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Watch The New Cruella Trailer

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The Walt Disney Company has released a new trailer and poster for its all-new live-action feature film “Cruella,” starring Academy Award-winners Emma Stone and Emma Thompson, directed by Craig Gillespie. The film will release simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access for a one time additional fee on Friday, May 28.

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 & 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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Here’s What You Need To Know About Disneyland Resort’s Reopening

Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park plan to reopen on April 30, with limited capacity! When the two theme parks reopen, there will be enhanced health and safety measures, and capacity will be limited through a new theme park reservation system that requires all guests to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance. Theme park reservations will be available online, in advance only, for a specific date, subject to availability.

Here’s some important information to help you plan ahead:

Theme Park Reservations: To enter Disneyland park or Disney California Adventure park, both a theme park reservation and valid admission ticket for the same park on the same date are required for guests ages 3 and up. Guests must have a valid theme park admission ticket in order to make a reservation. Theme park reservations will be limited and subject to availability and, until further notice, only California residents may visit the parks, and in groups no larger than 3 households, in line with current state guidelines.

The theme park reservation system will launch on April 12, and guests with existing valid theme park tickets can begin making park reservations for the days that their ticket is valid. Theme park ticket sales will resume on April 15, and guests without park tickets may begin purchasing tickets and making park reservations. As a reminder, ticket expiration dates were extended for many outstanding tickets. To accommodate as many types of ticket holders as possible, park reservations for select dates may be made available on a rolling basis. Ticket calendars will be updated on a rolling basis. Check for updated availability.

Here are some key dates to remember:

April 9: If you currently hold a theme park ticket, you can check available days for your 1-day ticket type beginning April 9 on Disneyland.com/ParksUpdates.

April 12: The theme park reservation system will open no earlier than 8 a.m. PT on April 12 and guests who already have valid theme park tickets may begin making park reservations.

April 15: Theme park ticket sales will resume no earlier than 8 a.m. PT on April 15, and guests without park tickets may begin purchasing tickets and making park reservations.

Be sure to log in to your Disney account first to link valid theme park tickets prior to accessing the park reservation system. See how to make a park reservation, below!

Guests with valid theme park admission tickets who are planning a stay at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will also need to book a theme park reservation, as a hotel stay does not guarantee a theme park reservation. 

Tip: If you plan to visit the theme parks during your stay, get your theme park reservation prior to making your hotel reservation. For room reservations and travel packages, visit Disneyland.com or contact your travel professional starting April 15 for stays beginning April 29. Theme park reservations will need to be made separately.

Guests with Park Hopper tickets may choose, pending availability, which theme park to start their day, when making their theme park reservations, and then will be able to visit the other park beginning at 1 p.m. that day. Guests with multi-day tickets will be required to make a separate park reservation for each day they plan to visit the theme parks.

Park Hours: Upon reopening, daily park hours for Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park are currently planned to be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit Disneyland.com for operating hours on the day you wish to visit, as they are subject to change.

Parking: Theme park parking will be available at the Mickey & Friends and Pixar Pals parking structures, located off Disneyland Drive.

Dining: For a contactless and cashless experience, the mobile order service — available exclusively on the Disneyland App — makes it easy for you to plan ahead, order, and pay for food and beverages at most quick service restaurants inside the theme parks. In order to foster physical distancing during this time, Disney will plan to reopen dining bookings for select locations on April 22, with limited capacity. You will be able to book your dining reservation 60 days in advance on Disneyland.com or with the Disneyland App, subject to availability. Tip: Be sure to have the latest version of the app downloaded and installed on your mobile device.

Please check Disneyland.com to learn important details about their health and safety measures prior to your arrival, such as the requirement for temperature checks and for all guests, ages 2 and older, to wear an appropriate face covering.

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Watch The New Loki Trailer

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Watch Loki—the imperious God of Mischief—who, after absconding with the Tesseract, is a fish-out-of-water when he lands in a world of trouble with the bureaucratic TVA (Time Variance Authority) in the brand-new trailer for Marvel Studios’ “Loki.” The all-new, original series debuts exclusively on Disney+ on June 11, 2021. 

Marvel Studios’ “Loki” features the God of Mischief as he steps out of his brother’s shadow in a new series that takes place after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.” Tom Hiddleston returns as the title character, joined by Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku and Richard E. Grant. Kate Herron directs “Loki,” and Michael Waldron is head writer. 

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Heritage Auctions’ Art of The Disney Theme Park & Disney Storybook Art Event April 8-10 Brings A Fantasyland’s Worth of Rare Disney Memorabilia To Auction

From turning beloved fairytales into timeless animated classics, and transforming orange groves into magic kingdoms, the power of Walt Disney’s unique brand of storytelling knows no bounds. Harnessing artistic vision and technological innovation, the Disney theme parks have continued this legacy for more than six decades to everlasting delight of fans who have made millions of memories along the way.

Now, on the eve of Disneyland’s reopening and as Walt Disney World kicks off its 50th anniversary celebration, Heritage Auctions’ April 8-10 The Art of the Disney Theme Park & Disney Storybook Art auction event looks back on the history of the Disney theme park by allowing fans and collectors the opportunity to own pieces of that very special past. The event will offer several hundred lots of art and artifacts, from Walt’s backyard railroad through the opening of Disneyland in 1955 to the creation of Walt Disney World in 1971 to infinity and beyond.

All good journeys need a good beginning, and this one is right out of Hollywood. There, long before Disneyland, on five acres surrounding the Disney family home at 355 Carolwood Drive in Los Angeles’ Holmby Hills neighborhood, Walt Disney debuted his first theme park, a rideable railroad in miniature, exact to the last detail.

The Carolwood Pacific Railroad, 2,615 feet of track upon which Disney the train conductor ran his 1/8-scale, 260-pound, coal-fueled, 7¼-inch gauge train, all pulled by the locomotive Lilly Belle, so named for Walt’s wife Lillian. “I just needed something to get myself away from things,” Disney once said of his decision to create this backyard railyard, the original plans and blueprints for which serve as the extraordinary centerpiece of The Art of the Disney Theme Park & Disney Storybook Art event. Completed in 1950, Disney’s backyard train was only the beginning of a new direction that would take the magic of storytelling from the silver screen to real life.

The sale is chock full of Disneyland nostalgia from the early days of the theme park, capturing the mid-century magic and whimsy of its earliest years of operation. The offerings range from the iconic to the esoteric.

Among them are dozens of hand-silkscreened attraction posters, now collecting rarities as these modernist advertisements of Disneyland’s adventure and fantasy have taken on a near-mythic status in the visual lexicon. Also on offer is a full complement of signs and artifacts from the theme parks, ranging from a fully functioning animated fiberoptic display advertising the Main Street Electrical Parade to cast-iron train wheels and other memorabilia from the Disneyland Railroad.

Sometimes the best stories are found in the more esoteric items on offer, including a 1957 Disneyland Dictionary that offers a glimpse into daily operations of the early days of Disneyland and provides an exciting preview of things to come, including the never-realized Edison Square and Chinatown areas of the park and a preview of the Haunted Mansion, then planned to be positioned at the end of Main Street U.S.A.

Speaking of the Haunted Mansion, no Disney theme park auction is complete without copious mention of this iconic attraction and its spooky-funny aesthetic. The sale includes an original painting on canvas from the iconic stretching portrait gallery, featuring a portrait of three men in quicksand whose precarious position is revealed as the room and its portraits stretch. Created by celebrated Imagineer Marc Davis, this ultimate visual gag was painted by well-known Disney scenic artist Clem Hall and is offered in a remarkable state of preservation.

Also included in the sale are some earthly manifestations of the 999 haunted inhabitants including a pop-up specter ghost prop and an original UV-painted butyrate face of Ezra from the final scene of the Haunted Mansion, one of the ghosts who could follow you home. The section is rounded out by an original printing of the Haunted Mansion’s maintenance manual from Walt Disney World, a thrilling look inside the technical wizardry that makes the Haunted Mansion as beloved today as it was when it opened more than 50 years ago.

Celebrating a half century since its 1971 opening, Walt Disney World has a starring role in this sale as nostalgia for the Florida theme park and resort has accelerated with the approaching anniversary.

The offerings from Walt Disney World are as extensive as the resort itself, ranging from the iconic oversized map of the Walt Disney World Resort that was displayed in rooms at the Contemporary Resort and Polynesian Resort in the 1970s to a hand-painted photo-op standee featuring The Gummi Bears from the 1980s Disney Afternoon TV series to an oversized construction wall sign that teases the coming of a new Tomorrowland in 1994.

With artifacts and memorabilia from the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and across the resort, there’s a little bit of everything from every era for every collector.

The journey does not stop with Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

The auction includes rare memorabilia from Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland, the Disney Cruise Line and even the Disney Store. Included in the auction are life-sized Disney animated character display figures from the Disney Store that were ubiquitous parts of 1990s childhoods at malls across America, including complete collections of Alice in Wonderland and Beauty and the Beast figures.

Also on offer is a 7-foot tall statue of Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice in Fantasia, one of only four created for sale during the Millennium Celebration at Walt Disney World. There, too, is a life-sized figure of Mickey Mouse in a San Francisco Giants baseball uniform, and a bevy of Disney bronze sculptures featuring fan favorites like Scrooge McDuck.

Beyond the theme parks, the first session of the sale highlights the Art of the Disney Storybook and features original illustration art from iconic Disney book publications across the decades.

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Watch Star Wars: The Bad Batch Trailer

Check out the brand-new trailer for Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Bad Batch,” an original animated series launching exclusively on Disney+. “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” makes its debut on Tuesday, May 4, with a special 70-minute premiere, followed by new episodes every Friday starting on May 7. 

“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” 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 that makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew.

“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” is executive produced by Dave Filoni (“The Mandalorian,” “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”), Athena Portillo (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Star Wars Rebels”), Brad Rau (“Star Wars Rebels,” “Star Wars Resistance”) and Jennifer Corbett (“Star Wars Resistance,” “NCIS”) with Carrie Beck (“The Mandalorian,” “Star Wars Rebels”) as co-executive producer and Josh Rimes as producer (“Star Wars Resistance”). Rau is also serving as supervising director with Corbett as head writer.   

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Cast Announced For Disney+ Special Event Series Obi-Wan Kenobi

Obi-Wan Kenobi, the new Disney+ special event series starring Ewan McGregor as the iconic Jedi Master, will begin shooting in April. The story begins 10 years after the dramatic events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith where Kenobi faced his greatest defeat, the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker turned evil Sith Lord Darth Vader. 

Obi-Wan Kenobi is directed by Deborah Chow, director of two critically acclaimed episodes of The Mandalorian, Season 1.

The series also marks the return of Hayden Christensen in the role of Darth Vader. Joining the cast are Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell and Benny Safdie. 

Obi-Wan Kenobi is executive-produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Deborah Chow, Ewan McGregor and writer Joby Harold. The casting director is Carmen Cuba. Obi-Wan Kenobi will be available exclusively on Disney+.

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Disneyland Resort Announces Plans For Theme Park Expansions & More

“DisneylandForward” is Disney’s effort to work with the city of Anaheim to grow the Disneyland Resort post-pandemic. Disney will be asking the city to approve plans to add a mix of theme park, hotel, retail, dining and entertainment on the eastern and western edges of the existing Disneyland Resort.

The westside expansion envisions new theme park lands on the Downtown Disney and Lilo and Stitch parking lots, situated between the existing Disneyland Hotel and Paradise Pier Hotel. 

Concept art of the west-side site shows a central mountain surrounded by water with buildings interspersed on the south end of the property. A mountain ridge to the west separates the theme park from nearby neighborhoods. The west-side site links up with Downtown Disney near the unused AMC Theater and ESPN Zone.

The existing Toy Story parking lot on Harbor Blvd, just across the street from the Anaheim Convention Center, would be turned into a new shopping and dining district, much like Disney Springs at Walt Disney World or DisneyTown at Shanghai Disneyland.

To support future development over the next few decades, Disney plans to significantly invest in transportation, parking, transit and pedestrian safety measures to improve mobility throughout The Anaheim Resort. In the future, Disney envisions creating a new parking destination on the east side of The Anaheim Resort, which would include a pedestrian bridge with upgraded entrance accessibility for hotels and businesses located along Harbor Boulevard. In addition, Disney will continue to work with area businesses and the city to invest in and encourage the use of public transit and ride-sharing for our cast and guests.

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Watch The Marvel Studios’ The Falcon And The Winter Soldier New Featurette

A new featurette for Marvel Studios’ The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is available now ahead of Episode 2’s imminent debut on Disney+.  

Offering front-row insights in the new featurette are Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, director Kari Skogland, head writer Malcolm Spellman and executive producer Nate Moore. 

Directed by Kari Skogland with Malcolm Spellman as head writer, the six-episode series stars Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Wyatt Russell, Emily VanCamp and Daniel Brühl. The series also features Erin Kellyman, Georges St. Pierre, Amy Aquino, Adepero Oduye and Danny Ramirez. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier s now streaming on Disney+.

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Watch The Disney+ Trailer For Big Shot Starring John Stamos

Today, Disney+ revealed the official trailer and key art for “Big Shot,” the Original Series premiering Friday, April 16. “Big Shot” follows Coach Korn (John Stamos) who, after getting ousted from the NCAA, is given a chance for redemption with a coaching position at an elite private high school. He soon learns that the teenage players require empathy and vulnerability — foreign concepts for the stoic coach. By learning how to connect with his players, Marvyn starts to grow into the person he’s always hoped to be. The girls learn to take themselves more seriously, finding their footing both on and off the court.

The 10-episode series stars John Stamos, Jessalyn Gilsig, Yvette Nicole Brown, Richard Robichaux and features a talented group of young actors including Sophia Mitri Schloss, Nell Verlaque, Tiana Le, Monique Green, Tisha Custodio and Cricket Wampler.

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Check Out The First-Ever Walt Disney World Resort License Plate

“The World’s Most Magical Celebration” begins on Oct. 1, 2021 – and Florida car owners can get ready to celebrate with us by purchasing the first-ever Walt Disney World Resort specialty license plate!

This unique plate, features Disney’s “EARidescent” 50th anniversary castle logo on a majestic royal blue background. Inspired by the color scheme of Cinderella Castle, this magical plate is currently available for presale and will also help make even more dreams true, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish of Central and Northern Florida and their work granting wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Interested drivers can purchase a presale voucher now for $25 plus applicable state administration fees exclusively through their local County Tax Collector’s Office, license plate agencies (DMVs) across the State of Florida, or online through the Orange County Tax Collector’s Office at https://www.octaxcol.com/specialty-license-plate-vouchers/.

Disney has a longstanding relationship with Make-A-Wish, dating back to 1980, and since then, more than 140,000 Disney-inspired wishes have been granted, including thousands taking place at Walt Disney World Resort. This license plate is a unique opportunity to commemorate 50 years of Central Florida magic.

For more information about the Walt Disney World Resort specialty license plate, visit www.flhsmv.gov, and learn more about The World’s Most Magical Celebration at http://www.DisneyWorld.com/50.

Let’s hope that Disneyland in California offers the same option in the near future!

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