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Disney & Pixar Team Up with NASCAR Driver Casey Mears & Chicagoland Speedway to Bring the Cars “Take Flight” Experience to Race Fans



Joliet, IL – September 14, 2012 – Today Disney•Pixar Cars fans teamed up
with NASCAR driver Casey Mears to wave the green flag and kick off the
Cars “Take Flight” experience during Chase weekend at Chicagoland
Speedway, Sept. 14-16.  In celebration of the world television premieres
of the Cars Toons short films “Air Mater” and “Moon Mater” this fall on
Disney Channel, and the launch of a new Cars “Take Flight” product
collection, Disney has created a fun and immersive family experience for
race fans to enjoy the world of Cars.


NASCAR driver Casey Mears with little race fans wave the green flag to
launch the new Disney•Pixar Cars “Take Flight”
product line and family
experience during Chase weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, September 14 –

Through Cars themed “pit stops” at Chicagoland Speedway Kids Zone in
Champions Park, the world of Cars is brought to life. Fans can snap
photos of the life-size LEGO® replica of Lightning McQueen made of
250,000 bricks, create Cars scenes at the puzzle building station, enjoy
story time, race against friends on the Cars video game, see the new
collectible die-cast cars and play with the products in the new “Take
Flight” collection. The new Cars “Take Flight” product line features
die-cast, race tracks, games, books and more and is available now at
retailers nationwide.

“The Cars Toons shorts have done a great job extending the storytelling
and fun that happens in the world of Cars,” said Mary Renner Beech,
senior vice president of licensing, Disney•Pixar animation, Disney
Consumer Products. “Likewise, Disney•Pixar product designers take the
story where only a child’s imagination can go through new toys and
products. And what better place for us to celebrate the new “Take
Flight” collection than right here at the Chicagoland Speedway during an
actual NASCAR race weekend.”

“A weekend at Chicagoland Speedway is about more than just the
excitement on the track,” said Scott Paddock, Chicagoland Speedway
president. “We want the entire family to enjoy memorable experiences
throughout their trip, whether it’s in the Kids Zone taking pictures
with the life-size Lightning McQueen, in Champions Park with free
entertainment or in our new infield fan experience. Our goal is to
deliver additional value to our fans and give the start of the Chase for
the NASCAR Sprint Cup the platform it deserves.”

Since its release in 2006, Cars has remained Disney Consumer Products’
leading boys franchise. Several of NASCAR’s biggest stars voiced
characters in the first two Cars films which have grossed over $1
billion in box office revenue, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff
Gordon, Richard Petty, Darrell Waltrip and Humpy Wheeler. New Cars Toons
animated film shorts released through Disney Channel and Walt Disney
Home Entertainment, continue to keep fans “revved up” about Cars. This
weekend only, the public can view Cars Toons in the Kids Zone, located
in Chicagoland Speedway’s Champions Park.

NASCAR driver Casey Mears and NFL Chicago Bears athlete Anthony Adams
and son at the Disney•Pixar Cars “Take Flight”
product line and family
experience in Gatorade Victory Lane at Chicagoland Speedway.

Chicagoland Speedway is the first race of the Chase for the NASCAR
Sprint Cup this September – the first of ten ‘playoff’ style NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series races in pursuit of the 2012 championship. The Dollar
General 300 powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series will kick off
the weekend on Saturday, Sept. 15 with the GEICO 400 Chase for the
NASCAR Sprint Cup concluding the weekend on Sunday, Sept. 16.

For tickets to the GEICO® 400, the start of the Chase for the NASCAR
Sprint Cup, or the Dollar General® 300 powered by Coca-Cola®, visit or call 1-888-629-RACE (7223).

For more information on Chicagoland Speedway stay connected on Twitter and Facebook or by visiting

For more information on the Cars franchise, please visit

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 Will Bring D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event to Anaheim, California in August 2024



Expanded Disney Fan Experience Will Feature New and Exciting Events Across Multiple Locations, Including a D23 Takeover of the Happiest Place On Earth, Evening Entertainment at the Honda Center, D23 Day at Angel Stadium, and Much More

Fan Favorites Including Exhibits, Panels, Shows, and Shopping Will Dazzle Disney Enthusiasts at the Anaheim Convention Center

D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event is a one-of-a-kind fan experience like never before with spectacular shows, new venues, and multiple days of entertainment that will bring together the best of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and more!

Highlightswill include:

  • Sunday, August 4: D23 Day at Angel Stadium, where D23 fans are invited to attend the Los Angeles Angels vs. New York Mets game. 
  • Thursday, August 8: D23 kickoff celebration at Disneyland Resort.
  • Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11: Shopping, exhibits, panels, and presentations will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center during the day, with the fun extending into the evening at the Honda Center, the bigger home to marquee shows.

Tickets for D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event will go on sale in Spring 2024, with ticketing options to be announced later for access to the Anaheim Convention Center and the Honda Center. Admission for D23 Day at Angel Stadium and the D23 kickoff celebration at Disneyland Resort will be available as separate ticketed events. Additional details for D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event will be announced in early 2024.

You can get updates by staying connected to D23 via social media (@DisneyD23 on FacebookInstagramX),, and our weekly D23 FanFare email (sign up for free as a D23 General Member at

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s nearly 100-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic year-round through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; the latest news and stories on; member-exclusive offers and discounts; the popular D23 Inside Disney podcast; and special experiences for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($99.99/year), Gold Duo Membership ($129.99/year), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Facebook, Instagram, X, TikTok, and YouTube.

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Star Wars Spoof: Space Robots in Outer Space Ep X: Battle for the Halcyon: The Last Starcruiser



Sure, Star Wars is cool and all. But let’s not forget about that other multi-part sci-fi cinematic spectacular, “Space Robots in Outer Space.” In fact, Hank Lonely (Hollywood’s ultimate hyphenate — actor / producer / director / writer / guy who makes sure the Porto Potties are kept squeaky-clean) just announced that there’ll soon be a 10th installment of this … Well, not exactly beloved. How about we say “admired from afar” instead? … series coming to a theater near you. In fact, here’s the highly anticipated teaser trailer for that project. Which is supposed to be titled “Space Robots in Outer Space X — Battle for the Halycon: The Last Starcruiser.”

Okay. Now the real story … In honor of Star Wars Day (i.e., May 4th. As in “May the Fourth Be With You”), Len Testa and I are sharing something that we produced with the help of all the nice folks who joined us last month aboard the Halycon.

We turned the Galactic Starcruiser as well as Black Spire Outpost into the backdrop for an affectionate send-up of all things Stars Wars. We hope that you (more importantly, the legal team at Lucasfilm) take this faux trailer in the spirit with which it was intended. Special thanks to Aaron Adams for so skillfully stitching all of this footage together. Also thanks to the team at Storybook Destinations, Touring Plans and the talented cast & crew aboard the “Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser” for making this “Disney Dish” fan event so memorable.

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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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