MEET your favourite Disney character at Disneyland is about to get A LOT more fun. For the first time ever, the characters inside the cartoon heads are able to talk with guests. The Californian theme park is trialling three talking characters during meet-and-greets. This week, Minnie and Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck were touring the park talking to guests. The characters discussed what it is like to meet a lion on safari with one group of visitors and then asked them to share their best lion roar. Mickey Mouse has spoken before at Disney World in Florida, onstage at Magic Kingdom's Town Square Theatre. Unsurprisingly, the talking stars sent fans into a frenzy - video footage has emerged online of overexcited guests unable to contain themselves at finally being able to have a conversation with their idols. While only three characters are currently talking – if the trial proves successful, it is likely that they will also roll them out to the rest of the parks. One Disney fan … [Read more...] about Disneyland is making BIG changes to its ‘meet and greets’ with Mickey, Minnie and Donald
SCOTS X Factor star Emily Middlemas revealed her debut single Lost and Found as she kicked off her UK headline tour tonight. The 18-year-old songstress from Glasgow performed her new track exclusively at Manchester Sound Control tonight. Tonight was the first gig in her 11-date Memory Lane tour which includes three Scottish dates. In a message to fans Emily said: “This is a tour just to say a massive thank you, personally, to every single one of you guys. “This tour is going to be so incredible. I am so excited to grow closer towards you all and get to know each city and the people who have been supporting me better. “I will be taking a trip down memory lane for you all. Taking you all on a journey throughout my life.” First look at Scots X Factor star Emily Middlemas on stage as she kicks off UK tour in … [Read more...] about Emily Middlemas reveals debut single Lost and Found on first night of UK tour
HERE is the first exclusive look at Scots X Factor star Emily Middlemas kicking off her UK tour on stage in Manchester. The teen songstress started her tour last night after revealing her debut single Lost and Found. The 18-year-old from Glasgow performed her new track exclusively at Manchester Sound Control. It was the first gig in her 11-date Memory Lane tour which includes three Scottish dates. And The Scottish Sun got an exclusive sneak peak of Emily on stage belting out her set list to fans as boyfriend Ryan Lawrie watched on.. X Factor star Emily Middlemas performs debut single Lost and Found for the first time as she embarks on headline UK tour Here's some things you might not know about Harry Styles - including how much he's worth Rita Ora earned a staggering £5million last year … [Read more...] about First look at Scots X Factor star Emily Middlemas as she kicks off UK tour
SCOTS X Factor star Emily Middlemas is set to reveal her debut single as she embarks on her headline UK tour. The 18-year-old songstress from Glasgow will perform her new track exclusively at Manchester Sound Control tonight. Tonight marks the first gig in her 11-date Memory Lane tour which includes three Scottish dates. In a message to fans Emily said: “This is a tour just to say a massive thank you, personally, to every single one of you guys. “This tour is going to be so incredible. I am so excited to grow closer towards you all and get to know each city and the people who have been supporting me better. “I will be taking a trip down memory lane for you all. Taking you all on a journey throughout my life.” Rita Ora earned a staggering £5million last year despite not realeasing any music Lana Del Rey sang … [Read more...] about Emily Middlemas set to reveal debut single as she embarks on headline tour
Cyriac ‘Benny’ Joseph, 52 died after two lorries collided with the minibus on Britain’s main motorway in the early hours of Saturday morning near Newport Pagnell.The father-of-two was driving a family-of-five as well as three IT workers to Wembley before heading down to the Eurostar in King’s Cross, London as they set off on their summer holiday.Shajan Joseph said he had become friendly with Mr Joseph and his wife Ancy through their local church.He said: “He was a nice person and very caring for the families, so this is terrible news for them.He described Ancy and her husband as "very very very close family and living for the children."I don't know how they are coping. It is very hard to imagine."His friend Manu Zachariah, 45, said: "He was a very close friend of mine, and we used to work together."It is very shocking and we don't want to believe that he is not alive. We don't want him to part us because he was part of every part of our lives."It is a big … [Read more...] about M1 crash: Heartbreak as minibus driver and family killed in smash on way to Disneyland
D23 is Disney's biennial fan convention and also an expo for major product announcements. Since the company's acquisition of the rights to the Star Wars franchise the event has become more high profile, as people hope for announcements relating to future films or other projects. In 2015, CEO Bob Iger revealed that plans for a "Star Wars Land" had taken hold, and promised "a jaw-dropping new world" that would be the biggest single-theme park ever created, populated by "humanoids, aliens and droids". "Nothing will be out of character or stray from the mythology". This year, the final plans for the parks were revealed, not in the form of a hologram, but in a 50ft physical model. The setting is a canonically-new but unnamed planet, a far-flung trading post on the edge of the galaxy's "Wild Space". Miniature set or theme park model? Disney has promised to make the "Star Wars Land" their most immersive theme park ever Credit: Bloomberg Besides … [Read more...] about Disney unveils detailed models of Star Wars Land theme park in California
AT THE age of six-and-a-half – the half was spoken with chest-puffing pride back then – Disney became my recreational drug. My parents were my dealers, kick-starting my habit one Saturday afternoon in the stalls of our local cinema, as an animated bear in an ill-fitting red T-shirt shimmied up a tree, rhapsodising the growl in his furry belly. I felt rumbly in my tumbly – not for honey but for the box of mint Matchmakers perched invitingly on my father's knee. Then a most befuddling thing happened: pure, unadulterated joy washed over me. In truth, I had upended a carton of Kia-Ora and, seemingly, wet myself with excitement. I was oblivious because in the darkness, I was hooked. That same feeling of unabashed glee, minus the damp trousers, bedevils me whenever I make a pilgrimage to Disneyland Paris. I visited last year and the fizz of childhood wonder was diluted by a sombre realisation that Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park were looking tired, like a … [Read more...] about Disneyland Paris gets extensive revamp to celebrate 25th anniversary
Get What's On updates directly to your inbox + SubscribeThank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Fireworks, sky high fountains, lasers and special effects, I watched in absolute delight as I held up my four year old to give her the best vantage point amongst the huge crowds at Disneyland Paris. It was just like the adverts - you could see the excitement in Kiki's eyes as the lights shone of her face. I was stood with thousands in front of Sleeping Beauty's castle at the Paris resort for the Disney Illuminations spectacular. I was told what to expect by friends, fellow journalists and of course the internet but it doesn't compare to experiencing the magic firsthand. The resort is celebrating its 25th anniversary so like any huge birthday bash, organisers went all out to impress. The night time show is one of the highlights, packed full of classic Disney moments featuring the very best from The Lion King and The Little Mermaid to recent smash-hit … [Read more...] about Disneyland Paris turns 25 – This is why you should visit in 2017
Damon Smith releases his inner child as Disneyland Paris celebrates its 25th anniversary AT the age of six-and-a-half - the half was spoken with chest-puffing pride back then - Disney became my recreational drug. My parents were my dealers, kick-starting my habit one Saturday afternoon in the stalls of Watford Odeon, as an animated bear in an ill-fitting red T-shirt shimmied up a tree, rhapsodizing the growl in his furry belly. That same feeling of unabashed glee bedevils me whenever I make a pilgrimage to Disneyland Paris. I visited last year and the fizz of childhood wonder was diluted by a sombre realisation that Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park were looking tired, like a beloved soft toy that has been hugged and snuffled until its colours are bleached and seams distressed. A few months later, as I walk out of Marne-la-Vallee/Chessy station, I find my little patch of heaven has been extensively replanted and repolished to a lustre for the 25th anniversary … [Read more...] about Wonder at every turn as Disneyland Paris turns 25
Get daily updates directly to your inbox + SubscribeThank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email John Legend graced the stage at the 25th anniversary of Disneyland Paris this weekend. The acclaimed, multi-platinum selling, Oscar, Golden Globe, and 10x Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter moved fans to tears with a touching set at the celebrations in France. Legend, who recently had a starring role in the award-winning hit Hollywood musical La La Land, will perform in Birmingham on September 20. Read More But on Saturday, the All of Me singer treated fans to a range of hits - including Love Me Now - before he concluded the bash with his version of Disney classic Beauty and the Beast. "I'm so happy to be here to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this beautiful place," the 38-year-old told fans in the crowd. "Thank you for being such a wonderful audience." Fans were utterly captivated during the performance, with scores flocking to social media to have … [Read more...] about John Legend appears at Disneyland Paris 25th anniversary to perform Beauty and the Beast
Oh, boy! The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration begins today! Disneyland Park opened in Anaheim, Calif., on July 17, 1955, and ever since, it has entertained millions of guests from all over the world. That's no small feat! "It's amazing to contemplate all that Disneyland has come to mean to so many people around the world," Tom Staggs, COO of the Walt Disney Company, recently told the official Disney Parks blog. "For 60 years, millions of guests have come here to celebrate their special occasions, and now we're excited to invite everyone to share the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration with us." To celebrate, E! News has ranked Disneyland's best attractions by land: 8. Mickey's Toontown Mickey's Toontown opened on Jan. 24, 1993. Inspired by the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit, it has less rides and shows than the other lands. Visitors can check out the Chip 'n Dale Treehouse, go inside Goofy's Playhouse and tour Mickey's House. If you really want to meet Mickey Mouse, this is … [Read more...] about Disneyland Turns 60: Ranking Its Attractions by Land!
Star Wars fans will soon be able to enjoy a "jaw-dropping new world" at Disney theme parks in America. The 14-acre attractions at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and Disneyland in Anaheim, California, represent the largest ever single-themed land expansion. Construction will begin at Disneyland in 2017, while a start date for Disney World has not yet been set. Disney is yet to reveal the cost of the project. Theme park goers will get the chance to take control of the Millennium Falcon - one of the signature attractions. There will even be a Cantina, the film's fictional bar where Luke Skywalker and Hans Solo meet for the first time. One adventure also promises to put guests "in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance". Speaking at the D23 Fan Expo, Disney chief executive Bob Iger said the Star Wars land would be "every bit as thrilling as the films" and include attractions and entertainment in an area populated by aliens and droids. He … [Read more...] about Star Wars worlds set to be built at Disney theme parks
Splash News What does any young starlet looking to reclaim her innocence after a nude photo scandal do? Why, visit Disneyland of course! The happiest place on Earth! Instead of hitting the A-list MTV Awards afterparty at Soho House Sunday night, award presenter Blake Lively instead brought her new beau Leo to Disneyland for a late night date! But this isn't the first time Lively has brought a man to the kiddie theme park: RELATED: Did Leo and Blake Pose to Distract From Her Nude Pic Scandal?[/caption] Remember her rumored romance with Ryan Gosling?! The duo hit Disneyland in October, right after the actress broke up with her longtime BF and Gossip Girl costar, Penn Badgley. Well, with both of those relayshes in the past and a slew of awkward nude photo questions in her future, Blake apparently decided it was Leo's turn to see her inner innocent child. And after their whirlwind Euromance, what is more all-American good, clean fun than Disneyland? So Blake, Leo and a group of … [Read more...] about Leo DiCaprio & Blake Lively’s Disneyland Date!
A place is only as happy as the company you bring with you to that place. So "happiest place on Earth" it was for Kerry Washington, husband Nnamdi Asomugha and their baby girl, Isabelle, when they spent the afternoon and evening at Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure on Saturday. The proud parents, their daughter, a nanny and a number of family members arrived at the Anaheim, Calif., theme park at around 4 p.m. and stayed until 10 p.m., crashing at the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa before making the drive back to L.A. in the morning. PHOTOS: Kerry Washington's best looks While at the park, their nanny watched Isabelle while Kerry and Nnamdi got their thrill on at California Adventure, riding the California Screamin' roller coaster, taking the plunge from the Tower of Terror and motoring the Radiator Springs Racers. The couple, who celebrated a year of marriage in June, also enjoyed classics like Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion and Thunder … [Read more...] about Kerry Washington Holds Hands With Husband Nnamdi Asomugha on Trip to Disneyland With Their Baby Girl: See the PDA Pic!
The force is strong in little Charlotte Prinze. Sarah Michelle Gellar visited Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., Monday and promptly enrolled her 6-year-old daughter in the theme park's Jedi Training Academy. The proud actress snapped an Instagram photo of her daughter embracing the light side in Tomorrowland. Prinze stood strong, even as Darth Vader watch her in battle from the nearby stage. "No biggie...just my #daughter in an epic #lightsaber battle with my character at #disneyland," wrote Gellar, who voices The Seventh Sister Inquisitor in Disney XD's Star Wars Rebels. "Dreams do come true #seventhsister #jediacademy #starwars #rebels." During their visit, Gellar also posed for a picture with Mickey Mouse in ToonTown, where she blew him a kiss. "Oh Mickey you're so fine (I think I made him blush) #mickeymouse," the Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress wrote in the caption. Before long, Gellar and Prinze can get their Star Wars fix in a much bigger way. In addition to Star Tours, a … [Read more...] about Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Daughter Receives Jedi Training, Fights the Actress’ Own Star Wars Rebels Character
Christina Applegate and her mini-me had some quality time with Minnie Mouse! The actress and daughter Sadie had a day date at Disneyland to attend Mickey's Halloween Party, and made a quick stop in Town Square to pose for a snapshot with the lady of the park. The season's festivities are in full gear, with the famous Halloween pumpkin featured in the background and Minnie rocking a purple and orange witch's costume. Applegate kept it cazh in a fedora, tank and jeans while Sadie got into the holiday spirit with striped leggings and a black wig. LOOK: And the first Marvel hero coming to Disneyland is... The park recently revealed that a Star Wars expansion is underway, however, the highly anticipated addition will also cause a few attractions to be temporarily shut down. Starting Jan. 10, Fantasmic!, Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship, Columbia Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island and Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes will be put on hiatus. Meanwhile, three Star Wars attractions are … [Read more...] about Christina Applegate and Daughter Sadie Enjoy a Spooktacular Disneyland Date
LucasFilm/Disney OK, Disneyland fans. We have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that construction is beginning on the new Star Wars expansion! And there are a bunch of new Star Wars attractions opening up this year and early next year to tide fans over until the new park opens. The bad news is that to make room for all this construction, some Disneyland rides are being shut down. But not permanently, so there is no need to go into a rage-panic meltdown. PHOTO: Stars at Disneyland & Disney World Starting Jan. 10, these attractions will be put on hiatus: -Fantasmic!-Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship-Columbia Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island-Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes So if you were planning a family reunion on the Mark Twain Riverboat next year, might we suggest Space Mountain? You don't really want to see your family anyway, do you? But when one door closes, another one gets kicked open by Lucasfilm. That's how the saying goes, right? Starting later … [Read more...] about These Are the Disneyland Attractions Shutting Down While They Build the New Star Wars Park
Great news, this is! Disney plans to build not one but two Star Wars-themed lands in its parks. One will be located at Disneyland in Anaheim, California while the other will be built at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. CEO Bob Iger announced the news on Saturday at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, following years of rumors and speculation that followed the company's 2012 $4.05 billion acquisition of George Lucas's production company, Lucasfilm. He made his comments four months before the Dec. 18 release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first part of a third trilogy and the first film in the franchise to be produced by Disney. Three photos showing concept art for the new Star Wars lands were also unveiled during Iger's presentation. PHOTO: Harrison Ford hits the stage at D23 Expo to unveil the official Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster Guests will be transported to a "different planet" where all restaurants and stores will be operated by … [Read more...] about Star Wars-Themed Lands Coming to Disneyland and Disney World Theme Parks—Check Out Details and Photos!
Lea Michele wasn't about to let Mother Nature rain on her parade Disneyland date. The Glee star and her boyfriend Matthew Paetz braved the rainfall yesterday during an outing to The Happiest Place on Earth. The cute pair were spotted walking the wet park hand-in-hand while rocking some ponchos (and Lea's Fiorentini + Baker boots) as an attempt to stay dry. They were guided around the park by a VIP tour guide and were seen hitting up the indoor rides including Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean and Alice in Wonderland before crossing over to California Adventure and hopping on the Hollywood Tower of Terror. PHOTOS: Lea Michele's style evolution on Glee Disneyland! @HANNAHLUXDAVIS @bbonfiglio & Matt! #AdultsDoDisney ???? pic.twitter.com/vlO6dQk6t7? Lea Michele (@msleamichele) May 14, 2015 The actress also took to Twitter to share some snapshots from her fun day, posting pictures of herself and her beau showing off their weather-appropriate outfits alongside two of their … [Read more...] about Lea Michele and Boyfriend Matthew Paetz Didn’t Let the Rain Ruin Their Disneyland Date
Abaca Press / AKM-GSI Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry are one-upping everyone who is at Disneyland and Disney World. The adorable couple is spending time at new park Disneyland Shanghai, where they were spotted taking Bloom's son Flynn Christopher Bloom on various rides and meeting characters. Perry shared several pictures and videos on her Instagram and Snapchat, giving fans a close look at what she's up to (and the new amusement park!). While the trio looked at crystal-encrusted castles available for purchase, Bloom can be heard recommending one to Perry. But the "Rise" songstress had something else in mind. "Buy me the most expensive one if you really love me!" she said. Bloom couldn't help but laugh hysterically at his girlfriend's request, which probably means they walked away empty handed (but you can't blame a girl for trying!). A photo posted by ? PERFECT ILLUSION ? (@gabrielktggsw) on Sep 23, 2016 at 7:38am PDT Perry also shared pics of her meeting Goofy, with whom she … [Read more...] about Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry Take Their Love to Disneyland Shanghai, Enjoy Pirates of the Caribbean Trivia