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    Video: Watch the First Full Episode of DuckTales Here

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    Donald Duck takes Huey, Dewey and Louie to Scrooge McDuck’s mansion where they uncover family secrets, leading to an epic road trip to the Lost City of Atlantis.

    Based on the Emmy Award-winning series treasured by a generation of viewers, Disney XD’s animated comedy-adventure series “DuckTales” chronicles the high-flying adventures of Duckburg’s most famous trillionaire Scrooge McDuck, his mischief-making triplet grandnephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, temperamental nephew Donald Duck and the trusted McDuck Manor team: big-hearted, fearless chauffer/pilot Launchpad McQuack, no-nonsense housekeeper Mrs. Beakley and Mrs. Beakley’s granddaughter, Webby Vanderquack, resident adventurer and the triplet’s newfound fierce friend.

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    The Updated Cast List for Wreck-It Ralph 2 Might Surprise You!

    (Disney/Image Group LA) PAIGE O’HARA, IRENE BEDARD, MANDY MOORE, AULI’I CRAVALHO, SARAH SILVERMAN, KRISTEN BELL, KELLY MACDONALD, ANIKA NONI ROSE, LINDA LARKIN, JODI BENSON

    So as the cast list for Wreck-It Ralph continues to grow, a few of the names might surprise you! What if I told you that all the original voices of the Disney Princesses were returning to this film! Take a look at the cast list and see if any names surprise you:

    *Indicates an original Disney Princess voice
    • John C. Reilly as Wreck-It Ralph
    • Sarah Silverman as Vanellope von Schweetz
    • Taraji P. Henson as Yesss
    • Jane Lynch as Sergeant Calhoun
    • Jack McBrayer as Fix-It Felix, Jr.
    • Alan Tudyk as TBA
    • James Corden as TBA
    • TBA as Snow White*
    • TBA as Cinderella*
    • TBA as Aurora*
    • Jodi Benson as Ariel*
    • Paige O’Hara as Belle*
    • Linda Larkin as Jasmine*
    • Irene Bedard as Pocahontas*
    • Ming-Na Wen as Fa Mulan*
    • Anika Noni Rose as Tiana*
    • Mandy Moore as Rapunzel*
    • Kelly Macdonald as Merida*
    • Kristen Bell as Anna*
    • Idina Menzel as Elsa the Snow Queen*
    • Auli’i Cravalho as Moana*
    • Ana Ortiz as TBA
    • Anthony Daniels as C-3PO

    In addition to the original princesses returning, newcomer Auli’i Cravalho as Moana. 😍

    D23 EXPO 2017 - Friday, July 14, 2017 - The Ultimate Disney Fan Event - brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event, which takes place July 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. (Disney/Image Group LA) AULI'I CRAVALHO
    (Disney/Image Group LA) AULI’I CRAVALHO

    As someone who was lucky enough to see the entire scene, I can tell you it’s honestly one of the funniest things I have EVER seen!

    Wreck-It Ralph 2 hits theaters March 9, 2018.

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    New Live-Action ‘The Jetsons’ Sitcom Coming to ABC

    It’s time to meet George Jetson all over again!

    Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that ABC has ordered a live-action reboot based on the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons. The pilot comes from writer Gary Janetti (Family Guy, Will & Grace), who will executive produce with Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump), Jack Rapke, and co-executive producer Jackie Levine.

    The original Jetsons aired on ABC from 1962 – 1963.

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    Walt Disney World Resort Honors the Centennial of the United States Army 82nd Airborne Division in Magic Kingdom Park

    Magic Kingdom Park guests stood proudly alongside more than 130 veterans and soldiers this evening during a special flag retreat ceremony, honoring the 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army’s centennial year.

    An elite airborne infantry unit, the 82nd Airborne Division was established in August 1917, shortly after the United States entered World War I – the same war in which Walt and Roy O. Disney both served.

    “As a company founded by two brothers who served their nation in uniform during World War I, Disney has always had a strong connection to the armed services and looks for ways to show our support of active-duty military, veterans and their families,” said Dan Cockerell, vice president of Magic Kingdom Park.

    With the 82nd Airborne Division commemorating its centennial year at the National Association Convention in Orlando earlier this week, Disney took the opportunity to honor the service and sacrifice of those who have bravely served in uniform since World War I.

    Among the veterans attending the flag retreat ceremony this evening at Walt Disney World Resort was 89-year-old Mel Greene. Greene joined the division after World War II and, following his service, continued to support active-duty 82nd Airborne soldiers. During tonight’s event, Greene learned he will be this year’s recipient of The All-American Medal of Honor—an annual award given to an 82nd Airborne veteran for distinguished service to this elite division.

    “I was overwhelmed,” Greene said. I can’t believe that I’m getting that award tonight, because it’s the highest award that the Airborne gives every year. And I don’t know if I even deserve it or not.”

    Following the ceremony, the 82nd Airborne Division completed a unit march down Main Street, U.S.A. The division’s 16-member chorus and brass quintet band also delighted guests earlier in the day with musical performances in Liberty Square and Town Square

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    Disney Will Force Netflix to Dump Billions into Original Content to Keep Customers

    Yesterday, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that in 2019, Disney will pull all Disney and Pixar branded content from streaming giant Netflix, and unveil their own direct-to-consumer streaming product. But how could this effect Netflix you might ask? Disney alone pulling content might not effect them directly, but what Disney just did may have started something bigger than anyone knows.

    Assuming that other media companies follow Disney (and that’s likely), Netflix might only be left will small movie studios and television studio productions as well as original programming. Say that, for instance, Disney, Universal, and Warner Bros. all pull content from Netflix so they can create they’re own streaming service. Netflix would essentially be left with original programming.

    Netflix saw this coming though. That’s the sole reason they dumped billions into producing they’re own original content, and will likely increase the spending and production after this announcement.

    While I don’t think Netflix will be going out of business any time soon, I do believe they will have to start producing a lot more original content in order to counter big movie studios from pulling content. This year alone Netflix will spend about $6 billion in original content. That number expected to almost double next year.

    This could mean trouble for the streaming giant as other movie studios are likely to follow what Disney just did.

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    Disney to End Partnership with Netflix – Lauching New Streaming Service in 2019

    The Walt Disney Company announced yesterday at it’s earnings report that it intends on removing all Disney branded content from the streaming service Netflix starting in 2019. All Disney and Pixar branded content will be removed while Marvel television shows will remain.

    Disney plans to launch a direct-to-consumer streaming service in 2019. This new platform will be the exclusive home to stream Disney’s 2019 film slate including “Toy Story 4,” “Frozen 2,” and the upcoming live-action “The Lion King.”

    Netflix stock dropped more than 5 percent upon announcement of the news.

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    Hong Kong Disneyland Announces Closing Date for Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

    As part of the marvel expansion happening now over at Hong Kong Disneyland, a new Marvel themed shooting attraction will be replacing Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. The new official closing date for the Toy Story 2 themed attraction has been set for August 31.

    This will become the second Marvel themed attraction in the park, joining the already opened Iron Man Experience.

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    Disney Promotes Workplace Equality at London Workshop

    The first-ever international Equality Institute promoting LGBT workplace equality in London was held July 6 and led by The Walt Disney Company, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates and Sodexo.

    More than 300 representatives from 100 companies in the U.K. and other countries attended the one-day workshop to learn and share best practices for LGBT workplace equality. Disney hosted the first Equality Institute in 2015 in Orlando, Florida. The London institute marks the first international event.

    Disney is committed to providing safe, respectful and inclusive workplaces where everyone can contribute, grow and help develop world-class entertainment and experiences. The varied and diverse perspectives of every employee fuel the creativity and innovation that are the hallmark of the company.

    George A. Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort and an Out & Equal Workplace Advocates board member, spoke at the institute, taking part in a panel moderated by Selisse Berry, founder and CEO of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates.

    “Working at Disney has been a tremendous blessing to me in so many ways—I have stayed with the Company simply because I cannot imagine a better place to work,” said Kalogridis. “One thing that contributes to that is the way my true identity is, and always has been, welcomed at this company.”

    At the Equality Institute, experts shared insights on how to build and maintain a welcoming environment for all employees, and attendees had opportunities to share and explore best practices across industries.

    (L-R) Selisse Berry, founder and CEO of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates; Andy Bird, chairman of Walt Disney International and executive sponsor of TWDC PRIDE; Sylvia Metayer, CEO Corporate Services Worldwide, Sodexo.

    Speakers at the event included: Andy Bird, chairman of Walt Disney International; Latondra Newton, senior vice president and chief diversity officer for The Walt Disney Company; Ricky Strauss, president of Marketing, The Walt Disney Studios; and Claire Brody, co-president of the PRIDE resource group for Disney employees in Burbank, Pasadena and Glendale.

    The Walt Disney Company and its businesses have led the way in advancing LGBT equality in the workplace and marketplace. From providing benefits for same-sex partners, to supporting community organizations and working to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for LGBT employees, the Company has a longstanding and ongoing commitment to equality.

    Disney’s efforts have been recognized with a number of awards, including an Outie Award for Workplace Excellence from Out & Equal Workplace Advocates and a 20/20 Visionary Award from The Trevor Project. In 2016, Disney earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index for the 11th consecutive year.

    Across Disney’s companies, employees have access to resource groups for LGBT and ally employees that provide business insights, support and opportunities for development.

    In the communities where Disney does business, the Company supports local organizations that work toward equality and serve the LGBT community, as well as national and international groups.

    Each year the company sponsors several Pride parades, including, for the first time, the London parade in 2017. Thousands of employees have participated in Pride parades and celebrations over the years in Long Beach, California; Los Angeles, New York City, Orlando and San Francisco.


    Source: The Walt Disney Company

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    Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB and The VOID Announce New Hyper-Reality Experience, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire

    Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB and The VOID today announced the new Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire hyper-reality experience. This ground-breaking experience will open to the public at two new VOID Experience Centers at Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort and Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort beginning this holiday season, giving Star Wars fans the opportunity to step beyond reality and into a galaxy far, far away.

    “At The VOID, we combine the magic of illusions, advanced technology and virtual reality to create fully immersive social experiences that take guests to new worlds,” said Curtis Hickman, co-founder and chief creative officer at The VOID. “A truly transformative experience is so much more than what you see with your eyes; it’s what you hear, feel, touch, and even smell. Through the power of The VOID, guests who step into Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire won’t just see this world, they’ll know that they are part of this amazing story.”

    ILMxLAB, Lucasfilm’s Immersive Entertainment division, created this first of its kind experience, in collaboration with The VOID. Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire will plunge guests directly into the iconic Star Wars galaxy. Guests will move freely throughout the untethered, social, and multi sensory experience as they interact and engage with friends, family and Star Wars characters.

    “At ILMxLAB, we want people to step inside the worlds of our stories,” explained Vicki Dobbs Beck, executive in charge of the division. “Through our collaboration with The VOID, we can make this happen as guests become active participants in an unfolding Star Wars adventure. By combining Lucasfilm’s storytelling expertise with cutting-edge imagery, and immersive sound from the team at Skywalker Sound, while invoking all the senses, we hope to truly transport all those who experience Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire to a galaxy far, far away.”

    Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire marks an important milestone in the continued expansion of The VOID, which also joined the 2017 Disney Accelerator earlier this year.

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