‘Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’’ Live Sitcom Special Airs Tonight on ABC

“Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’” adds even more star power to the highly anticipated live sitcom special coming from late-night host Jimmy Kimmel and television icon Norman Lear. In this one-night-only event, Ike Barinholtz will recreate the role of Meathead; Sean Hayes will play Mr. Lorenzo; Amber Stevens West is set to play Jenny Willis Jefferson; Jovan Adepo will reenact the role of Lionel Jefferson; Anthony Anderson joins the cast as Uncle Henry; Stephen Tobolowsky is set to play Mr. Bentley; and Jackée Harry will play Diane Stockwell. The special, airing live WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 (8:00-9:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, will take viewers down memory lane, recreating an original episode from each of the Emmy® Award-winning series “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons.” This legendary night of television will be hosted by Lear and Kimmel, directed by 10-time Emmy winner James Burrows and produced by Sony Pictures Television.

Previously announced stars include Woody Harrelson (Archie Bunker), Marisa Tomei (Edith Bunker), Jamie Foxx (George Jefferson), Wanda Sykes (Louise Jefferson), Ellie Kemper (Gloria Stivic), Will Ferrell (Tom Willis) and Justina Machado (Florence Johnston).

From 1971 through 1979, “All in the Family” was in the homes of millions of Americans, tackling controversial subjects for the first time such as women’s rights, racism and homosexuality. The series followed Archie Bunker as the highly opinionated, working-class family man who viewed the world on his terms. When not arguing with his liberal son-in-law, Archie took refuge in his wife, Edith, who tried to understand Archie’s conservative ways and outdated beliefs. The award-winning series shaped ongoing political and social conversations among American families in the post-civil rights era.

The success of “All in the Family” launched “The Jeffersons,” running from 1975 to 1985. It was the first television series to feature an interracial couple, and it would go on to be one of the longest-running African-American shows on TV. The series followed George and Louise Jefferson moving on up to the east side and showcasing what it was like to be successful in a predominantly white world. The series changed the landscape and helped shift conversations about race and class, paving the way for other African-American actors and TV shows.

“Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’” will be produced by Smoking Baby Productions, ACT III Productions, Gary Sanchez Productions and Sony Pictures Television. Norman Lear, Jimmy Kimmel, Brent Miller, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Justin Theroux will executive produce; and the live special will be directed by James Burrows.

#DisneyParksLIVE to Stream the Dedication Ceremony of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Resort on May 29

Disney Parks Blog will be live streaming the dedication ceremony of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge presented by AT&T from Disneyland park on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.

To watch the live stream, simply go to Disney Parks Blog on May 29 at 8:20 p.m. PDT | 11:20 p.m. EDT for a first look at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and to see the historic dedication moment from Disneyland Resort in California.  Special coverage will also be featured on Disney Parks Blog Facebook and @DisneyParks Twitter channels during the ceremony.

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Walt Disney World Announces NEW ‘Summer One World’ Ticket Available June 4

The season of summer fun is nearly upon us and now, more than ever, Walt Disney World Resort is the place to make lifelong memories with family and friends. For the first time, guests can purchase the new Summer One World Ticket as a great way to experience all that’s fresh and exciting at the resort’s four theme parks and two water parks, with six admissions for only $74 per admission (plus tax) – a total price of $444 (plus tax).*

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Starting June 4, guests will be able to purchase the Summer One World Ticket at Disneyworld.com, through the Disney Reservation Center or authorized travel professionals and ticket sellers. For a total price of $444 (plus tax), this ticket includes one admission to each of the Walt Disney World theme parks and water parks. Ticket details:

  • Summer One World Tickets must be purchased between Jun 4, 2019, and Aug. 23, 2019.
  • Each Summer One World Ticket includes six admissions – one admission to each of the four Walt Disney World theme parks and each of the two water parks.
  • Guests have flexibility in how they use these tickets, including visiting more than one park per day.
  • Tickets must be used June 4, 2019 – Aug. 28, 2019.

Pairing the Summer One World Ticket with a Disney resort hotel stay helps guests remain immersed in the magic for every moment of a Walt Disney World vacation. Guests can save up to 25 percent on rooms at select Disney resort hotels for stays most nights May 28, 2019, through Aug. 28, 2019, when they book through Aug. 28, 2019.** More information on the room offer is available at Disneyworld.com/save.

Summer 2019 will be an amazing time to visit Walt Disney World, with new experiences at all four theme parks:

  • Anything can happen during Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration at Magic Kingdom Park, including the new “Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party,” featuring those true originals, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.
  • Pixar pals party with guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios during the park’s 30th anniversary year, featuring The Incredibles; Mike and Sulley from Disney and Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc.”; Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the gang at the new Toy Story Land; and the new Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy that takes guests into the world of Cars.
  • Pandora – The World of Avatar comes to life each night at Disney’s Animal Kingdom with bioluminescent fauna and flora. And now evenings in the park are about to be even more special with the May 24 planned debut of “Rivers of Light: We Are One,” introducing additional stunning imagery and familiar animal characters to the popular nighttime show on Discovery River. Also beginning May 24, the Tree of Life will awaken in a whole new way to honor the 25th anniversary of “The Lion King,” with beautiful projections on the iconic tree featuring music and animation paying tribute to the classic film.
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live!” will return to Epcot this summer. Star-Lord and Gamora from the Guardians of the Galaxy films will take guests on a musical journey through the cosmos, showcasing hits from Star-Lord’s Awesome Mix tapes. Live shows will take place daily from June 14 through Aug. 18.

For more information about these summer experiences, visit WDWNews.com and DisneyParksBlog.com.

Sugarboo & Co. Now Open in Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort

Sugarboo & Co., a new specialty boutique, is now open in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort!  Sugarboo is the “Dealer in Whimsy” and sells a treasure trove of imprinted jewelry, handmade ceramics, paper goods and decor with inspiring sayings that make great gift for you or someone else.

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The word Sugarboo comes from the nicknames the artist/owner Rebecca Puig has for her children, Jake and Sophie. She and her husband Rick started their family business in 2005 with “the inspiration to create products that remind us of the ones we love.”

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For more information on Sugarboo, click here.

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Disneyland to Celebrate 50 Years of Haunted Mansion With Special After Hours Party

Disneyland Resort is celebrating Haunted Mansion’s 50th Anniversary this year! And guests can join in the fun by attending one of the special after hours parties. Details from Disney are below:

In August, choose to attend one of the “The Haunted Mansion: Celebrating 50 Years of Retirement Unliving” events. These after-hours events at Disneyland park are filled with chills, thrills and frightful fun. Unearth commemorative anniversary merchandise items, delight in spirited sips and bites, enjoy special entertainment, character encounters, photo ops, and access to several west-side park attractions, plus a few supernatural surprises.

Here are the event highlights:

  • Gather for a 13th Hour Celebration Kick-off moment along the Rivers of America. Madame Leota will make a special appearance to conjure up the ensuing party festivities, lovingly referred to as a “Swinging Wake.” Other supernatural surprises include a lively cavalcade of musicians, dancers and performers from beyond the grave.
  • Re-create hauntingly fun moments and scenes from the attraction against themed backdrops. You’ll also receive unlimited digital downloads of Disney PhotoPass photos taken during the event.
  • Enjoy event-themed food and beverages, in addition to other unique menu items available for purchase at select park locations.
  • Mix and mingle with some of our dearly departed souls and otherworldly characters from the Haunted Mansion.
  • Pay homage to 50 phenomenal years through themed décor as 999 tenants anxiously await their newest arrivals.
  • Enjoy after-hours access to select attractions in New Orleans Square, Critter Country, Frontierland and Adventureland. Note: Select attractions will close early during the event.
  • See and be seen while wearing attire inspired by your favorite happy haunts! Plus, limited-time Snapchat filters and event hashtags are great for pics posted on your social media feeds.
  • Get your first look at all of the Estate Merchandise that has been conjured up for the event. You won’t believe your eyes. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the items we were able to dig up:
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There are two event options. Event #1 takes place August 7-8, and event #2 takes place August 8-9, 2019. Both events are scheduled from 1am – 4am and cost $299 per person.

Event Ticket Tip: When purchasing the event ticket, you will be allowed to purchase one (1) ticket per person, per event date, per transaction. You might wonder why, and it is due to the merchandise offerings that will be released in conjunction with the event which requires each ticketed event guest to have a unique registration ID.

A limited quantity of tickets for both event nights will be available beginning Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 10 a.m. PT.  Learn more about the event, details and pricing, including how to purchase tickets here.

Source: Disney Parks Blog and Disneyland.com

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