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Magic Kingdom Shines The Spotlight On Five Pro Bowl Football Stars Jan. 27 With A Celebration Parade Down Main Street, U.S.A.

Their gridiron accomplishments made them standouts worthy of selection for the 2017 NFL Pro Bowl. But even before Sunday’s classic game at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium, five NFL Pro Bowl stars – wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders of the Denver Broncos, tight ends Greg Olsen of the Carolina Panthers and Delanie Walker of the Tennessee Titans and linebacker Ryan Shazier of the Pittsburgh Steelers – will share in another spotlight: a celebration parade Friday, Jan. 27 down Main Street, U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort.

In the grand Disney style of celebrating achievement by sports stars and celebrities in other fields, Walt Disney World will strike up the music, shower down the confetti and treat the NFL stars to a special welcome only Disney can do. Park guests and football fans alike can take it all in, beginning with parade step-off at 2:30 p.m.

The five Pro Bowlers will be joined in the parade by Mickey Mouse and his pals, NFL cheerleaders, finalists for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award and kids and families from Make-a-Wish Central and Northern Florida and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).

The parade is one of several activities taking place during Pro Bowl Week which includes events at Disney Springs, Epcot and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which is the site of the NFL Pro Bowl Experience, an interactive family-friendly event taking place Wednesday through Saturday. Other events feature fan experiences, free admission to team practices, a 5K run, youth and high school football events and much more.

The 2017 Pro Bowl will be played Sunday night, airing live at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. It will feature a return to the traditional AFC vs. NFC format. Sunday’s game marks only the fourth time the Pro Bowl has been played in Florida – and its first-ever appearance in Orlando.

Disney QUEEN OF KATWE Review

Disney has done it again with the release of QUEEN OF KATWE, now on Blu-Ray and Digital HD.  This is the inspirational true tale of a young girl from the slums of Uganda who reaches her dreams through the game of chess. Coming from such a difficult life, Phiona sets her sights on something better for herself and her family.  She joins a local chess team of children who cannot afford to attend school.  Here they learn the game of chess as well as life lessons. When they go to an affluent school to compete in a tournament, they are at first intimidated by the other students who have better clothes, better beds, and better opportunities.  They soon realize they are able to be equals once they sit in front of the chess board.  They gain confidence and see they too can be winners in life.  QUEEN OF KATWE stars Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o as Phiona’s mother, David Oyelowo as Coach, and newcomer Madina Nalwanga as Phiona. This is such a powerful story for those who think their current circumstances will not allow them to succeed.  I am anxious to show this film to my students. Many times the students in my inner city school do not believe that they can achieve much or that they have bright futures.  QUEEN OF KATWE will show them that they too can be champions.  The feature film is fantastic!  Be sure to watch the Bonus Features with behind-the-scenes footage of the cast, crew, and the actual chess players of Katwe, including Phiona herself. QUEEN OF KATWE is a must-have movie for anyone who wants to be inspired.

The Lion Guard-Life in the Pride Lands Review

Disney’s The Lion Guard-Life in the Pride Lands, now on DVD, is full of adventure and fun for the whole family.  Those of us who enjoy Disney’s full length feature The Lion King will be thoroughly entertained by this next generation of animals on the Pride Lands.  As the son of Simba and Nala, Kion has pledged to defend the Pride Lands and protect the Circle of Life.  Kino and his friends Bunga the honey badger, Beshte the hippo, Fuli the cheetah and Ono the egret are all part of the Lion Guard. Working together, they make sure the animals of the Pride Lands respect the Circle of Life.  Small children will love the characters and will learn lessons about different animals in Africa. This DVD includes 5 full episodes, 2 bonus music videos, and 6 shorts.  By the end of the show, you will be pledging to protect the animals and roaring along with Kion.  With fun songs, plenty of humor, and some animal education, you can’t beat Disney’s The Lion Guard-Life in the Pride Lands.


Travel Weekly recently unveiled its winners for the trade publication’s latest Readers Choice Awards and we’re honored to have made the list – not once, not twice, but three times!

Readers named Adventures by Disney® as the best tour operator in the “adventure” category, Disney Cruise Line as the best “family experience” cruise line and Walt Disney World Resort as the best “theme park.”

The winners, ranging from hotels to tour operators and airlines to cruise lines in a total of 78 categories, represent the finest in travel and we couldn’t be more honored to be among them.

Whether you’re looking to explore faraway lands with Adventures by Disney, sail the high seas with Disney Cruise Line or discover the magic of Walt Disney World Resort, you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime.

Ringing in the 2017 New Year at Epcot

Disney Parks Prepares for Most ‘Magical Christmas Celebration’ Airing Dec. 25

Following a festive kick-off to the holidays that began Thanksgiving Day with two new broadcast specials, Disney Parks will close out 2016 with its most cherished seasonal tradition of all – the annual Christmas Day spectacular. “The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration” airs Sunday, December 25, 2016, on the ABC Television Network (10a.m. – 12 p.m. ET; airtimes vary; check local listings) and on the ABC and the Disney Channel apps.

Ushering in its 33rd year are the dynamic brother-sister duo from “Dancing with the Stars,” Julianne Hough and Derek Hough, who will present the two-hour ABC special from the Walt Disney World Resort. The season’s most eagerly awaited celebration culminates with the fan-favorite Christmas parade delivered by Disneyland correspondent, Good Morning America’s Jesse Palmer from the action-packed parade lines alongside other exciting celebrity guests.

Beyond offering an all-star performance lineup featuring the biggest names in music and entertainment, the joyous program will provide viewers with a necessary holiday reminder: the importance of family togetherness. Following the inspirational stories of the families introduced in the Thanksgiving Day special, the telecast will feature heartwarming moments between loved ones, reinforcing the notion that Christmas is all about friends and family coming together.

Taking viewers on a magical ride down Main Street U.S.A. and beyond, the Christmas Day festivities will be bigger and brighter than ever before. A complete list of musical performances is included below.

  • Alessia Cara performs a “A Holly Jolly Christmas” from Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort
    Mariah Carey performs one of the biggest selling holiday songs of all time, “All I Want for Christmas is You” from the Disneyland Resort
  • Sofia Carson delivers a new arrangement of “Silent Night” from her Disney Channel performance and also hosts from backstage at Walt Disney World Resort
  • Kelly Clarkson performs “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” in front of Cinderella Castle at the Walt Disney World Resort
  • Gavin DeGraw sings “Merry Christmas Baby” in front of Cinderella Castle at the Walt Disney World Resort
  • Jordan Fisher performs “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” from Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort
  • OneRepublic performs “Kids” from Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort
  • Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks deliver in front of Cinderella Castle at the Walt Disney World Resort solo and duet performances from their new album, “Christmas Together,” out now

In keeping with the spirit of the season, Disney Parks around the world are festively cast with spectacular experiences and special castle lighting moments, making them the perfect destinations for families celebrating the holidays and for the beloved ABC special.

  • All four parks of the Walt Disney World Resort get in the holiday spirit with new shows, thrilling spectaculars and beloved characters to create lasting memories. At Magic Kingdom Park, in addition to exciting new entertainment for the special-ticket “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party,” Cinderella Castle transforms into a shimmering ice palace as Queen Elsa leads “A Frozen Holiday Wish” nightly. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, an all-new “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” sends beloved Disney characters on a mission to get Santa back to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve. At Epcot, in addition to global entertainment, guests can explore what the holidays taste like around the world. For its first-ever full holiday celebration, Disney Springs is wrapped in festive décor and entertainment, while dozens of new stores have laid the welcome mat out for holiday shoppers. An all-new nightly spectacle, “Starbright Holidays,” fills the skies above Disney Springs with 300 show drones performing an amazing aerial ballet set to holiday music.
  • At Disney California Adventure Park in the Disneyland Resort, a new “Festival of Holidays” treats guests to music, dance, food and heartwarming holiday traditions. The popular World of Color nighttime water spectacular is also transformed into “World of Color – Season of Light” with holiday music and treasured Disney animation. Among a sleigh-full of holiday events and activities at Disneyland Park is “A Christmas Fantasy,” a daily parade of floats, music, tin soldiers and holiday cheer. In addition, Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle creates magical snowfall moments along Main Street, U.S.A.

The 33rd annual Christmas celebration airs nationwide on December 25 at 10 a.m. EST and 9 a.m. CST, MST and PST on the ABC Television Network. The show will also be available on the ABC and the Disney Channel apps.

To stay updated on the Christmas Day telecast on social media, follow along with the #DisneyChristmasCelebration hashtag.

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Walt Disney World and Disney Parks: What’s New in 2017

From Star Wars to art shows, here’s what to expect in Orlando and beyond.

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All the Ways Disney Parks Will Be Different in 2017

To be a Disney fan is to know true loyalty.

Those who follow the Walt Way love the brand to no avail—theirs is a fandom that will never end, no matter how many reboots and “live-action re-imaginings” they are forced to endure. If that isn’t dedication, we don’t know what is.

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The 17 Attractions We Lost Forever in 2016

Though 2016 saw the opening of a lot of new attractions, this year saw more than a dozen closures, including the largest one-day mass-closure at a single park in the entire resort’s history.

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LEGO STAR WARS The Freemaker Adventures: Complete Season One Blu-ray

Love STAR WARS?  Love LEGOS?  Put them together and you have one awesome show. LEGO STAR WARS The Freemaker Adventures: Complete Season One is now on Blu-ray.  This family of scavengers is in a battle against the Empire to restore peace to the galaxy.  What I love best about the LEGO STAR WARS computer-animation is the attention to detail.  Every part of an actual LEGO comes to life including their finely shaped hairpieces and funny little hands. Fans of Star Wars will love traveling through the galaxy with Zander, Kordi, Rowan, and droid RO-GR.  Kids will enjoy the LEGO adventure while adults will love the humor. I found myself laughing out loud at the witty, and sometimes sarcastic, dialogue.  This Blu-ray includes all 13 episodes of season one as well as two bonus features.  There is also a pack of exclusive magnets.  Bringing LEGO and STAR WARS together is a surefire way to bring your whole family together.  From youngsters who are new to the Star Wars story to those of us who grew up with the original characters, everyone can have fun watching LEGO STAR WARS The Freemaker Adventures: Complete Season One on Blu-ray.  So use the force and go out and get yourself a copy.