A promo image for Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl, airing on Disney+ December 28. The entire cast is seen singing and dancing in colorful outfits, spread out on the stage, which is set up like the two-story Casa Madrigal from the film; on the second “story” sits the orchestra, seen mostly in silhouette. There is a stairway seen to the left, leading to the second “story.” Hanging plants line where the first and second “stories” divide.

Delightful New Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl Trailer—Plus More in News Briefs

By Courtney Potter

Meet the Family Madrigal in a Whole New Way with Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl

Step into Casa Madrigal for an unprecedented concert spectacular as the original voice cast of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Academy Award®-winning Encanto reunites at the Hollywood Bowl for a spectacular concert event—featuring fan-favorite musical numbers from the now three-time Grammy®-nominated soundtrack. Check out the special’s brand-new trailer, below: 

Starring Stephanie Beatriz (as Mirabel), Jessica Darrow (as Luisa), Diane Guerrero (as Isabela), Adassa (as Dolores), Carolina Gaitán (as Pepa), Mauro Castillo (as Félix), Angie Cepeda (as Julieta), and Olga Merediz (as Abuela Alma)—along with legendary Colombian superstars and multiple Latin Grammy winners Carlos Vives and Andrés Cepeda—Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl turns the historic venue into the world of the animated film that became a global phenomenon. The concert, featuring an 80-person orchestra, 50 dancers, and out-of-this-world special effects, gives viewers a front-row seat to the musical extravaganza celebrating the world, characters, and songs of the animated hit.

Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl is directed by Chris Howe (Coldplay Live at Whitby Abbey, Bruno Mars: 24k Magic Live at Apollo), and choreographed by Jamal Sims and Kai Martinez, the film’s original choreographer and animation reference consultant, respectively. Conductor Anthony Parnther leads the full orchestra, performing the film’s score and cherished songs live-to-picture, and the outstanding cast and special guest artists perform the film’s acclaimed songs live; a Colombian band, featuring musicians from the original soundtrack, accompanies the orchestra.

See it exclusively on Disney+ beginning December 28!

5 Fantastic Things to Watch This Weekend Presented by State Farm®

Wasn’t it just Halloween? Thanksgiving? And now we’re heading into the first few nights of Hanukkah, and Christmas is just around the corner… what’s there to watch from around the worlds of Disney? A new sing-along version of Muppets Most Wanted on Disney+; the always enjoyable, holiday-adjacent presentation of The Sound of Music on ABC; and much more where that came from.

In a still from Disney+’s The Santa Clauses, Disney Legend Tim Allen as Santa Claus/Scott Calvin (on left) and Elizabeth Mitchell as Mrs. Claus/Carol Calvin (on right) are facing one another. Santa has white hair and a white beard; Mrs. Claus has blond hair in a chignon and is wearing glasses. Both wear red tops. Mrs. Claus looks concerned, and has her hand resting on Santa’s chest.

Disney+ Orders Second Season of The Santa Clauses

Great news, Santa fans! Following the debut of The Santa Clauses season finale this past week, Disney+ announced a Season 2 greenlight for the Original series! Disney Legend Tim Allen will continue in the beloved role of Santa/Scott Calvin and serve as an executive producer, while Elizabeth Mitchell will reprise her role as Mrs. Claus/Carol from Walt Disney Pictures’ blockbuster franchise.

In the series’ first season, we catch back up with Scott Calvin, who’s been Santa Claus for nearly 30 years and is as jolly as ever. But as Christmas declines in popularity, so does his Santa magic… Scott struggles to keep up with the demands of the job, as well as being there for his family. Upon discovering there is a way to retire from his post, Scott considers stepping down as Santa Claus and finding a worthy successor so that he can become a better father and husband.

But wait, there’s more: Season 1 of The Santa Clauses will also make its broadcast television debut throughout the rest of December, across ABC, FX, Disney Channel, and Freeform. Each network will air the first two episodes…

  • Friday, December 16, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Freeform, following a special marathon of The Santa Clausemovie trilogy
  • Saturday, December 17, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FX
  • Saturday, December 24, at 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT on ABC
  • Sunday, December 25, 7 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel

All episodes of The Santa Clauses are now available to stream on Disney+!

In concept art for Donald’s Dine ’n Delights at Shanghai Disney Resort’s Disneytown, guests are seen walking up to the outside of the restaurant, which has two dark-colored domes on top; tables with orange striped umbrellas out front on the patio. Two signs can be seen with Chinese characters as well as English lettering, spelling out “Donald’s Dine ’n Delights.” Several trees can be seen on either side of the restaurant, and flower boxes line the front of the restaurant’s patio area.

Shanghai Disney Announces Donald’s Dine ‘n Delights Coming to Disneytown

Donald Duck will soon welcome Shanghai Disney Resort guests to his all-new Parisian-style garden-themed restaurant Donald’s Dine ‘n Delights in Disneytown—and we’ve got a feeling it really is all it’s quacked up to be!

Waddle down to the beautiful restaurant, where a marquee displaying a smiling Donald Duck sporting his chef outfit welcomes all. The bistro serves up freshly baked specialty pizza made by the in-house pizza chef, over-the-top milkshakes, and rich sundaes in a variety of flavors—as well as other delectable desserts. The exterior features a domed building of glass and brass highlights shaded by beautiful trees, making it perfect for outdoor seating during the day, weather permitting. The Art Nouveau style serves as inspiration for the whimsical details adorning the glass and decorative ironwork. As night falls on the quaint café, the golden glow from inside will remind guests of the famed “City of Light” on which its based…

Besides Donald, guests will also find Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, Daisy, as well as his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie—and even his occasional nemeses Chip and Dale—represented throughout the interior. Oval framed art features the iconic group of friends prominently hung over the booths and tables, in a casual and urban sophisticated atmosphere.

Look for Donald’s Dine ‘n Delights at Shanghai Disney Resort this winter.

New Trailer and Premiere Date for The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder

Earlier this week, Disney+ announced that the second season of the Emmy® Award-winning original series The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder will premiere Wednesday, February 1—so make sure to mark those calendars! The Disney Branded Television series is a critically acclaimed revival of Disney’s groundbreaking The Proud Family… and it just recently won Outstanding Casting for an Animated Program at the inaugural Children’s & Family Emmy Awards!

From creator and executive producer Bruce W. Smith and executive producer Ralph Farquhar, The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder continues the story of its central character, Penny Proud (voiced by Kyla Pratt), and her iconic family: parents Oscar (voiced by Tommy Davidson) and Trudy (voiced by Paula Jai Parker), twin siblings BeBe (voiced by Bresha Webb) and CeCe (voiced by Aiden Dodson), grandmother Suga Mama (voiced by JoMarie Payton), as well as Puff (voiced by Carlos Alazraqui). By Penny’s side is her loyal crew of Dijonay Jones (voiced by Karen Malina White), LaCienega Boulevardez (voiced by Alisa Reyes), Zoey Howzer (voiced by Soleil Moon Frye), Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins (voiced by Keke Palmer), and Michael Collins (voiced by EJ Johnson).

Cedric the Entertainer returns as the voice of Uncle Bobby, with Carlos Mencia as Felix Boulevardez, Maria Canals-Barrera as Sunset Boulevardez, Alvaro Gutierrez as Papi, Raquel Lee Bolleau as Nubia Gross, and Marcus T. Paulk as Myron. Billy Porter and Zachary Quinto return as Randall and Barry Leibowitz-Jenkins, with Asante Blackk as Kareem, and Artist “A Boogie” Dubose as Francis “KG” Leibowitz-Jenkins.

And as seen in the above new featurette, the previously announced guest star lineup includes Gabrielle Union, Chance the Rapper, Normani, Leslie Odom Jr., Disney Legend Anthony Anderson, Dominique Dawes, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Holly Robinson Peete, Maury Povich, Storm Reid, Courtney B. Vance, and Liana Mendoza.

The first season of The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder is available to stream on Disney+, and, beginning January 2023, episodes will air weekly on Disney Channel and Disney XD. All seasons of The Proud Family are also currently available on the streaming service.

A headshot of Bryce Dallas Howard, who will be starring in Disney’s reimagining of their Witch Mountain franchise. She has red hair and is wearing a chambray button-up shirt.

Disney+ Greenlights Witch Mountain Pilot

In further Disney+ news, our friends at the streaming service recently announced a pilot greenlight (that’s fancy Hollywood speak for “given the go-ahead”) for Witch Mountain, a reimagining of the successful film franchise. The series is a modern reinvention of the fan-favorite classic that takes place in the shadow of Witch Mountain, following two teens who develop strange abilities and discover their sleepy suburb may not be as idyllic as it seems.

Bryce Dallas Howard, known lately for her turn as director of The Mandalorian, will star in the leading role as Audrey, one of the teens’ devoted and loving mother. Her husband died from a mental illness, and now, she is trying to reassure her fretful daughter that she shows no sign of following her father’s dark spiral. She’s a warm “mama bear” type—but like everyone in this town, not everything is as it seems…

In addition to Howard, the pilot will also star Isabel Gravitt, Levi Miller, Bianca “b” Norwood, and Jackson Kelly. Look for more info on Witch Mountain in the months to come.

Hulu’s The 1619 Project Announces Premiere Date

Disney’s Onyx Collective announced a January 26 premiere date for Hulu’s upcoming six-part limited docuseries The 1619 Project, an expansion of “The 1619 Project” created by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and The New York Times Magazine. The limited series will debut with the first two episodes streaming exclusively on Hulu, with two additional episodes released every Thursday.

In keeping with the original project, the series seeks to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of our national narrative. The episodes—“Democracy,” “Race,” “Music,” “Capitalism,” “Fear,” and “Justice”—are adapted from essays from The New York Times’ No. 1 bestselling The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story and examine how the legacy of slavery shapes different aspects of contemporary American life.

The series, hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones, is a Lionsgate Production in association with One Story Up Productions, Harpo Films, and The New York Times. Look for it to stream exclusively on Hulu in the U.S.; Star+ in Latin America; and Disney+ in all other territories.

In a promo image for Disneyland After Dark’s Sweethearts’ Nite, an event guide is being held up by a hand, with the bright lights of Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A. in the background. Caricatures of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse can be seen on the event guide; Minnie is giving Mickey a kiss on the cheek.

Disneyland After Dark Returns in 2023

Yes, it’s true—Disneyland After Dark events are returning to the Disneyland Resort in 2023… and love is in the air! Along with the debut of Princess Nite, Disneyland After Dark will be hosting Sweethearts’ Nite for the ultimate date night. The event will offer scrumptious food and drinks, magical entertainment, encounters with your favorite Disney characters, as well as collectible merchandise!

Disneyland After Dark begins with a three-hour pre-party mix-in from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. PT at Disneyland Park, then the private party runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. PT, allowing ticketed guests to ride popular attractions after regular park hours. Additionally, at each event, guests receive unlimited digital downloads of Disney PhotoPass photos taken during the party, plus commemorative keepsakes including a souvenir credential and event guide map to remember their Disneyland After Dark experience.

Disneyland After Dark: Sweethearts’ Nite will begin January 31 and will continue through select nights throughout February­­—just in time for Valentine’s Day! Celebrate the love of your life, your best pal, or a cherished family member at this very special evening. Disney’s most romantic scenes from films such as Lady and the Tramp and The Little Mermaid have inspired photo-ops across the parks. The event will also have special themed fireworks, a Royal Ball hosted by Aladdin and Jasmine, as well as a romantic moonlit cruise on the Mark Twain Riverboat.

Meanwhile, for all those royals out there, Disneyland After Dark: Princess Nite is coming to Disneyland Resort March 7 and 9. This all-new, first-ever event will be a celebration under the stars where adventurous heroines and aspirational hearts unite. Guests are invited to immerse themselves in this empowering event with iconic characters who light up the world with kindness, courage, and a touch of magic. With shimmering décor, special photo opportunities, themed food and beverage offerings, commemorative keepsakes, and characters galore, guests will be ready to step into their own adventure of bravery and grace. 

Tickets are now on sale at Disneyland.com. Get ’em while the gettin’ is good!

ICYMI: Disney Wins 16 Emmy® Awards at the Inaugural Children’s & Family Emmy Award Ceremonies

As alluded to earlier in these News Briefs, Disney had a delightful night at the first-ever Children’s & Family Emmy Awards, held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. Across its content brands and studios, it won 16 awards; for a rundown of which among your favorites took home a coveted statuette, click here.