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New Museum Exhibition to Feature Original Works by Renowned Comic Book Artist Alex Ross

New Museum Exhibition to Feature Original Works by Renowned Comic Book Artist Alex Ross

New Museum Exhibition to Feature Original Works by Renowned Comic Book Artist Alex Ross

“Superheroes and Superstars: The Works of Alex Ross”—a new exhibition featuring the work of one of the world’s greatest comic book artists—will be on view at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) from February 11 through May 14, 2017.

The MSV is the first venue to host this traveling exhibition, which has been organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

According to “Superheroes and Superstars” curator Jesse Kowalski, Alex Ross has revitalized classic superheroes into works of fine art with his unique, painted photo-realistic style.

“The MSV is thrilled to be the first venue to present Superheroes and Superstars,” notes MSV Executive Director Dana Hand Evans, who adds that the Museum jumped at the chance to bring the exhibition to the region. “Alex Ross is one of the premier illustrators of our time,” says Evans. Along with offering comic book fans a rare opportunity to see Ross’s original artwork of classic superheroes, such as Wonder Woman, Superman, and Spider-Man, Evans says the exhibition illustrates the Museum’s commitment to present contemporary art in the Shenandoah Valley.

“Superheroes and Superstars” includes more than 100 original works created by Alex Ross, all on public display for the first time. Most of the works in the exhibition are on loan from Ross’s personal collection.

The new exhibition features Alex Ross’s well-known images of superheroes, villains, and his recent paintings of popular culture icons, such as The Beatles and Monty Python. Paintings, sketches, and models from his childhood and college years will also be on view, including “Spidey” booklets that Ross created at the age of four, action figures he made when he was 11 years old, and a self-portrait for a high school art class. Some of Ross’s more recent works in “Superheroes and Superstars” include “A Tale of Two Reeves,” a 2016 painting illustrating the two actors audiences most identify with Superman; the 2016 “Hulk Marvelmania” poster painting; “Flash Gordon,” a 2015 painting marking the 35th anniversary of the “Flash Gordon” film; and Ross’s variant cover for “Star Wars” #1, an homage to the original 1977 issue for Marvel’s relaunch of the classic “Star Wars” comic book series.

 

From 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, the MSV will host Alex Ross for a rare signing event. Prints and Alex Ross merchandise will be available for purchase in the Museum Store. Those interested in attending the signing may bring up to three items per person (no sketches and/or portfolio reviews). While a fee is not required to attend the signing event, MSV admission will apply to view “Superheroes and Superstars.”

The exhibition’s display at the MSV is sponsored by Shenandoah Country Q102.

A regional cultural center, the MSV is located at 901 Amherst Street in Winchester, Virginia. The MSV includes galleries, the Glen Burnie House, and seven acres of gardens. The galleries and exhibitions are open year-round; the house and gardens are open April through December. The site is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. January through March and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through December. Admission is $10 or $8 for seniors and youth ages 13 to 18. General admission is always free to youth ages 12 and under and to MSV Members. http://www.theMSV.org

World Premiere Studio Recording Of Disney Freaky Friday A New Musical

World Premiere Studio Recording Of Disney Freaky Friday A New Musical

World Premiere Studio Recording Of Disney Freaky Friday A New Musical

The world premiere studio recording of Disney’s Freaky Friday, the new musical based on the beloved novel by Mary Rodgers and two hit Disney films, is released digitally by Walt Disney Records today, February 10, 2017. The album is available now wherever digital music is sold (http://disneymusic.co/FreakyFriday) and streamed (http://disneymusic.co/FreakyFridayW).

Physical CDs will be available beginning March 17 and can be pre-ordered here: http://disneymusic.co/FreakyFridayAMP.

Featuring a book by Bridget Carpenter (TV’s “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood”) and a score by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning team of Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey (lyrics), creators of the celebrated Broadway musicals Next to Normal and If/Then, Freaky Friday had its world premiere at the Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA in fall 2016. The production was directed by two-time Tony nominee (Rocky Horror Show and Memphis) and artistic director of the world-renowned La Jolla Playhouse Christopher Ashley and choreographed by Olivier Award winner and Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys; On Your Feet!).

Buzzfeed named the show one of the best musicals of 2016, raving, “Freaky Friday captures the best of great Disney musicals. The catchy, surprisingly deep score by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey is their best work since Next to Normal.” The Washington Post calls the show “a polished, peppy, modern fairy tale” with “up-to-the-minute pop cultural relevance,” and Variety hails its “timeless appeal” and “rousing, up-tempo score with stirring melodies.”

The two stars of the Signature Theatre production, Broadway performers Heidi Blickenstaff (Something Rotten!; [title of show]) and Emma Hunton (Next to Normal), reprise their “marvelously sung, resonantly comical” (The Washington Post) performances as mother and daughter Katherine and Ellie Blake on the studio recording. The studio cast also features Jason Gotay (Bring It On The Musical) as Adam, Alan H. Green (Sister Act, School of Rock) as Mike, Ann Harada (Avenue Q, 9 to 5, Cinderella) as Torrey, and Jake Heston Miller as Fletcher, with Shayna Blass, Tyler Bowman, Sherri Edelen, Katie Ladner, Jess LeProtto, Storm Lever, Thaddeus McCants, Tanisha Moore, Julian Ramos, Preston Sadleir, Bobby Smith, Jason Sweettooth Williams and Natasha Yvette Williams.

Music supervision for Disney’s Freaky Friday Studio Cast Recording is by Bryan Perri, orchestrations are by Tom Kitt and Michael Starobin, vocal arrangements are by Tom Kitt and Carmel Dean, and dance and incidental arrangements are by Tom Kitt.

The Freaky Friday Studio Cast Recording was recorded in Manhattan at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in December 2016.

When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again before mom’s big wedding. Freaky Friday, a new musical based on the beloved novel by Mary Rodgers and two hit Disney films, is a hilarious, contemporary update of an American classic in which a mother and daughter really see what it is to be a family and experience each other’s lives first-hand, if only for a day.

Set in the present day, Freaky Friday features a tuneful pop-rock score, fittingly for a work that has effortlessly updated throughout its several iterations.  The novel (1972), the first film starring Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster (1976), the second film starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan (2003) and this new stage musical are all set in their respective present day.

Freaky Friday was developed by Disney Theatrical Productions expressly for licensing via partner Musical Theatre International first to professional and then amateur theatres, with productions taking place at La Jolla Playhouse, Cleveland Play House and the Alley Theatre this year. It follows the trajectory of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which is now available to professional theatres worldwide following acclaimed engagements at La Jolla Playhouse and Paper Mill Playhouse. 

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #164 w/ Special Guest AARON WALLACE (Author of Hocus Pocus in Focus, The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom & Epcot) on DizRadio.com

Show #164 w/ Special Guest AARON WALLACE (Author of Hocus Pocus in Focus, The Thinking Fan's Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom, The Thinking Fan's Guide to Walt Disney World: Epcot)

Show #164 w/ Special Guest AARON WALLACE (Author of Hocus Pocus in Focus, The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom, The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World: Epcot)

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February 9, 2017 – Show #164

It’s Time D-Heads! This week we head into the Disney Parks, the Future and Films as AARON WALLACE (Author of Hocus Pocus in Focus, The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom, The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World: Epcot) stops in to the show! He talks Hocus Pocus, his favorite attractions, Disney’s legacy, his newest book exploring Epcot and more!

In addition no show is complete without the D-Team and you have questions and Erin has the answers in I Want to Know. Paige returns with the magic for your ears in the Magical Music Review and Jason goes deep into The Vault with another Blu-Ray or DVD you must add to your collection. Cody takes a stroll down this week’s Hollywood Walk with more on our special guest Aaron Wallace, and Caitlin is here with the latest from the Walt Disney World Resort in WDW-in-2. And let’s not forget Domenic as he brings you an all-new Disney’s Short Leash.

AARON WALLACE (Author of Hocus Pocus in Focus)

AARON WALLACE (Author of Hocus Pocus in Focus)

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HomeAway to give away a fairy tale-like castle stay in celebration of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”

This majestic 14th century Scottish castle will be a dream vacation destination for a lucky traveler and 20 of his or her guests.

This majestic 14th century Scottish castle will be a dream vacation destination for a lucky traveler and 20 of his or her guests.

With excitement building for the live-action adaptation of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast®” featuring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, HomeAway® is teaming up with Disney to celebrate the film by giving one lucky winner and 20 of his or her chosen guests an unprecedented #HomeAwayCastle stay experience in Scotland this summer.

With its contest that launches in several countries today, the world leader in vacation rentals is offering the chance to make someone’s dream of living a real-life fairy tale come true. The prize package includes a five-night stay in a majestic 14th century castle located in Duns, Scotland and all travel arrangements for the winner and up to 20 of his or her favorite people.

The group will have the entire castle and its 1,200 acres to themselves to enjoy as they wish and can partake in a variety of activities ranging from archery to falconry. Or, they may prefer to dance, sing, read books, or perhaps even talk to the furniture and hope it will talk back, just like in the much-anticipated film.

“Our mission at HomeAway is to help families and groups make unforgettable vacation memories and to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Steve Stamstad, HomeAway’s global brand vice president. “Whether staying in one of our hundreds of castles spread across the world, or even in a simple beach bungalow, we provide more than two million unique places to stay and help travelers get HomeAway from it all.”

Travelers from the US as well as France, Germany and the UK can enter the #HomeAwayCastle prize drawing by visiting HomeAway.com/Disney until the competition closes on March 31, 2017.

HomeAway is also giving away a trip for four to the world premiere of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” in Hollywood on March 2, 2017, including roundtrip airfare, spending money and a three-night stay in a luxury HomeAway villa in Los Angeles. Fans can enter at http://www.homeaway.com/lp/beautyandthebeast.

More information, including visual assets, can be found at http://www.homeaway.com/info/media-center.

Magic Kingdom Shines The Spotlight On Five Pro Bowl Football Stars Jan. 27 With A Celebration Parade Down Main Street, U.S.A.

Magic Kingdom Shines The Spotlight On Five Pro Bowl Football Stars Jan. 27 With A Celebration Parade Down Main Street, U.S.A.

Magic Kingdom Shines The Spotlight On Five Pro Bowl Football Stars Jan. 27 With A Celebration Parade Down Main Street, U.S.A.

Their gridiron accomplishments made them standouts worthy of selection for the 2017 NFL Pro Bowl. But even before Sunday’s classic game at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium, five NFL Pro Bowl stars – wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders of the Denver Broncos, tight ends Greg Olsen of the Carolina Panthers and Delanie Walker of the Tennessee Titans and linebacker Ryan Shazier of the Pittsburgh Steelers – will share in another spotlight: a celebration parade Friday, Jan. 27 down Main Street, U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort.

In the grand Disney style of celebrating achievement by sports stars and celebrities in other fields, Walt Disney World will strike up the music, shower down the confetti and treat the NFL stars to a special welcome only Disney can do. Park guests and football fans alike can take it all in, beginning with parade step-off at 2:30 p.m.

The five Pro Bowlers will be joined in the parade by Mickey Mouse and his pals, NFL cheerleaders, finalists for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award and kids and families from Make-a-Wish Central and Northern Florida and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).

The parade is one of several activities taking place during Pro Bowl Week which includes events at Disney Springs, Epcot and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which is the site of the NFL Pro Bowl Experience, an interactive family-friendly event taking place Wednesday through Saturday. Other events feature fan experiences, free admission to team practices, a 5K run, youth and high school football events and much more.

The 2017 Pro Bowl will be played Sunday night, airing live at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. It will feature a return to the traditional AFC vs. NFC format. Sunday’s game marks only the fourth time the Pro Bowl has been played in Florida – and its first-ever appearance in Orlando.

Walt Disney World Content Relations is also providing photos, b-roll and soundbites from the parade Friday evening on disneysportsnews.com.

Marvel Entertainment And Square Enix Team Up For Multi-Year, Multi-Game Creative Partnership

Marvel Entertainment And Square Enix Team Up For Multi-Year, Multi-Game Creative Partnership

Marvel Entertainment And Square Enix Team Up For Multi-Year, Multi-Game Creative Partnership

Marvel Entertainment and SQUARE ENIX® today announced a new multi-year, multi-game licensing agreement to develop and publish original games based on beloved Marvel Super Heroes, beginning with The Avengers. This newly established partnership pairs the creative minds at Marvel and Square Enix for one of the most powerful alliances in interactive entertainment. The first blockbuster game is being crafted by Crystal Dynamics®, developers of the award winning TOMB RAIDER® series, in collaboration with Eidos-Montréal, the home of the critically acclaimed and award-winning DEUS EX game series.

The Avengers project is being designed for gamers worldwide and will be packed with all the characters, environments, and iconic moments that have thrilled longtime fans of the franchise. Featuring a completely original story, it will introduce a universe gamers can play in for years to come. More details on The Avengers project and other games will be announced in 2018.

“By partnering with Crystal Dynamics and Eidos-Montréal, we are now working with two of the industry’s most talented and respected game development studios to bring Marvel stories to life in ways our fans have never experienced,” said Jay Ong, Senior Vice President, Games & Innovation, Marvel Entertainment. “The Avengers project is a perfect example of how Marvel is making games a key part of the landscape for Marvel storytelling, alongside comics, television and film. We can only do this by matching our greatest Super Heroes with the world’s top developers, such as the creative minds at Square Enix.”

“Marvel’s diverse, innovative universe has created millions of longtime fans, including all of us,” said Phil Rogers, CEO, Square Enix Americas and Europe. “It’s exciting to bring together Square Enix’s award-winning development studios with Marvel’s extraordinary storytellers to establish a new entertainment powerhouse. This collaboration of passion and talent will craft epic, imaginative experiences allowing gamers to live out their Super Hero dreams like never before.”

Crystal Dynamics is the studio behind the critically acclaimed and world-famous TOMB RAIDER franchise, which has sold over 48 million copies worldwide. With over 30 video game titles released and hundreds of awards, the heroine Lara Croft has been a cultural icon for 20 years and has made an indelible mark on virtually every facet of entertainment. The most recent release, Rise of the Tomb Raider®, has received over 100 awards and nominations and is one of the highest rated games on next generation systems.

Eidos-Montréal is the award-winning studio behind the relaunch of the DEUS EX series. In 2011, the studio made its mark with the critically acclaimed Deus Ex: Human Revolution®. Its sequel, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided™, was released in 2016 and received more than 100 awards and nominations.

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #162 w/ Special Guest NIKKI DELOACH (The All New Mickey Mouse Club, MTV’s Awkward, Hallmark Channel Christmas Movies and more!) on DizRadio.com

Disney on Demand Podcast Show #162 w/ Special Guest NIKKI DELOACH (The All New Mickey Mouse Club, MTV's Awkward, Hallmark Channel Christmas Movies and more!)

Disney on Demand Podcast Show #162 w/ Special Guest NIKKI DELOACH (The All New Mickey Mouse Club, MTV’s Awkward, Hallmark Channel Christmas Movies and more!)

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January 25, 2017 – Show #162

It’s Time D-Heads! This week we go back to the days of the All-New Mickey Mouse Club, Hallmark Movies, Awkward and more as we welcome NIKKI DELOACH (The All-New Mickey Mouse Club, MTVs Awkward, Hallmark Christmas Movies, Actress and more) to the show! Nikki stops in and talks about her days on the Disney Channel Show the All-New Mickey Mouse Club, Holidays at her home, being part of MTVs Awkward and where we can see her coming up this year!

In addition no show is complete without the D-Team and you have questions and Erin has the answers in I Want to Know. Paige returns with the magic for your ears in the Magical Music Review and Cody strolls down the Hollywood Walk with more on our special guest Nikki DeLoach. And we debut an all new D-Team member with Domenic as he brings you Disney’s Short Leash.

There is news fresh off the D-Wire with news on Girl Meets World, Star Wars, Disney Junior, Mickey Mouse Roadster Racers, The Sunny Bunnies, Disney Channel, Beauty and the Beast, Park Merchandise, Vintage VHS Tapes and so much more!

NIKKI DELOACH (The All New Mickey Mouse Club, MTV's Awkward, Hallmark Channel Christmas Movies)

NIKKI DELOACH (The All New Mickey Mouse Club, MTV’s Awkward, Hallmark Channel Christmas Movies)

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Fine Art Photographer Gray Malin Debuts “The Red Carpet Series” with Minnie Mouse as Muse for #RockTheDots

Fine Art Photographer Gray Malin Debuts “The Red Carpet Series” with Minnie Mouse as Muse for #RockTheDots

Fine Art Photographer Gray Malin Debuts “The Red Carpet Series” with Minnie Mouse as Muse for #RockTheDots

Fine art photographer Gray Malin has released a new series inspired by the ultimate global style icon, Minnie Mouse, set within Hollywood’s iconic landscape – the red carpet. The series is a limited run release along with a piece of video art, a first-ever production for Malin. The release coincides with #RockTheDots an annual celebration of fashion muse Minnie Mouse and her signature polka dot style tied to National Polka Dot Day on January 22nd – and fittingly falls in the midst of Hollywood’s Award Season.

Malin released the new video art and ‘Leading Lady’ image celebrating Minnie Mouse via his Instagram account ahead of an event in Hollywood to unveil the full series: https://www.instagram.com/p/BPXe9xbF7ej/

Since her first on-screen appearance in “Steamboat Willie,” Minnie Mouse has made an undeniable impact on the entertainment and fashion industries. With Minnie serving as the muse, Malin, known for his unique aerial compositions, took inspiration from her Hollywood and fashion history to stage a photograph embracing these core tenets through a classically styled black tie affair atop a spectacular red carpet. Malin utilized white parasols to illustrate Minnie’s trademark polka dotted dress and give a nod to Hollywood glamour.

“Minnie Mouse has helped make polka dots famous all over the world, and I am continually inspired by her impact on fashion and pop culture,” said photographer Gray Malin. “Her red with white polka dot dress and the classic red carpet have always been symbolic of Hollywood to me. I consider Minnie one of Hollywood’s most iconic leading ladies, so the red carpet seemed like a fitting setting for a collection that celebrates her timeless style.”

The video piece showcases the movement that comprises the key stills of the series. Malin used his artistic eye to create a glamorous visual that highlights Minnie’s fun-loving personality and the glitz of Tinseltown from a whole new perspective.

Working with choreographer Mary John Frank, the carpet comes to life in a dance number driven by the opening and closing of the parasols, infusing movement into Minnie’s iconic polka dots. Sixty dancers glide across the red carpet, showcasing the hustle and bustle of awards season to the tune of original music, with the final frame including a star turn by entertainment’s leading lady herself – Minnie Mouse.

“Minnie Mouse has been captivating audiences, and inspiring artists and designers for decades,” said Josh Silverman, Executive Vice President, Global Licensing at Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. “Gray Malin’s incredible ‘Red Carpet’ series, with Minnie as muse, is the perfect marriage of fashion, art and entertainment.”

Prints are available for purchase on the Gray Malin website: www.graymalin.com

Rock the Dots on National Polka Dot Day (January 22)

Disney Ranked Most Intimate Brand among Millennials, According to MBLM’s Brand Intimacy 2017 Report

Disney Ranked Most Intimate Brand among Millennials, According to MBLM's Brand Intimacy 2017 Report

Disney Ranked Most Intimate Brand among Millennials, According to MBLM’s Brand Intimacy 2017 Report

Disney ranked the most intimate brand among millennials, according to MBLM’s Brand Intimacy 2017 Report, which is the largest study of brands based on emotions. Brand intimacy is defined as a new paradigm that leverages and strengthens the emotional bonds between a person and a brand.

“Disney resonates with this age group because they grew up with the brand. It has kept up with their changing interests and now includes popular franchises like Star Wars and Marvel. Disney is also a mainstay for young families,” stated Mario Natarelli, MBLM’s managing partner. “Interestingly, five out of the top 10 brands for millennials are in the media & entertainment industry, which we believe reflects the prevailing mood of escapism and the need for respite.”

Following Disney, Amazon and Netflix ranked as the second and third most intimate brands for millennials. Comparatively, in MBLM’s 2015 report, Amazon placed first, followed by Apple and PlayStation.

The other brands that round out the top 10 are: Apple, Nintendo, Target, Chevrolet, Xbox, Google and YouTube.

The Brand Intimacy 2017 Report analyzes the responses of 6,000 consumers and 54,000 brand evaluations in the U.S., Mexico and UAE. The full report will be released on January 18, 2017.

Star Wars Day at Sea Returns to Disney Cruise Line in Early 2018 on Select Disney Fantasy Sailings

Star Wars Day at Sea Returns to Disney Cruise Line in Early 2018 on Select Disney Fantasy Sailings

Star Wars Day at Sea Returns to Disney Cruise Line in Early 2018 on Select Disney Fantasy Sailings

In 2018, the epic day at sea returns to Disney Cruise Line with 15 special Disney Fantasy sailings to the Caribbean from January through April. Star Wars Day at Sea transports guests to a galaxy far, far away to celebrate the legendary adventures and iconic characters from the Star Wars saga with Jedi, Wookiees, droids, Stormtroopers and others during the special day-long celebration.

Star Wars Day at Sea summons the power of the Force, the magic of Disney and the excitement of cruising for an out-of-this-galaxy experience unlike any other.

“The Force is stronger than ever onboard the Disney Fantasy, and we are excited to bring back Star Wars Day at Sea in 2018,” said Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line. “The popularity of the event over the past two years inspired us to continue immersing our guests in the Star Wars galaxy. Everyone, from the youngest Padawan to the most knowledgeable Jedi Master, is invited to enjoy this event of galactic proportions and make memories that will last a lifetime.”

The event features a full day of Star Wars celebrations including a deck party spectacular with an extraordinary fireworks display, encounters with the galaxy’s most formidable and heroic characters, Star Wars-themed family and youth activities, unique food and beverage offerings and special merchandise.

Throughout the day, guests enjoy immersive entertainment and activities that are all a part of the galactic adventure…

Discover the Force

  • Characters from across the Star Wars galaxy are onboard for interactions and photos.
  • Guests are encouraged to bring costumes for a special gathering in the atrium lobby.
  • Guests indulge in the Star Wars films and television series, including all the films in the Star Wars saga, Star Wars Rebels and the latest installment in the new standalone series “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”
  • Specialty Star Wars-themed beverages, snacks, dinner menu items and desserts please the palates of everyone from Padawans to Rebel pilots to Tusken Raiders.

Learn the Ways of the Jedi

  • In “Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple,” Force-sensitive children learn the ways of the Jedi and use their new-found skills in a final face-off with Darth Vader and the Seventh Sister.
  • Star Wars-themed arts and crafts, games and activities are offered throughout the day in all youth spaces for younglings to explore their powers.
  • Kids and families test their knowledge during Star Wars trivia games.

“Summon the Force”

  • The epic day at sea concludes with the “Summon the Force” deck celebration where guests unleash the Force during games, music and a galactic dance party.
  • The grand finale features legendary Star Wars characters, pyrotechnics, stunts, special effects and a stunning fireworks display accompanied by John Williams’ iconic music.

Star Wars Day at Sea will be on 15 Disney Fantasy seven-night Caribbean cruises sailing from Port Canaveral, Fla.

Departing Jan. 6, 20; Feb. 3, 17; March 3, 17, 31; and April 14, 2018, the western Caribbean itinerary includes Cozumel, Mexico; Falmouth, Jamaica; Grand Cayman, and Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.

Departing Jan. 13, 27; Feb. 10, 24; March 10, 24; and April 7, 2018, the eastern Caribbean itinerary includes Tortola, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit http://www.disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact their travel agent.

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DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #170 w/ Special Guest KATIE LEIGH (Gummi Bears, Dumbo’s Circus, Muppet Babies, Dungeons and Dragons, Darkwing Duck, Adventures in Odyssey and more!) on DizRadio.com

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Britney Spears and Academy Award-Winning Actress, Reese Witherspoon Celebrate Newly Opened Planet Hollywood at Disney Springs

March 20, 2017

Planet Hollywood, America’s preeminent restaurant destination dedicated to celebrating the entertainment industry, opened its Orlando flagship location, Planet Hollywood at Disney Springs and held a week-long celebration with International Mega Star, Britney Spears and Academy Award-Winning Actress, Reese Witherspoon. On Monday, March 13, 2017, pop-sensation Britney Spears kicked off the Planet Hollywood at Disney Springs […]

The House of Worth Presents Belle by Worth, a New Fragrance Inspired by ‘Beauty and the Beast’

March 18, 2017

The House of Worth, a prestige global fragrance designer, announces the exclusive arrival of Belle, a new limited-edition women’s scent inspired by the central character in Walt Disney’s new live action adaptation of the classic tale “Beauty and the Beast”, now premiering worldwide.  With the aim of raising awareness of conscious beauty and literary empowerment in the 21st […]

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