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ABC’s ‘American Idol’ Kicks Off Open Auditions at Walt Disney World Resort

ABC’s “American Idol” launches the start of its highly anticipated open auditions at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The iconic “American Idol” bus will roll into Disney Springs for auditions taking place on THURSDAY, AUGUST 17. “Idol”-winners Jordin Sparks, Kris Allen and Ruben Studdard will make a special appearance and greet lucky audition participants during the kickoff celebration of the search for America’s next superstar.

When the bus rolls away at the end of the day, Central Florida hopefuls will still have the chance to become a part of “Idol” history by auditioning via the “American Idol” pop-up audition kiosk, which will be at Disney Springs on FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, through FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15. During regular Disney Springs operating hours, visitors can create and submit their very own audition video at the kiosk.

Auditions will simultaneously kick off on the West Coast in Portland, Oregon. Please visit www.americanidol.com for more information and specific audition details, locations, full eligibility requirements, submission forms, terms and conditions.

“American Idol” is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. Executive producers include FremantleMedia North America’s Trish Kinane and Jennifer Mullin, along with co-executive producer Megan Wolflick. FremantleMedia International distributes the series worldwide.


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NEW Star Wars Virtual Reality Experience Coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts

A brand new Star Wars-themed virtual reality experience is coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts later this year.  The immersive, multi-player format will debut this holiday season at Disney Springs in Orlando Florida and Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California.

According to Variety.com, “Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire” was produced by ILMxLab, Lucasfilm’s immersive entertainment division, in cooperation with The Void. ““At ILMxLAB, we want people to step inside the worlds of our stories,” said ILMxLab’s executive in charge Vicki Dobbs Beck. “Through our collaboration with The VOID, we can make this happen as guests become active participants in an unfolding ‘Star Wars’ adventure.”

The article goes on to say ,The Void is one of a number of startups looking to take virtual reality out of the living room, and into special experience centers where consumers can walk around, open doors, and pick up props. The company debuted with a “Ghost Busters” VR experience at Madame Tussauds in New York’s Times Square a year ago, and has since opened locations in Toronto and Dubai as well as at its corporate headquarter in Lindon, Utah.

We’ll keep you posted with further updates!


Mobile Order Expands to Epcot Restaurants

Beginning today August 1, Mobile Order, the service which allows guests the convenience of ordering and paying for meals on-the-go within the My Disney Experience App, is available at Electric Umbrella in Epcot.

In case you aren’t familiar, Mobile Order offers a huge convenience to park guests.  Using the app, guests can select menu items, customize their order and pre-pay for their meal. When they arrive at the restaurant they can tap the “I’m here” button in the app, which will notify the kitchen to prepare the meal. When ready, guests will be alerted through the app to pick up their meal at a designated window.

Liberty Inn, located at the American Adventure Pavilion in World Showcase, is also slated to receive Mobile Order on August 7.  The service has already debuted at many Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom restaurants as well as D-Luxe Burger in Disney Springs.

Please note Mobile Orders can only accept credit cards for payment right now and not the Disney Dining Plan.  Also, the service is not currently able to offer Annual Passholder or Tables in Wonderland discounts.  These discounts can only be applied at the counter.

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