With a packed slate of events in 2022 and a need to hire event staff for a variety of positions, Amway Center is hosting two upcoming job fairs: January 25 and February 15.
As the premier sports and entertainment venue in the region, the arena offers unique and unrivaled work experiences across a range of part-time positions. Amway Center and its partners are seeking a team of professionals who thrive in a fast-paced and exciting environment to support their hometown sports teams and world-class performers.
Job openings are available in numerous areas, including guest services, security, food & beverage, and cleaning.
Applicants are encouraged to bring resumes since Amway Center and its partner organizations, including Andy Frain Services, Levy Restaurants, Owens Realty Services, and Reef Parking, are all conducting same-day on-site interviews.
While visiting the Amway Center Job Fair, job seekers may also apply for similar positions at Camping World Stadium and Tinker Field.
Amway Center Winter Job Fair Schedule
Tuesday, January 25
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
East Terrace Level concourse
Tuesday, February 15
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
East Terrace Level concourse
All applicants will receive a pair of complimentary tickets to an upcoming event.
Complimentary parking is available in Geico Garage (400 W. South Street). Guests should enter Amway Center through the pedestrian bridge from the 5th level of Geico Garage. Upon entry, guests are required to undergo security screening.
Today, D23 announced exciting new details about D23 Expo 2022 presented by Visa. “The Ultimate Disney Fan Event” is back, returning to the Anaheim Convention Center from September 9th through the 11th, to celebrate the magic and excitement of Disney and kick off Disney100, the centennial celebration of The Walt Disney Company.
The three-day event will celebrate all the wonderful worlds of Disney—including Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars—united under one roof to showcase what’s new and what’s on the horizon from Disney theme parks, streaming, television, music, products, and films. D23 Expo 2022 will feature more than 50 shows, presentations, and panels, including the Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, which honors the talented individuals who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy, as well as an all-new exhibit curated by the Walt Disney Archives highlighting the 100th anniversary of Disney.
We’re so excited to return to D23 Expo this year, so read on for details about ticketing, the Mousequerade costume contest, an exciting new exhibit, and more! First, take a look at the all-new key art for D23 Expo 2022 presented by Visa, which is inspired by the Disney100 celebration.
This year, the fabulous and fashionable Nina West will be hosting, with Yvette Nicole Brown (Big Shot, Disenchanted), Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tano and creator of Her Universe), and Ally Maki (Toy Story 4, Home Sweet Home Alone) judging the always impressive selection of contestants.
The contest will feature new and returning categories including “Off the Screen,” “Imagine That!,” “Magical Mashups,” and “Cast of Characters,” as well as a fan-favorite award voted on by the audience and a “Best in Show” prize of $2,300. Complete rules for entry and details are available at D23Expo.com.
This year’s D23 Expo will debut a brand-new exhibit featuring an iconic piece of Disney history. D23 and the Walt Disney Archives, working with new D23 Expo Platinum sponsor Amazon, are restoring Walt Disney’s Grumman Gulfstream I company airplane, currently housed backstage at Walt Disney World Resort, and transporting it to Anaheim.
The aircraft was seen for years as part of the Studio Backlot Tour at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and will be on display at D23 Expo 2022 for guests to see in an exhibit called Mickey Mouse One: Walt’s Plane presented by Amazon.
And So Much More!
Returning to D23 Expo 2022 will be the massive show floor full of immersive experiences and special opportunities for guests to see what’s next for Disney around the world—and they may even run into their favorite Disney stars, characters, Imagineers, animators, and filmmakers.
Guests can also enjoy numerous shopping opportunities—many featuring D23 Expo-exclusive collectibles—at an assortment of Disney and partner pop-up shops including the D23 Expo Emporium, where the ultimate Disney fans can find their ultimate treasures.
The 7,000-seat Hall D23 returns and will be joined this year by the 3,000-seat Premiere Stage, the 1,200-seat Backlot Stage, and the expanded, 700-seat Walt Disney Archives Stage for more presentations curated by the staff of the Archives.
On the main show floor, the D23 Expo Live! Stage will feature performances, appearances, demonstrations, and more all weekend long, many of which will be live-streamed to guests at home.
D23 Expo 2022 Special Offers
Presenting Sponsor Visa will be the “Official Way to Pay at D23 Expo,” and Visa cardholders will have access to additional benefits and one-of-a-kind Disney experiences.
D23 Gold Members will also enjoy special benefits at the Expo, including on-site discounts from select retail locations and a complimentary gift. And guests will be able to visit the D23 Ultimate Fan Lounge presented by Amazon on the show floor.
Stay tuned for more details on special offers for both Visa cardholders and D23 Gold Members, which will be announced in the coming months.
D23 Expo 2022 Tickets
Tickets for D23 Expo 2022 presented by Visa go on sale at 12 p.m. PT on Thursday, January 20, with an exclusive presale for Visa cardholders who are also D23 Members starting on Wednesday, January 19, at 10 a.m. PT. Guests must be members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club—either at the complimentary General Member level or at the Gold Member level—to purchase tickets.
D23 Members who are also Visa cardholders, and who pay with their Visa, will have pre-sale access to a limited number of one-day and three-day tickets for 24 hours beginning January 19, 2022, at 10 a.m. PT, while supplies last.
D23 Gold Members will be able to purchase specially priced discounted tickets, both single-day ($89) and three-day ($229). Regularly priced single-day tickets are $99 for a one-day adult admission and $79 for children, and money-saving three-day tickets are also available. Discounted hotel and Disneyland Resort park tickets are available to all D23 Expo ticket purchasers.
This year, a limited number of Hall D23 Preferred Seating tickets (which include admission for all three days and a reserved seating section for all Hall D23 presentations) will be available exclusively to D23 Gold Members.
For more information on tickets, ticket prices, and D23 Expo, visit D23Expo.com.
Country Thunder Florida will return to Kissimmee with all-new fall dates in 2022.
Country music’s hottest new superstar joins one of the biggest-selling artists in country music history for a one-two festival punch like no other. Jason Aldean joins previously announced showstopper, Morgan Wallen, along with hit machine Chris Young for the Sunshine State’s hottest fall party of ‘22!
“Country Thunder Florida has become the biggest country music event in Central Florida and we have these fans to thank,” says Country Thunder Music Festivals CEO, Troy Vollhoffer. “We had an amazing festival last fall with Eric Church, Dierks Bentley and Old Dominion. We knew we had to up the ante and deliver the biggest and best artist roster possible.
“This is the line-up those fans have asked for, and we’re thrilled to give it to them.”
Let’s start with the biggest musical entity in the world right now, shall we?
Every once in a while an artist comes along who transcends the country music genre and, in fact, changes the entire game. Morgan Wallen is that artist right now, for the immediate future, and well beyond.
The numbers and the fan hysteria speak for itself.
With over seven billion (yes, you read that number correctly) on-demand streams, numerous multi-market, multi-platinum certifications and four consecutive chart-toppers, Wallen’s widely-praised sophomore effort, Dangerous: The Double Album, reigned #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart for a whopping 10 consecutive weeks upon its release.
The blockbuster remained in the top 10 for 33 weeks, plus earned the biggest streaming week for a Country album in music history. It includes another record-breaking achievement with one of Time magazine’s Top 10 Songs of 2020, “7 Summers,” and “Wasted On You” – both debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and inside the Billboard Hot 100’s Top 10, not to mention the 4x platinum Diplo collaboration, “Heartless,” and another platinum chart-topper, “More Than My Hometown.”
His limited Fall headlining gigs in the U.S. sold between 30 and 50,000 tickets per venue in minutes, causing pandemonium in each market. Wallen’s headline performance at Country Thunder Bristol has been called the “Country Music Event Of The Year” in America for 2021.
CT Nation in Florida is in for a treat!
And the long-awaited return of Jason Aldean to OHP will be a welcome one.
One of the most sought-after headliners in country music today, Aldean has amassed a staggering resume since releasing his self-titled debut in 2005.
Nine best-selling albums (including four No. 1s), 35 top-10 singles, including a staggering 20 No. 1s, every industry award imaginable (and, frankly, too many to list here), to go along with a brand-new two-part album set,Macon, Georgia.
Part one (Macon) came out on November 12 and yielded the No.2 smash, “If I Didn’t Love You” – a stunning duet with Carrie Underwood. Part-two (Georgia) will be released in April 2022.
Expect yet another batch of hits by the time Aldean hits the stage and electrifies the CT Florida throng in Kissimmee!
For his part, Chris Young has enjoyed a banner year in 2021. His album, Famous Friends has already yielded four hit singles, including the No. 1 title track which was recorded with 2021 CT Iowa headliner, Kane Brown.
It was followed up with three more hits: “Raised On Country”, “Drowning” and the outstanding Mitchell Tenpenny duet, “At The End Of A Bar.”
A consummate live performer and fan-favorite, any one of Young’s ten No. 1 hits from his eight best-selling albums, are sure to ignite the Country Thunder Florida faithful!
As if all that wasn’t enough, organizers also announced that red-hot Ashley McBryde as well as Chase Rice, Granger Smith feat. Earl Dibbles Jr., Clay Walker, Tracy Lawrence, Lindsay Ell, Kameron Marlowe, Laney Wilson, James Barker Band, and many more will fill out this incredibly stacked lineup!
Country Thunder Florida 2022 is rolling in – see you all next fall!
Three-day passes, reserved seating, Platinum Experience, Rockin’ Range, Camping and all the extras are available now. Visit countrythunder.com to purchase, or order by phone at 1-866-388-0007.
A diverse array of musicians, comedians, and entertainers are set to perform in Walt Disney Theater and Steinmetz Hall at the Dr. Phillips Center in the new year!
Newly Announced Dr. Phillips Center Shows
Dr. Phillips Presents Pat Metheny SIDE-EYE with James Francies & Joe Dyson
Date: Thursday, February 17, 2022
Time: 7:30 p.m.
About Pat Metheny
It is one thing to attain popularity as a musician, but it is another to receive the kind of acclaim Pat Metheny has garnered from critics and peers. Over the years, Metheny has won countless polls as “Best Jazz Guitarist” and awards, including three gold records for (Still Life) Talking, Letter from Home, and Secret Story. He has also won 20 Grammy Awards spread out over a variety of different categories including Best Rock Instrumental, Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, Best Jazz Instrumental Solo, Best Instrumental Composition and, at one point, winning seven consecutive Grammys for seven consecutive albums.
In 2015 he was inducted into the Downbeat Hall of Fame, becoming only the fourth guitarist to be included (along with Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery) and it’s youngest member. Metheny has spent much of his life on tour, often doing more than 100 shows a year since becoming a bandleader in the 70s. He continues to be one of the brightest stars of the jazz community, dedicating time to both his own projects and those of emerging artists and established veterans alike, helping them to reach their audience as well as realizing their own artistic visions.
Dr. Phillips Center Presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Date: Tuesday & Wednesday, February 22 & 23, 2022
Time: 7:30 p.m.
About Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance.
The Ailey company has gone on to perform for an estimated 25 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents, as well as millions more through television broadcasts, film screenings and online platforms. Today, the Company continues Mr. Ailey’s mission by presenting important works of the past and commissioning new ones. In all, more than 235 works by over 90 choreographers have been part of the Ailey company’s repertory.
Before his untimely death in 1989, Alvin Ailey named Judith Jamison as his successor, and over the next 21 years, she brought the Company to unprecedented success. Ms. Jamison, in turn, personally selected Robert Battle to succeed her in 2011, and The New York Times declared he “has injected the company with new life.”
Dr. Phillips Center in association with AEG Presents Jay Leno
Date: Friday, February 25, 2022
Time: 7:30 p.m.
About Jay Leno
Acclaimed TV late night host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, TV and movie voice-over artists, pioneering car builder and mechanic and philanthropist…Jay Leno is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.”
Jay Leno’s late night television rating domination included two decades as the host of the #1-rated The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. After the first two years, Jay Leno never lost a single ratings year in which he served as host.
Leno is the recipient of many honors, including Emmy, People’s Choice, and TV Guide awards, Harris Poll selection as most popular star on television, the Hasty Pudding Award at Harvard University, The Mark Twain Prize, recipient of the Patriot Award given by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and being the first person to drive the pace car of all major NASCAR events.
Dr. Phillips Center in association with AEG Presents Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
Date: Sunday, March 20, 2022
Time: 8:00 p.m.
About Frankie Valli
The original Jersey boy himself, Frankie Valli is a true American legend. His incredible career with the Four Seasons, as well as his solo success, has spawned countless hit singles, with unforgettable tunes like “Sherry,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “December ‘63 – Oh What A Night,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” and of course, “Grease.”
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons have sold over 100 million records worldwide. Valli’s legendary career was the inspiration for the Broadway juggernaut Jersey Boys.
Frankie Valli is not only a pop music icon, but also an actor, having been featured in the iconic television show, The Sopranos, as Rusty, the capo in the Lupertazzi crime family, as well as Rob Reiner’s romantic comedy, And So It Goes, alongside Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton.
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons continue to tour throughout the U.S. and abroad to packed houses, receiving nightly standing ovations from thrilled fans of multiple generations.
FL Falun Dafa Association Presents Shen Yun 2022
Date: Friday-Sunday, May 20-22, 2022
Time: Show times vary
About Shen Yun
The culture of ancient China was divinely inspired. Shen Yun’s works reflect this rich spiritual heritage… Shen Yun invites you to travel back to the magical world of ancient China. Experience a lost culture through the incredible art of classical Chinese dance, and see legends come to life. Shen Yun makes this possible by pushing the boundaries of the performing arts, with a unique blend of stunning costuming, high-tech backdrops and an orchestra like no other. Be prepared for a theatrical experience that will take your breath away!
Give Kids the World Village, located in Kissimmee, is a truly magical place, and during the Night of a Million Lights Holiday Light Spectacular, the 89-acre nonprofit resort is an enchanting and joyful winter wonderland from Friday, November 12, 2021, through Sunday, January 2, 2022!
What began as an inventive pandemic pivot for Give Kids The World has evolved into Central Florida’s most beloved new holiday tradition.
More than 92,000 guests attended Night of a Million Lights in 2020, named by USA TODAY the “Number One Thing To Do In Orlando In December.” With the return of wish families to the Village, this year’s event promises to be brighter and more festive than ever, while preserving the privacy and comfort of wish families during their visits.
“Children with critical illnesses face countless appointments, treatments and hospital stays, and they are often told “no” due to the limitations of their illness. We feel privileged to give wish children and their families a week of “yes” where they can forget their worries, experience joy, and spend precious time together,” said Give Kids The World President and CEO Pamela Landwirth. “We look forward to once again sharing some holiday joy with the community while raising the funds that will enable us to continue creating the happiness that inspires hope for these precious families.”
This year’s Night of a Million Lights enhancements will include a 360-degree dancing lights show encompassing 21 fully programmed buildings set to music, with six three-minute holiday vignettes playing each hour.
Fun Fact: A majority of the Night of a Million Lights were donated by Walt Disney World!!!
In addition, a holiday marketplace will offer upgraded food and beverage experiences, festive holiday merchandise, and an opportunity for children to meet Santa in his elaborately decorated Florida home.
Also new this year, guests can make their visits extra special by purchasing one of a variety of premium packages, ranging from behind-the-scenes guided tours and dessert parties to special events and exclusive balcony experiences – providing a stunning setting for marriage proposals, vow renewals, birthday and anniversary celebrations, and other special moments.
The event will run from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily, with entry times staggered to prevent crowding.
Tickets are on sale now at www.gktw.org/lights, enabling guests to immerse themselves in an exquisitely decorated fairytale neighborhood that wish families call home during their stays.
Guests can explore a sparkling tree trail; view larger-than-life holiday displays; take photos at one-of-a-kind step-in frames and backdrops; and enjoy a guided storytelling tour of 100 magnificently lit villas from the comfort of a tram, included in the price of the ticket.
Ahead of Disney+ Day this Friday, November 12, The Walt Disney Company announced new company-wide promotions and additional content premiering this Friday to kick off the celebration of the Disney+ global community.
And to thank fans for their support over the past two years, Disney+ subscribers can enjoy special benefits including additional time at Disney Parks around the world, shopDisney deals, access to fan-favorite content, exclusive first-looks on the platform, and more.
“Since launching two years ago, Disney+ has captured the hearts and imaginations of audiences around the world with its best-in-class originals and robust library of beloved films and series,” said Kareem Daniel, Chairman, Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution. “With Disney+ Day, we are creating an unparalleled experience for our subscribers as only The Walt Disney Company can.”
Disney+ Day: 12 Things to Know
1. Disney+ Limited Time Offer
To celebrate the first two years of the service and all the new content to come, Disney+ is inviting fans to join the community with a special, limited-time offer.
From now until Sunday, November 14, new and eligible returning subscribers in the US and select countries can get one month of Disney+ for $1.99 (then $7.99/mo.) by signing up at www.DisneyPlus.com/DisneyPlusDay and join in on all of the Disney+ Day celebrations.
2. Early Theme Park Admission
In celebration of Disney+ Day, Disney+ subscribers with a valid ticket or pass and theme park reservation on November 12 will enjoy special benefits across Disney theme parks, with some surprises in store as well. Disney+ subscribers are invited with their travel party to enter the theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort 30 minutes before the parks open.
3. Special Character Appearances
For even more fanfare, Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Park will roll out the blue carpet for guests with character moments, photo opportunities, and more.
Subscribers will also enjoy complimentary Disney PhotoPass photo downloads taken at select locations at the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Park.
5. Free Shipping on ShopDisney
ShopDisney will offer free shipping in the U.S. and Europe from November 12 to November 14 to subscribers of Disney+.
Also for a limited time, shopDisney will be rolling out new customizable products from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel including short sleeve and long sleeve T-shirts for kids and adults from Disney+ favorites: “Raya and the Last Dragon,” “Luca,” “Star Wars: The Bad Batch,” and “Loki.”
6. $0.99 Disney Publishing
Disney Publishing Worldwide is offering select $0.99 eBooks through November 17.
Fans can discover the stories behind their favorite Disney+ series, including “Loki,” “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” and “The Mandalorian.”
7. Grogu AR Filter
On November 12th, the My Disney Experience app will debut an all-new AR lens featuring Grogu.
Found in the Disney PhotoPass Lens section, the lens will be complimentary on Disney+Day before it becomes available exclusively for Disney Genie+ purchases.
Disney and VeVe, the largest mobile-first digital collectible platform, have announced a collaboration to launch a series of NFTs featuring beloved and iconic characters from some of its fan-favorite properties. “Golden Moments,” gives fans the opportunity to purchase digital golden statues inspired by stories from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and The Simpsons.
New digital collectibles were available daily and will culminate on Disney+ Day, with a special Ultra Rare digital collectible.
9. Disney+ Funko Collection Offer
If you are a Funko collector, you will definitely be excited about this one…
Disney will team up with Funko to offer an exclusive 10% off Disney+ products from November 12 to November 14 on Funko.com and in their two retail locations, Funko HQ located in Everett, Washington and Funko Hollywood, located in Los Angeles, California. Customers can use promo code DISNEYPLUSDAY on funko.com, and the discount will be automatically applied at checkout in-store. Exclusions apply, see terms and conditions for details.
Star Wars fans can also head to BringHometheBounty.com at 6am PT on Disney+ Day, for exclusive reveals of new Star Wars Funko Pop! Bobbleheads.
10. In-Store Target Experiences
Disney will team up with Target to host in-store activations on November 12 through November 14 in almost 800 Target stores across the U.S. as part of a joint commitment to create new experiences for guests.
Target shoppers will have the ability to sign up for the Disney+ Day offer and receive special giveaways.
From November 12 through November 14, more than 200 AMC Theatres will celebrate Disney+ Day with four daily surprise screenings of fan-favorite movies.
Each movie will feature a surprise short, and guests won’t know which movie is being shown until the screening begins.
Tickets for these surprise screenings are $5 each, and guests will receive a free Disney+ poster and a special concession offer with their ticket purchase.
A list of participating AMC locations can be found here.
12. Get the scoop on upcoming Disney+ projects
Fans can also follow along with @DisneyPlus on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram this Friday at 6:00 am PT for exciting first looks at upcoming Disney+ movies and series.
Make sure that you are either logged into your Disney+ account or you have linked your Disney+ to your My Disney Experience App!!!
The new issue of Disney twenty-three, featuring an exclusive cover in celebration of the film, takes readers on a journey to the colorful world of the Madrigal family, set in the lush landscapes of Colombia. Star Stephanie Beatriz and the creators of Encanto open the door to this extraordinary tale that is anything but ordinary.
It’s challenging being “ordinary” when you live in a home like Mirabel’s—every child in her family has received a magical gift… except for her. That’s the premise of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ dazzling new film Encanto, which arrives in theaters November 24.
And this December, visionary director Steven Spielberg gives audiences a musical holiday gift: his reimagining of the beloved West Side Story. In exclusive interviews, stars Rachel Zegler and Ariana DeBose tell Disney twenty-three how they brought the classic story to life—and how it’s just as relevant today as it was when it was created.
In other holiday happenings, Marvel Studios’ Hawkeye series, which takes place at Christmastime, will score a bullseye on Disney+ later this month, and star Alaqua Cox and executive producer Trinh Tran preview the adventure.
Plus, guests can cozy up by the “virtual fireplace” as Walt Disney Animation Studios artist Brittney Lee shows off her hand-crafted Arendelle Castle Yule Log coming to Disney+, and Disney twenty-three shines a very merry light on some favorite animated holiday shorts. For even more seasonal fun, visit D23.com starting December 1, when D23 Season of Magic kicks off with videos, stories, sweepstakes, and more to ensure your winter is a wonderland.
The new issue, available exclusively to Gold Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, also goes behind the scenes of the first-ever Cirque du Soleil / Walt Disney Imagineering / Walt Disney Animation Studios collaboration, Drawn to Life.
Disney Legend Ming-Na Wen discusses her epic roles from The Mandalorian to Mulan and the upcoming The Book of Boba Fett.
And readers can take a visual journey through Bob Iger’s remarkable time at Disney—first as an ABC executive, then Disney’s CEO, and now its outgoing Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board. From Mickey Mouse and the Jonas Brothers to the Avengers and Disney Legends, it’s been a memorable ride.
Also included in the Winter issue of Disney twenty-three:
A salute to Beauty and the Beast on its 30th anniversary
A close-up look at the incredible Walt Disney Archives exhibits around the country
From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Encanto, a new piece of art features all 60 feature films from Walt Disney Animation Studios
Marvel Comics celebrates 60 fantastic years of The Fantastic Four
Five wild decades of Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground at Walt Disney World Resort
Regular features including By the Numbers, Character Analysis, and Ask the Walt Disney Archives
Plus, every issue includes special holiday gift tags created by Topps Digital just for D23 Gold Members along with the exclusive opportunity to redeem more than 30 Digital Collectibles from Disney’s Animation Research Library—including scenes from Dumbo, Beauty and the Beast, and 101 Dalmatians! Members will be able to redeem this one-of-a-kind Gold Pack free in the Disney Collect! by Topps app.
Additional details will be available at D23.com. Disney twenty-three, which is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps, is offered exclusively to D23 Gold Members as a benefit of their membership. The latest issue will begin arriving before the end of November.
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 nearly 100-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic year-round through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive offers and discounts; and special experiences for D23 Members throughout the year.
Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($99.99), Gold Duo Membership ($129.99), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
I am BEYOND excited that the FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando season is about to begin at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts!
“We’re thrilled to be bringing Broadway back to the Dr. Phillips Center this fall for what will be a spectacular season,” said Susie Krajsa, president of Broadway Across America. “We have been working diligently with producers, booking agents and other national tour representatives to reschedule and rebuild the lineup for the FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando season. We are so grateful for the support of our subscribers and patrons who have remained steadfast awaiting the return of Broadway to the Dr. Phillips Center.”
Because of the continued impact on the Broadway industry—there are some FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando schedule changes and exciting new additions to note:
Hadestown has been rescheduled to December 13–18, 2022. It will remain a part of subscribers’ current season and tickets have been automatically moved to the corresponding performance.
Wicked has been rescheduled for January 25–February 12, 2023 and will be a season option on our 22/23 season. Subscriber tickets have been automatically moved to the corresponding performance.
Beautiful–The Carole King Musical has been added to the lineup as an option for the current (21/22) season.
Hamilton will return in the FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando 22/23 season. Current subscribers will have first access to secure seats for the return of Hamilton when renewing their subscription for the 22/23 season.
With all that out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff!!!
2021-2022 FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando Season
Tootsie – November 2–7, 2021 – Walt Disney Theater
Call it “musical comedy heaven” (Rolling Stone). Call it “the most uproarious new musical in years!” (The Hollywood Reporter). Call it TOOTSIE. This laugh-out-loud love letter to the theater tells the story of Michael Dorsey, a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until one show-stopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime.
Featuring a hilarious Tony-winning book by Robert Horn and an outrageously clever score by 2018 Tony-winner David Yazbek (The Band’s Visit, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), this New York Times Critic’s Pick is “a joyful delight” (The Washington Post) that’s “so packed with punchlines, it should be called a jokebox musical!” (Bloomberg). “In these turbulent times, when the world seems out of balance, we need a place to let the good times roll,” raves Rolling Stone. “TOOTSIE is it!”
The Prom – December 7–12, 2021 – Walt Disney Theater
Everyone’s invited to the joyous Broadway hit that New York Magazine hails as “smart and big-hearted” while The New York Times declares it “makes you believe in musical comedy again!” THE PROM is a new musical comedy about big Broadway stars on a mission to change the world and the love they discover that unites them all.
Variety raves, “It’s so full of happiness that you think your heart is about to burst.” And The Hollywood Reporter cheers, “It’s comic gold!”
THE PROM features direction and choreography by Tony Award–winner Casey Nicholaw (Mean Girls, The Book of Mormon), a book by Tony Award–winner Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Tony Award–nominee Chad Beguelin (Aladdin), music by Tony Award–nominee Matthew Sklar (Elf) and lyrics by Tony Award–nominee Chad Beguelin.
You belong at THE PROM!
Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations – January 25–30, 2022 – Walt Disney Theater
AIN’T TOO PROUD – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS is the electrifying, new smash-hit Broadway musical that follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and silky-smooth harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one.
Nominated for 12 Tony Awards, AIN’T TOO PROUD tells the thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty and betrayal, as the group’s personal and political conflicts threatened to tear them apart during a decade of civil unrest in America.
The unforgettable story of this legendary quintet is set to the beat of the group’s treasured hits, including “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Get Ready,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and so many more.
Written by three-time Obie Award winner Dominique Morisseau, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys) and featuring the Tony-winning choreography of Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, On Your Feet!), AIN’T TOO PROUD launches its first national tour to over 50 cities across America.
Disney Frozen – February 24–March 6, 2022 – Walt Disney Theater
From the producer of The Lion King and Aladdin, FROZEN, the Tony-nominated Best Musical, is now on tour across North America and the critics rave, “It’s simply magical!”
(LA Daily News). Heralded by The New Yorker as “thrilling” and “genuinely moving,” Frozen features the songs you know and love from the original Oscar-winning film, plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers by the film’s songwriters, Oscar winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez and EGOT winner Robert Lopez. Oscar winner Jennifer Lee (book), Tony and Olivier Award winner Michael Grandage
(director), and Tony winner Rob Ashford (choreographer) round out the creative team that has won a cumulative 16 Tony Awards.
An unforgettable theatrical experience filled with sensational special effects, stunning sets and costumes, and powerhouse performances, Frozen is everything you want in a musical: It’s moving. It’s spectacular. And above all, it’s pure Broadway joy.
CATS – March 29–April 3, 2022 – Walt Disney Theater
CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America.
Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater: “Memory.” Winner of 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. The original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (ThePhantom of the Opera, School of Rock, Sunset Boulevard), original scenic and costume design by John Napier (Les Misérables), all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (Aladdin), all-new sound design by Mick Potter, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne (Phantom) and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Misérables) make this production a new CATS for a new generation.
Jesus Christ Superstar – June 7 – 12, 2022 – Walt Disney Theater
An album that inspired a REVOLUTION. A REVELATION that changed the world. A REINVENTION for this millennium.
Jesus Christ Superstar is an iconic musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, a new mesmerizing production comes to North America. Originally staged by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and helmed by the acclaimed director Timothy Sheader (Crazy for You, Into the Woods) and award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie (King Kong, Strictly Ballroom), this production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, garnering unprecedented reviews and accolades.
Appealing to both theater audiences and concert music fans, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring.
Featuring award-winning music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, Jesus Christ Superstar is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Gethsemane” and “Superstar.”
Hadestown – December 13-18, 2021 – Walt Disney Theater
COME SEE HOW THE WORLD COULD BE. Welcome to HADESTOWN, where a song can change your fate. Winner of eight 2019 TonyAwards® including Best Musical and the 2020 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album, this acclaimed new show from celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and innovative director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) is a love story for today… and always.
HADESTOWN intertwines two mythic tales—that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone—as it invites you on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith, and fear against love. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers and singers, HADESTOWN is a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that grabs hold and never lets go.
We would love to see you with us at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts during the FAIRWINDS Broadway Season!
Walt Disney World just announced that the Disney Genie servicewill launch on October 19, 2021, at Walt Disney World Resort!
Walt Disney World – Disney Genie
Available for all guests in the My Disney Experience app, the complimentary Disney Genie service offers new features that let you create your best Disney day.
These features include a personalized itinerary creator that effortlessly and smartly maps out an entire day inspired by the things you love – helping you make the most of your park time so you can have more fun.
The complimentary Disney Genie Service Includes:
Tailored Recommendations – You’ll receive attraction and dining recommendations inspired in part by what you told Disney Genie service you’re most interested in doing. It even displays a good time to go to an experience and an idea of the forecasted wait. Need to swap a recommendation out? No problem. Like many popular navigation apps, Disney Genie will continue to offer new suggestions throughout the day, so you can make the most of your time during your visit.
A Personalized Daily Itinerary – Your “My Day” tab is where you’ll find Disney Genie recommendations and any plans you’ve made, including dining reservations, Disney Resort hotel reservations and activity bookings. You’ll also be able to virtually chat with a Cast Member who can help answer any questions that arise.
A Custom Tip Board – This new feature will let you see estimated wait times for your top attractions, entertainment and dining. You’ll also be able to order food, make dining reservations, check into a restaurant, request to join an available virtual queue (currently at Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure), and even book arrival times for our new Lightning Lane entrance at select experiences if you’ve purchased Disney Genie+ service.
Walt Disney World – Disney Genie+
In addition to getting all of the great features that come with upgrading to the complimentary version of Disney Genie service, purchasing Disney Genie+ service will offer even more convenience and flexibility, for $15 per ticket per day.
Disney Genie+ Perks Include:
Enjoy the Magic You Want with Less Wait – Save time waiting in line by purchasing Disney Genie+ service! This new service, at more than 40 attractions and experiences throughout the Walt Disney World theme parks, lets you select the next available arrival window for the new Lightning Lane entrances. You can make one selection at a time throughout the day—from classics like Haunted Mansion and thrill rides like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad to newer favorites like Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (experiences subject to limited availability). With Disney Genie+, you can select Lightning Lane arrival windows across multiple theme parks for those who have the Park Hopper option.
Disney PhotoPass Lenses – Access special Disney PhotoPass Lenses for your mobile device, allowing you to explore magical new augmented reality effects.
Audio Tales – Discover the parks in cool new ways through fascinating fun facts and behind-the-scenes insights you can listen to during your visit.
Disney Genie+ selections are available beginning at 7:00 AM on the day of your visit, you’ll have the opportunity to secure your first arrival time.
Starting October 19th, you’ll be able to purchase Disney Genie+ service on the day of your visit or purchase as an add-on to a theme park ticket by modifying your existing ticket prior to arrival. You can also purchase new tickets that include Disney Genie+ before your visit.
When using Disney Genie+ guests are responsible for:
Determining whether options and recommendations are appropriate for their party and
consulting all experience restrictions and advisories, including height requirements, health and safety advisories and accessibility guidelines.
With this launch, we’ll also be introducing the Lightning Lane entrance. Available for purchase through our Disney Genie+ add-on at more than 40 attractions – or individually, “à la carte” at some of our most highly demanded attractions – the Lightning Lane entrance can save you time waiting in line.
As a reminder, attractions continue to offer a traditional standby queue or from time to time, a virtual queue may instead be used at select attractions, like right now at Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.
To get ready for the launch, I’ll be sharing more information as it becomes available, but you can also visit DisneyGenie.com for more details.
Celebrated for its 1890s Victorian architecture and elegance, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a favorite resort of Disney Vacation Club Members, and I am excited to share a first look at the rooms members will call home beginning in the summer of 2022.
The expansion will add approximately 200 proposed resort studios, a Disney Vacation Club room type unique to The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
At the same time, existing villas including deluxe studios, one- and two-bedroom villas, and three-bedroom grand villas will be enhanced.
The planned expansion and enhancements will provide guests with even more opportunities to make magical vacation memories together with Magic Kingdom Park close by.
The proposed new resort studios will feature two queen-size beds and a day bed with room for up to five guests.
There is a room for every type of traveler at The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney Vacation Club Members can access them all. The existing villas will also receive exciting enhancements.
The deluxe studios at the resort can also accommodate up to five guests and will feature a queen-size bed, a pull-down queen-size bed that tucks away seamlessly into the wall, and a charming pull-down bunk-size bed – perfect for the little ones.
For an even grander stay, families staying in spacious one- or two-bedroom villas will enjoy the comforts of home while staying inside the magic. These accommodations offer full kitchens and large living areas as well as added conveniences – like modern appliances, a farmhouse sink, and a washer and dryer. Living areas will feature a new pull-down queen-size bed along with a pull-down bunk-size bed that folds away to be hidden beneath the media center.
For larger families and multi-generational vacations, guests will enjoy plenty of room and comfort in the three-bedroom grand villa. These spacious accommodations sleep up to 12 guests, with two bedrooms that include two queen-size beds each, along with a primary bedroom that features a king-size bed. Three-bedroom grand villas also boast a dining area and expansive living room. Charming accents in the rooms include Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Victorian-themed silhouettes and other artwork featuring Mary Poppins and Dumbo.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa sits on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon and is located in the heart of the magic. Close by, guests can enjoy the monorail, buses, and water taxi services directly from the property to travel throughout Walt Disney World Resort. The resort also steps away from the excitement via a new walkable promenade leading to and from Magic Kingdom Park. And just in time for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Walt Disney World Resort, guests and Disney Vacation Club Members staying at Walt Disney World Resort properties, including Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, will enjoy 30-minute early entry to every theme park, every day starting October 1.
During ‘The World’s Most Magical Celebration’ Press Conference, Walt Disney Imagineering announced that Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, will debut in 2022.
This pavilion does have a different spin…if you will, as our friends from Xandar are opening the first “other-world” showcase pavilion at EPCOT next year, inviting us on an intergalactic chase through space and time!
Imagineers Tom Fitzgerald (left) and Scot Drake (right) shared a new look inside the Wonders of Xandar pavilion currently under construction. Here they are in the Galaxarium, which when completed will feature a planetarium-type presentation where the Xandarians show us their world, their people, and their advanced technologies.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is a family-friendly adventure, featuring a totally new type of roller coaster experience that is being developed by Imagineering for this attraction – a storycoaster that rotates 360 degrees so guests are always focused on all the action as they help the Guardians save the galaxy.
Not only that but Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will also feature the first reverse launch on a coaster in Disney history, and is one of the longest enclosed coasters in the world.
It’s a massive experience that will match the scale and adventure of the Guardians of the Galaxy films.
As part of the ongoing transformation of EPCOT, Imagineering is infusing the park with more ways to dream, to be inspired, and to connect with our world – or other galaxies, in this case.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is going to be a big step in that direction, and I can’t wait to experience it.
As Walt Disney once said, “We’ll always be introducing and testing and demonstrating new materials and new systems.” Well, that promise will come true once again next year when the Walt Disney World Resort plans to release their next-generation wearable technology, MagicBand+.
It is hard to believe that the original MagicBand was introduced in 2013, and made things like park and guest room entry, retail and dining, Disney PhotoPass, and more hands-free for the first time.
While MagicBand+ will retain those popular features, and the new bands will add functionality to unlock new moments of magic.
After guests enter a theme park, MagicBand+ will come alive at various times with color-changing lights, haptic vibrations, and gesture recognition.
The wearable will allow you to engage with favorite Disney moments in new ways, including:
Play like a bounty hunter in a galaxy far, far away and find virtual bounties throughout Black Spire Outpost in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Interact with the “Disney Fab 50 Character Collection,” the golden sculptures spread throughout the Walt Disney World theme parks.
Experience nighttime spectaculars in a new way as you see your band light up and complement the magic in the skies, including the new “Harmonious” at EPCOT and “Disney Enchantment” at Magic Kingdom Park.
MagicBand+ will be available for purchase beginning next year, including a discounted, pre-arrival price for Disney Resort hotel guests as well as new and renewing Walt Disney World Annual Passholders.
Current MagicBands will continue to be available, too, along with the complimentary Disney MagicMobile service that extends MagicBand features, such as park entry, to smart devices.
MagicBand+ will help immerse you in Disney stories and connect with characters you love like never before.
Let’s just jump into the news! The inaugural voyage of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World Resort will depart March, 1, 2022!
If you want to step aboard, general bookings for this immersive adventure in a galaxy far, far away will open less than one month from now, on October 28, 2021.
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is a first-of-its-kind vacation experience that goes beyond anything Disney has created before. You’ll become the hero of your own Star Wars story during this two-night adventure, traveling the galaxy in style aboard the Halcyon starcruiser and eventually making your way to the Outer Rim for a planetside excursion to Batuu. You choose how to make your way in the galaxy – maybe as a member of the Resistance, or by learning the ancient ways of the Jedi lightsaber. Maybe you prefer loyalty to the First Order or the excitement of living life like a smuggler? The decisions are up to you.
Catch up on the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser News
Imagineer Ann Morrow Johnson provided a first look at the starcruiser’s bridge as part of this special announcement.
Disney Imagineers sat down for an in-depth discussion about Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser in this video, sharing all sorts of new details about the experience, including the characters you may meet, the food you may eat, and much more.
The first commercial for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser gives you a first glimpse at what life on the ship may be like.
There are all sorts of juicy details in the promotional poster for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, so be sure to check out this breakdown.
For more information about all this and more, head over to starwarsgalacticstarcruiser.com, where you can also sign up to receive updates as they become available.
This Friday “The Most Magical Story on Earth: 50 Years of Walt Disney World” airs on ABC and you won’t want to miss it.
The primetime special takes viewers on a fascinating journey of Walt Disney World Resort from its origins to its development over time to the impact the Resort has had on pop culture to a special look into the future of the Resort.
This riveting story is told through incredible interviews with celebrities, athletes, Disney Imagineers, and Disney executives, and cast members past and present.
Hosted by Disney Legend and moderator of ABC’s “The View,” Whoopi Goldberg, the two-hour program will also feature spectacular visuals and musical performances from Christina Aguilera and Halle Bailey in front of the legendary Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park, accompanied by the renowned Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
Can’t wait until Friday? Let’s take a sneak peek behind the scenes!
This captivating special is a must-watch!
‘The Most Magical Story on Earth: 50 Years of Walt Disney World’ is produced by ABC News and Disney Parks.
Tune in this Friday, October 1 at 8/7c on ABC, stream on Hulu starting October 2, or watch on Disney+ starting October 8.
In an effort to create the safest environment for guests, artists, students, and colleagues, the Dr. Phillips Center has announced that it is enacting a new policy.
Effective Friday, October 1, 2021, for all indoor shows and events, face coverings are required for guests—as well as documentation showing a negative COVID-19 test. Instead of a negative test result, guests can provide documentation showing their full vaccination status.
These new policies will not apply to events at Frontyard Festival™, presented by AdventHealth—which will continue to offer live, outdoor entertainment through mid-December 2021.
Guests 12+ years old are required to provide documentation of a recent negative COVID-19 PCR test result conducted within 72 hours before the show—or a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test result conducted within 48 hours before the show’s start time. The test result can be presented either printed or digital, and must clearly reflect the name of the guest, the date of the test, the type of test performed, and the negative test result.
As an alternative, vaccinated guests can show documentation of their full vaccination status with the final dose at least 14 days before the show date. Acceptable documentation includes the original vaccination card, a printed copy of the vaccination card, or a digital copy. Photo ID must also be shown, either for the test result or vaccination status.
Guests 2+ years old are required to wear a suitable face covering that covers the nose, mouth, and chin while inside the arts center.
If an existing ticket holder is unable to comply with these updated policies, they can contact the Bill & Mary Darden Box Office at the Dr. Phillips Center for a full refund. For tickets purchased through resale or third-party sites, ticket holders should contact those sites directly to determine their refund policies.
The Dr. Phillips Center has helped lead the community—and arts centers across the country—in creating a safe, healthy environment for guests and artists. As an innovative response to the pandemic, the arts center launched its outdoor Frontyard Festival in December 2020 to lift the community, stay relevant, bring people back to work and stay in business.
The arts center continues to monitor the situation and follow health and safety guidelines developed with AdventHealth—as well as with guidance from public health officials, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.