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    Shanghai Disney Resort Offers a Cool Oasis for the Summer Months

    Shanghai Disney Resort is celebrating the summer season after its First Anniversary with magical new entertainment, fresh, ‘cool’ experiences, expanded menus and stylish merchandise to help guests beat the heat and enjoy a new world of fun awaiting them throughout the theme park. From July 1 to September 3, Shanghai Disney Resort will transform into a summertime oasis, with seasonal decoration, cooling facilities and other offerings available to guests.

    New shows and entertainment designed to inspire and refresh
    For the first time ever, an entirely new show has been created for The Enchanted Storybook Castle Stage in Shanghai Disneyland. Summer Blast is filled with performers, Disney characters… and a healthy dose of water to keep guests cool in the heat of summer. This dazzling musical show takes guests on a cool journey through a misty rain forest, refreshing Hawaiian surf, under the sea, and back to the top of the waves as music, dancing and water fill the stage and the audience!
    As part of the seasonal celebration, Shanghai Disney Resort has also announced a series of additional new entertainment experiences that will be presented to resort guests for a limited time this summer. Traveling in front of Mickey’s Storybook Express, the new Duffy’s Splashing Pre-Parade is sure to keep Guests refreshed. Duffy and ShellieMay lead the procession as they celebrate the cool side of summer with a troupe of dancers who refresh parade viewers with hand-held water wands as they dance down the route! Plus, hit shows throughout the theme park have been redesigned with a few fun water features to help guests cool off as the weather heats up, including the all new Bai Ling Story Time – Little Mermaid, and in Treasure Cove, guests can find The Swabbies Cool-Off and A Pirate’s Life in Summer.
    New novel Cool Zones will also energize guests in the hot summer months, immersing them in refreshing, misty areas that offer a perfect respite from the sun as they spend a cool and magical day discovering all of the six themed lands throughout Shanghai Disneyland.
    A summer food and beverage lineup that will delight all taste buds
    The seasonal food and beverage menus are another magical experience for guests to enjoy this summer. Shanghai Disney Resort is rolling out refreshing new drinks featuring touches of Disney magic, helping guests cool off between their park adventures. These new signature beverages featuring cool new twists and offerings include Dory’s Deep Blue Sea Cooler, the tropically inspired Stitch’s Aloha Colada, Nick’s Wilde Fruit Cooler, Gusteau’s Chocolate Gateau Milkshake and Donald’s Castle Float.
    The on-the-go dining choices are equally delicious this summer, with classic Disney turkey legs, new Adventure Isle corndogs, Character-inspired ice cream treats, fluffy ice-cream topped waffles, beef and kimchi wraps, Mickey pretzels, caramel popcorn, traditional French and modern Chinese pastries, churros, hotdogs and more.
    The latest exclusive Disney merchandise is perfect for shading the hot summer sun
    Shanghai Disney Resort has also just released an assortment of stylish products, gifts and accessories to help guests stay cool, dry and trendy this summer. More than 80 exclusive, themed items are now on offer at Shanghai Disney Resort. Guests can find novel items like a summer themed limited edition Shanghai Disney Resort Magic Passport, ultraviolet color-changing t-shirts, tropical-themed Disney flip-flops, UV-blocking umbrellas and Mickey Mouse-shaped shades, to name a few. A special summer bag filled with a complete, ready-made set of chic seasonal items inside will also be exclusively available this summer.
    Cool events taking place beyond the park this summer
    As part of the overall resort experience, Disneytown is another cool place to enjoy the summer months. Guests will find Disney magic at numerous photo locations and misting Mickey arches as they pass beneath. Popular Disney characters may also drop by to greet guests.
    Shanghai Disney Resort is also bringing some cool summer magic to guests throughout China, with mall events being scheduled for Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Wuhan, Suzhou and Hangzhou. During the events, guests will enjoy a visual Disney feast and interactive experiences reflective of the magical offerings available at Shanghai Disneyland.
    This summer, Shanghai Disney Resort has designed the coolest new ways for guests to enjoy Disney magic and fully enjoy the warmest months of the year.
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    Walt Disney World Resort Becomes Orlando Magic’s Sponsor Jersey

    The Orlando Magic will have the power of pixie dust in its court starting next season, as Walt Disney World Resort becomes the basketball team’s first jersey sponsor. Starting with the 2017-18 NBA season, fans will feel the magic when the Disney logo is added on players’ jerseys as part of this expanded relationship.

    “With Orlando as our hometown, magic has always been a key strand of our DNA,” said Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins. “This expanded agreement with Disney brings our story full circle and represents the coming together of two dynamic organizations that have become synonymous with Orlando.”

    Since becoming a Champion of the Community sponsor with the Magic in 2010, Disney has been working with the Magic on outreach initiatives that benefit the local community and make Central Florida a better place to live, work and play. The uniform sponsorship strengthens the relationship between Disney and the Magic and will connect both fan bases, provide shared marketing opportunities and cement Central Florida’s reputation as a global sports destination.

    “At Walt Disney World Resort, we naturally believe in all things magic and are happy to support our hometown team,” said George A. Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort. “This long-term relationship symbolizes our shared focus of solidifying Orlando as a world class city for sports.”

    As part of this multi-year agreement, Disney will expand its presence at the Amway Center by adding a special seating and hospitality area that may be used for annual passholder upgrades during select Orlando Magic home games. Disney-branded Orlando Magic jerseys will also be available for purchase at the Amway Center.

    The Orlando Magic becomes the seventh NBA team to announce a jersey sponsorship. The Disney name will appear on the front left of the jersey and measure about 2½ by 2½ inches.

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    Disney Cruise Line Sails to Bermuda for the First Time and Visits New Ports Including Quebec City, Canada, in Fall 2018

    In fall 2018, Disney Cruise Line will sail on new itineraries and to new ports, including first-time visits to Bermuda and Quebec City, Canada – both with multiple days to experience these captivating destinations. In addition to the new itineraries from New York to Bermuda and Canada, three special sailings from New York will take guests to Walt Disney World and Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay. Sailings from California, Texas and Florida round out the 2018 fall season.

    Bookings open to the public on May 18, 2017. More details on 2018 itineraries can be found on the Ports and Itineraries for 2018 page of disneycruise.com.

    New sailings to Bermuda from New York

    For the first time, Disney Cruise Line guests can sail to the beautiful island of Bermuda. Each of the five-night sailings includes two full days in Bermuda, while one special six-night sailing includes three days there.

    An idyllic setting for outdoor enjoyment, Bermuda offers its famous pink sand beaches and a range of water activities. Shopping and sightseeing are plentiful and, at only 21 square miles, the island is easy to navigate and explore. With its own distinctive blend of British and Caribbean culture, Bermuda boasts a rich history in sailing, a passion for cricket and a truly unique national attire – Bermuda shorts.

    Disney Magic cruises to Bermuda from New York set sail in October 2018.

    New cruises between New York and Quebec City, Canada

    Quebec City, Canada, a new port for Disney Cruise Line, will be featured on two new itineraries sailing between New York and Quebec City. Both of these sailings include two full days in Quebec City as well as stops at other Canadian ports new to Disney Cruise Line – Saguenay and Baie-Comeau.

    With towering fortresses, lavish castles, cobblestone streets and French-inspired cuisine, Quebec City offers a taste of European charm. Must-see sights include the historic and grand Chateau Frontenac hotel and the impressive Montmorency Falls, which measure 30 meters taller than Niagara Falls. Both Saguenay and Baie-Comeau offer natural beauty, picturesque ports and local cuisine featuring plentiful seafood, wild game and the indigenous and delectable cloudberries.

    Two seven-night Disney Magic cruises between New York and Quebec City depart in September 2018.

    More magic from New York on sailings to Walt Disney World and Castaway Cay

    Fall 2018 Disney Magic sailings from New York also include three seven-night voyages to Walt Disney World. Each cruise includes a stop in Port Canaveral, Florida, located near the Walt Disney World Resort, and a day at Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.

    Adding to the magic on these special sailings, every guest will receive a one-day Walt Disney World Park Hopper ticket and round-trip transportation between the ship and the theme parks. During their visit, guests can enjoy experiences like the new Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which will immerse guests in a mystical world of massive floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests and breathtaking new experiences.

    Back by Popular Demand: Cruises from California, Texas and Florida

    • In September and October 2018, the Disney Wonder will sail from San Diego, California, to Baja and the Mexican Riviera. Baja sailings visit Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, Mexico, both famous for stunning beaches and exciting water activities. Mexican Riviera sailings feature the snorkeling and scuba diving hot spots Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas.
    • In November and December 2018, the Disney Wonder returns to Galveston, Texas, with a variety of Caribbean and Bahamian itineraries. All cruises to the Bahamas include a stop at Castaway Cay.
    • In December 2018, the Disney Magic will return to Miami with voyages to the Western Caribbean and Bahamas, including stops at Key West and Castaway Cay.
    • During late 2018, the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream will continue to sail a variety of Caribbean and Bahamian cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida, with every sailing including a day at Castaway Cay.

    To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact a travel agent.

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    Disney Store to Unveil New Product Collections and Collectibles at D23 Expo 2017

    Disney Store today announced the new collections and Limited Edition sets to launch at this year’s D23 Expo 2017, Disney’s ultimate fan event held at the Anaheim Convention Center July 14–16. The never-before-seen collections celebrate milestone anniversaries and everyone’s favorite Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars characters.

    D23 Expo 2017 attendees will be introduced to the new Disney Designer Collection and get a first look at the newest collections debuting at this year’s event, including exclusive Disney Store pieces from Her Universe, the Art of Snow White collection, MXYZ Vinyl Mini Blind Box Collectibles, and, for the first time ever, a D23 Expo Marvel collection from Disney Store.

    In addition to the chance to shop special products not yet available to the general public, fans will have the opportunity to meet some of the artists and designers who created these exciting new collections.

    Highlights of the collections include:

    • Disney Designer Collection: Formerly known as the Disney Fairytale Designer Collection, the Disney Designer Collection takes the classic assortment beyond the fairytale to tell the iconic stories of Disney’s legacy of film history and introduces three series: Fairytale Series, Folktale Series, and Pixar Animation Studios Series. At the event, Guests will have the opportunity to purchase three of the new Limited Edition dolls:

    o   Fairytale Series: Pinocchio (limited to an edition size of 1,023)

    o   Folktale Series: Mulan (limited to an edition size of 523)

    o   Pixar Animation Studios Series: The Incredibles (limited to an edition size of 1,023)

    Guests at the event also will have the opportunity to preview and pre-purchase a set of the five Limited Edition dolls releasing at Disney Store locations and DisneyStore.com September – November (each limited to an edition size of 6,000):

    o   Fairytale Series: The Little Mermaid, Tangled, Robin Hood

    o   Folktale Series: Moana, One Hundred and One Dalmatians

    • Disney•Pixar: In partnership with John Lasseter and the Pixar Animation Studios team, the Disney Store shop at D23 Expo 2017 will offer a special collection featuring some favorite Pixar characters.
    • MXYZ Vinyl Mini Blind Box Collectibles: The newest vinyl blind box collection features eight iconic characters in the Disney Store MXYZ art style—perfect for collecting and trading. Retailing at $5 each, the mini-sized characters come with a key chain attachment to add a pop of fun and personalize accessories, bags, and more.
    • Star Wars: Fans won’t have to go to a galaxy far, far away to find an expansive assortment of Star Wars merchandise at D23 Expo 2017. The Disney Store shop will feature Star Wars apparel, accessories, drinkware, and, of course, collectibles. Notable highlights of the assortment are the Limited Edition Star Wars Elite Series Premium Action Figures, featuring iconic Hero and Villain duos: Princess Leia and Darth Vader; Rey and Kylo Ren; and Jyn Erso and Director Orson Krennic. Each duo retails for $79.95 and is limited to an edition size of 1,000.
    • Milestone Anniversaries: Disney Store will celebrate three milestone anniversaries at D23 Expo 2017: Oswald the Lucky Rabbit’s 90th, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ 80th, and Bambi’s 75th. Each anniversary will be celebrated with a special assortment.
    • Disney Tsum Tsum: Disney Tsum Tsum fans will be delighted with a new Limited Edition set released each day. Each unique set will bring Guests’ favorite characters and stories to life through adorable mini and micro Tsum Tsums.
    • Minnie Mouse Signature Collection: The next product installment of the beloved fashionista Minnie Mouse features a collection of apparel, accessories, and a Limited Edition doll of Minnie, stylish as always.
    • Marvel: For the first time ever, Disney Store will offer a Marvel collection at D23 Expo. The assortment includes Limited Edition collectibles, including a pin set, lithograph set, and ornament set.
    • Her Universe: Ashley Eckstein, founder of Her Universe, created exclusive pieces for Disney Store that will be available for the first time at D23 Expo 2017. The never-before-seen products are featured within the Minnie Signature, Star Wars, Pixar, and Marvel collections.

    D23, the official Disney fan club, is once again partnering with Disney Store to offer an array of fan favorite items at this year’s D23 Expo. Many items will proudly boast a D23 Expo 2017 stamp of approval seal, indicating it was made specifically for this year’s event, celebrating Disney’s amazing fans and the special Disney anniversaries and iconic collectibles Guests love—available first to all Guests at D23 Expo.

    Artist Signings: Learn About the Magic Makers Behind Some of the New Collections

    The product designers and artists will be available for autograph signings following their respective panels at the Oh My Disney stage, exclusively for Guests who purchase select products from the Disney Store shop at D23 Expo 2017:

    • Friday, July 14

    o   Jessica Fuchs and Steve Thompson, Disney Folktale Series Artists

    • 4:30 p.m. – Interview at Oh My Disney Stage
    • 5 p.m. – Product signing
    • Saturday, July 15

    o   Jessica Fuchs and Steve Thompson, Art of Snow White Artists

    • 5 p.m. – Interview at Oh My Disney Stage
    • 5:30 p.m. – Product signing

    Disney Store will offer a limited quantity of StorePass tickets per day in an effort to minimize wait times for our Guests who wish to shop. StorePass tickets will be available beginning at 9 a.m. each day at the StorePass desk located adjacent to the StagePass distribution area in Hall A. The StorePass will provide Guests with a shopping experience timeslot, between 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Guests can visit the Things to Know page at D23expo.com for more details.

    Additional details and updates about Disney Store D23 Expo events and activities will continue to be updated on www.D23expo.com, on the forthcoming D23 Expo app, and on Facebook and Twitter @DisneyD23.

    The Disney Store shop at D23 Expo 2017 comprises more than 5,000 sq. ft. of retail space and is located directly across from the Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI) Pavilion.

     

    Disney Books in the DCPI Pavilion

    Fans and collectors will be able to purchase the latest bestselling books and D23 Expo-exclusive titles in the DCPI Pavilion and the Disney Dream Store. After experiencing Disney Publishing Worldwide’s series of panels and presentations, Guests can bring home Disney’s featured Disney Editions and Disney books that celebrate the artistry, history, and legacy of The Walt Disney Company.

    In addition, the DCPI Pavilion will also be home to select titles available for purchase only to D23 Expo 2017 Guests before they go on sale to the public this summer, including:

    A Kiss Goodnight (Richard Sherman, Floyd Norman)

    On sale August 22, 2017

     

    Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation (Mindy Johnson)

    On sale September 5, 2017

     

    Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons (Dave Bossert)

    On sale August 29, 2017

     

    Art of Coloring: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

    On sale July 18, 2017

     

    Throughout the weekend, Disney Publishing Worldwide authors, illustrators, artists, and Imagineers will meet with Guests and host book signings at Talent Central and in the Disney Dream Store:

     

    Friday, July 14

    Alex Hirsch, Rob Renzetti, Stephanie Ramirez (Gravity Falls: Journal 3)

    12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

    Talent Central

     

    Daron Nefcy, Dominic Bisignano (Star vs. The Forces of Evil: Star and Marco’s Guide to Mastering Every Dimension)

    12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

    Talent Central

     

    Pam Brandon (Delicious Disney)

    3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

    Disney Dream Store

     

    Michael Singer (Disney Pirates: The Definitive Collector’s Anthology)

    5:30 – 7 p.m.

    Talent Central

     

    Mindy Johnson (Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation)

    6 – 7 p.m.

    Disney Dream Store

     

    Saturday, July 15

    Pam Brandon (Delicious Disney)

    1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

    Disney Dream Store

     

    Ridley Pearson (Kingdom Keepers)

    4:15 – 5:15 p.m.

    Talent Central

     

    Victoria Saxon (Poster Art of Cars)

    4:15 – 5:15 p.m.

    Talent Central

     

    Dave Smith (Disney Facts Revealed)

    6 – 7 p.m.

    Talent Central

     

    Sunday, July 16

    Dave Smith (Disney Facts Revealed)

    10 – 11 a.m.

    Talent Central

     

    Dave Bossert (Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons)

    1 – 2 p.m.

    Talent Central

     

    Marty Sklar, Vanessa Hunt (Maps of the Disney Parks)

    1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

    Talent Central

     

    Floyd Norman (A Kiss Goodnight)

    2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

    Talent Central

     

    Talent will only be signing titles purchased at D23 Expo 2017. Proof of purchase will be required. Presentations, locations, and talent and artist signings are subject to change.

    Tickets for D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3 – 9. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53 for children 3 – 9. Multi-day tickets are also available. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit D23expo.com.

    To find a local Disney Store, Guests can visit www.DisneyStore.com/storelocator or call (866) 902-2798. Guests can also sign up for email alerts at www.DisneyStore.com/Register, become a fan on Facebook www.facebook.com/DisneyStore, or follow along on Instagram www.instagram.com/DisneyStore and Twitter www.twitter.com/DisneyStore.

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    D23 Mails Out New Information to Expo Attendees – Read Letter Here

    All D23 Expo attendees received their tickets and general information in the mail yesterday. In case you are planning on attending but have not yet purchased tickets, you can read the full letter below, and see what the sample passes look like.

    After reading the letter, there were still a few things I was confused about. I called D23 Guest Services and found out the following information:

    • The Gold Member line will open one hour prior to the start of the expo at 9am.
      • The line will not be capped off which means all gold members (holding their physical card) are guaranteed a seat in Hall D23 presentations.
      • There is no need to line up early for this line
      • Gold Members will be seated in the middle section of Hall D23
      • All gold members in line will be seated before any GA tickets are admitted
    • D23 Gold Members can bring one guest with them into the gold line and family members can bring a maximum of three
    • IF YOU LOST YOUR PHYSICAL GOLD CARD, GO TO ACCOUNT INFORMATION, SCREENSHOT THE PAGE, AND PRINT IT OUT
      • Cast members will accept this in place of a gold card
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    Full 2017 D23 Expo Schedule Available Here

    We are less than a month away from the 2017 D23 Expo and Disney has announced all but 2 panels! The full updated schedule can be viewed below for all three days and for all four stages.

    It’s also worth noting that there are still three unannounced presentations, all in the D23 Expo Arena and all of them are one hour time slots. It could be a one hour Disney Theatrical show that they are showing multiple times like the Sherman concert. It could also be three completely different things! This page will be updated as the schedule changes.

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    *Additional presentations and panels to be announced. All presentations and schedules subject to change.

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    Shanghai Disney Resort Hosts Spectacular One Year Anniversary Celebration With Guests From Across China

    Shanghai Disney Resort marked its first anniversary today, as guests and Cast from home and abroad gathered together to commemorate this historic moment in the resort with special activities hosted throughout the day.

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    “Shanghai Disney Resort’s first anniversary is cause for great celebration for everyone involved in bringing this spectacular dream to life,” said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “We’re grateful to the people of China for making this unique destination a tremendous success – more than 11 million guests have already visited, and we look forward to welcoming many more in the years to come.”

    The resort’s theme park, Shanghai Disneyland, opened early this morning for a special opening moment celebrated by the resort’s leadership and invited guests, who have shared their great memories with Shanghai Disneyland in its first year.

    Disney magical moments were created by Cast Members throughout the resort in commemoration of the resort’s first anniversary, leading up to a grand celebration ceremony in the night at Enchanted Storybook Castle in Shanghai Disneyland, where floating lanterns representing good fortune for the past, present and future hovered above the theme park. Guests were entertained by the Mandarin version of “When You Wish Upon a Star,” as a montage of photos and videos highlighting events of the first year at Shanghai Disney Resort being projected on the façade of Enchanted Storybook Castle, as well as actual guest videos and images of magical memories from their visits to the authentically Disney, distinctly Chinese destination.

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    Shanghai Disneyland has proved to be enormously popular with guests from home and abroad, welcoming more than 11 million guests in its first year of operation. The resort’s rapidly growing popularity and extremely high levels of guest satisfaction added to both shareholders’ confidence in the growing demand for the overall development of China’s tourism industry.

    With its tremendous popularity with guests from across China, the resort has already announced its first post-opening expansion, a new immersive land themed to the Toy Story franchise, set to open in 2018.

    The innovative attractions and entertainment at Shanghai Disneyland have earned top honors from across the theme park industry over the past year, including the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), Visual Effects Society (VES) and China Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (CAAPA).

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    Shanghai Disney Resort was one of the most ambitious projects in the history of The Walt Disney Company.  One year ago today, the wonder and imagination of Disney greeted the people of China in magical new ways as the gates opened to Shanghai Disneyland, a theme park like no other with the biggest, tallest castle in any Disney park, the first pirate-themed land and Disney’s most technologically advanced park to date.

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    Shanghai Disney Resort is filled with immersive Disney storytelling, thrilling attractions, spectacular live entertainment and memory-making experiences designed to inspire and delight Chinese guests. The world-class vacation destination includes a magical theme park with six themed lands, two imaginatively designed hotels, a Disneytown shopping and dining district, and Wishing Star Park recreational area.

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    Shanghai Disney Resort marked its first anniversary today, as guests and Cast from home and abroad gathered together to commemorate this historic moment in the resort with special activities hosted throughout the day.

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    Shanghai Disney Resort Presents a Special Charity Showing of THE LION KING in Celebration of its First Anniversary

    Shanghai Disney Resort today presented a special charity show of the Mandarin production of the Broadway musical THE LION KING, celebrating its first anniversary with a full house at the Walt Disney Grand Theatre in Disneytown. The special event was planned in partnership with Shanghai Charity Foundation. The charity show is part of Shanghai Disney Resort’s long-term commitment to bring care and magic to support children and families in need in China.

    “We are delighted to create unforgettable memories for these children and inspire their confidence and courage to continuously strive for a better tomorrow,” said Philippe Gas, general manager of Shanghai Disney Resort. “Since 2012, Shanghai Disney Resort has been committed to being a valuable community partner and active corporate citizen. This special showing of THE LION KING is one more way we can demonstrate how thankful we are to be a part of Shanghai as our VoluntEARS give back to this vibrant city.”

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    Since the premiere of the mandarin version of THE LION KING as Disney’s landmark musical event during the grand opening of Shanghai Disney Resort last June, this highly-acclaimed musical has resonated deeply with Chinese audiences and is one of the longest-running Broadway shows ever in China. The show tells the story of the brave and optimistic young lion Simba, who fearlessly fights to save the lives of many in his kingdom. The story is told through immersive show elements, including intricately designed masks and puppets, delighting and inspiring many in the audience who face challenges in their lives.  Today the show welcomed over 1,000 disadvantaged children and their caregivers from Shanghai Children’s Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Shanghai, Children’s Hospital of Fudan University, and many districts of Shanghai. Shanghai Disney Resort VoluntEARS were also actively involved in providing onsite assistance.

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    D23 Announces Celeberties Joining the Fun at D23 Expo 2017

    The excitement is ramping up from “zero to hero” for D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event. During the three-day spectacular, which takes place July 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, guests will have the chance to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hercules with members of the cast andcreative team; hear from Disney Legends, including 2017 inductee Mark Hamill, during a panel hosted by Leonard Maltin; and enjoy the music of Walt Disney’s classiclive-action musicals in a remarkable stage production featuring Lesley Ann Warren and hosted by Whoopi Goldberg. John Stamos will host a chat with Legends of Walt Disney Imagineering. Plus, theWalt Disney Archives will host three days ofpresentations on its own stage. And, for the first time, guests will be able to enjoy adaily “Ultimate Fan Street Party” right on the show floor.

     

    Just-announced panels:

     

    Mousequerade

    Friday, July 14, 11 a.m., Stage 28

    Mousequerade, the fan-favorite costume competition that invitesparticipants to createtheir own Disney-inspired designs, returns to D23 Expo 2017. Join judges Ashley Eckstein (Star Wars Rebels), Kara Saun (costume designer for Descendants 2), Yvette Nicole Brown (ABC’s The Mayor), and the contest’s host, Disney’s Jim Babcock, to watch dozens of finalistscompete in five excitingcategories for the $2,300 grand prize!

     

    The Golden GirlsA Celebration of FriendshipLaughterand Cheesecake

    Friday, July 14, 2:30 p.m., Stage 28

    In the 25 years since the final episode of The Golden Girls aired in 1992, thetelevision series has become an enduring fan favorite that continuesto be watchedthroughout the world. Celebrate with us as we bring together the show’s creators andother special guests for this unforgettable event.

     

    Disney Legends 30th Anniversary

    Friday, July 14, 4:15 p.m., Stage 28

    Join film historian Leonard Maltin as he celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Disney Legends program with a remarkable lineup of individuals who have each left anindelible mark on the Disney legacy, including Bill Farmer (the voice of Goofy and Pluto), Imagineering Legend Bob Gurr, Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith, and 2017 inductee Mark Hamill.

     

    Melodies in Walts TimeThe Music of Disney LiveAction Films

    Friday, July 14, 6 p.m., D23 Expo Arena 

    In the 1960s, Walt Disney sought to expand his filmmaking style beyond animation and bring music to a variety of new live-action film projects. D23 Expo will celebrate these magical, musical movies in a live stage extravaganza—hosted by Whoopi Goldberg and featuring Lesley Ann Warren, Karen Dotrice, and other renowned guest stars, joined by live musical performers and a 20-voice chorus—to showcase Summer MagicMary PoppinsThe Happiest Millionaire, and The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band, as well as others.

     

    Zero to Hero: The Making of Hercules 

    Sunday, July 16, 12:30 p.m., D23 Expo Arena

    From the heights of Mount Olympus to the depths of the Underworld, celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Disney classic that put the “glad” in gladiator! Join a group of legendary artists and filmmakers who brought Hercules to life, including directors John Musker and Ron Clements, animators Eric Goldberg (“Phil”) and Ken Duncan (“Megara”), as well as Megara and Hercules themselves—Susan Egan and Tate Donovan—as they recount stories of making one of the most epic animated features of all time.

     

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: 80th Anniversary Screening

    Sunday, July 16, 3:15 p.m., D23 Expo Arena

    For eight decades, Disney fans have whistled “Heigh Ho” while they worked. Now, inhonor of the 80th anniversary of Walt Disney’s first-ever animated feature, D23 Expois proud to presenta special screening of the film that startedit all: Snow White and theSeven Dwarfs.

     

    Legends of Walt Disney Imagineering

    Sunday, July 16, 6 p.m., D23 Expo Arena

    Join a fascinating conversation, hosted by John Stamos, with three Imagineering Legends—Marty Sklar, Tony Baxter, and 2017 Disney Legend inductee Wayne Jackson—as they recount true-life anecdotes and share personalstories about thecelebrated artists, designers, and technical wizards who established the foundationand guidingprinciples for groundbreaking Disney experiences around the globe.

     

    Also coming to D23 Expo…

     

    Walt Disney Archives Stage

    The popular Walt Disney Archives Stage returns, more than doubling its capacity, as it hosts 17 panels and presentations throughout the weekend. Disney notables, such as director Pete Docter, Disney Legend Jim Cora, producer Don Hahn, Bret Iwan (the voice of Mickey Mouse), Imagineers Diana Brost, Jason Grandt, and Chris Merritt, plus many more, will participate in panels throughout the weekend. Fans will enjoy exploring many of Disney’s worlds, from the incredible work of Marc Davis and the original characters of the Disney Parks (such as Figment and the Country Bears) to the women of Disney animation and an incredible virtual walk-through of the Walt Disney Studios on Hyperon Avenue. Visit D23expo.com for the complete schedule.

     

    Center Stage

    Located in the center of the D23 Expo show floor, Center Stage will be the heartbeatof the Expo and a hub of activitythroughout the weekend. AimeeCarrero, the voice ofDisney’s Elena of Avalor, will perform live for the first time, and will be joined byspecial guests including Lou DiamondPhillips who voices series’ villain, VictorDelgado.  Also performing on Center Stage will be TemeculaRoadTomasinaBillyHill and the Hillbilliesnerd-rock group Kirby Krackle, and Susan Egan, who will sing favorites from Beautyand the Beast. Disney animators, including Eric Goldbergand Mark Henn, will show aspiringartists “how to draw” throughout the weekend.Marvel’s Brian Crosby will show fans how to draw Spider-Man and Groot. AndBillRogers, the “voice of Disneyland,” will be on-hand each day to record fans’ outgoing voicemail messages in his signature dulcet tones. The comletelineup will beavailablein the coming weeks on the D23 Expo app.

     

    D23 Expo’s Ultimate Fan Street Party

    For the first time at D23 Expo, guests can enjoy a one-of-a-kind street party—right on the D23 Expo show floor. Twice each day the cavalcade will travel down Mickey Avenue, with a live band, beloved Disney characters, high-energy dancers, and celebrity grand marshals! Stan Lee and Mark Hamill will grand marshal the first cavalcade on Friday, July 14, and members of the cast of Descendants 2 will lead the second that day. Additional talent and times to be announced in the coming weeks and will be available on the D23 Expo app.

     

    Talent subject to change. Additional details are available at D23expo.com.

     

    Ticketsfor D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3–9. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase ticketsfor $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53 for children 3–9. Multi-day tickets arealso available. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visitD23expo.com.

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    Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media Announce Action Packed Schedule for the 2017 D23 Expo

    At the upcoming D23 Expo 2017, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI) will showcase a blockbuster slate of programming from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel. Fans will get an inside glimpse into Disney products and collectibles during a presentation on the Walt Disney Archives Stage, while exclusive news about games and interactive experiences will be unveiled during a presentation in the 3,400-seat D23 Expo Arena. In addition to the DCPI pavilion on the show floor, Disney Publishing Worldwide will go “behind the pages” of some of their upcoming books during a series of panels throughout the weekend. Oh My Disney will also bring fun, fan-focused live activations to the heart of the DCPI pavilion all three days on the Oh My Disney Stage.

     

    Programming kicks off on Friday, July 14, the first day of the Expo and continues through the weekend:

     

    The Walt Disney Company’s Celebrated Product Legacy and the Exciting Future Ahead

    Friday, July 14, 10 a.m., The Walt Disney Archives Stage

    Fans and collectors are invited to the ultimate inside look at how products and collectibles have become an essential part of the fan experience for Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel. This session will provide a look back at the important role consumer products have played in the history of the Company, as well as a sneak peek at the product development process. Attendees will also get a first look at some of the most exciting upcoming and new product lines. And they can also expect a few surprises that no fan will want to miss!

     

    Level Up! The Walt Disney Company’s Video Game Showcase

    Saturday, July 15, 1 p.m., D23 Expo Arena

    At the Games showcase, fans will experience never-before-seen gameplay, trailers, special guests, and other unforgettable surprises from across the Disney, Star Wars, and Marvel games portfolios. Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, DCPI, will kick off the presentation, which will feature many show-stopping moments including announcements from Marvel, and more information about highly anticipated games, including Star Wars Battlefront II™ from Electronic Arts, KINGDOM HEARTS III from Disney and Square Enix, and more.

     

    Disney Books Panels and Presentations

    Friday, July 14, Sunday, July 16, various stages

    Guests will be able to go inside the pages of their favorite classic and contemporary stories during Disney Publishing Worldwide’s series of exclusive panels and presentations.

    ●      On Friday, July 14, at 10:30 a.m. in the D23 Expo Arena, Gravity Falls series creator Alex Hirsch and Star vs. The Forces ofEvil series creator Daron Nefcy will discuss what it’s like to bring hit Disney XD series from the screen to page with bestselling titles Gravity Falls: Journal 3 and Star vs. The Forces of Evil: Star and Marco’s Guide to Mastering Every Dimension.

    ●      Mindy Johnson, author of Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation, will interview a panel of animators past and present and share how women make remarkable contributions to the legacy of Walt Disney’s animation studio. The presentation will take place on the Walt Disney Archives Stage on Friday, July 14, at 4:30 p.m.

    ●      Disney Legends Richard Sherman and Floyd Norman will invite fans to the D23 Expo Arena on Saturday, July 15, at 6 p.m. for a one-of-a-kind discussion about their upcoming book A Kiss Goodnight.

    ●      Marcy Smothers, author of the upcoming title Eat Like Walt: The Wonderful World of Disney Food, will show guests in the Walt Disney Archives Stage on Sunday, July 16, at 10 a.m. how Walt Disney infused fun and creativity into his food—from his family’s kitchen table to the Happiest Place on Earth.

    ●      On Sunday, July 16, at 4:15 p.m. on Stage 28, Kingdom Keepers author Ridley Pearson, Disney Legend Marty Sklar, and fellow Imagineers will explore the history of Disney Parks through Maps of Disney Parks: Charting 60 Years from California to Shanghai.

    ●      Celebrating the 90th anniversary of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Dave Bossert and David Gerstein, authors of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons, will showcase the definitive history of the iconic character on Sunday, July 16, at 6 p.m. on Stage 28.

    Throughout the weekend, select authors and artists will be available for signings and meet and greets at Talent Central and the Disney Dream Store.

     

    DCPI Pavilion and Oh My Disney Stage

    In the DCPI pavilion on the show floor, fans can “Live the Magic” and experience how Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel can enrich their daily lives. Divided into four distinct lifestyle environments, guests will be able to preview and experience all-new cross-category offerings from Disney’s licensees, authors and artists, including playing the latest games from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars, immersing themselves in the pavilion’s park environment of outdoor play and creativity, or watching cooking demos in the kitchen environment featuring influencers from Disney Family and Disney Publishing Worldwide.

    At the heart of the DCPI pavilion is the Oh My Disney Stage, which will bring the fun, fresh voice of Oh My Disney to life through daily surprise-and-delight moments, including celebrity guests, panels, performances, game shows, toy unboxings, first looks, and a live taping of The Oh My Disney Show hosted by Maker creator Alexys Gabrielle. The stage’s events, programs, and shows will be shared live across the Disney Digital Network’s editorial channels like Oh My Disney, Disney Style, Polaris, and Disney Family and social accounts for every Disney character, franchise, and film. The full Oh My Disney Stage schedule and live streams will be revealed in July.

    Tickets for D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3–9. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53 for children 3–9. Multi-day tickets are also available. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit D23expo.com.

     

    About Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media

    Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI) is the business segment of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) that brings our Company’s stories and characters to life through innovative and engaging physical products and digital experiences across more than 100 categories, from toys and t-shirts, to apps, books and console games. DCPI comprises four main lines of business: Global Licensing, Disney Retail, Publishing and Digital Media, and Games, Apps, and Labs. The segment is home to world-class teams of app and game developers, licensing and retail experts, a leading retail business (Disney Store), artists and storytellers, and technologists who inspire imaginations and bring the magic of Disney into the daily lives of families and fans around the world.