news briefs 6-May

Blast Off with New Ralph Breaks the Internet Trailer—Plus More in News Briefs

By Courtney Potter

Ralph and Vanellope brave the wild, wooly world of the Internet, and a brassy buccaneer is making her Disneyland park debut… See more, along with other news from around Disney, in this week’s news briefs!

It’s a Worldwide Web of Fun in New Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 Trailer

Everyone’s favorite video-game misfits are back in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ highly anticipated Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2… and courtesy of this hilarious new trailer, above, we now have a better idea of just how Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) face the thrilling, colorful world of the Internet.

It all starts when the pair ventures into the world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush. In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the ‘Net to help navigate their way, including a website entrepreneur named Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson) and the adorable brains behind the search bar “KnowsMore” (voice of Disney animation fave Alan Tudyk). But that’s not all: This trailer gives us our first peek at the film’s ludicrously amazing gathering of Disney Princesses, voiced by the original actresses—including Jodi Benson as The Little Mermaid’s Ariel, Anika Noni Rose as The Princess and the Frog’s Tiana, Kristen Bell as Frozen’s Anna, and more!

Look for Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 in theaters this Thanksgiving.

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

D23 and Walt Disney Archives
June 9, 2018
D23’s Mickey’s of Glendale Shopping Experience in Florida
June 9, 2018
D23’s Incredible Mixer in Bloomington, Minnesota
June 10, 2018
D23’s Incredible Mixer in Atlanta, Georgia
June 14, 2018
Enjoy Complimentary Tickets to a Special Screening of Disney•Pixar’s Incredibles 2
June 23, 2018
D23’s Magical Screening Series: Robin Hood on the Lot
June 24, 2018
D23’s Incredible Mixer in Altamonte Springs, Florida
June 29, 2018
Lunch with Disney Legend: Burny Mattinson
June 30, 2018
D23’s Magical Screening Series: Robin Hood at Walt Disney World
November 16-18, 2018
Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse
August 23-25, 2019
D23 Expo 2019
Parks
June 23, 2018
Pixar Pier opens at Disney California Adventure
June 30, 2018
Toy Story Land opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
August 17, 24, 28, 31
September 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park
August 30-November 12, 2018
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
September7-October 31, 2018
Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort
Summer 2019
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening at Disneyland Resort
Fall 2019
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening at and Walt Disney World Resort


Studios
June 15, 2018
Incredibles 2 opens in U.S. theaters
July 6, 2018
Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp opens in U.S. theaters opens in U.S. theaters
August 3, 2018
Disney’s Christopher Robin opens in U.S. theaters
November 2, 2018
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms opens in U.S. theaters
December 19, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns opens in U.S. theaters
Television
June 9, 2018
Big Hero 6 The Series premieres on Disney Channel (9 a.m. ET/PT)
June 18, 2018
Big City Greens premieres on Disney Channel (9:30 a.m. ET/PT)

news briefs 6-May

Redd Pirate to Debut at Disneyland Park on Friday, June 8!

Ahoy, mateys! Some terribly thrillin’ news from our hearty pals over at the Disneyland Resort: A brassy buccaneer by the name of Redd is soon arriving at Disneyland park, and she’ll be ready to greet visitors in New Orleans Square beginning this Friday, June 8.

According to the Disney Parks Blog, Redd has “been ‘round the world, but the sea is always home”… and she’s currently looking for “brave sorts of recruits for a few little ventures.” Are you bold enough to consider joining Redd for some oceanic escapades? Make sure to visit her at Disneyland park this summer, and you might just find out!

news briefs 6-May

Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure Premiering on Disney Channel June 24

The second season of Disney Channel’s Tangled: The Series is just over the horizon—and it’s celebrating with a brand-new title and a gaggle of great guest voices!

Now called Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure, this new chapter of the Emmy® Award-nominated series will follow Rapunzel (voice of Mandy Moore) as she ventures outside of the kingdom in search of where the mystical black rocks lead, after discovering she’s somehow connected to them. Accompanying Rapunzel on her journey is her partner-in-life, Eugene (aka Flynn, voice of Zachary Levi); her best friend and confidante, Cassandra (voice of Eden Espinosa); her loyal chameleon sidekick, Pascal; no-nonsense and dutiful horse, Maximus; Eugene’s best friend, Lance (voice of Tony® Award winner James Monroe Iglehart); and the Snuggly Duckling Pub Thugs. Together, they’ll discover new people and places and embark on an incredible new adventure far beyond Corona’s walls…

Guest voices for season two include Oscar® nominee Carol Kane (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Kathy Najimy (Hocus Pocus), Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice), Britt Robertson (ABC’s For the People), and Timothy Dalton (License to Kill).

Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure—which will again feature fabulous music from Disney Legend Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater—premieres on Sunday, June 24, at 8 a.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel, the DisneyNOW app, and Disney Channel VOD.

news briefs 6-May

Minnie Van Transportation Service Now Available Across Walt Disney World Resort  

If you’re visiting Walt Disney World Resort soon, you’ll be happy to know there’s a great new way to get to the fun: The Minnie Van transportation service, first announced last summer, is now available for everyone at WDW through the Lyft app.

The service features comfy private vans (driven by trained Disney Cast Members) that offer an easy way for guests to travel to and from all the resort’s parks, hotels, restaurants, and even shopping at Disney Springs. All you need to do is download the Lyft app, open it from anywhere inside the Walt Disney World Resort, and select the Minnie Van service option. And with Lyft, you can request your ride and pay for it all within your smartphone.

Available daily between 6:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. (hours subject to change), the Minnie Van service is polka-dotted convenience for the whole family. Check it out!

news briefs 6-May

Family Food Fight Coming to ABC

Foodies of the world, take heed: There’s a new food-related competition series coming soon to ABC, and we have a feeling it’ll be a deliciously good time.

Based on a hit series from Australia, Family Food Fight will be hosted by restaurateur, food maven, and New York Times best-selling cookbook author Ayesha Curry. The eight-episode series will feature eight families from across the country sharing a common kitchen and pulling out their best culinary moves—serving up authentic family dishes (and drama!) while tapping into their diverse cultural heritage and lots of cool culinary influences. Ultimately, the family who impresses a panel of foodie greats, including host Curry, will take home a cool $100,000 prize and the title of America’s No. 1 Food Family!

Stay tuned to D23.com for more information—including an official airdate—as it becomes available.

news briefs 6-May

news briefs 6-May

Fan Favorites Added to Radio Disney Music Awards Lineup

We’re just weeks away from the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards—and incredible music acts are being added to the show’s lineup as we speak! Case in point: DJ and electronic dance music producer Marshmello and alt-pop trio Echosmith will join previously announced artists Meghan Trainor, Charlie Puth, and American Idol winner Maddie Poppe to rock the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood like never before…

Voting for this year’s RDMAs is still open; fans can make their voices heard and vote for the artists they want to take home a coveted “ARDY” in six different ways—via Disney.com/RDMA; the Radio Disney app; the DisneyNOW app; Google Search Voting; and Radio Disney’s Facebook and Twitter.

The winners will be announced live on Friday, June 22—with a special telecast of the sixth annual event presented on Saturday, June 23 (beginning at 8 p.m. EDT/PDT), on Disney Channel, Radio Disney, the Radio Disney app, the DisneyNOW app, and Disney.com/RDMA. Don’t miss the action!

First Behind-the-Scenes Set Photo from Disney’s Descendants 3

Filming is currently underway for Descendants 3—and all our favorite villain kids (VKs) will be back for more singing, dancing, and villain-y action. (And honestly, we can’t wait!) So color us a-tingle when we spied this new behind-the-scenes set photo (above) featuring Cameron Boyce as Carlos, the son of Cruella de Vil; Sofia Carson as Evie, the daughter of the Evil Queen; Dove Cameron as Mal, the daughter of Maleficent; and Booboo Stewart as Jay, the son of Jafar… all gussied up in their VK finery.

Director/choreographer Kenny Ortega (Newsies; the High School Musical trilogy) is back for this third sure-to-be-memorable installment, as are writers Sara Parriott and Josann McGibbon and costume designer Kara Saun (whose work you might recognize from Project Runway). Keep your eyes peeled for more Descendants 3 news in the coming months!

A Stunning Summer of Super Heroes at Disney California Adventure Park

This summer, Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure park is positively chockablock with Super Heroes, who are ready to mingle with their mightiest fans. And there’s a super new addition to their roster—Doctor Strange, now appearing for the very first time at the Disneyland Resort. For a sneak peek at what you can expect from your audience with the Master of the Mystic Arts, check out the clip from our friends at Disney Parks, above.

All manner of heroes (including Black Panther, Captain America, Gamora, and Thor) will be looking for some new recruits throughout Hollywood Land this summer—but they’re only around for a limited time! We know what we’re doing this weekend…