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Rockettes Kick Off the Holidays at LEGOLAND California



    Beth Chee


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CARLSBAD, Calif. (Nov. 17, 2010) — Members of the world famous Radio City Rockettes danced their way into
LEGOLAND® California today to help kick off
the holidays! The Rockettes lent a hand to the Park’s Master Model
Builders by placing the finishing touches on the LEGOLAND Christmas tree
in preparation for the Park’s annual tree lighting ceremony.

The Park’s annual tree lighting takes place Nov. 29 when celebrity
guest Brooke Burke from "Dancing with the Stars" lights the giant tree
which stands more than 30-feet-tall and is made of more than 245,000
forest green DUPLO® bricks. The tree lighting is
the start of LEGOLAND California’s Holly Jolly Holidays celebration which runs through
Dec. 31.

The Rockettes are visiting San Diego as part of the Radio City
Christmas Spectacular tour, with performances at the San Diego Sports
Arena on Dec.
3, 4 and 5.


LEGOLAND® Holly Jolly Holidays – Nov. 29 through Dec.
LEGOLAND® California kicks off Holly Jolly Holidays presented by Western®
Dental on Nov. 29 when a celebrity guest lights the world’s tallest LEGO®
Christmas tree in the annual tree
lighting ceremony and continues through Dec. 31 when the season
concludes with Kids’ New Year’s Eve.  The theme park transforms into
a holiday wonderland during Holly Jolly Holidays which features festive
entertainment every weekend including carolers, elves and strolling
nightly fireworks Dec. 26 through 30 and an enchanting holiday musical.
All Holly Jolly Holidays activities are included in the price of
California admission ($67 for adults, $57 for kids). For more
information, visit or call (760) 918-LEGO.

Tree Lighting Ceremony – Nov. 29
LEGOLAND California’s Holly Jolly Holidays celebration presented by
Western® Dental kicks off Nov. 29 when a celebrity guest lights the world’s tallest
LEGO® Christmas tree in the annual tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Families gather around the giant tree which
stands more than 30-feet-tall, is made of more than 245,000 forest green DUPLO® bricks and surrounded by packages and
LEGO friends the whole family can enjoy. The event features festive entertainment, fireworks and a visit from Santa himself!

“Let It Snow” – Nov. 20 to Dec. 31
“Let it Snow”, an
enchanting mini musical returns with a holiday
story that is sure to warm guests’ hearts. Share in the spirit of the
holidays with 10-year-old Emily as she wishes for some holiday magic!
Emily’s toys spring to life in a musical celebration as they help her
realize her Yuletide wish – snow! Will the weather forecast change
in southern California just for Emily? The 20 minute musical holiday
show features the Park’s signature song, “Season of
Imagination.” “Let it Snow” runs daily from Nov. 20 through Dec. 31 in
the Playtown Theater.

Nightly Tree Lightings – Dec. 2 to 24
California hosts nightly tree lighting ceremonies Dec. 2 through Dec. 24
at park
close where a lucky child will be randomly selected from the audience to
help pull the switch that lights up the LEGO Christmas tree. The giant
Christmas tree has become the centerpiece of the holiday season at
LEGOLAND California. It stands more than 30-feet-tall and is made of
more than
245,000 forest green DUPLO® bricks.

Holiday Fireworks – Dec. 26 to 30
A stunning display of
fireworks lights up the sky over LEGOLAND California nightly Dec. 26
– 30 at 7 pm. as part the Park’s Holly Jolly Holidays celebration. The
festive fireworks are choreographed to holiday songs from around
the world. The best viewing spot is Miniland U.S.A. which is also decked
out for the season with holiday scenes in every miniature city.

December 31 – Kids’ New Year’s Eve!
Midnight strikes at 6
p.m. in LEGOLAND California with the earliest New
Year’s celebration in San Diego County – Kids’ New Year’s Eve! Like the
famous Times Square party, Kids’ New
Year’s Eve, presented by Western Dental, features a countdown followed
by a huge LEGO brick dropping 22-feet into 2011 and a dazzling fireworks
display. The party begins at 4 p.m. and includes performances by Justin
Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players.

Beth Chee  
Office: (760) 918-5379
Cell:  (760) 429-3288

times and schedules subject to change without
notice. LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Brick and Knob configurations, the
Minifigure and LEGOLAND are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2010 The LEGO

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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