As a big fan of the Marvel Universe, I couldn’t be more thrilled to see the amazing characters and stories of Marvel come to Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
When the transformed Disney Magic is re-launched this October, one of the most exciting new spaces on the ship is sure to be Marvel’s Avengers Academy, where young “recruits” will learn to unleash their inner Super Heroes. As part of their experience at Marvel’s Avengers Academy, participants will have the opportunity to meet a true Avenger in person, when Captain America checks in on the progress being made by these future heroes.
To celebrate, this weekend at the D23 Expo, the Ultimate Disney Fan Event at the Anaheim Convention Center, just across the street from Disneyland Resort, attendees have enjoyed their first chance to meet Marvel’s Captain America. Steve Rogers, on a short break from his duties with S.H.I.E.L.D., is appearing within the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Pavilion each day through Sunday, August 11.
If you’re planning to be at the D23 Expo this weekend, be sure to come by and shake hands with the First Avenger, Marvel’s Captain America!
Tickets to the D23 Expo are sold out for Saturday, but still available for Sunday. To get tickets and complete details, visit D23Expo.com.
I fell in love with “Festival of the Lion King” the first time I saw it, in a sneak preview ahead of the 1998 opening of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. From the acrobatic antics of the Tumble Monkeys to Zawadi’s soaring vocals during the signature “Circle of Life,” the exuberant spirit of the show’s cast has kept me coming back time and time again and made “Festival of the Lion King” a guest favorite at Walt Disney World Resort for 15 years.
Today, I’m excited to tell you “Festival of the Lion King” will soon be moving to an all-new theater, bringing the “tribal celebration” home fittingly to the Africa section of the park, where Disney’s Animal Kingdom guests will be able to continue enjoying the show for years to come.
The new “Festival of the Lion King” theater is set to open in 2014.
This summer, Woody’s All-American Roundup, a flag-wavin’ patriotic celebration of the Old West, has come to Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree in Frontierland. When I took my boys to Disneyland park, they had a blast out there enjoying the shows, playing games, doing crafts and spending quality time with some of their favorite Disney characters.
Here’s a look at some of the fun, including Disneyland park guest favorite Billy Hill & The Hillbillies, who perform a little “Red, White and Bluegrass!”
Woody’s All-American Roundup is a rootin’, tootin’ good time, but it won’t be around forever! So be sure to stop in at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree this summer, before Sheriff Woody and the gang pack up and head on down the trail.
Our latest bit of “Limited Time Magic” is “Mickey’s America Streetbeat,” presented each day this week at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the America Gardens Stage at Epcot. This all-new show brings Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy together with an energetic troupe of young performers for an over-the-top display of street tap, hip hop, percussion and acrobatics. Take a look:
This is one incredible jam that you won’t want to miss, but you’d better hurry! The show is only being performed for a limited time, through July 14.
Since debuting on Disney Junior earlier this year, “Sofia the First” has become the #1 cable TV series among kids ages 2-5. Now Sofia, Disney’s first little girl princess, has finally arrived at Disney Parks.
Starting later this summer, Sofia will also be making appearances outside the new “Disney Junior – Live on Stage!” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. There, you’ll find a beautiful immersive backdrop inspired by the storybook world of Enchancia, where you can meet and snap photos with the lovely Sofia.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios – A “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration” at the Sorcerer’s Hat Stage July 4 features a DJ and house band, Mulch, Sweat and Shears, taking you on a rock ‘n roll road trip across America that culminates with the band playing live during that night’s fireworks spectacular. (Please note: Monsters University Homecoming will not be presented on July 4.)
Military Musicians – Disneyland Resort presents the largest gathering of military musical acts ever offered at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks. Check Kevin Rafferty, Jr.’srecent post for all the details.
“Mickey and the Magical Map” features several great songs from classic Disney animated films, along with a completely original song, “Journey to Imagination,” written just for this show. We recently caught up with composers Adam Watts and Andy Dodd, who shared a little of what it was like to create a new song for Disneyland park.
Check out these past posts about “Mickey and the Magical Map”:
Front and center, of course, is the map itself, created with an enormous, multi-tiered LED screen. It’s an incredible example of technology used as a tool to help tell our story, and there’s even more tech employed backstage.
Today, Technical Director Mike Layman gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the role technology plays in staging a production on the scale of “Mickey and the Magical Map.”
Check out these past posts about “Mickey and the Magical Map”:
It’s almost showtime! “Mickey and the Magical Map” opens this Saturday, May 25, at Disneyland park. Here’s a look at the nearly two-year-long journey the Creative Entertainment team has undertaken to bring the show from concept to reality, along with a glimpse of the amazing, musical “Journey to Imagination” you’ll go on with Mickey Mouse when you take a seat in the newly refurbished Fantasyland Theatre. The premiere is just around the corner, so we hope to “see ya real soon!”
One of the cool things about the show is the design of the costumes for the Mapmakers, Yen Sid’s apprentices who are well versed in the ways of the sorcerer’s amazing map. I spoke with Senior Costume Designer Matt Davidson, who shared some of his inspiration behind the designs.
“The costumes needed to have a modern infusion of style and edginess, while still retaining an antique quality that comes with Fantasyland and its older, European roots,” said Matt. “I have always liked the inventiveness of Steampunk, which for those who may not know, comes from the Jules Verne, H.G. Wells world of futuristic-styled technology being possible in the Victorian era. The aesthetic uses lots of copper, antique brass, leather and rivets. It’s kind of a warm, hand-crafted look that fit perfectly.”
Here’s a look at some of those designs, as Matt and Costumer Chris Bermudez were fitting the show’s cast for a recent dress rehearsal. You’ll be able to see the costumes in action, of course, once “Mickey and the Magical Map” opens May 25!
Learn more about “Mickey and the Magical Map” in the posts below: