mission force one news briefs

Roar for Change and Mission Force One—Plus More in News Briefs

By Courtney Potter

Your Chewbacca roar will help kids in need, and Mission Force One journeys to the International Space Station… Read more, along with other news from around Disney, in this week’s news briefs!

The Force is Strong with Roar for Change

Well, we had an incredible May the Fourth, and hope you did, too! (You took a gander at our look inside The Star Wars Show and its special May the Fourth episode with Ron Howard, right? So cool!) The Star Wars fun continued this month with Roar for Change, the global challenge in support of UNICEF.

This challenge—part of the Star Wars: Force for Change charitable initiative from Lucasfilm and Disney—invited fans and families to share their very own version of Chewbacca’s iconic roar online. For each public post, like, or share on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter that included the hashtag #RoarForChange, Star Wars: Force for Change U.S. will donate $1 to UNICEF USA, up to $1 million. And here’s the best news of all: The challenge was met, in just over 24 hours! (Nice work, fans and friends.) Funds will be used to support UNICEF’s lifesaving work for children around the world.

Check out the clip all about the initiative, above. Even though the goal was met, you still have time to add your voice to the global roar—post your own video in celebration of Solo: A Star Wars Story’s big premiere on May 25!

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

D23 and Walt Disney Archives
May 19, 2018
Exclusive Meet & Greet with Ashley Eckstein
May 25, 2018
D23’s Return to Marceline
June 9, 2018
D23’s Mickey’s of Glendale Shopping Experience in Florida
June 23, 2018
D23’s Magical Screening Series: Robin Hood on the Lot
June 29, 2018
Lunch with Disney Legend: Burny Mattinson
June 30, 2018
D23’s Magical Screening Series: Robin Hood at Walt Disney World
November 16-18, 2018
Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse
August 23-25, 2019
D23 Expo 2019
February 28–May 28, 2018
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
May 25, 2018
Incredible Summer Begins at Walt Disney World Resort
May 27, 2018
Star Wars: Galactic Nights Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios
June 23, 2018
Pixar Pier opens at Disney California Adventure
June 30, 2018
Toy Story Land opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
August 17, 24, 28, 31
September 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park
August 30-November 12, 2018
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
Star Wars-Themed Lands Opening at Disneyland and Walt Disney World

May 25, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters
June 15, 2018
Incredibles 2 opens in U.S. theaters
July 6, 2018
Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp opens in U.S. theaters opens in U.S. theaters
August 3, 2018
Disney’s Christopher Robin opens in U.S. theaters
November 2, 2018
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms opens in U.S. theaters
December 19, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns opens in U.S. theaters
June 9, 2018
Big Hero 6 The Series Premieres on Disney Channel (9 a.m. ET/PT)

news briefs

A Look Inside Mission Force One’s Journey to the ISS

D23 was recently given exclusive access into Disney Junior’s Mission Force One—the newest chapter of Miles from Tomorrowland—and its action-packed, chock-full-of-guest-stars episode centered around the International Space Station! Hear from the show’s creator and executive producer Sascha Paladino right here.

Epcot Prepares Guardians of the Galaxy-Themed Coaster!

What’s totally daring, will probably include a rockin’ soundtrack, and needs an incredible 960 trucks’ worth of concrete? It’s the brand-new Guardians of the Galaxy-themed roller coaster coming to Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort… and our pals over at the Disney Parks Blog just posted a video detailing some of the construction work that’s been going on behind the scenes. Take a gander, above!

The attraction is on track to become one of the world’s longest enclosed coasters—and to house it, a new facility is being built next door to the existing Universe of Energy building. Inspired by the films, this Guardians of the Galaxy-themed attraction will expand on the original vision of Epcot’s Future World, with a truly epic storyline being created by Walt Disney Imagineering, in collaboration with the original Guardians filmmakers.

Look for the attraction to debut in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary… but don’t forget that you can catch Star-Lord and Gamora on stage all summer long in “Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live!” at Epcot’s America Gardens Theatre, as part of the resort’s “Incredible Summer.”

dc go news briefs

Disney Channel GO! Fan Fest Set for This Saturday

Calling all Disney Channel mega-fans: This Saturday, all your favorite stars from shows including BUNK’D, Ducktales, Andi Mack, Stuck in the Middle, and Raven’s Home will descend upon Disneyland Resort for a fun-filled day of in-person experiences! Check out our rundown of the GO! Fest here.

american idol news briefs

Something to Sing About: American Idol Renewed for Second Season

Warm up those vocal chords for a second exciting season of American Idol! Following the historic revival of the beloved series on ABC, the fan favorite will set out once again on a nationwide search to discover the next singing sensation during the 2018–19 season. Returning to help discover the next Idol are music industry legends and all-star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie—and Emmy®-winning producer Ryan Seacrest will also return to guide the series as host.

And don’t forget: The Top 5 will take to the Idol stage, to sing their hearts’ out for America’s Vote, on Sunday, May 13—live coast-to-coast starting at 5 p.m. PDT/8 p.m. EDT, only on ABC.

dcl news briefs

Star Wars Day at Sea Returns to Disney Cruise Line in 2019

From January to early March 2019, the galactically popular Star Wars Day at Sea returns to Disney Cruise Line onboard the Disney Fantasy. The special event takes place on nine voyages, and its positively chockablock with Star Wars fun for the entire family. Take a peek at what’s in store via this brand-new video right here at D23.com.