VIDEO: Imagineers Share New Details for Incredicoaster

‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ Airs Tonight on ABC

“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” makes its broadcast television debut as part of Disney|ABC Television Group’s “25 Days of Christmas” celebration on THURSDAY, DEC. 14 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. The airing, first announced during production in early 2016, follows “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure”’s recently completed limited theatrical run in front of Disney•Pixar’s hit feature “Coco.” The featurette includes four new original songs and welcomes back the beloved characters (and cast) who won over audiences worldwide in the 2013 Oscar®-winning feature, “Frozen,” the top-grossing animated film of all time. Disney Animation’s Emmy Award-winning holiday special “Prep & Landing” airs 8:30-9:00 p.m. EST.

In “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) teams up with Sven on a merry mission. It’s the first holiday season since the gates reopened and Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) and Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) host a celebration for all of Arendelle. When the townspeople unexpectedly leave early to enjoy their individual holiday customs, the sisters realize they have no family traditions of their own. So, Olaf sets out to comb the kingdom to bring home the best traditions and save Anna and Elsa’s “first Christmas in forever.”

Academy Award®-winning producer Roy Conli (“Big Hero 6”) says: “We are thrilled to be part of ABC’s ‘25 Days of Christmas’ festivities.  While making the film, our crew was so inspired by all of the great television holiday specials of the past.  It’s a dream come true for all of us.”

“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” features the original cast of Arendelle characters, including Olaf, voiced by Josh Gad (“Marshall,” “Book of Mormon”); Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell (“Frozen,” “Bad Moms”); Elsa, voiced by Idina Menzel (Broadway’s “Wicked,” “Rent” and “If/Then”; Fox’s “Glee”); and Kristoff, voiced by Jonathan Groff (Broadway’s “Hamilton,” Netflix’s “Mindhunter”).

“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” is directed by Emmy-winning filmmakers Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (“Prep & Landing”) and is produced by Oscar winner Roy Conli (“Big Hero 6”). The featurette includes a screenplay by Jac Schaeffer and four original songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson.

First Look at Pixar Pier Coming to Disneyland Resort this Summer

Disney recently announced the southern shore of Paradise Bay at Disney California Adventure will transform into Pixar Pier next year, with whimsical neighborhoods filled with characters from some of your favorite Pixar stories.  Today Disney has shared a working model of the area now in use at Walt Disney Imagineering.

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When Pixar Pier opens in summer of 2018,  it will feature newly themed attractions, foods and merchandise. This area will also introduce new neighborhoods representing beloved Pixar stories. One of these new “neighborhoods” will feature the Incredicoaster  inspired by “The Incredibles”.  The attraction will feature a new mid-century-modern-style loading area inspired by the Parr family home as seen in the upcoming “Incredibles 2.”

Another neighborhood will be a celebration of many Pixar stories. In this neighborhood, each of the 24 gondolas on what is now Mickey’s Fun Wheel will feature different pairs of Pixar pals, and at the Games of the Boardwalk, all of the midway games will be inspired by characters from films such as “a bug’s life,” “WALL·E” and the Pixar short “La Luna.”

Also opening in 2018 will be the first-ever Pixar Fest celebration, which begins April 13. The celebration will include the new “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” fireworks spectacular as well as the return of Pixar Play Parade and “Paint the Night” parade, and much more throughout the entire Disneyland Resort.

Sumatran Tiger Cubs Can Now Be Seen on Maharajah Jungle Trek

Over the summer, Disney’s Animal Kingdom celebrated the birth of two critically endangered Sumatran tiger cubs, the first to be born in the park.  Anala and Jeda, who are nearly 4 months old now, will make their debut on the Maharajah Jungle Trek this week.  The sister and brother pair will be visible periodically as they acclimate to their new area.

Check out the video below to see these two cuties in action.

Freeform Releases Its New Lineup of TV and Movie Offerings for January 2018

Freeform, Disney’s young adult television and streaming network, will debut the premiere of “grown-ish,” on January 3, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. EST, in a special two-episode event. From the executive producer of ABC’s Emmy®-nominated “black-ish,” comes “grown-ish,” a half-hour spinoff comedy tackling current social issues and complexities facing both students and administrators. It follows Zoey (Yara Shahidi), the Johnsons’ popular, entitled, stylish and socially active 17-year-old daughter, as she heads into her freshman year of college. The series also stars Francia Raisa, Trevor Jackson, Jordan Buhat, Emily Arlook, Deon Cole, and Chris Parnell. Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey, and Luka Sabbat recur in the series.

Also in January, Freeform will premiere “Alone Together,” starring stand-up comedians Esther Povitsky (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and named Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch in 2017”) and Benji Aflalo (“Not Safe with Nikki Glaser”) on January 10 at 8:30 p.m. EST. The series, from The Lonely Island trio Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone, follows two overlooked millennial misfits from different backgrounds trying to make their way in the vain and status-obsessed culture of Los Angeles.

Critically-acclaimed family drama, “The Fosters,” returns for season 5B on January 9 at 8:00 p.m. EST. The series Vanity Fair calls “groundbreaking” and Refinery29 calls “consistently revolutionary week-in, week-out,” will also mark their 100th episode on March 13. Supernatural drama “Beyond,” returns for its sophomore season with a thrilling two-hour premiere on January 18 at 8:00 p.m. EST. “Movie Night with Karlie Kloss” returns with a special airing of “Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo” on January 15 at 8:30 p.m. ESTand “Never Been Kissed” on January 29 at 8:30 p.m. EST.

Additional programming arriving to Freeform this month includes the Freeform premieres of Jennifer Lopez’ “Maid in Manhattan”; John Singleton’s “Boyz n the Hood”; “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” starring Jim Carey; “Disney’s The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride;” “Definitely, Maybe,” starring Ryan Reynolds and Abigail Breslin; “The Iron Giant: Signature Edition;” “Jem and the Holograms;” “The Age of Adaline,” starring Blake Lively; “Jumper,” starring Hayden Christensen and much more. Freeform is also adding episodes of hit sitcoms “Gilmore Girls,” “The Mindy Project,” “Last Man Standing” and “Reba.”

Below is a complete list of what’s new on Freeform, beginning January 1, to the network and Freeform app.

FREEFORM ORIGINALS (Also available to stream via the Freeform app for connected TV, mobile devices and online.):

“grown-ish” Season 1 – Wednesdays through Mar. 28, 2018
Jan. 3 (8:00 – 8:31 p.m. EST) – Episode 1001 – “Late Registration”
In the series premiere, Zoey Johnson arrives at California University certain she will be a hot shot on campus, but quickly learns she may have a little more growing to do.
Jan. 3 (8:31 – 9:02 p.m. EST) – Episode 1002 – “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”
Zoey starts to experience “fear of missing out” for the first time in her life when she tries to juggle her schoolwork, extracurricular activities and, of course, partying.
Jan. 10 (8:00 – 8:31 p.m. EST) – Episode 1003 – “If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late”
Zoey is elated when it seems like her crush has feelings for her, but starts to worry he may see things differently when she receives a late night “U up?” text.
Jan. 17 (8:00 – 8:31 p.m. EST) – Episode 1004 – “Starboy”
Zoey makes a deal with Dean Parker to tutor the star basketball player in order to get a letter of recommendation, but her friends seem to think the relationship is something more.
Jan. 24 (8:00 – 8:31 p.m. EST) – Episode 1005 – “C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me)”
When Zoey’s Instagram becomes a flooded with haters, she wonders if it’s time to alter her brand.
Jan. 31 (8:00 – 8:31 p.m. EST) – Episode 1006 – “Cashin’ Out”
When Zoey is put on the spot on national television, she’s faced with a difficult decision that may change her future.

”Alone Together” Season 1 – Wednesdays through Mar. 21, 2018
Jan. 10 (8:31 – 9:02 p.m. EST) – Episode 1001 – “Pilot”         
In the series opener, Esther and Benji are platonic best friends who want nothing more than to be accepted by the vain and status obsessed culture of Los Angeles.
Jan. 17 (8:31 – 9:02 p.m. EST) – Episode 1004 – “Road Trip”
It’s Benji’s birthday and Esther and Jeff take him on a road trip full of fun stops along the way.  However, Esther’s ulterior motive threatens to derail the celebration.
Jan. 24 (8:31 – 9:02 p.m. EST) – Episode 1003 – “Fertility”
After visiting a fertility clinic to freeze her own eggs, Esther plans to donate some of her eggs to offset the costs. Meanwhile Benji’s paternal instincts kick in as he awaits word on a sperm test.
Jan. 31 (8:31 – 9:02 p.m. EST) – Episode 1005 – “Pop Up”
When Esther and Benji stand in line for a Kylie Cosmetics pop-up store, Esther tries to avoid the distractions of rabid teenage girls and cutthroat moms while Benji roams off and becomes the man he really is — a guy who owns a saltwater aquarium. (Guest starring Bobby Lee of “What Would Diplo Do” and “Love,” Chelsea Peretti of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and YouTube celebrity James Charles.)

“The Fosters” Season 5B – Tuesdays through Mar. 13, 2018
Jan. 9 (8:00 – 9:01 p.m. EST) – Episode 5010 – “Sanctuary”
In the season 5B premiere, Ximena and Callie are still in the church seeking sanctuary from ICE.  The Adams Fosters’ offer support to the Sinfuego family as they struggle with their immigration status.
Jan. 16 (8:00 – 9:01 p.m. EST) – Episode 5011 – “Invisible”
Callie actively helps to make Ximena’s fight visible. Meanwhile, Brandon and Grace struggle to be intimate knowing her diagnosis and Mariana is suddenly courted by multiple suitors.
Jan. 23 (8:00 – 9:01 p.m. EST) – Episode 5012 – “#IWasMadeInAmerica”
Callie and her friends support Ximena in a big way at a conservative anti-immigration rally and get a lot of buzz for Ximena’s plight. Meanwhile, an unlikely source offers a key piece of evidence that may help save Anchor Beach from going private and the family celebrates Stef’s birthday.
Jan. 30 (8:00 – 9:01 p.m. EST) – Episode 5013 – “Third Wheels”
Brandon and Grace plan the ultimate senior prank which ends up going a little too far. Mariana and Mat make a huge decision about the future of their relationship.

“Movie Night with Karlie Kloss”*
Jan. 15 (8:30 – 11:00 P.M. EST) – “Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo
Supermodel Karlie Kloss sits down with friends Ruby Rose and Kaia Gerber to watch “Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo.”  While enjoying this animated favorite, Karlie and her friends play games, make Karlie’s Kookies, and discuss why it’s so cool to be different.
Jan. 29 (8:30 – 11:00 P.M. EST) – “Never Been Kissed”
Karlie and her guests, Ashley Graham, Lilly Singh and Kendall Jenner, watch the classic romantic comedy “Never Been Kissed,” while discussing flashback fashion, first kisses, high school days and bullying.

“Beyond” Season 2 – Thursdays through Mar. 22, 2018
Jan. 18 (8:00 – 9:01 P.M. EST) – Episode 2001 – “Two Zero One”
With his mission in the Realm seemingly behind him, Holden throws himself into his new “normal” life, working a regular job and furthering his relationship with Willa, but he can’t shake the feeling that something is coming.  Meanwhile, Diane is asked to make a huge sacrifice to further the investigation into Hollow Sky, one that doesn’t sit well with Tom, and Charlie reappears hiding a secret, and acting on orders from Yellow Jacket.
Jan. 18 (9:01 – 10:02 P.M. EST) – Episode 2002 “Cheers, Bitch”
Willa shows up unexpectedly at the Matthews house for an uncomfortable “meet the family” dinner. Willa struggles with trying to convince Arthur to let go of the Realm, while she and Holden try to navigate their relationship.  Meanwhile, Charlie learns some surprising secrets during an unauthorized house call –at Yellow Jacket’s request.
Jan. 25 (8:00 – 9:02 P.M. EST) – Episode 2003 – “No Es Bueno”
Holden continues to be plagued by disturbing nightmares and finds it harder to control his powers at work.  Luke finds himself in danger of falling back into a bad habit, while Jeff is furious when he learns Pastor Ian and Helping Hands are trying to get close to Christine.  A mysterious coma patient in Argentina named Diego awakens a changed man.

*Not available on streaming channels.

“A Cinderella Story: If the Show Fits” (beginning Jan. 18)
“A Walk to Remember” (beginning Jan. 10)
“Age of Adaline” (beginning Jan. 23)
“Another Cinderella Story” (beginning Jan. 17)
“Bad News Bears” (beginning Jan. 21)
“Big Daddy” (beginning Jan. 5)
“Boxtrolls” (beginning Jan. 8)
“Boys and Girls” (beginning Jan. 3)
“Boyz N the Hood” (beginning Jan. 5)
“Dark Shadows” (beginning Jan. 9)
“Definitely Maybe” (beginning Jan. 13)
“Ella Enchanted” (beginning Jan. 6)
“Freaky Friday” (2003) (beginning Jan. 5)
“Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” (beginning Jan. 2)
“Gilmore Girls”

  • Available Jan. 12

“Nick & Nora / Sid & Nancy” (S2, E5)
“Presenting Lorelai Gilmore” (S2, E6)
“Like Mother, Like Daughter” (S2, E7)
“The Inns & Outs of the Inns” (S2, E8)
“Run Away Little Boy” (S2, E9)

  • Available Jan. 26

“Bracebridge Dinner” (S2, E10)
“Secrets and Loans” (S2, E11)
“Richard in Stars Hollow” (S2, E12)
“A-Tisket, A-Tasket” (S2, E13)
“It Should’ve Been Lorelai” (S2, E14)
“Iron Giant” (beginning Jan. 21)
“Jem and the Holograms” (beginning Jan. 21)
“Last Man Standing”

  • Available Jan. 8

“Moon Over Kenya” (S1, E12)
“Take Your Daughter to Work” (S1, E13)
“Odd Couple Out” (S1, E14)
“Tree of Strife” (S1, E15)
“House of Spirits” (S1, E16)
“Adrenaline” (S1, E17)
“Baxter & Sons” (S1, E18)
“Ding Dong Ditch” (S1, E19)
“Animal Wrongs” (S1, E20)
“Wherefore Art Thou, Mike Baxter” (S1, E21)

  • Available Jan. 22

“This Bud’s For You” (S1, E22)
“The Spotlight” (S1, E23)
“Found Money” (S1, E24)
“Voting” (S2, E1)
“Dodgeball Club” (S2, E2)
“High Expectations” (S2, E3)
“Ed’s Twice Ex-Wife” (S2, E4)
“Mother Fracker” (S2, E5)
“Circle of Life” (S2, E6)
“Putting a Hit on Christmas” (S2, E7)
“Letters to Juliet” (beginning Jan. 5)
“Maid in Manhattan” (beginning Jan. 3)
“The Middle”

  • Available Jan. 12

“Orlando” (S5, E23)
“The Wonderful World of Hecks” (S5, E24)
“Unbraceable You” (S6, E01)
“The Loneliest Locker” (S6, E02)
“Major Anxiety” (S6, E03)
“The Table” (S6, E04)
“Halloween V” (S6, E05)
“The Sinkhole” (S6, E06)
“Thanksgiving VI” (S6, E07)
“The College Tour” (S6, E08)

  • Available Jan. 26

“The Christmas Wall” (S6, E09)
“Pam Freakin’ Staggs” (S6, E10)
“A Quarry Story” (S6, E11)
“Heck’s On a Train” (S6, E12)
“Valentine’s Day VI” (S6, E13)
“The Answer” (S6, E14)
“Steaming Pile of Guilt” (S6, E15)
“Flirting with Disaster” (S6, E16)
“The Waiting Game” (S6, E17)
“Operating Infiltration” (S6, E18)
“The Mindy Project”

  • Available Jan. 12

“Danny Castellano is My Nutritionist” (S3, E17)
“Fertility Bites” (S3, E18)
“Confessions of a Catho-Holic” (S3, E19)
“What to Expect When You’re Expanding” (S3, E20)
“Best Man” (S3, E21)

  • Available Jan. 26

“While I Was Sleeping” (S4, E1)
“C is for Coward” (S4, E2)
“Leo Castellano is my Son” (S4, E3)
“The Bitch is Back” (S4, E4)
“Stay at Home MILF” (S4, E4)
“Miss Congeniality 2” (beginning Jan. 5)
“Miss Congeniality” (beginning Jan. 5)
“Monster-In-Law” (beginning Jan. 10)
“Nanny McPhee Returns” (beginning Jan. 14)
“National Lampoon’s European Vacation” (beginning Jan. 26)
“National Lampoon’s Vacation” (beginning Jan. 26)
“National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation” (beginning Jan. 26)
“Prince & Me” (beginning Jan. 5)

  • Available Jan. 8

“Reba and the Nanny” (S4, E12)
“Date of Mirth” (S4, E13)
“Reba the Realtor” (S4, E14)
“Flowers for Van” (S4, E15)
“Who Killed Brock?” (S4, E16)
“The Pageant of Grandmas” (S4, E17)
“Reba’s Rules of Real Estate” (S4, E18)
“Driving Miss Kyra” (S4, E19)
“Go Far” (S4, E20)
“Help Wanted” (S4, E21)

  • Available Jan. 22

“Hello, My Name is Cheyenne” (S4, E22)
“Where There’s Smoke” (S5, E1)
“Reba and the One” (S5, E2)
“As Is” (S5, E3)
“And God Created Van” (S5, E4)
“No Good Deed” (S5, E5)
“Best Lil’ Haunted House in Texas” (S5, E6)
“Have Your Cake” (S5, E7)
“Grannies Gone Wild” (S5, E8)
“Invasion” (S5, E09)
“She’s All That” (beginning Jan. 9)
“Skeleton Twins” (beginning Jan. 1)
“The Duff” (beginning Jan. 10)
“The Lucky One” (beginning Jan. 23)
“The Perfect Man” (beginning Jan. 31)
“The Waterboy” (beginning Jan. 11)


New Movie Premieres Available on Linear:
Jan. 2 – “Maid in Manhattan” (8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. EST)
Jan. 5 – “Boyz N the Hood” (7:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. EST)
Jan. 6 – “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” (12:45 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. EST)
Jan. 6 – “The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride” (11:05 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. EST)
Jan. 12 – “Definitely, Maybe” (8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. EST)
Jan. 20 – “The Iron Giant: Signature Edition” (3:10 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. EST)
Jan. 20 – “Jem and the Holograms” (11:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. EST)
Jan. 22 – “The Age of Adaline” (8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. EST)
Jan. 25 – “Jumper” (9:01 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. EST)

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