogler and executive producer Nate Moore whisk readers off to Wakanda to get the inside story behind the making of the thrilling Marvel film.
Disney twenty-three also visited the set of A Wrinkle in Time, speaking with director Ava DuVernay about her dazzling adaptation of the exhilarating adventure which opens this March.
Plus, in honor of Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s 20th anniversary, legendary Imagineer Joe Rohde shares 20 ways this innovative theme park—which he has worked on since its inception—broke the mold.
Also included in the spring issue of Disney twenty-three:
• A look inside D23’s 2018 Gold Member Gift, Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse
• The imagination and origination of Tokyo Disney Resort
• The inside-the-nursery story of Disney Junior’s all-new Muppet Babies
• Spectacular artwork that inspired Peter Pan, which celebrates its 65th anniversary this year
• A visit to the office of Disney’s Animal Kingdom vice president Djuan Rivers
• Regular features including Character Analysis, D Society, and Ask Dave
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 atD23.comand at shopDisney.com/D23.
Registration is now open for 2018’s Brick Dash 5K Presented by Publix, the popular Central Florida run/walk set for Saturday, April 14 at LEGOLAND Florida Resort.
The fun begins at 7 a.m. with a 5K race that sends runners winding their way through LEGOLAND Florida Resort, including the famous Cypress Gardens area, followed at 8 a.m.with a half-mile “fun run” for kids. Favorite LEGO characters like Emmet, Wyldstyle, Benny, Kai, Nya and Master Wu will cheer runners and walkers of all ages during both races.
Online registration is $35 per person (plus processing fee) for all 5K participants and “virtual” runners. Fun run registration is limited to children 3-12 and is $25 per person online (plus processing fee). A special family registration option is available by mail for $99, and includes 5K registration for two adults and fun run registration for two children.
To register online or to obtain the family registration form visit this website. A course map will be available soon using the same link.
All 5K participants and virtual runners will receive a Brick Dash T-shirt, a goodie bag of sponsor material and a special LEGO brick medal designed by LEGOLAND Master Model Builders.
Fun run participants will receive a Brick Dash T-shirt, a goodie bag of sponsor material and a collectible LEGO brick commemorating the event. T-shirts and medals are guaranteed only for registrations received by March 30. Winners in each division also will receive a one-of-a-kind LEGO trophy.
Brick Dash 5K Presented by Publix benefits Merlin’s Magic Wand, a worldwide charity that helps seriously ill, disabled and disadvantaged children and their families enjoy a magical day out at more than 120 Merlin Entertainments attractions around the globe. For those unable to visit a Merlin attraction, the organization creates whimsical Merlin’s Magic Spaces in community facilities that serve the needs of children.
Brick Dash participants who want to stay overnight can save up to $260 on a LEGOLAND Florida vacation package now through Feb. 28*, including:
• An overnight stay at any LEGOLAND Vacations accommodations, including the on-site LEGOLAND Hotel and adjacent LEGOLAND Beach Retreat.
• Two-day theme park/water park combo tickets for all adults on the reservation.
• A free, two-day child’s theme park/water park combo ticket for every adult on the reservation. That means a booking with two adults and two children will include two-day tickets for both adults and free two-day tickets for both children.
• Free breakfast for guests of LEGOLAND Hotel and LEGOLAND Beach Retreat (not including the day of arrival).
*Restrictions apply. For complete details or to book online, visit, and look for the “Kids Stay & Play Free” package.
LEGOLAND Florida Resort features more than 50 rides, shows and attractions inspired by popular LEGO and DUPLO® brands, including awesome experiences based on “The LEGO Movie™,” “LEGO NINJAGO®: Masters of Spinjitzu,” LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS™, LEGO City, LEGO Technic and LEGO Friends, plus LEGOLAND Water Park and on-site accommodations at the 152-room LEGOLAND Hotel and the 166-room LEGOLAND Beach Retreat. For more information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com/florida.
After more than half a century on the road and an unparalleled career that has redefined the cultural landscape, Elton John announced details of his final tour called Farewell Yellow Brick Road that will come to Orlando’s Amway Center on Tuesday, November 27.
“Performing live fuels me and I’m ecstatic and humbled to continue to play to audiences across the globe,” said Elton. “I plan to bring the passion and creativity that has entertained my fans for decades to my final tour. After the tour finishes, I’m very much looking forward to closing off that chapter of my life by saying farewell to life on the road. I need to dedicate more time to raising my children.”
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 2, at 10 am, but there are other ways to purchase your tickets in advance for this can’t miss concert.
American Express card members may purchase tickets in advance until Monday, January 29 at 10 p.m. EST. A limited number of exclusive VIP Packages are available now, and these exclusive offers can include premium tickets, on-stage photo opportunities at Elton’s piano, backstage tours, limited-edition lithographs, custom merchandise and much more. Tickets and VIP packages may be purchased at EltonJohn.com.
The Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour pre-sale is powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fan (Ticketmaster’s fan-first technology, built to help artists combat ticket bots and get tickets into the hands of fans that intend to go to the event). Tickets for the tour will be available through registration using Ticketmaster Verified Fan until Saturday January 27. The pre-sale will begin Tuesday January 30 at 10 a.m. EST and run through Wednesday January 31 at 10 p.m. EST; supplies are limited. Registration is required to participate in the TM Verified Fan Pre-sale. For more information and to register, visit EltonJohn.com.
Tickets for Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour pricing has not been released yet, but you can 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.
And now for the Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour fine print:
Limited on-ice seating is available upon request.
Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more.
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.
My favorite fashionista, Minnie Mouse, will soon be getting her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Disney Springs will be hosting a special event to celebrate her style, flair, and polka dots from January 18-21, 2018.
At Disney Springs you will find all sorts of great offers and #RockTheDots Activities including:
A new ‘Minnie’-makeover debuting on January 18th at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique that is called the Minnie Dot Package that includes a tutu, t-shirt bow and Minnie Mouse hairstyle. I strongly advise calling to book an appointment advance via 407-WDW-STYLE in Florida. AS A BONUS: guests that experience a Minnie Dot Package Makeover January 18 – 22, 2018 at Disney Springs, they’ll be eligible for a complimentary Minnie Mouse dessert at Amorette’s Patisserie.
PANDORA Jewelry will release a new limited-time Minnie Mouse gift set featuring three Minnie Mouse-inspired charms, plus a gift with purchase – a polka dot Minnie Mouse scarf – while supplies last.
Fifteen Disney Springs retailers will be offering additional savings from January 18 – 22, 2018.
At Alex and Ani, the first 100 guests each day will receive a free gift along with daily in-store surprises.
At Coach, a free gift with any purchase is in the bag for all event guests.
M.A.C. Cosmetics is also participating with a complimentary “mini” Minnie-inspired demo.
A handful of food and beverage locations (Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza, Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea, Paddlefish, D-Luxe Burger, The Ganachery and Sprinkles) will feature discounts and/or Minnie-themed products as well, so bring your appetite, too.
The #RockTheDots event culminates on January 21, which just happens tobe National Polka Dot Day, when the main event showcases a DJ Dance Party in the heart of Town Center from 1 – 6 p.m. where Minnie Mouse will make frequent appearances in different stylish outfits.
There will also be a photo backdrop sponsored by PANDORA Jewelry with Disney PhotoPass photographers on-site to capture the moment with fun props and frames to ensure you strike your most stylish pose.
If you want to start the party early, Paddlefish will offer a “polka dot brunch” from 12 – 3 p.m. that infuses a bit of pampering to the meal, there will be complimentary hand massages from L’Occitane, and make-up applications from Sephora are on the menu.
As a special treat for Minnie Mouse herself, she is going to get a very special send-off for her grand Hollywood adventure to get her star from Disney’s Hollywood Studios this Sunday, January 21 at 1 pm EST!
If you can’t make it in person to the send-off, you can watch a special #DisneyParksLIVE stream of this milestone in Disney history!
Also commemorative buttons will be given out at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort while supplies last.
For more information on Minnie Rocks the Dots in Florida, follow @DisneySprings on Twitter and Instagram.
Seven of the biggest stars, the giant monster trucks from Monster Jam, will be on display in Orlando this Thursday, January 18. For fans, it’s a chance to see and take pictures with the enormous trucks before these beasts roar into Camping World Stadium on Saturday, January 20. Best part, it’s all free to the public.
Approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, Monster Jam trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster Jam trucks can fly up to 125 to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 35 feet in the air.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 18 – MONSTER JAM TRUCKS ON DISPLAY in Central Florida
Monster Jam will be performing at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Gates open at 5 p.m., opening ceremonies are at 6:30 p.m., and racing starts at 7 p.m.
The Monster Jam Pit Party, which will take place on Saturday, January 20, from 2:30-5:30 p.m., provides unprecedented access to the Monster Jam trucks and drivers. This unique experience in the world of motorsports gives fans access to see the trucks up close, take pictures, meet the drivers and get their autographs.
New in 2018, the Pit Party Early Access Pass is available to every fan who purchases a ticket to the event. The pass provides early entry into the Pit Party from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and serves as the regular Pit Party pass from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Monster Jam drivers will depart from the Pit Party at 5 p.m. The Pit Party Early Access Pass must be accompanied by an event ticket, and quantities are limited.
Tickets and Pit Party Passes are available at the Amway Center Box office in advance, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Same day event ticket and pit pass required for entry to pit party. All seats reserved. Subject to facility fee, plus convenience and handling charges. Camping World Stadium is located at One Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando, FL 32805.
DISCLOSURE: I was invited by the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts to see a performance of ‘School of Rock’ with my daughter, but all opinions are my own
I have always loved going to the theatre, and I even majored in it and met my husband at the Theatre Arts program at Virginia Tech.
So when Zoe finally started expressing an interest in seeing a musical, I wanted to make sure that she was both able to fully enjoy the experience as well as respect the experience of others.
The Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts, located in downtown Orlando, is a beautiful venue that is the perfect place for families in this same position since it is grand while not being intimidating and offers a diverse season of shows, concerts, and traveling productions.
Here are some of the ways that I prepared Zoe for our outing to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
Tips For Visiting Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts With Kids
Pick the right show for your family
The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has a variety of performances (you can see the schedule here), and the next FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando is Disney’s The Lion King that will have performances February 14 to March 11, 2018, and tickets start at $35.25.
Make sure that younger ones can stay up late
While most shows offer weekend matinee shows, most performances happen on the later side of the evening which means that dinner and bedtimes will need to be shifted some.
Familiarize your little ones with the show that they’ll be seeing
Kids tend to do better when they understand the premise of the show that they are going to go see, and a nice way to do that is by talking about the show that you will be seeing, watching a movie version of the show, or reading the book that the show is based on to give them an idea of what they can expect to happen during the show.
Don’t be afraid to also keep reviewing what they’ll be seeing and experiencing, especially when you are on your way to the theatre, so you can answer any additional questions they may have.
Talk about expected behavior at the theatre
While it can be overwhelming thinking of taking a child to the theatre to sit through two to three hours with a small break when they need to be able to sit relatively sit still while having good etiquette, but if you look at it theatre etiquette is really a lot like movie theater etiquette!
Pay attention to announcements that are made prior to many shows about the rules of the theater you are attending and the location of the fire exits.
Speaking during the performance impacts those around you, so make sure that if it is an emergency that you speak in a whisper.
Remember that the Overture (introductory music) in Musical Theater is part of the performance, so be quiet when it begins.
Pictures during the performance can be very distracting to the actors and can cause a mishap, so try to take them before/after the performance or during intermission.
Keep in mind that the seats are close, so please keep your feet on the floor and refrain from kicking the seats in front of you.
Do laugh and applaud when it is appropriate during the performance. While the lights on the stage are bright and the actors may not see you, they appreciate your interaction.
Make sure to applaud at the end of the show to let the performers and crew know that you appreciate their work, and you can even stand and applaud if you really thought the show was great.
Make going to the theatre an event!
Who doesn’t love getting gussied up to go to a fancy place?
Use your time at the theatre as an excuse to get dressed up to show that this is an important and special outing.
Arrive early to the theatre
Since the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is located in Downtown Orlando (445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801), so you will want to factor in time for traffic, parking and walking to the venue , and going through security so it is best to give yourself some extra time to cut out some of the stress of getting to the venue.
Once you arrive, I also suggest taking a few moments to take in the beautiful building and use the facilities.
For directions, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has great information on their website.
As for a little boost for shorter ones to see
If you are going to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts with a child on the shorter side, you can visit the information desk, located under the staircase towards the back left of the lobby, to receive a free booster for them to see the show better.
Take a walk around the lobby during intermission
A good way to get the jitters out from sitting still during the first act is to take a walk around the lobby during the intermission.
Intermission typically lasts 15 minutes, so keep an eye on the lines at the concessions area and the restrooms to make sure if you need to visit either you have time to do so without rushing too much.
If they have a blast, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts offers a large variety of classes.
The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts offers classes for children as young as two, and you can find information here.
Zoe and I had an absolute blast at the fantastic performance of School of Rock, but should I worry that I asked her to clean her room & she started blasting ‘Stick it to the Man’?
DISCLOSURE: I am a member of D23 and passing along some great information in case you wanted to know about the 2018 member gift!
D23: The Official Disney Fan Club was established in 2009 for passionate Disney fans to celebrate their love of the Disney Parks to the legendary Walt Disney Animation Studios with special events, publications, online content, tours, and more.
D23 was established to bring Disney fans closer to the “magic” through one-of-a-kind experiences, special events, unique merchandise offerings, quarterly publications, exclusive online content, and opportunities to meet others who share the same affection for Disney. D23 offers fans an insider look at every corner of Disney, from the parks, animation, television and film to the treasures of the legendary Walt Disney Archives.
There are several levels of D23 memberships, you can find them all here, and every year for those opting to purchase a Gold Membership they offer a special gift.
And just this week D23 has announced that its 2018 Gold Member Gift will center around Mickey Mouse in honor of his upcoming 90th birthday, on November 18, 2018. The D23 Team worked with the Walt Disney Archives to curate this collectible box set of 23 items, and it looks awesome!
2018 D23 Gold Member Gift
1 – Steamboat Willie Original Script Pages (1928)
A star is born as Mickey dazzles audiences with antics set to animation’s first synchronized soundtrack. Predating the invention of the storyboard, this illustrated continuity becomes a treasured memento that Walt Disney keeps in his desk.
2 – Mickey Mouse Comic Strip Fan Card (1931)
Newspaper “funny pages” bring Mickey into homes, and millions follow his serialized adventures. When Mickey poses for a formal photograph, readers are encouraged to write in to see the finished result… and find tag-along pal Butch making a surprise appearance!
3 – Miniature Cel from Parade of the Award Nominees (1932)
Created for one showing at the 1932 Academy Awards dinner, Mickey appears in color for the first time on screen. Comic caricatures of the year’s Oscar nominees process alongside Minnie Mouse, Clarabelle Cow, and Pluto.
4 – Mickey and Minnie Doll—McCall Printed Pattern No. 91 (1932)
Huggable Mickey and Minnie toys become a national craze, and when official doll maker Charlotte Clark cannot accommodate the overwhelming demand, Disney authorizes a home-use pattern so mothers can make mice for their eager little ones.
5 – Hyperion Studio “Ickymay Ousmay” Crest (ca. 1933)
As the Disney Studio on Hyperion Avenue prospers and expands, a whimsical coat of arms appears on an interior door. With faux formality, a banner device in Pig Latin glorifies the source behind the success: Mickey Mouse!
6 – Carl Laemmle Scrapbook Page Art (ca. 1935)
Hollywood pioneer Carl Laemmle’s Universal Pictures once distributed Disney Oswald cartoons and, later, Mickey’s as well. In tribute to Laemmle, Walt sends this historic greeting—likely the only time Mickey and Oswald will “meet” until the lucky rabbit’s 2006 “homecoming.”
7 – Walt Disney Productions Logo (1940s)
The new, purpose-built Disney campus in Burbank allows increased productivity and possibilities. This elegant logo art appears on everything from electrical generators and location vehicles to mailroom bicycles and matchbooks.
8 – The Nifty Nineties Animation Drawing (1941)
Mickey is not only “taken by surprise” by a coquettish Minnie in this nostalgic cartoon short, but also drawn with enormous appeal by Disney Legend Fred Moore.
9 – Aircraft Worker Insignia Sticker (ca. 1942)
With his wrench and propeller forming a “V” for victory, Mickey represents the “can-do” spirit of the American home front. Ultimately, Disney provides mascot and insignia art, buoying the resolve of thousands serving in military and civilian groups.
10 – “Walt Disney and Staff” Christmas Card (1947)
For Walt’s traditional holiday greeting, artist Hank Porter depicts Mickey as another beloved joy-giver: Santa Claus! Inside, a galaxy of Disney characters toasts the new year, including Mickey’s feature co-stars from Fun and Fancy Free.
11 – Television Prop “Book” (1954) and Portrait Enclosure (1953)
In his first weekly television broadcast, Walt Disney not only introduces his innovative theme park concept but pays tribute to the mouse that started it all. Walt’s on-screen scrapbook contains Mickey’s portrait in oil by Disney Legend John Hench.
12 – Television Commercial Model Sheet (1954)
For a brief time, Disney creates animated television commercials featuring simplified “modern” stylings of characters designed to read clearly on early TV screens. Artist Tom Oreb is the first to re-think Mickey in these geometric, contemporary terms.
13- The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Record Cover (Disneyland Records, ca. 1957)
Dramatic art by Disney Legend Al Dempster shows Mickey at his magical best, accompanying the original Fantasia recording of Paul Dukas’ classical composition. To make sure young listeners can follow along, clever narration by Sterling Holloway is added.
14 – “Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club” Mouseketeers Fan Card (1957)
Featuring five themed days, catchy music, educational outreach, and unforgettable headwear, the Mickey Mouse Club is a broadcasting sensation. This card shows its young stars ready for their third season, along with “Mooseketeers” Jimmie Dodd and Roy Williams.
15 – Walt Disney World Mickey Mouse Revue Attraction Poster (1971)
Mickey conquers a new medium of animation—as an Audio-Animatronics figure—headlining his own show in the new Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Hollywood designers John DeCuir Sr. and David Negron’s dynamic poster has motion in mind (plus a few hidden friends)!
16 – Disneyland Backstage Cast Magazine—Commemorative Issue (Summer 1978)
Parodying Norman Rockwell’s famous Saturday Evening Post cover, Charles Boyer’s “Triple Self Portrait” fronts a celebration of both Walt and Mickey, including Mickey’s “own story,” a photo timeline, and a look at the wristwatch that became a generational icon.
17 – “Happy Birthday, Mickey” Button (1978)
This jubilant logo honors the 50th anniversary of Mickey’s debut. Inspired by familiar cartoon title card art, legendary Disney animator Ward Kimball sports his pinback throughout a commemorative “whistle stop” train tour and for many years thereafter.
18 – “We Are Doing It” WED/MAPO Poster (ca. 1981)
Based on art created for a Library of Congress exhibit, Disney Imagineers use this poster for inspiration as they hurry to build both EPCOT Center and Tokyo Disneyland. The original heading is optimistically overprinted as the projects near completion.
19 – “Oh, What a Merry Christmas Day” Vocal Lead Sheet (1982)
After a 30-year absence, Mickey returns to the big screen in Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983). Disney greets Dickens with this song, by Disney Legend Irwin Kostal (Mary Poppins) and Frederick Searles, seen here in its nascent pre-production form.
20 – Tron Film Print (Hidden Mickey) (1982)
Only the sharpest eyes catch Mickey’s image as Flynn and Yori ride a “Solar Sailer” beyond the game grid of Tron. Within the electronic terrain, Mickey is on hand as computer animation makes magic that was unimaginable in the Steamboat Willie days.
21 – Tokyo Disneyland Souvenir Gift Bag (1983)
A colorful array of classic attractions beckons visitors to explore the new “Kingdom of Family Dreams” in Japan. Mickey welcomes the world and ushers in an era of international Disney entertainment experiences that extend beyond movie and television screens.
22 – Disney Channel Launch Party Napkin (1983)
When Disney inaugurates its premium cable service in April 1983, one of the first images broadcast is a mouse-shaped satellite—“ears” poised to beam entertainment to all. Launch parties celebrate another milestone (and medium) for Mickey.
23 – Shanghai Disneyland Mickey Avenue Seal (2016)
Flanked by pals Donald Duck and Goofy, Mickey greets the sunshine of new horizons on Mickey Avenue. The cartoon-themed thoroughfare transports visitors to a “one-reel town” that’s also a gateway to the newest in Disney wonders.
If you aren’t a D23 member? What are you waiting for?
You can find out more about the benefits of joining here.
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and Bill Blumenreich Presents announced that Vice President Joe Biden: American Promise Tour will be at the venue’s Walt Disney Theater on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 7 pm.
During his American Promise Tour events, Vice President Biden has discussed the big political moments of his career, the life-altering choices he made, and the key traits that have helped him persevere through challenges often with guest moderators.
PROMISE ME, DAD chronicles 2015, the most momentous and challenging year in Vice President Biden’s extraordinary life and career. For twelve months, the vice president balanced the twin imperatives of living up to his responsibilities to his country and his family while his son Beau battled brain cancer. Never far away was the insistent question of whether he should seek the presidency in 2016. Writing with poignancy and immediacy, Vice President Biden allows readers to feel the urgency of each moment, to experience the days when he felt unable to move forward, as well as the days when he felt like he could not afford to stop.
Tickets start at $68 and go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 22, 2017 at 10 am and include a copy of his new book, Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose (on sale now, $27, Flatiron Books). VIP Meet & Greet tickets are also available. General audience tickets and VIP tickets 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 between 10 am and 4 pm. Monday through Friday, or 12 pm and 4 pm Saturday. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees.
“Over the last month I’ve traveled around the country to share the story of my son Beau. I have been incredibly touched by countless stories of resilience and hope that so many people have shared with me – stories of enormous loss, and yet, in defiance of that loss, they get up every morning and summon the strength to live a life of purpose. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to continue this tour and hear from so many more people,” says Vice President Biden.
Vice President Joe Biden is represented by Creative Artists Agency (CAA), which developed and will continue to oversee the American Promise Tour.
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announces Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
The live-to-picture performance of Oscar-winning composer John Williams’s musical score will arrive in the Walt Disney Theater on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Since the release of Star Wars 40 years ago, the saga has had a seismic impact on both cinema and culture, inspiring audiences around the world with its mythic storytelling, captivating characters, groundbreaking special effects and iconic musical scores composed by Williams. The Empire Strikes Back took the series down a darker, more romantic, and heavier path, a sad second act with a cliffhanger ending. Williams followed suit, plumbing new emotional territory and adding iconic new themes to his expanding musical tapestry.
Legendary composer Williams is well-known for scoring all seven of the “Star Wars” saga films, beginning with “Episode IV: A New Hope” in 1977, which earned him the Academy Award for Best Original Score. His scores for “Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back,” “Episode VI: Return of the Jedi” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” were each nominated for Oscars for Best Original Score.
Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards and 22 GRAMMY Awards. With 50 Academy Award nominations, he is the Academy most-nominated living person and the second most-nominated individual in history, after Walt Disney. In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams’s score to 1977’s “Star Wars” as the greatest American film score of all time. The soundtrack to Star Wars was also preserved by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl’s Hall of Fame in 2000, and he received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004, the National Medal of Arts in 2009 and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2016. Williams has composed the scores for eight of the top 20 highest-grossing films at the U.S. box office (adjusted for inflation).
The Florida Mall, a Simon property, has announced an exciting new family programming series created in collaboration with Disney Junior called Disney Junior Play Date that will kick off with an event that will be held on Tuesday, October 31st from 5 to 8 pm during their Mall-o-Ween event.
During the Disney Junior Play Date Halloween celebration, The Florida Mall will have a viewing station in the Macy’s Court for guests to watch Disney Junior’s newest animated series “Vampirina,” about a young vampire girl and her family who have recently moved from their home in Transylvania to Pennsylvania. There will also be Vampirina activities that included a coloring station, a mad science station, a crafts station, and more.
Guests will also have the opportunity to take part in the Mall-o-Ween Trick-or-Treating event at the Play Park. Children of all ages are encouraged to sport their best Halloween costume* to haunt The Florida Mall in search of candy. There will also be face painting, a photo booth, Mad Science experiments, special character experiences, and more.
*Costumes should be worn only during event hours and masks are allowed only on children 12 years old and younger.
The Disney Junior Play Dates’ events will be featured throughout the year and include on-mall activities around Holiday, Easter, and other seasonal celebrations.
“The Florida Mall has long championed a commitment to delivering family-friendly programming,” said Andrea Bjornlie, Director of Marketing and Business Development at The Florida Mall,“and teaming up with Disney Junior is the latest fulfillment of that pledge. We couldn’t be more excited to join forces with the world’s leading entertainment company on these exciting family events and themed play areas.”
Not in the Orlando area? Many of Simon’s best-known properties around the country are participating in this program including The Westchester (New York), Northshore Mall (Boston), Opry Mills (Nashville), Grapevine Mills (Dallas), Woodfield Mall (Chicago), The Florida Mall (Orlando), Del Amo Fashion Center (Los Angeles), Stanford Shopping Center (San Jose), and King of Prussia (Philadelphia).
This Halloween weekend, Friday, October 27th – Tuesday, October 31st, you can celebrate the Halloween holiday with Jack Skellington, Sally, Oogie Boogie, and more as Disney’s beloved animated classic THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS returns for a limited engagement exclusively in over 300 Regal cinemas locations nationwide!
Tickets are now on sale at select Regal theaters. Participating theaters include locations in Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Additionally, members of Regal Crown Club and Disney Movie Rewards loyalty programs can get rewarded for seeing Disney movies at Regal theaters when they link their accounts. Members will receive 25 Disney Movie Rewards bonus points for linking. Join Regal Crown Club and Disney Movie Rewards today to get all the benefits of seeing Disney movies! For information on Disney Movie Rewards linking with Regal Crown Club loyalty program visit www.DisneyMovieRewards.com/LinkMe
Fans of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show”! Trevor Noah is coming to Orlando…I repeat…Trevor Noah is coming to Orlando!
Earlier this month the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and AEG Presents announced Trevor Noah, comedian and television host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, will play the Bob Carr Theater onSaturday, January 27, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now and start at $39.50 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. The Bob Carr Theater is located off the Dr. Phillips Center campus at 401 W. Livingston Street in Orlando.
Noah debuted his 9th new comedy special, “Afraid of the Dark” in February of this year on Netflix. The special was shot before a packed house in New York City at the Beacon Theatre on November 5, 2016. Last year, Noah debuted his one-hour stand-up special, “Trevor Noah: Lost in Translation,” on Comedy Central. He was the subject of David Paul Meyer’s award-winning documentary film, “You Laugh, But It’s True,” which tells the story of his remarkable career in post-apartheid South Africa. His Showtime comedy special, “Trevor Noah: African American,” premiered in 2013. He was nominated for “Personality of the Year” at the 2014 and 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards and won the award in 2015. Trevor’s success has also spanned to sold-out shows over 5 continents.
Born in South Africa to a black South African mother and a white European father, Noah has hosted numerous television shows, including South Africa’s music, television and film awards, and two seasons of his own late night talk show, “Tonight with Trevor Noah.” Noah joined the “The Daily Show with John Stewart” in 2014 as a contributor.
On Friday, October 20th from 5 to 9 pm, the Pink Bash will celebrate survivors with the chance to to support the cause and honor those that are fighting, have been touched, or have lost their battle to breast cancer on the West Meadow of Central Park in Winter Park, FL.
Pink Bash is an annual community celebration and fundraiser event designed to bring breast cancer awareness to Central Florida in an interactive and uplifting way.
“Cancer has or will affect every single one of us in one way or another. The City of Winter Park proudly stands with Libby’s Legacy for their work to promote education, research and innovative medical care in the fight against breast cancer. We thank Libby’s Legacy for their work toward this goal, and appreciate all who support this mission by participating in amazing events such as the 6th Annual Pink Bash.” Steve Leary, Winter Park Mayor.
Pink Bash offers a vibrant line-up of activities throughout the evening including:
· Survivor Fashion Show – presented by Dillard’s and featuring local Central Florida survivors
· Gourmet Food – Featuring the area’s best restaurants (available for purchase)
· Fundraising Activities and Exclusive Prizes
Advance General Admission: $20 per person ($30 at the door) – Includes admission, a Pink Bash tasting glass and complimentary beer, wine and signature cocktails. Food is available for purchase at the event.
Use promo code PINK for $5 off advance purchase tickets.
Pink Bash is produced by Orlando Sentinel Media Group. A portion of the event proceeds benefits Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation, a localbreast cancer foundation formed in Central Florida to provide support directly to Central Floridians.
“By honoring breast cancer survivors and raising funds during the Pink Bash event, we can achieve our goals and continue to provide vital breast health services and education to the undeserved Central Florida community,” said Robin Maynard-Harris, founder and executive director of Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation.
Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation was formed in 2007 just a year after Robin and Marty lost their mom, Libby Maynard, to Stage IV Breast Cancer. Libby was full of fun, faith and courage. The organization hopes to embody her spirit through the foundation by being secure enough to be vulnerable, strong enough to be gentle, wise enough to be humble and powerful enough to serve others. The mission of Libby’s Legacy is to provide comprehensive breast health care to the underserved Central Florida community through education, mammograms, follow up diagnostics and Hope Coaches on the journey from diagnosis to treatment and beyond. For more information visit www.libbyslegacy.org.
High School students participating in the 2018 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence will experience a once-in-a-lifetime career-inspiring weekend – but there’s only a few weeks left for students to apply at DisneyDreamersAcademy.com. Applications close on October 31 for the innovative, outside-the-classroom, mentoring program that takes place in March at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
For more than a decade, Disney Dreamers Academy has inspired young minds nationwide by fueling their dreams and showing them a world of possibilities. Each year, students participate in hands-on, immersive career workshops, ranging from animation to zoology. Each participant learns important skills, such as communication techniques, leadership qualities and networking strategies, and are inspired by celebrity speakers and special guests who share their stories and provide insight on how to achieve success and DREAM BIG.
The program has produced many success stories, inspiring students to become authors, nurses, pilots, doctors, journalists and engineers following the three-day all-expenses-paid experience at the Walt Disney World Resort where the theme parks become vibrant ‘classrooms’ leading to career discoveries and fun memories to cherish for a lifetime.
“After 10 years and over 1,000 Disney Dreamer alumni, we’re excited to begin the next decade of Disney Dreamers Academy,” said Tracey D. Powell, Walt Disney World Resort vice president of commercial management resortsand Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion. “We are excited about the opportunity to add to the many success stories, as this program continues to cultivate the minds of young high school students from across the nation and inspire them to follow their dreams and accomplish their goals. By applying for Disney Dreamers Academy, future leaders of this country are taking a step toward an experience that can change their lives.”
Program applicants must answer essay questions about their personal journeys and dreams for the future. Students are selected based on a combination of attributes, including strong character, positive attitude and determination to achieve their dreams. Selected applicants, along with a parent or guardian, will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
Applications are open to U.S. high school students, ages 13 to 19, through October 31, 2017. A distinguished panel of leaders will evaluate the applications, and selected participants will be announced by early 2018.
As soon as the first day of fall hits my entire family starts the countdown to the holiday season, and Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scary, arriving on Disney DVD September 26th, is the perfect way for us all to get in the holiday spirit.
Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scaryis a combination of spooky Halloween fun and Christmas Cheer. In two 22-minute holiday themed episodes you can get into the Halloween spirit as Mickey, Donald, and Goofy swap hair-raising Halloween stories and then you’ll fast forward a couple months to Donald’s first Christmas festivities with friends!
The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular!
For Halloween, Mickey has tricked out his house like a “tomb, sweet, tomb” and along with his pals Donald and Goofy, plans to tell hair-raising Halloween stories! However, his attempt at being scary falls flatter than a pancake. Can Mickey conjure up a truly terrifying tale before the stroke of midnight?
Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scary | New On Disney DVD
Duck The Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…to migrate south for the winter! But Donald wants to stay put and celebrate his first Christmas with his friends. Mickey creates the ultimate list of everything to make Donald’s first Christmas great, but before you can catch a snowflake on your tongue, Donald has turned into a shivering, sneezing duck-cicle!
Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scary | New On Disney DVD
Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scary is also a great way for families to get hyped up for the arrival of Mickey’s and Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World.
In addition to the two episodes, you will also find five three minute shorts on the DVD:
The Boiler Room
Black & White
These new cartoons and bonus shorts from Disney animation are sure to be instant classics with your family! Don’t miss out on Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scary, a perfect collection to share through the holidays!