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‘American Idol’ Bus Tour Visits Disney Springs for Open Auditions

‘American Idol’ Bus Tour Visits Disney Springs for Open Auditions

The groundbreaking series, “American Idol,” will debut on its new home at ABC in 2018. And, there’s more exciting news! For the first time, the ‘Idol’ bus will kick off open auditions at the Walt Disney World Resort.

If you think you could be the next “American Idol”, head over to Disney Springs on August 17 to audition with “American Idol” Producers. (Celebrity Judges will not be on site.) Early arrival is encouraged. And, for you early birds, parking will be available as early as 4 a.m. – but not before. Registration will begin at 6 a.m. with auditions starting at 8 a.m. Early arrival is encouraged, as registration will close at 12:00 p.m or sooner due to capacity. No overnight camping please.

‘American Idol’ Bus Tour Visits Disney Springs for Open Auditions

The auditions will take place outdoors, so make sure to bring water, sunscreen, and a hat to stay in top shape for your audition. Parking will be available at the surface parking lot on the West Side of Disney Springs, near House of Blues and Cirque du Soleil.

All singers must be at least 15 years old to audition. Pre-Registration is encouraged. To Pre-Register and for additional details, full eligibility requirements, submission forms, and terms and conditions, visit www.americanidol.com. Those auditioning can bring one guest to accompany them and the guest must be over 5 years old.

The search is on for the next American Idol. Could it be you?

New Details Announced for Star Wars-Themed Lands for Disney Parks

Exciting details about the Star Wars-themed lands planned for the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts were shared on the “Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60” special that recently aired on ABC.

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Walt Disney Imagineering has joined forces with the imagination of Lucasfilm to bring this galaxy to life, and the illustrations shared during the TV special show the epic scale of these lands.

Guests will be able to step aboard The Millennium Falcon and actually pilot the fastest ship in the galaxy, steering the vessel through space, firing the laser cannons, in complete control of the experience.

And with the arrival of the First Order to the planet, visitors will find themselves in the middle of a tense battle between stormtroopers and Resistance fighters.

At 14 acres each, these richly detailed lands promise to immerse Guests in the Star Wars galaxy as never before, allowing theme to create their own adventure.

Stay tuned for more details about all the excitement coming to Disney Parks, the place where Star Wars lives.


 

ABC’s “The Chew” Filming Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival

Everyone has a favorite host from ABC’s “The Chew” – superstars Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall and Daphne Oz each have a special way of sharing their culinary know-how on the Emmy-Award-winning lifestyle series. And for the first time in the show’s history, these dynamic hosts are leaving the Manhattan studio to tape shows October 7, 8, and 9 from the 20th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Epcot. The five festival episodes will air October 12-16.

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Shows will be taped before a live audience (visit www.thechew.com for information on how to obtain tickets), and we’re sure the hosts will be all over Walt Disney World Resort discovering remarkable dining finds, getting a taste of innovative, fun and healthful eats – the best the vacation kingdom has to offer.

Along with the taping of the show, “The Chew” will be featured in two marketplaces throughout the festival’s 53-day celebration from September 25-November 16, helping celebrate 20 delicious years. For the first time in the festival’s history, marketplaces will expand into Future World in the new Next Eats festival area with three delicious dishes from “The Chew” in their Sustainable Chew Marketplace: Savory Pork Spareribs with Cheesy Mascarpone Grits; Ricotta & Zucchini Ravioli with Tomato Sauce, and Vanilla Panna Cotta with Fresh Figs and Pistachio Brittle. (Herbs and veggies from The Land pavilion will flavor the marketplace dishes when harvested.) The eco-home-inspired marketplace will offer a chance for guests to learn more about how food is grown and the importance of sustainability.

Also in Next Eats, Disney chefs are collaborating with “The Chew” for the Chew Lab, a cutting-edge marketplace inspired by food-science labs and the hottest culinary tech trends.

“The Chew” airs on ABC Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. EST, noon CST. For updates on the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, visit www.epcotfoodfestival.com throughout the summer.


New ‘Once Upon a Time’ Disney PhotoPass Opportunity Arrives

In celebration of the arrival of Elsa, Anna and Kristoff Disney PhotoPass and ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” have teamed up to provide you with an exclusive “Once Upon a Time” Magic Shot at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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In celebration of the arrival of Elsa, Anna and Kristoff Disney PhotoPass and ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” have teamed up to provide you with an exclusive “Once Upon a Time” Magic Shot at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. A Disney PhotoPass Photographer will take your photo in front of a “Once Upon a Time” background, then when you visit MyDisneyPhotoPass.com and claim your photo you’ll find a magical surprise – Elsa and The Evil Queen have joined you!

To make this celebration extra special, your “Once Upon a Time” Magic Shot is complimentary for a limited time! Just have your photo taken at the location at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, claim your photo at MyDisneyPhotoPass.com and download your “Once Upon a Time” Magic Shot for no charge*.

Disclaimer:
*Separate theme park admission required. Online registration required. Download is available only at www.MyDisneyPhotoPass.com for a limited time and is not available at any Theme Park or Resort locations. Download is restricted to personal non-commercial use only. Not responsible for lost or missing photos. Your ability to download your photo will expire based on the www.MyDisneyPhotoPass.com storage policy. Be sure to download your photo before it expires. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

SNEAK PEEK: ‘Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition’ to Feature Disney California Adventure Park August 5 on ABC

For many parents, the most magical part of a Disney Parks visit is experiencing classic and thrilling attractions with their children. In this Sunday’s episode of “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition,” husband and father Jonathan gets to live that dream himself with a ride on California Screamin’ at Disney California Adventure park! Check out this sneak peek:

Be sure to tune in to “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” this Sunday, August 5, at 9 p.m. on ABC, to see Jonathan’s story.

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