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Latest Buzz for Ant-Man and The Wasp—Plus More in News Briefs

By Courtney Potter

Catch up with Scott Lang/Ant-Man in a brand-new TV trailer, and join our pals at Disney Parks for a look inside preparations for Pixar Pier and Toy Story Land… Read more, along with other news from around Disney, in this week’s news briefs!

New TV Trailer: Where Is Ant-Man (and The Wasp)?

With the life-altering after-effects of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War still palpable (and its release on Blu-ray and Digital imminent), we’re seriously looking forward to the next adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe—Ant-Man and The Wasp! Thankfully, we have only a few more weeks before we find out what Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and his hilarious cohorts have been up to since the events of the first film… Want a sneak peek? Check out its brand-new TV trailer, above!

Taking place in the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, we find Scott grappling with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.

Directed by Peyton Reed and also starring Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Randall Park, Laurence Fishburne, and Michelle Pfeiffer, Ant-Man and The Wasp opens July 6. And guess what? Tickets are now on sale! Get ‘em while the gettin’ is good…

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

D23 and Walt Disney Archives
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 24, 2018
D23 Celebrates the Opening of Pixar Pier/a>
June 29, 2018
Lunch with Disney Legend: Burny Mattinson
June 30, 2018
D23’s Magical Screening Series: Robin Hood at Walt Disney World
July 13, 2018
D23 Member Mixer—Seattle
November 16-18, 2018
Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse
August 23-25, 2019
D23 Expo 2019
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
September 7-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

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
August 10, 2018
Disney Channel Original Movie Freaky Friday premieres on Disney Channel (8–9:45 p.m. EDT/PDT)

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Take a Peek Behind the Scenes of Pixar Pier and Toy Story Land

This summer, both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort are bringing Pixar-themed experiences (and beloved Disney•Pixar characters) to guests like never before. Need proof? Check out the fantastic new videos from our pals over at Disney Parks—highlighting all the incredible work going into both Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure park and Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios park to get them ready for their impending debuts—right here at

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Janet Jackson to Receive Inaugural “Impact” Award at 2018 RDMAs

Music lovers, this is your weekend! The sixth annual Radio Disney Music Awards are almost ready to delight your ears and eyeballs with all the best of today’s (and tomorrow’s) music. But it’s not just the performances from Charlie Puth, American Idol winner Maddie Poppe, and Meghan Trainor (among others!) to look forward to—it’s also the special awards being given to three legends of popular music: Carrie Underwood, who’s receiving the “Hero” Award; Kelly Clarkson, who’s taking home the “Icon” Award… and now superstar Janet Jackson, who is accepting the inaugural “Impact” Award!

The “Impact” Award is in recognition of Jackson’s influence on society and the world of entertainment—particularly women—across generations of fans. Artists like Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Alicia Keys have all cited Jackson as having a huge impact on their own careers. One of the most influential entertainers of the modern era, Jackson is about to embark on an extension of her “State of the World Tour,” beginning July 11 in Austin, Texas. The 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards will hand out all their coveted ARDYs live in Hollywood this Friday, June 22—with a special presentation of the show airing on Saturday, June 23, at 8 p.m. EDT/PDT on Disney Channel and a slew of other Disney platforms.

And guess what else? A special collaboration between RDMA performer Marshmello and Disney Channel’s DuckTales will air in the lead-up to the awards on Saturday, during Disney•Pixar’s The Incredibles (airing 6–8 p.m. EDT/PDT). A mix of animation and live-action, the special music video launches Scrooge, his nephew Donald, great-nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and their friend Webby into a musical outer-space adventure with the world-renowned DJ. Don’t miss any of the fun!

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Prepare for Spooktacular Fun with Disney Cruise Line This Fall

Looking to have a wickedly good time out on the ocean blue? Our pals over at Disney Cruise Line are gearing up to transform their ships into a ghoulish wonderland of themed parties and activities, spookily special decorations, devilishly delightful new menu items, and much more in just a few months’ time!

Halloween on the High Seas will take place on most voyages aboard the Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, Disney Wonder, and Disney Magic from September through October 2018. This one-of-a-kind Halloween celebration will—as in years past—feature The Pumpkin Tree, which magically transforms throughout the cruise. Other special experiences include Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party (complete with dancing and lots of candy); the interactive movie event A Nightmare Before Christmas—Sing and Scream; the Creepy Cabaret, a Halloween music-themed performance live in the ship’s atrium; and yummy treats including spider cakes, chocolate cake with pumpkin filling, and even “Spooky Juice.” Plus, the fun isn’t just for kids; adults should look out for fabulous nighttime entertainment, with costume contests and a “villainous takeover” on the dance floor.

Look for Halloween on the High Seas on select DCL sailings this fall—visit for more information!

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Shanghai Disney Resort Kicks Off Summer 2018 in a Big Way!

Can you believe we just celebrated the second anniversary of Shanghai Disney Resort on June 16? Time sure flies when you’re having fun… And to help celebrate this momentous occasion—plus ring in the summer months with grand style—the resort recently opened its brand-new Mandarin production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Walt Disney Grand Theatre.

One of the longest-running musicals in Broadway history, this “tale as old as time” has captured the hearts of more than 35 million people around the world—and is now being enjoyed in Mandarin for the first time. Visitors will be enchanted by a talented cast of performers from around the world, stunning costumes, memorable music, and so much more.

Additionally, inside Shanghai Disneyland park, this summer finds the fan-favorite Summer Blast stage show returning to Enchanted Storybook Castle, and Duffy’s Splashing Pre-Parade will again delight guests waiting for Mickey’s Storybook Express. And inside the all-new Toy Story Land, some of Andy’s favorite toys will host a new interactive performance, Farmer Al’s Splash Around, to help guests cool off. Sounds like a sensational summer to us!

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Tokyo DisneySea Plans Largest Expansion Ever  

Shanghai Disney Resort’s neighbor to the west, Tokyo DisneySea, recently had some big news of its own: Just last week, they announced a massive expansion project for the park, including the creation of a new themed port and a brand-new hotel! Read all about it here.