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A Guest of Star Wars Weekends, Frank Oz Will Be

posted on June 12th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Are you looking for one of the greatest stars of the Star Wars saga? Well, fear not. After all, fear is the path to the Dark Side. You seek Yoda. This Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Yoda you shall find!

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Our very special guest this weekend is none other than Frank Oz, the man who brought to life the most powerful Jedi Master of all time. Beyond his portrayal of Yoda in Star Wars, Frank Oz is also a noted director and the award-winning performer behind lovable Muppets Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal and more. This weekend, you’ll be able to see Frank Oz in the “Legends of the Force” celebrity motorcade on Hollywood Blvd. and at Theater of the Stars, where he’ll share stories of his illustrious career during “A Conversation with Frank Oz.”

For this year’s final weekend, you will find yourself among a galaxy of Star Wars stars. Here’s the full list of those scheduled to appear:

  • Event Host James Arnold Taylor: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars: The Clone Wars; Star Wars Rebels)
  • Frank Oz: Yoda (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi; Star Wars Rebels)
  • Ray Park: Darth Maul (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace)
  • Peter Mayhew: Chewbacca (Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith; Star Wars: A New Hope; Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi; Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
  • Taylor Gray: Ezra Bridger (Star Wars Rebels)
  • Ashley Eckstein: Ahsoka Tano (Star Wars: The Clone Wars; Star Wars Rebels)

Adventure! Excitement! A Jedi craves not these things, but Star Wars Weekends fans sure do! And this weekend promises to be the most adventurous and exciting yet.

Who is planning to join us as we “iris out” and bid farewell to Star Wars Weekends 2015? Let us know in the comments, and may the Force be with you. Always.

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‘Frozen Fever’ Added to the Lineup of Frozen Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on June 5th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


There’s little more than a week left until the start of Frozen Summer Fun, starting June 17 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This event already promises a day filled with all things “Frozen,” from the “Frozen Royal Welcome” in the morning to “Frozen” Fireworks at night. Now, “Frozen” fans, we’re really making the day a perfect day for you with the addition of special screenings of the new animated short, “Frozen Fever.”

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Created by the same filmmaking team who brought us the original animated hit, “Frozen Fever” takes us back to Arendelle where Elsa has been planning the best birthday ever for her sister Anna. On the big day, though, Elsa comes down with a cold, producing some surprising and hilarious consequences.

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“Frozen Fever” debuted in theaters with Disney’s live-action “Cinderella” and will be available for the first time to own as part of the Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection, coming to Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on August 11 and to Blu-ray August 18.

During Frozen Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’ll be able to enjoy the new animated short “Frozen Fever,” along with a peek behind the scenes at the making of the film. “Frozen Fever” will be showing at the ABC Sound Studio, twice each hour beginning at 10 a.m. daily from June 17 – September 7.

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See an Exclusive Sneak Peek of ‘Ant-Man’ at Disney California Adventure Park Starting June 19

posted on June 5th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Imagine a Super Hero the size of an insect – the ultimate secret weapon. That’s Ant-Man, and heroes don’t get any bigger.

Soon, you’ll be able to get a glimpse of the next evolution of Super Hero when the Bug’s Life Theater at Disney California Adventure park hosts a sneak peek of the high-stakes, tension-filled adventure “Ant-Man,” starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Peña and Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym.

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For a limited time starting June 19, this special preview will give you an advance look at scenes from the film, presented in 3D with in-theater effects that can only be experienced at Disney Parks. And don’t miss the opportunity to check out the Ant-Man suit from the film, also on display at Bug’s Life Theater.

“Ant-Man” brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

The “Ant-Man” sneak peek begins June 19 at Disney California Adventure park, and you can catch the complete film when it opens in theaters on July 17, 2015.

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The Emotions of DisneyŸ-Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ Come to Disney California Adventure Park June 19

posted on June 4th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


This summer, Disney California Adventure park proudly celebrates the debut of DisneyŸ-Pixar’s original film, “Inside Out,” with special, pre-parade appearances by the movie’s characters, the five Emotions: Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness.

Arriving just ahead of daily performances of Pixar Play Parade, the “Inside Out” pre-parade brings these five new characters and their colorful, curious world right through the heart of Disney California Adventure park, allowing them to experience for the first time all the sights, sounds, smells and excitement of a day in a Disney park.

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Bringing an innovative storytelling approach to audiences, the film “Inside Out” ventures inside the mind of Riley and introduces us to the Emotions that guide her. Based in Headquarters, the five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy, whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. “Inside Out” is directed by Academy Award winner Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.”, “Up”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Up”) with an original score by Michael Giacchino (“The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Up”).

The “Inside Out” pre-parade begins June 19 and continues daily throughout the summer. You can also catch DisneyŸ-Pixar’s “Inside Out” in theaters everywhere on June 19, 2015.

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See a Sneak Peek of Disney•Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ at Epcot

posted on June 1st, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Guests visiting Epcot can now view a clip from Disney•Pixar’s original new film “Inside Out,” playing exclusively at the Imagination pavilion. This limited-time preview of the movie comes complete with in-theater effects and an introduction recorded by the filmmakers especially for Epcot guests.

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When you visit Epcot, you’ll also find the “Inside Out” Emotion Garden from the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival has been extended for the run of the sneak peek, so you can discover its variety of emotion-inspired flora just as Producer Jonas Rivera did on a recent visit.

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“Inside Out” ventures inside the mind of a young girl named Riley and introduces us to the Emotions that guide her. Based in Headquarters, the control center of Riley’s mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. Fear (voice of Bill Hader) heads up safety, Anger (voice of Lewis Black) ensures all is fair and Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) prevents Riley from getting poisoned—both physically and socially. Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith) isn’t exactly sure what her role is, and frankly, neither is anyone else.

Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out” is directed by Academy Award® winner Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.”, “Up”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Up”) with an original score by Michael Giacchino (“The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Up”). The film opens in theaters on June 19, 2015.

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Star Wars Weekends Take You as Close to the Force as You Can Get

posted on May 29th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


We’re nearly halfway through Star Wars Weekends 2015, and the excitement continues to build. This year’s event spreads further across Disney’s Hollywood Studios than ever before, from the celebrity talk shows at Theater of the Stars on Sunset Boulevard to the new Darth’s Mall merchandise complex on Streets of America.

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If you’ve got a passion for the Force and credits to burn, Darth’s Mall is the place for you! You’ll never find a more fetching hive of fun and boutiquery (is that even a word?). In addition to the limited edition and event-exclusive items on offer, it’s also packed to the outer rim with stellar décor, props and photo opportunities. Of course, the chances of successfully navigating Darth’s Mall without amassing a Wookiee-size pile of loot are approximately 3,720 to 1!

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Your odds of seeing a Star Wars celebrity during the weekend, however, are significantly better. Here is who will be joining us May 29 – 31:

  • Event Host James Arnold Taylor: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars: The Clone Wars; Star Wars Rebels)
  • Warwick Davis: Wald, Wicket (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
  • Daniel Logan: Boba Fett (Star Wars: Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
  • Steve Blum: Zeb Orrelios (Star Wars Rebels)
  • Ashley Eckstein: Ahsoka Tano (Star Wars: The Clone Wars; Star Wars Rebels)

Whether you’re picking up “necessities” at Darth’s Mall, scoring an autograph from one of the Star Wars stars or just taking in the sights and sounds, Weekend III of Star Wars Weekends will no doubt provide a day (or days) long remembered.

Share your favorite Star Wars Weekends memory in the comments or on social media with hashtag #SWW2015.

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New Show at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Will Cast a Spell on You

posted on May 27th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Summer may just be getting started, but I’m already looking forward to fall and the return of my favorite event at Magic Kingdom Park, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. And this year’s party will be extra fun with the introduction of an all-new show on the Castle Forecourt Stage.

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In “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” the mischievous Sanderson Sisters from Disney’s “Hocus Pocus” return to the mortal world for one night during the Halloween season. With only a few hours to run amuck, the three sisters decide to use their magic to throw the best, evil Halloween party this side of the graveyard!

With the help of the Disney villains, Winifred, Mary and Sarah gather together sinister shadows, nefarious nightmares and the power of their frightful friends to conjure the ultimate Hocus Pocus Party Potion and cast a spell on everyone in the Magic Kingdom Park. “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” features appearances by Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie, Maleficent and other great Disney villains, along with dancers, projections and special effects that combine to make this new show a not-to-be-missed Halloween treat.

“Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” will be presented exclusively during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, held select nights at Magic Kingdom Park from September 15 – November 1, 2015.

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Character Dance Parties Keep Things Going at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 23rd, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


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The party’s going strong at Magic Kingdom Park. Check out these shots of some of the fun being had at Disney’s “Up All Night” Dance Party at Cinderella Castle. Yep, that’s Donald, Daisy and Goofy in their PJs and dancing the night away! And over in Frontierland, Minnie Mouse and Chip ‘n’ Dale have skipped bedtime to kick up their heels in a late-night hoedown.

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So who’s staying up all night with us? We’d love to see your party pics on social media. Just tag them with #Disney24 to share how you’re having the “Coolest Summer Ever!”

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It’s T Time at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on May 23rd, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


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The Rabbit Hole has opened and the House of Cards is stacked for a funderful Diamond Mad T Party in honor of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. And have you seen some of the surprises our mischievous hosts Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum brought back from inside the magical Disney vault?

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The party continues through 1 a.m. here in Hollywood Land, with the Mad T Party Band and Hottest Deck in Town dance crew. That won’t be the end, though. The White Rabbit DJ will keep spinning splendiferous tunes all the way to 5 a.m.

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Oh, and have you caught a showing of the all-new “World of Color – Celebrate!” yet? Mickey Mouse and Neil Patrick Harris will be gracing the waters of Paradise Bay once more tonight – at 3 a.m. – for a special, late-night showing.

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Disneyland Park is About to Shine its Brightest with the Debut of ‘Paint the Night’ and ‘Disneyland Forever’

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


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The sun is setting on the West Coast, and you know what that means! It’s almost time to behold the sparkling crown jewels of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Here in Disneyland park, our guests have staked out their spots for tonight’s opening performances. For those of you following along at home, be sure to keep your eyes glued to the live streams for the best view of the action.

The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration live stream has concluded.

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Paint the Night” is up first, as Mickey Mouse uses his vivid imagination to harness the power of Tinker Bell’s pixie dust and bring to light beloved characters and stories from “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Toy Story,” “Frozen” and more. “Paint the Night” is running at 8:50 p.m. and 1 a.m. Pacific Time.

And at 9:30 p.m., Disneyland park will be transformed through a breathtaking journey of projections and pyrotechnics with the debut of “Disneyland Forever.” It’s going to be a beautiful sight you won’t want to miss!

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