Praise Wave, an annual SeaWorld Orlando event, brings popular Christian Music acts to Orlando
This year SeaWorld Orlando is hosting special celebrations every weekend, and this November their popular Christian music event, Praise Wave, returns.
During the event guests can enjoy live musical performances by some of the hottest names in Christian music and celebrate in an atmosphere filled with Christian friendship, thrilling rides, and inspiring animal attractions.
The uplifting live concert event series takes place Saturdays, November 2 – November 16 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. each Saturday in the park’s Nautilus Theater and are included with park admission.
The SeaWorld Orlando Praise Wave 2019 musical performances include:
Rend Collective – Saturday, November 2
Amidst so much heaviness consuming events of today’s world, Rend Collective is sharing good news as a response to that brokenness. The Ireland-hailing Rend Collective is harkening back to their roots-y, unique sound – originally birthed out of Bangor, Ireland – for their sixth studio album, Good News. Taking on the moniker “Purveyors of Good News,” Rend Collective is barreling down the road of authenticity, and simple old-fashioned Gospel. Grown away from industry or formula, each song from Good News is deeply connected to the band’s roots in missional community – a group of people, or extended family, who are united through Christian community around a common service and witness to a particular neighborhood or network of relationships – much like the band themselves.
Francesca Battistelli – Saturday, November 9
Two and a half years ago, the singer/songwriter set out to create the follow-up to 2014’s If We’re Honest. She intended to make a worship record. It seemed like a logical artistic direction following a string of critically-acclaimed collaborations with Bethel Music and the massive success of her version of “Holy Spirit,” which earned Battistelli her first GRAMMY® Award. However, as she and her husband, Matt, began to pray before each co-write, what emerged wasn’t congregational worship anthems. Instead, empowering pop songs started surfacing, and track-by-track, Battistelli began to build her fourth studio LP, Own It.
Natalie Grant – Saturday, November 16
Seven-time GRAMMY nominated Natalie Grant is known for her powerful, soaring vocals, heart-gripping lyrics, passionate performances, and has remained one of the top-selling Christian & Gospel artists since, her 2005 breakout RIAA Gold certified album, Awaken. She has since gone on to have nearly 4 million in career sales. The Gospel Music Association has named her Female Vocalist of the Year 5 times and she has had multiple number 1’s on the Billboard singles and albums charts, including her most recent record titled, Be One.
Reserved seating packages for all performances are available online at SeaWorldOrlando.com and start at $15.
This inaugural event benefiting the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund takes place on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Enjoy the relaxing ambiance of the park’s picturesque pathways and catch a glimpse of SeaWorld’s animals before you cross the finish line at Shamu Stadium. There’s even an exclusive Whale Show at the conclusion of the event.
SeaWorld’s Rescue Run also features a fun packed Kids Run for participants ages 7 and under so it’s sure to be a hit with the entire family. SeaWorld Rescue themed awards, medals for all participants, and plenty of surprises along the way, this is certain to be a memorable day for racers of all ages. Your exclusive Whale Show, for all participants and a limited number of spectators, is the perfect way to wrap up your race. Race participants and guests can then stay and play following the event with a special day-of ticket offer.
This family-friendly fun run benefits the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. Since its inception in 2003, the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund has provided well over $17 million in grants to over 1,200 organizations – from global organizations to grassroots groups.
This event will benefit the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund.
EVERY SINGLE PENNY goes toward these conservation projects! Your donations save lives… One of the greatest benefits of the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund is that 100% of your contribution will support animal rescue, habitat protection and conservation education programs in the U.S. and around the world.
All expenses and overhead for the Fund are provided by SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, so every single penny you donate goes directly to the projects supported by the fund.
Inaugural SeaWorld’s Rescue Run Finisher’s medal for Fun Run participants
Commemorative SeaWorld’s Rescue Run Race T-Shirt (adult sizes and unisex)
Commemorative SeaWorld’s Rescue Run Water Bottle
Finish Line Festival with food and refreshments
SeaWorld Surprises will await you at the Finish Line Festival
Kids Fun Run inside SeaWorld Orlando near Shamu Stadium with a Finisher’s medal
Free Race Day parking
Post-race Whale Show (limited spectator tickets)
FUN RUN Registration Fees
$50 through November 15, 2019
$55 from November 16 – December 31, 2019
$60 from January 1 – January 24, 2020
$65 Day of Race (January 25, 2020)
KIDS FUN RUN Registration Fees
$10 through January 24, 2020
$15 Day of Race (January 25, 2020)
Spectator Whale Show Ticket
$15 through January 24, 2020
$20 Day of Race (January 25, 2020)
All Registration Fees for the Fun Run Event, Kids Fun Run, and Spectator Show Ticket – includes FREE parking at SeaWorld.
14 & under / 65 & over through January 24th will receive $5.00 OFF. This discount cannot be combined with any other discounts.
All SeaWorld Ambassadors (employees), Annual Pass Members, and Military will receive 10% OFF the registration fee through January 24th ONLY. Employee ID, Annual Pass and ID, and Military ID must be shown at time of Packet Pick-up. This discount cannot be combined with any other discounts.
********ALL ENTRY FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AND RACE REGISTRATIONS ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE********THIS IS A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT********NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER********
RACE DAY REGISTRATION FOR ALL EVENTS & SHOW – Cash, checks made payment to “SeaWorld Orlando”, and credit card payments will be accepted on race day.
Special Admission Offer
50% off a Single-Day SeaWorld Orlando ticket for SeaWorld’s Rescue Run participates, valid from January 25 – February 9, 2020.
All participants who register for the 3 Mile event will receive a 100% ring-spun soft cotton unisex t-shirt. Sizes are guaranteed through January 18, 2020.
Finisher Medals for both events
All PAID participants will receive a custom SeaWorld’s Rescue Run themed finisher medal that participate in the 3 Mile event and the Kid’s Run!
Post Race Whale Show
All PAID Fun Run participants will have FREE access to this private and exclusive Whale Show. This exclusive show will follow all events beginning approximately at 9:15am.
Weather and Safety Information
Races will be held rain or shine, however, if there is severe weather in the area, the race start may be delayed or canceled. As a reminder, registration feeds are non-refundable and non-transferable.
In order to ensure of all runners safety, bicycles, roller skates, in-line skates, baby carriers, and dogs are prohibited from the race course. It is VERY important for you to stay alert throughout the race, stay inside cones, and obey all race signage. Jogging strollers are permitted but must start in the back.
Strollers are allowed in the 3 Mile event. Nurturing future generations of runners is a priority and demonstrating healthy lifestyles to kids is special. We do ask those registrants participating with a stroller, must line up after the runners and walkers at the start line. Please listen for directions on where to line up at on the day of the race. Only paid participants of the 3 Mile event will receive a finisher medal. If you would like your child to receive the medal, you will have to register them for the 3 Mile event.
SeaWorld’s Rescue Kids Run
Following the Fun Run event, we will host a KIDS RUN! All kids must be registered and the Kids Run capacity is capped at 1,000. You can register your child in advance or on Race Day at the main registration area in the morning. All kids who participate will receive a Kids Fun Run Finisher Medal and a SeaWorld Rescue animal themed fun item! Distances will vary between ages ranging from a 50 yard dash to a 200 yard dash. No race t-shirts will be given out for the Kids Fun Run.
Early Packet Pickup
More details to follow on early Packet Pickup with dates, times, and location!
RACE DAY – Or you can opt to pick up your packet on Race Day beginning at 6:00am. However, please do allow additional time to pick up your packet on race day due to parking and potentially long lines.
DISCLOSURE: I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card for this post on the Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones, however all opinions are my own.
I have really been focusing on building the On the Go in MCO YouTube Channel (sorry not sorry for the shameless plug! LOL!), and one thing that I have found that is SUPER helpful to have is a great pair of headphones!
The Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones, available at BestBuy.com, are lightweight with amazing sound quality!!! These headphones redefine the premium headphone experience by reproducing the balanced depth and precision of studio-quality sound.
Here are some of the features you’ll find on the Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones that make them so special:
Auto On/Off and Smart Pause Never miss a beat with seamless On/Off and Smart Pause functionality. Simply fold the earcups, open or close to turn your music on or off. Remove your headphones to bring your music to a pause, and then slip them back on to get back into the groove.
Active Noise Cancellation (3 modes) and Transparent Hearing MOMENTUM Wireless adapts to your environment wherever you find yourself allowing you to experience your audio world on your terms. The advanced Active Noise Cancellation offers three modes that are tailored to different environments. With the Transparent Hearing feature, you can enjoy music while still being aware of your surroundings.
Three Modes of Operation
Max: The Max mode offers Maximum Mode Cancellation (Airplane).
Anti Wind: Provides noise cancellation optimized for outdoors.
Anti Pressure: Softer noise cancellation for at-home use.
Three Button Interface: Easy to operate, without needing to read a manual, the simple and intuitive 3-Button Interface means you can switch between your music and making calls in an instant. You can also activate Volume Control at the touch of a button and link to voice assistant technology immediately.
Automatic Pairing Mode: Makes setting up easy on first activation.
Smart Control App: Built-in equalizer, Noise Cancellation and Transparent Hearing modes mean you can tailor your sound to your situation.
Smart ‘Tile’ Technology: Track your headphones, so the only time you feel lost, is in the music.
Soft Earpads and Headband: A genuine leather head strap and premium earcups deliver superior comfort.
Two Stylish Colors
The Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones are available in Black and Sandy White. Easy to Pack
The Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones have their own carrying case to protect them while you’re on the go.
The new MOMENTUM Wireless headphones make listening to superior sound even more seamless than ever, and you can find more information about the Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones on Facebook.
DISCLOSURE: I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card for this post, however all opinions are my own.
So I don’t know about you but Zoe watching Stranger Things has really got her interested in all things 80’s, and the ION Boom Box Deluxe is a great mix of yesterday and today with it’s retro style and modern features!
The ION Boom Box Deluxe, available at Best Buy, lets you not only play your old cassette tapes (I can’t be the only one who kept her ‘favorites’) but let’s you record them onto a USB stick to archive them.
This ION Boom Box Deluxe may look retro, but it’s as modern as can be!
It streams music wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled device and it has USB playback capability to handle virtually any other music source. With bass and treble controls, you can customize the tone to your exact taste. Boom Box Deluxe combines the best of the old with the best of the new. It adds up to non-stop fun.
But if you really want to take your experience ‘old school’ you can tune in to your favorite radio station with the AM/FM radio or try making a mix tape of your very own
Plus the ION Boombox Deluxe has two robust full-range speakers powered by 14 watts of system power to crank out powerful bass and clear highs for great music quality.
While the ION Boombox Deluxe looks like it runs on 18 D batteries, it really runs on AC or long-lasting (10 hr) rechargeable battery making it convenient to take with you on the go!
Orlando, the wait is over. Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band has announced that their Son Of A Son Of A Sailor High Tide Tour 2019 will make a stop at Orlando’s Amway Center for one night only, Saturday, December 7.
Tickets for the Amway Center concert will range in price from $33 to $142.50, and will go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 27 at 10 am ET.
Buffett released his famous “Son Of A Son Of A Sailor” long playing (LP) record in 1978, and sang the title track during his only performance on Saturday Night Live following its release. The song was written about his grandfather, James Delaney Buffett, Sr., who was a huge influence in his life. The tour commemorates the album’s 40th anniversary release which kicked off in 2018 with the celebration continuing through 2019. The record also includes the Parrothead-favorite, “Cheeseburger In Paradise” as well as “Livingston Saturday Night” and “Cowboy in the Jungle.”
“Jimmy Buffett is a legendary entertainer with numerous hits and incredibly passionate fans,” said Orlando Venues Chief Venues Officer Allen Johnson. “We’re thrilled to welcome him back to Amway Center and we’re looking forward to another sold-out show.”
Jimmy Buffett And The Coral Reefer Band Son Of A Son Of A Sailor High Tide Tour 2019
When: Saturday, December 7, 2019 // 8 PM ET
Where: Amway Center // Orlando, Florida
On-Sale: Friday, September 27, 2019 // 10 AM ET
The long-awaited Margaritaville musical, “Escape to Margaritaville,” in 2018 world premiered in La Jolla, CA, followed by pre-Broadway stops in New Orleans, Houston and Chicago and opened on Broadway. The original Broadway-cast recording of the musical was recently released and the tour launches this year including a week-long performance at Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts November 12-17.
For the first time ever, music from the platinum-selling 2004 album, “License To Chill,” was released as a digital and streaming CD worldwide last year. Many musical friends joined Buffett on this record including Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Clint Black, George Strait, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Bill Withers and Nanci Griffith.
Keep in mind the following information about ticket sales:
All tickets are reserved.
Buy tickets at Amway Center box office or at Ticketmaster.com.
All dates, act(s) and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.
All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges.
For Amway Center box office and ticket information, visit amwaycenter.com (phone purchases are not available through the Amway Center box office).
The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street and the box office is located on the north side of the Amway Center, near the intersection of Church Street and Hughey Avenue.
Tickets for Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band’s Son Of A Son Of A Sailor High Tide Tour 2019 will go FAST, so if you would like to go make sure you act quick!!!
Florida weather can be rather unpredictable and wet, so to help make your rainy day more bearable here are my top theme park tips for a rainy day.
Watch the weather while you are on the go (no pun intended)
Make sure you have a reliable weather app to use while you’re in the parks.
My favorite is the Channel 9 Severe Weather App, because you can sign up for custom alerts in your area, stream live radar, and get an accurate hour-by-hour forecast.
Keep an eye out for temporary closures or delays
Some attractions and transportation options may shut down temporarily during heavy rain, wind, or lightning.
To be safe, check the park’s official app for any notices before you head towards an attraction or ask an attendant about any closures or delays before you hop in line.
Think ahead for meals
On rainy days quick service and full-service dining locations tend to get really crowded and unable to accommodate walk-up seating requests, so it is always best to try to make a reservations in advance.
If you are at Walt Disney World in a quick service dining location, consider using the Mobile Ordering option on the My Disney Experience App to cut your wait down!
Park bag hack for rain jackets and umbrellas
When going to the parks with a backpack, keep your rain jacket or umbrella inside of a zip top bag so when you take the jacket out you can put your keys or cell phone inside to keep them dry.
Then when the rain stops, you’ll have a handy place to put your wet jacket.
Choose the right shoes
Choosing the right shoe is super important for surviving a rainy day in the theme park.
Pick a shoe that is comfortable with a non-slip sole and plenty of tread.
You also may want to consider leaving the rain boots at home, because they tend to fill up with water during heavy storms and get quite heavy.
Wear clothes that dry quickly
When it is going to be a wet day in the park choosing to wear lightweight and quick drying clothing will definitely make you more comfortable, and as a bonus when it gets hot again it will wick away the sweat to help keep you cool!
Don’t pass up a good show or movie
When the sun is out you might be quick to pass up a show or movie, but they are the PERFECT activity for a rainy day because they are shown in huge venues making them walk-up friendly.
AMC Movie Theatres have once again partnered with Disney’s Dream Big, Princess program this Fall to bring four beloved Disney princess feature films to the big screen for audiences to enjoy.
Some of these haven’t been shown on the big screen in ages, meaning it might be a first-time viewing for young Disney fans.
While we are still months away from Walt Disney Animation whisking audiences back to the mythical land of Arendelle for the further adventures of Anna and Elsa in FROZEN II, this is a great way to get excited for the new film coming to theaters on November 22nd!
The schedule for the 2019 Dream Big, Princess program will be as follows.
Soon to be made into a live-action feature starring Halle Bailey, THE LITTLE MERMAID follows a restless mermaid who dreams of one day living on the surface. To get there, Ariel trades her greatest gift — her beautiful singing voice — for a pair of legs. Come for the music, including brilliant songs like “Under the Sea,” which won a Best Original Song Oscar in 1989.
A tale as old as time … and one that always warrants a big-screen viewing. The 1991 animated version translates the classic romance for a contemporary audience, riding on the coattails of some incredible songs, such as “Be Our Guest” as well as the title track.
Rapunzel may have let down her hair, but TANGLED did not let down animation audiences looking for a new winner from Walt Disney Animation. Mandy Moore plays the fiery Rapunzel, and she is no damsel in distress. But the true star of TANGLED is the animators who turned Rapunzel’s flowing blonde hair into its own character.
Relatively new compared to the other titles on this list, though PRINCESS has built up a steady fan base over the years, and we expect them to turn out to see this one on the big screen once again. FROG has a distinct New Orleans flavor to it, tapping into the music and cuisine of the Bayou. But it also has star power, with Anika Noni Rose, Keith David and Oprah Winfrey all lending their voices.
Each film in the series will get a one-week run in participating theatres.
It’s worth noting that this will be the animated version of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST — the one that was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars— and that warrants a big-screen revisiting every chance we get.
Advance Purchase tickets for the Dream Big, Princess series at AMC Movie Theatre are available now using the links under each movie title (which, BTW, are NOT affiliate links), and if you are looking to visit the AMC at Disney Springs showings are at 2pm and 6pm at the AMC DINE-IN Disney Springs 24.
At the D23 Expo held in Anaheim, California, over the weekend Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products Chairman Bob Chapek led a presentation on the new additions coming to the Disney Parks around the world.
While there were several large announcements, Walt Disney World’s Epcot received the most attention as it continues to undergo the biggest transformation of any Disney park in history including the addition of several new attractions, restaurants, and experiences.
Starting with the news that Epcot will be organized into four neighborhoods that each speak to important aspects of the world and its people: World Showcase, World Celebration, World Nature and World Discovery.
Let’s start our look at the new additions coming to Epcot in World Showcase where new magic will join the celebration of World culture, cuisine, architecture, and traditions.
The United Kingdom pavilion will welcome the first attraction inspired by Mary Poppins. We don’t have an opening date yet, but we do know that it will include a step in time down Cherry Tree Lane past Admiral Boom’s house before entering Number 17, the home of the Banks family, where an adventure will begin.
In 2020, following the limited-time run of the nighttime spectacular “Epcot Forever,” the new “HarmonioUS” will debut as the largest nighttime spectacular ever created for a Disney park.
It will celebrate how the music of Disney inspires people the world over, and it will feature familiar Disney tunes reinterpreted by a diverse group of artists from around the globe as well as massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, lasers, and so much more.
In summer 2020, the France pavilion will be home to the much-anticipated attraction Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure where you’ll shrink to the size of Chef Remy and race through Gusteau’s restaurant on a wild adventure
Also debuting in 2020 is a new restaurant called La Crêperie de Paris featuring a menu from celebrity chef Jérôme Bocuse that can be enjoyed as a table or quick-service dining location.
And the last bit of news in the France pavilion, is that the classic Impressions de France film will be joined by the new “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along,” debuting in January 2020 that is directed by Don Hahn, producer of both the animated and live-action versions of this tale as old as time.
“Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360” will debut in January 2020 in the Canada pavilion with new scenes and a new story.
In the China pavilion, “Wondrous China” will take guests on a spectacular journey across the country, filmed, and presented in a completely seamless 360-degree digital format.
Over in World Celebration new enhancements and additions will be focused on connecting individuals to the the world around them.
Iconic Spaceship Earth will remain a voyage through time, but soon it will transform to reflect the power of storytelling and its ability to unite the human experience.
The re-imagined attraction will feature new narration, an entirely new musical score, and a magical “story light” that will lead guests on a journey through history focused on the moments and ideas that define “our” story.
At the exit to Spaceship Earth, a new post-show experience will lead guests to discover a breathtaking new view of World Showcase from Dreamers Point.
A new three-level Celebration Pavilion will be home to live events, serve as the center of Epcot’s signature festivals, and will provide a stunning elevated view of the entire park and an ideal spot to witness Epcot’s nighttime spectacular.
Epcot’s entrance plaza will welcome guests with a reimagined fountain, new pathways, and sweeping green spaces that beautify the entryway to the park paying homage to the origins of Epcot.
The natural environments of the World Celebration neighborhood will have global design elements filled with Disney magic and surprises, including a wishing tree in an enchanted forest and a story fountain celebrating the power and music of iconic Disney storytelling.
World Celebration will also feature a new statue celebrating the legacy of the original dreamer, Walt Disney.
The World Nature neighborhood is dedicated to understanding and preserving the beauty, awe, and balance of the natural world that will include the existing The Land and The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilions.
Journey of Water, inspired by the Walt Disney Animation Studios film “Moana” will lead guests down a lush exploration trail to meet and play with magical, living water.
The water will have a life of its own – just like Moana’s friend, the ocean – and you’ll learn about the importance of the natural water cycle.
The Land pavilion’s new film, “Awesome Planet,” will debut in January 2020 and will showcase the beauty, diversity, and dynamic story of the planet.
And finally the In World Discovery neighborhood will focus on science, technology, and intergalactic adventures.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will be the first “other-world” showcase pavilion at Epcot.
The adventure starts in the “Galaxarium,” a planetarium-like exhibition that explores the similarities and mysteries of the formation of Earth’s galaxy and Xandar. Guests will learn more about the treasures Xandar has to share – until the moment when the Guardians of the Galaxy arrive, and adventures across the cosmos ensue.
The attraction will also feature a new innovation from Walt Disney Imagineering – a storytelling coaster that rotates 360 degrees to focus your attention on the action, including the first reverse launch on a Disney coaster.
This winter guests with reservations can board a special elevator in the Mission: SPACE pavilion for a journey to a space station high above the ground that offers both a celestial panorama of daytime and nighttime views of Earth as well as an out-of-this-world dining experience at restaurant Space 220.
The PLAY! pavilion, in the former Wonders of Life pavilion, will be a digital metropolis filled with games, activities, and experiences that connect guests and Disney characters – both real and virtual – like never before.
As part of this new pavilion guests will have the chance to help legendary fashion icon Edna Mode on her quest to rid the world of uninspired style or make a splash competing in a water-balloon fight hosted by Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby.
To help guests get ready for all of these new additions, on October 1, 2019, Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience in the Odyssey Events Pavilion will invite guests to discover interactive exhibits that showcase the relentless innovation, energy, and excitement driving the park’s future throughout this unprecedented period of transformation.
With so much going on in the theme parks of Central Florida, make sure you follow @onthegoinmco on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more details.
DISCLOSURE: I was invited by the Walt Disney Company to attend the 2019 D23 Expo, however all opinions and over-use of exclamation points are 100% my own. Also I purchased the Disney Plus Founders Circle, so I have put my money where my words are.
Disney Plus is making its debut at the 2019 D23 Expo, and the response to the new streaming service has been incredibly positive as excitement builds for its November 12, 2019, launch.
During its first-ever showcase presentation stars, directors, and writers filled the D23 Hall stage as announcements on new series in development were made and key details were revealed.
“With less than three months until launch, Disney+ will soon entertain and inspire audiences of all ages for generations to come, and we’re excited to preview some of the amazing original content being created for the service exclusively from our world-class brands today at the D23 Expo,” said Kevin Mayer, chairman, Direct-to-Consumer & International. “Storytelling is the cornerstone of The Walt Disney Company and we’re thrilled to unveil a new slate of original shows from the Star Wars and Marvel cinematic universes, along with popular television franchises set to return with all-new series streaming only on Disney+.”
With that in mind let’s look at ten of Disney Plus’ slate of originals from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic programs that I can’t wait to watch (in no particular order) with details from the 2019 D23 Presentation!!!!
Disney Plus Original Programs I Can’t Wait to Watch
Marvel Studios’ What If…?
For Marvel Studios’ “What If…?” Hayley Atwell was on hand to greet the audience. Atwell will voice Peggy Carter in Marvel Studios’ first animated series that focuses on different heroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and imagines what would happen if the events in the films worked out differently.
Kevin Feige also introduced director Bryan Andrews and head writer Ashley Bradley to the crowd.
“What If…?” premieres on Disney+ in 2021.
Forty years after leaving the swamp in his big screen debut in “The Muppet Movie,” Kermit the Frog is heading upstream with Miss Piggy, and the gang, bringing a new kind of mayhem and laughter to Disney+ with their first-ever unscripted short-form series, “Muppets Now.”
For Lucasfilm’s “The Mandalorian,” executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni joined series stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers and Giancarlo Esposito, along with Taika Waititi, who brings the droid IG-11 to life, to premiere the teaser trailer for the first Star Wars live-action series.
At the Disney Legends Awards Ceremony during the 2019 D23 Expo, Robert A. Iger, chairman and chief executive officer, The Walt Disney Company, announced that new Disney Legend Ming-Na Wen will join the cast of the series.
Set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order, “The Mandalorian” follows the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
Stars Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen were on hand for their new series, Marvel Studios’ “WandaVision.” Bettany returns as Vision and Olsen as Wanda Maximoff—two super-powered beings living their ideal suburban lives who begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.
Kevin Feige surprised the audience by bringing to the stage Kat Dennings and Randall Park who will reprise their roles from “Thor” and “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” and then he introduced Kathryn Hahn who has been cast as a new character in the series. Director Matt Shakman and head writer Jac Schaeffer joined everyone on stage to reveal that the streaming series will blend the style of classic sitcoms with Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“WandaVision” premieres on Disney+ in 2021.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum
Jeff Goldblum, who stars in and hosts “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” from National Geographic, gave fans a peek inside the series including a new trailer for the show. Through Goldblum’s always inquisitive and highly entertaining mind, nothing is as it seems in this new 12-episode series.
Forky Asks A Question
Tony Hale, who reprises his craft project turned toy role from “Toy Story 4” in the new collection of Pixar animated shorts “Forky Asks A Question,” premiered the first short (“What is Money?”).
In the 10 shorts, Forky explores important questions about how the world works, such as: What is love? What is time?
“Noelle” stars Anna Kendrick and Billy Eichner joined Sean Bailey to announce their film will premiere on Disney+ on November 12 before sharing a new trailer. In the upcoming holiday comedy, Kris Kringle’s daughter is full of Christmas spirit and holiday fun, but wishes she could do something “important” like her beloved brother Nick, who will take over from their father this Christmas.
When Nick is about to crumble like a gingerbread cookie from all the pressure, Noelle suggests he take a break and get away…but when he doesn’t return, Noelle must find her brother and bring him back in time to save Christmas.
Untitled Cassian Andor Series
Stars Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk joined Kathleen Kennedy to introduce the audience to the second Lucasfilm live-action series for Disney+, which is now in development.
Both actors are reprising their roles from “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” and the stories follow Cassian Andor’s adventures as a rebel spy during the formative years of the Rebellion, before the events of “A New Hope.”
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
Director Kari Skogland introduced Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, the stars of Marvel Studios’ ”The Falcon and The Winter Soldier,” which finds Falcon and the Winter Soldier teaming up after “Avengers: Endgame.”
Emily VanCamp came on stage and Feige revealed that she will reprise her role as Sharon Carter.
Then, he introduced the crowd to Wyatt Russell who will play John Walker—a character from the comics coming to the screen for the first time.
Head writer Malcom Spellman was also on hand to greet the crowd.
“The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” will launch on Disney+ in 2020.
Monsters At Work
“Monsters At Work” stars Ben Feldman and Aisha Tyler unveiled the latest design of their characters Tylor and Millie. Inspired by Disney and Pixar’s Academy Award-winning feature film “Monsters, Inc.,” the new series from Disney Television Animation returns to Monstropolis and follows a new cast of monsters with special appearances from Mike and Sulley (voiced by Billy Crystal and John Goodman).
And I mean I can’t not have an honorable mention for just one more…
Ewan McGregor made a surprise appearance to announce his return as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a new untitled series from Lucasfilm.
I HAVE NO CHILL ABOUT DISNEY PLUS, AND YOU SHOULDN’T EITHER!!!
I’ll be bringing you more Disney Plus details soon!!!
DISCLOSURE: I was invited by the Walt Disney Company to attend the 2019 D23 Expo, however all opinions and over-use of exclamation points are 100% my own.
Inside the Disney Parks “Imagining Tomorrow, Today” Pavilion at the 2019 D23 Expo, visitors will be able to see what is coming next to the Disney Parks around the world.
While there are a lot of cool things to share, in this post we are going to focus on the additions coming to Walt Disney World with information from the Disney Parks Blog!
Let’s start with an all-new Star Wars vacation experience coming to Walt Disney World!
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be a new, first-of-its-kind vacation experience where guests will check in for a two-night adventure aboard a glamorous starship.
Once onboard, guests will interact with characters and become active participants in stories that unfold around them on their galactic journey.
We were able to see a new model and incredible visuals of the starcruiser – called the Halcyon.
And then my heart stopped as we were shown a model of the multi-year transformation of Epcot complete with new experiences, “that will make the park more Disney, more family, more timeless, and more relevant” was unveiled.
The reinvention of Epcot will include several new additions, and the first one we learned about was Journey of Water, Inspired by “Moana.”
This first-ever attraction based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios hit film, “Moana,” will let guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting.
And this October, guests will be able to visualize all of the exciting plans for Epcot at a new experience center in the Odyssey Events Pavilion, called Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience.
Inside this first-of-its-kind offering within a Disney park, guests will discover engaging and interactive exhibits that allow you to step inside the relentless innovation, energy and excitement, and see some never-before-revealed details driving the future of Epcot all throughout this unprecedented period of transformation.
The Disney Parks pavilion also features other upcoming Walt Disney World attractions including TRON Lightcycle Run coming to Magic Kingdom Park as well as Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
If you’re excited about today’s announcements, there is still more to come!
On Sunday, August 25, we’ll find out more details on these and other announcements during the Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products presentation atD23 Expo 2019!
Oscar-winning Composer and Disney Legend Randy Newman, Composer Tyler Bates, Matthew Morrison, and Anthony Gonzalez to meet fans and first-to-market products to debut including Avengers: Endgame 12” vinyl picture disc at the Disney Music Emporium Pavilion during D23 Expo 2019, August 23–25
Disney Music Emporium, the online destination for collectible Disney music products, returns to D23 Expo 2019 with a pop-up store on the show floor.
Over the three-day Ultimate Disney Fan Event, the Emporium will feature album signings by artists and award-winning composers.
Limited quantities of a wide assortment of music products will be available, including new releases from Marvel and Lucasfilm, vinyl albums, die-cut picture disc vinyl, cassettes, Crosley turntables, cassette players, posters, and more. Additionally, visitors to Disney Music Emporium will be able to pre-order the Matthew Morrison Disney album.
In addition to the 23 new offerings available at D23 Expo 2019, 10 titles are first-to-market, including Avengers: Endgame (12” picture disc), Aladdin: The Songs (vinyl album), “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” (12” vinyl single from The Lion King), “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Symphonic Suite” (12” picture disc), “Married Life”/”Carl Goes Up” (12” vinyl from Up), The Princess and the Frog: The Songs (12” picture disc), and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (12” single from Fantasia).
Album signings at the Disney Music Emporium shop include Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer and Disney Legend Randy Newman (Toy Storyfilms, The Princess and the Frog, Cars films); composer Tyler Bates (Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1); actor Anthony Gonzalez (voice of Miguel from Coco); singer-songwriter, actor, and dancer Matthew Morrison (Glee); plus Hollywood Records artist JD McCrary (voice of young Simba in The Lion King). Scheduled artists subject to change.
Randy Thornton, Disney Music Group’s Supervising Producer and Music Historian, will present “Great Moments with Walt Disney,” on Friday, August 23, at the Archives Stage from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The Grammy-winning producer will present audio recordings of Walt Disney as he recalls developing the first cartoon with synchronized sound, creating Disney’s first hit song, and meeting Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev.
About Disney Music Group and Disney Music Emporium
Disney Music Group is home to Walt Disney Records, Hollywood Records, Disney Music Publishing, Buena Vista Records, and Disney Concerts.
The labels’ genre-spanning rosters include (Grammy nominated) Demi Lovato, Queen (in the U.S.), Sofia Carson, ZZ Ward, Breaking Benjamin, Bea Miller, Sabrina Carpenter, Joywave, morgxn, Tini Stoessel, Dreamers, JD McCrary, and more. DMG also releases family music and film and television soundtracks such as the chart-topping Guardians of the Galaxy, Beauty and the Beast, Descendants, Oscar-winning Coco and Moana soundtracks, and the Oscar and Grammy-winning Frozen soundtrack. Recent releases include Toy Story 4, Aladdin, Avengers: Endgame, and Captain Marvel. Upcoming soundtracks include The Lion King, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and Frozen 2.
DMG has a rich catalog with a lasting legacy that has impacted pop culture globally, including music from films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio and Star Wars, artists like Annette Funicello, and beloved classics like “It’s a Small World.” Disney Concerts licenses and produces hundreds of shows around the world, including Star Wars in Concert, Disney On Classic, Beauty and the Beast, Soy Luna, and many more.
Honoring the continuing legacy of the Disney music catalog, Disney Music Emporium (DME) is the destination for collectible Disney music products. For more information and product offerings, visit DME at www.disneymusicemporium.com.
D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. For the latest D23 Expo 2019 news, visit D23expo.com. Presentations, talent, and schedule subject to change. To join the D23 Expo conversation, be sure to follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, and use the hashtag #D23Expo.
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 ($99.99), Gold Family Membership ($129.99), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com.
Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunities with Cast Reunions from Back To The Future, Boy Meets World, The All New Mickey Mouse Club to Cosplay Red Carpet, Photo Shoot Sessions, all-new programming, and more Thursday, May 16 to Sunday, May 19, 2019
MEGACON, the Southeast’s largest fan convention returns to the Orange County Convention Center Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, May 19, 2019. This year, the show expects to welcome more than 100,000 fans throughout the weekend joined by a star-studded line up. Recently added celebrities include:
Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman)
Zachary Levi (Shazam!)
David Tennant and Billie Piper (Doctor Who)
John Barrowman and Stephen Amell (Arrow)
Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric and Corey Feldman (The Lost Boys)
Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld, Family Guy and The Tick)
Peter Weller (Robocop)Patricia Summersett (Legend of Zelda)
Rose McIver (iZombie)
Jason David Frank (Power Rangers)
In addition to over 400,000 square feet of shopping and an incredible celebrity line up, MEGACON Orlando 2019’s programming highlights include:
MASTERS OF COSPLAY INTERNATIONAL
Masters of Cosplay International unites cosplayers from all around the world including invited guests from Canada, Italy and Argentina with an all-new cosplay programming track. Practice the art of cosplay in the Masters of Cosplay Grand Prix, a cosplay competition created by FAN EXPO HQ in 2018. Competing with five other shows in five different cities, Orlando’s regional champion will win a trip to FAN EXPO Canada and go to head to head to claim the title of Master of Cosplay. New this year, fans can also stroll through Cosplay Alley, book a personal photo shoot with a cosplay photographer, strut your cosplay on a red carpet and more.
MICKEY MOUSE CLUB 30TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION PANEL
The Mickey Mouse Club celebrates its 30th anniversary of its debut episode with a once-in-a-lifetime reunion of the Mouseketeers. On Saturday, May 18, *NSYNC Artist and childhood friend of the Mouseketeers Joey Fatone will host a special reunion panel at MEGACON™ Orlando starting at 12 p.m. followed by a photo and autograph session from 1-4 p.m. The Mickey Mouse Club reunion show is included in a Saturday MEGACON ticket and the panel is on a first-come first-served basis.
Fans will be amazed by very rare reunions throughout the weekend including Back To The Future, Boy Meets World, The Goonies, Lost Boys, Smallville and more.Stars appearing from the Back To The Future cast include Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Tom Wilson and James Tolkan. Danielle Fishel, Ben Savage, Will Friedle and Rider Strong from Boy Meets World will be joining Thursday through Sunday. From The Goonies, Sean Astin, Corey Feldmna and Ke Huy Quan will all appear.
CELEBRITY PHOTO AND AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS
Capture the ultimate fan memory with a photo taken with a celebrity guest of choice. Professional photographers are on-site to capture the special moment in the Photo Op studios. Then, have your photo or favorite memorabilia signed during various celebrity autograph sessions throughout the weekend.
Fans can meet the rising stars behind the hottest comics, graphic novels, limited edition prints and original art and sketches at Artist Alley. Highlights include Batman’s Greg Capullo, Amazing Spider-Man’s Tim Townsend, Wonder Woman’s Cary Nord among others.
With Family Passes available, MEGACON Orlando is fun for all ages! Families can enjoy costume contests, crafts, group celebrity photo sessions, cosplay meetups and more. Head to www.megaconorlando.com to download a free kids coupon for children 12 and under.
Join us for a look at some of the amazing Walt Disney World Resort Easter Egg Displays expertly modeled out of chocolate & other edible treats!
This annual traditions is one of my absolute favorites at Walt Disney World!!!
In this video we take you (in order of appearance) to the Easter Egg Displays at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, & finally Disney’s Beach Club Resort.
Fans who have been selected will be notified daily via email and can then purchase up to two (2) tickets at $25 each.
The ticket lottery will continue on a rolling basis for every performance in the engagement.
All entrants are encouraged to follow Dear Evan Hansen on Instagram (@dearevanhansen), Twitter (@dearevanhansen) and Facebook (@DearEvanHansen) for additional lottery news and information.
Entrants must be 18 years or older. A valid, non-expired photo ID that matches the name used to enter is required for pickup.
Seat locations awarded by the lottery are subject to availability.
The winner of six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen features a book by Tony Award-winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy®, Tony® and Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal).
Declared “One of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history” by the Washington Post’s Peter Marks, Dear Evan Hansen opened at the Music Box Theatre to rave reviews on December 4, 2016, where it’s broken all box office records and struck a chord with critics and audiences alike.
Today at the kickoff of the Star Wars Celebration weekend in Chicago, Director/Writer J.J. Abrams and Producer Kathleen Kennedy were joined by stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Kelly Marie Tran, Oscar Isaac, Billy Dee Williams, Naomi Ackie, Joonas Suotamo, and Anthony Daniels, and droids BB-8 and D-0, for a panel discussion on Star Wars Episode IX moderated by Stephen Colbert.
“This movie, it’s about this new generation, and what they’ve inherited, the light and the dark,” Abrams said, seeming to reference Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Poe (Oscar Issac) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), CNET reported.
The film takes place well after the events of “The Last Jedi,” but Abrams said they were able to include Carrie Fisher’s Leia as part of the “Episode IX” story.
I am BEYOND excited that the title of the final installment of the Skywalker saga has been revealed, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and a brand-new teaser poster!
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens on December 20th!
May the Force Be With You, and…LET THE COUNTDOWN BEGIN!!!