Bow Down to the New Queens of ABC

By Zach Johnson

Hear ye, hear ye: Queens are coming back to take their crowns!

ABC’s original musical drama series Queens stars Eve, Naturi Naughton, Nadine Velazquez, and Brandy as members of a former ’90s girl group who decide to reunite after a major, public breakup on stage 20 years prior. “Our show is about sisterhood and family,” writer and executive producer Zahir McGhee says. “You fight with your family, and these are people who have been brought back together after a long period of time. We have fights, but we want to see people supporting one another and coming back together. There are always going to be arguments. There is always going to be a hierarchy that exists and is shifting.”

Fans of Eve, Naughton and Brandy’s music will be delighted to see them performing original songs with Velazquez. Grammy® Award winner Swizz Beatz serves as the series’ executive music producer, adding credibility and style. Says Eve, “The music on the show is honestly incredible. Someone asked me the other day when I would drop another album. If you’re looking for new music, the music on the show is going to feed you—trust me! I am actually hoping this will be a great way to dip my toes and my whole body back into music without having the actual pressure of an album. I’ll get to have fun and be this other character and perform this incredible music. And when you hear it, you’re going to love it!”

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Velazquez is the only main cast member with no background in professional music. However, with the support of her co-stars, she’s ready to show what she’s capable of through Queens. “It was an intimidating idea, but I was ready to face things that I’ve been keeping from the world,” she says. “I am musical in my soul. I am a dancer—she’s in there—and through this job, she’s finally coming out. I want to cry! The support of Naturi and Eve and Brandy gives me life. I’ve had a traumatic experience in the entertainment business because I was so afraid to show so much. But I get to be all that here, kind of like my character does. It’s like a second chance to become something and to redefine myself.”

No stranger to the Disney family, Brandy says the series allows her to channel multiple passions into one project. “Queens is such a blessing because I get to do everything that I love to do all on one show with amazing people,” she says. “I’m so excited. I can’t even believe this is happening or that it’s even real! I want this show to last for as long as it can.”

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Intended for adult audiences, Queens doesn’t shy away from delicate issues in the music industry. However, the episodes are balanced with moments of levity and nostalgia. “We just want to be as authentic as we should be,” Eve explains. “We’ve lived that time and we come from that time, so it was something that was important to us. There will be some moments, like when people are listening to the music and they see our outfits, our hair, everything, and we want them to be taken back to that time. It’s all about the authenticity.”

“Authenticity” is a word often used by the cast and creative team to describe the series, which premieres Tuesday, October 19, at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. “We have a lot of the real people who were there doing it at the time, which gives it a certain level of authenticity,” says McGhee, who is an executive producer alongside Tim Story and Sabrina Wind. “We don’t have a show where you can have five women of color and a man of color front and center. That is just not common on ABC and is not common in broadcasting media. We have the opportunity to tell the breadth of stories about the experience of women of color and Black women in this country that isn’t the pressure of Eve having to be the one Black character to say the thing that matters, right? We’re varied, we’re great, we’re beautiful. The time was yesterday for this show, and the time is today—and the time is tomorrow.”

First Two Episodes of Hawkeye Drop November 24—Plus More in News Briefs

By Courtney Potter

Marvel Studios’ Hawkeye: First Two Episodes Debut on Disney+ November 24

This just in, and you’ll wanna mark your calendars for this: The first two episodes of Marvel Studios’ six-episode event Hawkeye will premiere exclusively on Disney+ on November 24! Subsequent episodes will launch each week on Wednesday. Have a look at the new trailer celebrating this announcement, above.

Hawkeye is an original series set in post-blip New York City where former Avenger Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) has a seemingly simple mission: get back to his family for Christmas. But when a threat from his past shows up, he reluctantly teams up with Kate Bishop (Haylee Steinfeld)—a skilled archer and his biggest fan—to unravel a criminal conspiracy.

The series—helmed by Rhys Thomas and directing duo Bert and Bertie— also stars Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon, Brian d’Arcy James, and newcomer Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez. We cannot wait!

5 Fantastic Things to Watch This Weekend

Halfway to Halloween and the time is right… to watch Hocus Pocus! (Who are we kidding; we watch it throughout the year.) If you’d care to join us, it’ll be airing this very weekend as part of Freeform’s “31 Days of Halloween” programming event. As for what else there is to watch from around the worlds of Disney, there’s a truly entertaining plethora of choices—read all about ‘em here.

Olaf Presents: New Series of Animated Shorts Coming to Disney+!

News from the world of Frozen: Disney+ and our pals at Walt Disney Animation Studios just unveiled plans for a new series of animated shorts starring everyone’s favorite lil’ snowman, Olaf, as he recreates moments from Disney Animation classics The Little Mermaid, Moana, The Lion King, Aladdin, and Tangled. See the snowman-turned-storyteller in action in the brand-new trailer, above.

In the shorts, Olaf steps into the spotlight as he takes on the roles of producer, actor, costumer, and set builder for a unique retelling of five fave Disney animated tales. The charismatic snow(show)man demonstrates his theatrical flair, taking on such iconic roles as a mermaid, a genie, and a lion king (and most of the parts in between), as he entertains Arendelle with his delightful abbreviated versions of these beloved stories. Josh Gad once again lends his voice to the perpetually cheerful Olaf, with veteran Disney animator Hyrum Osmond (Moana, At Home With Olaf) directing.

Olaf Presents launches exclusively on Disney+ Day—a global celebration that will come to life across The Walt Disney Company on Friday, November 12 (so soon!)… with new content releases, amazing fan experiences, special offers, and more.

First Look at Disney+’s Home Sweet Home Alone

Another Disney+ Day premiere that’s sure to fill you with cheer is Home Sweet Home Alone, the reimagining of the beloved holiday film franchise. Take a gander at the hilarity in store in the brand-new, first-look trailer, above.

The adventure-comedy follows Max Mercer (Archie Yates), a mischievous and resourceful young boy who has been left behind while his family is in Japan for the holidays. So, when a married couple (Ellie Kemper and Rob Delaney) attempting to retrieve a priceless heirloom set their sights on the Mercer family’s home, it is up to Max to protect it from the trespassers… and he will do whatever it takes to keep them out! Hijinks of epic proportions ensue—but despite the chaos around him, Max soon comes to realize there really is no place like home sweet home.

Directed by Dan Mazer, Home Sweet Home Alone also stars Aisling Bea, Kenan Thompson, Tim Simons, Pete Holmes, Devin Ratray, Ally Maki, and Chris Parnell. Look for it on Disney+ beginning November 12!

Disney Junior Dance Party! Now Back at Disney California Adventure

Good news for families with younger kids who will soon find themselves enjoying Disneyland Resort—as of today (Friday, October 15), Disney Junior Dance Party! has returned to Disney California Adventure park.

This colorful, tuneful live show features high-energy songs, dazzling special effects, and a bunch of beloved characters from some favorite Disney Junior series. Disney Junior Dance Party! is hosted by Finn Fiesta and DJ Deejay, who encourage young and young at heart to sing and dance to their favorite Disney Junior songs. This cool interactive atmosphere practically insists on audience members playing along with Disney Junior faves like Doc McStuffins; Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Mickey and the Roadster Racers; and even Vampirina from the hit Disney Junior series of the same name.

So break out those dancin’ shoes and make sure to visit Disney Junior Dance Party! the next time you’re visiting Disney California Adventure…

Exciting New Trailer for The Beatles: Get Back

A sure-to-be-incredible three-part docuseries is coming to Disney+ just in time for Thanksgiving… and we’re preemptively giving thanks for the amazing footage contained therein.

Directed by three-time Oscar®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, The Beatles: Get Back is made up entirely from never-before-seen restored footage of the iconic band, providing the most intimate and honest glimpse into the creative process and relationship between John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr ever filmed.

The docuseries showcases The Beatles’ creative process as they attempt to write 14 new songs in preparation for their first live concert in more than two years. Faced with a nearly impossible deadline, the strong bonds of friendship shared by the four lads from Liverpool are put to the test. Jackson compiled the docuseries from nearly 60 hours of unseen footage shot over 21 days, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg in 1969, and from more than 150 hours of unheard audio… most of which has been locked in a vault for more than half a century.

Watch for The Beatles: Get Back to roll out over three days—on November 25, 26, and 27—exclusively on Disney+.

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Go Galactic This Holiday Season with “Bring Home the Bounty”

Star Wars fans, here’s some amazing holiday-related info: Disney and Lucasfilm just launched “Bring Home the Bounty,” a global consumer products, games, and publishing campaign debuting new Star Wars products every Tuesday—now through December 28! It’s all to help fans find that perfect bounty for their family, friends, and or even themselves! (Can you see us raising our hands?)

The 12-week program will include reveals of items inspired by the huge Star Wars universe including Lucasfilm series such as The Mandalorian and the upcoming The Book of Boba Fett; classic content like the Skywalker saga films; new animated series such as Star Wars: The Bad Batch and Star Wars: Visions; and lots more. Each Tuesday, new goods across toys, apparel, action figures, accessories, books, comics, games content, and more will debut on BringHomeTheBounty.com—as well as with retailers around the world, helping fans to fill out their holiday wish lists.

New products and content—including items from Hasbro, The LEGO Group, Funko, Mattel, and many more—will be revealed each Tuesday at 6 a.m. PT/9 a.m. ET, with select pre-orders starting Wednesdays at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET. Products can be found at top retailers globally, including shopDisney. Lightspeed to holiday fun!

New Marvel Studios’ Eternals Featurette—and Tickets Now On Sale

We’re just a few weeks away from the debut of Marvel Studios’ supremely anticipated new film, Eternals… and to celebrate, earlier this week, Marvel Studios revealed a new featurette for the film. Whet your appetite by giving it a looksee, above.

Eternals follows a group of heroes from beyond the stars who had protected the Earth since the dawn of man. When monstrous creatures called the Deviants, long thought lost to history, mysteriously return, the Eternals are forced to reunite in order to defend humanity once again. The film stars Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, and Barry Keoghan, with Don Lee, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek, and Angelina Jolie. The film is produced by Kevin Feige and Nate Moore and is directed by recent Academy Award® winner Chloé Zhao.

But that’s not all: Should you want to get a head start on your movie-going experience, tickets are now on sale; visit Fandango.com for showtimes near you and to reserve your seats.

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Disney Cruise Line Returns to Favorite Tropical Locales in 2023

Fun news from the good folks at Disney Cruise Line… In early 2023, they’ll be returning to top tropical destinations in the Bahamas—including Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay—as well as the Caribbean and the Mexican Riviera, sure to delight guests of all ages with their truly one-of-a-kind vacations at sea.

Departing from Port Canaveral, the Disney Wish will sail into 2023 with three- and four-night voyages to Nassau, Bahamas, and Castaway Cay. Cruises aboard Disney’s newest ship combine enchanting new entertainment and storytelling, with the unparalleled service and magical moments that guests love when sailing with Disney. And the Disney Fantasy will begin the year with seven-night sailings to several favorite destinations in the Eastern and Western Caribbean. Plus, one unique eight-night sailing includes two days in beautiful Bermuda! And in Miami, the Disney Dream will embark on an assortment of four- and five-night cruises to locales including Grand Cayman, Nassau, Castaway Cay, and Cozumel, Mexico.

Meanwhile, in January and February, the Disney Magic will sail from Galveston, Texas, on a variety of four-, five-, six- and seven-night itineraries to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean; then, in February and March, the Disney Magic is “going down the bayou” for the first time during a debut season in New Orleans. Departing from the heart of “The Big Easy,” along the mighty Mississippi River, the four-, five-, and six-night sailings will call on the tropical destinations of Grand Cayman and Cozumel.

And as for the Disney Wonder, it will return to the West Coast, sailing from San Diego in April and May with cruises to Baja, Mexico, and the Mexican Riviera.

Bookings will open to the public on Thursday, October 21. More details can be found on the Ports and Itineraries for 2023 page of disneycruise.com!

ICYMI: Behind the Spooky New Series Just Beyond on Disney+

Inspired by the writings of R.L. Stine, each episode of Disney+’s new series Just Beyond tells an astonishing and thought-provoking story of a reality just beyond the one we know… D23 had the very cool chance to hear directly from Stine as well as series executive producer Seth Grahame-Smith; see what they had to say about these perfect-for-Halloween adventures by clicking here.

50 Years of The Vacation Kingdom of the World

By Francesca Scrimgeour, Walt Disney Archives

With the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World underway, what better way to celebrate than by looking back at the grand opening celebration of the Magic Kingdom Park? After the success of the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, Walt Disney recognized the impact an East Coast theme park and city of tomorrow could make. Walt acknowledged that it would be different from Disneyland Park in California, stating, “I’ve always said there will never be another Disneyland, and I think it’s going to work out that way… This concept here will have to be something that is unique, so there is a distinction between Disneyland in California and whatever Disney does in Florida.” Sadly, Walt passed away in 1966 before the ground was broken in 1967 for the construction of Walt Disney World. The new park and resort continued taking shape, though, as Walt’s brother and business partner, Roy O. Disney, put off his retirement to make sure his brother’s dream became a reality.

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Roy O. Disney with Mickey Mouse in Town Square at Magic Kingdom Park at the grand opening dedication of Walt Disney World. © 1971 Disney

Learning from the previous mishap of a live televised broadcast on the opening day of Disneyland Park, Walt Disney World had a preview month beginning with an opening gala on October 25, 1971. The opening ceremony was filmed and broadcast through NBC across the nation in living color as the television program professes. Guest star Glen Campbell kicked off the program with a walk through the wilderness of the property, strumming his guitar and singing “Today Is Mine.” Disney Legend Julie Andrews starred as the host of the show as she zoomed in on a monorail to tell audiences, “I’m here at the opening of the Walt Disney World in Florida. We’re just a few miles away from Cape Kennedy where men point their space vehicles toward the stars, and Walt Disney decided to launch his final dream.” Throughout the broadcast, Andrews shined as the illustrious narrator, a groovy dancer, and a legendary singer. Other guest stars included Buddy Hackett and Jonathan Winters, who each did their own spin of comedy about the opening of the new theme park.

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Julie Andrews dancing for the TV special in front of Cinderella Castle.
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Another familiar face at the opening was Bob Hope—or, as he called himself, Bob “ex- Mouseketeer” Hope—who also whooshed in on a monorail to the Contemporary Resort, escorted by two Guest Relations Cast Members. Hope complimented the achievement of the vacation resort while sprinkling in his characteristic humor, with jokes like ordering room service delivered by Snow White and being afraid to eat the apple! Summing up his comical and entertaining experience, Hope praised Walt Disney World and how it “is a tribute to the vision, imagination, and genius of Walt Disney.”

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Bob Hope with two Guest Relations Hostesses in the Disney’s Contemporary Resort. © 1971 Disney

The World Symphony Orchestra played an inspiring concert for thousands of invited guests at the foot of Cinderella Castle. The event program for the World Symphony Orchestra professed that it consisted of 145 musicians from 63 nations, 30 states and the District of Columbia, and that “they have been brought together under the auspices of the Federation of People-to-People Programs to affirm the universal meaning and worldwide heritage of symphonic music.” The creation of the group was the idea of Walt Disney Productions, along with help from the U.S. State Department. The World Symphony Orchestra only performed this concert just three times, first for members of the United Nations in the Philharmonic Hall in New York City, then at Walt Disney World, and finally at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The performers all wore special red-and-white ribboned medallions, and the conductor was Arthur Fiedler, who led the Boston Pops Orchestra at the time. The World Symphony Orchestra also participated in the opening TV special, playing Respighi’s “Pines of Rome.”

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Arthur Fiedler conducting the World Symphony Orchestra in the Magic Kingdom Park. © 1971 Disney

What is a Disney celebration without a parade? A Grand Opening Parade was held on October 25 to kick off the momentous event with the grandeur that The Walt Disney Company was known for. The parade included 4,000 entertainers with Mickey Mouse leading the procession aboard a giant drum, followed by a merry menagerie of beloved Disney characters. Then, to signal the 1,076-member marching band, Herald Trumpeters of the United States Army Band played a fanfare from atop the roofs of the Main Street, U.S.A. buildings, heralding the arrival of composer Meredith Willson, who wrote the Broadway musical The Music Man. Fittingly, Willson rode on a gazebo-type float while directing the incredible 1,076-member ceremonial band that streamed behind him down Main Street, U.S.A., playing the iconic American Standard from that show: “Seventy-Six Trombones.”

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The 1,076-member marching band flowing down the Main Street, U.S.A. © 1971 Disney

Once the marching band circled around the Central Plaza in front of Cinderella Castle, a mass choir was at the ready in the Castle Forecourt to sing “When You Wish Upon a Star” accompanied by the band. As the song came to a resounding finale, enormous decorative drums which lined the entirety of Main Street, U.S.A. to signify the grand opening of the Magic Kingdom and Walt Disney World.

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The balloon release at the grand opening of Walt Disney World. © 1971 Disney

Roy O. Disney firmly believed in Walt’s vision of Disney World and as a financial mastermind, he knew that this endeavor was not only a creative milestone but also a very sound business decision. The entire Florida Project meant a great deal to him, and to honor his dear brother, Roy changed the name of the resort from the announced “Disney World” to “Walt Disney World”. Roy felt that “Everybody knows the Ford car, but not everybody knows it was Henry Ford who started it all. It’s going to be Walt Disney World, so people will always know that this was Walt’s dream.”

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Roy O. Disney holding the dedication plaque in Town Square at Magic Kingdom Park. © 1971 Disney

On a sunny Monday in October with Mickey Mouse by his side, Roy O. Disney dedicated the park and Walt Disney World as a whole to his little brother. Roy proudly read his dedication to the audience, stating, “Walt Disney World is a tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter Elias Disney… and to the talents, the dedication, and the loyalty of the entire Disney organization that made Walt Disney’s dream come true. May Walt Disney World bring Joy and Inspiration and New Knowledge to all who come to this happy place… a Magic Kingdom where the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn – together.”

5 Fantastic Things to Watch This Weekend

By Zach Johnson

Take a trip to the future—and the past—when FX airs X-Men: Days of Future Past Friday. Later that night, things get animated on Disney’s Magic Bake-Off when the creative minds behind Big City Greens evaluate three teams of two pastry chefs’ work on Disney Channel. Freeform’s “31 Nights of Halloween” is well underway, and this weekend’s “faboolous” lineup includes three of our favorites: Hocus Pocus, Maleficent, and Toy Story of TERROR!

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X-Men: Days of Future Past—Friday, October 15, at 11 a.m. ET on FX
The X-Men fight a war for the survival of mutants across two time periods. The beloved characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from the past in order to change a major historical event and fight in an epic battle that could save our future. The ensemble cast includes Hugh Jackman as Wolverine; James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart as Professor X; Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen as Magneto; Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique; Nicholas Hoult as Beast; Halle Berry as Storm; Anna Paquin as Rogue; Elliot Page as Kitty Pryde; Shawn Ashmore as Iceman; Omar Sy as Bishop; Evan Peters as Quicksilver; Daniel Cudmore as Colossus; Fan Bingbing as Blink; Booboo Stewart as Warpath; Adan Canto as Sunspot; and Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask.

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Disney’s Magic Bake-Off—Friday, October 15, at 7 p.m. ET on Disney Channel
The animated series Big City Greens comes to life when the young pastry chefs set out to design cityscape cakes complete with fondant streets, sugar paper maps, and more. Chris and Shane Houghton, Big City Greens’ creators and executive producers, are guest judges!

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus—Saturday, October 16, at 7:15 p.m. ET on Freeform
Pranksters conjure up wild witches from 17th century Salem for a night of zany fun and comic chaos! The 300-year-old Sanderson sisters (Disney Legend Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker) set out to cast a spell on the town and reclaim their youth… but first they must get their act together and outwit three kids and a talking cat!

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Maleficent—Saturday, October 16, at 9:25 p.m. ET on Freeform
After a neighboring kingdom threatens her forest, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) places an irrevocable curse on the king’s newborn daughter, Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning). But as the child grows, Maleficent develops a soft spot for her. As the conflict between the two realms intensifies, Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land.

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Toy Story of TERROR!—Sunday, October 17, at 11:35 p.m. ET on Freeform
What starts out as a fun road trip for Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Disney Legend Tim Allen), Jessie (voiced by Joan Cusack), and the gang takes an unexpected turn for the worse when the trip detours to a roadside motel. After Mr. Potato Head (voiced by Don Rickles) suddenly disappears, the other toys find themselves in a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate!

The “Galactic Journeys” Pin Set Celebrates Out-Of-This-World Disney Parks Characters

By the D23 Team

A new pin set is blasting off, celebrating the intergalactic characters of Walt Disney World Resort! This pin set was created just for D23 by artists Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily and pays tribute to five of the cosmic characters of the far reaches of the galaxy that have inspired us over the years. These D23 Gold Member-exclusive pins, created in vintage-inspired soft enamel, are the perfect way to celebrate this magical milestone.

To compliment the “Florida’s Fab Five” exclusive pin set included in the D23 Gold Member Collector Set—part of the 2021 D23 Gold Membership—D23 is proud to offer four additional pin sets celebrating 50 years of the Walt Disney World Resort. Read the fall issue of Disney twenty-three for a sneak peek at all four. Want to make your collection complete? Be sure to get the previous sets in the series, “A Most Magical Kingdom” and “The Vacation Kingdom of The World.”

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The “Galactic Journeys” pin set includes:

  • Skippy from The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter
  • SMRT-1 from Communicore
  • Shaman of Songs from Na’vi River Journey
  • Dok Ondar from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
  • Nine-Eye from The Timekeeper

Our “Galactic Journeys” pin set, offered in a limited edition of 2,500, will be available exclusively to D23 Gold Members on shopDisney at 7 a.m. PT on October 18, 2021.

*Available while supplies last. To purchase, you must log in to shopDisney.com with the Disney account tied to D23 Gold Membership. Pin sets are sold for $49.99 each, plus applicable sales tax. Maximum of two (2) pin sets of this style for purchase per D23 Gold Member for online orders. Shipping not available to PO boxes; shipping and handling fees may vary for all online orders. Other restrictions may apply. All information is subject to change including, but not limited to, artwork, release dates, editions sizes, and retail prices.

We’ve revealed three out of the four collectible pin sets celebrating the original characters of Walt Disney World Resort—stay tuned to next month when we reveal the final set in this series!

Celebrate Destination D23 with These Cool New T-Shirts

By the D23 Team

Destination D23 is just around the corner—and we can’t wait for all the fun to come November 19 through 21 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World Resort.

Joining us that weekend? Looking for some fantastic, brand-new gear to bring with? Or a collector looking for the latest and greatest? No matter what, you’re in luck: Today, D23 is unveiling a cool new collection of must-have tees… Featuring artwork created just for D23 by Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily—and inspired by the D23 Gold Member Collector Set (part of the 2021 D23 Gold Membership)—the shirts are sure to add some incredible Disney flare to any fan’s wardrobe.

Take a gander below at what you can expect when this new collection goes on sale Monday, October 18, at 7 a.m. PT, only on shopDisney!

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Destination D23 Dinosaur! Disney’s Animal Kingdom T-Shirt
Based on the DINOSAUR attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, this orange T-shirt features the Time Rover vehicle and a Carnotaur—seen by intrepid adventurers who travel back in time on the attraction’s perilous prehistoric race to rescue 3.5-ton Iguanadon before a meteor strikes!

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Destination D23 Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure EPCOT T-Shirt
The newest attraction at EPCOT’s World Showcase, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure obviously requires a cool new T-shirt in time for Destination D23… and this pebble-colored top boasts a depiction of the Eiffel Tower and adorable Remy in his chef’s toque.

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Destination D23 Electrical Water Pageant Walt Disney World T-Shirt
This sleek black T-shirt features the fan favorite Electrical Water Pageant (presented on the waters of the Seven Seas Lagoon every night since Walt Disney World Resort’s opening in 1971!), as well as a little peak at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

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Destination D23 Orange Bird Logo T-Shirt
Of course we had to offer up a shirt featuring the famous Orange Bird himself! This heather grey top also highlights the Destination D23 logo—complete with location and date, so you can remember where and when you gathered with all your D23 friends!

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D23 Walt Disney World Characters Logo T-Shirt
Now, this shirt isn’t specifically themed to the Destination D23 event—but it’s supremely cool nonetheless! This navy T-shirt depicts “Florida’s Fab Five”: the Orange Bird; Henry the Bear from Country Bear Jamboree at the Magic Kingdom; Figment from EPCOT’s Journey Into Imagination; R3-X from his “Captain Rex” years at Star Tours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios; and the legendary Yeti from Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom… along with the D23 logo.

All of the above items are available starting this Monday, October 18, at 7 a.m. PT at shopDisney… where Gold Members should be sure to use their D23 Discount of 10 percent off their purchase of $50 or more!

JUST ANNOUNCED: Adventure Thru the Walt Disney Archives Heads to Disney+ This November

By the D23 Team

For over 50 years, The Walt Disney Archives has been preserving the history of Disney films, television shows, theme parks, books, and so much more—and this November, Disney+ subscribers will get a peek inside its massive collection.

The documentary, which premiered in June 2020 exclusively for D23 Gold Members in celebration of The Walt Disney Archives’ 50th anniversary, is hosted by legendary producer Don Hahn. The film looks at beloved Disney icons, including its theme parks and Studio lot, through an engaging, historical lens, as Hahn speaks with Walt Disney Archives director Becky Cline and other members of the Archives team. Each stop on the adventure offers a look at some of the iconic artifacts that have played a role in shaping The Walt Disney Company. The film, directed by John Gleim, features new interviews with Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger, Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige, Pixar’s Pete Docter, film historian Leonard Maltin, and many more.

Adventure Thru the Walt Disney Archives will debut on Disney+ November 19. You can watch the trailer for the documentary below:

9 Times Tim Curry Joined the Worlds of Disney and Fox

By Courtney Potter

With a long and illustrious career spanning stage, music, television, and film, Tim Curry brings a truly memorable point of view to every character he portrays. Curry’s very first role was in the original London cast of the musical Hair—after which he’s enjoyed a decades-long career delighting all manner of audiences.

Curry is a magnetic performer who, despite some recent health challenges, remains a pop culture icon. Over the years, he’s often joined the worlds of both Disney and Fox; below are nine such occasions the Daytime Emmy® award-winning and Tony® Award-nominated actor brought his signature charisma to screens big and small… Many of these titles are available on Disney+ or Hulu, so make sure to give them a looksee!

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Muppet Treasure Island
Curry is probably best known to Disney fans as Long John Silver in the 1996 Muppet-led, Brian Henson-directed adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Young Jim Hawkins (Kevin Bishop) is given a treasure map by a mysterious sailor—after which, he sets sail with his pals, Gonzo and Rizzo, on a high-seas adventure. But when Silver and his crew seize the map and take Jim hostage, it is up to Captain Smollett (Kermit the Frog) and his men to come to the rescue.

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The Three Musketeers
Based on the classic novel by Alexandre Dumas, this 1993 Walt Disney Pictures film follows the D’Artagnan (Chris O’Donnell) as he journeys to Paris to join the Musketeers, only to find the powerful Cardinal Richelieu (Curry) plotting against them and attempting to make himself king. Despite the remaining Musketeers thwarting Richelieu’s initial plans, further nefarious hijinks ensue… until finally (spoiler alert) the cardinal is conquered once and for all.

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Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
This 1997 direct-to-video Disney animated feature catches back up with Belle (voice of Paige O’Hara) and the Beast (voice of Robby Benson) as Christmas descends on the castle. Hoping to keep the pair from falling in love, the malevolent pipe organ Forte (voice of Curry) convinces the Beast that Belle has run away—when, in fact, she’s gone with her castle friends to find the perfect Christmas tree. Thankfully, Forte’s ruse is revealed, allowing the fledgling couple to celebrate the holiday together.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Curry’s voice was heard during seasons 5 and 6 of the Lucasfilm animated series—set between the events of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith—as Chancellor Palpatine, aka Darth Sidious. Among several other storylines, Curry’s tenure included Sidious traveling to Mandalore to confront Darth Maul, who had become the leader of Death Watch.

Dinosaurs
Airing on ABC from 1991 to 1994, this Disney-produced live-action (animatronics) series followed the life of a prehistoric family, the Sinclairs—dad Earl; mom Fran; their three kids Robbie, Charlene, and Baby; and Fran’s mother Ethyl—in a modern-day-style setting. Curry’s voice was heard in seven episodes throughout the run of the show, including as the Chief Elder, the dinosaur who presides over all of the government in Pangaea.

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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
This 1992 Fox sequel finds Curry costarring as the concierge, Mr. Hector, at New York City’s Plaza Hotel—where Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) has managed to finagle a room, using his father’s credit card, after mistakenly catching a flight to the Big Apple during the holidays. Hector and his team are sure there’s something fishy going on, but leave it to Kevin to keep them on their toes.

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Garfield: Tale of Two Kitties
In this 2006 Fox follow-up to ’04’s Garfield, Curry provides the voice of Prince XII, a cat—owned by a recently deceased British aristocrat—who bears a striking resemblance to a certain lasagna-loving feline. Lord Dargis (Billy Connolly), the aristocrat’s greedy nephew, had hoped to inherit her estate… but when he finds out he won’t until Prince also shoves off this mortal coil, and with Garfield (voice of Bill Murray) in London after stowing away in owner Jon’s (Breckin Meyer) luggage, mistaken-identity adventures arise.

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Curry stars as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in this intended-for-adult-audiences, cult-classic Fox movie musical, first unleashed on the public in 1975. For the uninitiated (which includes those among you who’ve never attended a midnight performance!), the film follows newly engaged Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) as they find themselves stranded inside a castle amongst some very interesting characters. It’s, to paraphrase the film, a night out they’ll remember for a very… long… time.

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FernGully: The Last Rainforest
This 1992 Fox animated feature, adapted from the book of the same name by Diana Young, is set in an Australian rainforest inhabited by fairies. One such fairy, Crysta (voice of Samantha Mathis), shrinks a logger named Zak (voice of Jonathan Ward) down to her size… Together, they rally all the surrounding fairies, and the rainforest’s animals, to protect their home from both Zak’s fellow loggers and from Hexxus (voice of Curry), an evil entity fueled by pollution.

Bonus Addition: ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter at Magic Kingdom Park
He’s found himself featured across stage and screen for decades—but lest you think Curry hasn’t yet found his way into a Disney Parks attraction… he has! From 1995 to 2003, Curry’s voice could be heard at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom as an X-S robot known as Simulated Intelligence Robotics, or S.I.R., in the pre-show for ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter.

Heroes, Villains, and Judges! Inside Dancing with the Stars’ “Disney Week”

By Jocelyn Buhlman and Zach Johnson

“Disney Night” is easily our favorite episode of Dancing with the Stars each season—so when we found out the Emmy® Award-winning series had planned a special two-night “Disney Week” event for its milestone 30th season, you can imagine how excited we were!

The magic began a few days before the show, when we exclusively announced the song choices and dance styles for both nights. So, when “Disney Heroes” night rolled around Monday, we knew we were in for something special—and not just because all 13 couples were required to add the Mickey Dance Challenge into their routine, no matter the style!

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Host and executive producer Tyra Banks went all out, rocking two distinctly Disney-inspired costumes per night. The couples were just as spirited, recreating iconic looks from beloved films spanning decades of Disney magic, including Beauty and the Beast, Coco, Hocus Pocus, The Incredibles, and Mulan (to name just a few of our personal favorites). In an exciting twist, Banks announced at the end of Monday’s show that no one would be eliminated—meaning all 13 couples would return to the ballroom for Tuesday’s episode!

In another twist (a fittingly wicked one, if you ask us), Banks announced at the top of Tuesday’s show that the episode would end in a double elimination. The news clearly lit a fire under everyone’s feet, as many couples went on to earn their highest scores to date. Of course, it also helped that “Disney Week” provided additional inspiration for each couple. “Disney characters are so strong, so beautiful, and so ingrained in us that it gives you exactly what each character demands,” judge Bruno Tonioli told us after Tuesday’s show. “It gives an impetus to deliver a great performance, because we all love and adore Disney.”

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Sadly, after dancing the waltz to “Someday My Prince Will Come” from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on Monday and dancing the Paso Doble to “He’s a Pirate” from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl on Tuesday, Brian Austin Green and pro Sharna Burgess were the first to be eliminated. That left two couples in jeopardy: Matt James and pro Lindsay Arnold, and Kenya Moore and pro Brandon Armstrong. Ultimately, with the judges split, head judge Len Goodman made the decision to save Moore and Armstrong before “Grease Night” airs Monday, October 18, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. “Over the five weeks, Kenya danced maybe a little bit better than Matt,” Goodman reasoned. “And over the five weeks, she got a total of 33 points from me, while he got a total of 29.”

Judge Derek Hough added, “It was dance quality versus performance quality. I think Matt definitely had the better performance quality, but then Kenya has been more consistent with her dancing. It really could have gone either way, which is why it came down to Len.”

The magic of Disney was still in the air as we interviewed some of the couples who advanced to next week’s episode. So, how did they feel about “Disney Week?” Read on!

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Melora Hardin and pro Artem Chigvintsev (Disney Week” Score: 73/80)
After dancing a Quickstep to “I Wan’na Be Like You (2016)” from The Jungle Book for “Disney Heroes” night, Hardin and Chigvintsev danced Jazz to Tangled’s “Mother Knows Best” with a twist—they were dancing to a version of the song that Hardin had sung herself! “That was actually a super fun part of it,” Hardin said of the performance. While for others, having to dance to your own singing might be nerve-wracking, Hardin was delighted at the opportunity, describing it as, “The perfect amalgamation of the three talents that I have: the singing the acting, and the dancing!”

Hardin and Chigvintsev definitely cast their spell on the judges—judge Goodman said that the performance, “Had wit. It had charm. It was truly delightful,” before awarding the couple the first 10 of the season! Thanks to that 10, Hardin and Chigvintsev took the lead for “Disney Week,” having the highest combined scores of any couple. While they were excited to reach this score milestone, they know it sets a high bar for future performances. “Going forward, you need to do better, and improve and be better,” Chigvintsev explained, “It’s gonna be challenging transition.”

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JoJo Siwa and pro Jenna Johnson (Disney Week” Score: 70/80)
“Last night we had to be in love, and tonight we had to kill!” Siwa joked of her two “Disney Week” performances. The couple turned the dance floor into a fairy tale for “Disney Heroes” night, with an enchanting Viennese Waltz to “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from Cinderella, casting Johnson as Cinderella to Siwa’s Prince Charming. Last night, the tables were turned, with the two dancing a fierce Paso Doble to “Ways to Be
Wicked” from Descendants 2. Judge Tonioli described them as, “My feuding beauties, equally strong, equally gifted,” before saying, “It really was like watching two super villains battling for supremacy, and you both won. A Paso Doble like no other!”

Both “Disney Heroes” and “Disney Villains” night brought first times for the couple. Professional dancer Johnson said, “I finally got my princess moment!” during the Viennese Waltz, calling the moment “so epic!” While she was able to live a real-life Cinderella story, Siwa faced a different challenge for “Disney Villians” night. The pop star is well-known for her positive, bubbly personality—but for her Paso Doble, she had to channel her wicked side. “I love seeing this side of Jojo,” Johnson said, “because I get to see her like bubbly, sweet self all the time. To see her with this intensity in her eyes—I was a little bit nervous, but I loved it!”

No matter if they were being heroic or villainous, the couple agreed that “Disney Week” has a special kind of magic: “I just think Disney is so timeless,” Johnson explained, “All of the movies are perfect for somebody in any phase of their life. And I think that’s where that magical feeling comes from, is that there’s an emotional connection wherever you’re at in your life.”

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Olivia Jade and pro Val Chmerkovskiy (Disney Week” Score: 70/80)
First up for the couple was a Samba routine to “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” from The Lion King, followed by a jazz routine to “Remember Me” from Coco. Hough told Jade she “is becoming one of my favorite performers on the show,” while judge Carrie Ann Inaba said the “the chemistry and the trust” between Jade and Chmerkovskiy is “going to take you so far.” Getting such positive feedback means the world to Jade. “If you work so hard on a performance and you really try your best every week, it’s the most rewarding thing to hear any sort of compliment after,” she told us. “But there’s also something to be said for constructive criticism, because you want to take in everything. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, because I know starting tomorrow, it’s a brand-new week and a brand-new dance.”

Still, Jade said she loved bringing The Lion King to life in the Dancing with the Stars ballroom. “I related to ‘Disney Heroes’ night more—not because I think I’m a hero by any means, but just because of the relationship. I think we got to embrace the Nala/Simba vibe. That’s genuinely how I feel about Val. He is such a good mentor; he’s the strong one, getting me through things. That was a highlight. But I also had a lot of fun being a villain.”

Their strong showing in the competition thus far is only the beginning, Chmerkovskiy added. “We’re on a mission every week,” he said. “We want to do our best, and we want to prove ourselves in this competition. I want to prove myself as a dancer, as a coach, as a partner—and she wants to prove herself as a as a dancer, as a partner, and as a performer.”

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Amanda Kloots and pro Alan Bersten (Disney Week” Score: 68/80)
Tonilio called Kloots an “effortless, easy, natural” performer after her Rumba routine to “You’ll Be in My Heart” from Tarzan. She and Bersten closed out “Disney Villains” night with a devilish Paso Doble to “Call Me Cruella” from Cruella. “This may have been my favorite week so far,” Kloots told us Tuesday night, with Bersten describing it as “magical.”

Kloots said she identified more with embodying Cruella, “even though it’s so not me!” In fact, she said, “I actually identified with her more after I watched the movie Cruella. I don’t know what it was, but I just felt like I understood her. As I watched the movie, I was like, ‘I cannot wait to play her and dance to this song.’” Bersten, meanwhile, said he “probably looked a little bit better as Tarzan. It was so much fun.” However, he added with a laugh, “I’m not going to lie: my head hurts from the wigs. I cannot wait for this wig to come off!”

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Jimmie Allen and pro Emma Slater (Disney Week” Score: 67/80)
The couple earned a score of 30/40 on “Disney Heroes” night for their Paso Doble routine set to Mulan’s “I’ll Make a Man Out of You.” At the end of the episode, they also received two bonus points for winning the Mickey Dance Challenge! “It paid off!” Slater said after the show. “Yay!” Inspired by Peter Pan, they opened “Disney Villains” night, performing a Jazz routine to Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy,” with Allen dressed as Captain Hook and Slater dressed as Tinker Bell. They earned their first nines of the season from three of the judges.

“I was honestly so happy,” Slater told us after the show. “There’s a big sense of relief when you finish a performance and it was to the best of your ability. I often think that when Jimmie goes and performs during the actual show, it’s the best he’s ever performed it, and tonight was no exception with his performance. He really comes alive when it’s time to go.”

“I loved being Tinker Bell,” Slater added, “and I loved him as Hook.”

An admitted “Disney nerd,” Allen said he related to Mulan and Captain Hook equally. “There’s something I love about Mulan’s confidence and courage, but there’s something I love about Captain Hook’s self-assurance,” he explained. “He’s OK with being who he is, and I think we can all learn something from that, even though he’s a villainous character.”

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Melanie C. and pro Gleb Savchenko (Disney Week” Score: 66/80)
“I think the combination of Dancing with the Stars and Disney is so great,” Melanie C. told us Monday after nailing a Jazz routine to “Step in Time” from Mary Poppins. “It’s great family entertainment, and there’s so much variety between the dances and the characters.”

The Spice Girls singer said she was excited for Savchenko to “bring the fire”—literally—when he dressed up a dragon for “Disney Villains” night. They danced the Viennese Waltz to “Once Upon a Dream” from Maleficent, with Melanie C. embodying the Mistress of Evil. Getting to play both Mary Poppins and Maleficent during “Disney Week” is a huge deal, she added: “I think I got possibly the best two female characters you could ask for, right?”

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Iman Shumpert and pro Daniella Karagach (Disney Week” Score: 63/80)
While their “Disney Heroes” dance was a cool the Foxtrot to “Let It Go” from Frozen, Shumpert and Karagach heated up the dance floor for “Disney Villains” night with an Argentine Tango to “Arabian Nights” from Aladdin that cast Shumpert as Jafar and Karagach as the parrot Iago. Karagach really channeled her inner avian—the performance featured several impressive lifts that left judge Hough “speechless,” and was described by judge Tonioli as “a feat of magical strength!”

While the lifts looked effortless on the ballroom floor, it was thanks to the couple’s hard work behind the scenes. “I knew it was gonna be tough,” Shumpert said, “And was like, ‘I don’t care! If it looks good, we’re doing it!’” The impressive moves paid off—the couple earned their highest score so far, getting a 33/40 from the judges.

The high score wasn’t the only special part of the dance—the movie Aladdin holds a personal connection for Shumpert, who actually has a tattoo of the magic lamp. He describes the movie as, “my childhood,” but jokes that in his childhood daydreams of the film, “I was never Jafar! So, this is the breath fresh air.”

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Cody Rigsby and pro Cheryl Burke (Disney Week” Score: 58/80)
No one Viennese Waltzes like Gaston! Rigsby and Burke took a theatrical turn for their “Disney Villains” night dance with their performance of “Gaston” from Beauty and the Beast complete with backup dancers and props! “We didn’t know that we were having backup dancers until about 2 p.m.” explained Burke, but the couple was happy to have such an immersive scenario for their dance. “It really helps you kind of like feel the fantasy and feel the magic of Disney,” Rigsby said.

As a lifelong Beauty and the Beast fan, Rigsby recalled how the film was the very first VHS he received: “I remember that I got in that big, plastic case that you like, pop open.” His passion for the material was especially needed, given the unique challenge that the couple faced: They only had two days of in-person rehearsal, due to the couple having to quarantine away from each other during most of the rehearsal period. “Cody was determined to learn both dances as quick as possible, so that when we did see each other It wasn’t like having to start over again,” Burke explained.

Despite the challenges of video conference dance rehearsals, Rigsby gave a performance that judge Inaba described as, “bold, polished, and so animated.” For Rigsby, transforming into Gaston was easy, thanks to the magic of “Disney Week”: “You’re just automatically transported to these songs you know and love, and that essence of being a kid.”

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No matter how people react to the judges’ critiques or the elimination results, Hough said they appreciate everyone’s feedback. “It’s good if there are honest complaints, because it means people care and people are invested, right?” he told us. “It’s OK. In fact, we welcome that. With all the nines and the eights tonight, I was kind of looking around, like, ‘Yo… do I give another nine?’ But then something magical would happen; it’s a feeling that you get, where you’re just like, ‘Oh, that was a moment. That was a really special moment.’”

Inaba added, “As judges, we must trust our own senses. We all judge from slightly different perspectives. We all have different backgrounds. We all have different areas of expertise. We’re looking for different things. That’s what gives them the challenge, right? So, it’s up to them; otherwise, this would be easy. It’s not easy, to be honest. But we respect and love all of them and we never want to see anybody go home because we want them to do well.”

Behind the Spooky New Series Just Beyond on Disney+

By Zach Johnson

In the mood for chills and thrills?

Look no further than the eight-episode anthology series Just Beyond, debuting today on Disney+. Inspired by the writings of R.L. Stine, each episode introduces a new cast of characters who embark on a surprising journey of self-discovery in a supernatural world. Stine, prolific author of young adult horror fiction including the Goosebumps and Fear Street series, has been scaring readers worldwide for over 35 years, so naturally, the series’ creators referenced his popular page-turners while developing all-new hair-raising stories.

The series is an extension Stine’s Just Beyond graphic novels. “We had a couple issues that [Stine] had already written to guide us in style and tone,” executive producer Seth Grahame-Smith says. “We got a bunch of really smart writers together, and they came up with a whole bunch of interesting stories, which we then turned into these eight episodes.”

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“The graphic novels are an anthology series, so every issue is its own standalone story,” Grahame-Smith adds. “We took that idea and applied it to how we wanted to make the series.” Ultimately, Stine says, “It’s more about capturing the spirit of the graphic novels.”

Developing the series as co-producer was a thrill for Stine, whose works in the late ’90s inspired the Goosebumps HorrorLand Fright Show and FunHouse attraction in what is now Disney’s Hollywood Studios. “Zach, that was the thrill of my life. Are you kidding? I’m the world’s biggest Disney fan. To have my own attraction at Walt Disney World? I couldn’t believe it,” he says. “My son was so spoiled. We live in New York, but we were down there at least three times a year, and he would show the guides where things were! So, I’ve always been a big Disney fan, and it’s a real thrill for me to be back doing stuff with them.”

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Just Beyond is full of scares, but it also includes humorous and relatable moments. Each episode incorporates teenage struggles, such as anxiety, bullying, and peer pressure, told through supernatural storylines designed to keep viewers on the edge of their seats. “The fun of it is playing with where the line is and keeping people scared, keeping people mystified, and keeping the wonder element alive in these things,” Grahame-Smith says. “Like [Stine] says when it comes to writing his books, it’s about making the audience feel safe at the same time; we’re not going to do something that is overly gory or traumatizing.”

The cast of Just Beyond is filled with young talent, including Cyrus Arnold, Arjun Athalye, Gabriel Bateman, Mckenna Grace, Cedric Joe, Rachel Marsh, Jy Prishkulnik, Megan Stott, Lexi Underwood, and Izabela Vidovic, as well as more established adult stars, including Malcolm Barrett, Ben Gleib, Timothy Heidecker, Riki Lindhome, and Nasim Pedrad. “In Goosebumps, the parents are useless. They’re useless!” says Stine. “They never believe the kids, for one thing, or else they’re not there. With Goosebumps, you’ve got two kids—always a boy and a girl, always 12 years old—and they’re not special kids in any way. They’re normal kids, average kids, and they have to get themselves out of these incredible jams without any parents and without any help. But Seth took a different approach. We wanted this show to be more family-oriented, so the adults play a bigger role in this show.”

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Grahame-Smith adds, “I think kids watching might be able to relate to what the hero of the episode is going through, and maybe the parents can relate to it—whether it’s thinking about their own childhoods or being parents themselves and recognizing things in their own kids. [Stine] says this all the time: ‘It’s a scary world, especially when you’re a kid.’ I think sometimes parents can forget how scary a place the world can be when you’re a kid.”

Just Beyond includes a few Easter eggs, including a cameo from actor Henry Thomas, famous for his role in filmmaker Steven Spielberg’s 1982 classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. “He plays an alien conspiracy theorist in one of our episodes,” Grahame-Smith says. As for the other Easter eggs, he doesn’t want to spoil the fun, but says, “They’re for the adults watching, just to give them a little fun second-level of what was going on in the episode.”

“There are some specific, classic horror movie moments that we pay homage to in our own subtle way. But really, these things are designed to live on their own,” Grahame-Smith says. “I don’t think we consciously put any specific Goosebumps references in there.” So… no need to worry about ventriloquist dummies? “Believe me,” says Stine, “we don’t want ’em!”