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Minnie Mouse will be honored with the 2,627th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

 

Hollywood Chamber to honor Minnie Mouse with Walk of Fame Star

Hollywood, Calif. – The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Minnie Mouse will be honored with the 2,627th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. PST. The star will be dedicated in the category of Motion Pictures at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard in front of El Capitan Theatre.

“Minnie Mouse is a woman of the ages and her iconic status makes her a great addition to our Walk of Fame!” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies. “Generations of fans of all ages have been looking forward to her seeing her bright new star.”

Helping Emcee Leron Gubler, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to unveil the star will be Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company, and global pop icon and judge of ABC’s “American Idol,” Katy Perry.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the popular star ceremonies encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world to watch the event exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

In 2018, Minnie Mouse will mark her incredible 90th Anniversary in entertainment, a rare accomplishment in the industry. It is the perfect time for Minnie to be recognized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and join other Disney characters: Donald Duck, Tinker Bell, Winnie the Pooh, Snow White, Kermit the Frog, and, of course, Mickey Mouse, who received his star in 1978 in recognition of his 50th Anniversary at that time.

Minnie made her debut in the Disney classic, Steamboat Willie, and she instantly became America’s sweetheart. For decades, Minnie has delighted generations of fans with her fun-loving, independent personality and timeless style. Her ability to embody a sense of both old Hollywood elegance and grace, combined with girl-next-door charm established Minnie as one of the most beloved animated characters around the world.

A renowned veteran with more than 70 films, Minnie Mouse is one of Hollywood’s most prolific stars. Since the late 1920s, she’s had starring roles and has performed in a number of period pieces, costume dramas, and TV shows.

Minnie is also a long-standing fashion icon. She has served as a muse for designers, inspiring new fashion collections, and has appeared in magazines and runway shows in New York, Tokyo, and Paris. Her classic polka dot look has been reimagined by the fashion industry through the decades and continues to drive current trends. From her early pill-box flower hat, which has inspired ladies’ hat trends, to her famous bow and ears, Minnie has been looked to for style inspiration since her inception.

In addition to the glitz and glamour, Minnie is civic-minded and has used her talent and celebrity to support causes that affect countless communities in positive ways. In 2016 and 2017, Minnie was well represented by Disney fans and social media users who participated in #ShareYourEars campaigns that resulted in $4-million in donations benefitting Make-A-Wish.

Event will be live-streamed exclusively on www.walkoffame.com

FILMING CONTINUES TO FLOURISH IN SANTA CLARITA

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita saw an increase in location filming in 2017 with the Film Office reporting 556 film permits and 1,385 location film days, which generated an estimated $33.9 million in economic impact to our local community.

This represents a 1.5 percent increase in permits, a 1.4 percent increase in film days, and a 3 percent increase to the estimated economic impact when compared to 2016. This is the fourth consecutive calendar year the Santa Clarita Film Office has recorded more than 500 permits, over 1,300 film days and $30 million or more in estimated economic impact generated from location filming alone.

Not included in the reported numbers are the film days and economic benefit from filming that takes place on certified sound stages, which do not require a film permit. “Santa Clarita is one of the preferred places for film production and location filming in the Los Angeles area, as demonstrated by yet another strong year,” said Mayor Laurene Weste. “Filming continues to be a big part of our business community and local economy, supporting high paying jobs and hundreds of local companies. We will continue to do everything we can to be a film-friendly City and ensure our unique and beautiful valley remains a top choice for productions.” Many factors have contributed to the continued success and appeal of filming in Santa Clarita, including the City’s Film Incentive Program, Movie Ranch Overlay Zone, low cost permit fees and expedited permit processing, along with the California Film and Television Tax Credit Program.

The Santa Clarita Valley is also located within the entertainment industry’s coveted “Thirty Mile Zone” and offers thousands of film-friendly locations that can double as almost anywhere in the world. Last year, countless television shows took advantage of all the SCV had to offer and more than half of the film days reported in 2017 were attributed to TV production alone. Many locally based shows such as “Atypical,” “Ballers,” “The Guest Book,” “Mayans MC,” “MythBusters,” “NCIS,” “Santa Clarita Diet,” “Shooter,” “Shut Eye,” “Stitchers,” “S.W.A.T.,” “Ultimate Beastmaster” and “Westworld” helped contribute to the reported numbers.

Other shows that filmed on location in Santa Clarita this past year include “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “American Horror Story,” “Animal Kingdom,” “Arrested Development,” “Baskets,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Criminal Minds,” “Drunk History,” “Fear Factor,” “John Claude Van Johnson,” “LA to Vegas,” “The Last Man on Earth,” “The Last Ship,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “The Orville,” “Ray Donovan,” “Seal Team,” “Sharp Objects,” “Teen Wolf,” “Ten Days in the Valley,” “This is Us,” “Timeless,” “Transparent,” “VEEP,” “Young Sheldon” and many more.

Numerous feature films were shot in Santa Clarita in 2017, including A Wrinkle in Time and The Happytime Murders, which were filmed at local sound stages. The 15:17 to ParisA Doggone MysteryA Star is BornAd AstraBook ClubFighting with My FamilyHorse SoldiersJumanji: Welcome to the JungleJust Getting StartedMilesRoman J. Israel, Esq., Saint Judy and more filmed on location around town.

In addition, many music videos, lots of online content and plenty of commercials were created right here in the SCV. For more information about filming in Santa Clarita, please visit FilmSantaClarita.com or contact the Film Office at (661) 284-1425. For an insider’s view to filming in Santa Clarita, follow the Santa Clarita Film Office on Instagram (@FilmSantaClarita).

DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda’s Po and Tigress Headline Universal Studios Hollywood’s All-New Lunar New Year Event as The Theme Park Ushers in the “Year of the Dog” with a New Dragon Warrior Training Show, Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop and More from February 10–25

DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda’s Po and Tigress Headline  Universal Studios Hollywood’s All-New Lunar New Year Event as  The Theme Park Ushers in the “Year of the Dog” with a New Dragon Warrior Training Show,  Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop and More from February 10–25
DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda’s Po and Tigress Headline Universal Studios Hollywood’s All-New Lunar New Year Event as The Theme Park Ushers in the “Year of the Dog” with a New Dragon Warrior Training Show, Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop and More from February 10–25

The Return of Mandarin-Speaking MEGATRON Joins the Celebration for Real-Time Conversations Lunar New Year is Included in the Price of Park Admission to Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal City, Calif. — Universal Studios Hollywood welcomes DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda masters Po and Tigress to its all-new Lunar New Year event as The Entertainment Capital of L.A. ushers in the “Year of the Dog” from Saturday, February 10 to Sunday, February 25, 2018.  Lunar New Year is included in the price of admission to Universal Studios Hollywood.

This spectacularly themed Lunar New Year event will take place within Universal Plaza, a polygon-shaped piazza that sits at the heart of the theme park.  Under a curtain of customary red Chinese lanterns and stunning plum blossom Wishing Trees, the festivities will come to life as guests discover the 12 zodiac animal signs accompanied by their symbolic attributes.

New to this year’s celebratory event, Universal Studios Hollywood will debut the all-new DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda Jade Palace Performance Stage and the exciting Dragon Warrior Training Show based on the beloved Kung Fu Panda franchise. The all-new Kung Fu Panda experience will engage guests of all ages in an interactive martial art demonstration performed by Master Po and friends. The immersive event will also feature veteran DreamWorks animators who will demonstrate practical techniques of drawing their favorite Kung Fu Panda characters as keepsake mementos.

The completely reimagined event will also serve up a replica of DreamWorks Kung Fu Panda’s famous Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop, including Mr. Ping himself who will invite guests to enjoy his authentic Asian fare and a selection of hot and cold Asian beverages.

A returning favorite among Universal Studios Hollywood’s Lunar New Year traditions, Mandarin-speaking Transformer’s MEGATRON marks a highlight of the annual event, as the imposing leader of the DECEPTICONS returns to greet guests at the entry to the festivities.  The ominous 12-foot-tall sentient robot will once again interact with guests, engaging them both in Mandarin and in real-time conversation characteristic of his persona. A resident of Universal Studios Hollywood, MEGATRON is one of the stars of Universal Studios Hollywood’s thrill ride, “Transformers™: The Ride-3D.”

Illumination’s Minions from Universal Studios Hollywood’s popular Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride will join the festivities this year, stepping out in style dressed in brightly colored traditional Lunar New Year attire.

As a complement to this year’s Lunar New Year celebration, Universal Studios Hollywood will welcome Hello Kitty, the beloved global pop icon created by the renowned Japanese company Sanrio to the entertainment destination. Hello Kitty and her signature red bow will make special appearances to meet guests at the Hello Kitty Shop located within the new Animation Studio Store opening Spring 2018.

Year-round, Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature Studio Tour offers guests a revealing look at an authentic movie and television studio in select languages, including Mandarin.  Expertly-trained Mandarin-speaking tour guides provide insight into the world of movie-making magic as guests enjoy a front row seat and behind-the-scenes access to one of the largest production studios in the world.  In-language park maps are also available for guests.

Guests can also celebrate the spirit of Lunar New Year at Universal CityWalk’s Dongpo Kitchen restaurant featuring upscale and modern Sichuan cuisine. Inspired by China’s premier restaurant Meizhou Dongpo, Dongpo Kitchen offers the comforts of a casual dining environment with both indoor and al fresco seating and caters to an eclectic palate with a variety of signature dishes.

More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Mandarin-speaking guests can learn more about the Lunar New Year event at www.ush.cn.  Information is also available on FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTube and Weibo @好莱坞环球影城.

Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and Flight of the Hippogriff™, Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction. The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

The Young Dubliners Headline the Canyon Santa Clarita, January 12, 2018

YOUNG DUBLINERS
OPENING SET BY CRAIC IN THE STONE
The Canyon – Santa Clarita

EVENT DETAILS

The Young Dubliners have built a fervent fan base comparable to that of jam band rockers like Phish and Dave Matthews Band. From their humble beginnings at the Irish Rover, the band evolved through various personnel changes into a pugnacious, crazy but coolly irresistible force of nature. “Even with all the touring we do, the thing that keeps us going is the one thing that never gets old,” says guitarist/vocalist Keith Roberts. “And that’s playing those older songs people love and then mixing in a new song and hearing a positive, excited reaction from the crowd for the first time. We’ve had our share of tough gigs too, but all it takes is that one great show, those perfect moments of band and audience communication, to appreciate what we’re doing up there and why. It’s all about the joy of performing, watching the people dance and hearing them sing along.”

January 12, 2018

Doors 6pm. Music 7pm. Headliner 9:00pm.

Opening set by Craic in the Stone

$24 / $28 /$38 + applicable fees

If you purchase a ticket at a table, you are required to purchase dinner. Minimum spend is $25.00 per person. You must arrive by 7pm.

Under 18 Must Be Accompanied by a Paying Adult.

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TIME

(Friday) 6:00 pm PST

LOCATION

The Canyon – Santa Clarita

Westfield Valencia Town Center
24201 Valencia Blvd, Suite 1351, Santa Clarita, CA. 9135

Paley Festival’s 35th Anniversary line-up to Honor Barbra Streisand.

Hollywood, Calif. – The legendary Barbra Streisand will be honored during the Paley Center for Media’s 35th Anniversary lineup kicking off on March 16.  Streisand will take part in a special conversation which will include clips highlighting her iconic work in television.

Barbra Streisand Opens PaleyFest 2018

The Paley Center for Media has announced its full lineup for the festival, which will run March 16-25 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Streisand will be honored with an Icon Tribute on opening night, taking part in a conversation illuminating her groundbreaking work in TV, including several Emmy-winning specials.

The rest of the lineup is packed with hit shows: The Orville (March 17), Will & Grace(March 17), The Handmaid’s Tale (March 18), Silicon Valley (March 18), Supernatural(March 20), The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon (March 21), The Good Doctor(March 22), Mom (March 24), Queen Sugar (March 24), Riverdale (March 25), and Stranger Things (March 25).

Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s president and CEO, said in a statement that the festival will feature “the very best that television has to offer including Emmy Award-winning comedies and dramas, intriguing sci-fi mysteries, and the acclaimed revival of one of television’s most beloved shows.”

The Paley Center was founded in 1975 by the late William Paley, who also founded CBS. The annual PaleyFest benefits the center’s efforts toward the preservation and archival digitization of the history of television and radio media across cultures and communities.

Tickets for the general public go on sale Jan. 12. More information can be found on the Paley Center website.

See below for the full PaleyFest LA 2018 schedule:

March 16: PaleyFest Icon Tribute to Barbra Streisand (7:30pm)

March 17: FOX’s “The Orville”

March 17: NBC’s “Will & Grace”

March 18: Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale”

March 18: HBO’s “Silicon Valley

March 20: The CW’s “Supernatural

March 21: CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” and “Young Sheldon

March 22: ABC’s “The Good Doctor”

March 24: CBS’s “Mom

March 24: OWN’s “Queen Sugar

March 25: The CW’s “Riverdale

March 25: Netflix’s “Stranger Things

 

Coming To Sterling Venue Ventures STONE TEMPLE PILOTS March 2nd at The Canyon Santa Clarita March 8th at The Rose

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Stone Temple Pilots, the multi-platinum hard rockers and Grammy winners for “Plush” will be heading to the Canyon Santa Clarita on March 2, 2018.
Santa Clarita, Calif. – Stone Temple Pilots, the multi-platinum rockers who turned alternative rock into stadium rock, will be heading to The Canyon Santa Clarita on March 2, 2018 and at then at the Rose on March 8. 
Their 1993’s “Plush” won the Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance, Billboard Music Award for #1 Rock Song Of The Year.  Likewise, Stone Temple Pilots were awarded the BMA for Top Modern Rock Act Of The Year, the American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist – and this was just the beginning. Six albums and 19 singles later Stone Temple have sold millions of records and rocked millions more with their stunning live performances.
March 2, 2018
Doors 6pm. Headliner 9:00pm.
$38.50 + applicable fees
Every ticket purchased for Stone Temple Pilots includes a digital copy of their new, soon-to-be-released album. You will receive instructions via email on how to redeem your album once it is released (date yet to be confirmed).
If you purchase a ticket at a table you are required to purchase dinner. Minimum spend is $25.00 per person. You must arrive by 7pm. Under 18 Must Be Accompanied by a Paying Adult.
Tickets Will Be Available Starting at 10amThrough Ticketmaster & The Box Office

 WhereMusicMeetsTheSoul.com 

888-645-5006

The Canyon – Santa Clarita
Westfield Valencia Town Center
24201 Valencia Blvd, Suite 1351, Santa Clarita, CA. 91355

 

California Science Center To Present: KING TUT: TREASURES OF THE GOLDEN PHARAOH World Premiere, Begins March 24, 2018

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Los Angeles, Calif. – To celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, the California Science Center is proud to present the world premiere of KING TUT: TREASURES OF THE GOLDEN PHARAOH–the largest King Tut exhibition ever toured! Discover over 150 authentic artifacts from King Tut’s celebrated tomb, many of which the boy king himself used in life and in death, including gold jewelry, gilded wood furniture, and ornate ritual objects–60 of which have never traveled outside of Egypt, until now. Come experience these priceless treasures before they return to Egypt forever.

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Travel 3,300 years back in time to join King Tut as he navigates the perilous underworld. In a dramatic new presentation, dazzling multimedia complements rare artifacts to take guests on an immersive journey of the pharaoh’s quest for immortality. Follow the boy king as he travels from the underworld through the twelve gates and to the afterlife. Along the way, interactive displays reveal how exquisitely engraved burial objects such as the bow and arrow and boomerang were meant to protect Tut in his life-after-death journey.
Examine exquisite rings found on King Tut’s fingers, opulent jewelry that adorned his body, and the gold sandals placed on his feet upon burial. Marvel at the gilded coffinette and lid from one of the alabaster containers that held the pharaoh’s mummified organs. Learn about the pharaoh’s second death and find out how your presence in the exhibition ensures King Tut’s immortality by keeping his name alive. If it wasn’t for Howard Carter’s passion and determination, King Tut’s name–and treasure–might have been lost for all eternity.
Discover how the scientific analysis of King Tut’s 3,300-year-old mummy has revealed new information about his health and lineage, as well as how cutting-edge technologies have played a role in discovering new tombs and analyzing existing ones in ways never before imagined. 
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Enhance your experience! Watch Mysteries of Egypt on the 7–story IMAX®screen!

Soar over the great pyramids of Giza, rush over the Nile, cross the deathly quiet Valley of the Kings, and descend into the shadowy chambers of the sacred tomb of King Tutankhamun. Watch as ancient Egypt comes to life on our 7-story IMAX screen! Mysteries of Egypt stars native Egyptian and legendary actor Omar Sharif.

 

West Coast premiere screening of KING COHEN debuts Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood

Hollywood, Calif. – The West Coast premiere screening of KING COHEN debuts Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Egyptian Theatre  in Hollywood
Egyptian Theater
Film starts at 7:30pmunnamed-20

The Countdown to 2018 Begins at Universal Studios Hollywood as The Entertainment Capital of L.A. Hosts EVE, Hollywood’s Biggest New Year’s Party and Fireworks Finale on December 31

Universal Studios Hollywood will ring in 2018 with Hollywood’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration, EVE, on Sunday, December 31, 2017, with extended theme park hours to 1:00 a.m.
Universal Studios Hollywood will ring in 2018 with Hollywood’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration, EVE, on Sunday, December 31, 2017, with extended theme park hours to 1:00 a.m.

EVE is Universal Studios Hollywood’s First-Ever New Year’s Eve In-Park Celebration

 Universal Studios Hollywood, Calif. –  November 30, 2017 – Universal Studios Hollywood rings in 2018 with Hollywood’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration, EVE, on Sunday, December 31, 2017, with extended theme park hours to 1:00 a.m.

The New Year’s Eve event, the first ever for Universal Studios Hollywood, is included in the price of theme park admission and invites guests to spend the day and night enjoying its many popular rides and attractions with a special park-wide countdown party featuring multiple entertainment hubs with DJs and live music, starting at 9:00 p.m.

Universal Plaza, Simpsons Plaza located adjacent to “The Simpsons Ride” and an area near “Jurassic Park—The Ride” will transform into three uniquely-themed electrifying party hubs that will culminate simultaneously at midnight with a traditional New Year countdown and a spectacular fireworks display.

Food and beverages, including specialty desserts, champagne, beer and wine, as well as 2018 memorabilia will be available for purchase.

With its festive environment, guests can toast the New Year with the spirit of the holidays already resonating throughout Universal Studios Hollywood. “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM” introduces “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts TM Castle.” Several times each night, guests can enjoy amazing images inspires by the Harry Potter films as they come to life in breathtaking digital light projection on the backdrop of Hogwarts castle.  And with extended hours on December 31, guests can celebrate the final day of “Grinchmas” with The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and a roster of Who-ville Whos.

More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and Flight of the Hippogriff™,Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction.  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

Merry holiday moments from Disney theme parks around the world and a star-studded cast of entertainers will launch a “25 Days of Christmas” countdown when “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” airs Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, from 9:00–11:00 p.m. EST

Disney Parks Unwrap Holiday Magic with Star-Studded Specials Across ABC, Disney Channel and Freeform
Disney Parks Unwrap Holiday Magic with Star-Studded Specials Across ABC, Disney Channel and Freeform

Anaheim, Calif. – Merry holiday moments from Disney theme parks around the world and a star-studded cast of entertainers will launch a “25 Days of Christmas” countdown when “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” airs Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, from 9:00–11:00 p.m. EST on The ABC Television Network.

The magical two-hour event will be hosted by Emmy® Award-winner Julianne Hough, multiplatinum recording artist and television personality Nick Lachey, and sports star, broadcast correspondent and commentator Jesse Palmer.  The show will give viewers a front-row seat to a Disney Christmas party like no other – a family holiday tradition brimming with colorful lights, snow flurries, memorable music and more.  From the Cinderella Castle stage at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Hough and Lachey will perform a spectacular opening number named for the primetime special.

Tony Award-winning actress Idina Menzel will join fellow “Frozen” star Kristen Bell to perform together for the first time on primetime television.  The pair, who voiced the characters of Elsa and Anna in the animated blockbuster, will perform in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at  Disneyland Park in California accompanied by a 30-voice choir.  The two stars of stage and screen will sing “When We’re Together” from the brand-new Walt Disney Animation Studios featurette, “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.”

The holiday special’s other unforgettable, wish-come-true moments will include an extraordinary castle lighting extravaganza from Disney theme parks around the world – traveling the globe from California and Florida to Paris, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

A Sneak Peek at New Star Wars– and Toy Story-Themed Lands

The force will be with all who tune in for a sneak peek at Disney’s new Star Wars-themed lands, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, opening at both Disneyland Park in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida in 2019. The new lands promise adventure on a galactic scale when guests steer the Millennium Falcon on a customized secret mission in one attraction and engage in a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance in another.

From the edge of the galaxy “to infinity and beyond,” viewers will discover Andy’s world in the new Toy Story Land to open next year at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.  The new family-friendly Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster and the Alien Swirling Saucers attraction will join the original Toy Story Midway Mania! attraction to give Woody, Buzz and Andy’s entire toy collection a backyard play land scaled to render park guests seemingly toy-sized.

Musical performances in the primetime special will include:

  • Ciara will perform a joyful Christmas medley, including “Jingle Bells” and “Jingle Bell Rock” from a sparkling Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort.
  • Grammy Award-winning country artist Darius Rucker will sing “Winter Wonderland.”
  • Emmy-nominated actress and singer Lea Michele will be joined by special guest Joey McIntyre to sing the classic holiday duet, “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”
  • Multiplatinum-selling group Fifth Harmony will sing “Can You See,” from The Star soundtrack, plus “The Christmas Song.”
  • Fitz and the Tantrums will perform their platinum-certified hit, “HandClap,” and their original Christmas song, “Santa Stole My Lady.”
  • Multi-Grammy-nominated trio Hanson will light up the night singing “Finally It’s Christmas,” from their recently released Christmas album.
  • Boy band In Real Life will sing “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”
  • Multiplatinum powerhouse Jason Derulo will perform “This Christmas.”

Viewers at Home Will Be Able to “Glow with the Show”

For the first time, viewers will be able to “Glow at Home” during select performances in the holiday special, thanks to the brand new “Made with Magic® 3.0: Connected Ear Hat” and the Shop Disney Parks app. Leveraging Bluetooth® technology, the Shop Disney Parks app enables viewers wearing the new 3.0 edition ear hats at home to sync with the ABC holiday special playing on the viewers’ TVs or other devices.  Viewers will feel like they are part of the show.

The app also has a remote-control feature to adjust the ear colors and speed of the strobe – a brand-new feature for the Made with Magic® Ear Hats. If viewers at home don’t have the special edition ear hats, not to worry. The Shop Disney Parks app will allow them to enjoy a second screen experience as their mobile phone comes alive, mirroring the spectacle on-screen during select performances. The Made with Magic® 3.0: Connected Ear Hat and the interactive ear hat remote control feature on the Shop Disney Parks app will both be available Nov. 17.

Holiday magic is endless as Disney theme parks transform into winter wonderlands filled with seasonal attractions, joyful entertainment, festive décor and special treats that make every day feel like a holiday. The spirit of the season shines even brighter in these magical places where families share traditions and make memories together.

For more details about Disney Parks holiday magic, visit Disney Parks Blog and follow Disney Parks news @DisneyParks#DisneyHolidayCelebration and #DisneyChristmasCelebration.