By Courtney Potter
Disney Junior’s Alice’s Wonderland Bakery Sets Premiere Date
Don’t be late for this very important date! Disney Junior’s Alice’s Wonderland Bakery, a fantastical animated series for preschoolers and their families inspired by the world of Alice in Wonderland, is set to premiere February 9 at 10:30 a.m. ET/PT, with a simulcast on both Disney Channel and Disney Junior. The initial batch of episodes will also premiere the same day on on-demand platforms and streaming on Disney+.
The series is a vibrant new take on the classic 1951 film centering on Alice—the great-granddaughter of the original heroine and a budding young baker at the enchanted Wonderland Bakery, where her magical treats help bring a new generation of friends and families together. Each episode, comprised of two 11-minute stories, follows Alice’s magical recipe adventures with her best pals, who join her in the bakery to whip up whimsical cakes and treats for friends and neighbors with enchanted kitchen tools and ingredients to help them.
Featuring reimagined versions of familiar iconic characters and introducing memorable new ones, the series stars newcomer Libby Rue as the voice of Alice and a host of fabulous celebrity guest stars—including Craig Ferguson, Eden Espinosa, Jon Secada, Vanessa Bayer, Bobby Moynihan, Donald Faison, Yvette Nicole Brown, Ana Gasteyer, and many more! But that’s not all: Stay tuned for a digital soundtrack featuring songs from the series, to be released by Walt Disney Records in February… and watch for Disney Consumer Products, Games and Publishing to debut a product line by Just Play, inspired by the series, in Fall 2022.
5 Fantastic Things to Watch This Weekend
Well, here we are—firmly ensconced in January. The weather is cold, there are still some holiday baked-good leftovers to eat (or is that just us?), and there’s plenty of fun to look forward to watching this weekend from around the worlds of Disney. Keep your eyes peeled for the latest episode of Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends on Disney Channel; watch for Kevin Hart on a new episode of ABC’s Shark Tank; and so much more.
Standby Queue Launches for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOT
Heading to Walt Disney World Resort soon? We have fun news, courtesy our pals over at the Disney Parks Blog: EPCOT’s newest attraction, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, will feature a standby queue (instead of a virtual queue) beginning Monday, January 10! With this change—which ends the use of said virtual queue, for now—guests also have the opportunity to purchase access to a Lightning Lane* queue (with Disney Genie+, through the My Disney Experience app) for this attraction.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure had its delicious debut just in time for “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” honoring the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort. Since it opened on October 1 last year, legions of EPCOT guests have joined Remy in a memorable visit to Gusteau’s bustling kitchen. So, break out those chef’s toques and get ready to shrink down to the size of the culinary-expert hero of Disney and Pixar’s animated hit!
*Attractions with Lightning Lane entrances that are Disney Genie+ and individual purchases are limited in availability, subject to change or closure, may vary by date, are not guaranteed and may not be available at all on the date of visit or at the time you make a selection.
Rooftop Concert from The Beatles: Get Back to Debut Exclusively in IMAX
You’ll soon be able to see The Beatles’ unforgettable January 30, 1969, concert on the rooftop of Apple Corps’ Savile Row headquarters in a whole new way when it debuts as a 60-minute feature at an exclusive IMAX®Event Screening and Filmmaker Q&A on Sunday, January 30.
To celebrate the anniversary of this truly iconic performance, select IMAX theaters will host these special screenings—featuring a cool Q&A with filmmaker (and Beatles superfan) Peter Jackson—and give away exclusive mini posters. And this event itself with make some history; the Q&A will be broadcast via satellite simultaneously to all connected theaters. A global theatrical engagement of the 60-minute feature, The Beatles: Get Back–The Rooftop Concert, will then run from February 11-13.
“I’m thrilled that the rooftop concert from The Beatles: Get Back is going to be experienced in IMAX, on that huge screen,” Jackson recently said. “It’s The Beatles’ last concert, and it’s the absolute perfect way to see and hear it.” The concert, which is shown in its entirety (for the first time!) in Jackson’s original docuseries, will be optimized for IMAX screens—digitally remastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Remastering) technology.
Tickets for this exclusive IMAX Event are now on sale. Meanwhile, The Beatles: Get Back is currently streaming on Disney+, and look for it on Blu-ray and DVD in the U.S. beginning February 8.
New Trailer for The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild
Earlier this week, the good folks at Disney+ unveiled the trailer for The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild—an all-new animated adventure featuring the return of the beloved characters from the wildly successful global Ice Age franchise, as they create more prehistoric pandemonium! Check it out, above.
Eager for a little independence, the thrill-seeking possum brothers Crash (voiced by Vincent Tong) and Eddie (voiced by Aaron Harris) set out to find a place of their own, but quickly find themselves trapped beneath the ice in a massive cave inhabited by dinosaurs. They’re rescued by the one-eyed, adventure-loving weasel Buck Wild (voiced by Simon Pegg), and together—with the help of some new friends—embark on a mission to save the Lost World from dinosaur domination. The film also features the voices of Utkarsh Ambudkar and Justina Machado.
The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild premieres exclusively on Disney+ on Friday, January 28. And prepare for the fun to come with the Ice Age collection (five films and two television specials) currently available on the streaming service.
ICYMI: Meet the Class Clowns of Abbott Elementary
ABC’s new comedy Abbott Elementary—created by Quinta Brunson, star and executive producer—follows a group of dedicated teachers (and one slightly tone-deaf principal) as they navigate the ups and downs of their Philadelphia-area school. Hear from Brunson and the cast about what makes the series so special right here at D23.com.