Wizard World Announces 2017 Comic Con TOUR Schedule

Wizard World, Inc. today announced its 2017 Tour with 16 shows, beginning in New Orleans, January 6-8, 2017 and completing the year in Austin, November 17-19. For a complete list of shows, visit www.wizardworld.com.

“We have been working diligently to put together a schedule which will allow fans from across the country to enjoy the world-class celebration of pop culture and fandom that every Wizard World Comic Con show provides,” said John Maatta , President and CEO of Wizard World. “We are excited to return to some of our most successful and longest-running shows in Chicago, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Portland.”

Some of the top celebrities that have attended Wizard World events in 2016 include Chris Evans ( Captain America:The First Avenger, The Winter Soldier, Civil War), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers ), Sebastian Stan ( Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The First Avenger), Stephen Amell (“Arrow”), David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”), Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson (Back To the Future),WWE® Superstar John Cena®, Carrie Fisher (Star Wars), Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”), Matt Smith and David Tennant (“Doctor Who”), William Shatner (“Star Trek”) and many others.

Headliners, programming and superstar comics creators who will appear at 2017 Wizard World Comic Cons will be announced closer to each show.

In addition to the Wizard World Comic Con experience, each show brings fans the Wizard World Gaming Con which presents the best gaming, technology, exhibitors and competition.

Wizard World comic con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor. The famed Wizard World Comic Con Costume Contest will take place at each show on Saturday night.

The Wizard World 2016-17 schedule is available at: http://wizardworld.com/searchby/city/ .

Alessia Cara And Jordan Fisher Featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda Perform End-Credit Songs On The Forthcoming Disney’s “Moana” Animated Film And Soundtrack

Set for release on November 18, the Moana original motion picture soundtrack features seven original songs and a full original score, plus two reprises as well as two end-credit versions of songs from the film.  Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Moana” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.

The diverse and dynamic team behind the film’s inspired music includes Tony®- and Grammy®-winning songwriter/composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, who counts among his credits Broadway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning and multiple Tony-winning “Hamilton” and the Tony-winning “In the Heights.”  The creative team also includes three-time Grammy®-winning composer Mark Mancina (“Speed,” “Tarzan” and the Oscar®-winning “Training Day”) and Opetaia Foa’i, the founder and lead singer of Te Vaka, a winner of numerous world music awards.

“How Far I’ll Go” is Moana’s song written by Miranda and is performed in the film by newcomer Auli’i Cravalho.  The end-credit version of the song is performed by Canadian singer/songwriter and Def Jam recording artist Alessia Cara.  Her gold-certified album Know-It-All includes the multi-platinum singles “Here” and “Wild Things,” plus the critically-acclaimed single “Scars to Your Beautiful.”  Cara is a Juno Award winner for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and is a 2016 American Music Award nominee for New Artist of the Year.  She recently completed a tour with Coldplay.

Written by Miranda and performed by Dwayne Johnson in the film, “You’re Welcome” showcases the colorful personality of Maui.  Hollywood Records artist Jordan Fisher teams up with Miranda for the end-credit version of “You’re Welcome.”    After a breakout performance in the Emmy® Award-winning production of Grease: Live, Jordan Fisher released his debut single, “All About Us,” which soared to the top of the Billboard Pop charts.  Fisher, who recently opened for Alicia Keys at this year’s Apple Music Festival, has joined the Broadway cast of “Hamilton,” and is set to release his full-length album in 2017.

For centuries, the greatest sailors in the world masterfully navigated the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, 3,000 years ago, their voyages stopped for a millennium – and no one knows exactly why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people. Inexplicably drawn to the ocean, Moana (voice of Auliʻi Cravalho) convinces the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to join her mission, and he reluctantly helps her become a wayfinder like her ancestors who sailed before her. Together, they voyage across the open ocean on an action-packed adventure, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills her quest and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.

The Moana soundtrack can be pre-ordered today HERE and a digital pre-order will be available Friday, Oct. 28th.  The Moana original motion picture soundtrack features 14 tracks and will be available wherever music is sold and streamed on Nov. 18, 2016.  The Moanatwo-disc deluxe edition and the digital deluxe edition soundtrack, which are also available Nov. 18, feature additional tracks including demos, outtakes and instrumental karaoke tracks.  For more information on Walt Disney Records’ releases, like us onFacebook.com/disneymusic or follow us at Twitter.com/disneymusic and Instagram.com/disneymusic/.


Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa was voted the No. 2 restaurant in the United States in TripAdvisor’s 2016 Travelers’ Choice awards.

No. 2 out of 10, the Walt Disney World® Resort restaurant remains the only Florida restaurant on the illustrious list. Victoria & Albert’s also is a AAA Five-Diamond Award winner, under the helm of Executive Chef Scott Hunnel, Chef de Cuisine Aimee Rivera, maître d hotel Israel Perez and Executive Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek.

In 2016 the award-winning dining room added a Chef’s Degustation Menu, a series of 10 small courses, along with the seven-course Chef’s Tasting Menu. The smaller Queen Victoria Room offers a 10-course menu paired with exclusive wines from the restaurant’s impressive cellar, and there is a Chef’s Table for up to eight guests in the kitchen.

TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, according to the website, with more than 250 million reviews and opinions covering accommodations, restaurants and attractions. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for restaurants around the world, gathered over a 12-month period.

Victoria & Albert’s is open daily for dinner. Book reservations for your Clients today by calling 407-939-3862.

Disney’s Doc McStuffins Toy Hospital: DVD Review

Doc McStuffins is most definitely my favorite Disney Junior star by far.  I mean a young girl who has the power to talk to her toys and be a doctor is fantastic!  What a role model!  In Disney’s Doc McStuffins Toy Hospital, Doc learns that she gets her special abilities from her grandmother. Yea! Girl Power! Grandma uses her Toysponder Bracelet to transport Doc and the gang to McStuffinsville.  Lambie, Stuffy, Chilly, Rosie, and Hallie meet lots of new friends in a world full of toys for Doc to take care of.  The DVD has multiple episodes to keep you and your children entertained.  Welcome to McStuffinsville is a full length adventure.  The rest of the episodes are paired together.  Baby McStuffins/Selfless Snowman, Runaway Love/Tour De McStuffins, Bringing Home Baby, and Baby Names/Night Night Lala!  The colors are vibrant, the songs are catchy, and the stories are fun for everyone.  Disney’s Doc McStuffins Toy Hospital, now on DVD, is perfect for the little ones in your life.  Plus the DVD comes with a Toysponder Bracelet as well so you can bring some of Doc’s magic into your home.

Stage Adaptation of Disney’s Frozen Gets Month-Long Lab in NY Starting Today

The stage adaptation of Disney’s blockbuster animated film musical Frozen receives a month-long developmental lab in New York City starting today ahead of an announced pre-Broadway world premiere at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in 2017.

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2017 Disney Dining Plan Details

Disney dining plans are options available exclusively to Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels with Magic Your Way Vacation Packages.

Check out information on the 2017 Disney Dining Plan Options here.


To celebrate his upcoming birthday, Mickey Mouse is embarking on a trip around the world, where he will make surprise appearances in iconic, real-world locations to delight his fans and friends. These magical moments chronicling Mickey’s global adventures will be captured and shared on Disney’s Mickey Mouse Facebook page, culminating with the debut of a video highlighting Mickey’s travels featuring an upbeat new song, “What We Got.” The video will debut on the big day: November 18. Mickey fans are encouraged to join the celebration on social media using #HappyBirthdayMickey.

In advance of Mickey’s birthday, Disney has launched the Mickey Mouse Instagram account (@MickeyMouse). Following on the popularity of the Mickey Mouse Facebook page, which has more than 13 million followers, Mickey’s Instagram page will showcase videos and images including Mickey’s global travels, as well as his appearances in Disney films, television shows, and theme parks.

On Mickey’s birthday, select locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, as well as Disney Stores in the United States, will be distributing commemorative “Happy Birthday, Mickey!” buttons. Disneyland Park in Anaheim will host a special pre-parade birthday celebration for Mickey, and at Magic Kingdom Park in Orlando, characters and performers will dance in a special birthday-themed edition of the Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party.

Also on November 18, Disney Channel will air the Emmy®-winning new Mickey Mouse shorts throughout the day and premiere two new cartoon series featuring Mickey Mouse. OnMickey Meows Club, the feline hosts of a web-based talk show provide their own “cat”-mentary on Mickey’s incredible performances in their favorite shorts. Mickey’s How Not To will provide viewers with a humorous series of informative tips on how not to do things, using Mickey’s funniest fails and moments from the latest cartoons. Plus, that day Disney Junior will debut the teaser for the upcoming series Mickey and the Roadster Racers.

In addition, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, Oh My Disney, Babble, and other Disney sites will be posting Mickey-related videos, galleries, stories, crafts, recipes, and shareables leading up to and on his birthday.

Mickey’s birthday is celebrated in honor of the release of his first theatrical film, Steamboat Willie, on November 18, 1928 at the Colony Theatre in New York City. Since then, he has starred in more than 100 cartoons and can currently be seen on Disney Channel in the Mickey Mouse cartoon series.

Food and Beverage at the Disneyland Resort

Food and Beverage and Storytelling

  • Since 1955, Disney Parks have been where guests connect with the Disney stories and characters they cherish most, and the food and beverage offerings play an integral role in those stories.
  • Food and beverage is one of the key elements that make up a Disney theme park experience, with unique restaurants and cuisine that put guests inside the story. Blue Bayou Restaurant has been immersing guests in the story of Pirates of the Caribbean since 1967 at Disneyland Park, and Cars Land in Disney California Adventure Park invites guests to dine in Flo’s V8 Cafe from the Disney•Pixar movie “Cars.”

Innovation of Disney Dining

  • In recent years, Disney has transformed the theme park dining experience, and has been recognized by both consumers and industry experts for the exceptional, innovative, fun and healthy dining experiences.
  • Innovation is at the core of the Disney dining experience. From immersive dining that brings guests into the stories they love to the broad range of options, varying from five-star restaurants to quick-service choices, Disney Parks are moving the culinary industry forward.

Meeting the Needs of Guests with Special Dietary Requirements

  • Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is recognized as an industry leader in meeting the special dietary needs of its guests. In 2011, Food Allergy Research and Education, or FARE, honored Walt Disney Parks and Resorts as a “hero of food-allergy awareness.” Along with allergy accommodations, Disney Parks has pushed the boundaries on immersive dining experiences and healthy options.
  • The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network also honored Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in 2011 for its commitment to allergy awareness.

Dining for Guests with Food Allergies

  • At the Disneyland Resort, guests and families have choices that make it easy to enjoy a worry-free vacation.
  • New allergy-friendly menus identify the most common allergens (gluten/wheat, milk, peanut, tree nut and fish) and allow guests to self-select menu choices to meet their individual needs, ensuring a fun and effortless Disney experience for all.
  • After positive guest feedback from a test of new allergy-friendly menus , Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has introduced new allergy-friendly menus at approximately 120 quick-service and table-service locations, extending legendary Disney service and dining options to guests with allergies in an entirely new way. The menus provide more convenience and readily available options for guests with special dietary requests.
  • Signature restaurants across Disneyland Resort began offering allergy-friendly menus in April 2015. The menus are available at Disney-operated table-service and select quick-service restaurants with online menus also available.
  • Guests may consult directly with a restaurant chef or specially trained cast member. Guests are encouraged to communicate special dietary needs to restaurant cast members, to allow the culinary team to take extra measures during preparation to prevent the introduction of the allergen.

Healthy Options at the Disneyland Resort

  • Disney’s commitment to healthy living is evident in Disney Magic of Healthy Living, an initiative that partners with parents to inspire kids to lead healthier lifestyles. At Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, nutritious food and beverage options continue to be added, making healthier dining alternatives easily accessible.
  • With special enhancements like the “Mickey Check” on kids’ menus – a tool to help families easily identify healthier dining options that meet Disney Nutrition Guidelines – there are healthy and indulgent options for everyone.

Fun Facts

  • The Disneyland Resort continues to hire and help train some of the top chefs in the culinary industry. More than, 50 chefs work in culinary management, and many are graduates of prestigious culinary schools. In addition, the resort employs nearly 200 restaurant and catering managers and more than 7,000 food and beverage cast members overall.
  • With more than 150 food and beverage locations, the Disneyland Resort offers more than 8,500 different food items.
  • Disneyland Resort guests consume approximately 350,000 apples each year. If stacked on top of each other, that many apples would reach 17 miles into the sky, or the height equivalent of 1,146 Sleeping Beauty Castles.
  • If the 3,800,000 churros that are consumed each year at the Disneyland Resort were laid end-to-end, they would stretch 954 miles. That’s enough churros to line the Disneyland Resort monorail track 382 times.
  • Disneyland Resort guests consume 860,000 Mickey-shaped pretzels annually. That’s enough each year to serve at least 29 pretzels to all 29,000 cast members at the Disneyland Resort.
  • If the 2,600,000 hot dogs that are served each year were laid end-to-end, they would stretch 242 miles or the length of 11,208 Millennium Falcons.
  • More than 300,000 pounds of bananas are consumed at the Disneyland Resort each year, which is approximately 130,000 individual bananas for Baloo from “The Jungle Book” to enjoy.
  • Over the course of a given year, guests purchase more than 12 million kids meals, and parents typically choose the nutritious sides and beverages that Disney offers as the menu default option. Six out of 10 kids meals were served with the healthy options in 2016.

3 Top-Secret Projects Disney Is Developing That Will Change Theme Parks Forever

These days, there’s a lot of construction going on in both Florida and California. Disney is usually very tight-lipped about everything they are building.

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When it comes to Disney Villains, few have been as memorable as the outrageous Cruella de Vil. With an entire section of Disney’s All Star Movies Resort dedicated to 1961’s “101 Dalmatians,”

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