Mark Hamill Makes Star Wars Weekends Debut

Mickey & Mark Hamill

Womp rats, you’ve been warned. Luke is in town.

Actor Mark Hamill, who portrayed farmboy-turned-galactic-hero Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars saga, makes his debut appearance at Star Wars Weekends today at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. He is scheduled to appear today, tomorrow and Sunday.

Activities where guests can see the acclaimed actor include the “Legends of the Force” motorcade and a star conversation about his career and role in the original Star Wars trilogy. To enable more guests to see and hear this special edition talk show, entitled “A Conversation with Mark Hamill,” the Star Wars Weekends event team has made arrangements for a simulcast at various locations throughout the park. Be sure to ask a cast member when you arrive for viewing locations.

We caught up with Mark at the theme park while he was doing final walk-throughs with the Disney Parks Entertainment team. After posing for a few photos with Jedi Mickey Mouse, he spoke with us about the Star Warslegacy, his childhood visits to Disneyland and what makes Star Wars fans special to him.

 

 

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Tickets for Villains Unleashed Event Available to Passholders….Available to General Public on June 9

Villains Unleashed Event

Passholders, be among the first to get tickets to
Villains Unleashed!
As night falls on August 23, over 50 of the most notorious Disney villains will emerge from their lairs and unleash fun all over Disney’s Hollywood Studios® until the 13th hour! And, because you are a Passholder, we wanted you to be one of the first to “show your Disney villain side” and get tickets for this special one-night-only event!
Villains Unleashed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®
Saturday, August 23, 2014 8 p.m.–1 a.m.
$67/Adults, plus tax  •  $62/Children, plus tax
Buy today and reserve your spot!
Tickets go on sale to the general public June 9!
Entertainment offerings subject to change without notice. Admission to this event requires a separately priced ticket. Ticket valid only during specific event hours and subject to availability.
To purchase tickets call 407-939-1933
Here’s just some of the villainous entertainment in store for you:
Over 50 villains in one Park
For one night only, over 50 Disney villains will come together to roam the streets ofDisney’s Hollywood Studios®, put on scary fun performances, and party until the 13th hour.
Villainy in the Skies
The villains will unleash their powers into the night sky for a special themed fireworks display. Don’t forget to pick up your limited-edition Glow with the Show Ears to complete the experience.
Oogie Boogie Variety Show
Guests can oogie-boogie down to Theatre of the Stars to see Mr. Oogie Boogie host a special variety show crawling with entertainment.
Hades Hangout and Dance Party
Rub shoulders with the ruler of the Underworld and dance the night away with his party crew—DJ Igg Nite, the Underworld Dancers and more.
Star Wars Villain Zone
Guests can unleash their dark side in a special zone filled with some of the most feared villains in the Galactic Empire.
“Ex-Scream” Makeovers
“Show your Disney villain side” and get your face painted to look just like one of your favorite Disney villains!
Villainous food, drink and merchandise
Enjoy mischievous treats and remember the night of villainy for years to come with villain-themed merchandise (not included with price of ticket).
Extended Attraction Hours
Up to 10 Disney’s Hollywood Studios® attractions will be running until 1 a.m. Beware the villains who may be lurking around some of your favorite attractions.

‘Villains Unleashed’ Hard Ticketed Event Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in August

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The massively popular Disney Villains will be taking center stage for a special hard-ticketed event later this summer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Sources have heard that ‘Villains Unleashed’ will take place on August 23 2014, with ticket sales beginning this week. Keep a heads up for Disney to announce more details over the next few days.

During Limited Time Magic last year the Studios ran a test version of elements of the event with the ‘Unleash the Villains’ event. Expect special entertainment, food, and more.

Disney is adding more hard tickets events across all the parks, with Disney’s Animal Kingdom debuting ‘Harambe Nights’ this weekend, the evening ‘After Hours Wind Down’ at Epcot, joining the Halloween and Christmas Party nights at the Magic Kingdom.

D23 Announces Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Celebration

Mary Poppins Opening Credits

Mary Poppins had its practically perfect premiere on August 27, 1964, and D23 is celebrating 50 supercalifragilisticexpialidocious years since its debut with a celebration at the place it was made: The Walt Disney Studios! Dressing up is encouraged, whether you’re a sooty chimney sweep, a rosy-cheeked nanny, or even a dancing penguin!

Overview

It’s a jolly holiday with a screening, rarely seen footage, a Walt Disney Archives exhibit, and an exclusive pin!

Tickets

$30 per person. Tickets available Wednesday, June 18 at 10 a.m. PT, check here for link.

Details

Screening begins at 2 p.m., please arrive at the Walt Disney Studios to check in no earlier than 1 p.m.

D23-Exclusive Commemorative Gift
To commemorate the occasion, every guest will receive an exclusive pin(left). Inspired by part of the pass guests received at theMary Poppins premiere, this pin was created just for this celebration and will not be sold in stores.

Walt Disney Archives Exhibition
The Archives will also curate a special exhibit featuring pieces from the film. Guests will enjoy a screening of Mary Poppins in the historic Walt Disney Studios Theater, plus rarely seen footage of the film’s Hollywood premiere and video captured behind the scenes of the production.

NOTE: Members may reserve a ticket for themselves and one (1) guest. D23 Members will be required to provide their membership number when reserving tickets. Tickets may be picked up only with a valid photo ID AND D23 MEMBERSHIP CARD. D23 Members who do not bring their membership card may not be admitted to the event. Ticketed members who do not attend the event forfeit their place as well as all experiences, benefits, and gifts associated with the event. All D23 Special Events are subject to change without notice. There are no cancellations or refunds, and tickets are not transferable.

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series Returns to Epcot

Slippery When Wet

The Sounds Like Summer concert series will return to Epcot with Hotel California ~ A Salute to the Eagles kicking off this year’s lineup on June 8.

Here’s a look at this year’s schedule (entertainment subject to change without notice).

  • June 8-14: Hotel California ~ A Salute to the Eagles
  • June 15-21: Don’t Stop Believin’ ~ Journey Tribute Band
  • June 22-28: Good Vibrations ~ A Tribute to The Beach Boys
  • June 29-July 5: Don’t Look Back ~ Boston Tribute Band
  • July 6 to 12: Stayin’ Alive ~ A Tribute to the Bee Gees
  • July 13 to 19: Slippery When Wet ~ The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute
  • July 20 to 26: 2U ~ A Tribute to U2

Show times are 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. – except on July 4 when show times are 5:15, 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m. Concerts are included with Epcot admission.

“Pandora The Land of Avatar” is Tentative Name of New Avatar Themed Area

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Ever since it was announced, we’ve just referred to it it “Avatar Land” but, at a recent Q&A, James Cameron told audiences what the official name of the newest addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom might be. “It’s going to be called, I believe, Pandora: The Land of Avatar.”

Cameron also discussed some of the technical advances Disney Imagineers are making in the park, particularly with the animatronic Na’vi. 

Cameron spoke about the park at the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex Film Festivalon Saturday May 31. He said Imagineers were looking into doing something olfactory in the park to simulate the experience of being in a rain forest, then added the following.

“It’s going to have floating mountains. It’s pretty cool. I’ve seen the model and the design work the Imagineering people have done is spectacular. They’ve got a quarter inch to the foot scale model of the whole park and I’ve looked at all the sight lines…it’s not a park, it’s a land within the park but a land is not just a ride. There will be several rides and a number of other attractions. It’s really just a place you’re gonna wanna go and hang out. It’s gonna be gorgeous. Of course it’s gonna be gorgeous at night and they’re using every new trick, every new bit of technology that they’ve created.

The animatronics for the Na’vi characters are gonna be fantastic. For example, their early animatronics would use 12 axis of motion and I think the most they’ve ever done was 32 axis recently. I think they’re up to 64 just in the face of the Na’vi characters. So it’s gonna be remarkable. They really see it as a major, major attraction.”

Of course, until Disney makes it official, it’s impossible to say this is the 100% final name of the Land but, this seems pretty solid, considering the source.

Pandora The Land of Avatar is scheduled to open at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida in 2017, which will be between the release of Avatar 2 and Avatar 3. Construction began earlier this year.

Walt Disney World Extends Frozen’s Anna and Elsa Meet & Greet Times at Princess Fairytale Hall

Anna & Elsa Meet & Greet

The immensely  popular Magic Kingdom Frozen meet and greet with Anna and Elsa will be getting extended hours.

Beginning June 1 2014, the Frozen meet and greet at Princess Fairytale Hall will operate from park opening to park close. FastPass+ availability will also be expanded with the new operating hours.

Previously, the Frozen meet and greet closed in the early evening. With the new hours, Snow White will meet guests in the Town Square Courtyard.

June Merchandise Events at Walt Disney World

Oswald - Magic of Disney Animation

Here are the merchandise events headed your way this June at Walt Disney World Resort!

June 4 – 8: Artist Greg McCullough returns June 4 – 8 to Animation Gallery in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and will appear later in the month from June 18 – 22 at Art of Disney in Epcot.

June 5 – 8: Look for special appearances by artist Larry Dotson throughout the day at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Not able to make it? Look for Larry later in the month from June 12 – 15 and June 26 – 29 at Main Street Cinema in Magic Kingdom Park.

June 12 – 22: Find the latest releases from Precious Moments doll designer and artist Linda Rick at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Add to your collection and meet representatives June 12 – 22 and June 26 – July 7. Look for a special appearance by Linda throughout the day, each day, June 12 – 15 and July 3 – 6.

June 14: World-renowned Celebrity DJ Pauly D will appear in the Downtown Disney Marketplace from Noon to 1 p.m. to sign his recently released line of DJ Pauly D headphones from SMS Audio. Please continue to watch for more information on the exact location.

June 14 – 15: If you are geared up for excitement at the thought of Car Masters Weekend, be sure to keep an eye out for a special post from fellow author, Steven Miller.

June 20 – July 3: Artist David E. Doss will be appearing daily at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Stop in and find a new piece of art to add to your collection! Learn more.

June 21: Stop by Animation Gallery inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the limited edition release of “Studio Flashback,” featuring Oswald, and meet the artists from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Can’t make it to the event? Order yours now!

June 28: Now, all the world is Figment’s stage! To celebrate the launch of the new, limited edition figurine, Figment Actor, sculptor Jacqueline Perrault will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 3 to 4 p.m. at Art of Disney in Epcot. Unable to make it? Take advantage of a special pre-purchase opportunity now through June 27. Also appearing for a special artist signing will be Kevin-John from 1 – 3 p.m.

 

Donald Duck Meet and Greet Moving Again at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Donald & Daisy Duck

The character musical chairs continues at Disney’s Animal Kingdom this weekend with Donald Duck’s meet and greet moving again.

Beginning on June 1 2014, Donald will be leaving Daisy at the Character Landing on Discovery Island and will be heading back to the Cretaceous Trail in DinoLand U.S.A.

Festival of the Lion King to Reopen June 1 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Festival of the Lion King

Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is scheduled to reopen on June 1 2014 in its new home in Africa.

The show which will be located in the new ‘Harambe Theater,’ will be the same as the original that was shown in Camp Minnie Mickey, and will offer FastPass+. Also part of the new ‘Harambe Theater’ area will be a new merchandise kiosk called ‘Mariya’s’ –  offering Lion King merchandise.

Showtimes are on the hour, with the first beginning at 10am.