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April 17, 2015

Disney News This Week: New ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Teaser Debuts, ‘Inside Out’ to Premiere at Cannes Film Festival and Adventures by Disney Announces River Cruise Itineraries

By Beth Deitchman, The Walt Disney Company

 

J.J. Abrams, writer/director/producer of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and producer Kathleen Kennedy debuted a brand-new teaser trailer for the film at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California, on Thursday. They were joined at the event by actors from the upcoming film, including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac; as well as Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels and Peter Mayhew, veterans of the original saga. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters December 18, 2015.

 

Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out will make its world premiere at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival. Director Pete Docter, who also helmed Disney•Pixar’s Up—the first animated film ever to be the Festival’s Opening-Ceremony film—will be in attendance, along with producer Jonas Rivera (Up) and co-director Ronnie Del Carmen (Up), as well as members of the all-star English-language voice cast. “We are overjoyed at being included in this year’s official selection at Cannes. With Inside Out, we spent years imagining—and then building—never-before-seen settings and characters within the mind. It was an incredible, fun and exciting challenge and now we can’t wait to share it with the world,” Docter said.

 

On Tuesday, Adventures by Disney announced the introduction of its first-ever river cruising itineraries. Sailing with AmaWaterways, the travel industry’s premier luxury river cruise line, Adventures by Disney river cruises will allow travelers to experience iconic locations and hidden gems in eight destinations across four countries—Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary—during four sailings along the Danube River in the summer of 2016, as well as one holiday-themed sailing in December 2016. “Celebrating 10 years in the family tourism industry, Adventures by Disney is always looking for new ways to deliver extraordinary vacation experiences that are both memorable and effortless for our guests,” said Ken Potrock, senior vice president of Adventures by Disney. “Recognizing the untapped potential and broadening appeal of the river cruising market, we worked with AmaWaterways to provide families with an immersive, personalized experience unlike anything we’ve presented before.”

 

April 14, 2015

The Walt Disney Company Collaborates with National Recreation and Park Association to Revitalize Local Parks Across America

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company

 

Parks are places where families can gather, explore the great outdoors, spend quality time together and create memories that’ll last a lifetime.

To help revitalize parks that serve thousands of people every day, The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, ABC and ESPN, is collaborating with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) this Earth Month to expand the organization’s Parks Build Community program, which is aimed at improving parks in communities around the U.S. so that kids and families can live healthier, connect with nature and have access to sports.

Just imagine—what if your local park was able to start a community garden, improve its hiking trail or even refurbish its playground with new equipment? These types of Parks Build Community projects will add more exciting experiences and activities at a park near you, and also help families develop a lifelong interest in conservation and nature.

Throughout April, you can nominate a favorite park, which will be entered for a chance to win $20,000, by visiting Disney.com/BeInspired. There, you can also vote for projects in 15 cities, like creating a bouldering wall in Durham, North Carolina, constructing a solar-powered outdoor classroom in New York City, or adding a nature trail in Houston, Texas. Projects that receive the most votes will also receive $20,000 each to help make improvements or expand programs, and Disney VoluntEARS will lend their time and talent to help each project come to life.

Let’s get active this Earth Month and help our local parks remain a safe place to play, learn and live better. 

Topics: Citizenship
Tags: Earth Day
April 14, 2015

Adventures by Disney Announces First-Ever River Cruising Itineraries

By Rachel Green, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

 

Today, Adventures by Disney announced the introduction of its first-ever river cruising itineraries. Sailing with AmaWaterways, the travel industry’s premier luxury river cruise line, Adventures by Disney river cruises offer a new way for families to experience the heart of Europe in a way that is active, immersive and easy. Four sailings along the Danube River in the summer of 2016, as well as one holiday-themed sailing in December 2016, will give adventurous travelers the opportunity to experience iconic locations and hidden gems in eight destinations across four countries—Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.

Adventures by Disney guests will sail aboard the all-new, 170-passenger AmaViola, a river cruise ship that is being custom built by AmaWaterways with families in mind. New family-friendly design elements include specific room configurations and other unique details that lend themselves to luxury family vacations. Shipboard spaces are also being reimagined to provide for specially designed activities geared towards kids, teens and adults.

Shipboard activities will offer something for everyone. Adults can enjoy wine tasting, music, dancing and an onboard fitness center, along with some of the finest cuisine and service available. Special Adventures by Disney activities for Junior Adventurers include activity nights, movies, karaoke, relay games, life-size chess lessons, video games and more.

Joining an existing line-up of more than 30 other guided group vacations to destinations on six continents, river cruising is a natural extension for Adventures by Disney, a brand known for providing exceptional service and hands-on, active experiences that appeal to travelers of all ages. To learn more about this new itinerary as well as other exciting Adventures by Disney offerings visit the Disney Parks Blog.

April 13, 2015

Disney Invests in Young Native American Leaders with a Commitment to the American Indian College Fund

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company

To continue its support of students whose ideas will help create a brighter tomorrow, Disney announced a $250,000 commitment to the American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) this past Saturday in Los Angeles, California. The donation will establish The Walt Disney Company American Indian College Fund Scholarship Program, which will provide Native American and Alaska Native students who have financial need with multi-year support to attend tribal colleges and universities across the nation.

The Company’s support will also help the College Fund expand its student initiatives, which includes professional development and networking opportunities, internship programming and the creation of a new scholar and alumni program.

“When we looked at the American Indian College Fund we saw not only an organization doing important work, but one that benefits all tribes and educates future leaders and storytellers,” Disney Chief Diversity Officer Paul Richardson said in the announcement. “Their mission aligns with our commitment to the inclusion, celebration, and growth of people from all different backgrounds and cultures.”

“The College Fund is so honored to be the first American Indian organization to team with The Walt Disney Company on the implementation of a scholarship program for Native American students,” American Indian College Fund President and CEO Cheryl Crazy Bull added. “Collaborations like this help dreams come true and allow our students to experience a little of the magic that is Disney.”

Join the #DisneyAmericanIndianCollegeFundScholars conversation on Twitter, and visit CollegeFund.org/Scholarships to begin the application process online.

Topics: Citizenship
April 10, 2015

Disney News This Week: Stars Wars Saga’s Digital Release, Russo Brothers to Direct Two-Part Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War Event and Disney Junior's Roadster Racers

By Beth Deitchman, The Walt Disney Company

This week, The Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilm Ltd. and 20th Century Fox announced the release of The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection, available globally beginning today. This marks the first time that the six epic films—from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi—will be available on Digital HD, as a complete digital movie collection and individually. The collection is enhanced with a host of never-before-seen special features including Star Wars: Discoveries from Inside and insightful Conversations between key contributors from across the franchise, as well as a curated collection of classic extras from each film. “Since the debut of the first film nearly 40 years ago, Star Wars has become a worldwide phenomenon with legions of fans from every generation,” said Alan Bergman, president, The Walt Disney Studios. “It’s only fitting that audiences enjoy this legendary Saga and its many fascinating behind-the-scenes stories on a wide variety of platforms, and we’re very excited to finally bring all six films to Digital HD for the first time.”

This week, The Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilm Ltd. and 20th Century Fox announced the release of The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection, available globally beginning today. This marks the first time that the six epic films—from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi—will be available on Digital HD, as a complete digital movie collection and individually. The collection is enhanced with a host of never-before-seen special features including Star Wars: Discoveries from Inside and insightful Conversations between key contributors from across the franchise, as well as a curated collection of classic extras from each film. “Since the debut of the first film nearly 40 years ago, Star Wars has become a worldwide phenomenon with legions of fans from every generation,” said Alan Bergman, president, The Walt Disney Studios. “It’s only fitting that audiences enjoy this legendary Saga and its many fascinating behind-the-scenes stories on a wide variety of platforms, and we’re very excited to finally bring all six films to Digital HD for the first time.”

 

Mickey and the Roadster Racers, a new animated series for preschoolers, is slated to debut in 2017 on Disney Junior channels and programming blocks around the world. When the announcement was made Wednesday, Nancy Kanter, executive vice president, Original Programming and general manager, Disney Junior Worldwide, said, “Preschoolers around the world have enjoyed Mickey Mouse Clubhouse for almost a decade, and we are eager to showcase these classic Disney characters again in a new series centered on their lives in Hot Dog Hills and surprising racing adventures that take the gang to a variety of iconic locales around the world.” Geared towards kids 2–7, the stories, told using a combination of CG animation and live-action footage, are designed to impart social and emotional lessons about friendship, teamwork and good sportsmanship. 

 

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