31 July 2015

The Hangar Is Coming Along at Downtown Disney



Okay, Disney Fans after a recent trip to Downtown Disney soon to be Disney Springs to check out what's new and exciting, we headed toward the new Boat House Restaurant. We saw a lot of construction walls which are frustrating because if you are as impatient as me, I want to see what's going on behind the scenes. I want those walls to be clear so we can see exactly the progress being made, lol. But I understand progress and the finished product should be a SURPRISE. So finally a peak was visible, the building is taller than the wall and et-voila here are the most recent pics of the The HANGAR. If you are not familiar with why or what this restaurant/bar is all about here's a little info on it..

Big Fans of the Indiana Jones series are ecstatic about this place because it is in fact based on the movie series. If you remember in the first movie when Indy is running and gets in the plane, his pilot with the pet snake Reggie is Jock Linsey. And that's where this new really cool bar is coming from. The drawings of the inside look just as awesome as the front looks.
 Now the Important details:
  • In the main room, guests will discover an expansive bar, 
  • aviation decor fills the room, 
  • vintage travel posters cover the walls and 
  • correspondence between Jock, Indy and their fellow adventurers are on display 
And not to be missed because this might be the most exciting part guests can eat, drink = be merry outside as well, in Jocks’ old steamboat, now in permanent dry dock and aptly named “Reggie;” and in nearby seating on the adjacent deck too. We have been watching the progress of this being built from beside where the Boathouse is. It's in a place where that can't be covered up and the boat is clearly visible.
  • The Disney design team has gone to great lengths to ensure that every element from the propeller-based ceiling fans and diving bell “booth” to the “Rolling Boulder Meatballs” on the menu.  It's everything that would fit into the Indy storyline.

  • Seating is for 150 peeps, the venue will also feature unique Indiana Jones cocktails  

3 more great reasons to visit it (like I needed more)

  1. With a prime location along Lake Buena Vista, very pretty,
  2. PLUS very interesting named Drinks and Eats -- this will be a define must try the “Hovito Mojito” with Barsol Quebranta Pisco, fresh lime juice and simple syrup, yum! 
  3. This also sounds awesome - small plates of “Air Pirates Everything Pretzels” with house-made mustard and beer cheese fondue.  
Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is set to open this 
Fall!!


Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!!


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21 July 2015

THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS PRESENTS UPCOMING FILM SLATE AND MORE AT D23 EXPO 2015




More exciting news from D23 and we can't wait to be there.

‘Can’t Miss’ Offerings Include Frozen Sing-Along, Toy Story 20th Anniversary, Star Wars, and Secret Special Guests


BURBANK, CA – July 21, 2015 – The Walt Disney Studios offers an exclusive look at its upcoming projects from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm at D23 EXPO 2015, taking place August 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

The Studio will unveil its animation and live-action film slates via two huge Hall D23 presentations featuring surprise guests and many unforgettable moments. Other not-to-be-missed events include a Frozen FANdemonium musical celebration with Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and the 20th anniversary celebration of Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story with John Lasseter and the original Pixar crew. 


HALL D23 PRESENTATIONS:

17 July 2015

Marvel ANT-MAN, Better Than Ultron? #MovieReview


Marvel has a new mega hit on it's hands!! We got a sneak peek of Ant-Man tonight and OMG I loved it, I was beyond amazed and entertained. It was without a doubt one of the best Marvel movies I have seen this year, yes folks even better than Ultron, I know it kills me to say that. To tell the truth I didn't know much about this Marvel character from the comics, it was like Guardians of the Galaxy for me, not much know about either. I wasn't sure how I would like it and I was so amazingly surprised. The story is fantastic and the acting is right on point. Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas are excellent as Ant-Man (Scott Lang) and Dr. Hank Pym. There were also surprises, as in all Marvel movies, I try not to give anything away but, as usual do not leave until the very last credits goes by, the end scene to this is Freakin' amazing, I mean blow you away! I left the movie wanting more and needing the next ANT-MAN movie, which is promised at the end. He was indeed a great super hero. Speaking of strong characters I also thought Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne was amazing. She was strong, could hold her own in a fight and has a big surprise at the end of the movie - this will tie into the next Ant-Man movie. We also learn a lot about her mom -  the WASP. 


It had a lot of humor, jokes and Paul Rudd is so likable. I think what makes him great in this role is he is so relatable, an ordinary guy with a suit that makes him extraordinary. His devotion to doing good and being the hero was something that fit perfectly in this story. Dr. Hank Pym, has such an ethical compass it was truly to be admired. Not only did he want to do the right thing and protect his amazing invention - the Ant-Man suit and the Pym Particle which is what makes the suit work.


He was equally smart and passionate scientist about the future. And as I learned some more surprising things about him below, my jaw dropped. 


Dr. Pym as I learned was also in S.H.I.E.L.D. and knew Howard Stark and Peggy Carter who were also in this movie. He was afraid of letting any Stark (Howard or Tony) getting a hold of his invention - the ANT-MAN technology.

And as you may have seen in one of the clips - there is an appearance by Falcon as he and Ant-Man meet and I won't give that whole scene away but a fight happens between the two. Wow, right, you have to see it because I don't want to tell you why!! And another surprise from Avengers is we see one of the locations from Ultron is in this movie. Can't say anymore than that, just keep saying wow.

This movie is a must see! There is some cursing and probably the little ones won't notice, but it is still it's there.



Big Thanks to Marvel Pictures for making this awesome movie and giving me an early preview of it. Enjoy!!


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Universal Studios Orlando - Insidious: To possess #HHN25




DARE TO ENTER THE FURTHER…
INSIDIOUS FRANCHISE TO POSSESS UNIVERSAL’S HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS 

Hit Supernatural Film Series to Become All-New Haunted Mazes in Orlando and Hollywood, Featuring Scenes from the Newly-Released Third Chapter


This year in ORLANDO, Fl. – scary happenings this fall, it’s not the maze that’s haunted - …YOU ARE.
                                                                            
The twisted minds behind Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood are teaming up with Focus Features and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to create all-new mazes based on the chilling Insidious film franchise. The announcement comes after the third installment of the film, Insidious: Chapter 3, hit theaters to terrify moviegoers.

At both Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando, event goers will be transported into some of the most sinister scenes from all three films in the Insidious franchise. Guests will investigate unexplained phenomena in the Lambert family’s eerie Victorian home and find themselves at the ghastly séance that unleashes chaos and horror. They’ll journey into “The Further” – a supernatural realm that houses tormented spirits – and face deadly ghosts and demons like the Woman in Black and Red-Faced Demon who will stop at nothing to infiltrate the world of the living. 

16 July 2015

Detailed News! For Mickey Mouse and Baseball Fans

MICKEY MOUSE BRINGS THE MAGIC OF DISNEY TO THE BALLPARK WITH THE

 TEAM MICKEY ALL-STAR BASEBALL TOUR

ANNOUNCING THREE GAME DAY CELEBRATIONS FILLED WITH SPECIAL
MICKEY MOUSE-THEMED ACTIVITIES, GIVEAWAYS AND MORE!

Atlanta Braves at St. Louis Cardinals - July 26
Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers - August 9
San Diego Padres at Colorado Rockies - August 16

LAUNCHING A NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES TO VISIT ESPN WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS COMPLEX AND PLAY IN A SELECT BASEBALL TOURNAMENT 
GLENDALE, Calif., July 15, 2015 – The #TeamMickey All-Star Baseball Tour kicks off this summer, allowing fans of all ages to celebrate two beloved All-American icons: baseball and Mickey Mouse. Fans can join the fun-filled celebration in three weekend games in 2015: Atlanta Braves at St. Louis Cardinals (7/26) – Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers (8/9) – San Diego Padres at Colorado Rockies (8/16).   At each game, attendees will enjoy exciting Mickey Mouse-themed activities, an on-field celebration, giveaways and special surprises throughout the day.

Each team offers a special ticket package available for purchase now, which includes a limited edition co-branded Mickey Mouse hat from New Era and the experience of enjoying Mickey Mouse-themed entertainment. To purchase, fans can visit:

Marvel Unveils Lots of Heroic Products Inspired by Small but Mighty "Ant-Man"


WOW check out all the stuff to buy based on Marvel newest movie - ANT-MAN!!!!! The kids will love the assortment of products available - check out the Pics below!!

Disney Consumer Products (DCP) and Marvel bring Super Hero adventures to larger than life proportions with the launch of the new product collection inspired by Marvel’s Ant-Man, in theaters July 17, 2015. The cross-category product lineup ranges from costumes, construction sets, action figures and more coming from best-in-class licensees Hasbro, LEGO, Funko, Hot Wheels, Her Universe, New Era, Rubie’s and Uncle Milton. From the clever Ant-Man ant farm to high-flying thrills with character cars and action figures, the exciting array of product will be sure to extend the fun with Marvel’s smallest Super Hero.

Additionally, readers will be able to dive even deeper into Marvel’s Ant-Man universe with books that leverage the unique storytelling of the Marvel Universe. From chapter books to leveled readers to enhanced audio eBooks, the film is supported through a robust publishing program from Disney Publishing Worldwide, Marvel Publishing and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.  

"We’re thrilled to see yet another incredible character from Marvel’s rich comic history be brought to life on the big screen for fans of all ages,” said Paul Gitter, senior vice president, Marvel Licensing. “Our partners have creatively used this new opportunity to immerse fans into the Ant-Man adventure with products that are anything but diminutive.”  

The next evolution of Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel's Ant-Man. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. 


Marvel’s Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, Judy Greer as Maggie, Tip "T.I." Harris as Dave, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Wood Harris as Gale, Jordi Mollà as Castillo and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym.
Marvel’s Ant-Man products are available now at national retailers, specialty stores, and Marvel.com. In addition to the collection of product available at DisneyStore.com and Disney Store locations nationwide, Ant-Man is included in the “Personalization Shop” on DisneyStore.com that allows Marvel fans to personalize a variety of items that feature their favorite characters from the film.
Highlights from the product line include:
 



Figures, Vehicles & Construction:
·         Marvel Infinite Series Ant-Man 3.75 Inch Figure with Flying Ant by Hasbro ($19.99) 
·         Marvel Titan Hero Series Ant-Man by Hasbro ($19.99)
·         LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Ant-Man Final Battle ($21.99)
·         Marvel’s Ant-Man Ant Farm by Uncle Milton ($16.99)
·         Marvel’s Ant-Man Action Figure by The Disney Store ($24.95)
·         Pop! Vinyl Figure – Marvel’s Ant-Man ($9.99)
·         Ant-Man Character Car and Track Set by Hot Wheels ($3.49 per car/$14.99 track set)

Costumes & Role-Play:
·         Marvel’s Ant-Man Costume by The Disney Store ($44.95)
·         Marvel’s Ant-Man Costume by Rubies ($34.99)

Adult, Teen & Children’s Apparel: 
·         Marvel’s Ant-Man Hooded Long Sleeve Tee for Kids by The Disney Store ($22.95)
·         Marvel’s Ant-Man Women’s Tank by Her Universe ($19.99)
·         Marvel’s Ant-Man Men’s T-Shirts ($19.99-$28)

Accessories: 
·         Marvel’s Ant-Man Backpacks ($14.99-$16.99)
·         Marvel’s Ant-Man Hats by New Era ($29.99-$55.99)
·         Marvel’s Ant-Man Character Peel and Stick Wall Decals by York ($19.99)
·         Marvel’s Ant-Man Soft Lunch Kit by Thermos($7.99)






Publishing: 
·         Marvel's Ant-Man Prelude TPB ($14.99 US)
·         Marvel's Ant-Man: The Art Of The Movie Slipcase HC ($49.99 US)
·         Ant-Man Vol. 1: Second-Chance Man TPB ($15.99 US)
·         Ant-Man: Natural Enemy Prose Novel HC ($24.99 US)
·         Ant-Man: Zombie Repellent ($5.99 US/$6.50 CAN)   
·         Marvel’s Ant-Man Junior Novel Audiobook by Blackstone Audio 
·         Marvel’s Ant-Man: The Junior Novel by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers ($6.99) 

Disney Interactive Sets N. American Release Date for Infinity 3.0, Offers Pre-Order Incentive




 CHECK THIS Cool info below!!!
Assets Released for Toy Box Expansion Games

Disney Interactive announced that the Disney Infinity 3.0 EditionStarter Pack, featuring the Star Wars Twilight of the Republic Play Set, will be available in North America on August 30, 2015.

 The following will also be available at launch:
·         Star Wars Twilight of the Republic Play Set (Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano figures included) for players who choose to digitally download the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Software; additional standalone figures (Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi) and Power Disc Pack
·         Star Wars Rebels™ figures (Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger, Sabine Wren, and Zeb Orrelios)
·         Star Wars™ Saga Starter Pack
·         Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out Play Set (Joy and Anger figures included) and additional standalone figures (Sadness, Disgust and Fear)
·         Disney figures (Mickey, Minnie, Mulan, Olaf, Sam Flynn and Quorra)
·         Tomorrowland Power Disc Pack

Additional Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Play Sets and figures will be available throughout the fall.

Fans who pre-order a Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack at participating retail stores will receive an early copy of the Toy Box Expansion Game, Toy Box Takeover, an action-adventure valued at $19.99, featuring multiplayer gameplay allowing players to use all of their favorite Disney Infinity characters across Star Wars™, Marvel, Disney and Disney•Pixar.

ABC Announces Exclusive Q&A's #ONCE and Autograph Sessions At D23 Expo 2015

More exciting EPIC News coming to the D23 Fan EXPO!  -  I couldn't be more excited to be going and covering all the ABC TV action. I'm a big FAN of ONCE as you know and I know many of you are too - so come back for more details on this and other Spectacular News!!!! Don't forget we will be Periscoping and Podcasting as well as pics of all the exciting moments from the Expo.... right here on this blog.

THE ABC TELEVISION NETWORK SPOTLIGHTS THE CREATIVE FORCES AND STARS FROM SOME OF ITS MOST EXCITING SHOWS AT D23 EXPO 2015, WITH EXCLUSIVE Q&As AND AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS

“Once Upon a Time” Panel Features Series Creators/Executive Producers Edward Kitsis and
Adam Horowitz, as well as Stars Ginnifer Goodwin and Lana Parrilla, Who Will Talk About Their Hit ABC Series

Find Out What It’s Like to Work with the Muppets in a Special Panel Featuring the Talented Performers Working on the New ABC Primetime Series “The Muppets”

Autograph Sessions Set Throughout the Weekend with Some of Your Favorite Stars from “black-ish,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “The Goldbergs” and “Once Upon a Time”


BURBANK, Calif. – July 16, 2015 – Be among the first to learn the secrets of what’s ahead on ABC’s most anticipated new and returning fall series; hear from some of the fairy tale residents of “Once Upon a Time” and the very talented performers from the new series “The Muppets”; and meet some of your favorite ABC stars in person during special signing sessions at D23 EXPO: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event, where all the worlds of Disney come together, August 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Panels and Presentations

The Magic Behind The Muppets
Friday, August 14, 10:00 a.m., Stage 23
Calling all Muppet fans! Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work with the Muppets? Here’s your chance to find out firsthand when ABC presents a panel on the magic and art of being a Muppet Performer. Join these creative artists and some of your favorite characters, along with a few surprise guests, for a rare and unforgettable demonstration of what it takes to bring these iconic and enduring personalities to life.



Once Upon a Time: An Evening with Snow White & the Evil Queen
Saturday, August 15, 6:00 p.m., Stage 23

“Once Upon a Time’s” savior has gone dark! As Emma Swan transitions into her role as the Dark One, join the resident fairy tale characters as they cope with Emma’s new role and begin the search for Merlin. This is a journey that will take our heroes from the Enchanted Forest to Camelot and along the way bring many surprises, including Merida from “Brave,” as “Once Upon a Time” introduces its first Pixar character. Join co-creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis (“LOST”) and Adam Horowitz (“LOST”) along with series stars Ginnifer Goodwin and Lana Parrilla as they discuss the upcoming season of unexpected twists, evolving characters, new adventures and new rivalries. This panel is sure to bring some surprises you don’t want to miss and an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming season premiere!  The Q&A with this fairy tale team will be moderated by D23’s Jeffrey Epstein.


Appearing On The Show Floor

Autograph Signings
Meet and receive autographs from some of your favorite ABC stars at the Disney | ABC TV Pavilion booth, located on the show floor.  Following is the appearance schedule (subject to change):

Friday, August 14
12:00-12:50 p.m.
"Dancing with the Stars" pro dancers Witney Carson (Season 19 champion) and Allison Holker (Season 20 runner-up)

Saturday, August 15
4:00-4:50 p.m.
"black-ish" stars Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown and Marsai Martin

5:00-5:40 p.m.
"Once Upon a Time" stars to be announced

Sunday, August 16
10:00-10:50 a.m.
"Fresh Off the Boat" stars Randall Park, Constance Wu, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler and Ian Chen

5:00-5:50 p.m.
"The Goldbergs" stars Sean Giambrone and Hayley Orrantia

“Once Upon a Time” Snow White and Evil Queen Doll Collection
Limited Edition of 300, $129.95
Inspired by ABC Studios’ television series “Once Upon a Time,” this collection brings to life the beauty, magic and charm of the iconic fairy tale characters from the show. Exclusively available at Disney Store at D23 EXPO.

Doll Collection Autograph Signing Opportunity with Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White) and Lana Parrilla (The Evil Queen)
Ginnifer and Lana will sign the “Once Upon a Time” Doll Collection, available exclusively at Disney Store at D23 EXPO.  This autograph session will take place on Saturday, August 15 from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. at the ABC booth on the D23 EXPO show floor, and is exclusively for those guests who have purchased one of the dolls.

15 July 2015

#Disney Wordless Wednesday ~ This Is Really Good!! #Foodie Alert


Welcome! This week we celebrate all the Good!!  Life, Love and Especially FOOD!!
 
Focused on the Magic






One of things I love doing is checking out all the different "sweets" at the parks and resorts. You can find many of these at World Showcase in Epcot where I found these in Germany and the other came from Beach Club resort, near the Boardwalk. 

I had a hard time choosing as I'm sure many of us Disney Fans do. lol!
Thanks and Have a Magical Wednesday!! 


And A really big thanks to my friend Deb - join the hop @ http://www.focusedonthemagic.com
and see the pics!! 



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This SO Cute!!! LITTLE #ANT-MAN Video



#AntMan/ANT-MAN opens in theaters everywhere this Friday, July 17th!

This is such a cute video, I hope you enjoy it. Please let me know what you think in the comments below!!



Like ANT-MAN on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/antman

Follow ANT-MAN on Twitter: https://twitter.com/antman

Visit the official ANT-MAN site: http://marvel.com/antman 




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14 July 2015

Eight New #DisneyLegends to be Honored During D23 Expo 2015


George Lucas, Danny Elfman, Susan Lucci, Andreas Deja and Other Remarkable Contributors To Be Celebrated In A Special Awards Ceremony Hosted By Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger On Friday, August 14.

This is going to be awesome to see! Congrats to each of them - July 14, 2015 – Star Wars creator George Lucas, composer Danny Elfman, All My Children star Susan Lucci, Disney Animator Andreas Deja and other beloved contributors to the Disney legacy will be named and honored as official Disney Legends during D23 EXPO 2015 at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 14, in Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The ceremony will be hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, and will include special musical performances.


The Disney Legends Awards program is a 28-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, and the first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy DogThe Absent-Minded ProfessorThe Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987. The three-day EXPO provides the opportunity for Disney fans to be a part of the memorable and prestigious event.

“The Disney Legend Award is our highest honor, and we are incredibly proud to recognize these eight talented individuals who have contributed so much to the world of entertainment and the Disney legacy,” said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. “Their vision and dedication to their work have brought joy to audiences around the globe and earned them a place in Disney history.” 

The 2015 Disney Legend Award honorees (listed alphabetically) are:

GEORGE BODENHEIMER, who retired from his role as Executive Chairman of ESPN in May 2014, enjoyed a remarkable 33-year career that began in the company’s mailroom in 1981. Working his way through the ranks, he became executive vice president of sales and marketing in 1996, before being named the network’s fifth president in 1998. He held that role until 2012, when he stepped down from day-to-day operations. 

ANDREAS DEJA is a link to Disney’s past and one of the greatest animators of its modern era. Deja is known for his rich portraits of villainy, having animated Gaston for Beauty and the Beast, Jafar for Aladdin, and Scar for The Lion King. He has also brought life to heroes such as mighty Hercules, the precocious Lilo (Lilo & Stitch), regal King Triton (The Little Mermaid), wise Mama Odie (The Princess and the Frog), and loveable Tigger (Winnie the Pooh). In 2007, he was awarded the prestigious Winsor McCay Award for his contributions to the art of animation. 

EYVIND EARLE, one of the greatest of Disney artists, brought his unique style to a number of memorable projects but perhaps the purest realization of his vision remains the visual styling and backgrounds for the Disney classic Sleeping Beauty. Earle’s career with Disney began in 1951, working on background artwork for Peter Pan. He created the look of the 1953 animated short Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom, which won an Academy Award® for Best Short Subject, Cartoons in 1954. His most noticeable contribution, however, remains his work on Sleeping Beauty. The film’s eye-catching look, in its design and backgrounds, are the perfect representation of his unique style.

DANNY ELFMAN provided the songs and score for The Nightmare Before Christmas, for which he also provided the singing voice of Jack Skellington. He also scored several Disney films including Alice in Wonderland, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Dick Tracy, Dead PresidentsFlubberGood Will Hunting (Oscar® Nomination: Best Score), A Civil Action, InstinctFrankenweenie, and Oz the Great and Powerful. Elfman also wrote the theme for ABC’s Desperate Housewives and penned the music for the Mystic Manor attraction at Hong Kong Disneyland. His music is featured in Disneyland’s annual Haunted Mansion Holiday. His upcoming Disney projects include Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass.

GEORGE LUCAS, whose Star Wars films made him one of the most successful filmmakers of all time, is also a longtime Disney fan who has left an indelible impression on Disney parks. His first project with Disney was Captain EO, the 1986 3-D spectacular starring Michael Jackson and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Star Tours and Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland, as well as Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril in Disneyland Paris, and two blockbuster Indiana Jones Adventure attractions at Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea round out Lucas’ timeless work in conjunction with Disney. 

SUSAN LUCCI portrayed Erica Kane on ABC’s fabled soap opera All My Children for 41 years, a role that TV Guide deemed unequivocally the most famous character in the history of daytime television, earning Lucci 21 Daytime Emmy® nominations to which she won the prestigious Emmy for Best Actress to an industry-wide standing ovation on her 19th nomination. Shortly thereafter, she received her Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, presented to her by Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. The iconic actress has also appeared on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and Hope & Faith, as well as Disney Channel’s That’s So Raven. Lucci currently stars in the international hit Lifetime series, Devious Maids, produced by ABC Studios, as the wealthy and effervescent socialite, Genevieve Delatour.

JULIE REIHM CASALETTO, who began her Disney career as a tour guide, became Disneyland’s first Ambassador in 1965—a role created to help Walt, who found it increasingly difficult to attend all the events to which he was invited. As Disneyland’s first Ambassador, she was chosen “as a personification of Disneyland’s world-famous spirit of friendliness and happiness.” She became the template upon which decades of Ambassadors would pattern themselves.

CARSON VAN OSTEN helped bring Disney characters to life in a variety of media, all around the world, for three decades. During Van Osten’s tenure, he oversaw creative content for motion picture tie-in advertising, many Disney publications, and also established some of the first licensing style guides for Disney Consumer Products. The talented artist designed logos for Mickey Mouse’s 50th and 60th birthdays, the Walt Disney Studios logo and water tower design, and the Disneyland Hotel clock tower “Mickey” logo in Paris. 

Each honoree receives a two-foot-tall bronze Disney Legends sculpture that signifies the imagination, creativity, and magic they have brought to the Company. Disney Legends Award recipients will also participate in a handprint ceremony at the end of the event, and their bronzed prints will be displayed in the Disney Legends Plaza at the Company’s Burbank headquarters.

Admission to the ceremony will be on a first-come, first-served basis and is included in the price of a ticket to D23 EXPO 2015.

Including this year’s honorees, a total of 257 Disney Legends have been named. Past Disney Legends include Tim Allen, Robin Williams, Julie Andrews, Howard Ashman, Regis Philbin, Annette Funicello, Peter Jennings, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, Alan Menken, Hayley Mills, Fess Parker, Sir Tim Rice, Dick Van Dyke and Barbara Walters.  With the inaugural D23 EXPO in 2009, thousands of Disney fans were able to enjoy the Legends Awards ceremony for the first time. Honorees that year included Robin Williams, Beatrice Arthur, Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan, Betty White, Tony Anselmo, Bill Farmer, Harry Archinal, Don Iwerks, and Leota Toombs Thomas.

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