First Look: New Incredicoaster Trains at Disney California Adventure Park

Today Disney revealed the trains for the new Incredicoaster which is set to make its debut this summer when Pixar Pier opens to guests at Disney California Adventure park.

According to Disney,  Imagineers have been putting the final details on the new trains, which will take you on a thrilling race alongside “The Incredibles.” 

The Incredicoaster will glide around Pixar Pier on steel tracks that cover a distance of almost 1-1/8 miles—the longest and fastest roller coaster at the Disneyland Resort. The attraction will feature a super combination of character figures, lighting, music and special effects, bringing all the action of “The Incredibles” to life!

Pixar Pier officially opens June 23, 2018 at Disney California Adventure park at the Disneyland Resort.

2018 Disney’s Blizzard Beach Annual Refurbishment Dates Scheduled

Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park at Walt Disney World Resort has scheduled its annual refurbishment.  The park is scheduled to be closed October 28, 2018 – January 5, 2019; reopening to guests on January 6.

For a complete list of current and upcoming refurbishments at Walt Disney World, please visit our refurbishment page.

Character Posters Released for ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

Check out these brand-new character posters for Solo: A Star Wars Story, in U.S. theaters May 25.

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Disney Conservation Fund Announces 2018 Conservation Grants

California condors, rhinos in Zambia and critically endangered gibbons in northern Vietnam are among the species protected by conservation programs that recently received a grant from the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF). The DCF provided grants totaling more than $8 million to support the work of 80 nonprofit organizations this year as part of Disney’s “Reverse the Decline” initiative, which pairs The Walt Disney Company’s philanthropic dollars with professional expertise from Disney’s Animals, Science, and Environment team and other employees to maximize the impact of conservation efforts to protect wildlife and wild places. Including these new grants, DCF has awarded more than $70 million to date to support conservation efforts around the world.

DCF actively supports the world’s leading conservation organizations with funds and professional resources to save wildlife and habitats, inspire action and protect the planet. Through the “Reverse the Decline” initiative, DCF maintains a comprehensive focus on stabilizing and increasing the populations of 10 different at-risk species: apes, butterflies, coral reefs, cranes, elephants, monkeys, rhinos, sea turtles, sharks and rays, and tigers. DCF also provides grants to support conservation programs that engage communities in comprehensive solutions that serve people, wildlife and habitats.

“Each program we support through the Disney Conservation Fund is an inspiring example of the power of people to make a difference around the world, an important reminder for each of us as we celebrate Earth Month,” said Elissa Margolis, senior vice president, Enterprise Social Responsibility, The Walt Disney Company.

Some of the programs receiving grants this year include:

  • California Condor Nest Guarding Program—Santa Barbara Zoological Foundation: In 1986 only nine condors remained in the wild. Santa Barbara Zoo and partners are working to increase California condor populations through captive breeding, careful management, education programs with local communities and research to encourage self-sustaining populations through the California Condor Nest Guarding Program.
  • Conserving Rhinos through Community Engagement—Save the Rhino International: Black rhinos were declared extinct in Zambia in 1998, but after successful law enforcement and conservation collaboration, 25 rhinos were reintroduced to Zambia’s North Luangwa National Park between 2003 and 2010. Save the Rhino International is protecting this population of black rhinos by providing teacher training workshops, supporting school curriculums focused on wildlife conservation and implementing community events and park visits that allow children and adults to connect with nature.
  • Conserving the Cao Vit Gibbon—Fauna & Flora International: The critically endangered Cao Vit gibbon, also known as the eastern black-crested gibbon, is threatened by loss of habitat from cattle grazing and illegal logging. Fauna & Flora International is protecting the last population of these gibbons in northern Vietnam by strengthening community conservation teams to help government rangers in forest protection, wildlife monitoring and enforcement activities, by providing environmental education at local schools and supporting sustainable livelihoods.
  • Rewilding Australia with Tasmanian Devils—Global Wildlife Conservation: Non-native species threaten the survival of many native Australian wildlife species and, as a result, impact ecosystems and human livelihoods. Global Wildlife Conservation is working to reverse the decline of the Tasmanian devil on the Australian mainland and re-establish it as an apex predator, while raising public awareness about challenges faced by Australia’s wildlife.
  • Seagrass Surveys for Education and Conservation—Marine Resources Development Foundation: Seagrass beds are diminishing worldwide but serve a critical role in coastal ecosystems by stabilizing sediments and providing food and habitat for marine wildlife. The Marine Resources Development Foundation is leading seagrass surveys in the Florida Keys to monitor and understand ecosystem health, and engaging students and teachers from around the country in hands-on field work, data analysis and classroom curriculum to raise awareness about seagrass habitat conservation.

 

Since the Disney Conservation Fund was founded in 1995, it has helped conserve more than 400 species around the world. DCF has supported more than 2,000 conservation projects, helping more than 600 nonprofit organizations working hand-in-hand with communities to protect wildlife worldwide. Additionally, more than 150 individuals have been recognized as Disney Conservation Heroes for their efforts to save animals alongside their communities and engage their communities in conservation solutions. The majority of funding for these grants is provided by The Walt Disney Company and supplemented by guest contributions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and select Walt Disney World Resort locations.

For a complete list of the most recent DCF grant recipients, visit Disney.com/Conservation.

ABC’s ‘American Idol’ to Make History With the First-Ever Coast-to-Coast Simul-Vote

For the first time in the history of American television, a reality-competition series will allow viewers to watch and vote from both coasts simultaneously as “American Idol” is simulcast in all time zones across the country over a three-week span, starting SUNDAY, APRIL 29 (8:00–10:01 p.m. EDT/5:00-7:01 p.m. PDT), on The ABC Television Network. Viewers will be able to vote by text, via AmericanIdol.com/vote and on the American Idol app. Results will be revealed at the end of each show in real time, across all time zones.

“We set out on a journey to find the best talent this nation has to offer,” said Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment. “As we head into the next phase of the ‘American Idol’ competition, it only makes sense to let every viewer from coast to coast experience the magic of live television and have the ability to vote for America’s next superstar.”

As the country gears up for next week’s historic nationwide viewing, don’t miss TONIGHT’S all-new episode. America’s votes are in and the Top 14 take to the “American Idol” stage LIVE for performances and elimination results, as the search for America’s next singing sensation continues and the Top 10 are revealed, from (8:00–10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Joining superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie is Emmy® Award-winning host and producer, Ryan Seacrest.

“American Idol” is produced by FremantleMedia North America and CORE Media Group’s 19 Entertainment. Executive producers include FremantleMedia North America’s Trish Kinane and Jennifer Mullin, along with executive producer Phil McIntyre representing CORE Media. FremantleMedia International distributes the series worldwide.

“American Idol” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG, L parental guideline.

The official “American Idol” app is available on iOS and Android devices. Using the app, fans can vote for their favorite contestants, as well as on AmericanIdol.com/vote or via text. Fans can also use the app to “IDOLize” their selfies with “American Idol” filters and stickers, and track what’s trending with judges, contestants and fans.

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