EXCLUSIVE: Return to the World of Chip ’n’ Dale Rescue Rangers in an All-New Book

By the D23 Team

Fans of the Rescue Rangers, meet the Mouse Watch. Under the direction of mouse inventor/all-around genius Gadget Hackwrench, exceptional mice work together as a team to solve BIG problems using SMALL gadgets. Their mission: Save the world from an evil plot orchestrated by the Rogue Animal Thieves Society (R.A.T.S.). Want to know what happens next? Check out this exclusive excerpt from The Mouse Watch by J. J. Gilbert, which is available for pre-order now.

Don’t look down!

It wasn’t just the terrifying drop that bothered Bernie, it was also the fact that the plan she’d come up with to impress her idol, Gadget Hackwrench, wasn’t being recorded by someone she trusted to do it right.

She glanced at her young helper and rolled her eyes.

Being the youngest child in a poor family meant that Bernie knew how to make the most out of a little. The young mouse had been born very sick and although her health improved as she got older, she was still quite small for her age. It was a fact about herself that she hated, but  had also learned to live with. And her helper was only a little smaller than she was, even though he was much younger.

Bernie was twelve.

Paul “Poopie” Longtail was only two years old, and Bernie knew that the little tyke wasn’t supposed to be out at night with his babysitter having adventures. She watched as he tried  valiantly to hold up a human-size smartphone with his baby-mouse arms, but he was clearly losing the battle.

It was also way past his bedtime.

“Hold it still, Poopie!” shouted Bernie. “Just get this one shot!”

“I…  I’m twying,” stuttered Poopie. “Thith themes weally dangerouth Mith Bernadette. Maybe you thould get thome help!”

“No!” said Bernie. “I’ve got this. And please, Poopie, it’s Bernie, not Bernadette.”

“Thorry,” said the baby mouse.

Bernie’s long whiskers twitched in annoyance. She hated her full name. The only time she heard it was when her mother was upset and she was about to get in big trouble.

Her tail was stiff and stuck straight out like a knitting needle, the usual sign that she was angry and about to lose her temper. Most of the time, when this happened, her family ran for cover.

But she wasn’t angry.

She was scared.

The large paper clip she’d brought was attached to a fishing line that extended from the top of a rain gutter to a trash-can lid far below. She knew if she was going to try and get the attention of the most secret and elite mouse organization on the planet, she had to do something amazing… something that would set her apart from other recruits.

A warm wind ruffled her fur and rattled a set of wind chimes in the backyard below. Bernie breathed in the scent of dry earth and chaparral. It was a typical California night in September, but  for her this night needed to be anything but that. It needed to be special.

Bernie thought of everything she’d tried so far to get the Mouse Watch’s attention. She’d written letters. She’d created her own channel on MouseTube, the private, secure internet server created by, and for, mice. She’d posted several videos to the Underweb, a little known MouseTube channel that most fans believed the Mouse Watch organization secretly monitored. Bernie had tried doing crazy stunts, attempted to prove her intellect through solving puzzles, and had even resorted to begging in order for them to give her a chance.

So far, nothing had worked.

I’ve gotta make this one count, she thought.

She sighed, remembering all the bumps and bruises that she’d gotten along the way. Good thing “giving up” wasn’t in her nature or she would have quit a long time ago. Coming into the world both sickly and small hadn’t stopped  her.  Hadn’t she’d surprised everyone, including her parents, with her courageous spirit?

But why hasn’t it worked yet? Bernie  wondered. What’s it gonna take to get Gadget to notice me? She glanced down at the ground far below and suppressed a shudder. Would this finally be the thing that did it?

She thought of her older brother, Brody. He would have told her not to give up, and to never take no for an answer.

She missed him so much.

The wind picked up, slightly cooler now, cutting through the camo pants and black special ops sweater that Bernie always wore, a castoff from an old Commander Cody action doll. Her hair, dyed blue and worn high and stiff in the front, always looked windblown whether there was a breeze or not. It also added to her height, and the way she saw it, she could use any help she could get. Usually, the electric-blue color made her feel tough and daring. But the truth was, right now she didn’t feel that way.

Bernie shivered, not from the cold, but from her nerves.

Then, steeling herself, she took a deep breath, adjusted her grip on the paper clip, and called down,

“Are you recording?”

“Yesth!” Poopie lisped. “Ith been on for three minutes! Hurry, Misth Bernie! My armth hurt!”

It was time.

Bernie tried to calm her racing heart. Then, while forcing herself not to think about how crazy she was being, she launched herself forward from the dizzying height and shouted,

“FOR THE WATCH!”

The speed was faster than anything she’d ever imagined. Every muscle in her arms ached as she held on for dear life. The wind howled in her ears and her whiskers were plastered to both sides of her cheeks as she rocketed toward the trash can below.

As she sped down the line, wobbling back and forth, she could see Poopie growing closer, the little tyke struggling to keep the phone from falling over as he recorded the stunt.

The glow of the screen came close.

For a nanosecond, she caught a glimpse of her own terrified but triumphant expression reflected back to her.

Then the fear faded away.

She was right on track.

Her plan was going to work!

All she had left to do was extend her feet and execute a perfect tumble, landing like an Olympic gymnast right in front of the smartphone.

But as it turned out, that idea was much harder than it looked.

Later, when she recalled her inglorious landing, she remembered hearing two voices screaming in perfect pitch. Some part of her brain was amazed that she, a tweenaged mouse, could make a screech that was as high-pitched as a toddler’s.

She remembered a terrifying moment of slipping, sliding, banging, and shouting. Then, the world spun as she and Poopie went flying off the trash can into a thorny rosebush. Miraculously, Poopie landed in the middle of a big rose, and the petals cushioned his fall.

Bernie wasn’t so lucky.

Before everything went black, Bernie remembered hearing her leg crack when she hit the ground and feeling the agonizing pain that shot all the way up her back.

And when she woke up in the hospital, she found that her leg wasn’t the only thing that had cracked. Her parent’s smartphone, a rare, lucky find that they’d scrounged from inside an electronic recycling bin, had shattered on the sidewalk. The phone was the most expensive thing that her family possessed. It served as their wide-screen TV and internet connection to the larger world. It was also the only way Bernie could upload videos so that the Mouse Watch might find out that she existed.

Losing that phone effectively removed her very best (and most dangerous) attempt at impressing her hero, Gadget Hackwrench.

The Mouse Watch would never see the video.

And the hurt Bernie felt at that realization made her broken bone and her bruises pale in comparison.

Meet the Characters of Secret Society of Second-Born Royals

By Zach Johnson

Before it premieres this Friday, you’re royally invited to meet the characters in Secret Society of Second-Born Royals, an original movie streaming exclusively on Disney+! They may not be future monarchs, but these characters are no spare heirs. In fact, they’re each born with super-human abilities that can help them protect their respective kingdoms. If they can harness their powers and learn to work together, it might be their crowning glory.

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Sam (Peyton Elizabeth Lee)

This rebellious teenager is second in line to the throne of the kingdom of Illyria. Rather than attend royal events, she’d rather rock out on her guitar. “Sam has always felt like she’s not only second-born but also second-best—like she never lives up to everyone’s expectations,” says Lee. “There is a ton of pressure on teenagers to fit a certain mold or to be successful in a certain way, and in addition to all those normal teenage pressures, Sam also has the pressure of an entire country watching her and looking to her to set the right example. And so, she sort of buckles under all that pressure. It’s not until she becomes a member of the Secret Society of Second-Born Royals that she really finds her group of people, finds her place, and figures out how she can use this title that she’s been given for good.” Sam has been gifted with heightened senses, meaning she can feel, hear, and see things more sharply than the average person. “I think she’s a super relatable character,” says Lee. “Even though she is a superhero and a princess, the themes of the film and the life lessons Sam experiences are very universal, no matter who you are or how old you are.”

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Tuma (Niles Fitch)

Tuma is a charmer with the ability to influence people’s actions. When his training begins, Fitch says, “Tuma needs to learn how to work with the team and how to use his power for good, because it’s such a powerful power to be able to control what people do.” Tuma’s gift reminds Fitch of what Uncle Ben told Spider-Man: “With great power comes great responsibility.” Throughout the movie, Tuma must work to “understand his power and who he is,” he adds. “He has to get comfortable and allow other people to take the lead. That’s something I feel like we all have to learn, and that’s exactly what you see Tuma deal with.”

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January (Isabella Blake Thomas)

With the ability to absorb other people’s powers, bubbly and outgoing January can do pretty much anything she wants. “Exploring her powers was really interesting, because it follows her thinking that she doesn’t know where she fits,” says Thomas. “She wants to fit in, but she just doesn’t really know where she does.” Ultimately, “Having that power gave her the ability to overcome something and figure out who she wants to be and who she is.”

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Roxana (Olivia Deeble)

A social media influencer with 108 million followers, Roxana has no filter. “She’s very full of herself,” admits Deeble. But once she begins her training with the secret society, she says, “She goes on a discovery of self-love. It’s not just outward; it has to be inward.” Ironically, Roxana can turn invisible, which Deeble finds hilarious, “since she always loves to be seen.”

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Matteo (Faly Rakotohavana)

The strong and silent type, Matteo tends to fade into the background—initially, at least. “He is super shy and very awkward. He wants to fit in but he has trouble doing so, because he’s scared of what other people may think of him,” says Rakotohavana. “His whole arc throughout the film is gaining a sense of confidence and learning to control his powers.” According to Rakotohavana, “His power is really funny, because it’s literally a reflection of Matteo himself. He can control insects, which might not seem very useful. Like, ‘Ew, bugs! Ew, Matteo!’ But he learns that just like his insects, he plays an important role in his team.”

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James (Skylar Astin)

James, a professor and mentor to the new class of second-born royals, has a boyfriend named Henry, an iguana named Jeff, and a severe gluten allergy—but that’s just scratching the surface. “He can multiply,” says Astin. “He can clone himself and clean a room really fast or he can be a better teacher who gets their ear a little bit easier—and it also comes in handy when fighting crime.” As his character mentors the five students, Astin adds, “Disney fans are going to go on a wild, fun ride. This movie really emphasizes the importance of teamwork and inclusivity and coming together from different parts of the world against a common enemy. I think that is very palpable right now. That is a timeless, valuable lesson.”

Meet the rest of the characters—including Sam’s best friend, Mike (Noah Lomax); her sister, Eleanor (Ashley Liao); her mom, Queen Catherine (Elodie Yung); and her foe, Inmate 34 (Greg Bryk)—when Secret Society of Second-Born Royals debuts on Disney+!

The Mandalorian Helps Drive Disney to 22 Emmy® Awards for 2020

By Beth Deitchman

Just 10 months after its launch, Disney+ received eight trophies in the 72nd Emmy® Awards, including seven Emmys® for The Mandalorian, from Lucasfilm, and one for Pixar’s Forky Asks a Question: What is Love. This marks the most Emmy wins ever for a streaming service in its inaugural year.

Titles from across The Walt Disney Company combined to win 21 Creative Arts Emmys plus two juried awards and one Primetime Emmy, which was given to Uzo Aduba for her acclaimed performance in the FX limited series Mrs. America, for a total of 24 awards in all for this year. In addition to The Mandalorian, ABC’s Live in Front of a Studio Audience: “All in the Family” and “Good Times” and The Oscars®, and National Geographic’s The Cave were honored in multiple categories, receiving two Emmys apiece. Disney’s additional Emmy-winning titles also included black-ish from ABC; Godfather of Harlem and This Is Us from Disney Television Studios; Archer from FX (juried award); The Handmaid’s Tale from Hulu; Life Below Zero and National Geographic Presents Cosmos: Possible Worlds from National Geographic (juried award); and The Last Dance from ESPN, which was named Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series.

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Both the Creative Arts Emmy Awards and the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards ceremonies looked a bit different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Creative Arts Emmys were announced in five ceremonies held from September 14–19 on Emmys.com and, for the final night, broadcast live on FXX. Jimmy Kimmel presided over the Emmy festivities last night on ABC, hosting live from Los Angeles’ Staples Center where an advanced technological set-up made it possible to produce the first major awards show during the global health crisis.

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Kimmel kicked off the primetime ceremony with an opening monologue that was missing only one thing: a live audience. Revealing that he was standing alone on stage at Staples Center rather than amusing a packed house full of TV’s biggest stars (who appeared to be in attendance via archival footage from previous years), Kimmel stressed our collective need for fun right now and the desire to celebrate television—that “old friend” who has been there for us during the pandemic, 24 hours a day. Through everything, Kimmel said, “television is there for you.”

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Uzo Aduba went on to take home the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie for her role in FX’s Mrs. America as Shirley Chisholm, who made history as the first African American Congresswoman. Accepting her award from home, Aduba thanked Chisholm “for her championship for all people who have been forgotten and marginalized, who she represented.”

Below is the list of all of The Walt Disney Company’s Emmy recipients for 2020. Congratulations to all of the winners!

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Live in Front of a Studio Audience: “All in the Family” and “Good Times” (2 wins)

  • Outstanding Variety Special (Live)
  • Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Special

The Oscars (2 Wins)

  • Outstanding Production Design For A Variety Special
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Series Or Special

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  • Outstanding Contemporary Hairstyling – “Hair Day”

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The Mandalorian (7 wins)

  • Outstanding Cinematography For A Single Camera Series (Half-Hour) – “Chapter 7: The Reckoning”
  • Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Program (Half-Hour) – “Chapter 1: The Mandalorian”
  • Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score) – “Chapter 8: Redemption”
  • Outstanding Sound Editing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation – “Chapter 1: The Mandalorian”
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation – “Chapter 2: The Child”
  • Outstanding Special Visual Effects – “Chapter 2: The Child”
  • Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie

DISNEY+ / PIXAR
Forky Asks a Question: What Is Love?

  • Outstanding Short Form Animated Program

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Godfather of Harlem

  • Outstanding Main Title Design

This Is Us

  • Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series – Ron Cephas Jones – “After the Fire”

ESPN
The Last Dance

  • Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series

FX NETWORKS / FXP
Mrs. America

  • Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie – UzoAduba

Archer

  • Outstanding Individual Achievement In Animation (juried)

HULU
The Handmaid’s Tale

  • Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour Or More) – “Household”

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The Cave (2 wins)

  • Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking
  • Outstanding Cinematography For A Nonfiction Program

Life Below Zero

  • Outstanding Cinematography For A Reality Program

National Geographic Presents Cosmos: Possible Worlds (1 win, 1 juried win)

  • Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction Or Reality Series
  • Outstanding Innovation In Interactive Programming (juried)

JUST ANNOUNCED: Celebrate The Mandalorian with Mando Mondays

By the D23 Team

Ready to discover a bounty of all-new Star Wars products, books, comics, and digital content inspired by Disney+’s hit Lucasfilm series The Mandalorian? Well pour yourself a glass of Blue Milk and settle in, because we’ve got some fantastic news for you… Disney and Lucasfilm just announced Mando Mondays—an all-new product-reveal program, debuting tons of amazing goods inspired by The Mandalorian—kicks off on October 26, only a few days before the big season-two premiere of The Mandalorian.

From then on, after experiencing the latest episode every Friday on Disney+, fans can light speed over to MandoMondays.com each Monday to see what must-have new toys, collectibles, apparel, books, comics, digital content, and more will be unveiled. The intergalactic fun will continue for nine weeks, culminating on December 21.

But that’s not all: To celebrate this momentous occasion, select pre-orders for the first wave of Mando Mondays products will kick off today at 1 p.m. PST / 4 p.m. EST—through shopDisney.com as well as a host of global retailers. Products available for pre-order include the Hasbro Black Series Credit Collection; new Funko Pop! Bobbleheads; the LEGO® Star Wars The Child construction set; and so much more—all viewable right this very minute at MandoMondays.com.

The countdown begins… now! For more details, visit the Mando Mondays website—make sure follow the conversation on social too, using the hashtag #MandoMondays—and don’t forget to mark your calendars for the much-anticipated season-two premiere of The Mandalorian on Friday, October 30, streaming only on Disney+!

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Wild Design: Bongo’s Frontier Fashion

By Rebecca Cline, Director, Walt Disney Archives

Long before Henry led the Country Bears in their “Jamboree,” or even before Walt Disney made Davy Crockett’s raccoon skin cap all the rage in the 1950s, another famous Disney bear nearly sported some very “lively” headgear on top of his little red cap.

These story sketches for an unproduced comedy gag for the featurette Bongo (1947) were rediscovered in the Walt Disney Archives art collection a few years ago, but still delight us every time we talk about them. Created circa 1945, the drawings are not signed—so we cannot confirm the artist—but as Disney Legend Marc Davis was a character animator on the film, they may have provided inspiration for him when he helped create the beloved Audio-Animatronics® characters of Henry and his raccoon pal Sammy in the late 1960s for the eventual Country Bear Jamboree at Disney Parks.

Either way, consider this a coincidence we find to be “beary” fun.

5 Fantastic Things to Watch This Week

By Zach Johnson

Plan your nights accordingly, because there are a lot of new things to watch this week!

Monday marks the return of both Big Hero 6 The Series on Disney XD and DisneyNOW and Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC. This week also brings two inspiring specials: ABC’s TIME100 and Nat Geo WILD’s India from Above. Rounding out the viewing options is Secret Society of Second-Born Royals, a brand-new original movie that will stream exclusively on Disney+.

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Big Hero 6 The Series—Monday, September 21, at 7:30 p.m. ET on Disney XD and DisneyNOW
In the season premiere, Hiro (voice of Ryan Potter) and a short-handed Big Hero 6 team—Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), Go Go (voice of Jamie Chung), Wasabi (voice of Khary Payton), Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez), and Fred (voice of Brooks Wheelan)—attempt to stop Noodle Burger Boy (voice of Lucas Neff) and his new family. For more on what to expect in season three, check out an exclusive clip and interview with Big Hero 6 The Series’ executive producers Nick Filippi, Mark McCorkle, and Bob Schooley.

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Jimmy Kimmel Live!—Monday, September 21, at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC
Jimmy Kimmel will end his summer hiatus the day after hosting and executive producing the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards® on ABC. Jimmy Kimmel Live! will return to its home at the El Capitan Entertainment Centre in Hollywood and also return to its regular, one-hour format. Guests for the premiere will include Charles Barkley and The Chicks, the latter of whom will also perform.

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TIME100—Tuesday, September 22, at 10:02 p.m. ET on ABC
ABC, in partnership with TIME, will bring the annual TIME100 list of the world’s most influential people to life with a one-night-only television event. For the first time since the iconic list’s inception, viewers will get an entertainment-filled inside look at the leaders, creators, and everyday heroes comprising the 2020 list ahead of its print debut. TIME100 will reveal the full list by category—Pioneers, Artists, Leaders, Icons, and Titans—and feature clips and exclusive interviews with each honoree. Look forward to special appearances by Trevor Noah, Sandra Oh, Kumail Nanjiani, John Legend, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle, in addition to performances by Halsey, Jennifer Hudson, and The Weeknd.

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India from Above—Thursday, September 24, at 9 p.m. ET on Nat Geo WILD
One of the world’s oldest continuing civilizations, India has the youngest population of any country on the planet. With an average age of 29 years old, the population is now faced with the largest democratic exercise in human history. The latest From Above special hovers over the 850 million voters casting their ballots in 2019 to form a government. This story of India, simultaneously modern and steeped in mysticism, is told over two powerful episodes.

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Secret Society of Second-Born Royals—Friday, September 25, on Disney+
Meet Sam (Peyton Elizabeth Lee), a teenager who’s second in line to the throne of the kingdom of Illyria. Sam is ready to rebuke her royal title… until she discovers she has super-human powers and is invited to join a secret society of similar extraordinary second-born royals who keep the world safe. With guidance from their instructor, James (Skylar Astin), Sam and a new roster of royal recruits—Roxana (Olivia Deeble), Tuma (Niles Fitch), Matteo (Faly Rakotohavana), and January (Isabella Blake-Thomas)—must soon learn to harness their new powers at a top-secret training facility before they can defend the world.

The Wonderful World of Disney Returns to ABC—Plus More in News Briefs

By Courtney Potter

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ABC’s The Wonderful World of Disney Returns with Guardians of the Galaxy

Mark those calendars for the return of ABC’s The Wonderful World of Disney! Yes, the beloved series will make its way back onto our TV screens (or streaming device of choice) beginning Wednesday, September 23, when it features the network broadcast premiere of Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy.

Lest you’re drawing a blank on the hilarious, action-packed plot of the 2014 hit, here’s a refresher: A bounty is placed on impetuous adventurer Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) after he steals a mysterious orb coveted by the powerful villain Ronan (Lee Pace). To evade Ronan once and for all, Quill is forced to forge an unlikely alliance with a quartet of misfits—Rocket (voice of Bradley Cooper), a gun-toting raccoon; Groot (voice of Vin Diesel), a tree-like humanoid; Gamora (Zoe Saldana), an enigmatic assassin; and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), a vengeful warrior. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the threat it poses, he must rally his ragtag team for a last stand… all while the cosmos’ fate hangs in the balance.

The Wonderful World of Disney presents iconic feature films currently available on Disney+ in primetime on ABC. Pop some corn and settle in!

5 Fantastic Things to Watch This Weekend

Speaking of assembling snacks and finding the comfiest spot on the couch, here’s what you can expect for some choice viewing from around the worlds of Disney this very weekend. If it’s a sports-related rom-com you’re craving, 2002’s Bend It Like Beckham debuts on Disney+ beginning Friday, September 18. And for fans of all things TV, you positively cannot miss the 72nd Primetime Emmy® Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, airing live at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. With Kimmel at the helm—and nominees reporting in virtually—it’s sure to be a supremely memorable night… Read up on all these, and more, by clicking here.

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Big Milestone for Construction of TRON Lightcycle / Run at Magic Kingdom Park

Here’s some great scoop out of Walt Disney World Resort: Walt Disney Imagineering has just reached a major milestone in the development of TRON Lightcycle / Run at Magic Kingdom park. This week, our pals at the Disney Parks Blog shared pictures of the very first piece of canopy being installed in what will become an instant iconic attraction—and portal to The Grid in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park.

This was the first of nearly 40 pieces that will create a dramatic “curved wave” canopy, known as the Upload Conduit. Zach Riddley, Walt Disney World Site Portfolio Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering, told the blog that “each section is strategically assembled before installation, including alignment of the steel, welding, grinding, some painting, and electrical work. It’s an intricate process and something we’ll get to see rise before our eyes over the coming weeks and months.”

The massive, awe-inspiring canopy will swirl organically over guests as they race beneath it aboard a Lightcycle, which serves as a digital bridge for their transition into The Grid. Dynamic stripes of lights will follow along the canopy as the Lightcycles speed by, which is sure to look truly stunning to riders and bystanders alike. We can’t wait to see the whole thing in action!

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Tokyo Disneyland Celebrates All-New Fun Beginning September 28

In other Disney Parks and Resorts news: It’s the largest expansion in the park’s history, and it all kicks off later this month… If you’ve kept those eyes peeled here at D23.com, you know that Tokyo Disneyland has been gearing up for the big reveal of incredible new fun stretching across Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, and Toontown—and now we know when guests will be able to experience the magic for the first time! Disney Parks Blog just this week announced that these new attractions, restaurants, and shops will debut on Monday, September 28.

The additions to Fantasyland will bring Disney’s iconic 1991 animated film Beauty and the Beast to life through the Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast attraction, themed shops, and all-new dining locations. Over in Tomorrowland, guests will experience the fresh new The Happy Ride with Baymax attraction inspired by the Oscar®-winning 2014 hit Big Hero 6. Meanwhile, Toontown will offer a new Disney Character greeting experience called Minnie’s Style Studio, and guests will find new delectable delights at The Big Pop, a specialized popcorn shop.

Congrats to all involved, and let the celebrations commence!

The Mandalorian Season 2 Trailer Revealed!

Show of hands—who’s already counting down the days until the brand-new season of The Mandalorian begins on Disney+? (Truth be told, we’ve been counting down basically since we watched the final episode of season one.) We’ve still got a little over a month to go before the title character, portrayed by Pedro Pascal—and his ridiculously adorable sidekick, the Child—return, but just this week we were gifted with a brand-new second-season trailer to help tide us over… If you haven’t already, check it out, above!

The next season will find this dynamic duo continuing their journey, facing enemies and rallying allies as they make their way through a dangerous galaxy in the tumultuous era after the collapse of the Galactic Empire. In addition to Pascal, The Mandalorian stars Gina Carano as Cara Dune, Carl Weathers as Greef Karga, and Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon. Episode directors this time ’round include such notables as Disney Legend Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, Weathers, Peyton Reed, and Robert Rodriguez. Look for season two of The Mandalorian beginning Friday, October 30, streaming only on Disney+.

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Character Art Revealed for All-New Animated Episode of ABC’s black-ish

We were already totally tickled by the thought of a fully animated episode of ABC’s hit series black-ish—but now that we’ve seen the character art for the special event, we seriously can’t wait! Take a look at the fun animated version of the Johnson family in the just-released image, above.

The animated half-hour is part of a special one-hour event on Sunday, October 4, beginning at 10 p.m. EDT (ahead of the show’s season premiere on Wednesday, October 21). First up, in “Election Special Pt. 1,” Junior (Marcus Scribner) is excited for his first time voting but discovers he’s been purged from the voter polls, so he does a deep dive into why—trying to understand the systems in place for voter registration. Then, in the special animated episode, “Election Special Pt. 2,” Dre’s (Anthony Anderson) colleague Stevens (Peter Mackenzie) makes an ill-advised decision to run for Congress, so Dre enlists his family’s help and campaigns against him… but gets caught up with fundraising and private interest groups. Both parts of the special are directed by Oscar® winner Matthew A. Cherry (Hair Love).

Just a head’s up, for planning purposes: Airdate and timing for this special are subject to change due to the NBA Finals schedule.

Just Announced: Disney+ to Debut The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse

Come along and sing a song, and join the jamboree—an all-new animated shorts series is coming to Disney+, starring the one and only Mickey Mouse! From the good folks behind Disney Channel’s Emmy® Award-winning Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts comes The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse, premiering on the streaming service on Mickey’s birthday, November 18. Read all the news that’s currently fit to print about the series by clicking right here.

ABC Reveals Scripted Drama Series Premiere Dates for Fall 2020

By Zach Johnson

Let the drama begin! Moments ago, ABC announced the highly anticipated premiere dates for its scripted drama series slate, rounding out the network’s fall 2020 schedule. Dates for the network’s new and returning unscripted and comedy series were previously announced.

“Our fall schedule is now complete with a dynamic lineup of new and returning drama series,” said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. “From fan-favorite shows like Grey’s Anatomy and The Good Doctor to David E. Kelley’s thrilling new drama Big Sky, our strength is in our storytelling, and we could not be more energized to bring these compelling series to our viewers.”

ABC’s scripted drama series premiere dates are as follows:

Monday, November 2
10–11 p.m. ET/PT: The Good Doctor (Season 4)

Thursday, November 12
8–9 p.m. ET/PT: Station 19 (Season 4)
9–11 p.m. ET/PT: Grey’s Anatomy (Season 17) (Two-Hour Premiere)

Tuesday, November 17
10:01–11 p.m. ET/PT: Big Sky (Series Premiere)

Wednesday, November 18
10–11 p.m. ET/PT: For Life (Season 2)

Thursday, November 19
10:01–11 p.m. ET/PT: A Million Little Things (Season 3)

Note: The Rookie will premiere later in the season.

All the Mousequerade Winners to Inspire You for the Halloween Mousequerade Costume Contest

By Jocelyn Buhlman

While most of us Disney fans have dreamed of twirling in a princess dress or creeping in a villainous cape, those talented enough to craft, create, and sew are able to make those pixie-dusted dreams a reality. There’s no better showcase of the sheer talent that Disney costume crafters possess than Mousequerade—our costume contest highlighting all the wonderful and wacky costumes Disney fans create. Combine Mousequerade with Halloween (the other time of year when talented costume creators emerge to strut their stuff) and we have the perfect recipe for dazzling Disney delights! If you’re thread-y to show off your skills, you can enter our Halloween costume contest now through October 1. Not sure what Disney duds to don? We’ve rounded up the past winners of our costume contests to help give you the spark to create your own enchanting ensembles.

2013

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Before there was Mousequerade, there was… Heroes and Villains à la Mode! This costume contest from 2013 featured five awards categories: best original design, best re-creation, best craftsmanship, best young fan, and best in show.

Best Original Design — Antagonista

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Best Re-recreation: Merida

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Best Craftsmanship: Prince Edward and Giselle

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Best Young Fan: The Rocketeer

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Best in Show: Queen Amidala

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2015

past expo mousequerade winners

In 2015, the costume contest transformed into the Mousequerade we know and love. Hosted by Disney’s Jim Babcock, the five-category contest was judged by luminaries including Dancing with the Stars winner Alfonso Ribeiro; Once Upon a Time costume designer Eduardo Castro; Global Entertainment Costume Design Lead for Disney Parks, Leigh Slaughter; and former Disney Channel star Zendaya! The five categories in which cosplayers competed were Heroes Unmasked; Once Upon a Costume; The Wonderful Worlds of Disney; Weird, Wild, and Goofy; and Best of Star Wars.

Heroes Unmasked: Spider-Man

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Once Upon a Costume: Ursula

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The Wonderful Worlds of Disney: Matterhorn Yeti

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Weird, Wild, and Goofy: SuperDiamondDisney60TextMeAdliocious

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Best of Star Wars: Chewbacca Beast

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Best in Show: Matterhorn Yeti

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2017

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This year saw the debut of two of our current Mousequerade judges: Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the creator of the Her Universe clothing line; and Yvette Nicole Brown, host of The Big Fib on Disney+. Joining them was another judge with an eye for scary-good design: Descendants 2 costume designer (and Project Runway alum) Kara Saun! The five categories this year brought back some familiar categories along with some new categories that promised to inspire epic costumes: Once Upon a Costume, Worlds of Adventure, Heroes and Villains, Inspired by Disney, and Cast of Characters.

Once Upon a Costume: Sally

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Worlds of Adventure: Groot

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Heroes and Villains: Te Fiti and Te Ka

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Inspired by Disney: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

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Cast of Characters: Mary Poppins, Bert the Chimney Sweep, and Mr. and Mrs. Banks

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Best of the Best: Te Fiti and Te Ka

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2019

past expo mousequerade winners

The 2019 Mousequerade was our most recent display of costume delights, featuring the return of Eckstein and Brown as our faithful judges, along with newcomer Jennifer Leonard—owner and designer of clothing line Raw Threads. The categories remained the same as in 2017—and the costumes were once again beyond anything we’d ever imagined!

Once Upon a Costume: Lumiere

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Worlds of Adventure: Princess Shuri

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Heroes and Villains: Ursula

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Inspired by Disney: The Grim Grinning Gown

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Cast of Characters: Mad Princess Party

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Best of the Best: The Grim Grinning Gown

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Who will take home the Best in Show prize for this year’s Mousequerade? Maybe it’s you! Starting now through October 1, you can enter your costume themed to “All Things Disney” for a chance to win.

Everything New You Can Stream on Disney+ in October 2020

By Zach Johnson

Disney+ has spoken.

The second season of the Emmy® Award-winning series The Mandalorian will premiere October 30, capping off an exciting month that includes new episodes of The Big Fib, Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, One Day at Disney, Weird But True!, and more! On October 9, blast off with two episodes of The Right Stuff, a brand-new original series from National Geographic that chronicles the incredible story of the early days of the U.S. space program. Another new series joining Disney+ on October 16 is Meet the Chimps, which takes animal lovers into one of the largest and most unique wildlife sanctuaries in the world. That same day, Disney+ will premiere the movie Clouds, inspired by the incredible true story of Zach Sobiech, a musically gifted high school student living with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer. And Frozen fans will finally learn more about Olaf’s backstory when the new Walt Disney Animation Studios animated short, Once Upon a Snowman, premieres October 23.

All the confirmed film and television titles coming to Disney+ in October are listed below:

Thursday, October 1
Maleficent

Friday, October 2
Beverly Hills Chihuahua
Cheaper by the Dozen 2
Mr. Holland’s Opus
Secrets of the Zoo: Down Under (Season 1)
The Simpsons (Season 31)
Zenimation Extended Edition (Premiere)
Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Episode 102—“Happy Birthday, Gino!”)
One Day at Disney (Episode 144—“Pablo Tufino: Ride Show Technician”)
Weird But True! (Episode 308—“Our Solar System”)

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Friday, October 9
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Oil Spill of the Century
Wild Portugal
X2: X-Men United
Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Episode 103—“Betty and the Beast”)
One Day at Disney (Episode 145—“Gabriela Clark: Creative Print Marketing”)
The Right Stuff (Premiere) (Episode 101—“Sierra Hotel”) (Episode 102—“Goodies”)
Weird But True! (Episode 309—“Cooking”)

magic of disney's animal kingdom

Friday, October 16
Disney Junior The Rocketeer (Season 1)
Drain (Season 3)
Lost on Everest
Marvel’s Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United
Clouds (Premiere)
One Day at Disney (Episode 146—“Alfredo Ayala: R&D Imagineer”)
Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Episode 104—“Meet the Mandrills”)
Meet the Chimps (Premiere)
The Right Stuff (Episode 103—“Single Combat Warrior”)
Weird But True! (Episode 310—“Explorers”)

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Friday, October 23
Gathering Storm (Season 1)
India from Above (Season 1)
Marvel Super Hero Adventures (Shorts) (Season 4)
Pompeii: Secrets of the Dead
Ultimate Viking Sword
Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Episode 105—“Aardvark Love!”)
Once Upon a Snowman (Premiere)
The Big Fib (New Episodes: 116–130)
One Day at Disney (Episode 147—“Jason Benetti: Play-by-Play Commentator”)
The Right Stuff (Episode 104—“Advent”)
Weird But True! (Episode 311—“Scuba Diving”)

the mandalorian

Friday, October 30
Disney The Owl House (Season 1)
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
X-Ray Earth (Season 1)
The Mandalorian (Season Premiere)
Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Episode 106—“Peri’s Prickly Pregnancy”)
One Day at Disney (Episode 148—“Dana Amendola: Disney Theatrical Productions”)
The Right Stuff (Episode 105—“The Kona Kai Seance”)
Weird But True! (Episode 312—“Camping”)