news briefs 8/23

Mickey Mouse, DuckTales, and Halloween Fun—Plus More in News Briefs

By Courtney Potter

Get ready to celebrate #Mickey90 in a big way; a mysterious DuckTales character returns; and cool new Halloween merchandise has materialized… Read more, along with other news from around Disney, in this week’s news briefs!

news briefs 8/23

ICYMI: New Exhibit and Experiences Celebrate 90 Years of Mickey Mouse

In just a few months’ time, we’ll be celebrating Mickey Mouse’s 90 incredible years of bringing joy to fans around the globe… and to that end, Disney just announced the opening of an amazing new art exhibit in New York City this November. Plus, if you’re planning to visit any Disney Parks later this year, you’ll get to take part in the “World’s Biggest Mouse Party”—complete with cool merch, dance parties, and so much more. Read up on what’s in store right here at!

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

D23 and Walt Disney Archives
September 8, 2018
The Official Walt Disney Studios Tour—Presented by D23
September 8, 2018
D23’s Magical Screening Series: Mary Poppins at Walt Disney World
September 15, 2018
D23’s Magical Screening Series: Mary Poppins on the Lot
October 19, 2018
Lunch with a Disney Legend: Ron Logan
October 22, 2018
D23’s Sip and Stroll at Epcot
November 16-18, 2018
Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse
August 23-25, 2019
D23 Expo 2019
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
September 19, 21, 24, 26, 28
October 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 29, 31

Mickey’s Halloween Party at the Disneyland Resort
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

November 2, 2018
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms opens in U.S. theaters
November 21, 2018
Ralph Breaks the Internet opens in U.S. theaters
December 19, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns opens in U.S. theaters
September 7, 2018
Stand Up to Cancer telecast on ABC (8 p.m. EDT/PDT)
September 21, 2018
Elena of Avalor: Song of the Sirenas premieres on Disney Junior (7–8 p.m. EDT/PDT)
November 4, 2018
Mickey’s 90th Spectacular airs on ABC (8–10 p.m. EST)

news briefs 8/23

DuckTales Dish: Huey, Dewey, and Louie’s Long-Lost Mom Returns

We just about quacked with excitement when we first saw the season finale of DuckTales this past weekend and caught a glimpse Donald Duck’s twin sister, Della, the long-lost mother of Huey, Dewey, and Louie! We wonder how Della—voiced by special guest star Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds)—will impact the new season… Learn a bit about her background via, and then head over to our Facebook and Twitter to let us know your theories!

news briefs 8/23

All Treats, No Tricks: New Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Merch

For the uninitiated, the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort gets into the spooky spirit each year with its Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, a separately ticketed event now through October 31 that features all manner of All Hallows’ Eve fun! And this year, you’ll be able to bring magical memories home with you via a ton of fabulous, specially designed, brand-new merchandise treats.

Fans of Hocus Pocus will revel in new apparel (including a super-nifty “Amuck! Amuck! Amuck!” spirit jersey and Sanderson sisters T-shirts), as well as a Passholder-exclusive tote bag, a cauldron-shaped mug, and even a light-up ornament. Speaking of Annual Passholders, they’ll be able to purchase a new raglan shirt (with glow-in-the-dark printing) and a special Orange Bird collectible pin. And all partygoers will have access to a nifty new themed MagicBand and a mysterious villain-inspired 12-pin set.

Not attending Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party? (Or not an Annual Passholder?) Never fear! There’s also a ton of new Halloween-themed merchandise available over at, including a Disney Villain spirit jersey, Haunted Mansion-themed apparel, and costumes galore. Remember—D23 Gold members get a 15% discount off purchases of $75 or more, through September 30.

Star Wars Resistance to Premiere This October

There’s a new Star Wars animated series, which takes place before the events of The Force Awakens, coming to Disney Channel this fall—and we have all the inside scoop, including the “first look” trailer for the series. Find out more about Star Wars Resistance, created by Lucasfilm’s Dave Filoni, right here.

news briefs 8/23

Full Lineup for Epcot’s Eat to the Beat Concert Series Announced

Epcot’s always-amazing International Food & Wine Festival is just about to get underway, kicking off several weeks of “all things delish” this August 30. So it stands to reason that the full lineup for the festival’s Eat to the Beat Concert Series was just released—and boy, does it feature some fantastic acts!

Nine new-to-the-festival artists, including legendary percussionist Sheila E. (The Glamorous Life), actor/singer Jim Belushi & the Sacred Hearts, and contemporary Christian group MercyMe will join 23 returning acts such as ’80s pop chanteuse Tiffany; viral sensation Postmodern Jukebox; rockers Sugar Ray; ’90s boy-band 98 Degrees (featuring Dancing with the Stars alums Nick and Drew Lachey); and smooth jazz superstar Kenny G.

The concerts take place at the America Gardens Theatre stage at 5:30, 6:45, and 8 p.m. daily—and they’re included in your Epcot admission! For more info (on the concert series and schedule, or on the International Food & Wine Festival in general), visit

news briefs 8/23

Stand Up to Cancer Set for Broadcast on ABC This September

For a decade, Stand Up to Cancer—a division of the Entertainment Industry Foundation—has brought a cavalcade of stars together to help raise awareness and all-important funds for innovative cancer research… research that’s already helping to save lives across the country and the world.

This year’s big Stand Up to Cancer telecast will be broadcast on the evening of Friday, September 7, across a slew of networks—including ABC and Freeform—and will feature appearances from the likes of Keith Urban, Ken Jeong, Matthew McConaughey, Trevor Noah, Jennifer Garner, and Reese Witherspoon. Oscar®-nominated actor Bradley Cooper returns to co-executive produce the live one-hour, commercial-free telecast, alongside live-event producing team Done + Dusted; the trio produced the most recent SU2C broadcast in 2016.

So mark your calendars for September 7 at 8 p.m. EDT/PDT (or 7 p.m. CDT) and get ready to be inspired…