D23 Expo 2019 will be a must for fans of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. An immersive pavilion will provide an insider’s look at new themed lands, attractions, shows, and more, in addition to a jam-packed schedule of entertaining presentations and a number of exclusive shopping opportunities for every Disney fan.
Showcasing an array of new experiences for guests around the world to enjoy for years to come, the Disney Parks “Imagining Tomorrow, Today” pavilion will give fans a unique look at the exciting developments underway at Disney parks around the world. Attendees will see a dedicated space showcasing the historic transformation of Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort. They will also see Tony Stark’s latest plans to recruit guests to join alongside the Avengers in fully immersive areas filled with action and adventure in Hong Kong, Paris, and California.
The fan-favorite Hall D23 presentation with Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, will take place Sunday, August 25, at 10:30 a.m. Guests will be treated to more details on much-anticipated attractions, experiences, and transformative storytelling that set Disney apart.
During the three-day event, fans can scoop up never-before-seen collectibles across the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products-operated retail shops on the Expo floor: shopDisney.com | Disney Store, Disney DreamStore, Mickey’s of Glendale, and Mickey’s of Glendale Pin Store. Attendees will be introduced to new collections that celebrate milestone anniversaries and favorite characters across Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel, along with must-have official D23 Expo 2019 gear and accessories, nostalgic Disney Parks-inspired items, and limited-edition collectibles celebrating Walt Disney Imagineering’s heritage.
There are many other exciting offerings to discover, including several special panel presentations:
The Music and Sounds of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Friday, August 23, 12:30 p.m., D23 Expo Arena
Sound design is an instrumental layer of storytelling found throughout every Disney park, resort, and cruise ship. Join Imagineering Music Studio lead Matt Walker in discussing the creative process behind the original music and sound design heard throughout Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Join Imagineers and collaborators who will share how they developed all-new iconic soundscapes while taking inspiration from the rich legacy of Star Wars music and sound design, from the land’s epic John Williams-composed musical score to the sounds of low-flying starships.
Haunted Mansion: Celebrating 50 Years
Saturday, August 24, 12:30 p.m., D23 Expo Arena
Celebrate Disney’s famed home of 999 happy haunts. The attraction’s rich history has generated global fandom from both the living and the unliving. Our ghost host has assembled a procession of bodies you will be dying to meet!
Immersive Worlds: Bringing
Stories to Life in Disney Parks
Saturday, August 24, 3:30 p.m., Stage 28
Disney Imagineers continue Walt Disney’s legacy in creating themed environments where beloved stories and characters come to life. Join Imagineers Joe Rohde and Scott Trowbridge to learn about the creative process for dreaming up and developing new Disney experiences as we invite guests to enter authentic worlds previously seen only in a film, a book, or one’s imagination.
Travels with Marty: A Conversation with the Sklars and Imagineers
Saturday, August 24, 6 p.m., Walt Disney Archives Stage
Celebrate the legacy of Disney Legend Marty Sklar as his colleagues, mentees, and family recount the journey of publishing his last book and discuss his lasting impact on The Walt Disney Company.
Behind the Art of Disney Costuming: Heroes, Villains, and Spaces Between
Sunday, August 25, 10 a.m., Stage 28
Celebrate the imagination, passion, and attention to detail in creating Disney costumes. Go behind the scenes with the team that crafted the dazzling new Walt Disney Archives exhibit on the D23 Expo show floor and its accompanying coffee table book.
Inspiring Women Behind Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Sunday, August 25, 2 p.m., Stage 28
Meet some of the talented women from across Disney Parks, Experiences and Products responsible for bringing Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to life. Hear stories about their roles and experiences in developing everything from the original backstories of the land and its inhabitants, to the themed merchandise, galactic fare, and the interactive elements found throughout Black Spire Outpost.
Magic Journey: My Fantastical Walt Disney Imagineering Career with Kevin Rafferty
Sunday, August 25, 4 p.m., Walt Disney Archives Stage
Join veteran Imagineer Kevin Rafferty as he reminisces about a career spanning 40-plus years, from a dishwasher at Disneyland to builder of immersive worlds. Kevin explains his path to Imagineering and talks about his new book.
Marc Davis in His Own Words – Imagineering the Disney Theme Park
Sunday, August 25, 6 p.m., Stage 28
Authors Pete Docter and Christopher Merritt reveal their magnificent two-volume tribute to the artwork and career of Disney Legend Marc Davis. Featuring artwork from Marc for the creation of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, the presentation will also highlight the 50th anniversary of the storied attraction.
Disney Store Artist Signing Schedule
Friday, August 23 – Saturday, August 24, Talent Central
Come meet the artists and designers behind some of our amazing D23 Expo product ranges:
Friday, August 23, 4 – 5 p.m., Talent Central
Saturday, August 24, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., Talent Central
Saturday, August 24, 4 – 5 p.m., Talent Central
Disney Parks Designer Collection Artist Signing Schedule
Friday, August 23 – Sunday, August 25, Talent Central
Meet the artists behind the latest releases from this exclusive, limited-release collection of Mickey ear hats and Minnie ear headbands:
Friday, August 23, 4 – 5:30 p.m., Talent Central
Saturday, August 24, 12:30 – 2 p.m., Talent Central
Saturday, August 24, 2 – 3:30 p.m., Talent Central
Saturday, August 24, 2 – 3:30 p.m., Talent Central
Saturday, August 24, 9:30 – 11 a.m., Talent Central
Sunday, August 25, 5 – 6:45 p.m., Talent Central
Single-day tickets for Friday and Sunday of D23 Expo 2019 are available for $89 for one-day adult admission and $69 for children ages 3–9. Gold Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $79 for a one-day adult admission and $59 for children ages 3–9. Single-day Saturday tickets and three-day passes are sold out. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2019, visit D23Expo.com.
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Taika Waititi Is Returning to Direct ‘Thor 4’ and Marvel Fans are Freaking Out. Thor will be the first Avengers with a 4th film centered around his character. After the events of Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame what’s next for The God of Thunder?
Just ahead of San Diego Comic Con, Marvel Fans were delighted to learn that Thor: Ragnarok Director, Taika Waititi has signed on with Marvel Studios to direct the currently untitled Thor 4. The leaked announcement has fans freaking out and sharing their excitement and film ideas via social media.
Check out some of the hilarious reactions, predictions, and storyline suggestions from fans below:
Thor part Thor is confirmed!! @TaikaWaititi will direct ???
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) July 16, 2019
The entire MCU fandom when they heard Taika Waititi is returning for Thor 4: pic.twitter.com/3Qq16odzZ5
— Michael Patterson (@michaelp93) July 16, 2019
The first Avenger to get a fourth movie: pic.twitter.com/8fbOvumC7R
— Comicbook.com (@ComicBook) July 16, 2019
Omw to buy tickets to Thor 4 thinking Waititi is going to magically bring back Loki, Heimdall, Sif, and the Warriors Three pic.twitter.com/3BdgT2PbnB
— ༄ ? ? ? ? (@ZeusOfAsgard) July 16, 2019
THOR 4 THOR 4 THOR 4 THOR 4 THOR 4 THOR 4 THOR 4 THOR 4 THOR 4
THAT'S IT. THAT'S THE TWEET pic.twitter.com/lqpg3Ip2Lw
— bonky saw ffh ✪ (@ilovebonky3000) July 16, 2019
“Thor 4 directed by Taika Waititi confirmed”
Marvel stans: pic.twitter.com/t88iKKSUs8
— Jonny ✨ Thor 4!!!! (@nataliascap) July 16, 2019
Beta Ray Bill should be in Thor 4.
It makes sense at this point. pic.twitter.com/u36bJS6Ob9
— Plathanos ??? (@SavinTheBees) July 16, 2019
Thor was reinvented as a character by Chris Hemsworth and Taika Waititi in the third Thor film, Thor: Ragnarok, and his transition from the “stoic hero type” to a more humor based character is more befitting to the role and better blends with the newer direction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fans wholeheartedly agreed with the new take and are excited at the prospect of another Thor based film.
Currently in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) Thor is traveling with the Guardians of the Galaxy, or as he likes to call them, the Asguardians of the Galaxy, which means more than likely the next Thor film will take place after Guardians of the Galaxy 3.
What and who do you think we will see in a fourth Thor film? What characters would you like to see join the MCU and fight alongside Thor? Will Thor see Lady Sif again? Share your ideas for Thor 4 in the comments! We would love to hear your theories!
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Photo Credit: Marvel/Taika Waititi
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Splash Mountain Opened today at Disneyland Park back in 1989!
It is easily one of the most recognized landmarks in Disneyland, this magnificent mountain towers 87 feet above Critter Country. Guests depart on a journey inside of a hollowed-out log and are transported into the world of Brer Rabbit. You quickly join the adventures of Brer Rabbit as he leaves his home and is pursued by Brer Fox and Brer Bear.
As you travel through backwoods swamps and bayous, your adventure culminates in a high-speed 52‐foot drop (more than five stories) at a 45‐degree angle!
Here are some fun facts to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Splash Mountain:
Head on over to Disneyland to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Splash Mountain!
Star War’s: Galaxy’s Edge at the Walt Disney World Resort is set to open in a matter of weeks! The after hours construction is lighting up the land as it’s in the final production stages.
As cast member and annual passholder previews begin during the first week of August, excitement is rising in anticipation of the new land. Minor construction of some areas are still in progress. However, newly themed lighting of the land is lighting up the highlights it has to offer. In these aerial pictures of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, you can really see all the details of the land come to life!
In the pictures below, you can see the complete immersion guests will find themselves while in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The closeup aerial shot of the Millennium Falcon shows how guests will experience the queue for the Smuggler’s Run attraction.
The last photo, shows more of the landscape of the land. You can see the themed lighting of the spires. At the bottom right, you can also see the layout of the Marketplace.
Disney Hollywood Studios Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open at the Walt Disney World Resort on August 29.
Are you excited to experience all that Galaxy’s Edge has to offer? Let us know in the comments!
Source: Inside the Magic
Photo Source: @bioreconstruct
Aerial view of Millennium Falcon at night. Much final construction also seen in Star Wars Galaxy's Edge DHS. pic.twitter.com/7qQgMCOlyc
— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) July 12, 2019
Aerial look at Star Wars Galaxy's Edge DHS with construction lighting. Note also theme or character lighting of spires at top center. pic.twitter.com/qeyoYYOXhB
— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) July 12, 2019
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Are you headed to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party for the first time this summer? Or are you a MNSSHP expert who goes every year, hoping that the Headless Horseman will pass you right by during the “Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween Parade”?
Whether a newbie or veteran attendee, there are many new enhancements that are sure to make your spine tingle! The all-new fireworks show will feature lasers, new lighting, and fireworks display, as well as new, state of the art projection effects.
If you plan on filling your treat bags with goodies along the treat trail, be sure to follow the path into the Monster World at the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor to interact with the monsters in an exciting new way exclusive to the party.
Be sure to take a ride on Pirates of the Caribbean to discover live pirates on their search for treasure. Ride Space Mountain in pitch darkness with a rocking soundtrack for an all-new thrill. If you want to go deeper into madness, take a ride on the Teacups with special event only lighting and music.
There’s also the amazing “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball and, for the younger attendees “Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam,” where Nancy Clancy from the hit Disney Junior series “Fancy Nancy” is set to join other Disney Junior pals like Vampirina and Doc McStuffins.
Don’t miss this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, on select nights August 16-November 1, 2019. Grab your tickets (and bring your extra-large treat bags) now!
photo credit: Disney
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Recently the most adorable windbreaker jackets showed up at the Disney Parks! The Disney Parks Windbreakers are perfect warm weather jackets, and feature inspirations from around the parks. There are six jackets in total, and I might want every single one!
Get ready to embark on high adventure on a hilarious riverboat tour with the Jungle Cruise jacket! This white windbreaker features lush green silhouettes of everyone’s favorite comedic boat tour of the exotic rivers across Asia, Africa and South America.
After touring the rivers around the world’s jungles it’s time to stop off for a selfie at Walt Disney World’s most popular photo spot, the Purple Wall! This Tomorrowland inspired jacket features the geometric design showcased on the purple wall just outside of the futuristic land.
Of course some of us are more about the thrills, than the sights when visiting Tomorrowland. Disney thrill seekers will love this steely blue and grey windbreaker dedicated to the beloved roller coaster.
I’m really in love with the bright colors, and dashes of “pixie dust” on the Fantasyland windbreaker. The colors on it also reminds me of Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony!
Toy Story Land gets some representation too! The iconic Luxo ball has bounced into a beautiful design of red, yellow, and blue for this bold and exciting windbreaker.
Last but not least is the Animal Kingdom jacket! This jacket features the unique hidden Mickey wall found at the Harambe Market. The windbreaker has a graphic of the Mickey found on that wall with the words “Fichwa! Fellow” just like you see on the original wall. In Swahili, “fichwa” means “hidden”! Colorful striping adorns the front and back of the jacket. The sleeves also pay homage to another Animal Kingdom wall with the “You are most beautiful” quote on each one.
Each of the Disney Parks Windbreakers are sold separately and retail for $49.99. You can find them at various locations throughout Walt Disney World, like Mouse Gear, World of Disney, and The Emporium.
Special thanks to our friend Susan for the fabulous pictures!
Since the day Walt Disney boldly opened the gates to Disneyland Park – on July 17, 1955 – the concept of a Disney theme park has grown from a place where families could play together to multiple, world-class resorts where families and friends enjoy vacations around the globe. This July on its 64th anniversary, Disneyland is celebrating its largest expansion ever – the land of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – while continuing to open its gates with an enduring, magical invitation: “To all who come to this happy place, welcome!”
With imagination and innovation, the single park in Anaheim has expanded to become the Disneyland Resort, with two renowned theme parks, nearly 100 exciting attractions, three hotels and the shopping, dining and entertainment area known as Downtown Disney District.
Disneyland will commemorate its role as the original Disney theme park Wednesday, July 17, with festivities that include the “Happiest March on Earth” down Main Street, U.S.A. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will make a special appearance along with beloved Disney characters.
More ways to celebrate summer at Disneyland Park
The July 17 festivities are only part of the fun this summer. For a limited time, guests may see Mickey Mouse and his friends join the Disneyland Band for performances of “Mickey and Friends Band-Tastic Cavalcade” at Disneyland. This delightful procession will run twice daily, from July 18 through Aug. 1, featuring live music and a host of favorite Disney characters.
Beginning Aug. 2, the beloved “Main Street Electrical Parade” returns to Disneyland for a limited-time, bringing guests of multiple generations a sense of wonder, joy and – for some – warm nostalgia. This popular nighttime parade will travel down Main Street, U.S.A., each night through Sept. 30.
Guests will also enjoy the ninth and newest land at Disneyland, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Guests may live their own Star Wars adventure as they are transported to a galaxy far, far away, on the remote planet of Batuu. Guests will sample galactic food and beverages, explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.
Summer Fun at Disney California Adventure Park
For a limited time, Disney California Adventure is celebrating the beloved characters and music of Disney’s “The Lion King” with an imaginative new adaptation of this timeless story, presented as a highly-theatrical outdoor musical production entitled, “Tale of the Lion King.” The show features a cast of performers who form an ensemble called the Storytellers of the Pride Lands. This traveling troupe specializes in retelling revered stories in their own contemporary style, weaving their tale through language, song and dance.
Pixar Pier, the whimsical land where stories and characters from Pixar films come to life, celebrated its first anniversary in June. Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind, a new attraction on the Pier, is inspired by the Disney and Pixar film, “Inside Out.” Guests step into the world of Riley’s Emotions – Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger – and board one of eight Memory Movers for a sense-ational spin. Guests at the Pier are also enjoying the rootin’ tootin’ fun of Jessie’s Critter Carousel, and encountering characters such as BoPeep and Woody.
The aerial adventure Soarin’ Over California has returned for a limited time, through Aug. 31. This virtual tour celebrates the beauty and wonder of the Golden State. Guests are raised high into the air and surrounded by an immersive, 80-foot projection dome to simulate the graceful motion of flight, while their senses are teased with iconic scenes and scents found throughout California.
A Place Where Dreams Come True
The popularity of Disneyland through the past 64 years celebrates Walt Disney’s dream of a place where family members of all ages can have fun together in a safe, clean atmosphere that emphasizes imagination and extraordinary guest service. Since 1955, dignitaries, heads of state, celebrities and more than 800 million guests have passed through its gates.
As part of the tribute to opening day, a recording of Walt Disney’s speech will be played again on July 17, 2019: “To all who come to this happy place, welcome! Disneyland is your land. Here, age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America, with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.”
With that goal, Disneyland transformed the amusement industry. It delivered an entirely new concept in family entertainment: a “theme park” where rides, shows and characters become part of a total storytelling environment. Creativity, technology and innovation continue to bring stories to life, while fulfilling Walt’s promise that “Disneyland will never be completed … as long as there is imagination left in the world.”
The success of Disneyland Resort also results in $5.7 billion in total economic activity to the Southern California economy annually. The resort’s workforce of more than 31,000 cast members makes it the largest single-site employer in Orange County. The Disney Parks entertainment experience has expanded worldwide and is enjoyed by guests at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan, Disneyland Paris in France, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Shanghai Disney Resort in mainland China.
Disneyland Resort Fun Facts:
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Well, Annual Passholders can visit select locations throughout Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park to buy the refillable tumbler for $14.99 plus tax. Then, simply present your Annual Passport and the tumbler at any participating location to enjoy a refill of fountain soda, regular coffee, hot tea or hot chocolate for 99 cents.
Note: drink refills are not available at Downtown Disney District or the Disneyland Resort hotels.
Know Before You Go
Disney Springs has turned into a wonderful place to spend an evening with your special people. The live music is always a draw. Now, a couple of restaurants are premiering late-night menus and specials.
First let’s start with The Edison, who will feature some excellent evening specials in addition to their current Happy Hour (Sunday to Thursday from 3:00-6:00 pm). Their late-night specials will run from Monday to Thursday from 10:00 pm – 12:00 am and feature their classic Clothesline Bacon for $5! The Philly (my personal favorite) and the Bacon Cheeseburger will also be $5 with hand-cut fries.
The Edison’s late-night menu will also feature 5 unique cocktails ($7) along with certain beers and wines ($5-$7). The Edison has such a fun atmosphere and an outdoor patio making it a wonderful spot to spend your evening at Disney Springs.
Right next door is Enzo’s Hideaway. The Italian influence is apparent in the plates and drinks offered at late-night here. My favorite is the Fontina in Carozza (pictured above). Also served will be meat and cheese trays and Chicken Parmesan Sliders.
The featured drinks are their most popular Luciano Spritz and the Limoncello Gimlet. All of the food and drink items on the late-night menu at Enzo’s Hideaway will range from $14-$18. Hours for this menu will be Sunday to Thursday 10:00 pm to 12:00 am and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 pm to 1:00 am.
The Cherry Cheesecake Trifle is another dessert to add to a creative existing menu (available all day) and a wonderful delight to your tastebuds. Think fresh cherries and light cheesecake. Honestly all of the food at both restaurants tasted so fresh. If you are headed to Disney Springs any time soon be sure to check out one or both of these outstanding restaurants.
Julie de la Fe
Find us park hopping all summer long to the beat of our Lion King popcorn bucket.
Photo Source: Julie de la Fe and Enzo’s Hideaway
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Disney+ Star Wars Series “The Mandalorian” Reported to Cost $15 Million Per Episode. Writer and Executive Producer, Jon Favreau, is already working on a second season for the Disney+ Series.
A report from The Wall Street Journal stated that each episode of The Mandalorian cost $15 million to create. The first season of The Mandalorian is set to have 8 episodes, meaning the whole season cost the studios around $120 million to produce. If Disney and Lucasfilm are putting that much into creating the Star Wars Series they must be heavily invested in making sure it is being done the right way. With Jon Favreau and Pedro Pascal at the helm, the series is likely to be a wild success once in premieres on Disney+ streaming service later this year.
A second season for The Mandalorian was announced by Jon Favreau during a recent interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, “I keep getting pulled deeper into the orbit of Disney, but fortunately the stuff that Disney’s working on is the stuff that I love. I wanted to do a Star Wars TV show like The Mandalorian and pitched it to them and they were very open to it. I even wrote four episodes before I even was hired to do it because I was excited as a fan to see what these stories might be and see if they were interested in doing what I was interested in, which they were. And I was actually writing Season 2 this morning before I came here.”
The Mandalorian will be one of many series that will be exclusive to the Disney+ streaming service and is expected to premiere with the launch of Disney+ later this year.
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Photo Credit: Disney+/Disney/Lucasfilm
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