Disney News You Need to Know: Weekly Roundup
1 – Fire at Disney World’s Festival of Fantasy Parade; No One Injured
May 11, 2018 • A Walt Disney World parade was more fiery than planned Friday afternoon. The fire-breathing dragon that’s part of Magic Kingdom’s daily Festival of Fantasy parade caught aflame, Disney officials confirmed. The fire was quickly extinguished and the area promptly cleared, a Disney World spokeswoman said. There were no injuries to employees or visitors, she said. In a video shot by a Disney visitor, the dragon — representing “Sleeping Beauty” character Maleficent — appears to be in the theme park’s Liberty Square area, with its head bobbing and flames growing. Reedy Creek fire department responded to the incident, but the flame was already out. Read More
2 – Disney Channel Stars Meet With Fans at First Ever Fan Fest
May 13, 2018 • Disney Channel kicked off its summer season in style with the first ever Disney ChannelGo! Fan Fest, held Saturday at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. Starting with a VIP brunch at the Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, stars from Disney Channel’s most popular small screen series turned up for a fun-filled day packed with panel discussions, live script readings, meet and greets with fans and a cavalcade down Disneyland’s famous Main Street U.S.A. Read More
3 – ‘Solo,’ Millennium Falcon Takes Over Hollywood Boulevard
May 11, 2018 • Hollywood played host Thursday evening to a few more scoundrels than usual for the world premiere of “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The film tells the story of the early years of smuggler Han Solo, who was played by Harrison Ford in seven films in the “Star Wars” franchise. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich as Solo and Donald Glover as a Lando Calrissian, both actors playing younger versions of the characters made famous by the original “Star Wars” trilogy. “Solo” also features fan favorites Chewbacca and the Millennium Falcon — in its earlier and spiffier days before being introduced as a grimy, albeit fast, hunk of junk in the original “Star Wars” film. Read More
4 – “Marvel Studios: Hero Acts” Commits More Than $1M To Help Children Impacted By Serious Illness
May 11, 2018 • In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Marvel Studios, Marvel Studios: Hero Acts is donating $1.25 million to provide transformative experiences to strengthen the lives of children impacted by serious illness. The grant will provide $800,000 to Make-A-Wish® to grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses around the world, and $450,000 to Starlight Children’s Foundation to help bring joy and comfort to children in hospitals. Chris Evans and Tom Holland, stars of Marvel Studios’ blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War, celebrated the announcement with special screenings of the film at New York’s Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai in The Child Life Zone and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Read More
5 – Marin County Woman Finds Letter From Walt Disney
May 11, 2018 • Rummaging through boxes of old family heirlooms, you might find something that seems valuable. A piece of silver, an old document, an autographed photo? How do you know if you’ve struck gold? Cathi Sullivan of Mill Valley ran across something among her family heirlooms that made her gasp with excitement. It was a letter to her father from Walt Disney himself, his signature at the bottom. “It was so exciting I think oh my God, wow,” said Sullivan. Read More
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