Diz on Demand Show #136

We head off to Storybrook as we welcome Granny herself BEVERLY ELLIOTT (Once Upon a Time, Who's Harry Crumb, Unforgiven, Harper's Island) to the show! She talks the show, John Candy and more! We have the D-Team, news from the D-Wire and more!

Diz on Demand Show #135

We go to a galaxy far far away as we welcome JOONAS SUOTAMA (Chewbacca in Star Wars Force Awakens Alongside Peter Mayhew). We talk landing the role, toys, Chewie and more! We have the D-Team, news from the D-Wire and more!

Diz on Demand Show #134

We head to the world of Descendants and the Muppets as we welcome DAN PAYNE (Descendants, Very Merry Muppet Xmas, Stargate SG-1, Alice I Think, Supernatural) to the show! He talks his career, films, and more. We have the D-Team, news from the D-Wire and more!

Diz on Demand Show #133

We let the Genie out as we welcome JONATHAN FREEMAN (Voice of Jafar, Aladdin, Aladdin on Broadway, Mary Poppins on Broadway, Life Animated) to the show! He talks his career, Disney Villains and more! We have the D-Team, news from the D-Wire and more!

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February 11, 2016 - Show #136

It's Time D-Heads! This week we go and venture once again to the town of Storybrook as we welcome Granny herself BEVERLY ELLIOTT (Granny in Once Upon a Time, Who's Harry Crub, Unforgiven, Harper's Island) to the show! Beverly stops in and talks about being part of the hit television series Once Upon a Time, her memories with Henry Winkler, and Unforgiven, and what it was like working with John Candy, the Once Upon a Time Fans and so much more!

In addition we have the D-Team back kicking it off with Erin answering your questions in I Want To Know and we have Jason giving you a Blu-Ray and DVD that we must add to your collection in The Vault. Nathan looks back at the books this week in This Week in Disney History and Cody stops in with the Hollywood Walk. And let's not forget that this weekend is Valentine's Day so that must be why the women of the D-Team must be off.

There is news hot off the D-Wire with news about disney Accelerator Program, the Annie Awards, Inside Out, Walt Disney World, the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Frozen, Frozen on Broadway, Star Wars, Pixar Animation Studios, Disneyland, Valentine's Day, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Drones and more!

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February 11, 2016 – Show #136

It’s Time D-Heads! This week we go and venture once again to the town of Storybrook as we welcome Granny herself BEVERLY ELLIOTT (Granny in Once Upon a Time, Who’s Harry Crub, Unforgiven, Harper’s Island) to the show! Beverly stops in and talks about being part of the hit television series Once Upon a Time, her memories with Henry Winkler, and Unforgiven, and what it was like working with John Candy, the Once Upon a Time Fans and so much more!

In addition we have the D-Team back kicking it off with Erin answering your questions in I Want To Know and we have Jason giving you a Blu-Ray and DVD that we must add to your collection in The Vault. Nathan looks back at the books this week in This Week in Disney History and Cody stops in with the Hollywood Walk. And let’s not forget that this weekend is Valentine’s Day so that must be why the women of the D-Team must be off.

DisneyBlu's Disney on Demand Podcast Show #136 w/ Special Guest BEVERLY ELLIOTT

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #136 w/ Special Guest BEVERLY ELLIOTT

There is news hot off the D-Wire with news about disney Accelerator Program, the Annie Awards, Inside Out, Walt Disney World, the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Frozen, Frozen on Broadway, Star Wars, Pixar Animation Studios, Disneyland, Valentine’s Day, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Drones and more!

So it’s time to Put on Your Ears, Give it a Little Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, and get ready to Relive the Magic, Memories and Appreciation from Your Lifetime of Disney with DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand “A New Kind of Disney Show”!

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Super Hero School Is In Session With The Release Of “MARVEL Avengers Academy” On The App Store And Google Play

Super Hero School Is In Session With The Release Of "MARVEL Avengers Academy" On The App Store And Google Play

Super Hero School Is In Session With The Release Of “MARVEL Avengers Academy” On The App Store And Google Play

School is in session! Marvel and TinyCo are proud to announce the release of MARVEL Avengers Academy on the App Store® and Google Play™. Featuring a reimagined Avengers universe which finds prominent Marvel heroes and villains in their college years – MARVEL Avengers Academy lets players explore aspects of the Super Hero journey unlike anything ever experienced before in the Marvel Universe. MARVEL Avengers Academy is now available to download for free on the App Store® and Google Play™.

In MARVEL Avengers Academy, players will enroll, build, and run Avengers Academy – the ultimate Super Hero school for a very exclusive group of gifted students. At the Academy, players will discover their favorite Avengers Super Heroes and Super Villains reimagined as students developing their superpowers. Players will upgrade the abilities of their characters by enrolling in combat training, attending classes, and joining sports teams. For the first time in a Marvel game, players will also experience a social side to the campus by confronting rival cliques, navigating the social ups and downs of their characters’ lives, and even going on dates. MARVEL Avengers Academy will be an adventure of an entirely new variety that will appeal to both core and casual Marvel fans alike.

MARVEL Avengers Academy

MARVEL Avengers Academy

Featuring all of the world-famous Avengers characters such as Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Vision, Falcon, Ant-Man, War Machine, Winter Soldier and Iron Man, the full roster of MARVEL Avengers Academy will also introduce players to longtime fan favorites such as Spider-Woman, Tigra, the Enchantress, and Taskmaster, as well as rising stars such as Black Panther, Wasp, Captain Marvel, and Ms. Marvel.

To build upon this fresh new Avengers experience, TinyCo has tapped some of the biggest names in entertainment to lend their voices to these iconic characters. Whether its watching the Hulk (voiced by John Cena) smash through homework, joining the entourage of suave Tony Stark (Dave Franco), or joining cynical rebel spy Black Widow (Alison Brie) on secret missions, you’ll be taking part in all new adventures developed by an experienced team of artists and writers working in conjunction with Marvel to create a brand new twist on the Avengers universe. Among others that are lending their voice to cast of Avengers students are Priyanka Chopra (Ms. Marvel), A$AP Rocky (Falcon), Alexandra Daddario (Wasp), Colton Haynes (Thor), Bella Thorne (Tigra), Kiernan Shipka (Spider-Woman), and more.

“Whether you’re voting Cap for class president, fan-girling out with Ms. Marvel, or going on a date with Loki, you’re going to have a blast at MARVEL Avengers Academy. By embracing everything we all love about Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and giving them a fresh spin,  we’ve reimagined fan and cult faves alike as powerful and complex young adults with that magic mix of action, drama and romance that is Marvel,” said Bill Rosemann, Marvel Games Creative Director. “By digging deep into the Marvel vault to celebrate all things Avengers, we’ve created an exciting, mysterious and vibrant campus, complete with an ever-expanding roster of students, faculty, backstory and secrets. Class is in session…do you have what it takes to become an Avenger?”

“We’ve been very fortunate to work closely with Marvel on this fresh take of the Avengers franchise,” said Suli Ali, Founder and CEO of TinyCo. “With the amazing voice talent we’ve brought aboard for this game, and a best-in-class production team, we know that we’ve created an authentic Avengers experience that can stand proudly alongside the best of the Marvel Universe — one that will continue to evolve as we support the title with big content updates featuring new characters and new exciting adventures.”

For more information on TinyCo, please visit: http://www.tinyco.com. Visit MARVEL Avengers Academy‘s Facebook.com/AvengersAcademy page or follow them @AvengersAcademy on Twitter.

Pixar Animation Studios Wins Big At 43rd Annie Awards

Pixar Animation Studios

Pixar Animation Studios

Pixar Animation Studios was the big winner at the 43rd Annual Annie Awards, Saturday evening at UCLA’s Royce Hall. ‘Inside Out’ won Best Animated Feature along with 11 other categories, including Outstanding Music – Michael Giacchino; Outstanding Editing – Kevin Nolting; Outstanding Production Design – Ralph Eggleston; Outstanding Voice Acting – Phyllis Smith as ‘Sadness’; Outstanding Writing – Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley; and Best Directing – Pete Docter. This year was the first for the new category Best Animated Feature, Independent with Filme de Papel’s ‘Boy and the World’ taking this top honor.

The Best Animated Special Production was awarded to ‘He Named Me Malala’ (Parkes-MacDonald/Little Door); Best Animated Short Subject ‘World of Tomorrow’ (Don Hertzfeldt); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial ‘Man and Dog’ (Psyop); Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children ‘Tumble Leaf’ – Mirror (Amazon Studios and Bix Pix Entertainment); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Children ‘Wander Over Yonder’ – The Breakfast (Disney Television Animation); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production for a General Audience ‘The Simpsons’ – Halloween of Horror (Gracie Films in Association with 20th Century Fox Television); Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Live Action Production: ‘The Revenant’ – The Bear (Regency Enterprises, New Regency Pictures, Anonymous Content, M Productions, Appian Way, RatPac-Dune Entertainment; and Best Student Film ‘ed’ (Sheridan College – Taha Neyestani).

“The Annies are drawing more attention from both our industry and the general motion picture industry,” said ASIFA-Hollywood Executive Director, Frank Gladstone. “We wait all year for this event and it never disappoints! It was a fun evening looking back at our history and celebrating what we have accomplished over this past year.” 

Presenting the coveted Annie trophies this year were actor, producer & director Edward James Olmos with actress Rita Moreno; actor & writer Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) with actress Laraine Newman (Dawn Of The Croods); actors Alexander Garfin and Hadley Belle Miller (“Linus and Lucy” from The Peanuts Movie) & Snoopy via Video; actress Kristen Schaal (Bob’s Burgers), composerChristophe Beck; Phyllis Smith (voice of ‘Sadness’ from Inside Out) with Bing Bong (Richard Kind) via video; Anomalisa co-directors Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, John Musker and ASIFA-Hollywood President, Jerry Beck and Executive Director, Frank Gladstone.

This year’s Juried Award recipients included Winsor McCay lifetime achievement award – Joe Ranft (posthumously), Phil Roman and Isao Takahata. The Winsor McCay Award is one of the highest honors given to an individual in the animation industry in recognition for career contributions to the art of animation. Don Hahn was this year’s June Foray award recipient which honors an individual who has given significant and benevolent contributions to the art and industry of animation.

The Annie Awards™ honor overall excellence as well as individual achievement in a total of 36 categories from best feature, best feature – independent, production design, character animation, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music, editing and voice acting, and have often been a predictor of the annual Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The ceremony was live-streamed again this year at www.annieawards.org/watch-it-live where animation enthusiasts and those unable to attend the event, could watch the show. A complete list of winners can be viewed at www.annieawards.org and highlights of the ceremony will be uploaded to the Annies website in the next few weeks.

The Walt Disney Company Announces Third Year Of Startup Accelerator Program: From Sphero, to Lucasfilm, the program Inspires!

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The Walt Disney Company Announces Third Year Of Startup Accelerator Program: From Sphero, to Lucasfilm, the program Inspires!

The Walt Disney Company Announces Third Year Of Startup Accelerator Program: From Sphero, to Lucasfilm, the program Inspires!

The Walt Disney Company announced today that it is accepting applications for its third Disney Accelerator, a program designed to accelerate the growth of startup companies from around the world. Ten exceptional startup companies will be selected for a three-month mentorship and investment program that will immerse them in the media and entertainment business. The program begins this summer and concludes with a Demo Day in October 2016. Applications are due April 10, 2016.

“The past two years of the Disney Accelerator have led to incredible innovation and success between The Walt Disney Company and our participating startups, helping to establish the Disney Accelerator as the premier media and entertainment accelerator,” said Kevin Mayer, Chief Strategy Officer of The Walt Disney Company. “We look forward to further shaping the future of our industry through this unique program.”

The Los Angeles-based program is open to both early and venture-backed technology startups with a vision for making an impact on the future of media and entertainment. The Disney Accelerator provides participating companies investment capital, access to co-working space at Disney’s creative campus and mentor support and guidance from top Disney executives, entrepreneurs, investors and other notable business leaders from the entertainment and technology communities.

Since the Disney Accelerator started in 2014, companies from across the United States, Europe and Asia have participated in building the future of media and entertainment with technologies as diverse as robotics, artificial intelligence, wearables, messaging and virtual reality, for example:

  • Sphero, based in Boulder, Colorado, joined the Disney Accelerator in 2014 and developed the successful BB-8 droid in collaboration with Lucasfilm during the program. Sphero’s BB-8 sold out the day it was released and was dubbed the ‘Best Star Wars Toy Ever’ by Forbes. Since completing the program, Sphero raised an additional $45 million in venture capital, bringing their total financing to $80 million.
  • Los Angeles based Naritiv, the first media company born on Snapchat, was created during the 2014 Disney Accelerator, and recently secured $3 million in Series A funding. Naritiv’s total network on Snapchat currently generates more than 16 billion views per month and has delivered more than one billion total branded views to date.
  • EMOTIV, a 2015 Disney Accelerator company, is the developer of the Insight wireless headset, which measures brain fitness and emotions. EMOTIV’s Insight was recently featured on ABC Television’s ‘The Bachelor.’ With offices in Australia, Vietnam and San Francisco, EMOTIV has sold hardware and software to 70,000 developers and researchers in 120 countries and has already built a profitable business.
  • StatMuse entered the Disney Accelerator in 2015 as a three-person team and launched a public beta of its interactive sports stats platform powered by natural language search on Demo Day. Now a team of 12, StatMuse is currently providing ESPN with statistical content for the NBA season and closed $10 million in Series A financing in January 2016.

For more information and to apply go to www.DisneyAccelerator.com

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #135 w/ Special Guest JOONAS SUOTAMO (Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Alongside Peter Mayhew) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu's Disney on Demand Podcast Show #135 w/ Special Guest JOONAS SUOTAMO (Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Alongside Peter Mayhew) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #135 w/ Special Guest JOONAS SUOTAMO (Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Alongside Peter Mayhew) on DizRadio.com

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February 4, 2016 – Show #135

It’s Time D-Heads! This week we go to a galaxy far far away as we welcome direct from Finland, JOONAS SUOTAMO (Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Alongside Peter Mayhew) to the show! Joonas stops in and discusses how he landed the role of Chewie in the Force Awakens, working with the legendary Peter Mayhew, his basketball career, Star Wars Toys, being on set and more!

In addition we have the D-Team back kicking it off with Erin answering your questions in I Want To Know and we have Jason giving you a Blu-Ray and DVD that we must add to your collection in The Vault. Paige is here with her musical talent in the Magical Music Review. Nathan looks back at the books this week in This Week in Disney History and Cody stops in with the Hollywood Walk. And let’s not forget Caitlin giving us the latest from the Walt Disney World Resort in WDW-In-2. And for you digital fans we have Randy with the latest in Disney Multi-Media.

JOONAS SUOTAMO (Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Alongside Peter Mayhew) on DizRadio.com

JOONAS SUOTAMO (Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Alongside Peter Mayhew) on DizRadio.com

There is news hot off the D-Wire with news about Star Wars, Disney Channel, the newest Disney Park, Magic Kingdom, Kindermusik, The Lion Guard, Disney Junior, Disney Dreamers Academy, Disneyland, Season of the Force, The Finest Hours, Once Upon a Time, Disney Blu-Rays, Zootopia, and more!

So it’s time to Put on Your Ears, Give it a Little Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, and get ready to Relive the Magic, Memories and Appreciation from Your Lifetime of Disney with DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand “A New Kind of Disney Show”!

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High School Students Nationwide Chosen for 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney Dreamers Academy Participants 2016

Disney Dreamers Academy Participants 2016

 

Approximately 100 students from across America will soon pack their bags for a fabulous, fun-filled and educational trip to Walt Disney World Resort as part of this year’s Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE, March 3-6, 2016.

The teens, along with a parent or guardian, will take off on an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, where they will experience once-in-a-lifetime educational and mentoring program designed to inspire them to dream big and discover a world of possibilities that will help them prepare for their future.

The students, known as “Dreamers,” are taken on stage and behind the scenes, where Disney theme parks become vibrant ‘classrooms’ and students discover new careers and pursue their dreams while also creating fun memories that last a lifetime.

High School Students Nationwide Chosen for 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort

High School Students Nationwide Chosen for 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort

During Disney Dreamers Academy, students participate in hands-on, immersive career-oriented workshops, ranging from animation to zoology. Each student is given important tools such as effective communication techniques, leadership skills, and networking strategies.

Additionally, Dreamers are exposed to acclaimed motivational speakers and popular celebrities who share their stories and insight on achieving success and DREAMING BIG. Dreamers have the opportunity to cultivate relationships with other students from across the nation while gaining first-hand knowledge from Disney experts and renowned entrepreneurs and executives.

“Disney Dreamers Academy is a one-of-a-kind program that, since its inception, is helping more than 800 students achieve their dreams,” said Tracey D. Powell, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts vice president of deluxe resorts.  Powell serves as Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion. “As we prepare for our ninth annual event, the greatest reward has been seeing so many of our previous Dreamers use their experience at Disney Dreamers Academy to expand their dreams and move even closer to making them a reality. After all, that is what the program is all about,” said Powell.

Walt Disney World Resort, along with syndicated television and radio personality Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Communications, will host the selected Dreamers during their magical four-day career and educational exploration.

“Disney Dreamers Academy provides an excellent learning environment to help young students with their aspirations and to dream even bigger,” said Harvey. “I can’t wait to meet this year’s new students and kick off the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort in March.”

Michelle Ebanks, president of ESSENCE Communications, added: “We are excited to once again join with Disney Parks and Steve Harvey to encourage our youth to dream big. Our expectation is that this group of remarkable teens will be the leaders of tomorrow and positively impact the world for years to come. It is our honor and commitment at ESSENCE to be part of that process.”

Disney Dreamers Academy

Disney Dreamers Academy

This year’s students were selected from thousands of applicants who answered a series of essay questions about their personal stories and dreams for the future. The students were chosen by a judging panel that included: gospel music legend Yolanda Adams; ESSENCE magazine editor-at-large Mikki Taylor; education advocate Dr. Steve Perry;  The Sister Accord founder and author Sonia Jackson Myles; award-winning motivational speaker Jonathan Sprinkles; Simply Ellis Custom Clothier CEO Dr. Alex O. Ellis; Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation executive director Brandi Harvey; Steve Harvey Products creative director Karli Harvey; and professional speaker and Disney Dreamers Academy alumnus Princeton Parker.

For more information, visit DisneyDreamersAcademy.com. Regular updates about Disney Dreamers Academy are also available on social media at Facebook/DisneyDreamersAcademy or Twitter/DreamersAcademy.

For a list of 2016 Dreamers and Bios, please visit DisneyDreamersAcademy.com/dreamers/2016/

Kindermusik and Disney Junior Team up to Create Harmonious Program: Rock & Roar to “The Lion Guard” Music

Kindermusik and Disney Junior Team up to Create Harmonious Program: Rock & Roar to "The Lion Guard" Music

Kindermusik and Disney Junior Team up to Create Harmonious Program: Rock & Roar to “The Lion Guard” Music

Kindermusik® International, the world’s leader in music and movement education, today announced a new exclusive “Rock & Roar” program to bring the musical adventures of Disney Junior’s newest hit series “The Lion Guard” to Kindermusik Studios throughout the United States. Kicking off this February, the fun-filled, 45-60 minute classes for children ages 2-5 will explore the African savannah in a rip-roaring, fast-moving adventure, all set to the thunderous beats of “The Lion Guard” soundtrack. Along the way, kids will learn to build relationships, develop language and literacy skills, enhance balance, flexibility, and coordination, learn steady beat, and explore pretend play.

“We are thrilled to be working with Disney Junior to provide our families with this one-of-a-kind experience,” said Scott Kinsey, President and CEO of Kindermusik International. “Through this program, we’re able to blend our expertise and research-proven education methods with Disney Junior’s beloved characters and storytelling, delivering an exceptional experience for children and families enrolled in Kindermusik.”

Kindermusik International

Kindermusik International

Disney Junior’s “The Lion Guard” animated series continues the epic storytelling of “The Lion King” and follows Simba and Nala’s second-born cub, Kion and his diverse group of friends as they unite to protect the Pride Lands. Kion and his friends were introduced this past November in Disney Channel’s animated television movie “The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar,” the #1 primetime cable TV telecast of 2015 among Kids 2-5 and the #1 animated telecast across kid cable-TV networks among Total Viewers and Adults 18-49.

Visit www.kindermusik.com/thelionguard to learn more or to find a class near you

Disneyland Resort Offers 16 Unforgettable Experiences To Brighten a Spring or Summer Visit in 2016

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Disneyland Resort Offers 16 Unforgettable Experiences To Brighten a Spring or Summer Visit in 2016

Disneyland Resort Offers 16 Unforgettable Experiences To Brighten a Spring or Summer Visit in 2016

Spring and summer at the Disneyland Resort will be more thrilling than ever this year with new family vacation fun and spectacular entertainment. Guests continue to discover the excitement of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration and its nighttime spectaculars, plus new and enhanced Star Wars experiences. At Disney California Adventure Park, Cars Land will soon debut its newest attraction, Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters.

Guests planning a summer vacation at the Disneyland Resort also will enjoy a new “Frozen” musical, based on the blockbuster Walt Disney Animation Studios film, and the unforgettable, new Soarin’ Around the World attraction. Magic awaits guests of all ages in 2016, including these 16 special experiences.

At Disney California Adventure Park
Disney California Adventure celebrates its 15th anniversary Feb. 8, 2016, with adventures from Buena Vista Street to Cars Land, and something for guests of all ages, including the thrilling California Screamin’ coaster, the uplifting Pixar Play Parade and the high-scoring action of “Toy Story Mania.”

1.  The new live “Frozen” musical premieres in late spring 2016, immersing audiences in the emotional journey of Anna and Elsa with all of the excitement of live theater. The entertaining musical adaptation will include elaborate costumes and sets, stunning special effects, show-stopping production numbers and some unique theatrical surprises. The show will play at the Hyperion Theater.

2.  The fun-filled Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters attraction, debuting soon at Casa Della Tires in Cars Land, is rolling with fun as Luigi’scugini (cousins) have come from Carsoli, Italy, to help celebrate Race Day in Radiator Springs. Park guests join in the fun by hopping aboard miniature Italian roadsters, in the style of late 1950s micro cars. The cars perform the traditional dances of their village, moving to upbeat music and Luigi’s singing in a precision-choreographed dance across what appears to be a trackless “dance floor.” Each car has its own routine, so guests will enjoy different ride experiences depending on which car they board.

At Disneyland Park
Exciting Star Wars experiences in Disneyland Park celebrate the Star Wars film saga.

3.  Star Wars Launch Bay invites guests to visit a Star Wars-themed cantina, discover authentic replicas of film props, and encounterStar Wars characters such as Chewbacca, from the light side, and Kylo Ren from the dark side.

4.  The Star Wars-themed transformation of Space Mountain into Hyperspace Mountain thrusts guests into an X-wing Starfigher battle as they race through the darkness. The experience is enhanced by a new soundtrack, inspired by the Star Wars films’ musical themes and re-orchestrated to match every move in the attraction.

5.  At the Star Tours – The Adventures Continue attraction, guests encounter a new adventure and characters from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” while journeying aboard a Starspeeder 1000.

6.  Guests will relive stories from the Star Wars saga – or discover them for the first time – through the short “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi” film which connects iconic scenes from the iconic films in fun new ways.

7.  The popular interactive show Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple has been reimagined with Darth Vader and the Seventh Sister Inquisitor from the popular Disney XD series Star Wars Rebels.

8.  As preparations begin in 2016 for a new Star Wars-themed land, guests will enjoy unique limited-time opportunities to experience some of their favorite attractions in new ways. While the Disneyland Railroad is temporarily closed, guests at the Main Street and New Orleans Square Train Stations will be able to get up-close with the historic steam engines that have circled Disneyland park for decades and learn about them firsthand from Disneyland Railroad engineers. Limited-time experiences for the Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia will debut throughout the year.

9.  Super Hero fans will have their own special encounters at Super Hero HQ. They’re invited to learn more about their favorite Super Heroes, such as Thor and Spiderman, and meet some of them in person.

60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration Continues in 2016
The stunning entertainment found every year at the Disneyland Resort is now even more dazzling, with three nighttime spectaculars that are part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, continuing through Sept. 5, 2016.

10.  The sparkling “Paint the Night” parade builds on the tradition of breathtaking nighttime parades in Disneyland Park that began with the “Main Street Electrical Parade.” Illuminated almost entirely by LED lights, “Paint the Night” is a state-of-the art, vibrant wonder that immerses guests in the magical, luminescent worlds of many Disney and Disney●Pixar characters, including Ariel, the Little Mermaid; Woody and Buzz Lightyear from “Toy Story”‘; Lightning McQueen from “Cars,” Disney Princesses and Mickey Mouse and his pals.

11.  The “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular entertains guests from the tips of their toes to the sky high above, surrounding the audience with music, dazzling visual projections and other special effects that bring the pyrotechnics to life in surprising new ways.  Guests may enjoy the projections from multiple locations, including Main Street, U.S.A., and Small World mall.

12.  At Disney California Adventure, “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disneyis a fun-filled version of the popular, nighttime “World of Color” spectacular.  Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris joins Mickey Mouse on a magical water canvas, bringing to life the remarkable story of Walt Disney and The Happiest Place on Earth with animated imagery, live-action film, fountains, lasers, special effects and a stirring musical score.

Special Offer for Southern California Residents and Themed Dining
13.  Special two-day and three-day Southern California Resident tickets* make this an ideal time for Southern California residents to visit the parks. Purchase options include a two-day ticket with a choice of one park per day for $149, a two-day Park Hopper ticket for$189, a three-day ticket with a choice of one park per day for $179, or a three-day Park Hopper ticket for $219. These tickets are available through May 19, 2016 and valid through May 26, 2016. For details, visit http://Disneyland.com/flex

14.  Any visit to the Disneyland Resort becomes more special with themed dining and refreshments, and the resort presents some tasty new surprises in 2016. At Disneyland, the Star Wars-themed menu at Galactic Grill includes the Darth Tamale, a First Order Specialty Burger with Angus beef and chorizo on a dark bun, and The Pastry Menace éclair. Plaza Inn is ideal for family dining with a menu that features fried chicken, pot roast and made-to-order salads. Children and the young at heart are delighted to encounter Disney characters at the “Minnie & Friends Breakfast in the Park” at Plaza Inn, one of several character meals at the resort.

15.  At Disney California Adventure, guests will enjoy the recently opened Smokejumpers Grill, decorated with mementos from courageous, forest firefighters with a menu that features burgers and other favorites. The popular Cove Bar along Paradise Bay serves beverages and appetizers in an expanded patio area in 2016. The elegant Carthay Circle Restaurant continues to provide an ideal location for fine dining and adult relaxation in its lounge. And guests who want to meet Disney Princesses will find them at the character dining at Ariel’s Grotto.

16.  Hotel restaurants at the Disneyland Resort include Steakhouse 55 in the Disneyland Hotel, Napa Rose and Storytellers Café in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s PCH Grill at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. For dinner at Disney’s PCH Grill, guests enjoy a menu inspired by the California beach scene, with smoked tri-tip, spice-rubbed ribs, fish and vegetarian tacos, fried chicken, and hot dogs right off the grill.

For more information about the Disneyland Resort, see www.Disneyland.com or visit www.DisneyParksBlog.com

Walt Disney Records Set To Release “The Finest Hours” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Walt Disney Records Set To Release "The Finest Hours" Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Walt Disney Records Set To Release “The Finest Hours” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

A heroic action-thriller, “The Finest Hours” is based on the remarkable true story of the most daring rescue mission in the history of the Coast Guard. Presented in Digital 3D, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D, the film transports audiences to the heart of the action, creating a fully immersive cinematic experience on an epic scale.  “The Finest Hours” original motion picture soundtrack features score by award-winning composer Carter Burwell and will be available digitally on January 29, 2016.  “The Finest Hours” storms into U.S. theaters on January 29, 2016.

Carter Burwell has scored over 80 films, including “Blood Simple,” “Raising Arizona,” “Miller’s Crossing,” “Barton Fink,” “The Hudsucker Proxy,” “Rob Roy,” “Fargo,” “The Spanish Prisoner,” “Gods and Monsters,” “Velvet Goldmine,” “The General’s Daughter,” “Three Kings,” “Being John Malkovich,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (BAFTA Nominee for Film Music), “Before Night Falls,” “A Knight’s Tale,” “The Rookie,” “Adaptation.”, “Intolerable Cruelty,” “The Ladykillers,” “No Country for Old Men,” “In Bruges,” “Burn After Reading,” “Twilight,”  “Where the Wild Things Are” (Golden Globe Nominee for Best Original Score), “A Serious Man,” “The Blind Side,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “True Grit,” “Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 & 2,” and “The Fifth Estate,” “Mr. Holmes” and “Legend.” Burwell received his first Oscar nomination for Best Original Score for “Carol.”  He was also nominated for a Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Movie Award for “Carol.” He received an Annie nomination for Outstanding Achievement, Music in an Animated Feature Production for “Anomalisa.”  In addition, Burwell received The Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Music Score for “Carol” and “Anomalisa.”

The end credit track is a cover of the sea shanty “Haul Away Joe” performed by Kodaline.   Made up of childhood friends — Steve Garrigan (lead vocals) Mark Prendergast (guitar), Jason Boland (bass) and Vinny May (drums), Kodaline have released two studio albums In A Perfect World and Coming Up For Air. The group has sold out numerous tours in both North America and Europe.  The group’s songs have been featured in several television, film and ad placements including Google, ESPN, The Voice (NBC), Chicago PD (NBC), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Modern Family (ABC), So You Think You Can Dance (FOX), American Idol (ABC) and many more. Their music videos have garnered over 105 million views and are continuing to grow.

Disney’s “The Finest Hours” is based on the unforgettable story of the Coast Guard’s courageous mission, which is directed by Craig Gillespie and stars: Chris Pine; Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee Casey Affleck; Ben Foster; Holliday Grainger; John Ortiz; and Eric Bana. Produced by Jim Whitaker and Dorothy Aufiero, the screenplay is by Oscar® nominee Scott Silver and Oscar nominees Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson based on the acclaimed non-fiction book of the same name by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias. Doug Merrifield serves as executive producer.

“The Finest Hours” original motion picture soundtrack will be available digitally on January 29.  For more information on “The Finest Hours” please visit http://movies.disney.com/the-finest-hours.  For more information on Walt Disney Records’ releases, like us on Facebook.com/disneymusic or follow us at Twitter.com/disneymusic.

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #134 w/ Special Guest DAN PAYNE (Disney Descendants, Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, Alice I Think, Supernatural, Stargate SG-1 and more!) on DizRadio.com

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DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #134 w/ Special Guest DAN PAYNE (Disney Descendants, Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, Alice I Think, Supernatural, Stargate SG-1 and more!) on DizRadio.com

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January 28, 2016 – Show #134

It’s Time D-Heads! This week we head to Auradon and hang with The Beast who is king and venture into the world of Disney’s Descendants with DAN PAYNE (Disney Descendants, Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, Alice I Think, Supernatural, Stargate SG-1 and more) to the show! Dan stops in and talk about his career, sports, working with some of the TV greats, Descendants, the Muppets, best on set Memories and more!

In addition we have the D-Team back kicking it off with Erin answering your questions in I Want To Know and we have Jason giving you a Blu-Ray and DVD that we must add to your collection in The Vault. Nathan looks backwards at This Week in Disney History and Cody stops in with the Hollywood Walk. And let’s not forget Caitlin giving us the latest from the Walt Disney World Resort in WDW-In-2.

DisneyBlu's Disney on Demand Podcast Show #134 w/ Special Guest DAN PAYNE (Disney Descendants, Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, Alice I Think, Supernatural, Stargate SG-1 and more!) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #134 w/ Special Guest DAN PAYNE (Disney Descendants, Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, Alice I Think, Supernatural, Stargate SG-1 and more!) on DizRadio.com

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