Meet Auli’i Cravalho, Michael Giacchino and Others at Disney Music Emporium at D23 Expo

Disney Music Emporium returns to D23 Expo to celebrate the sounds, songs, and stars of Disney music past and present. The pop-up store, located on the show floor, will feature awesome products and a chance to meet some of the men and women behind favorite Disney tunes!

Album signings at the Disney Music Emporium shop include Oscar®– and Grammy®-winning composer Michael Giacchino (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out, Disney•Pixar’s Up), composer Tyler Bates (Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1), Auli’i Cravalho (voice of Moana), Dove Cameron (Descendants 2, Liv and Maddie), Sofia Carson (Descendants 2), and Lorelay Bove (Visual Development Artist, Walt Disney Animation Studios), plus Hollywood Records artists Jordan Fisher and Temecula Road. With the purchase of select music products at the Disney Music Emporium Pavilion, guests will be issued a wristband to secure a space for an album signing.

Disney Music Emporium

The pop-up store will feature a wide assortment of music products, including new releases from some of Disney’s latest films including Moana, Beauty and the Beast, Guardians of the Galaxy (how awesome is this mixtape?), plus lithographs, turntables, and posters. Plus, Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection Robin Hood will be available for the first time, featuring previously unreleased demos, bonus tracks performed by Louis Prima, and more. Theme park fans will be delighted by picture discs celebrating favorite attractions like Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and it’s a small world.

Disney Music Emporium

#DisneyParksLIVE Will Stream Pandora – The World of Avatar Dedication Live May 24 at 9:25 AM ET

This Wednesday, May 24, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will host a very special dedication moment for this new land – and our #DisneyParksLIVE cameras will be there to live stream the amazing moment!

The #DisneyParksLIVE stream of the dedication will begin at 9:25 AM ET on the Disney Parks Blog. A fresh post containing the live stream will appear at the top of the blog at that time.

Pandora – The World of Avatar will give guests the chance to explore an interactive world filled with bioluminescent rainforests, floating mountains and surprising flora. Here, guests can experience Avatar Flight of Passage, an attraction that sends guests flying over Pandora on a banshee, and Na’vi River Journey, a family-friendly boat ride that travels down a mystical river.

Tune in to our #DisneyParksLIVE broadcast on May 24 for a very special look at this new land.

Disneyland Railroad and Rivers of America Attractions Return to Disneyland Park this Summer with New Magic

When the iconic Disneyland Railroad and the Rivers of America attractions return to Disneyland this summer, guests will discover new magic aboard these classic experiences. As we first shared last year, and seen in the artist’s rendering below (courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering), the gorgeous new north bank of the Rivers of America will feature a beautiful new waterfront and an elevated trestle over which the iconic Disneyland Railroad will travel.

The Rivers of America will continue to celebrate the Mississippi, Columbia, Missouri and Rio Grande rivers, enhanced now with a new Columbia Gorge section, highlighted by thundering waterfalls – signaling the return of large waterfalls to the rivers. Longtime Disneyland park fans will remember Big Thunder River Waterfall and Twin Sisters Waterfall; five spectacular new waterfalls along the Rivers of America harken back to these favorites – all on display for guests aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia and Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes.

Guests will also experience these features from aboard the Disneyland Railroad, which will travel across the rocks on a trestle that will even extend onto the river, providing a breathtaking view of the new waterfalls. And, for the first time ever, the Disneyland Railroad will be making a left-hand turn as it circles the park.

The Indian Village Found Along the Rivers of America

In addition to the new waterfalls, Disneyland park fans will spot some familiar faces along the Rivers of America as well as throwbacks to Frontierland’s past. The Indian Village, now in a new location, will include a more prominently featured Shaman, seen telling the story of how the hummingbird taught the Indian chief to make a flute.

Disney and LuLaRoe Announce Partnership for Official Disney-Themed Leggings and More

The world of LuLaRoe leggings have taken the world by storm over the last year or so, and now, they’re only going to get bigger as they have partnered with Disney. There had been a lot of rumors going around for days when LuLaRoe called for a huge meeting of their consultants in Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort. Late on Thursday night, the rumors came true as the partnership announcement was made.

The Disney Collection features leggings, dresses, tops, and more, all in fashionable Disney-inspired prints.

It’s not clear when the new collection will be available to order, but there are reports that order dates will be between May 30 and June 6. The coveted Disney items will reportedly only be available at in-home parties and sales.

LuLaRoe has offered patterns that evoke Disney in the past but this is the first time the two companies are officially partnering.

If you weren’t already a LuLaRoe fan, this Disney Collection might get you hooked. Stay tuned for more updates about ordering and follow LuLaRoe on their Facebook page.

Sources: Danny Cox, Inside the Magic

Shanghai Disneyland Welcomes 10 Million Guests in Its First Eleven Months

As part of its celebration of China’s National Tourism Day, Shanghai Disney Resort has announced that Shanghai Disneyland recently welcomed its 10 millionth guest – and in just 11 months! That makes Shanghai Disneyland the most popular theme park opening ever in China.

“We’re thrilled to see millions of people from across China embrace Shanghai Disney Resort,” said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “Their reaction has been everything we’d hoped for and, thanks to their enthusiasm, this incredible resort is exceeding our expectations across the board. It’s a fantastic success that gives us even more reason to be excited about the future of Disney in China.”

It’s hard to believe Shanghai Disney Resort is already about to celebrate its first anniversary, but today the resort also announced plans for a special month-long celebration leading up to an unforgettable magical moment at Enchanted Storybook Castle on June 16.

 

Iceland Joins Lineup of Adventures by Disney Vacations in 2018

Adventures by Disney has announced its newest destination – Iceland! In 2018, you can navigate the diverse landscapes of this country and explore the natural powers of majestic waterfalls, massive glaciers and stunning volcanos. This new 8-day, 7-night, action-packed vacation takes you from Reykjavik and the Golden Circle in the South to Akureyri and Lake Mývatn in the North. Prepare to be immersed in rich Icelandic culture and unparalleled natural beauty that join forces through this land of fire and ice.

Visit the iconic Thingvellir National Park, breathtaking Goðafoss waterfall and massive Kerið crater. Prepare to unwind and relax at the soothing Blue Lagoon and Mývatn Nature Baths. Explore the high seas with a spectacular humpback whale-watching expedition.

Even more thrilling, you’ll come face-to-face with magnificent glaciers on a scenic cruise, and even hike on the massive ice caps themselves. Embark on a whitewater rafting adventure through the glacial river of Skagafjörður and trot through the scenic countryside on an Icelandic horse. Hike along, and even behind, some of the region’s most awe-inspiring waterfalls, including Seljalandsfoss and Goðafoss.

Unique culinary stories are also a large part of this vacation, as you learn to make bread baked using geothermal heat. You can also discover the secret to Iceland’s traditional smoking process.

Also in 2018, Adventures by Disney vacations to Germany, Costa Rica and Ireland have been reimagined, expanding upon the already rich authentic experiences and local storytelling of these destinations. In all, Adventures by Disney will offer trips to more than three dozen destinations in 2018.

Bookings for all 2018 vacations open May 19, 2017!

‘Once Upon a Time’ Creators Explain the “Next Chapter” to Come in Season 7

The sixth season of ABC’s Once Upon a Time has come to a close and with it the stories of the entire Charming family — at least, this version of them.

After defeating the Black Fairy (Jaime Murray) and rejoicing in their happy endings (which were happy beginnings all along), the book finally closed on Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) and her fairy tale.

Leading into Sunday’s finale, stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Jared Gilmore and Morrison announced their departure from the show, begging the question of how the story will continue without any of its main heroes. As expected, the Disney-inspired fairy tale drama’s big time jump at the end of the two-part finale provided the answer. The story now seems as if it will start over from scratch, this time with Henry (The Walking Dead‘s Andrew J. West, a new series regular) as the adult whose long-lost daughter Lucy (fellow new regular Alison Fernandez) shows up on his doorstep to prompt him into saving his family.

The Hollywood Reporter turned to series creators/showrunners Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis to go inside the decision to overhaul the series, what it means for old characters and why fans should continue to tune in for season seven of Once.

Are you approaching the story of adult Henry as a total reboot of the original Once Upon a Timepremise?

Kitsis: Kind of, yeah!

Horowitz: I hesitate to use the word “reboot.” We’re more thinking about it as a hybrid of a lot of things. We’re paying homage to the original premise, but there are certain characters who are returning and some who are not. It’s a combination of a lot of things, but what we’re trying to do is go in a new direction but stay true to the spirit of what the show has always been.

Will you be recasting any other characters as adults?

Kitsis: Potentially, yes. Not right away. That’s the biggest one.

Horowitz: We want to keep under wraps how we get to Henry grown up and what that means for Regina (Lana Parrilla) and Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) and Rumple (Robert Carlyle), who are returning regulars. There’s stuff that we’re excited to unveil, but it’s not about recasting so much as we’re hoping to open up the universe more.

How do you plan to tell stories about Regina, Rumple and Hook without some very important family members?

Kitsis: The answer to that question will be answered next year. We’d rather show it than tell it.

Henry’s got a daughter. Will we be meeting her mother?

Kitsis: Yes, next year. [Lucy’s] mother and Henry will be a very epic love story in the tradition of Once Upon a Time, just like his grandparents. We can’t forget, he’s the grandchild of Prince Charming, which technically makes him Prince Charming Jr.

Horowitz: Junior junior. Prince Charming III.

How many new roles are you looking to create with six series regulars leaving?

Horowitz: I don’t think we want to confirm exactly right now, but we will say there will be more regulars, and they’ll be more recurring characters as well, and we’ll probably make some announcements as the summer progresses.

Besides Jennifer Morrison, who will return for one episode and who has promised to pop back in? 

Kitsis: Everybody has said they’d be willing to come back. As our show is and has been for six years, we see people come back all the time. Rose McIver came back and she is the lead of her own show [The CW’s iZombie, which was also renewed], so we hope to be seeing everybody.

Horowitz: While we tried to really wrap up a lot of their stories and give a nice send off to these characters we’ve loved being with for six years, they’re still part of the universe, so hopefully we’ll be seeing different people at different times.

Fans, as would be expected with six regulars leaving, are upset. How do you get them to come back for season seven?

Kitsis: At a certain point after six seasons, some people’s journeys needed to have an endpoint. We believe that what we are going forward and doing is what people love about the show, which is a show about hope and fairytale characters trying to find themselves in the real world. We’re going to return to more storytelling like that, and if they love the original Once, then hopefully they will enjoy the next chapter and the new universes and adult Henry.

Horowitz: We’ve been so blessed to have such an incredibly passionate fan base that feel so strongly about all these characters that we totally hear and feel the emotion at hearing that some of these characters won’t be there every week. But some will and then there’s always chances of seeing some again. But really, I think as Eddy said, we’re trying to go on in the spirit of what we started in season one and telling those kind of stories again with a new canvas that’s really exciting to us as storytellers. We really hope that the audience will feel the same way as they see these new stories that we start to tell.

Kitsis: Part of it really is, creatively, wanting to end one chapter and begin a new one and get back to that fresh, original idea that resonates.

Once did hit a string of series lows in season six. How do you hope to bring new viewers back and broaden the show to those who haven’t tuned in before?

Kitsis: You can’t really control ratings. Every year ratings go down and everyone reacts like it’s the first time. I think that though ratings are down, what’s interesting is the fan base continues to be up, so we’ll still trend and all those things. That being said, we feel it’s a great way next year for new viewers to come in and not be burdened with knowing the six years of mythology. You can come in fresh next year, and I think if you like fairytales and you like magic, you should check it out.

Horowitz: The live, next day ratings — we all know they’re becoming more archaic … We’ve been so encouraged that regardless of what numbers are saying, we have an incredible fan base that’s been so passionate all these years. To us, it just feels like a miracle that it’s season seven and we’re working on it. We’re so grateful to the fans who have stuck with us, so that we’re here.

From The Hollywood Reporter

DuckTales, Tangled: The Series, and Descendants 2 Coming to D23 Expo

All the worlds of Disney will be under one roof at D23 Expo, including the many worlds of Disney television! Disney Channel, Disney XD, and Disney Junior will be at the ultimate Disney fan event in full force, with exciting panels, appearances, and experiences taking place throughout the three-day weekend.

DuckTales money bin

All weekend long, you can take a dive in Scrooge McDuck’s Money Bin on the Expo show floor. While you’re there, visit McStuffins Toy Hospital, where younglings can give toy babies a checkup and play with the brand-new Doc McStuffins Baby app, set to launch this summer. Read on to see what sorts of Disney magic you can expect from Disney Channel and Disney 😄 on each day of D23 Expo.

Descendants 2

Friday, July 14
Catch a special appearance from Descendants 2 stars Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Sofia Carson, and Booboo Stewart, and Emmy® Award-winning director, executive producer, and choreographer Kenny Ortega.

DuckTales

Saturday, July 15
DuckTales Q & A panel (4:15 – 5:15 p.m., Stage 28)––Excited for the new DuckTales series on Disney XD? Want to learn more? Stars Ben Schwartz (Dewey), Kate Micucci (Webby Vanderquack), Beck Bennett (Launchpad McQuack), and Toks Olagundoye (Mrs. Beakley) will join executive producer Matt Youngberg and co-producer/story editor Francisco Angones for a Q&A panel on the highly anticipated new show.

Tangled: The Series

Sunday, July 16
Tangled: The Series Q & A panel (10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Stage 28)––Mandy Moore (Rapunzel) and Zachary Levi (Eugene) will be joined by executive producer Chris Sonnenburg, co-executive producer Ben Balistreri, and Broadway stars Eden Espinosa (Cassandra) and Jeremy Jordan (Varian) for this hair-raising panel on the new Disney Channel show.

Disney Dream Store Returns to D23 Expo with One-of-a-Kind Items and Unique Collectibles

There’s so much to see and do during D23 Expo 2017, taking place July 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, and there’s a lot to shop, too! The Disney Dream Store returns to D23 Expo with brand-new items, exclusive collectibles and more––there’s something for everyone to enjoy! Read on for highlights from the D23 Expo show floor store.

Disney Theme Parks Merchandise––Collect merchandise celebrating some very special milestones from favorite attractions, like Pirates of the Caribbean 50th anniversary, Space Mountain 40th anniversary, Epcot 35th anniversary, and Star Tours 30th anniversary, and marvel over more magical theme-park merchandise. Plus, add to your ALEX AND ANI collection, and enjoy a sparkling selection of jewelry designs from Crislu and Rebecca Hook.

D23 Expo 2017 merchandise

If you have an Ear headband for every occasion, get excited for the all-new Interchangeable Bow Collection, making its debut at the Disney Dream Store. The collection comes with a traditional Mickey Ears headband that guests can easily swap with one of the six specially designed bows available for purchase.

Official D23 Expo and Disney Legends 30th Anniversary Merchandise––Commemorate your weekend at the ultimate Disney fan event with official D23 Expo 2017 logo merchandise, including tees, headwear, drinkware, pins, and more. Plus, bring home your very own droid, “R5-D23,” and Brethupp the Ewok plush––both debuting at D23 Expo 2017. Celebrate 30 years of Disney Legends with a commemorative collection including a tee, limited-edition pin, and paperweight.

D23 Expo 2017 merchandise

Guests can find an exciting assortment of items showcasing product debuts, original artwork, giclées, deluxe prints, and more from the following: Steve Adams, Dave Avanzino, Jasmine Becket-Griffith, David Bird, Britni Brault, Choice Collectibles, Joey Chou, John Coulter, Daniel’s Woodland, Disney Fine Art by Collectors Editions, Dooney & Bourke, Craig Fraser, Jeremy Fulton, HARVEYS, Brian Kesinger, Daniel Killen, Ink & Paint Artists, Jerrod Maruyama, Bridget McCarty, Miss Mindy, Mark Page, Mike Peraza, Patty Peraza, Larry Nikolai, Noah, Precious Moments, Linda Rick, Shag, Jim Shore, Javier Soto, George Scribner, Sketch Artists, Vinylmation™, Joe Yakovetic, Kenny Yamada, and more!

Dream Store Autograph Sessions––Meet some of your favorite authors and artists during autograph sessions at the Dream Store. Schedules will be posted daily via the D23 Expo Mobile App (coming soon!) and daily at the Disney Dream Store.

Details about Dream Store merchandise offerings, special artist appearances, and more will continue to be updated on www.D23expo.com, www.DisneyParksBlog.com, www.DisneyParksMerchandise.com, and right here on D23.com!

Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin and Jared Gilmore also not Returning to ‘Once Upon a Time’

Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, and Jared Gilmore will not return to Once Upon a Time after season 6, EW has learned.

The news comes following the previously announced exits of Jennifer Morrison and Rebecca Mader. Once Upon a Time, which was officially renewed for season 7 on Thursday, will now be centered on Regina (Lana Parrilla), Rumple (Robert Carlyle), and Hook (Colin O’Donoghue).

Goodwin, Dallas, and Gilmore, who are original cast members from the pilot, play Snow White, Prince Charming, and Henry Mills, respectively. Snow and Charming are the parents of Emma (Morrison), while Henry is Emma and Regina’s (Parrilla) son. De Ravin, meanwhile, joined the show later in season 1 as the iconic Beauty and the Beast heroine Belle.

Executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis crafted a detailed statement about the many exits and the possibility they will return:

“Words can’t do justice to what Ginny, Josh, Emilie, Rebecca and Jared brought to Once Upon a Time… but we’ll try… never have we had the privilege of working with a more talented group of collaborators.  Each brought unique talent, incredible intelligence, and their own individual bit of magic as they gave life to these iconic characters.

Ginny reinvented Snow White for a modern audience – there was no way she would be stuck cleaning up after dwarfs, she created an iconic empowered heroine for the 21st century.

Josh mined the depths of Prince Charming – a character who in myth was just a ‘type’ but in his superlative interpretation became a complex man fighting for love and family.  

Emilie took the character of Belle to a deep and soulful place, bringing great intelligence and warmth to the character, making her fiercely independent, strong willed but also an eternal optimist who saw only the best in all those she encountered.

Rebecca took us on a broomstick roller coaster ride as she re-invented the Wicked Witch of the West by finding the pain beneath the green. She made the character soar to incredible heights while always keeping her grounded and relatable.

And Jared literally grew up before the eyes of millions, from a child actor with enormous innate talent to a young man whose abilities continue to astound as he created a character who truly, as we say on the show, has the heart of the truest believer.

We can’t thank them enough for the hard work, dedication, and passion they delivered day in and day out. Without them there would be no Once Upon a Time.

As Once continues, this group will always be the beating heart of the show. And even though we won’t be with them every week, in a show about magic and hope, we fervently believe it won’t be the last we see of them.

Earlier this year, ABC chief Channing Dungey seemed to indicate there could be possible exits should the show be renewed, noting that the OUAT bosses were looking at the potential seventh season as a springboard in a new direction, “which doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re not bringing cast back. It’s just: How do you kind of hit the reset button in a way that gives you an opportunity to expand the stories that we’re telling?” Dungey said.

OUAT’s season finale, which will air Sunday, is slated to provide a sense of closure, while also launching a new chapter for season 7. That new phase will include the introduction of characters played by The Walking Dead alum Andrew J. West and Jane the Virgin star Alison Fernandez, who will both appear in the season 6 finale, with the potential for more.

However, Horowitz and Kitsis have previously noted that season 7 will not go through a complete overhaul. “We’re not designing this in a way where you say goodbye to everyone and never see them again,” Horowitz said. “We’ve been telling a story for six years now for these characters and now we’re trying to complete that story, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have other stories.”

When EW hit the set of the ABC fairy tale drama earlier this year, both Dallas and Goodwin seemed optimistic that the show could continue on even with a new set of characters. “Because things are always so new on our show, there would have to be a radical change in order to infuse it with new direction, and so I’m all for it,” Goodwin said. “I feel like these guys are the epitome of creativity, and if anybody can continue a show that’s been this inventive, and new, and has always gone in a million directions at once in the most entertaining way, I think its Eddy and Adam, and I’m ecstatic to see what happens.”

Dallas concurred: “The great thing about Eddy and Adam, and the great thing about the show and the characters that they’ve created is that they’re always reinventing themselves,” he said. “I think that’s only right with Once Upon a Time that at the end of this season, if it indeed comes back, that it has a completely different reboot, and it goes in a different direction. It’s fitting that Once Upon a Time changes as well as its characters.”

Even so, both seemed hopeful it’s not the last we’d see of Snow and Charming. “I hope there’s always some Snow story to tell,” Goodwin said at the time. “I have discussed with the guys that in whatever capacity Snow should appear to do right by the story then I will definitely contribute for sure.”

Once Upon a Time‘s two-hour finale airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

From Entertainment Weekly