For those that will be in the Hollywood, California area on the evening of Friday, January 11, Living Social and the El Capitan Theatre are now making tickets available to attend a special screening of Disney’s Peter Pan along with a special panel for just $11 per ticket.
Take flight for wonder and excitement with this offer: Pay $11 for one ticket to see Peter Pan playing at the El Capitan Theatre on January 11. Prior to the start of the movie, guests will be treated to a special panel discussion. This special panel discussion will be moderated by Leonard Maltin and will include conversations with 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). This classic tale taught us all ‘to believe,’ introducing us to the Darling children — Wendy, John and Michael — as they flew with Peter Pan and Tinker Bell past the second star to the right and straight on ’til morning to the enchanted world of Never Land.
Audiences will also be entertained with a never-before-seen episode of Disney Jr’s Jake and the Never Land Pirates, plus an appearance by Jake, live on stage!
For more information and to purchase tickets for this rare opportunity, visit the Living Social deal page.
On November 13, 1997, Disney brought the staged, musical adaptation of its animated smash, The Lion King, to Broadway. Fifteen years later, it is now the the fifth longest-running musical in Broadway history, contains to sell out nightly and consistently has one of the top box-office intakes out of the dozens of theatrical offerings on Broadway alone.
As a thank you to the tens of millions of theater-goers who have seen the show as well as the millions more who will, Disney Theatrical has produced a free, time-limited exhibit appropriately titled ‘Inside The Lion King.’ Located at the corner of 42nd St and Sixth Ave in Manhattan, the exhibit gives visitors unprecedented access to not only ‘The Lion King,’ but the entire theatrical process. From concept design to modeling and mock-ups to fully realized costumes, the exhibit virtually makes the visitor part of the backstage experience itself. Here, photography is not only allowed, but encouraged, as is the ability to touch the costumes themselves and explore how they are constructed.
The individual displays are arranged around the exhibition by logical groupings as evidenced by the free exhibition ‘guide map’ handed out. Although the map has sections laid out in a circle, life appears to be more of a square. The map also encourages photos in particular with the Rafiki and Scar wax figures (on loan from Madam Tussauds) along with the adult Simba costume, but the truth is every step along the way is a virtual photo-op here, in particular with Zazu and Bertha, the elephant.
As guests travel around the exhibition, they’ll encounter several exhibition staff members willing to share information and enthusiasm about the musical. One of the several facts I personally heard over and over was that it takes four performers to operate Bertha [the elephant] — that’s one in each leg. In addition to the staff, there are two interactive touch-screen operated kiosks located towards the exit which offer up a wealth of information about the show across several categories.
While costumes and other artifacts make up the perimeter of the exhibit, the center portion of the room is dedicated to show merchandise — it is Disney after all. Virtually every item that can be purchased while attending the show is available to purchase here, though to be honest, the items are available through limited online channels as well. In either case, it’s a far broader offering than the limited theatrical merchandise one would find at the Disney Store in Times Square, making this a great place for a last-minute holiday gift or Christmas tree ornament. There is, however, one exclusive tshirt for the exhibit itself, offered only here. On a confusing side note, purchases seem to show up on statements as ‘Sister Act merchandise.’ From what I am told there are no discounts beyond Disney Cast Member, but there is a purchase with purchase offer: a reusable ‘The Lion King’ tote for $5 with any purchase. That said, it might be worth checking in towards the close of the exhibition just to be sure on any of the 2012. Another reason to stop by the exhibition is that tickets to the shows’ performances are being sold at the exhibit’s exit.
The exhibition will also play host to several workshops geared towards children aged six and up. For more information and for the current schedule, you can visit the official exhibition page.
‘Inside the Lion King’ is open daily from now through December 16 from 10 am – 8 pm, with limited hours on December 3 for private events. Admission is free.
Below is our gallery of images from the exhibit which represent a sample of what’s available to see hands-on, along with a video showing some of the highlights.
Disney D23, the fan club of The Walt Disney Company, has announced that on Tuesday, November 27, it will be allowing a limited number of its members and their guests a rare opportunity to meet and greet in person with Kermit the Frog and Pepe the King Prawn at the Disney Store Times Square in New York City. The meet & greet opportunity will follow an exclusive conversation with the Muppets.
In addition to the event, D23 members will also have the opportunity to shop at the store and receive a special 15% discount. Cast members will also be armed with Muppet-related prizes for answering trivia questions.
The event will take place on November 27 at 10:30 am (with check-in occurring at 10 am). Tickets are free (plus a $5 processing charge) and will be available beginning November 15 at 1 pm ET. For more information and to reserve tickets when available, visit the official event page.
Walt Disney World has released a list of opportunities for ringing in the new year at the resort this year from the theme parks to opportunities at Downtown Disney and Disney hotels.
At Epcot, guests can dance away 2012 to the beat of the DJs stationed at select pavilions throughout the evening and watch ‘IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth’ salute the new year at 7 p.m. and 11:42 p.m. A buffet dining experience inspired by Disney’s classic animated films Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 will take place at World ShowPlace facility, with reservations available from 4:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Priced at $68.67 for adults and $44.37 for children. Park admission is required.
At Disney’s Hollywood Studios rock in the New Year with resident family of landscapers/rock and roll musicians, Mulch, Sweat, and Shears! ‘The Mulch, Sweat, and Shears New Years Eve Spectacular’ blasts off on a specially built stage in front of Disney’s Hollywood Studios signature Sorcerer Hat icon and includes contemporary rock, funk, and classic rock and roll favorites. The four concert sets will feature pyrotechnics and special effects and lead up to ringing in the New Year with Mulch, Sweat, and Shears playing live accompaniment to a full scale fireworks spectacular in order to welcome the start of 2013 properly!
At DisneyQuest, located at Downtown Disney, there is a family-friendly cyber celebration from 8 p.m. -1 a.m. Guests are entertained with a DJ Dance Party, character meet and greets, plus unlimited access to games and DisneyQuest attractions including Pirates of the Caribbean, Virtual Jungle Cruise and CyberSpace Mountain. There’s a confetti drop and festive party favors as the clock strikes midnight. Partygoers also get a coupon for a quick service entrée, side and drink. Tickets go on sale soon at 407-934-7639.
At Cirque du Soleil, located at Downtown Disney, all guests attending the Dec. 31 performances will receive a limited-edition Walt Disney World/Cirque trading pin. Shows are at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. For pricing contact 407-WDW-SEAT.
Disney Cruise Line offers a New Year’s Party complete with music, sparkling wine in commemorative flutes and a midnight countdown to guests sailing on select cruises departing in late December. For booking, call 888-325-2500.
Narcoosee’s restaurant (Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa) will offer a four-course dining experience for $161.85 for adults and $77.19 for children, plus DJ, balloon artist and special fireworks viewing.
Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort offers a special-ticket New Year’s Eve party from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. with a video DJ and limited viewing of Epcot’s Fireworks.
For specific information about other holiday dining offerings at Disney resort hotels on Dec. 31, call 407-WDW-DINE.
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.
Glen Keane and other Disney artists will be joining their contemporaries in participating in the GRworks ‘First 10+’ art show taking place this weekend at the Robert Reynolds Gallery in Los Angeles, California. Featuring original art (some of which can be sampled on the official website), the exhibition kicks off this evening with its opening reception from 6 pm – 10 pm. The exhibit will open on Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15 from 11 am – 7 pm.
Original artwork and prints will be available for purchase (we are told Glen Keane’s work will be among that available) and a portion of proceeds go to support local art projects.
Also on Saturday, Disney animators Bruce Smith and Patrick Osborne will be offering a free workshop for children ages 8 – 18 at the gallery, from 1 – 4 pm. RSVPs are requested to [email protected]
For more information on the artists and the exhibit, visit grworks.com.
ABC Family scares up 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN for the 14th consecutive spine tingling year, with programming filled with chills and thrills as you countdown to Halloween. The popular programming event, starting Friday, October 19, and concluding on Wednesday, October 31, features a brand new episode of “Pretty Little Liars” featuring special guest “glampire” Adam Lambert, and the season finale of “Switched at Birth.” The stunt will also include the basic cable premiere of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” the ABC Family feature film premiere of “Monster House,” and “Poltergeist III,” and a massive mix of Halloween-themed programming airing for the 13 nights leading up to Halloween.
Following is a listing of frightastic programming taking place October 19-31 during ABC Family’s 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN.
Night One – Friday, October 19
The 14th annual 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN kicks off with the sixth chilling installment in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (1:00 – 4:30 PM ET/PT), where Harry must look into the past to help battle the monsters of the present. An evil spirit is resurrected and will stop at nothing to bring his love back to life in The Mummy (4:30 – 7:00 PM ET/PT). Then cap off the first night of Halloween mania with a double dose of those creepy and kooky members of The Addams Family (7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT), followed by Addams Family Values (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT).
Night Two – Saturday, October 20
The thrills start early with a special Halloween episode of ‘Melissa and Joey’ (7:00 – 7:30 AM ET/PT), where Mel hears things that go bump in the night. Then conjure up even more Melissa Joan Hart in the spellbinding film Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (7:30 – 9:30 AM ET/PT). A lonely boy finds an unlikely best friend in The Little Vampire (9:30 – 11:30 AM ET/PT), while a teenage girl decides to get in touch with her witchy side in Teen Witch (11:30 AM – 1:30 PM ET/PT). Then you’ve found the golden ticket to visit Willy Wonka in the candy colored Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1:30 – 4:00 PM ET/PT). Revisit the mischievous ways of the creepiest family around with back to back airings of The Addams Family (4:00 – 6:00 PM ET/PT) and Addams Family Values (6:00 – 8:00 PM ET/PT). Then, if you dare, you have a date with the Sanderson sisters to watch their quest for immortal life and the 300 year-old cat that tries to spoil their plans in Hocus Pocus (8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT), with a bonus chance to catch the sisters in dastardly action immediately after (10:00 PM -12:00 AM ET/PT). If you still haven’t had enough, jump down the rabbit hole to visit Alice in Wonderland and see Johnny Depp as a truly “Mad” Hatter (12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT).
Night Three – Sunday, October 21
Spend the day with a master of Halloween entertainment with back to back Tim Burton chills and thrills, starting with some haunting animated favorites. Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (8:00 – 9:30 AM ET/PT) gets the scares started when Jack Skellington tries to shake up Halloweentown. Continue on with Coraline (9:30 – 11:30 AM ET/PT), the story of a little girl who realizes an idealized version of her unhappy home comes with its own secrets. Then it’s back to Burton when you’re invited to attend the spookiest wedding of the year in Tim Burton’s Corpse
Bride (11:30 AM – 1:30 PM ET/PT). Watch out for the Red Queen as you revisit the fantastical Wonderland in Alice in Wonderland (1:30 – 4:00 PM ET/PT) followed by a return to the world of
Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (4:00 – 6:30 PM ET/PT). Then it’s back to Halloweentown for another chance to see Jack Skellington create a scary Christmas in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (6:30 – 8:00 PM ET/PT). Watch a young ghost couple battle with mortals for control of their house with the help of everyone’s favorite spook in Beetlejuice (8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT), then end your magical evening with the story of a young man with scissors for hands who tries to find his place in the world, in Edward Scissorhands (10:00 PM – 12:00 AM ET/PT).
Night Four – Monday, October 22
Halloween mania kicks off for the day with an encore presentation of the haunting story of Edward Scissorhands (6:00 – 8:00 PM ET/PT). The Kennish and Vasquez family celebrate fall on the first season finale of ‘Switched at Birth’ (8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT). Then spend the evening with two of the most enchanting witches around, Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, as they work to rid their family of an ancient curse in Practical Magic (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT). Take a walk down memory lane in Rosewood when Alison was queen bee and ‘A’ first came out to play for Halloween, on a special airing of last year’s ‘Pretty Little Liars’ (12:00 – 1:00 AM ET/PT) Halloween special episode.
Night Five – Tuesday, October 23
Watch out for a black hoodie because ‘A’ is providing a full day of suspense and danger with a ‘Pretty Little Liars’ marathon (7:00 AM – 8:00 PM ET/PT), featuring 14 back to back episodes filled with scary dolls, mysterious strangers, and chilling text messages. Then board the Ghost Train with the residents of Rosewood on a special brand new Halloween episode of ‘Pretty Little Liars’ (8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT) featuring singer Adam Lambert. Watch the sinister Sanderson sisters cast their spells on Hocus Pocus (9:00 PM – 11:00 AM ET/PT) and relive Adam Lambert’s ‘glampire’ and the rest of the Ghost Train frights on a bonus airing of the ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Halloween special episode (12:00 – 1:00 AM ET/PT).
Night Six – Wednesday, October 24
Revisit those wicked Sanderson sisters and their hauntingly evil plans for immortality in Hocus Pocus (5:00 – 7:00 PM, ET/PT). Zoinks! You better stock up on Scooby snacks, with back to back airings of Scooby Doo (7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT) and Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT) and watch the Scooby gang defeat evil doers’ dastardly plans.
Night Seven – Thursday, October 25
Watch the Mystery Inc. gang save Spooky Island in Scooby Doo (5:00 – 7:00 PM ET/PT). Stop by The Haunted Mansion (7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT) where the spirited residents are dying to meet you. The spooktacular fun continues as three kids discover the scary house next door is actually alive and more dangerous than they ever imagined in the ABC Family Premiere of Monster House (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT).
Night Eight – Friday, October 26
Return, foolish mortals, to The Haunted Mansion (5:00 – 7:00 PM ET/PT) and visit again with the ‘grim, grinning ghosts,’ for spine-tingling fun! Go from a haunted house to a monstrous house in Monster House (7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT). Then wrap up the night with the story of a magical little girl who uses her extraordinary gifts to change her unhappy life in Matilda (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT).
Night Nine – Saturday, October 27
Make sure you have plenty of Pixie dust with Tinker Bell, Captain Hook, and Peter Pan in Hook (7:00 – 10:00 AM ET/PT). Then the Halloween hijinks kick in to high gear with back to back airings of Scooby Doo (10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET/PT) and Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (12:00 – 2:00 PM ET/PT). Spend some more time with the kookiest, ookiest family on the block in The Addams Family (2:00 – 4:00 PM ET/PT) and Addams Family Values (4:00 – 6:00 PM ET/PT). Then it’s back to the most sinister house you’ll ever see in Monster House (6:00 – 8:00 PM ET/PT). Head over to Monstropolis with Mike and Sulley for the scariest laughs ever in Disney/Pixar’s Monsters Inc. (8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT), with a bonus airing immediately after (10:00 PM – 12:00 AM ET/PT). And revisit Coraline (12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT), a little girl who discovers the world she thought she wanted is more sinister than she thought.
Night Ten – Sunday, October 28
A day full of Halloween haunts begins with those meddling kids in the Scooby gang in Scooby Doo (7:30 – 9:30 AM ET/PT) and Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (9:30 – 11:30 AM ET/PT). Drop in on Uncle Fester, Cousin It and the rest of gang in The Addams Family (11:30 AM – 1:30 PM ET/PT) and stay to learn some Addams Family Values (1:30 – 3:30 PM ET/PT). Then get to know Matilda (3:30 – 5:30 PM ET/PT), a most magical little girl. The Sanderson sisters are back to wreak havoc with sinister spells in Hocus Pocus (5:30 – 7:30 PM ET/PT), make sure you don’t drink these witches’ brew. A young man learns not only is he magical, but he’s also the only one who can stop a thousand year old evil sorceress in the basic cable premiere of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (7:30 – 10:00 PM ET/PT), starring Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel. Then it’s another chance to watch Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker as witchy sisters in an encore airing of Hocus Pocus (10:00 PM – 12:00 AM ET/PT).
Night Eleven – Monday, October 29
It’s a day full of sorcerers, magic, adventure and a really angry mummy, kicking off with a little girl who discovers how magical she is in Matilda (1:30 – 3:30 PM ET/PT). Then you have another chance to battle the forces of evil in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (3:30 – 6:00 PM ET/PT). Take off on a thrilling ride with Mikey, Data, and Chunk as they search for One Eyed Willie’s treasure in The Goonies (6:00 – 8:30 PM ET/PT). Then if you can stand more spine-tingling chills, end your evening with The Mummy (8:30 – 11:00 PM ET/PT), where an evil spirit will stop at nothing to resurrect his long ago love.
Night Twelve – Tuesday, October 30
They’re heeeerrrreee! A day of truly spine-tingling frights starts with back to back airings of the otherworldly battles between the Freeling family and some truly wicked spirits in Poltergeist (12:30 – 3:00 PM ET/PT), Poltergeist II: The Other Side (3:00 – 5:00 PM ET/PT) and the ABC Family premiere of Poltergeist III (5:00 – 7:00 PM ET/PT). Then enter another world, the world of Tim Burton, with encore presentations of Edward Scissorhands (7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT) and Beetlejuice (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT).
Night Thirteen – Wednesday, October 31
All Hallows Eve is upon us and promises to bring with it a treat bag full of fun, starting with the wacky shenanigans of Beetlejuice (11:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET/PT). Stay for the unusual story of a young man looking for his place in our strange world in Edward Scissorhands (1:00 – 3:00 PM ET/PT). It’s your last chance to hang out with Gomez, Morticia and their kooky crew in The Addams Family (3:00 – 5:00 PM ET/PT) and learn some Addams Family Values (5:00 -7:00 PM ET/PT) of the frightening kind! The Halloween evening wraps up it’s spooktacularness when three witches promise to wreak havoc in Hocus Pocus (7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT), with a bonus offering immediately after (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT) .
Walt Disney World has updated its official Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween event page to include a link to the official guide map / times guide for 2012. There really are no surprises this year, save for the ‘Not So Scary Street Jam!’ pre-parade on Main Street, USA which is mercifully left off of the map.
What is interesting however is the sponsors being listed which indicates a change of the candy offerings at the party’s various trick or treat stations. Listed are: Chiquita (sorry, Dole), whose potential offerings include Super Crunchy Fruit Chips; Kellogg’s, who offers ‘Jake and the Neverland Pirates’ and ‘Avengers’ branded fruit snacks; Werther’s Original, which offers a host of caramel-based products as evidenced in their Karamell-Küche shop located in the Germany pavilion in Epcot; and Peeps, whose parent company, Just Born, offers up Mike and Ike, Hot Tamales, Peanut Chews and Teenee Beanee jelly beans, in addition to the marshmallow treats.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween parties begin at the Magic Kingdom on September 11 and run many nights through November 2. While park admission is not required per se, the event does require a separately purchased ticket. For more information, visit the official MNSSH event page.
In honor of the release of the ‘Austin & Ally’ soundtrack, from the popular Disney Channel series of the same name, co-star Ross Lynch will be appearing at Studio Disney 365, located in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort on September 23, 2012, for a CD release and signing event.
To participate in the signing, guests must purchase a copy of the CD at Studio Disney 365 beginning at 8 am on September 23 (limit of two CDs per guest). Guests will receive a single voucher allowing them to return to meet with Ross Lynch from 1 – 4 pm. There will be a maximum of 300 guests allowed to partake in the event.
The Disneyland Resort has announced that it will be offering a special preview opportunity for Annual Passholders to view the ‘Art of Frankenweenie‘ traveling exhibit on the evening of September 13, before it becomes accessible to regular park guests.
Passholders have the choice of packages, either a simple viewing experience or a complete dining package with both experiences taking place after park closing.
The preview-only experience is free and requires registration which will open on September 5. While registrants can register up to three additional guests, all must be annual passholders to attend the event which will run from 8 pm to 12 am. When registering, passholders can choose from available slotted times (in 20 minute increments) to visit the exhibition in the animation courtyard in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure and will be able to visit select attractions that will remain open until 12 am. Space to the event is limited.
The dining package is available for $290 (tax inclusive) per person and runs from 7 pm through 12 am with the a champagne reception taking place in the exhibition area at 7 pm. At 8 pm, a multi-course dinner with wine pairings will be served in front of the Tower of Terror. In addition, valet parking at the Disney Grand Californian is also included with this package as well as a surprise ‘special experience’ from 11:30 pm until 1:30 am. Tickets for the event can be purchased by September 9 over the phone by calling (714) 781-PASS (7277) or in person at any Disneyland Resort ticket booth, while space is available. As with the free event, attendees will also have the opportunity to visit select attractions through 12 am.
In addition to the attractions, attendees can also visit the Muppet*Vision 3D theater for an 8 minute sneak peek of the film in 4D as well as have access to special Frankenweenie-themed merchandise before it goes on sale to the public.
Below is our gallery of photos and video from the exhibit as well as the merchandise on display when it was on display at San Diego Comic-Con. Click on any of the thumbnails below to see a larger version.