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DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #141 w/ Special Guest EMMA RIDLEY (Ozma in Disney’s Return to Oz, Goddess Dance) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu's Disney on Demand Podcast Show #141 w/ Special Guest EMMA RIDLEY (Ozma in Disney's Return to Oz, Goddess Dance) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #141 w/ Special Guest EMMA RIDLEY (Ozma in Disney’s Return to Oz, Goddess Dance) on DizRadio.com

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March 17, 2016 – Show #141

It’s Time D-Heads! This week we celebrate all things green for St. Patrick’s Day as we head out and Return to Oz with Special Guest EMMA RIDLEY (Ozma in Disney’s Return to Oz, Goddess Dance and more). Emma stops in and discusses playing Ozma in this classic Disney Live Action film that continues the adventures of Dorothy in the land of Oz. She talks about the role, fun on the set, her most memorable moment she will never forget, the dresses, passing it on to her children and more. She also brings us to date with her current venture, dance and so much more.

In addition we have the D-Team back as Jason goes deep into the archives and gives you a Blu-Ray and DVD that you must add to your collection in The Vault. Paige is coming to us live from the Walt Disney World Resort in the Magical Music Review. You have the questions and Erin has the answers in I Want To Know and Caitlin is here with the latest from the Walt Disney World Resort in WDW-In-2. Cody stops by and takes a stroll in this week’s Hollywood Walk and Nathan looks back at the books this week in This Week in Disney History. And let’s not forget Randy giving you the latest in Disney Multi-Media!

Special Guest EMMA RIDLEY (Ozma in Disney's Return to Oz)

Special Guest EMMA RIDLEY (Ozma in Disney’s Return to Oz)

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DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #140 w/ Special Guest LANA PARRILLA (The Evil Queen / Regina on Once Upon a Time) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu's Disney on Demand Podcast Show #140 w/ Special Guest LANA PARRILLA (The Evil Queen / Regina on Once Upon a Time, Boomtown, Swingtown, 24, Spin City) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #140 w/ Special Guest LANA PARRILLA (The Evil Queen / Regina on Once Upon a Time, Boomtown, Swingtown, 24, Spin City) on DizRadio.com

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March 10, 2016 – Show #140

It’s Time D-Heads! This week we head to the Underworld with none other than LANA PARRILLA (The Evil Queen / Regina on Once Upon a Time, Boomtown, Swingtown, 24, Spin City, Miami Medical). Lana stops in and talks about being the Evil Queen on the hit ABC Television Series Once Upon a Time, the big kick off to the back half of this season, the fans, her wardrobe, and heading down into the Underworld.

In addition we have the D-Team back as Jason goes deep into the archives and gives you a Blu-Ray and DVD that you must add to your collection in The Vault. Paige is coming to us live from the Walt Disney World Resort in the Magical Music Review. You have the questions and Erin has the answers in I Want To Know and Caitlin is here with the latest from the Walt Disney World Resort in WDW-In-2. Cody stops by and takes a stroll in this week’s Hollywood Walk and Nathan looks back at the books this week in This Week in Disney History. And let’s not forget Randy giving you the latest in Disney Multi-Media!

Lana Parrilla (The Evil Queen / Regina on Once Upon a Time)

Lana Parrilla (The Evil Queen / Regina on Once Upon a Time)

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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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DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #138 w/ Special Guest JOSHUA RUSH (Bunga in Disney’s The Lion Guard, The Adventures of Puss & Boots, Emelie and more) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu's disney on Demand Podcast Show #138 w/ Special Guest JOSHUA RUSH (Bunga in Disney's The Lion Guard, The Adventures of Puss & Boots, Emile and more) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #138 w/ Special Guest JOSHUA RUSH (Bunga in Disney’s The Lion Guard, The Adventures of Puss & Boots, Emelie and more) on DizRadio.com

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February 25, 2016 – Show #138

It’s Time D-Heads! This week we head off into the Circle of Life as we welcome JOSHUA RUSH (Bunga in Disney’s The Lion Guard, The Adventures of Puss and Boots, Heroes, Emelie and more) to the show! Joshua stops in and discusses everyone’s favorite Honey Badger Bunga from The Lion Guard, how he became an actor, favorite foods, animals, technology and even his friends hearing his voice on the television.

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 coming to us live from the Walt Disney World Resort in the Magical Music Review. Caitlin is back with the latest from the Walt Disney World Resort in WDW-In-2 and  Nathan looks back at the books this week in This Week in Disney History and Cody stops in with the Hollywood Walk. And Randy is here giving you the latest from Disney Multi-Media!

There is news hot off the D-Wire with news about The Good Dinosaur, The Lion Guard, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Bunk’d, Magic Kingdom, Disneyland, Mark Twain Riverboat, Tsum Tsum, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Star Wars, Fireworks, Parades, Animal Kingdom, The Force Awakens, Marvel, Toys, Clothing 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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Star Wars Takes to the Skies This Summer in New Blockbuster Nighttime Spectacular at Walt Disney World Resort

Star Wars Takes to the Skies This Summer in New Blockbuster Nighttime Spectacular at Walt Disney World Resort

Star Wars Takes to the Skies This Summer in New Blockbuster Nighttime Spectacular at Walt Disney World Resort

Following the extraordinary popularity of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Walt Disney World Resort is unveiling even more Star Wars-themed entertainment at Disney’s Hollywood Studios starting this spring – including one of the most elaborate fireworks and projection shows in the park’s history.

Just in time for spring, that “galaxy far, far away” will be closer than ever with the April 4th arrival of the new Star Wars live entertainment experience Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away and a menacing First Order stormtrooper procession at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And to kick off summer, the park is launching a new nightly fireworks and projection show called Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular that will eclipse anything of its kind in the park’s history.

These new Star Wars entertainment elements, coupled with other recently-added Star Wars experiences, make Disney’s Hollywood Studios the place for fans to celebrate their Star Wars passion.

Here are details on these latest entertainment features coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios this spring and summer:

APRIL 4:

  • Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away: This new live, stage show celebrates iconic moments from the Star Wars saga with live vignettes featuring popular Star Wars characters, such as Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, Darth Vader and Darth Maul. The show will take place multiple times each day at the Center Stage area near The Great Movie Ride.
  • Stormtroopers march: At various times each day, the menacing Captain Phasma will lead a squad of First Order stormtroopers as they march in formation from Star Wars Launch Bay to the Center Stage area in an intimidating demonstration of the First Order’s indomitable strength.

SUMMER: 

  • Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular: As the next generation of the current Star Wars-inspired fireworks show, this blockbuster nightly show, unprecedented in Disney’s Hollywood Studios history, will light up the sky with Star Wars-themed fireworks, lasers, light projections and other special effects combined with Star Wars-themed music and iconic characters and scenes from throughout the saga.

Through these state-of-the-art special effects that project onto the nearby Chinese Theatre and other surrounding buildings, guests will gaze at the twin suns of Tatooine, push through a field of battle droids, navigate through an asteroid field, soar down the trench of the Death Star and deliver the final blow to destroy Starkiller Base. The show, which will unfold through a series of acts, will be punctuated by a tower of fire as well as powerful spotlight beams that create lightsabers in the sky.

These latest Star Wars experiences join other new Star Wars elements recently launched at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, such as Star Wars Launch Bay. Since its debut in December, Star Wars Launch Bay has become a popular and central location where guests immerse themselves in the Star Wars saga through themed galleries, large-scale artifacts and Star Wars character encounters, including recently-added Kylo Ren, the menacing character from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Other recent additions that have attracted legions of fans since their December debut include:

  • Star Wars: Path of the Jedi, a cinematic reel celebrating the Star Wars saga.
  • The enhanced Star Tours – The Adventures Continue that includes new characters and a new journey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • The reimagined Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, featuring new characters, including the Seventh Sister from the Disney XD series Star Wars Rebels.
  • The “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular,” a nightly fireworks show set to Star Wars-themed music that will be reimagined as Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular this summer.
  • First Order stormtrooper patrols.
  • Star Wars-inspired food and beverage offerings.

With these new entertainment elements, Walt Disney World Resort guests can enjoy even more extensions of the record-setting movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens and further immerse themselves into the Star Wars galaxy like never before. Each entertainment element offers guests a uniquely immersive Star Wars experience, all adding to an unforgettable day and night at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

And more Star Wars experiences are on the way with the upcoming Star Wars-themed lands planned for Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort in California.

For more information about Walt Disney World Resort, visit www.wdwnews.com or visit www.DisneyParksBlog.com. Join the conversation online using #StarWars.

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #136 w/ Special Guest BEVERLEY ELLIOTT (Granny on Once Upon a Time, Who’s Harry Crumb, Unforgiven, Harper’s Island) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu's Disney on Demand Podcast Show #136 w/ Special Guest BEVERLY ELLIOTT (Granny on Once Upon a Time, Who's Harry Crumb, Unforgiven, Harper's Island) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #136 w/ Special Guest BEVERLY ELLIOTT (Granny on Once Upon a Time, Who’s Harry Crumb, Unforgiven, Harper’s Island) on DizRadio.com

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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 BEVERLEY 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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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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DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #133 w/ Special Guest JONATHAN FREEMAN (Voice of Jafar, Aladdin Franchise, Aladdin on Broadway, Disney Broadway Productions, Mary Poppins on Broadway, Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, Life Animated) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu's Disney on Demand Podcast Show #133 w/ Special Guest JONATHAN FREEMAN (Voice of Jafar, Aladdin Franchise, Aladdin on Broadway, Disney Broadway Productions, Mary Poppins on Broadway, Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, Life Animated) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #133 w/ Special Guest JONATHAN FREEMAN (Voice of Jafar, Aladdin Franchise, Aladdin on Broadway, Disney Broadway Productions, Mary Poppins on Broadway, Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, Life Animated) on DizRadio.com

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January 21, 2016 – Show #133

It’s Time D-Heads! This week we make a wish from the Genie in the lamp as we welcome non other that JONATHAN FREEMAN (Voice of Jafar, Aladdin Franchise, Aladdin on Broadway, Disney Broadway Productions, Mary Poppins on Broadway, Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, Life Animated) to the show! Jonathan stops in and talks about his career, being one of the most iconic Disney Villains, bringing Jafar to life on Stage in Aladdin on Broadway, his legacy, Life Animated, his favorite Villains, The New Amsterdam Theater 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 Paige sets sail into the musical realm with the Magical Music Review. And our Newest D-Team Cody stops in with the Hollywood Walk. And let’s not forget Randy giving us the latest from Disney Multi-Media.

There is news hot off the D-Wire with news about Hollywood Studios, the next installment of Star Wars, Animal Kingdom, Disney Channel, Walt Disney Records, Disneyland, Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s chest, the Magic Kingdom, DVDs, Blu-Rays, The Muppets 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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From Springs to Falls to Frozen, Orlando Awash With ‘A Sweet 16’ of New Openings in 2016

Epcot guests will be able to visit the kingdom of Arendelle when the highly anticipated attraction "Frozen Ever After" opens in the Norway Pavilion.

Epcot guests will be able to visit the kingdom of Arendelle when the highly anticipated attraction “Frozen Ever After” opens in the Norway Pavilion.

From popular film franchises Frozen and King Kong to Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster, the theme park capital of the world is a destination where unique experiences mix with activities specifically for kids and families.

While Orlando has long been known as home to seven of the top theme parks in the world, Disney, Universal and SeaWorld constantly evolve each year with one-of-a-kind attractions, resorts and retail, dining and entertainment complexes.

With vehicles diving into movie magic and immersive themed environments, Orlando’s newest openings set the stage for another year of millions of unforgettable guest experiences that can only be found in Orlando.

New in 2016

  • Walt Disney World Resort will complete a multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs. Featuring an eclectic and contemporary mix from Disney and other noteworthy brands, this new expansion will double the number of shops, restaurants and other venues for guests to explore, to more than 150 establishments. The new area will include already announced restaurants:
    • The Edison, similar to its sister location in Los Angeles, is the third new venue announced to open at Disney Springs. With a theme that centers around a 1920s-period electric company with live entertainment, classic American food and craft cocktails, the industrial gothic space will have 35-foot ceilings and a number of themed areas.
    • Frontera Fresca also opens at Disney Springs, the creation of celebrity Chef Rick Bayless, a six-time James Beard Foundation award winner. Known for his authentic Mexican cuisine, Bayless’ menu includes specialties such as hand-crafted tortas, tacos, salads, fresh-made guacamole and classic Mexican braised meat entrees, all crafted with his time-honored recipes.
    • Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine is celebrity Chef Art Smith’s new restaurant opening in summer at Disney Springs. The James Beard Foundation award winner was born and reared in the town of Jasper, Fla., and after 25 years of preparing award-winning meals for celebrities and heads of state and appearing on television, he is making Florida his home once again. The rustic-chic restaurant will feature Southern classics and whimsical cocktails, punches and coolers.
    • STK planned to open in early in the year, an upscale steakhouse that blends two concepts into one—the modern steakhouse and a chic lounge. Features include a live DJ, high-energy atmosphere and a sleek environment designed to encourage guests to interact and mingle.
  • Universal Orlando Resort announced a new groundbreaking attraction opening in summer at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. “Skull Island: Reign of Kong” will honor one of the most monumental figures in movie history, King Kong. Guests will board large vehicles and explore ancient temple structures while encountering hostile natives and fending off unspeakable terrors.
  • SeaWorld Orlando announced plans for Mako, a brand new 200-foot-tall coaster opening in summer. Named for one of the ocean’s fastest known sharks, it will be Orlando’s tallest, fastest, and longest roller coaster, reaching speeds of 73 mph as it races along 4,760 feet of steel track. SeaWorld’s new hypercoaster will be the centerpiece of the newly themed two-acre plaza. The surrounding realm will be fully shark themed, providing guests with the opportunity to learn about the impact humans have on sharks and why these animals are critical to the environment.
  • Universal Orlando Resort and Loews Hotels & Resorts have announced plans to build the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. It will be the fifth onsite hotel at Universal Orlando Resort, featuring 1,000 rooms and suites with a casual Caribbean theme, built around a lagoon and towering waterfall. The resort is expected to open in the summer.
  • Epcot guests will be able to visit the kingdom of Arendelle when the highly anticipated attraction “Frozen Ever After” opens in the Norway Pavilion. The family adventure welcoming guests to the magical world of “Frozen” will feature the popular story of the royal sisters, hit songs and new technology for an icy trek that is sure to warm hearts. Once onboard their boat, guests will visit Arendelle for the Winter in Summer Celebration.
  • On Soarin’ Around the World guests on board the popular Soarin’ attraction will journey to far-flung lands and fly above some of the world’s most unique natural landscapes and man-made wonders when the new Soarin’ Around the World makes its debut at Epcot.
  • Sunset Kilimanjaro Safaris, the popular Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park will be extended for a new nighttime adventure. Guests will travel through the African savanna amid the magically extended orange glow of the setting sun and discover two species new to the attraction: African wild dogs and hyenas.
  • “Rivers of Light” is an innovative experience unlike anything ever seen in a Disney park, combining live performances, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery. “Rivers of Light” will magically come to life on the natural stage of Discovery River, delighting guests and truly capping off a full day of adventures at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.
  • “The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure” is premiering at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort on Jan. 29. The new 4D animated film will feature the popular characters from The LEGO® Movie™ and use elements such as wind, water, smoke and special lighting effects. The larger-than-life experience will bring the film’s main characters, Emmet and Wyldstyle, back together with their friends for another awesome adventure.
  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex announced the addition of a new attraction, Heroes and Legends. Heroes and Legends will feature the U.S Astronaut Hall of Fame and showcase the heroism of America’s early space pioneers by inviting guests to vicariously experience the thrills and dangers of America’s earliest missions through high-tech elements and special effects, including simulated holograms and augmented reality.
  • DoveCote in downtown Orlando is the next project for James Beard nominated chefs, James and Julie Petrakis, who also own Winter Park’s Ravenous Pig, Cask & Larder and Swine & Sons, set to open in spring. A twist on the Classic French brasserie, Chef Clayton Miller, a past winner of a “Best New Chef” award from Food & Wine magazine, who also worked under Thomas Keller at French Laundry, will oversee the kitchen.
  • Cask & Larder at Orlando International Airport. Another expansion for the Petrakises, the airport outpost for the popular Winter Park restaurant that was named one of Esquire magazine’s Best New Restaurants in America in 2014, will open in the summer. The first restaurant at the airport to specialize in seasonally driven cuisine and locally sourced ingredients.For more on happenings in Orlando check out:  media.visitorlando.com

The 32nd Annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Promises to be the Most ‘Unforgettable’ Special Yet! Tune in for the Magic December 25 on ABC

The 32nd Annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Promises to be the Most 'Unforgettable' Special Yet! Tune in for the Magic December 25 on ABC

The 32nd Annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Promises to be the Most ‘Unforgettable’ Special Yet! Tune in for the Magic December 25 on ABC

This Christmas, Disney Parks celebrates not only the joy of the holiday season, but the unforgettable family moments it has helped guests create over the past sixty years. “Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration,” airs Friday, December 25, 2015 (10:00 am.-12:00 p.m ET; airtimes vary; check local listings) on the ABC Television Network.

Now in its 32nd year, the unforgettable Christmas special welcomes back Robin Roberts of ABC’s “Good Morning America” (GMA) as lead host. Reporting from the Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Fla., Roberts is accompanied by Jesse Palmer, who joins the event for the first time as a correspondent. New to the GMA team as a special contributor, Palmer shares key parade updates in the midst of the action on Main Street, U.S.A. Janel Parrish, star of the ABC Family hit show “Pretty Little Liars” – which will debut under the new network name, Freeform for its winter premiere on January 12, 2016 – serves as music correspondent alongside Stitch from the Cinderella Castle.

The holidays have long been cherished for their ability to bring family and friends together from near and far to create heartfelt memories to last a lifetime. In the spirit of “Unforgettable Happens Here,” throughout the celebration Disney Parks will tell the inspiring real-life stories of three families whose personal connection to Disney Parks will make their Christmas dreams come true. It all culminates with an unforgettable Christmas Day surprise that is sure to warm the hearts of television audiences across the country, providing the perfect toast to the most festive time of the year.

For a dose of nostalgia, viewers are also treated to magical memories from the Disney Christmas shows of yesteryear, along with beloved Disney Park moments shared by actors and actresses from both classic and current Disney films.

Bringing together the biggest names in music and entertainment, music industry legend, David Foster, joins today’s top artists to sing their interpretations of Disney classics from the “We Love Disney” album, along with a mix of Christmas favorites. The star-studded lineup includes the following:
*performance lineup subject to change

  • Jason Derulo shakes up this year’s parade with his rendition of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” – available on the “We Love Disney” album
  • International superstar, Ariana Grande pays tribute to the Greek demi-god, Hercules with the Disney favorite “Zero to Hero,” also available on the “We Love Disney” album, along with her latest single, “Focus”
  • GRAMMY® winning artist, Seal dazzles parade spectators with his interpretation of “This Christmas” and new hit, “Every Time I’m With You”
  • Country music legend, Reba McEntire sings her original song, “Going Out Like That” and the popular Christmas tune, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”
  • Breakout musical artist, Andy Grammer delights the crowd with medley of “Honey I’m Good” and his new single “Good to be Alive,” along with the iconic Christmas song, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
  • Rising pop star, Charlie Puth adds Christmas cheer with “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and his own single, “One Call Away”
  • “Should’ve Been Us” singer, Tori Kelly spreads Disney magic with the beloved classic “Colors of the Wind” from “Pocahontas” – available on the “We Love Disney” album – and the holiday favorite, “Winter Wonderland”
  • Soulful singer, Charles Perry jazzes up the festivities with a “World of My Own/Ev’rybody Wants to be a Cat” medley and his own spin on the famous Christmas duet, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
  • The cast of the Disney Channel Original Movie, “Descendants,” Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart, and Sofia Carson, pay tribute to Disney’s most infamous villains with “Rotten to the Core”

Featuring floats and characters from movie favorites including “Toy Story,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Inside Out,” and the wildly-popular “Frozen,” along with the all-new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and upcoming “Finding Dory” movie, slated for release next summer, this year’s Disney Christmas Parade is expected to be the most spectacular of all. Viewers can also look forward to watching other Disney parade stars take the spotlight, such as beloved Disney princesses, characters from Disney Junior, a special performance from the stars of the Disney Channel Original Movie, “Descendants,” and of course, the iconic Disney Toy Soldiers and Santa Claus!

The 32nd annual Christmas celebration airs nationwide on December 25 at 10 a.m. EST and 9 a.m. CST, MST and PST on ABC-TV. The show will also air in Canada on CBC Network and across the globe on the American Forces Network.

For more information, visit disney.com/disneyparkschristmas to learn about the special telecast, including local broadcast times and a full list of parade talent. Guests can also join in fun online by using the hashtag #DisneyParade.

The Force Awakens at Disney Parks with New and Enhanced Star Wars Experiences at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort

The Force Awakens at Disney Parks with New and Enhanced Star Wars Experiences at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort

The Force Awakens at Disney Parks with New and Enhanced Star Wars Experiences at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort

The Force awakens at Disney Parks with the addition of new and reimagined Star Wars experiences debuting in both California and Florida just in time for the Dec. 18 release of the new movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Celebrating all things Star Wars, the exciting experiences at Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will entertain fans of the movie saga and guests who are looking forward to future Star Wars-themed lands.

New experiences debuting on both coasts include:

Star Wars Launch Bay

Location: Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park in California now open; Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida now open.

Star Wars Launch Bay is the central location within the parks for fans to celebrate all things Star Wars. In this multi-sensory space, guests will interact with iconic Star Wars characters, tour galleries featuring treasured memorabilia and detailed replicas of Star Wars props, play the latest Star Wars interactive video games and have access to special Star Wars merchandise.

  • Special Character Encounters: After entering a themed atrium complete with authentic replicas of Star Wars props, guests journey to the dark side and come face to face with Darth Vader in a 360-degree immersive area themed around the Star Destroyer, or they may choose the light side by stepping into a makeshift Rebel base to meet the most famous co-pilot in the galaxy, Chewbacca.
  • Launch Bay Theater – Guests hear directly from the creative minds behind the Star Wars saga in a short video that includes exclusive interviews with the directors, writers, producers, key movie crew members and Imagineers who bring the saga to life.
  • The Cantina – This setting, inspired by the unsavory “hives of scum and villainy” in the Star Wars galaxy, is a fun place to explore and take photos near elements of the cantina, such as a holochess game table.
  • Star Wars Game Center – Guests will play current and upcoming video games, including new Disney Infinity 3.0 content created exclusively for this location.
  • Themed Galleries – Special immersive galleries featuring authentic replicas of movie props, starships and more are located throughout Star Wars Launch Bay.
  • Launch Bay Cargo – Guests may bring home a variety of Star Wars merchandise, including original artwork and collector’s items.

Star Wars: Path of The Jedi 

Location: Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park in California now open; Echo Lake at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida now open.

Guests looking to relive – or discover – the stories from the Star Wars saga, or be introduced to the iconic characters, including ones from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will watch an abridged, cinematic reel celebrating the Star Wars saga (episodes I-VII) in a theater setting. The movie connects iconic scenes from the movies in fun new ways, following the journey of Luke Skywalker.

Meet Chewie at the Disney Parks

Meet Chewie at the Disney Parks

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

Location: Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park in California now open; Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida now open.

Fans of this popular attraction will experience journeys involving new characters and adventures from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Based on the Star Wars movies, Star Tours takes guests to multiple Star Wars destinations where they interact with characters from throughout the saga. And it is all in Dolby 3D. With an eye-popping digital presentation leveraging Dolby 3D to deliver a vivid and realistic experience, a dramatic musical score and motion simulator-based technology, guests are immersed in the Star Wars galaxy like never before on a theme park attraction.

Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple

Location: Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park in California beginning Dec. 8; Echo Lake at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida now open.

This popular entertainment offering is being reimagined with new characters and a new villain to battle from Star Wars Rebels, the popular Disney XD series. Younglings will be magically transported to a secret and ancient Jedi temple where they will face villains such as Darth Vader and the Seventh Sister Inquisitor from Star Wars Rebels, and discover if they have the makings of a true Jedi.

Stormtrooper Patrols

Location: Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park in California; Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.

As guests enjoy the sights and attractions, they may come face-to-face with First Order stormtroopers who patrol the area near Star Wars Launch Bay and Star Tours – The Adventures Continue.

Hyperspace Mountain at Disneyland Resort

Location: Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park in California now open.

The classic Space Mountain attraction is reimagined as Hyperspace Mountain, thrusting guests into the darkness for an action-packed battle between Rebel X-wings and Imperial TIE fighters.

More Galactic Adventures

Adding to the fun, guests at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort will enjoy tasty food and beverages inspired by a galaxy far, far away. More unique Star Wars experiences will make their galactic debuts:

“Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular” at Walt Disney World Resort

Location: Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida beginning nightly Dec. 18.

Guests will be treated to a spectacular finish to their park visit with a dazzling Star Wars-themed fireworks show set to memorable Star Wars music from throughout the saga.

The new experiences further expand the Star Wars presence ahead of the new Star Wars-themed lands coming to the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Groundbreaking in California and Florida is expected in 2016.

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

For more information about the Walt Disney World Resort, visit www.Disneyworld.com or visit www.DisneyParksBlog.com

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