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First Cast Photos of ‘Avatar’ Sequeal Revealed

Production for the Avatar sequel started on Monday, September 25 in Manhattan Beach, California and today, 20th Century Fox has revealed the new cast members and images for the film.

According to Variety.comMembers of the Sully family include Jamie Flatters, Britain Dalton, and Trinity Bliss. New cast members for the Metkayina clan include Bailey Bass, Filip Geljo and Duane Evans Jr. Jack Champion will portray Javier “Spider” Socorro, a human teenager born at Hell’s Gate. But he prefers his time in the rainforest of Pandora more than the asphalt of Hell’s Gate.

As you can see below, the cast posed for the photos in Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

© 20th Century Fox

(Pictured left to right: Jack Champion, Javier “Spider” Socorro; Trinity Bliss, Tuktirey of the Sully Family; Bailey Bass, Tsireya of the Metkayina Clan; Jamie Flatters, Neteyam of the Sully Family; Britain Dalton, Lo’ak of the Sully Family; Filip Geljo, Aonung of the Metkayina Clan; and Duane Evans Jr., Rotxo of the Metkayina Clan.)

© 20th Century Fox
© 20th Century Fox

James Cameron, creator of the Avatar franchise, plans to make four sequels to the film with the first hitting theaters on December 18, 2020.   “Avatar 3” will open on Dec. 17, 2021, followed by “Avatar 4,” set for Dec. 20, 2024. “Avatar 5” will  debut on Dec. 19, 2025.

Swings N’ Things Now Open at Disney Springs

Swings N’ Things is now open in Disney Springs.  This specialty kiosk offers a wide range of lounge-worthy hammocks and porch swings that can easily enhance your vision for an indoor or outdoor paradise.

Swings N’ Things is located in The Landing near Paddlefish.

Disney Donates $500,000 to Support Mexican Communities Impacted by Recent Earthquakes

The Walt Disney Company has committed $500,000 to aid in humanitarian relief efforts across Central Mexico in response to the recent earthquakes impacting the region. The donation will support the disaster response and recovery efforts of the Mexican Red Cross, Save the Children and UNICEF. Disney will make additional donations of in-kind goods as needs are identified.

“As our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Mexico, we are once again overwhelmed by the resiliency and unity shown in response to a natural disaster,” said Claudio Chiaromonte, executive vice president and managing director, The Walt Disney Company Latin America. “Disney has a long tradition of supporting communities all over the world, and we are proud to join with the people of Mexico as they begin to recover and rebuild from these terrible tragedies.”

The Walt Disney Company and its affiliates employ more than 250 people in Mexico, between its Disney offices and the ESPN Deportes network, and Disney has a long-standing history in the region dating back to the 1940s.

Disney works on an ongoing basis with numerous nonprofit organizations on emergency preparedness efforts, including sharing lifesaving information with families before and during emergencies, having supplies prepositioned and at-the-ready to respond to natural disasters, and providing resources to activate large-scale responses in the event of a disaster.

Disney Store Reimagined as shopDisney with New Concept

Today Disney launched shopDisney, a new e-commerce destination offering the best assortment of Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel products for fans of all ages across fashion, accessories, toys, home and more. A new prototype Disney store design was also revealed and is being tested in select locations around the world bringing the magic of Disney to retail through innovative technology, storytelling and cast member interaction.

“No one creates experiences like Disney and our pilot stores will be testing grounds for interactive features that will differentiate the Disney shopping experience in the changing retail landscape,” said Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman of Disney Consumer Products and Interactive. “Online, shopDisney is the ultimate destination for the most extensive collection of curated merchandise from our stores, parks, and licensed partners. This combination creates a powerful omnichannel experience that represents the next generation of Disney retail.”

The new product assortment at reflects the company’s commitment to creating products tailored for different audience demographics, from kids and families to millennials, and to innovating beyond the traditional and expected. New categories have also been added to round out the assortment including: Trend Fashion & Accessories, Toys, Home, Collectibles and Parks. Longtime fans will be thrilled to find twice the amount of authentic Disney Parks merchandise and ‘Create Your Own’ customizable products as previously available.

“We know our fans are looking for a one-stop-shop to find the most compelling product out there and with shopDisney we are uniquely positioned to curate the very best of Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel merchandise,” said Paul Gainer, Executive Vice President for Disney Retail. “We’ve also added product categories and brands that speak to new audiences following the success of our collaborations in the fashion space.”

Co-branded products and elevated collaborations will be featured from brands such as Coach, Le Creuset, Spyder, Steiff, rag & bone and more. New and exclusive capsule collections from fashion-forward brands will regularly be introduced on the site’s shop-in-shop “The IT List”, launching with denim from SIWY featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse; and Disney Princess and Villain nail wraps from NCLA.

Disney stores around the world will also be incorporating more product for guests of all ages, beyond their traditionally child-centric assortment. The new prototype stores and site were designed with dynamic layouts that allow flexibility in featuring the different worlds of Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel as new content comes to market. The look and feel of both shopping destinations is light and contemporary, allowing product and content to shine. In store, digital elements such as giant LED screens were incorporated for custom-designed guest experiences that reflect Disney’s storytelling tradition.

“We are a storytelling company and our vision was to create a retail space that reflected our heritage,” said Gainer. “Our stores are destinations and gathering places for fans of our iconic brands, and are often their closest physical Disney touch point so creating an authentic brand experience is key.”

Cast Members and Characters engage with guests in a variety of interactive experiences such as opening the store each day with a special Welcome Celebration, learning and play activities in the stores’ Play Room as well as personalized celebrations for any guest. The most spectacular experiences take place each afternoon when guests gather to watch the parade stream ‘LIVE from Disney Parks’ and every evening before store closing when a specially created digital fireworks display is shown on the giant storefront screen.

The new Disney store prototypes are now open in Century City, Calif. and Northridge, Calif. in the US as well as in Nagoya, Japan and Shanghai, China. Two more prototypes will open in 2017:  in Miami, Fla. Sept. 28 and Munich, Germany later this year.

Spice & Tea Exchange at Disney Springs Debuts 4 New Fall Tea Flavors

For a limited time, Spice & Tea Exchange at Disney Springs is offering 4 new fall tea flavors.

These autumn flavors include:

  • Pumpkin Chai Latte – Whispers of spice merge with the flavors of a mid-autumn harvest.
  • Caramel Apple – Resembling a hand dipped caramel apple, this luscious dessert tea contains hints of crisp apples, sweet cinnamon notes, and creamy undertones.
  • Custard Tart Herbal Tea– This sweet symphony of fall flavors comes together for a smooth, warm, and lightly sweet tea reminiscent of a creamy custard.
  • Spiced Orchid Oolong –  This spiced orchard brew is full of cloves, cinnamon, and other bountiful fall flavors, with hints of apple.

The Spice & Tea Exchange is located in the Marketplace at Disney Springs.  Hours are Sunday – Thursday 10am – 11pm and Friday & Saturday 10am-11:30pm.