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Go Behind the Scenes With Disney Dish Podcaster Jim Hill as He Pulls Back the Curtain on “Beauty and the Beast” & Spaced Out Disney (Updated)



January 2017 – Ever wonder how the the first animated feature ever to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, “Beauty and the Beast” was created? Or how an episode of the “Disneyland” TV show convinced President Dwight Eisenhower that it was time for America to enter the space race? If you have, then you definitely want to keep reading. If you haven’t, but you’re fascinated by all things Disney, then you definitely want to keep reading! 

These questions and more will be answered by none other than Jim Hill – writer, Disney Dish Podcaster, theme park historian, storyteller and darn good researcher – at two special BACKSTAGE AT THE Y talks at The Rosen Performing Arts Center at the Wayne YMCA.

Presented in partnership with e.t.c. — Events Tailored & Customized, “Looking Back at Disneys Beauty and the Beast” and “Spaced Out Disney: 60 Years Of Going Out Of-This-World With Walt” are two timely, historical talks you won’t want to miss.

Update: Due to inclement weather, the talk originally scheduled for Sunday February 12, 2017 had to be postponed. “Looking Back At Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” has been rescheduled for Sunday March 19th. “Spaced Out Disney” has also been moved to April 23rd, 2017. Tickets are still available for both presentations by clicking the Buy Tickets links below.

These talks are part of the BACKSTAGE AT THE Y Concert Series presented at the Rosen Performing Arts Center in the YMCA in Wayne, NJ. The Rosen PAC theater offers a uniquely intimate setting to meet and listen to special artists like Jim. 

A ticket holder’s Rosen Performing Arts Center experience starts at the Backstage Door and ends with a seat on stage. In between everyone gets to pass the dressing rooms, wander in the wings, say hello to the stagehand and finally step onto the stage to be seated for the performance. On stage for the entire performance, the audience becomes an integral part of the show.

You can join Jim Hill on stage for “Looking Back At Disney’s Beauty And The Beast” on 

Ever wonder how the the first animated feature to ever be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar was created? Well, it didn’t happen in Hollywood. But — rather — at a Residence Inn in Fishkill, NY. Entertainment writer Jim Hill shares all sorts of behind-the-scenes tales (as old as time) about this award-winning film that not only spawned a long-running Broadway show, numerous theme park attractions & a direct-to-video sequel but also a soon-to-released lavish live-action reboot.

On Sunday, April 23, 2017, you can join Jim at his talk “Spaced Out Disney: 60 Years Of Going Out Of-This-World With Walt”.

SUNDAY, April 23, 2017 11:45AM – 1:00PM   $15 / TICKET



Learn how an episode of the “Disneyland” TV show convinced President Dwight Eisenhower that it was time for America to enter the space race. Or how the real Buzz Aldrin influenced the creation of Buzz Lightyear for Pixar’s “Toy Story” series. Entertainment writer Jim Hill will take you to Infinity & Beyond as he shares all sorts of behind-the-scenes stories about famous films like “The Black Hole,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” & the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies.

We hope to see you there! 

Backstage at the Y Disney Talks are presented in partnership with

This program is made possible, in part, by a grant administered by the Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

About the Rosen Performing Arts Center – The Wayne YMCA is home to the beautiful Rosen Performing Arts Center – a 406 seat professional performing art center located in Wayne, New Jersey.  It is home to many special events including theater productions for youth, teens and adults, dance programs and special events.  The performing arts center is also available to rent for companies producing or presenting theater, concerts, dance or film as well as for meeting spaces or conferences.  

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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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