By Courtney Potter
Frozen Northern Lights to Debut This Summer
“Just imagine how much cooler I’ll be, in summer!” Frozen’s Olaf knows the best things happen in the summer sun—and we’ve got proof! Brand-new Frozen fun is on the horizon with Disney’s colorful new Frozen Northern Lights! An original story from the kingdom of Arendelle (spanning a collection of books, animated shorts from LEGO, and new digital experiences), Frozen Northern Lights will send Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven on an epic adventure—all starting this July—to restore the glimmer of the Northern Lights!
The new story entitled Disney Frozen Northern Lights: Journey to the Lights, published by Random House, will be introduced as a deluxe novelization in July ahead of an extended collection of books featuring the all the characters fans know and love—as well as a cool new protagonist named Little Rock. Later this fall, the story will be reimagined with four new animated shorts from LEGO (a full compilation will air on Disney Channel later in the year); the shorts will bring all the humor you expect from the LEGO world, plus all the voice talent from the movie reprising their roles. Amazing, right? And that’s not all: The website http://frozen.disney.com/ will be updated in July with all kinds of nifty activities tied to the new story, and Disney will soon launch a Frozen-inspired Instagram account, @DisneyFrozen.
So beat the heat with the frosty fun of Frozen Northern Lights, next month!
Save the Date!
Be sure to mark these upcoming Disney events on your calendar:
|D23 and Walt Disney Archives
D23 Behind-the-Scenes Experience: Ink & Paint Department
D23 Presents Aloha Aulani!
D23 Destination D: Amazing Adventures
The BFG opens in theaters.
Pete’s Dragon opens in theaters.
Moana opens in theaters.
Rogue One opens in theaters.
September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30 and 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 and 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
¡Verano Divertido! Meet Elena of Avalor on July 22
Disney’s newest princess is set to make her big debut this summer! Join Princess Elena when the highly anticipated animated series Elena of Avalor premieres with a special one-hour event on Friday, July 22, from 7–8 p.m. EDT on Disney Channel.
Set in the enchanted fairytale land of Avalor, the series tells the story of Elena—a brave and adventurous teenager who has saved her kingdom from an evil sorceress and must now learn to rule as crown princess until she is old enough to be queen. Elena’s journey will lead her to understand that her new role requires thoughtfulness, resilience, and compassion… the traits of all truly great leaders!
The stories incorporate influences from diverse Latin and Hispanic cultures through architecture, traditions, food, and customs. Magic, mythology, folklore, and music also play an important role—with each episode featuring original songs spanning an array of Latin musical styles. (Listen for the show’s theme song, performed by Latin Grammy® Award winner Gaby Moreno.)
Elena of Avalor features the voice talents of Aimee Carrero (Freeform’s Young & Hungry), Jenna Ortega (Disney Channel’s Stuck in the Middle), Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple), and Emiliano Díez (George Lopez)—plus guest appearances by Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Ana Ortiz (Devious Maids), Danny Trejo (Con Air), and Hector Elizondo (Last Man Standing).
Meet Mega-Adorable Baby Dory in New Finding Dory Clip
Well, we know a lot of y’all saw Finding Dory over its opening weekend (it had the biggest opening day for any animated film, ever! Kudos!)… but just in case you haven’t yet had a chance to meet the ludicrously adorable Baby Dory from the film’s flashback scenes—seriously, we can’t get enough of her—you’re in luck! Disney just released a short clip featuring lil’ Dory and her parents, Charlie (voice of Eugene Levy) and Jenny (voice of Diane Keaton), as they try to play a game of “hide-and-seek.” Check it out, above…
Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory is in theaters now!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Soundtrack: Lightspeed to Vinyl
Collect vinyl records, you do? It’s all the rage right now—so it stands to reason that Walt Disney Records is releasing a super-cool new hologram vinyl version of the original motion picture soundtrack for Star Wars: The Force Awakens!
With a score conducted and composed by five-time Academy Award®-winning composer John Williams, and liner notes by the film’s director, J.J. Abrams, the double LP features a 16-page booklet on 180-gram vinyl and fancy Direct Metal Mastering (DMM) for a truly amazing listening experience. The one-of-a-kind vinyl set, hand-etched by Tristan Duke of Infinity Light Science, offers a 3-D hologram experience featuring the Millennium Falcon on Disc 1/Side B and a TIE Fighter on Disc 2/Side B.
So alert that music fan in your life: this Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2-LP hologram soundtrack is now available at Disney Music Emporium, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and wherever vinyl is sold.