PHOTO: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Star Josh Gad Meets Gaston at Disney World

Josh GadEarlier today, actor Josh Gad met up with Gaston outside Gaston’s Tavern in the New Fantasyland area of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Gad, who provides the voice of Olaf for Frozen, also took on the role of Gaston’s sidekick, LeFou, in the live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast (March 17, 2017).

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Star Wars ‘Season of the Force’ Details for Walt Disney World, Beginning December 1

Walt Disney World has released initial details for its additional Star Wars-themed entertainment slated to begin December 1, 2015 with additional items beginning in January 2016 at its Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park.

The Star Wars themed entertainment will include new experiences as well as reimagined elements of popular Star Wars attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, starting December 1, just ahead of the December 18 movie premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. These new experiences involve the creation of Star Wars Launch Bay, a central locale for fans to celebrate all things Star Wars; Star Wars: Path of the Jedi, a cinematic overview of the Star Wars saga; and cool, new enhancements for Star Tours – The Adventures Continue and Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple.

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PHOTOS: ‘2015 Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration’ Performances at Disney World

Yesterday, Walt Disney World taped several performances for its upcoming ‘2015 Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration’ annual parade special which will air on ABC on December 25 at 10 am ET, 9 am all other time zones. Disney Parks has provided us with several photos from the taping which included performances by Reba McEntire, Seal, Charlie Puth, Tori Kelly, David Foster and the cast of ‘Descendants’ (Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart and Sofia Carson), along with appearances by ‘Pretty Little Liars’ star  Janel Parrish. You can find all of the photos in our gallery below.

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Disney’s ‘Rivers of Light’ Additional Show Details; Opening Spring 2016 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Rivers of Light Concept ArtCalling for ‘contemporary and Bollywood’ dancers, Disney Parks and Resorts today unveiled additional details about its upcoming night-time spectacular, ‘Rivers of Light,’ coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort next year.

Choreographed by Ulka Simone Mohanty, these ‘silent narrators orchestrate all the action to convey the spirit of an ancient and timeless celebration.’ The event begins with the arrival of a pair of Shamans, two complementary forces who come to the river bearing gifts of light. Along with their Acolytes, or assistants, the Shamans set out from the shore on elaborate lantern vessels, engaging in a dramatic dance of water and light to summon the animal spirits.

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‘Frozen’ Themed Plane Unveiled by WestJet and Walt Disney World

'Frozen' Plane from WestJetWestJet and Walt Disney World today announced the addition of a Frozen inspired airplane with decorations taking cue from the animated film, both inside and out.

The tail of the aircraft features Anna and Elsa celebrating sisterhood and the magic of snow. Moving along the aircraft from back to front, the magic travels to warmer climes where Olaf can be found enjoying a summer day on the beach. The theme carries through to the interior of the aircraft with images on the overhead bins, bulkheads, lavatory mirrors and headrests.

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Morimoto Asia to Open September 30, 2015 in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World

New Morimoto Asia Restaurant to Open in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World ResortMorimoto Asia, a collaboration between Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Patina Restaurant Group, has announced a scheduled opening date of September 30, 2015 in the Disney Springs district at Walt Disney World. The Japanese master chef’s first pan-Asian dining experience will showcase flavors from across the Asian continent, all with Morimoto’s creative touch.

Morimoto Asia’s eye-catching, 36-foot tall, two-story layout has been designed by STUDIO V Architecture. It includes lounges, dining spaces, and an exhibition kitchen that allows guests a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the culinary action. The second-level sushi bar and lounge have a separate entrance. Morimoto Asia will debut as part of The Landing, one of four neighborhoods in the new Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Disney World to Introduce New Villains-Themed Entertainment Featuring Dr. Facilier

Walt Disney World has recently announced several casting sessions for a brand new villains-themed entertainment offering coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, for which they are seeking to fill both male and female roles.

On the male side, they are looking to cast for Dr. Facilier from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. The role calls for a male in his 20s – 30s, 5’11” and taler. ‘A master of magic and voodoo. Charismatic baritone with pizazz. Sings “Friends On The Other Side.”‘

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PHOTO: Idina Menzel Meets Elsa, Anna and Olaf at Walt Disney World

Idina Menzel visits Elsa, Anna and Olaf at Walt Disney World ResortWhile in town for the Orlando stop of her world tour, Broadway veteran and Frozen and Enchanted star Idina Menzel visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World yesterday, July 28, 2015. As part of the Frozen ‘Frozen Summer Fun’ event, Menzel met with Anna, Elsa and Olaf as pictured here.

Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

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SPECULATION: Glidden Paint to Open ‘Colortopia’ Experience at Disney’s Epcot Innoventions

Glidden Colortopia at Epcot InnoventionsA colorful wall blocks off a large section in Epcot’s Innoventions, promising a ‘more colorful world’ to come. While heavily rumored that the new experience will be sponsored by Glidden Paint (who already has a licensing deal with Disney Consumer Products and Interactive), today we received our largest clues to date as to what we may be able to expect when the experience opens.

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Craving a Snack at Fantasmic? There’s an App for That!

'Express Order' App for Walt Disney WorldFinding just the perfect seat at Fantasmic! at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios can be a daunting task. And what if — after battling the crowds to find it — your family decides their hungry and want some popcorn and soft drinks, or even ‘Made with Magic’ merchandise? Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was an app for that? Oh, but there is! And guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios between today and May 12, 2015 have the opportunity to try out the new pilot program.

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