news briefs 1/23

Oscar® Nominations and Women’s Day on Broadway—Plus More in News Briefs

By Courtney Potter

See what Disney films delighted Academy voters, and find out how you can celebrate International Women’s Day with Disney on Broadway… Read more, along with other news from around Disney, in this week’s news briefs!

We Couldn’t Be More Excited for Disney’s 17 Oscar® Nominations!

Earlier this week, the nominations for the 91st Oscars® were announced, and we were joyfully agog over Disney’s amazing 17 noms—including Marvel Studios’ Black Panther for Best Picture! Check out all the nominations right here at… and make sure to mark your calendar for the Oscars, airing live on Sunday, February 24, only on ABC.

Save the Date!
Be sure to mark these upcoming Disney events on your calendar:

D23 and Walt Disney Archives
January 25, 2018
Lunch with a Disney Legend: Dave Smith
January 26, 2018
The Official Walt Disney Studios Tour—D23 Gold Member Exclusive
February 16, 2018
D23’s Happily Ever After Brunch
February 16, 2018
D23’s Magical Screening Series: Sleeping Beauty on the Lot
February 16, 2018
D23’s Magical Screening Series: Sleeping Beauty at Walt Disney World
March 7, 2018
Don’t Miss a Complimentary Advance Screening of Captain Marvel
April 5, 2018
Lunch with a Disney Legend–Linda Larkin
April 6, 2018
D23’s Behind-the-Scenes Experience: The Lion King on Broadway
August 23-25, 2019
D23 Expo 2019
January 18-February 25, 2019
2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts
January 25-February 17, 2019
Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure
March 1-April 23, 2019
Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival
March 6-June 3, 2019
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Summer 2019
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening at Disneyland Resort
Fall 2019
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening at and Walt Disney World Resort

March 8, 2019
Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel opens in U.S. theaters
March 29, 2019
Dumbo opens in U.S. theaters
April 19, 2019
Penguins opens in U.S. theaters
May 24, 2019
Aladdin opens in U.S. theaters
June 21, 2019
Toy Story 4 opens in U.S. theaters
July 19, 2019
The Lion King opens in U.S. theaters
August 9, 2019
Artemis Fowl opens in U.S. theaters
February 15, 2019
Kim Possible premieres on Disney Channel (8–9:32 p.m. EST/PST)
February 24, 2019
The Oscars® airs on ABC (8–11 p.m. EST)
March 3, 2019
American Idol kicks off second season on ABC (8–10:01 p.m. EST)

Disney on Broadway to Celebrate International Women’s Day

In honor of International Women’s Day, our pals over at Disney on Broadway have announced their 2nd annual “Women’s Day on Broadway: Inspiring Changemakers.” Following its launch in 2018, “Women’s Day on Broadway” aims to engage attendees—of all genders and backgrounds, of course!—in a day of open, honest, and memorable dialogue about gender equality in the theatre industry and beyond.

This year’s event will focus on changemakers driving progress within the theatre and entertainment industry, highlighting ways each and every person can become an agent of change. Panel conversations—as well as a variety of speakers and presentations—will be announced as the day approaches.

“Women’s Day on Broadway” will be held on Tuesday, March 12, at the St. James Theatre—home of Disney on Broadway’s hit musical Frozen. For more info, or to reserve your free general admission seat, visit the brand-new home for “Women’s Day on Broadway”:

news briefs 1/23

Guests Will Soon “Try Everything” at New Shanghai Disneyland Expansion

Zootopia favorites Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde (and all their pals) will soon have a new place to call “home”—an incredible Shanghai Disneyland expansion based on the film! Read up on what guests can expect from the eighth themed land at the world’s newest Disney park here at

Here’s What Happened When 50 Different “Andys” Visited Toy Story Land

Imagine: Your name is Andy (or some variant thereof)—and one day, you get a call from Disney asking if you’d like to take part in a very cool after-hours event inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort. You’d say yes in a heartbeat, right? (We absolutely would! Sadly, our name isn’t Andy.) So it’s no surprise that 50 different people with variations on the name Andy recently celebrated all the imagination and creativity found at Toy Story Land during a very special “Andy Night”!

The group of guests—all of whom have a flair for being imaginative themselves—included a student named Andi; a concept designer named Andrew; Internet personality Andre Meadows; and even popular actress Andrea Barber (Fuller House). Catch a glimpse of all the fun they had via the video—directed by Grammy® nominee Andy Hines—above.

ICYMI: A Tale of Two Tarzans

D23 recently had the good fortune to chat with performers Josh Strickland and Kevin Massey, both of whom have swung and sung on Broadway and on international tours in Disney’s Tarzan as the title role… and both of whom are taking part in the Broadway Concert Series during the Epcot International Festival of the Arts—currently delighting guests at Walt Disney World Resort. See what they had to say right here.

news briefs 1/23

Reservations Now Available at Disney’s Riviera Resort

It’s slated to be the 15th property in Disney Vacation Club’s assemblage of captivating holdings, and you can now reserve yourself a room! Yes, Disney’s all-new Riviera Resort is now accepting guest reservations for stays beginning in December 2019. (That’s only 11 months from now!)

This all-new resort will immerse guests in the grandeur and enchantment of the European Riviera, bringing the elegance of a modern European retreat and blending it with a touch of old-world glamour—plus lots of Disney charm. It’s slated to offer approximately 300 family-friendly vacation homes, including deluxe studios; one- and two-bedroom villas; and grand villas that sleep up to 12 guests each. Guests will be able to dine at the resort’s rooftop restaurant, Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera (fun fact: Topolino is the Italian name for Mickey Mouse), or at the Le Petit Café with its freshly brewed coffees and other treats. Plus, guests will be able to access the brand-new Disney Skyliner gondola system to travel from the resort to both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot.

To learn more (or to make your own reservation), visit—and keep your eyes peeled for more info as it becomes available… Ciao!