By Courtney Potter
Get a behind-the-scenes look at Disney’s next live-action adventure, and read up on the just-announced Season 5 of Disney Channel’s BUNK’D… See more, along with other news from around Disney, in this week’s news briefs!
In celebration of Disney’s Mulan coming to theaters in just a few weeks’ time, The Walt Disney Studios just released a special featurette showcasing the film’s positively thrilling stunts. As director Niki Caro explains in the clip, “I loved creating the stunt sequences in this film. The action is explosive… All of the cast are brilliant, and they trained hard. It’s not just action for action’s sake—it’s all coming from character and from story. Every action is very meaningful.” Along with the new featurette comes news that tickets for Mulan are now on sale!
The epic tale of China’s legendary warrior comes to life in Mulan as a fearless young woman (Yifei Liu) risks everything out of love for her family and her country to become one of the greatest warriors the country has ever known. When the Emperor of China (Jet Li) issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan steps in to take the place of her ailing father (Tzi Ma). Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, Mulan is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform Mulan into an esteemed warrior and earn her the respect of a thankful nation… and a proud father.
See it in U.S. theaters March 27!
Save the Date!
Be sure to mark these upcoming Disney events on your calendar:
|D23 and Walt Disney Archives
March 4, 2020
D23 Member Preview of Inside the Walt Disney Archives at the Bowers Museum
March 11, 2020
D23 Member Mixer in Raleigh, N.C.!
March 12, 2020
Sip & Stroll 2020 at Disney California Adventure Park
March 14, 2020
Mickey’s of Glendale – March 2020
A Goofy Movie 25th—On the Open Roadshow
August 9, 2020
Adventures by Disney Rhine River Cruise Presented by D23
February 28—April 21, 2020
Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival returns to Disneyland Resort
February 28, 2020
Magic Happens parade debuts at Disneyland Resort
March 4—June 1, 2020
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival at Walt Disney World Resort
March 4, 2020
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Avengers Campus opening at Disney California Adventure
March 6, 2020
Onward opens in U.S. theaters
March 27, 2020
Mulan opens in U.S. theaters
May 1, 2020
Marvel Studios’ Black Widow opens in U.S. theaters
May 29, 2020
Artemis Fowl opens in U.S. theaters
March 20, 2020
Mira, Royal Detective premieres on Disney Channel (11 a.m. EDT/PDT) and on Disney Junior (7 p.m. EDT/PDT)
March 13, 2020
March 27, 2020
Be Our Chef premieres
Disney Channel’s BUNK’D to Return for Fifth Season
It’s a super popular Disney Channel series, and it’ll soon be back on your screen of choice: BUNK’D is returning for an epic fifth season, chock full of more adventures at Maine’s rustic Camp Kikiwaka. Erin Dunlap (Andi Mack, Jessie)—who joined the series as executive producer in Season 4—will return as sole showrunner for Season 5. Production is set begin this fall!
Returning series regulars include Miranda May as cheerful camp owner Lou; Mallory James Mahoney (Disney Channel’s Adventures in Babysitting), Raphael Alejandro (Once Upon a Time), and Will Buie Jr. (Gifted) as the loveable but mischievous campers; and Shelby Simmons (Andi Mack) and Israel Johnson (Schooled) as their quirky but well-intentioned counselors.
The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder Coming to Disney+
Penny Proud and her lovable, madcap family from the long-running, fan-favorite Disney Channel series are coming back! Disney+ just announced it’s ordered the new animated family sitcom The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder; read more about what you can expect from the show by clicking here.
New Animated Short Vacation Fun Debuts at Mickey Shorts Theater Next Month
“Oh boy!” More exciting Mickey Mouse-related news from Disney’s Hollywood Studios! The park’s newly re-imagined Mickey Shorts Theater will debut March 4 to include a one-of-a-kind animated short…
The original short, Vacation Fun, celebrates Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse’s favorite vacation memories—plus a few new adventures! Vacation Fun, which will only be seen at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, will feature new animation and clips from favorite Mickey shorts including Panda-monium, Couples Sweaters, Potatoland, Croissant de Triomphe, Entombed, Dumb Luck, Al Rojo Vivo, Yodelburg, and Outback at Ya!.
Guests can make even more magical memories after the short by stepping into life-sized versions of beloved animated Mickey shorts, where they can pose for photos with family and friends. (Plus, existing shorts from the Mickey Mouse TV series will be used in the post-show photo experience, such as Yodelburg, Potatoland, Entombed, and Panda-monium.)
The very same day Vacation Fun debuts, the new Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will begin taking guests right into the middle of a Mickey Mouse cartoon! Prepare for unexpected twists, slapstick gags, and mind-boggling transformations at every turn as Mickey and Minnie try to save the day. And don’t be surprised to find a ton of hidden Mickeys throughout this brand-new attraction… more than at any other Disney attraction or area in the world! Pretty cool, right?
Disney on Broadway Presents 3rd Annual Women’s Day on Broadway
In celebration of International Women’s Day, our friends at Disney on Broadway just announced the lineup for the 3rd annual “Women’s Day on Broadway: The Decade Ahead and How Women Will Shape It.”
Following its successful launch in 2018, Disney on Broadway’s “Women’s Day on Broadway” event aims to engage attendees—of all gender identities and expressions, naturally—in a day of open, honest, and meaningful dialogue about gender equality in the theater industry and beyond… immersing all participants and audience members in a series of conversations, inspiring each attendee to make an impact in their own communities. Panels will include perspectives from the creative forces behind this season’s Broadway shows; insight from women in the theater industry who’ve decided to “pivot” their professions; and a look at the challenges women face in the theater—and some of the solutions they (or their organizations) have put into action to help fix them.
Theatrical artists scheduled to appear at this year’s event include Celia Keenan-Bolger (To Kill a Mockingbird), Ali Stroker (Oklahoma!), Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton), choreographer Sonya Tayeh (Moulin Rouge!), and Schele Williams (director of Disney on Broadway’s upcoming Aida North American Tour).
“Women’s Day on Broadway” will be held on Tuesday, March 10, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the New Amsterdam Theater—home of Broadway’s hit musical Aladdin. For more info, or to reserve your free general admission seat, visit womenofbroadway.com.
Disney Cruise Line Returns to Greece in 2021
As we say ’round these parts, it’s never too early to start planning a vacation. Looking to travel somewhere amazing and exotic in 2021? Disney Cruise Line has got you covered, with an exciting return to Greece that summer! That country’s awe-inspiring beauty will shine with stunning landscapes and archeological wonders—including Santorini with its iconic whitewashed cliffside dwellings, and Mykonos with beautiful beaches along the azure Aegean Sea…
Other exciting stops on Greek Isles itineraries include Katakolon near ancient Olympia (home to the first Olympic Games), and the gorgeous Greek island of Kefalonia, a first-time port of call for Disney Cruise Line.
But that’s not all: That same summer DCL itineraries will offer ports-of-call stops in Dubrovnik, Croatia; Visby, Sweden; and Eidfjord, Norway. Plus, look for some amazing seven-night Alaskan itineraries, and all manner of tropical getaways to the Caribbean and the Bahamas.
Bookings open to the public this week—so make those plans, friends and fans! Visit disneycruise.com for more info.
ICYMI: You Need These Star Wars: The High Republic Details…
Lucasfilm and Disney Publishing Worldwide recently announced the launch of an all new publishing-led Star Wars storytelling initiative, and it sounds like it’s gonna be stellar… wait: make that inter-stellar! Read more on what you can expect from Star Wars: The High Republic right here at D23.com.
Tickets for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Now On Sale!
Yes, we know, it’s only spring. But we love Halloween here at D23, so we’re always on the lookout for ways to pre-plan some spooky fun. And thankfully, our good pals over at Walt Disney World Resort just announced that tickets for this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom park are now on sale!
This devilishly delightful night, which happens on select evenings August 13 – November 1, includes the return of Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular fireworks show (hosted by Jack Skellington, telling a Halloween tale about Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy!); Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade; the fan-fave “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” stage show; and so much more.
During the event, you’ll have the opportunity to greet favorite Disney characters (some of them wearing Halloween costumes of their own), go trick-or-treating throughout the park, dance the night away at the Disney Junior Jam, and enjoy popular attractions with a special Halloween twist—including Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, and Mad Tea Party… not to mention all the cool Halloween décor, delicious food, specialty merchandise, and a few bewitching surprises along the way.
For more information on Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, including how to buy tickets (early birds can save $10, by the way!), visit disneyworld.com.