By Courtney Potter
Rogue One: New Extended Trailer, and Tickets Now On Sale!
Ready to “trust the Force”? We only have a few more weeks until Rogue One: A Star Wars Story finally rockets its way into the cinematic stratosphere. And there’s a brand-new, totally fantastic extended trailer to keep us on our Star Wars toes as we wait patiently ‘til December 16. Check it out, above!
Can’t wait to get your tickets? You’re in luck: Just this week, tickets for the film went on sale worldwide! And some of them come with cool perks; if you purchase a seat for an IMAX® showing at AMC Theaters on December 18, 25, or January 1, you’ll receive an exclusive Rogue One mini-poster. And if you get seats through Fandango, you’ll enter for a chance to win a sweepstakes for an amazing U-wing model—signed by Rogue One director Gareth Edwards himself.
See you at the movies, we will!
Save the Date!
Be sure to mark these upcoming Disney events on your calendar:
|D23 and Walt Disney Archives
December 4, 2016
Light Up the Season with D23
December 11, 2016
Holiday Gingerbread House Workshop at Downtown Disney
December 13, 2016
D23’s Disney Springs Holiday Celebration
December 13, 2016
D23’s Moonlight and Mistletoe Dinner
July 14-16, 2017
D23 Expo 2017
December 16, 2016
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters
March 17, 2017
Beauty and the Beast opens in theaters
May 26, 2017
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
opens in theaters
November 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27, 29; December 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 22
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World Resort
November 10–January 8, 2017
Holidays at the Disneyland Resort
November 11–January 8, 2017
Holidays at Disney Springs
August 31-November 13, 2017
Epcot Food & Wine Festival
December 1-25, 2016
Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas
December 25, 2016
The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration, 9–11 a.m. on ABC
2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Dates Announced
Fans of delicious food and delectable wine, listen up! Your favorite event at Walt Disney World Resort has just been announced for 2017! Yes, mark those calendars: The 2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will take place from August 31 through November 13, with a whopping 75 days’ worth of culinary delights, celebrity chefs, amazing premium events, and enticing Eat to the Beat concerts contained therein.
If you’ve never been to an Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, you should really do yourself (and your taste buds) a favor and check it out. Take a gander at the kind of yummy eats you can expect here (each year brings even more flavor!)—and keep your eyes peeled on D23.com to find out more about our Sip & Stroll event for the 2017 Festival…
Live Twitter Q&A with Rogue One Cast and Filmmakers
Color us ecstatic for even more Rogue One news this week. Twitter just announced a collaboration with Disney and People magazine to exclusively live-stream a big Rogue One: A Star Wars Story event this Friday, December 2! The stream, hosted by People, will feature the debut of some fabulous never-before-seen content from Rogue One, followed by a Q&A with director Gareth Edwards, Lucasfilm President and producer Kathleen Kennedy, and cast members Felicity Jones (Jyn Erso), Diego Luna (Cassian Andor), Ben Mendelsohn (Orson Krennic), Alan Tudyk (K-2SO), and more!
The live coverage will start on Friday at 10 a.m. PT, streaming from a surprise, sure-to-be-amazing location. The stream will be available worldwide to Twitter users and guests alike—and can be found at RogueOne.twitter.com, in Twitter Moments, and through @StarWars and @people.
Wanna submit a question for the cast to answer during the event? Tweet your query with #AskRogueOne and keep those fingers crossed! Fans can also make some fun Star Wars Twitter emoji appear in their tweets by using the hashtags #RogueOne, #DeathStar, #StarWars, and #StarWarsRogueOne.
Learn New Skills with Disney’s Moana Hour of Code Tutorial
Ever wanted to learn how to code, and have fun doing it? Or have a kid in your life who’s interested in computers? Last week, Disney launched “Moana: Wayfinding with Code”—a very cool, not to mention free, online tutorial that offers up an introduction to the basics of computer science, featuring all your favorite characters from Disney’s newest hit Moana.
Created in collaboration with the good folks at Code.org, the “Moana: Wayfinding with Code” tutorial will be available in more than 180 countries and 23 languages, including Samoan Polynesian—giving kids (and adults) all over the world the opportunity to learn the basics of coding. This isn’t the first time Disney has helped folks learn how to code; over the past two years, the company has hosted two other “Hour of Code” tutorials, featuring characters from Frozen and Star Wars. In total, almost 40 million students have participated.
Visit Disney.com/HourofCode to learn more!
Disney Scores Big with Annie Award Nominations
You’ve heard of the Oscars® and the Golden Globes®, but did you know that television and film animation have their very own award? It’s called the Annie, and it’s been given out every year (since 1972) by the International Animated Film Society. This year’s Annie Awards nominations have just been announced, and—between Disney•Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Disney Television Animation, and Marvel Studios—The Walt Disney Company has received an amazing 33 nominations combined! Zootopia took 11 nominations alone, with Moana, Finding Dory, The Jungle Book, Doctor Strange, and more securing nods of their own.
On the TV side, nominations went to six different Disney Television Animation shows, including Star Wars Rebels, Gravity Falls, and Milo Murphy’s Law. Visit our pals over at Oh My Disney for a full list of all the Disney-related nominees, and look for the winners to be announced in early February.