News Briefs

Dante the Dog’s Debut & Wreck-It Ralph’s Return—Plus More in News Briefs

By Courtney Potter

Meet Dante the dog from Disney•Pixar’s Coco, and Wreck-It Ralph 2 reveals its official title…Read more, along with other news from around Disney, in this week’s news briefs!

Dante's Lunch

Disney•Pixar’s Coco Presents Dante’s Lunch—A Short Tail

How cool is this? First we got to see the official trailer for Disney•Pixar’s newest animated film, Coco, two short weeks ago… and now, we can get to know Dante (the film’s adorable dog co-star) a little better in a brand-new short, Dante’s Lunch—A Short Tail, just released today. Check it out here!


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

D23 and Walt Disney Archives
April 7, 2017
Lunch with a Disney Legend: Burny Mattinson
April 8, 2017
The Official Walt Disney Studios Tour—Presented by D23
April 10, 2017
D23 Members Invited to “Eat Like Walt” at the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival
April 26, 2017
D23’s Behind-the-Scenes Experience: Magic in Manhattan & More
May 12, 2017
Lunch with a Disney Legend: Marty Sklar in Florida
May 13, 2017
D23’s Magical Screening Series: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl On the Lot
May 13, 2017
D23’s Magical Screening Series: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl in Florida
May 19, 2017
D23’s Behind-the-Scenes Experience: An Afternoon Adventure to Pandora with Joe Rohde in Florida
July 14-16, 2017
D23 Expo 2017
April 21, 2017
Born in China opens in theaters
May 5, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens in theaters
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
March 1–May 29, 2017
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
March 10–April 16, 2017
Disney California Adventure Food & Wine 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

Wreck-It Ralph 2 logo

Break-ing News: Wreck-It Ralph 2 Debuts Full Title and New Logo

The Internet is a-buzz with some very exciting news to come out of CinemaCon (the official convention in Las Vegas for the National Association of Theatre Owners) last night: Wreck-It Ralph 2 has an official title, and a brand-new logo!

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 will open in theaters on March 9, 2018, and—as you can take away from the title—the film follows Ralph as he goes on what’s sure to be some amazing adventures in the land of the Internet! We’ve only heard a few other tantalizing snippets of info about the film so far… chiefly, that John C. Reilly is back as the title character, and he’s joined once again by Sarah Silverman as Vanellope Von Schweetz.

Keep your eyes peeled (and your WiFi routers open) for more info as it becomes available.

New Behind-the-Scenes Look at Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

We’re (not-so-)patiently counting down the days ‘til the fifth installment in the Pirates adventure—Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales—sails into our local cineplex, and we were needing a little somethin’ to help tide us over… so color us thrilled about this brand-new, behind-the-scenes look at the film, above.

If you’ve been keeping track (like the good Pirates fans you are!), you know that Oscar® winner Javier Bardem joins the sea-worthy shenanigans as Captain Salazar, a sinister apparition bent on exacting revenge on Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). You’ll hear from Javier in this new video—which also briefly introduces us to actors Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario, who play Henry Turner and Carina Smyth, respectively.

Don your tri-corner hat, gather up some rations, and mark your calendars: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens in theaters nationwide on May 26.

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Shanghai Disney Resort Launches New Spring-Themed Trains

Spring is bloomin’ all around the world, and our friends at Shanghai Disney Resort are getting into the spirit of things by launching four new spring-themed trains on Metro Line 11, along with the city’s subway operator, Shentong Group.

The trains are customized both inside and out with lovely decorations blending spring seasonal touches with classic Disney elements. Happen to be heading to Shanghai in the next few months? You’re in luck: With the recent launch of the new Shanghai Disneyland Spring Seasonal Pass, Metro passengers will also be able to scan a QR code printed on the interior of the train to purchase the new passes. (So convenient!) The new pass will be valid for multiple entries to the theme park by the same visitors from now through July 16.

Happy spring!

Guardians of the Galaxy posters

Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2—New Posters, New Video, All Awesome

Seriously, this May is packed with cinematic goodies a-plenty! Case in point: We open the month with the return of lovable misfits Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Baby Groot in the much-anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Take a look at the film’s new posters, as well as a brand-new look at the film, here.


Duffy’s New Friend StellaLou Hops Into Tokyo DisneySea

Tokyo Disney Resort is getting ready to celebrate all things spring (including their newly expanded Disney’s Easter event), and Duffy the Bear is welcoming a new friend to help him observe the floral-hued occasion. Her name is StellaLou, and she’s an adorable lavender rabbit who dreams of someday dancing on Broadway. She’s been helping teach Duffy about following your dreams.

Starting April 4, guests can meet StellaLou—as well as Duffy and Mickey Mouse—during “StellaLou’s Greeting Drive” at the American Waterfront… which will also feature some totally cute StellaLou-themed merchandise and delicious eats. Click here to find out more.

Welcome to the family, StellaLou!

Music of Pixar live

The Music of Pixar LIVE! Comes to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

A tuneful new show is coming to Walt Disney World Resort, and it starts on May 26. The Music of Pixar LIVE! A Symphony of Characters will play three times nightly at the Theater of the Stars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and it’s set to feature all your favorite Pixar songs. Read more about it here!

Puppy Dog Pals

Disney Junior’s Puppy Dog Pals to Premiere on April 14

You’re in for a tail-waggin’ good time when Disney Junior’s newest animated series, Puppy Dog Pals, debuts with two back-to-back episodes on Friday, April 14, at 10:30 a.m. EDT! Created by comedian Harland Williams, Puppy Dog Pals follows two fun-loving pug brothers, Bingo (Issac Ryan Brown, black-ish) and Rolly (Sam Lavagnino, Miles from Tomorrowland), whose appetites take them on “paws-itively” thrilling adventures throughout their neighborhood—and around the world! Williams serves as a consulting producer and writer on the show, and voices the role of Bob, the pups’ devoted owner.

Recurring guest stars include musician Huey Lewis as Bulworth, the junkyard dog; Patrick Warburton (Family Guy) as Captain Dog, the star of the pups’ favorite television show; Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) as Hedgie the hedgehog; and Leslie David Baker (The Office) and Cheri Oteri (Saturday Night Live) as neighbors Frank and Esther Exposition.

DCA Food & Wine Festival

Fan Favorites from Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

D23’s intrepid reporter Nicole Nalty recently spent the afternoon trying all manner of tasty treats and beverages at the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival… it’s a tough job, but someone had to do it! Check out her rundown of delightful dishes (available now through April 16) here.


A Fresh New Look for Disneyland Park’s Autopia

It’s a fun new trip for a fan favorite! Our friends over at the Disney Parks Blog recently debuted some new photos of Autopia—the classic Disneyland Park attraction where so many of us got “behind the wheel” for the very first time. Featuring Honda’s amazing ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility) humanoid robot and its new friend Bird, Autopia now takes guests on a fabulous “road trip” that begins at a friendly campground.

Back in spring 2016, Autopia got a headstart on its refresh when its cars were repainted in cool Honda colors—and fuel-efficient Honda engines were installed under the hood. Take a spin through Autopia’s new story during your next visit to Disneyland Park!

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jordan Fisher Take to the Streets with “You’re Welcome”

They may be residing in different countries (at least for the next few months), but that didn’t stop a recent collaboration between Oscar® nominee Lin-Manuel Miranda and singer/actor Jordan Fisher—who will soon be co-hosting this year’s Radio Disney Music Awards—for the music video for their Moana end-credits version of “You’re Welcome.”

Lin, who’s currently shooting Mary Poppins Returns in the United Kingdom, walked the streets of London for his portion of this fun new video, while Jordan took to the New York City streets… all before the two actually came together (for realsies) in a recording studio for the video’s big finale.

Check out the video, above. And, “you’re welcome.”