The “Summon the Force” deck party, part of Star Wars Day at Sea, features pyrotechnics, special effects and stunts including appearances by fan favorite characters like Kylo Ren, Darth Vader and Chewbacca. The day-long event celebrates the legendary adventures and iconic characters from the Star Wars saga. (Amy Smith, photographer) Surprise encounters with Stormtroopers and other Star Wars characters are part of the Star Wars Day at Sea experience. The day-long event celebrates the legendary adventures and iconic characters from the Star Wars saga. (Matt Stroshane, photographer) The “Marvel Heroes Unite” deck show during Marvel Day at Sea features the largest assembly of Marvel Super Heroes and Villains in an exciting battle at sea. The action-packed show combines special effects, stunts, pyrotechnics and music to create a sensational finale to the day’s action. The event features all-day entertainment celebrating the renowned comics, films and animated series of the Marvel Universe. (Matt Stroshane, photographer) Marvel Day at Sea on the Disney Magic celebrates the adventures of the Marvel Universe’s mightiest Super Heroes and Super Villains in an epic day-long event: Marvel Day at Sea. The celebration combines the thrills of renowned Marvel comics, films and animated series to summon everyone’s inner Super Hero for the adventures that lie ahead during this unforgettable day at sea. (Chloe Rice, photographer)
Looking for a way to introduce Star Wars Rebels to your friends? Or perhaps you’d like to revisit key moments from the series before it returns? Look no further than Rebels Revisited.
Over the next four weeks, we’ll be providing five episodes worthy of a re-watch (or a first watch) all centered around the journey of one member of the Ghost crew — to get you back into that Rebels state of mind.
This week: Ezra Bridger. A lost child of the Force who’s grown into a force for peace and justice over the course of the last four years. The story of Star Wars Rebels is primarily Ezra’s story, and these episodes focus on some of the most important parts of his journey.
1. “Path of the Jedi” (Season 1, Episode 9)
Ezra’s journey in the Force is taken to the next level when he embarks upon a pilgrimage into the heart of a long-lost Jedi Temple. There, with the help of Kanan and Yoda himself, he confronts his deepest fears and overcomes self-doubt. His reward? The means to build a lightsaber…a kyber crystal.
2. “Legacy” (Season 2, Episode 11)
Lessons about love, loss, and the Force are learned when the fate of Ezra’s parents is revealed to him.
3. “The Holocrons of Fate” (Season 3, Episode 3)
Ezra fully renounces the dark side of the Force and sets out to rescue his friends from (formerly Darth) Maul, who is holding them hostage. The temptation to take the easier, more seductive path is a recurring theme in Star Wars stories, and Ezra’s decision to resist it here results in one of Star Wars Rebels‘ most emotional and touching scenes.
4. “Twin Suns” (Season 3, Episode 20)
The long-awaited showdown between Maul and Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of Star Wars Rebels‘ greatest episodes, but the installment’s true importance lies within the conversation between Ezra and the legendary Jedi Master.
5. “In the Name of the Rebellion” Parts 1 and 2 (Season 4, Episodes 3 and 4)
From my point of view, “In the Name of the Rebellion” is one episode. And a fantastic episode, it is. How one chooses to fight is a repeating motif throughout Rebels. Here, Ezra makes a firm and lasting choice as to how he’ll battle for the galaxy’s freedom.
See where the path of the Jedi leads Ezra when Star Wars Rebels returns with its final episodes on Monday, February 19 on Disney XD.
Justin Bolger is Lucasfilm’s Star Wars social media strategist and he doesn’t like the Empire…he loves it. Catch him occasionally on The Star Wars Show and talk Star Wars with him on Twitter @TheApexFan.
Nominations for the 90th Annual Academy Awards were announced today, and the latest film in the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, has been nominated in four categories:
The original Star Wars, released in 1977, received 10 nods and won six Oscars; The Empire Strikes Back (1980) received three nominations, winning two Oscars; Return of the Jedi (1983) nabbed four nominations with one win; The Phantom Menace (1999) captured three nominations; Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005) both received one nomination; The Force Awakens (2015), which kicked off the current trilogy, received five nominations — the most since the original Star Wars.
Congratulations to all the nominees. Star Wars: The Last Jedi, written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman, has taken the saga in bold new directions — and perhaps most importantly, also brought us porgs. We’re grateful to everyone who worked so hard in bringing it to life.
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An early media preview of the NFL Pro Bowl Experience will occur on Wednesday, January 24 at 8:00 AM ET. The free-admission, family-friendly football fan festival, which will occur throughout the week, will bring fans closer to the NFL through interactive games and sponsor activations.
The NFL Pro Bowl Experience will be open to fans Wednesday, January 24 – Thursday, January 25 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM ET and Friday, January 26 – Saturday, January 27 from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World Resort.
New activities to this year’s Pro Bowl Experience include some of the same challenges that AFC & NFC Pro Bowlers will compete in during the Skills Showdown, such as: Kick-Tac-Toe, in which three footballs must be kicked in a row on a giant tic-tac-toe board, and the Best Hands competition to catch as many different passes as possible.
DATE: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
TIME: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (An early preview for credentialed media begins at 8:00 AM.)
WHERE: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
An assortment of free fan activities at the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl Experience are detailed below. A full list of the attractions is available at NFL.com/ProBowl.
The galaxy’s cutest new creature is now its coolest new sneaker.
StarWars.com is excited to reveal Po-Zu‘s latest Star Wars footwear masterpiece: the porg sneaker, launching for pre-order today in both high-top and low-cut styles, and arriving May 2018. Check them out in all their porgtastic glory below.
These new porg sneakers will come with a porg pattern beautifully printed onto organic cotton and the signature Star Wars | Po-Zu tongue detail. In addition, the sneakers continue Po-Zu’s tradition of creating ethical, sustainable shoes.
For more on the company’s Star Wars offerings, read StarWars.com’s interview with Po-Zu’s Kate Osborne. And prepare to bring the power of the porgs to your shoe rack.
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Even when you win, can you still lose?
In this exclusive preview of IDW Publishing’s Star Wars Forces of Destiny: Ahsoka & Padmé, Ahsoka and her friend Barriss practice lightsaber technique with a friendly duel. But is the outcome earned? Check out the first look below, including the cover, alternate covers, and interiors of this Clone Wars-era story.
Star Wars Forces of Destiny: Ahsoka & Padmé, written by Beth Revis and illustrated by Valentina Pinto, is the fourth installment in IDW’s special Forces of Destiny mini-series. For more on the series, check out StarWars.com’s interviews with the creative of teams of Star Wars Forces of Destiny: Leia, Star Wars Forces of Destiny: Rey, and Star Wars Forces of Destiny: Hera, and stay tuned for more coverage this month.
Like a musical Empire, Noel Gallagher is no stranger to dominating entire planets as the driving force behind British rock band Oasis. As chief songwriter, he penned iconic tunes such as “Wonderwall,” “Don’t Look Back In Anger,” and “Live Forever” before the band split in 2009. His new project Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds released their third album, Who Built The Moon? in 2017 and are now preparing for a US tour through February and March. The Manchester City supporter and Star Wars fan spoke to StarWars.com at the end of last year about visiting The Force Awakens set, lightsaber duels with Ewan McGregor, and his position on porgs.
StarWars.com: Noel Gallagher, welcome to StarWars.com…
Noel Gallagher: This is a momentous occasion, I’m overwhelmed! Last time I was at the Ivor Novello’s, I was thinking: this is all well and good, but it’s the Star Wars [stuff…] I’m into. That’s what I want.
StarWars.com: Well, the moment has finally arrived! So what was your Star Wars introduction?
Noel Gallagher: I was 10 when it came out in ’77 and I went to see it at the Burnage Concorde [Manchester] and it was incredible! But I think every time it’s on at Christmas, they just get better.
StarWars.com: Were you into the toys, as well?
Noel Gallagher: When it came out I didn’t have any of the toys, I only got a lightsaber in the ‘90s! I’ve still got a lightsaber somewhere, actually. You’ve always got to have a lightsaber in the house in case of burglaries.
StarWars.com: Which brings me on to something quite important, because many people out there believe that Yoda and maybe Qui-Gon Jinn trained a certain Obi-Wan Kenobi, but I’ve heard rumors that it was actually you…
Noel Gallagher: [Laughs] You’ve heard that story then?
StarWars.com: I have indeed. Or I should say at least Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan…
Noel Gallagher: So there was a party round at my house in the ‘90s and Ewan came, and he’d just got the part for Star Wars, and I was like, “No [expletive] way!” I happened to have two lightsabers in the house, so I said, “Right then, in the back garden and show us your skills.”
StarWars.com So was that might have been his first lightsaber fight?
Noel Gallagher: And his last, he was schooled!
StarWars.com: Have you trained anybody since?
Noel Gallagher: [Laughs] No!
StarWars.com: That’s disappointing, I was hoping for a Noel Gallagher Jedi Academy,
Noel Gallagher: Not yet, we are working on it though!
StarWars.com: That Adidas Star Wars advert you appeared in was cool. I know you’ve done some pretty sweet things in your career but that’s got to be up there, hanging out in the Mos Eisley cantina?
Noel Gallagher: Yeah, flicking beer mats at an alien bad guy!
StarWars.com: Not just aliens but David Beckham, Snoop Dogg, Daft Punk, and Ian Brown?
Noel Gallagher: When they asked me to do it, and I said, “No problem,” they then sent the details through and I saw Beckham was going to be in it and Snoop Dogg, but the best thing was… They even paid me to be in it! It was unbelievable. I’d have paid them!
StarWars.com: It became a really iconic advert here in the UK, at least. Did they actually build a cantina set or was it all green screen?
Noel Gallagher: It was semi-green screen, there was table and chairs that me and Ian sat at, but it was pretty much green screen, yeah.
StarWars.com: What is it about these films that keep you caring all of these years later?
Noel Gallagher: It’s like all of the great things in all of artistic culture. They all deal in universal truths. There’s good versus evil — all the bad guys wear black, the good guys are all quite colorful, and the good guys win in the end, although they leave it open. That’s universal, man! In the very first Star Wars, Princess Leia is the girl in the tower, Luke Skywalker is the knight on the steed, and that steed is the Millennium Falcon, and he goes to rescue the girl. Throw in a few lightsabers and you’re quids in! It just is, that’s what it is.
StarWars.com: Do you try and go into a new Star Wars film spoiler-free? I spoke to your pal Tom from Kasabian for StarWars.com, and it sounds like he reads literally everything before going in. Fan theories, the lot…
Noel Gallagher: No, no, I go in cold. Although the last one, I was aware that it was about what took place before the original.
StarWars.com: Rogue One?
Noel Gallagher: Yeah, but in The Force Awakens when Rey sees Luke, I didn’t know that was in the film and I was like, “No way… Hasn’t he got old!?” Because a lot of people in space don’t get old.
Actually, I had the privilege of going to the set with my kids for The Force Awakens and sitting in the Millennium Falcon, if you can believe that! A friend of ours is one of the producers and he said, “Bring the kids down to the set,” and we were like “What, just like that?” You know the bit where one of the bad guys is giving a speech to like 20,000 stormtroopers?
StarWars.com: That’d be General Hux at Starkiller Base, I believe!
Noel Gallagher: There was a funny moment when we got to have lunch. One of the stormtrooper guys, about six-foot-tall and in a kind of red cloak, was queuing up for lunch and just went to me, “How do you think City will get on this season, mate?” But he’s in the full regalia and I was like…”Er, I dunno!”
StarWars.com: I don’t know if you’re aware of this but Ryan Adams described Oasis as being like Star Wars, with you as Han Solo. You’d take that wouldn’t you?
Noel Gallagher: All day! What did he describe Liam as?
StarWars.com: No mention of Liam, actually. Chewbacca, maybe? But with the Oasis divorce would you say that you got to keep the Millennium Falcon?
Noel Gallagher: Absolutely!
StarWars.com: With the new album Who Built The Moon? there’s almost a kind of science fiction-like look to the artwork isn’t there?
Noel Gallagher: I suppose it looks like it might be off a scene from a faraway planet. Yeah, some of the artwork is quite Star Wars, maybe.
StarWars.com: You’re touring the world in 2018, playing actual non-fictional places such as the United States of America and Europe, but if you could play a gig anywhere in the Star Wars universe, where would it be?
Noel Gallagher: It’d be the cantina, wouldn’t it.
StarWars.com: But you’ve been there already, kind of…
Noel Gallagher: Or what about the one in The Force Awakens owned by the lady with the big eyes?
StarWars.com: Maz Kanata’s castle?
Noel Gallagher: Yes, that place. I’d do a residency there, but like I am now in actuality… and I’d be the weirdest looking person in there! I’d also do a private party at Jabba’s palace if the bitcoinage was right.
StarWars.com: [Laughs] We’ve got the second spinoff movie coming in May with Solo. If you were given your own Star Wars film, where would you take it?
Noel Gallagher: I always liked the Sand People. Is that what they were called?
StarWars.com: I think Tusken Raiders is the more correct term.
Noel Gallagher: The Tusken Raiders? They sound like a load of people in Italy drinking red wine. I’d take them on a wine tasting tour! There’s got to be a backstory to the Tusken Raiders, they’re like Scousers or Geordies.
StarWars.com: Because we can’t understand what they’re saying?
Noel Gallagher: Yeah, we could overdub them with Newcastle accents, that’d be funny.
StarWars.com: Let’s sign off with a bit of quick-fire. Rogue One or The Force Awakens?
Noel Gallagher: The Force Awakens.
StarWars.com: Favorite new character?
Noel Gallagher: I like the girl, Rey. She’s great.
StarWars.com: Are you pro-porg or no-porg?
Noel Gallagher: I’ve seen them on the adverts and I already want to kill them! [Note: Remember, this interview was conducted before the movie was released!]
StarWars.com: So that’d be no-porg then…
Noel Gallagher: No-porg. You see it jump on the ledge of a spaceship and just go… [emits porg like noise]!
StarWars.com: That’s a pretty decent impression! Dark side or light side?
Noel Gallagher: The bad guys always wear the best clobber. If you’re from the light you win, but then you’ve got to wear those sacks and things.
StarWars.com: I’m going to have to push you for an answer here, Noel…
Noel Gallagher: But if you’re a bad guy you get to wear big black shiny boots!
StarWars.com: So it’s fashion or morals?
Noel Gallagher: Yeah, I’m going to have to go for fashion here, I think!
Who Built The Moon? by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds is out now. The US tour runs from February 9 to March 10. For all live dates, visit noelgallagher.com.
Jamie Stangroom is a UK based broadcaster who proudly models his appearance on Chewbacca. He first became engrossed with Star Wars when he choked on a C-3PO Tazo in his cheese and onion crisps, back in 1998. Follow him on Twitter @jamiestangroom.
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will be buzzing next week as NFL Pro Bowl Week returns to Walt Disney World Resort for the second consecutive year.
Beginning Monday, the sports complex will host a variety Pro Bowl events that are free of charge and open to the general public including AFC and NFC team practices and the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl Experience, which will showcase an assortment of football games and activities like the 40-yard dash, a long snapping accuracy challenge and a vertical jump contest.
One of the game’s greatest players – Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks, who retired from the game in 2014 after 14 season in the NFL – is thrilled that the NFL’s annual All-Star game is returning to Orlando. In fact, Brooks, an 11-time Pro Bowl linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, thinks the city of Orlando “should become the Pro Bowl’s permanent home.”
Beginning Monday, Brooks and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Florida State teammate Warrick Dunn will serve as honorary captains for the NFC team during NFL Pro Bowl Week at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Disney Sports caught up with Brooks days before the start of Pro Bowl Week where he offered his take on a variety of topics which included his commitment to helping today’s NFL players become great men off the field, the amplified trash talking that’s already begun with AFC honorary captains Jason Taylor (Miami Dolphins) and LaDainian Tomlinson (San Diego Chargers) and the role young players play in protecting the future of the NFL.
DS: Every Pro Bowl game you played in was in Honolulu, Hawaii. Do you think guys are just as excited to play in the Pro Bowl here in Orlando?
DB: “First of all, I think Orlando is a perfect site to host our Pro Bowl for a number of reasons. First, it’s centered around the entertainment capital of world and by that, I mean Disney. For the NFL to be associated with a brand like Disney is a winning combination. From a player perspective, the partnership with Disney serves the entire family because Disney offers something for everyone. More people within each Pro Bowl family can easily come to Orlando versus Hawaii from a distance perspective, so that’s a clear advantage for keeping the game in Orlando. From a weather perspective, the weather in Orlando during this time of year is normally similar to the weather in Hawaii. Players don’t talk about this, but it’s also easier to get more of your family and friends to Orlando to take part and enjoy the overall Pro Bowl and Disney experience, and I know for a fact that all the players appreciate the fact that it’s a little bit cheaper to get family members to Orlando that it is to fly them all out to Honolulu. And finally, for the citizens of Orlando, the Pro Bowl gives them the opportunity to claim their own unique football brand on a professional level because the Pro Bowl and the surrounding events are taking place in their town. I hope the city of Orlando, Disney and the NFL come together and make Orlando the Pro Bowl’s permanent site because that would give the state of Florida the opportunity to host two Super Bowls and a Pro Bowl in a matter of three years. If that holds up, the Pro Bowl would be played in Orlando next year and the Super Bowl would be played in Tampa. The next year, the Pro Bowl would be played in Orlando and the Super Bowl will be played in Miami. If that takes place, no other state would have the opportunity to lay claim to that kind of NFL exposure, so I really hope a long-term partnership for the Pro Bowl to remain in Orlando can be worked out.”
DS: Fans may not know this, but you and Warrick are two competitive guys who don’t like to lose at anything. How bad do the two of you want to beat Jason and LaDainian?
DB: “Let’s just say this. The comments have already been made and the shots have already been fired during the Pro Bowl selection show. Warrick and I definitely feel like we have the advantage knowing that we have had a longer working history together both as college teammates and professional football teammates. We’ve simply been at this longer than Jason and LaDainian. We feel like we will be able to get our men going and rally our team in all areas to make sure that we are successful.”
DS: Jason and LaDainian are two tough guys in their own right. They both own gold jackets and are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame just like you are. Do you think you and Warrick are taking them too lightly and is there a side wager you care to divulge?
DB: “I’ll just say this. There are some things on the line that I am not at liberty to speak publicly about, but I will say this. The outcome of the game matters – more than some people realize.”
DS: On a more serious note, mentoring and giving back has always meant a lot to you. How much mentoring of the young players will you do during Pro Bowl week?
DB: “I enjoy getting a chance to connect with the younger players to provide some football knowledge not just to the guys who play my position, but to guys throughout the NFL. I’m looking forward to this opportunity to serve as a legends captain because it’s going to give me an opportunity to talk to guys about things away from football. Things like transitioning into your second career. I really get excited to talk to guys and learn what they want to do when they are done playing the game. What I try to do in those situations is be a sounding board and offer advice, counsel and serve as a resource. What I can tell you is that when players are around each other at the Pro Bowl, they trade institutional knowledge. They do a good job of sharing playing and training techniques and they share insights into the games of other players. Warrick, myself, LaDainian and Jason are all going to be there to provide that big brother advice to guys to make sure that are doing things on the field and off the field the right way. We want them all to see themselves as gatekeepers to our great game. They are Pro Bowl players – they are the best of the best that our League has to offer. We want them to understand that being the best carries responsibility. They have to understand that if they don’t protect the game at all times, then we’re going to lose our game, and nobody wants that. So, we’ll be there to remind them of how important the role they have as gatekeepers and protectors of our great game.”
Derrick Brooks Fun Facts:
NFL Career Games: 224
NFL Career Starts: 221
Never Missed A Game During 14-year NFL career
2002 Super Bowl Champion – Super Bowl XXXVII
2002 NFL Defensive Player of the Year
2006 Pro Bowl MVP
11-time Pro Bowl selection
5-time First Team NFL All-Pro selection
Selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s
The NFL is bringing back a week-long celebration to unite and inspire the entire football community. Leading up to the game, the NFL is hosting a series of Pro Bowl Week events, including interactive fan experiences, youth and high school football competitions, and a series of community events with nonprofit organizations and military personnel to positively impact thousands of local residents, children, and their families.
One of the new additions this year is the Pro Bowl Kids Stadium Takeover. For the first time, after the Pro Bowl postgame ceremony, all kids ages 14 and under with parents at Camping World Stadium will be invited to run around the very same field as some of the NFL’s biggest stars.
Additional Pro Bowl Week activities will include the NFL Flag Championships and Play Football High School Day; Pro Bowl Skills Showdown; free access to AFC and NFC Team Practices; NFL Pro Bowl Experience, a free, football-themed fan festival; and NFL PLAY 60 events.
As part of the “Thank You, Coach” initiative, Pro Bowl players will invite a high school coach, who most impacted their life and NFL career, and a guest to celebrate Pro Bowl Week in Orlando. With the Pro Bowl Giveback Program, players will compete for more than bragging rights – each member of the winning team may apply for a $10,000 NFL Foundation grant to be donated to the high school or youth football program of their choice, help leave a lasting legacy on the community, and increase opportunities for the next generation of football players.
The week-long celebration will culminate with the Pro Bowl game, featuring 88 of the NFL’s best players, on Sunday, Jan. 28 at Camping World Stadium that will air on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ABC at a new start time of 3:00 PM ET. Tickets to the 2018 Pro Bowl game are on sale now at ProBowl.com.
ESPN is the League’s media partner for the Pro Bowl and will provide live coverage of the game and many of the events during Pro Bowl Week across the ESPN, ABC, and Disney platforms, in addition to NFL Media. Genesis, the Official Luxury Vehicle of the NFL, will award the Most Valuable Players from the NFC and AFC teams with a brand new Genesis model of their choice.
The Pro Bowl is an all-inclusive event for fans on game day. The 2017 Pro Bowl marked the first autism-friendly game hosted by a professional sports league. Working with KultureCity, Camping World Stadium’s sensory-inclusive partner, the NFL will offer families who attend the 2018 Pro Bowl with support, including sensory accessibility resources and two dedicated sensory rooms located in the stadium to enable them to enjoy the game with more confidence and comfort.
The following are ways the NFL is celebrating the football community, providing fans access to a range of free football activities, and positively impacting Orlando and the surrounding region during Pro Bowl Week.
Thank You, Coach!
Pro Bowl players will be saying “Thank You, Coach!” to that special high school coach who most impacted their life and NFL career. Each Pro Bowl player attending may invite their high school coach and a guest to celebrate Pro Bowl Week in Orlando.
On Friday, Jan. 26, high school coaches will enjoy a special welcome reception, and on Saturday, Jan. 27 at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World, coaches and Pro Bowlers will lead the “Thank You, Coach!” clinic and High School Skills Challenge. On Sunday, Jan. 29, the coaches will attend the Coaches Tailgate at Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium before kickoff and will be recognized on-field alongside their Pro Bowl player.
2018 NFL Pro Bowl Experience
The NFL Pro Bowl Experience will be open to fans Wednesday, January 24 – Thursday, January 25 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM ET and Friday, January 26 – Saturday, January 27 from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET at ESPN Wide World of Sports.
The free-admission, family-friendly football fan festival will bring fans closer to the NFL through interactive games and sponsor activations. New activities to this year’s Pro Bowl Experience include some of the same challenges that AFC & NFC Pro Bowlers will compete in during the Skills Showdown, such as: Kick-Tac-Toe, in which three footballs must be kicked in a row on a giant tic-tac-toe board, and the Best Hands competition to catch as many different passes as possible.
Leading up to Pro Bowl Week, the NFL will launch its official companion app: Pro Bowl – Fan Mobile Pass. It guides visitors through Pro Bowl Week and provides exclusive chances to win prizes, including tickets to the game, autographed footballs, and more. The app will also feature game day content, including real time updates of which players are on the field. Fans are encouraged to register in advance at NFL.com/PBFanMobilePass.
An assortment of free fan activities at the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl Experience are detailed below. No tickets are required.
· 40-Yard Dash: Race down the field against your opponents and virtual NFL players on a giant 40-yard long LED wall.
· Airbrush Tattoos: Show your team spirit through NFL and Pro Bowl themed airbrush tattoos and face painting.
· Best Hands: Catch as many different passes as possible like an NFL all-star.
· Family Football Zone – An interactive area for kids and families to play together. Play catch in the field or take part in a range of football and tailgate-themed games.
· Kick-Tac-Toe: Kick 3 in a row on a giant tic-tac-toe board. The Kick-Tac-Toe challenge will also occur doing the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, where AFC & NFC Pro Bowlers will attempt to do the same.
· Long Snap Accuracy Challenge Presented by Verizon– Test your aim by long snapping footballs through a variety of obstacles.
· NFL Pro Bowl Trophy – Take a photo with the official NFL Pro Bowl Trophy.
· NFL Shop at Pro Bowl – Shop for your favorite NFL and Pro Bowl gear at the NFL Shop trailer located inside NFL Pro Bowl Experience.
· Obstacle Course: Navigate through obstacle courses and train like an NFL player.
· Panini – The exclusive trading card and sticker partner of the NFL, Panini is the Official Sponsor of the NFL Pro Bowl. Stop by the Panini booth for a chance to win exclusive NFL Pro Bowl trading cards.
· Pepsi Zero Sugar: PepsiCo will be sampling its zero calorie soda in the fan plaza outside of Camping World Stadium on game day.
· Precision Passing presented by EA SPORTS Madden NFL 18: Pass to as many targets as possible while on the clock.
· Run-A-Route – Test your wide receiver skills and run a see-and-react route to catch a pass down field.
· Vertical Jump: Jump as high as you can and hit the corresponding flag to discover your vertical reach just like at the NFL Scouting Combine.
· Virtual Reality Experience: Get inside the NFL with virtual reality technology and experience what it is like to be on-the-field on an actual NFL game.
AFC and NFC Team Pro Bowl Practices
The AFC and NFC teams will practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex from Wednesday, January 24 through Saturday, January 27. All media availabilities will take place on the field at the conclusion of each practice.
Practices are free and open to the public, and entry to the seating areas is available on a first-come, first-served basis. To attend practice, fans must register for Fan Mobile Pass via the Pro Bowl – Fan Mobile Pass app or on NFL.com/PBFanMobilePass. Visit ProBowl.com for more details.
Wednesday, January 24
10:30 AM NFC team practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex – Field 16
10:45 AM AFC team practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex – Field 17
Thursday, January 25
11:30 AM NFC team practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex – Field 16
11:45 AM AFC team practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex – Field 17
Friday, January 26
11:30 AM NFC team practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex – Field 16
11:45 AM AFC team practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex – Field 17
Saturday, January 27
11:30 AM NFC team walk-through at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex – Field 16
11:45 AM AFC team walk-through at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex – Field 17
Special Olympics Flag Football Game
For the second year, the NFL and Special Olympics will team in Orlando during Pro Bowl Week to host a Unified Flag Football game with Special Olympics Florida athletes. The NFL and Special Olympics are committed to building inclusive communities and providing opportunities for athletes of all abilities to participate in sports through the expansion of Special Olympics Unified Sports flag football, where individuals with and without intellectual disabilities play flag football together on the same team. The Unified Flag Football game will take place on Wednesday, January 24 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Current Pro Bowl players will serve as coaches and cheer athletes on during the game.
The NFL and Special Olympics kicked off their national partnership last year at Pro Bowl. With, contributions from the NFL Foundation, Special Olympics provided grants to local Special Olympics Programs in eleven NFL team markets. This year, the NFL and Special Olympics will expand those efforts to five new markets that will receive NFL Foundation funding. The grants will be used to help enhance Unified Sports programming and increase participation of athletes, Unified partners, and coaches across the country. NFL teams have and will continue to work with local Special Olympics Programs to help grow and expand opportunities for Special Olympics Unified Flag Football.
Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. They empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 5.3 million athletes and Unified partners in 169 countries. With the support of more than 1 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and more than 108,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org to learn more.
NFL Women’s Careers in Football Forum
The NFL will host the Women’s Careers in Football Forum Friday, Jan. 26 and Saturday, Jan. 27 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Fifty women from around the world were selected from among more than 400 applicants to attend the second annual forum. The Forum will feature panel discussions, breakout sessions, and networking sessions aimed to educate and prepare women for careers in Football Operations, including coaching, officiating, scouting and football front office positions.
Featured speakers and panelists will include NFL Chief Football Administration Officer Dawn Aponte, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Owner Darcie Glazer Kassewitz, San Francisco 49ers Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President of Football Operations Paraag Marathe, Women’s Leaders in College Sports CEO Patti Phillips, Atlanta Falcons Assistant General Manager Scott Pioli, CFL Toronto Argonauts General Manager Jim Popp, NFL Director of Football Development Samantha Rapoport, Stanford University Head Coach David Shaw, and Minnesota Vikings Chief Operating Officer Kevin Warren.
Twenty-two of the female participants at the inaugural Forum in 2017 went on to secure internships and full-time positions in coaching and scouting at the NFL, collegiate and high school levels, including eight at the professional level.
NFL PLAY 60 Character Camp
On Thursday, Jan. 25th at 10 a.m., the NFL will host a free Character Camp on Field 23 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The event will include 300 predominantly-Hispanic youth from the Orlando area. The non-contact football camp will be led by Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle Anthony Muñoz.
The NFL PLAY 60 Character Camps program is a partnership between the NFL and the Muñoz Agency. The mission of the camps is to make a positive impact on youth through teaching football skills, emphasizing exercise, and reinforcing the importance of character in athletics and life. The camp is part of a series of NFL PLAY 60 Character Camps hosted as part of the NFL’s year-round Hispanic outreach initiative, focused on offering youth opportunities to play and experience the game of football. Since the inception of NFL PLAY 60 Character Camps in 2012, over 60 camps have been held impacting more than 20,000 youth across the country.
NFL PLAY 60 Field Day
On Thursday, Jan. 25 from 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM, the NFL will host a PLAY 60 Field Day with current NFL players, local youth and local students from Fuel Up to Play 60 schools. In addition, the Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, and the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers will host community groups from their regions at the PLAY 60 Field Day, which will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Prior to the PLAY 60 Field Day, local community groups attending the PLAY 60 Field Day will have the opportunity to view Pro Bowl practice.
The event will consist of different physical activity stations ranging from relay races to ‘fuel up’ healthy eating stations and Quarterback Challenge drills.
The NFL is celebrating 10 years of getting kids active and healthy through NFL PLAY 60, the league’s youth health and wellness campaign encouraging kids to get active for 60 minutes a day. For more information, visit NFL.com/PLAY60.
NFL FLAG Youth Media Night
Members of the NFL FLAG Championship teams will experience what it feels like to be in the spotlight like an NFL player at NFL FLAG Youth Media Night on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 6:00 PM ET at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. At the event, NFL FLAG participants will take part in media interviews with current Pro Bowl players, NFL Legends and members of the media. In addition to being interviewed like the stars, NFL FLAG competitors will enjoy food and entertainment, photo opportunities, walk the Play Football Red Carpet like the NFL’s best, and have an opportunity to mix & mingle before the competition kicks off on Friday, Jan. 26.
NFL FLAG Championships at Pro Bowl Powered By USA Football
The NFL FLAG Championship powered by USA Football are returning to Pro Bowl. The NFL FLAG Championships will be held at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex from Friday, Jan. 26 – Saturday, Jan. 27 and are part of the NFL’s weeklong celebration of football at all levels. All teams will kick off the week at NFL FLAG Youth Media Night on Thursday, Jan. 25. Live coverage will occur on ESPN and ABC during NFL Countdown at 1:00 PM ET.
Sixty-six teams from across the country – ten regional champions in four divisions plus 26 teams selected by NFL Clubs – will compete. An additional five international teams from Canada, China and Mexico will participate in the exhibition games. Divisions include: 9-10 coed, 11-12 coed, 13-14 boys and 13-14 girls. NFL Pro Bowl players and Legends will serve as guest coaches, encouraging the teams as they compete for the national title.
The 13-14 Girls Championships will take place on Saturday, Jan. 27 after Pro Bowl practice during Play Football High School Day. ESPN and ABC will simulcast the 13-14 Boys Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 28 as part of the network’s broadcast of the Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium.
NFL FLAG powered by USA Football promotes physical fitness and teaches the sport’s values and life skills on and off the field to more than 410,000 young people. A non-contact version of traditional football offered for boys and girls ages 5-17 in cities across the country, NFL FLAG emphasizes fun, safety, teamwork, self-esteem, discipline, and goal-setting. USA Football is the sport’s national governing body in the United States.
The following is a sampling of events planned for service members and their families in Orlando during Pro Bowl Week as part of the NFL’s Salute to Service:
· Following Pro Bowl practice on Saturday, Jan. 27 the NFL and Wounded Warrior Project will host a flag football game for 50 wounded warriors from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Following the game, warriors will join 100 individuals from the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) for a special Military Appreciation Luncheon from 1:00 – 2:00 PM. NFL Legends, cheerleaders, and mascots will be in attendance to meet and greet TAPS families and wounded warriors and their families as they enjoy a complimentary meal.
· The NFL will host members of TAPS and Wounded Warrior Project at Pro Bowl practices throughout the week at ESPN Wide World of Sports and on game day.
· Family members from TAPS will enjoy complimentary admittance to Disney’s theme park.
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes and has offered support to more than 70,000 surviving family members of our fallen military and their caregivers since 1994. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, grief seminars and retreats for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, connections to community-based care, online and in-person support groups and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge. For more information, visit www.taps.org.
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) connects warriors with one another, their families, and communities. It serves warriors through lifesaving programs and services targeting mental and physical health, career and benefits counseling, and support for the most severely wounded. And WWP empowers warriors to mentor other veterans and live life on their terms. To learn more, visit: www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
PRO BOWL SKILLS SHOWDOWN
For the second consecutive year, players from the AFC and NFC will compete against each other in unique competitions at the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, which will air on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 9:00 PM ET on ESPN. The event will also re-air across ESPN and ABC, as well as NFL Network.
The 2018 Pro Bowl Legends Captains, Jason Taylor and LaDainian Tomlinson of the AFC and Derrick Brooks and Warrick Dunn of the NFC, will lead their respective squads. Each Skills Showdown team will feature a mix of quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, linemen, linebackers, defensive backs and kickers.
Taking place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando, the competition will include:
· Epic Pro Bowl Dodgeball presented by Pepsi: Pro Bowlers will compete in a game of dodgeball, with every member of each team participating. The team with the last person on the court wins.
· Kick-Tac-Toe: A new challenge that tests the accuracy of placekickers from both conferences with a version of the classic game, as they attempt to hit a 3×3 grid of targets inside the uprights.
· Gridiron Gauntlet: Five players from each team will participate in a relay race designed to showcase strength, speed, and agility. Among other surprises, the challenge will include a 40-yard dash with an inflated parachute that is attached to the first player on each team who will sprint before tagging in teammates.
· Best Hands presented by EA SPORTS Madden NFL 18: Four receivers – two from each conference – will catch a series of passes at a sequence of downfield targets as quickly as possible. Designated targets require a specific style of catch – diving, one-handed, over the shoulder, etc. – which must be executed before the receiver can move on to the next target.
· Precision Passing presented by EA SPORTS Madden NFL 18: Each conference’s quarterbacks will battle it out in an accuracy competition, as they attempt to hit targets of varying size and distance.
· Drone Drop Challenge: A bonus event during which one player from each team will attempt to catch footballs dropped from drones from increasing heights above the field. The player who makes the highest catch wins money for the charity of his choice.
Fans are encouraged to join the conversation surrounding the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown on social media using the hashtag #ProBowl.
A limited number of free tickets to the Skills Showdown taping will be made available to fans. Fan may register for tickets here.
EA SPORTS: The Madden NFL 18 Club Championship
From Thursday, Jan. 25 to Saturday, Jan. 27, EA SPORTS will host The Madden NFL 18 Club Championship tournament at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, FL. The Madden NFL 18 Club Championship, the third EA Major Series event of the $1 million Madden NFL 18 Championship Series, will bring together the top 32 players from across the country representing each NFL club to compete during Pro Bowl Week. These elite competitive players advanced through a grueling online elimination process featuring millions of Madden players in pursuit of the Club Championship title and their share of over $400,000.
The competitions will take place:
· Thursday, Jan. 25: 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET
· Friday, Jan. 26: 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET
· Saturday, Jan. 27: 2:00 PM – 12:00 AM ET
PRO BOWL FUN RUN SERIES
Grab the family and your favorite team jersey for the 2018 Pro Bowl Fun Run Series located at the Track & Field Complex at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex beginning at 1:00 PM ET on Saturday, Jan. 27. From Kids Dashes to a Half Mile Run, there is a distance for football fans of any age. Participants can look forward to appearances from Disney characters, Pro Bowl cheerleaders and mascots and a one-of-a-kind finisher medal! Click HERE to register.
Race packet pick-up begins at 11:00 AM on Saturday, Jan. 27 at ESPN Wide World of Sports.
MULANS LUNAR NEW YEAR PROCESSION AT DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE PARK (ANAHEIM, Calif.) Mulan, Mushu and a sea of performers will delight guests during Mulans Lunar New Year Procession, a magical celebration that honors Lunar New Year and celebrates family and friendship. Lunar New Year will be celebrated at Disney California Adventure Park Jan. 26 to Feb. 18, 2018. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) MULANS LUNAR NEW YEAR PROCESSION AT DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE PARK (ANAHEIM, Calif.) Mulan, Mushu and a sea of performers will delight guests during Mulans Lunar New Year Procession, a magical celebration that honors Lunar New Year and celebrates family and friendship. Lunar New Year will be celebrated at Disney California Adventure Park Jan. 26 to Feb. 18, 2018. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) MUSHU CELEBRATES LUNAR NEW YEAR AT DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE PARK (ANAHEIM, Calif.) Mushu will greet guests at the Lunar New Year celebration at Disney California Adventure Park Jan. 26 to Feb. 18, 2018. Guests will experience more Lunar New Year fun than ever before as the celebration expands to 24 days full of multicultural performances, fun-filled activities, beautiful décor and delicious cuisine. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) MULANS LUNAR NEW YEAR PROCESSION AT DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE PARK (ANAHEIM, Calif.) Mulan, Mushu and a sea of performers will delight guests during Mulans Lunar New Year Procession, a magical celebration that honors Lunar New Year and celebrates family and friendship. Lunar New Year will be celebrated at Disney California Adventure Park Jan. 26 to Feb. 18, 2018. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)
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