On January 22, Disney Theatrical Productions invites D23 Members to attend a special performance of Mary Poppins at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Members will receive a 20% discount on select seats in various seating locations throughout the theatre as well as a voucher good for 20% off all merchandise at the show.
Members will also get an exclusive post-show experience with the Mary Poppins cast and a top-secret surprise guest. D23 won’t say who it is, but only that he appeared in the original film. Could it be Dick Van Dyke? Maybe, but our money is on the man with a wooden leg named Smith.
In order to attend the event, D23 Members must call the Ahmanson Donor Associates line at 213-972-0775 and use code word PARROT.
The special D23 ticket includes:
* Special “behind-the-scenes” experience following the show
* Coupon for 20% merchandise discount (for 1/22 performance only)
A D23 representative will be available in the lobby to provide guests with their merchandise vouchers and information for the post-show experience.
* Available only to D23 Members in good standing. D23 Members may purchase up to six (6) tickets per D23 Membership. There is a limited number of tickets available. Tickets may be picked up at Will Call at the theater on the night of performance only with a valid photo ID AND D23 MEMBERSHIP CARD. D23 Members who do not bring their membership card may not be admitted to the theater. All D23 Special Events are subject to change without notice. There are no cancelations or refunds, and tickets are not transferrable.
Be sure to read our report of a similar experience offered to D23 members at the Broadway edition of the show.
Update: 1/6/10 – Fixed phone number
LOS ANGELES — Four actors that are currently appearing in the West Coast premiere of “Mary Poppins” (which is being presented at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre) will perform songs from Broadway’s perfectly magical musical in a special free performance at The Grove in Los Angeles on Friday, December 4, 2009, at 3 p.m. Gail Bennett, playing the role of Mary Poppins, and Dominic Roberts, playing the role of Bert, will be joined by Katie Balen and Carter Thomas who play Jane and Michael Banks (respectively).
In addition to the performance the actors will answer questions from Mark Wallengren of KOST (103.5 FM). The performance will take place at 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles – in The Park.
“Mary Poppins,” a co-production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, opened on Broadway on November 16, 2006. Based on P.L. Travers’ cherished stories and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film, “Mary Poppins” the stage play features the Academy Award®-winning music and lyrics of Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. The stage production has been created, in collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh, by Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes, who has written the book, and the Olivier Award-winning team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, who have composed new songs and additional music and lyrics.
Olivier Award-winning director Richard Eyre leads the award-winning creative team, with co-direction and choreography by Tony® and Olivier Award winner Matthew Bourne. “Mary Poppins” features set and costume design by Tony® Award winner Bob Crowley, co-choreography by Olivier Award winner Stephen Mear, lighting design by Howard Harrison, orchestrations by William David Brohn, and music supervision by David Caddick. The tour’s creative team includes Tour Director Anthony Lyn, Associate Choreographer Geoffrey Garrett, and Music Director James Dodgson.
Mickey Mouse will visit Union Station in Kansas City (Walt Disney’s hometown) from 10 am – 12 pm on October 10 to celebrate the unveiling of a traveling art exhibit that pays homage to Walt Disney’s lifelong love of trains and introduces the latest train conducted by Mickey himself, Mickey’s Magic Choo Choo toy train, releasing in time for the holidays. Local preschoolers along with representatives from the Kansas City Mayor’s office and hundreds of fans will see Mickey before he departs from Union Station bound for Los Angeles for a viewing party for the premier of the Disney Channel primetime special, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Choo Choo Express airing Sunday October 25th. Families and their kids can track Mickey’s travels online at www.YouTube.com/Disneyliving.
The exhibit captures the history of Walt’s and Mickey’s love of trains with a nod to life on the railroad in the early 20th century. Introducing visitors to rare animation art, historic photography and some of Walt’s personal train-related artifacts, the gallery tells the story of a simpler time when Mickey and friends traveled by rail and Walt himself was building one-of-a-kind miniature railroads in his backyard for friends and family. Including photographs of Walt riding the “Lilly Belle” or Mickey rushing to catch a train in an early animation sketch from Mr. Mouse Takes A Trip, this unique art collection comprised of nearly two dozen pieces will be on display at Union Station for a limited time; select images will then move to Griffith Park in Los Angeles.
Exclusive The Princess and the Frog Fan Rate: Save 30% on Limited Engagements in New York and Los Angeles
The most enchanting event this holiday season just got even more magical. Not only do moviegoers have an opportunity to see Disney’s The Princess and the Frog in New York City and the Los Angeles area before the rest of the country as well as live out the Ultimate Disney Experience as we mentioned here, but now those planning on taking advantage of this special event can buy tickets online for a 30% discount.
General admission tickets which are normally $30 can be purchased exclusively at Facebook page for The Princess and the Frog for just $21 each for both the movie before its theatrical release in a unique environment along with the Ultimate Disney Experience.
The number of tickets at this discounted price is very limited, so be sure to buy yours today by visiting the page here.
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.
In celebration of Walt Disney Pictures’ and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ G-FORCE, The El Capitan Theatre will offer audiences over three and half hours of additional fun following the movie, with the G-FORCE EXPERIENCE from July 24 through September 7, it was announced today by Lylle Breier, senior vice president of worldwide special events, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
The G-FORCE EXPERIENCE is a giant, all-new interactive attraction featuring games of skill, loads of excitement, and activities for the whole family inspired by G-FORCE, producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s first 3-D film – a high–octane comedy adventure about a covert government program – a FBI team of guinea pigs!
Guests will first see Walt Disney Pictures’ G-FORCE at the historic El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, and immediately following the film, go across the street to enter the G-FORCE EXPERIENCE, where they can:
* Enjoy an all-new interactive attraction where they can fully engage with the characters and situations in G-FORCE in which all audiences can have loads of fun.
* Activities include deciphering the code to access the G-FORCE Cyber Network Databanks, plotting a spy map for the G-FORCE team, crushing unstoppable digital bugs, annihilating miscreant Gizmos, and taking the G-FORCE Training Course to become a member of the G-FORCE Special Forces!
* See real props direct from the movie, and two actual sets from G-FORCE.
* Go behind-the-scenes with a unique G-FORCE art exhibit.
* And much more – It’s over 3 hours of fun!
Showtimes are: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 9:30 pm. Tickets for “G-FORCE,” are available at the El Capitan box office (6838 Hollywood Blvd), online at www.elcapitantickets.com, or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6. Special group rate tickets for parties of 20 or more are available by calling 1-818-845-3110.
Extend your “G-FORCE” experience by visiting Disney’s Soda Fountain and Studio Store (located adjacent to the theatre) and treating yourself to “The G-FORCE Sundae.”
Commenting on the announcement, Breier said, “El Capitan guests are in for a day of excitement they will never forget with the hilarious and action packed ‘G-FORCE’ and the adventure-filled “G-FORCE Experience.” With over 3-1/2 hours of entertainment and activities, The El Capitan Theatre provides a truly engaging, interactive and immersive experience for families and thrill seekers of all ages. ‘G-FORCE’ is the perfect summer offering and seeing it at the El Capitan Theatre is the most exciting way to enjoy this thrilling new Disney adventure. All those who live in Southern California are just a short drive away from one of the most unique Disney experiences to be had this summer.”
Below is a series of photos sent to us by Disney from a sneak preview recently held of this new experience. Click on any individual thumbnail to see a larger version or click on the PicLens link to see a slideshow. All photos by Jason Merritt/WireImage.com © Disney. All Rights Reserved.
The 40 city whistle-stop tour of the train promoting Disney’s A Christmas Carol kicked off today at Union Station in Los Angeles and star Jim Carrey and director Robert Zemeckis were on hand to kick it off. In addition, we get a new glimpse of some of the exhibits on display inside the train.
Photos from WireImage. © Imagemovers Digital LLC. Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.
A Union-Tribune article talks with San Diego port cruise program director, Rita Vandergaw, who says Los Angeles can have the Wonder for 2 years, but is hopefult that a planned new state-of-the art facility will provide a ‘permanent’ home for Disney Cruise Line beginning in year three. Article here.
LOS ANGELES, Calif., (March 30, 2009) – Disney Cruise Line announced today that it plans to reposition the Disney Wonder from its Florida base in Port Canaveral to the West Coast in 2011. The company is working with the Port of Los Angeles to finalize a two-year agreement with a three-year extension option. The contract will be considered by the Port of Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners on April 2, 2009.
If approved, the new Disney Wonder sailings could generate more than 250,000 guests passing through the Port of Los Angeles over a five-year period.