Disney and Pixar’s Soul to Premiere Next Summer—Plus More in News Briefs

By Courtney Potter

The director behind Inside Out will bring his latest to the big screen next June, and Descendants 3 offers up a new sneak peek… Read more, along with other news from around Disney, in this week’s news briefs!

Mark Your Calendars for Disney and Pixar’s Soul in June 2020

Ever wonder where dreams come from? What about your passions, or your interests? What is it that makes you, YOU? Well, next year, Pixar Animation Studios will take you on a journey from the streets of New York City to the cosmic realms to discover the answers to all of life’s most important questions…

Directed by two-time Academy Award® winner Pete Docter (Inside Out, Up) and produced by Academy Award nominee Dana Murray, Disney and Pixar’s Soul will hits theaters on June 19, 2020. Stay tuned right here at for more information on this sure-to-be-magnificent film as it becomes available.

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

D23 and Walt Disney Archives
June 20, 2019
D23 Member Mixer—San Diego
June 22, 2019
The Official Walt Disney Studios Tour – Presented by D23
July 20, 2019
The Official Walt Disney Studios Tour – Presented by D23
August 23-25, 2019
D23 Expo 2019
August 16, 20, 23, 27, 30; September 2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29; October 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31, 2019
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom park
August 29, 2019
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening at and Walt Disney World Resort
August 29—November 23, 2019, 2019
November 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24; December 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 2019
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom park
2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
November 29—December 30, 2019, 2019
2019 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

June 21, 2019
Toy Story 4 opens in U.S. theaters
July 19, 2019
The Lion King opens in U.S. theaters
October 18, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil opens in U.S. theaters
November 22, 2019
Frozen 2 opens in U.S. theaters
December 20, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in U.S. theaters
June 21, 2019
Final episodes of Andi Mack begin airing (8 p.m. EDT/PDT)
August 2, 2019
Descendants 3 premieres on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW (8 p.m. EDT/PDT).

Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind

First Images of Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind at Disney California Adventure

Speaking of Inside Out, Pixar Pier is about to get just a little bit emotional… Inspired by the Disney and Pixar film, Emotional Whirlwind opens later this month at the Inside Out Headquarters neighborhood—and today, via our friends at the Disney Parks Blog, we’re privy to a sneak peek of what the family-friendly attraction will look like!

Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind

Once guests hop aboard one of eight Memory Movers, they’ll take a “sense-ational” spin and help Riley’s Emotions (aka Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear) sort through memories being collected. Accompanying this memorable adventure will be all-new music from Academy Award®-winning composer Michael Giacchino, who created tracks for each emotion. We can’t wait to make our own memories aboard Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind soon!

New Descendants 3 Trailer Teases More Mayhem… and a Proposal

So many awesome things happened at last weekend’s ARDYs: A Radio Disney Music Celebration—including performances by Avril Lavigne and Andy Grammer, as well as an appearance by K-Pop phenomenon BTS… but fans were especially enchanted by the premiere (during the ARDYs broadcast) of a brand-new trailer for the upcoming trequel Descendants 3.

The trailer itself opens with a first look at King Ben (Mitchell Hope) proposing to Mal (Dove Cameron) during the big “VK Day” celebration… but that happiness is short-lived, for the evil Hades (Broadway vet Cheyenne Jackson) has arrived—and he’s ready to wreak a little havoc on Auradon! In the meantime, a mysterious sleeping spell is infecting scores of residents… Can Mal and her fellow VK pals (including 2019 ARDYs host Sofia Carson as Evie) save the day?

We’ll find out when Descendants 3 premieres on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW on Friday, August 2, at 8 p.m. EDT/PDT.

Star Wars Celebration Lightspeeds Into Anaheim in 2020

The world’s biggest and best-est event for Star Wars fans is coming to the West Coast next year, and its official dates have been set. Luckily, D23 has the scoop; read up on all the Force-filled news about Star Wars Celebration by clicking here, and stay tuned for more information as it becomes available…


Brand-New Halloween Fun is Coming to Disney California Adventure Park!

Most folks know Oogie Boogie as the delightfully despicable villain from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas… but maybe he’s not all bad, because he’s planning some frightful fun at Disneyland Resort this Halloween, and we’re all invited! This fall, Disney California Adventure park is debuting the all-new Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party—a separately ticketed event featuring all manner of amazing new experiences and entertainment.

Perhaps most notable, the Bash will include the debut of Villainous!, a new World of Color show exclusive to the event, that tells the twisted tale of a young girl named Shelley. Y’see, Shelly’s got a decision to make about her Halloween costume… can she really be as strong and unique as some of her favorite Disney villains? Along the way, she takes an unforgettable journey through fountains, lights, lasers, projections, and incredible special effects. Ultimately, Villainous! will prove that—deep down—there’s a little villain in all of us.

But that’s not all: Redwood Creek Challenge Trail will be transformed into a wondrous world filled with Disney villains unlike anything ever seen before, and the entire park will be filled with immersive “treat trails.” And in the Backlot area, the DescenDANCE Party will invite guests to boogie down with the Villain Kids from Disney’s Descendants as the Backlot DJ spins some terrifyingly terrific tunes.

For more information on the Oogie Boogie Bash, visit And start planning your costumes now!

Disney Wonder Enhancements to Leave You Enchanted

If you happen to be sailing the sea this fall on Disney Cruise Line, aboard the Disney Wonder, you’re in for a treat—because the world of The Princess and the Frog will come to life during your cruising adventure like never before! Read up on the brand-new lounges and clubs—for both adults and teens—right here at

Rock Out Again with Epcot’s Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live!

Last week, our good pals at Walt Disney World Resort announced the return of a fan-favorite show at Epcot: the galactically groovy Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live! This musical journey through the cosmos features Star-Lord, Gamora, and a killer seven-piece live band, and it’s now getting audiences up on their feet five times a day at the America Gardens Theatre. Even Baby Groot gets in on the action! Check out some footage from the show—and hear from its director/choreographer, Cindy Wilson—in the new video, above.

The show features a cool mix of ’70s and ’80s tunes, as heard on Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Volumes 1 & 2. And while you’re enjoying those sweet, sweet sounds, you can also enjoy some snacks and drinks created in honor of the show—including Rocket Fuel (a frozen Coca-Cola slushy with grenadine) and the Space Sandwich (featuring pulled pork and crispy onions on a Kaiser roll). Find out more about all things Awesome by visiting the Walt Disney World Resort website.