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  • Press Releases

    Uncover a mystery about Ezra’s past when Star Wars Rebels airs at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT Monday, November 17th on Disney XD

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    In the first of a two-part story arc, someone from Ezra's past needs help to escape Imperial forces on Lothal in "Empire Day," an all new episode of Star Wars Rebels ! After the crew of the Ghost wreaks havoc on the Imperials' Empire Day celebration - an annual event commemorating the founding of the Empire - they discover an old friend of Ezra's parents who has escaped with secrets vital to the Empire. Pursued by Agent Kallus and the Inquisitor, the rebels attempt to smuggle...
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    Craig McCracken talks about the labor intensive story process behind Disney XD's "Wander Over Yonder"

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    How long does it take a group of grown-ups to come up with a workable storyline for an 11 minute-long cartoon? Would you believe two days? So says Craig McCracken , the talent behind those Emmy-Award winning Cartoon Network series, " The Powerpuff Girls " and " Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends ." Though -- more recently -- Craig has been riding herd on Disney XD 's acclaimed animated adventure, " Wander Over Yonder ." Mind you, this character-driven sci-fi...
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    "Disney During World War II" and "Hope: Entertainer of the Century" showcase two Hollywood legends who did everything they could for the troops

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    As a former servicemember, I have to admit that I'm always intrigued by how various entertainment entities observe Veterans Day. Take -- for example -- PBS . Their way of acknowledging that today is November 11th (i.e., the date that our nation honors all those who have served in both wartime and peacetime) is by airing a two hour-long documentary on the Navy Seals . Meanwhile over at Disney Junior , they're showing a special episode of " Doc McStuffins " called "Training Army...
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    Hollywood creatives and theme park fans appreciate the Universal difference

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    It's often been said that if you build a better mouse trap, the world will beat a path to your door. Harry Potter fans race up the red carpet to be among the first to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley when this new "land" at Universal Studios officially opened to the public on July 8, 2014. Copyright NBCUniversal. All rights reserved Well, when Comcast reported its third quarter results last month, it wasn't a mouse trap that turbo-charged that corporation's...
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    Celebrate the Holidays at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

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    WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (November 10, 2014) - Celebrate the holidays as a family when LEGOLAND ® Florida Resort hosts its annual Christmas Bricktacular and Kids' New Year's Eve celebrations, beginning weekends in December. Visitors can participate in extraordinary holiday-themed LEGO ® builds, interact with LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier Characters and experience snow falling down on Fun Town. Nightly fireworks begin on Dec. 26 and will last until the end of the year. LEGOLAND Florida...
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    Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast​: Rosario Dawson Cast as 'Nyx'

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    Copyright 2014 Walt Disney Enterprises. All rights reserved. Actress Rosario Dawson lends her voice as a fiery and courageous fairy, "Nyx", in the all-new Disney Fairies adventure, "Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast", out on Blu-ray TM March 3, 2015. Nyx is a Scout Fairy charged with protecting the luscious land of Pixie Hollow and all of the fairies who reside there. A true professional who takes her job very seriously-maybe a little too seriously-allowing facts and...
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    Mylan Signs Strategic Alliance Agreement with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to Enhance Access to EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injectors

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    EpiPen ® Auto-Injector Locations Designated on Updated Guide Maps and Signage New Multi-year Alliance to Increase Anaphylaxis Awareness through Multiple Educational Initiatives PITTSBURGH - Nov. 7, 2014 - Mylan Inc. (Nasdaq: MYL) today announced it has signed a multi-year strategic alliance agreement with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to help increase awareness of anaphylaxis, a life-threatening (severe) allergic reaction. The agreement includes updated maps in Disney's domestic theme parks...
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    From "Planes" to "Show Boat," "Fernwood 2 Tonight" to "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," Fred Willard looks back on his storied career

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    Ol' Man River, he just keeps rollin' along ... As does Fred Willard . You'd think -- given that this veteran actor / comedian turned 75 back in September -- that Willard would finally begin to slow down at this point. Well, think again. For this Fall has been full of firsts for Fred. Take -- for example -- last month, when Willard made his daytime drama debut on " The Bold and the Beautiful ." Fred appeared in four episodes of this long-running CBS soap opera back in October...
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    "Star Wars Rebels" uses characters & vehicles that were designed for the original trilogy to expand the saga

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    When the powers-that-be at Disney & Lucasfilm decided that they wanted to set " Star Wars Rebels " in that time period between the prequels and the original trilogy, executive producer Dave Filoni knew that this new Disney XD animated series was going to be tough to pull off. "Look, it's one thing to do what we did on ' Star Wars: The Clone Wars .' That animated series was set between ' Attack of the Clones ' and ' Revenge of the Sith .' So we had a...
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    First Lady Michelle Obama to Host "Doc McStuffins​" Screening for Military Families at The White House

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    A SPECIAL VETERANS DAY "DOC McSTUFFINS" STORY REFLECTING THE NEEDS AND CONCERNS OF MILITARY FAMILIES WILL BE PRESENTED TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 ON DISNEY CHANNEL -- First Lady Michelle Obama to Host Special Joining Forces Screening for Military Families at The White House -- A special "Doc McStuffins" episode continues Disney's legacy of support for military families through a storyline that gently reflects common emotions young children face but find difficult to express when...
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    Disney Interactive Delivers Disney-Themed Starter Pack and Disney Originals Figures In Time for the Holidays

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    Disney Infinity: Toy Box Starter Pack (2.0 Edition) Available Now In Retail Stores Nationwide Glendale, CA - Nov. 4, 2014 - Today, Disney Interactive announced the availability of the Disney Infinity: Toy Box Starter Pack (2.0 Edition) , a special Disney-themed Starter Pack featuring fan favorites Merida and Stitch and new Toy Box Games set in the worlds of "Lilo and Stitch" and "Brave," all for a suggested retail price of $59.99. The company also announced the launch of its Disney...
  • Jim Hill

    Knott's 'Special Ops: Infected' proves that wide open spaces can be just as scary as dark twisty mazes

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    It sounds like an interesting challenge. Staging an authentic-looking zombie apocalypse while -- at the same time -- not scratching up any of Grizzly Creek Lodge's nice new furniture. But that's exactly what Jon Cooke has spent the past five-and-a-half weeks doing. Taking Knott's Berry Farm 's recently refurbished Camp Snoopy and -- using the 45 minutes between when this Buena Park theme park closes for the day and when Halloween Haunt officially opens for the night -- then transforming...
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    Walt Disney Birthplace Restoration - Phase One: Halfway Home

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    Last week, I attended a fundraising dinner at one of Walt's favorite restaurants, The Tam O'Shanter . As attendees dined on their famous prime rib, Disney author (and former Disney Home Video honcho) Mindy Johnson talked with special guests Alice Davis and Kathryn Beaumont about their experiences with Walt. Alice talked about how she first met Walt (at that very restaurant!) and how Walt prophesied that one day she would work for him, and how that prophecy coming true worked out. Kathryn...
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    On the heels of making his directorial debut on Disney XD's "Lab Rats," Hal Sparks talks about the serious side of making sitcoms

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    Since he's a relatively youthful 45 year-old, it's genuinely hard to think of Hal Sparks as an elder statesman of broadcasting. But then again, given that Sparks booked his first professional TV hosting gig while still in high school (At 18 years of age, Hal was the host of " Treasure Mall ," that short-lived syndicated game show), he's already got over a quarter-of-a-century of in-front-of-the-camera time under his belt. "And I've been in this business long enough...
  • TRAVEL TALK

    Where to stay in Orlando Based on Customer Ratings: Disney Owned Hotels vs Non Disney Hotels

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    This duo is immortalized in a small bronze statue in the center of the park, on the circle at the end of Main Street U.S.A. directly in front of Cinderella Castle. © Disney, All Rights Reserved, Disney Parks & Travel Are you trying to decide where to stay for your next Disney World vacation? As you probably already know you have a lot of different options, there are literally thousands of hotels, vacation homes, and timeshare resorts to choose from. I recently did a study on guest satisfaction...
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    Your favorite cartoon characters come back from the dead for Disney Television Animation's "Re-Animated: The Zombie Show"

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    Most companies -- when they're celebrating their 30th anniversary -- would hold a party. Maybe spring for a sheet cake and some punch. Photo by Rick Rowell . Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved But because Disney Television Animation will be commemorating this auspicious occasion next month right after Halloween, they decided to put a ghoulish spin on their 30th anniversary celebration. Which is why all of the talented artists, executives and staffers who work at TVA were invited...
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    MARVEL Studios Unveils Phase 3 of Marvel Cinematic Universe

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    Copyright 2014 Getty Images. Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez This morning, during a special event at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed the films that will make up Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring a mix of fan-favorite characters and several heroes who will be making their big-screen debuts. . Copyright 2014 Getty Images. Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez The next two films to be released by Marvel are AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON on May 1,...
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    Nana finally makes it to Never Land in "Battle for the Book!," a primetime "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" special

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    Let's be honest here. You kind of feel bad for Nana whenever you watch Disney's " Peter Pan ." Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved After all, everyone else gets to fly off to Never Land in this 1953 animated feature. But because Mr. Darling had tied this canine caretaker up in the backyard before he and Mrs. Darling then went out for the evening, even though Michael actually sprinkles Nana with pixie dust, she just wind up levitating at the end of her leash. Mind...
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    John Musker and Ron Clements chart an ambitious course for "Moana," Walt Disney Animation Studios' 2016 release

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    They've taken us under the sea with their charming reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen's " The Little Mermaid ." Not to mention soaring through the sky aboard a magic carpet in their wildly comic take on the 1001 Arabian Nights, " Aladdin ." So where will John Musker and Ron Clements be taking moviegoers next? To the South Seas. A remote spot on the map that these two Walt Disney Animation Studios veterans genuinely believe is the perfect setting for "Moana,"...
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    Marvel - & Hydra - Release "Avengers: Age of Ultron" teaser trailer & poster (Video)

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    AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON MARVEL STUDIOS Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/avengers Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/avengers Marvel Studios presents "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test...
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    How Wilmer Valderrama helped make 'From Dusk Till Dawn' a featured attraction at this year's Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights

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    If you're one of the tens of thousands of people who've already screamed your way through the "From Dusk Till Dawn" maze at this year's Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood and the Universal Orlando Resort ... Well, you have Wilmer Valderrama to thank for those scares. And -- no -- that's not because Wilmer plays a key role in this hit TV series on the El Rey Network . But rather because Valderrama has been a longtime Halloween Horror Nights fan. "Seriously...
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    How Comic-Con helped create fans for Disney XD's "Star vs. The Forces of Evil" six months before its first episode airs

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    There's a way that things used to work in the television animation universe. First a new show would go on the air. Then viewers would sample a few episodes and decide if they actually liked a program. If that were the case, then the fan base for this new animated series would slowly build over time. Well, things move a lot faster these days. Take -- for example -- Disney XD's "Star vs. The Forces of Evil." The new animated series doesn't actually go on the air 'til January...
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    Pixar's "Lava" uses massive characters & settings to tell sweet little love story

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    The history of Hollywood is littered with stories of short leading men and all the tricks the studios had to use in order to make these diminutive actors seem larger-than-life. But what happens when you have the opposite problem? When your film is built around a performer who's so enormous that it's genuinely hard to fit them in the frame with anyone else? That's the challenge that James Ford Murphy faced with " Lava ," the brand-new short he just wrote & directed for Pixar...
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    Disney characters puts the fun in fundraising at annual CHOC "Walk in the Park" event

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    It's the fundraiser that Disney fans happily and willingly get out of bed at 3 a.m. to take part in. The one that people actually schedule their Southern California vacations around, with some participants flying in from as far away as Texas, Illinois and Connecticut. Which event am I talking about? The largest walk for pediatric care in the nation, Children's Hospital of Orange County 's annual "Walk in the Park." Or as this 5K is more fondly known to the thousands who participate...
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    ALADDIN Breaks New Amsterdam Box Office Record For 2nd Time

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    WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 12, 2014 Aladdin , Disney's Tony Award®-winning new musical comedy, broke the house record at the New Amsterdam Theatre for the second time last week (w/e 10/12/14) with a gross of $1,614,428.00. The previous record of $1,602,785.00 was set by Aladdin just two months ago for the week ending August 10, 2014. Since beginning performances on February 26, 2014, Aladdin has consistently numbered in the top 10 highest-grossing Broadway shows each week and has established itself...
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