Star Wars BB-8, the adorable rolling droid

Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Character Names Revealed, See Inside Out’s Emotions In Action

A Droid By Any Other Name…

Last week our friends at revealed the names of some of the characters we’ll be meeting in Star Wars: The Force Awakens—and they made their announcement in the coolest possible way, through a series of digital trading cards. Eight images can be viewed on right now, and we have our fingers crossed that the numbers on each photo—which range from 11 to 96—mean that there’ll be more of these cards to cast our eyes upon as the movie’s release date grows closer. But in the meantime, we already know that we’re going to love BB-8, the adorable rolling droid, and we’d be lying if we didn’t admit to being more than a little afraid of Kylo Ren and his scary Lightsaber. The film opens in theaters December 18, 2015.


Save the Date!

Be sure to mark these upcoming Disney events on your calendar:

D23 and Walt Disney Archives
Fall 2014-2015
D23 Member Nights at Newsies—On Tour
Through January 4, 2015
Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
August 14-16, 2015
D23 Expo 2015 returns to Anaheim, California

December 1–25
ABC Family’s “25 Days of Christmas”
January 6
Marvel’sAgent Carter premieres on ABC at 9 p.m. ET
November 7, 10, 13, 14, 16, 20, 21, and 30; and December 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, and 19
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties at Magic Kingdom Park
December 25
Into the Woods opens in theaters.
February 20, 2015
MacFarland, USA opens in theaters.
March 13, 2015
Cinderella opens in theaters.
April 17, 2015
Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom opens in theaters.
May 1, 2015
Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters.
May 22, 2015
Tomorrowland opens in theaters.
June 19, 2015
Inside Out opens in theaters (along with the short Lava).

Check Out the Latest Inside Out Trailer

You know those voices inside your head? The ones that keep talking about how excited you are to see Inside Out when it opens next year (June 19, 2015), or about how happy the latest Inside Out trailer makes you, or about how simply relieved you feel to know that even the creative geniuses at Pixar like to listen to the little voices inside their heads, too? Those voices come to life in the trailer above, which introduces the emotions that live inside the head of Riley, a teenage girl, and her parents. Enjoy!


Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows—Like a Home Away from Home

This rendering of the new Disney Vacation Club Bungalows at Walt Disney World Resort has us dreaming of the vacation of a lifetime. These 20 Bungalows at Disney Polynesian Village Resort sleep up to eight guests, provide a view of the fireworks over Magic Kingdom Park, and feature a plunge pool overlooking Seven Seas Lagoon. And while Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows is part of Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Resorts, all rooms are available for rent by any Disney guest when they aren’t in use by DVC Members. Visit the Disney Parks Blog for more information about Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows and the re-imagining that’s taking place throughout the resort.

The Descendants Are Coming!

With an evil Stepmother, an army of Stormtroopers, and the terrifying Ultron coming to the big screen in 2015, we’re positively thrilled that we’ll get to enjoy some wickedly wonderful villainy on the small screen as well. The Disney Channel Original Movie Disney Descendants will introduce the teenage children of some of Disney’s most notorious villains—you might recognize some of their silhouettes in the recently release teaser above. The film is directed by Kenny Ortega, and features Kristin Chenoweth as Maleficent and Dove Cameron as her daughter, Mal.


Star Wars Rebels
Returning in Star Wars Rebels, Yoda Is

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” These words, spoken by Master Yoda, are highly appropriate in light of the announcement that Frank Oz will provide the voice of Yoda in an upcoming episode of Star Wars Rebels, “Path of the Jedi.” We’ll only hear the voice of Yoda, communing with Kanan and Ezra, but we will not try to contain our excitement, nor should you. Do watch the episode when it airs Monday, January 5 at 9 p.m. Do not forget that you can watch it early on the Watch Disney XD app beginning Monday, December 29. There is no try—this is a must-watch!


Adventures by Disney Traveling to Tuscany and Spain in 2015
Adventures by Disney Traveling to Tuscany and Spain in 2015

Arrivaderci! Adios, amigos! We’re dusting off our passports and planning trips to Tuscany and Spain, now that Adventures by Disney has announced two new itineraries for 2015. The Tuscany Culinary Adventure is a seven-day, six-night tour that includes truffle hunting, cooking lessons, and wine blending (while “Junior Adventurers” learn to make biscotti). The Spain Adventure will let you dance the Flamenco, visit the Prado Museum, and make paella. To see all of the amazing activities included in these trips, visit the Adventures by Disney website. And we’ll see you in Italy!


Disney Channel Holiday Schedule
‘Tis the Season for Disney Holiday

The holidays are such a busy, exciting time of year and there are so many “Disney” ways to celebrate: D23 Days of Christmas, Disney Channel’s Fa-La-La-Lidays, ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas… To be able to keep up with all of Disney’s holiday-themed content on one site would be a gift that keeps on giving throughout the season. Disney has set up a digital holiday headquarters at Enjoy Disney-themed holiday stories from the Disney Blogs, check out seasonal crafts and recipes inspired by Disney Family, and play games and watch videos with the entire family.


Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade
Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration Sneak Peek

Once the presents are opened every Christmas morning, we at D23 like to curl up with our loved ones and watch the annual presentation of the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. This year, ABC is broadcasting Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration at 10 a.m. ET, 9 a.m. CT/PT, with appearances from celebrities including Ariana Grande, Tim Tebow, and Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts—along with, of course, Arendelle’s biggest names, Anna and Elsa. Visit Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade for a glimpse at all of the Frozen fun.


Oh My Disney’s Mickey’s Christmas Carol RomCom

The holiday season means so many different things to so many different people, but a good movie can bring everyone together. Our friends at Oh My Disney have taken an already great movie, Mickey’s Christmas Carol, and re-imagined its trailer as the ultimate romantic comedy. Enjoy this fun twist on a holiday classic—no “Bah Humbugs” allowed!