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Bo Peep is Back in Toy Story 4 and Black Panther Returns—Plus More in News Briefs

By Courtney Potter

See a beloved character in action once again, and find out where you can see a Best Picture nominee for free… Read more, along with other news from around Disney, in this week’s news briefs!

Fan Fave Bo Peep Will Re-Team with Woody and Pals in Toy Story 4

We’ve got some sheep-rific news to share, especially for fans of the Toy Story franchise (and aren’t we all?): Bo Peep is back! The long-lost friend of Woody, Buzz, and the whole gang has always shared a special connection with Woody… but they haven’t seen each other in years, and Bo has become a bit chipped and faded over time. However, Bo’s strength—and sarcasm—has always contradicted that delicate porcelain exterior, and it turns out she’s a total adventure-seeking free spirit who feels right at home on the road. When she and Woody are reunited under unlikely circumstances in the upcoming Toy Story 4, they realize they’ve grown worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy…

Check out a brief sneak-peek at Bo’s return in the new Toy Story 4 teaser, above!

Actress Annie Potts (Pretty in Pink, Young Sheldon) returns as the voice of Bo Peep. “She is modern, independent, capable, and confident,” Potts recently said of her character. “Bo is written and conceived to be inspiring as she has weathered life’s ups and downs with grace. I aspire to that.” Look for Bo when the film—directed by Josh Cooley (Riley’s First Date)—hits theaters on June 21.

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

D23 and Walt Disney Archives
February 16, 2018
D23’s Happily Ever After Brunch
February 16, 2018
D23’s Magical Screening Series: Sleeping Beauty on the Lot
February 16, 2018
D23’s Magical Screening Series: Sleeping Beauty at Walt Disney World
March 7, 2018
Don’t Miss a Complimentary Advance Screening of Captain Marvel
April 5, 2018
Lunch with a Disney Legend–Linda Larkin
April 6, 2018
D23’s Behind-the-Scenes Experience: The Lion King on Broadway
August 23-25, 2019
D23 Expo 2019
January 18-February 25, 2019
2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts
January 25-February 17, 2019
Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure
March 1-April 23, 2019
Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival
March 6-June 3, 2019
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
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

March 8, 2019
Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel opens in U.S. theaters
March 29, 2019
Dumbo opens in U.S. theaters
April 17, 2019
Penguins opens in U.S. theaters
May 24, 2019
Aladdin opens in U.S. theaters
June 21, 2019
Toy Story 4 opens in U.S. theaters
July 19, 2019
The Lion King opens in U.S. theaters
August 9, 2019
Artemis Fowl opens in U.S. theaters
February 15, 2019
Kim Possible premieres on Disney Channel (8–9:32 p.m. EST/PST)
February 24, 2019
The Oscars® airs on ABC (8–11 p.m. EST)
March 3, 2019
American Idol kicks off second season on ABC (8–10:01 p.m. EST)

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Black Panther Coming Back to Theaters—and Tickets are Free!

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is rakin’ up some truly stellar wins this “awards season”—including Best Ensemble at the recent SAG Awards… and as you know, it’s also up for Best Picture at the upcoming 91st Oscars®! So color us positively breathless regarding the following news: In celebration of Black History Month, Black Panther will return to the big screen (yes!) for a one-week engagement, from February 1 to 7, at 250 participating AMC Theatres locations nationwide. But that’s not all—to ensure that the movie is accessible to everyone, tickets are free for everyone, and there will be two showings per day at each participating theater.

The Walt Disney Company will also give a $1.5 million grant to support UNCF (United Negro College Fund) in furthering its mission to help minority students access and move to and through college. For 75 years, UNCF has been providing scholarships to students in need, and this grant is part of Disney’s longstanding commitment to diverse communities and to expanding the pipeline of talent.

For free tickets to the Black Panther showings—and a list of participating AMC theaters—visit

ICYMI: Maleficent Makes Her Magnificent Return to Magic Kingdom Park

She had a brief sojourn out of the spotlight, but now she’s back—and she’s better than ever. Yes, Maleficent has returned to the Disney’s Festival of Fantasy, which winds its way down Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort. See a sneak peek of the float, and read up on what other Sleeping Beauty characters are re-joining the parade, here at

Soaring Skyward: Disney Skyliner Now in Testing Phase!

Elsewhere at Walt Disney World, the newest mode of transport between several resort hotels and both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot has just kicked off its initial testing phase! Check out this brand-new look at the adorable gondolas in action, thanks to our friends at the Disney Parks Blog, above.

Scheduled to open this fall, Disney Skyliner is a unique, state-of-the-art gondola system that will conveniently connect Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, and the proposed Disney’s Riviera Resort (which is now accepting guest reservations for stays beginning December ’19) to all the fun that Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios have to offer.

Several gondolas will be adorned with graphics based on Disney films, attractions, and characters—including Ralph Breaks the Internet; Frozen; Star Wars; The Haunted Mansion; our pals Mickey Mouse (of course), Chip & Dale, and even Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow; and many more!

So if you’re visiting Walt Disney World Resort soon, keep your eyes to the skies! You might just see a Disney Skyliner gondola in action…

Rejoice in the Colorful Pageantry of Lunar New Year

Now through February 17, Disney California Adventure park is celebrating Lunar New Year—it’s the Year of the Pig, in case you hadn’t heard—with a colorful, multicultural, altogether memorable event. See some of the festive fun in action in the clip above.

Throughout the festivities, guests will experience incredible live entertainment and musical performances, including an enhanced “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession”; lots of fun-filled arts and crafts; beautiful décor; tons of delicious food and drink; and themed merchandise. Even the Three Little Pigs will be joining the jubilee, making a rare DCA appearance! It’s truly an event the whole family can enjoy…

You can find out more at—and if you attend, do make sure to add your wish for the new year on the beautiful Lucky Wishing Wall over in Paradise Gardens. Here’s to health, happiness, and hope!