By Courtney Potter
Wreck-It Ralph Smashes Onto Screens in 2018
Talk about “breaking the Internet”! Walt Disney Animation Studios just announced the most smashing news we’ve heard in years: The beloved Wreck-It Ralph is returning to the big screen in a sequel to the 2012 original film—so mark your calendars now for March 9, 2018! Click here to find out more.
Save the Date!
Be sure to mark these upcoming Disney events on your calendar:
|D23 and Walt Disney Archives
Enjoy Complimentary Tickets to a Special 3D Advance Screening of The BFG
D23 Seattle Member Mixer
D23 Behind-the-Scenes Experience: Ink & Paint Department
The Reluctant Dragon 75th Anniversary on the Lot
D23 Presents Aloha Aulani!
D23’s Sip & Scream
D23 Behind-the-Scenes Experience: A Midnight Soirée at the Tower of Terror
D23 Destination D: Amazing Adventures
July 1, 2016
The BFG opens in theaters
August 12, 2016
Pete’s Dragon opens in theaters
September 23, 2016
Queen of Katwe opens in theaters
November 4, 2016
Moana opens in theaters
November 23, 2016
Doctor Strange opens in theaters
December 16, 2016
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters
September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30; October 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World Resort
November 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27, 29; December 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 22
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World Resort
Adventures in Babysitting Premieres on Disney Channel at 8 p.m. EDT
Mark Those Calendars! ABC Fall Series Premiere Dates, Ahoy!
Summer may have just begun, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start getting excited for ABC’s 2016–17 television season! Come this September, ABC’s the place to be with a host of new shows, as well as returning favorites.
The fun will kick off as Dancing with the Stars pirouettes onto ABC for its whopping 23rd season on Monday, September 12, at 8 p.m. EST. Then, on that following Sunday, September 18, join ABC for the 68th Emmy® Awards, live from Hollywood. That next week will see the Season 4 premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Tuesday, September 20, at 10 p.m. EST); the series premieres of Speechless with Minnie Driver (Wednesday, September 21, at 8:30 p.m. EST), the highly anticipated Designated Survivor starring Kiefer Sutherland (Wednesday, September 21, at 10 p.m. EST), and Notorious (Thursday, September 22, at 9 p.m. EST); and the season premieres of faves like Modern Family (Wednesday, September 21, at 9 p.m. EST), black-ish (Wednesday, September 21, at 9:30 p.m. EST), and Grey’s Anatomy (Thursday, September 22, at 8 p.m. EST).
Sunday, September 25, marks the return of Once Upon a Time, Secrets and Lies, and Quantico (from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. EST). On Monday, October 3, tune in for the series premiere of Conviction at 10 p.m. EST; and keep an eye out for the series premiere of American Housewife on Tuesday, October 11, at 8:30 p.m. EST (alongside the return of The Middle, Fresh Off the Boat, and The Real O’Neals).
Gracious… that’s a lot of amazing TV! We’re preparing our DVRs now!
Nemo Goes Adventuring in Episode 2 of Tsum Tsum Kingdom
The latest video series from Disney Interactive Media, Tsum Tsum Kingdom, takes us into the secret lives of everyone’s favorite plush pals… and this week, we’re learning all about what happens when Nemo—the adorable co-star of Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory—comes to life in a toy store and goes on the adventure of a lifetime.
Can he make it out of the store unscathed? Does Winnie the Pooh come through in the clutch with some well-timed help? Can Nemo reunite with his Finding Dory Tsum Tsum friends before it’s too late? Check out the video, above, and find out!
ABC’s The Chew Returns to Epcot for 21st International Food & Wine Festival
They had so much fun last year, they’re coming back for more! Yes, the hosts from ABC’s The Chew—Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall, Michael Symon, Daphne Oz, and Mario Batali—are returning to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival to tape a full week’s worth of shows, from October 5 through 7! (The shows will air on ABC October 10 through 14, at 1 p.m. EST/12 p.m. PST—but double-check your local listings, just in case.)
Audiences will once again get to be part of the taping, as the co-hosts share highlights of the 21st annual festival, as well as recipes and dining experiences from the four Walt Disney World Resort theme parks and Disney Springs. (Heading to Epcot yourself? Then keep an eye on epcotfoodfestival.com for more info about securing show-taping tickets.)
But that’s not all: A gaggle of celebrity chefs will be on hand for this year’s fest, including newcomers Geoffrey Zakarian, Duff Goldman, Elliott Farmer, Masaharu Morimoto, and Graham Elliot; as well as returning favorites like Robert Irvine, Cat Cora, Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro, and Jamie Deen. Plus, look for themed Food & Wine Festival experiences at several hotels at Walt Disney World Resort, including Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Happy eating!
An Amazing Inside Look at Hercules’ “Zero to Hero”
Can you believe we’re about to celebrate two decades of Disney’s hilarious, tune-filled Hercules? Our friends over at Oh My Disney marked the film’s 19th anniversary this week by posting a never-before-seen—and extremely cool—video that includes the live-action “reference footage” animators used to create the fabulous “Zero to Hero” musical number in the 1997 Ron Clements/John Musker-directed cult classic.
See real-life dancers posing as the film’s “Muses,” and watch how their movements (created by former En Vogue choreographer Frank Gatson) went from static storyboards through to the eventual film. “Herc is on a roll,” indeed…
Get Cool with Pre-Show Dining Packages for DCA’s Frozen—Live at the Hyperion
Disney California Adventure’s newest production, Frozen—Live at the Hyperion, is now playing daily at the Hyperion Theater—and it’s become the coolest “ticket” in town! But if you’re a Frozen fan of the highest order (and truly, who amongst us isn’t?), then you’ll be interested to know that DCA has just opened reservations for three special pre-show packages that will take your experience to the next level…
The “Frozen Pre-Show Package” invites guests to “chill” with family and friends inside Stage 17 (near the Hyperion Theater), which has been transformed into a frosty castle courtyard in Arendelle. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy a yummy shave ice dessert before you head over to the theater and settle into your priority seats. The “Frozen Pre-Show Plus Lunch Package” includes the above, plus an amazing three-course dining experience at DCA’s Carthay Circle. But for the ultimate treat, check out the “Frozen Signature Dining & Behind-the-Scenes Package”; it includes the pre-show celebration and priority seating, plus a behind-the-scenes experience at the Hyperion following the show, and a four-course dinner at Carthay Circle to cap off the evening.