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[12 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]
J.J. Abrams Tapped to Write and Direct ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

J.J. Abrams, the writer and director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been tapped to finish the latest trilogy, writing and directing Star Wars: Episode IX.
Last week it was announced that Lucasfilm and then-Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow had parted ways.
Trevorrow’s departure was the second high profile departure from a Star Wars film this summer. Earlier this summer Ron Howard took over the stand-alone Han Solo film from Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
Lucasfilm said of Trevorrow’s departure that “we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for …

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[7 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]
Fourth and Final Season of ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Premieres October 16 on Disney XD

The fourth and final season of Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels returns on October 16 on Disney XD and the Disney XD app.
In this last season the Ghost crew will join the Rebel Alliance, but “when a new Imperial threat arises on Lothal, Ezra leads the crew back to his home world to defeat the oppressive forces of the Empire.”
The show stars the voice talents of Freddie Prinze Jr. as Kanan, Vanessa Marshall as Hera, Steve Blum as Zeb, Tiya Sircar as Sabine, Taylor Gray as Ezra, Dee Bradley Baker …

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[16 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]
Disney’s ‘Dream Big, Princess’ Campaign Launches Global Photography Initiative

Disney’s ‘Dream Big, Princess’ campaign launched in 2016 as a way to encourage kids to dream big by showcasing inspirational stories featuring Disney Princesses.
The campaign has now launched a global photography initiative on its Facebook and Instagram accounts that “places the spotlight on inspiring stories of real women and girls around the world.”
The new project brings together women photographers from 15 countries. The photographers will create images that “celebrate the power of dreaming and aim to show kids what’s possible if you dream big” according to Disney.
Photographers include the first …

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[11 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]
Disney to Launch ESPN Streaming Service and Ending Netflix Agreement

The Walt Disney Company announced this week that it agreed to acquire majority ownership of BAMTech, LLC.
The Company will launch its ESPN-branded multi-sport video streaming service next year and will also launch a Disney-branded direct-to-consumer streaming service in 2019.
This mean that Disney’s current agreement with Netflix will end with the 2019 calendar year theatrical slate.
Disney will pay $1.58 billion to acquire an additional 42% stake in BAMTech. The company is a leader in direct-to-consumer streaming technology.
The ESPN-branded service debuting in 2018 will feature an “array” of sports programming including about …

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[9 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]
‘American Idol’ to Kick Off Open Auditions at Disney Springs on August 17

The revamped American Idol – coming this fall to ABC – is set to kick off open auditions at Disney Springs on August 17.
Past winners including Jordan Sparks, Kris Allen and Ruben Studdard will be on hand to greet participants.
The American Idol bus is set to roll into Disney Springs on August 17 for the one-day open audition.
But Idol hopefuls will still have a chance to audition after that day thanks to the American Idol pop-up audition kiosk that will be located in Disney Springs from August 18 through September …

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[8 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]
Hyper-Reality Experience ‘Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire Coming to Disney Springs and Downtown Disney

The VOID’s new hyper-reality experience, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, is coming to Disney Springs at Disney World and Downtown Disney at Disneyland.
The experience will transport guests “to a galaxy far, far away” where they can interact with “friends, family and Star Wars characters through sight, sound, touch, smell, and motion.”
The VOID is an entertainment company that combines advance technology with the magic of illusions to create “immersive social experiences.”
There’s no official opening date yet for this new experience, but it is expected to open later this year close …

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[28 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]
Disney Legend and Imagineer Marty Sklar Dies at Age 83

Legendary Disney Imagineer Marty Sklar died Thursday, July 27, at age 83.
Sklar has a 54-year career with the Walt Disney Company, working closely with Walt Disney himself early in his career. He was named a Disney Legend in 2001 and will be remembered for his contributions to the Disney theme parks around the world.
Born on February 6, 1934, Marty Sklar was a student at UCLA when he was recruited to create The Disneyland News for Disneyland.
In 1956, Marty joined Disney full-time and would work “as Walt’s right-hand man” and eventually …

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[5 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]
Win a Trip to the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival with ‘The CHEW’

The 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival starts August 31 this year and once again ABC’s daytime show The CHEW is hosting its ‘Magical Culinary Adventures’ sweepstakes.
Fans can enter the contest once a day from now through September 15!
The winner – and three guests – will win a trip to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival to see a taping of The CHEW during the week of October 3-8, plus a $500 Disney Gift Card (for use at select store in Disney Springs).
After enjoying the live taping of The CHEW, …

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[4 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]
Disney’s Blizzard Beach to Host Club Penguin Island Event on July 29

Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park is set to host the Club Penguin Island Event on July 29.
The event – based on the popular mobile game – gives guests a chance to participate in Club Penguin-themed activities.
The activities include a penguin splash competition in the Ski Patrol area, coloring contests, a ‘snowball’ toss with water balloons, and more.
More details on the event will be announced later this month.
If you want to play the Club Penguin Island mobile game you can click here on your mobile device. The game is available for …

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[4 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]
Applications Open for 2018 Disney Dreamers Academy

Applications are now open for the 2018 class of the Disney Dreamers Academy at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Each year, 100 high school students from around the country are selected to participate in the Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE.
The outside-the-classroom mentoring program takes place each March at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Students in the program will learn valuable skills including communication techniques, leadership, and networking strategies. The program also features guest speakers who give participants tips and insight on how to dream big.
Applicants must answer essay questions …