The Disneyland Resort has announced it will be hosting a 25th Anniversary screening and panel for Who Framed Roger Rabbit for its Annual Passholders at the AMC Theatre located in its Downtown Disney district on Tuesday, June 18 at 8:00 pm PT.
The panel will be moderated by associate producer Don Hahn and is expected to include Director of Special Projects at Walt Disney Feature Animation, Dave Bossert, Visual Effects Animator on Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Charles Fleischer, the voice of Roger Rabbit.
Registration and wristband distribution for the event will begin at 12:00 noon on the day of the event at the AMC 12 Theaters in Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort. All participating Guests (ages 3 and older) must be valid Annual Passholders on the day of the event. Guests under the age of 3 do not need an Annual Pass, but will need a wristband to attend the event.
For more information, visit the official event page.
Walt Disney World Resort today announced the multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs, a unique destination that will treat guests to significantly more shopping, dining and entertainment amid beautiful open-air promenades, meandering springs and waterfront charm.
Disney Springs will feature an eclectic and contemporary mix from Disney and other noteworthy brands. From boutique shops to unique flagship anchor stores, guests will be able to explore a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment experiences and discover options unlike any other currently available in Central Florida.
“Disney Springs will be a timeless, vibrant place where Walt Disney World guests and local residents can relax, shop, dine and be entertained in an imaginative setting where they’ll instantly feel at home,” said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “Featuring distinctive brands, world-class restaurants and unforgettable entertainment, Disney Springs will be brought to life with the same focus on storytelling and attention to detail that goes into our theme parks, resorts and cruise ships, resulting in a welcoming space that only Disney could create.”
Disney Springs will double the number of shops, restaurants and other venues for guests to explore, resulting in more than 150 establishments. In addition, Staggs noted, Central Florida stands to benefit from the expansion with more jobs, tax revenues and business opportunities.
Drawing inspiration from Florida’s waterfront towns and natural beauty, Disney Springs will include four outdoor neighborhoods interconnected by a flowing spring and vibrant lakefront. In addition to a new gateway with a signature water tower and grand entry, the destination will feature:
The Town Center, which offers a sophisticated mix of shopping and dining along with a promenade where guests can relax, refresh and reconnect.
A colorful and thriving commercial district called The Landing with inspired dining and beautiful waterfront views.
The family-friendly Marketplace that will continue to delight guests of all ages by combining new experiences, such as an over-the-water pedestrian causeway, along with classic Disney favorites, including an expanded World of Disney store.
A West Side that provides an exuberant atmosphere with lively entertainment, along with a series of new elevated spaces that provide both shade and an overlook to the activity below.
Collectively, these efforts will not only have an impact within Walt Disney World, but will also have an economic ripple effect on Central Florida. The project will create an estimated 1,200 construction jobs and nearly 4,000 operational roles.
Disney will share more details on specific experiences coming to Disney Springs in the future. Construction is slated to begin next month with new areas opening in phases. Disney Springs is expected to be complete in 2016.
Located in the West Side of the Downtown Disney District at the Walt Disney World Resort, Aerophile’s ‘Characters in Flight‘ balloon takes guests hundreds of feet into the air via a tethered helium-filled balloon, offering a panoramic view of the parks and its surrounding areas.
For a limited time, Groupon is offering future Walt Disney World guests the opportunity to experience the balloon ride at a savings of up to 44%. Guests can purchase a ride for one person for just $11 (regular price $18 per adult) or two people for $20 (regular price $36 for two adults). In addition, guests may purchase up to 10 Groupons, but only 1 may be used per visit. The Groupon will expire on May 31, 2013.
For more information and to purchase this opportunity, visit the official Groupon deal page.
In celebration of Disney’s new stop-motion animated movie Frankenweenie, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Tim Burton and opening October 5 in 3D, Walt Disney World Resort is hosting a variety of engaging experiences inspired by the new movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Alice in Wonderland. The fun takes place at Downtown Disney West Side Sept. 28 – 30, 2012.
Here’s a look at what’s in store for guests:
Special 3D screenings of The Nightmare Before Christmas and Alice in Wonderland, featuring a 3D extended preview of Frankenweenie, which debuts Oct. 5. Tickets may be purchased for $6. The fun takes place at AMC Downtown Disney 24. Show times:
- The Nightmare Before Christmas — 4:15 p.m. and 8 p.m.
- Alice in Wonderland — 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
New Holland Pet Cemetery picture spot presented by HGTV will place guests in one of the key locations of Frankenweenie among tombstones of beloved turtles, rabbits, cats and of course, dogs. Located between AMC Downtown Disney 24 and Something Silver boutique, available 6-11 p.m.
The first-ever meet and greet with Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas at Walt Disney World Resort. Located between AMC Downtown Disney 24 and Harley Davidson, available 6-11 p.m.
Special merchandise inspired by Frankenweenie and The Nightmare Before Christmas will be available for purchase at D-Street boutique and mobile carts throughout Downtown Disney West Side. Special treats, such as Franken Fusion Lemonade and Frankenweenie hotdogs will be available near the New Holland Pet Cemetery picture spot.
Starting this fall, Walt Disney World Resort guests will become the stars of ‘Phineas and Ferb & YOU: A Brand New Reality.’ The virtual experience will allow guests to play with animated characters from Disney’s Emmy Award-winning animated series ‘Phineas and Ferb.’ The fun happens at Downtown Disney West Side, next to Bongos Cuban Café from September 1 through December 1, 2012 from 2 pm – 9:30 pm daily.
How it works: As many three guests are invited to stand inside the virtual experience set, and out of 20 randomly pre-determined animation segments, Phineas and Ferb, Agent P or even Dr. Doofenshmirtz will magically appear to play and dance alongside them. It all happens in a virtual (on-screen) 30-second experience. But the fun doesn’t end there! Guests may visit a special website to download and share with family and friends a complimentary souvenir photo of their starring role. To complement this limited time engagement, special Phineas and Ferb merchandise will be available at a nearby merchandise stand.
For more Phineas and Ferb fun at the Walt Disney World Resort, guests may go undercover with Agent P—the alter ego of Perry the Platypus—on a fun-filled quest around World Showcase at Epcot or meet and greet Phineas and Ferb at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Dooney & Bourke Creative Director Ian Ray will be on hand at Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort to unveil the company’s newest collections on Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 2 pm – 5 pm PT.
The Retro collection will be exclusive to the Disneyland Resort and will be available in a variety of popular silhouettes including a wristlet, mini barrel, tassel tote, satchel, letter carrier as well as an iPad case. Prices range from $78 – $268.
‘The word “Retro” is certainly the best and most accurate way to describe this collection,’ says Susan Foy, Disney Design Group Graphic Designer. ‘From the attraction, character and icon choices to the distinct color palette, it really gave us a great opportunity to incorporate a lot of detail into such an intricate design.’
Dooney & Bourke will also be debuting a second collection on May 12 titled ‘Buttons.’ Unlike ‘Retro,’ ‘Buttons’ will be available at both Vault 28 at the Disneyland Resort and at Tren D at the Walt Disney World Resort.
On March 17 and March 18, the Disneyland Resort and ABC Family unite to create a street fair to ‘embrace the social, technological and artistic accomplishments of world-renowned Deaf talent and local community organizations.’
Among the talent scheduled to appear are mixed martial artist Matt Hamill, Marlee Matlin and Sean Berdy from ABC Family’s ‘Switched at Birth,’ Sesame Street’s Linda Bove, artist Mary Rappazzo and other deaf entertainers as well as Disney cast members.
Additional details for the event are as follows:
- Saturday 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 17
11:30 a.m. to midnight (schedule pending)
- Film screenings of See What I’m Saying, a multi-award winning documentary, and The Hammer, a biopic based on the life of triple NCAA champ and professional mixed martial artist Matt Hamill. Purchase discounted tickets at the AMC Theater box office.
For periods of time between 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Artist Mary Rappazzo will be autographing a special Mickey ASL (American Sign Language) poster.
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- 2 Q & A sessions, meet-and-greets and autograph signings with the cast from ABC Family’s groundbreaking drama Switched at Birth
- Screening at the AMC Theater of 2 episodes of Switched at Birth — plus, an exclusive sneak preview of the spring finale episode. Find out how to get your ticket to this limited event!
Sunday, March 18
11:30 a.m. to midnight (schedule pending)
- Film screenings at the AMC Theater of See What I’m Saying, a multi-award winning documentary, and The Hammer, a biopic based on the life of triple NCAA champ and pro wrestler Matt Hamill. Purchase discounted tickets at the AMC Theater box office.
- Q & A session on the Westside Stage with Matt Hamill, the filmmakers and 2 stars of The Hammer
After The Hammer Q & A
- Matt Hamill will be at the ESPN Zone to sign autographs and challenge fans to games in the Game Zone.
- Marlee Matlin (Melody) and Sean Berdy (Emmett) from ABC Family’s Switched at Birth will discuss their characters’ relationship during a Q & A session.
After the Switched at Birth Q & A
- Meet-and-greet with Marlee Matlin and Sean Berdy
For periods of time between 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Artist Mary Rappazzo will be autographing a special Mickey ASL poster.
- Book signing with critically acclaimed and award-winning actress, mother, activist, role model and author, Marlee Matlin
- Check here for specific times and locations.
- All times are approximate. Times and locations are subject to change.
- During event weekend, look for Event Schedules, available at the Event Information area.
- All films and the sneak finale will be Open Captioned. Performances on the main stage will be captioned live on a large LED screen. Interpreting services available for entertainment, shopping, and dining experiences in the event area.
- Entire cast of ABC Family’s TV series Switched at Birth
- Linda Bove, whose acting credits include Linda the Librarian from TV’s Sesame Street, and Sarah, the lead character, in the Broadway production of Children of a Lesser God
- Mary Rappazzo, visual artist and native of Los Angeles
- Deaf entertainers and Disney Cast Members
- ABC Family Giveaways
- One free game ticket to ESPN Zone for each Guest who purchases a movie ticket to The Hammer
- Complimentary ASL “I Love You” airbrush tattoos at Kaman’s Art Shoppe
- Interactive drumming performances and drumming workshops — for all Guests — conducted by the internationally acclaimed, multicultural company Drum Café
- Drama workshops for children and the whole family from the Tony Award-winning Deaf West Theater
- “Sign a Disney Song” workshops
- Deaf West Theater will perform musical numbers from Big River and Pippin’, and will give a sneak preview of a scene from their new production of Cyrano
- Nighttime concerts by popular Deaf performers, including singer-signer TL Forsberg, rock band Beethoven’s Nightmare, and comic CJ Jones
- Signed song performances by Sean Berdy (ABC Family’s Switched at Birth)
- ASL storytelling
Special Event Merchandise for Purchase
- Build-a-Bear’s special “I Love You” in ASL t-shirts and plush hearing aids
- Specially created Disney merchandise featuring American Sign Language
On Thursday, March 29 and Friday, March 30, guests at the Walt Disney World Resort will have the opportunity to meet author Ridley Pearson and purchase a signed copy of his latest book, Kingdom Keepers V: Shell Game’ days before its official release in stores on April 3, 2012.
Pearson will be at Once Upon a Toy in the Downtown Disney District Marketplace on March 29, 2012 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm and at the Writer’s Stop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios on March 30 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am. Note that park admission will be required for the Disney’s Hollywood Studios event, but not for Once Upon a Toy.
As the five Kingdom Keepers enter high school, everything is about to change. The Maintenance Base that controls all four parks in Disney World is under attack by the a group determined to change Disney forever. Relationships between the Keepers are no longer as simple as they once were. In fact, nothing is as simple as it once was. An after-hours visit to Typhoon Lagoon is a game changer. The Keepers lose one of their most valuable supporters. But there’s work to do?
The Disney Dream leaves Port Canaveral on an historic cruise to Los Angeles with a special treat in store for guests: the Disney Host Interactive teenage guides are on board. Finn, Maybeck, Charlene, Willa, and Philby join celebrity guests as the DHI experience moves to one of the most advanced cruise ships in the world.
But all is not right below decks. Strange things are happening. Unexplained phenomena. Only the Kingdom Keepers know the truth behind their invitation to be in attendance: nearly every Disney villain is aboard the ship, including Maleficent.
The Overtakers have infiltrated the cast and crew. And no one knows what they have planned.
The Dream sets sail filled with enthusiastic guests and crew. But not for long. Maleficent takes over a video screen and warns the guests of trouble to come. With the ship arriving to the beaches of Castaway Cay–its first of many exotic ports of call–the Kingdom Keepers are under attack; back home the Base is threatened and about to fall. The Overtakers have expanded in ways never foreseen, and it’s clear they intend to use this element of surprise to accomplish what has eluded them so far: victory.
But not if Finn Whitman and friends have anything to say about it.
Kingdom Keepers V: Shell Game can be pre-ordered now from Amazon.com
UPDATE #1: 2/24/12 – Wristbands will be required to attend the signing with Ridley Pearson. Wristbands will be distributed while supplies last with purchase of Kingdom Keepers V: Shell Game. Guests will be able to purchase the book at Once Upon a Toy on March 29 beginning at 3 pm and at park opening at the Writer’s Stop at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on March 30.
Disneyland Resort today announced that Earl of Sandwich will open a new location at Downtown Disney in early summer 2012. The restaurant will offer guests a unique, casual-quick dining option while visiting Downtown Disney.
‘We pride ourselves in giving our guests a unique experience at Downtown Disney through different retail and food offerings,’ said Tony Bruno, vice president of Resort Hotels and Downtown Disney. ‘This will be the only Earl of Sandwich in California and it is sure to be a favorite among our guests as it has been at Walt Disney World for nearly eight years.’
The new restaurant, which continues to have historical ties to the inventor of the sandwich, the Sandwich family, will be adjacent to AMC Theatres. Signature hot sandwiches will be available including The Original 1762, a sandwich of freshly roasted beef, sharp cheddar and creamy horseradish sauce all on freshly baked artisan bread. Soups, salads, wraps and desserts also are on the menu. Earl of Sandwich offers a vast array of hot and cold beverages including The Earl’s Grey Lemonade. Breakfast sandwiches and pastries will be available in the morning and a variety of catering options will be offered at this location.
‘We are looking forward to the grand opening of our newest location at the Disneyland Resort,’ stated Robert Earl, chairman of Earl of Sandwich. ‘The success we’ve experienced at Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris and our other 15 locations has proven that the quality of our food and our dining experience will bring guests back time and time again.”
Earl of Sandwich joins approximately 50 retail, dining and entertainment venues that comprise Downtown Disney. Bridging the two theme parks and hotels, the 20-acre entertainment, dining and shopping district offers an eclectic experience that includes the World of Disney store, Build-A-Bear Workshop, ESPN Zone and House of Blues.