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D23 Expo Revisited – Celebrities, Legends, Long Lines, and Magical Memories

D23 Expo Revisited - Celebrities, Legends, Long Lines, and Magical Memories

The 2013 D23 Expo was last weekend, and it truly a a magical event for all Disney fans who attended!  This was my first D23 Expo and I enjoyed every minute of it: I met Disney Legends, new friends, and learned what being a true Disney Fan was all about!

D23 Expo Revisited - Celebrities, Legends, Long Lines, and Magical Memories

Once we got into the convention center, the first day’s main event was the Animation Session hosted by John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer for Pixar and Walt Disney Studios as well as Principal Creative Advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering.  We were given glimpses into the next several movies in the pipeline for Pixar, Walt Disney Animation, and Disneytoons Studios.

D23 Expo Revisited - Celebrities, Legends, Long Lines, and Magical Memories
We were even treated to guest appearances from voice actors Dane Cook from Planes, Bill Hader from Monsters University, and Josh Gad and Kristen Bell from Frozen, the much anticipated new animated feature from Walt Disney Studios.  We even got a special appearance from John Ratzenberger!

D23 Expo Revisited - Celebrities, Legends, Long Lines, and Magical Memories

Bill Hader from Monsters University and Pixar Veteran, John Ratzenberger

At the end of the session Broadway great Idina Menzel sang “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen and brought the house down!

After the main session, which ran five hours, we were all hungry and headed outside to the row of food trucks that D23 had brought in. I enjoyed a meatball sandwich that was incredible.

After lunch, it was time for walking around the Collector’s Gallery, where Disneyana collectors from all over the world were gathered to buy, sell, and trade Disney collectibles from vinylmations to animation cells from classic Disney features.

Pat Carrol, the voice of Ursula from Disney’s Little Mermaid, Imagianeer and Disney Legend Bob Gurr were also there signing autographs and taking pictures, it was incredible.  There were also some amazing collector’s items that were available for sale.

D23 Expo Revisited - Celebrities, Legends, Long Lines, and Magical Memories

Disney Legend Bob Gurr

The next day was filled with smaller sessions in the morning until it was time for the Walt Disney Studios Live Action Feature Movies panel.  We were treated to previews from Marvel’s Thor: Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy, and even Captain America.

D23 Expo Revisited - Celebrities, Legends, Long Lines, and Magical Memories

Angelina Jolie for Maleficent at D23

The highlight of the day was the presentation for Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks, the story of Wait Disney and P.L. Travers, author of Mary Poppins.  It was a great preview and concluded with an appearance from Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak who portrayed the Sherman Brothers in the movie.  Schwartzman and Novak were accompanied by Richard Sherman, one half of the legendary Sherman Brothers songwriting team.  They sang “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” from Mary Poppins as they were surrounded by kite flying dancers.

D23 Expo Revisited - Celebrities, Legends, Long Lines, and Magical Memories

Disney Legend Richard Sherman, B.J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman

On the final day, we were able to sit in a session with Disney Legends, Bob Gurr, Marty Sklar, Alice Davis, and X Atencio called Working with Walt.  These are some of the very Imagineers who actually worked with Walt Disney.  It was an incredible experience to listen to their stories and learn more about some of the great Disney movies and the creation of Disneyland.

D23 Expo Revisited - Celebrities, Legends, Long Lines, and Magical Memories

The rest of the morning and afternoon was spent walking around the vendor booths and some of the incredible Disney Consumer Products.  We got to experience some of the upcoming Disney products before they were released.  We even got some signed lithographs from Disney Consumer Product Artists!

D23 Expo Revisited - Celebrities, Legends, Long Lines, and Magical Memories

 One thing we learned was to divide and conquer.  One of us would wait in line for whatever main event we wanted to see, while the rest of us were able to walk around or sit in on other smaller sessions.  If you attend the next D23 event, don’t forget to bring tons of patience, the lines are super long, but it does give you the opportunity to make new friends and read all those emails you have been meaning to get to!

D23 Expo Revisited - Celebrities, Legends, Long Lines, and Magical Memories

D23 was an incredible event.  We are already looking to the next one in 2015.  We discovered that we were not alone in our love and passion for Walt Disney and all of his wonderful creations.

Even More Spooktacular Fun at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Spooktacular Fun at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Boys and Ghouls of all ages are invited to don their favorite costumes and enjoy a spooktacular time at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This special-ticket event returns to Magic Kingdom Park this fall with exciting new entertainment, character greetings and more!

For the first time ever, your Clients will have the chance to meet Jack Skellington and Sally, from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” on Main Street, U.S.A.

Spooktacular Fun at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Over in Tomorrowland, Mike and Sulley, from “Monsters University,” scare up a good time at the Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball dance party on Rockettower Plaza Stage.

Your Clients will also enjoy enhanced trick-or-treating along two treat trails – including one or two surprise treat locations along the way.

And, Phineas and Ferb will be on hand on Main Street U.S.A. to help get the audience warmed up for fun while they await the arrival of the Boo-To-You Halloween Parade. This party favorite is back, complete with the Headless Horseman, Disney Characters in their Halloween costumes and the ghostly inhabitants of The Haunted Mansion.

Spooktacular Fun at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Finally, Happy HalloWishes fireworks spectacular invites your Clients to “drop in” as Disney Villains tear up the night with glittering color and light.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party takes place from 7 p.m. – midnight on Sept. 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27 & 29; Oct. 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29 and 31; and Nov. 1, 2013. Prices vary based on event night.

Don’t miss a moment of all the ghoulish fun and festivities!  Let your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner know you want to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party on your Walt Disney World vacation!

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Kingdom Magic Vacations Quick Tip – Morocco at Epcot’s World Showcase

Rick Howard from Kingdom Magic Vacations take us on a quick tour of the Moroccan Pavilion inside Epcot’s World Showcase to see all the sights and sounds from Morocco!

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More Names Added to Epcot’s Candlelight Processional

More names are being added to the schedule of celebrity narrators for this year’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot this holiday season.

More Names Added to Epcot’s Candlelight Processional

Held every year at Epcot, the Candlelight Processional is an event not to be missed. A mass choir, joined by a 50-piece live orchestra and a celebrity narrator, tell the story of Christmas in words and music, in a very moving performance. Performances are held at the America Gardens Theater.

Please note narrator schedule is subject to change.

Schedule & Narrators  at the America Gardens Theater
(Show Times are 5:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 8:15 p.m.)

Gary Sinise – NEW! – November 29 to December 1, 2013

Neil Patrick Harris – December 2 to December 3, 2013

Ashley Judd – NEW! – December 4 to December 5, 2013

More Names Added to Epcot’s Candlelight Processional
Whoopi Goldberg – December 6 to December 7, 2013

Sigourney Weaver – NEW! – December 8 to December 10, 2013

Dennis Haysbert – NEW! – December 11 to December 13, 2013

James Denton – December 14 to December 16, 2013

More Names Added to Epcot’s Candlelight Processional
Edward James Olmos – December 17 to December 19, 2013

Trace Adkins – December 20 to December 22, 2013

TBD – December 23 to December 25, 2013

Blair Underwood – December 26 to December 28, 2013

Amy Grant – December 29 to December 30, 2013

Watch one of the Candlelight Processional performances from last year!

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Celebrate Night of Joy at Walt Disney World In September

Walt Disney World’s 31st Night of Joy features multiple Grammy and Dove Award-winning artists in its 2013 lineup. The two-night celebration is staged each year during the second weekend in September. This year’s event will be on September 6 -7, 2013.

Celebrate Night of Joy at Walt Disney World In September

Friday night brings Christian music legends Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman together for a combined set on the Cinderella Castle stage. Smith and Chapman performed a European United Tour this past spring after a successful combined tour in the United States in 2008. This is the first time two artists have been co-billed for a Night of Joy performance.

Celebrate Night of Joy at Walt Disney World In September

Highlights of this year’s Night of Joy include the addition of five first-time performers to the roster, including rising stars For King and Country and Jamie Grace. Fan favorites Mercy Me return for a sixth consecutive year. An unofficial dcTalk reunion takes place as tobyMac headlines the Saturday night lineup, Michael Tait performs with Newsboys, and Kevin Max appears as the lead singer in the newly configured Audio Adrenaline.

2013 Night of Joy Lineup (Subject to change)

Friday, September 6

Skillet

MercyMe

Michael W. Smith

Steven Curtis Chapman

Audio Adrenaline

Mandisa

for KING & COUNTRY

Moriah Peters

We As Human

City Harbor

Saturday, September 7

Newsboys

TobyMac

Francesca Battistelli

Building 429

Group 1 Crew

Matthew West

PLUMB

Jamie Grace

Night of Joy is an after-hours, special ticket event.

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A Special ‘World of Color’ Announcement from Imagineer Steve Davison from Disney California Adventure Park

Listen up, “World of Color” fans! We have some exciting holiday-time news from Disneyland Resort.

Check out the video below for a special announcement from Steve Davison, vice president of Parades and Spectaculars, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, who has very exciting news to share about the “so wonderful, so beautiful” nighttime spectacular at Disney California Adventure park.

What is it? Watch the video and find out!

Mark your calendars because “World of Color – Winter Dreams” will begin November 15, 2013, at Disney California Adventure park.

A Special ‘World of Color’ Announcement from Imagineer Steve Davison from Disney California Adventure Park

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Celebrate the Halloween on the High Seas with Disney Cruise Line

This year, Disney Cruise Line is celebrating the Halloween season at sea with festive themed sailings.

Celebrate the Halloween on the High Seas with Disney Cruise Line

Halloween on the High Seas Cruises
For Halloween, guests will have a scream aboard the Disney Dream. From Sept. 22 – Oct. 31, you can enjoy spooky special events and trick-or-treating throughout the ship.

Celebrate the Halloween on the High Seas with Disney Cruise Line

You can experience:

  • Special Halloween décor – including a massive pumpkin tree in the atrium that sprouts overnight!
  • Kids will love trick or treating with their favorite Disney characters and marching in the Costume parade
  • Adults can enter a costume contest and dance the night away with a villainous take over in Evolution Night Club
  • The whole family can enjoy a Mousequerade deck party and scream along with Jack and Sally at the Nightmare Before Christmas Sing and Scream show!

Don’t miss out on these “not-so-scary” Halloween cruises on the Disney Dream!!

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Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney elves blend yuletide traditions and Christmas cheer to create a wintry wonderland ready for holiday revelers at Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Cruise Line as early as November 8.

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Here are just a few of the highlights:

Magic Kingdom

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will have 19 magical nights from November 8-December 20. For a quarter century, Walt Disney World Resort guests have been mesmerized by this must-see event, a grandly festive tradition immersing families in the holiday spirit.

Dates for 2013:
Nov. 8, 11, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22
Dec. 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20

Beginning at 7 p.m. (after regular park hours), guests with special event tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party can enjoy all the holiday splendor with lively stage shows, spectacular fireworks, a unique holiday parade and favorite holiday traditions including complimentary cookies and hot cocoa, and snow flurries on Main Street, U.S.A. Guests can enjoy new experiences and attractions at New Fantasyland. NOTE: this is a hard ticket special event after regular park hours; purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended.  Please let your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner know and they can add this to your trip!

Entertainment, Fireworks and More: Santa’s elves have transformed the Magic Kingdom into a winter wonderland with festive wreaths, bows, garland, sparkling lights, parades and towering Christmas trees. The fun includes the Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season nighttime fireworks spectacular, plus live entertainment with Disney characters all dressed up for the holidays.

Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle: Cinderella Castle transforms into a glimmering ice palace for the holidays — thanks to a special effects spectacle bathing the castle in 200,000 shimmering white lights. Magic Kingdom guests are treated nightly to the dramatic castle celebration and stage show.

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Epcot

The Candlelight Processional is a timeless holiday offering at Epcot that combines seasonal music with the poignant reading of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a mass choir performing seasonal melodies, and a 50-piece live orchestra nightly November 29 – December 30, at 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. at America Gardens Theater stage on select nights.

Guests can purchase a Candlelight Dining Package, which combines lunch or dinner at select Epcot restaurants with guaranteed seating for the Candlelight Processional and VIP viewing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. For more information and reservations, click here!

Holidays Around the World: Guests become immersed in the festivities, as they experience a celebration of the holidays from the various countries throughout World Showcase. The merriment continues with meet and greets with Santa and Mrs. Claus, plus the nightly “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” laser, light, fireworks display capped with a seasonal finale.

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights: This massive seasonal display features millions of dancing lights, plus animated displays and 3-D effects perfectly synchronized to electrifying holiday tunes amidst snowfall. The rich tradition takes place on the Streets of America, dazzling guests from Nov. 8, 2013 to Jan. 5, 2014.

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Celebrate safari style as Disney’s Animal Kingdom is wilder than ever this winter season. Mickey and his pals rejoice in traditional holiday music with a world beat twist during the daily “Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade” Nov. 7, 2013 to Jan. 2, 2014.

Downtown Disney

Get all your Christmas shopping done at Downtown Disney during Festival of the Seasons. The shopping mecca is draped with yuletide cheer, plus live entertainment, holiday carolers, a lively street party, plus photo ops with Santa and Santa Goofy.

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

The resorts are dressed up for the holidays with festive décor, gingerbread houses and more.  And guests can experience even more magic this season with great pricing. Contact Kingdom Magic to find out how you can experience all the magic and cheer of Walt Disney World during the holidays!

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Sail Away with Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line adds sparkle to each ship, beginning early November through the new year, with traditional “turkey day” fanfare, Christmas feasts, “snow flurries,” New Year’s Eve galas and Disney friends dressed for the occasion.

Special stem-to-stern holiday events include a nightly tree lighting in the atrium lobby, visits from Santa Claus and his elves, traditional holiday feasts, family holiday crafts, holiday storytellers and more. When the ships stop at Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay, during the holidays, the celebration continues with “snow flurries,” a decked-out Christmas tree, Disney character meet-and-greets and holiday island music.

Guests will enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving Day feast, with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and friends dressed in traditional Thanksgiving attire. On Christmas Eve, guests can leave milk and cookies for Santa when he visits the ship at midnight.

Christmas services will be held on Christmas Day with a midnight mass on Christmas Eve, and Hanukkah services will be held each day, Nov. 28 – Dec. 5.

To celebrate the new year, voyages include a special New Year’s Eve party to ring in 2014, complete with music, sparkling wine in commemorative flutes and a midnight countdown with balloon drops.

Don’t Miss a Minute of the Holiday Fun at Walt Disney World or on Disney Cruise Line, Contact Kingdom Magic Vacations to Book Your Holiday Trip Today!

Kingdom Magic Vacations Quick Tip – Wilderness Explores at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Parkhopper John shows us one of the newest interactive game at Walt Disney World where you can sign up to become a Wilderness Explorer and collect Wilderness Explorer Badges from all across Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park!

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Book Your Candlelight Processional Packages Today!

You can now start booking dinner packages for our Candlelight Processional at Epcot, and you can book them when you speak to your Travel Planner at www.KingdomMagic.com.

Book Your Candlelight Processional Packages Today

The Candlelight Processional, part of Holidays Around the World at Epcot.  For those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s a joyous retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a glorious mass choir.

Dinner packages (available on select nights) include a delicious meal at an Epcot restaurant, a guaranteed seat for one of the Candlelight Processional performances and pre-arranged fireworks viewing. Availability is limited.

Here is a video from last year’s Candlelight Processional courtesy of Travel With Rick

Here are the celebrity narrators we’ve confirmed so far (including two new narrators, actors Ashley Judd and Dennis Haysbert):

  • 11/29-12/1-TBD
  • 12/2-12/3: TBD
  • 12/4-12/5: Ashley Judd
  • 12/6-12/7: Whoopi Goldberg
  • 12/8-12/10: TBD
  • 12/11-12/13: Dennis Haysbert
  • 12/14-12/16: James Denton
  • 12/17-12/19: Edward James Olmos
  • 12/20-12/22: Trace Adkins
  • 12/23-12/25: TBD
  • 12/26-12/28: Blair Underwood
  • 12/29-12/30: Amy Grant

Remember, entertainment is always subject to change.

The Candlelight Processional is performed three times per night throughout the holiday season, November 29–December 30, 2013.

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Feel the Beat of ‘Mickey’s America Streetbeat’ at Epcot for Limited Time Magic

Walt Disney World‘s latest bit of “Limited Time Magic” is “Mickey’s America Streetbeat,” presented each day this week at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the America Gardens Stage at Epcot.

This all-new show brings Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy together with an energetic troupe of young performers for an over-the-top display of street tap, hip hop, percussion and acrobatics.

Check it out…

This is one incredible jam that you won’t want to miss, but you’d better hurry! The show is only being performed for a limited time, through July 14.

Don’t Miss Out on this “Limited Time Magic” Event

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Kingdom Magic Quick Tip – The United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase

In this week’s Kingdom Magic Quick tip, we take a quick tour through the United Kingdom Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase.  From the Toy Soldier shop to the Rose and Crown Pub, there is so much to see and experience at the UK Pavilion.  Who knows, you might be surprised at what you find!

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Disney Parks Salute America with Weeklong Fourth of July Fireworks Parties for ‘Limited Time Magic’

Whichever Disney park you visit in America, you’ll discover a weeklong celebration from July 1-7.  At Walt Disney World Resort, the July Fourth fireworks spectacular will rocket into the air above Cinderella Castle every night with “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.” The dazzling display at Magic Kingdom Park will be orchestrated to an upbeat musical tribute to America as patriotic lighting covers the Castle.

The Walt Disney World Resort fireworks spectacular takes place at 9 p.m. on July 3 and 4, and 10 p.m. on July 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7.

Walt Disney World Resort guests will also be treated to a fun-filled spectacle as Goofy, Donald and Pluto, dressed as a colonial fife and drum corps, join a spirited procession down Main Street, U.S.A, prior to the daily Celebrate a Dream Come True parade at Magic Kingdom Park. The pre-parade features the Main Street Philharmonic, Citizens of Main Street and Walt Disney’s historic horse-drawn calliope.

Across the Resort, you will also find treats inspired by our traditional American celebration. You’ll be able to try the Red, White and Blue Strawberry Shortcake at Storybook Treats in Magic Kingdom Park and the Fourth of July Cupcake with apple pie filling, caramel buttercream and apple crisp topping at Disney’s Hollywood StudiosDisney’s Animal Kingdom, or Downtown Disney. At Epcot, you can taste the Skillet-Baked Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Whipped Cream or the Red, White and Blue “Baked Alaska” Mousse.

At the Disneyland Resort, we’re saluting our nation’s birth in a big way with “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.”

Disney Parks Salute America with Weeklong Fourth of July Fireworks Parties for ‘Limited Time Magic’

The Disneyland Resort fireworks spectacular will be held each night at 9:30 p.m. during Independence Week.

Whichever Disney park you visit in America, you’ll discover a weeklong celebration from July 1-7.  Every evening, you can also wear a pair of illuminated Mouse Ears and “Glow with the Show” during performances of “Celebrate America!” at Disneyland park and the patriotic pre-show to “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park.

And at the Disneyland Resort, you can enjoy Red, White and Blue Mason Jar Desserts at Carnation Café, and Patriotic Cotton Candy, Apple Pie Pockets or 4th of July Cupcakes, in shops all along Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park.

Whichever Disney park you visit in America, you’ll discover a week long celebration from July 1-7.

 

Downtown Disney Revs Up for Car Masters Weekend June 15-16

Car Masters Weekend, now in its third year, is the perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day as Downtown Disney West Side hosts a classic car show with a modern twist June 15-16, 2013. Featuring all things “Cars,” the event also showcases meet and greets with Disney•Pixar “Cars” and “Cars 2″ characters, a sock hop at Splitsville, select discounts on food and shopping, and more exciting entertainment for the whole family.

Car Masters Weekend, now in its third year, is the perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day as Downtown Disney West Side hosts a classic car show with a modern twist June 15-16, 2013.

In a race for ‘Best in Show’ at Sunday’s awards ceremony, car enthusiasts from the local Muscle Car Network of Central Florida will display more than 150 classic, muscle and exotic cars for families to view and vote on their favorites. Guests also can take pictures with favorite Disney•Pixar “Cars” and “Cars 2″ characters Lightning McQueen, Mater and Finn McMissile.

Car Masters Weekend, now in its third year, is the perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day as Downtown Disney West Side hosts a classic car show with a modern twist June 15-16, 2013.

Revving up the fun, legendary automotive designer Chip Foose and Disney•Pixar “Cars” filmmaker Jay Ward will host celebrity chat shows on the Car Masters Stage throughout the weekend. Foose, who contributed to the design of Ramone in the Disney•Pixar “Cars” film, also will be on-hand for autograph sessions and will have Chip Foose design items available for purchase at the event.

Car Masters Weekend, now in its third year, is the perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day as Downtown Disney West Side hosts a classic car show with a modern twist June 15-16, 2013.

New this year, Splitsville – the luxury bowling emporium — will take guests for a spin on the dance floor when it hosts the first Car Masters Weekend Sock Hop. This rockin’ and rollin’ special event, taking place Saturday from 6-9 p.m., features live entertainment, a fun bowling competition, a buffet of Splitsville delights, a limited bar, raffle prizes and special appearances by Foose and Ward.

Also making Car Masters Weekend debuts are a special street performance by artists with La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil, a chance for guests to play the upcoming Disney Infinity video game and new interactive activities based on future Disney film releases “Monsters University,” “The Lone Ranger,” and “Planes.”

Car Masters Weekend, now in its third year, is the perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day as Downtown Disney West Side hosts a classic car show with a modern twist June 15-16, 2013.

Fan-favorite Car Masters elements returning this year include the chance to test drive remote control “Cars 2″ RideMakerz models; vehicles on display from the Exotic Driving Experience at Walt Disney World Speedway; live performances by the Car Masters Singers and DJ’s spinning classic-car tunes from the ’50′s and ’60′s. Guests also can idle over to the Chevrolet Showcase, pose for photographs inside the newest Chevrolet models and discover the latest in design and automotive technology.

In addition, fans can purchase tickets for an all-day “Cars” and “Cars 2″ movie marathon at AMC Downtown Disney 24.

Star Wars Weekends Continue at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The Force is strong at Walt Disney World Resort with the start of Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The Force is strong at Walt Disney World Resort with the start of Star Wars Weekends yesterday at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

 

Join Star Wars celebrities and characters, check out Star Wars-inspired merchandise, try out the D-Tech Me experience, and more at the annual festival. Read the posts below to find out how you can visit a galaxy far, far away, now through June 9, 2013 at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Weekend II (May 24-26)
Ray Park (Darth Maul – Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)
Warwick Davis (Wicket the Ewok – Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi)
Jim Cummings (voice of Hondo Ohnaka – Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Weekend III (May 31 – June 2)
Warwick Davis (Wicket the Ewok – Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi)
Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar – Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi)
Sam Witwer (voice of Darth Maul – Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Weekend IV(June 7-9)
Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian – Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VIReturn of the Jedi)
Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca – Star Wars: Episode IV A New HopeStar Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back,Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
Tom Kane (voice of Yoda – Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Also new this year is a photo opportunity with a “life-size” rancor. The giant beast, which was Jabba the Hutt’s prized pet in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, will be on display during the event. The handcrafted replica is 17 feet long and weighs more than 700 pounds. The reptomammal sculpture is well-traveled — it’s a popular piece at Star Wars events around the globe and will make its way to our park for Star Wars Weekends.

A trio of specialty “one-man shows” will be presented this year, giving guests a peek into the on- and off-screen worlds of three Star Wars celebrities — James Arnold Taylor, Ray Park and Warwick Davis.

  • “Obi-Wan & Beyond” (each event day) stars James Arnold Taylor. James takes audiences on a journey into his wonderful world of voice acting.
  • “Visit to the Maul” (Weekends I and II) features Ray Park. Guests can see a demonstration of amazing martial arts skills by the actor who portrayed Darth Maul on the silver screen.
  • “An Ewok’s Tale – my short story” (Weekends II and III) stars Warwick Davis. Guests get a unique look into the fascinating world of this Star Wars legend.

As you plan your visit to Star Wars Weekends, be aware that many of the behind-the-scenes shows reach capacity quickly, so arrive early. Also, you’ll want to arrive early to the park if you would like to get a celebrity autograph.

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