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ABC’s New Shows & A Pirates Life in Shanghai—Plus More in News Briefs

By Courtney Potter

ABC announces its huge 2017–18 season, and Cars 3 revs up a new trailer… Read more, along with other news from around Disney, in this week’s news briefs!

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ABC Announces Amazing New Slate of Primetime Shows for 2017–18

It’s a big week in the world of television… networks are announcing their new shows for the 2017–18 season, including our pals at ABC. And boy howdy, do they have a fabulous new season planned or what?! From the return of the network’s legendary comedy Roseanne (complete with the original cast—including both Beckys!) for an eight-episode reboot; to a brand-new hour from Shonda Rhimes (Scandal), a cool new Marvel series, and shows featuring the likes of Jenna Fischer (The Office), Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel), and Jason Ritter (Gravity Falls, Parenthood)… there’s a little something for everyone. Read all about the new series—and your returning favorites—here and here.

Save the Date!
Be sure to mark these upcoming Disney events on your calendar:

D23 and Walt Disney Archives
May 19, 2017
D23’s Behind-the-Scenes Experience: An Afternoon Adventure to Pandora with Joe Rohde in Florida
May 20, 2017
D23 Invites Members to be Among the First to Explore Pandora—The World of Avatar
June 3, 2017
D23’s Behind-the-Scenes Experience: A Return to Walt’s Birthplace in Florida
July 14-16, 2017
D23 Expo 2017
October 1, 2017
D23’s Fanniversary Celebrates 35 Years of Epcot
October 1, 2017
A Progressive Dinner Celebrating 35 Years of Epcot
October 3, 2017
D23’s Sip and Stroll
March 1–May 29, 2017
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
May 27, 2017
Pandora—The World of Avatar opening at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
May 27, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! opening at Disney California Adventure
August 31-November 13, 2017
Epcot Food & Wine Festival
Star Wars-Themed Lands Opening at Disneyland and Walt Disney World

May 26, 2017
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens in theaters
June 16, 2017
Cars 3 opens in theaters
November 3, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok opens in theaters
November 22, 2017
Coco opens in theaters
December 15, 2017
Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters
July 21, 2017
Disney’s Descendants 2 debuts on Disney Channel, Disney XD, Freeform, Lifetime and ABC (8 p.m. ET)
July 21, 2017
Raven’s Home debuts on Disney Channel (10 p.m. ET)

Cars 3 Revs its Engines with a New Trailer

Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is back—and he’s facing his toughest opponent yet: upstart racer Jackson Storm (voice of Armie Hammer). It’s truly a rivalry for the ages… and it’s highlighted in the film’s brand-new trailer, above.

Initially, this new conflict means Lightning feels like he’s getting pushed out of the sport he’s cherished his whole life. To get back on track, he’ll need the help of an eager race technician named Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo)—who’s got her own ideas about how to win—as well as a little inspiration from his late, great friend, the Fabulous Hudson Hornet. Watch Lightning speed into history when Cars 3 debuts in theaters on June 16.

Johnny Depp

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Sails into Shanghai

Arr! Our “mateys” in China had the thrill of a lifetime last week when the stars of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales traveled to Shanghai Disneyland Resort to attend the film’s massive world premiere.

Actors Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites—as well as directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg and producer Jerry Bruckheimer—were all in attendance, and were greeted by throngs of fans during the red-carpet event… which was followed by a screening of the new film at the Walt Disney Grand Theatre at the resort’s Disneytown area.

Jack Sparrow

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales follows a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack (Depp) as he’s pursued by deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem). His only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon—but to find it, he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant astronomer, and Henry (Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his shabby sidekick of a ship, the good Cap’n seeks not only to reverse his spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable foe he’s ever encountered! The film sails into theaters on May 26.

Aladdin scene in new Fantastic

Fantasmic! Returns to Disneyland Park This Summer!

“Some imagination, huh?” Twenty-five years ago (can you believe it?), Disneyland Park’s Rivers of America first welcomed the nighttime spectacular Fantasmic!… and lucky for us, after a bit of a break (we all need vacations), it’s returning this summer—bigger and better than ever.

Once it’s back at the riverfront, Fantasmic! will feature new magic—including new mist screens that’ll use state-of-the-art projection technology for brighter, more vibrant visuals—as well as new scenes inspired by Disney animated classics such as Aladdin. One of the truly awesome new scenes will find Aladdin and Jasmine floating over a bed of fog on their flying carpet during “A Whole New World.” We cannot wait!

Keep an eye on this space for more info on Fantasmic!’s return—including a firm date for opening—as it becomes available… and make sure to check out the refreshed spectacular this summer at Disneyland.

Disney Explorers Lodge

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort’s Brand-New Hotel

Disney Explorers Lodge, a unique new 750-room resort, just opened at Hong Kong Disneyland—and D23 has a fantastic rundown on what makes it so special. Read all about it here. (Hints: It has four beautiful, magical gardens; three delicious restaurants; and special merchandise a-plenty!)

Billy Dilley’s Super-Duper Subterranean Summer

And the Award for Best Title Goes To… Disney XD’s Newest Animated Series!

Honestly, we were sold on this new show from Disney XD just from the title alone. Billy Dilley’s Super-Duper Subterranean Summer, an animated comedy series from Emmy® Award-winning director Aaron Springer (Disney’s Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts), will premiere on the network with multiple airings (we’re not kidding—you can see it at 7 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. EDT) on Saturday, June 3. New episodes will continue to roll out daily through Thursday, June 15.

The show follows the adventures of an eccentric science-obsessed seventh grader, Billy Dilley, and his lab partners Zeke and Marsha; their summer break takes an unexpected turn when they get stuck in a bizarre, magical world beneath Earth’s surface. Unexpectedly trapped in a new, mysterious world, Billy, Zeke, and Marsha must work together to repair his science fair project, “The Cheeserator,” in order to get back to the surface. Do they make it out? You’ll have to watch and find out…


Alert! Alert! Zombies Are on the Loose… on Disney Channel in 2018

Following in the footsteps of Disney’s Descendants 2, the next Disney Channel Original Movie is on the horizon. Zombies, directed by renowned choreographer Jeffrey Hornaday (Teen Beach Movie), just began production; get the lowdown on what to expect, and who’s who in the cast, right here.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War

New Pirates of the Caribbean Mobile Game—Available Now

Just in time for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales comes a cool new way you can take Captain Jack with you, on the go! JOYCITY, a game developer and publisher based in Korea, and Disney just announced the launch of its mobile game, Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War. The new strategy game features characters, ships, and storylines based on the hit movie franchise—and it’s available for free download (with in-app purchases) on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

In the game, players become pirates in the world of Pirates of the Caribbean and will enjoy a full sea-fight experience—right on their mobile device! As they plan strategies (through building and ship construction, as well as troops training), players can form an alliance to battle against each other, or defeat a common enemy: monsters that dwell in the sea! Players will encounter some familiar faces from Pirates of the Caribbean, including Captain Jack Sparrow, Captain Barbossa, and Will Turner. Now you have something to do while you wait in line to buy your movie tickets…