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December 3, 2013

D23 Celebrates "23 Days of Disney Christmas" with Ultimate Festive Online Art Exhibit and Sweepstakes

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The Official Disney Fan Club Brings Together Celebrated Artists From Around The Walt Disney Company to Show Their Holiday Spirit-And D23 Members Have a Chance to Win Spectacular Artwork

BURBANK, Calif. - December 3, 2013 - Just in time to celebrate the season, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club has brought back "23 Days of Disney Christmas," a gorgeous collection of work contributed by artists from nearly every corner of The Walt Disney Company, including Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Disney Television Animation, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts' Disney Design Group, Disney Consumer Products, and more. Each day, starting today, December 3, D23.com will unveil a new piece of art that celebrates the holidays. The theme for 2013 is "The Ultimate Gift" -- and D23 asked Disney artists what their favorite characters would most want for the holiday. The results are just as creative as the talents behind them, and 23 lucky D23 Members now have the chance win a lithograph of the work.

Disney Television Animation character designer Tara Billinger, who works on the new Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts, crafted a colorful holiday scene with the "fab six" (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Pluto, and Goofy -- with a "hidden Oswald" thrown in) carting their sleigh through the snow, ready to unwrap some holiday delights.

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Disney Consumer Products principal artist Steven Thompson presents a delightful illustration of Beast giving Belle her "ultimate gift": a library card!

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Other participating creative talents from around the world of Disney include producer Don Hahn (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast), Disney Master Artist Dave Pacheco, Wander Over Yonder executive producer/creator Craig McCracken, Monsters University production designer Ricky Nierva, Disney Consumer Products lead artist Anthony Whitfield, Disney Television Animation's Andy Suriano (Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts), Cris Bernabe-Sanchez of Disney Corporate Creative Resources, Monsters University character design art director Jason Deamer, and Gravity Falls storyboard artist Sabrina Cotugno -- along with more than a dozen other Disney talents.

To add to the fun, D23 has launched the "23 Days of Disney Christmas Sweepstakes," in which members of the Official Disney Fan Club can enter for a chance to win a lithograph of one of the pieces of artwork. D23 Members legally residing in and physically located within the 50 United States or the District of Columbia may enter the sweepstakes beginning today through 10:00 AM (PT), December 26 at D23.com. Winners will be chosen at random and will receive one (1) lithograph. Only one (1) entry allowed per D23 member. There are only twenty-three (23) prizes available to be won. For complete rules, prize details, and eligibility please visit D23.com. No purchase required. Fans can join D23 at Gold, Silver, and Free Membership levels at D23.com and at www.DisneyStore.com/D23. Void where prohibited.

December 20, 2013

'Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade' Airs December 25 on ABC

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Celebrate 30 Years of Disney Holiday Magic on Christmas Morning!
Neil Patrick Harris & Nick Cannon Host 30th Annual Celebration with Performances by Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, Demi Lovato, Jordin Sparks, Jason Derulo and more

Anaheim, Calif. and Lake Buena Vista, Fla.,- Award-winning actors Neil Patrick Harris and Nick Cannon will join television anchor Lara Spencer in the holly jolly spotlight Dec. 25, 2013, to host the "Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade" television special. Harris, star of stage and screen, will host the telecast from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida while Cannon, who hosted last year's "Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade", will head to "The Happiest Place on Earth" at Disneyland Resort. Spencer, a lifestyle journalist and co-anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America," will be the show's special correspondent.

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The 30th annual holiday special will air nationwide Christmas morning at 10 a.m. EST and 9 a.m. CST, MST and PST on ABC-TV. The show also will air in Canada on CBC Network and across the globe on the American Forces Network.

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The festivities at Disneyland Resort in California feature Mary J. Blige singing yuletide carols from her new album, "A Mary Christmas," a duet by "American Idol" Season 6 winner Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo, as well as special performances by Demi Lovato, the cast of "Teen Beach Movie" and Dove Cameron. Season's greetings will be had by all at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida with a gleeful rendition of "Let Me Love You" by Grammy Award-winning R&B artist Ne-Yo, along with star-studded sounds by English-Irish boy band The Wanted, Italian vocal trio Il Volo, "American Idol" Season 12 champion Candice Glover and more.

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Guests are encouraged to visit disney.com/christmasparade for details on the telecast, local broadcast times and talent updates. Guests also can join the conversation online with the hashtag #DisneyParade.


A Morning of Merriment and Magic

Christmas spirit comes to life as Mickey and the gang help celebrate this pixie-dusted season with holiday friends. Classic Disney and Pixar characters spread joy and cheer from festive floats and merry marches at Disneyland Park in California and the Magic Kingdom Park in Florida.


· Mickey and Minnie welcome the season aboard the Christmas tree float with their pal, Duffy the Disney Bear;

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· Elsa and Anna, from Disney's hit animated film "Frozen," make their holiday debut as they join a royal court down Main Street, U.S.A.;

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· Belle and Beast join in the regal procession in a holiday tale as old as time along with Princesses Cinderella, Tiana, Aurora, Ariel, Rapunzel, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Merida, Snow White and Mulan accompanied by Prince Naveen, Prince Phillip, Prince Charming, Prince Eric, Flynn Rider and Aladdin;

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· It's a winter wonderland with the Disney ducks! Everyone's favorite nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, arrive on a Ski Shoppe Float followed by Mr. Bah Humbug himself, Scrooge McDuck;

· Donald and Daisy celebrate in style aboard a chalet trailed by a sprinkling of holiday magic from dazzling ice skaters;

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· A classic Disney holiday parade wouldn't be complete without Goofy, Pluto, and their furry woodland friends, Chip and Dale;

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· Pixie dust and Christmas magic will join Tinker Bell, Peter Pan and Wendy as they "think of the happiest things" this season;

· "Toy Story" stars Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Bullseye and Mr. Potato Head take the season to infinity and beyond.

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· Celebrate time off from school with Monster University students Sully, Mike, Terry, Squishy, Art and Roz, then cruise down the lane with "Cars" stars Lightning McQueen, Mater and more;

· Santa Claus is coming to town! Hearts of young and old will be overjoyed when they see the jolly man in the famous red suit coming down the happiest street in America - Main Street, U.S.A.

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Tune In to the Season's Greetings!

The 30th Annual "Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade" airs Christmas Day on ABC-TV. The show also will air in Canada on CBC Network, and across the globe on the American Forces Network. For viewing times, please reference your local listings or visit disney.com/christmasparade.

*Airtime varies per city/time zone - please check local listings

December 21, 2013

New Characters Coming Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine at Hollywood & Vine

The Disney Parks Blog has announced that 2 new characters will be joining the ever popular Disney Junior Play 'n Dine at Hollywood & Vine character meals!

Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First begin their appearances on January 26, 2014. Doc and Sofia will join Handy Manny and Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates.

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Check out our video of Sofia the First from her debut at the D23 Expo:

2014 Star Wars Weekends Announced

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The ever popular Star Wars weekends for 2014 have been announced. Star Wars Weekends will be held every weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) from May 16-June 8, 2014.

Weekend I: May 16 - 18, 2014
Weekend II: May 23 - 25, 2014
Weekend III: May 30 - June 1, 2014
Weekend IV: June 6 - 8, 2014

Relive the 2013 Star Wars Weekends with our comprehensive coverage HERE

Video Highlights include:

Hyperspace Hoopla

Chip and Dale as Ewoks

Celebrity Motorcade

And much more in our Star Wars Weekends Playlist on YouTube

December 23, 2013

2014 Night of Joy Full Line-Up

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The 2014 Night of Joy will be held in the Magic Kingdom on September 5th and 6th. The entertainment line-up has now been fully announced:

Friday, September 5, 2014:

Hillsong United
Chris Tomlin
Matthew West
For King & Country
Mandisa
Building 429
Matt Maher
The Neverclaim

Saturday, September 6, 2014:

Skillet
Casting Crowns
MercyMe
Israel Houghton & New Breed
Britt Nicole
Colton Dixon
Rhett Walker
We As Human
One Girl Nation

The Night of Joy is a special separate ticketed event held in the Magic Kingdom.

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