Milford Hutsell

Milford Hutsell

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Tonight’s After Dark image was snapped at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where the nighttime projection show, “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” is already delighting park guests each night.

The show, which takes place in the center of the park, stars elves Wayne and Lanny from “Prep & Landing.” In it, Christmas Day is almost here, but Jolly Old Saint Nick is nowhere to be found. Luckily, Wayne and Lanny are on the job, and they won’t rest until the big guy is back at the North Pole. Watch in wonder as buildings and rooftops come alive, and immerse you in beloved scenes from “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pluto’s Christmas Tree,” Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and more.

You can catch “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” nightly at the park throughout the holiday season....

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Happy Thanksgiving! Today is all about gathering with friends and family for a delicious feast, and it’s also a huge day for sports fans. Here at Walt Disney World Resort, eight men’s college basketball teams annually compete in the AdvoCare Invitational tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

And last night after practice, players and staff from all eight teams found time to pull up a seat at the table for Thanksgiving dinner and were joined by special guest Mickey Mouse, who posed for pictures and wished each team good luck during the tournament.

Tournament play tips off Thursday (11/23) with the UCF Knights taking on the Nebraska Cornhuskers at 6 p.m. (ESPN3).

Other games on Thursday include Missouri vs. Long Beach State (11:30 a.m.), St. John’s vs. Oregon State (2 p.m.) and West Virginia vs. Marist (8:30 p.m.). Games continue through Sunday at the sports complex.

AdvoCare is one of the premier Division I college basketball tournaments. Held annually at the sports complex, the event features some of the top collegiate teams in America.

Past winners include Arkansas (2006), North Carolina State (2007), Gonzaga (2008), Florida State (2009), Notre Dame (2010), Dayton (2011), Gonzaga (2012), Memphis (2013), Kansas (2014), Xavier (2015) and Gonzaga (2016).

After you and your family have had your fill of Thanksgiving fixins’, come on out to the sports complex and take in the college hoops action. Tickets and additional information can be found here....

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Thanksgiving is finally upon us, and while we have so much to be thankful for this year, we are especially thankful for the @DisneyPets Instagram account, which has brought us countless smiles and endless joy this year. As our Thanksgiving gift to you, we found it necessary to share that joy! Here are 11 Disney puppies that we are thankful for:

  1. This Stitch, who is making our emotions glitch with all that adorableness.

Experiment 626, reporting for snuggles. ?? ?: @everyonelovesmaverick

A post shared by Disney Pets (@disneypets) on Nov 19, 2017 at 12:37pm PST


Just look at that face.

This Simba, who just can’t wait to be king.

I’m brushing up on looking down, I’m working on my ROAR! ?? ?: @nimbypimby

A post shared by Disney Pets (@disneypets) on Nov 17, 2017 at 10:21am PST


He’s already king of our hearts.

We’re thankful for this Sheriff Woody.

You’re my favorite deputy ? ?: @pugloulou

A post shared by Disney Pets (@disneypets) on Nov 15, 2017 at 1:40pm PST


Thank you for being such a good boy!

We’re thankful that puppy-sized Mickey ears are a thing:

Raise you’re hand if you’d rather be at @disneyland ✋️? ?: @yorkieinnewyorkie | ?: @barrreb

A post shared by Disney Pets (@disneypets) on Nov 16, 2017 at 2:51pm PST


Because without them we wouldn’t get to look at adorable pictures like this one.

A big thank you to this pupper for spending a day at the beach with Minnie ears on.

Who else is dreaming of summer days and paw prints in the sand? ?☀️ ?: @pingoeninadalmatians

A post shared by Disney Pets (@disneypets) on Nov 14, 2017 at 7:57pm PST


We love you.

Makes our hearts melt, this Yoda does.

Judge me by my size, do you? ? ?: @_johnkillenjr_

A post shared by Disney Pets (@disneypets) on Nov 13, 2017 at 1:10pm PST


Thankful for you, we are.

In honor of all the pumpkin foods you’ll be eating today, we give you … the Pumpkin King:

Everyone hail to the Pupkin King! ?: @longboy_lincoln

A post shared by Disney Pets (@disneypets) on Nov 9, 2017 at 3:47pm PST


Everyone, hail.

Many thanks to this puppy for being a 100% certified floof:

You and I are a team. There is nothing more important than our friendship. ? ?: @pawsofluke

A post shared by Disney Pets (@disneypets) on Nov 3, 2017 at 9:57am PDT


We’re screaming with joy.

We’re thankful for Heihei:

Hei girl hei ?? #DisneyPetsHalloween ?: @stephrpowers

A post shared by Disney Pets (@disneypets) on Oct 11, 2017 at 5:23pm PDT


We simply cannot. The feathers! The look! It’s all too much, in the best way.

A tail as old as time:

Bully and the Beast ✨?✨ ?: @familybulldogcbb

A post shared by Disney Pets (@disneypets) on Nov 11, 2017 at 6:53pm PST


Color us enchanted.

From now on, the D in R2-D2 stands for Dog:

Arf2-D2 wants to wish all the @starwars fans a very lovely #ForceFridayII ?? ?: @vetpets

A post shared by Disney Pets (@disneypets) on Sep 1, 2017 at 3:23pm PDT


Dogs wearing Mickey ears are possibly the greatest joy in our lives right now.

Now that our hearts have been successfully warmed, it’s time to go warm up the turkey and have a feast! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours (and your pets!).

The post We’re Thankful for These Disney Puppies, Part 2 appeared first on Oh My Disney.

Thursday, 23 November 2017 08:00

Disney Doodle: Anita & Roger Share a Mickey Bar

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In our Disney Doodles blog series, our team of Disney artists imagine what a character would do or see first if they had the chance to visit a Disney Park.

In today’s Doodle, artist Ashley Taylor imagines Roger and Anita from “101 Dalmatians” enjoying some free time with their favorite pals at Magic Kingdom Park.

“Anita and Roger are always sharing with each other,” Ashley said. “It’s easy to imagine them sharing a Mickey ice cream bar, while relaxing on a park bench with Pongo and Perdita.”...

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Early next year, Super Hero fans will explore the isolated and technologically advanced kingdom of Wakanda when “Black Panther” opens in theaters February 16, 2018. And for a limited time, Disney California Adventure park guests will have the opportunity to encounter the king of Wakanda himself, Black Panther.

“Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and Black Panther — is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

We’ll have more information to share soon – including the date for Black Panther’s arrival at Disney California Adventure park – so keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog. And don’t miss “Black Panther,” in theaters February 16, 2018!...

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Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” hits theaters today! The movie is about Miguel, an aspiring musician who dreams of following in the footsteps of his idol Ernesto de la Cruz—despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music. Miguel ultimately teams up with charming trickster Héctor on an extraordinary journey through the Land of the Dead to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

“Coco” shares a heartwarming story about the importance of family and coming together with those you love most, and Disney Vacation Club embraces many of these same values, providing families the opportunity to enjoy vacations together year after year. That’s why Disney Vacation Club is offering a new sweepstakes, tied to the theatrical release of “Coco,” that offers the chance for you to win a 5-day, 4-night vacation with up to 8 of your family members (or friends) in a 2-bedroom Villa at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge!*

Enter now through Jan. 4, 2018 at WelcomeHomeSweeps.com! And, don’t forget to see “Coco,” in theaters now.

*NO PURCHASE OR SALES PRESENTATION NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Sweepstakes begins 12:00:00 PM ET 11/17/17 & ends 11:59:59 PM ET 1/4/18. Open to 50 US/DC, at least 18 years old or the age of majority in jurisdiction of residence. Void where prohibited. See Official Rules at https://WelcomeHomeSweeps.com for entry instructions, odds, prize description & restrictions. Sponsor: Disney Vacation Development, Inc., 1390 Celebration Blvd. Celebration, FL 34747. ©Disney...

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 18:00

Hand-Pulled Candy Canes at Disneyland Resort

It just isn’t the holiday season at Disneyland Resort without the famous hand-pulled candy canes that start to appear in windows of the Candy Palace and Trolley Treats every November. The talented Disneyland Resort Candy Makers always look forward getting out their gloves out and making these delicious peppermint sweets. From start to finish, they work to create these colorful candy canes from scratch – from mixing the ingredients and hand-pulling the candy to rolling, twisting and wrapping up the final products.

Pouring the Candy Canes at Disneyland Resort

Shaping the Candy Canes at Disneyland Resort Hand-pulling the Candy Canes at Disneyland Resort

This tradition dates back to 1968, making this year the 49th anniversary of these incredible candy canes. Each year, guests flock to the Disneyland Resort to get in on the hand-crafted sweetness. These candy canes measure a whopping 18 inches long. If you’re looking to try them yourself, then look no further, because you’ll be able to purchase these delightful treats starting November 24.

Rolling the Candy Canes at Disneyland Resort Placing Candy Canes at Disneyland Resort

Placing Candy Canes at Disneyland Resort

You’ll find delicious hand-pulled candy canes at the following locations:

Candy Palace: Nov. 25, 29; Dec. 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 24
Trolley Treats: Nov. 25, 28; Dec. 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 25

A limited number of candy canes will be available for each release. Available while supplies last. Wristbands will be distributed accordingly at park opening. Wristbands are limited, available while supplies last. Limit ONE (1) wristband per guest. Wristband entitles bearer to purchase ONE (1) candy cane at designated location. Wristband must be shown at time of purchase. Information subject to restrictions and change without notice, including but not limited to release dates, prices, etc. No discounts apply. No exchanges or refunds....

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Minnie Mouse showed up at the 2017 Disney Girls’ Soccer Showcase presented by AS Roma at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex today, but this time, she upped her game for the occasion.

Minnie sported her new soccer uniform for the first time. She wore a purple and white horizontal striped jersey with purple shorts and rocked a red headband, an updated twist to her usual polka dot bow. She wore the No. 9 on her jersey, which is fitting when you consider the most well-known women’s soccer player of all-time, two-time Olympic Gold medalist Mia Hamm, also wore that number.

This year, Disney Girls’ Soccer Showcase was re-imagined with new dates and expanded to include U11-U14 age groups. While at the sports complex, Minnie watched some of the early tournament action and even spent time interacting with some of the players. Minnie was a star among stars because the showcase features many of the top high school soccer prospects in the country, many of whom will be playing on the collegiate level soon.

Look for Minnie in her new soccer outfit at future soccer events, which are listed at espnwwos.com. And check out the action at the Disney Girls Soccer Showcase, which runs through Sunday, November 26....

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Viewers wished upon a star for their favorite Dancing With the Stars duo to win, and they weren’t disappointed! Last night during the two-hour season finale, #TeamFishUponAStar outshined the two other finalists and took the coveted Mirrorball trophy home as Season 25 champions.imageWe’re so proud!imageThe holiday spectacular kicked off with an opening number, featuring a reunion of all 13 of this season’s couples at The Grove! There were show-stopping performances—such as Nick Lachey’s new and never-before-heard track “Someone to Dance With,” inspired by his time on Dancing With the Stars. We love this photo:imageOther performances during the night included Kelsea Ballerini singing “Legends,” Lindsey Stirling featuring Becky G performing “Christmas C’Mon,” and Jordan Fisher singing a joyful “Sleigh Ride”/”What Christmas Means to Me” medley with Debbie Gibson. To get us even more in the holiday spirit, there was also a special performance from this winter’s “Dancing With the Stars: Live! Light Up the Night Tour,” as well as a number inspired by the new Frozen featurette, “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.” You can catch the featurette playing before Coco for a limited time starting today!

For the final showdown we were all waiting for: each couple gave it all they got with two dances—the first was a repeat of their favorite dance from earlier in the season, while the second routine was part of a “24-Hour Fusion Challenge” that gave them less than 24 hours to prepare a fusion of two contrasting dance styles. imageIt was intense!

Based on the judges’ points and our votes from November 20, combined with the judges points and online-only viewer votes from the repeat dances and “24-Hour Fusion Challenge,” Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold were ultimately the champions! We’re so honored to have followed #TeamFishUponAStar and all the other talented couples on their Dancing With the Stars journey, and can’t wait until the next season!

The post Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold Took Home the Trophy for Dancing With the Stars! appeared first on Oh My Disney.

Each year, Disney VoluntEARS from around the world join forces to be part of something bigger: Family Volunteer Day. This annual day of service is sponsored by Disney in partnership with the nonprofit Points of Light, bringing families together to make memories and impact the local communities where they live, work and play for more than 25 years.

From food collection to beach cleaning to storytelling and more, Disney VoluntEARS joined together for this special day to strengthen communities and make a difference. Let’s take a look!

Disneyland Resort VoluntEARS

At the Orange County Food Bank, nearly 200 Disney VoluntEARS from the Disneyland Resort gathered on Saturday to pack almost 6,000 food boxes for distribution to those in need in the surrounding areas. Across the country in Central Florida, Disney VoluntEARS from Walt Disney World hosted activities for wish families visiting Give Kids the World and donated their time to work on a beautification project across the grounds of the nonprofit.

VoluntEARS

In Asia, Hong Kong Disneyland partnered with HandsOn to bring Disney VoluntEARS out to the local village Shek O for a beach cleaning and sand sculpting event in celebration of Family Volunteer Day. Last week, Disney VoluntEARS also planned games and hosted a storytelling session at the annual Stargaze Camp for All and the Blind, and even more volunteers participated in a joint sports day with local special education schools.

VoluntEARS

More than 100 Disney VoluntEARS from Shanghai Disney Resort and their families helped out in honor of Family Volunteer Day. They hosted Family Imagination Playground activities for migrant children, cheered on hundreds of families during a Family Walkathon to raise funds for the elderly in Shanghai, made Thanksgiving cards with children during hospital visits and shared Disney stories with young readers in a local library as part of the Disney Reading Together program.

VoluntEARS

Disney VoluntEARS donate hundreds of thousands of service hours every year around the world, and Family Volunteer Day is just one way we’re working to “Share the Joy” and inspire others to make a difference in their communities this holiday season....

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