Leonard Maltin to Moderate ‘Peter Pan’ Panel for Disney D23 Members; Limited National Screenings Announced
In honor of Peter Pan: Diamond Edition taking flight on February 5, 2013, Disney D23 — the official club for Disney fans — has announced some very special events including a panel to take place ahead of the screening at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on January 11th.
Moderated by noted film critic/historian Leonard Maltin, the panel is set to include Kathryn Beaumont (voice of Wendy), Ted Thomas (son of legendary Disney animator Frank Thomas and director/writer of the acclaimed documentaries Frank and Ollie and Walt & El Grupo) and Margaret Kerry (live-action reference model for Tinker Bell).
In addition, D23 members and their guests will also enjoy discounted VIP Orchestra Reserved Seating, a souvenir bucket of popcorn, and a 20-oz. bottled drink, a never-before-seen episode of ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates’ and even an appearance by Jake himself, live on stage.
Tickets to the screening/panel are $19 (D23 members may purchase a total of 4 tickets each) and will be available beginning December 27 at 10 am PST. For more information and to purchase tickets when available, see the official event page.
In addition, Disney D23 will be offering free screenings (only) to Peter Pan in the following cities on January 24: Chicago, Orlando, New York City, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Tickets are free and will be available to reserve beginning January 7 at 1 pm ET/10 am PT. As a reminder, tickets to screenings are offered through SeeItFirst.net, so it is advisable to create an account and ensure you can access it prior to the tickets becoming available. For more information, see the official event page.
Chicago’s Magnificent Mile Lights Festival® presented by BMO Harris Bank, the country’s largest evening holiday celebration, will ring in the 2011 holiday season for the nation on Saturday, November 19 with a “bigger, better and brighter” schedule of events. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the beloved holiday tradition.
One million people from around the country will travel to Chicago to experience a weekend of nonstop holiday offerings that lead up to a magical evening procession featuring more than 40 magnificent floats, helium-filled balloons, classic characters from Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida, lively marching bands and musical performances from top artists. Grand marshals Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from the Walt Disney World® Resort will appear together on the lead parade vehicle for the second year in a row to illuminate one million lights on 200 trees along Michigan Avenue, One of the Great Avenues of the World.
The nationally-televised event will be broadcast on Saturday, November 19 from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. CST in local markets on ABC 7 Chicago and in more than 65 markets around the country throughout the holiday season. Broadcast times are available in local listings.
Star appearances include star of Disney Channel’s hit series “A.N.T. Farm” and Hollywood Records recording artist China Anne McClain, along with her sisters Lauryn McClain and Sierra McClain; My Block/Columbia Records multi-Grammy Award-winning inspirational recording act Mary Mary; American Idol finalists Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams; cast members of the Disney Channel Original Movie “Lemonade Mouth;” Jake and the Never Land Pirate Band as seen on Disney Junior; Radio Disney’s N.B.T. (Next Big Thing) artist Shealeigh from Chicago; Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players; Disney Music Group Artist Nathan Pacheco; and more.
The holiday celebration also includes:
The procession, starting at 5:30 p.m. CST, features a spectacular collection of floats from favorites including:
- The Chicago Flower & Garden Show (March 10 – 18) will provide a glimpse into the warmer seasons with their “Spring Experience” procession float, a “spring globe” infused with the colors, style and inspiration of “Hort Couture.”
- Candyality, “Chicago’s sweetest destination,” will showcase a candy-inspired holiday wonderland featuring more than 10,000 lights and a truckload of candy
- Garrett Popcorn Shops will provide samples of their world-famous popcorn along the procession route as it is freshly popped on their float
- Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group will honor the city’s renowned sports culture with baseball great Ernie Banks, Dutchie Caray and other sports legends
- Santa Claus will greet children of all ages as he flies over the John Hancock Center on his sleigh
- Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck as well as favorite characters from Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida will add excitement to the procession
- Seasonal offers from participating businesses in The Magnificent Mile district including holiday hotel packages, shopping perks, dining specials and more.
- The stunning Fireworks Spectacular over the Chicago River, created from more than 10,000 handmade fireworks shells from Lumina, will serve as the grand finale of the beloved holiday event at approximately 6:55 p.m. CST
- Performances from local marching bands including Crystal Lake Strikers Drum-Line, Morton West High School Band; Loyola Academy High School Band and Proviso East High School Band as well as the Spring-Ford High School Band from Royersford, PA
- Larger-than-life helium-filled balloons including Kermit the Frog sponsored by Disney’s The Muppets, a famous red-nosed reindeer and more
- A treasure hunt from BMO Harris Bank offering families great prizes and more information about BMO Harris Bank’s new “Helpful Steps for Parents,” a program designed to help parents get a jump start on saving for their children’s futures. Hubert the Lion will also be available for pictures
- “Lights Festival Lane,” an interactive, holiday wonderland featuring booths from BMO Harris Bank, Eli’s Cheesecake, DePaul University, Radio Disney/AM 1300, Chevy, John Hancock Observatory, The Museum of Science and Industry, DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago Magnificent Mile and more (401 N. Michigan Avenue)
- A full lineup of live musical performances on the BMO Harris Bank Stage in Pioneer Court from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. CST (401 N. Michigan Avenue)
Free Allstar Weekend Performance Highlights Chicago’s ‘Magnificent Mile Lights’ Festival; Phineas and Ferb Also to Appear
Radio Disney AM 1300 kicks off the holiday season in Chicago with a day of fun for kids and families on Saturday, November 20, at the 19th annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival presented by Harris. The day of special events will bring fans face to face with some of their favorite stars, including Allstar Weekend and the “Phineas and Ferb” walk-around characters.
Radio Disney on-air personality Ernie D will host a free concert by Hollywood Records recording artists Allstar Weekend at 2:00p.m. on the Harris Stage in Pioneer Court (401 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois). Finalists on the first season of Radio Disney’s “N.B.T.,” Allstar Weekend recently released their second album, “Suddenly Yours,” and are set to kick off their second headlining tour on November 4. Their new hit single, “Come Down with Love,” is currently climbing the Radio Disney Top 30 and “Dance Forever,” which is still played regularly on Radio Disney, was on the Radio Disney Top 30 for 15 consecutive weeks.
Before and after the concert, kids and families can visit the Radio Disney booth at Lights Festival Lane in Pioneer Court for music, games and prizes. Starting at 11:45 a.m., the Radio Disney Road Crew will host special “Phineas and Ferb” themed activities, which will include an appearance by the Phineas and Ferb walk-around characters from Disney XD and Disney Channel’s “Phineas and Ferb” (weather permitting).
Following the concert, Allstar Weekend will kick off the tree lighting procession down Michigan Avenue with a special televised performance of “Come Down With Love.” Ernie D and “Phineas and Ferb” characters will greet local fans from the Radio Disney float. The lighting procession begins at 5:30 p.m. and features more than 30 spectacular floats, marching bands and beloved Disney characters, with Mickey and Minnie Mouse illuminating more than one million lights on 200 trees along The Magnificent Mile.
For more information regarding the Radio Disney AM 1300 concert go to radiodisney.com/chicago. For information regarding The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival presented by Harris go to themagnificentmile.com.
GLENDALE, CA — November 17, 2009 — Weeks before the theatrical release of Disney’s upcoming animated feature The Princess and the Frog, the excitement for film-inspired merchandise is already building in a big way as anticipation for the film intensifies. Since its launch just a few weeks ago, the merchandise has already begun out-selling other Disney Princess items by double digit percentages. At Disney Store locations nationwide and DisneyStore.com, the Princess Tiana Halloween costume and role-play dress were best sellers. At major retailers, top sellers include The Princess and the Frog-inspired dolls, play sets and books. The Princess and the Frog toys have also captured industry praise as the Princess Tiana doll tops FunFare magazine’s “Holiday Hot Dozen” list and the Toys”R”Us “Fabulous 15″ Holiday list.
The Princess and the Frog introduces Disney’s newest princess character in more than ten years and the first African-American Disney princess. The product line from Disney Consumer Products (DCP) is supporting the film with a wide range of products spanning toys, fashion, home décor, food, personal care, beauty, stationery, books and an assortment for adults including collectibles, art, bridal wear and couture fashion.
“It is typical with any major Disney film to see movie-inspired product available as early as six weeks prior to the film’s release, and the same is true for The Princess and the Frog,” stated Mary Beech, vice president franchise development and marketing for Disney Consumer Products. “However, the historic release of The Princess and the Frog film has generated tremendous consumer excitement well in advance of the film – and sales thus far have exceeded projections, something that is remarkable for characters that fans are not yet completely familiar with.”
At an appearance at the State Street Macy’s store in Chicago this weekend, Mickey Mouse greeted fans in a brand new outfit inspired by the ‘Sailor Mickey’ helium balloon which will make its debut during the 83rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Minnie Mouse was also in attendance, wearing the white sailor’s outfit you’ll find her in aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships.
Thanks to Disney Dad Bret Caldwell for the photo.
BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 11 — Every die-hard sports fan has at one time or another gone on a sports-watching marathon, logging hours of non-stop sports viewing all for the sake of fandom. ESPN Zone wants to reward those that do it best with its ninth-annual “Ultimate Couch Potato” competition, scheduled for Friday, Jan. 1, 2010.
ESPN Zone’s New York, Chicago, and Baltimore locations are seeking four Couch Potato hopefuls at each site to go head-to-head to see who can watch the most continuous hours of televised sports. The Guinness Book of World Records mark for most continuous hours of televised sports watching is 69 hours, 48 minutes, set by Suresh Joachim in 2005.
2009 UCP Champ Jessica Mosley sat for an unofficial Guinness record of 70 hours, 45 minutes in 2009.
To enter ESPN Zone’s Ultimate Couch Potato competition, hopefuls must send an e-mail to [email protected], and in 200 words or less, describe why they have what it takes to become ESPN Zone’s Ultimate Couch Potato. Entries will be judged on passion for sports, competitive spirit and overall creativity. Each entry must include the phone number and mailing address of the sender and be received no later than 11:59 p.m. (ET) on December 9, 2009. Eight finalists will be chosen at each site, who will then take part in an on-camera interview to see just how deeply their fandom runs, before four finalists are chosen to compete for the title of Ultimate Couch Potato.
“People see ESPN Zone as the ultimate sports bar and ESPN as the gold standard in sports broadcasting, which makes us perfect for hosting a search for the ultimate sports-loving couch potato,” said Christine Baum, national director of marketing, sales and communications for ESPN Zone. “Everyone knows someone out there that fits the description of Couch Potato; we want to sift through the spuds to find the Ultimate Couch Potato.”
Mickey Mouse will serve as Grand Marshal for the 18th Annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival® taking place November 21 along Chicago’s North Michigan Avenue. Mickey will be joined by some of his friends as Disney Parks presents its own float in the procession. Also attending and performing during the event will be Disney recording artist and Disney Channel star Mitchel Musso.
Mickey will also be in town to celebrate being this year’s official Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade mascot by appearing later this week as we reported here.
For more information on the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, visit the festival’s official website.
Exclusive ‘Sailor Mickey’ Holiday Plush Available at Macy’s; Mickey to Make Chicago Macy’s Appearance
Earlier this week, we told you about the new Sailor Mickey helium balloon that will make its debut during the 83rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
Today we bring you news of the Sailor Mickey plush by Gund exclusively from Macy’s to commemorate the event. The 18″ collectible plush speaks three phrases: ‘Gosh, you’re great,’ ‘Ahoy there mateys’ and ‘Merry Christmas!’ and includes a bonus alarm clock which doubles as his own personal compass. He retails for $14.95 and can be found in the Holiday department at Macy’s all over or can be purchased online (where you can also check local store inventory).
For our friends in Chicago, Sailor Mickey and Minnie will be making a personal appearance at the Macy’s State Street store on November 14 beginning at Noon. They’ll be joining the fun in the Kid’s Department on the 5th floor where there will be holiday crafts including ornament, wreath and candy cane making in addition to other fun activities.
Variety is reporting that ESPN.com’s test of offering Chicago its own localized version of information from the sports news giant has been so successful, that it’s moving on to other markets. Dallas is expected to launch in October while New York City and Los Angeles will follow in 1Q ’10. In addition to extended coverage of local sports including at the high school level, each site will have its own short form of SportsCenter.