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Minnie Mouse to Receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Just in time to celebrate her 90th anniversary in entertainment this year, Minnie Mouse will receive her very own gold star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Minnie will receive the star in the category of Motion Pictures and you’ll be able to find it right in front of the historic El Capitan Theatre.

Pop superstar, American Idol judge, Katy Perry will be one of the guest speakers presenting Minnie with her star along with Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company.  The momentous occasion will take place on Monday, January 22 at 11:30 a.m. PST.  You can tune into the event on the official Hollywood Walk of Fame website.

“Minnie Mouse is a woman of the ages and her iconic status makes her a great addition to our Walk of Fame! Generations of fans of all ages have been looking forward to her seeing her bright new star,” said producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies Ana Martinez.

Minnie Mouse will be making her mark as the 2,627th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  What other Disney icons have received a Hollywood Walk of Fame?  Minnie will join fellow pals including Donald Duck, Tinker Bell, Winnie the Pooh, Snow White, Kermit the Frog, and Mickey Mouse.

According to Disney, since her debut in “Steamboat Willie,” Minnie has starred in over 70 films and become Disney’s darling recognized around the world. Her timeless fashion (as showcased in @MinnieStyle) has not only served as fashion inspiration for our own wardrobes but for designers’ collections as well—a classic Minnie polka dot look that is unmistakable in magazines and runway shows. And Minnie uses her fame for a good cause—the #ShareYourEars campaign in 2016 and 2017 earned $4 million in donations benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Congratulations Minnie!


2018 Epcot International Festival of the Arts Kicks Off Today at Walt Disney World

Expanding on its 2017 debut, the 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World Resort will present a daily, multifaceted celebration of art in many forms from Jan. 12-Feb. 19. Five new Food Studios will debut at the festival, giving park guests an expanded selection of creative and delicious new tastes to savor at a total of 13 Food Studios around the World Showcase promenade.

The 2018 festival, growing from last year’s long-weekend event schedule, will expand to seven days a week, with the popular Disney on Broadway Concert Series returning Fridays through Mondays. Also back by popular demand will be the festival’s artful cuisine, exhibits, seminars, workshops, performance art and interactive fun ranging from innovative photo ops and hands-on mural painting to drawing and food-styling classes.

As Epcot guests will explore the world of talent surrounding them.  They can tempt their palates with culinary work-of-art creations at the festival’s Food Studios. Enticing tastes at stops around the World Showcase promenade will include photo-worthy fan favorites like pan-seared scallops with chorizo and roasted red pepper coulis at The Artist’s Table; wild mushroom risotto from Masterpiece Kitchen; a trio of savory doughnuts from The Painter’s Palate; plus decadent dessert delights and beverage standouts like the Pomegranate Mule featuring Van Gogh Vodka.

New Studios this year will be located at the following areas: France (“L’Art de la Cuisine Française” or “The Art of French Cooking”), Morocco (“Mosaic Canteen”), Japan (“Takumi Table”), Italy (“L’Arte di Mangiare” or “The Art of Eating”) and China (“The Painted Panda”).  A complete list of Food Studios and menus are at The Culinary Arts: Food Studios.

Daily events will include complimentary seminars at the Odyssey Festival Showplace such as “Trailblazing Ladies of Disney Animation,” and interactive workshops ($39) like “Sculpting a Mixed Media Action Figure.”

Each Friday through Monday, the hottest show at Epcot – Disney on Broadway Concert Series – will showcase the stellar talents of performers from award-winning Disney on Broadway musicals. Here’s the lineup:

  • January 12-15 and 19-22: Jenn Gambatese (NEW!) and Kevin Massey Jan. 12-15; Kara Lindsay (NEW!) and Kevin Massey Jan. 19-22, who will perform songs from “Tarzan,” “Aladdin,” “Newsies” and “Frozen.”
  • January 26-29 and February 2-5: Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White will perform songs from “Tarzan,” “The Lion King,” “Aida,” “Aladdin” and “The Little Mermaid.”
  • February 9-12 and 16-19: Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland will perform songs from “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Tarzan,” “Mary Poppins,” “Newsies” and “Frozen.”

All Disney on Broadway shows are included in theme park admission and will take place Fridays through Mondays at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. Broadway fans can book dining packages that include guaranteed seating for one of the three evening shows.

Throughout the festival, guests can get their art on by:

  • Joining in the fun of “Figment’s Brush with the Masters” Scavenger Hunt
  • Popping into the frame of a masterpiece for a cleverly artful photo op (think DaVinci’s “Mona Lisa,” Leutze’s “Washington Crossing the Delaware” or new this year, Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus”!)
  • Watching new gravity-defying feats of strength and acrobatics featured among the festival’s scheduled performing arts
  • Discovering authentic cultural artifacts along the World Showcase Art Walk – look for the Art Palette near each highlighted work of art at each country represented
  • Marveling at exhibits showcasing works by iconic Disney artists, the new Chalk Gallery, the American Heritage Gallery and more
  • Viewing some of 50-plus visiting artists at work and taking a drawing class at the Animation Academy
  • Wielding a paintbrush to put their mark on the Hands-on-Wall Mural at World Showcase Plaza

The Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Packages, available at five participating Epcot restaurants, can be booked now online at Disneyworld.com or by calling (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-7463.

To book a seminar or workshop, guests can call (407) WDW-TOUR or visit the Odyssey Festival Showplace during the festival.

‘Andi Mack Live Play’ and ‘Andi Mack Cast Party’ Interactive Event Coming to Disney Channel

A fun participation experience will connect kids’ interest in their favorite TV series – “Andi Mack” – and their favorite activities – leveling up via games and quizzes – when Disney Channel presents “Andi Mack Live Play,” an evening of interactive television viewing, MONDAY, JAN. 15 (8:00 p.m., EST/PST). The event takes place during a new episode of “Andi Mack,” airing simultaneously on the DisneyNOW app and Disney Channel, and followed by a special telecast with the stars of the show, “Andi Mack Cast Party” (8:30 p.m., EST/PST), on Disney Channel.  Leaderboards and poll results for the “Andi Mack Live Play” quizzes, trivia, polls and other elements will be shown on DisneyNOW in real time for both the East and West Coast transmissions of the new episode.

Kimberly Hicks, vice president, Digital Media, Disney Channels, said, “We’re increasingly employing our app technology in creative ways to meet the expectations of our young viewers who enjoy participating in polls, stretching their knowledge with trivia and games, and reaching the next level of achievement all while simultaneously being entertained through their favorite stories and characters on TV.”

The DisneyNOW app [http://DisneyNOW.com] is available to all and has the most comprehensive collection of the newest and best content from Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior and Radio Disney. Fans can use DisneyNOW to access full episodes of their favorite Disney Channels television shows on demand for free anytime, anywhere on their desktop, smartphone, tablet or connected TV devices. Viewers who sign in with a participating pay-TV provider can also watch a live 24-hour feed of the respective network and access exclusive programming events.

“Andi Mack Live Play” is the eighth Live Play programming event in the past 18 months on Disney Channel.  The amount of users tripled for the most recent event, a “Descendants 2 Live Play” in October, with more than 6 million votes cast during the event.

Season to date, “Andi Mack” is cable TV’s #1 series among Kids 9-14, Girls 6-11, Girls 6-14 and Girls 9-14 (Live + 7 Day National ratings*).  It is also the #1 series streaming on the DisneyNOW app**.

The “Andi Mack Cast Party” special features Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Sofia Wylie, Joshua Rush, Asher Angel, Lilan Bowden, Emily Skinner and Trent Garrett.  Asher Angel also performs an acoustic version of the series theme song “Tomorrow Starts Today,” which will be available on the DisneyNOW app and Disney Channel YouTube immediately following the special. Angel made his recording artist debut in November with the single “Snow Globe Wonderland.” Its music video has more than 3.3 million views on DisneyMusicVEVO.

Select Walt Disney World Guests Will Soon Be Able to Purchase Additional FastPasses

Disney has confirmed the latest rumor circling around that select Walt Disney World Guests will soon be able to purchase additional FastPasses.  Beginning January 12, 2018, Walt Disney World Resort club-level and other select guests will be able to purchase additional FastPasses.  Initially, this will be a test program offered to guests staying on club-level floors at Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts or Disney’s Fort Wildenerss Cabins or  Disney’s Polynesian Resort Bungalows.

These guests will have the option to purchase three additional FastPasses for $50 per person, per day.  These extra FastPasses can be used at any theme park and require a 3 day minimum stay.  The new program also allows FastPasses to be booked 90 days in advance instead of the standard 60 days.

Additionally, guests who take part in this program will also receive premium, reserved seating to Walt Disney World nighttime spectaculars including Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot, Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Larry the Cable Guy Visits Walt Disney World Resort

Comedian Daniel Lawrence Whitney, also known as “Larry the Cable Guy,” recently visited Walt Disney World Resort with his family.

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During his stay,  the voice of Mater in the Disney Pixar’s “Cars” movies,  visited Magic Kingdom to take a ride on the Tomorrowland Speedway.  You can check out more from his journey in the video below.