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John Stamos to Star in ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ In Concert

Classic film and best-selling children’s book, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” is coming live-in-concert to the Hollywood Bowl this November 3 and 4 with “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory In Concert at the Hollywood Bowl: A Live-to-Film Celebration”.

According to Variety, “Stranger Things” and “It” star Finn Wolfhard will play Charlie Bucket, with John Stamos singing “Pure Imagination” as Willy Wonka and “Weird Al” Yankovic as the Oompa Loompas. Elle King will take on the odious Veruca Salt singing “I Want It Now,” with Giancarlo Esposito as The Candy Man, Ingrid Michaelson as Mrs. Bucket, and Richard Kind as Grandpa Joe.

Musical numbers from the Oscar-nominated score by Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse, and Walter Scharf including “The Candy Man,” “I’ve Got A Golden Ticket,” and “Oompa-Loompa Doompadee-Doo” will be performed live onstage accompanied by multi-instrumental band DeVotchka and a musical ensemble conducted by Jeff Hoeppner. DeVotcka’s Nick Urata will also serve as music director for the show.

“Willy Wonka is the first movie I ever saw,” said Stamos. “The film was released at a time when you could bring your own popcorn to the movie theater. I filled a whole grocery bag full of popcorn, but never touched it because I was so fascinated with what was going on behind Willy’s eyes.  Gene Wilder as Willy was pure magic.  Every time I watch the movie, and I’ve watched it more than several hundred times, I find something new. It becomes deeper, weirder, more charming and more of a mystery.”

The article goes on to say that the show will be presented in Smell-O-Rama, which means attendees will be presented with exclusive Scratch-N-Sniff Golden Tickets. The concert will also feature a factory of treats, including a costume contest and special projections on the surface of the Bowl created by acclaimed painter, designer, and illustrator Shag.

“Like our concert celebration of ‘Disney’s The Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl,’ we are mixing in film, live music, singers, dancers, effects and special guest artists to create an event that pays homage to the original movie but also delivers something that could only be experienced live,” said concert director Richard Kraft. “Our creative mantra for this show has been, ‘Anything you want to: Do it.’”

Tickets go on sale Sept. 23 at 10 a.m.

VIDEO: Costume Guidelines for Events at Disney Parks

Disney PhotoPass Service Celebrates International Talk Like A Pirate Day

International Talk Like A Pirate Day is September 19, and Disney PhotoPass Service is celebrating the day with special photo opportunities for Walt Disney World guests.

On Tuesday, September 19, you can visit the PhotoPass photographer across from the Pirates of the Caribbean clock tower from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Magic Kingdom park (weather permitting) to take the Pirates of the Caribbean-themed Magic Shot above.

If you won’t be visiting Walt Disney World on September 19, you can check out these other ways to bring your magical moments home with you.

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A Disney PhotoPass photographer can capture you and your crew on board Pirates of the Caribbean at Magic Kingdom park.

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Junior pirates who are chosen to train during Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial in Adventureland can have their skills documented by a PhotoPass photographer.

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Over at Disney Springs, guests can visit the Disney PhotoPass Studio in the Marketplace and ask a photographer for a pirate-themed virtual backdrop.

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After you’ve collected your treasure of PhotoPass photos, you can visit to add pirate-themed borders to your memories.

And don’t forget With Memory Maker, you can download all of your Disney PhotoPass photos from your Walt Disney World Resort vacation for one set price.

Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Resort Sold Out

If you were planning on attending Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Resort this year and haven’t purchased your tickets, I’m sorry to say all party dates are now sold out online.

The following dates are now sold out:

  • September – 20, 22, 25, 27, 29
  • October 3, 6, 10, 13, 17,  20, 24, 27, 31

There may still be tickets available for some parties that can be purchased in person at Disneyland’s ticket booths. Be sure to check!

Mickey’s Halloween Party takes place at Disneyland park and features trick-or-treating, fireworks, dancing, photo ops with your favorite Disney characters, and more AND new this year, attendees have the ability to visit both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park with special event ticket during Mickey’s Halloween Party—entry to either park begins 3 hours before the Party start time.

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#FaveFive – Our Favorite Disney Happenings this Week

Welcome to our #FaveFive where we bring you our top 5 favorite Disney happenings this week.


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1.  The holiday season at Walt Disney World Resort Looks Glorious!



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2.  We must #SaveGroot!!



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3.  No Tricks. Just Treats and Eats!



4.  A 12-Hour Marathon of ‘Hocus Pocus’?!?! Yes, Please!



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5.  The More We See, The More We L❤VE

See you next week!