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July 24, 2014

Villains Unleashed - More Event Details

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Disney has released more specific details about the Villains Unleashed event on August 23rd at Disney's Hollywood Studios.


Hades Hangout - The party kicks off at 8 p.m. at the main event stage, where hosts Hades, Megara, Pain and Panic are killing ‘em with comedy. They’re joined throughout the night by the Underworld Dancers, DJ Igg Nite, live music from Bernie Briquette and Brimstone, and a rogues gallery of roaming rottens, from the Queen of Hearts and Sheriff of Nottingham to the Big Bad Wolf and Captain Hook.

Villains Dominion – For this one special night, the Streets of America area of the park will be swarming with baddies. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to meet favorites like Cruella De Vil, Jafar, Dr. Facilier and Gaston, along with more rarely seen baddies such as Shan Yu from “Mulan,” Bowler Hat Guy from “Meet the Robinsons,” or Captain Gantu and Dr. Hämsterviel from “Lilo & Stitch: The Series.” In addition to these dedicated villain encounters, you may spot even more wandering evildoers in the area. Look for Judge Claude Frollo, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, Drizella, and more!

The Dark Side – During “Villains Unleashed,” the area around Star Tours – The Adventures Continue becomes a wretched hive of scum and villainy, the place to find nefarious bounty hunter Boba Fett, Sith apprentice Darth Maul, and the ultimate villain – Darth Vader! And that’s not all! Wandering the area, you’ll stumble upon more malcontents from that galaxy far, far away: Zam Wessel, Aurra Sing, Asajj Ventress, Jango Fett, Greedo, Jawas, and others.

Villainous Encounters – Visit Stage 4 (where The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow attraction is seen during the day), and you can “Parlay” with the one and only Hector Barbossa. And just around the corner in the Animation Courtyard is where you’ll discover a bit of the Moors, where you can have an audience with the mistress of all evil, Maleficent!

Oogie Boogie’s Freaky Funhouse Show – Over on Sunset Boulevard, Theater of the Stars presents a production of extreme performances, hosted by the original master of scare-monies, Oogie Boogie. It’s an all-new show that’s sure to thrill!

Fantasmic! – Strolling up Sunset Boulevard, a gang of villainous henchmen, known as the Night Crawlers, tempt you to join them for a special pre-show to the evening’s performance of Fantasmic!, itself a celebration of the power and intrigue of some of the greatest Disney villains.

“Villainy in the Sky” Fireworks – Ultimately, Hades summons Maleficent to the main event stage to close things out with a devilishly dazzling display of pyrotechnics!

And there’s more! You can get a Villains ExScream Makeover with complimentary face painting at stations around Echo Lake, join in on one of the dance parties taking place in the park, and enjoy a wicked cabaret atmosphere – not to mention some delectable, small-plate menu items – at Club Evil in the Hollywood Brown Derby.

Previous Villains Unleased Information

Planes Fire and Rescue at the El Capitan Theatre

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“PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE” HITS THE BIG SCREEN JULY 18 – AUG. 20, 2014, AT EL CAPITAN THEATRE, HOLLYWOOD

Experience to Include an All-New Stage Show with Mickey and Friends, Plus Classic Animated Short “Mickey’s Fire Brigade” and an Interactive Exhibit

Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Disney’s “Planes: Fire & Rescue” in realD® 3D and Dolby® Atmos™ July 18 – Aug. 20, 2014. Each screening will be accompanied by “Summer Beach Party” live on stage, plus the classic 1935 Disney animated short, “Mickey’s Fire Brigade.”

“The El Capitan is the place to see Disney’s ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ this summer with live entertainment and interactive exhibits for the whole family,” said Lylle Breier, senior vice president of worldwide special events for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. “Not only will guests have the opportunity to see Mickey and Friends live on stage, but they’ll also enjoy a timeless Disney short before every screening. After the film, guests will have the opportunity to try on firefighter gear from Discovery Science Center and make a plane propeller spin from the Planes of Fame Air Museum.”

Daily showtimes are 10 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and special 9:25 p.m. show times opening weekend (July 18-20) and Friday and Saturday nights following. Tickets are on sale now, and available at the El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), online at www.elcapitantickets.com, or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6. Special group rates for parties of 20 or more are available by calling 1-818-845-3110. Show times subject to change.

On Saturdays and Sundays, El Capitan guests may also enjoy a character breakfast with Mickey before the 10 a.m. movie. Seating is limited and advance purchase is required with purchase of a movie ticket.

The El Capitan Theatre will also host a very special 2D “Tiny Tot Tuesday” every Tuesday during the run of “Planes: Fire & Rescue” at 10 a.m. During this special screening, parents and small children may enjoy the movie in a 2D tot-friendly way—complete with lights dimmed rather than out and reduced sound levels

July 23, 2014

Destination D: Attraction Rewind Merchandise Preview

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One of the many highlights of Destination D: Attraction Rewind this November is that Mickey’s of Glendale—the Walt Disney Imagineering store—will be setting up a temporary pop-up shop with items available exclusively to D23 Members attending the event! The shop will open on Friday, November 21 and will offer hours for members through Sunday, November 23.

There will be Destination D: Attraction Rewind logo-themed merchandise and a collection dedicated to the Tower of the Four Winds from the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair.

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The Tower of the Four Winds collection will include a ladies tee made of 100% cotton, a 16 oz spiral straw tumbler, and a set of pins featuring animal designs from the Tower—including a turtle pin based on original artwork from Rolly Crump. Destination D: Attraction Rewind logo merchandise will include this Mediterranean blue polo shirt, a 24oz stainless steel sports bottle as well as an array of Destination D-exclusive, limited-edition pins.

In addition, there will be a wide selection of limited-edition pins created exclusively for—and only available at—Destination D: Attraction Rewind. More details on these spectacular pins will be revealed in the coming months.

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Mickey’s of Glendale will unveil three of their “Sorcerer Hat” collection pins featuring Lilo, Rapunzel, and Gurgi (Limited Edition 200 each).

Plus, there will be items themed to beloved attractions of the past. Select items will be in limited quantities, which will be announced at the event. Mickey’s of Glendale is also bringing out some of its signature Walt Disney Imagineering merchandise for the first time for D23 Members on the East Coast.

For more information on Destination-D Attraction Rewind visit: https://d23.com/d23-events/d23-destination-d-attraction-rewind

New Fall Offer at Walt Disney World!

Save up to 30 percent on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels, valid for stays most nights October 4 through November 25, and November 29 through December 23, 2014. Book by October 3, 2014.

Select Disney Deluxe Villa Resort Hotels Save up to 30 percent
Select Disney Deluxe Resort Hotels Save up to 30 percent
Select Disney Moderate Resort Hotels Save 20 percent
Select Disney Value Resort Hotels Save 15 percent

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Additional per adult charges may apply if more than 2 adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts.

Length of Stay Requirements

Minimum – 1 night
Maximum – 14 nights
Discounted room rate will only be applied to travel dates that are valid offer travel dates.

Offer Restrictions

Advance reservations required.
Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.
Offer excludes campsites and 3-bedroom villas.

To book by phone, call Disney at (407) 939-1896 and speak with a vacation planning expert or call your travel agent. AllEars.Net's preferred travel service provider is MouseFanTravel.com.

July 21, 2014

Special Pricing for Military Personnel

Disney has announced new special pricing on theme park tickets and accommodations for active duty U.S. military personnel at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.

At Walt Disney World Resort: From August 25, 2014, through September 30, 2015, active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) or their spouses can purchase:

-- Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper Option for $177 each, plus tax
-- Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Water Park Fun and More Option for $177 each, plus tax
-- Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper and Water Park Fun and More Options for $207 each, plus tax.

Walt Disney World Resort tickets may be used September 28, 2014, through October 3, 2015, except that the tickets may not be used December 22, 2014 - January 2, 2015 and March 29 - April 9, 2015.

For information on Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to Walt Disney World Resort, or to make room reservations at Walt Disney World Resort, military personnel may call 407-939-7830 or participating U.S. military base ticket offices.

At the Disneyland Resort: From August 25, 2014, through October 1, 2015, active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) or their spouses can purchase:

-- Disney Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $132 each

Disneyland tickets may be used September 28, 2014, through October 3, 2015, except that the tickets may not be used December 25, 2014 – January 4, 2015 and March 29 – April 9, 2015.

Active and retired U.S. military personnel can purchase Disney Military Promotional Tickets for themselves and up to five additional family members or friends. No more than six Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased by any eligible member of the U.S. military (or spouse) pursuant to this offer. All tickets and options are non-transferable and must be used by October 3, 2015.

Active and retired U.S. military personnel can also take advantage of specially priced rooms at select Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort hotels.* This offer is valid for stays most nights from September 28, 2014, through October 3, 2015, except for:

-- November 27 - 29, 2014
-- December 24 - 31, 2014
-- March 30 - April 4, 2015

For information regarding Disney 3-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to the Disneyland Resort, or to make room reservations at the Disneyland Resort, military personnel may call 714-520-7088 or participating U.S. military base ticket offices. Information is also available at disneymilitaryoffers.com.

NOTE: Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased at participating U.S. military sales outlets ONLY by Eligible Service Members (defined below) or their spouses (but not both), for use by themselves and other family members and friends, as provided herein. These Tickets may not be otherwise transferred, distributed or resold.
“Eligible Service Members” are active or retired members of the U.S. military, including the National Guard, Reservists and the U.S. Coast Guard.
The actual prices charged at the individual U.S. military base ticket offices for Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be less than the prices set forth above.
Participating military sales outlets must require that Eligible Service Members (or their spouses) present valid military identification to purchase Disney Military Promotional Tickets.
Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to the Walt Disney World Resort are not valid until activated by the Eligible Service Members (or their spouses) at Walt Disney World theme park ticket windows. Tickets and options expire and may not be used after October 3, 2015. Valid military identification will be required for purchase and use.
Disney 3-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to the Disneyland Resort expire and may not be used after October 3, 2015. Valid military identification will be required for purchase and use.
No more than six (6) Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased and (if applicable) activated by any Eligible Service Member or spouse (regardless of the place of purchase and whether purchased by that person or that person’s spouse). In addition, one of the six (6) Tickets purchased must be used by the Eligible Service Member or his/her spouse.
Each Disney Military Promotional Ticket must be used by the same person on any and all days.

*The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Minimum length of stay requirements may apply. Valid Military ID will be required upon check-in, and military member (or spouse) must stay in the room. No group rates or other discounts apply. Advance reservations required. Additional per-adult charges apply at the Walt Disney World Resort if there are more than two adults per room. Other restrictions apply.

July 19, 2014

Disneyland Resort Marks 59 Years of Fun and Innovation

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Diamond Celebration Logo Unveiled and Contest Announced for Guests to Share Favorite Memories from Six Decades

ANAHEIM, Calif. (July 17, 2014) – When Walt Disney opened Disneyland on July 17, 1955, it had 18 attractions, no Disney hotels and little but orange groves surrounding it. Today, as the Disneyland Resort celebrates its 59th anniversary, the original theme park has expanded to become a world-class family resort destination with two renowned Disney parks, nearly 100 attractions, three hotels and the shopping, dining and entertainment district known as Downtown Disney. And in the spring of 2015, the resort will launch a dazzling yearlong Diamond Celebration that salutes 60 years of magic.

“It’s an incredible time at the Disneyland Resort as we prepare for next year’s Diamond Celebration,” said Michael Colglazier, president, Disneyland Resort. “We’re excited to honor our rich history, to celebrate the incredible magic that fills our resort today, and to create unforgettable memories with our guests for many years to come.”

As part of today’s festivities, Disney invited the generations of families and friends who have visited the resort to share their favorite memories through photos taken at the Disneyland Resort. Readers of the DisneyParksBlog will vote for the top photos and one lucky guest will have a chance to win a trip to the Disneyland Resort for the start of the 60th anniversary celebration in Spring 2015.* Starting today, guests are invited to submit photos that represent their memories from the Disneyland Decades – 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000 to the present. Using hashtag #Disneyland60Contest, guests may share their photos via Twitter or Instagram by August 27, 2014. For complete rules, go to DisneyParksBlog.com.

Also today, the Diamond Celebration logo was unveiled as part of the annual July 17 anniversary celebration at Disneyland Park. Guests joined 59 Disney characters on Main Street, U.S.A., to hear a recording of Walt Disney’s opening day “welcome” speech and sing “Happy Birthday” in a festive marking of the 59th anniversary.

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The popularity of Disneyland through the past 59 years celebrates Walt Disney’s dream of a place where family members of all ages can have fun together in a safe, clean atmosphere that emphasizes imagination and extraordinary guest service. Since 1955, dignitaries, heads of state, celebrities and more than 700 million guests have passed through the gates of a place that Walt imagined as “a source of joy and inspiration to the world.”

Disneyland transformed the amusement industry with an entirely new concept in family entertainment: a “theme park” where rides, shows and characters become part of a total storytelling environment. In the nearly six decades since it opened, the Disneyland Resort has continued to use creativity, technology and innovation to bring stories to life, while fulfilling Walt’s promise that “Disneyland will never be completed … as long as there is imagination left in the world.”

A Frightfully Good Time Awaits Disney Cruise Line Guests this Halloween

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Disney Cruise Line will treat guests sailing this fall to a wickedly good time as the Disney ships transform into a ghoulish wonderland filled with frightfully fun events and activities, special decorations, unique menu items in the restaurants and themed parties on deck.

In 2014, Halloween on the High Seas takes place on most voyages aboard all Disney Cruise Line ships from September through October. This extra-spooky celebration features Halloween-themed parties, lively entertainment and elaborate décor, including The Pumpkin Tree, which magically transforms throughout the cruise.

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Other special experiences include:

Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party, a celebration in addition to Pirate Night with games, dancing and lots of candy! Beloved Disney characters, wearing special Halloween costumes just for the occasion, will join guests for this fun-filled costume party.

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A Nightmare Before Christmas—Sing and Scream, an interactive movie experience where guests are part of the action, followed by a meet-and-greet with Jack Skellington and Sally.

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Haunted Stories of the Sea, where the bravest cruisers gather under the stars to hear some true—or not so true—tales of the sea told by a mysterious sea captain storyteller.

Creepy Cabaret, a party in the atrium featuring favorite Halloween-themed music performed live by a band of ghostly musicians.

Halloween Isn’t Just For Kids: For adults, the nighttime entertainment district on each Disney ship becomes the ghoulish setting for a costume contest and a Villainous Takeover on the dance floor.

Spooky Movies: To get guests into the spirit of the season, Halloween-themed movies will be shown in Buena Vista Theatre, on Funnel Vision by the family pool and in guest staterooms.

Ghoulish Delights: Disney Cruise Line chefs have conjured some very special treats for Halloween, including chocolate cake with pumpkin filling, spider cakes and “Spooky Juice.”

More spooky fun includes mask-making and a ghostly takeover of the ship announcements!

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To celebrate Halloween, the Disney Magic sails three-, five- and seven-night Bahamian and Caribbean cruises departing Sept. 27 to Oct. 26; the Disney Wonder sails four-, five- and six-night Bahamian cruises departing Sept. 26 to Oct. 31; the Disney Dream sails three- and four-night Bahamian cruises departing Sept. 7 to Oct. 31; and the Disney Fantasy sails seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises departing Sept. 6 to Oct. 25.

July 15, 2014

Trattoria al Forno Replaces Kouzzina at Boardwalk

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Disney has announced that Italy will replace Greece on the Boardwalk starting in December 2014.

Look for simple foods "trattoria" baked in an oven (al forno) at the new eatery serving dishes from Italy's various regions. Everything from Neopolitan pizzas, to pork chop alla Milanese, to house-made cavatelli, polenta and much more. For vegetarians - ruffled campanelle pasta with green beans, roasted potatoes and Genovese pesto. A seasonal risotto will always be on the menu. Paper-thin Italian meets, olives, caponata, pastas, fresh seafood and vegetables will all be part of the dining experience.

Of course, no restaurant would be complete without Italian desserts such as tiramisu, panna cotta, gelatos, and the signature bomboloni (Italian donut holes) with dark chocolate and vanilla gelato.

Wines will all be from around Italy including Tuscany, Veneto and Piedmont. Over 25 wines by the glass and over 60 different bottles. There will even be a signature-blend Italian coffee roasted just for the Trattoria.

Kouzzina closes September 30, 2014.

More details as they are released.

TripAdvisor Names SeaWorld's Discovery Cove #1 Amusement Park in the World

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ORLANDO, Florida – July 15, 2014 – Today, for the second consecutive year, Discovery Cove® in Orlando was named the No. 1 amusement park in the world in the 2014 TripAdvisor® Travelers’ Choice™ Amusement Parks and Water Parks category. The Travelers’ Choice awards are determined based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travelers. Discovery Cove receives top ratings based on the guests’ awe-inspiring encounters with exotic animals in a resort-style, tropical oasis setting.

“Today calls for a celebration. We’re honored that Discovery Cove has been recognized on the world’s stage once again for its ability to deliver an unforgettable vacation experience. Daily we witness dreams come true – families bond, friendships strengthen and lifetime memories are made. Our up-close animal interactions inspire and give guests a greater appreciation for our planet and its incredible species,” said Stewart Clark, vice president of Discovery Cove.

Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive day resort in which guests enjoy a one-of-a-kind opportunity to swim with dolphins, rays and tropical fish and hand-feed exotic birds. At Discovery Cove, guests experience the most exciting animal encounters the world has to offer in a breathtaking tropical atmosphere. Discovery Cove is a paradise of rocky lagoons surrounded by lush landscaping, tropical reefs, winding rivers, a resort-style pool complete with waterfalls, and pristine white-sand beaches.

Located in the heart of the world’s largest theme park destination, guests often describe Discovery Cove as a “vacation within a vacation.” According to TripAdvisor reviews, visitors value the park’s all-inclusive offerings. From meals and snacks to snorkels and sunscreen, everything is included. Fourteen-day park admission to both SeaWorld® Orlando and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark™ is also part of the day resort package.

Discovery Cove’s sister parks in Florida also celebrate honors today. In the Amusement Parks category, SeaWorld Orlando is ranked No. 7 in the U.S., No. 11 in the world and Busch Gardens® Tampa is ranked No. 10 in the U.S. In the Water Park category, Aquatica Orlando is ranked No. 3 in the U.S. and No. 9 in the world. To see all of the 2014 Travelers’ Choice winners, visit http://prn.to/1jLJb9p.

For reviews on Discovery Cove, visit TripAdvisor.com. To book a reservation, visit DiscoveryCove.com or call 1-877-434-7268. Stay connected on http://www.facebook.com/discoverycove.

About Discovery Cove
Discovery Cove is part of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, which operates 11 parks across the U.S. including SeaWorld parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio; Busch Gardens parks in Tampa, Fla. and Williamsburg, Va.; Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio; Sesame Place near Philadelphia, Pa.; and water parks Adventure Island in Tampa and Water Country USA in Williamsburg.

The 11 parks play host to 25 million guests each year and employ 26,000 people nationwide. To learn more, visit SeaWorldParksandEntertainment.com or call toll-free 1-888-800-5447. Additionally, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment created the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, a non-profit, private charitable foundation committed to supporting wildlife and habitat conservation, research, education and animal rescue programs worldwide. Learn more at SWBG-ConservationFund.org.

July 12, 2014

D23 Disney Fanniversary Tickets on Sale to General Public

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The Official Disney Fan Club Brings Roadshow Event to Burbank, San Diego, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Orlando, and Washington, D.C.
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Guests Will Celebrate Favorite Disney Movies, Attractions, Music, Television Shows, Characters, and More.

Tickets are now on sale to the general public for the D23 Disney Fanniversary Celebration presented by Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection. The live event will bring Disney magic to 11 cities across the U.S., commemorating dozens of milestones celebrating landmark anniversaries this year.

Included in the 105-minute show created by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are tributes to beloved classics such as: Donald Duck’s 80th anniversary, the 1964"65 New York World’s Fair, Sleeping Beauty, Haunted Mansion, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, The Little Mermaid, the Disney Afternoon, The Lion King, Splash Mountain, and many more. Plus, Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection will debut never-before-heard songs from the upcoming releases honoring Sleeping Beauty and The Little Mermaid. The show will also feature exclusive video interviews with Disney Legends, luminaries, and celebrities sharing stories about the “Fanniversary” to which they contributed.

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In addition, following each show, two rare items from the Walt Disney Archives will be on display for guests to see and photograph: a hat worn by Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins, and a “Duckster” award. Created in 1952, this bronze-colored award in the image of Donald Duck honored those who made significant contributions to Disney over the years. Both Walt Disney and Donald Duck himself were among the recipients of this unique honor.

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Tickets for the general public are available now for $40 each. Specially priced tickets are available for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club. Tickets are available at D23.com/Events. The touring schedule is as follows:

· August 9: Burbank, Calif.

· August 10: San Diego

· August 16 & 17: San Francisco

· September 6: Chicago

· September 13: Seattle

· September 20: Atlanta

· September 21: Philadelphia

· September 26: Washington, D.C.

· September 28: New York City

· October 4: Boston

· October 25: Orlando


For times, locations, and additional details, please visit the event listing page.

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