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Past and Present Collide in Disney•Pixar’s Coco—Plus More in News Briefs

By Courtney Potter

Coco introduces its colorful extended family, and Star vs. The Forces of Evil announces a galactic two-hour movie event… Read more, along with other news from around Disney, in this week’s news briefs!


Disney•Pixar’s Coco Announces its Extended Family

The latest animated adventure from Disney•Pixar, Coco, will burst onto the scene later this year—but thankfully, we don’t have to wait ‘til then to find out more about the film’s colorful characters. Who does young Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) meet when he finds himself magically transported to the Land of the Dead? Read about Coco’s eclectic and talented voice cast in our D23 rundown.

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

D23 and Walt Disney Archives
June 14, 2017
Enjoy Complementary Tickets to a Special 3-D Advance Screening of Disney•Pixar’s Cars 3
July 14-16, 2017
D23 Expo 2017
August 19, 2017
D23’s Disney Afternoon on the Lot
October 1, 2017
D23’s Fanniversary Celebrates 35 Years of Epcot
October 1, 2017
A Progressive Dinner Celebrating 35 Years of Epcot
October 3, 2017
D23’s Sip and Stroll
August 31-November 13, 2017
Epcot Food & Wine Festival
Star Wars-Themed Lands Opening at Disneyland and Walt Disney World

June 16, 2017
Cars 3 opens in theaters
November 3, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok opens in theaters
November 22, 2017
Coco opens in theaters
December 15, 2017
Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters
July 21, 2017
Disney’s Descendants 2 debuts on Disney Channel, Disney XD, Freeform, Lifetime and ABC (8 p.m. ET)
July 21, 2017
Raven’s Home debuts on Disney Channel (10 p.m. ET)

Star Vs the Forces of Evil

Star vs. The Forces of Evil: Special Two-Hour Movie Event This July

We’ve got news that’s better than a “Rainbow Fist Punch” and cooler than “Jellybean Hallucination Mist”! In advance of its big Season Three premiere this fall, the award-winning series Star vs. The Forces of Evil will offer up a thrilling two-hour movie event on Saturday, July 15, at 11 a.m. EDT (and other times throughout the day) on Disney XD, as well as the Disney XD app and Video On Demand platforms…

Titled “The Battle for Mewni,” the movie follows Star (Eden Sher, ABC’s The Middle) as she returns to her home dimension of Mewni—where she discovers that magic is disappearing throughout the kingdom. She’s got to dig deep and challenge archnemesis Ludo in order to save both her family and her kingdom. Created and executive produced by Daron Nefcy, Star vs. The Forces of Evil also features Adam McArthur (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as Marco Diaz; Disney•Pixar favorite Alan Tudyk (Moana, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) as Ludo and King Butterfly; Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent) as Glossaryck; Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) as Mrs. Diaz; Artt Butler (Tangled: The Series) as Mr. Diaz; and Jenny Slate (Parks and Recreation) as Pony Head.

Ride Miss Adventure Falls at Typhoon Lagoon… Virtually!

It’s almost summer, which means it’s just about the perfect time to visit Typhoon Lagoon at Walt Disney World Resort! But if you can’t make it down there in person, never fear: The good folks at the Disney Parks Blog recently took one for the team and visited the water park for a fun trip through Miss Adventure Falls!

This high-seas adventure is the longest ride in the history of Disney water parks, and it’s a fast-paced journey through the shipwrecked haul of Captain Mary Oceaneer—a globe-trotting treasure hunter whose trusty sidekick, a talking parrot, might visit you along the way. Check out the video above for a salty taste of the thrilling white-water voyage.

The Wicked Weekly to Feature All Things Descendants 2
We’re just a few short weeks away from the debut of Disney’s Descendants 2, featuring the further musical adventures of all our favorite “Villain Kids” (as well as a few newbies). Wanna keep up with exciting D2 news as it happens? (And believe us, there’s a lot to look forward to.) Then be sure to check out the brand-new web series Descendants 2 Wicked Weekly; hosted by Dance Moms alum (and YouTube sensation) Chloe Lukasiak, Wicked Weekly will feature trailers, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, and lots of big surprises.

The first episode is now online—and follows D2 star Dove Cameron (Mal) on a behind-the-scenes tour of the film’s set, as well as on a jaunt to a recent Rise of the Isle of the Lost book release event. Take a gander at all the wicked fun, above.