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March 30, 2015

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Classic Tickets Now Available

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Tickets now available for sixth-annual Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – March 30, 2015 – Overnight packages and event-only tickets are now on sale for the sixth-annual Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic, Friday, October 30, and Saturday, October 31, at www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com and 1-888-828-8850.

A Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic causeway ticket offers guests unlimited tastings at more than 40 stations featuring culinary selections from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants and wine from more than 30 wineries amidst a festive backdrop of live entertainment on the hotel’s scenic causeway. Upgraded ticket options allow guests to enjoy access to a beer garden featuring a wide selection of craft beers and Oktoberfest-inspired cuisine. The event also includes hands-on experiences with the hotel’s chefs and certified beverage experts in a variety of food and beverage seminars.

Several overnight and multiple-night package options are available for the sixth-annual Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic and can be booked by phone at 1-888-828-8850:

Package One, starting at $359, includes overnight accommodations and tickets to the outdoor festival for two

Package Two, starting at $385, includes overnight accommodations, tickets to the outdoor festival and upgraded beer garden access for two

Package Three, starting at $435, includes overnight accommodations, tickets to the outdoor festival, upgraded beer garden access and an interactive seminar experience for two

Individual ticket options are also available for the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic and can be purchased at www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com (pricing is inclusive of tax and service fees):

Advance-purchase, event-only tickets to enjoy unlimited tastings on the causeway are $105 per person

Upgraded tickets, including unlimited tastings on the causeway and access to the beer garden, are $125 per person

Beverage seminars are $45 per person, per class with the purchase of a causeway ticket

Pasta making, sushi and sake, and cheese seminars are $60 per person, per class with the purchase of a causeway ticket

Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron New Featurette

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"Meet Quicksilver & The Scarlet Witch" Featurette

Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk and Chris Evans as Captain America. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.


March 27, 2015

Exclusive Sneak Peek at Tomorrowland Movie at Disney Parks

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For a limited time, beginning mid-April, guests at Epcot in Walt Disney World and Disneyland at the Disneyland resort can get a sneak peek of "Tomorrowland" starring George Clooney and directed by Brad Bird. This is the story of a jaded scientist and an optimistic teen who embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space.

Tomorrowland” will be presented with special in-theater effects at the Imagination Pavilion theater at Epcot and the Tomorrowland Theater at Disneyland park through May 22nd.

Captain EO in Epcot will close temporarily beginning April 10th.

This sneak peek will play roughly every 15-20 minutes throughout the day. No Fastpass+ being offered for the sneak peek,

More details when they become available.

March 26, 2015

D23 Announces Orlando Events for Disney Fans

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SPECIAL SCREENINGS, A MEMBER-EXCLUSIVE SHOPPING OPPORTUNITY WITH MICKEY’S OF GLENDALE, AND A NEW SIP AND STROLL

ADD TO THE OFFICIAL DISNEY FAN CLUB’S ROSTER OF COAST-TO-COAST EVENTS

BURBANK, Calif. – MARCH 26, 2015 – Today, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club announced additional special member events in the Orlando area, adding even more exclusive experiences for fans in Central Florida. On the heels of a D23 Member-exclusive screening of Walt Disney Studios’ live-action Cinderella, the fan club is slated to bring more magic to the Walt Disney World Resort area throughout the rest of the year, including—for the first time—intimate events celebrating classic Disney films similar to what members enjoy at The Walt Disney Studios lot with guest speakers, screenings, and other surprises.

WAKING UP WITH SLEEPING BEAUTY: On the morning of Saturday, April 18, D23 Gold and Silver Members will be able to enjoy this animated classic on the big screen. Special guest, animator and Walt Disney World Creative Designer Lon Smart, will explore the film’s numerous landmark achievements including its unique artistic style and groundbreaking visual effects. Plus, all members will receive a special journal designed to look like the ornate storybook at the beginning of the film.

MICKEY’S OF GLENDALE ORLANDO SHOPPING EVENTS: The Walt Disney Imagineering store is opening up a pop-up shop for D23 Gold and Silver Members. On Saturday, June 6, guests will be able to peruse and purchase signature items from the store’s unique collection. And on Saturday, November 14, members will be able to pick up some key holiday gift items for the Disney fans in their lives—and for themselves.

LET’S GET TOGETHER WITH THE PARENT TRAP: Celebrate this beloved film—starring Hayley Mills in dual roles—with D23 as we present the 1961 hit on the big screen Saturday, June 6. D23’s Steven Vagnini will present a look at the making of the movie with rarely seen photographs and imagery. All attendees will receive a special gift. Plus, guests who attend the screening will receive priority admission on that day to D23’s shopping event with Mickey’s of Glendale.

SIP AND STROLL: D23 brings a new twist to a fan favorite, as members gather in celebration of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival on Saturday, October 3. Attendees will enjoy a continental breakfast, guest speakers, and an insider look at this annual event, now in its 20th year, before sipping and strolling around World Showcase—with some delectable surprises.

Calendar (all events and dates are subject to change):

• April 18: Waking Up with Sleeping Beauty—AMC Downtown Disney 24, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

• June 6: Let’s Get Together With The Parent Trap—AMC Downtown Disney 24, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

• June 6: Mickey’s of Glendale Orlando Shopping Event—Location TBA, Walt Disney World Resort

• October 3: Sip and Stroll—Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, Fla.

• November 14: Mickey’s of Glendale Orlando Shopping Event—Location TBA, Walt Disney World Resort

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. D23 gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($74.99) and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.

New Menu Coming to Studio Catering Company at Disney's Hollywood Studios

The Studio Catering Company at Disney's Hollywood Studios has announced new menu offerings!

Braised Pulled Brisket Sandwich with Munster Cheese, Arugula, and creamy horseradish

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Deli Sandwich with Ham, Salami, Pepperoni, Provolone cheese, creamy pesto spread, pepper relish and Balsamic glaze.

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Panini with Turkey, Swiss, Provolone and Honey Mustard with Tomato Basil Soup

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Lighter fare includes the new Vegetable Wrap with Garlic Herb Spread

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There are 2 new sides: House-made chips and Tomato Basil Soup.


March 24, 2015

Disney Cruise Line to Sail First British Isles Itinerary in 2016

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New ports in Scotland, England, Ireland and France
join other popular destinations for the summer season

CELEBRATION, Fla. (March 24, 2015) – In 2016, Disney Cruise Line is sailing its first British Isles itinerary, visiting Scotland, England, Ireland and France. Throughout the summer of 2016, Disney Cruise Line also will return to Norway, Iceland and ports of call in more than 15 European countries.

In addition to the tour of Europe with limited engagements in the Baltic, Norwegian Fjords, Iceland, British Isles, Greek Isles and the Mediterranean, Disney Cruise Line will revisit favorite destinations elsewhere around the globe including Alaska, the Caribbean and the Bahamas.

Bookings for the new itineraries open to the public on March 26, 2015. More details can be found below.

New British Isles

On June 5, 2016, Disney Cruise Line will sail from Dover, England on its very first British Isles itinerary. The 12-night cruise on the Disney Magic will sail to Invergordon, Kirkwall and Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland; Newcastle and Liverpool, England; Dublin, Ireland; Le Havre (Paris), France; and Guernsey; one of the Channel Islands. All of these, except Kirkwall, are first-time ports of call for Disney Cruise Line.

On this itinerary, guests can explore the majestic beauty of Scotland, experience Highland culture, sample traditional cuisine and spirits, and discover the country’s iconic castles. Elsewhere on the itinerary, guests will experience the merry, cosmopolitan city of Dublin, the culturally rich and romantic Paris, the birthplace of the Beatles and the British Invasion in Liverpool, and the charming countryside of Guernsey.


New Iceland and Norway

Disney Cruise Line guests can explore the natural wonders of Iceland with two new 12-night Disney Magic sailings. Each itinerary includes two days in Reykjavik and a stop in Akureyri, Iceland; Bergen, Norway; and Kirkwall, Scotland. Departing from Dover, England and concluding in Copenhagen, Denmark, the June 17 cruise also visits Stavanger, Norway and Newcastle, England. The July 13 cruise departing from Copenhagen, Denmark and concluding in Dover, England also visits Oslo and Kristiansand, Norway and Invergordon, Scotland.

On this itinerary, three days in Iceland provides time to explore the country’s rich natural wonders such as volcanoes, lava fields, glaciers and thermal springs. In Norway, guests are immersed in the splendor and charm of the country with exciting ports steeped in Viking history.

New Norwegian Fjords from Dover

For the first time, Disney Cruise Line will sail from Dover, England on a seven-night cruise to the majestic Norwegian fjords. Departing on May 29, the Disney Magic will visit Stavanger, Alesund, Geiranger and Bergen, Norway.

In Norway, Disney Cruise Line guests will discover breathtaking natural wonders such as magnificent mountain ranges, massive glaciers and majestic fjords. The enchanting Scandinavian culture of the region comes to life through local attractions, stunning architecture, storybook villages and historic city centers.

More Summer 2016 Itineraries

During the summer of 2016, the Disney Magic will return to favorite destinations in northern Europe, the Greek Isles and the Mediterranean with a variety of seven-night and longer sailings.

From May through August 2016, the Disney Wonder will return to Alaska, sailing from Vancouver, Canada to Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan.

In 2016, the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy will sail from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas and Caribbean on a variety of itineraries. All of these cruises include a stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, visit disneycruise.com, or contact a travel agent. AllEars recommends MouseFanTravel.com

Choose from an array of dazzling destinations and itineraries in 2016:

British Isles — For the first time ever, cruise to the British Isles with Disney Cruise Line for a magical tour of the sights and scenery of Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland, and France.

Northern Europe — Explore the majesty and culture of the Baltic region with stops in Denmark, Sweden and Russia.

Norwegian Fjords — Snow-capped mountains and glittering waters are yours to explore as Disney Cruise Line sails among the fjords of Norway.

Mediterranean —Discover the history and culture of Spain, France and Italy, from quaint seaside villages to ancient ruins.

Mediterranean & Greek Isles — Discover the picturesque seascapes of the Mediterranean as you meander among the coastal paradises of Spain, France and Italy and the gorgeous islands of Greece.

Alaska —Pristine vistas of the Alaskan wild await your arrival as Disney Cruise Line takes you on a tour of the last frontier.

Southern Caribbean — Back by popular demand, Disney Cruise Line returns to San Juan, Puerto Rico in early 2016 as the Disney Wonder sails four cruises to the Southern Caribbean, including to the French island of Martinique, a new port of call.

Western Caribbean — Explore glorious Western Caribbean stops, plus on 8 select sailings experience Star Wars Day at Sea aboard the Disney Fantasy

Eastern Caribbean — Disney Cruise Line sails to the unsoiled splendor of the Eastern Caribbean including a stop at Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.

Bahamas —
Disney Cruise Line sails to the Bahamas on a variety of sun-soaked itineraries. All of these cruises include a stop at Disney's private island paradise, Castaway Cay.

March 22, 2015

Monkey Kingdom - Special Disneynature Video

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U.S. Release Date: April 17, 2015 Narrator: Tina Fey

From Oscar, Sita, Scout, and the countless wild creatures we share this planet with, thank you! Disneynature is making a difference. With every ticket purchased for Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom opening week (4/17 – 4/23), Disney will donate to benefit Conservation International to help benefit monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitat. Feel free to share the video with your readers!

March 21, 2015

Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron Extended TV Spot

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In Theatres May 1, 2015

When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as they battle to save the planet from destruction at the hands of the villainous Ultron.

March 17, 2015

Downtown Disney Disney Springs Transformation Update

The changes to Downtown Disney/Disney Springs continue to evolve.

Here are some recent announcements from the DisneyParksBlog:

Paradiso 37

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Paradiso 37’s expansion capitalizes on its beautiful waterfront setting. “We’re nearly doubling the seating, adding more terrace dining, a new outdoor performance stage and expanding to add a greater presence on the new Disney Springs promenade,” said Rashid Choufani, chief executive officer of Paradiso 37.

The menu, a “Taste of the Americas,” will continue to offer a culinary tour of North, Central and South America, with popular dishes including ceviche, jalapeño burgers, Argentinian skirt steak, whole crispy chicken and Chilean-style salmon. Beverages include wine, beer, and specialty rum and tequila cocktails inspired by the cuisine. (The restaurant takes its name from the 37 countries in the Americas.)

Paradiso 37 will remain open while undergoing renovations.

Planet Hollywood

Planet Hollywood gets a complete makeover – you may not recognize the place as it’s transformed into a four-story stargazing observatory to match the design aesthetic of Disney Springs. While the exterior is turn-of-the-century, the interior will feature spherical, planet-shaped lighting fixtures and stylish finishing to create a welcoming atmosphere for fans to celebrate a new generation of superstar entertainers. And the memorabilia from movies stays, a perfect fit to “Dine Amongst the Stars.”

A new outdoor terrace and outdoor bar space called Stargazers will feature live entertainment while music in the main dining room will include a DJ. Favorites remain on the menu, but look for new tastes too, and a trendy beverage menu – everything from milkshakes and smoothies to wines, bottled and draft beers and cocktails.

New Retail Locations

Several new retail locations have opened in area to be known as The Landing. Once complete, The Landing will be home to memorable dining such as STK, Morimoto Asia and The BOATHOUSE and unique boutique shopping. Here is a brief look at these newest additions.

The Art of Shaving – offers premium grooming essentials for the modern man. The location also has a team of shaving specialists who offer advice to guests on proper grooming techniques. Appointments for a haircut or shave are suggested.

Apex by Sunglass Hut – designed with the athlete, sports and outdoor enthusiast in mind, this shop utilizes innovative technology, such as the Apex Smart Mirror, to help guests find the best choice in sport sunglasses.

Chapel Hats – specializes in fashionable hats and headwear for guests of all ages. The location carries just about any style of hat including fedoras, sun hats, floppy hats, outdoors hats, kid’s hats and more.

Sanuk – creatively inspired footwear designed with non-traditional materials like yoga-mats.

Havaianas – offering “Make Your Own Havaianas” and “Embellish Your Own Havaianas,” this store features a large assortment of Havaianas sandals for women, men and children, plus kids’ rain boots.

Sound Lion – the latest technology in headphones, earbuds, speakers, and other digital sound and music products can be found in this shop. They also provide education in digital music applications that improve the listening lifestyle.

Erin Mckenna’s Bakery NYC – this location will offer the same unsurpassed core vegan, gluten-free menu as its flagship bakery in New York City, and its sister bakery in Los Angeles. Look for a full selection of award-winning donuts, cupcakes, cookies, bagels (with vegan butter!), and other savory items daily.

March 16, 2015

D23 Expo Japan 2015 Announced

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Meguro-ku, Tokyo, March 16, 2015—The Walt Disney Company Japan announced today that it will stage D23 Expo Japan 2015, a special event for Disney fans created by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club. The Expo will take place over three days from November 6 to November 8, 2015 in Maihama in Tokyo Disney Resort.

D23 Expo is a special event held every two years in the U.S. as part of D23’s ongoing engagement with Disney’s most passionate fans. In 2013, Disney launched D23 Expo Japan, a uniquely Japanese event that remains true to D23’s vision for “the ultimate fan event.” The program includes thrilling performances, as well as engaging presentations by Disney executives, and showcases what’s on the horizon from across The Walt Disney Company, including theme parks, movies, television, and music. Themed around “the power of story,” D23 Expo Japan 2015 will bring together fascinating tales from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel.

Expo-exclusive experiences, merchandise, collectibles unavailable elsewhere, and countless other surprises await fans. Ticket and program information will be posted on the Disney Japan website starting in late-April 2015.

The event will also feature a number of exhibitions to delight Disney guests. D23 and the Walt Disney Archives will present a new exhibition focusing on the enduring enchantment of the Disney Princesses, including costumes, artwork, vintage collectibles, and film props. Another exhibit will feature hands-on experiences that will transport fans into the world of such beloved stories as Star Wars, the latest episode of which will be released in December; Toy Story, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year; and, Tokyo Disney Resort,® which will present a special exhibition. Further details will be posted at http://disney.jp/D23 as they become available.

“We heard from a lot of fans about how delighted they were with the D23 Expo we held in 2013, and this Expo promises to be even more spectacular,” said Walt Disney Japan President Paul Candland. “We’re very excited about being able to present this great event once again, and we know our guests will have an incredible experience during the three days we have planned for them. ”

To celebrate D23 Expo 2015 Japan, a Kingdom Hearts fan event will be held on November 3 at Cinema Ikspiari, Tokyo Disney Resort. Program information for the event, Kingdom Hearts―The Theater (working title), will be posted on the official Disney website starting in late April.

D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event has been held three times in the U.S., bringing Disney fans from around the world to Anaheim, California. The next D23 Expo will take place August 14–16, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center and will feature: the 2015 Disney Legends Ceremony; a special exhibit from the Walt Disney Archives; the Expo Emporium, where Disney fans can buy, sell, and trade Disney collectibles, memorabilia, and merchandise; an all-new D23 Expo Design Challenge; and a show floor full of special opportunities to see what’s on the horizon for Disney around the world.

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