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This D23-Exclusive Lucasfilm Pin Set Celebrates 50 Blockbuster Years

Celebrate Lucasfilm’s legacy of innovative storytelling with this boxed pin set created just for D23 Gold Members!

Take home 50 years of filmmaking magic with this boxed pin set created just for D23. Spanning half a century, these beautiful enamel pins feature the Lucasfilm 50th-anniversary logo and five milestone moments from Star Wars: A New Hope, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Willow, Red Tails, and Star Wars: The Mandalorian! These D23 Gold Member-exclusive pins, set inside a custom embossed tin, are the perfect way to commemorate this golden anniversary.

This boxed pin set, a limited edition of 1,500, will be available exclusively to D23 Gold Members on shopDisney at 7 a.m. PT on May 24, 2021.

To purchase, you must log in to shopDisney.com with the Disney account tied to D23 Gold Membership. Pin sets are $89.99 each, plus applicable sales tax. Maximum of one (1) pin set for purchase per D23 Gold Member for online orders.

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Muppets Haunted Mansion Halloween Special Premieres This Fall On Disney+

Gonzo and Pepe the King Prawn announced the Muppets first-ever Halloween special, “Muppets Haunted Mansion,” debuting this fall exclusively on Disney+. The brand-new special will feature a star-studded Muppets cast, celebrity cameos, all-new music and spooky fun for families to enjoy together. 

The announcement was made today to help celebrate the Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products’ “Halfway to Halloween” event.

“Muppets Haunted Mansion” takes place on Halloween night, when Gonzo is challenged to spend one very daring night in the most grim grinning place on Earth …The Haunted Mansion.

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Turning The Tables With Robin Roberts To Premiere On Disney+ July 30

Disney+ announced that “Good Morning America” and ABC News co-anchor Robin Roberts will host and executive produce “Turning the Tables With Robin Roberts,” a four-episode series featuring intimate round table conversations with female celebrities from all walks of life. LeBron James will serve as an executive producer on the series with his media conglomerate, The SpringHill Company. In addition to Roberts and James, the assembled team of executive producers is comprised of women, BIPOC and members of the LGBTQ+ community. “Turning the Tables with Robin Roberts” will premiere Friday, July 30, on Disney+.

In each episode, Roberts sits down with three famous women who share experiences that are both personal and moving. As the show’s title suggests, the guests often “turn the tables” and interview Roberts and each other in heartfelt and often humorous conversations that showcase authenticity and vulnerability. Guests include Debbie Allen, Sofia Carson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jenna Dewan, Sheila E., Melissa Etheridge, Mickey Guyton, Betsey Johnson, Billie Jean King, Tig Notaro, Raven-Symoné and Josie Totah.

“This project is very personal to me, and I’m proud to bring it to Disney+,” said Roberts. “The guests we’ve assembled are an amazing group of women who have all achieved great success in their various careers. Although they represent different age groups and backgrounds, they were all willing to open up and share their unique stories with honesty and humor. I welcome viewers to come along with me on this journey as we learn about the importance of expressing vulnerability and connecting with others.” 

These conversations delve deeper and are more candid than traditional interviews. In one episode, Roberts and her guests explore their identity, both personally and professionally, and the insecurities they’ve faced in their careers. Other segments feature topics such as overcoming both health and emotional issues and experiences that have led them toward the freedom to live their own truth.

During Roberts’ tenure as co-anchor of “Good Morning America,” the broadcast has won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning Program and the 2017 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Daytime TV Hosting Team. She has been honored with the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, as well as the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, and was named one of Glamour’s Women of the Year. Roberts founded her own production company, Rock’n Robin Productions, which creates original broadcast and digital programming for ABC and other networks, ranging from informational shows and documentaries to live special events. 

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Cast Member Costumes Revealed For Avengers Campus

Not all heroic deeds require a super suit, but when they do, be sure you’re dressed to spring into action! The cast members at Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort certainly excel when it comes to this, as the newly revealed costumes for the land are cool and comfortable, in addition to helping ground guests in the immersive storytelling of the land.

When Avengers Campus opens on June 4, visiting guests will find cast members donning these new, colorful costumes that celebrating the rich history of the land, while continuing to explore its path forward!

Cast members at WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure will wear costumes that feature modern, techy emblems and materials made of lightweight, breathable fabrics with stretch for movement and flexibility. Accentuated with the WEB spider logo, find the design across their shirts, coats, and even hats!

Considering what the cast members at Pym Test Kitchen are cooking up with a splash of “Pym Particles,” these costumes feature the particle design on the hat in addition to the tie. Plus, they’ve got a unique look with the likes of a lab coat and Pym pocket protector!

Over at the Ancient Sanctum, cast members layer unique pieces that cast a dramatic silhouette with rich textures and sewing techniques inspired by the Mystic Arts.

As for the food carts in Avengers Campus, cast members will wear unique aprons, corresponding to their current location. One apron is inspired by classic New York City food carts for Shawarma Palace, and for Terran Treats, it’s inspired by Guardians on the Galaxy—Mission: BREAKOUT! for Terran Treats.

Back at Avengers Headquarters, the campus uniform includes cargo bottoms, a training shirt and a tactical-inspired vest that are comfortable, lightweight and breathable, so cast can be ready to take on any mission that comes their way.

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Dwayne Johnson & Emily Blunt Set Sail In Jungle Cruise On The Summer Cover of Disney Twenty-Three

 

The summer 2021 issue of Disney twenty-three is making a splash (and if you don’t believe us, you’re in… de-Nile) showcasing Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt in an exclusive wrap-around cover to celebrate the July 30 opening of the rollicking adventure Jungle Cruise. Editor-in-chief Max Lark journeyed to the backside of water, visiting the breathtaking tropical set of the film to speak with its stars and creative team about turning the beloved Disney Parks favorite into a thrilling new movie. Fans also get a fascinating look at the creation of Jungle Cruise for Disneyland and the exciting changes in store for the attraction this year.

Plus, in honor of Lucasfilm’s 50th anniversary, every issue of the publication will be shipped with a poster created exclusively for D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, featuring stunning poster artwork from every film the studio has made over the past five decades, including rarely seen images from one-sheets around the world.

Also in the new issue, which is available exclusively to D23 Gold Members, Tom Hiddleston discusses spinning off the wickedly wonderful Loki for his new Marvel Studios series on Disney+ and bringing an entirely “new” version of the God of Mischief to life. Hiddleston’s on-screen brother, Chris Hemsworth, dons a different kind of (swim)suit as he takes a dip with some apex predators for National Geographic’s Shark Beach, as the avid surfer and environmentalist dives beneath the surface of what we know about the toothy creatures. And Disney twenty-three goes behind-the-seams with Academy Award winner Emma Thompson for a special look at the ferociously fashion-forward Cruella, coming to theaters and Disney+ Premier Access May 28. 

And on June 4, Super Hero fans will assemble at Disney California Adventure for the opening of Avengers Campus, a stunning new land where guests will be able to sling webs with Spider-Man and eat enormous pretzels thanks to “Pym” technology. Amidst stunning photography, the Imagineers and creators of the Campus detail its creation and what guests can expect, and it’s… super. 

Also included in the Summer issue of Disney twenty-three:

– Monsters, Inc. is beefing up its workforce, as Ben Feldman joins the team in the hilarious new Disney+ animated series Monsters At Work
– Journey to the seaside (with some lovable sea monsters) as star Jacob Tremblay and Luca’s creative team reveal details about the new Pixar film
– Behind the Attraction, coming to Disney+, uncovers fascinating facts and surprising stories about Disney park favorites
– Walt’s original princess enjoys new adventures with Disneyland’s reimagined Snow White’s Enchanted Wish
– It’s a new generation of fun as the Turner & Hooch series arrives on Disney+ with just the right amount of slobber
– Star Jeffrey Wright and producer Brad Winderbaum get animated for Marvel Studios’ new colorful series What If…?, coming to Disney+
– Regular features including By the Numbers, Character Analysis, and Ask the Walt Disney Archives

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s nearly 100-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic year-round through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive offers and discounts; and special experiences for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($99.99), Gold Duo Membership ($129.99), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com. complimentary) levels at d23.com. 

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Skywalker Legacy Lightsaber Set – Leia Organa Hilt & Reforged Skywalker Hilt – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Limited Edition

The Skywalker Legacy Lightsaber Set – Leia Organa Hilt & Reforged Skywalker Hilt – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Limited Edition sold out immediately on Star Wars Day (May 4th) but I still think it’s worth sharing. The cost was $375.

This set includes two highly detailed lightsaber hilts: the Reforged Skywalker Legacy hilt and Leia Organa’s Legacy hilt. These elegant weapons of a more civilized age come direct from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Each activates sound effects and illuminates in blue when you attach one of our Lightsaber Blades, sold separately. Hilts come in a decorative box, which plays ”The Force” theme when opened.

Features:

– Limited Edition of 3,000
– Individually numbered
– Set includes two hilts and case
– Leia Organa Legacy Hilt inspired by Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
– Reforged Skywalker Legacy Hilt inspired by Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
– Includes hilt case with hinged lid, metal latch closure and cushioned interior
When opened, case plays John Williams’ The Princess Appears (commonly known as The Force theme)
– A unique crest of the Rebel Alliance is featured on front of case with the word “Jedi” in Aurebesh
– Other Aurebesh phrases translate to ”Legacy Lightsabers” and ”Skywalker Legacy”
– Push switch on hilt to activate lightsaber noises and illuminate an attachable – Lightsaber Blade in blue, sold separately
– Battery case in handle
– Inspired by Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World and Disneyland

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Watch The Becoming Cruella Featurette

Cinema’s most notoriously fashionable villain is ready to make trouble in the new featurette, “Becoming Cruella.

Disney’s all-new live-action feature film “Cruella,” starring Academy Award-winners Emma Stone and Emma Thompson arrives in theaters on Friday, May 28 and will also be available on Disney+ with Premier Access for a one time additional fee.

Academy Award winner Emma Stone (“La La Land”) stars in Disney’s “Cruella,” an all-new live-action feature film about the rebellious early days of one of cinemas most notorious – and notoriously fashionable – villains, the legendary Cruella de Vil. “Cruella,” which is set in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, follows a young grifter named Estella, a clever and creative girl determined to make a name for herself with her designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they are able to build a life for themselves on the London streets. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman, a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute, played by two-time Oscar winner Emma Thompson (“Howards End,” “Sense and Sensibility”). But their relationship sets in motion a course of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella. 

Disney’s “Cruella” is directed by Craig Gillespie (“I Tonya”) from a screenplay by Dana Fox and Tony McNamara, story by Aline Brosh McKenna and Kelly Marcel & Steve Zissis. It was produced by Andrew Gunn (“Freaky Friday”), Marc Platt (“Mary Poppins Returns”) and Kristin Burr (“Christopher Robin”), with Emma Stone, Michelle Wright, Jared LeBoff and Glenn Close serving as executive producers. Two-time Oscar- winning costume designer Jenny Beavan (“Mad Max: Fury Road,” “A Room with a View”) creates the dazzling and imaginative costumes, which take on a life of their own. 

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Take A Peek Inside Avengers Campus Before It Opens At Disney California Adventure Park On June 4

Calling all Super Hero recruits! With the opening of Avengers Campus at California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort just a few short weeks away, wonder what’s inside the brand new area? Whether guests are looking for exciting thrills, tasty bites, or even the opportunity to come face to face with some heroes, there’s no telling what surprises are around every corner at Avengers Campus — which actually stands for: Centralized Assembly Mobilized to Prepare, Unite, and Safeguard!

The main entrance to the land is located adjacent to the Worldwide Engineering Brigade, aka WEB for short. Story goes that back in the 1940s, Tony Stark’s father built a Stark Motors factory here in California, and decades later, Tony transformed the site into the Worldwide Engineering Brigade. Now, this is the place where bright innovators like Peter Parker have been assembled by Tony Stark to invent new technologies and equip everyday people to become heroes. Considering the youthful (and sometimes chaotic) budding heroes inside, they’ve left their mark on the area in more ways than one. Check out the colorful graffiti mural located right outside the building!

Next door to WEB is the place to go for something to eat at Pym Test Kitchen, and it’s sure to quench any big (or small) appetites. Not only does the location feature Impossible™ dishes, but Ant-Man and The Wasp use “Pym Particles” to grow and shrink just about everything on the menu. This also applies to the beverage and condiment locations which feature giant cans of soda hoisted high above!

For something sweet, Taneleer Tivan, a.k.a. the Collector, has branched out into intergalactic eats, too. At the Terran Treats food cart, guests can find the Sweet Spiral Ration Churros which feature unique and unexpected flavors. As for the Collector’s fortress (a late addition to the Campus, you know how Taneleer is), when he placed the building here on the edge of the area, it warped the ground immediately causing a cosmic disruption to ooze from the ground below with hues of blues, purples and yellows that glow in the daylight.

For another glowing location, the Ancient Sanctum holds the Orb of Cagliostro, which you just might find come to life at night when it flows with magical energy!

But, the location in the land you might find yourself gravitating towards is Avengers Headquarters! Decked out with more emblematic Avengers “A” than you might be able to count, you may catch a glimpse of the Avengers springing into action, ready to save the day. High atop on the roof, catch a glimpse of a shining Quinjet as a beacon for the campus.

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Disney Parks Reveal ‘Real’ Lightsaber For Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

Disney has unveiled something they’ve been working on for a while: a real-life, working lightsaber.

As part of the many reveals on May the 4th a.k.a. Star Wars Day, Disney Parks released the first video of this glorious play weapon in action.

The saber will be part of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, a new Star Wars attraction coming to Disney World in 2022 that seeks to fully immerse guests in the galaxy far, far away by putting them aboard the Halcyon starcruiser for a multi-day story experience.

Attendees will be able to see characters, like Rey, wield the new lightsaber, which was created by Walt Disney Imagineering to “create dramatic in-person moments previously only seen in films or shows,” a description reads.

Guests’ overall experiences at the Galactic Starcruiser will differ depending on the choices they make and which activities to pursue. Characters aboard include “the starcruiser’s strong and charismatic captain, the ship’s plucky mechanic, heroes of the Resistance,” and more.

According to a press release, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will have a special hub for guests to learn the ancient ways of the lightsaber and face off against a training remote.

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Disney+ Celebrates May The 4th

On May the 4th, otherwise known as Star Wars Day, Disney+ will release a brand-new original Star Wars series, “Star Wars: The Bad Batch;” a first-of-its-kind Star Wars-themed short from “The Simpsons;” and multiple themed cinematic experiences in celebration of a galaxy far, far away.

As a special treat for fans, Disney+ will debut “Maggie Simpson in ‘The Force Awakens From Its Nap,’” a new Star Wars-inspired short, bringing characters from the Star Wars galaxy to the fictional town of Springfield. The new promotional short is the first of several from “The Simpsons” that Disney+ will release throughout the year paying tribute to the service’s marquee brands and titles.

Additionally, to celebrate the creativity and artistry of the Star Wars community, Lucasfilm and Disney+ have commissioned original artwork to take over the service for several days – a first for the platform. A global group of artists and Star Wars fans have created illustrations representing an assortment of Star Wars movies and original series, bringing them to life in their own unique styles. The artwork will be featured on the service until May 9 and will also be available for purchase through Amazon.

Premiering May 4, 2021 at 12:00am PT

“Star Wars: The Bad Batch”

The series follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch (first introduced in “The Clone Wars”) as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch – a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army — each possess a singular exceptional skill which makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew. In the post-Clone War era, they will take on daring mercenary missions as they struggle to stay afloat and find new purpose.

“Maggie Simpson in ‘The Force Awakens From Its Nap’”

In a daycare far, far away… but still in Springfield, Maggie is on an epic quest for her stolen pacifier. Her adventure brings her face-to-face with young Padawans, Sith Lords, familiar droids, Rebel scum, and an ultimate battle against the dark side, in this original short celebrating the Star Wars galaxy.

“Star Wars Biomes”

Take a virtual vacation to some of the Star Wars films’ most iconic and beloved locations like Hoth, Tatooine, and Sorgan as this charming series whisks you off for fly-over tours of a galaxy far, far away.

“Star Wars Vehicle Flythroughs”

Get up-close-and-personal with two of the Star Wars films’ most iconic and beloved ships as this charming content leads viewers on an exploration of the memorable interiors and exteriors of the Millennium Falcon and an Imperial Star Destroyer.

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