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Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix to perform at Disney’s D23 Expo August 19th




It's a Musical "Jolly Holiday" as Dick
Van Dyke & The Vantastix
Bring Harmony and Melodic Fun to First Night of Disney's D23 Expo, August
19-21, 2011 


Calif. (July 29, 2011) – Disney fans attending the first day of Disney's D23 Expo,
presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, August 19-21 at the Anaheim
Convention Center, will be able to end their day with an unforgettable evening
of harmony provided by Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix. The popular vocal
quartet is comprised of legendary television, Broadway, and film star Dick Van
Dyke and three renowned west coast musicians-Mike Mendyke, Bryan Chadima and Eric
Bradley. The group will appear in concert on Stage 23 at the D23 Expo on
Friday, August 19, 2011, at 8:15 p.m.

from Van Dyke's varied entertainment career in addition to many well-known
Disney hits and timeless pop standards will be performed by Van Dyke and The
Vantastix in a show rich in humor, pure entertainment and sing-along favorites.
Much of the show's song roster is based on Put On A
Happy Face
the group's inaugural a cappella album, which
features 14 well-known tunes. The CD will be available for
purchase in the D23 Expo Treasure Trove store.

Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix is the result of a
chance meeting of Van Dyke and Mendyke at a Malibu coffee shop in September
2000. With the addition of Chadima and Bradley, the group started "just
for fun," gathering weekly for pizza and singing around Van Dyke's piano,
and soon built up an impressive repertoire of children's songs and standards.

After their first casual performance during the wrap
party for Van Dyke's long-running mystery TV series Diagnosis Murder, the group began to get requests to appear at
charity events and benefits. They have performed at the City of Hope Hospital; the
Beverly Hilton for the Society of Singers Concert honoring Dame Julie Andrews;
the Hollywood Bowl as part of an evening of TV theme songs; and at the awarding
of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Rose Marie, who appeared with Van
Dyke on The Dick Van Dyke Show.

There have also been television appearances at the TV Land Awards, Larry King Live, and a
performance of the National Anthem for the NBA Playoffs and more. The group
continues to perform at benefits in the greater Los Angeles area.

"Hard work and planning are important if one wants to
get ahead in life," Van Dyke says. "More important is leaving one's self open
to the twists and turns, the wonderful surprises that life has to offer. If you
can't bend with the wind, go with the flow, you're gonna miss some great
adventures. These three guys walked into my life from out of nowhere and turned
my Golden Years into pure platinum. We always have
a great time performing together, and we're looking forward to appearing at the
D23 Expo."

Dick Van Dyke – Van Dyke
began his remarkable career more than 50 years ago in a record-pantomime act
called The Merry Mutes. He then
went on to host several TV shows before starring on Broadway in Bye Bye
, for which he received a Tony Award®. The classic sitcom The
Dick Van Dyke Show
came next, then the screen version of Birdie,
followed by the classic Disney film musical Mary Poppins, the equally
adored movie musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the recent hit Night at the Museum, and a host of other
wonderfully entertaining films. Winner of five Emmy Awards®, Van
Dyke completed nine seasons of the TV series Diagnosis Murder.

Bryan Chadima – Bryan
Chadima is a writer, musical director, arranger, and singer. He was born in
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and graduated from Western Michigan University. He has
toured nationally and recorded albums with numerous vocal groups and shows
including Blind Man's Bluff, Gold Company, Vox Lumiere,
and The Three Waiters. His musical directing credits include Klub
and Baby It's You. Chadima arranges most of the material
performed by the Vantastix.

Eric Bradley – Bradley's
road to Los Angeles began in Connecticut where he grew up then at the
University of Miami, where he studied music, film, and television, and then to
Chicago, where he started his career as a vocalist and voice-over actor.
Bradley now enjoys a career as a studio singer in LA. His film and TV credits
include The Simpsons Movie, Spiderman 3, Blades of Glory, King
, Superman Returns, The Polar Express, Enchanted, I
Am Legend
, How I Met Your Mother, Family Guy, and the Oscars
telecast. He also sings with jazz sensation Sixth Wave, the 2001 National Harmony
Sweepstakes Champions.

Mike Mendyke – An MIT
graduate and former NASA engineer with degrees in aerospace engineering and
music, Mendyke believes every vocal group should include at least one rocket
scientist. After eight years in the defense industry, he began recording albums
and touring the U.S. and Japan with the vocal group Five O'Clock Shadow.
A longtime advocate of vocal music, Mendyke is a past board member and former
treasurer for The Contemporary A Cappella Society. Mendyke also runs an online
marketing business, as well as music distribution services.

Tickets to the D23 Expo are available at Admission includes access to all experiences
and entertainment at the D23 Expo,
including the Disney Legends Ceremony, and can be purchased for single days or
for the full three days of festivities. Admission is $47 for a one-day adult
ticket and $37 for children 3-12. Three-day passes are $136 for adults and
$106 for children. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will receive a
discount for up to four admissions, as well as early entry to each day of the D23 Expo for themselves and their

About D23 Expo 2011

The D23 Expo-The Ultimate Disney Event for Fans and
Families-brings the entire world of

Disney under one roof at the Anaheim Convention Center,
providing guests with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, and
theme parks.

About D23

D23 is the
official fan club for The Walt Disney Company – the first-ever in its 88-year
history. The name "D23" pays homage to the wonder and excitement that began in
1923 when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. The club gives
its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them
in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication Disney
; a rich website at; a
collectibles line, The Walt Disney Archives Collection; and special events for
D23 Members throughout the year, highlighted by the bi-annual D23 Expo.

Fans can join D23 at, select shops at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney
World Resort and To keep up with all the latest D23 news and
events, follow us "DisneyD23" on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.


Jim Hill is an entertainment writer who has specialized in covering The Walt Disney Company for nearly 40 years now. Over that time, he has interviewed hundreds of animators, actors, and Imagineers -- many of whom have shared behind-the-scenes stories with Mr. Hill about how the Mouse House really works. In addition to the 4000+ articles Jim has written for the Web, he also co-hosts a trio of popular podcasts: “Disney Dish with Len Testa,” “Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor” and “Marvel US Disney with Aaron Adams.” Mr. Hill makes his home in Southern New Hampshire with his lovely wife Nancy and two obnoxious cats, Ginger & Betty.

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Disney’s New Trailer Reveals How Ralph & Vanellope Get to the Internet in “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2”



Wreck-It Ralph 2

When “Wreck-It Ralph” opened on Nov. 2, 2012, it turned in the highest opening weekend ever for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film at the time of release. Now Disney is hoping Ralph will not only break the Internet but the 2018 Thanksgiving boxoffice records as well.

The film re-teams the original director, producer and co-writer behind “Wreck-It Ralph.”  The screenplay is currently being written by Phil Johnston and Pamela Ribon. Director Rich Moore, producer Clark Spencer, and co-writer Phil Johnston partnered with fellow director Byron Howard and co-writer/co-director Jared Bush to create the Academy Award®-winning blockbuster feature “Zootopia.”

ROYAL REUNION – In “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2,” Vanellope von Schweetz-along with her best friend Ralph-ventures into the uncharted world of the internet. When she finds herself surrounded by Disney princesses, she’s surprised to learn that she actually has a lot in common with them. The scene, highlighted in a new trailer for the film (below), features several of the original princess voices, including Auli’i Cravalho (“Moana”), Kristen Bell (Anna in “Frozen”), Idina Menzel (Elsa in “Frozen”), Kelly MacDonald (Merida in “Brave”), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in “Tangled”), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog”), Ming-Na Wen (“Mulan”), Irene Bedard (“Pocahontas”), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in “Aladdin”), Paige O’Hara (Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”) and Jodi Benson (Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”). Featuring Sarah Silverman as the voice of Vanellope, “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2” opens in theaters nationwide Nov. 21, 2018. 





U.S. Release Date:  Nov. 21, 2018

Voice cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk

Directors: Rich Moore, Phil Johnston

Producer: Clark Spencer

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Marvel Fans: See Props, Costumes, New Games, Exclusive Content and More at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2017 in Anaheim





BURBANKCalif. (June 1, 2017) – Marvel will make its way to D23 Expo’s show floor from July 14­-16 with an exciting look at its upcoming film titles in the Marvel Studios Pavilion, featuring an array of props and costumes from the Studios’ upcoming slate, including Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, and more.

In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, in theaters November 2017, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok-the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization-at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela., played by Cate Blanchette. 

But first he must survive the Grandmaster’s gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger-the Incredible Hulk. 

Fans will get an up-close look at the costumes and props from this highly anticipated movie as well as photo opportunities with exclusive set pieces from the film. 

The incredible costumes from Black Panther will also be on display. 

Black Panther follows the journey of T’Challa after the events of Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War,where he returns to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. 

In addition to the exciting props and costumes on display, Marvel Studios will host multiple giveaways and events within its pavilion space in Hall B.

Fans will get the chance to meet with Marvel Studios’ filmmakers, development team, and talent. Exclusive artwork will be given away daily, along with other surprises. Details on talent appearances and special signings will be made available on the D23 Expo app.

Fans will also be able to enjoy all-new console and mobile Marvel Games, plus incredible exclusive content and announcements throughout the weekend!

For the first time at D23 Expo, guests will be able to get their hands on the hottest new console and mobile games featuring favorite Marvel Super Heroes, playing as the world-famous Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, and more! 

LEGO®Marvel Super Heroes 2 is an all-new, original adventure and sequel to the smash hit LEGO®Marvel Super Heroes.Bringing together iconic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains from different eras and realities, along with signature LEGO humor,the latest epic adventure from TT Games transports players into a cosmic battle across myriad Marvel locations ripped from time and space into the incredible open hub world of Chronopolis.

Adding to the infinite excitement of D23 Expo, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will offer attendees hands-on opportunities with the next era of the highly revered action-fighting game series. 

Marvel and Capcom universes collide like never before as iconic characters team up for action-packed player-versus-player combat. 

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite features a variety of exciting and accessible single-player modes and rich multi-player content for new players and longtime fans alike and will be released on September 19, 2017, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Gazillion will offer a chance to play Marvel Heroes Omega and win fantastic prizes.

Marvel Heroes Omega combines the core gameplay style of Action-RPGs and MMOs with an expansive library of heroes from the Marvel Universe. With thousands of hours of character progression and rewards,Marvel Heroes Omegacomes packed with tons of replay value and a steady stream of new challenges with regular updates.

Netmarble is bringing its best to D23 Expo with MARVEL: Future Fight.

Featuring 120 Marvel Super Heroes to choose from, players create teams of their favorites to fight for their future. D23 Expo attendees can try their hand at saving the universe.

Marvel Puzzle Quest is where the best in match-3 puzzle gameplay meets Marvel’s biggest Super Heroes and Super Villains in the most epic puzzle adventure game available on your phone, tablet, and PC.

Marvel Puzzle Questcombines favorite Marvel characters with deep RPG leveling, player-versus-player tournaments, Alliances, and much more. Guests can unleash their inner Super Hero and wage war against their enemies. Learn more

Marvel will present incredible panels during D23 Expo, including the fan-favorite Cup o’ Joe on Friday, July 14, at 1:15 p.m. in the D23 Expo Arena, featuring Chief Creative Officer of Marvel, Joe Quesada, in a no-holds-barred panel of everything Marvel!

That same day at 6 p.m. on Stage 28, Marvel Animation presents a surprise-filled panel of sneak peeks, special guests, exclusive footage, and big announcements about the future of Marvel Animation on Stage 28. Details will be available on the D23 Expo app.

Tickets for D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for one-day adult admission and $59 forchildren 3-9. Membersof D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53 for children 3-9. Multi-day tickets are also available. 

For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit

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Shanghai To Host World Premiere Of Disney’s “Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”



First-ever Mainland China Hollywood Movie World Premiere Will Take Place at Shanghai Disney Resort with an

All-star Lineup of Special Guests on May 11

BURBANK, CALIF. (April 25, 2017)-Disney announced today that Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will have its World Premiere in Shanghai, China, at Shanghai Disney Resort on Thursday, May 11, marking the first time a Hollywood movie will premiere in Mainland China. Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer plan to attend the gala event.

The red-carpet event will take place in Disneytown at Shanghai Disney Resort. After the red carpet, the “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” screening will be held in Walt Disney Grand Theatre at Disneytown. Shanghai Disney Resort is also home to Shanghai Disneyland, featuring Treasure Cove, the first pirate-themed land at a Disney park, inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. 

Premiere guests will enjoy a stunning presentation of the film in Dolby Vision laser projection and Dolby Atmos immersive audio provided by Dolby and delivered through QSC speakers and amplifiers with Q-SYS control at the Walt Disney Grand Theatre.

Samsung is the title sponsor of the World Premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which will be released on May 26 in China, day and date with its release in the U.S.

About the Movie:

Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea-notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.  

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” also stars Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs,  Golshifteh Farahani as the sea-witch Shansa, David Wenham as Scarfield, Stephen Graham as Scrum, Orlando Bloom as Will Turner, and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa.

Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are directing “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” with Jerry Bruckheimer producing. The executive producers are Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Joe Caracciolo, Jr., Terry Rossio and Brigham Taylor. The story is by Jeff Nathanson and Terry Rossio, and Jeff Nathanson wrote the screenplay. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” drops anchor in U.S. theaters on May 26, 2017.     

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